Super Session #2 | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Super Session #2Super Session #2

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A single hop session IPA brewed with Amarillo on this batch, and our collaboration with the Vermont Pub and Brewery.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of Zythophile
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can Date: 3/28/17
Palate Contaminants: none

The appearance is a clear, straight-down-the-middle gold. Plenty of fine white head and lacing.

The main scent is white grapefruit, and on the sweetish side, too. Add in a little banana and powdered sugar.

Taste is more bitter than the nose, but the grapefruit is still the main thing. There is a little grape leaf and earthy grass, as well. However, the bitterness is becoming a little too much for me. I can tell there are good things hidden back there, but they're simply buried by the bitterness.

Feel is medium weight with well integrated carbonation. Not much depth of flavor in the aftertaste, but the rest is well crafted.

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Photo of smaddock
2.61/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I have heard a lot of good things about Lawson's beers so I picked this up. But it's very unimpressive. Stacked up against my favorite IPAs from Trillium and Tree House, this is just meh.

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Photo of Monkey-D-Luffy
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into an English pub glass - Can dated 03/28/17

L - Clear golden straw with a half finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Bready malt and not much else

T - An initial hint of hop followed by an immediate and overt bready malt with no real lingering aftertaste

F - Thin and lightly carbonated

O - Really unimpressed with this one, the ABV is in my opinion a bit high for a session ale and the hop character is really lacking. I enjoyed it because I dig the malt but I was honestly hoping for a bit more from something that cost me $12 for a sixer. Certainly nothing like Lawson's Sip of Sunshine but definitely an easy drinking beer. The lack of steady availability however is the real let down here.

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Photo of h0wdy
2.53/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: A yellow looking beer that can be seen through with a foggy haze to it.
Smell: Very grassy smell that doesn't do much for me.
Taste: Not a very enjoyable taste of fruits like some members of the citrus family,
Feeling: A hefty amount of carbonation without much kick of alcohol.
Overall: Fair at best, I'm glad that I got this for free and I say that because I'd be disappointed to pay for this.

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice. Picked-up a six-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about thirteen dollars. I was not seeking this out, but when I asked if they had any SOS, they mentioned that they had this too - yes, please. I am rating this against its peers. One of the best, if not the best, tasting "session" IPAs that I have had. A bit higher ABV than I would want in a session + difficulty in finding = I would probably plan on other options if sessioning, but would welcome this if it is available.

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Photo of Holderness
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8 days ago.

L -- Slightly hazy orange with a small white head produced by moderate pour. Very minimal retention and lacing. Not particularly effervescent.
S -- The strong point of this beer. Like with Sip, smells of tropical fruits, but with the addition of pine resin and grass.
T -- Some floral hop flavors followed by strong earthy and herbal hoppiness. Finishes dry, with a tortilla-like aftertaste. Moderate bitterness. Can't say I'm the biggest fan of Amarillo hops.
F -- Not particularly watery for a session IPA, but still pretty watery as far as IPAs go.
O -- As prior reviewers have noted, this brew is essentially Sip of Sunshine Lite. Don't be ready for any earth-shattering flavors here, but given how limited Lawson's releases are the $10/6-pack pricing is pretty great.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Worden Hall in Boston.

A beer that I've longed to try, Super Session pours a slightly opaque orange.

Juicy smell, pineapple and passionfruit. Great smell for a session IPA.

Taste is a little weaker. Floral and dry, with a nicely balanced bitterness, and a touch of mango.

Slightly thin mouthfeel, nice level of carbonation.

This was a terrific session IPA. Not of to the level of Sip of Sunshine, obviously, but very good indeed.

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Photo of AirBob
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Body is slightly hazy. Straw with gold highlights. About one finger of fluffy white head which dissipates to a thin collar and cap. Decent retention. Tons of visible, active carbonation.

Tropical fruit. A bit of garlic and dankness underlying. Light, crackery malt backbone.

