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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 | website

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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-08-2014

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Photo of Jcardish
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I does an awesome job of being a session while providing the flavor of a bigger ABV DIPA. I enjoyed this right out of the can, and it really was worth sipping on. Would definitely pick up another pack if I was on a run and was available.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, dehydrated first pee of a hangover morning pale gold. Fluffy, pocked head quickly recedes into the liquid.

Smells like a handful of Amarillo hops. I've brewed with them a few times and if you take them in your hands, rub them around and stick your nose in it - that's what this beer smells like. Prickly orange grass aroma if you will.

Tastes like a session in the sense that it has noticeably lighter malt profile and mouthfeel. What malt is there is biscuity and holds peppery orange grass hop spice nicely. Nice consistent flavor profile, SS doesn't have the undulating rollercoaster that some of the hop bomb session IPAs have. Minimal resin.

I like it. Other than the alluring aroma not a particularly standout session IPA. But I like it.

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Photo of Pip_Count_167
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love IPAs, but haven't been a fan of many session IPAs. This is one of the better ones, up there with Maine Island Trail Ale.

Very light and very crisp, the floral hops are well balanced. I'd go through a few of these six packs during the summer if it were distributed near me. Happy enough to have found it for sale at a gas station before hiking Camel's Hump in Vermont. It felt like a perfect beer for the sunshine on top of that mountain.

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Photo of kylesobrien
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear deep golden yellow; looks a lot less like a typical IPA to me and much more like a pale ale. Some nice head which does not persist and a little lacing around the glass.

The aroma is not overpowering, but there's a noticeable piney/slightly resinous hop character, with some orange/grapefruit thrown in. Not a lot of body, but smoothly hoppy -- bright, clean, refreshing. More orange/pine, subtle malt and more hops in the finish.

Maybe I'm totally off here, but I wouldn't call this an IPA. Given the ABV, it's almost a stretch to call it a session ale. It's a really tasty, crisp hoppy pale that would be stellar on a hot day. It could use a bit more body and a little more aroma, but overall it's extremely well-balanced and fresh-tasting, and I would gleefully order a second one if I saw this on tap. A fantastic lighter offering from a great brewery.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12oz can into tulip glass:

Appearance: pours a lovely clearish (for a NE IPA) yellow, with a sudsy white head. Lingers for a couple minutes, then dissipates and leaves a nice ring of lace around the glass.

Aroma: lemony, orangy, and fresh smelling. Little bit of light biscuit malt, but the hop profile is pronounced for a beer clocking in under 5%. Really nice and refreshing.

Taste: the same as the smell! Sessions, I've always felt, were a bit of a cop out. Claim it's a session, no need to extract as much flavor out of the brew. This beer, however, delivers all the hop flavor of an average IPA at half the percentage. Nice, citrusy flavor, with plenty of tropical fruit and barely any malt.

Feel: crisp, clean, and refreshing. Not sticky-icky like most hop-laden brews..

Overall: would drink every single day if it was available in my neck of the woods. Scrum-diddly-umptious.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours light golden, fizzy white head fades quickly, spotty lace. Citrusy floral aroma. Light cracker malt taste with plenty of floral hops, some citrus peel bitterness. Clean dry finish with thin to medium slippery feel. Very good session IPA, love that Amarillo.

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Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I expected a better average score because this is a phenomenal session IPA. Supremely hoppy, smooth, and with the right balance in the finish. Not sure how you can do better with the style. Enjoyed on the drive up to a river cabin in the NEK of Vermont with judkinst, so cheers brah!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lawson's Finest Liquids "Super Session #2"
12 fl. oz. can, "05/20/16" on 06/09/2016
$2.00 @ Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT

SS#2 pours a slightly hazy deep gold body with visible particulate in suspension, most likely from dry hopping. The white head offers only average head retention, and thus it leaves only wide streaks and spotty lacing about the glass.

