Lawson's Finest Liquids

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IPA - American
Ranked #46
Ranked #1,145
4.27 | pDev: 7.73%
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
Notes: Chinooker’d is our traditional American IPA recipe which is chock-full of Chinook hops bursting with pine and citrus aromas. Firm bitterness and a balanced malt profile gives way to waves of flavor.
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Shiredave from New York

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, golden amber color, visible carbonation with a dense head and lots of lacing. A quick swirl and the head kicks up releasing ...
... aromas of wet old growth forest, butterscotch on oatmeal and candied orange wedges. Just a terrific throwback to what real IPA's used to smell like, rich in malt that stands up to intense hop terpenes and bitterness.
The flavor is an essay in balance. Rich caramel malt complexity blends neatly into sharp pine and grass hop flavors. Tongue tweaking hop bite tries to dominate but the sweet grain character keeps it all together.
Body is a heavy medium and the finish is slightly astringent but nicely peppery and warmly boozy.
I have had many Imperial IPA's that don't have the complexity and backbone this Chinooker'd has.

Mar 08, 2021
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/17/20, tasted 1/29/21. Excellent American IPA. I was a bit worried that I would find this too overwhelmingly bitter, given the heavy Chinook hop content and giant hop on the label, but this turned out to be a very balanced beer. Rich orange color, somewhat translucent with a bit of haze. Very appealing smell, very fresh and tangy taste, smooth mouthfeel, and a nicely mild bitter aftertaste. Would happily drink this again, even though it's not my absolute favorite style.

Jan 29, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chinooker’d from Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Purchased 0n 4/1/21 for $ 5.00 (Including tax) for 16 oz can ($ 0.313/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. In reefer at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 24/1/21.
Stamped on the bottom “CANNED ON 11/18/20”. Served at 48.9 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 53.2 degrees.
Appearance – 4.25.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), slight chill haze. Second pour is clear and produces 0.5 cm head.
Body – Straw (SRM 3), opaque. When rear-lite, opacity is shown to be due to extremely fine suspended particles and massive amounts of near-microscopic carbonation.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.2 cm, aggressive center pour), floral white, medium density, average retention, leaving a five to seven mm crown with a cross-cut saw blade edge, fed by effervescence, and a thin partial cap with many rocks. Inserting the thermometer causes an upwelling of tiny bubbles.
Lacing. Good. Wide band of tiny to small bubbles with an occasional hole, like torn cheesecloth.
Aroma – 4.5 – Burst of resinous pine when can opens, quickly weakens allowing some weak generic citrus to sneak through, no malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins with generic citrus and resinous conifers, no malt, no yeast, slightly bitter. No alcohol (6.5 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends with a mild but resinous bitterness, sans citrus and pine, but with some malt present.
Palate – 4 – Medium, almost watery, mouthful of soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 Nicely resinous and piney IPA, reminiscent of the pre-fruity days.

Jan 24, 2021
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beerdedking from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome WCIPA old school style brew. Plenty of pine and lemony resin (more lemon than grapefruit I get by a mile) with a long dry bitter finish. Prepare to have your palette assaulted and reset

Jan 20, 2021
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

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

Drank straight from the can. Very good IPA with lots of hops and not much malt backbone. Not as citrusy / fruity as other offerings from Lawsons but definitely worth trying.

Jan 07, 2021
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber (SRM 4 or 5) with a nice off-white head that quickly diminishes to a ring. Initial impression is pine resin, grapefruit rind, a hint of caramel, and peppery spiciness. Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium. Finish is dry and quite bitter. Overall, this is a very refreshing old-school IPA. Not overwhelming, but competent.

Dec 31, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love the sip of sunshine so to try a regular IPA was quite good very smooth crisp hop flavor not too bitter is an easy going IPA. For the price though I think I would go for the double to be honest

Dec 29, 2020
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic American IPA style nailed to near perfection. Moderate to high bitterness but also plenty of flavor. Nice body. Aroma a little muted. Otherwise great job.

Dec 21, 2020
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can in my oversized imperial pint glass. Canned on November 16th, 33 days ago.

