Hopzilla Double IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #79
Ranked #779
4.33 | pDev: 9.47%
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
Hopzilla Double IPAHopzilla Double IPA
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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3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this at the source in mid October 2019.

Pours out a copper/brass like color. 1/2" white head. Kicks down a relatively old school aroma full of Amarillo and Cascade goodness, grapefruit, cedar, orange blossom in the nose.

Taste is quite nice, I think the Summit hop is used sparingly because you really have to try hard to pull any onion or garlic notes out of this one. I think the Amarillo/Cascade/Centennial combo really dominates, and that's in large part why this is such a good beer. Turbocharged old school hops pushing all that grapefruit (two kinds!), pine, orange blossom, lemon bitterness that isn't just a one trick pony. Does a great job at not being an oppressive alcohol feel even though this one is approaching barleywine level strength. Stays crushable despite a hearty malt bill that doesn't come off as overly thick, sticky, caramel-y, instead it has a crisp degree of levity and dryness that pairs just right with the 4 different hop pairings.

Would be interesting to see what happens with a greater degree of Summit hops.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; light lacing;

S: herbal with pine in the background;

T: herbal with earthy undertones; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: nice to have a DIPA with some bitterness to it;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, May 08, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the admiral of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell isw dank, piney. Taste is of resin, some pine, significant bitterness, dry at the finish. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall it's a good beer, but it didn't blow me away.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Apr 27, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden. Not thrilled by the smell. Not bad. Just not very forward. Kinda malty nsweet. Lower end of carb. Full feel in the body. Not the slightest hint of heat. Tastes like a westcoaster. Almost like som of those Alpine/GF beers we know so well. Really smooth. Not too crazy in any direction- really well balanced. Would do again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored with a an inch of densely packed creamy eggshell white on top. The aroma is of sticky pine. I’m tasting lots of initially aggressive pine and some light malt. The mouth is sticky and dry.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Nov 03, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark honey / amber colored. The head is minimal; off-white of micro-fine bubbles. The head fades quickly to just enough to appear not flat.

Aroma: wonderful aroma, albeit light. Fresh pine and floral.

Flavor: resinous hop bitterness with a substantial hop backbone to balance the beer; but by no means malt-forward.

Mouthfeel: heavy-medium; as expected for the style and 8.7% abv.

Overall: very nice; a welcome, quality west coast double IPA in a market flooded by NE IPAs. I wasn't too impressed with SOS; I think this is much better (albeit a different style). Enjoyable. A solid version of a 2x IPA without kitchen-sink adjunct additions.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Don't know how I missed this one until now, so let's get to it. Orangery amber body with a white cap. Getting citrus a ton of pine, honey, and caramel malt. Taste is a throwback to yesteryear, pine, hops, honey, flowers, grapefruit, and plenty of malt, almost more than a backbone. Body is medium, decently malty with gentle hop textures save some sharp pine. Very enjoyable, though milder than expected

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REVZEB from Illinois, Oct 31, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can
CANNED ON: 09/13/19

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice dark golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice medium size islands, and some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, guava), piney. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, guava), pretty nice pineyness. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, a very tasty brew. Nice to see it around here.

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Wasatch from Colorado, Oct 20, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz canned on 8-29-19, opened on 10-18-19.
1" white head recedes to 1/4" and sits. Golden-copper color, not quite clear but nowhere near opaque. Rings of lace top to bottom.
Pine, grapefruit, cat pee, wild onion, lemon...bright nose, smelling salts after too many same-same aromas.
Grapefruit peel, pine, weeds/floral - a big malt base is here for balance, creamy and just a hint of dough. Big tasty IIPA,
Medium to full body, medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Looooong and bitter finish.
Very good.
Lawson's turned out to be one of my favorite stops on our Maine/Vermont tour...great beer and a great place to drink it in. TOP NOTCH.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The pour is burnt copper, with a tinge of faded rust during the last days of summer. A finger of soapy head dissolves to scant lace patterns along the way. The nose emits aromas of grapefruit, pine, brown sugar, doughy bread, oranges and lemon peel. Taste follows with aspects of ruby red grapefruit juice, citrus notes, and sugary backbone. The mouthfeel is medium, crisp, luxurious, and tongue smacking. We need more of these IPAs in an overcrowded market of the "current" style. This is glorious. Truly.

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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania, Oct 15, 2019
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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A perfect take on Imperial IPA. In a typical VT way, dank, but delicate with ABV well hidden.

