Super Session #2 - Amarillo
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Super Session #2 - AmarilloSuper Session #2 - Amarillo
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IPA - American
Ranked #196
Ranked #3,286
4.12 | pDev: 7.28%
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
Super Session #2 - AmarilloSuper Session #2 - Amarillo
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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eppCOS from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice golden dark pale ale profiling the tropics meet pine profile of Amarillo hops. Not a ton of aroma however....some grassiness here and some discernible grapefruit on the nose. Same on the palate and with a solid malt profile for this low ABV. Good prickly CO2 mouthfeel. Solid overall.

Feb 18, 2021
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice slightly hazy golden yellow/orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which leaves a pretty nice medium size island, with some pretty nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, guava, mango, lemon), nice pineyness. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, guava, mango, lemon), nice pineyness. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely. Overall, a tasty brew.

Feb 15, 2021
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, but not turbid yellow gold color with 2 fingers of fluffy, effervescent white head. Not a lot of retention but leaves some nice cobweb lacing. The head settles into a thin cap.

The aroma brings notes of spicy, cracked pepper, as well as plenty of fresh peaches, grapefruit, and lemon zest. There's a faint, crackery malt character in the back.

The flavor is earthy and bitter up front; lots of spicy hop notes. Then comes a solid wave of cracker malt before a fruity finish. Lots of peaches, lemon, pear, and grapefruit. Nice.

The feel is medium-light bodied with pretty good carbonation. Crisp and dry on the finish. Slight lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is a very nice session IPA. It's not quite as good as a few of the other versions but I'm still thrilled to have tried it. You can't beat the price here.

Feb 15, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 10/26/20

This is a beer I've had sitting in my fridge for quite some time, which probably wasn't ideal given it's a session IPA, but I'm sure it'll still be good a little more than 3 months from canning. Lawson's is always good stuff, so my expectations are pretty high here

Pours a cloudy gold with 2 fingers of soapy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves minimal lacing

The nose is very well rounded for a session IPA, balancing hops, malt, and spice effectively. I'm picking up on aromas of resiny hops, caramel malt, general citrus, white pepper, crackery malt

The taste is a little more hop focused than the nose led me to believe but it's still good. On the front end, I'm tasting orange, pithy grapefruit, piney hops, and a touch of caramel sweetness. The swallow brings notes of resiny hops, fresh pine, pithy grapefruit, and creamy doughy malt

A light medium body pairs with very gentle carbonation resulting in a smooth beer, though I was hoping it would be a bit more refreshing given the abv. Finishes mostly dry with assertive bitterness

Overall it's a pretty good beer, but not really something I'd turn to for a session beer. I'd love to try some other beers in this series though

Feb 10, 2021
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VoxRationis from New York

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned 10/26/20.
A: Pours a hazy, light amber color with a one to two finger, white head, rim and cap retention, and moderate rings of lacing.
S: Fruitiness then comes forth with aromas of white grapefruit, lemon, caramel, white pepper, and pine.
T: More semisweet than semidry. Palate follows nose closely but with a predominance of lemon and pepper. Bitterness solidly evident throughout.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and very, very easy drinking.
O: Super Session #2 is a light, refreshing, session AIPA. At 4.8% ABV, it is perhaps the best composed example of the session AIPA style I have had.

Feb 07, 2021
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can dated 11/3/20.

Pours clear yellow with a short head, minimal retention, and a few dots of lacing. Faint citrus aromatics in the nose. Light bodied with a watery mouthfeel. Hints of melon, pear, and peach on the palate with minimal malt or bitterness. Finishes quick and fairly dry and crisp.

Jan 03, 2021
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 10/26/20 into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy gold (SRM 5-6) with a nice off-white head. Great lacing. Initial impression is orange, grapefruit rind, and lemon. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and somewhat dry. Finish is moderately bitter and, again, dry. Overall, a full-flavored session IPA but not one of my favorites.

Dec 28, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

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

From a 12oz can dated 10/26/20 into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy yellowish brown with about one finger of white head. Ok retention, moderate lacing.

Smells mainly of pine with some earthy notes thrown in.

Tastes of pine and a bit of zesty lemon/lime. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but very drinkable. Moderate carbonation. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall...I get what they're trying to do...pack as much flavor into a sub-five percent abv IPA. And it is tasty for the style, but the feel of these things always fall short. Pretty thin and one dimensional.

Dec 22, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Citrusy and earthy hops up front along with a light floral undertone. Some super light caramel and bready malt

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of citrus, earthy, and floral hops. A bit perfumey. Picks up a balancing maltiness. Finishes with lingering earthy and floral hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid session IPA that is super balanced. More body and hops than other iterations. Definitely highlights the Amarillo. Worth checking out

Dec 03, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, clear gold with a bright white one-finger head. This version of Lawson's Super Session one-hop series--Amarillo--brings a grassy, citrus rind bitterness to the fore. It's lighter, refreshing and goes down easily--eminently sessionable.

Dec 01, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 10/16/20, so a month old.

Looks very good in the glass. Faintly hazy golden yellow body with a small but persistent white head. Nice lacing at first.

Nice hoppy aroma, pine & lemon.

On tasting, it follows the nose, with a little floral added for good measure. All this rests on a solid malt base, with a hint of sweetness.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish piney bitterness with a touch of lemon on the tip of the tongue.

Overall, easily the most flavorful session ipa I've had. Thinking a few more weeks in the can might mellow it out a little, but who has the patience for that.

Nov 19, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

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.

Apr 15, 2019
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SSS from Canada (QC)

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.

Mar 05, 2019
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HappyGuy12345 from New Jersey

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.

Mar 01, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

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.

Jan 27, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 21, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

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.

Dec 12, 2018
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jhavs from New York

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.

Oct 23, 2018
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Spondonh from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 04, 2017
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

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.

Aug 01, 2017
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metter98 from New York

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

Jul 23, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

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.

Jul 19, 2017
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PSanger from Connecticut

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

Jul 14, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Jul 11, 2017
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flaskman from New York

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 :-)

Jul 07, 2017
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