Lawson's Finest Liquids

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #54
Ranked #542
4.42 | pDev: 8.37%
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
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
Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 221 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BillRoth
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Rugg315
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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 headyshopper
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +4.8%
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 -0.7%
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 Jwale73
4/5  rDev -9.5%
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 IvoryFoxhole
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of jhavs
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap, 1/21/16 at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT. Served in a snifter, about at 11 oz. pour.

A= Golden, bubbles cling to the glass, thin white foamy head settles to thin cap with lacing that won't quit. Relatively clear.

S= An aggressive pine, earthy hop aroma with a touch of bitter citrus.

T= Big flavor, tons of hoppy pine goodness. Amazing balance for such a highly hopped and high ABV brew. I do not get any sign of alcohol flavor.

M= Moderate carbonation, medium body.

O= Amazed by how smooth it is for a 11.1 ABV brew. The hops are aggressive but not overpowering. I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did, but I did know it would be great (like all Lawson's brews).

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tropical nose, smooth drinking, boozy, hoppy...

Not the best of what Lawson's has to offer and probably not one to seek out.

Overall, this is a faded/muted version of Triple Sunshine.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

had this on tap at pro pig in Waterbury VT. sexy pour, never seen this beer around before so im stoked to try it!! nose was surprisingly underwhelming, some floral and pine notes. taste is not underwhelming, big piney bitterness on the tongue! well balanced and great feel as well... ridiculously easy drinking for 11%. overall its not really my style of IPA as I prefer a bigger citrus presence, but its definitely an interesting one to try for anyone looking for a big piney IPA.

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Photo of jkeranen
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip. Dark golden color with fine white bubbly head. Bouquet is citrus and pine with overall aroma fairly subdued. Taste is of citrus and pine with perfect hoppiness for me. Compared to Lawson's Double Sunshine this has less of a citrus flavor but may be more well-crafted due to the ease in drinkability of this 11.1 % ABV beer. Mouthfeel is superb, have not personally found a strong IPA as tasty as this that is so easy to drink.

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Photo of dar482
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma has aggressive leafy hops, grapefruit, and green pine. There's a hint of sweetness and alcohol.

The flavor follows of this awesome green pine with some grapefruit and lemon. There's a medium plus bready malt without an excessive sweetness. There's a bitterness on the end of resinous pine. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. It reminds me of Alpine Exponential Hoppiness.

One of the best double digit ABV hoppy brews.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from the most recent anniversary party. Thanks to Joe for generously hooking me up with this. Poured into a Lawson's snifter today, 5/1/2014.

A- Clear medium copper body, two finger offwhite head with great retention and sticky as heck lacing. Looks great.

S- Pine, grapefruit, citrus. But definitely pine forward. Really balanced out with a nice caramel backbone. All I can say is that it smells really, really hoppy but in a great way. It built up anticipation for the first sip. And continues to smell great as it warms up.

F- This is a really balanced beer despite its hoppiness. I think it's the 11.1% ABV that indicates that there was plenty of caramel and toffee malt backbone to balance out the tons of pine and citrus flavours. The pine is definitely the strongest flavour of the bunch; this is what I wished Chinooker'd was, to be honest. So balanced yet each individual component comes out so intensely.

M- Typical Vermont pale ale mouthfeel. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy and most importantly, so crushable for the 11.1% ABV. Even as it warms, I don't smell the fusel or booze. That's how you know you've got a well-crafted DIPA on your hands.

O- Really great beer and certainly very appropriate for each Lawson's anniversary. Double Sunshine is definitely better, but this one is nothing to laugh at, and it's probably not even a fair comparison to make as they are very different DIPAs. I really enjoyed the super pine-forward nature that is still somehow balanced out by the malt backbone. Well done.

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into tulip glass.

A-clear amber much lighter than Double sunshine or Heady. Reminds me of excursion.

S-Veryy strong citrus and pine but amazing

T-Very killer pine and hop taste although I really enjoyed it.

M-Amazing! I can't believe how well they hid the abv, really really liked it.

