Super Session #2
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American IPA
Ranked #182
Ranked #2,980
4.12 | pDev: 7.28%
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
Super Session #2Super Session #2
Notes: A single hop session IPA brewed with Amarillo on this batch, and our collaboration with the Vermont Pub and Brewery.
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4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden hue to the body; dense creamy and frothy head with rings of foam lining the glass. Warm and sweet aroma; light caramel; pine resin. Excellent flavors; light malt presence with a spritely hop bitternes; herbal and pine sap notes. Medium-light body; crisp and tingly; primarily dry throughout.

This is, perhaps, the finest session beer I've had. Incredibly flavorful and full body.

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beergoot from Colorado, Apr 15, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Left this one in the can.
S-Amarillo orange pith with citrus notes and a subtle dank element
M-Higher end carbonation that is just a tad peppery. Watery mouthfeel.
T-Crisp and dry with an assertive bitterness that puckers the cheeks
O-A very drinkable session ale.

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SSS from Quebec (Canada), Mar 05, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 ounce can into a tulip glass
Look: Hazy/cloudy amber. Head measure about 2 fingers
Smell: Noticeable citrus aroma.
Taste: Very refreshing smooth citrus taste. This beer goes down very easily.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is a very satisfying IPA that would be a great thirst quencher on a warm summer day.

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HappyGuy12345 from New Jersey, Mar 01, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy transparent gold, with a creamy white head. Good retention and lacing.
Bright and floral aroma of spraying grapefruit and orange zest, pineapple, grapefruit juice and orange juice, a bit of lemon, toast, and pine.
Great taste of pungent citrus and floral. Zesty and oily grapefruit, orange and lemon; toasted biscuit, pine, and fresh green grass. Tart, zippy, and bright. Clean, crisp, and lightly bitter.
Light mouthfeel, almost watery, but well carbonated and thirst-quenching.
One of the best session IPAs in my experience. Incredibly refreshing and well-made.

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3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - 2-finger fluffy white head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - herb, floral, pine, grapefruit.

T - follows the nose. Dank, floral hops with just a bit of citrus. Moderate-low bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium-light body with higher carb.

O - lots of flavor for such low abv.

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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania, Jan 21, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spiegelau ipa glass. Pkgd Nov. 12, 2018. Consumed Nov. 29, 2018.

A: A light orange coloring has a good clarity factor with a centralized source of effervesce. An off white head adorns atop providing a slight covering, that was shortly lasting, while providing a slight ring band of lacing around the vessel.

S: Fresh citrus was dripping wet on the nose, juicy with some pine indications. Damp floral along with some fresh tropical, pineapple, mingles with a light citrus-lime mention. Good strength overall some damp oranges and floral blossoms on the fade.

T: Bright and tart flavor, tangy oranges has some slightly dry floral leaf hopping to compliment. Some pine and sweet grains, with a light dry citrus grind finish. The distinct bright orange glow comes on strong mid-drink, some dank hop appeal, with a finish of dry peach and fruity floral.

M: Light mouthful, session style, some honey grains, smooth feel, with a medium stickiness. Lightly creamy, good depth as it builds.

O: A nice wet hop experience from a session that offers a bright burst of single hop Amarillo offers a wide variety of flavors. Brightly hopped, very strong drinkability, and respect in regards to its 4.1% abv. Fades of tropical floral.

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beerthulhu from New Jersey, Dec 12, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


For a low ABV brew this checks off a lot of boxes. The hop flavors are full and flavorful. Balance of fruit, citrus and some earthy resins. Does not have the "soapy" characteristic that some lower ABV session brews have with late addition hops.

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jhavs from New Hampshire, Oct 23, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice light citrusy scent. Slightly hazy golden/apricot color. Taste had just a bit too much bitter after taste for my liking. Mouthfeel is light and crisp as would be expected for a lighter session.

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Spondonh from Massachusetts, Nov 04, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P- Poured from a 12 oz can,into a large Tree House snifter.PKG 29 JUN 17.

