Triple Play IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Triple Play IPATriple Play IPA

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366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 339
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: maximum12 on 02-15-2011)
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Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks a ton, Michael.
A: Pours a deep citrus golden with a large, oily, off-white head that slowly faded into a thin film and collar that left spotty lace down the glass.
S: I get huge notes of fresh citrus and tropical smelling hops. Papaya, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and passion fruit fill the glass. Hops are bright, juicy and fresh smelling.
T: Follows the nose with sweet and lightly bitter notes of citrus rind, juicy tropical fruits, and a hint of pale malt, mint and biscuit dough. The finish has a note or two of brown sugar and maybe caramel, and the aftertaste is clean and bitter.
M: Medium body, full and even carbonation, with a slick mouthfeel that goes down smooth and refreshing.
O: An excellent IPA that is a hop bomb closer to a dipa than the regular. Lawson knows how to do hops right. Thanks again, SneezyAchew!

Photo of 3Hops
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of oberon
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass a dull copper color with a large blooming white that left a few broken rings of lace as it settled slowly.Big citric hops really jump out ya in the nose,pithy grapefruit and lemon notes over top of sweet alcohol and caramel.Fresh sharp grapefruit hops on the palate with underlying resiny notes,just great hop complexity mixed with some sweet induced alcohol.Wow there is a real citric punch to this beer,almost DIPAish except not overly sweet,a great beer.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lawson's Triple Play, courtesy of the sweetest bartender in the world (love you!). Served in my Lost Abbey snifter.

Appearance: Deep shiny amber color, nice lily-white head, good lacing. Good but not amazing looks.

Smell: Resin, oil, pine-tree forest in California. Citrus grove in Florida and juiciness galore. Beautiful, fresh hops all around.

Taste: Super hop flava! A blast of citrus, pineapple syrup, pomelo. Barely any bitterness, though, which is nice. A bit of graham-cracker-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A little too light here, with low carbonation and a watery feel. Nice spice feel as it goes down. Unlike most IPA's, this one is not overtly dry.

Overall: A nice IPA with hop-forward aroma but good balance. Perhaps too much balance? You won't find crazy hoppiness here, and I'm not sure the Simcoe and Citra hops are shining, but it sure is a damn nice beer!

Photo of brewblues82
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

slightly amberish copper with a touch of a hop haze and a pure white head that sticks to the glass very well, though it recedes rather quickly.

loads of citrus and pine and a bit of grassy hops in this very aromatic beer. a bit of sweet malt sits behind that.

juicy citrus hops with a touch of pine and some very subtle sweetened tropical fruits on top of a sweet caramelly malt body. Hops remain dominant, but this one is nicely balanced.

medium bodied with ample carbonation and lots of resin left on the palate.

very good IPA from Lawson's. doesn't quite compare to some other VT IPAs being put out recently, but it holds its own. I'd drink this again and again.

Photo of mcbeerbrew
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of claytong
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Sean9689
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, thanks Keith!

A - Pours golden yellow, white head, spotty lace, thin cap.

S - Citrus, tropical fruit, pine, light floral notes. Really a nice mix of hoppy notes that attribute for some excellent complexity.

T - Citrus, grapefruit, grass, light pine. A nice amount of bitter hops without destroying the palate. More citrus then sweetness, which is actually my preference. Finish is bitter citrus peel and bitter hops.

M - Light, good carbonation, crisp and refreshing, oily finish.

O - An excellent IPA from Lawson's that was super-easy to drink and very enjoyable. The complexity offered up by the hop profile kept me interested and I was able to finish off this bomber with no problems. I will seek this one out again, no doubt.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Reservoir, Waterbury, VT

Served in a Lawson's pils glass, Triple Play poured a slightly hazy golden color with a small cap of foamy white head. Aroma is hop-forward with a distinctive sugary malt base. There was a great equilibrium of bready malts and hops in the taste; citrus and pine hop notes, with a nice balance of caramel and brown sugar, and neither aspect fully taking control. Medium body, lower carbonation, smooth and very drinkable. Not the best IPA in the world, but surely very nice.

Photo of sbricker
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of valdieu2
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ElGallo
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jamesb7
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of iwantmorehops
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Brad007
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard to believe that I've never reviewed this.

Pours a light gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very nice colors for the style.

Citra, Simcoe and Centennial blend is impressive to the nose. The citrus notes are most appreciated.

Nice citrus notes upfront with a very nice juiciness. Bitterness expands inside of the mouth, incorporating some biscuity malt.

Carbonation levels are just right and plenty of lingering hops for the enthusiast.

Nicely hopped IPA. I love this.

Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a one finger off white head that fades to a nice quarter inch blanket, good and creamy.

S - Bright citrus aromas and fresh hops. Nice grapefruit and solid tropical notes consisting of light pineapple and good mango. Very ripe and inviting with a rather interesting bubblegum aroma on the end.

T - Yep, so theres the bubblegum people have mentioned. Undeniably the first flavour I get. That immediately gives way to grapefruit and pine resin with some nice lighter tropical notes to the end. Light pineapple and mango. Some light malt sweetness, this bubblegum aspect is really, really different but enjoyable.

M - Lots of hop oils in this, kinda feels more like a DIPA than an IPA. Would like some more carbonation on this but its still good.

O - Overall this is a damn good beer and lives up to some of the hype. Quite the enjoyable beer, I'd like to try it side by side with Double Sunshine for comparison

Photo of jmarsh123
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to phingding for the bottle!

Pours dark straw color with a creamy 3 finger white head settling in at about a finger with excellent lacing.

Wonderful aroma. Some pineapple, mango maybe a bit of bubblegum. Loads of citrus too.

Starts off with the same mango/tropical fruit thing as the aroma. Big juicy fruit flavor up front. A little bit of pine starts to creep in before finishing with an all out, but still wonderfully smooth bitterness.

A touch low on the carbonation helping create a creamy mouthfeel. I'd still like a touch more though.

Another home run from Lawson's. I think I still prefer Double Sunshine to this, but it's a very hop forward yet not overly bitter IPA. I could drink this all day.

Photo of Bierman9
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored this at the Warren Store and popped it for a nightcap at our room at the Crystal Palace B&B back in Bristol...

Poured it into an imperial nonic glass I just happened to have handy... It was a medium golden, a touch hazy, and had scattered, slow carbo present. A creamy white head sat atop the brew, the frothy foam leaving some nice lacing. Had a lovley aroma, with some apricot sweetness plus rindy citrus. Quite inviting. Pretty easy going over the tongue, the body was medium to medium-plus.

Some sweetness hit the palate first, with a little orange and tangerine zestiness present. Thereafter it was all rindy and resiny, the plentiful hopping really leaving a long trail of pleasing bitterness down the hatch. Grapefruit, some pineapple, and lots of piney action really hit the spot! Triple play? More of a home run in my book. Might have been a grand slam if it had left a little more coin in my pocket! Prosit!

4.48/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of dudeabides76
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour is a dark hazed orange and scummy white ring. The nose is of grapefruit, pine and resinous hop. There is some pale and caramel malt up front to balance. The taste is banned and well integrated with an assertive hop presence dominating the back. Resiny, caramel malts, solid foundation, hops take over, lightly piney, fair bit of grapefruit and tropical fruit. Very nice fruity finish with a gentle bitterness ending abruptly. The body is easy to drink, well carbonated, faintly grainy towards the back.

Photo of Joeybones3
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up on my Vermont road trip last week!
7% ABV, 22oz. bottle
"A trifecta of hop varieties deliver a symphony of juicy tropical hop flavors and a wonderful bouquet of aromas. Brewed and dry hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial."
2011 National IPA Champion.

A rigorous pour worked up a massive three finger, off-white head that puffed up on top of a peach-gold body with little floaties. This is an unfiltered beer so I should have been more acreful with the pour. The head receded after a few minutes to a thin coat, and left sticky lacing all over the side of the glass.

Tropical aromas indeed! Ripe pineapple, lemon pith, mangoes, grapefruit and bubblegum. Mostly all hops in the aroma and not much in the way of malt showing through. But these three hops play wonderfully together and there could be no better IPA smell at the time of this review. All else are equal at best.

And a perfect taste to match. What makes this perfect in my book is the great balance that is struck between malts and hops. Sweet malts up front are quickly met with a finishing bitterness that is at once gentle (I'm guessing...60 IBU's?) and lasting, which keeps the palate wanting that next sip! Notes of juicy hops remain on the palate long into the aftertaste. This, folks, is an IPA worth seeking out.

The mouthfeel is decent. Full-bodied beer with a mild amount of carbonation. I kind of wish that the carbonation level was higher, as this beer feels more like a Double IPA at this point. Can we just call it a DIPA? (I'll give it a 5, like all DIPA's get)

Overall, I am very glad I got the opportunity to try this beer. It is clear why it won the National IPA Championship, because it has an insane aroma, it is well-balanced, and it hides the 7% ABV very well. This is the "finest" example of an IPA that I have ever had. I love the American hops, the well-designed nature of it all, and the aroma! Get this if you can.

Triple Play IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
97 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.