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Super Session #2 | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
lawsonsfinest.com

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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4.09
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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -3.2%
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 -4.9%
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 +13.7%
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 -4.9%
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 +6.4%
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 +0.2%
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 -12.5%
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%
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 +14.4%
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 -4.6%
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 +7.6%
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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Photo of Furlinator
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy pale yellow with a big off-white head that remains as a cap on top and leaves strands of lace. The smell is an equal mixture of bitter grapefruit, tropical fruit and a hint of pine. Medium texture. The taste follows. Balanced, light, tasty and sessionable.

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Photo of argock
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a clear glass mug. Canned on 081716 on bottom. Still cold of the truck purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT).

A: Very clear orange-tinged straw yellow with 1-2 finger off white head with decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: Pineapple, orange, and grassy, herbal tea-like hop aromas with crackery pale pils-type maltiness.

T: Refreshing but somewhat watered down flavor with a lot of honeysuckle, grassy, herbal, and piney hop flavor. It doesn't really have the full, lush, pineapple/grapefruit flavor I associate with amarillo hopping. A lot of grassy but not quite vegetative flavors. Pale maltiness is crackery like and decent aftertaste in a light-medium bodied beer.

M: Light and delicious with lowish carbonation.

O: Makes me wish i hadn't missed the Sip release a few days ago but nothing to complain about -- tasty, drinkable, and well-crafter.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass (all I had unpacked because I just moved). Super sessionable brew with lots of bitter hop flavor and aroma to follow. I'd say this is a notch up from stone's go to IPA and of course you can drink a ton because of the low abv. If only I could get my hands on some more....

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

From the can, it pours a very slightly hazy amber with a fluffy head that slowly dissipates. Powerful, but lovely hop aroma grabs the nose and makes it submit! Flavor follows the nose, but more subtley. Enjoyable and repeatable.

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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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