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Kiwi - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.37%
Wants: 161
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Pinknuggets on 12-16-2012)
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Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

I love me some Kiwi hops, and I know Lawson's will do it justice, so I've been dying to try this beer. Thanks Pemmet!

Pours into my Hill farmstead stepped tulip, a nice delicate fluffy and creamy looking 1/2 finger head that fades fairly slowly, nice lacing, super hazy nectar orange colored beer.

Nose was wafting out as soon as I popped the cap, great kiwi hops, little tropical almost, grassy and earthy mostly, with a touch of a lemony straw, and a bit of a musty aroma. Under that is a hint of a nice malty sweet aroma, hint almost grainy, fluffy, barely there but enough to support the hops it seems.

Taste starts again with the kiwi hops, nice grassy and a bit earthy, of the terroir, quite juicy with a nice citrus slightly tropical, and musty resinous like fresh wet hops, quite nice. Fluffy slightly sweet malt in the middle, with a hint of booze, and enough to give the beer a nice backbone, hint of caramel and toasty, and a nice carbonation to fill it. The hops get a bit grassy and a light lemony hay but not much, juicy fresh hops really take teh show. A decent bitterness throughout, not overly bitter but definitely lets you know it's there. Finish is drier, nice big bitterness ramps up a bit as it dries, plenty of lingering kiwi hops, light musty resin fresh hops, and a bit more citrus and tropical fruit juice.

Mouth is nice too, super fluffy carbonation and decent med bodied, slightest hint of booze so the beer has a big feel to it overall.

Overall very nice, as I was expecting. Showcases the kiwi hops very well, very tasty and drinkable, despite 8% it goes down very smooth, with nice malt base to prop up the hops, good bitterness enough to let you know it's a nice big IPA, but not overpowering. Well done!

jlindros, Feb 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of bierdabbler
5/5  rDev +15.2%

bierdabbler, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of codysjb
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

Two week old bottle picked up from the hunger mountain coop on 9/27/13, poured into my wicked weed pint.

A: nice orange yellow, 3 finger had that dissipates but keeps a small 1 cm head. Great lacing.

S: lemon, grapefruit and wheat.

T: good fruity hops become a nice hoppy and alcohol burn that goes down easy.

M: a little boozy but overall good. More like a pale.

O: good, but not all that hoppy. I would drink this if available but its comparable to some of the finer ipas available in Tallahassee and not worth the trip.

codysjb, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

williamjbauer, Oct 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

stereosforgeeks, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

johnyb, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

acurtis, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of jh1982
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jh1982, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Pours a thin, .5 finger white frothy head with moderate retention. Beer is clear bright orange. Lacing is patchy and stringy with good stick. Nice looking beer.

Nose is citrus hop bitterness with undertones of cane sugar, white grapes, and other tropical fruit. Moderately aromatic but enticing.

Opens grapefruit, citrus, some gingerbread, cane sugar, and hop bitterness. White grape skin towards the middle, citrus, and more of the pulp at the end. Some sappy hop bitterness and white grapes at the finish with a tropical fruit, light white grape flesh aftertaste. Different but very solid.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Smooth and lively in the mouth and quenching and abrasive going down. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Really nice.

This beer showcases the Nelson Sauvignon hops nicely with a good balance between the fruit characteristics and the subtle hop profile. Overall, an interesting, off-the-path ipa that's solidly crafted. Worth trying.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of let8it8grow
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

let8it8grow, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Nice head on an orange body. Mostly clear and good lacing. Leggy as it swirls.

Smell - Grassy and herbal as most Lawson's IPAs tend to be. Much more grassy than others, even Jade. Grapefruit behind it and a slight grain.

Taste - Sweetness from the malt balances the grassy flavor very nicely. Enhances the citrus character. Interesting dichotomy to the hop flavors. Grassier in the finish and only slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Nice slick mouthfeel. Perfect amount of sweetness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - As always, a great IPA from Lawson's. Always an interesting hop profile. Never pure citrus or pine.

Alieniloquium, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Suzanneccll
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Suzanneccll, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Don't let the name fool you there is no kiwi in this, fruit or bird. The Kiwi is the New Zealand hops that punch you in the face with each sip. It is the first DIPA that I've ever had that I liked a bit warmer to help offset the strong and bold hop profile and settle it down. Not to say that this needs to settle down but it makes it easier to catch the hop variant flavors: pine, earth, onion, grapefruit, tangerines, sour lemon, tart oranges and even a bit of grass or tea.

This is truly interesting and exceptional.

KYGunner, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Ajlvt, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a light copper colour, not much clarity, with an off white finger of head that leaves only traces of lace. Dissipates to a grouping of soupy bubbles.

The aroma is somewhat resinous, with bits of tropical and herbal hop notes, and a predominant maltiness coming through.

BOOM! That is heavenly...zesty hop punch straight in the teeth, then some tropical fruits, herbal hops, some floral-ness, some resin, a stark, but not too lingering bitterness, and a clean malt profile just to even things out. Delish!

Has a light/medium body, good carbonation and overall pleasant palate presence.

Smells good, taste is epic, overall excellent.

EgadBananas, Jan 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

RMoeNay, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of BuckTuckian
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

BuckTuckian, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours bright orange with a slight haze. 2 fingers of soapy off-white head leaves great retention and solid chunky lacing down the glass.

Very good aroma typical with other NZ hopped beers I've had. Lots of tropical fruit and pineapple with grapefruit hanging in the background. Also a bit more of a floral/soapy nose than I usually associate with these hops.

Lots of grapefruit bitterness up front on the palate. Lush juicy tropical fruit then grabs hold along with a slight caramel presence. Lots of mango and pineapple throughout. Finishes a bit floral with good lingering bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. A little bit of a fuller body works well with the juicy tropical fruit profile.

Very enjoyable beer. Not on the level of Double Sunshine, but pretty close. Lots of complex flavors I'd recommend to any hophead.

jmarsh123, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

beerasaurusrex, Sep 28, 2013
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jamvt, Dec 21, 2013
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Kiwi from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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