Hopzilla Double IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #85
Ranked #797
4.33 | pDev: 9.24%
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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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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
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mellonsm from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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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DCH from New York

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is slightly hazy, dull copper/gold. Smell is a lot of pine and orange with caramel malt. Taste follows the nose with a sweet yet dry feel, hop flavor comes out on the tongue as the beer goes down, incredibly smoothly by the way. Mouthfeel is almost silky with a bright aftertaste. Honestly a great beer for old school IPA fans who don’t want a glass of mango infused orange juice.

Oct 05, 2020
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far333 from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden-orange colored with a light wispy head of off white foam that lingers. Aroma of citrus and pine, some grapefruit rind, some honey and biscuity notes. Bright flavors of dank pine, tangerine, and grapefruit. Firm bitterness follows and lingers in the cheeks and tongue. Slight offset of honey and caramel malt, but the hops push it back down again. Even mouthfeel, finishes with a tingle. Nice to have an IPA from New England with firm bitterness and no haze. Nice beer.

Oct 03, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from the Packie.
Deep gold with a slight haze and a tint of orange with a small tightly bubbled white head that persists. Solid bready faint toasty maltiness with a solid wallop of pine and earth with bits of grapefruit and orange. Oh how I miss IPA's with actual hop flavor and bitterness.

Oct 03, 2020
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Billolick from New York

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall can ... 9/10/20 stamped on the bottom so about 3 weeks in the can.

Pours our lighter almond amber, with a copper hue, moderate haze, leaving a quality looking fine bubble film, high thin collar and ample fine fields and bits of lacing.

Fresh hopped up sniff, herbal and resiny.

Tasty tasty brew, west coast IPA of a high pedigree, resiny hops abounding in a delicious and enticing manner.

Quality product, that is well worth a try.

Oct 03, 2020
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Pentastar from New York

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Copper colored and not very hazy. White foam head.
Smell: Pine resin accompanied with citrus, mainly lemon.
Taste: Good hop flavors. Definitely some pine resin and grapefruit. The bitterness comes through; an aftertaste of malt follows.
Feel: Not as thick as I was expecting. The carbonation is right.
Overall: I would get this beer again, pretty good.

Oct 03, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear golden with a small short lived head.

Smells piney and citrusy. Tastes malty/sweet with minor citrus tastes with a styptic, dank bitter finish. This as bitter as Sip Of Sunshine but does it in a less nuanced way and without lupines.

Medium/light body and carbonation.

I would classify this as a west coast offering from a brewer well known NEIPA's.

Very enjoyable!

Oct 02, 2020
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2020-09-29 near Pittsburgh. PA from a 16oz canned on 2020-09-10

Fairly clear golden orange with a short head. Abundant, pungent, moderately dank hop aroma and flavor. Toasted rye bread. Orange and pineapple and pine. Full body and light carbonation. Satisfying and delicious.

Sep 29, 2020
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beerdedking from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I honestly believe this....if you put a Stone label on the can and removed Lawson's name, this beer would get crushed in ratings. It's totally fine for old school hop heads like me that love pine cone, caramel malt, and some bitter resin, but no way is the new wave of hop lovers into this beer. Considering I've recently been drinking Double Two Hearted and Ruined Again, this beer is in a distant third place to those two...

Sep 28, 2020
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ChipChaight from New York

3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from the Whole Foods on the UES. Pours an almost clear tan/dark orange amber with generous head white head decent lacing, smell is piney malts, hop hard candy, hints of citrus zest, taste is caramel malts up front and then pithy/piney bitterness that transitions to mild dank/pepperiness that lingers, feel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. A nicely balanced hop bomb!

Sep 27, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.96/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Can to snifter , share with DC.

LOOK: clear dark gold, medium off white head,

AROMA: skunk was super present, pine and pine.

TASTE: pine with a hint of citrus. Some fraternity house floor, but not as bad as aroma.

FEEL: super sappy. Light to,medium body.

Gets better through out, but still skunk/super piney smells and flavors are a turn off.


Sep 25, 2020
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Coulda swore I had this before but I didn't review it so I shrug in shame. This is definitely more of a traditional Imperial IPA. West Coast leaning with New England genetics. I mean, Lawson's sorta started the New England style so this is a fun throwback. It's definitely big, brash and bitter. Piney and assertive. Really brings on a nostalgic feeling of needing to brace for a big double IPA. Oh, the good ol' days. And to think this was one of the three breweries that helped usher in the new wave of hoppy brewing. Strange world.

