Spring Fever Session IPA | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Spring Fever Session IPASpring Fever Session IPA

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Damian
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass
Big thanks to Fclfcs for bringing this gift to our party.

The beer poured a brilliantly clear, medium amber color and was topped by an inch-tall, fluffy, bubbly, eggshell colored crown. Really solid head retention. A thin film of bubbles lasted throughout the session. Streaks of lacing stuck all along the glass.

The aroma was super hoppy. Punchy, fruity and sweet. Bright and zesty with intense tropical fruit notes. Loads of pineapple. Good amount of mango. Hint of passionfruit. Citrus notes were also apparent. Orange peel came through strong. Touch of ruby red grapefruit.

As impressive as the nose may have been, the flavor profile was a huge disappointment. It was ultra hoppy yet really thin and overwhelming bitter. Grapefruit rind notes dominated. Lots of orange peel. The hops had a lemony and tart presence as well. Very piney and dry with no malt balance to speak of. The lingering finish was ultra dry, pithy and intensely bitter. Almost Aspirin-like.

On the palate, the beer felt super light and bubbly. Really thin and airy with an intense carbonation that was rather distracting. With time, the carbonation settled a bit.

I love the concept of a 3% ABV session IPA but, in reality, this beer simply did not work. Some beer styles can succeed with a minimalistic malt profile, but intensely hopped beers like this one definitely need something more to maintain balance.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an IPA glass. Liquid is a semi-transparent amber orange, with a thick off-white head that takes a few minutes to die down and leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Tons of bubbles rising up to the top. Couldn't imagine a better-looking IPA.

Wow - a lot of hops for so little alcohol! I know the bottle promised otherwise, but I couldn't help but going into this expecting the hop bill to be pretty paltry. The hop aromas lean towards the grapefruit citrus side, with just a whiff of cat pee as well. There's a bit of a sugary malt presence on the nose as well. Really nice.

Somehow, this takes a pretty severe left turn when it gets to the taste. There's a really weird adjuncty flavor to it that I can't really get myself to ignore. There are really only hints of hop flavor here, and I feel like I have to think really hard to actually taste them. Mostly I just get a kind of woody, watery taste and some mild hop bitterness. The finish is only slightly bitter, but unpleasant because there's not much flavor to back it up. The aftertaste is a little better, and brings back some of the terrific citrus aromas from the nose. Other than that, very disappointing. I don't think I've ever had a beer with so much hop aroma that left me high and dry on the taste. :(

Mouthfeel is great for the style. A bit thin, but I think that's to be expected with the low ABV. Lots of carbonation and generally a pleasant feel.

Overall, I really like everything about this beer except for the taste. I really wanted to like it, and the aroma really promised good things, but I just don't understand what went wrong with the taste. There's no bottle date, but I can't imagine that this is old because I know it definitely didn't sit on a shelf somewhere and I bought it only a week ago! I'm really just kind of perplexed by this beer. At least it was interesting!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kyle for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Founders snifter.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear bright goldenrod. Lacing is web-like with good stick. Solid looking beer.

Nose is citrus, sap, pine, and a dank hop presence. Aromatic. Pretty good.

Opens citrus and lemon zest. Pine and sap hop bitterness towards the middle. More of the same at the end with a sticky, dry, bitter finish. Aftertaste of resiny hops. Nice.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly and light in the mouth and goes down dry and sappy. Finishes dry and sticky with a lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable. Appropriate.

Very appropriately named, this is one of the better sessionable beers out there. However, there's a certain lack of character in this one to make it stand out in style category littered with very good beers. Pretty good overall but not really worth revisiting.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, baconsausage!

A pretty IPA. Not quite clear golden yellows and oranges. Moderate off-white head. Lined, sticky lacing left down the glass.

Bright citrus notes in the aroma but the aroma really shines when agitated and swirled--more so than any beer in recent memory. This almost has a bright, juicy, orange juice and pulp aroma when swirled aggressively and let to agitate a bit. Excellent.

Fairly bitter and bready for a traditional Lawson's IPA, and given the ABV, this is probably more of a pale ale than anything else. Regardless, there's still nice, bright citrus notes, some resin, and a pleasant, drinkable bread character. Clean flavors.

