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Triple Play IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Triple Play IPATriple Play IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 339
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maximum12 on 02-15-2011)
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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to caguiar.

Pours clear golden yellow with a small soapy white head that leaves a little lacing.

Aroma is just chock full of juicy citrus - oranges, pienapples and even some grapefruit. Some pine resin in the background as well. The Citra is definitely prominent.

Taste is just as good with a bitter grapefruit kick up front with some sweeter pineapple later, and there is a finish of juicy pien resin.

Mouthfeel is as full bodied as I've experienced from a 6% IPA. Coats the palate with hops and leaves a nice lingering bitterness.

This is one of the better IPAs I've tasted in a long, long time. It is better than the majority of DIPAs on the market. So full of flavor for such a low ABV IPA. Great, great beer.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Thanks for this bottle go to Bill. Thank you very much for the opportunity! 22 oz silver foil capped bottle with no discernible freshness dating. Label reads 7% as opposed to the 6% listed here.

Pours a golden yellow with orange highlights. Head pools and puddles and has some lasting power. Minor streaky lacing lays a trickle of spittle.

Lemon and orange on the nose as well as some pine and pot. Bitterness is foreshadowed strongly here.

Orange/lemon rind up front moves into a strong pine bitterness. Malt is light. Finish is soapy and mildly abrasive. A tongue scraper of an ending. Big hops ooze all over the tongue and settle into my tasting places. Long bitter fade lasts well after the sip.

Mouthfeel is medium and supple. Really nice body with soft but solid foundation.

Overall, I found Double Sunshine to be an absolute world beater and one of my favorite beers of all time. This beer is not at that level, but it's none too shabby either. The mouthfeel on these Lawson's IPA's is really something special. If the abrasive and soapy qualities of this beer were toned down a bit, this would be even better. As is, it's still a really nice IPA that I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to drink. Cheers, Bill.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thank you to the Baron (readbaron) for sharing this rarity.

Appearance – Pours a nice looking deep golden sunset color into a tulip. About two fingers of slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Pine, hops, bittersweet grapefruit, slight floral notes. Okay…I’ll put this out there plain and simple. There was a somewhat strong onion aroma in my opinion that reminded me of Gubna (which I did not enjoy…). This oniony aroma alone was a turnoff.

Taste – Thankfully the taste is not like Gubna. Nice resiny pine and hops up front, slight bittersweet fruits mixed with a hint of tropical fruits. Overall more orange than grapefruit. Not much malty backbone though there is slight caramel.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, slightly creamy/oily, relatively dry finish.

Overall – I had Double Sunshine recently and enjoyed it much more than this. This is a solid IPA, but not something I would trade for to be perfectly honest. Double Sunshine…well, that is another story.

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle at the Winooski Beverage Warehouse in Vermont, came recommended from one of the guys who works there. Having tried a few other of the Lawson varieties I was eager to try the 2011 National IPA Champion, I wasn't disappointed.

A- A slightly cloudy honey/amber color

S- Sweet ripe flavor that is quite inviting

T- A strong bodied IPA whose flavor is kind of what you might expect from "a trifecta of hop varieties" as advertised on the bottle. Crisp and refreshing finish with a slightly bitter follow-up as any good IPA should end

M- Begs another sip

This is another win for the man behind Lawson's, check it out if you can get your hands on a bottle.

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Triple Play IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
97 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.