Sep 25, 2020
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mnrider from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 Days Fresh. 1 Pint Green Can.

A: Pours light amber color with an inch of off white head. Fine particles can be seen with moderate carbonation. Okay head retention with a little visible lacing. Looks bitter.

S: Strong hop aroma. Pine! A little tropical fruits are detected. Smells Bitter!

T/M: Piney bitter hops. Some more pine and then just a bit more pine. Does have a noticeable sweet malty taste which cuts into the pine a little. Some tropical flavors help in balancing the hop profile. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation feel. Slight alcohol burn. Bitterness lingers into a dry/Dank aftertaste.

O: A classic example of a piney bitter double IPA. A sipper for me. Tastes great. However the high price puts me off and I would be hesitant to buy again.

Sep 20, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 8.25, opened 9.17

Can poured into a Dogfidh Head Ipa ( my sister lives in Delaware - cheers Sis)

One finger dense creamy off white foam cap, settles to a pencil thick layer with very good lacings over a translucent orange liquid

Aroma is Vermont pine forest

Taste is pine, dank,

Small hop bite, taste lingers,

Good beer

Sep 18, 2020
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mickyge from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured kind of dark amber with a small fluffy head
Aroma is hop city with some dankness and piney resin
Taste is a slight pucker factor very hoppy and some pine and melon
Mouthfeel was slightly sticky medium fullness and a dry astringent finish
Overall it’s a pretty bitter dry beer. It’s hop forward and enough malt to make it palatable. Very easy to drink for a hoppy beer.

Sep 07, 2020
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Most of my reviews have been going on Untapped, which I'm happy to say I've been enjoying very much. But something this special is getting the full review treatment, right here on Good 'ol BA.

Canned on 8/26/20
Opened on 9/4/20

Old school look, clear golden with amber hues. Fat and fluffy white is clumpy and lumpy. Plenty of cover.

The nose is off the charts. Deep fruity and freshly picked hop cone aroma is almost alarming. Sticky Lupulin and sweet tropical fruits smell great. There is a very buttery golden malt scent with a bit of caramel sweetness as well.

This monster is packed with hop flavor. Deep complexity of hop: Fresh smelling sticky icky hops, earthy and wildly fruity flavors devestate the taste buds. Smooth fruity, tangy bite and earthy dry notes just keep mutating with every sip.

The mouthfeel is very well rounded, with a dry crispy bite, becoming round, smooth and silky after. The feel is as impressive as the flavor.

Overall: World-class 100%

Sep 05, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I keep saying that one upside to remaining here in PA is our distro. We get unbelieveable beers from all over the country & the world & many of them are for The CANQuest (tm). This is one such beer, purchased at/from Hunger-n-Thirst. I find it amazing that its packaging has dropped from a corked & caged Bottle to a pint-sized CAN! 8=O

From the CAN: "Keep Cold! Enjoy Fresh!"; "Straight From the Green Mountains to Your Head!"; "Our monster of an IPA 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."; "Lawson’s Finest Liquids is a family owned, award winning brewery located in the picturesque Mad River Valley. Visit our brewery, retail store, and hand hewn timber frame taproom in Waitsfield, Vermont."

Upon Crack!ing open the vent, I heard Hopzilla's mighty roar from deep within its depths. AcCANding to the label, he is highly possessive & protective of his beloved hop cone(s) & its not given to a willing or easy parting. I went with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass so as not to rile him any further than he already was. His response was a billowing two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. As I leaned in for a sniff, Hopzilla roared again, filling my sinuses with the scent of his pine forest home! 8=O The taste, while mainly pine, also held an orange zestiness, suggesting that Hopzilla may also have an orange grove amongst his pine trees. The malt(s) was/were fairly unobtrusive, demonstrating an artisanship on the part of the brewer. I have had some where they made the mistake of using caramel malts & it marred the hoppiness. Not in this case! This was all hops, through & through! Mmm. I had not realized just how hops-starved I was until I really got started on this one. It truly scratched an itch. Finish was dry & bitter, just as the doctor ordered! YMMV.

Jun 09, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

May 08, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

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;

May 08, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 27, 2020
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brother_rebus from Maine

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.

Nov 07, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

Nov 03, 2019
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Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

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.

Nov 03, 2019
Hopzilla Double IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 527 ratings