Hopzilla | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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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
Ratings:
293
Reviews:
84
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
10.65%
 
 
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397
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17
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Photo of dirtylou
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, split 3 ways - cheers @suncrust

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, bright orange-amber body, thick fluffy white cream with a nice sticky lace

smell: a really lovely hop bouquet, tropical - pineapple, grapefruit, guava

taste: ISO Vermont trading partner. This was a glorious beer - smooth and layers of hop complexity - grapefruit zest, guava, pineapple, starfruit, huge floral notes, light bitterness. One of the best IPA's i've ever had.

mouthfeel: creamy, abv buried, light bitterness

overall: fantastic

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Chazari99
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been privileged to try Pliny, Heady Topper, Alpine's Pure Hoppiness, Hill Farmstead's Double Citra and many other Double IPAs and nothing comes close, in my opinion, to Hopzilla.

This beer went down smoothly, had no excessive bite, was not in any way sour or too hoppy.

Really just spectacular. i wish they would make this all year.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of dtmets84
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my HF snifter.

A: Pours a dark orangeamber color with 2 inch white head and great lacing.

S: Mmm mm hops.

T:Bitter biting hops on the front. the back seems to smooth out and really balances it well.

M: Mouthfeel is sick and leaves the hop taste in the back of my throat

D: Lawsons can do no wrong. I have chinookr and 40th anny in the fridge will have to crack those soon to compare.

Would seek this guy out again.

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Photo of BeerBucks
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of OldCrustacean79
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of beermanbrian
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jbertsch
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze in color with a white head.

Aroma is huge with a pungent mix of hops that cover just about the entire hop aroma spectrum. Citrus, earth, spice, wet and dank.

Flavor delivers a punch of hops to the face. It's like raw hop flower petals coat your tongue. Earthy hops with a tinge of bitter lemon are the most noticeable hop flavors. Malt backbone is slightly sweet with a noticeable booze kick that lingers along with some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is prickly and full bodied. Good amount of carbonation.

Hopzilla is not for the faint of heart. The hops own this beer. The volume is turned up on all aspects loud and clear. The description on the bottle states its a "monster of an ipa that terrorizes your taste buds." I agree, buck it sure is fun and enjoyable.

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Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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 yourefragile
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz gold foil topped bottle. Purchased two days ago at the Warren Store. Served in a Lawson's snifter.

Pours a clear golden copper with a frothy white head. Thick clumps of lace and a retentive head that fades to a thick collar. Extremely hop and pungent aroma; leafy, green and dank. Some light notes of tropical fruit try to sneak through the raw hop bitterness and light grassiness. Soft medium thick body with gentle carbonation. Flavor is much more balanced and less of an assault than I expected from the nose. Bitter start to finish, but the soft body complements the smooth tropical fruit flavors of the Amarillo hops before Cascade and Cent. take over the finish. Love the flavor on this and fuller body, Double Sunshine is still my favorite DIPA all around, but I think I enjoy the depth of flavor on this a little more. Happy to finally try this fresh.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SourinQns
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of DonFrap
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Back from it's long hiatus! 22oz bottle poured into Lawson's tulip. Bottle picked up on Saturday.

300th review!!

A- Pours a slightly hazy but translucent slightly brownish orange golden. A little over a half finger of white semi-thick foamy head that has great retention and slowly fades to leave a thin layer of head. Very nice carbonation. Coats the glass in nice layered lacing.

S- Lots of tropical citrus hops with notes of mango, guava, pineapple, grapefruit, some light pine and underlying caramel malts and booze. The citrus hops definitely dominate the aroma and can be smelled easily when pouring from the bottle. Not as much grapefruit as a lot of citrus IPAs, but more a mixture of other tropical fruits. Definitely well above average aroma strength.

T- Mangoes, pineapple, guava, a little bit of grapefruit and pine. Finishes with more tropical fruits with a little bit more of the pineapple and pine coming out and a light bitterness that is exactly the right amount in my opinion. A lingering aftertaste of mangoes, sweet pine (comes out more towards the end of the bottle), and other tropical fruits. You can tell a little bit the booze is present, but balances right in with all of the flavors. Everything is very well balanced and there are a multitude of complex flavors coming out, this is exactly what I like in my IPAs.

M- Medium bodied, slightly sticky, abv very well hidden but lightly present, on the dry side but definitely not too dry, drinks very easily and very smooth.

O- This might be one of my new favorite IPAs. I wish I could drink this all the time. It was full of flavor with so many different flavors bursting out. I would definitely recommend this to any IPA fan. I just finished a whole bottle by myself and I'm already craving more. I hope it doesn't take another year and half to brew another batch. Fantastic job!

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Photo of TheRuss9585
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of nootch23
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of celfan
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lots of juicy mango/apricot/passion fruit tasting IPAs dominating the ranking these days. Not this one. This is an old school, in your face, cascade hops, bad breath IPA.

At first I thought I was getting a strong booze taste, but I think the heat was coming from the hops. Admittedly, I'm more of a Heady Topper/Double Sunshine guy, but this ale kept my interest. There was just enough citrus taste to take the edge off and I did enjoy it.
I probably wouldn't get it again, but I won't let my personal taste influence the ratings - this is a nicely made ale and I know a lot of guys who prefer this style. The combination of oily texture and combination is spot on - a Lawson's trademark.

The good news is it took me three times as long to drink this as a Double Sunshine, And the wife won't be drinking any of this either. She can handle the citra hops, but this is a man's drink that would bring out her stinkface.

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Photo of claytong
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
4.32 out of 5 based on 293 ratings.
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