Triple Play IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
I had a bottle of this last Saturday but my palate was a little off, perhaps due to eating copious amounts of Mexican food and buckets of salsa, so here I am on my second and final bottle. Looking forward to a bright and hoppy Lawson's beer.
A: Slightly hazy bright orange with a finger of frothy white foam. Solid retention and lots of scattered lacing.
S: Blend of spicy grapefruit, orange, and nectarine with traces of guava and mango. There's a note in there that I can only describe as fuzzy peach skin. Malt imparts light bread and caramel notes with a lower level of sweetness.
T: The fruit is expressive, a veritable cornucopia consisting of sweet orange, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, and light guava notes. My first impression of the fruit is of sweet and juicy flesh, but in the late palate the citrus and tropical notes tend toward drier, more bitter, and more astringent rind and pith notes. Malt is sweet throughout but never obstructs the bright fruit presence. There's an insistent moderate bitterness throughout. The finish is dry, fruity, and bitter with a light astringency.
M: Lower medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very dry.
Overall: Another damn good Lawson's IPA. This really grew on my as it opened up.
05-11-2012 03:37:01 | More by HopHead84
4.28/5 rDev -2.9%
Hard to believe that I've never reviewed this.
Pours a light gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very nice colors for the style.
Citra, Simcoe and Centennial blend is impressive to the nose. The citrus notes are most appreciated.
Nice citrus notes upfront with a very nice juiciness. Bitterness expands inside of the mouth, incorporating some biscuity malt.
Carbonation levels are just right and plenty of lingering hops for the enthusiast.
Nicely hopped IPA. I love this.
04-21-2012 02:19:34 | More by Brad007
4.33/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
05-08-2011 02:38:08 | More by TurdFurgison
4.01/5 rDev -9.1%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Slightly hazy orange bottle. Wispy surface after a chunky head dissipates. Thin collar.
Smell - Less citrusy than I thought. Grapefruit and orange hops, but musty resiny hops balance. Hardly any malt presence.
Taste - Follows the nose. Even more of the pine hops than the nose. Strong grainy malt here that I didn't get from the nose. Finishes with just a hint of sweetness.
Mouthfeel - Dry and very bitter. Well carbonated and fairly light.
Overall - I expected more from Lawson's. Every other IPA has been fantastic from them, but this is merely good. First world problems?
02-26-2013 01:38:24 | More by Alieniloquium
3.9/5 rDev -11.6%
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
4.33/5 rDev -1.8%
Fresh bottle courtesy of sprague11. Thanks!
Poured in to CBS Snifter.
A - Slightly cloudy medium orange colour. Half a finger of white head formed on the pour and quickly receded to a few scattered bubbles on top of the ale.
S - Huge citrus aroma up front full of fresh grapefruit, tangerine and peach notes that gives way to a secondary but vibrant tropical fruit aroma (mango, pineapple). A slight malt sweetness is present in the background.
T - A big bitterness up front that is filled with fresh, juicy citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Grapefruit, orange zest and secondary mango and pineapple flavours are present. A slight sweet caramel malt sweetness is present in the background but this is definitely a west coast DIPA. As I continue to drink this, the flavours from the hops begin to fade leaving only the bitterness, which is disappointing.
M - Medium to full body with a nice hearty chew. Lots of resiny hop oils. Light carbonation. Perfect mouth feel.
05-18-2012 23:34:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
05-05-2011 23:27:02 | More by AgentZero
4.28/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a big foamy/soapy white head that recedes to leave some sticky lacing.
Aromas begin with big crisp fresh citrus and floral hops. My buddy and I guessed Centennial and Simcoe even before we read the label. Huge grapefruit, pine, tropical pineapple and mango with some underlying resiny and grassy as well.
The tastes begin with huge grassy, resiny, grapefruit and floral hops flavors on top of a small amount of pale sweet maltiness. Really can't add much more here because it's just an assault of citrus and pine on the palate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter, just as it should be.
Overall this was a great IPA with loads of flavor and body for a single IPA. A lot of hop complexity for a single IPA as well. The Citra, Centennial and Simcoe play amazying together and create a fantasic treat. A bit resiny toward the end but excess Citra will sometimes do that.
