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Vermont Local Hop Harvest Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Vermont Local Hop Harvest Ale
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.48%


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

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mountsnow1010 on 12-01-2012)
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ActonBrewer for sending this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Hazy deep gold, with a thin white head and relatively low visible carbonation.

S: Grassy, tropical and citrus hops over a light cracker malt.

T: Nice restrained tropical and citrus hop flavors with lesser grassy and floral character, and light cracker malts. Lightly bitter in the hang.

M: Light body but not watery, no alcohol presence to speak of and medium carbonation sensation.

O: Unfortunately, I got this bottle probably a bit later than would have been ideal for a fresh-hopped beer. Even so, it really is a solid APA. Restrained hop bitterness but still quite flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 20:15:01 | More by macrosmatic
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BoldRulerVermont

Vermont

4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a willi becher glass.
Pours a medium to light amber with one finger high of tiny bubble head.
Smell is very nice, very floral, more than I'm used to from Lawsons.
Taste is right in line with smells, some good sweetness.
Mouthfeel was clean.
Overall, a very nice and very drinkable IPA from Sean.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 20:16:12 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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PHBoiler

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw colored beer with a nice white head. Limited nose. Some grassiness. Fairly thin mouthfeel. Taste is refreshing, grassy, and very clean. Almost like a pilsner or lager body with very light hop presence. It does give me that harvest feel like being in a field in Vermont. Very refreshing beer not necessarily the hop presence you'd expect though.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 16:09:58 | More by PHBoiler
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slightly hazy orange. Nice white head and a chunky collar. Faint wisps.

Smell - Light citrus hop. Very grainy. Light caramel sweet aroma.

Taste - Citrus hop flavor is a little more pronounced. Grainy body. A little grassy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light and crisp. Minimal hop bitterness.

Overall - Pretty bland. Nothing bad going on, but a bland hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 23:43:10 | More by Alieniloquium
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-darkish amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-bread dough, grassy, dank, light pine

T-bready malt, grass, light caramel, light pine, little citrus, earthy, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent pale ale, it grew on me as I drank it, probably better with imported hops

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 11:00:53 | More by MDDMD
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Hendry

Vermont

3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy yellow pour, tall three finger head, brisk carbonation, chunky lacing in the glass.

Yeasty and malty aroma, sourdough bread.

Taste is musty and dank, no bitterness to speak of, one dimensional flavor that is less than exciting.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly oily, well carbonated,one of the better characters of this ale.

No mystery why sourcing quality hops from outside of Vermont is part of what makes Vermont ales great. Worth trying once, but nothing I would go out of my way for, or purchase in multiples.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 06:12:58 | More by Hendry
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Kyle and via Tom. Thanks guys!

Pours near mead like - very murky and cloudy, almost brown. A few rogue puddles of white fluff pool at the edges.

Nose is a bit faint: light grass, caramel malts, and a touch of pine.

Taste follows suit. Light malts support a slightly muddled hop profile. Citrus is on the periphery. Body is light....hop oils linger.

Not a style I particularly enjoy, but appreciate this kept at 5%. Thanks again, Kyle and Tom.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 04:29:37 | More by BarrytheBear
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Phil for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy white head with good retention. Lacing is stringy and thick with good cling. Beer is a dark mahogany. Like black tea that's been steeped too long. Nice looking beer.

Nose is very mild. Pine cone and tea leaves with a mellow undertone of citrus hop bitterness. Average.

Opens tea leaf, citrus, pine, and tree sap hop bitterness. Malt body emerges a touch towards the middle but there's still a good bit of bark and pine throughout. Finishes slightly hoppy with some dried leaves. Aftertaste is pine and cane sugar. Solid.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with some bubbles in the mouth and goes down quenching and watery. Finishes clean with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Good.

Not much to say here except that this is a solid-as-they-come pale ale. A thirst quencher and very sessionable for sure but not much stands out with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 01:19:09 | More by SpeedwayJim
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice auburn hue, with an ivory coloured finger of head, fair amount of clarity. The aroma is kinda meh. Smelled somewhat metallic, with a bread crust-like sweet malt aroma and mild citrus, but mostly earth and earth hops. Smelled kinda stale. Taste echoed the aroma a lot with the acrid sweet bread, some caramel, toast, some mineral tastes, mild stale earthy hops. Feel was pretty good, slick, somewhat oily, light-medium, clean medium carbonation.