The aroma is bright, not bold; and offers citrus that's fairly non-descript (similar to orange, lemon, pineapple, and soft grapefruit) as well as a puff of floral character and some soft pine and resin. Some softly sweetish grainy malt offers support from below.

The flavor is very similar with the addition of a light touch of resin and even less of what I find to be like "tomato plant". It's superbly balanced between malt and hop and bitterness, and although it's labelled as a "session IPA", at 4.8% ABV I'd call it American pale ale. It's hoppy in the nose before you take your sip, and then malty and hoppy across the middle, and finally bitter and resinous with residual pine in the finish. I don't think it's bitter enough to label it a "session IPA" though. Regardless of what you call it, it's really quite nice...

... and one of the things that makes that work is the softer carbonation and medium body. There's not a lot of carbonic acid to zest it up, and there's enough body that you're not disappointed that the aroma leads into a more "watery" beer.

Session IPAs haven't been at the top of my list of styles lately because I often find them lacking balance, even if that off-balance item is a pleasantly bold hop aroma. This, however, is brilliant! I could drink this all day and all night only to wake up in the morning and have another with breakfast! Kudos to the brewers who formulated it.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours clear gold with a 2-finger head. Smell is floral and grassy, with tropical fruits and sweet citrus. Taste is lemon citrus and grassy floral notes. Feel is medium-minus--seems a bit thin with so much flavor, but what you'd expect at this ABV. Overall, crisp, refreshing and very well made.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light pale wheat color. Decent sized eggshell head. Constant carbonation. Bright citrus and grapefruit aromas. Follows thru with flavors of grapefruit zest, orange. Light graham cracker malt. Quite herbal, grassy, a touch of piney, dank moss. Definitely a bit pithy. Floral, lemony lavender tea. Plenty of carbonation and light body makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - A crystal clear, golden color. Big bubbly head
Smell - earthy, fruity, citrusy, orange, pungent
Taste - Jam packed full of flavor which is unusual for a session. slightly tropical (as it warmed), herbaceous, earthy/herbal

My favorite session IPA there is

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Photo of whatthehull
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter/tulip/wine hybrid glass from a 12oz can

A - Semi-translucent orange California sunset, two finger bright white sea foamy head and some legs/lacing

S - funky yeast, pepper, citrus rinds, pine, lots of green earth and very dry grains/malts

T - Very bright citrus (probably due to the Amarillo), some pine, very dry grains/malts, only slightly sweet, bready yeast, pepper and all around dry.

M - Medium minus body, nice balance, nice complexity, medium plus acidity, medium minus carbonation and a dry hoppy ride.

D/O - Refreshing, crisp, bright and very simple. Lots of flavor with copious amounts of hops and very dry. A drink right away and don't save kind of ale. Perfect for hot and well, perfect weather.

Final thoughts - No price point (gift). The ABV is below 5% so drinking a six pack should be easy to do. Remember, don't age, drink fresh.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

from notes:
canned 4.22.16, drinking on 5/9/16. poured a nice golden orange color, with a white ring of bubbles and thin film in the middle, leaving generous lacing. The aroma is hop forward, but not overwhelming, as the malt is present too, a bread-like smell, that goes along with the pine and some orange and grapefruit peel.
As for the taste, a bready malt character comes through, light grapefruit citrus and pine. The mouth feel is pretty thin, which I guess can be associated with sessions, and this is very drinkable. Medium carbonation.
Not the biggest session beer fan, so despite this beer being very pleasant, I probably won't go after it very often. Very well done though.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a stemmed tulip.

Cloudy golden-blonde with 1 finger of loose off-white head.

Candied orange, pineapple, candy sugar, mango, and wintergreen.

Candied orange, grapefruit juice, and drops of pineapple. Mango and wintergreen. Candy sugar maltiness with bready undertones. Finishes juicy with hints of grapefruit zest and pine needle.

Light bodied, crisp, and juicy with a light bitterness.

This is worth seeking out. This is as good as Session IPAs get.

