Peril | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
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Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An imperial IPA featuring triple dry-hopping and extended cold conditioning to create an exceptional and menacing hop character with a smooth and clean flavor profile

Added by DaveHack on 04-26-2013

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased on 4/9/16 at Lawson's 8th Anniversary Sale. Poured into Lawson's tulip glass.

L: 2-3F foamy head with strong retention and lacing and a cap. Beer is a lovely deep gold.

S: Very much like Double Sunshine: tropical (pineapple, mango, peach) and citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange rind). Pine as well, with light malts. Docked .25 because some of the alcohol comes through.

T: Glorious hop explosion up front. Lots of tropical and citrus fruit, finishing with pine and some alcohol. Have to dock a little bit for the alcohol.

F: Medium body with a little bit of a sweet syrupy character, medium carbonation, ABV, and hopping bring it to a long drying finish. Some bitterness and alcohol burn. Well-constructed. At a lower ABV it would be perfect...and it also would be Double Sunshine, I think. As slow of a drink as you'll find with an IPA outside of DH 120.

O: Beautifully creative and impressively constructed DIPA. Double Sunshine on steroids. The peril is indeed too perilous.

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Photo of jhavs
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap, 1/21/16 at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT. Served in a snifter, about at 11 oz. pour.

A= Golden, bubbles cling to the glass, thin white foamy head settles to thin cap with lacing that won't quit. Relatively clear.

S= An aggressive pine, earthy hop aroma with a touch of bitter citrus.

T= Big flavor, tons of hoppy pine goodness. Amazing balance for such a highly hopped and high ABV brew. I do not get any sign of alcohol flavor.

M= Moderate carbonation, medium body.

O= Amazed by how smooth it is for a 11.1 ABV brew. The hops are aggressive but not overpowering. I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did, but I did know it would be great (like all Lawson's brews).

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tropical nose, smooth drinking, boozy, hoppy...

Not the best of what Lawson's has to offer and probably not one to seek out.

Overall, this is a faded/muted version of Triple Sunshine.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

had this on tap at pro pig in Waterbury VT. sexy pour, never seen this beer around before so im stoked to try it!! nose was surprisingly underwhelming, some floral and pine notes. taste is not underwhelming, big piney bitterness on the tongue! well balanced and great feel as well... ridiculously easy drinking for 11%. overall its not really my style of IPA as I prefer a bigger citrus presence, but its definitely an interesting one to try for anyone looking for a big piney IPA.

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Photo of jkeranen
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip. Dark golden color with fine white bubbly head. Bouquet is citrus and pine with overall aroma fairly subdued. Taste is of citrus and pine with perfect hoppiness for me. Compared to Lawson's Double Sunshine this has less of a citrus flavor but may be more well-crafted due to the ease in drinkability of this 11.1 % ABV beer. Mouthfeel is superb, have not personally found a strong IPA as tasty as this that is so easy to drink.

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Photo of dar482
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma has aggressive leafy hops, grapefruit, and green pine. There's a hint of sweetness and alcohol.

The flavor follows of this awesome green pine with some grapefruit and lemon. There's a medium plus bready malt without an excessive sweetness. There's a bitterness on the end of resinous pine. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. It reminds me of Alpine Exponential Hoppiness.

One of the best double digit ABV hoppy brews.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from the most recent anniversary party. Thanks to Joe for generously hooking me up with this. Poured into a Lawson's snifter today, 5/1/2014.

A- Clear medium copper body, two finger offwhite head with great retention and sticky as heck lacing. Looks great.

S- Pine, grapefruit, citrus. But definitely pine forward. Really balanced out with a nice caramel backbone. All I can say is that it smells really, really hoppy but in a great way. It built up anticipation for the first sip. And continues to smell great as it warms up.

F- This is a really balanced beer despite its hoppiness. I think it's the 11.1% ABV that indicates that there was plenty of caramel and toffee malt backbone to balance out the tons of pine and citrus flavours. The pine is definitely the strongest flavour of the bunch; this is what I wished Chinooker'd was, to be honest. So balanced yet each individual component comes out so intensely.

M- Typical Vermont pale ale mouthfeel. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy and most importantly, so crushable for the 11.1% ABV. Even as it warms, I don't smell the fusel or booze. That's how you know you've got a well-crafted DIPA on your hands.

O- Really great beer and certainly very appropriate for each Lawson's anniversary. Double Sunshine is definitely better, but this one is nothing to laugh at, and it's probably not even a fair comparison to make as they are very different DIPAs. I really enjoyed the super pine-forward nature that is still somehow balanced out by the malt backbone. Well done.

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into tulip glass.

