Vermont Local Hop Harvest Ale
Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Pale Ale - American
3.6 | pDev: 10.83%
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 63 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by mhksuccess:
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mhksuccess from California

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle very fresh into a glass
it looks nice when you pour but there is very little aroma
the smell just doesnt impress
as you taste it is very mild yes it is smooth but more like a session ale
not very hop taste as you would think from the name
the alcohol content is low just make it very average brew
glad to have tried but just to mellow for me
all said I would have to pass on getting this again
overall rating is mediocre at best giving it an C to C- average

Dec 23, 2012
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is of a Cascade lot grown in Vermont.

Pours a golden color. Even if you're familiar AF with Cascades (although I doubt from this side of the country), its always nice to see a fresh hop beer that isn't having to content with a hefty malt bill to show its hand. Has the usual underpinnings of grapefruit rind and pine, no different here. Comfortable and familiar.

Taste, hits the usual rind and pine, but you get this floral and grassy nuance to it that you don't often get with Cascade. More depth here. This is back when fresh hop beers made more sense, before the dank proprietary tropical fruit juice bombs that actually lose a lot of pungency with wet hop stylings (I realize we're talking fresh, not wet hops here, but it helped make my point).

Its a basic pale ale with a very basic and common hop, but in its simplicity, it actually reveals some details that get by a lot of persons who might see this as just a basic beer, standard two row, standard Cascade hop, but its real value lies in getting more range than normal out of Cascade.

Sep 28, 2020
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lawson Local Hop Harvest pours a clear copper color with a stiff, rocky head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a coating of lace.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of orange citrus, pine and grass. Some caramel malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is light and watery on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between sweet caramel and pale malt and bitter hop flavors of grass and orange citrus. A touch of tropical fruit is also present. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering caramel sweetness and citrus. Once gone the citrus flavor lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking, very well balanced beer.

Dec 30, 2012
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dirtylou from New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, split in Charlotte

Thanks @blackie for lawsons - maybe next time hopzilla or double sunshine, you bum. Served in a shaker pint - a pretty nice APA, but not exactly what you are looking for when you hunt down some lawson's...Bready malt, light grassy hops permeate and provide balance. Earthy and rustic - keep importing the PNW hops instead of growing local!

Jan 04, 2013
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Dec 13, 2013
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ActonBrewer for sending this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Hazy deep gold, with a thin white head and relatively low visible carbonation.

S: Grassy, tropical and citrus hops over a light cracker malt.

T: Nice restrained tropical and citrus hop flavors with lesser grassy and floral character, and light cracker malts. Lightly bitter in the hang.

M: Light body but not watery, no alcohol presence to speak of and medium carbonation sensation.

O: Unfortunately, I got this bottle probably a bit later than would have been ideal for a fresh-hopped beer. Even so, it really is a solid APA. Restrained hop bitterness but still quite flavorful.

Feb 26, 2014
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laxer8811 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Jan 08, 2013
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

May 26, 2014
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Griffith from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Jul 27, 2014
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madtowndmb1 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Feb 02, 2013
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Kyle and via Tom. Thanks guys!

Pours near mead like - very murky and cloudy, almost brown. A few rogue puddles of white fluff pool at the edges.

Nose is a bit faint: light grass, caramel malts, and a touch of pine.

Taste follows suit. Light malts support a slightly muddled hop profile. Citrus is on the periphery. Body is light....hop oils linger.

Not a style I particularly enjoy, but appreciate this kept at 5%. Thanks again, Kyle and Tom.

Feb 02, 2013
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rthomp from Maine

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Oct 12, 2013
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Kelp from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Oct 26, 2013
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FrancisT from Vermont

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Dec 21, 2012
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slightly hazy orange. Nice white head and a chunky collar. Faint wisps.

Smell - Light citrus hop. Very grainy. Light caramel sweet aroma.

Taste - Citrus hop flavor is a little more pronounced. Grainy body. A little grassy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light and crisp. Minimal hop bitterness.

Overall - Pretty bland. Nothing bad going on, but a bland hop flavor.

Oct 22, 2013
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sirsteve42 from New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Oct 17, 2013
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mountsnow1010 from Vermont

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasty beer, as always, from Sean Lawson. Using local VT grown and pelletized hops.

A - Hazy amber with a decent fluffy head that rapidly recedes to a thin later of foam. I like a bit of haze to my beer...makes it feel alive. Sexy lacing!

S - Bright, fruity smell. I can almost pick up a juicyfruit-like scent (or maybe I'm going crazy...). Not the most pungent beer ever, though. I wish it had a bit more punch.

T - Clean, crisp, and fruity. Juicy, almost...but not quite. Touches of pine followed by a pleasant and not overpowering bitterness. However, I'm not sure that this is quite where I was hoping it to be. I wish it had a bit more punch (again) in terms of juicyness. As it warms, I have warmed to the taste. A bit more flavorful and nuanced now.

M - Sharpish carbonation but otherwise pleasingly satisfying mouthfeel while not being syrupy to any degree.

O - A good beer that is definitely worth trying. Major kudos for keeping the ABV low so that I can drink some other beer tonight. Also cool from the local perspective. Now we need local malts too! Not my favorite Lawson's beer, not by a long shot.

Dec 01, 2012
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice auburn hue, with an ivory coloured finger of head, fair amount of clarity. The aroma is kinda meh. Smelled somewhat metallic, with a bread crust-like sweet malt aroma and mild citrus, but mostly earth and earth hops. Smelled kinda stale. Taste echoed the aroma a lot with the acrid sweet bread, some caramel, toast, some mineral tastes, mild stale earthy hops. Feel was pretty good, slick, somewhat oily, light-medium, clean medium carbonation.

Disappointed in this. It came across stale, a bit unbalanced and the malt and hop profiles just didn't mesh IMHO.

Jan 07, 2013
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facesnorth from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Dec 14, 2013
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bootdown21 from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Mar 23, 2013
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dfecteau from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Oct 15, 2013
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Phil for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy white head with good retention. Lacing is stringy and thick with good cling. Beer is a dark mahogany. Like black tea that's been steeped too long. Nice looking beer.

Nose is very mild. Pine cone and tea leaves with a mellow undertone of citrus hop bitterness. Average.

Opens tea leaf, citrus, pine, and tree sap hop bitterness. Malt body emerges a touch towards the middle but there's still a good bit of bark and pine throughout. Finishes slightly hoppy with some dried leaves. Aftertaste is pine and cane sugar. Solid.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with some bubbles in the mouth and goes down quenching and watery. Finishes clean with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Good.

Not much to say here except that this is a solid-as-they-come pale ale. A thirst quencher and very sessionable for sure but not much stands out with this one.

Jan 30, 2013
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AlexFields from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Mar 07, 2013
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patrick802 from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

May 04, 2014
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kscaldef from Oregon

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Jan 15, 2013
Vermont Local Hop Harvest Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 63 ratings