Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #223
Ranked #1,320
4.3 | pDev: 9.07%
Jul 17, 2022
Apr 21, 2009
Notes: Hopzilla is a monster of an IPA that will make you pucker up! Loaded with high-alpha U.S. grown hops, this brawny dry hopped ale will terrorize your taste buds, yet has enough malt backbone to balance a fierce bitterness.
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Rated: 3.85 by tankg from Pennsylvania

Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

Jul 15, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a hazy gold. Big foam. Dank hop aroma. Super delicious! Big bitter hop body. Sweet malt finish. Well balanced between hops and malt. Not too heavy or syrupy. One of the best doubles I've had.
Jun 05, 2022
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Rated by jbolger from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
5/2/22 Another exceptional brew from Lawson’s. I wouldn’t call this a “monster”, it’s much too refined for that. Perfectly constructed.
May 02, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Apr 21, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Apr 07, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by CJRubes from Massachusetts

Mar 18, 2022
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Reviewed by VTbrewfan from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned on 1/24 and enjoyed on 3/17 (happy St Patrick’s day). Hazy amber color, fluffy wet head. Resinous hops on the nose, pine, fresh cut grass. Similar resinous flavors up front that give way to an interesting sweetness from the malts. Dry and oily mouthfeel. Hides the 8.7% ABV well. Was expecting it to be more bitter from start to finish but still a tasty beer nonetheless.
Mar 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a deep amber with a substantial head that dissipates slowly. Lovely lacing as the beer is imbibed.

Big pine notes on the nose. A little indistinguishable fruit in the background. Slight caramel note from the malt.

Big citrus burst with some graininess on the sip. This gives way to great pithy bitterness. Lots of pine throughout. Great stuff.

Full bodied with ample carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

I really enjoyed this as I have all the beers from Lawson’s over the years.
Mar 14, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Mar 07, 2022
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A bit underwhelmed to be honest. Instead of Hopzilla, I’m thinking Hopunny. You know, “Hop-Bunny”? I mean, I try to not always believe in concrete ways; Raul wants a life of abstraction to be. But right here, in Hopzilla, we basically have a 4 that is written and dried into pavement.

Live it up and live well, my children.
Mar 05, 2022
Rated: 5 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Feb 25, 2022
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
16 oz canned on 01/26/22

Pours a hazy golden amber orange color with a dense creamy white foam head. Moderate aromas of toasty bready malt, earthy piney hops, some grapefruity citrus and pineappley tropical fruit. Tastes like fresh tropical citrusy fruits, pineapple, passionfruit, tropical mango, grapefruit pith, orange, lemon peel, toasty bready caramely malt, with earthy herbal grassy resinous pine notes. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy and slick with smooth moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great double IPA.
Feb 24, 2022
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Reviewed by 40ontarget from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Slightly cloudy medium Amber color with an inch of white foam. Mango, lemon, pine needles, an oily herbal scent, and Ritz crackers on the nose. The taste is grapefruit, sweet rolls, orange zest, resinous chewy pine, and a super awesome hoppy bite to finish. The feel is medium and creamy, drying on the finish. This is a superior old skool IPA. I love the way those hops make me smack my lips. A nice one!
Feb 24, 2022
Rated: 4 by broadway848 from New York

Feb 20, 2022
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Reviewed by DrStiffington from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Great example of a classic DIPA. Smells a bit sweet on top of piney, citrus aroma. Big, hoppy, classic balance of hops and malts. Bitterness and citrus hops clashing. But in a good way. Lawson’s beers are all perfectly constructed. This one is no exception. The great thing about these beers is you know you’re getting consistent quality.
Feb 19, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From a 16oz can dated 1/24/22 into a tulip.

Pours a very murky, dark brownish orange with about one finger of off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell isn't over-powering but picking up some floral notes, citrus and resiny pine. Herbal notes show up on warming.

Taste follows and is more powerful than the nose. Citrus up front then strong bitterness on the back end of the sip. Piney, resiny goodness.

Sticky full-bodied mouthfeel. Strong bitter slightly oily, buttery aftertaste. Medium carbonation.

Great beer. Great big beer. IT's a sipper for sure, but really enjoyable.
Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I had this baby only two weeks after canning!

Pours a distinct copper with a little effervescence and a huge two finger head. The nose has piney and earth hops juxtaposed with a healthy dose of caramel maltiness.

As for the flavor profile, the graininess comes first but quickly yields to a pithy bitterness. There's also a hint of citrusy sweetness on the finish that nicely compliments the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is resiny with a trace of stickiness.

This is a first class DIPA.
Feb 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Good head production and excellent retention. Body is a dark golden amber color, with a light cream colored head. Relatively clear, as you can somewhat see through it, but there's quite a bit of very fine particulate out of suspension - nothing unattractive or chunky.

Balanced nose up front, with pale and caramel malts balanced against a restrained hop bill. Deeper introspection yields hop notes of pine, lemon, and grapefruit. Slightly floral and slightly sharp. It's a fairly traditional old school IPA nose, not overpowering, but pleasant.

Exceptionally balanced on the palate. As is so often the case with Lawson's, this is a beer loaded with flavor, but never out of order; an absolute delight. Plenty of malt base, doughy and flavorful, without becoming overly sweet. Pale dough, grains, and caramel. Hop expression is, as with the nose, fairly traditional, reminiscent of Stone but with a defter touch. Citrus, pine, and just a bit of resinous dankness.