Unlike beers Lawson's brews in CT (Sip of Sunshine, and all Session ones), this is another example of what they can do when production is not outsourced.

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shkin from New York, Oct 13, 2019
Photo of Beaver13
2.75/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can, canned on 9/16/19. Pours slightly hazy orange gold with a small creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready caramel malt with piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet earthy caramel malt with a big tangy hop bitterness that has a harsh ashy bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, an OK DIPA. I like Sip of Sunshine much better and had high hopes for this.

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Beaver13 from Colorado, Oct 13, 2019
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3.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was not quite what i was expecting. SOS is one of my all time favorites but this DIPA was a bit to bitter for me. I won't buy this again, but i am still in search of Double Sunshine - that looks to be right up my alley.

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4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lawson's Finest Liquids "Hopzilla Double IPA"
$7/12 oz. on tap @ Blue Monkey Tavern, Merchantville, NJ on 10/08/2019

Notes: Clear orange body with golden highlights when held to the light beneath a creamy head of white. Better than average head retention and lacing. The aroma is floral, malty with a honeyish note, softly citrusy, and just a touch piney. The flavor follows, but much fuller and more hoppy. The rich malt is pleasantly threaded through with citrusy notes that include orange and grapefruit, but there are also undertones of herbs and earthiness. A solid bitterness balances it and brings it to a dry, bitter, and fairly short finish. It's medium-full in body with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that leaves it smooth. Review #6,745

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Oct 09, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is very piney with underlying hints of caramel malts and grapefruit hops. There is a moderate to strong amount of bitterness, which particularly lingers into the finish along with some hints of pine.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: In these days of New England IPAs, I found it nice to turn back the clock and drink an amped up West Coast IPA that was packed with lots of fresh hops and associated bitterness.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Oct 06, 2019
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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exactly what it claims to be. It has a similar taste profile to Sip of Sunshine but is slightly less fruity/ more pleasantly bitter. The pungent hops taste will tango with your tastebuds long after each delectable sip.

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Rand_Schoeb from Connecticut, Oct 04, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally seeing this in cans in my area, so I picked up a cold one to crack and review. Only canned 9 days ago, this big ol' hoppy IPA clocks in at 8.7% and features all older-school West Coast hops... Summit, Amarillo, Centennial, and Cascade. Let's jump right in!

Pours a solid-looking burnished copper/medium amber color with a big, fluffy head that eventually sinks down to about a half-finger of eggshell-white foam in my glass. Great, sticky lace falls in dripping patterns, and the surface is mostly hazed over. Speaking of haze, this has some hop solids suspended in the body... man, I kinda miss the days when this was more common than having an opaque milkshake-looking IPA. Reminds me of a slightly older era of IPAs! Nice looking stuff.

The nose packs a huge wallop of pine resin, candied grapefruit, papaya, orange blossom honey, tangerine, caramel-laden malt, cereal grains, spice (maybe rye?), orange zest, and a touch of oniony funk and menthol-like notes. Maybe a bit of peach or another delicate stone fruit here, as well... very nice nose that reminds me of some of the best old-school West Coast IPAs. Ruination certainly comes to mind, though this is slightly burlier even!

On the tongue, this is super bitter and intense! My first sip almost made me recoil in a way I haven't from a hoppy beer in quite a while. I mean, Double Two-Hearted was a fun and intense beer in its own right, but this is just a punch in the face in the form of a hop cone. Good malt balance, though... flavors of tangerine, peach juice, overripe mango, pine needles/resin, grapefruit, and light toffee come at you immediately, and the finish is very dry and tangy while the mid-palate is a tad sweeter than most DIPA fans these days will expect. Big bodied with a low-medium carbonation and a definite ethanol heat, Hopzilla will certainly fulfill your need for a strong, aggressively-hoppy old-school IPA.

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ichorNet from Massachusetts, Oct 03, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 16 oz single can from the Tap House in Old Port, Portland Maine on 9-5-19 for around $5.00. Canned on 8-29-19; consumed on 10-1-19.

Beer poured orange with a very nice white head that has some very good hang time.

Nose is wonderful, fresh dankness! Grapefruit, peach, and pine abounds.

Taste is totally old school WCIPA! Grapefruit and pine dominate with some subtle peach and mango way in the background. All this melds very nicely with a old school heavy bodied malt base. Finishes very bitter in a good way; 9/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and very smooth.

Overall a throw back to the old school WCIPA's - i love it - very nice brew!