Follows the nose. Starts with a bit of citrus. Followed by tropical fruit. Ends with dank and garlic notes, both of which linger with some citrus bitterness. Crackery malts underlying.

Medium bodied for a session IPA. Relatively soft mouthfeel. Fairly crisp finish.

This is a killer session IPA. More body and complexity than most. I'm a fan of the session IPA trend and this trends toward the top.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma is dank and grassy, really fresh. Taste starts really hoppy and slightly malty but not sweet. Not bitter either, really well balanced. Grassy hops, bright and green flavors. Light body but smooth, medium carbonation. Overall it's a great session IPA.

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Photo of Kendo
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can (canned on 11/17/16, consumed on 1/4/17) into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear golden, more yellowish when backlit.

S: Definitely Amarillo hops in the house, with an oniony, garlicky scent with a touch of cat pee. Not my favorite nose, frankly, but it's certainly pretty pungent in this Session IPA.

T: Yup - Amarillo hops again. Light, grainy cereal malt foundation is followed by floral and garlicky hops with just a touch of lemony citrus. Finishes a bit grassy, with a lingering straw and grass-like flavor on the back of the palate.

M: For a Session IPA, the feel on this one is heavier than expected, and quite nice. Don't get me wrong, this is still on the lighter side of things, but there's a creaminess that you don't usually find in a Session IPA, and which adds the impression of heft or body.

O: A good beer, well-executed, but not one of my favorite hops. Would love to try the same recipe with Citra, or Mosaic, or even old-school Cascade or Centennial substituted for the Amarillo.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Glencaim glass canned October 19, 2016. Pours a darkish yellow with a white fluffy 2 inch head that leaves plenty of patchs of lace.

Smell pear, mango, papaya, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows mango, papaya, passion fruit, guava, pine, and a nice shot off grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp, lots of prickly carbonation, maybe a little dry, and so dangerously drinkable.

Overall this one of the best session IPA'S going. Loads of flavor, fairly light body, and just a excellent brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. can stamped 09/23/16.. Sampled on November 30, 2016.

The pour is an unfiltered foggy looking golden yellow under a long lasting white head and a few sediments floating about.

The aroma is of herbal, spicy, anise, and some toasted malt characters. This is several weeks old so the aroma might not be as pungent as it was fresh but it is still notable.

Medium to above medium body.

The taste is on the verge of losing its hop excitement but I still get the same spicy, herbal, and slight fruity flavors but a more tobacco-like maltiness. Mild bitterness to finish.

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Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/19/16

Pours a giant fizzy bubbly almost 3 finger head that fades at a med pace, sticky lacing, hazy golden pilsner color, with slight suspended particulate.

Nose toasty juicy pilsner malts, a little straw and cracked grain, soft lager like malts, a hint of fruity notes, a little doughy, touch of grassy hop, then some citrus and fruit, juicy almost tropical hop notes.

TAste brings soft malts, toasted straw pilsner malts, cracker dough, grainy toasted cereal notes, a little fruity with that, little grassy hop and hint of bitterness, then a little herbal hop, very little fruity hops. Finish is a little dry, little grassy herbal hop and lagering flavors lingering, a hint of soft creamy like malt.

mouth is med to lighter bod, a soft almost lager like feel, carb a bit on the lighter side.

Overall not bad, very sessionable as expected, thankfully not really watery but not a ton of character, then again that's expected, I almost expected a lot more hops but the malts and hops brought a decent flavor, and I'd complain if the hops were too heavy, so def a decent sessionable beer.

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Photo of rudzud
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

HUGE thanks to JLindros for hooking me up with a can of this.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a two finger white head that faded to leave thin lacing and a light creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of nice tropical fruits, mango, like pineapple, nice orange citrus peel and juice, light malt backbone.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Fair amount of crackery grains, light lemon flavour. The citrus is more of a bitterness now. The tropical fruits that were so vibrant on the nose are all but a ghost. Very unfortunate.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp, clean, very drinkable.

