Lawson's Finest Liquids

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American IPA
Ranked #1,811
Ranked #11,624
3.95 | pDev: 7.09%
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: Inspired by the first recipe crafted in 2008 at our home-based nanobrewery in Warren, VT. This hop-forward American IPA celebrates the "Sugarhouse Brewery" that is now our wizard's workshop for experiments and taproom-only specials.
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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a Guinness pint glass.

Look is a hazy orange yellow with a full white head.

Aroma is citrusy tropical fruits.

Taste is pithy bitter tangerine peel.

Such a good classic IPA.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. can dated 4/17/20. Poured into Aslin Anniversary Teku.

L: 2F foamy white head with webby lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a clear medium copper.

S: Ripe orange and tangelo. Grassy, herbal qualities. Earthy.

T: Lots of ripe citrus, especially orange and tangerine. Grassy, earthy finish, kept from being too dank by carbonation.

F: Medium bodied, pretty aggressive carbonation. Well-constructed, good drying.

O: Solid IPA. If this was their very first, I can see how they got so good going forward.

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Photo of jpbrooklyn
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting after-bitterness to this...still trying to figure out if I enjoy that aspect or not’s not a taste I can put my finger’s a spicy dark’s an interesting change of taste-pace for sure. And cold, and if I only have one before it warms I think it’s nice as a change-of-pace IPA if I know I’m having a few other beers. Dunno if I’d wanna drink two in a row. Good quality from Lawson’s fer sher, don’t get me wrong. But it’s a solid B for me, and that’s fine.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in my Lawson's willibecker. Canned 03/12/2020. Pours a lovely burnished orange with a slight haze to the clarity and a rocky, half inch, bright white head. Nose expresses citrus and herbal notes. Taste follows nose with a burst of pine at the back and light lingers and becomes slightly medicinal between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation. All and all, a nicely crafted East Coast IPA.

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Photo of brewme
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a case of sixteen ounce cans at Bradford's in Plymouth for about ninety six dollars. Had never heard of this before, was buying a case of SOS amidst coronavirus panic, so this was a roll of the dice. This is fine, but not worth $100/case.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 3.16.20.

A - Medium vibrant gold color with a slight haze and dense white lacing.

S - Nice spicy dank citrus aroma with onion and garlic on the nose...

T - Citrus spice from start to finish with underlying onion / garlic / citrus / resiny pine - this beer is all about the dankness. Nice lingering spicy, resiny citrus rind on the back end that coats the mouth.

M - Big and thick that leaves a dry spot on the back of the tongue while the rest of the mouth salivates.

O - I can't say enough good about this beer. It was canned only a week ago and better yet, with my favorite hops of all time (the two hops that pretty much annoy all the modern day IPA folks - Summit & Amarillo). This review will be way over the BA Median score and no apologies. You have to like the ultra spicy citrus side of things to appreciate this beer. Not everyone's jam, but IMO = the ultimate IPA, especially at only 6.2%.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Nose is citrus, cane, pineapple, papaya and sugar cane. Dank, deep. Beer opens papaya, mango and citrus. Grapefruit dryness in the middle with a spritzy tartness. End is orange and sugar cane. Very good. Body is light with moderate carbonation. Smooth and soft on the palate and aggressive going down. Bone dry finish with a resiny aftertaste. Super drinkable.

A real crushable IPA. I wouldn't expect anything less.

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Photo of far333
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow colored and clear with a tightly bubbled white head that starts out low and settles out quickly. Inviting aroma of tangerine and honey. Tasty with lots of hop flavor, citrus rind and understated pine, some grapefruit. Low bitterness lingers, not overly aggressive. Even and moderate mouthfeel. Solid beer overall, very tasty, not overdone.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undeniably a great beer. It looks nice and clear- and golden, no head so to speak. Smells mellow yet crisp: piney. Tastes pretty good. Ad sweet. FItting for the name. Feels awesome. Great full rounded body with moderate carb up front that coalesces on the back end much heavier. Would buy again.

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Photo of rbowser
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours mostly clear, decent head retention, light gold, strong aroma of pine and citrus.

Mouthfeel Is rounded, very high bitterness, with a very quick dry finish.

Light, bright, crisp, bitter, dry.

Overall, a nice drinkable, West Coast style IPA, without a great deal of complexity in either the malt or hop profile. A bit one dimensional and am likely some would consider this level of bitterness harsh.