A-clear amber much lighter than Double sunshine or Heady. Reminds me of excursion.

S-Veryy strong citrus and pine but amazing

T-Very killer pine and hop taste although I really enjoyed it.

M-Amazing! I can't believe how well they hid the abv, really really liked it.

O-Amaazing ipa, grabbed this at the 6th anniversary and I Havint decided if I like it more than double sunshine yet. Cheer as always Sean, good work!

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Photo of scotorum
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Lawson's snifter.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded slowly to even surface foam and dense lacing.
s: Intense citrus and pine

t: Very smooth heavy medium malt under a killer piney hop bite. Throat burn on swallow is the main indication that this is a high ABV brew. Little residual tongue bite from the hops however, dry finish.

m; Full and silky smooth.

o: As powerful and delightful as any IIPA I have had. Not as citrus-juicy as Double Sunshine, but then Peril has a more serious job trying to cover 11.1% alcohol. Even tops Palate Wrecker, another heavily-malted hop bomb. Not cheap at $6 a serving, but a definite winner all the way. Happy 6th Anniversary Lawson family!

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Photo of Rheaume17
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up fresh from the fine people at the Warren Store. Great people.

Pours an opaque orange color with a small bubbly head.

Smells amazing. Definitely a hop forward beer, which is exactly what I love.

Taste is even better. I am picking up on Amarillo and Chinook hops. As it warms, the beer gets a fresh lemony scent. Tropical/Citrus fruits are definitely making a nice presence.

The mouthfeel is incredible. Talk about smooth. For this beer being 11.1%, I am blown away.

Overall this is a world class DIPA. I am hesitant with beers that are this high in percentage, But Sean has hidden the ABV perfectly. The taste is just absolutely amazing. I was lucky enough to grab a bottle for this year's brew. I wish it was available more often!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange with a nice white head. Good surface foam and retention.

Smell - Herbal hops. Some grapefruit. Lots of sweet malts. Alcohol.

Taste - Herbal hops right up from. A citrus sweetness builds in the middle. It's a blend of hops and sweet malts. Finishes dry, surprisingly. Boozy, though.

Mouthfeel - It's boozy but it's quite drinkable. Medium heavy body.

Overall - Very good, but there are better IPAs of the same style. Lawson's never disappoints, though.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at the Lawson's 5th Anniversary about a month ago, refrigerated since purchase. Tried on-draft a couple times at the Anniversary party. Full pour into a Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours a brownish golden with about a finger's worth of white foamy head that has about average retention and leaves some spotty lacing around the sides of the glass. Fairly consistent carbonation, a little bit darker then your typical IPA.

S- Nicely balanced aromas of grapefruit, lemons, light pine, malts, and just a hint of booze (hardly detectable, not what you would expect from 11.1%). One of the best balanced IPAs I've had, right on par with Alpine. The booze is remarkably well hidden.

T- Lemons, grapefruit, caramel malts, some light booze that blends right in. Finishes with a nice lemon, sweet malt finish that is incredibly balanced and lingers as an aftertaste. Overall the taste is great, and tasting fantastic over a month past bottling- quite possibly even better then when I had it on draft at the anniversary party (only rated it a 4 then).

M- Incredibly smooth, quite possibly the smoothest beer I've encountered over 11%, carbonation a bit on the low side but nice for the beer.

O- This beer was fantastic and shows that Lawson's is one of the best IPA brewers in the country if not the best. The only brewery that I think even comes close is Alpine. Peril, like the rest of Lawson's IPAs, is extremely balanced while still maintaining a ton of flavor and staying incredibly smooth despite the high abv. I really hope Sean Lawson brews this again as it is easily a world class beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: hazy, murky, orange. White head, okay retention, minimal lace.

S: pone, resins, citrus, fruitiness, caramel.

T: pine, medium bitterness, blood orange, mango, caramel, fruit juice.

M: full, slick, clean, sharp.

O: its a heavy IIPA, but its still quite tasty. No double sunshine though!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

reviewed from noted taken on 05/16/13.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: hazy orangish yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers worth of white head. Thick lace left behind on the beer glass.

Smell: Oranges, pine, bready malts. Hops smell resinous and dank.

Taste: Resinous pine upfront. Orangey and tropical fruit hops notes hinding in the background. Biscuity and bready malts are fairly assertive. Touch of booziness. Pine needles in a moderately bitter finish. Dank and slightly chalky hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The bitterness hurt the drinkability a little bit, but it is a beer that still has a nice feel to it overall.

Overall: Another enjoyable hoppy beer from lawsons! Double sunshine is my favorite DIPA and this beer is pretty darn good, but definately still lingering in the shadow of Double Sunshine.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Peril - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

Look - Hazy amber brown with a full fizzy head that lingers. Yeasty sediment intimidates but does not deter.

