Kiwi | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Pinknuggets on 12-16-2012

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of Lakemonster
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hearty pour with 2mm head which faded to virtually nothing within minutes. Light orange in color and medium translucency when held to light.

Distinctive smell which is hard to explain, floral overtones with a background chives or onions. Blending into a gasoline like aroma. Not my favorite.

Remarkably smooth with grape skin like taste immediately. Aftertaste sticks with you after about 4-5 drinks and is bitter but leaves me wanting more and more. Unlike any other IPA I have tasted.

Remarkably tasty and unique which warrants the high rating

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a clear golden amber with a thin wispy white head. The nose has an almost negligible hop profile with a touch of sweetness from the malt...slight notes of cardboard. The taste is quite nondistinct with a lot of bitterness upfront followed by a touch of bitter pineapple in the finish. It's an interesting beer, a relatively well balanced IPA, but not a win in my book.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of twizzard
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.98/5  rDev -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

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a thin, .5 finger white frothy head with moderate retention. Beer is clear bright orange. Lacing is patchy and stringy with good stick. Nice looking beer.

Nose is citrus hop bitterness with undertones of cane sugar, white grapes, and other tropical fruit. Moderately aromatic but enticing.

Opens grapefruit, citrus, some gingerbread, cane sugar, and hop bitterness. White grape skin towards the middle, citrus, and more of the pulp at the end. Some sappy hop bitterness and white grapes at the finish with a tropical fruit, light white grape flesh aftertaste. Different but very solid.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Smooth and lively in the mouth and quenching and abrasive going down. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Really nice.

This beer showcases the Nelson Sauvignon hops nicely with a good balance between the fruit characteristics and the subtle hop profile. Overall, an interesting, off-the-path ipa that's solidly crafted. Worth trying.

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Photo of kevanb
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed "-tion" chalice.

The beer pours a really nice bright copper color, hues of gold, orange and straw, fairly clear complexion with a slight chill haze. A nice thick soapy, frothy head sits atop the beer that has great retention and leaves behind a great webbed network of lacing. The aroma is very nice, lots of juicy tropical fruit aromas, pineapple, mango with some grapefruit mixed in as well, nice bright floral bouquet blends nicely with some resinous pine, a bit of spiciness from the Nelson Sauvin hop, and some nice sticky yet sweet malt character. The flavors are just as exciting, really bitter earthy hops lead quickly to the bright floral flavors and the really juicy tropical fruit flavors, fresh pineapple and mango are really delightful with some nice acidic citrus at the finish. A touch of malt and alcohol sweetness is present, but never detracts from the beer. The body is nice and full, medium carbonation, a bit of soapiness, everything you’d expect from a Double IPA.

Verdict: Rock solid IPA from Lawson’s, a notch below Double Sunshine, but this is really great in it’s own right. The flavors are really balanced, and I love the fresh juicy fruit qualities, a perfect treat for the holidays!

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Photo of axeman9182
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Thanks to Gene for bringing this back for my from his Vermont trip. It was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Kiwi Double IPA pours tangerine, with a little bit of haze to it and some goldenrod highlights. About two fingers of lightly frothy white foam cap the beer, sticking around for a minute or two before fading. Intricate webs of lacing are left in its wake. The hop bouquet emanating from the glass is fantastic, it's just a little bit tame for a double IPA. There's plenty of mango and, yes, kiwi, joined by a good helping of that signature white wine aroma from the Nelson Sauvin hops. The briefest swirl of caramel greets my palate before a potent wave of bitterness crashes through. The hoppy back end ha some of those same tropical fruit notes from the nose, but they're dominated, just a bit too much, by the Nelson supplied gooseberry. Had they used more of some of the other hops and less Nelson, the flavor would just about be flawless, as everything else is there. The body is well dried out for the style, but I do find myself wishing the carbonation was just a little more lively. I bumped the "overall" score for Kiwi Double IPA up to a 4.5 because most of the other categories were close to being scored a 4.5, and the beer deserved more than a 4 overall score. Unlike Double Sunshine, which I find to be a bit over-hyped, this is a top notch imperial IPA.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of Kyle. Thank you very much for the Lawson's trifecta Kyle!

Lightly hazed golden yellow with some stringy lace.

Resinous, earthy, and nutty. A bit brighter than the Jade that was consumed just prior.

Nelson hops serve as a nice introductory hop here. Where the Jade's green onions were the evening's mc in the Jade IPA, they play second fiddle here. Evergreen and pineapple bat lead off and move into the green onion finish of the Jade. Where the previous beer was a bit one dimensional, the combination of hops here plays well. The brighter Nelson hops really serve to soften the blow of the aggressive Jade and the hops really do transition rather abruptly. You can easily determine where the Nelson hops seem to come to a crashing halt and the Jade pick up the slack.

Creamy and medium bodied: a nice feel.

