Vermont Local Hop Harvest Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jaasen64:
4.08/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
12-17-2012 23:09:30 | More by jaasen64
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3.65/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-30-2013 01:19:09 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
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!
01-04-2013 03:29:01 | More by dirtylou
3.1/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
10-21-2013 23:43:10 | More by Alieniloquium
2.78/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
01-07-2013 00:02:39 | More by EgadBananas
4.03/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
12-30-2012 00:12:21 | More by WanderingFool
4.18/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
12-01-2012 22:52:12 | More by mountsnow1010
3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
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
12-03-2012 15:18:05 | More by Pinknuggets
Vermont Local Hop Harvest Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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