Jade IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Jade IPAJade IPA

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89
very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 21
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Pacific Jade hops from New Zealand and named after our youngest daughter, Jade, I hope you enjoy the unique aromatics and flavor profile of this new hop variety. - Sean

(Beer added by: cosmicevan on 11-04-2012)
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Photo of laxer8811
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had on cask/draft at the Lawson's tap takeover at Prohibion Pig, but this review is from a 22oz bottle purchased at the Lawson's farmers market release less then a week ago. Poured into Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours a yellowish brownish orange with about a finger of foamy head that has great retention slowly receding to a thin layer and coating the sides of the glass with foamy lacing. Nice consistent rising carbonation.

S- Some grapefruit, dry hops, a little bit earthy, sweet malts. A little bit above average aroma strength, nicely balanced between hops and malts.

T- Grapefruit, honey, lightly sweet malts, finishes a with a little bit of bitterness and a lingering aftertaste of grapefruit balanced with malts. Not as fruity/citrusy as some IPAs, but very well balanced and pretty tasty.

M- Medium bodied, fairly dry with a little bit of a juicy finish, nice carbonation.

O- Not my favorite of the Lawson's IPAs, but definitely another world class IPA. This IPA was extremely well balanced and very easy drinking. Not the fruitiest of IPAs, but definitely a nice hoppy presence. It isn't Double Sunshine or Hopzilla, but like all Lawson's IPAs I definitely recommend checking this out. You can't go wrong with Lawson's.

Photo of jherz
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of mhksuccess
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DonFrap
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Gatch
4.98/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!!

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of claytong
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of bierdabbler
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of TotallyHosed
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BeerMeFitz for bringing this to Chicago.

Fluffy white head that leaves moderate lacing.
Bright opaque amber.

The nose is full of grapefruit rinds, woody herbs, and pine resin.
The aromas are full and aggressive.

The bitterness is rather sharp and stabs at the palate.
Flavor is reminiscent of rosemary, sage and grapefruit.
The malt backbone is difficult to detect.

The feel is refreshingly carbonated and full bodied.

This brew does a great job of showcasing Pacific Jade hops. I thought the hop presence was over the top, but at the same time I found the hop profile, both flavor and aroma, to be very different and therefore exciting. It was very difficult for me to describe the nose and palate, so I wrote what came to mind. After writing this review I read other reviews and agree that there is a floral presence that I described as sage, but lavender might be a better comparison. This brew is clearly a hop head cream dream.

Photo of itsthepleats
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of bonez05404
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of FrankJCurtin
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of aapp
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jawneyt
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of raffy313
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Dat for this awesome hook up. 22 oz bomber poured into my SA perfect pint.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden/orange color, with a nice 2 finger tan head. Aromas provide a nice mix of citrusy, grapefruit, some grassy malt with a nice hint sweet mango. Not an overly pungent nose, but a nice balance of aromas. Flavors follow the nose almost to a "t". Some nice floral noted round out the taste. Again, not an overly hopped IPA... just really well balanced. Mouthfeel is awesome. A crisp, medium body, with just the right amount of carbonation(maybe abit on the lower end... but work nicely with the overall feel). A bitter, dry finish.

Overall, these types of well balanced IPA's are a great alternative to hop bombs(which I've been known to enjoy as well). Lawson's does a nice job with this one. Awesome that I got the chance to try it(Thanks again, Dat!), and would definately recommend.

Photo of Puck
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Dat
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gfunk720
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of my Long Trail Brewmaster's glass, 22oz bottle.

A- A very bright golden straw color. Very nice clarity, with a frothy white head. Tons of lacing, and the head retains very well. Has a nice glow to it.

S- A fairly muted scent of grass, light citrus, and peach. While I expected a bit more even from a single IPA, it is still has a nice aroma.

T- Very nice and smooth at first, the hops slowly fade into presence with some light bitterness. The hop profile is fairly perfumey to me, with a slight dryness. I almost get some lavender flavors.

M- One of the stronger points of this beer. Good body and carbonation, with just the right hop flavor. Very well balanced.

O- Overall this is a pretty solid IPA. While It's certainly not my favorite hop variety, it is quite different and interesting. The base beer is very nice, but could just use a bit more hop smell/flavor. If you like a nice crisp, dry IPA, this is a great beer for you.

Photo of franklinn
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of juliusseizure
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Jade IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
89 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.