Gonzie | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by koopa on 08-20-2011

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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VTBeerTrade
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BeerCosmonaut
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of phingdong
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generous BA Rfgetz brought this too share during a visit, but we never got to it so I'll have to go solo this evening...

Batch 230 / Bottle 82

A - A finger plus of tightly packed ultra creamy pure white head with loads of big chunky bubbles sitting on top... Modest retention gives way to a full slightly chunky lacing... Honey colored with a slight glow... Lots of micro bubbled carbonation that seems to be a bit sluggish to start before picking up a little more pace as it reaches the top of the glass... Gobs of lacing cling to the glass...

S - A subtle but quite pleasant hop presence to begin... Orange zest and some piney notes... A bit soapy... Some doughy bread like malts...

T - Assertive hoppiness from the get go... Mostly earthy with some piney notes mixed within... Some walnutty character as well... Slight woody notes as well... Bread crust... The hops are present throughout and continue to linger on the tongue for a while...

M - Light to medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Fairly dense... A bitterness of the fishiness is surprisingly assertive...

D - Lots of flavor and character wrapped around this sessionable 4% ABV offering... Simplistic bottling... Not a bad little beer...

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Photo of nathanjohnson
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Session pale ale, yes please. Thanks to Michael for this one.

Beer is yellow / lighter amber with a mild haze, wispy white head, small bubbles, low retention, moderate to low carbonation, some lacing but not much.

Aroma is hoppy as shit, very fruity, grapefruit, mango, strong nice.

Beer is light in body but has a great midpalate mixture of hop fruit flavors and a mild bitterness at the end. A very good beer overall. I would drink this by the case. Seriously, all the time.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is transparent and light yellow colored, with a half inch of white head and some random lacing. The aroma is terrific. Grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruit. Very nice. Tons of flavor packed into a session beer. Really light and smooth on the palate. Chuggable. I have had a few hoppy offerings from Lawson's now, and am very impressed. I would be ecstatic to have a keg of this in the warmer months.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/05/11 notes. Big thanks to yourfragile for sharing this one; thanks Michael, always interested in a new Lawson's beer. Poured into a snifter. Batch 230, bottle 95.

a - Pours a dark hazy yellow color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, floral hops, grass, and earthy notes. Citrus hops are up front and nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, bready malts, grains, floral hops, and grassy/earthy notes. Not as hoppy as the nose and smooth from the bread and grain. Slight step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good APA from Lawson's; in my experience they seem to make great hoppy beers. Nose was great with orange and citrus, and the taste was smooth; very easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of younger35
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BeerTruth has once again graced me with some delicious f’n beer! Loves me some Lawson’s and a ‘Session IPA’ sounds awesome! Drank from my Surlyfest Stein.

Rare Batch #230
Bottle #31

Appearance- Pours a nice golden yellow with a decent half finger bright white foamy head. A terrific cap and collar is maintained the entire brew but oddly enough, no lacing.
Smell- Honestly it smells exactly how I’d expect it to smell. It’s fairly light in the nose but hoppy none-the-less. Very grassy and earthy with an almost herbal tone. A teeny tiny bit of malt creeps in but it’s pretty much the hops. Almost has an Imperial Pilsner smell.
Taste- Slightly more intense than I was expecting and pretty damned tasty. It’s very grassy and bitter but not as earthy as I was expecting. There is a fair amount of orange peel and floral-ness to the flavor that is nice. There is a touch of oxidation creeping in but all in all, it’s solid. A touch of citrus in the finish with a light pleasant bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Nice light body with a sharp bite of carbonation.
Drinkability- Nice beer. I wouldn’t call it a Session IPA or anything crazy like that. It’s just a nice easy drinking Pale Ale, pretty much like any other. Maybe a touch more bitter but not bad. Thanks Adam, delicious!

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3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clean yellow gold (until one gets some haze from what has settled at the bottom of the bottle), solid frothy and soapy white head, little lacing. Scent is strong on citrus hops with a spalsh of tropical fruit, faint notes of grassiness, little to no malt presence. Taste compares to an over hopped American Pilsener such as Sam Adams Noble Piles... bright citrus notes, mild grassy and herbal notes, minimal clean malt profile. Body is very light and exhibits little oilyness, very crisp and dry. A solid stab at a low ABV IPA with solid hop notes, but lack of body limits its appeal.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of yourefragile. 22-ounce bottle. Rare batch #230, bottle number 89. Served in a Lawson's shaker pint glass.

