Jade IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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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
4.05/5 rDev +1%
A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some orange highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a two finger tall pillowy white head that slowly reduces to several small to medium sized patch of thicker larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of hops - some citrus/grapefruit and some spicy/black pepper with just a hint of earthiness.
T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel malts but that is quickly dominated by a light to moderate amount of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, and spicy/black pepper hops. Very light amounts of earthy hops are underlying the entire taste. Very light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.
M: Slightly shy of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of very light amounts of dryness in the finish.
O: Extremely well balanced between the hops and the malts - the sweetness and the bitterness balance out and make this an extremely easy to drink and enjoyable brew. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer does a very nice job of highlighting the Pacific Jade hop.
01-03-2013 01:42:40 | More by dbrauneis
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
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
650 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice.
Appearance - Very cloudy orange body without a very impressive head. Some bubbles on the surface, but it looks a little undercarbonated. Sticky lacing and a few surface islands.
Smell - Dynamic blend of hop aromas. Mango and tropical fruits are the strongest, but a close second is a simcoe-like aroma. Grapefruit, too. In the back is a slightly herbal hop aroma that reminds me of Double Sunshine.
Taste - Grassy and herbal hops are more prevalent here, but the tropical fruits still persist. I wish I knew which flavors the jade hops were providing. Nice blend of hops, overall. Malt presence is nice, just a touch of sweetness to balance. Healthy grassy hop bite in the back end.
Mouthfeel - It is a little bit undercarbonated. Makes it a little less crisp than I'd like, but I'm still trying really hard not to put this one away in two or three gulps. It's a little bitter, too. My wife found it too bitter, likening it to a gratuitous nipple slip in an otherwise classy movie.
Overall - Another excellent offering from Lawson's. I can't get enough of VT IPAs. Lawson's provides consistent quality in their IPAs with enough hop variation to keep me seeking them out.
12-03-2012 00:14:41 | More by Alieniloquium
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
4.28/5 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
4.05/5 rDev +1%
Pours a translucent dark golden colour, and a bright white finger and a half of fluffy head. Dissipates leaving lots of spongy late behind.
The aroma was big on the tropical fruits. Sweet and fruity mango, papaya, slight pineapple, and touches of zesty citrus.
Quite similar to the aroma, there's plenty of mango, and other tropical fruitiness. Not much of the citrus, but maybe a sweet grapefruit and some pine. Bitterness was sharp and to the point.
Had a nice light creamy feel, medium body, slick, oily, lightly crisp carbonation.
Solid well above average IPA.
01-03-2013 01:32:10 | More by EgadBananas
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Big thanks to Dat for hooking up the VT goodness (and the Lawson's glass to go along with this brew!). enjoyed from the lawson's sniftery tulip.
a - brew poured a really murky orange with a thin off white ipa head that fizzled away relatively quick. swirling the glass brought things back to life for a moment, but mostly there was a ring of foamy head on the surface of the glass with mild bubbling. lacing was spotty and stringy.
s - nice citric smell, not very in your face. some grapefruit, some mango, some peach even but far from sticky and sweaty and piney. crisp. nice, but not a hop extreme smell.
t - much like the nose, not a hop explosion but some strong bitterness on the finish. the hops are more bittering than piney. fruity flavoring with bitterness.
m - medium bodied. crisp and refreshing. bitter finish.
o - overall a nice offering from a brewery that makes incredible ipas. not their best, but good none-the-less and always nice to check out a new hop variety. i prefer more of a citric burst and dankness in my IPAs whereas this one has a really subtle and balanced hop flavoring with a decent slap of bitterness. the thing that stands out to me about this beer is its crispness. really like drinking fresh water from a stream.
11-04-2012 01:51:14 | More by cosmicevan
Jade IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
89 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.