Three Penny Especiale | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Brad007 on 05-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 29
Photo of jeonseh
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - Dark gold with tones of brown and yellow. Has a glow to it and slightly reflective. Small white head that left a nice amount of head

S - Smells of pine hops with a slight citrus and grapefruit mixed in as well

T - Strong pine and grapefruit hops with a nice lemon peel on the backend. This is really hoppy for being under 4% and would stand up with some of the best American IPAs out there. Leaves a nice, slightly bitter pine hops that lingers in the finish. The tartness from the lemon flavor adds a nice complexity and keeps it fom being a normal hop bomb

MF - A bit light, which would be expected for the low alcohol but has a nice amount of carbonation that gives it a full mouthfeel

O - Really amazing how much flavor is in this low alcohol beer. It has strong hop flavors mixed in with a light lemon that gives it a different complexity than you normally find in an IPA. Great offering by Lawson's.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a transparent light golden orange with a relatively tight white head. The nose is beady, light grain, fair bit of lemony grassy hops with a touch of grapefruit in back. The taste is more grainy, light bread crust, hops are weaker, still herbal, faint lemon note with a very dry finish, notes of grapefruit, and assertive carbonation on the light body.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing this with me. 3.5% IPA? Why the hell not?

A: Hazy light orange body under a finger of frothy off-white head. Ok retention, light, sticky lace. Nice.

S: Lovely, heady, aromatic hoppiness. Very herbal, grassy, and fruity. As it warms, the fruits come out: melon, pineapple, and white grape. Absolutely heavenly.

T: Spicy, herbal, and fruity hops up front, with ultra-dry, mild bitterness on the finish. Really, really good.

M: Light-bodied, creamy carbonation. Great.

O: What a great beer! I wish this were A) canned, B) easy to get, and C) affordable, as I might drink nothing else in the summer. To find this kind of profound hoppiness in a genuine session beer is really, really special.


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Photo of Kendo
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear, golden-honey in color with a 1-finger bright white head. Leaves a bit of splotchy lace.

S: Juicy, resiny, pungent hops - and a touch of earthy spice. Big nose for such a "small" beer.

T: Follows the nose. Juicy hops - lemony citrus, pine needles and pine resin, and a touch of spiciness at the back end. Lingers with a drying bitterness on the palate and slight minerally taste.

M: Light-to-medium in heft (closer to light. Carbonation is modest, but a tad sharp.

O: A great beer for what this is - full of hop flavor with half the ABV of what passes for a straight IPA these days. I'm going to enjoy this.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty awesome session strength IPA bursting with hop freshness while the ABV is held completely in check. This is the wave of the future! Reminds me a bit of some of the Tired Hands hoppy offerings in the way it packs so much fresh and vivid hop flavor into such a low alcohol beer. Pale gold, almost straw colored beer with a light haze and a small white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma of resinous, citrus, and grassy hops, very little in the way of detectable malt. Really pops out of the glass in a lovely way.

In the flavor the malt takes a backseat to the hops in a big way; sweetness is extremely restrained, and the faintest dry, crackery malt note lies underneath the big hop characteristics. Again there is resins and pine, citrus and grass, lemony freshness. Tons of subtleties and complexity. Plainly, delicious. Dry finish and a lingering but not overly assertive bitter aftertaste.

Feel is slightly lighter than medium, carbonation is moderate, crisp but smooth and creamy. This is a totally elegant, totally quaffable beer that I would drink all the time if I could. Very, very good stuff.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy, straw yellow. It leaves a thick, fluffy white head. It really looks like a wheat beer.
It has a pretty strong, dank hop aroma. It smells like a much bigger beer.
Taste blew me away. I can't believe this is a 3.5% beer. It certainly will not be confused with a massive DIPA, but it can definitely hold its own with other IPAs.
It is crisp and clean in the mouth, with a little hop oil presence.
Overall, this is an awesome beer. What most impresses me is what they squeezed out of a 3.5% beer. The best 'session' beer I've ever had, period. This is a case of the end result being greater than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of Brad007
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the spring 2012 collaboration IPA between Lawson's and the Three Penny Taproom for Montbeerlier.

Pours a straw gold with a two-finger head that leaves one-finger of lacing on the glass.

Lots of sun (citrus) and grass in the nose. Chewy too. 3.5% you say?

Sweet, biscuity malt interacts with grassy, light citrus hops to create a flavor template that is worthy of the ABV.

Mouthfeel edges out other session IPAs I've had. Balanced with plenty of flavor to savor. Great hop bite.

This is how Vermonters brew a session IPA! Lots of hops, locally-grown ingredients and the desire to create better beer!

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Three Penny Especiale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
4.32 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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