Jade IPA | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Pacific Jade hops from New Zealand and named after our youngest daughter, Jade, I hope you enjoy the unique aromatics and flavor profile of this new hop variety. - Sean

Added by cosmicevan on 11-04-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
12.1%
 
 
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28
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8
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Photo of Kinsman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -63%

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, courtesy de @blackie as he travels the eastern seaboard in search of something that doesn't suck

Served in a hilliards can-pint, light golden straw body with a nice frothy head. Showcasing the NZ Jade hop - herbal, fresh citrus zest, peppercorn. From my limited exposure, Lawson's is making some of the best IPA's on the planet - this is a really nice showcase of a rather unusual hop that you definitely don't see too much of in the NW. The finish has a really light bitterness with a nice clean hop zest.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
1.58/5  rDev -61%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle courtesy of Jeremy. Thanks!

A: Very cloudy straw color. There’s almost a film on this. Great legs, but this is ugly.

N: What. the. hell? Is this a bad bottle? Burnt onion powder and a flavor that the group described as stale, overcooked broccoli. Vegetal. The hops are, uh... More onion. Some citrus...I think?

T: Slightly better, but that’s not a sterling compliment. Earth, biscuit, pine, and a moderate spiciness. Onion power is less prevalent, but then all the sudden, oh, god, the sharpness. Please someone stop the astringency. Stop. Ugh.

M: Sticky. A good thing normally, but then it becomes the worst part of the beer because it cause the beer to stick to the palate and remind you of all the dry unpleasant flavors. Need water.

O: I don’t know if this is a bad bottle or what, but after seeing this was named after the daughter, I had to wonder if they don’t like their girl? Bad, bad, bad.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden honey color capped by a couple of inches of foam; excellent retention and a smattering of lace

Smell: A tropical fruit salad of an aroma, with ruby red grapefruit, mango and pineapple

Taste: The malt is unobtrusive here, except to the extent that it lays a sweet platform on which the hops can explode with tropical fruit flavor, with mango, ruby red grapefruit and pineapple flavor; the bitterness builds, after the swallow, adding a peppery, herbal character to the profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This IPA showcases the Pacific Jade hops to their utmost; a delight for anyone who likes the style

Thanks, wildcats10, for the opportunity

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright yellow/orange with a slight haze. 2 fingers of fluffy white head leaving excellent retention with some clumps of lacing down the glass.

Citrusy nose with some earthiness and spice character akin to what you'd expect from noble hops.

Lots of bright citrus flavor up front, more so than I would have guessed from the nose. Grapefruit and orange rind with just a touch of caramel malt. Finishes spicy with a little lingering citrus.

Shading toward medium bodied although lighter than the kiwi. Moderate carbonation and finishes fairly dry.

Nice well balanced beer as the combo of citrus with the spiciness on the back end is unique and pleasant. Just a shade below Kiwi, but would be glad to have this one again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some orange highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a two finger tall pillowy white head that slowly reduces to several small to medium sized patch of thicker larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of hops - some citrus/grapefruit and some spicy/black pepper with just a hint of earthiness.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel malts but that is quickly dominated by a light to moderate amount of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, and spicy/black pepper hops. Very light amounts of earthy hops are underlying the entire taste. Very light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Slightly shy of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Extremely well balanced between the hops and the malts - the sweetness and the bitterness balance out and make this an extremely easy to drink and enjoyable brew. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer does a very nice job of highlighting the Pacific Jade hop.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark golden colour, and a bright white finger and a half of fluffy head. Dissipates leaving lots of spongy late behind.

The aroma was big on the tropical fruits. Sweet and fruity mango, papaya, slight pineapple, and touches of zesty citrus.

Quite similar to the aroma, there's plenty of mango, and other tropical fruitiness. Not much of the citrus, but maybe a sweet grapefruit and some pine. Bitterness was sharp and to the point.

Had a nice light creamy feel, medium body, slick, oily, lightly crisp carbonation.

Solid well above average IPA.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an orangish brown in color with pale yellow highlights and a half finger of head that left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: earthy grassy notes were noticeable upfront in the aroma with a good hoppy presence, malty sweetness, citrus grapefruit zest, and hints of pineapple fruit.

