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Spring Fever Session IPA | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Spring Fever Session IPASpring Fever Session IPA
BA SCORE
4.02/5
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278 Ratings
Spring Fever Session IPASpring Fever Session IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stearns16 on 04-23-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,986
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
278
pDev:
7.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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20
Gots:
12
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%
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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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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Spring Fever Session IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 278 ratings
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