02-24-2013 14:46:47 | More by claspada
4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
03-25-2012 22:54:59 | More by gford217
4.46/5 rDev +1.1%
It's a cloudy glass of beer. Dark orange in the shadows and glowy yellow-orange in direct light. Medium head, off-white. A blanket of little bubbles. Good lacing and retention. The aroma is a very bright blend of citrus and tropical fruit. It smells like a smoothie made of oranges, tangerines, pineapples, mangoes and papayas. Rich and fruity and citrus sweet. Very little malt character. Just a pungent load of hops. My only knock is that the aroma could be a bit stronger. This bottle is pretty fresh, but I wouldn't be shocked if a pour off a newly filled keg would raise my score. The taste has wonderful hop flavor, particularly for a 7% abv beer. It's just packed with complexity and delicacy. The bitterness is fairly mild. It's just got a ton of flavor. It has that same mix of citrus and tropical fruit. Very bright and sweet, though there's little malt sugariness. It's just all fresh, tasty hops. What malt can be found is light and a bit cracker-ish. Long finish full of grapefruit-ish hop bitterness. Pretty dry. Mouthfeel is medium. Really fills the mouth with flavor. Nice dry finish. Good platform for the hop flavors. This is an excellent IPA, on par with the best of the style. I've been very impressed with all of the Lawson's beers that I've tried, and I'm thrilled to be able to sit down and have a bottle of Triple Play to myself. Great stuff.
04-06-2013 04:33:55 | More by popery
4.45/5 rDev +0.9%
22oz. bottle procured at the Montpelier Farmer's Market on 3/2/2012. Served in a tulip nonic. Pours a pale, straw gold hue with a translucent clarity and a loose, quarter inch bright white head that eventually settles into a soapy slick - no lacing on this one. Nose on this beer is fantastic - tropical fruits are revealed upfront, followed by faint aromas of cat pee and evening out with an herbal/earthy finish. Taste follows nose; however, the tropical fruit is a bit more intense and has an almost candied quality, while the Simcoe character blends in with the earthy herbal qualities culminating in a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive, slightly prickly carbonation and light oiliness to the texture. What can I say, this is a fantastic IPA with so much tropical goodness - I wish I picked up a second bottle, but at least I got to enjoy several offerings on-draft as well. I'd love to see more IPAs with this complexity and flavor profile.
03-07-2013 01:18:30 | More by Jwale73
4/5 rDev -9.3%
This bottle was shared by muskabeatz, thanks Evan!
This beer pours a light bodied light amber on color with a slight one finger, soapy white head. The nose features light Citra hops, slight caramel malt, light centennial hops,, with some sticky pine. It drinks with moderate bitterness and it's hoppy and piney with a slightly sweet malt backbone. It has nice flavor and doesn't show any alcohol at all. It's a nice beer. It's a little too dry and too sticky, because of the malt for me to rate higher. I'm glad to have tried it though.
05-29-2012 01:47:19 | More by aasher
4.03/5 rDev -8.6%
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
4.33/5 rDev -1.8%
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
04-16-2012 03:01:20 | More by rudzud
4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
02-15-2011 03:10:18 | More by maximum12
3.75/5 rDev -15%
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.
04-10-2012 16:22:40 | More by cpetrone84
4.33/5 rDev -1.8%
22oz bottle poured into a snifter
Thanks to Hojo for bringing this back for me
Pours a bright orange color with a one+ finger of ecru foam. Good staying power with huge sip marks inside the glass.
Tropical fruit sweetness, pine needles, hop oils, and some lightly toasted bready malts. A touch of honey/sugary sweetness is also present. The aroma is tightly wound. A quick burst of hoppy goodness on the olfactories.
Pineapple, papaya, mango, and apricots come right over top. Excellent tropical feuit melange. Some bready malts and a residual sweetness before a burst of pine/citrus bitterness.
Medium body with excellent carbonation. A smooth, creamy feel with a moderate bitterness. The bitterness is partially balanced by the fruit sweetness.
A damn fine beer that I savored with every sip. Triple Play definitely warrants consideration at the top of the elite list.
10-20-2012 22:33:53 | More by ColForbinBC
Triple Play IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
97 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.