Hopzilla Double IPA
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Hopzilla Double IPAHopzilla Double IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #89
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
96
Ranked #813
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 9.24%
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
527
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Vermont, United States
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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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Reviews by heerboth:
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heerboth from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 13, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the first lawsons beers not to totally wow me. not only did it seem unbalanced in an unflattering way a little bit, especially in the finish, but it also is one of the only beers i have had from them that doesnt stand out in any way, its not that different or unique or special, which i always expect from these guys now. a little color to it, well short of red, but somewhere in that rusty orange spectrum, nice and heady, good clarity, plenty of carbonation. smells and tastes really pine hoppy, sharp like pine needles, not quite astringent, but bold to say the least. there is a sweetness from the malt that works well with it on the front end, but sort of runs out of steam before the finish commences, and it ends up being harshly bitter, and less hoppy in terms of flavor than the vermont standard. i appreciate what they were going for with this one, but its not the kind of ipa that has made them famous, and its not the kind i like to drink nearly as much. maybe better in a deep winter context, christmasy and strong, piney and all, but i hoped it would be on par with the sunshine beers, and its not even close.

Oct 05, 2015
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kingcrowing from Vermont

4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Op tap poured into an 8oz wine glass.

Pours a nice deep golden amber color with a small white fluffy head. There's some very fine but really nice lacing. Nose is a bit muted but nice an hoppy with a very light sweetnss.

Taste is really hoppy and sharp very drinkable. It's really sharp but it's not too sweet like say 90 minute is, and it's less dry than heady topper. Light caramel notes and a smooth finish with a nice hop bite on the finish.

Apr 21, 2010
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s_minette from New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oct 21, 2018
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KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 28, 2018
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mhjipa from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 23, 2018
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Nov 10, 2012
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Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

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

Feb 04, 2019
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Adamostella from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 29, 2015
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mar 01, 2019
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buzzy from Pennsylvania

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

Sep 29, 2020
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Reservoir in Waterbury, served in a Lawson's snifter.

A: Hazy medium amber body under a finger of fine off-white head. Ok retention, nice lace. Solid.

S: Explosively resinous and piney, with some crystallized tangerine close behind. Grape skin, grapefruit, and more pine. Terrific.

T: Spicy dank pine up front, followed by bright citrus, a touch of bread, and a hugely bitter, mildly alcoholic finish. Gigantically flavorful and terrifically complex, but a bit too harsh for only 8.7%.

M: Lively, spiky, sticky, medium-full body. Suits the craziness of the beer, but it's not quite what I like for the style.

O: Great DIPA, but it's a good thing I had it as my first of the night as it didn't really compare to Abner and S&S 5. I still haven't had Double Sunshine, but in my experience Lawson's is a distant third to HF and the Alchemist when it comes to hoppy VT goodness.

Cheers!

Nov 18, 2012
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andrewinski1 from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing. Poured into a wine glass. The color is orange/melon. There is a small white bubbly head.

The aroma has a great dose of hoppy pine; that's about it. It's potent and great.

The taste if full of zesty piney hops. There is a lingering bitterness in the finish. This is a tongue bruiser. There is mild malt sweetness, but it's hard to detect beneath all the hops.

This is super tasty. I love it.

Oct 22, 2012
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Kristyn from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +15.5%

Dec 06, 2011
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facesnorth from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Dec 14, 2013
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Shaymus from Massachusetts

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

Sep 17, 2017
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Ben1313 from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 06, 2019
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ntanner83 from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 09, 2019
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this at Blackback in Waterbury. From notes.

A - Dark gold pour with good carbonation and one finger of fluffy white head. Cloudy. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Juicy mango, grapefruit, sweet fruits.

T - Lot's of citrus, boozy pineapple, syrupy fruits.

M - Good bitterness, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - I thought this was a regular strength IPA until i went to write this review. Not what I expected, especially for Lawson's. It was, however, pretty tasty and drinkable. Nice stuff.