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Photo of thebeers
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 4/22/16. Pale straw color, slightly hazed, with two-and-a-half fingers of airy white head that's quick to dissipate but leaves decent lacing. Strong resiny, fresh hop aroma with a little pine and grapefruit rind in the background. These notes carry over to the taste, with just a touch of malt sweetness mid-palate and fairly dry finish, with a moderately bitter aftertaste. Light but highly carbonated mouthfeel, almost like tonic water with a twist of grapefruit. Session IPAs aren't really my thing, but I do like the touch of malt in this one, and the mouthfeel is pretty distinctive.

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Photo of Gambit23
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New England is just rocking the IPA's. I work up in NE regularly (I'm from PA) and I look forward to the food and beer. This one is no exception. Just crazy good sluicy (can I say that?), hoppy, bring me another one goodness.

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Photo of cfalls
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - clear golden color, head fades fast

S - subdued citrus, pine

T - what immediately came to mind was muskadine, nicely balanced sweetness and bitterness, not too much malt

F - light, plenty of carbonation, appropriate for a session

O - nice session, love the low abv and light feel, but didn't wow me the way sip of sunshine did

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Photo of thepenguin
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a mildly hazy light honey color with a very nice close-knit foamy head. Good head retention, and pretty good lacing too. The appearance is probably the most notable aspect of this beer.

S: Some sweet citrus notes of orange rind and a more acidic and lively lemon. Mild grass and some dry malt. The aroma is nice, but not as pronounced as I’d like for any self-described IPA.

T: Light-flavored and dry, with moderate cracker-like malt, with the flavor focusing more on grapefruity and grassy hops with a hint of pine needles. Finish is dry and hoppy, but not all too bitter.

F: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Somewhat slick on the palate.

Thoughts: A bit lighter and more unassuming than I was expecting. Solid flavors – and a very pleasant appearance – though I would’ve liked the hop character to pop a bit more. I found the hoppiness to be particularly disappointing given how fresh this can was.

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Photo of SFC21
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BY FAR the best session IPA I have tasted. I generally don't care for the style as there is usually a lack of balance that leads to the feeling of drinking hoppy water. The balance is here and the hops are still able to shine.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this session IPA is better than a lot of regular IPAs out there and drinks more like an amarillo pale ale than a session IPA. Clean, hoppy taste that actually lingers a bit rather than falling off the table entirely. Freshness is key, cans over two months exhibit a difference that is noticeable when compared to fresh.

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Photo of Alpine89
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a can. Date stamp 1 week old. Poured into pint bar glass.


Powerful dank/citrus/floral aroma hits the moment you pop the can.

Appearance is light gold with a tight head.

Taste is excellent. Maybe a wee bit on the thin side. Very hop-forward on both taste & aroma.

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Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the best session IPA I have had. I normally dislike them because they are thin and one dimensional, with nothing to offer but bitterness, but this one is special. I would seek this out for summer.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden yellow that reminds me of a pilsner. Super Session is a light IPA that is incredibly drinkable. It has a bit of a dank/marijuana taste given that hops is a relative to bud. It is has a clean lemongrass smell and feels quite clean and airy. Solid beer from a good brewery.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L. Pours with a foggy yellow body and a three finger head when poured into a tulip glass. There is a one finger head that lasts a bit and a think film that goes throughout the beer. Tight boggles with some small pockets of larger bubbles. Smell - Citrus and hops and light good ness. Taste is not super complex, but refreshing, crisp, hoppy and a bit citric acidy without pointing to a specific fruit. Feel was extremely smooth. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Prager62
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce can dated 02/22/16 poured in a 13oz. tulip.

Look- Pours a dark hazy gold with a small finger of white foam.

Smell- A dank spicy weed-like aroma with notes of passionfruit and pineapple.

Taste- Passionfruit takes center stage along with some pineapple, grapefruit, floral notes and a rye-like spice.

Feel- Resiny oil with a bitter dry finish.

Overall- This is one tasty and dank session beer! Quite possibly the best I've ever had? Huge hop flavor with an abv. under five percent? Yes please!

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