L- Thin soapy white colored head with moderate retention,and sticky lacing.Slightly hazy straw colored body,with distorted light showing through the glass.Light tornado of carbonation,with low amount of sediment.

S- On the nose I get tropical fruits,mango,and citrus tangerine notes,with some hints of pine hops.Some dankness to the nose.Light bread notes as well.

T- The palate follows the nose with tropical mango and citrus tangerine up front,dank pine hops in the middle,and some bready malt on the back end.

F- The mouth feel is medium thin,with a slightly sticky texture.Moderate amount of oxidation on the tongue,with a dry finish.

O- This is a pretty good session IPA.I would drink this one again,and recommend to all the hop heads.

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3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high frothy white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge of the glass, and some rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has similar flavors of orange citrus hops with a light amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and is crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is perfectly sessionable. I wouldn't have any difficulty knocking back a few of these in a single sitting.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Jul 23, 2017
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a slightly hazy pale yellow with a thin head.

Aroma is herbaceous with a little citrus at the end, and a honey malt.

Taste matches flavor. Rich and sweet for a session IPA.

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Photo of PSanger
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good session. Much different than a normal session. Such complex flavors yet such a light drinking beer. So impressed with the lateness that also brings all the flavor and citrus. Overall: highly recommend. As usual Lawson's hits it out of the park

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PSanger from Connecticut, Jul 14, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful cantaloupe orange with a frilly head of 1/2 finger. Leaves lace on the sides and remains bubbly throughout.

Fresh fruit on the nose, mainly melon, guava, orange, peaches. Very slight herbal qualities.

Wow. They really showcased the Amarillo hop here. It's the star of the show, and every facet of it is glamorized. If you're wondering what Amarillo hops can do in an IPA, this is the one to check out. Lots of white grapefruit to start - just pounds of it; followed by some onion slices, guava, citrus peels, lightly toasted bread crusts and a fade out of herbal dankness.

Feel is extremely resiny matched only by its equal intensity of carbonation. Just awesome.

Overall, I've had more drinkable "session" beers, but this doesn't skimp on flavor or volume. It's really crisp and fresh, not necessarily juicy, but incredibly drinkable.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Jul 11, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 ounce glass from a 12 ounce can. Clear golden yellow with a beautiful creamy head that dissipates quickly with no lacing to speak of. Smells like a good IPA. The first sip reminds me of the Sip of Sunshine I had earlier but slightly more bitter but still has that Lawson's taste. Great carbonation with excellent mouthfeel and retention. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Very well balanced and an excellent session IPA. All hail Lawson Finest Liquids :-)

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flaskman from New York, Jul 07, 2017
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3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: real nice orange amber color with a hint of golden wheat as well. head pours 2 fingers, extremely fluffy and rocky white head. it begins to fade pretty quickly and hangs around 1/2 finger

s: sweet citrus, huge crackers, big pineapple, some sweet caramel, and a hint of earthy dank hops. much bigger aroma than i expected from a beer of this ABV

t: taste is grapefruit, light onion, big dry crackers. there is a little bit of pine, followed by a touch of pineapple. closing this out is an herbal bitterness and orange zest

m: lighter mouthfeel. carbonation level is moderate/high

o: a session IPA for sure. the flavor in here is a bit more than your typical hop-water session IPA. this has a little more balance than others i have tried.

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hopsputin from New Jersey, Jun 11, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light/medium gold. White head that dissipates; no lacing. Aroma - citrus, pine and crackery malts. Taste is the same; a little juicer than the nose gives off. Feel is average carbonation with somewhat of a dry finish. Overall, a nice solid session that drinks easy without losing much of the IPA characteristics.

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Antg8989 from New Jersey, Jun 10, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a soft semi-hazy yellow to orange color with a one finger sustaining white foamy finger’s worth of head. It must last for a good minute and a half before even deciding to dissipate. Lacing was here and there, not much really. The smell starts off with freshly cut sweet grass, a light lemon, and ever so sly amount of sweet onion. Bittersweet and nice. The taste follows the smell and bringing a soft sweet oily onion flavor sliding over my taste buds. A sweet onion to grassy aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this has a light bodied feel with a nice crisp sessionability about it. Carbonation runs appropriate for the session IPA style and hits the spot letting a light bitterness to roll about. Overall, if treated as a session IPA, it works, but I must admit the IBU’s are pretty low in this one. To me, I dig it.

