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Triple Play IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Triple Play IPATriple Play IPA

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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 318
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
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 Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Kegatron, May 26, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Thorpe429, May 11, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

MasterSki, May 08, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

TurdFurgison, May 08, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

AgentZero, May 06, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

sisuspeed, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of abuliarose
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

abuliarose, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of Phoptos
4.97/5  rDev +13%
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.

Phoptos, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

kingcrowing, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to try this award-winning IPA. Went down to American Flatbread Burlington Hearth and had 2 x 12oz pours.

Just a quick review: Decent clarity, with a little haze on a pale amber/gold body and some white head. Nose and palate are all about tropical fruit (guava, mango & papaya) plus some citrus (orange, blood orange and pink grapefruit). Bitter but so fruity it's almost "tart" with hop juiciness (no funk acidity though, just so we're clear).

This is a guard in the new Vermont-style IPA. The texture is chewy and dense with hop oils. Normally I'm not the biggest fan of Citra, but I think it plays an awesome role in this beer adding tropical fruit flavors to the Simcoe and Centennial. A true Triple Play and cheers to Sean!

SFLpunk, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to baconsausage for this, amongst a nest of other goodies, as I continue to wade into Lawson's head-first. Batch #187, bottle #17, looks like it's signed by the brewer.

Bottle notes that the beer is brewed with Simcoe, Citra, & Centennial hops - two of my favorites & another very good one. Pours an amazingly clear yellow; this is a Deliverance cousin to Bud, it's so sunshine-golden. Smells terrific, great open forests of pine, oily, bitter.

Triple Play mimics up the smell to a tee. Heady pine needles, dipped & sauteed in oiliness, dominates the palate. A little grapefruit, parsley on the side, flakes of vague herbs. Then the bitterness arrives like a colon cleanser & sweeps away all that silliness. End is pure, NIN-level bitterness. No, wait, old NIN. The new type if fakey.

I'm sucking this down. Remember drinking from a neighbor's hose after playing whiffle ball for three hours straight? Kind of like that. I'll usually sip my way through a couple ounces during a review; my half of the bomber is about 75% absent at this point.

Another excellent IPA from Lawson's, that's two. I have a couple favorite breweries who act pull magic acts when they get their hands on some hops; another try or two, & Lawson will be on that list as well. Very nice.

maximum12, Feb 15, 2011
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Triple Play IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
97 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.