O - Overall this beer had loads of potential with a great nose, however, the taste really is no where near as good as the nose. Without that real nice nose this would be a super, super run of the mill IPA.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. can dated 10/19/16

Pours hazy gold with a fluffy creamy white foam head. Smells like ripe peaches, orange marmalade, passionfruit, sweet bready malts, fresh grapefruit, blueberry, apricot, dank resinous pine, with floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like fresh passionfruit, peaches, orange citrus, bready malts, grapefruit, berry, apricot, with bitter dank resinous pine and floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice session IPA.

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Photo of professorchow
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light gold and slightly cloudy. Very pleasant citrus bouquet. Tastes lemony, if lemons could be bitter but not sour. Doesn't pack that much punch, but that's too be expected. Refreshing body and carbonation. Drinking this in November, but this is clearly a beer that would shine on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of alexbutler
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - I'm drinking it from a 12 oz. can, so can't really decipher the appearance of this one. Going to have to blindly agree on the other reviews that it's a "orange-tinged straw yellow" haha

Smell - A slight sniff is enough to pack of wallop. Enough fruity hops aroma to lure your roommate out of his room to ask and see what you're drinking.

Taste - Enjoying this one ice cold, and it is a refreshing mix of hops and malt. Just under a month old, the beer lingers a bit on your tastebuds but doesn't pack a huge punch, as it's only 4.8%. Very crushable.

Feel - Very dank mouthfeel to this one, as it lingers on the tongue for awhile. But it doesn't feel too heavy. The 4.8% picks it up and makes sure it doesn't drag.

Overall - This might be my first Lawson's... at least the first in awhile. And it does not disappoint. The hops are borderline overwhleming, but if that's what you're looking for, this ale is for you. Go Lawson's

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy with an almost golden color; the head rises a couple of fingers but fades rather quickly; splashes of lacing jut forward here and there

Smell: Bright, with tropical fruit, melon and berry tones

Taste: Tropical fruit forward, with a berry and melon character emerging; moderate bitterness builds, through the middle, with some pine delivering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Normally, I find Amarillo hops create an aspirin-like bitterness that is a turn off and while I detect a bit here, I find that it is so subtle that it doesn't detract; not the best session IPA I have encountered but still quite enjoyable

Thanks, AaronF, for the opportunity

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from a sixer that cost $12.99. Lawson's showed up for GABF and I knew I wouldn't see it again so I grabbed it despite not being the biggest fan of session IPA's. Bright yellow, with decent head and some chill haze going on. Aroma is lemon and grassy. Flavor is lemony, good but like most session IPA's there just isn't enough heft to the beer.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Slightly hazy straw gold color, pours a medium white rocky head with a few fingers of lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, orange, and lemon are main parts of the nose, with notes of fresh cut grass some light malt in the nose.

T: Lemon is most noticeable with grapefruit following it up, a lemon peel bitterness, notes of fresh cut grass and light malt.

F: Light body and medium carbonation

O: A very tasty easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of ryno6616
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For me, this is far and away the best Session I have ever had.
Another top notch brew from Lawson's.
This is a must for the hot summer days.
I cant wait to try all the other offerings.

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Photo of hgw605
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L; Transparent yellow (almost a green tint in this light). Beautiful thick bleach white head. Little rocky. Not the greatest retention and no legs.
S: Straight citrus and grass. Almost like smelling fresh squeezed lemon and grapefruit right after the lawn was mowed. Pretty good.
T: Mellow pilsner malt. Sweeter than I expected or desired from the aroma. Definite citrus notes.
F: Light body and medium to low carbonation.
O: Good refreshing beer. (little drier and higher carbonation I think would help some for this light bodied IPA)

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Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

More widely available than Lawson's Sip and not a substitute for it (more bitter), it still has great hops taste, even if 2x the price of a regular beer.

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