Very drinkable. Nearing syrupy territory, but not quite there; crisp and lively on the palate.
Feb 03, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by Stignacious from New York

Jan 25, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by JMBoyer from Massachusetts

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 1/5/22

These are probably the freshest hops I’ve ever had from Lawson’s. I didn’t start seeing their stuff at my local store until last year, and it hasn’t ever showed up just 2 weeks after canning, so I’m pretty excited to try this one

Pours a mostly clear deep gold with 3 fingers of off white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

Oh yeah, the freshness is evident in the nose on this one, it’s really vibrant. I’m picking up on aromas of pithy grapefruit, tangerine, fresh cut pine, herbal hops, bready malt, light caramel, and black pepper

It’s sweeter in taste, but that’s honestly how I prefer my IIPAs. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting orange marmalade, piney hops, caramel malt, black pepper, overripe melon, and orange zest. The swallow brings notes of pale malt, caramel, orange marmalade, tangerine, herbal hops, and light honey

A medium full body pairs with very gentle carbonation, resulting in a smooth yet biting beer. Finishes mostly dry and balanced

This is a delicious beer. Super fresh and well balanced despite the onslaught of hops. I might have to grab some more
Jan 18, 2022
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Moderate, lasting head. Plenty of spots on the glass. Light haze on the darker gold color.

Strong semisweet caramel nose. Lighter hop nose -- white pepper.

The body is rich but there's a balancing higher carbonation. The start is bready but it's quickly overwhelmed by a strong hop bitterness. This creates a very long aftertaste. Leaning towards the extreme side.
Oct 20, 2021
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Fresh can from brewery courtesy of yllib.
Everything you’d want in a wcipa. (From the east coast).
Dec 30, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by Unitspin from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2020
Rated: 4.01 by Cuthbert from Massachusetts

Dec 10, 2020
Rated: 4.26 by Sellen from Connecticut

Dec 07, 2020
Rated: 4.6 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2020
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Rated by Wapes from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very smooth, hoppy. At 8.3 abv packs a punch.
Nov 19, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Nov 14, 2020
Rated: 4.62 by jeffmck09 from Connecticut

Oct 21, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Golden yellow in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a moderate, soapy, white foam with medium low retention. Mellow citrus orange and over-ripe pineapple with light booziness and light malt. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and pleasant prickly, boozy warmth. Citrus tangerine up front followed by boozy heat that leads to medium hop bitterness through the middle. Tangerine and overripe pineapple on the back end with solid maltiness and light herbal notes. Finished semi-dryly with a boozy, bitter, citrussy bite and delayed mellow piney bitterness. Hop forward, pleasant boozines, and an assertive bitterness at the finish that is well balanced by light malt character.
Oct 16, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by nodder from New York

Oct 13, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by Peaches13 from Pennsylvania

Oct 12, 2020
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Reviewed by mellonsm from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is only my second time dabbling with Lawson's. The first was with Sip O' Sunshine. Hopzilla is like Sip, but...extra. Same great look (golden amber color, great lacing on left on the glass) and same great mouthfeel (clean, crisp, and carbonated to perfection), with even more of the great hoppy aroma and taste. This is a great beer!
Oct 10, 2020
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pint can - dated 08/25/20 - poured into a Spigelau IPA glass at 40°F.

Pours a beautifully clear deep golden-amber hue, topped with two fingers of creamy off-white head with fair retention. A short collar of lace is formed as the hwad recedes. Some lazy streaming bubbles are visible.

Nose: Distinctly Lawson's right out of the gate. Pale grainy malt and just a touch of caramel sweetness supports big hoppy aromas of white grapefruit, Meyer lemon, tangerine, fresh grass, and intense pine forest. There are some underlying herbal and floral components, but this is a big PNW-style hop bomb aroma.

Palate: Pale and crystal malts being some clean grainy and slightly sweet caramel notes, which serve their purpose to support a massive explosion of big resinous hops. Huge notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, dank hop oils, a bit of grassy/leafy whole cone hop, and a touch of earthiness, and just a hint of melon. Getting into the finish, the fruity parts subside, and this beer gets boly resinous, pithy, and piney - digging into the palate with a firm bitting bitterness, even a touch of pepper, and that bitterness lingers a fair while, like a mouthful of hop resins.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium to medium-full in body. It isn't sticky, sweet, cloying, thick, or syrupy by any stretch of the imagination. It's a clean, crisp base, but both the higher ABV and the big bitter punch lend the perception of weight, keeping this from being super chuggable. Don't chug your beer, and that's not a problem. Great effervescence, and naturally, a pretty pithy dry finish.

Overall: This is kind of the beer I wanted Double and Triple Sunshine to be. Double was actually great, but Triple was a sticky malty mess. This is really a lovely beer, meldinf together classic old school malt structure, old school hops, and then both boiling the hell out of it for big bitter resins, but also using modern hopping methods to coax out some more fragrant, fruity notes. It's just a fantastic bitter double IPA, paying homage to the West Coast IPAs of yesteryear. Fantastic.
Oct 08, 2020
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