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arizcards from Arizona, Oct 01, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Acquired last Sunday at the brewery. Canned 9/11/19. Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Lawson's stemmed tulip.

a; Clear blood orange with a thin surface foam and ring and a little spotty lacing.

s; Really quite neutral.

t; Strong pine resin and hop bite over a light, almost seemingly non-existent, malt base. Dry finish with throat burn. Smooths out and holds up well as it warms.

m; Lighter side of medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; An unexpectedly west coast style DIPA, at first rather harsh, which the name might have anticipated. Somewhat reminiscent of pre-NEIPAs such as Green Flash's Palate Wrecker or Victory's Dirt Wolf, which I used to enjoy before the NEIPAs came along, and which this reminds me I ought to revisit for old times' sake, although the first I have not seen in stores in awhile. As to Lawson's lineup, in future I'll stick to the Sunshines, which is where Lawson's really shines, although I also enjoyed Maple Nipple (an ale, not an IPA). And someday maybe I'll be there when Peril returns.

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scotorum from Massachusetts, Sep 30, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a glass at fireside tavern in Strasbourg pa this afternoon. Canned 9/3/19, so under 4 weeks old.

Slightly Hazy deep yellow/amber body. Big fluffy off white head retains in some form throughout, leaving some very nice lacing.

A floral/citrus aroma wafts into the nose, citrus getting the edge.

Solid hoppy taste, good strong malt background giving a little sweetness balance. Grapefruit comes through, quite bitter at times though the sweet wash helps tone that down a bit. Faintly warm from the abv.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish a bittersweet battle in the mouth which is quite enjoyable

Overall, a big tasting beer, seriously hoppy but with enough malty goodness to approach evening things out. Dangerously drinkable.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Sep 30, 2019
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4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium-toned clear gold body; thick, sticky and frothy white head; big, patchy globs of foam adhere to the glass. A beautiful bouquet of floral, spicy, citrus and pine-like aromas; freshly cut fruit; orange; dank hops; flower petals. The taste piggybacks off the aroma with additional elements of light biscuit malt; an intense hop bitterness builds up midway through the sip and simmers with a noble intensity into the finish; spicy and peppery; some alcohol presence. Heavy body; velvety with an electric prickliness dancing over the palate; subdued juiciness but feels dry overall; boozy beat.

This beer delivers awesome double IPA goodness. The complexity and intensity of its components truly combine into a very memorable west coast styled beer with an immense hop bitterness to round things out. Simply awesome!

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beergoot from Colorado, Sep 29, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a Trillium Pub glass.

Look is a slightly hazy orange with an off white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is herbal citrus hops.

Taste is a classic hip rich double IPA.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this offering from Lawson’s Finest. Expectations high considering their excellent IPAs.
Pours a clear golden color with a big frothy head. The head displays great retention and yields lacing.
Big fruity nose evokes notes of candied fruit, citrus and stone fruit. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine and peach open things up, while herbal notes of grass, pine and dank develop further into the drink. Nice classic IPA aromas all around.
Opens sweet with a firm malt backbone that evokes cookie dough, caramel and honey. Flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, orange, peach and nectarine add juicy qualities. However, a strong hops bitterness soon develops, adding balance and redolent of traditional IPAs. Herbal, grassy, piny and resiny flavors add spice, all in harmony with the fruity hops and malt flavors. A touch of alcohol adds another layer of spice, without the booziness.
Medium to full bodied, with a crisply smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The finish is long, resiny and bitter.
These are the classic flavors that I associated with DIPAs in years past. It is what got me into good beer and despite liking the current hazy/juicy trend, I wish more breweries brewed these too. It was delicious.

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Gajo74 from New York, Sep 26, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Golden. Light yeast sediment. Good clarity. 1 finger of head.

Dank, pine, floral, resin, candy sugar, blueberry, grapefruit, and Juicy Fruit gum.

Pine sap, dank, forest floor, and green florals. Sweetened grapefruit juice, Juicy Fruit gum, and a hint of blueberry and kiwi. Light candy sugar maltiness.

Medium bodied, crisp, smooth, and juicy with a medium-light bitterness.

Hopzilla is one smooth operator.

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justintcoons from Pennsylvania, Sep 23, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color. 1 finger white head. Retention is good.
Nose is very citrus smelling. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit.
Taste, as is the aroma. Citrus.
The beer is sticky feeling. No hop burn.
Solid IIPA.

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Hopzilla Double IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 473 ratings