Super Session #4 - Centennial
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Super Session #4 - CentennialSuper Session #4 - Centennial
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IPA - American
Ranked #437
Ranked #5,335
4.11 | pDev: 6.57%
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
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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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 8/28/20 into pint glass. Pours a crystal-clear pale amber with a thick off-white head. Initial impression is a delightfully crisp and juicy IPA with lemon zest and pine resin. Slight peppery notes, too. Cracker malts really provide a nice counterpoint to the hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium and quite clean. Finish is dry and bitter, inviting the next sip. Overall, a very enjoyable, very sessionable IPA!

Nov 14, 2020
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Rschis16 from Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Steady amount of carbonation leading to a beautiful pillow of white foam on top of an active light amber colored beer. Excellent lacing down the glass as it goes giving this a classic look. Citrus aromas mingle with some floral notes and a hint of resin or pepper. Some light cracker notes highlight the malt body in the flavor, with pine, citrus and rind notes rounding out the hop flavors. Really full of flavor on a light to medium body that doesn't taste watery, highlighting the hop flavors but not taking away anything from the mouth feel. This is how I wish all beers under 5% tasted, or at least how I wish the body felt. It drinks like a bigger beer while at the same time being very easy to drink. About as flavorful of a session beer that I've had. Good stuff.

Oct 26, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, I went in with a high opinion f the brewer and a taste for this particular hop, so I am definitely stoked for this one. I still think we need a session IPA ale category and this is why. This beer is a great IPA, with just a touch less punch than the best 6-7 percenters in the style but still right there. The general "juiceiness" of he hop flavors is outstanding. The aftertaste is mellow and shows a tuch of malt balance that centers this nicely. Really tasty and tight all around.

Sep 28, 2020
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Specialmick from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look ...light amber. Looks like beer
Smell...very faint hop smell, sour acidity, yeast faint but there. Vermont nice water
Taste...Crisp , bitter, hoppy, a wanting for another sip from the dryness. I am not a huge fan of the session IPA pretty much from everyone but with good for thirst!!!
Feel...carbonation fading quickly. thin white head no lacing
Overall...I would get again but only situationally for me. I rarely drink 6 beers but this one would be safer on a hot day

Sep 02, 2020
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cyginsberg from New York

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light golden color with a creamy off white head. Smells of pine and banana bread. Tastes bitter with a very full malt profile. Feel is light. Overall very enjoyable.

Aug 31, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 o can dated 10 Aug 2020. Sampled on Aug 31. 2020.

Yellow pour with a modest white head. Good clarity. Lingering head.

The aroma has some dankness to it and some tropical fruit sensations. It is appealing but it does not blow me away.

Light to medium body.

The flavor is decent. You get a hoppy character in an under 5% beer. That's what sort of make it. I like it to a degree.

Aug 31, 2020
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/26/20

Medium gold with some hints of orange, clear, pours with a medium sized white head, fades to a wispy cap
Lots of Centennial, but not as complex as this variety can be, orange and grapefruit, floral citrus, soft pine, light herbal notes, super pale malts (this is a session IPA after all), low bitterness, clean
Light body, more crisp than smooth, medium level of carbonation

Is it fair to compare a single-hop Centennial beer to Two Hearted? Is it fair to compare any beer to Two Hearted? Probably not, but the fact is Centennial is an amazing varietal. Super Session 4 is indeed super sessionable, but it's not the best thing I've had from Lawson's in recent memory.

Aug 27, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the can it pours a dark yellow color, and looks clear light amber in the glass. A large frothy head retains well.

The nose is redolent of west coast IPA with its notes of citrus and pine. Aromas of grapefruit, orange, lime, pine and grass. One can perceive the bitterness.

Pithy and resiny throughout with a firm bitterness. Classic flavors of grapefruit rind, orange pith, lemon, lime as well as spicy notes of sharp pine, grass and peppery hops. A dry and crisp cracker malt backbone allows the Centennial Hops qualities to shine through. Medium to light bodied, with a semi crisp mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and bitter.

Really nice showcase for the Centennial hops. One of the better session IPAs out there.

Aug 25, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear golden with a quickly dissipating white head. Not much lacing.

S: Big notes of pine and grapefruit as well as some spiciness. Some light bready malt notes in the background.

T: Firm bitterness upfront, moves into waves of citrusy and piney hop flavors. Good hop spice and resin as well. Very light malt flavor, very clean overall.

