Chinooker'd IPA | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Chinooker'd IPAChinooker'd IPA

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our award-winning IPA recipe is chockfull of Chinook hops and bursting with pine and citrus aromas and flavors. Careful, more than one of these will getcha schnocker'd!

Added by plaid75 on 07-26-2008

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Photo of TheRemyLeabeau
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soo uhh... Yeah... This beer, well, uhhmm, uuhh, ok did I oversell the whole "I'm speechless" shtick? First of all, huge fuckin props to my boy MikeyV for hookin this GEM up. Where do I begin? Well, I can start by saying this beer was an extra in a trade for Heady Topper so you can imagine my palate is already biased with the Nectar of the Gods. To be honest, the initial taste is very similar to HT IMO. It starts with the ever so slightest bit of maltiness then travels into a perfect balance of an oh soooo smooth hoppiness that is so damned tasty it'll make you wanna slap yo mama!!!

The smoothness on the middle and finish of this beer is indescribable, it's just... Amazing.

Ahhh... I'm sorry, but I'm stickin to my guns, anyone who knows me knows very well how much I preach about the awesomeness and severely underrated nature of ohio beers, specifically our rare and semi-limited IPAs; Fathead's Headhunter, The Brew Kettle's White Rajah, and Columbus IPA. And alls I ever preach about is how Rajah is the best IPA in the world and I've had Pliny, Zombie Dust and many other delicious IPAs. The point is this trade showed me that Heady Topper is better than all those others beers and is one of the best IPAs I've ever had. However.... I'm gonna say it, here it goes, HT is one of the best but is still second to the one beer... the best IPA I've ever had.... The One and Only Chinooker'd!!!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.98/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Chinooker'd IPA

Look - Pours (into DFH IPA Spiegelau glass) a hazy orange with amber in the center. Glorious foamy head with sticky lacing and chunks sticking to the glass. A real masterpiece visually.

Smell - Pine and grapefruit citrus blaster master to the nose senses. Ridiculously amazing aroma. Some caramel malt rides underneath, super smooth.

Taste - Mother of god... A tart snappy sour citrus and pine kick to the mouth factory. Bitter and bold, a winner in this category as well!

Mouthfeel - Sits hyper-bitter but dry. Not too boozy but kicks your teeth in nonetheless. Excellent drinkability.

Overall - Holy hell Sean Lawson, you did it again. This brew is a dream come true. There is no room for improvement here, this captures the essence of the style and Chinook hops perfectly.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap poured into a 10oz lawsons flute.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white/light yellow head an lots of really nice light lacing. Nose is fantastic with tops of heady hops, super fresh and even better than in a bottle.

Taste is phenomenal. Only small downfall is the light graininess but it's not too bad and totally overshadowed by he huge chinooker hop punch in th palate! Less bitter than hopzilla but the lower abv makes it a bit. More drinkable and you get a bit more of the full hop character.

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Photo of mjstacker
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazingly smooth and balanced, maybe one of my favorite beers ever. Literally not a hint of bitterness or rough aftertaste. Super piney, more like a great pale ale then an IPA. Maybe that's just because I'm so use to the world of doubles and triples and super hoppiness that we live in and have forgotten how great a simple IPA can be.

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-golden orange color, nice white head that leaves a hella amount of lacing
S-mostly piney hop aromas, some citrus. I like it
T-First you get the taste of pine, then some citrus that transitions to a slightly bitter aftertaste accompanied by about 7%ABV
M-Generally bitter
O-Lawson's never disappoints me

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darn fine beer.

There simply isn't much here to review. It's as the label says - chock full of Chinook hops and bursting with citrusy goodness.

Poured from a 22oz bottle - rare batch# 144 btl #27.

The color is catching simply because of the darkness of the typical golden ipa color is uniform with no cloudyness. The aroma is brisk, sharp, obviously hoppy with a general undercurrent of sour citrus.

The mouthfeel takes a backseat to the taste - it's full of hops. There might have been room for one more hop - or that might have made the batch explode. We'll never know. (not to say it's one dimensional, there is solid layering of flavor under the initial *insert hop-related pun*).

It's drinkable. Very, very drinkable. Happy I finally had the chance to try one of Sean's bottles - happier still that I found the experience to be worth the wait.


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Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ultra fresh bomber from the Mad River Valley, poured into a Lawson's snifter with a creamy one finger head atop a dense honey color ale that appears a glowing orange when held up to the light. Crazy lacing.

Aroma is hop forward, leaning towards the resiny pine territory complimented by some grapefruit rind and pith. There is an apparent malt bill to balance out the high alpha hops, and there are hints in the nose.

Taste is resinous, piney hops:good and bitter, with that grapefruit rind acidic tartness going strong. Those expecting the floral nose and fruity flavors of Sean's Double Sunshine are in for a change of pace with Chinooker'd, as this is a bitter,acidic IPA that makes no apologies for what it is. The high alpha hops utilized are for the hardcore hopheads that beg for that cruel acidic
punch in the face. Slight breadiness detectable,but not unexpected nor unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily, chewy hops, balanced carbonation,and on the medium to heavy side. Slight alcohol warming in the throat but nothing aggressive.