T: the hop variety was quite tasty grassy and earthy with a bit of citrus grapefruit that helped out on the bitterness factor, good malty bready backbone that added enough sweetness to balance it out alongside a touch of pienaapple fruit.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a hoppy, semi sweet, malty, mild fruity, slightly bitter and crisp finish.

O: pretty decent IPA with great aroma and nice clean green flavors. Glad I got to try it.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jade IPA pours a hazy, light amber with a medium sized creamy white head on top. The foam fades away slowly leaving lines and spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of grass, grapefruit citrus and lemon peel. Some earthy funkiness is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, dry with effervescent carbonation. The flavor is mainly lemon citrus and a touch of grapefruit. In the middle there's a sharp almost pepper spice flavor. The hops are balanced with a nice biscuit malt and a touch of tropical fruit. It finishes moderately bitter and grassy. Once gone the grass and lemon citrus linger on the palate.

A very tasty beer that's rather dry and nicely balanced.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jaasen64
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had on cask/draft at the Lawson's tap takeover at Prohibion Pig, but this review is from a 22oz bottle purchased at the Lawson's farmers market release less then a week ago. Poured into Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours a yellowish brownish orange with about a finger of foamy head that has great retention slowly receding to a thin layer and coating the sides of the glass with foamy lacing. Nice consistent rising carbonation.

S- Some grapefruit, dry hops, a little bit earthy, sweet malts. A little bit above average aroma strength, nicely balanced between hops and malts.

T- Grapefruit, honey, lightly sweet malts, finishes a with a little bit of bitterness and a lingering aftertaste of grapefruit balanced with malts. Not as fruity/citrusy as some IPAs, but very well balanced and pretty tasty.

M- Medium bodied, fairly dry with a little bit of a juicy finish, nice carbonation.

O- Not my favorite of the Lawson's IPAs, but definitely another world class IPA. This IPA was extremely well balanced and very easy drinking. Not the fruitiest of IPAs, but definitely a nice hoppy presence. It isn't Double Sunshine or Hopzilla, but like all Lawson's IPAs I definitely recommend checking this out. You can't go wrong with Lawson's.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mhksuccess
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle pretty fresh poured into a pint glass
The appearance is golden typical ipa look
the smell is interesting hoppy and well rather nice
it is not that massive hop smell but very interesting
as far as taste i really like this strain of hops and would like to try more stuff like this
or maybe a mix of some more bittering hops with this and see how that comes out
i feel after brewers taste this beer they are going to be trying some stuff with the new zealand hops
overall i would rate this beer pretty nice and a must try for the hop head
as long as you are an IPA fan this will be a happily tasted brew

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Gatch
4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm making a prediction...2013 will be the year of New Zealand hops! They're already starting to show up in some of the most highly rated beers of 2012.

A: Gorgeous golden-orange-yellow with a huge, foamy, soapy, fluffy, bright white head. Huge lace and great retention. Such a creamy, inviting layer of bubbles.

S: Wow. NZ hops are something special. The aromas are unlike anything grown in the U.S. or Europe. Huge floral, resiny qualities with pungent whiffs of tropical fruit. "Dank" describes it well. The burst of fruit is like a freshly cut mango. It's that real.

T: Needless to say, very similar to the nose. The hops are SO vibrant. Massive tropical fruit. The hop oils immediately cling to every millimeter of the mouth leaving behind nothing except sticky, resiny hops full of bright, fruity flavors. The hops are so seriously delicious and dank that it's difficult to describe. At the same time, you get a bit of earth, cedar and pine/fresh sap. I cannot get enough of this beer. Better than a "5." Up there with Susan from HF, in my opinion, and it's the NZ hops that allow this beer to be this good.

M: Incredibly smooth. One of the greatest feels from an IPA that I've experienced. It's something about Vermont that allows every aspect of hoppy beers to shine. The power of the hop is accentuated so well. It's gotta be the water.

O: There isn't much else to say. I cannot imagine that the other offerings from Lawson's are better than this but I also cannot wait to try them. This beer is really this good. Almost perfect. I love NZ hops!!!

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Jade IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
4.05 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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