Well made, enjoyable, but not an outstanding example of the style today.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 oz can with a canning date of 02/27/20. Sampled about just over a week later on 03/08/20.

A chill haze rather than a NEIPA hazed orange-amber with a modest fading white head.

The aroma comes off as more of a traditional IPA with no boisterous fruity it ctruse esters. Maybe a barley bready grain presence and a hint of resin or pine.

Medium body.

The taste is at first sweet with a pine hop finish on the backside. Does not linger long. Not bad really. More like the IPAs I prefer.

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Photo of Holderness
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 16 days ago.

L -- Pours a moderately hazy golden orange body with two fingers of solid white head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and great lacing
S -- Honey malts, dried citrus peel, sweet floral, freshly baked bread. Smells like a Munich Helles Lager, not an IPA
T -- Tastes more like a Munich Helles as well. Largely follows the nose, with a bit of herbal hop bitterness coming through
F -- Light mouthfeel, medium carb. Minimal hop bitterness throughout
O -- Although I love Lawson's as a business and think their Sunshine series is great, many of their offerings are just not that stupendous. This is one of them, which like I've said comes across as more of a Munich Helles than an IPA. It's not offensive to drink, just a bit odd


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Photo of Apathy
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is delicious. Had from a can into a tulip. One of my favorites from lawsons. s
Second only to chinookered. Better than double sunshine as an IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/9/2018. Pours very hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, toasted biscuit, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, toasted biscuit, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.2%. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Feels like Columbus, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe. Very juicy, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; with a nice sized bready pale/Munich malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness from lingering resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made classic hopped style example.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 10/9/18.

Pours clear copper with a full head of white foam. Nice retention and lacing. Light pine and faint grapefruit in the nose. Medium bodied with a slightly tacky, crisp mouthfeel. Sweet malt up front on the palate with a piney bitterness following through. Finishes piney with balancing malt and a firm bitterness.

This is old school west coast style and the hops are quite subdued by today's standards.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear, but not crystal clear, dark copper hue. Penny colored. A finger of very fluffy white head sits on top for quite a while, slowly slinking down leaving very sticky lacing.

Nose is rather weak and unremarkable. Vaguely malty, vaguely hoppy, nothing to write home about. Smells like a watered down Lagunitas or Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Hint of pineapple. Pine is really the key note here, with some very light citrus.

Palate : this is a suuuper West-Coast-style IPA. Dry and bitter, thinner and crisp, tannic and loud, without any real hop complexity at all. It's just...bitter. it's a bitter IPA. Man, did I have a COMPLETELY different idea in my mind of what this would be. I'm surprised this is from the same brewery that does Sip of Sunshine. That's such a great beer, and this is just a bitter mess. I'm trying to pull notes from it, and I just can't. Some caramel malt. A little bit of catty, a little bit of grassy onion, a tiny bit of grapefruit rind, and a whole hell of a lot of pine resin bitterness. I'm wondering if this is hopped with Summit. Those catty/grassy/onion notes just scream Summit to me. Not sure. Maybe even some Amarillo or Chinook character too. Can does not state. Massively bitter finish lingers on and on and on. Not a fan of this one. A West Coast Imperial IPA drinker might enjoy this, but I cannot.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a strong effervescence. Drying towards the end, but not completely, because it's rather sticky up front.

Overall, pretty disappointed by this one. I get that it's a west coast style IPA, and that's perfectly fine. The problem is that it's not even a good west coast example. It's just unrefined and sloppy, and boring. The intense bitterness masks any and all nuance that you could possibly get from the hops. I don't know. Not my thing. Somewhere, someone loves this.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received a can from @jhavs. Poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a hazy, orange-amber color with a huge, fluffy, bright white head that resembles gelato, and elegant, soapy lacing. The subdued smell features orange peel, lemon, vanilla, and subtle floral hops. This ale is bitter from the start with tart lemon and grapefruit, and orange peel. There is also a base of caramel malt that adds a touch of sweetness. The Summit and Amarillo hops provide flavor and a lot of bitterness. Theree is a hint of spice at the finish. The tastes are are basic but they work well. This ale is medium in body and moderate in carbonation, and is easy to drink with an ABV of 6.2% . Overall, this is one bitter - and satisfying - American IPA. It's a nice East Coast rendition of a West Coast IPA.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gifted a 4-week-ish old can from the new brewery. More and more Lawson's has positioned itself as a personal go-to with its lineup of hopped-up-but-not-too-fruit-forward IPAs and DIPAs. My palate has grown extremely wary of the NEIPA.