F: Pretty thin but also crisp and dry.

Overall: A very nice low abv hop treat, I in no way regret getting the 12-pack, it should be gone in no time.

Aug 18, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 7/21/20 (3 wks old) . Let warm for 5 minutes before opening.

Translucent orngey-gold, with quickly dissipating two-finger white head.

Smell is light pine, grass, dried lemon zest, lightly doughy , with some sweet honey/floral(goldenrod) notes. tyhe

Taste is light pine & grapefruit rind , followed by the sweet/floral/bready elements present in the aroma, but of lesser intensity. Moderate bitterness.

Feel is light-medium, and more substantial than might normally be expected of a 4.8% abv ale. Very fine, moderately sharp, carbonation bite.

Overall, enjoyable, but not something I'd seek out very often. All of the elements are there for something "wow", but I wish there was more hop flavor(s). Seems a bit muted in the flavor department. I like the combination of flavors, just wish there was more of it.

Aug 16, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased from the fridge as a 4-pack for $10.99. Canned on 7/21/2020, so this is 3 weeks and a day old.

Look: Light golden orange color. Essentially clear - maybe the faintest chill haze. Very thin rocky head remaining along the edges of the glass with decent lacing.

Smell: Earthy, piney, lemony, dank notes. Floral. Smells crisp and clean with a bit of crackery malt. A bit spicy, peppery? I get a very subtle melon or cucumber note that is quite interesting.

Taste: Very quaffable. This is so easy to drink and so refreshing. Tasting notes follow the nose essentially. Up front you get a bit of crackery malt and citrusy notes (orange peel, lemon spritz). The finish is strongly bitter and earthy. The amount of flavor and balance here for a 4.8% beer is impressive. Not sure what kind of malts are used here, but it's definitely a lighter malt bill, as the brewers want to showcase the centennial hops. Very crisp and clean, refreshing.

Feel: Low to medium carbonation - right amount. Lighter mouthfeel. Crisp and clean. Crushable.

Overall: I gotta say, this is a solid beer. And I've also gotta say that it's not easy to tell that it's only 4.8% and I am not missing the extra ABV and calories. Maybe it sacrifices a bit on the body/mouthfeel but it's not giving up much in flavor. I think that this is really good for what it advertises itself to be: a hoppy 4.8% ABV session IPA. I haven't had any of the other Super Sessions, and I think that the centennial hop works very well in this recipe. I think that I will enjoy the other three cans that I have with food.

Aug 12, 2020
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Billolick from New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can - "PKG 25 JUN20 stamped on the bottom. 5-6 weeks in the can

Pours out with a lighter haze, supports a solid and lasting 1 inch cap. Leaves gobs of rings, and strands of larger bubble lacing.

Bright and fresh nose of grapefruit/pineapple hops.

Smooth and soft in the mouth with the carbonation seemingly on point.

Pleasant IPA, more soft grapefruit as well as pungent pineapple juice notes. Somehow this one incorporates both old school west coast elements along with more au courant juicy NEIPA sensibilities. Delicious, well crafted and well worth a try...mighty fine beer...created by one of the true old school heavy weights of the NEIPA style...go get some

Aug 04, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 7-8-20.

A - Hazy medium to light gold color with thick lacing and little to no carbonation.

S - Light grapefruit and citrus on the nose.

T - All grapefruit and floral from start to finish, ends with a lingering grapefruit and juicy floral presence with light bitterness. Nice lingering pungent floral finish.

M - Nice medium body and semi-dry finish.

O - This is surprisingly flavorful, you would never know this is sub-5%.

Aug 03, 2020
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stosh66 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass from 16oz can
A: clear light orange, half inch white head that dissipates.
S: grapefruit, slightly malty
T: citrus pith bitterness, peach, honey
M: medium light body
O: Very good (Super) Session offering. The Centennial hops are really highlighted.

Aug 03, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left some minimal lacing. It smelled very piney/hoppy with toasted caramel and hints of citrus. Big bitter, piney hop bite up front. Sweet toasted caramel backbone. Tastes very big for a session IPA.

Jul 13, 2020
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +1.7%
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


Jun 25, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -2.7%
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 -3.6%
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 -4.1%
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%
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 -2.7%
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 -24.6%
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 -1.2%
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
Super Session #4 - Centennial from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 114 ratings