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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1,811
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,624
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 7.09%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
131
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Lawson's Finest Liquids
 
Vermont, United States
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88
Very Good
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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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Reviews by superspak:
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 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 BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery

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

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

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

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 Velivolus
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Michael, Beer served in a tiny ticker snifter designed for one thing....ticking.

Beer is orangish, light with a little haze, some white head but low retention, no real lacing, low carbonation.

Beer smells a little hoppy, tropical fruits, mangos and pineapple perhaps.

Hmmm....the flavor lets me down a little bit. It is hoppy but not hop forward. It is a little grainy and thin, the beer is overall bland and plain. From Lawsons I expect more (and that's a compliment).

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Photo of Ben1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcallister
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite the looker here. Deep hazy orange in color with a creamy, thick cream colored head. Leaving thin lace around the glass and a thick foam topping.

Piney, grassy hops resinous and earthy. Some floral aspects and light stone fruits. Bready, cereal malts with a caramel underlying

Hops become more citrusy in the mouth. A bit astringent on the finish. Light residual surags. Pine cone, caramel, lemon, lead, apricot, peach, flowers, loam and more. Resiny and gritty on the long finish. Carbonation is odd in the middle needs to be heavier.

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Photo of jamvt
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ghostwalker
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A treat from the Northeast Kingdom. Love the new generation of Vermont brews!

Poured into my CBS snifter, it develops a respectable finger of creamy yellow-white head. Clear, orange body.

Nose is sharp pine and citrus. Simple and perfect.

Flavor is dominated by the piney. Love the Columbus and Amarillo combo. Low on the malt and heavy on the hop, just the way it should be. Not that sweet and not all that citrusy, it's a smooth, strong pine-bomb.

Mouthfeel is zesty and tingling, but with fairly low carbonation. Tooth enamel is in danger here. Love it!

Overall is very high. I really like the smooth drinkability coupled with significant hop-loading. Lots and lots of flavor for only 6% ABV.

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Photo of DomingoOrtiz
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of bstyle
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz gold foil topped bottle shared with a few friends. Thanks Ashley!

Pours a hazed, but clear golden copper with a large, frothy white head that settles in to a layer of bubbles and light lacing. Aroma is juicy and hoppy, with light lemon, orange, and mostly Amarillo hops. Flavor has a strong grain malt body with juicy Amarillo hops in the finish. Medium light body with strong carbonation. An excellent IPA, but just makes me miss Double Sunshine.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An extremely rare Lawson's beer. Awesome! Thanks Mike (AgentZero). Batch #195, Bottle #24. Guess this is a few months old. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - A finger-plus of white creamy foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lace. Hazy dark peach body.

S - Faded hops, some dankness, lemon citrus zest, and a sweet sugary malt backdrop.

T - Grapefruit zest, bready malts, some light sugar, fruity yeast, and surprisingly high bitterness. Somewhat astringent in the finish.

M - Zesty carbonation, grainy and gritty medium body. Finishes quite sticky and resinous.

D - This was alright, but it's not one of Sean's better offerings. More Double Sunshine please. I'd drink this if offered, but definitely not one to seek out.

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Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is mildly hazy and light orange hued, sporting an inch of fluffy, white head. The aroma offers some hop and citrus character, particularly oranges. Good flavor, with a healthy amount of bitterness throughout. A bit of citrus lingers in the aftertaste. Light bodied with solid carbonation. Overall, pretty good stuff.

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Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to imagineiii for yet another bottle of Lawson's goodness. Spring has arrived in Minnesota after 19 months of winter, so I'm going to celebrate with a promising IPA. Split with my wife. Batch #195, bottle 29. Love that every bottle is signed by the brewer, very cool.

Pour is an unrefined hazy sunset, tinged by a big fire in Yosemite. Reeks of juicy hops, citrus, pine, bare oranges.

Sugarhouse IPA doesn't live up to the bunch of fantastic Lawson's IPAs I've had to date. The hops are muddled: citrus, pine, mixed in with damp, post-rain earthiness that really detracts from the punch. Bread crust is in the mix...but whatever else is here, it's overwhelmed by the dank darkness.

Not wild about this, it's lacking in the bright hops IPAs are all about. Just OK.

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Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Sugarhouse from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 131 ratings