Pours a clear golden-apricot with a thick, foamy white head and loads of soapy lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light citrus and a bit of orange. Faint, but good. The flavor adds in a bit of an earthy hop character. Slight chewiness, but no specific malt flavor. Maybe just a touch of grain. Light body with good carbonation. Bitterness is not particularly perceptible until the finish, where it comes off as more of a dryness. Really nicely done. Another excellent hoppy offering from Sean.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and light resinous hops are quite powerful. Taste is also dominated by quite powerful citrus hops with some resinous and bitter notes. Malt backbone is quite light and actually shows off the 4% ABV. I quite like the idea of having light session tasteful brew but will have to adjust my palate to the lighter body.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 230, poured into a nonic.

Pours a light golden color with a frothy white head. Nice retention and some foamy lacing. Aroma is bread malt, yeast and light grassy hops. Bread and grain, with light malt dominate flavor with a mild sweet finish; some citrus hops and strong bitterness. Light bodied with medium carbonation and a resiny finish. More of a bitter than a APA, and I'd rather have a Bitter Brewer (or any other Lawson's beer). Nice, extremely drinkable beer regardless.

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4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #230 Bottle #37 delivered fresh today 9/23/2011 at the Warren VT country store

1 pint 6 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style glass. Beer comes out a golden orange color, very hazy. White head with all sorts of different sized bubbles. The head erupts on the initial pour and it clings to the side of the glass for dear life. It's a really good looking beer.

Smell grows on you. At first it seems good, but it graduates to great after a few minutes. At first it just seems like a pretty well hopped Pale Ale, but it's a little deeper. If you do the "wine swirl" a combination of hop aromas attach your nose. It's primarily floral, citrus and herbal hops. A good combination and quite pleasant. Sort of a zesty citrus. I'm digging it.

Flavor profile is also very good. Hops win out the tug of war in the flavor balance, but there's still a detectable malt presence. Much like the smell, it's a strong citrus zest hop flavor profile. It's deep, and as the bottle indicates it's "deceptively flavorful."

Mouthfeel is close to flawless. As hoppy as it is, it remains to have a very gentle mouthfeel. The bottle says "American Bitter Ale or IPA Light?" I wouldn't have thought of that title myself, but IPA Light is a good descriptor. Sort of a softer, gentler Dale's Pale Ale. Very drinkable, only 4%, a wonderful session beer. My first Lawson's review, looking forward to more!

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Photo of Azurescens
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle batch 223 bottle 25, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 9/9/11.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with whitish head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Nice balance of hops and malt. Some citrus and pine hop notes and pale malt, both hops and malt are fairly faint.

T: Like the aroma, light citrus an pine hop notes with some crisp pale malt as well. Not much to it just light hops and malt.

M: Very light and crisp feel, finishes really dry.

O: Easy drinking and very light beer. Some more body and more robust flavors would be nice.

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Photo of DearthVader
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely awesome extra provided by phingdong.

Share foolishly with my girlfriend. These things need to come in 40's.

Pours a translucent yellow with a thick white cap of foam. The head lasts forever and ever. It leaves some pretty nice lacing on my Alpine pint.

Smell was very faint. It has a very heavy yeast smell with slight hops shining through. Some fruits try and make it through but are pretty much hidden.

Taste is nice with a slight pineapple coating followed by some "C" hops. You could make an argument that this is classified under the wrong style. Definitely more of an English bitter, but regardless, its delicious.

Maybe the easiest drinking beer out there. Very light, crisp, and slightly drying. I finished my 12 oz pour in about 4 minutes then stole the remaining 8 oz from my girlfriend's glass.

Very interesting beer and I'm glad I got to try it. Big thanks yet again Pete!

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Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Commercial Description: (what I can read of it as my bottle was in a cooler and the label got wet / shifted!)

"American Bitter Ale or IPA Light? You decide. A deceptively flavorful brew...C hops, session style batting average, we hope it hits easy drinking"

NOTE: The "O" of gonzie is a baseball on the label

Batch # 223 Bottle # 93

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear pale golden with a 1 finger white crown that has a nice hop sheen, shows good retention, and good lace.

Smell: Fairly neutral (almost lager-like yeast smell - mild diacetyl (slightly buttery) note which is appropriate for a bitter), faint dough like bready malt profile, what seems like a mild dose of columbus bittering hops, and perhaps a dash of cascade and or centennial hops.

Taste: Same as the nose. Mainly just a hint of columbus bittering hops over a light bready malt and a touch of diacetyl. Also a whisper of grapefruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, a bit slick, with good carbonation.

Drinkability: So sessionable.

Do not expect a citrusy hop driven APA or "Light IPA" here. If you do you will be disappointed and will probably slam the review unjustly. Drinks much more like an English Bitter made with American ingredients. I've scored it as an "American Bitter" not as an APA. Not one I'd get again if facing a bottle limit at the Warren Store and other Lawson's options were available.

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