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Hopzilla | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
lawsonsfinest.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This monster of an India Pale Ale will make you pucker up! Loaded with high-alpha US grown hops and enough malt backbone to balance the intense bitterness. Dry hopped and wicked strong to terrorize your taste buds.

Added by Bierman9 on 04-21-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#749
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
302
pDev:
10.65%
Bros Score:
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Kevin!

Amber hued, fairly clear and nicely carbonated. A finger of head tops the body and retains nicely. Good, albeit standard, appearance.

Very aromatic, the hop profile has an earthy, herbal, grapefruit/orange peel quality. There's a substantial crystal malt backbone that lends moderate sweetness. This smells good, but it not as bright/clean as I like my DIPAs.

Intense hop flavors hit the tongue first; grapefruit, resin and bitter herbs. It's largely dry thanks to the sharp bitterness, but a strong crystal malt flavor cuts through and contributes mild caramel sweetness. Medium in body, this is quite drinkable. The finish is very firm and bitter, decidedly East Coast-style with its bitter, borderline astringent aftertaste. A good beer, but not terribly complex or memorable.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a few days ago on our last Vermont trip. Nice Sunday afternoon beer I think.

Pours a nice creamy semi thick foamy 1 finger had that fades at a med pace, leaves some lacing but not a ton, semi clear slight maple orange faint toasty color.

Nose is pretty nice, a nice hodgepodge of great hops, my fav style hops before the invent of the huge tropical variety and the great Kiwi hops came around, nice citrus, a little tropical fruit like mostly a little melon and hint of grapefruit pith, touch of candied orange peel, mild resin and some pine,little spicy chewy hop profile, etc. With a nice malt base, big sweet candy like malt base, little caramel and toasty, reddish malt, a decent sweet malt base, more hops than malts but borderline imperial red ale.

Taste brings lots more hop profile again. Again a great hop profile, with some spicy hops to start, right into a pine profile and a little resin, into mild citrus, hint of grapefruit pith, and some mild melon again, with the sweet malt a little candied orange peel again too. A nice overall fruity hop that is there but mostly background to the spicy piney hops, and quite a bit of bitterness overall. The big bitterness is balanced though by the big sweet malt base, not super sweet but enough to balance. Mild caramel malt, some toasty reddish, and just overall big malty flavor too. There is a hint of booze but not much as it's hidden well by the sweet malts and big hops. Finish is long, big bitterness again as it attempts to dry but stays pretty sweet, little candy malt sweet sticky feel, some pine and chewy like hop profile lingering.

Mouth is med bod, nice carbonation too, faint hint of booze, and a little sticky feel.

Overall pretty nice, reminds me of what a great DIPA used to be a few years ago before teh advent of the huge tropical fruit bomb hops, a nice big pine and slightly spicy hop, a little chewy hop, little resin and a bit of citrus and melon, nice malty base with good balance. Still not on par with what the DIPAs are like these days, even their own Double Sunshine, or something like Abner or Heady Topper, but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a mini snifter. The color is a bit of burnt orange, Longhorn-style. A bit of slight haze. A good looking beer. Nice white head and quite a bit of lacing. The nose is just phenomenal with a really fresh, fragrant aroma coming from a good dose of citrus and pine hops. Really overpowering and one of the best hop aromas I have come across. The taste doesn't disappoint, though it's not quite as pungent as the nose. Really great feel with quite a bit of bitterness. This is pretty hefty to have all that much of, but it's quite delicious and the nose is out of this world.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from Waitsfield Market, Waitsfield, VT

Golden-apricot color, cloudy, with a large puff of foamy white head that retained well, leaving doily lacing on the glass. Hoppy nose, of course, floral, tropical fruit, citrus, pine. Taste was a nice mishmash of floral and fruity, lemon, orange, pine, pineapple, apricot, fruit blossoms, fresh grass, overlaid on a solid sweet, pale malt base. Crisp and dry, with a bitterness that lingered into the aftertaste, moderate carbonation, medium body, and just a great IPA overall.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz metallic gold wax topped bomber into a tulip glass. Batch 139. Bottle 3/96.

Pours a hazy at first but this clears up very nicely in a brilliant coppery apricot color that shimmers beautifully in the glass. This is topped with roughly 2 fingers of thick and frothy white head that has just the slightest off-look to it. This settles down into a huge rich dollop in the middle of the glass, with some swirling kicking this up to a near finger again, and leaving behind a thick latticework of sticky lacing which drenches the sides of the glass. The aroma is DEEPLY floral in the nostrils at first, being punctuated by sharp swathes of bitter grapefruit, spice, pine, earth, and herbal tones all through this. Some tropical fruit notes and bready gains sweep in and help temper the sides of the bouquet but this is just ALL about the hops, with them being unbelievably full, lush, and bitter here in the nose.

The taste just literally drips with hops. Sticky resins, peppery spice, refreshing grapefruit, and some earthy grit. All of the bitter awesomeness that you could possibly want out of your hops is here. There are even some softer herbal tea-like qualities and ripe tropical fruit action from them at work here as well; bringing some needed sweetness to this. The malts give this some sturdy balance as well but mostly add a grainy presence across the back of the palate which gives the hops something to bounce off of. The finish consists of plenty of earthy and fruity bitterness to it, laying a spicy dryness which fortunately doesn't overstay its welcome one bit. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a FANTASTIC soft creaminess to it that blends with the oily textures from the hops, giving this an unbelievably smooth feel in the mouth. The beefiness to this from that 9% ABV is just spot-on here, adding size and warmth to the body but there is absolutely no alcohol taste to this at all. Ahhh, just a really awesome mouthfeel here that contributes immensely to the overall awesome drinkibility of this.

You know, I like to think that I've had a lot of the top ranked IPA selections out there and I have say that this absolutely stands tall as one of thee best that I've ever had the pleasure of putting my lips to. Just almost unparalleled fresh and robust hop character here (the fact that this was consumed less than a week after bottling surely helped) and the tremendous balance and mouthfeel made for an absolutely world-class drinking experience. This one is going to blow up once the word gets out. Better get a bottle while you still can. ;)

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tasting glass. Light orange in color with a thin sticky white head. Great lacing and nice looking color.

Big bright hoppy aroma with tropical fruit punch. Peach and pineapple notes are great. Some light base malts, but it's all about the juicy hops.

The taste continues with the bright juicy hops. I get more notes of peach with a little pineapple. Grapefruit rind like bitterness comes out in the long dry finish. Great hoppy flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. Great beer overall, loved the juicy bright hops. Very drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to wtfdic for this one!

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1.5 finger white head on top, nice a foamy with great retention. White lacing forms all around the glass in nice sheeting.

S: Very tropical with some pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of papaya. There is a hint of grainy malt in the middle with a little bit of pine near the end. Very nice aroma though.

T: The citrus/tropical fruit flavor is more intense on the flavor profile. Lots of grapefruit and plenty of citrus rind with a clean piney finish. Just a hint of pale malt, but the citrus fruit flavors really dominate the flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very slight hint of alcohol, but it isn't really a deterrent at all. Slightly dry finish.

O: A fantastic DIPA from Lawson's. Very drinkable with a great flavor profile. Would love to try the other hoppy offerings from this brewery to compare.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.78/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Fresh bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer appears golden with a thin white head. The aroma offers butterscotch candies, must, floral hops, candy. Sweet and sticky. Cotton candy with sweet alcohol and floral hops. I'm told that this is not a good representation of this beer. Odd and cloying. A touch of citrus, but that's entirely overpowered by sweetness and cleaning solution. Fail.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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