Smell - Sweet malts are forward, floral and grapefruit, mango, orange hops. Pungent and ready to go.

Taste - Hoppy as hell, but the malt is extremely in your face. Throat hot malts, almost like malts in an Irish red.

Mouthfeel - Sits sticky and throat warm. Hops are there on the sides. Drinkability is decent but slightly hindered due to some booziness. Good.

Overall - It is a good brew, but I prefer Sean's Double Sunshine IPA. This one has balls and should be sampled by hop heads. The Double Sunshine is quite a bit smoother and juicier, and still has the hop blast desired by many.

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Photo of Treebs
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by cfrances33 at DLD, served in a mini snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thick chunk of white foam forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick color and leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: A ton of juicy citrus notes. Orange is most present with some big whiffs of pineapple coming in on the back end. Sweet malt base with a little lingering pine. Mild booze as well.

T: Orange pith with some citrus lime and lemon. Tropical fruits consisting of pineapple and sweet mango. Light piney notes with some danker resin. Sweet malt profile with a light alcohol twinge.

M: Big bodied and dry with a medium carbonation level.

O: Booze was pretty well hidden and it was nice blend of citrus and tropical fruits. It was a pretty big beer, but still went down easy.

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Photo of Duff27
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Short white head recedes to a cap and collar. Body itself is peach/dull orange color that's see-through near the edges.

Fresh oranges iareprominent on the nose, muted hops.

Orangey/cirtusy taste, not overly hoppy but leaves a bitterness afterwards. A bit of booze on the tailwind...11.2%abv sounds about right.

Smooth mouthfeel, lower end of carbonation for a DIPA but fits well I feel.

A very nice double IPA, different with its straight orangeyness. Had right after an old favorite in Double Sunshine...Lawson's have this hop thing down. Thanks egrace84 for the share!

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Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this DIPA on tap at Lawson's 5th anniversary celebration a few weeks back, but I had a chance to get 5 bombers so I thought Id post my rev since someone has been kind enough to add the brew to Lawson's list. The smell is more or less exactly what I would expect only a more complex nose in this bottle then I recall on tap- piney, juicy citrus, pineapple and mango make for an excellent nose combo. The bold hops dominate and I can tell that this DIPA is gonna be wonderfully bitter just based on the smell. The taste isnt at all far off from the smell- I certainly notice the strong bitterness at first, however the piney and almost puckery citrus balances the bitter hops out very well. The slightly sticky resinous hops linger for a moment, but this is no issue to me. Crazy hoppy, but the label indicates as much and that's what I came for. The thing I must mention is how remarkably well disguised the 11.2 ABV is- quite smooth all things considered but will smack the pallet in the best way possible.
On the whole this DIPA is one of the best I have ever tried no questions. The amazing bitterness and huge flavor profile is in elite standing while this srtong brew is surprisingly drinkable considering the menacing hops and ABV. Get it if you can, however I have no Idea where one could find this anymore. I will certainly savor my last 5 bottles.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Hop Back Pint glass

A:Dark almost brown orange honey color with a white and tan head that leaves a heavy lacing. It is extremely cloudy, hazy, and completely opaque there are even a few floaters that I can see in there. This might be a downside for most people but for me its an upside.

S: Lots of fresh hops there are few different smells first of all there is definitely some pine resin hops as you can almost smell the bitterness, next there is come heavy citrus/juicy like mango scents in there as well and last there are some light floral scents. The hop scent is totally dominant but thats what your going for in an imperial IPA.

T: Upfront there is a harsh bitterness but it is not floral it is rather very tart citrus like grapefruit with notes of pine with some resin but it is not overwhelming. There is a juicy flavor to the hops as well but that is pretty much all that is there. Very solid hop bomb flavor.

M: It is resinous and sticks to your tongue but not for a long time as there is also plenty of citrus mango juiciness to it. The beer is also very thick and heavy but you can't taste any alcohol dispute it being pretty high. In terms of the drinkability its not bad considering how heavy and big it is.

O: Overall this is a big hoppy in your face imperial IPA as with any other heavy duty lawson's but also like those beers this beer is actually drinkable and not overwhelming. Considering the depth of hop flavor I cannot help but tip my hat to a hop master sean lawson get this if you can and drink it.

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Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Celebrating their 5th Anniversary, Lawson's Fine Liquids launched 2 new ales on 4/20/13, one of them being the mega hopped PERIL.

The green foil topped brown bomber looks classy, and the description on the bottle is meant to entice the hardcore Hop Zombies that live among us.

