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Triple Play IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Triple Play IPATriple Play IPA

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BA SCORE
97
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368 Ratings
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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 342
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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 ColForbinBC
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of popery
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of maximum12
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
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!

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of petermethot
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Bierman9
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of scottfrie
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks a ton, Michael.
A: Pours a deep citrus golden with a large, oily, off-white head that slowly faded into a thin film and collar that left spotty lace down the glass.
S: I get huge notes of fresh citrus and tropical smelling hops. Papaya, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and passion fruit fill the glass. Hops are bright, juicy and fresh smelling.
T: Follows the nose with sweet and lightly bitter notes of citrus rind, juicy tropical fruits, and a hint of pale malt, mint and biscuit dough. The finish has a note or two of brown sugar and maybe caramel, and the aftertaste is clean and bitter.
M: Medium body, full and even carbonation, with a slick mouthfeel that goes down smooth and refreshing.
O: An excellent IPA that is a hop bomb closer to a dipa than the regular. Lawson knows how to do hops right. Thanks again, SneezyAchew!

Photo of VeganUndead
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Sean9689
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, thanks Keith!

A - Pours golden yellow, white head, spotty lace, thin cap.

S - Citrus, tropical fruit, pine, light floral notes. Really a nice mix of hoppy notes that attribute for some excellent complexity.

T - Citrus, grapefruit, grass, light pine. A nice amount of bitter hops without destroying the palate. More citrus then sweetness, which is actually my preference. Finish is bitter citrus peel and bitter hops.

M - Light, good carbonation, crisp and refreshing, oily finish.

O - An excellent IPA from Lawson's that was super-easy to drink and very enjoyable. The complexity offered up by the hop profile kept me interested and I was able to finish off this bomber with no problems. I will seek this one out again, no doubt.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle with a gold foil-wrapped neck, sent by Rifugium last week (fresh from his recent trip to VT). Split to two pint glasses with my wife before dinner tonight.

Label: 'Brewed and dry hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Centennial ~ Brewing News 2011 National IPA Champion'.

"Straight from the the Green Mountains to your Head"

A: Cloudy butterscotch-copper with a sudsy off-white foam, maybe 1-finger. An alluring shade of orange, a bit mysterious. Relatively few bubbles of carbonation, those that are there rise sleepily. Suds subside but cling as creamy speckles and broken ribbons.

S: What a glorious aroma! Lush and green, wildly full of citrus rind and backed with sourdough.

T: Big grapefruit/lemon rind bitterness, the definition of 'pithy'. It's a juicier and sweeter fruitiness at times, but tends to hold fastidiously to it brash bitterness. Enough caramel malt to offer balance, but truly an explosion of hops in my mouth. [a surprise: my wife once completely despised well-hopped beers like this. Tonight, she proclaimed 'this is REALLY good' after a couple sips]

M: Very smooth, gentle carbonation. Medium body that tips toward heaviness. That lingering harsh bitterness is a minor drawback after a while.

O: What a good IPA! Tons of flavor and terrific aroma. I'm not always drawn to these kinds of IPAs either (my taste buds lean 'malty'), but this was excellent tonight and one I'd gladly have again. Thanks for the opportunity to try it, Derek!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Triple Play IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
97 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.