Overall, this was my favorite of the three Lawson's beers we had tonight. Thank you Kyle!

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Photo of Brew33
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of codysjb
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at the Lawson's farmer's market release on Saturday. Poured into Lawson's snifter. First tried on draft at Three Penny Taproom, but this review is live from the bottle.

A- Pours a golden brown, slightly grapefruit color with about a finger's worth of white frothy head that recedes decently fast. Nice consistent carbonation. Some light lacing.

S- Greeny hops, pine, grapefruit, a bit floral but a little bit more bready, some malts, nicely balanced but not as aromatic as I was hoping for.

T- Greeny hops, pine, grapefruit, tangerines, honey, some bready malts, nicely balanced, finishes slightly bitter. Nice balanced aftertaste of bready malts and greeny hops.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, easy to drink.

O- This beer is very good for a DIPA, definitely one of the better ones I've had but I still prefer Hopzilla and Double Sunshine more. I could have used a little bit more hops and I actually prefer Kiwi Rising from Jack's Abby more, however I will admit this beer is a little bit more balanced. I definitely recommend checking this beer out, you will not be disappointed. I think I preferred it on draft at Three Penny better then the bottle though.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into 2012 SAVOR tulip. no bottled on date found, however i know this shit is fresh.

A: slightly hazed orange body. head is bright white. retention is moderate and lacing is a tad minimal.

S: pungent. citrus. grapefruit. cantaloupe. dont know too much about pacific jade hops, but i am not recognizing any distinctive nelson sauvin aromas, so im lead to believe they are a bit overpowering here. a few fusel alcohols.

T: the hop flavor is cloying. citrus and grapes. there is a distinctive white wine flavor. vinous. the bitterness lingers towards the finish for a moment then vanishes to dryness.

M: mild/average carb on a medium body.

D: not getting nothing that is shouting kiwi flavor to me, but im sure that name was merely used due to the nature of where these hops are from. regardless, a solid brew from lawsons, but not their best.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of jraras
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Montpelier Farmers' Mkt 48hrs ago 12/15/12. Poured into HF stemware drank at various temps btw 54-61F.

A: Slightly hazy, golden honey, light orange, one finger head - toothy white head. Beautiful looking beer. Nice lacing as I drink

S: Not as punchy on the nose as I expected but probably because it's been in the bottle a bit (no date) - week or two? I've drank Alpine Nelson's over a few weeks from bottling and this seems like similar nose muting. Draft prob sniffing more aggressively. Honeydew melon, white grapes, herbal (more Jade influence here?), light grapefruit rind, white wine, some sweet malt presence. Warmer it gets the more grapefruit I smell.

T: Sweet honeydew melon, citrus and awesomely balanced (not too much!) maltiness slowly segues into grapefruit and white wine, which artfully morphs into an earthly and herbal bitterness. Just when you think that's it another bite of grapefruit on the finish. Not drying though. Well done!

M: Slick and luscious yet clean--nice carb. Lawson nails the mouthfeel yet again, but with the addition of that signature Nelson effect that I have a hard time describing. The one I also get in Kiwi Rising and to some degree with Alpine Nelson (in the latter case I think the rye mutes this a little). Damn close to perfect in my book. A little alcohol on the tongue, but barely. So drinkable it's crazy. Which this wasn't my last bottle.

O: If I had this on draft or a week earlier it might be in my top tier. Or maybe it's my lack of familiarity with Jade. Either way theres just a little something keeping it from totally flooring me like Double Sunshine did. Which is to say this beer is better than 99.9% of beers ever made! If you can get it drink as much as you can.

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Photo of dahlen22
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at three penny taproom

A: golden honey color that is translucent but cloudy with a puffy white head

S:fresh floral hops you can smell some malt and fruitiness in there too

T: lots of straight up hop flavor not juicy or fruity but just straight hops with a little bit of a weird barnyard after taste but not always there

M smooth oily and very drinkable goes down very easy no alcohol at all

O: really solid dipa from Lawson's I like it a lot but I think hopzilla and double sunshine beat this one out if you can get your hands on it wort a try

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to baconsausage for this bottle... my first Lawson's beer...

A: Pours a cloudy lemon yellow with about a half finger of white head. The foam settles quickly, leaving some solid lacing along the edges of the glass. This is a nice looking double ipa.

S: The nose is huge hoppy pine, mild citrus, and quite a bit of onion. I'm not a huge fan of the onion notes, but right now it's not too overwhelming.

T: The beer starts off wet and refreshing with mild lemons right up front. But immediately following as a big burst of super dank piney hops. I get some mild onion, but it's not the main flavor in this brew.

M: Medium bodied beer. It has some heft to it, but it's incredibly drinkable. I can't believe how easy this beer is going down.

O: This is a really nice beer, and I'd drink it again in a heartbeat, but it's not my favorite flavor profile for the style.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Kiwi from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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