Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Rye Beer
Ranked #21
Ranked #6,762
4.03 | pDev: 8.68%
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: This special brew incorporates malted rye in the grain bill lending a spicy character and complex flavors. Generously hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial. This hoppy pale ale has a sneaky bite that will creep up and leave you smiling!
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

again i find myself indebted to the famous drlovemd87 for his generosity. this one, he just sent me away with. sure he isnt a huge hoppy beer guy, but thats a bit extreme. thanks dude, you are truly a legend. its fun beer too, very very heavy on the rye, and to have it in an amber color beer with this much grain weight is uncommon to say the least. the hops arent generic, nothing from these guys ever is, but it sure is familiar. the woodiness of the centennial and the heavy rye is really cool, a combination often tried but rarely executed like this. i think the caramel grain middle really helps, and i think the use of some hop strains that are in a ton of beer, but showcased so uniquely is what makes this beer special. carbonation is a half step behind, and the bigger body makes it a little thick on the palate. thats only a problem when flavors arent all there, but this is dialed in really well. rustic and big, great use of rye. i wanted to save it for you man, but you said drink it fresh, and so i did. i will return the favor. much love.

May 29, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a copper color. Mostly clear with a normal head that is off-white. Aroma is of distinct rye bread and crust. Also I am picking up a heavy dose of piny hops. Some caramel malt. The flavor starts off with rye bread and all its descriptors. Then an assault of potent West Coast hops singes the palate. This beer is very bitter. I don't even get all too much flavor; maybe the other aspects of the beer are masking them? The bitterness however, is far from hidden. Finishes with an aspirin bitterness that lasts for quite a time. After a few sips and some palate acclimation, I get more of the hops flavor intricacies. They play fairly amiably with the rye and darker malt. Lighter bodied. Long bitterness, as stated. Medium carbonation. I enjoyed it more than my review would indicate.

Apr 23, 2015
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Prohibition Pig. Pours a dark brownish Amber color with over an inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is a good amount of spicy rye with lots of citrus and floral hops. A bit sweet. The taste is spicy rye combined nicely with the citrus hops. Some caramel and dark fruits as well. Finish with more floral hop flavor than expected and some spicy bread. Medium bodied and slightly boozey. Overall, very good rye.

Apr 21, 2015
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FFreak from Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the Lawson's Beer Lovers Market in Waitsfield for $7. Poured into tulips and shared around the campfire.

A slightly cloudy red tinted light-brown with about a finger of white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving minimal lace.

Nice floral and citrus aroma with some pilsner character and slight spice and yeast.

Taste is really good. I'm not usually a fan of rye, but it's subdued in this, contributing just a bit of spiciness to balance out the floral and fruity hops. Finishes with a good bit of bitterness.

Mouth is just right, medium body with good carbonation, refreshing.

Overall, I liked this a lot, especially at the price. Another great ale from Lawsons.

Apr 20, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Poured into a Lawson's snifter 10/8/2014.

A- Dark mahogany-caramel brown body, two finger thick off-white head with great retention time that doesn't get in the way of drinking the beer. Lots of thick lacing as the beer line goes down. Looks great, darker than I'd expect, though. [4.25]

S- Clean, crisp citrus, floral hops, pine notes along with a nice caramel sweetness and spicy rye character. Very nicely executed- very hop-forward but still sufficiently balanced to give it a nice complexity. [4]

F- Spicy rye bread jumps out with a nice caramel sweetness that is then buttressed by a very welcome grapefruit, pine, floral hop bite in waves. Quite hoppy. Finish is a grainy pale malt sweetness that actually has been something I notice in a lot of Lawson's pale ales. Very nice stuff. [4]

M- Medium bodied, soft, creamy and smooth with a nice sharp rye spiciness and floral hop bitterness. This is nicely hopped but quite balanced with the malt and rye flavours as well. Fairly bitter, but that doesn't get in the way of drinking this beer. [4.25]

O- Very solid rye pale ale, well constructed and well-hopped. Another nice beer from Lawson's, would recommend getting after this at least once to try. There aren't a ton of great rye pale ales and I am blanking on one that I enjoyed more than this. [4]

FInal score: 4.04

Oct 08, 2014
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Ready4aHeady from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Deep copper color, faint aroma of citrus, dough, and rye, ...taste is similar with a strong malt presence-- but with mild hop flavors and medium dry finish its not the cloying malt that I dislike in many ales. Nice spicy quality as well...Enjoyable.

