BIG HAPI India Black Ale | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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BIG HAPI India Black AleBIG HAPI India Black Ale

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This dark and devious brew reflects a resinous and sticky fusion of intense bitterness, big roasted barley flavors, and powerful dank aromas. Made with HUGE additions of five hop varieties and seven malts to create a bold flavor profile.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

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4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this up fresh from the Waitsfield Farmers Market. Poured into a Lawson's tulip glass.

Appearance - Poured a very rich, black color. A nice think inch of light brown foamy head. Good lacing continued throughout the session.

Smell - Very aromatic from the bottle to the glass. I smell hints of pine as well as other earthy scents. I also smell notes of grapefruit. You can also get a good whiff of the malt which smells rather sweet, but not overpowering.

Taste - Just as it smelled. The earthy notes are the first to hit with a nice backbone of that sweet malt. Lots of hoppy goodness. The aftertaste has a slight citrus flavor, predominantly grapefruit.

Overall - Another amazing offering from Lawson's. This is definitely a great beer for a little something different to try. Luckily, I have 3 more of these!

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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First bottle of Lawson's I've had, and it lived up to the hype. Spectacular beer, and I would drink it over Sublimely any day (and I like that one quite a bit also). Poured from a waxed bomber into a pint glass. Very dark brown, not quite black, and a nice dark tan frothy head with lacing that lasted until I was done. Aroma is all hops and tough to compare directly to any other beer I've had, though the nose is a bit similar to the Alchemist's holy cow. Taste was excellent, not a west coast hop bomb, but one of the best "East Coast" ipa's (IBA?) I've had. Very drinkable at 7.5%, almost too much so. If you can get to the warren general store, get yerself some of this one.

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4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich roasted and burnt caramel malts with some coffee, citrus hops, and some light pine hops.

T - Starts off with some deep roasted caramel malts with some roasted coffee and some citrus hops and bitterness with some grapefruit. Through the middle, some burnt malts come through with some more bitter-coffee flavor and some pine hop and more bitterness. The finish is a mix of pine and citrus hop with some earthy flavors, roasted and burnt malts and coffee, and some chocolate and bitterness.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasty, and chocolately finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice Black IPA with a good combination of hops, coffee flavor, and deep roasted malts and chocolate. Very nicely balanced.

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4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 163 bottle 4, poured into a bulbous pint glass revealing extra tall thick crema head over a deep murky brown body. Lots of head, lots of intense floral and citrus hop smell. Lots of pretty lacing.Maybe the slighest hint of caramel under all those hops.

Tastes dark, rich and roasty with a nice hop presence. Very bitter finish, very grassy and clean. Thick grapefruit rind character. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little drying with a full-bodied volume-adding tingly carbonation. Very flavorful, very drinkable.

Overall it's extremely well-executed if you're into super bitter IPAs but want a little something different.

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4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black,small tan head dissipates quickly,average lacing.

Aroma is coffee-like with a roasted vibe,hops and malt,nice.

The first couple of sips tasted charred and super roasty, which was a letdown initially, however the next few sips (particularly upon warming) drew me in and won me over.
I can't say there has ever been an ale that started off tasting so obtuse that quickly became palatable and savory.This is a hopped up black ale Sean Lawson style.

Mouthfeel is medium, flavors coat the palate solidly.

I prefer LFL Toast a touch more than Big Hapi, but this is a solid effort and worth trying.

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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at The Warren Store the morning of Night of the Funk 2010. Poured into a tulip and shared with bmanning, Amyliz4, and Heather. Batch 163, Bottle 17.

Pour is a very dark brown with an off white head. Plenty of light carbonation bubbles on top. Very nice lacing. The nose is very, very strong aromas of piney, resinous hops with a pretty good amount of roasted malt to back it up.

The taste is all about the pine and resin with a bit of darkly-roasted malt. The feel is extremely dry and bitter. Just an incredibly bitter beer. Even with that, it's still quite drinkable.

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4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7.5%ABV.per bottle label.My second of Lawson's wares I have had today.Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a fluffy deep near mocha colored beige head that settles into a frothy mass after two half rings of lace left behind.Resinious hops,char,earth,and bitter chocolate notes in the nose, a nice mix.Great complex flavors going on with huge resiny and citric hops that are sharp and pretty in your face,a bit of bitter chocolate and alot of raw roast to compliment the hops.Wow a great IBA it has everything going on,top notch right here.

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BIG HAPI India Black Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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