Kiwi | Lawson's Finest Liquids

KiwiKiwi
BA SCORE
4.36/5
248 Ratings
KiwiKiwi
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Pinknuggets on 12-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#633
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
248
pDev:
7.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
171
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange to copper in color with some orange and golden yellow highlights along with a light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall pillowy off-white head that slowly reduces to medium sized medium thick patch of moderate sized bubbles, extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops - tropical/pineapple, citrus/grapefruit, and just a slight hint of floral.

T: Upfront there is a very light flavor of caramel malts with just the slightest hint of sweetness but that is followed by the dominant flavors of hops. I get a moderate to significant amount of citrus/grapefruit, followed by moderate amounts of tropical/pineapple, and some light notes of floral and spicy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish that slowly fade away.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable DIPA that any hophead would really enjoy - wonderful aromas of flavors from the hops without any aggressive or overwhelming bitterness. Overall the beer is pretty well balanced, easy to drink, and one I would gladly have again.

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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!

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

Photo of mendvicdog
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

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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.

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Photo of stakem
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.

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Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of aasher
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gobzilla
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Kiwi from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 248 ratings
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