Oct 04, 2014
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a deep amber with a hint of red, half a finger of bubbly head.
Smells rich, some sweetness and strong malt character, some tanginess from the rye.
Tastes nice. Good full flavor from the rye, not a lot of hop presence though.
Mouthfeel was nice, not dry, definitely inviting.
I enjoyed the beer and it had good flavor, could benefit from more hops.

Jun 02, 2014
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cavedave from New York

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

A couple of fingers of white foam make a beautiful counterpoint for the nearly clear amber beneath. Nice lace on the glass, and a lasting cap really hangs in for the ride.

Wow, a light to medium strength aroma full of goodness. Lemony citrus, some grainy tart and really nice light caramel, go with a hint of yeasty spice.

Much fuller flavored, starts with a hit of grainy, spice, and hop, tart, lemon and pith bitter, neutral sweet, and finally herbally bitter. Bit of lemon drop comes in, really rooty herbal comes in too, as it warms. Very dank and complex, visits the dark side of hop and rye here in such a good way.

Worst attribute. Very coating, some resiny buildup, first lemon drop, then the resiny rooty components of the hops, not as clean a presentation of flavors as one would hope, even a bit overcarbed. The flavors overcame this well enough to not totally demolish this beer here.

Enjoyed this, but can't really get down on a guy for being heavy handed with the hops, but I think Mr. Lawson did provide freely. He may have had LTS for this batch haha. Very Good, not Great.

May 10, 2014
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Seanniek91 from Rhode Island

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a LA teku. Fresh.

Appearance- Slightly hazy amber/red with one finger of off-white head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Loads of piney hops and spicey rye notes. Light malt backbone but piney and earthy hops dominate this one.

Taste- Tons of peppery rye mix with super piney hops. Fruity malts light vanilla and coffee notes. Malts and hops balance each other nicely.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated with a medium mouthfeel. Crisp and eay to drink.

Overall- A nice well-hopped pale with a lot of rye spice. A pleasure to drink.

May 10, 2014
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought from the Lawson's 6th Anniversary Beer Market in Waitsfield April 19th.

a: Nearly clear dark amber with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to fairly even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: A blast of what seemed like pepper hit when the cap was pulled. Once in the glass, maybe more like mild anice.

t: Nice spicy flavor with hop bite. Peppery, somewhat hoppy and more. Well balanced.

m: Medium, good body.

o: A spicy rye for sure, one of the best I have had of the style.

May 01, 2014
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Tmyhre802 from Vermont

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Beautiful red amber color

S-Rye and hops! The smell was excellent.

T-Cant say i'm a big drinker of ryes, but the hops followed by the rye after taste was awesome.

M-Medium bodied, I liked how although it was a bitter hoppy rye ale it was still very drinkable.

O-Once again, not a big drinker of ryes but finally cracked this after going to the Lawson's 6th party. Enjoyed it like everything Lawson's does, but I don't think i'm biased they just make good beer!

Apr 30, 2014
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Givemebeer from Vermont

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber in color. Dark for a pale ale.

S: Smells biscuity and citrusy Hint of tropicality

T: Oh yes the rye makes this spicy, which I was hoping for. Good citrus kick especially at the end but overall, a very balanced pale ale. Incredibly smooth.

M: Medium bodied - the rye adds body here. Off dry.

O: Second beer I've had from Lawson's and this doesn't compare to Double Sunshine. But it is unfair to set the bar that high. This is a very very well made rye pale ale in perfect balance and very drinkable. Good value for $6 a bomber.

Apr 27, 2014
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Mikeypnh from New Hampshire

3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a worthy burger tulip glass. Dark amber color, minimal head, some nice bubbles around the glass. Smells very malty. Bready, caramel, can't really pick up any hops. Taste is slightly better. Bready malt with the caramel but also some pine and citrus swirled in there, but just barley. A nice spice/bitterness from the rye, as well. The aftertaste is malty. wishing the hops were more apparent, but I knew that they wouldn't be coming in, so I'm not sure why I'm disappointed. Mouthfeel is alright, medium, slight carbonation. A decent beer from Lawson's, but I much prefer their ipas. Still glad to have tried this.