Overall Chinooker'd delivers the goods for serious hop lovers in a straightforward manner:this is a bold acidic IPA that is a fastball down the middle of the plate and your palate: gonna be a home run or a swing and a miss depending on your tastes!

Additional notes 7/26/13:
8 weeks of aging has mellowed the dynamic bitterness of Chinooker'd, and resulted in a more balanced flavor for my taste.

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Photo of FloppyTopper
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this many times. A fine and somewhat unique IPA offering by Lawson's. This baby is all pine, grass, and sweet on the nose. Some grapefruit, but mostly an earthy and subdued kind of vibe to it. Bitter and refreshing taste.

A - Golden, hay colored. Thick. Nice lacing.

S - Earthy, sweet, and fresh. Lots of pine, some grapefruit.

T/M - This is a unique and well crafted IPA. It's not your fruity tropical VT offering that folks seem to love. Quite the opposite. Malty, earthy, piney, sweet but at the same time refreshingly bitter. There is a significant bitter and lasting flavor left after a swig. Chinookered is a fine example of a malty, bitter, dank IPA. There are some hints of fruit in there; just enough to round it out and give it some sweetness.

Overall - A solid 4.8 in my books. Very much worth seeking out.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Andrewinski1's recent trip to Vermont. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clean golden orange color with about an inch of frothy white head. Lots of really nice lace on this one! Visible carbonation is drawing me in on this sweltering summer night. The nose is a big smell of chinook. Very piney and earthy! Faint citrus aromas are in the background, but mostly this is hop city! The hops give a big bitter taste in this relatively dry beer. A little bit of grapefruit citrus and some rich malts add to a wonderful finish. After I swallow sweet malts and hop bitterness linger on my tongue. Mouth feel is great, with good carbonation and a nice dry finish, this IPA drinks easily. Very refreshing choice at an attempt to destroy the heat.

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Photo of jhavs
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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 lpayette
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh- finally got my hands on some Lawson's Finest stuff. Sure it added 45 minutes to my drive up to Burlington, but taking the scenic way up rte 100 alone was worth doing that. Let's see if the beer is also worth it. Oh, and on a side note: Review #300 for me.

Appearance- Nice golden honey color. It's pretty cloudy, but it doesn't seem to be from chill haze. This is just a product of nice small batch brewing with less filtration, and lots of flavor. Big, frothy, white head that has some good staying power and excellent lacing.

Smell- Biggg citrusy notes. Lots of grapefruit and orange peel. Good malt backbone is evident, but smell-wise it's definitely in the background. Notes of honey as well.

Taste- The label says "...chock-fill of Chinook hops & bursting with citrusy goodness" and I think that's a great way to describe this beer. This is perhaps perfectly balanced as far as IPAs go, and the simplicity of the hops (I assume only 1 variety is used) really allows the Chinook to shine through and show what it can do for a beer. I'm a big fan of single hop beers lately it seems. As a homebrewer it's a great convenience to be able see what a single hop do without having to carry out the experiment for oneself.

Mouthfeel- I really can't think of how the mouthfeel of an IPA could be any better than this one. Perfectly carbonated. Just great overall.

Drinkability- Let me put it this way: I'm not complaining that I don't have anyone to share this bomber with. This is good stuff, and I've got to conclude that the 4 bottles of this that I picked up were worth the longer trip to Burlington.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Amber in color with a beautiful creamy 2 finger head good retention and great lacing. Only minor complaint is not great clarity but thats ok.

S: Citrusy and grassy.

T: Dank. Bursting with pine and citrus - grapefruit hoppy goodness. The aroma is not as pungent as you'd expect from this tsunami of hoppiness. Some lingering bitterness on the back end.

D: Dry and lighter bodied.

T: This is one boldly hoppy IPA. Almost opposite from Double Sunshine in terms of taste from the hops - whereas that is the tropical west coast type IPA, this defines the east coast IPA profile.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this beer on cask at the vermont brewers festival what a treat.

this beer pours a golden color with an orange tinge. it is slightly cloudy and a nice white head. the smell is amazingly floral with chinook hops eminating from my glass. the flavor is hoppy and smooth with a bitter finish. the moughtfeel is under carbed and smooth, but its cask so its what i expect. overall one of the best ipas out there.

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Photo of Mo_fro
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Has a deep burnt orange color with a off white pencil width head that separates quickly. Clean lacing all the way around the glass.

S- Has a big scent of melons up front which is followed by a light pine caramel.

T- huge earthy taste to start, hints of grass and fruit. Finishes with a great lemon taste.
It also has a woody cedar taste in the background through the whole sip.

M- The mouth feel of this beer is amazing. Its sharp and crisp with a medium body. Perfect carbonation that brings the taste buds alive and prepares them for the great flavors.