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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and pale with a nice foamy head. Hops smell is lovely, citrus hits first, with some tropical fruit and resin. On the palate there is nice balance of malts and hops, although the hop flavor is a little more restrained and traditional than the nose. Bready twang and faint bitterness on the finish.

Solid session IPA, 90/100 seems about right. I grabbed this because I wanted to try Lawson's without trekking to VT And this was available at my local store.

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Glider from Massachusetts, May 30, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can, dated 05/06/17. Served in a tulip.

Pours a barely hazed copper-gold with two-plus fingers of soft, bubbly cream-coloured head. Retention is good for a few minutes, settling back to a thick collar of suds with meager lacing.

Smells of breakfast cereal, orange peels and flowery peaches.

Taste leads with oily, citric bitterness, orange peels and pith and grapefruit. No detectable malt presence. Ends with a long, spicy, tongue-coating pine and lemon hop-oily tingle.

Feel is oily and drying, medium-light bodied at most and aggressively carbonated.

Overall, it could do with a bit of malt body to balance out all that fearsome hopping but I suppose that's what makes it super-sessionable, isn't it? Tastes great, less filling.

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papposilenus from New Hampshire, May 18, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt gold with a large, foamy off-white head leaving minor polka dot lace.

Smell is sweet orange zest, bitter grapefruit, cracker and bread.

Flavor actually contributes a little dank cannabis, with the orange, grapefruit, cracker and light pine all present. As it warms, a little funky West Coat rug emerges both in taste and aroma.

Frothy but light and crisp finishing semi-dry.

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 08, 2017
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3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

not what I have come to expect from Lawson's. this ale is super light. the look, smell, feel and taste are very similar to more mainstream brands. probably the easiest Lawson's beer to come across in NE, but the quality isn't there.

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cmurphy7 from Massachusetts, May 07, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Light gold color with huge white head that leaves quickly
S: Hops followed by grapefruit and malt.
T: Bitter hop taste and then some floral and grapefruit flavors, has a malt finish.
F: I would say this is pretty thick and dry for a session beer, pleasantly surprised.
O: This one is good not great, but super drinkable. I would definitely drink this if offered, but probably won't seek it out.

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Bum4ever from California, Apr 30, 2017
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 4/6/17

A: Pours a hazy gold with a very tall and effervescent off-white head. Good head retention but almost no lacing.

S: Fairly subtle aroma, mostly grapefruit.

T: Grapefruit for sure. Citrusy, orange and lemon to boot. Quite a bit of lemon in fact, especially in the middle and towards the finish. Light crackery malt and then more lemons mixed with grapefruit. Resinous in the aftertaste.

M: Light, crisp and dry. Mouth-coating aftertaste.

O: Nice hoppy session. Very citrus-oriented and very refreshing.

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Dope from Massachusetts, Apr 29, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is, IMHO, the definition of the slight issue with session IPA's in general. The pour reveals a beautiful golden-hued beer, slightly hazy, with an off-white head.

The aromas are dank citrus - grapefruit, tangerine, maybe some pineapple. The taste is heavy on the tangerine and grapefruit (as heavy as a session can be), but there's little discernible malt, which is where my issue lies - an IPA, even a session, without a malt base, is lacking, IMHO.

Is this terrible? No, not at all, but it could be so much more with a detectable malt bill.

Which would take it out of "session" range and land it in APA/IPA land, which is where my issue lies.

I'm flummoxed.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Apr 24, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clarity with a straw to gold color. Modest head but it leaves a blanket of lace on the glass.

Earthy with weedy vegetal smell. Smooth, pale malt in the background.

Unusual in that it starts with a light malty sweetness which completely disappears by the swallow. The finish is bitter with a green hop flavor. Long aftertaste. Moderate body and carbonation.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Apr 23, 2017
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