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292 Ale | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Hoptoberfest style has a deep copper color, rich caramel and toasted flavors, and is chock full of our favorite hops!

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown color where the light shines through easily. Moderate head which leaves a blanket of lace on the glass.

Hoppy with a darker malt presence. I get a touch of oatmeal and bread.

I get flavors of pale malt that quickly moves to an earthy and moderately toasty malt. I get a hop touch but it is appropriately a spice in this beer.

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Photo of pveilleux
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: The beer is dark orange in color, with a light haze about it. The head is a half inch thick and leaves random spots of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is earthy with some floral and hop notes.

T: The beer tastes OK, but nothing extraordinary is happening here. The beer is good, with all of the flavors seeming rather subdued or muted.

M: Good feel, slight malt presence, finishes dry.

D: Unexciting but easy to drink. An overall decent brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks!

Beer is amber with a decent head of medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass but nothing too serious. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is floral and earthy with hops and some some breadiness from the yeast, minimal malt contributions.

Light in body and in flavor, it's moderately sweet up front with some pilsen flavors and finishes fine with a earthiness from the hops. Finish is a little more dry than it needs to be but it evelates the hop flavors slightly. Tastes pretty good.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

292 Hoptoberfest. Picked up at the Warren Store before Night of the Funk this year. Served in a snifter.

Pours a nice amber-copper color with a moderate head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some slightly earthy and floral hop characteristics along with a bit of bready malt. A bit plain, but nicely balanced.

The flavor is a bit low key, though I like what's going on. Floral and earthy hops are there, though certainly not dominant above the malt character. Contrary to what I would expect from the nose and flavor, the feel is quite bitter and has a really dry finish. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber (#24 of batch #159) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Brilliant, clear copper body with over 2" of creamy, rocky off-white head. Great retention and tons of lace. Stellar.

S: Surprisingly dull. Burnt toast, earthy hops, and plain caramel malt sweetness. Disappointing.

T: More enjoyable than the nose, but less complex: moderately sweet malt and a bitter, slightly citrusy finish. Enjoyable enough, but it tastes more like one of my homebrews than I would have expected (and as much as I like my homebrew, I expect better from Lawson's).

M: Nice medium body with a healthy amount of lively, soft, late-developing carbonation.

D: A little on the sweet side, but not bad at all.

Notes: Enjoyable enough beer, but nowhere near as good as I was hoping from a brewery with the reputation that Lawson's is building up. I know it's not a style that's supposed to be exciting, but I was hoping for brighter flavors, better balance, and a greater overall sense of cohesion. I'd happily drink it again, but I won't be driving to Warren for it.


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Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer, gpld foil and capped. Small batch 160, bottle 29, purchased near the source at the Warren store in super crunchy Warren, VT.

Pours dark and dense amber, under a huge medium tan head that slowly goes to loose merainge, and leaving ungodly gobs of glass covering sheeting and lace.

Nose is less exciting, just some smoky dark malts.

Quite pleasant stuff, maple infused maltyness, more medium smoke and super smooth over the tongue. I'm not experiencing much of a hop presence. Perhaps a bit watery mouthfel wise. All in all a well crafted, tasty and malted up brew.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, batch 84, bottle #80 courtesy Bill via Sean..Thanks!

Pours medium amber with a touch of a ruby hue and sparkling clarity. A massive, pillowy head of bone froth settled slowly to a rocky skim coat and plenty of spongy lacing.

Aromatics lead off with loads of fresh, doughy malt and overtones of earthy hops. Quite clean with just a trace of fruit and heaps of proofing dough.

Medium bodied with a slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Rich, sweetish, clean malt starts the palate with roasty notes following through and a clean, firmish bitterness. Grassy, spicy hops step forward but not in a big way.

Finishes with lingering juicy malt and a drying bitterness.

Very quaffable and Maibock-like. More tasty stuff from Lawson's.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lawson's Finest Liquids? About time that I'm able to try stuff from this up and coming Vermont micro.

Pours a beautiful amber color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Very nice presentation.

Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with a subtle malt background. Solid and definitely seems to fit the style.

Taste is full of grassy hops and has a nice kick to it followed by chewy, bready malt underneath.

Mouthfeel is bursting with bitterness and the chewy/bready malt. Very nice overall.

Definitely better than at least one other local example of the style. The hops are more desirable along with the overall flavor.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a tap this beer was a very cloudy copper/amber color with one-finger of beige head. The retention was average and the lacing spotty. The aroma was of toasted malt and caramel malt, wood, floral hops, doughy malt, some earthiness and a little wood. The flavors were good and accurate for the style. Starting with a bitter hoppiness it then went into a pleasant, dry graininess, a doughy malt middle, some toasted malt and a bitter finish. Herbal elements and citrus hints came from the Amarillo hops but it could have used a little more sweetness from the malt to balance it. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation medium/light.

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292 Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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