1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Kiwi - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Not Rated.
KiwiKiwi

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

182 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 182
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.37%
Wants: 162
Gots: 8 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 182 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Prost76
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Prost76, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of WanderingFool
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kiwi double IPA pours a hazy amber color with a small, creamy head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving behind only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with grapefruit citrus and tropical fruit (mango, pineapple). Some bready malt notes are also present.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is chewy and creamy on the palate. Moderate carbonation. The flavor is fairly well balanced between citrus hops and caramel malt. It begins with grapefruit citrus and tropical fruit. Like the aroma mango and pineapple are present. Towards the end sweet caramel malt and a touch of bread appears. It finishes dry and moderately bitter with grassy hop flavors. Once gone the grassy bitterness and grapefruit citrus lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer that's more balanced than other DIPAs.

WanderingFool, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of BeerCosmonaut
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

BeerCosmonaut, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Agold
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Agold, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange to copper in color with some orange and golden yellow highlights along with a light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall pillowy off-white head that slowly reduces to medium sized medium thick patch of moderate sized bubbles, extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops - tropical/pineapple, citrus/grapefruit, and just a slight hint of floral.

T: Upfront there is a very light flavor of caramel malts with just the slightest hint of sweetness but that is followed by the dominant flavors of hops. I get a moderate to significant amount of citrus/grapefruit, followed by moderate amounts of tropical/pineapple, and some light notes of floral and spicy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish that slowly fade away.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable DIPA that any hophead would really enjoy - wonderful aromas of flavors from the hops without any aggressive or overwhelming bitterness. Overall the beer is pretty well balanced, easy to drink, and one I would gladly have again.

dbrauneis, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of MEW
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

MEW, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of ScottP
4/5  rDev -7.8%

ScottP, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Schmuckles
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice light copper color with decent head and minimal lacing. I love the aroma of this beer. It is in line with my favorite. The taste at first is not what I expected. It lacks at first but as it warms the flavor I like come shining through.

Schmuckles, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of NHbeerfishing
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

NHbeerfishing, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Mark000
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Mark000, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4/5  rDev -7.8%

ZethOfTheNorth, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

TheRuss9585, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Horbar
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Horbar, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of jh1982
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jh1982, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of kevanb
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed "-tion" chalice.

The beer pours a really nice bright copper color, hues of gold, orange and straw, fairly clear complexion with a slight chill haze. A nice thick soapy, frothy head sits atop the beer that has great retention and leaves behind a great webbed network of lacing. The aroma is very nice, lots of juicy tropical fruit aromas, pineapple, mango with some grapefruit mixed in as well, nice bright floral bouquet blends nicely with some resinous pine, a bit of spiciness from the Nelson Sauvin hop, and some nice sticky yet sweet malt character. The flavors are just as exciting, really bitter earthy hops lead quickly to the bright floral flavors and the really juicy tropical fruit flavors, fresh pineapple and mango are really delightful with some nice acidic citrus at the finish. A touch of malt and alcohol sweetness is present, but never detracts from the beer. The body is nice and full, medium carbonation, a bit of soapiness, everything you’d expect from a Double IPA.

Verdict: Rock solid IPA from Lawson’s, a notch below Double Sunshine, but this is really great in it’s own right. The flavors are really balanced, and I love the fresh juicy fruit qualities, a perfect treat for the holidays!

kevanb, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Thanks to Gene for bringing this back for my from his Vermont trip. It was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Kiwi Double IPA pours tangerine, with a little bit of haze to it and some goldenrod highlights. About two fingers of lightly frothy white foam cap the beer, sticking around for a minute or two before fading. Intricate webs of lacing are left in its wake. The hop bouquet emanating from the glass is fantastic, it's just a little bit tame for a double IPA. There's plenty of mango and, yes, kiwi, joined by a good helping of that signature white wine aroma from the Nelson Sauvin hops. The briefest swirl of caramel greets my palate before a potent wave of bitterness crashes through. The hoppy back end ha some of those same tropical fruit notes from the nose, but they're dominated, just a bit too much, by the Nelson supplied gooseberry. Had they used more of some of the other hops and less Nelson, the flavor would just about be flawless, as everything else is there. The body is well dried out for the style, but I do find myself wishing the carbonation was just a little more lively. I bumped the "overall" score for Kiwi Double IPA up to a 4.5 because most of the other categories were close to being scored a 4.5, and the beer deserved more than a 4 overall score. Unlike Double Sunshine, which I find to be a bit over-hyped, this is a top notch imperial IPA.

axeman9182, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

millerbuffoon, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

djrn2, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of iwantmorehops
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

iwantmorehops, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into 2012 SAVOR tulip. no bottled on date found, however i know this shit is fresh.

A: slightly hazed orange body. head is bright white. retention is moderate and lacing is a tad minimal.

S: pungent. citrus. grapefruit. cantaloupe. dont know too much about pacific jade hops, but i am not recognizing any distinctive nelson sauvin aromas, so im lead to believe they are a bit overpowering here. a few fusel alcohols.

T: the hop flavor is cloying. citrus and grapes. there is a distinctive white wine flavor. vinous. the bitterness lingers towards the finish for a moment then vanishes to dryness.

M: mild/average carb on a medium body.

D: not getting nothing that is shouting kiwi flavor to me, but im sure that name was merely used due to the nature of where these hops are from. regardless, a solid brew from lawsons, but not their best.

Jimmys, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of let8it8grow
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

let8it8grow, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of jraras
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Montpelier Farmers' Mkt 48hrs ago 12/15/12. Poured into HF stemware drank at various temps btw 54-61F.

A: Slightly hazy, golden honey, light orange, one finger head - toothy white head. Beautiful looking beer. Nice lacing as I drink

S: Not as punchy on the nose as I expected but probably because it's been in the bottle a bit (no date) - week or two? I've drank Alpine Nelson's over a few weeks from bottling and this seems like similar nose muting. Draft prob sniffing more aggressively. Honeydew melon, white grapes, herbal (more Jade influence here?), light grapefruit rind, white wine, some sweet malt presence. Warmer it gets the more grapefruit I smell.

T: Sweet honeydew melon, citrus and awesomely balanced (not too much!) maltiness slowly segues into grapefruit and white wine, which artfully morphs into an earthly and herbal bitterness. Just when you think that's it another bite of grapefruit on the finish. Not drying though. Well done!

M: Slick and luscious yet clean--nice carb. Lawson nails the mouthfeel yet again, but with the addition of that signature Nelson effect that I have a hard time describing. The one I also get in Kiwi Rising and to some degree with Alpine Nelson (in the latter case I think the rye mutes this a little). Damn close to perfect in my book. A little alcohol on the tongue, but barely. So drinkable it's crazy. Which this wasn't my last bottle.

O: If I had this on draft or a week earlier it might be in my top tier. Or maybe it's my lack of familiarity with Jade. Either way theres just a little something keeping it from totally flooring me like Double Sunshine did. Which is to say this beer is better than 99.9% of beers ever made! If you can get it drink as much as you can.

jraras, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of monitorpop
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

monitorpop, Dec 18, 2012
Kiwi from Lawson's Finest Liquids
96 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.