BIG HAPI India Black Ale | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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204 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
204
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Hendry
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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Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Kyle for this one. This has actually been re-branded Big Hoppy instead of Big Hapi (I get the reference. 22oz foiled and capped bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a slowly cascading 2 finger light mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is pitch black but thin. Lacing is thick and web-like with excellent stick. A real nice looking brew!

Nose is exactly like you'd expect. Roast, dark chocolate and cocoa mixed with citrus, papaya, and tropical fruit hop character. Moderately aromatic. Really good actually.

Opens roasted malt and smoky hop bitterness. Some espresso in the middle and end mixed with notes of citrus, pineapple, and grapefruit. Coffee and hop bitterness at the finish with the same lingering aftertaste. I want to like this... but I don't.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down dry. Finishes very messy with a long, lingering aftertaste. Decent.

This really isn't a bad beer. This just really isn't my style either. The prominent roast, cocoa, and coffee characters just don't work with the citrus hop component in my opinion. Again, not a bad beer but I wouldn't revisit it.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

BIG HAPI India Black Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
3.96 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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