Lawson's Finest Liquids

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #79
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4.36 | pDev: 7.57%
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 256 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy orange with a modest head and some good lacing.

S: Candied pine and citrus, white whine grapes and a noticeable crystal malt character.

T: Firm bitterness, moves into a plethora of juicy citrus and tropical hop character. Nice spicy/herbal dankness. Finishes dry with a touch of sweetness from the crystal malt.

Overall: A very tasty and somewhat unique tasting DIPA. I love the can more than I love the beer, but I would still recommend getting some if you come across it.

Sep 05, 2020
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden hue, hazy but not in the Tree House/Trillium fashion. Not horribly aromatic. May be a touch of mango, if that. The mouthfeel is soft with a gentle cascade of peppercorny, resiny earthiness. It's substantial but dry. There's a little bit of heat. I wish it had a little more sweetness to play off of the peppery hops, but it's still good overall.

May 16, 2017
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Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hop bomb with some of those prehistoric hops layering in on top of each other to the point that is the only flavor you get. If you like high IBU beers this might be for you, otherwise beware of the palette wrecker trapped inside

Sep 05, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a light golden amber, slightly hazy, with a big fluffy two inch head, and a decent amount of lacing.

Smells like bitter pine, heavy duty grapefruit, bitter melon, and a sort of peppery/grassy aroma, probably from the Pacific Jade.

I expected a bit more out of this one, but I still enjoyed it. It's almost exceedingly bitter, with a big malt backbone behind it. I don't get much of the expected Nelson character- that sort of wine-like, grape character, but I do get the spicy/peppery thing I expect from Pacific Jade. There is some grapefruit too, and a hint of melon. Not enough fruity hoppiness for me here, and it tastes a bit 'dirty' to me. The bitterness is not clean.

This is medium bodied, pretty heavy for the style, with a normal level of carbonation.

Fairly good, but I expected quite a bit more.

Jul 26, 2016
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with golden apricot edge and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Dank and luscious with floral hops, sticky resins and a sweet citrus/tropical fruit presence countered by a pale malt backbone. Very earthy with sticky pine needle and fresh cut grass. The resinous notes are followed by stone fruit and citrus sweetness. Hints of tangerine, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon pith along with some bread, biscuit and crackery grains.

Full bodied and slightly boozy with dank, piney resins and sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes countered by pale malt backbone. Grassy pine needle and earthy spruce tip bitterness followed by hints of melon, mango, pineapple and papaya. Also a bit of ruby red grapefruit and citrus zest. The sticky resins and sweeter notes are balanced by biscuity light malts and grainy cracker. Subtle caramel sweetness. Very well balanced with a nicely masked ABV making this beer deceptively drinkable. Not in the same class as some of their other IPAs, but another solid offering from Lawson's.

Oct 21, 2015
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twizzard from New York

3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade a week or so ago. Not sure how old it is but everything about it seemed muted. Very faint nose and hardly any sense of the Nelson Sauvin hops(my absolute favorite). I think I'll need to revisit this one when I can guaranty a fresh bottle.

Jun 26, 2015
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John_M from Oregon

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Graciously shared by Rifugium the other day at Capone's (well, actully more like a month or so ago now). This was pretty similar to the regular the version of this beer (the double sunshine, I gather), but the Nelson hops gave the beer a slightly more pungent nose, and added a bit more depth to the flavor profile. Otherwise, absolutely excellent, as one would expect.

May 14, 2015
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dahlen22 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was at Mad Taco in Waitsfield, VT enjoying a Heady Topper can when a worker told me to try this. As I love Sip of Sunshine, this was an easy sell. What I can recall about this beer is that it is very similar to the Sip of Sunshine in all areas, with a slight taste of kiwi in the flavor, but not a fake or overwhelming taste like Sculpin did with the Grapefruit Sculpin. The kiwi is subtle, and does not overwhelm the flavor. It is not released too often, so get some while you can as it is worth it. Cheers!

Apr 08, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul. Hazy golden orange body with a thick, white head. Aromas of fresh hops, tart citrus zest. Delicious flavor. Lime, grapefruit, kiwi. Medium bodied with mild bitterness. Certainly hop forward with a malt backbone, but definitely a hop showcase. Dank hops = awesome. Winner.

Apr 08, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange in color. Slightly hazy in appearance. Hot damn this is delicious. Lacking a bit in the aroma department. The taste is balanced hop, tropical, grapefruit bitterness. Very drinkable.

Apr 07, 2015
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calitrie1486 from New York

4.87/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth, very tasty and overall a great beer. Wish it was more accessible. In terms of Vermont ipa's I would rate the big guys (that I have had) as follows:

Focal Banger
Heady topper
Lawsons kiwi
2nd fiddle

That's just me!

