Triple Play IPA | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by maximum12 on 02-15-2011

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Ratings:
390
Reviews:
79
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.08%
 
 
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Photo of petermethot
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a hazy golden color with god carbonation but yielding a small whispy white cap that seems to fade away quickly leavng some bubbles and a white collar.

S: Lots of fruits hits sniffer; mainly in the way of citrus...orange peel, grapefruit with a dash of pine and a light whiff of mango perhaps, something tropical

T: The citrus is front and center and pretty much dominates the flavor profile. Fresh juicy citrus at that. A nice bit of breadiness on the body, really refreshng, a bit sweet, almost no booze.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, balanced for sure with a healthy dose of Vitamin C courtesy opf the hops.

O: They packed a lot of flavor and body into this single IPA. Well done.

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Photo of mltobin
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Thanks to Hojo for bringing this back for me

Pours a bright orange color with a one+ finger of ecru foam. Good staying power with huge sip marks inside the glass.

Tropical fruit sweetness, pine needles, hop oils, and some lightly toasted bready malts. A touch of honey/sugary sweetness is also present. The aroma is tightly wound. A quick burst of hoppy goodness on the olfactories.

Pineapple, papaya, mango, and apricots come right over top. Excellent tropical feuit melange. Some bready malts and a residual sweetness before a burst of pine/citrus bitterness.

Medium body with excellent carbonation. A smooth, creamy feel with a moderate bitterness. The bitterness is partially balanced by the fruit sweetness.

A damn fine beer that I savored with every sip. Triple Play definitely warrants consideration at the top of the elite list.

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Photo of BGsWo22
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Jwale73
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle procured at the Montpelier Farmer's Market on 3/2/2012. Served in a tulip nonic. Pours a pale, straw gold hue with a translucent clarity and a loose, quarter inch bright white head that eventually settles into a soapy slick - no lacing on this one. Nose on this beer is fantastic - tropical fruits are revealed upfront, followed by faint aromas of cat pee and evening out with an herbal/earthy finish. Taste follows nose; however, the tropical fruit is a bit more intense and has an almost candied quality, while the Simcoe character blends in with the earthy herbal qualities culminating in a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive, slightly prickly carbonation and light oiliness to the texture. What can I say, this is a fantastic IPA with so much tropical goodness - I wish I picked up a second bottle, but at least I got to enjoy several offerings on-draft as well. I'd love to see more IPAs with this complexity and flavor profile.

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Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard to believe that I've never reviewed this.

Pours a light gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very nice colors for the style.

Citra, Simcoe and Centennial blend is impressive to the nose. The citrus notes are most appreciated.

Nice citrus notes upfront with a very nice juiciness. Bitterness expands inside of the mouth, incorporating some biscuity malt.

Carbonation levels are just right and plenty of lingering hops for the enthusiast.

Nicely hopped IPA. I love this.

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Photo of maximum12
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to baconsausage for this, amongst a nest of other goodies, as I continue to wade into Lawson's head-first. Batch #187, bottle #17, looks like it's signed by the brewer.

Bottle notes that the beer is brewed with Simcoe, Citra, & Centennial hops - two of my favorites & another very good one. Pours an amazingly clear yellow; this is a Deliverance cousin to Bud, it's so sunshine-golden. Smells terrific, great open forests of pine, oily, bitter.

Triple Play mimics up the smell to a tee. Heady pine needles, dipped & sauteed in oiliness, dominates the palate. A little grapefruit, parsley on the side, flakes of vague herbs. Then the bitterness arrives like a colon cleanser & sweeps away all that silliness. End is pure, NIN-level bitterness. No, wait, old NIN. The new type if fakey.

I'm sucking this down. Remember drinking from a neighbor's hose after playing whiffle ball for three hours straight? Kind of like that. I'll usually sip my way through a couple ounces during a review; my half of the bomber is about 75% absent at this point.

