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BIG HAPI India Black Ale | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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BIG HAPI India Black AleBIG HAPI India Black Ale

Brewed by:
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into tulip. mailed fresh from VT.

A: pours a deep, dark brown. head is very brown and bubbly. voluminous. great retention. even better lacing.

S: cigar, ash. tobacco, roast. a mild pine and citrus tries to battle with the stronger roasty, stout-like aromas. aroma doesn't dissipate. very intense.

T: flavor starts big. roasty and pretty hoppy. a burnt pine flavor. theres actually a nice fruitiness in the middle. hard to nail exactly what it is though. similar to the nose a really delicious burnt stout flavor a very dry roast finishes off the drink. an earthy chalky bitterness.

M: smooth carb. very full body.

D: a pretty good stab at a style that is hard to nab. I wish there was a little bit more hop character, but that is tough with this big of a back body. a really nice brew. it could go up a notch by taking a little off the dark malt and bumping up the late hop additions.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kyle for sharing.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice dark almost black hue with a nice half finger mocha head that fades to a nice thin blanket.

S - Aromas of super dank resinous hops, grapefruit, pine, chocolate. Nice.

T - Taste is incredibly hoppy, loads of wet, dank, resinous pine with some very bitter grapefruit finish. The malts assess suppressed nicely, good chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, great bitter finish.

O - Overall this beer was mighty tasty, Loads of hops.

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3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomb into an oversized snifter glass.
Pours very, very dark almost black with a very generous 2 finger head, dark khaki and so thick and creamy it looked like a dessert. The head lasted forever with nice lacing. Sick!
Smell was hoppy, roasty. Exactly what I was expecting from the black IPA.
Taste was much more hop forward and less bitter than I experienced with Toast, Lawson's other black IPA. Very roasty, but in very nice balance with the hop-forward characteristics.
Mouthfeel was nice, not much bitterness on the palate after each sip.
Overall, a very nice black IPA.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lawson's Finest Liquids - BIG HAPI India Black Ale, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a dark black with an inch sized soapy head that dissipates quickly but leaves an abundance of lacing.

Smell - Dark malts with lop hop profile. Mostly smoked malts, some dark fruits.

Taste - Roasted malts for sure with some piney hops on top. Finishes a mix of roast and piney hops but charred. The char character calms down as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Not boozy in the least bit. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Doesn't rest overly charred.

Overall - Solid black IPA that improves as it warms. Not my favorite but solid nonetheless.

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BIG HAPI India Black Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 204 ratings
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