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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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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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-11-2013 17:56:55 | More by acurtis
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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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-26-2014 13:40:09 | More by yourefragile
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

10-07-2013 18:17:06 | More by InspectorBob
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-28-2013 23:55:57 | More by Kelp
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

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

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks brad

Hazed orange pour with a thick cropping of white head resting on top, spotty lacing streaked around the glass. Intensely herbal and forest-like scents in the nose coupled with zesty grapefruit and piny hops. Resinous and sticky on the tongue, driven by a tidal wave of spruce tips and bitter hops. This is an absolute Christmas tree bomb of a beer, with some of the most intense spruce flavor I've ever experienced (Short's Imperial Spruce Pilsner comes to mind). Mild backbone, hints of toasted bread and grain with caramel. Finishes bitter with more heavy herbal spruce flavor.

When Lawson's highlights an specialty ingredient (spruce, maple, kiwi, etc), it typically comes through in spades, with this beer probably being the penultimate example. If you don't enjoy spruce or herbal type beers, this won't be for you, but I enjoyed the experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 12:55:31 | More by xnicknj
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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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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-03-2013 01:46:38 | More by Holland
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

02-03-2014 01:54:43 | More by mattmarka1
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-31-2013 19:23:02 | More by oldp0rt
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

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

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

12-07-2013 18:45:09 | More by IrishColonial
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

10-05-2013 03:31:46 | More by Satchboogie
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-01-2013 15:23:46 | More by jaasen64
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brystmar

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-13-2013 05:50:45 | More by brystmar
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +33%

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

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-20-2014 02:42:24 | More by bobv
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

08-08-2013 15:24:19 | More by DaveHack
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CTJman

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-29-2013 22:40:08 | More by CTJman
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-26-2013 19:24:38 | More by DIPAFAN
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Lawson's / Vermont Pub & Brewery Spruce Tip IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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