Another excellent IPA from Lawson's, that's two. I have a couple favorite breweries who act pull magic acts when they get their hands on some hops; another try or two, & Lawson will be on that list as well. Very nice.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan for this at DLD... dark clear gold with hints of orange, a nice white head... the aroma is lots of oily pine, pretty bitter... taste is more of the same lots of bitter pine... I prefer the double sun shine but this is still pretty good

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Photo of claspada
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a big foamy/soapy white head that recedes to leave some sticky lacing.

Aromas begin with big crisp fresh citrus and floral hops. My buddy and I guessed Centennial and Simcoe even before we read the label. Huge grapefruit, pine, tropical pineapple and mango with some underlying resiny and grassy as well.

The tastes begin with huge grassy, resiny, grapefruit and floral hops flavors on top of a small amount of pale sweet maltiness. Really can't add much more here because it's just an assault of citrus and pine on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter, just as it should be.

Overall this was a great IPA with loads of flavor and body for a single IPA. A lot of hop complexity for a single IPA as well. The Citra, Centennial and Simcoe play amazying together and create a fantasic treat. A bit resiny toward the end but excess Citra will sometimes do that.

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

Bottle graciously shared by shadesofgray at DLD 2011 (thanks Ryan!). Very glad for the opportunity to try another Lawson's beer, to say the least.

Golden color, poofy foam, slight lace (only the 3rd beer I tried on this most glorious of days). Strong citrus character in the aroma, also floral and resiny. Fairly one-sided in taste (not one-dimensional, just more hops than malt which is exactly the way I want it). Still, a little malty sweetness counterbalances in the middle, luckily the aftertaste is all hops for me.

Crisp and drinkable, an excellent beer from this nano. I like this better than the dark IPA, although both are good.

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Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of papat444
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour is a dark hazed orange and scummy white ring. The nose is of grapefruit, pine and resinous hop. There is some pale and caramel malt up front to balance. The taste is banned and well integrated with an assertive hop presence dominating the back. Resiny, caramel malts, solid foundation, hops take over, lightly piney, fair bit of grapefruit and tropical fruit. Very nice fruity finish with a gentle bitterness ending abruptly. The body is easy to drink, well carbonated, faintly grainy towards the back.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lawson's Triple Play, courtesy of the sweetest bartender in the world (love you!). Served in my Lost Abbey snifter.

Appearance: Deep shiny amber color, nice lily-white head, good lacing. Good but not amazing looks.

Smell: Resin, oil, pine-tree forest in California. Citrus grove in Florida and juiciness galore. Beautiful, fresh hops all around.

Taste: Super hop flava! A blast of citrus, pineapple syrup, pomelo. Barely any bitterness, though, which is nice. A bit of graham-cracker-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A little too light here, with low carbonation and a watery feel. Nice spice feel as it goes down. Unlike most IPA's, this one is not overtly dry.

Overall: A nice IPA with hop-forward aroma but good balance. Perhaps too much balance? You won't find crazy hoppiness here, and I'm not sure the Simcoe and Citra hops are shining, but it sure is a damn nice beer!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks a ton, Michael.
A: Pours a deep citrus golden with a large, oily, off-white head that slowly faded into a thin film and collar that left spotty lace down the glass.
S: I get huge notes of fresh citrus and tropical smelling hops. Papaya, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and passion fruit fill the glass. Hops are bright, juicy and fresh smelling.
T: Follows the nose with sweet and lightly bitter notes of citrus rind, juicy tropical fruits, and a hint of pale malt, mint and biscuit dough. The finish has a note or two of brown sugar and maybe caramel, and the aftertaste is clean and bitter.
M: Medium body, full and even carbonation, with a slick mouthfeel that goes down smooth and refreshing.
O: An excellent IPA that is a hop bomb closer to a dipa than the regular. Lawson knows how to do hops right. Thanks again, SneezyAchew!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Triple Play IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
4.33 out of 5 based on 390 ratings.
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