Apr 21, 2014
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Rheaume17 from Vermont

4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice and fresh. Poured into a Lawson's tulip. Deep amber color, not much of a "pale" ale. Smell is fantastic. Citrusy, little grassy, with subtle spice notes. Taste is great. Lemon, some earthy notes with a slight rye spice to balance it out. Very drinkable and delicious.

Apr 21, 2014
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utopiajane from New York

3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange with a fat creamy head of tan foam that lasted and left nice lace. Sweet light malt smell. Spicy sweet rye with a touch of lemon and sweet malt. A bold hop floral and a peppery and spicy rye. A fruit skin sweetness and a very faint musk. It smells like a rye beer. Light sweet rye grain cracker with sweet flowers. Taste is pale malt with a lovely hop floral and bitter. My question was "Is there wheat in this?" There's a hint of something smooth in the malt. The hops abound and are IPA style bitter. A touch of graham cracker is especially pleasant to the both the nose and the drink. The bitter is sharp in the finish and and there was some earth in the malt too.

Apr 19, 2014
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cosmicevan from New York

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes taken from early 2012 (March?) from a bottle share i hosted with the local crew.

Thanks kindly to jbuddle for the trade.

a - deep amber with yellow white head. spotty lacing. great rye smell. some good sweet malt. a bit thin, very rye. water like malt bomb. overall, expected a bit more, but not bad, just not great.

Dec 06, 2012
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mdfb79 from New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/29/12 notes. Thanks to whoever shared this at our little tasting...always interested in a new Lawson's beer.

a - Pours a deep amber-copper color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, rye, spices, wheat, grains, oak, pepper, citrus hops, and light fruity malts. A nice mix of hops and oak.

t - Tastes very strongly of hops and oak; even moreso than the nose. Smells of pine hops, oak, wood, earthy notes, spice, wheat, bready malts, citrus hops, grapefruit, and toasted malts.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Despite it being very hoppy, not much bitterness. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice, different pale ale. While the rye is there, what struck me were all the hops and oak in the nose and taste. Very different from most pale ales, but it works. Worth getting, would like to try it again.

hoppy oaky

Jul 31, 2012
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mountdew1 from New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint. Color was a nice darker medium amber, slight reddish hue. A nice 2 finger creamy slightly off white head formed, didn't last long, but stuck a bit to the sides. After the initial pour, next to no carbonation rose from the depths. Aroma was nicely hoppy, with a small hint of sugary sweetness. Flavor was spicy hoppy, not overly so, and was well balanced. Felt good in the mouth. Slightly over tingly, but coated nicely. Overall a respectable beer. Well balanced and pleasant.

Jul 02, 2012
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MusicaleMike from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle
No bottle date.
Label reads:

"This special brew incorporates malted rye, toasted rye flakes, and crystal rye malt in the grain bill, lending a spicy character and complex flavors. It is generously hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial. This hoppy pale ale has a sneaky bite that will creep up and leave you smiling!"

Permagrin RPA pours a beautiful red color, with amber-orange hues throughout, and is topped off by a slowly developing head that is peach-colored and frothy. I was a bit concerned at first because I didn't hear much of a "hiss" when I popped the cap, but it is showing enough carbonation that I'm thinking it's okay. Hazy and unfiltered body.

Aroma is fairly potent and carries a complex citrus character, with plenty of grapefruit, mandarin, and a spicy bready quality from the rye malt that is reminding me of gingerbread.

Toasted finish, lingering bitterness and a "spicy" rye complex. Hop flavor is present, big and juicy! Foe a pale ale, this is different enough to stand out in a pack of APA's, yet remains not overly bitter up front. The bitterness shines more towards the finish and into the aftertaste. Some bready malt qualities are more prevalent up front. Slight sourness in the finish...could this be from the rye as well?

Body is soft, almost creamy-like texture. Medium bodied, with ample carbonation to carry the beer. Overall this beer hits pretty damn close to the American Pale Ale category, even though rye is used to excess here. Tasty beer!