Thinner-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Fantastic low-ABV hoppy beer. The aroma is incredible.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Nice white head. Good surface foam.

Smell - Piney grassy hops. Not much else. But it smells very good.

Taste - Again hop forward. Grass and pine. Just a bit of grainy malt. Simple, light, and good. Medium low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light, medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall - Excellent light IPA. Hop forward with just enough malt. Lingering hop flavor is the only thing that bugs me.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes from a recent trip to Montreal and Vermont.

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. Pours a semi-translucentdark golden color with an inch of head. No lacing. The nose is floral hops, almost soapy. Hints of tropical fruits. The taste is more of the floral hops with notes of light citrus and orange peel. The taste is not as floral as the nose indicated. The mouthfeel is dry but light. Overall, a good low ABV IPA with a solid amount of bitterness to it. This one is good for what it is, a flavorful, hoppy session beer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just happened to be in Winooski during a Lawson's drop.

Gold with a sticky snow white head. Citrus and leafy green hop aroma with some toasted baguette underneath. Grapefruit and "green" hop flavor finishing with a dry pepper cracker swallow. Only a week old it's a little raw but the hops taste extra "viney." At 3.8% it's obviously light but Lawson's pushes the flavor as far as it can go within that abv.

Great session IPA (I really like this trend) but I quibble with the session term for an $8 bomber that is only available one per customer. A very brief session.

Split with Mr. Biv and Duffextracold.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a little cloudy, with a white finger of head with medium bubbles. Decent retention, small bits of lace. Aroma is floral, grassy, and herbal. Touches of soft sweetness In the back. Taste has a medium bitterness, and a continuation of the grassy, floral, earthy hop notes. Body is thin, which could be expected with such a low ABV and respective malt bill.

Pretty good ipa, and a pretty well done session ale.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Prohibition Pig.

A - Hazy pale yellow. Half finger of white head

S - Pine, citrus, slight caramel sweetness

T - Good bitterness with pine, grapefruit and some peach. A very slight caramel sweetness in the background.

M - Light body. Slight creamy. Sticky. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to Lawson's sniffer

A:light golden yellow to orange in color with a bright white fluffy head that leaves a thin lacing around the top of the glass

S: there is a impressive amount of power behind floral juicy hop scent for such a low abv. The hops are dominant smell as they should be up there with way bigger beers.

T: well as to be expected this is a light watered down beer that goes down pretty easily. That being said it does have a hop bitterness but it is not flavorful. It is what it says but I'm not overly impressed with the flavor its almost a little off for me.

M: as with the flavor this beer is super light for an ipa and very watered down. There is some bitterness from the hop resin but it is sort of muddled weird feel.

O: so there upsides and downsides to this beer in terms of the look and smell of the beer holds up to much bigger Ipa's but the flavor an feel though they have a significant hop presence considering the low abv are pretty muddled and not enjoyable.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Lawson's tulip. Picked up at the 5th Anniversary bottle release last weekend. Bottle says 3.8% (not 3.3% as listed). Had this on-draft during the event and double-dry hopped at the Beer Lover's Ball. Review is live from the bottle.

A- Pours a hazy mostly opaque orange yellow with a thin slightly less then a half finger of white head that has about average retention and recedes to a fairly flat top leaving lots of spotty lacing.

S- A little bit earthy with some floral notes and light citrus of oranges and lemons backed by a nice malt background. For a 3.8% session IPA the nose on this is quite impressive.

T- Light citrusy hops of oranges, lemons, and a very light earthy presence. Hops balanced with a nice malt background that complements the hops well. Finishes a little bit watery as expected for a session IPA with a light lingering hop presence. Overall not bad but just a tiny bit on the watery side, definitely no where near as flavorful as their bold IPAs such as Double Sunshine, Hopzilla, Peril, etc..

M- Very thin, a bit watery, nice carbonation, very drinkable and easily sessionable.

O- This was a nice session IPA from Lawson's however it was too watery for me to consider it to be a go too IPA. I'd take Double Sunshine any day over having a couple glasses of this. I actually thought from the bottle this was a little bit better then on draft, but the best was definitely the double-dry hopped on cask which added a decent amount more flavor. Overall I'd recommend trying this, just don't expect it to be as quite as flavorful as Double Sunshine though. For a session IPA this does have nice flavor and an exceptional nose considering it's abv.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a Lawson's snifter 6/8/2014.

