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Triple Play IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Triple Play IPATriple Play IPA

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 374
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 351
Gots: 17 | 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

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Beer added by: maximum12 on 02-15-2011

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of SawDog505
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from Dr. Hennig, thanks so much. Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange, with a one inch stick white head that leaves beautiful lace. Smell is a tropical citrus mango, pineapple, tangerine, papaya, and grapefruit. Taste is just amazing, very well balanced, with grapefruit dominating the finish in a wonderful way. Body is medium, plenty of life, with a dry finish, and so easy drinking. This is possibly the best IPA that has ever touched these lips, Vermont knows Citra hops like nobody. Wow it is so special. My first IPA or DIPA perfect score.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

slightly amberish copper with a touch of a hop haze and a pure white head that sticks to the glass very well, though it recedes rather quickly.

loads of citrus and pine and a bit of grassy hops in this very aromatic beer. a bit of sweet malt sits behind that.

juicy citrus hops with a touch of pine and some very subtle sweetened tropical fruits on top of a sweet caramelly malt body. Hops remain dominant, but this one is nicely balanced.

medium bodied with ample carbonation and lots of resin left on the palate.

very good IPA from Lawson's. doesn't quite compare to some other VT IPAs being put out recently, but it holds its own. I'd drink this again and again.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joeybones for this beer in a recent trade.

Ahh, the much heralded and sought after Lawson's. I have only had 1 other beer from them, the Maple Nipple, and I was not overly impressed.

This beer pours a fairly bright orange but there is a lot of sediment floating around in it. a decent sized head that sticks around the entire time I drink it.
The smell is wonderful and intoxicating on it's own. Grapefruit forward and extremely citrusy. It smells very promising.
Taste- Very nice and refreshing on the front end. There is the promised grapefruit there but the end is a little too bitter for my tastes. This is much more like a double or triple IPA to me. I thought it may be with the name 'Triple Play' but it says on the label it's an IPA with 3 hap varieties, not a double or triple.
Mouthfeel is very nice.

Summing it up, a nice IPA but a bit too bitter for me tastes. It could finish a little bit cleaner for me.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Triple Play IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy orange with a slight amber hue, great soapy head with good retention. Abundance of lacing all over. Perfect looking brew.

Smell - Absolutely amazing aroma! Juicy citrus with a tinge of tartness. Malt sweetness gently complements.

Taste - Malt gone in the blink of an eye with a blast of grapefruit citrus and fading to bitter pine from Centennial hops.

Mouthfeel - Rests bitter pine. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Great drinkability. Booziness is absent completely.

Overall - Another phenomenal brew by Sean Lawson. They are all a little different, which is what makes these batches so unique and keeps me personally coming back for more. This is another MUST TRY brew!

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Photo of unclejazz
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Worthy Burger in South Royalton, VT

12 oz. pour in tulip

Appearance in an orangish amber hue with a 2 finger off white head that settled and left little lacing. Smell is mango and tropical fruit with a touch of pine and fresh baked bread. Taste is very smooth with mango and pineapple leading the way, just enough sweetness from the malt and a resiny finish. Smooth and slightly effervescent in the mouth. Glad I got a chance to enjoy this fresh on tap, it's pretty darn good, but not sure it pairs well with burgers.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear golden orange with a nice white head that fades to a layering and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of tropical fruits, pine, and a bit of grapefruit. The caramel malt is apparent in the background.

T: The taste starts with a big punch of pine and bitter grapefruit and melds with the tropical fruits from the nose on the finish. The malt is there but it's hard to pick out. A very normal yet tasty IPA.

M: The feel is crisp yet creamy...it's actually very close to a DIPA in the feel. Medium bodied for sure.

O: This is pretty tasty and something I could see myself growing to like if I had access to it. It's nothing mind blowing but it's a solid example of its style.

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Photo of ScotNH
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another delicious offering from Lawson's Finest Liquids. Pours with a single finger of quickly dissipating head. Smells delicious, very piney and resinous. Taste follows the nose, with a pretty strong bitter finish.

