Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
American IPA
Ranked #22
Ranked #967
4.34 | pDev: 7.6%
Sunday at 11:51 PM
Sep 17, 2014
Notes: Inspired by a dreamy combination of music, hops, and beer. Celebrate with us as we revel in the glory of 8 varieties of hops from around the world, brewed to create intricate layers of flavor and to delight your senses!
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16 oz. Can
CANNED ON: 07/19/22

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice hazy pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which also leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, papaya, guava), pretty nice diesel like. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, papaya, guava), pretty nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer. Orange Julius! Addictive! MilkShake!
Sunday at 11:51 PM
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Rated by JDUBWA412

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Sunday at 05:39 PM
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours clear gold color with a billowing 2 finger thick off-white colored foamy head that dissipated very slowly and left nice foamy lacing coating the glass. Smells of caramel, lemon zest, biscuit, grapefruit, peppery spices, dry citrus hops, orange peel and piney notes. Smells more like a west coast IPA than a NE-IPA. Tastes like it smells with the malty sweetness kicking things off and then a combo of biscuit, grapefruit, caramel, lemon zest, peppery spices, graham cracker, dry citrus hops, orange peel, tangerine and piney notes. It's light, crisp and refreshing, with mild carbonation and no sign of the 7% ABV. I was hoping it would be juicier in the NE-IPA style since it's from Vermont, but this is still a high quality IPA.
Saturday at 03:35 AM
Rated: 4.31 by WDJersey from Colorado

Saturday at 02:22 AM
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned on: 07-05-22

A - Light medium gold color with nice clarity, low carbonation, and dense bright white lacing.

S - Spicy citrus and tropical fruit, peppery fruit rind, and resiny pine.

T - Spicy citrus from start to finish, period. Citrus, spicy tropical fruit rind, peppery spice, and resiny pine bitterness underneath. Nice balanced finish.

M - Medium body with soft prickly carbonation and predominantly dry finish on the tongue.

O - Dig the spicy personality of this beer.
Aug 09, 2022
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a golden straw color with a finger of head. The nose has earthy and dank hoppiness with some citrus in the background. The flavor is odd for an IPA (not in a bad way) - hearty maltiness with grassy and herbal qualities. The finish has decent bitterness.
Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by lenderpants from Colorado

4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
When I can't get Heady Topper, Hopcelot is a worthy substitute -- and in the spirit of HT, I drink it from the can. It's bright, hoppy, and refreshing. Drink it cold and fresh if you can. Stellar!
Aug 02, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by MjamesL from Pennsylvania

Jul 29, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by xungmound98 from New York

Jul 29, 2022
Rated: 4.45 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Jul 28, 2022
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Reviewed by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Half fingers worth of crisp off white colored froth... Modest retention... Color is a vibrant gold with an orangish hue... Huge tropical fruit nose... Oranges, mangoes and assorted other citrus... The palate takes on a more earthy and distinctly piney character... Mouthfeel is medium bodied with distinctive and spry carbonation... Interesting and enjoyable brew with lots of unique characteristics...
Jul 28, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jul 24, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Lawson's Finest Liquids "Hopcelot"
16 fl. oz. can "CANNED ON: 07/05/22 FINEST FRESHEST" and sampled on 07/23/2022
$19.19/4-pk @ Javies Beverage, Phila., PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a just slightly hazy golden body beneath a full head of white foam. The aroma clearly shows that there are some "dank" hops in play, but it's also earthy, herbal, floral, and piney. Interesting. It smells kind of like a damp forest. On to the taste... I didn't get the malt in the aroma but it's certainly here. It's sweetish and grainy, and I'm guessing that it's probably Pilsner malt. There's a grassiness to it that suggests Pilsner malt but it's pretty strong so it's got to be coming from hops too. That could be throwing me off on the malt although that richer graininess is still there. The hops remain earthy, herbal, floral and piney but there's also some fruitiness to it. I'm thinking gooseberry, white grape, passionfruit, nectarine, sweet berries, apple, pear, a bit of citrus, some apricot, and a touch of plum. My guesses for hop varieties would be Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic, and Simcoe although this beer uses 8 different hops so there have to be more. Ahh, you know what else might be in here? Summit hops. I get a little bit of that herbal, garlic, and onion thing they have going on in the nose. In any case I think you get the idea. A median bitterness balances it, working well against the sweetish and grainy malt, and it finishes mainly dry and bitter with herbs, woodiness, and a little bit of fruit lingering. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp and then smooth. I'm quite impressed with this beer. It's unusual and unique.
Review #8,179
Jul 23, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by broadway848 from New York

Jul 22, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Jul 20, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by Roguer from Connecticut

Jul 19, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jul 13, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by mvogt from Massachusetts

