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Chinooker'd IPAChinooker'd IPA

Brewed by:
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!

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blackback pub. Served too cold - I tried to let it warm up as long as I could.

Medium orange, hazy, with a creamy long lasting head that leaves a curtain of lacing.

Citrusy aroma is somewhat subdued, perhaps due to the temperature. The flavor is all there! Nice tangerine and fruity hops balanced with cookie dough and bready malts. Some sweetness that is well checked by a long bitter finish.

Full mouthfeel - creamy and a bit chalky with good carbonation to coat and cleanse the palate.

An excellent IPA - well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle batch 217 bottle #18 poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 8/31/11.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with fluffy off-white head that leaves nice lacing around glass.

S: Aroma is fantastic with tons of citrus hops, lots of grapefruit with some tangerine and pine notes. Hints of pale malts beneath all of the citrus hops.

T: Hop bitterness up front followed by a very distinctive grapefruit flavor, I can taste both the grapefruit slices as well as the bitter rind, some other citrus and pine notes and some sweet malt to balance out all the hops.

M: Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O: Very good example of an IPA, nice and hop forward with great balance for the style. Good drinkability, my second offering from Lawson's and once again I am impressed.

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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 rtepiak
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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 largadeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Barry.

Glowing sunset red with a small but lasting head.

Nice spiciness and pine on the nose. Little bit of malt, but not much. Some grapefruit. Has that distinct chinook aroma, but it could use more dry hopping.

Spicy on the tongue, resiny, bitter, tons of grapefruit goodness. Touch of cardboard that I've noticed in other Lawson's beers, but it's just barely noticeable here. Great spicy hop character that melds nicely with the firm but somewhat astringent bitterness that's signature of chinook. Quite the nice little IPA, palate wrecking but delicious.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Hand written batch #170, bottle #15. Huge thanks to SneezyAchew for hooking me up.

A: Pours a dark orange with a huge light tan head that took forever to collapse under its own weight into a thick, rocky, oily layer that left chucks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: True to the writing on the label, this beer is "bursting with citrusy goodness." I get big notes of grapefruit and pineapple, but there are a few notes of pine in there as well.
T: Huge blast of expected Chinook hop flavor. Big notes of grapefruit pith and citrus tear away at my taste buds. A potent dose of bitterness lingers long after the swallow, but there are some sweet malt undertones throughout.
M: Medium body, smooth even carbonation, with a sticky, bitter mouthfeel.
D: This is only my second Lawson's beer but boy do I love this brewery! I would drink this regularly. Thanks again Michael for sending me Lawson's beers. Keep them coming!

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #170
Bottle #33

Pours a hazy orange with a big fluffy white head on top. Currently enjoying this out of a Foothills tasting glass. Almost two fingers worth of head. Nice sticky lacing all around the glass. Looks great.

Lots of citrusy, grassy, Chinook hops on the nose. Grapefruit and orange zest. Some sweet malts in the background. Smells great for non-imperial IPA.

Bitter, sticky hops on the tongue. This single IPA packs a good punch. Dry grapefruit citrus in the background and some malt, but the flavor is mostly dominated by the hops. Slightly astringent on the finish. A little more balance and this would be perfect. This IPA would actually give a lot of DIPA's a run for their money in the IBU department.

Mouthfeel is resiny, decently thick, but not heavy. Bitterness throughout. Alcohol is unnoticeable.

Drinkability is good. I'm enjoying the glass in front of me quite a bit. However, the funny thing is that I find Hopzilla (one of Lawson's DIPA's) to actually be more drinkable/quaffable than this single IPA. Still an excellent showing though, and Chinooker'd puts most single IPA's to shame. Lawson's is great with the hops.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 170, bottle 33.
Poured into a pint glass, revealing hazy burnt gold body under three fingers of yellowed dense head. Some lacing. Smells fresh and hoppy in a floral honey sense. Some resin. Standard IPA smells.
Tastes incredibly bitter up front with a lingering bitterness. Pretty much like chewing on grapefruit rind, but times ten. Some hay-sweet lighter malt peaks through in the middle and a slight meatiness at the end but mostly just good old resiny hoppy bitterness, plain and simple. Very one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is crisp with a slight sappy residue at the finish, medium-bodied with a tingly volume-adding carbonation. If you love hops, this is very enjoyable. As far as balanced beers go, it is more of a sipper than a drinker for me.

Overall a very clean IPA. Very bitter, but well-executed for a single hop beer.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on a beer-run weekend to VT. Batch 170, bottle 43, poured into a Hill Farmstead pint glass. The beer pours a hazy copper with a frothy white head. As the head slowly fades the beer leaves sheets of oily lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is a blast of sweet and sticky citrus hops. Lots of oranges, mangos, hints of pineapple and a generous amount of tangerine sweetness.

The taste is more earthy and piney than the smell, but still very good. The taste starts with the sweet tangerines from the nose, but they are quickly pushed aside by bitter orange peels, a slight hint of sugary malt briefly peaks it's head, but a bitter piney hop pushes that aside and finishes this one off. The aftertaste is juicy citrus, very inviting.

The beer is medium bodied, well carbonated and the almost 7% abv is completely hidden by the hoppy bitterness of the beer. The bitter dry finish is great, this is a beer I wish I could have all the time.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber (Batch #158, Bottle #40) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy deep reddish amber body with a finger of frothy off-white head. Decent retention and some light lacing. Not bad, but not especially impressive.