Apr 01, 2015
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a stemmed tulip.
Pours a hazy, medium amber with a finger of head with nice lacing and retention.
Smells nice but not overly aromatic. Good hoppiness and stickiness present.
Taste is remarkable. Lots of hop flavor from hop varietals I am not used to tasting. Hard to find descriptors. Zingy and certainly elements of citrus zest on the front end with mellowness and then some bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is chewy and really nice.
Overall this beer is balanced and very well crafted. Distinct NZ hops are quite interesting to this taster used to pacific northwest varietals. Great beer.

Mar 30, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Oct 29, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber into a matching lawsons snifter. Big thanks to DonFrap for hooking me up with this. The brew pours an orange copper color with a tan finger. As the cap fades, it leaves a full wall of patchy lace. A swirl revives a finger back to the surface displaying solid retention.

The aroma is juicy with hops that are tropical and fruity. Almost a bit of orange marmalade character with a touch of that vinous nelson aspect before getting herbal and dank with a little fresh cut grassiness. Overall not the most bold bouquet but very solid and enjoyable nose.

The taste is herbal and bitter with a hint of dusty grain underneath. The hop flavoring has a bit of melon or mandrin appeal before getting pulpy and zesty with rinds and pithy bitterness. The fruity hop aspect lingers long into the finish with a kiss of solvent alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is very easy drinking with a creeper alcohol inclusion. I would crush this stuff if it was made available to me in an easier fashion. Well done and worth seeking out.

Oct 16, 2013
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Don't let the name fool you there is no kiwi in this, fruit or bird. The Kiwi is the New Zealand hops that punch you in the face with each sip. It is the first DIPA that I've ever had that I liked a bit warmer to help offset the strong and bold hop profile and settle it down. Not to say that this needs to settle down but it makes it easier to catch the hop variant flavors: pine, earth, onion, grapefruit, tangerines, sour lemon, tart oranges and even a bit of grass or tea.

This is truly interesting and exceptional.

Oct 15, 2013
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codysjb from Florida

4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two week old bottle picked up from the hunger mountain coop on 9/27/13, poured into my wicked weed pint.

A: nice orange yellow, 3 finger had that dissipates but keeps a small 1 cm head. Great lacing.

S: lemon, grapefruit and wheat.

T: good fruity hops become a nice hoppy and alcohol burn that goes down easy.

M: a little boozy but overall good. More like a pale.

O: good, but not all that hoppy. I would drink this if available but its comparable to some of the finer ipas available in Tallahassee and not worth the trip.

Oct 13, 2013
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to Mike, appreciate it man. Sort of a hazy and cloudy orange color, decent head. Aroma is weird hops, fruity but indeterminate. Flavor was much the same, it was very hoppy but it was odd how the flavor was fruity and yet I could not tell what kind of fruit. Overall a good and interesting beer but not something I would revisit.

Oct 12, 2013
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JMScowcroft from Vermont

4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Kiwi, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy golden copper with a luxorious soapy head that retains amazingly well. Abundance of lacing. Perfect looking brew.

Smell - Blast of Nelson hops and other NZ varieties that I'm not familiar with in isolation, love that unique aroma. The other hops are lending floral and spice. On the side are some slightly sweet caramel malts.

Taste - Snappy with a creamy malt intro but then a huge hop blast of resin, floral, spice, and citrus. THIS is how you showcase these NZ hops!

Mouthfeel - Rests hoppy bitter and slightly warm but not overly boozy. Moderately to heavily carbonated. Good drinkability.

Overall - So far this is the best example of Nelson I have had. Solid brew, proves once again that small batch is king! I thought I wasn't overly into Nelson hops until I had this beer, now I'm a believer.

Sep 24, 2013
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Hendry from Vermont

4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Golden pour, nice and clear, super fluffy two finger Navajo white head, tons of chunky lacing in the glassware.

Aroma is hop forward, redolent of apples and grapes, malt hidden quite well.

Fruity and complex flavors that remind me again of fresh apples and white grapes, nice bitterness at the end. Seems there are a few stages to the flavors as it dances gracefully on the palate right through to the swallow.

Wonderful mouthfeel, slight touch of booziness in the throat, beautifully carbonated, masterful job. Very smooth drinking.

Another fabulous LFL double IPA that I have been waiting to try, and it did not disappoint.
Alpine Bad Boy remains my favorite IIPA that features New Zealand hops, but Kiwi is also a world class beer that is complex, and highly recommended.

Sep 22, 2013
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lovindahops from New York

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's just been a long week at work so I really think opening this bomber of Lawson's is worth it. I had this on tap at black backs pub in December but I never got the chance to review.