Dec 02, 2013
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mark for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Duvel tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger foamy white head with very good retention. Lacing is stringy and thick with great cling. Beer is a clear ruby red. Outstanding.

Nose is a bouquet of citrus hop flavors. Grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, and mango. Great creamy hop presence floats in the back asserting itself here and there. Super appetizing.

Opens citrus, papaya, cane sugar, and pineapple in the back. Cane sugar malt backbone makes its presence felt early and often. Balanced out by a subtle hop bitterness. Finish is more tropical fruit and sweetness. A real east coast IPA that leans on the maltier side. Delicious!

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Carbonated and quenching in the mouth and smooth going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Perfect for the style.

There's hardly a IIPA that comes out of Vermont that is less than exceptional and this beer doesn't disappoint. Amazing in all aspects with a great look and smell and an even more impressive taste and feel. At 8.7% this one is so dangerously drinkable!

Sep 29, 2012
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osheamatth from New York

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured the color of molten copper into a tulip glass. Not much to speak of head or lacing wise but man that's a good looking beer in the glass and a welcome departure from the mess of hazy I've been drinking (love those don't get me wrong). Powerful punch of pine on the nose. Almost a TKO there on that one. The palate continues that hop forward nose and rolls into some heavy duty bitterness. I get a bit of the malt but it's not counterbalancing the heavy resin taste. Sad to say though I really like the hop forward nature of this, there are not a lot of other things to note. Not much fruit to speak of so I'm perplexed at some of the reviews. Finishes rather bitter yet rich on the mouth and I dug that.

Sep 13, 2019
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jrallen34 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml mottle 90 of 96, batch 176, drank from a perfect pint glass... The beer is a dark hazy peach with an off white head, ok retention and lacing... We had this after Ephriam so the taste and aroma seemed really light, however still refreshing and more drinkable than the E. The aroma is light floral hops, a little sweet overall, grass finish. Not blowing me away but seems sessionable. The taste is not at all like a dipa, tastes like a regular ipa with the higher alcohol content, no alcohol or pine at all. The front is swet with grapefruit and toffee with a floral finish, light bitter finish that is nice. I'd like to have this again without the residual effects of Ephriam lingering. The best Lawson's I've had to date but nothing to go crazy trying to get.

Mar 06, 2011
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about sixteen dollars. Have had several brews from these guys. Very solid brew, more west coast than NEIPA.

Sep 06, 2019
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abrodsky from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 12, 2018
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scottfrie from California

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to SneezyAchew for this extra! Very generous of you Michael.
Wax dipped 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Hand labeled batch #139, bottle #45 of 96.

A: Pours a hazy glowing amber orange with about a finger of oily tan head that slowly reduced into a thin film that left great rings of sticky lace around the glass.
S: Holly cow there are some hops in this beer! Just popping the top on this beer filled the room with the sweet aromas of sticky hop resin. Upon closer inspection I can pick up the sweet caramel malt that is trying to poke through the complete hop chaos. The hops are very floral and citrusy in addition to a significant dose of pine, and extremely fresh smelling. Big notes of candied grapefruit and pine needles are balanced well by sugary sweet notes of malt and slight dough.
T: A wonderful poem of hops dance on the palate with every sip. Big notes of candied grapefruit and pineapple with tons of bitter hop oil and leafy tasting resin. Finish is comfortably bitter and full of lightly toasted malt. The aftertaste is piney and bitter, and lingers for a very long time.
M: Beautiful mouthfeel is smooth but not oily or heavy. The medium body could perhaps use a touch more carbonation, but this takes little away from the presentation of the overall beer. No trace of this beers alcohol content can be found.
D: Man if this beer was local I'd drink it every week. A delicious east coast DIPA that isn't too sweet or full of malt! One of my top DIPA's, perhaps only bested by PtE. Another big thank you to Michael for just giving me a beer that I was so convinced I wouldn't get to try that I didn't even put it on my wants. Cheers!

Aug 08, 2010
Hopzilla Double IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 527 ratings