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

Received this in a recent trade with TheRowan. Great first trade man, and I hope you enjoyed the goods I sent back!

Appearance- Pours a deep amber golden with an abundance of cream colored head-at least a solid two fingers off a mild pour. Lots of carbonation beading up the sides of the glass and great retention on the head. A real looker.

Smell- Smells heavily of piney hops, resin, and grapefruit. Really hop forward with the chinook and very much on the side of pine rather than fruity I find.

Taste- More of the same. Very very hop forward with lots of pine, resin, and bitter grapefruit. Not overly fruity or floral, but a very nice hop punch. However, there is a noticeable malt backbone on this one and the hops really gets milder as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Nice and slick with good levels of carbonation. Just a touch too malt forward for me in an american IPA, so loses just a hair on the drinkability.

Overall, an extremely solid beer. My first from the brewery and I was very happy to try it. Recommended thoroughly.

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Photo of koopa
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz gold foiled bomber received in a trade with MtGoat thanks!

Appearance: Electric pumpkin body with a massive 3 finger off white crown that shows lots of retention and lace. Sexy!

Smell: Deep citrusy grapefruit chinook hop notes over a slightly sweet malt.

Taste: Lots of well executed hop bitterness up front that opens up to some fruity and citrusy notes before a well executed hop bitterness finish.

Mouthfeel: Really nice medium body that is a bit crisp do to ample carbonation.

Drinkability: at 6.9% this IPA has legs but it still goes down well even considering the good amount of bitter hops.

Well done!

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

Big thanks to stowehop for this extra(!). Served in a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Batch #57, bottle #5.

A - Voluminous two fingers of slow-dissipating off-white foam with tons of sticky lacing. Mostly transparent golden orange color with a hint of red to it - lots of bubbles racing upwards in this one.

S - Lots of ripe citrus flavors - orange, tangerine, grapefruit - but also some dank earthy flavors underneath. Tons of sweet caramel and dough sweetness makes for a very balanced brew in the aroma department.

T - Totally unexpected bitterness here that lingers well into the aftertaste - it's not overwhelming, just persistent. Lots of citrus sweetness mixed with caramel malt, and a touch of piney goodness.

M - This is a lighter body, which works for a regular IPA although might be a touch thinner than I like. Soft, lower carbonation, dry finish, with lots of sticky resins.

D - The bitterness is pretty palate-wrecking - not sure if I could have more than a couple glasses of this one. Otherwise it's easy drinking - lower ABV, light texture, mild carbonation.

This brew came out of left field, but I really enjoyed it. Hopefully I'll get to check out some other Lawson's special releases in the future.

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Photo of Brad007
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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 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 thekevlarkid
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a gold foil wrapped bottle (#16 of Rare Batch #39) this beer was a tangerine orange/gold color with good clarity and a little amount of rising carbonation. The yellow-tinted head was a full three-fingers thick and displayed very good retention as a cap. The lacing was very thick and consistent all the way down my glass. The aroma was an excellent blend of 'citrusy goodness' provided by the Chinook hops with some light green and floral notes along with pale malt in the background. The flavors were at first very citrusy, lots of grapefruit and orange peels notes, in the middle I tasted some pine and towards the end the herbal bitterness really came through. The citrusy oils from the hops left a slick on my tongue. Totally a hop-head beer and it fully captured the flavor of this complex hop strain. Though hop dominated there was enough doughy malt and pale malt to keep it balanced. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium/full and the carbonation delicate. Personally, I love a bold beer and this was just that. Another winner (in this case, literally) from Sean Lawson.

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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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