Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #236
Ranked #1,342
4.3 | pDev: 9.07%
Jun 05, 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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Ratings by BTPete:
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4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by BTPete from New York

Bottle shared with a few friends. Thanks Brian. I've had hopsong and chinooker'd so I was interested in this one.

Poured to big DFH snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber color. Nice little head with decent retention.

S: Big time hops. Lots of citrus and pine. The hop smell really is running over anything else that might be coming from this brew.

T: Really hop forward and bitter but not in an undrinkable way. The hop nose is so powerful that you almost can't tell that there is anything else going on but the beer is not overly sweet despite the 8.7% This one is another winner.

M: Nicely carbonated and medium bodied. The bitterness makes it feel a little bigger, almost chewy.

D: Surprisingly drinkable and like I said, another winner by Lawson's. Put side by side with a Wachussett Larry but the Larry was drank second and I think my palatte was a little shot ;) I'd have another for sure. Not sure which was better this or HopSong but I know I loved the hop song too.

Apr 20, 2010
More User Ratings:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by izraelc from New York

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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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jbolger from Connecticut

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
3.75 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Apr 21, 2022
4.25 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Apr 07, 2022
4.34 by CJRubes from Massachusetts on Mar 18, 2022
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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VTbrewfan from Massachusetts

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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4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

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
4.13 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Mar 07, 2022
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RaulMondesi from California

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
5 by Shan-man from New Jersey on Feb 25, 2022
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4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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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4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by 40ontarget from Colorado

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
4 by broadway848 from New York on Feb 20, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DrStiffington from New Jersey

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
4.38 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Feb 12, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

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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4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by 57md from Pennsylvania

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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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Roguer from Connecticut

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
4.44 by saymike32 from New Jersey on Jan 29, 2022
4.21 by Stignacious from New York on Jan 25, 2022
4.38 by JMBoyer from Massachusetts on Jan 22, 2022
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4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

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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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by smcolw from Massachusetts

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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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by bret27 from California

Fresh can from brewery courtesy of yllib.
Everything you’d want in a wcipa. (From the east coast).

Dec 30, 2020
4.15 by Unitspin from Massachusetts on Dec 28, 2020
4.01 by Cuthbert from Massachusetts on Dec 10, 2020
4.26 by Sellen from Connecticut on Dec 07, 2020
4.6 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2020
Photo of Wapes
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Wapes from Massachusetts

Very smooth, hoppy. At 8.3 abv packs a punch.

Nov 19, 2020
4.34 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Nov 14, 2020
4.62 by jeffmck09 from Connecticut on Oct 21, 2020
4.5 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Oct 17, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by IronLover from Pennsylvania

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
4.21 by nodder from New York on Oct 13, 2020
4.33 by Peaches13 from Pennsylvania on Oct 12, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mellonsm from Pennsylvania

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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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

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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4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DCH from New York

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
Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 551 ratings