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Sugarhouse IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Sugarhouse IPASugarhouse IPA

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very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.67%

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BearsOnAcid on 03-26-2011)
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Photo of ghostwalker


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A treat from the Northeast Kingdom. Love the new generation of Vermont brews!

Poured into my CBS snifter, it develops a respectable finger of creamy yellow-white head. Clear, orange body.

Nose is sharp pine and citrus. Simple and perfect.

Flavor is dominated by the piney. Love the Columbus and Amarillo combo. Low on the malt and heavy on the hop, just the way it should be. Not that sweet and not all that citrusy, it's a smooth, strong pine-bomb.

Mouthfeel is zesty and tingling, but with fairly low carbonation. Tooth enamel is in danger here. Love it!

Overall is very high. I really like the smooth drinkability coupled with significant hop-loading. Lots and lots of flavor for only 6% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 23:40:41 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of henskejk


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A - Golden yellow orange, slightly cloudy, small amt of white head which dissipates quickly

S - a lot of citrus and some piney hops in the nose

T - citrus and pine flavors and malty sweetness to balance the flavor

M - medium body, but light enough that it is very drinkable, good amount of carbonation

O - very enjoyable and drinkable IPA

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 22:42:41 | More by henskejk
Photo of drabmuh


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Michael, Beer served in a tiny ticker snifter designed for one thing....ticking.

Beer is orangish, light with a little haze, some white head but low retention, no real lacing, low carbonation.

Beer smells a little hoppy, tropical fruits, mangos and pineapple perhaps.

Hmmm....the flavor lets me down a little bit. It is hoppy but not hop forward. It is a little grainy and thin, the beer is overall bland and plain. From Lawsons I expect more (and that's a compliment).

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:41:05 | More by drabmuh
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/02/11 notes. Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one; always interested in trying new Lawson's beers. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark, murky amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, pine hops, and lemons. Nice and fruity, with lots of citrus to it. Very nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemons, oranges, tropical fruits, fruity malts, and pine hops. Not bitter at all, and again, lots of fresh hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink and crisp.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good IPA; another good hoppy beer from Lawson's. Would love to get more of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 18:08:47 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Thorpe429


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a nice apricot color with a good white head and some lacing. The nose carries some faint tropical fruits and a bit of citrus. Pretty good but not quite as nice. The flavor is a bit more tame. Not nearly good enough for a Lawson's hoppy beer but still fairly tasty. Light body with good carbonation. Slightly bitter and dry. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 22:33:32 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz gold foil topped bottle shared with a few friends. Thanks Ashley!

Pours a hazed, but clear golden copper with a large, frothy white head that settles in to a layer of bubbles and light lacing. Aroma is juicy and hoppy, with light lemon, orange, and mostly Amarillo hops. Flavor has a strong grain malt body with juicy Amarillo hops in the finish. Medium light body with strong carbonation. An excellent IPA, but just makes me miss Double Sunshine.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 22:24:08 | More by yourefragile
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is mildly hazy and light orange hued, sporting an inch of fluffy, white head. The aroma offers some hop and citrus character, particularly oranges. Good flavor, with a healthy amount of bitterness throughout. A bit of citrus lingers in the aftertaste. Light bodied with solid carbonation. Overall, pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 22:21:39 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of scottfrie


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks for this one, Michael!

A: Pours a clear honey amber color with a huge, oily, off-white head that slowly faded into a greasy film leaving of streaks sticky lacing down the glass.
S: The nose is bursting with floral and citrus hop notes. There is a sweetness there as well similar to sugar syrup and fruit nectar.
T: Columbus hop bitterness is strong with flavors of pine sap and citrus rind. I get more floral and sweet hop notes in the finish. The fruit nectar/sugar smell from the nose is all but drowned out from the bitter fruit pith. Aftertaste is bitter, sticky, and lingering.
M: Heavy mouthfeel with a greasy full body and low carbonation made up of fine bubbles. Goes down slick and heavy. Finish is a little rough and unpolished though.
O: Just a tad harsh and one dimensional, but still a great ipa. Not the best from the brewery, but that’s only because they make world class beers. Thanks again for hooking me up, SneezyAchew.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 22:01:42 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Chilled bomber bottle courtesy of phingdong. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow to light orange in color. Pours a slight one finger light beige head.