Disappointed in this. It came across stale, a bit unbalanced and the malt and hop profiles just didn't mesh IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 00:02:39 | More by EgadBananas
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dirtylou

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, split in Charlotte

Thanks @blackie for lawsons - maybe next time hopzilla or double sunshine, you bum. Served in a shaker pint - a pretty nice APA, but not exactly what you are looking for when you hunt down some lawson's...Bready malt, light grassy hops permeate and provide balance. Earthy and rustic - keep importing the PNW hops instead of growing local!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 03:29:01 | More by dirtylou
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lawson Local Hop Harvest pours a clear copper color with a stiff, rocky head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a coating of lace.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of orange citrus, pine and grass. Some caramel malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is light and watery on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between sweet caramel and pale malt and bitter hop flavors of grass and orange citrus. A touch of tropical fruit is also present. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering caramel sweetness and citrus. Once gone the citrus flavor lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking, very well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:12:21 | More by WanderingFool
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mhksuccess

California

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle very fresh into a glass
it looks nice when you pour but there is very little aroma
the smell just doesnt impress
as you taste it is very mild yes it is smooth but more like a session ale
not very hop taste as you would think from the name
the alcohol content is low just make it very average brew
glad to have tried but just to mellow for me
all said I would have to pass on getting this again
overall rating is mediocre at best giving it an C to C- average

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 20:07:19 | More by mhksuccess
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into Lawson's snifter. Purchased at the farmer's market release on Saturday.

A- Pours a translucent golden brown with about a finger's worth of white frothy head with a slight yellow hue to it. Head recedes to a thin frothy layer coating the glass in lacing. Nice consistent rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Fairly light hops (definitely get some centenial and cascade), a little bit of grapefruit, pine, pale malts, some spices (almost get a little bit of nutmeg), some pilsner characteristics. Not overly aromatic, but definitely pleasant.

T- Pale malts, a little bit of pine, some light grapefruit, finishes with a hint of bitterness and some pilsen malts that gives the beer a slight pilsner quality. Fairly well balanced, but would have liked a little bit more hops.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the light side, very easy drinking, nice level of carbonation.

O- This was a very interesting and easy drinking beer. It was kind of a hybrid between an APA and a Pilsner which made it fairly unique. Overall this beer was very well done, but I think I would have liked it a little bit better with a little bit more hops. Not my favorite Lawson's beer, but definitely worth trying out.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 23:09:30 | More by jaasen64
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into worthy sniffer (first day of release in burlington)

A:ruby red to brown with a small white to tan was that goes away but leaves a ring around the edges transparent

S:fairly hoppy aroma with a little bit of malt but not a strong smell there is a hint of earthyness

T: the taste is fresh but there is a earthy funkyness to the taste that may be from hops grown in vt and even living here I can't say it's great though I want to like it. In terms of flavors there is fresh hops there but they seem somewhat watered down the bitterness is there but it's not well balanced and does not last throughout the finish there is kind of a sugery flavor there too

M: light oily and extremely watered down and the carbonation is somewhat harsh dispite this it is a drinkable brew

O:it's decent representative of what I'd think hops grown in vt might taste like with the earthy tones its a bit malty and bitter for me but soild none the less worth a try

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 15:18:05 | More by Pinknuggets
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mountsnow1010

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasty beer, as always, from Sean Lawson. Using local VT grown and pelletized hops.

A - Hazy amber with a decent fluffy head that rapidly recedes to a thin later of foam. I like a bit of haze to my beer...makes it feel alive. Sexy lacing!

S - Bright, fruity smell. I can almost pick up a juicyfruit-like scent (or maybe I'm going crazy...). Not the most pungent beer ever, though. I wish it had a bit more punch.

T - Clean, crisp, and fruity. Juicy, almost...but not quite. Touches of pine followed by a pleasant and not overpowering bitterness. However, I'm not sure that this is quite where I was hoping it to be. I wish it had a bit more punch (again) in terms of juicyness. As it warms, I have warmed to the taste. A bit more flavorful and nuanced now.

M - Sharpish carbonation but otherwise pleasingly satisfying mouthfeel while not being syrupy to any degree.

O - A good beer that is definitely worth trying. Major kudos for keeping the ABV low so that I can drink some other beer tonight. Also cool from the local perspective. Now we need local malts too! Not my favorite Lawson's beer, not by a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 22:52:12 | More by mountsnow1010
Vermont Local Hop Harvest Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
81 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.