O-Amaazing ipa, grabbed this at the 6th anniversary and I Havint decided if I like it more than double sunshine yet. Cheer as always Sean, good work!

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Photo of scotorum
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Lawson's snifter.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded slowly to even surface foam and dense lacing.
s: Intense citrus and pine

t: Very smooth heavy medium malt under a killer piney hop bite. Throat burn on swallow is the main indication that this is a high ABV brew. Little residual tongue bite from the hops however, dry finish.

m; Full and silky smooth.

o: As powerful and delightful as any IIPA I have had. Not as citrus-juicy as Double Sunshine, but then Peril has a more serious job trying to cover 11.1% alcohol. Even tops Palate Wrecker, another heavily-malted hop bomb. Not cheap at $6 a serving, but a definite winner all the way. Happy 6th Anniversary Lawson family!

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Photo of Rheaume17
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up fresh from the fine people at the Warren Store. Great people.

Pours an opaque orange color with a small bubbly head.

Smells amazing. Definitely a hop forward beer, which is exactly what I love.

Taste is even better. I am picking up on Amarillo and Chinook hops. As it warms, the beer gets a fresh lemony scent. Tropical/Citrus fruits are definitely making a nice presence.

The mouthfeel is incredible. Talk about smooth. For this beer being 11.1%, I am blown away.

Overall this is a world class DIPA. I am hesitant with beers that are this high in percentage, But Sean has hidden the ABV perfectly. The taste is just absolutely amazing. I was lucky enough to grab a bottle for this year's brew. I wish it was available more often!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange with a nice white head. Good surface foam and retention.

Smell - Herbal hops. Some grapefruit. Lots of sweet malts. Alcohol.

Taste - Herbal hops right up from. A citrus sweetness builds in the middle. It's a blend of hops and sweet malts. Finishes dry, surprisingly. Boozy, though.

Mouthfeel - It's boozy but it's quite drinkable. Medium heavy body.

Overall - Very good, but there are better IPAs of the same style. Lawson's never disappoints, though.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at the Lawson's 5th Anniversary about a month ago, refrigerated since purchase. Tried on-draft a couple times at the Anniversary party. Full pour into a Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours a brownish golden with about a finger's worth of white foamy head that has about average retention and leaves some spotty lacing around the sides of the glass. Fairly consistent carbonation, a little bit darker then your typical IPA.

S- Nicely balanced aromas of grapefruit, lemons, light pine, malts, and just a hint of booze (hardly detectable, not what you would expect from 11.1%). One of the best balanced IPAs I've had, right on par with Alpine. The booze is remarkably well hidden.

T- Lemons, grapefruit, caramel malts, some light booze that blends right in. Finishes with a nice lemon, sweet malt finish that is incredibly balanced and lingers as an aftertaste. Overall the taste is great, and tasting fantastic over a month past bottling- quite possibly even better then when I had it on draft at the anniversary party (only rated it a 4 then).

M- Incredibly smooth, quite possibly the smoothest beer I've encountered over 11%, carbonation a bit on the low side but nice for the beer.

O- This beer was fantastic and shows that Lawson's is one of the best IPA brewers in the country if not the best. The only brewery that I think even comes close is Alpine. Peril, like the rest of Lawson's IPAs, is extremely balanced while still maintaining a ton of flavor and staying incredibly smooth despite the high abv. I really hope Sean Lawson brews this again as it is easily a world class beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: hazy, murky, orange. White head, okay retention, minimal lace.

S: pone, resins, citrus, fruitiness, caramel.

T: pine, medium bitterness, blood orange, mango, caramel, fruit juice.

M: full, slick, clean, sharp.

O: its a heavy IIPA, but its still quite tasty. No double sunshine though!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

reviewed from noted taken on 05/16/13.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: hazy orangish yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers worth of white head. Thick lace left behind on the beer glass.

Smell: Oranges, pine, bready malts. Hops smell resinous and dank.

Taste: Resinous pine upfront. Orangey and tropical fruit hops notes hinding in the background. Biscuity and bready malts are fairly assertive. