Triple Play
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IPA - American
Ranked #8
ABV:
7%
Score:
97
Ranked #437
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 7.71%
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10 days ago. Looks like this is the first time Lawson's has brewed this since moving to their new brewery, and this is also the first time in cans.

L -- Pours a golden straw body with two fingers of soapy off-white head and almost no haze whatsoever, which is quite nice to see. Some miniscule hop particulate in suspension, like many of their offerings
S -- Dank grapefruit, zippy pine, bit of honey sweetness from the pale malt bill, hint of weedy resins and floral
T -- Largely follows the nose. This is classic Lawson's/Alchemist: tons of fresh, citrus/pine-heavy hops that are allowed center stage thanks to the pale malts. Super clean with biting but not excessive bitterness. Bit of pineapple astringency on the tail end of the sip
F -- Semi-fluffy and very easy drinking despite the massive flavor profile. Medium+ mouthfeel, medium carb
O -- I dig it. Tried alongside Double Sunshine and noticed a lot of similarities

86/100

Apr 13, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The appearance was a burnt golden color with a one finger white foamy head that held up for great retention and dissipated at a nice pace into a concave sort of glazing all around. The smell had some sweet danky onion, tropical fruity bliss and as it warmed bitter piney/resinous aromas wrapping together. The taste had the bitterness of the pine coinciding with the tropical fruity hops. Bitter juicy to semi-sprucy aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a good sipping to almost sneaky sessionable feel to it. Carbonation feels good for an AIPA allowing enough bitterness all around. Overall, I’d say this was an exceptional AIPA that I would love to have again.

Jun 05, 2017
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BEER88 from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Green foiled top bottle (date not found on bottle) poured into large IPA glass. Looks is a hazy copper color with a nice white head that remains, lacing rings the glass when consumed. The smell is lightly fruited with pine notes and subtle caramel malt. The taste is way more malty than the smell, slight oniony notes come through mid palate. The feel through me off, especially for Lawson's! Definitely phenolic harsh bitterness that lingers around and a lighter feel overall. Overall I am disappointed, but hey as a Homebrewer for 9 years I know that some batches are better than others. Cheers.

Mar 11, 2017
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Shogun250 from Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's kind of weird having this next to Sips. To me there was nothing that tropical about this. Floral, piney aroma into a pretty bitter taste. Smooth and well executed, but more on the malty bitter side. More of the solid ipa of yesteryear, meaning this would have played ball in 2012, but now is outclassed by many other tasty ipas

Feb 17, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is clearly a beer that did not forget about caramel malt. From the dark orange appearance, through the sweet aroma, to the chewy, smooth body.

Clearly, though, a brew like this is all about the hops, right? Well, not really. This beer is sweet, malty, balanced, and yes, hoppy. It's also very smooth, with a nice hefty body beyond its 7% ABV.

This is a beer where the malts did not go ignored, coming across with notes of brown sugar, maple syrup, biscuits and bread, and caramel chew.

Hops are a blend of tropical juices, citrus peel and pulp, tannin, and pine.

Mar 20, 2016
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jhavs from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft, about a 12oz. snifter at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT.

A= Copper, golden, mild haze when compared to most current NE IPA's. The head is slightly off white, foamy and settles to thin cap. Sticky lacing.

S= Citrus, floral, pine, some hint of malt.

T= Citrus, mostly grapefruit, zest and rind. Bit of toasted malt.

M= Moderate carbonation, medium body.

O= Get a lot of earthy pine in this one and less tropical notes than the other Lawson's offerings I have had. Great as usual.

Jan 19, 2016
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Prohibition Pig. From notes.

Has a bubbly, off-white head that sticks around.

Shiny, reddish-orange in color.

Full on grapefruit; West Coast meets the East Coast all the way to the nose.

Tastes of orange rind with a fruity middle medley.

Medium bodied with no distractions.

Apr 29, 2014
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MS22 from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Underrated to say the least. With all the hype that Double Sunshine and Hopzilla get this takes a back seat, and undeservedly so.

Smell is fruity hops all day long. Smooth and mouth filling with fine bubbles that cut through the beer wonderfully.

No where near what most breweries consider a Triple IPA. Way more along their lines of a DIPA. Clocking in at 7% the alcohol is barely noticeable and honestly all Triples I taste are too sweet for my taste; not this.

I enjoyed this more so than either of the other Lawsons offerings. Buy some if you get the chance.

Jan 27, 2014
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mdfb79 from New York

4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 01/18/14 notes. Huge thanks to BeerLayer85 for sharing a bottle of this from this recent VT trip; thanks Ross! 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky, yellow-orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, tropical fruity, mangos, floral hops, grains, and light earthy notes. Great nose, lots of citrus and fruits to it.

t - Tastes of bitter citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, bready malts, tropical fruits, earthy malts, and pale malts. Good but decently bitter and more malty than I was expecting.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some bitterness but nice.

o - Overall a very good IPA, though personally I prefer Double Sunshine. Awesome nose but this one is a little maltier, worth checking out though. Would love to have it again sometime.

Jan 21, 2014
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ClePaul from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lawson's Triple play IPA

Look 8/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 93/100

Real nice small batch brew... I especially like the freshness and dank citrus feel. Will admit I wanted something more satisfying. Maybe it doesn't feel well rounded as it's Vermont's counter parts? Great, none the less~

Jan 18, 2014
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into Lawson's tulip. Bottle purchased at the Montpelier Farmer's market on 12/21, exactly two weeks ago.

A- Pours a very clear golden copper, about a finger's worth of white foamy head forms that has very nice retention and slowly recedes to a thin layer coating the glass in thin soapy lacing, an abundance of slowly rising carbonation bubbles form that have a nice consistency and makes the beer almost appear like a copper color champagne.

S- Plenty of earthy hops lend their aromas while being nicely balanced with a malt background. Each hop varietal lends it's unique aromas with earthy tropical aromas of grapefruit, mangoes, papayas, etc.. Nicely balanced, fairly complex, holding up well after two weeks in the bottle.

T- Big juicy tropical flavors of oranges, mangoes, lemons, and starfruit balanced with a malt background that fits nicely with the tropical earthiness of the tropical fruits. Not the most hop-forward IPA on the market, but hop flavors add a nice tropical fruit presence while balancing perfectly with the malts to add a little bit of sweetness.

M- Medium bodied, perfect carbonation, finishes with a juicy lightly dry bitterness that complements the flavors nicely.

O- Lawson's makes easily some of the best IPAs in the world. While Triple Play may not be my favorite offering from Lawson's (Hopzilla still takes the cake) it is still a world-class IPA that stands against some of the best IPAs in the world. This is right up there with Double Sunshine as a must try IPA for any hop-head.

Jan 04, 2014
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ScotNH from New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another delicious offering from Lawson's Finest Liquids. Pours with a single finger of quickly dissipating head. Smells delicious, very piney and resinous. Taste follows the nose, with a pretty strong bitter finish.

Overall, an excellent IPA, on the bitter side.

Dec 30, 2013
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papat444 from Canada

3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber with no #freshbeer date but i'm not worried, this is fresh!

Pours an orange-gold body, huge head with tint sporadic bubbles racing up. Intricate lacing recedes slowly with air bubbles within it. Smell is lemon, orange, bit of grapefruit, tinge of sweetness. Remarkably well balanced and super smooth. Bitterness is low though felt in the aftertaste. Quite good but was hoping for more of an impact hop-wise.

Dec 30, 2013
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unclejazz from New York

4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Worthy Burger in South Royalton, VT

12 oz. pour in tulip

Appearance in an orangish amber hue with a 2 finger off white head that settled and left little lacing. Smell is mango and tropical fruit with a touch of pine and fresh baked bread. Taste is very smooth with mango and pineapple leading the way, just enough sweetness from the malt and a resiny finish. Smooth and slightly effervescent in the mouth. Glad I got a chance to enjoy this fresh on tap, it's pretty darn good, but not sure it pairs well with burgers.

Dec 13, 2013
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT. 10oz pour into a Prohibition Pig snifter glass yesterday, 10/23/2013.

Looks a lot like Double Sunshine- hazy orange body, with a nice fluffy 1cm white head that retains quite well. Lots of lacing left on the glass as it goes down. Very pretty looking IPA.

Smells juicy as heck, mostly grapefruit. I don't really get a whole lot of anything else, not too complex but a very juicy, intense aroma that is sure to please any hophead that enjoys the smell of the likes of Zombie Dust and pseudoSue.

Flavour is quite citrusy, a bit less juicy than the nose would imply. Finishes with a bit of pine that isn't present in the nose. A fairly bitter but refreshingly dry finish. Pale malts aka caramel and biscuits, hold up just slightly enough that the bitterness isn't overwhelming.

Deliciously medium bodied mouthfeel that just feels so creamy and well-carbonated on the tongue. Palate is fairly bitter pine and feels quite creamy and resinous, but remains incredibly drinkable. This beer disappeared fast.

What separates these Vermont beers from the competition is the mouthfeel. So creamy, perfectly carbonated and drinkable... along with the ridiculous hop profiles to boot. This is very well done; not super amazing but incredibly well done and tasty.

Nov 24, 2013
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer in a large hand blown Simon Pearce tulip glass.
Pours a medium amber with one finger head.
Smell is delightful, hoppy and sweet but both are moderate in their strength.
Taste is delicious, right in line with aromas but even juicier. Mild bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel really intrigued me. It felt silky on my palate, not thin. Perfect carbonation.
Overall, a fantastic IPA that is very well crafted and restrained in places.

Nov 07, 2013
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JMScowcroft from Vermont

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Triple Play IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy orange with a slight amber hue, great soapy head with good retention. Abundance of lacing all over. Perfect looking brew.

Smell - Absolutely amazing aroma! Juicy citrus with a tinge of tartness. Malt sweetness gently complements.

Taste - Malt gone in the blink of an eye with a blast of grapefruit citrus and fading to bitter pine from Centennial hops.

Mouthfeel - Rests bitter pine. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Great drinkability. Booziness is absent completely.

Overall - Another phenomenal brew by Sean Lawson. They are all a little different, which is what makes these batches so unique and keeps me personally coming back for more. This is another MUST TRY brew!

Oct 21, 2013
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Rheaume17 from Vermont

4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Lawson's Finest Liquids Tulip.

Appearance - Pours a gorgeous golden color with a solid 1/2 inch of sudsy head. The color is a nice orange in a more dim light.

Smell - Wow. A HUGE punch of tropical fruits and an ever bigger punch of hops. The smell is absolutely fantastic.

Taste - Simply amazing. A perfect blend of hops/malt. An absolute bomb of tropical fruits including mango, orange, grapefruit and papaya. An overload of hops. The malt is very subtle. Tastes a little bready to me. I can't believe that this isn't a DIPA. The flavor is unreal.

Mouthfeel - Great pungency. The bitterness really sticks to your mouth.

Overall - Double Sunshine's little brother. I can't believe this much flavor was packed into an IPA. This is the flavor you would expect from a DIPA. I love hops and this certainly did not let me down. Definitely one of the best single IPA's I have ever had. This beer was truly amazing. And yet another incredible offering from Lawson's.

Oct 20, 2013
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80x2HopHead from Vermont

4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Triple Play pours more of an amber coppery orange color- which is mildly distinct when compared to Sean's other IPA's. I like the look, but I personally prefer the golden honey orange of his Double Sunshine or Kiwi Double (nothing to take away from triple play at all). Fantastic smell with big juicy citrus at the forefront- mostly dominated by grapefruit and that's about it as I pick up on little to no malty sweetness or piney smells. Taste is very much in order with the smell, a clean citrussy grapefruit and orange at first from the CItra slowly fading to a slightly bitter resinous pine from the Centennial. The thing that I love about this IPA is the malt is all but removed from the taste leaving the hops to explode on your pallet. The brew sits with more of a mild bitter piney taste and I am experiencing little to no alcohol in the aftertaste. With such a minimal malt presence one could think this would be an overly bitter brew, but this isn't the case at all. The taste is what really what makes this beer for me and the hop profile is amazing. I give a perfect 5 for taste as Sean was able to pack SO much flavor into an IPA- I mean I have had at least 20 DIPA's that don't even come close to this hop flavor profile. If this had been a DIPA I may have scored it a 4.75, but as of now I am saying best hop flavor for a single IPA going!

Sep 16, 2013
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a fine, creamy foam head. Pine and lightly toasted bready malts on the nose. Light to medium sweet flavor, some toasty grass, bread, mellow orange, citrus peel. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation throughout. Lightly resinous finish, some toasty grass, pine, dry toasty pale malts, orange, hints of grapefruit. Overall, a decent IPA with some let down probably due to the fact I was spoiled by the Chinooker’d and Double Sunshine (which I tried last year and my favorite IPA from the brewery).

Jul 22, 2013
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popery from California

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

It's a cloudy glass of beer. Dark orange in the shadows and glowy yellow-orange in direct light. Medium head, off-white. A blanket of little bubbles. Good lacing and retention. The aroma is a very bright blend of citrus and tropical fruit. It smells like a smoothie made of oranges, tangerines, pineapples, mangoes and papayas. Rich and fruity and citrus sweet. Very little malt character. Just a pungent load of hops. My only knock is that the aroma could be a bit stronger. This bottle is pretty fresh, but I wouldn't be shocked if a pour off a newly filled keg would raise my score. The taste has wonderful hop flavor, particularly for a 7% abv beer. It's just packed with complexity and delicacy. The bitterness is fairly mild. It's just got a ton of flavor. It has that same mix of citrus and tropical fruit. Very bright and sweet, though there's little malt sugariness. It's just all fresh, tasty hops. What malt can be found is light and a bit cracker-ish. Long finish full of grapefruit-ish hop bitterness. Pretty dry. Mouthfeel is medium. Really fills the mouth with flavor. Nice dry finish. Good platform for the hop flavors. This is an excellent IPA, on par with the best of the style. I've been very impressed with all of the Lawson's beers that I've tried, and I'm thrilled to be able to sit down and have a bottle of Triple Play to myself. Great stuff.

Apr 06, 2013
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Hendry from Vermont

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It is difficult for me to understand how beer enthusiasts outside of Vermont are getting their hands on Lawson's Finest Liquids, but more power to you if you can make that happen. I live an hour from where they make this stuff and it has become extremely difficult to purchase multiple bombers depending on their production.

Again, thanks to my buddy & hop mentor for the opportunity to try Triple Play. All I can say for these Lawson's elixirs is WOW! There is a pride and closeness to attention that make their small batch hand crafted beers extra special, and Triple Play fits squarely in that category.

Triple Play pours a cloudy, hazy off orange color, and the nose is delectable. Simply varying degrees of excellence between this and the Double Sunshine. All of the best attributes in tropical fruit aroma/flavor and aftertaste are delivered but in a slightly heavier consistency than the run of the mill DIPA or Triple IPA. The body is the heavy side of medium, and it rests on the palate. The aftertaste is enjoyable with every slow sip, as this is not a beer for quaffing.

I very much look forward to getting my hands on multiple bombers of Lawson's for my beer archive in the coming months. If you can find this one, chances are good it while make you smile.

Mar 23, 2013
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oline73 from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber with a layer of off white head. There is a strong sweetness in the nose along with an aggressive hop note. The taste is bitter right off the bat. Citrus peel hops, more of an east coast profile. Nice light bready malt background. Really bitter finish.

Mar 22, 2013
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a medium to dark orange color with a dense, creamy layer of white foam that hangs out on the top and doesn't go away, a very thick lacing ring as well and very sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Lots of pungent tropical fruit: mangos, oranges, and pineapple, sweet hoppiness but not sugary aroma, light floral. The aroma is dense and dank.

T - Buttery for a brief moment right off followed by a wave of spicy sweet tropical fruit, faint caramel malt, and morphs into a massive wave of sweet grapefruit and floral bitterness that lingers for minutes afterwards. The hop flavor is resiny, thick, and dense.

M - Heavy medium body and silky smooth on the tongue. Coats the mouth with a orange/grapefruit/floral bitterness

O - Another fabulous IPA from Lawson's that's a must try.

Mar 21, 2013
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AlexFields from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky yellow with brown tint, big off white head, looks a lot like Double Sunshine.

Smells dank and spicy, sweet pineapple and orange, floral notes. Mmm.

Taste is sortof darker, fairly sweet with an almost oaky character, rye like spiciness, not as citrusy as the nose but a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick but great carb too--Lawson's really nails the mouthfeel on their IPAs.

8.5/10

Mar 21, 2013
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