Traditional yellowish cloudiness,unfiltered unadulterated nastiness that is just what I am looking for: pure nasty! Impressive white head that reduces to a cap laces impressively in the Lawson's tulip.

The description on the label that speaks of "menacing hop quality" offers truth-in-advertising: the nose reaches out and grabs you with a beastly hop aroma tinged with tropical fruits, with the special yeast strain likely playing a part. The nose is quite reminiscent of Heady Topper,but much bolder and badder (in a good way).

The wave of flavors are intense with toucan Sam tropical hop flavor, strong piney bitterness, and last but not least, a touch of heat bringing it all home. At 11.2% abv, this goes down remarkably smooth, but make no mistake about it, it is a hop sledgehammer that packs a major wallop to your palate, and ultimately your face! Unlike Lawson's amazing Double Sunshine,Peril actually goes down easier cold since it is already a tad "hot" and loses nothing in the way of flavors served chilled.

Aftertaste is long & strong, a hophead's delight for certain. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with lively but proper carbonation. Oily and a bit chewy, there is a lot going on here with the aroma, flavor and texture with Peril. Pricey @ $12 + tax, but worth every penny when compared to the plethora of mediocre $10 bombers: the problem lies in the availability of this ass kicking Imperial IPA from the Green Mountains of Vermont, where the level of craftsmanship is top notch state-of-the-art, and the production levels are small. Grab multiples if you are lucky enough to get your hands on it!

Serious Hop-Heads need only apply here: this is a brute force hop bomb that is delicious and strong like bull! Just as the label reads: "drink at your own Peril!" and that statement holds true as this menacing Lawson's concoction awaits you with nasty big,sharp, pointy teeth!
I cannot help but be convinced that Sean Lawson is making a Monty Python's Holy Grail reference in deciding on the the moniker for this outstanding IIPA..."Just a LITTLE bit of PERIL?!"

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Photo of dbyron22
4.98/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip with my awesome girlfriend. Big thanks to thezoobrew for sitting in line for this 10 day old masterpiece!

Appearance: Deep orange, amber. Good lacing, thin layer of foam.

Smell: Mango, pineapple, peaches, and a little pine with a sweet, rich caramel in the background. Seriously one of the best double IPAs I've ever smelled. The rich, bright, tropical fruit aromas are stronger than any I've ever smelled, and they're backed by a rich but subtle sweetness. Just a touch of alcohol to remind you that this is a strong one.

Taste: Bright, incredibly juicy tropical hops, very balanced bitterness, and a rich backbone of sweetness. I'm not a fan of sweet/malty IPAs, but the balance here is fantastic. The fruity, bitter hops are perfectly balanced by the darker caramelly sugar of the malt. Deliciously complex, but not palate-exhausting, this not a how-hoppy-can-you-handle double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body, great carbonation for the style. Thicker than a pale ale, maybe more comparable to an American barleywine.

Overall: Incredibly balanced and tasty, this beauty of a DIPA is bound to be well-received. The perfect bitter-meets-sweet with a tropical fruit complexity balance. Truly one of the best beers I've had this year, maybe ever. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy orange color with a white head on top. The retention is pretty good, the lacing is sticky. The smell of te beer is loaded with hoppy grapefruit aroma and sweet candy-like malt. The taste is malty and sweet with a blast of citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky. Overall is boozy, citrusy, resiny, an piney. All in all, very good stuff. Thanks DaveHack for tossing this one my way!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz, scooped 4/20/13, drank on 4/24/13
Tulip glass

A: Cloudy burnt golden orange color. Two full fingers of fluffy off white beige color head. Sticky lacing sheet right off the bat. Great carbonation.

S: Aggressive hops right off the cap pop. Juicy tropical fruits: mango and papaya and some pineapple. Also some pine in there. Sweet breast malts behind it are there in this beast.

T: Burst of crazy aggressive hop flavors on the tip of the tongue. Really bitter. Getting that pineapple and grapefruit like character. More pine. Assertive. Sweet malts really come into play mid palate. But still a crazy hop bomb of a beer. Drink fresh for sure. Dry finish with long lingering pine bitterness.

M: Big medium leading into a full bodied IPA.

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Photo of DaveHack
3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a larger white head that settles immediately.

Some floral, fesh hops with a strong note of the alcohol within

Fresh citrus hops compete head to head with the alcohol, the alcohol wins the battle in the end. The first time it enters my mouth, I get the hops and a bit of alcohol. Soon after the alcohol is the dominating force.

It is chewy and oily. It coats the mouth fully.

This is a good beer and I'm glad to have tried it, but I'd rather have Double Sunshine anytime over this. It is surprisingly drinkable for 11%

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Peril from Lawson's Finest Liquids
94 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.