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Lawson's / Vermont Pub & Brewery Spruce Tip IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's / Vermont Pub & Brewery Spruce Tip IPA
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85
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Alieniloquium on 07-23-2013)
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thampel09

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +33%

07-25-2013 22:07:27 | More by thampel09
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +33%

02-02-2014 21:53:03 | More by Jason1337
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reizorc

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

04-11-2014 19:26:35 | More by reizorc
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greenmtn1111

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lawson’s chalice.

Pale, hazy orange in color with a foamy white head, two fingers worth. When I put my nose to the glass I get loads of floral hops and the spruce is at the forefront as well. It’s not just piney hops – it smells like a genuine Christmas tree, freshly cut and watered. In the background there is tropical fruit – mostly grapefruit. The taste is like nothing I’ve had before. Drinking this in July is amazing because it reminds of Christmas. The spruce is everywhere in my mouth, as if I had been chewing on a spruce branch or walking through an alpine forest in the fog and breathing in cool, evergreen-soaked mist. Piney hops, grapefruit, juniper, teaberry, damp grass linger in the background. Mixing with the oily spruce, the juicy grapefruit creates an uncanny, yet delicious combination. This is an incredible IPA that drinks very easily. It’s great to find a beer that’s true to its name because so many are often not.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 00:10:27 | More by greenmtn1111
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nootch23

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

08-15-2013 10:56:54 | More by nootch23
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AGust82

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

08-13-2013 23:58:04 | More by AGust82
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ryan79

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-01-2013 20:43:57 | More by ryan79
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MasterCraft

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13%

07-27-2013 10:04:08 | More by MasterCraft
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iwantmorehops

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +13%

08-01-2013 02:16:46 | More by iwantmorehops
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

08-08-2013 15:15:28 | More by millerbuffoon
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13%

08-10-2013 16:35:39 | More by Gatch
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +13%

08-19-2013 21:42:50 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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MaryW


4.25/5  rDev +13%

07-10-2014 03:15:15 | More by MaryW
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

10-13-2013 01:54:52 | More by AdamP
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cfh64

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13%

08-19-2013 14:50:44 | More by cfh64
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-19-2013 08:49:59 | More by DrunkinYogi
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-30-2013 22:12:48 | More by chippo33
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brystmar

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-13-2013 05:50:45 | More by brystmar
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hop, and spruce tip aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and weed flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an interesting herbal and weed flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 14:44:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-03-2013 01:46:38 | More by Holland
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maximum12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to damienblack for this bottle, received among others after a virtual comedy of errors, since I was really jonesing for this brew. I love spruce! 22 oz. green-foiled bottle split with my wife.

Preview if an almost lacquered orange with carbonation jetting alongside the edges of the glass, evidently trying to escape the event horizon of the glass. Nose isn't as strong as I (for no apparent reason) expected, pine woods, citrus, both rather standoffish.

Spruce Tip IPA reminds me of taking a pine bath four weeks ago in the BWCA. Spruce & pine mingle right up front, much more prominent here than in the nose. Citrus & bitterness rush in behind. Bitterness lingers like a fine wine in the throat, with just enough sweet caramel malt for one to notice. Herbal. Raw pine needle & ex-bitterness reign on the finish. I'm feeling the need to swallow the rest of my glass all at once.

This is a brew that needs to warm for several minutes; severely underwhelming out of the beer fridge, it stepped up into a very good brew bordering on excellent.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 02:21:14 | More by maximum12
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-07-2013 06:54:32 | More by oglmcdgl
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prohibition Pig. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. Nice white head. Some lacing. A few wisps.

Smell - Tons of spruce. Like a rosemary beer. Some hops, but difficult to discern a specific aroma beyond pine. Definite caramel backbone.

Taste - The spruce blends nicely here. Comes in behind a bit of grapefruit hop. Caramel malt midrange as spruce takes over the flavor. Bitterness with a lingering pine flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. A little bit sweet, which I really like.

Overall - Very tasty for a spruce beer. Certainly lacking in subtlety, but good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 00:41:41 | More by Alieniloquium
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Waitsfield

Might have been a little bit past its prime when I finally got to this one, but it was still tasty. A careful pour into a Lawson's 12oz. flared pils glass yielded a mostly clear, coppery liquid, with a moderately-sized but long-lasting cap of foamy white head; streaky lacing. Lots of piney hops in the nose, as would be expected, background scents of sugary malts. Taste was piney and herbal--not too intense...probably mellowed out a little bit during the month or so it was in the fridge--sugary malts, lightly toasted bread. Medium body, lower carbonation, slick mouthfeel, quite nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:41:57 | More by Rifugium
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mhksuccess

California

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

had at the bruery clusterfork event
taster pour into bruery glass from some nice PA folks
it is golden light color and
has an interesting hop smell and fresh pine/grass aromas
taste is similar very piney hops didnt get much of the citrus as it is overpowered by
pine reminds me of the smell you get when in the forest after rain and it is clear day you get those pine aromas which were put in a bottle
mouthfeel was decent nothing special
overall this is a nice offering but would not seek it out

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 15:13:46 | More by mhksuccess
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Lawson's / Vermont Pub & Brewery Spruce Tip IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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