S: Powerful, fresh, spicy hop aroma. There's plenty of the grapefruit and pine (as one would expect from a Chinook IPA), but there's also a surprising, intriguing, and enchanting thread of sweet spiciness: cinnamon and nutmeg come to mind. It's wonderful. Some slight malt sweetness also comes into play, but it's at best tertiary compared to the fresh, complex hoppiness. Wonderful.

T: Lots of pine, some citrus, and some lightly toasty malt. Highly bitter finish. Quite enjoyable, but nowhere near as enthralling as the aroma.

M: Smooth medium body, but noticeable undercarbonated. Not the best.

D: The alcohol doesn't come into play, but the intense bitterness does. Not the easiest IPA to drink.

Notes: Picked this one up at the Warren Store yesterday, and was extremely excited to share it with a fellow hophead. We both found it to be a very good, but not quite outstanding IPA. The aroma is by far the best feature, and definitely marks this one as a memorable brew. If only the other aspects were as wonderful.


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Photo of Phelps
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle received in a trade with CooperEllis into my Bruery tulip.

Looks: an interesting, cloudy grapefruit orange with a negligible head of rosy white that leaves some nice tracks of spattered horizontal lace as I drink.

Smells: exquisite. Pine cones, honey, tangerine, light grapefruit, grass and orange blossoms. Very, very nice.

Tastes: equally exquisite. Starts slightly sweet, with flavors of honey and clementines that fade quickly into more hoppy flavors of grass, pine and orange. A moderate, pithy grapefruit bitterness grips the tongue at the finish and lingers for a long while.

Feels: average. Smooth, medium-light body and moderate carbonation.

Drinks: The problem with single-hopped beers is that they can lack the complexity of a drink that weaves several different varieties together. Chinooker'd falls into this category: it's a solid IPA and a nice display of Chinook, but it's not mind-blowing.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting, thanks a lot Brad (ygtbsm94)! Bottle 89, batch 139.

a - Pours a nice golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of honey, citrus hops, fruity malts, and light pine. Reminds me a lot of HopSlam with the honey and sweetness mixed in.

t - Taste has some nice bitterness to it. Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, and fruity malts. No pine in the taste.

m - Smooth, medium body and low carbonation, easy to drink.

d - I loved this IPA and feel like I could drink it all night. I thought it smelled amazing and wish the taste was a little less bitter, but still a wonderful beer. Would love to try this one again.

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Photo of CaraAndMike
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Three Penny in Vermont - a treat. This is a well-hopped, but balanced IPA that has a long finish. Floral aroma, cloudy unfiltered appearance, highly everscent for a cask (maple syrup as priming sugar!!), somewhat thick mouthfeel but not overly so, and just a great citrusy finish that lingers beautifully.

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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 brewandbbq
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Shawn..Thanks!

Pours pale gold with only the slightest of chill haze and a massive, pillowy head of white. A reluctant retreat revealed a solid skim coat and plenty of torn sheetwork all the way through the glass.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of floral, pungent, spicy Chinook leaf. Papery resins with catty grapefuit. Slightly earthy with plenty of west-coast style.

Medium bodied with a wrapping, tacky mouthfeel.

Bitter resins with a whallop of grapefruit punch and barely a trace of biscuity malt. Leafy, pithy, chewy hops and not much else. Nice.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, grapefruit rind, and slightly warming.

This ones tasting super fresh and it's very well balanced considering the aggresive properties of Chinook.

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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 andrewinski1
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on our recent trip to Vermont. Poured into a tulip glass. About half an inch of head that shrinks to lacing. Nice golden color, not quite amber, not super light either. Smells typically of pine mostly, but the taste is certainly dominated by grapefruit. A swish around my mouth and to the sides of the tongue reveal a nice smooth bubbly mouthfeel and lots of bitterness. This was a real treat and I know the freshness has a lot to do with its deliciousness. Bummed I didn't buy more.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jedwards for bringing this one out. 22oz. bottle - Batch #129, Bottle #30. Poured a bright orange with a semi-hazy clarity and a bright white, skim of a head that quickly dissipated. Big tangerine presence in the nose with some earthiness behind. Taste is somewhat consistent with the nose; however, it is not as sweet as suggested, with an ashy bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an easy carbonation and a semi-dry finish. A very solid IPA; but the ashy bitterness at the finish got to be a little much after 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 callmemickey
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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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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 tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, orange-brown, 1/4 inch head

Smell: floral hops

Taste: floral hops

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, very light bodied, slightly bitter overall, however there is some unlaying sweetness, smooth

Drinkability: A good but not great very floral IPA. This one was a bit unbalanced and a bit too much on the sweet side. Would not be the first IPA I would get, but it does go down fairly easily.

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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 glid02
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jophish17 - thanks!

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus - grapefruit and lemon peel - and herbal hops with a pale malt backbone.

Tastes similar to how it smells however the hops are a bit stronger in the taste than the smell intimated. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of citrus hops with very light hints of pine. Midway through the sip the hop flavors gain a slightly leafy quality and carry through to a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid IPA however judging from the reviews I may have had a bottle that wasn't terribly fresh. Still, it has the makings of a good beer and I'll be interested to try others from Lawson.

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Chinooker'd IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
4.25 out of 5 based on 519 ratings.
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