Sugarhouse IPA | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Sugarhouse IPASugarhouse IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BearsOnAcid on 03-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
8.48%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
2
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Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Chilled bomber bottle courtesy of phingdong. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow to light orange in color. Pours a slight one finger light beige head.

Aroma: Light pine resin, floral hops, and a touch of earthiness. A touch of caramel in the background as well.

Taste: Pine and earthy notes from the hops. Floral notes and a touch of honey. Not as sweet as I expected with its name. Really bitter aftertaste, leaves lingering pine on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA, but not my favorite. The pine notes are nice, but it is a bit one note. This has its strengths, but doesn't compare with the best of Vermont or Lawson's.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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 MasterSki
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
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 mcallister
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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 scottfrie
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks for this one, Michael!

A: Pours a clear honey amber color with a huge, oily, off-white head that slowly faded into a greasy film leaving of streaks sticky lacing down the glass.
S: The nose is bursting with floral and citrus hop notes. There is a sweetness there as well similar to sugar syrup and fruit nectar.
T: Columbus hop bitterness is strong with flavors of pine sap and citrus rind. I get more floral and sweet hop notes in the finish. The fruit nectar/sugar smell from the nose is all but drowned out from the bitter fruit pith. Aftertaste is bitter, sticky, and lingering.
M: Heavy mouthfeel with a greasy full body and low carbonation made up of fine bubbles. Goes down slick and heavy. Finish is a little rough and unpolished though.
O: Just a tad harsh and one dimensional, but still a great ipa. Not the best from the brewery, but that’s only because they make world class beers. Thanks again for hooking me up, SneezyAchew.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a nice apricot color with a good white head and some lacing. The nose carries some faint tropical fruits and a bit of citrus. Pretty good but not quite as nice. The flavor is a bit more tame. Not nearly good enough for a Lawson's hoppy beer but still fairly tasty. Light body with good carbonation. Slightly bitter and dry. Pretty good.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a wine glass.

Pours a nice deep amber with a small white head, nose is sweet and hoppy, a good balance, very nice.

Taste is very heady, sweet and crisp, light floral notes and a good creamy finish. There is a bit of maple sugar notes its very nice.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Sugarhouse IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
3.89 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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