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Triple Play IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Triple Play IPATriple Play IPA

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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 296
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-06-2012 01:50:22 | More by HopsHopenstein
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cburns48

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-03-2012 03:34:05 | More by cburns48
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Lostcarkeys


4.1/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 20:40:33 | More by Lostcarkeys
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-31-2012 16:09:41 | More by phingdong
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Jefe73

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-29-2012 13:19:09 | More by Jefe73
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-23-2012 20:04:24 | More by imperialking
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zgunder

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

01-20-2012 15:34:35 | More by zgunder
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-14-2011 06:52:17 | More by spycow
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-29-2011 20:14:49 | More by brandoman63
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metalgdog

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-28-2011 17:55:34 | More by metalgdog
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-18-2011 15:22:12 | More by nathanjohnson
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

had this at the vermont brewers fest last month.

this beer pours a light yellow straw color with a big white head. the smell is extremley floral and citrus, very inviting. this beer tastes the way it smells hops hops hops with no malt extremley dry and well carbonate. this is wat ipas should taste like, i love it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 16:31:20 | More by rowingbrewer
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shadesofgray for the share.

A - Golden IPA, slightly hazy, with a big frothy cap of off-white foam and some serious lace.

S - The nose suggests a citrusy hop-bomb with a bit of a sugar cookie malt underlying. Notes of curacao, orange blossom and mango sap are apparent.

T - The taste follows the nose with a lightly sugary malt supporting intense citric and dank hoppiness. Cannabis notes are strong in the flavor, especially towards the finish. There is a ton of citrus-rindy bitterness, and some sappy pine and mango notes, too.

M - IPA. Good. Refreshing.

O - I am quite impressed by this beer; it is an upper tier IPA, doubtless.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 14:59:10 | More by ktrillionaire
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Baconsausage... Thanks tucker!
Served in a pint glass.

A light, bright, slightly hazy yellow with a 3 finger white head. Nice thick head holds up well and leaves nice chunky rings behind.

Smells of pine, citrusy grapefruit and orange. Virtually no malt.
Nice dry beer here! Little dry crackery malt is a hop-showcase vehicle-- notes of orange peels, white grapefruit, and dry resiny pine. Great bitterness level, but there is a slightly soapy quality to the bitterness.

Body is nearly perfect; lots of carbonation, good bitter bite, nice medium body.

This is a great beer. I would be more than happy to drink this again!

Well done!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 18:50:10 | More by AleWatcher
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan for this at DLD... dark clear gold with hints of orange, a nice white head... the aroma is lots of oily pine, pretty bitter... taste is more of the same lots of bitter pine... I prefer the double sun shine but this is still pretty good

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 14:40:06 | More by jrallen34
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled at DLD '11 (thanks to whoever brought it!), poured into a wine glass.

A: Clear medium-to-light amber body; thin, fine head. Average-looking IPA.

S: Primarily fruity, tropical hops. Some caramel malt and piney bitterness as well. Ok, but not as amazing as I was expecting.

T: Clean, bitter, delicious. Tons of pine, light citrus. No real malt presence. Awesome IPA.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Just fine.

O: I'd heard nothing but the highest of praise for this beer, and was expecting great things. While it was indeed a delicious IPA of the highest quality, it just didn't quite wow me like I thought it would - the aroma was a quite subdued, and the smell of a great IPA is my favorite part of it. I'd certainly enjoy drinking this one again, and I liked it far more than the other Lawson's IPAs I've had, but I don't think I'll be going out of my way.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 11:24:37 | More by woosterbill
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz gold foil topped bomber into a tulip glass. Rare Batch #202/Bottle #1.

Pours a crystal clear copper, topped with several fingers of rich bright-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger, slathering the sides of the glass with thick swathes of foamy lacing. The aroma is floral and bright, with an herbal edge and light notes of pine and spice. A perfect blend of bitter grapefruit, zesty rind, bready grains, and sweet tropical fruit form the base here in the nose. I must reiterate just how awesome the balance of this is.

The hops are fresh and bright in the taste, with a bitter blast of grapefruit and zesty tart lemon, which is tempered a bit on the sides by hints of tropical fruit. Underlying supportive malts give this just enough balancing sweetness, while still allowing those hops to shine with a crisp and very dry bite that leaves notes of pine, pithy fruit, and light spice lingering in the finish. Much like the nose, there is just an outstanding balance here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick easy crispness that that perfectly complements the hop profile here. There are no alcohol flavors present either, with only a gentle warmth that adds to the intensity of the flavors.

Wow, another home run of an IPA from Sean Lawson here, with that triple threat of Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hops all combining to give this a fantastic blend of hop characters which where thankfully well balanced out into a fresh, crisp, and hugely drinkable version of what an American IPA should be. This bottle had a few weeks on it when I had it and was still drinking pretty super! This is another one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 16:00:11 | More by Kegatron
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ShadesofGray for opening this bottle at DLD 2011. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pour yields a nice peach-colored brew with a really nice head of white foam that lasts for a bit before falling and leaving behind a good dose of lacing. The nose is overloaded with citrus hops. Behind that, a bit of resinous pine and some mild tropical notes. No malt to speak of well. Well done there. The taste isn't quite as pungent, but is really quite nice, falling through onto a nice finish with a great level of bitterness. Another very, very solid IPA from Lawson's.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 10:35:02 | More by Thorpe429
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this twice in the past week, most recently at Kan's place. Not sure who contributed this - Kan or Drew I think. Served in a HopCat tulip. Batch #202, Bottle #84.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thick ring and a razor-time cap, leaving spotty lace behind. Hazed golden peach color that is quite attractive.