O- This beer is amazing, as with all Lawson’s beer that I have tried. I look forward to drinking this again.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to this one for a while, so I was naturally thrilled when I finally received a bottle in trade. Waiting around for a while but finally had to crack it open last night. Poured a very nice hazy amber with a nice thick and sticky three inches or more of head on top. The retention was fantastic and even when it finally did calm down some it still left behind lace that was so thick you could not even see the contents of the glass. Lots of carbonation was visible inside from the very beginning and the also a lot of sediment residing inside both the bottle and the glass. Smell was obnoxiously hopped with huge floral aromas of pine, orange, and grapefruit. A slightly sweet base was apparent, but totally overwhelmed by the hops. The taste was just absurd, such a good thick IPA.. Huge floral hop taste that was just sticky it tasted so fresh. A really huge hop presence with a ton of pine flavors and lots of sweet orange mixed in. Great medium body with a huge bitter dry and sticky finish. Great carbonation through out never let you down. This was just awesome and the bottle went in no time. No hint of the ABV at all which was very nice. Overall this was one of the best IPA’s I have had, with definitely a west coast flavor to it. This is definitely a brew to be reckoned with and came off more of a double to me then anything else. But none the less it was fantastic and really a great experience. I will definitely be looking for more of this, and you should be too.

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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a Medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured potent combination of citrusy hops. Centennial, cascade and chinook seem to have been added very late in the boil.

The taste consisted of a resinous hop with wave after wave of citrusy goodness. A solid doughy malt supported the hops rather well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall an excellent AIPA. One of the best I have had in a while.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Beautiful amber color. Great white head. A full finger that settles to a half finger that stays for the whole glass. Head hangs all over inside the glass.

S-Citrus, grapefruit and malt. Smells great! Like the name suggests it's Chinook'd full.

T-The hops come through but are balanced very well with all the malt. Surprisingly balanced. Carmel. The hop oils coat your mouth. It's bitter on the finish and it hangs on your tongue.

M-Light to medium body. Very carbonated. The extra malt gives this great body. Not a weak IPA.

D-Easy drinking IPA. great flavor and very smooth. Well done.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an oversized tulip.
Pours a nice medium amber with lots of big frothy head with good retention.
Smells ridiculous. So hoppy. Maybe the most hoppy smelling beer I've smelled including Heady.
Taste is delicious. A nice balance of mild hop bitterness and floral and juicy notes.
A mild malt background that serves to support this hop forward beer.
Mouthfeel is balanced, not overly dry, not sweet.
Overall, maybe my second favorite Lawson's after Double Sunshine.

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Photo of RichD
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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 ClockworkOrange
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gold foil wrapped 22 ounce bomber. Much thanks to brothercannon for bringing a few of these down to PA for me to enjoy. Rare batch #96, bottle #48. Uncapped and poured into my Adnams nonic tumbler. The ale appears a hazy pale golden amber color with about two fingers of creamy off white foam. The head leaves a size-able lace in its wake with each sip. A very nice looking pour. The nose and flavors consist of bitter white and red grapefruit peel and juice, orange and tangerine peel, some lemon, just about the right amount of sweet caramelized malt, lightly toasted bread, somewhat earthy, resinous pine, dank weed, another wave of grapefruit, a pleasant lingering bitterness. The ale falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with ample carbonation. A great example of the style. Thanks again Tim!

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Photo of hopley
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.5 - Nice head and nice retention all the way down, nice golden color

S - 5 - Awesome - like sniffing fresh hops

T - 4.25 Great - more bitter and assertive than I was expecting. Favors the pine over everything else

M - 4.25 - Medium body mouthfeel

O - 4.25 - My first offering from Lawson's out of a bottle - very bitter and assertive IPA that's perhaps a little too bitter for me. Don't think I'd get it again, but still highly impressed!

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into pint at Three Penny Montpelier, VT.
Pours a hazy burnt orange with thick foamy head. Crazy hop forward aromas. Very piney, cotton candy, and almost vanilla aroma. Taste is a bit sweet/candy hop, but bitter pure hop notes. It definitely is bitter but well balanced and very flavorful. Really well made brew and just full of great flavours.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Poured a hazy deep orange with a nice white cap, moderate bubbles and lacing. Decent head retention on this.

S: Big pine, just the way I like it. There were some other notes of grapefruit and orange peel followed by...more pine

T: Initially the pine wallops the palate and really sticks around. It is not until about midtaste do I detect the orange peel, grapefruit and light booze. The finish is a little slic, not to bitter but the hop bite is noticable.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, pine plenty mouthfeel, no major flaw.

O: Outstanding! I know I rated thia bit higher than the Rdev but I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of EMV
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip.

L: Cloudy medium to light golden pour. 2 fingers of thick foamy head. Outstanding sticky lacing.

S: Pine and resin... a bit of dry citrus. Lots of hops!

T/F: Bready malts provide the backbone upon which an absolute ton of spicy resinous Chinook hops absolutely take control of your palate. Lots of great pine and evergreen... grapefruit and citrus, but not super 'juicy'. Oily and resinous. Medium in body... great carbonation. Pine in the aftertaste. Smooth and very drinkable.

O: Not surprisingly... a fantastic IPA from Lawson's. Just different enough from 'Sip of Sunshine' (another absolute favorite) to be interesting. Just an awesome beer and these guys are tops at what they do.

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