Super Session #4 - Centennial
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Super Session #4 - CentennialSuper Session #4 - Centennial
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #428
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,188
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 7.26%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
80
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Vermont, United States
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SCORE
91
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Super Session #4 - CentennialSuper Session #4 - Centennial
Notes: Our session IPA is so tasty and quaffable that it will leave you craving more! Super Session #4 features full malt flavor and assertive hop character with copious additions of Centennial hops late in the kettle and dry hopping.
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear, just slightly hazy golden color. Lots of of bubbles. A foamy off white head. A thin ring remains. No lacing.

Smells a bit floral, some lemon, grapefruit, honey, and grass. Not a big aroma, honestly.

Nice lemon and yellow grapefruit peel, a bit of pineapple and white peach, cracker, honey, grass, and a touch of pine. Floral. Lightly dry with just a touch of brief piney bitterness.

Light but not watery, crisp, clean, well carbonated, refreshing.

A really good session IPA. One of the better ones. Very refreshing.

Jun 29, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loving the new 16oz can format for these (stovepipe cans next!?). Centennial lends itself well to this low-ABV, dry style of IPA. In these types of beers, having some grassy bitterness is nice and refreshing without overwhelming the palate

82/100

Jun 25, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lawsons must be tasted against all other session IPAs like Carton Boat, and I think #4, this one, would win.
4.8% never tasted so rich.
a) big semi clear light amber w decent lace, not much head.
s) passionfruit, pine, and grapefruit.
t) Taste is the winner. Large, fruity IPA, pithy and grassy, complex with notes of passionfruit, peach, grapefruit, and orange.
f) light bodied, but feels satisfying with crisp mouthfeel.

The best session IPA?

Jun 22, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is somewhat hazy yellow in color and has light hues of amber and a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass after it died down.
S: Moderate aromas of earthy hops are present in the nose along with notes of floral hops and orange citrus.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of earthy hops and finishes with notes of orange citrus and underlying hints of caramel malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer packed with lots of aromas and flavors of Centennial hops but is very easy to drink and perfectly sessionable.

Serving type: can

Jun 15, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

S: Piney, herbal, and floral hops up front along with some biscuity malt and light caramel

T: Follows the nose. Piney and herbal hops start things off. Picks up some earthy and floral notes as well. Moderate bitterness. Finishes with lingering herbal notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid session IPA that is quite easy to drink. Definitely highlights centennial hops. Worth a drink

Jun 15, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can dated 5/29/20

Pours a translucent amber color with about one finger of white head. Light retention, no lacing. Color of the can is quite pleasant as well.

Smells faintly of lemons and a bit of pine resin.

Taste follows. Picking up a bit lemony citrus and a decent amount of piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky but fairly thin. Mild bitter aftertaste. Low carbonation.

Overall, this is nice even if a little unbalanced. Would reach for again if given the opportunity.

Jun 13, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can date 5-29-20. This is fresh.
This is a pale ale at 4.5% but Lawson's wants it called an IPA. I tend to think that "IPA" is the only way a brewery can sell / market a beer these days. It's sad to me that people who don't know the difference dictate what breweries brew and name their beers.
It pours fairly clear with a foamy. soapy head that slumps quickly leaving no lacing, just a thin ring of single bubbles.
Aroma is all Centennial hops - pine needles in orange slices with some wildflower and honey notes. Nutty, grain aromas move forward is it warms.
Flavor is hoppy pale ale all the way. No malt backbone to imply this is an IPA at all except for the name. Dry, puckery hop character dominates - and how could it not? Malt load is light and barely stands up to the bitter hop acids.
Little balance displayed here, just a light bodied ale used as a vehicle to carry the hop flavors and bite.
It may sound like I hate this beer but I don't. While the hops dominate, I like centennial hop flavors and this is a good example of a 1 hop showcase. My main knock is it is too thin to stand up to a high alpha bittering hop like cent.
Very drinkable if a bit harsh on the finish for a light ale and not so bitter as to be "nasty" or offensive, just out of balance 'cuz there's not enough residual malt sweetness to back it up.

Jun 12, 2020
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2020-06-09 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 16oz canned on 2020-05-29

A - Somewhat-hazy gold with a 1-finger white head and light lace

S - French bread, melon, citrus, honeysuckle

T - Bread with orange jelly and honey. Some pine. Herbal spice. Moderately bitter.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Smooth then a quite-dry finish.

O - Quite tasty for the ABV. I like it almost as much as #6.

Jun 09, 2020
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

16 oz cans, dated 20 May 2020.

fairly clear, medium golden, foamy white head that eventually fades. no lacing. aroma is piney, a little citrus and underlying mild caramel malt. similar flavor, fairly bitter. thin bodied

Jun 07, 2020
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light gold, cloudy. Aroma is densely citrusy for a session. Taste has lemon lime and maybe some faint tangerine. Feel is light to medium bodied, a little soft. Bitterness is moderate and dominates the finish. It is a pretty substantial session and well received. Nice job Lawsons

Jun 04, 2020
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Smokee from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a tall boy to poured into a tulip. Orangey/gold. SLIGHT haze. Small bubble head that dissipated fairly quickly. Slight metallic smell. Good mouth feel, possibly a little on the light side. Some biscuit, malt, a little buttery. Centennial at the end. Overall very good.

Jun 03, 2020
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fermentedbarley from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Exceptional. By far the best of the Super Session family. Crisp full body flavor. Hoppy but it avoids the bitterness that doesn’t excite me about some of the other versions. Very drinkable. Excellent session!

May 31, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to becher pint glass. Stamped "20May2020" on the bottom.
The appearance was a fairly bright yellow to stifled golden orange with a small white semi-foamy to bubbly head. Softly dissipated to leave a semi-concave lace here and there.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of sweet floral to a soft danky to earthy hop tone advocating for some clean white bready malts.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet end blending the hops to the malts. Mild aftertaste of danky earth, pine, floral hops and bready malts.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Good carbonation with some dry stickiness and floral hop bitterness. Finishes fairly clean with floral hop dryness.
Overall, pretty nicely done American IPA well worthy of coming back to.

May 30, 2020
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Nordic pint glass canned on 5/20/2020. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a half finger sticky white head that leaves loads of thin streaks of lace, with solid retention. 4.25.

Smell is pine, grassy, herbal, earthy, soapy, and a hint of grapefruit. Solid for a session IPA. 3.75

Taste follows pine, fresh cut grass,herbal, slightly soapy, and some hints of grapefruit. 3.75

Mouthfeel is almost medium, plenty of life, a tad dry, and at 4.8% goes down very easy. 3.75

Overall this is solid for a session, but of all from this series this is my least favorite. Still solid. 3.75

May 24, 2020
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Ready4aHeady from New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Cloudy Grapefruit in color... Grapefruit flavors along with orange rind and grassy hops... Lingering bitterness follows, but the overall feel is of a very smooth and immensely drinkable ale... Another excellent beer from Lawson's

Oct 04, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury, Vermont.

Pours a golden olight orange into a Blackback snifter, with a one inch head, and webby lacing down the glass.

Smells like passionfruit, pine, and grapefruit.

This is a quite fruity IPA, as per the usual notes from Galaxy hops. There's some pithy and grassy bitterness, along with passionfruit, peach, grapefruit, and orange. Absolutely delicious. No malt backbone, as is expected with the session IPA style, and very light on the palate.

This one is very light bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation, and a slight lingering bitterness. There is a crisp mouthfeel.

Probably the best session IPA I've ever had, could have known it would be a brewery like this that would do it.

Sep 15, 2014
Super Session #4 - Centennial from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 80 ratings