BIG HAPI India Black Ale | Lawson's Finest Liquids

BIG HAPI India Black AleBIG HAPI India Black Ale
BA SCORE
82.8%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 204 ratings
BIG HAPI India Black AleBIG HAPI India Black Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
lawsonsfinest.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,661
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
204
Liked:
169
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
10.1%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 204 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black IPA with a good roast aroma, black bodied with a big bubbly head. Piny hop taste-Chinook, Cluster, and Amarillo. Medium mouthfeel. Not aggressive, more like a black ale with significant hopping.My first LL, thanks to John's most excellent tracking.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at prohibition pig

Fluffy darker colored 1 finger creamy head fades slowly with nice lacing pitch black beer.

Nose nice piny spicy earthy hops, done darker malts, creamy malts, dark chocolate, caramel, hint if roast.

Taste starts creamy with milk chocolate and bakers choc, luscious, malty, malted milk ball, caramel, light bready malts, then hops, earthy light spicy piny hops, hint of coffee and roasted malt, chewy. Finish is creamy malty, little sticky and syrupy, fairly biter, earthy piny lingering hops and light cocoa and caramel lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, fluffy and bit creamy.

Overall nice, great hops and malts combined, blend well, not too sweet too hoppy or boozy.

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Photo of oberon
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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Photo of Thorpe429
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Rifugium
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at the Farmhouse, Burlington, VT

How could I turn down a Lawson's on tap? Poured into a 6oz. stem glass, a dark, dark chocolate brown with a creamy, rocky tan head; decent retention and lacing. Typical dark ale aroma heavy with piney hops, and hints of greasy cocoa. Taste was oily, resinous up front, with a surprising infusion of delectable coffee mid-palate, finishing with more pine, grass, citrus peel, and charred wood. Quite complex in the taste, and probably the best of the style that I've had so far. Medium-bodied, quite drinkable, though perhaps one serving is enough for anyone. Very nicely done overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle to a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Dark brown. Small brown head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell - Hoppy. Citrusy with a touch of grapefruit. Just a hint of the coffee malt behind it all.

Taste - Hops up front. Lots of juicy citrus hops. Bitterness overwhelms the chocolate malt that comes next. Chocolate and coffee make a brief appearance. Loads of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - So bitter. Delicious, but not pleasant to drink. Really detracts from the whole experience of the beer.

Overall - Good flavor, too bitter. Tough to call it really good, but the flavors are nice.

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Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a matching Lawsons snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark khaki head. Some spotty and patchy lacework stick to the glass and a swirl effortlessly revives a long lasting cap.

The smell is quite vegetative. Very dank and catty that is herbacious with pine and roast. Some sulfur pokes through with a swirl but this is one dank bugger, very herbal with little hop restraint.

The taste is bitter and roasty like coffee and earth. Some vegetative quality like the aroma suggested along with a pine-like resinous feel with plenty of hop flavors of herbs catty piss, grassy and more vegetative quality. Lots of pine resin emerges as it warms with a rough acrid bite of roast and alcohol.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Big bitterness seemingly coming from the roast of the grain as well as hops but with hops going a little overboard. I could see fans of the style really going bonkers for this but I think it was a bit rough and over the top.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Farm House Tap & Grill.

A very dark brown walnut body, but also with a large dark red color to it. Simple cream tan head fades, but always leaves a good collar while drinking, and with a decent amount of lacing.

Very muted nose, however there's much of a char ripping carbon character to this much like a good porter. Doesn't particularly feel hopy either.

Taste improves. Large carbon char action with a hop roasty bitterness on the finish. Texture and body feels a little wet but luckily doesn't detract or take away anything in the palate. Large on charing porter character, with a good hoppy finish that balances well strangely.

Overall It's a little one dimensional, but an impressive big dimension. I can see myself drinking this again and wanting another, but I know I've had better.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thorpe429 for sharing this one. Served in a Chouffe tulip. Batch #163, bottle #55.

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam that settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and some spotty lace. Body is brown and reveals some caramel notes when held to the light.

S - Hoppy, with notes of floral and grassy notes mingling with tangerines. There's malt backbone is definitely very cocoa heavy. This is balanced and well-integrated.

T - Dear god, the bitterness. There's a faint note of pine and grapefruit and then punishing alpha acids that evoke aspirin. If I concentrate really hard I can pick out a touch of malt and cocoa, but not very much at all.

M - Smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, well-hidden alcohol, dry finish, and nice residual oily hop resins.

D - Too bitter to consume in mass quantities, and I generally enjoy bitter beers. The aroma is great, but the taste needs more flavor and balance.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tobelerone
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Prototypical Black IPA, Cascadian ale, whatever you want to call it. Jet black body with a nice cap of tan foam that settles slowly and leaves strong lacing. Vividly hoppy aroma, lots of grapefruit and other citrus, some piney notes, strong roasted component.

Flavor follows the nose. Breaks no new ground, just nails the style beautifully. Again there’s incredibly fresh and vivid citrusy hops reeking of grapefruit, some pine and resins; lots of roasted malt character. Almost charred. Strong but not overbearing bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Dry finish.

Medium body and carbonation, exceptionally smooth and creamy in the mouth. Well done, my favorite of this style to date. On tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington; much better than the bottled version, IMHO.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for the bottle Eric!

(A)- Pours just about pitch black in color. Some good tan froth and lacing formed.

(S)- A great blast of juicy citrus meets a mellow roasted malt component. Lime and orange citrus with the underlying sweet roasted malts is definitely inviting.

(T)- Tons of pine meets a subtle citrus and roasted components. TONS of pine.

(M)- Its quite bitter with all of the pine in there (was chinook used?). Otherwise its fairly well balanced. Easily the most hoppy black IPA I have had.

(O)- If the pine was toned down just a bit and the citrus opened up more, this would be just killer, but yeah, holy pine batman!

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BIG HAPI India Black Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 82.8% out of 100 with 204 ratings
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