Peril | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An imperial IPA featuring triple dry-hopping and extended cold conditioning to create an exceptional and menacing hop character with a smooth and clean flavor profile

Added by DaveHack on 04-26-2013

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a slight dark burnt orange almost brown color with a sly transparency about it. Carbonation runs up at a nice pace to fill a nice thin foamy white head. Little bit of messy thin lacing all around. The smell starts danky sweet onion with a menancing resin hop bittersweetness rolling in underneath, but then protrudes a big hop burn dankiness as it continues to warm. The flavor takes in a big danky sweet onion sticky hop burn with big sweet resinous tongue ripping stickiness. Sweet to bitter grassy edge. Combined sticky resinous "green" (fresh) to danky sweet oniony aftertaste charging into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a super sipping sticky feel hitting my tongue. Harshness of the hops hit pretty sharp and bitter. Big hop throat burn. Overall, wow, how old or how young is this? Though it kinda reminds of a day old SN Hoptimum, the hop throat burn is big on this one. Still, I liked it a lot as I believe that’s what the brewer intended.

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Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rugg315
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Mikro Beer Bar in CT. Sean Lawson came in and brought some beers you would not find in CT. This is a dangerously great beer. Color was darker than most DIPA almost red, great on the nose. Taste and feel are the stars. No way you are thinking 11% abv that's the dangerous part. Enjoy with restraint.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.04/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ArtZan
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of headyshopper
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased by standing in line in a parking lot at Mad River. Poured half of this into a mason jar with a handle from Dan & Whit's in Norwich, VT. Enjoyed while watching Michigan throttle Penn State in football. Color is dark orange, minimal foam. Smell and taste are the best part of this beer, which is preferable, right? Specifically, it has that barn-like smell that little craft breweries seem to manufacture. It smells like people gathered around a campfire, with one guy's truck playing a live Phish show that no one's really listening to that closely, and everyone opening up their cooler to reveal their secret treasures of beer. It tastes like something that wouldn't be out of place coming from Hill Farmstead. It's not a huge flavor to me, but it tastes warmly pleasant. The alcohol does not overwhelm, even though there is an overwhelming amount of alcohol in this thing: 11.2%! Ah, well. I'd drink it again, if ever I could find it.

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Photo of Ross_Marshall
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of swanfungus
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Barry- thanks dude.

This one pours a light amber-ish color, tinges of orange, with a one inch head, and lots of sticky lacing.

This smells really sticky. Tons of dank resinous pine, fresh cut grass, sticky weed, and a hint of grapefruit rind on the finish.

This is just herbal and green in the very best way. There's so much "earth" to it- tons of resinous pine bitterness cling to your mouth, There's lots of grassiness, sticky sticky weed, grapefruit rind, and a bit of orange to keep it from being overwhelming bitter and sticky. This does not have the flavor profile that I expected, but it's still exceedingly good.

This is medium bodied, and it finishes pretty surprisingly dry for the ABV. In fact- the ABV feels like a joke to me- there's no way this is actually over 11% ABV?!? The alcohol does not show itself at all. Crazy.

This is a really nice achievement from Sean Lawson- a big bruiser of an IPA that begs you to take sip after sip.

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Photo of jason3125
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First of all, this beer does not drink like a 11% IPA. It is amazing how hoppy and smooth it is, lacking that alcohol presence of Lawson's Triple IPA. I am blown away by the drinkability of this beer. It's a refreshing oily hop bomb!
Follow Up: Make sure to drink this one super fresh. I had this again at three weeks after bottling and it became a malt bomb. FYI

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been waiting to try this for a long time. Finally got my hands on some. Pours a very hazy, deep golden color with fluffy white head. Aroma is pretty powerful. Light citrus with lots of pine. I also smell some malt sweetness and a touch of alcohol which isn't surprising for an 11% beer. Taste is potent to say the least. Lots of pine and earthy dankness. The citrus is there, but the pine is the star. I can definitely taste alcohol though. This beer is ridiculously smooth for 11%, but the alcohol is not totally hidden. I think it's impossible to hide 11% ABV.

I've only had a few IPA's in the double digit ABV realm. I guess that would be the triple IPA class. It's such a tough beer to pull off as they usually end up being overly sweet with too much alcohol burn. Peril pulls it off pretty well. Is all the alcohol hidden? No, definitely not, but overall the hops are still the star here. It doesn't drink like 11%, but it certainly drinks like 9% for sure. This is a pretty dangerous beer. Overall, very good, but I definitely prefer Lawson's IPA's in the 8% range.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dbthom123
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakemn91
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-gold with a half inch, bright white cap. Nose expresses citrus, pith and mango. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of tangerine and an earthy/herbal/piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an oily texture and an even carbonation. All and all, a solid DIPA - very piney with hints of tropical fruit.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jae61
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cgskippy
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased on 4/9/16 at Lawson's 8th Anniversary Sale. Poured into Lawson's tulip glass.

L: 2-3F foamy head with strong retention and lacing and a cap. Beer is a lovely deep gold.

S: Very much like Double Sunshine: tropical (pineapple, mango, peach) and citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange rind). Pine as well, with light malts. Docked .25 because some of the alcohol comes through.

T: Glorious hop explosion up front. Lots of tropical and citrus fruit, finishing with pine and some alcohol. Have to dock a little bit for the alcohol.

F: Medium body with a little bit of a sweet syrupy character, medium carbonation, ABV, and hopping bring it to a long drying finish. Some bitterness and alcohol burn. Well-constructed. At a lower ABV it would be perfect...and it also would be Double Sunshine, I think. As slow of a drink as you'll find with an IPA outside of DH 120.

O: Beautifully creative and impressively constructed DIPA. Double Sunshine on steroids. The peril is indeed too perilous.

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Peril from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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