Overall, an excellent IPA, on the bitter side.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice medium amber. Head poured a very thin off white that mostly disappeared in 5 minutes leaving just a few tracings. Aroma was a mix of bitter piney hoppy, with some citrus mixed in the back end. Taste was almost entirely hops. Not to over powering, but long lasting. Left a definite taste in the mouth for a long period of time. Felt ok in the mouth. A bit of coating, with a fair amount of tingling on the tongue, despite no obvious carbonation. Overall a good beer. Not overly pushed to the limit, and balanced enough to enjoy over time.

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Photo of raffy313
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This bottle was an extra thrown in from a recent trade with cbeer88. Thanks a ton Carl!

A clear golden orange color, with half inch worth of off white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves behind some spotty lacing. Some interesting looking "floaties"/sediment appear on the bottom of the bottle, when held up to the light.

Aromas are an awesome citrusy, slightly piney and definate fruit sweetness. Bitter grapefruit, with a hint of sweet orange. Also present are some bready malt aromas that round out the nose and make for well balanced beer. Digging the nose alot!

Although abit more muted, when compaired to the nose... the flavors are very similar. A definite bitter grapefruit bite, with some tropical fruit(pineapple, and holy crap... mango! I loooove mango!).

Medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Very bitter, very dry finish... yet quite drinkable.

This was my first ever Lawson's offering, and so glad I finally got the chance to try one! As far as aroma... probably Top 3 of all IPA's I've ever had(and I've had some good ones!). Overall... a definate Top 5 in IPA's. Would definately recommend, and absolutely love to try again!

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Photo of Hendry
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It is difficult for me to understand how beer enthusiasts outside of Vermont are getting their hands on Lawson's Finest Liquids, but more power to you if you can make that happen. I live an hour from where they make this stuff and it has become extremely difficult to purchase multiple bombers depending on their production.

Again, thanks to my buddy & hop mentor for the opportunity to try Triple Play. All I can say for these Lawson's elixirs is WOW! There is a pride and closeness to attention that make their small batch hand crafted beers extra special, and Triple Play fits squarely in that category.

Triple Play pours a cloudy, hazy off orange color, and the nose is delectable. Simply varying degrees of excellence between this and the Double Sunshine. All of the best attributes in tropical fruit aroma/flavor and aftertaste are delivered but in a slightly heavier consistency than the run of the mill DIPA or Triple IPA. The body is the heavy side of medium, and it rests on the palate. The aftertaste is enjoyable with every slow sip, as this is not a beer for quaffing.

I very much look forward to getting my hands on multiple bombers of Lawson's for my beer archive in the coming months. If you can find this one, chances are good it while make you smile.

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Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Triple Play pours more of an amber coppery orange color- which is mildly distinct when compared to Sean's other IPA's. I like the look, but I personally prefer the golden honey orange of his Double Sunshine or Kiwi Double (nothing to take away from triple play at all). Fantastic smell with big juicy citrus at the forefront- mostly dominated by grapefruit and that's about it as I pick up on little to no malty sweetness or piney smells. Taste is very much in order with the smell, a clean citrussy grapefruit and orange at first from the CItra slowly fading to a slightly bitter resinous pine from the Centennial. The thing that I love about this IPA is the malt is all but removed from the taste leaving the hops to explode on your pallet. The brew sits with more of a mild bitter piney taste and I am experiencing little to no alcohol in the aftertaste. With such a minimal malt presence one could think this would be an overly bitter brew, but this isn't the case at all. The taste is what really what makes this beer for me and the hop profile is amazing. I give a perfect 5 for taste as Sean was able to pack SO much flavor into an IPA- I mean I have had at least 20 DIPA's that don't even come close to this hop flavor profile. If this had been a DIPA I may have scored it a 4.75, but as of now I am saying best hop flavor for a single IPA going!