Translucent golden colored liquid with a 2F white cap that dropped quickly and left plenty of sticky lacing.

Pine and earthy with a bit of citrus background aroma. The pine and alcohol combined for an ointment-like smell.

The pine flavor is resinous and the citrus is grapefruit rind bitter. Malt flavor is light.

Solid medium bodied with a malt backbone. Hop flavors linger through its bitterness.

It checked the American IPA marks. Hoppy, flavorful, drinkable.

Dec 19, 2020
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jpbrooklyn from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you like chinook hops, obvs you’re gonna love this. Me, it’s not a fave. But if I had to consume a chinook-hopped beer, this is good for me. I just wish this had a bit less bite at the back of the throat. Lawson’s is not what it was a decade (or even 5 years!) ago, but this is a decent beer. I don’t mean to

Dec 19, 2020
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2020-12-09 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 16oz canned on 2020-11-18

A - Clear gold with a 1-finger white head with nice lace that sticks around

S - Pine, grapefruit, mild-moderately dank, some floral.

T - Pine, lightly toasted white bread, pink grapefruit flesh and zest with piney bitterness into the finish, which is pretty dry but there's still a hint of fruit sweetness to help moderate the bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Refreshing.

O - Layers and layers of aromas and flavors. West Coast for sure. Suits my palate really well. Glad to be able to get this in Pittsburgh!

Dec 09, 2020
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Pentastar from New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A clear golden color, two finger white foam head.
Smell: Honey and lime, some orange too.
Taste: Grapefruit and mildly bitter hops, some guava and other tropical fruit.
Feel: Effervescent and light.
Overall: A nice IPA.

Dec 04, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Bradford's in Plymouth for about fifteen dollars. My eighth brew from these guys. This was good, definitely more of a west coast IPA. Would get again.

Dec 03, 2020
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far333 from Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Packaged 10/9/20
Pours a clear and straw yellow color with hints of orange, and frothy off-white head raises up and settles out to a fine cap of finely bubbled foam. Low aroma of honey malt and citrus. Flavor is an immediately burst of hoppy flavor, citrus and pine, followed by a underlying semi-sweet maltiness, not caramely, which is quickly overtaken by a rush of bitterness that runs down the back of the tongue and up the cheeks. Moderate mouthfeel, smooth yet tingly. Bitter notes linger on the palate. Great beer, an IPA the way they used to be and the way they were meant to be.

Nov 07, 2020
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden yellow in color with a very light haze that slowly clarified. Poured with a moderate, soapy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Earthy, resinous and sweet sticky pine hop aromas with hints of mint and malt. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Soft, creamy feel surrounded by prickly warmth and bitterness. Earthy, herbal hop flavors with a medium malty base. Medium bitterness through the middle followed by piney, citrus and minty flavors. Prickly boozy warmth near the end. Finished semi-dryly with earthy and malty flavors and pleasant lingering pine hop bitterness. A good old-fashioned bitter IPA. Hop forward with just enough malty character to balance. Fresh and very tasty.

Sep 02, 2020
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jonphisher from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is about the perfect IPA in my opinion...

Beautiful bright golden color to it, some solid head and lacing too. Smell is a huge rush of pine but also fruity/sweet smelling. It has a very nice mouthfeel to it, not thick at all, super crisp, but resiny and smooth.Taste is pine and maybe some orange going on too.

Overall I love this beer, piney ipas tend to be my favorite and this beer puts it front and center. I also love the abv on this, not overpowering. Man I like this one a lot.

Aug 24, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: A bright golden with a tinge of haze in the form of small particles floating around. Good head and no lacing.

S: Big resinous, spicy aroma of pine and ruby red grapefruit. Very clean fermentation profile with a touch of bready malt.

T: Firm bitterness upfront leading into an onslaught of resinous hop character. Spicy pine resin, ruby red grapefruit and pineapple are the main flavors I am picking up. The malt is very much in the background providing a bready base. The hop bitterness lingers in to the finish, that classic chinook hop bite!

F: Medium bodied and dry.

Overall: A spectacular IPA with a very aggressive hop character. This beer showcases my favorite hop so I may be a little biased, but I think this is one of the best IPAs I have ever come across.