A- kiwi double ipa pours a gorgeous amber body with a hearty head of slighty darkened white foam that bursts all over my hill farmstead stem. Hazy and glowing with a strong amber color that reminds me of Vermont DIPA'S like Abner and such

S- Herbal, citric, and maybe garlic theme? A fruity fresh mango presence almost chimes in with some sweet caramel tones. Very lively with active scents as one would expect from Lawson's. There is no question that it makes my mouth slightly water

T- strong resin, onion, and darkened citric flavor that is unyielding with a flavor coating outlay. A burst of herbal and caramel flavor follows over as a "second coat" of hoppy Vermont flavor. I like it, as it's not the always expected citrus and spikey pineapple hop hit. A little more in the hop body if you will

M- coating hop flavor that finishes off the palate. The paint job is done!

O- what a change up for a VT DIPA! Massive hearty, deep resionious flavor impersonating a garlic, caramel, and fruity citric hop profile. I loved this and will seek out more going forward!

Feb 22, 2013
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Brew33 from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I was very excited to try this one, received via trade with brikelly.

It pours a darker than I expected light caramel color with an odd soapy head. So soapy I wondered if my glass was dirty so I poured the rest of the beer into another glass, it was just the beer.

The aroma was caramel malt, citric hops, some tropical notes. Fairly muted considering the style and hop varieties. Sweet orange and candy aromas are faint.

The flavor is very good. Zesty hop character. Bitter but never over the top. Drying alcohol and a bitter finish are excellent. A unique beer. The malt provides a solid showcase for the herbal, spicy, tropical hop profile but provide little sweetness. The aroma had me worried that this would be a maltier beer. It's a DIPA experience like I've never had before. I keep coming back to the word zesty. Tickles the tongue. Really unique.

The mouthfeel was thinner than I usually like and the carbonation was lower than I like but hey, the flavor is excellent and it makes this beer insanely drinkable. Good stuff.

Feb 19, 2013
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-big grapefruit and orange with grassy herbal character, slight hint of sweetness

T-grapefruit, pine, orange, malt, grassy, floral, moderately bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-a tasty and interesting DIPA that showcases these hops

Feb 13, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Nice head on an orange body. Mostly clear and good lacing. Leggy as it swirls.

Smell - Grassy and herbal as most Lawson's IPAs tend to be. Much more grassy than others, even Jade. Grapefruit behind it and a slight grain.

Taste - Sweetness from the malt balances the grassy flavor very nicely. Enhances the citrus character. Interesting dichotomy to the hop flavors. Grassier in the finish and only slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Nice slick mouthfeel. Perfect amount of sweetness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - As always, a great IPA from Lawson's. Always an interesting hop profile. Never pure citrus or pine.

Feb 12, 2013
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Teleweizen2 from New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a crystal clear pale gold. Almost a perfect mixture of yellow and orange. Maybe a fingers worth of fizzy white foam sits on top. Thins out to a film very quickly.

S - nose is remincient to a thicket of pine needles. Woody, floral, and resinous notes add to the earthiness. There is a slight vegetal note sort of like a chili pepper? And of course lots of grapefruit rind and orange pulp.

T - crisp dough and sweet honey malt profile. Bright fruity hops with lots of citrus flavors and bitterness as well as a soft white grape flavor and zesty lemon pith. Finish is earthy with a lingering pine needle character and a touch of citric bitterness.

M - lighter side of medium bodied. Medium fizzy carbonation.

O - interesting beer. Definitely a different kind of IPA.

Feb 10, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love me some Kiwi hops, and I know Lawson's will do it justice, so I've been dying to try this beer. Thanks Pemmet!

Pours into my Hill farmstead stepped tulip, a nice delicate fluffy and creamy looking 1/2 finger head that fades fairly slowly, nice lacing, super hazy nectar orange colored beer.

Nose was wafting out as soon as I popped the cap, great kiwi hops, little tropical almost, grassy and earthy mostly, with a touch of a lemony straw, and a bit of a musty aroma. Under that is a hint of a nice malty sweet aroma, hint almost grainy, fluffy, barely there but enough to support the hops it seems.

Taste starts again with the kiwi hops, nice grassy and a bit earthy, of the terroir, quite juicy with a nice citrus slightly tropical, and musty resinous like fresh wet hops, quite nice. Fluffy slightly sweet malt in the middle, with a hint of booze, and enough to give the beer a nice backbone, hint of caramel and toasty, and a nice carbonation to fill it. The hops get a bit grassy and a light lemony hay but not much, juicy fresh hops really take teh show. A decent bitterness throughout, not overly bitter but definitely lets you know it's there. Finish is drier, nice big bitterness ramps up a bit as it dries, plenty of lingering kiwi hops, light musty resin fresh hops, and a bit more citrus and tropical fruit juice.

Mouth is nice too, super fluffy carbonation and decent med bodied, slightest hint of booze so the beer has a big feel to it overall.

Overall very nice, as I was expecting. Showcases the kiwi hops very well, very tasty and drinkable, despite 8% it goes down very smooth, with nice malt base to prop up the hops, good bitterness enough to let you know it's a nice big IPA, but not overpowering. Well done!

Feb 02, 2013
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