Lawson's Finest Liquids

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American IPA
Ranked #50
Ranked #1,056
4.27 | pDev: 7.49%
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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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 692
Photo of scotorum
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.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
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.

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Photo of ovaltine
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.

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Photo of Roguer
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.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a can dated 3/05/19, so 5 weeks old.

Pours almost-clear orangey-gold, with two fingers of white head, that leaves a good bit of lacing .

Smell is fresh-cut pine (wood), candied orange rind, damp grass, and a little daisy (floral hop aroma).

Taste is dried orange rind, light pine (needle), and a touch of honey on toast. Moderate bitterness, and a hint of black pepper throughout.

Feel is light-medium, barely-oily, with very fine carbonation tingle, that lingers a bit after swallow.

Overall, a pleasure. Easy-drinking, and can't imagine ever tiring of it.

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Photo of Kendo
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear light golden with a small off-white head.

S: A little skunky and a touch of pine.

T: Light crackery and bready malt is followed by modest grassy hops with drying lemony bitterness at the finish. A little sweet overall.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest.

O: OK - not in love with this one.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Speiglau Heff glass.

Look is a slightly cloudy yellow with a thin white head.

Aroma is an orange lemon biscuit cookie.

Taste is more of the same lemon biscuit cookie. Little lemon curd sweetness too.

Really delicious.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can dated 3/12/19, poured into Aslin tulip glass.

L: 1F+ head, some nice sheets of lacing and a cap and rings with good retention. Beer is a stunningly clear pale straw gold with visible carbonation bubbles.

S: Grapefruit, lemon rind, pine, earth, grass. Simple, but poignant.

T: Grapefruit and lemon rind up front, very light cracker malts, and an earthy, piney, grassy finish that is slightly bitter, but well-integrated into the whole.

F: Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Very strong construction and balance. Crisp, refreshing, drying and easy to drink.

O: Has more alcohol than Super Session, but I think I would prefer to drink this given the same conditions.

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Photo of EMH73
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a very well retained one inch white head that left lacing all the way down the glass. Smells of grapefruit, pine and malt. Tastes of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, grapefruit pith, pine, grass and a bit of malt. Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, lingering dry and bitter finish.

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

I don't think I've ever had a single-hop beer featuring Chinook, so... 3/12/19 canning for freshness...

Classy medium-light gold color and clear, with a bright white foam head that persisted to the finish and left lace lines down the glass... Light and clean grapefruit pith, a sheen of fresh pine with a sharp, peppery edge - a very taut and lean presentation, bitterness forward, only a bit of sweetness from the citrus tones...


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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on: 3/5/19 opened on 3/27/19

A lightly hazy, practically clear and active appearance. A full blown white and fluffy foam topping. Super slow dissipation.

A wildly aromatic pine and citrus blend from these here Chinook plant on the nose.
A peppery pine sap aroma with herbs and earthy smells all over. The hops smell very fresh.

The hop flavor is very earthy with lots of grainy, leafy effects that mellow out pretty quick with sharp citrus and piney notes that flood the senses with piney green cone goodness. Crispy, dry leafy green tadte and hoppy, dry mouthfeel is absolutely keen. The earthy and leafy complexity from these Chinook hops is seriously just keeps going man.

This is a golden colored, straight fire American IPA with the depth of the marianas trench.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: herbal and lemon;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: nice to see a classic hop celebrated;

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear bright gold with a light hazy suspension. Capped with an eggshell white head. Good retention. Rings of lacing.

Smells bright, fresh and flora; a vaguely cannabis-like medley of lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, mint, and chive.

Tastes of lemon zest, pink grapefruit flesh, tart unripe pineapple, mint, lemongrass, chive, crisp cracker malt, and pine needle.

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, lightly dry, clean and crisp.

A really pleasant IPA and a great showcase of Chinook hops. I love it.

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Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is faintly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly settled down, leaving a wide collar around the edge of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles covering the remainder of the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of pine needles are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell has has strong flavors of pine needles along with associated spicy notes. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you close your eyes while smell and tasting this beer you can almost picture yourself standing in a forest of evergreens as this beer is all about the pine and spiciness of the Chinook hops, which seem to be very fresh.

Serving type: can

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

Pale gold body, pours clear and settles with a slight chill haze. Soapy one and a half finger head settles to a foamy ring and a thin, wispy cap.
The aroma is big fresh pine. Resiny, with grapefruit rind, spices and tobacco.
Piney hops in the taste and big. Fresh and green. More grapefruit juice in the flavor than rind in the aroma. Smoky tobacco and spicy finish.
The mouth feel is grainy and with a numbing sensation like with szechuan pepper. The body is approaching medium with medium carbonation. Very spicy, peppery aggressive finish.

My kind of IPA.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can dated 03/05/19 to a nonic.
Fairly transparent gold, but not clear. frothy large head fades slowly, leaves lacing. Barely visible rising bubble are truly tiny.
Smells of composted pine needles. Musty spruce, if I could coin that phrase.
PIney Chinook is obvious at the front, citrus rind mid mouth, malt damper finish.
Carbonation is unique, those bubbles are plentiful but really small compared to most beers.
Interesting beer, I would probably like it a little more with a different malt profile.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 16 oz vessel that was canned on 02/25/19. Sampled March 15, 2019.

