Jade IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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4.98/5 rDev +24.2%
I'm making a prediction...2013 will be the year of New Zealand hops! They're already starting to show up in some of the most highly rated beers of 2012.
A: Gorgeous golden-orange-yellow with a huge, foamy, soapy, fluffy, bright white head. Huge lace and great retention. Such a creamy, inviting layer of bubbles.
S: Wow. NZ hops are something special. The aromas are unlike anything grown in the U.S. or Europe. Huge floral, resiny qualities with pungent whiffs of tropical fruit. "Dank" describes it well. The burst of fruit is like a freshly cut mango. It's that real.
T: Needless to say, very similar to the nose. The hops are SO vibrant. Massive tropical fruit. The hop oils immediately cling to every millimeter of the mouth leaving behind nothing except sticky, resiny hops full of bright, fruity flavors. The hops are so seriously delicious and dank that it's difficult to describe. At the same time, you get a bit of earth, cedar and pine/fresh sap. I cannot get enough of this beer. Better than a "5." Up there with Susan from HF, in my opinion, and it's the NZ hops that allow this beer to be this good.
M: Incredibly smooth. One of the greatest feels from an IPA that I've experienced. It's something about Vermont that allows every aspect of hoppy beers to shine. The power of the hop is accentuated so well. It's gotta be the water.
O: There isn't much else to say. I cannot imagine that the other offerings from Lawson's are better than this but I also cannot wait to try them. This beer is really this good. Almost perfect. I love NZ hops!!!
12-16-2012 05:55:31 | More by Gatch
4.78/5 rDev +19.2%
it poured a goldenrod yellow. somewhat cloudy with a medium head that dissipated to a thin lace.
it smelled like a grapefruit put on some lavender cologne for a night on the town and then went swimming in grapefruit juice.
it tastes heavier on the malts than i would normally prefer but somehow shines through with a lingering mix of alcohol and bitter bitter hops with a touch of smooth citrus and an ever so slight hint of florals. its extremely well balanced and i prefer an unbalanced hops.
the mouthfeel is outstanding. it sits forever. its smooth to drink and thick on the finish.
overall, i would drink a hundred of these. its definitely a top 10.
11-30-2012 02:20:19 | More by Puck
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
I had this bottle pretty fresh poured into a pint glass
The appearance is golden typical ipa look
the smell is interesting hoppy and well rather nice
it is not that massive hop smell but very interesting
as far as taste i really like this strain of hops and would like to try more stuff like this
or maybe a mix of some more bittering hops with this and see how that comes out
i feel after brewers taste this beer they are going to be trying some stuff with the new zealand hops
overall i would rate this beer pretty nice and a must try for the hop head
as long as you are an IPA fan this will be a happily tasted brew
12-17-2012 16:29:05 | More by mhksuccess
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden honey color capped by a couple of inches of foam; excellent retention and a smattering of lace
Smell: A tropical fruit salad of an aroma, with ruby red grapefruit, mango and pineapple
Taste: The malt is unobtrusive here, except to the extent that it lays a sweet platform on which the hops can explode with tropical fruit flavor, with mango, ruby red grapefruit and pineapple flavor; the bitterness builds, after the swallow, adding a peppery, herbal character to the profile
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: This IPA showcases the Pacific Jade hops to their utmost; a delight for anyone who likes the style
Thanks, wildcats10, for the opportunity
01-06-2013 19:37:24 | More by brentk56
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
Pours bright yellow/orange with a slight haze. 2 fingers of fluffy white head leaving excellent retention with some clumps of lacing down the glass.
Citrusy nose with some earthiness and spice character akin to what you'd expect from noble hops.
Lots of bright citrus flavor up front, more so than I would have guessed from the nose. Grapefruit and orange rind with just a touch of caramel malt. Finishes spicy with a little lingering citrus.
Shading toward medium bodied although lighter than the kiwi. Moderate carbonation and finishes fairly dry.
Nice well balanced beer as the combo of citrus with the spiciness on the back end is unique and pleasant. Just a shade below Kiwi, but would be glad to have this one again.
01-03-2013 14:29:21 | More by jmarsh123
4.33/5 rDev +8%
A: poured an orangish brown in color with pale yellow highlights and a half finger of head that left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.
S: earthy grassy notes were noticeable upfront in the aroma with a good hoppy presence, malty sweetness, citrus grapefruit zest, and hints of pineapple fruit.
T: the hop variety was quite tasty grassy and earthy with a bit of citrus grapefruit that helped out on the bitterness factor, good malty bready backbone that added enough sweetness to balance it out alongside a touch of pienaapple fruit.
M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a hoppy, semi sweet, malty, mild fruity, slightly bitter and crisp finish.
O: pretty decent IPA with great aroma and nice clean green flavors. Glad I got to try it.
12-30-2012 21:35:58 | More by Gobzilla
4.31/5 rDev +7.5%
22oz bomber, courtesy de @blackie as he travels the eastern seaboard in search of something that doesn't suck
Served in a hilliards can-pint, light golden straw body with a nice frothy head. Showcasing the NZ Jade hop - herbal, fresh citrus zest, peppercorn. From my limited exposure, Lawson's is making some of the best IPA's on the planet - this is a really nice showcase of a rather unusual hop that you definitely don't see too much of in the NW. The finish has a really light bitterness with a nice clean hop zest.
01-13-2013 00:42:05 | More by dirtylou
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
Bottles from the Warren Store, consumed once back home, reviewed from notes. Golden in color with a rich bone-white head. The Jade brings all the tropical lovely stuff I’ve come to expect from the NZ varietals - kiwi and mango with a big floral contingent and some peppery citrus zest. Pale and caramel malts bring a light sweetness and a nice, even grain flavor. Medium in body and carbonation. Balanced bitterness to finish. Loving the IPAs that Lawson’s is bringing to the table - some of the best anywhere.
10-09-2013 03:45:57 | More by blackie
Jade IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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