Lawson's Finest Liquids

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IPA - American
Ranked #47
Ranked #1,186
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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Reviews by callmemickey:
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callmemickey from Pennsylvania

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.

May 11, 2010
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

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)

Dec 16, 2018
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Brad007 from Vermont

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.

Jul 19, 2009
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fdig23 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Jun 04, 2013
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ggarrow from Vermont

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

Apr 03, 2015
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sd123 from Texas

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

Sep 28, 2019
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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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mltobin from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Aug 23, 2013
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RichD from Rhode Island

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.

Jul 09, 2013
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jhavs from New York

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.

Oct 19, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

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.

Apr 07, 2019
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soulkeeper1369 from Maine

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Nov 08, 2012
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wtfdic from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Nov 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apr 23, 2015
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rtepiak from Poland

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.

Jul 12, 2011
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QuakeAttack from California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

Oct 21, 2013
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Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

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

Mar 09, 2019
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IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 22, 2019
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kell50 from North Carolina

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

Feb 06, 2013
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Anonymous1 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Aug 26, 2013
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

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.

May 18, 2016
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nathanjohnson from Vermont

5/5  rDev +17.1%

Nov 18, 2011
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tectactoe from Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Jun 16, 2014
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CharlesK from Pennsylvania

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

Apr 09, 2018
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KingforaDay from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 12, 2020
Chinooker'd from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 752 ratings