Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
American IPA
Ranked #26
Ranked #962
4.34 | pDev: 7.37%
Yesterday at 08:17 PM
Sep 17, 2014
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 smcolw from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Mild haze to the light gold color. Moderate head which retains a film on the surface. Some spots and streaks complete the appearance.

Freshly mown grass with some weeds smell. There’s some berry-like sweetness in the background.

Solid neutral-to-dry malt start but the bittering hop takes over quickly and completely. Spritzy feel to the moderate body. Long, long bitter aftertaste.

I’m struggling to figure out the high rating made by others. While this IS a very good beer, I find it similar to other highly hopped beers. For hop-heads, this is a reason to rejoice. I submit, though, the lack of complexity doesn’t warrant the near reverent scores.
Yesterday at 08:17 PM
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the can into a branded tulip/goblet glass. Canned June 15th 2023.

Light touching three finger head with a little bit of retention and some fairly large sized bubbles. The body is a pale yellow, slightly opaque but not hazy, has a bit of a shine but is very pale looking.

Aroma though is gangbusters. Juiced up rich sensing hops of floral, soft perfume, sweet tangerine orange, and a mix of crisp malt and bakery dough bread. Hits the near perfect IPA realm in balance without a sledgehammer effect. Wildly impressive.

Palate gets a little bit more grounded. The mouthfeel strangely feels a bit basic, and almost session IPA like. It's impressive in a high abv as this, but makes me feel cheated out a little. The flavors though are quite impressive, if sometimes a bit jumbled up. Hints gumdrop candy with a sharp earth bitterness, mixing leafy pine and even some burnt wood and dried orange peel like tastes particularly in the finish. Complex hop flavors here you can really get lost in.

Neat creation, I think it needs some more body, and dare say a touch of malt sweetness to really shine, but this is very little to complain about here.
Jul 11, 2023
Rated: 4.67 by jeffmck09 from Connecticut

Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 3.99 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Feb 01, 2023
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pint can in poured into a teku glass. About a month in existence.

Pure gold color. Translucent, not hazed. Fluffy white cap and soapy lacing.

West Coast style leaning aroma. Pine, mild citrus, slightly earthy, and lightly perfumed floral and green aromas.

Grapefruit comes through along with malt and vegetation.

Medium body with a bitter bite that gives room for a bit of piney sweets.

The 8 hop varieties play out and make it a good drinking universal IPA.
Jan 12, 2023
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Sabatinis in Exeter pa earlier this evening.

Looks good. Amber body decent white head leaves layers of lacing.

Hoppy aroma. A little grapefruit, but more pine.

On tasting, pretty aggressive west coast style, very bitter, but also very drinkable.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish piney bitterness.

Overall, enjoyed this one, so much so that I had a second. Good honest old style ipa.
Dec 31, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by Gmartin75 from Pennsylvania

Dec 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a bright golden with white head, great retention. Getting some passionfruit and pineapple. This tastes pretty mosaic forward, a little bit of sugar cane, a little bit of canned pineapple, a little bit of sarsaparilla root. That earthy, tree bark like bitterness on the finish balances out the tropical character and keeps this from being just a juice bomb. As expected, this is a really good IPA.
Dec 23, 2022
Rated: 3.31 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania

Dec 21, 2022
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
yes, ok, that is some mighty tasty stuff from a mighty fine outfit. canned on 12/6/22, consumed 12/15/22 so super hats off to my local beer shop. Outstanding!
L: from the can and it is very stylish
S: quite a nose. just begs you to move to taste it. all kinds of hop elements. a little spicy. floral. bitter citrus
T: delivers and then some. simply delicious. accenting the bitter side of hops but very well balanced. wow!
F: medium weight and smooth. light carbonation
O: well done! first time for me and i'll grab it whenever i see it from now on.
Dec 16, 2022
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Reviewed by kemoarps from Washington

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
@WunderLlama sent this my way during NBS BIF #16

Pours a pale yellow gold that's not entirely clear, but it certainly wouldn't qualify as hazy these days. Nice tight little fuzz of head that settles down with nice lacing along the glass.

Nose is bright and light with elements of grassy and bright fruity hops, a bit of floral and faintly perfumey. Really inviting.

Flavour is not quite as bright as the aroma, but it's still lovely. Earthhy hops with some bright floral and fruity elements. Clean straw malts underneath. Nice bitter earthy hoppy finish that almost takes a mildly lime-citrus direction.

This is a really tasty IPA, thanks for sending it my direction Maynard!!
Dec 03, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Nov 12, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by Khaack from New York

Nov 07, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Like a symphony of hops for the tastebuds, Lawson's Finest orchestrates eight unique hop varieties to create a crescendo of aromas, flavors and bitternesses to delight the senses.

Hopcelot's milky pale gold appearance is a tribute to the hops that immediately begin to shed its fragrance of tropical, herb, citrus, stone fruit and berry-like aromas once its foamy ivory crown sets in. Sweeter upon its taste, the flavors of cereal, honey and shortcake make an early mark on a malty upstart.

The hops simply blossom on the middle palate as the flavors of papaya, pineapple, passionfruit and mango show a strong tropical fruit presence. With bold support of pink grapefruit, lemon and orange, its citrusy zing brings a racy juiciness to the tastebuds. With hints of peach, currant and plum present, the taste soon shifts toward a smooth and creamy bitterness that plays out like tea, verbena, hemp and sassafras on the late palate.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth throughout, the beer has a malty-dry demeanor that finishes spicy with hops and still supportive with cereal, coconut and cream in a medium length, tea-like aftertaste.
Oct 28, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut

Oct 25, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours pale and hazy. Medium foam. Sweet and dank aroma. Oh yeah! Tropical fruit hop body. Slightly sweet. Fades to a delicious malt finish. Great all the way through. Lawsons you've done it again.
Oct 22, 2022
Rated: 4.9 by George2744 from Pennsylvania

Oct 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This beer pours a semi murky golden color. The head is white, fluffy, and 2 finger. The retention is decent, and there's some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is a pleasing citrus aroma from the hops.
The beer is quite hop forward. There's a good amount of grapefruit that hits hard. Some pine, but just a hint of it that works well with the grapefruit. Slight bitterness as well.
The hops cling and linger in my throat. Decent full body.
A delicious beer from Vermont.
Oct 17, 2022
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Reviewed by ArrogantB from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This was another fire beer from Lawson's. Great body and a melange of hop flavors make this a delicious IPA. My only complaint is drinking just one makes me sleep like a dead person and I can feel it the next day.
Oct 15, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by BigIronH from Michigan

Oct 14, 2022
Hopcelot from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 358 ratings