Jun 02, 2012
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aasher from Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle was courtesy of the infamous Adam Jackson. Thanks Adam!

This beer pours a medium bodied dirty amber in color with moderate cloudiness and just a very light off white lacing around the glass. The nose is just spicy malt and little else. There isn't any hop presence at all. It's just sweet malt and rye spice.The flavors are ok but there isn't much hop presence. The malt bill is nice however, featuring light caramel and light toffee with that trademark rye spice. I just wish hops were present. It drinks with slight residual sugar and on the upper end of light in body. It unfortunately llacked proper carbonation. This beer was pretty middle of the road for me. It is nowhere near Rye'd Da Lightning or other hoppy rye pales.

May 30, 2012
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HopHead84 from California

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Bomber poured into a snifter while watching game 2 of the Lakers-Thunder series.

A: Dark reddish orange with a head that fades in the blink of an eye after a hard pour.

S: Pungent orange, mango, and grapefruit with balancing caramel and lightly spicy rye notes.

T: Dominating bread and caramel with a light spiciness. Soft orange and grapefruit flesh makes up the hop profile with lesser tropical notes. There's an assertive moderate level of bitterness balancing the malty sweetness. The finish is dry, balanced, and lightly spicy.

M: Medium body with upper low to lower medium carbonation.

Overall: A malt forward Pale Ale done right. Assertive hop presence with complimentary malt character. Higher carbonation would have improved this quite a bit.

May 17, 2012
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Etan from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Sent to me by valdieu2.

A: Pours a murky reddish-brown with a nice off-white head. Some decent lacing.

S: Rye, spicy hop character (black pepper, pine, sticky grapefruit).

T: Mild rye, carraway, caramel malt, pleasing earthy hops. Smooth grapefruit, grass, wheat character, apricot, toasted bread, black pepper. Just a hint of dark alcohol.

M: Nice, full mouthfeel. Creamy.

O: This is a very balanced, relatively mild rye beer. Very drinkable and tasty, but not the best rye pale I've had.

May 10, 2012
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Narke tulip.

A - Pours golden/amber color, white head, spotty lace.

S - Really nice mix of rye and hops, neither overpower the other. Citrus, grapefruit, rye spice. Hoppy bitterness is light to medium, just right for this beer.

T - More rye-forward then the nose...the hops take a back seat to the rye. Light citrus, grainy rye notes, wheat, pine. Alcohol is light and just right. Finish is rye & bitterness.

M - Light body, good carbonation, bitter dry finish.

O - If you like Rye Pale's, then this is a great example of one. I really enjoy how light it was while packing a nice dose of rye and hops. If you don't like rye beers, I'd have to say avoid.

May 07, 2012
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CADMixes from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Very nice red-copper appearance with a thin head that quickly bubbles off. Faint aromas of citrusy hops and grass don't really do justice to the flavor--a burst of bright tropical hops that leads into a backbone of what is unmistakably rye malt. Earth and grass flavors live here, and become slightly muddled on the finish with a toasted rye note and hop bitterness. Medium body with slightly soft carbonation.

This is my first bottled Lawson's and I'm impressed. It's not a knockout but it's a very well-composed and drinkable pale ale that displays a lot of polish.

May 03, 2012
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light fizzy head of 1/2 finger, fades at a med pace with no real lacing, light clear toasty almost mahogany brown colored.

Nose wow, awesome hops with great rye kick. Hops bring fresh tropical fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, light passion fruit, just a hint of musty guava, as well as light floral hops, and fresh light musty resin. That all blended hint of fruity and spicy rye. Slight peach as well.

Taste starts bitter, with a nice fresh resinous slight musty hop. It quickly turns to tropical fruit, juicy guava, light grapefruit and passion fruit, and a bit of floral light citrus hops. Then malts, a light copper toasty reddish malt with a light caramel, and hint of bready malt. Rye is there but fairly faint, light spicy rye and just a hint fruity. The finish dries a bit but stays a bit sweet and sticky, quite bitter, spicy and tropical fruit hops, light caramel all linger.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, slightly syrupy.

Overall nice, great nose, bit syrupy and malty, but the hops are awesome and add nicely to the rye.

Apr 28, 2012
Permagrin from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 221 ratings