Triple Play IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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Ratings: 359 | Reviews: 74 | Display Reviews Only:
4.28/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
03-25-2012 00:23:29 | More by BarrytheBear
4.03/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
03-22-2012 01:31:21 | More by SpdKilz
4.1/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
03-02-2012 20:40:33 | More by Lostcarkeys
4.75/5 rDev +8%
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.
08-21-2011 16:31:20 | More by rowingbrewer
4.47/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
06-10-2011 14:59:10 | More by ktrillionaire
4.25/5 rDev -3.4%
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!
06-07-2011 18:50:10 | More by AleWatcher
3.9/5 rDev -11.4%
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
05-30-2011 14:40:06 | More by jrallen34
4.03/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
05-30-2011 11:24:37 | More by woosterbill
4.47/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
05-26-2011 16:00:11 | More by Kegatron
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
05-11-2011 10:35:02 | More by Thorpe429
Triple Play IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
97 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.