Ava IPA | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by chippo33 on 01-23-2014

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Photo of FFreak
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared with friends - poured into glass. Slight chill haze in a bronze-apricot color with a thin head and minimal lacing. There was not much aroma at all from this bottle. Just a very slight, light citrus smell. The flavor is hop forward but well balanced with bready malt and a fairly high lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly dry but about perfect for the style . Overall, a very nice IPA.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into a Lawson's snifter 6/10/2014.

A- Hazy, darker copper body that starts off with a two finger white head with lots of sticky rings of lacing. Retention is above average; the head drops into a collar and film that persists for quite a while.

S- Pine-forward with a lot of grapefruit; less of a tropical fruit presence as in some of the other Lawson's IPAs. Hops are definitely dominant; there is a slight grainy pale malt with some caramel to provide a bit of counterbalance.

F- Very pine-forward. Not as piney as Chinooker'd, as there is a nice grapefruit flavour on top of it. This is another hop-biased beer as typical of Lawson's. Still, there is a nice sweet caramel, biscuit backbone so that it's not just hop water. Fairly bitter pine finish. A bit of mineral flavour rounds things out.

M- Medium bodied. As with other Vermont IPAs, this has a soft feel to it with the small bubbles giving it a bit of smooth creaminess. Pine finish adds a good bit of bitterness that doesn't seem to linger for long, which is nice. Very drinkable IPA.

O- I like this one just as much as Chinooker'd. Very good IPA that showcases pine and citrus together nicely with the relative Lawson's balance that I've come to know and love. Nothing insane or mindblowing, but it's definitely well-done.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Joe in a nice little trade. Thanks! Pours hazy golden orange with a one plus finger fluffy white head. Floral and perfumy aromas with grass hop funk, light citrus rind, seems to have an interesting peppery farmhouse thing going on. Flavor is very light malts with lots of perfumy floral hops, bitter on the tongue and extremely dry with a long dry finish. And interesting hop profile here that isn't in your face bitter citrus but present in a way I am no familiar with. Light bodied with owl plenty if carbonation alongside its dryness. Good beer and somewhat unique. Glad I finally got a hold of some Lawson's.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared by Lunch. Thanks man!

The beer is orange with a half inch of white head. The aroma brings some earth and pine notes, followed by light citrus and biscuits. A bit more grainy and malty than expected, but tasty nonetheless. Herbal and grass notes with a dash of floral hops. Solid.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a light to medium slightly hazy copper with minimal head. Nice lacing.
Smells light and hoppy, an interesting hop bill that I haven't smelled before.
Taste is nice, clean and mellow, tasty with good malt structure.
Mouthfeel is clean and slightly dry with some good lingering bitterness not seen in DS.
Overall, a mellow, easy drinking and deliciously lightly flavored IPA.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great new beer. Not as good as Double Sunshine, but better than Spring Fever. It has a good hop nose and a hoppy smell. Nice color, kind of a thin lacing that pours to a large head when poured straight into the glass. Think most hop heads would rate this beer higher than I have rated it.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, served in a Lawson's Willi.

Pours a clearish light copper with a thin off white head. Fades to a thick collar with trace streaks of lace. Nose starts with sweet toasted malt, piney and earthy hops, and bready malt on the back end. Flavor follows a similar path, initially sweet, citrus and toast, finishing with a piney, herbal hop bitter finish. Grassy and grain throughput. Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, creamy texture. Not the best Lawson's IPA, but very solid regardless.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Hazy orange with a nice creamy head and great lacing.

A: Spicy, herbal and earthy noble hop type aroma with some citrus backing. Some toasty and bready malt is there as well with a pretty clean fermentation profile.

T/M: Smooth bitterness comes in at first and the flavors join in. Herbal and spicy hop characteristics with some orange rind and citrus flavors as well. The malt provide very nice balance with some toasty and bisciuty flavors and the mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish. Hop and malt flavors linger together through into the aftertaste.

Overall, a very interesting IPA, with some pretty unique hop characteristics for the style. Very well balanced and very bright in aroma and flavor. Lawson's makes some damn tasty beers.

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Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jtdolla911 for this one.

Lots of foam fills the glass, nice liquid hone color, 4 fingers worth of head with no signs of going anywhere. Aroma is very leafy and green. Taste is herbal, hops and sweet pine. Medium bitterness that creeps up on you. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Derek for the oportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is quite impressive, as I get considerable tropical fruit, along with pine, white pepper, dry citrus. and a hint of skunky marijuana. Frankly, I think the nose on this one is superior to what I picked up earlier with double sunshine. Given how great this beer smells, the flavor profile is a bit of a let down. The flavor profile does replicate the nose in this dry, nicely hopped IPA, but it's just not quite as prevalent as I was expecting, given the aroma profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and the finish is moderately long with good bitterness. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and I get no heat whatsoever from alcohol on the finish.

A fine IPA, no doubt, but given the nose, I was expecting better things (than what I got). Oh well....

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Photo of arusso13
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bottle in a Gandhi Bot snifter.

A: Amber in color, nice foamy head with great retention.

S: Bright citrus fruits, mainly pulling orange and grapefruit. An abundance of earthy, piney notes with a nice spice to it.

