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Triple Play IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Triple Play IPATriple Play IPA

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331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.27%


Brewed by:
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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rudzud

Massachusetts

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

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 03:01:20 | More by rudzud
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jmarsh123

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 20:42:19 | More by jmarsh123
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

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

1451

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 18:37:57 | More by Bierman9
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 16:22:40 | More by cpetrone84
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 02:17:42 | More by MusicaleMike
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gford217

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 22:54:59 | More by gford217
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 00:23:29 | More by BarrytheBear
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SpdKilz

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 01:31:21 | More by SpdKilz
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Lostcarkeys


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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8%
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 +1.6%
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 -3.4%
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 -11.4%
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 -8.4%
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 +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Vermont

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 18:36:30 | More by kingcrowing
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SFLpunk

Vermont

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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 04:04:26 | More by SFLpunk
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maximum12

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 03:10:18 | More by maximum12
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Triple Play IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
97 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.