A- slightly hazy copper orange body. One finger white head with above average retention. Thick, sticky rings of lacing are all over the glass when all is said and done. Just about par for the course for a Lawson's IPA.

S- bread, pineapple, tangerines and some floral notes. Not complicated, but this is no shrinking violet in terms of hop aromas.. Reminds me of sniffing hop pellets to be honest.

F- pineapple, floral hop flavours, some citrus mixed in with a fair amount of breadiness. It's not as hop forward as say, Edward, but it is clean, interesting with a nice resinous floral finish.

M- medium bodied, clean, soft and surprisingly resinous. Very crushable and clearly sessionable without any heat, given the low ABV.

O- very good session IPA. I tend to like my IPAs to be hop-forward and aromatic with a creamy, soft mouthfeel, not too bitter. This goes a long way to meetig the bill. As far as VT session IPAs go, I prefer Holy Cow from Alchemist but this is still a very good session IPA that I find myself preferring to the likes of All Day.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this one at Reservoir in Waterbury. From notes.

A - Poured hazy light golden with a thick pillowy white head around one finger. Nice carbonation, spotty chunks of lace, film retention.

S - Lot's of citrus. Passionfruit, orange. Giant citrus bomb.

T - Passionfruit, bright citrus. Some malty sweetness. Mango maybe.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, mild bitterness.

O/D - A nice light IPA. Tons of juicy hops and very sessionable. The Vermont brewers seem to be doing lot's of the same beers with that characteristic light, sweet, bright hop profile. Seems to be working.

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Photo of codysjb
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lawsons Spring Fever IPA. Poured from a bottle into a whisky rocks glass.
A: Cloudy golden wheat color, but really good lacing and the head (big at first) settles to form a consistent layer on the top.
S: Pine and loads of hops swarm the nose, a very fresh scent.
T: Malty, not as many hops but some nice lemon and saison zest.
M: Some minor hop notes gives way to a lot of carbonation and the ending becomes a saison flavor.
O: For how low the ABV is this is really amazing. Its not a great example of a saison or an ipa but it stands by itself as a session able “fresh beer”.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Session IPA can really impress me or really let me down.
No surprise that Sean makes a very impressive Session IPA with Spring Fever.
Poured out of the bottle into a snifter.
Nice light yellow color, light head.
Smell was delightful, very hoppy, very floral and sweet as well.
Taste was not as big as the aromas might suggest, but it is a session IPA.
Hops were forward but not a resin bomb by any means. Mild bitterness.
Overall, for a light ABV beer, I really enjoyed this Spring Fever.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

Copper orange body with a half inch of head. Aromas include a bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits. Flavor is more of the same with pineapple, orange, mango, finishing with grapefruit zest. Citrus rind and lingering bitter finish. Thin body, but that's to be expected in a >4% session IPA. Refreshing and easy drinking. Good stuff.

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Photo of koopa
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy yet fairly bright honey golden with a 1.5 finger white crown that shows some retention and loads of lace.

Smell: Light citrus and other tropical notes with hints of smooth noble hopped spiciness. Malt is light, bready, and nothing more than a stage for the hops.

Taste: Much more bitter than I expected a 3.8% session IPA to be. An assertive chinook like hop bitterness with minor grapefruit notes and lots of resin. The bitterness overwhelms the beers flavor to a degree.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of thin bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall: Not sure if the bitterness is being backed up by any astringency (perhaps this is a second runnings beer from Peril?), but it is way bitter which hurts the drinkability and flavor in my opinion. The abv and mouthfeel do help the beers drinkability factor to a degree of course.

Perhaps it's just super fresh and I will like it better in a couple of weeks?

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Photo of scotorum
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz,. bomber into a Lawsons snifter

a: Almost clear dark gold with a half finger thick white head which receded to uneven surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild pine and citrus

t: Pine and citrus over a medium malt base. Naturally becomes more strictly bitter as it warms, but not enough to be annoying.

m; Medium. Good body.

o; Outstanding session IPA!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Spring Fever pours a cloudy straw yellow with a moderate, creamy head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving a few spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma has nice orange citrus notes, a little lemon and pine and some mustiness lingering in the background. The aroma fades quickly after as you drink the beer.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor begins with orange and lemon citrus. That's followed by some earthy, bready malt. It finishes very dry with pine notes and hoppy bitterness. Once gone the pine bitterness and a little citrus lingers on the palate.