Aug 12, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this at the source on a rainy day in October 2019. Really love the all wood decor of the place, but let's get to talking about the beer.

Pours a good looking familiar golden/yellow color with good clarity and 3/4" white head. Aroma of the Chinook standard wooden pine and grapefruit rind. The classics.

Taste was nice, sure we're all familiar with the Chinook hop, but they give it a simple pale toasted malt/2 row interior that really showcases this classic hop all for the better, the dry minimal barley backbone let's the glow and shine of the bitter pine and grapefruit rind come off quite crisp in the mouth feel. Its a fun drink and a testament to the affability of the Chinook hop, its good to see New England still crushing great tasting ipas with just an old school hop like this one (Tree House Sap series are the other ones that come to mind).

Its a shame I only had so much weight of beer to fly back (Triple Sunshine got the nod), but man I would buy TF outta this if it was on a grocery shelf near me.

Apr 30, 2020
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nlb802 from Vermont

4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer I’ve been looking for in Vermont. I say enough with the creamy haze trend. This is an old school west coast IPA with new school precision and balance. Piney, citrus, nice carbonation.

Feb 24, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a golden amber with a modest head that reduces to a thin layer and leaves lots of lacing. In the nose, it is piney. In the mouth, it is bitter hoppy and a bit of malt. Nice!

Feb 22, 2020
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BeerProof from Vermont

1.64/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I dont understand what has become of Lawsons... I definitely dont understand the continued hype. Ive been a long time advocate for lawsons but since theyve opened up the new location, I swear, the beers are no better than Otter creek, Harpoon, Two roads. Very lackluster.
This beer in particular was thin, extremely bitter, bland.

Nov 27, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Bought at the brewery last Sunday the 26th. Canned 4/2/19, so two months old yesterday. Rather surprising that so many of the brews I purchased at the brewery then were already so aged.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Lawson's Willi.

a; Clear dark gold/amber with a half finger thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s; Mainly tangerine

t; More piney at first but then the citrus returns, lighter side of moderate hop bite with some lingering bitterness on the dry finish. later the citrus is again replaced by a bitterish pine resin.

m; Lighter side of medium, ok body and quite a bit of carbonation tingle.

o; A surprisingly fruity IPA considering the Chinook hops, but eventually something more pine resiny comes to dominate. Wife usually despises IPAs but said this one was "not bad" and actually did not make the usual negative grimace after tasting.

Jun 03, 2019
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3-12-19
L: Almost clear, copper colored. Very slight haze to it.
S: Piney ..and light dankness. Very mild citrus notes.
T: Straight up pine, some oily pine.. finishing with pine. Serious.
F: This might be the highlight of Chinooker'd. Great bitterness all the way through, then drops out.
O: I liked it enough I'm thinking about my next trip north. Even with this being almost 2 month's old, I'm impressed. Very well done.

May 07, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour from a can dated 3/11/19 yields a slightly hazy beer (this is “hop haze” hazy) that is a golden sunshine color with a dense white head. Wow, is this a gorgeous beer, IMHO.

The first thing I notice on the nose is pine, and then I pick up a biscuity malt aroma, and then the citrus notes, presented in this case as ripe tangerines.

The resiny pine and ripe tangerines present themselves at the front of the palate, and are in perfect harmony, but the director of this choir is the malt flavor that provides the foundation at the very back of the palate. There is substantial bitterness, but the malt keeps this beer on course to Worldclassville.

The mouthfeel is firm and biting. I’m an “old school” IPA fan, so this poundable IPA is in my strike zone. Just a pleasure to drink because it is so well executed by a magnificent brewery.

Apr 21, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Lemon or straw-yellow brew, nearly but not quite transparent. Decent head production and OK retention; nice lacing.

Old school hop aroma: pine, resin, skunky earth, pepper, honey, cracker, and just a bit of citrus peel.

Flavor follows, with a touch of malt sweetness and quite a bit of grainy pale malt, and tons and tons of pine. Pepper, mild skunkiness, grapefruit peel. Strong bitterness.

Exceptionally lively and crisp on the palate, with a slight hop oil cling on the finish.

Apr 13, 2019
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