Aroma: Light pine resin, floral hops, and a touch of earthiness. A touch of caramel in the background as well.

Taste: Pine and earthy notes from the hops. Floral notes and a touch of honey. Not as sweet as I expected with its name. Really bitter aftertaste, leaves lingering pine on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA, but not my favorite. The pine notes are nice, but it is a bit one note. This has its strengths, but doesn't compare with the best of Vermont or Lawson's.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 20:19:11 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of ejl4


4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, light amber with white head

S - Great hop aroma with predominately Amarillo hops on the nose, some dank aroma

T - Very drinkable, with a noticeable malt character balanced nicely with the hop flavor and bitterness

O - A great example of an American IPA, very drinkable yet flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:15:55 | More by ejl4
Photo of MasterSki


3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An extremely rare Lawson's beer. Awesome! Thanks Mike (AgentZero). Batch #195, Bottle #24. Guess this is a few months old. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - A finger-plus of white creamy foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lace. Hazy dark peach body.

S - Faded hops, some dankness, lemon citrus zest, and a sweet sugary malt backdrop.

T - Grapefruit zest, bready malts, some light sugar, fruity yeast, and surprisingly high bitterness. Somewhat astringent in the finish.

M - Zesty carbonation, grainy and gritty medium body. Finishes quite sticky and resinous.

D - This was alright, but it's not one of Sean's better offerings. More Double Sunshine please. I'd drink this if offered, but definitely not one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 19:20:05 | More by MasterSki
Photo of mcallister


3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite the looker here. Deep hazy orange in color with a creamy, thick cream colored head. Leaving thin lace around the glass and a thick foam topping.

Piney, grassy hops resinous and earthy. Some floral aspects and light stone fruits. Bready, cereal malts with a caramel underlying

Hops become more citrusy in the mouth. A bit astringent on the finish. Light residual surags. Pine cone, caramel, lemon, lead, apricot, peach, flowers, loam and more. Resiny and gritty on the long finish. Carbonation is odd in the middle needs to be heavier.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 19:48:56 | More by mcallister
Photo of maximum12


3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to imagineiii for yet another bottle of Lawson's goodness. Spring has arrived in Minnesota after 19 months of winter, so I'm going to celebrate with a promising IPA. Split with my wife. Batch #195, bottle 29. Love that every bottle is signed by the brewer, very cool.

Pour is an unrefined hazy sunset, tinged by a big fire in Yosemite. Reeks of juicy hops, citrus, pine, bare oranges.

Sugarhouse IPA doesn't live up to the bunch of fantastic Lawson's IPAs I've had to date. The hops are muddled: citrus, pine, mixed in with damp, post-rain earthiness that really detracts from the punch. Bread crust is in the mix...but whatever else is here, it's overwhelmed by the dank darkness.

Not wild about this, it's lacking in the bright hops IPAs are all about. Just OK.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 02:28:08 | More by maximum12
Photo of BearsOnAcid


4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden hue with a soapy bubble off white head.

Bready/cracker malt aroma. Exotic fruit and grassiness from the hops. Candied oranges and lemon zest.

Grapefruit pith upfront in taste. Grassy lawnclippings and smooth fresh hops. Lemony aftertaste. Lawson's signature bone dry hoppy finish. The flavor in this one is almost flawless. If you like an IPA as dry as dry can be then this one will end up on top of your list.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 07:59:37 | More by BearsOnAcid
Photo of kingcrowing


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a wine glass.

Pours a nice deep amber with a small white head, nose is sweet and hoppy, a good balance, very nice.

Taste is very heady, sweet and crisp, light floral notes and a good creamy finish. There is a bit of maple sugar notes its very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 22:39:10 | More by kingcrowing
Sugarhouse IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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