Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #69
Ranked #633
4.39 | pDev: 7.97%
Jul 28, 2022
Apr 26, 2013
Notes: 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
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Rated: 4.31 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Lawson's Finest, my life is in peril! ...and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Pouring a hearty and hazy honey amber, Peril caps off with a dense blanket of ivory foam while hosting a bold hop perfume of citrus, herb, woods, grasses, tropical fruit and spices. Sweeter in early introductions, the beer is caramelized with hints of pastry crust, light toast and sweet nuttiness.

But once the hops pull from the aromas, the focus swiftly turns to grapefruit and orange peel with a candied hop tone. With lime, pineapple and mango adding to the fold, a juicy fruitiness in taste results. The hop bitterness quickly rises to chase away much of the malt influence as the hops turn decidedly bitter with torn pine needle, peppery resins, gin-soaked citrus peel and a fresh grassiness to finish.

Medium full, crisp and residing on the drier side of malty-dry, the beer finishes bitter, resinous and drying with a smooth and refreshing mouthfeel- dangerously smooth for its alcohol content and its ability to quench the thirst. This is a masterfully crafted beer and a godsend for true hop-heads.
Jul 13, 2022
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy, dark sunset orange color with a fat finger of off-white head. Good retention and some decent lacing.

Pineapple, white pepper, pine sap and alcohol stand out in the nose.

Pineapple sweetness, light pine bitterness and some pepper again for a nicely balance taste.

Syrupy feel with light, tight carbonation.

Gives Triple Sunshine a run for its money, and I love that beer.
Jul 07, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jul 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Brewed once a year and I just happened to be in the Tap room. Very nice. Hard to hide a 11.1 ABV but they did a good job doing that. Lots of times high ABV’s, in my opinion, have an alcohol taste first. This doesn’t. I had never been to the brewery before and was driving from point a to point b and Lawson’s got in the way. Yay but time and driving had me just trying two short pours. Distracted driving is not for me.
Jul 02, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap. White head with some lace. Clear dark golden color.

Dank, resiny, weedy, floral. Very hoppy. Nice bitterness. Some citrus fruit, a bit of melon, strawberry. Pretty smooth for an 11% triple. Still has a bit but not bad.
Jun 28, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz can from Lawson's. Cloudy golden pour with a thin silky white head. Aroma is toffee and pine. Hops explode at first taste, dank, bitter, resinous and alcohol warmth. Kind of sticky with lingering bitterness and heat.
Jun 23, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by MJSFS from Florida

Jun 07, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by smb71481 from Vermont

Oct 21, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jul 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sampling a couple of 12oz cans out in The 'Zebo. Bought while vacationing in VT last month.

Pours a slightly hazy, rich but muted golden color. Has a thin, fine bit of white foam on top, mostly at the rim. Lacing is fairly decent. Aroma has healthy citrus notes, with pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, and a smidge of rindy action. Has a medium to medium-plus body, with plenty of smoothness.

Taste is decently balanced... lightly toasted malts with a smidge of sweetness before lots of citrus takes over. Pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine alight on the palate, along with some floral, herbal notes. Is a touch piney but never bitter. Not quite as good, for me, as Triple Sunshine,
which had more sweet fruityness. Solid!! Prosit!!

4.25/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 26, 2021
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Reviewed by bubseymour from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
So I'm not quite digging this DIPA from Lawsons. Has a fumy, high alcohol burn going on. Sweet combined with pine bitter and fumey is all I can say. it's ok, but very average for a DIPA. Not up to Lawson's usual standards IMO.
Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Jun 16, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Jun 14, 2021
Rated: 4.59 by jdow117 from Ohio

Jun 12, 2021
Rated: 4 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Jun 11, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

May 26, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jul 09, 2020
Rated: 4.38 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Jul 09, 2020
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Reviewed by zotzot from Vermont

4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Drinking out of a snifter from Fiddlehead
Poured from the can (not on tap at the Brewery sadly)
Nice strong head
Malty but fruity nose
Very nice strong malt backbone
Sweet and fruity taste
Thick but enjoyable mouth feel
Even better than triple sunshine or Dogfish 90 minute

May actually be Lawson’s best IPA
Jun 23, 2020
Rated: 4.38 by cp45 from New Jersey

Jun 05, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by fthegiants from California

May 30, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Jun 01, 2019
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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Anybody who has ever been in a brewery and been overwhelmed by the aroma of hops and malt brewing need only know that as you consider Peril IIPA.
Had on tap at LFL’s... and had an IPA that was like drinking the raw beer noted above. Super herbal; grassy and floral. Hop city in old malt town. Not particularly creamy but full bodied.
Some like will like and some will not. Not a MOR kind of brew.
But one thing that really stood excellently was appearance. Gorgeous color and beautiful head. Excellent retention and lacing as well. Beautiful beer. Glad I tried.
May 28, 2019
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Reviewed by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Kind of how reminds me of a I would guess Pipeworks would do a triple IPA. Tasty! I think if you’re gonna do a triple IPA, non-NEIPA is the way to go! This drinks much easier than the 11% would indicate!
May 27, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by SadMachine from New Jersey

May 24, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

May 16, 2019
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Reviewed by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L-The beer pours a light amber with a 1 finger off white head. The head recedes to a thin film leaving legs along the sides of the glass.
S-The nose is primarily resin and what seems like a bit of onion. As I swirl the glass there is some sweetness coming from the malt.
T- Resin meets your palate first on the sip. Then just a touch of oniony sweetness in the middle. As the sip fades away your left with a little burn from the alcohol and dry hopping. The sweetness is pretty well balanced for a beer of this ABV. As the brewer states on the label it's pretty smooth.
F-Mouthfeel overall is on the higher side of medium. There is a slickness to the beer which coats the tongue. Carbonation is on the lighter side of medium.
O- The ABV of this beer should make it a sipper. The heavier mouthfeel should also. The reality is that this beer drinks easier than may 8% DIPA's I've had. It would be easy to get in trouble if not for it's limited format. A great beer to share with a friend, but a bomber alone could get you in trouble. Well made beer that lives up to it's name. Recommended.
May 12, 2019
Rated: 4 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

May 03, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Massbmx from Massachusetts

Apr 28, 2019
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Reviewed by ChilliHeights from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
GOOD STUFF. I am an IPA lover and a DIPA lover too. Lawson's has a great arsenal of brews. Great color and aroma and happiness. Shared with friends at the lake. Great friends, beautiful place and great beer.
Apr 12, 2018
Rated: 4.59 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Apr 09, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Apr 09, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by AlvinLin from New York

Feb 16, 2018
Rated: 4.43 by clake from Vermont

Jan 07, 2018
Rated: 4.39 by raspy22 from Arizona

Aug 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
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.
Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 4 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania

Feb 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Rugg315 from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
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.
Dec 21, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by TBonez477 from Vermont

Dec 20, 2016
Peril from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 249 ratings