Lawson's Finest Liquids

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American IPA
Ranked #49
Ranked #1,055
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 by GratefulBeerGuy:
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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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More User Reviews:
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 Brad007
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks good so far.

Aroma is full of grassy, floral chinook hops with a bit of malt underneath.

Taste is full of citrusy hop bitterness from the chinook followed by biscuit malt underneath.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness. Very nice. It can be a bit harsh at first but has a good overall taste.

Very good. Wish I could get more soon. Otherwise, the guy knows his stuff.

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Photo of fdig23
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ggarrow
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sd123
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of RichD
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Pours a deep orangey yellow color. There's about a finger to finger and a half white sudsy head on this. What a gorgeous pour. There's also a generous amount of lacing left on the glass.

S: Grapefruits and pine absolutely invade my nose. There's also a touch of mild malts that come through. Great, great smell.

T: Pine is the main taste that my palate picks up. There are some grapefruit with a little malts coming through. I totally wish my palate would pick up citrus, but it picks up pine. By reading other reviews I can tell that citrus should be the star here. Unfortunately, but not, I pick up the piney flavors. There's definitely some malts built into this as well. A hop bomb, but it's definitely not 1 dimensional. As I drink this more and more I pick up some of these citrus flavors. The grapefruit is a pleasant addition here. Definitely an enjoyable experience.

M: A very bitter ending here. Nothing horrible, but nothing mind blowing. It's quite solid. A drying finish with a medium body. A little heavier than the average single IPA, but there's nothing wrong with that. No alcohol burn at all, but at 6.90% I wouldn't expect it.

Overall: This is my first Lawson's beer (aside from the collab with Jack's Abby) and this is an awesome beer. I had the pleasure of having this, among my 2 Double Sunshines and other Chinooker'd being packed by Sean Lawson himself at the farmer's market in Waitsfield. If I knew how good this brew was I would've jumped over the table and given him a hug. A good guy that makes some incredible beer. I'm happy to have experienced this and I'm glass I have another in the fridge.

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Photo of jhavs
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock, VT into their flute.

Pours a light copper color with a very mild haze. Mostly transparent. Frothy white head slowly settles, tons of clingy lacing. Head is near pure white.

Aroma is deep hoppy resins and pine. Bit of spiciness reminiscent of some European hop varieties (e.g. Saaz).

The flavor is like fresh pine needles in spring and a bit of spiciness. Chinook has a flavor profile all its own.
Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth.

Overall an excellent brew. Smooth classic IPA flavors with a hop profile different than what is usually seen. Similar to others, but the pine is different than the other west coast piney hop varieties.

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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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rtepiak
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow... i mean wow. this is the beer that you have after you build a house. an IPA that hits every base with a bitter kicker. yellow orange very light hazy with a completely white head. some lace. nose of exotic citrus mango passion fruit hints. a bit oil back of the tongue feel. evergreen, and chloroplast bitter. dandelion greens bitter and i'm in love with it. tingle pepper dry on the tongue. all around i think my top 5% AIPA i've ever had.

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Photo of QuakeAttack
3.5/5  rDev -18%

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

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

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

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a hazy yellow with a modest 1 finger white head. Lacing is patchy.
S- The nose is full of a tropical citrus mix of grapefruit and orange.
T- The taste is an even mix of the grapefruit and a spicy pine flavors. Starts out citrus and finishes piney and bitter. Fantastic.
F-Carbonation is light and the overall mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium.
O- This beer is tremendous. With a light fruitiness and strong pine finish this beer is excellent display of the Chinook hop. Different than the typical New England IPA. Pick this up if you have the opportunity. I'll be buying this whenever I see it.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of CharlesK
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of callmemickey
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 121 / Bottle 2

A: Nice medium-amber body. Crystal clear with lively carbonation running from the bottom. Large white head. Good retention and a healthy dose of sheet-like lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit. Bitter. Nice resinous pine notes complement the grapefruit well. Only the slightest hints of caramel malts.

T: While quite nice, the taste falls off from the standard the nose sets. Bitter graperfruit for sure, perhaps a tad too bitter considering the somewhat straightforward flavor profile of grapefruit and resinous pine.

M: Crisp, medium bodied with rolling carbonation throughout. Healthy dose of bitterness in the finish.

D: If you like your bitter grapefruit hops, this is a beer you should check out. Well masked ABV. Two thumbs up.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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