Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
American IPA
4.26 | pDev: 7.75%
Apr 04, 2022
Jul 26, 2008
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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Ratings by Sabtos:
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Enticing with all kinds of West Coast beauty, the clear gold-amber body has a puffy off-white foam head.

This one's piney, perfumey and--unsurprisingly for Chinook hops--mildly catty. What's throwing me for a loop is just how intensely concentrated the perfumey-ness is. It almost seems like a glass of essential oil.

The body is moderately light, with a crisp then expanding froth, finishing just dry and quite old school bitter.
Oct 19, 2021
More User Ratings:
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Apr 04, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Nov 25, 2021
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Shiny, lighter gold color. Clear. Two finger head which recedes in a rocky fashion. Ample streaks of mildly chunky lace.

Clean aroma of fresh pale malt followed by a lighter floral hop. Very inviting. No alcohol nose.

The flavor is more bitter than the smell. The malt remains solid and predictable. The body is moderate while the carbonation is slightly elevated. The finish is dry and peppery, leaving a long, pleasant aftertaste. Overall, this is a well balanced IPA with excellent complexities. A new top IPA for me.
Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Medium gold/amber color. Subtle, medium toast malt with a subtle allspice type spice aroma, with a rather floral and citrus note. Quite good, a little bitey at first, along with mellow Mandarin orange peel, medium roasted malt and a little tang in the middle of the taste, with the citrus peel, slowly fading to an easy bite.
Nov 10, 2021
Rated: 4.17 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Oct 21, 2021
Rated: 4.56 by MJSFS from Florida

Sep 27, 2021
Rated: 4.48 by jdow117 from Ohio

Sep 14, 2021
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Can dated 8/11:
A bit of chill haze on a light golden body; nice head that provides swaths of lacing. Pretty dry, medium light, and fairly clean feel.

Piney and slightly vegetal nose with just a hint of grass (lawn first, then a little dank). There’s a vague and light sweetness, somewhat fructose but I’m not connecting it to a fruit. Taste has a more malty edge to this sweetness, but it’s balanced by a earthy/piney bitterness. Grapefruit pith evolves from this opening, and lingers for a short while before pine regains the ending.

In the end, a pith and pine IPA with a not too sweet malty opening - what I enjoy in an IPA.
Sep 10, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by McSeal from Connecticut

Aug 30, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Aug 21, 2021
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Reviewed by sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From a can marked CANNED ON 5/11/21

Pours into my tulip glass a clear golden shade with a frothy offwhite to ecru head. Some soapy lace.

Scent is earthy, dank, pungent and a bit skunky

Taste is apples. Mint. Honey. Reminds me of a Honeycrisp apple. A lovely bracing bitterness creeps up as I sip.

Mouth is juicy and lightly oily.

Surprising how divergent the taste and the scent of this one are. Typical excellent Lawson's IPA.
May 28, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

May 17, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by SweetChicken from Massachusetts

Mar 26, 2021
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Rated by zachary_snackery from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
dudes be like “citra this, motueka that,” smh i just miss when ipa’s tasted like a mossy forest
Mar 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Shiredave from New York

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Reviewed by BeerBaronBear from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Reviewed by beerdedking from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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