T: Slight hints of the citrus noted in the smell, but this beer is mainly dominated by the pine. A bit of the spice that I found in the nose comes through in the taste as well. Gives off a subtle sweetness from the malt.

M: Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Nice dry finish as well.

O: Another great offering by Lawson's. Not overly hoppy, but the pine definitely shines through. Worth seeking out again.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Really clear (week in fridge most likely helped) and light copper in color. Had a really nice white head and retention.

S: Really love the aroma on this. At first I got some fruity tropical fruit notes, melon and mango. Then I get some dank pines and notes of freshly cut grass.

T: Flavor is a bit faint, but has some melon and pine. Get some bready notes from the malt.

M: Good carbonation and a bit light. Fairly dry and crisp like how I love my DIPA's.

O: Another nice beer from Lawson's. I wouldn't mind one bit having this beer again.

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Photo of PaBrewSki
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the first Ava batch from 1/23 - 1/24. Poured into a tulip and the appearance is great. Crystal clear compared to the Double Sunshine that I had two nights ago with a two finger bright white head. The first thing that I notice about the nose is that is has sweet tropical notes followed by citrus and pine. The taste is not quite as balanced as I would like. There seems to be a lot bitter grapefruit coming through especially towards the end and it leaves a lingering bitterness. With that said I wouldn't call it unbalanced and the lingering bitterness is growing on me as I drink. The finish also has a sticky resin/pine quality that is leaving me wanting another sip. Overall this is a really solid IPA.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a large Lawson's flared pils glass, this beer was a golden-yellow color, slightly hazy, with a full three fingers of foamy white head that remained thick right to the end, coating the glass with copious lacing. Piney hops in the nose, citrus pith, and hints of a crackery malt base. The taste was similar, piney hops being the dominant factor, though not too extreme, notes of citrus pith and dry, crackery malts, hop bitterness reprising and lasting into the aftertaste. Medium body and an easy drinker overall. Doesn't quite stack up to other Lawson's offerings...it's pretty much a basic IPA, but that doesn't mean it isn't good.

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Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew reviewed at Black Back in Waterbury, VT. Notes from the book (01/24).

A- Poured to a large snifter from the taps with a slightly hazy, golden yellow body. Creamy cap forms to a finger with decent retention. The foam eventually falls to a small ring and drops webs and small blanket lacing.

S- Fairly juicy hops with a nice pine bite as well. Mango, grapefruit and citrus but not as strong here as many other comparable IPAs for whatever reason. Slight yeast bread and fresh cracked malts.

T- The nice citrus from the nose carries over to the flavor. Stone fruits and tropical fruits open up and the hops bring notes of bitter grapefruit, tangerine pith, apricot, lemon and orange zest and slight pine. Light yeast fruit and bread as well as just a bit of cracked grains.

MF- Right between light and moderately thick bodied with a nice crispy medium-high carbonation level. Hops are pushed out nicely by those bubbles and it has a clean, bitter finish. Creamy texture.

The list of flavors is quite nice but for whatever reason it just doesn't stack up with the elite IPAs of today, just not quite as juicy/pungent/satisfying. Good stone fruit and citrus and worth a shot for hop fans.

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Photo of Hendry
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Honey colored pour, 2 fingers of khaki head, spotty lacing in the Lawson's tulip.

Aroma is a balance of citrus and pine, mouthwatering.

Flavor starts out with a slight juniper berry sweetness and finishes with a robust piney flavor that lingers pleasantly. After sampling Limbo IPA from Long Trail a number of times, I've become quite familiar with the finish, and Ava bears a striking resemblance to Limbo to my palate.

Medium in mouthefeel, light to medium body, perfect carbonation.

Another great IPA from Sean Lawson, one that experiments with some of the newer varieties of hops that are getting attention lately.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a prohibition pig tulip. Pours an orange/yellow with a small head that dissolves quickly but leaves some nice bubbles clinging to the side. The aroma is not overpowering. Smell is mostly grass and pine with a small amount of tropical fruit, as well. No bitterness in the aroma. Taste is dominated with floral notes and pine. Lingers in the mouth for a long time. Not too bitter. Not a lot of alcohol in this one, but the 7% is present. Even with that it is very easy to drink. There is something sweet in the taste but I can't quite pick it out. Medium bodied, with slight carbonation. Nice new offering from Lawson's. Not a hop bomb, balanced nicely but also leaves a great hoppy aftertaste in your mouth.

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Photo of bahnfire
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just picked up at the bevy in Winooski. Bottle to HF baloon glass.

A: Pours an opaque gold/amber with a 3 finger pure white head. Head slowly recedes to a light film on top of the surface and leaves beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Not quite as aromatic as DS or Triple Play. There is a little citrus character, but mostly resinous pine.

T: Pine, lots of pine. And a bit of a sweet malt flavor.

M: Good carbonation and body. Wet and slick on the tongue, makes you want another sip.

O: Another top quality offering from Lawson's. I prefer the juicy, citrusy flavors of DS or Triple play, but if you're looking for some resinous pine flavors this is the ticket.

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Ava IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
4.17 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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