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lawson's Triple play IPA

Look 8/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 93/100

Real nice small batch brew... I especially like the freshness and dank citrus feel. Will admit I wanted something more satisfying. Maybe it doesn't feel well rounded as it's Vermont's counter parts? Great, none the less~

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer in a large hand blown Simon Pearce tulip glass.
Pours a medium amber with one finger head.
Smell is delightful, hoppy and sweet but both are moderate in their strength.
Taste is delicious, right in line with aromas but even juicier. Mild bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel really intrigued me. It felt silky on my palate, not thin. Perfect carbonation.
Overall, a fantastic IPA that is very well crafted and restrained in places.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle To Dogfish Head IPA glass

A: Orange honey colored that is totally completely cloudy and to ally opaque. It has a bright white heady that goes up about 2in but dissipates quickly. Not the cleanest IPA but matches the hop profile

S: wow citrus fruit city there is definitely some oranges in there and some mango as well, but they are definitely hops in there. It smells juicy and fresh i really just wanna dive in

T: The taste follows the nose with lots of citrusy and juicy hops, however that is not all that is there by any means. It has a crisp taste a nice more subtile hop bitterness (given this is clearly a hop bomb) and is not overwhelming in fact it is almost delicate as apposed to resiny and lasts on the tongue for quite a while for each sip. Has a lot of flavor for a single IPA but is well balanced as well which is not easy to do.

M: It has a crisp bitter feel upfront it is not quite resiny though. It is very light for an IPA and so thin its almost watery. The carbonation is almost undetectable but it goes go down very easily given the alcohol content, super drinkable.

O: This a a great really drinkable hop forward IPA with lots of juicy citrusy hops, but it is well balanced. This is the best single IPA i have had from lawson's and is actually a close second to Double Sunshine I remember not being blown away in the past but having it fresh it really is a high quality beer I highly recommend.

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Photo of owend
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy, golden-orange with a one finger white head that fades quickly, but leaves behind nice lacing

S- Tropical citrus fruit with a dank, piney undertone.

T- Taste follows the aroma, strong citrus taste with a good dose of resinous piney flavor as well. A bit of malt carries through on the back end, but bitterness returns to dominate the aftertaste

M- medium body with a dry crisp finish that leaves you going back for more.

O-A complex, beautifully hoped IPA, that is deceptively easy drinking. Another great beer from Lawson's.

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Photo of Rheaume17
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Lawson's Finest Liquids Tulip.

Appearance - Pours a gorgeous golden color with a solid 1/2 inch of sudsy head. The color is a nice orange in a more dim light.

Smell - Wow. A HUGE punch of tropical fruits and an ever bigger punch of hops. The smell is absolutely fantastic.

Taste - Simply amazing. A perfect blend of hops/malt. An absolute bomb of tropical fruits including mango, orange, grapefruit and papaya. An overload of hops. The malt is very subtle. Tastes a little bready to me. I can't believe that this isn't a DIPA. The flavor is unreal.

Mouthfeel - Great pungency. The bitterness really sticks to your mouth.

Overall - Double Sunshine's little brother. I can't believe this much flavor was packed into an IPA. This is the flavor you would expect from a DIPA. I love hops and this certainly did not let me down. Definitely one of the best single IPA's I have ever had. This beer was truly amazing. And yet another incredible offering from Lawson's.

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Photo of MS22
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Underrated to say the least. With all the hype that Double Sunshine and Hopzilla get this takes a back seat, and undeservedly so.

Smell is fruity hops all day long. Smooth and mouth filling with fine bubbles that cut through the beer wonderfully.

No where near what most breweries consider a Triple IPA. Way more along their lines of a DIPA. Clocking in at 7% the alcohol is barely noticeable and honestly all Triples I taste are too sweet for my taste; not this.

I enjoyed this more so than either of the other Lawsons offerings. Buy some if you get the chance.

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Photo of Lostcarkeys
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Phoptos
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Triple Play IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
95 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.