For a session beer this brew packs a lot of flavor. The dryness and musty notes threw me off a little, but overall I could definitely drink a couple of these at a sitting.

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Photo of ThomasJ25
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a session IPA fan but if I had to choose one to drink, this would win hands down. The amount of hop flavor that is contained in this beer is insane for a session. Grabbed this in VT while I was getting my three cases of Heady. So glad I did!

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Photo of Hendry
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The gorgeous gold foil topped bottle invites you to pop the cap on this bomber.
Appearance is a cloudy yellowish hue with a medium head that takes a quick bow and exits stage left.

The aroma is quite similar to the legendary Double Sunshine (a.k.a. "Dubs") but not quite as heavy. The tropical fruits are all there,mainly the mango vibe, and it is a mouth watering nose that is very enticing and pleasant. All of the elements are in place for a great beer,
but the true test, the taste/aftertaste, are where the wheels came off for me.

Curly Howard of The 3 Stooges had a memorable line when he tasted fruit punch at a high society party: "the RUM went through this punch on STILTS!" In this case "the DUBS went through this ale on STILTS!"

The initial blast of tropical flavor and piney bitterness across the palate falls off the cliff almost immediately ,leaving a buttered cracker & yeasty aftertaste. Understandable why this one was on "special" at the 5th Anniversary event for a few bucks less than I paid for it two days earlier, and why there were still leftover bombers of Spring Fever after the event.

Like Hebrew National's slogan "we are held to a higher standard," such is the case with Lawson's Finest Liquids. I am a devotee of Lawson's, and have given stellar ratings to their other varieties, but this one just didn't get it done for me.

The idea of a Lawson's "session ale" itself is a contradiction in terms: most people are lucky to get their hands on a single bottle, much less have a session with it.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a a Lost Abbey Teku. About a week old.

Appearance- Almost cleaar amber with one finger bubbly white head with nice lacing.

Smell- Grapefruit and tangerine hops with light floral and pine notes. Very fruity. Decent malt backbone detected.

Taste- More pine and grassy hops than fruit. Finish is kind of grapefruity bitter. Taste doesn''t deliver as much as the nose.

Mouthfeel- Highly carbonated, medium mouthfeel, dry. Heavier body than expected from a 3.8%.

Overall- A good session IPA, but where the nose is great, the taste doesn't deliver as much.

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Photo of Hugonaut13
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served into Teku. Big thanks to ILOVESTOUTS for this bottle. My first Lawson's.

A - Pours a light orange hue with a finger of white foam. Very cloudy. Looks like a lighter Heady.

S - Smells of mango and pine merge together to form a very satisfying smelling IPA. Could use more punch though.

T - Upfront, tastes exactly like it smells. Tropical fruits, which is followed by a very piney resin flavor. That fades into a scone like sweetness. I'm very surprised this is considered a "session" IPA with this flavor profile. Each taste is very pronounced and blends into itself on each step. This is very tasty!

M - Plenty of carbonation. Very drink-able mouthfeel. The name fits the bill on this one. Could drink these for hours.

O - This will go down as the most flavorful under 5% beer I've had to date. It's like a Heady Topper Jr. I hope I can get a couple of these in summer time.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

A-light amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, pine, light malt

T-light bready malt base, pineapple, citrus, mango, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, clean and crisp

O-this is the best session IPA I have had to date, wish this were made year round

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Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had on tap at ProPig, but this review is from the bottle.

Poured into a Lawson's becher, hazy, bright amber color, with a half inch of white head that sank to a ringlet, and laced the glass generously. Nice aroma full of pine and citrus, fresh hops. For a lower ABV brew, this beer is loaded with flavor, crisp, citrus hops, pine needles, some light sugary sweetness, and a bready pale malt base. Pretty much everything a good IPA should be, at a super sessionable ABV. Light-medium body, crisp, super drinkable. Drink this fresh and cold! I'm almost sorry I didn't get more than 2 bottles of it.

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