Sugarhouse comes strong with the scent of pine, caramel malt and a little pot. The lupulin character is strong as is the malt presence beneath, and both are accentuated by a familiar aromatic bitterness that, to me, sets the mouth watering.

Taste is forest pine, peppery spice, supermarket citrus and that lovely balancing bitterness. This isn't an unabashed hop-bomb but it is hopped up. More traditional Amercian IPA than new age.

Dry, crisp with a lingering bitterness and earthiness. Delightful. A fresh pull off the draft on a cold day must be lovely.

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Photo of thebeers
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed copper color with three fingers of lasting, rocky off-white head. Heavy rings lacing.

Pine, weed, candied orange, honey and white pepper in the nose.

Less punch to the taste than the aroma suggested. There’s some dull, earthy, tea-Iike flavors, with orange and honey sweetness and piney bitterness behind.

Medium bodied and lightly tacky feel with moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable, well-balanced IPA, but the nose had me hoping for a West Coast-influenced bitter bomb. Instead, its English IPA roots are showing. Would love to drink a couple of these in Vermont on a brisk fall evening. 10/9/18 canned on date

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Photo of daudelin2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first beer from the new brewery. Pours very clear (by today's standards) with a rather small head that dissipates quickly. Bright amber in color.

Aroma is very sweet smelling. Old school aroma going on here. Citrus, pine, decent amount of malt aroma. Nothing explosive though.

Taste is solid, yet slightly underwhelming. I get that old school west coast vibe from the flavor. Nothing wrong with the flavor, but nothing really that memorable either.

Mouthfeel is actually quite full for a 6.2% beer and might be this beer's best asset. Bitterness is pretty high compared to most IPA's in this range nowadays, but that's not a negative point in my eyes.

Overall, I expected more. My standards for Lawson's Finest are pretty high and they should be. Lawson's beers along with the Alchemist beers are what got me into craft beers. I do like the fact that a lot of his IPA's are old school and different from most Vermont IPA's, but this one fell short for me. Solid for sure, but unspectacular.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lawson's Finest Liquids in Waitsfield, VT.

This one pours a mostly clear light orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like honey, bitter resinous piney hops, grapefruit rind, with very little juicy or sweet flavors.

This is an old school brawler of an IPA for sure- as it's very, very bitter, with a touch of bready malt to prop up the beer. There's just a slight touch of honey sweetness, but it's mostly weedy and piney bitterness, clean and well brewed.

This is light bodied, with a soft lingering bitterness on the finish, and a very high level of drinkability.

I guess this was one of the first beers Lawson's Finest ever made, and they brought it back for the taproom opening. I'm glad they did, this is a very nice beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can from the brewery. Pours a clear rich copper color with over an inch of frothy head. The aroma is a blend of citrus, piney and floral hops. The taste is a blend of citrus peel, pine, toasted bread, and floral hops. Malty, piney finish. Grapefruit pith as well. Oily mouthfeel with a medium body. Good amount of bitterness. Solid IPA.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to becher pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking copper/burnt orange color with a small cap of white foamy head. Lace glossed the sides of the glass in a messy fashion.
The aroma had a pure bittersweet piney hoppy character rolling over some citrusy rind-like bitter hops. Clean malts, biscuit-like throw themselves into the mix for a nice balance. Super light whiff of honey ever so slightly on the back end.
The flavor leads with the bitter but backs down slightly to a sly sweetness. Pine and citrus rind come across like a West coast styled IPA and then the malts clamp down for balance. Mild aftertaste of pine, citrus, semi-danky hop oils and smooth biscuity malts then that ever so slight touch of honey.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Some bitter harshness is noticeable but not bothersome. Carbonation felt a bit higher than expected but honestly, the more I think about it, the more I realize yes - this leans more American styled IPA than New England. Appropriate ABV.
Overall, treat this as an American styled IPA and not one of those New England styled ones, and most people will see this is an exceptional beer.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a tulip.
Pours a light amber hue with low head and no haze.
Aromas are a lot of malt and stinkiness with low level hops in background.
Flavor is very mild and borders on session levels of low hops and malt.
Mouthfeel was fine.
Overall....expected way more from Lawsons and this was entirely forgettable.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice hoppy flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O- A nice American IPA

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