It pours a lighter amber orange with a slight haze that looks more unfiltered than hopped up.

Pungent pine aroma is the first sensation I get on the nose and there is also a grapefruit character as well as a white bread pale malt note.

The mouthfeel is around medium or better.

It begins sweet and bready but then the bitter pine hop bite kicks in to merge with the sweetness for a moderately lingering finish.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into IPA glass. Dated 2/26/19.
Look is fairly clear golden yellow. Smell is light fruit and pine. Taste is piney bitterness, west coast style. Feel is fairly light. Overall a good west coast style IPA. Don't know if I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Funk Teku glass canned on 2/26/19. Pours a very attractive clear orange with a two finger sticky white head that leaves thin lines of lace behind. 4.75

Smell papaya, tangerine, earthy herbal, and just a hint of grapefruit. 4.25

Taste follows really amazingly balanced nothing dominates and exactly like the nose, really tasty. 4.25

Mouthfeel is a big medium, plenty of life, maybe a tad dry, and drinks like a 6.5% should but crisp and clean, crazy crushable. 4.25

Overall this is just great and it is nice to drink something so clean and tasty these days. 4.25

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

Can't find a date but I bought this from the brewery 5 days go.

A: Pours a clear gold. Enormous frothy light tan head. Head retention is excellent and so is the lacing.

S: Well, definitely chinook hops. Spicy pine and loads of it. Some grapefruit in there too.

T: Oh my, this thing is drowning in chinook hops. I guess the name should have given it away. Huge explosion of spicy pine up front. Dry, bitter grapefruit immediately follows. A slight bit of sweetness pokes through with some sugary caramel but it's quickly blotted out by more chinook hops. Finish and aftertaste has tons more of strong and long-lingering spicy pine.

M: Medium bodied and dry.

O: For a single-hop beer this is awfully well balanced. I mean, huge huge huge hop character but the bitterness is not over the top. It ends up surprisingly well balanced as a result. One of the longest-lasting aftertastes I can remember, interesting side note.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The West Coast flavor of Chinook hops from an East Coast stalwart. Cloudy and golden color, with an attacking pine and herbal bite. This beer has intense flavor, but in all the right ways.

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Photo of leantom
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

It's a very well-made beer. However, it's not quite my cup of tea. On a positive note, of all the Vermont beers that I tried, this was the worst (and it's still not THAT bad). Here goes:

A: Crystal-clear gold. Huge white head and terrific lacing. Excellent.

S: Very...vegetal. Mostly grassy with some overly bitter onion notes. Not disliking it, but not too good either, in my opinion.

T: Taste is very grassy and vegetal - follows the nose. It's not my cup of tea, as I said before, but I can tell that this is a very well-made beer. Just OK, IMHO.

F: Great. Like any other soft NEIPA I've had.

O: OK, in my opinion. Just too overwhelmingly vegetal and grassy.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can
Canned: Nov-12-2018

Pours a crystal clear brass color with a nice three-finger cap of solid white head. Excellent retention; goopy lacing. (4.5)

Grapefruit and sap, spicy pinecone earthiness. (4.25)

Mmmmmm.... Citrus zest followed by pine boughs which then waver into grapefruit pith and medicinal bitterness territory in the finish. (4.5)

Medium body with a whoosh of carbonation that give it almost a biting creaminess and a dry, slow finish. (4.5)

Lordy, this is a nice one! Thanks for the chance to try it, pappilopoldopolous!
It is generally well-balanced with a great feel and drinkability. Lovely looking in the glass, crystal clear with a nice head and appetizing looking carbonation. The smell doesn't quite pop as much as the rest but is still very present with forest floor-citrus potpourri. The flavor follows but kicks it up a notch with big, bright bitterness balanced between a biting pine sap and a dessicating grapefruit oil aromatic quality. As with Sip this one has a delectable mouthfeel that is at once soft, fluffy and dry as a bone. Just an excellent all-around beer. Especially considering they are only relying on one hop for all that I just described. (4.5)

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Photo of Holderness
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 6 weeks ago.

L -- Pours a moderately hazy vibrant golden orange body with two fingers of white head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and lacing
S -- Red grapefruit, dried pine, grass, rubber, orange zest
T -- Bitter grapefruit pith, orange pith, pine, tonic water, semi-sweet malt backbone
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Present and lasting bitterness throughout
O -- This is a real old school American IPA with the Lawson's touch. Pulls through in all aspects because of this -- usually I'm not the biggest fan of these highly bitter hoppy offerings


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Photo of mnrider
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint Green Can, 14 Day’s Fresh

A: Clear golden yellow. Two fingers of off white fluffy head. Abundant tiny sediment can be seen. The head dies down to a nice thin but consistent layer. Lacing is minimal.

S: Strong grapefruit and other stone like fruits. Some spice and pine. I believe papaya is detectable. Aroma stays pungent as the beer warms.

T/M: Strong bitter hops. Sharp and dry. Pine. Spices. Grapefruit. Citrus. Has a good balance. Crisp and dry. The aftertaste is bitter with a linger of spice and fruits.

O: Outstanding. Classic. Hoppy. Bitter. Flavorful. Not much else to say. I’m happy I got to try it.


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