Jul 13, 2022
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Rated by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can. Honeydew, melon, papaya, grapefruit citrus, floral hops. Fairly bitter finish. Tropical, juicy, bitter.
Jul 05, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by swierczt from Connecticut

Jul 03, 2022
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Reviewed by DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a 4 pack from the brewery. Canned 6 days ago. Pours a mostly clear golden color with head that retains a thin foam even 10 minutes after the pour. Smell of pine, grass, mango, papaya? Taste is very well-balanced and very easy drinking. Just a slight bitterness that bites early then recedes as the tropical flavors overtake a clean finish. Very easy drinking traditional IPA
Jun 30, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by Holly1215 from Massachusetts

May 29, 2022
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Like a hops rainbow. Really unique blend of hops and grains.
May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From a 16 oz. can dated 03/08/22. Sampled April 17, 2022.

The pour is a traditional low-to-no haze golden-amber underneath a modest lingering ivory head.

The aroma expresses pine and floral sensations for the most past with a lower profile but notable toasted grain character. Inviting.

The mouthfeel is medium or better and the overall texture is smooth and creamy.

The flavor starts with the toasted bready sweetness but then those pine and floral hops evolve and move toward a mild to moderate bitter finish. This is more like a traditional IPA and I prefer those to the newer ones.
Apr 17, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by Sellen from Connecticut

Apr 16, 2022
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Canned on: 3/8/22 opened and reviewed on 4/12/22

Looks: Only the slightest haze in the straw gold liquid. A fine, white foam cap holds it down

Nose: Fresh hops, seriously tropical, sweet and fruit forward. Sharp pine and lightly malted golden grains as well

Feels: crisp>smooth>slightly malty slick>juicy

Flavor's: A large complexity of fruity, tropical and piney hops makes for a very solid hop experience. Light golden malt grainy crispness is a fine balance of flavors indeed. Tangy earthy tones dance all around the major players, with a sharp, earthy pine bite in the finish.

Overall: Love the nod to Phish.
Apr 14, 2022
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Apr 04, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Mar 21, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap at Lawson's Finest Liquids in Waitsfield, VT.

This one pours a clear golden straw yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like grapefruit, lime, marijuana, grassy hops, crackery malt, and herbal hops.

This is very dry and bitter, like a lot of Lawson's IPAs. This is a good thing though - there's a really nice hop character to this one - lemon, lime, grapefruit, and melon, with a marijuana and piney bitterness, and just the slightest hint of malt character that reminds of me of multi grain water crackers.

This is light bodied, with a long bitterness on the back end, and a nice drinkability.

I still really enjoy Lawson's, even with the new facility, ramped up production, and lots of breweries that have caught up to them.
Mar 01, 2022
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Rated by chilaro

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Lawsons best, a favorite for me, The flavor here is incredible. I think the best tasting beer ever. Get yourself some.
Jan 20, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Nov 25, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by KingforaDay from New Jersey

Oct 05, 2021
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned 07/07/2021, code KEEP COLD! ENJOY FRESH!
A: Pours a hazy, yellow golden color with a two finger, foamy, white head, with cap retention, and brand bands of Belgian lacing.
S: Light citrus and herbs, especially oregano and basil.
T: More semisweet to semidry. Flavors of lemongrass and grassy herbs, especial oregano/basil. Strong, but not overpoweringly hoppy bitterness. Fairly crisp.
M: Light to medium bodied with strong effervescence.
O: A crisp, easy drinking, more East than West Coast AIPA. Impressively complex. Liked it.
Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Drinking a morning yellow, hazy brew and some froth. Casaba melon and loads of tropical starburst. Pineapple and cherry rum ham studs. Lots of greenness on the palate.
Sep 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Hopcelot from Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Purchased on 9/9/21 from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. $ 5.00 (Including tax) per 16 oz can ($0.313/oz). In reefer at the store, stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 11/9/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Marked on can bottom “CANNED ON 06/29/21”. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 50.3 degrees.
Appearance – 3.25.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), clear.
Body – Straw (SRM 3), opaque. When rear-lite, translucent.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.7 cm, aggressive center pour), white, medium density, quickly diminishing to a 0.4 cm rocky crown and a rocky partial cap. Second pour produces a dense 0.7 cm head.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3.5 – Light hops, no malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins lightly bitter with hops leading the way. No malt, no yeast. Very refreshing, particularly for having no citrus flavor. No ethanol (7% ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Moderate gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.75 – Medium, more viscous than water, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Pretty much looks like most hazy IPAs but lacks lacing. Aroma is unremarkable. Flavor is good, definitely hop-forward, refreshing, with well-hidden ethanol. Mouthfeel is good.
Sep 11, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by Antg8989 from New Jersey

Sep 03, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by McSeal from Connecticut

Aug 30, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Aug 28, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

Aug 21, 2021
Hopcelot from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 312 ratings