S - Big Citra hop aroma - it seems to overshadow the other two members of the Triple Play. Orange zest, hint of chive/onion, light pine, and some lightly browned sugars join the party as it warms up.

T - Largely orange hop flavor, mixed with some nice sugar cookie notes, and moderate residual bitterness. It's not super complex, but it's enjoyable nonetheless.

M - Smooth texture, medium-bodied, medium-low carbonation, and a dry, crisp, finish. Quite appropriate for the style.

D - This is a nice beer, but it actually seems maltier than Double Sunshine (which is higher in ABV). I'd take the Double Sunshine over this most of the time, but this is still a very nice IPA that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 06:59:18 | More by MasterSki
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle graciously shared by shadesofgray at DLD 2011 (thanks Ryan!). Very glad for the opportunity to try another Lawson's beer, to say the least.

Golden color, poofy foam, slight lace (only the 3rd beer I tried on this most glorious of days). Strong citrus character in the aroma, also floral and resiny. Fairly one-sided in taste (not one-dimensional, just more hops than malt which is exactly the way I want it). Still, a little malty sweetness counterbalances in the middle, luckily the aftertaste is all hops for me.

Crisp and drinkable, an excellent beer from this nano. I like this better than the dark IPA, although both are good.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 02:38:08 | More by TurdFurgison
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mr. ShadesOfGrey at that hootenanny known as Dark Lord Day.

A - Golden colored beer with a foamy head that stuck around for a bit and left some decent stick on the sides.

S - Love the smell of a good IPA. Quite fruity, with Citra providing a little less of that harsh bitterness and Simcoe adding some dank grass. Nice earth and floral notes.

T - Nice citrus and fruit with some Citra hops for good measure. There is some caramel malt on the back, but it is light enough and the whole beer tastes good but not overpowering. Quite well done.

M - Crisp, refreshing, carbonation that is not too harsh but is active.

O - Great beer, particularly for a single IPA. Alcohol is well hidden and this goes down like water. Would like to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 23:27:02 | More by AgentZero
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wally for the bottle!
Batch 202

Poured into an Alchemist pint glass. Pours an almost clear, light orange color with a thick, foamy, white head on top. Leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

Lots of Simcoe and Citra on the nose. Hoppy with sweet malts in the background. Floral citrus though out. Earthy, hoppy and floral. Great aroma, especially for a single IPA.

Chewy Citra hop and crushed orange wedge on the tongue. Chewy caramel malt backbone, but hops take the center stage. Lots of citrus and leafy hops. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is crisp with tasty hop bitterness through out. Slightly resiny with a good weight to the body. ABV is unnoticeable. This goes down easy.

Overall, this is another excellent hopped up beer from Sean Lawson. Lots of flavor and a solid nose. It doesn't get much better than this for a sessionable IPA. Vermont is turning into a killer IPA/DIPA state. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 00:57:37 | More by sisuspeed
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, revealing two and a half fingers of crisp, foamy white head with nice staying power over a hazy ruddy golden body. Some lacing. Smells sweet, lemony and with an awesome floral citrus hop presence.

Tastes clean, bitter and malty with a pure light citrus hop presence up front along with an assertive but well-integrated bitterness. Fades into sweet, chewy malt. Mouthfeel is light and flows easily with a slight tongue tickling carbonation. Very floral. Very flavorful. So nice. Dry in the finish, to keep you coming back. Very drinkable.

Overall one of my favorite AIPAs. I would really love some on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 00:47:50 | More by abuliarose
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Phoptos

Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Won in a "beer bracket" contest for March Madness. Batch 202, bottle #20.

A: Poured into my Pretty Things goblet. Pours a hazy gold with very little head on it, fading fast and not sticking around. Very light white/yellow lace. Dig the bottle presentation too, very Vermont. Simple and classic.

S: Lots of fruit in the nose...crispy citrus rinds with a subtle hoppiness but not as much as I expected. Not necessarily a bad thing, just surprising.

T: Wow. The citrus is there but not as blossoming as the nose. Flavor dances with the hops that are more present with each sip but not overbearing at all. A surprisingly smooth finish rounds it out just as the hops put the punctuation on the experience.

M: A slight dry pucker that has me constantly reaching for my glass. It quenches and lingers in a perfect balance leaving the tongue tingling and the throat wanting more.

O: I've tried plenty of IPAs. It's an easy beer to order and even easier to forget sometimes. This is the best American IPA I've ever had. It's complexity is delivered so smoothly, it becomes brilliantly simple.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 04:53:21 | More by Phoptos
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured int a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a small white to light yellow head, very bubbly. Nose is amazing, fresh and fruity, mango, grapefruit, pine and sweet fruit juice.

Taste is much less fruity than the nose, but it's still top notch, for a regular IPA it sure packs a hop punch, very bitter and palate tingling. There's a really nice creamy and sticky mouthfeel with a bit of a slightly acidic bite on the finish. A really nice addition to Lawson's hoppy line up!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 18:36:30 | More by kingcrowing
Triple Play IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
97 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.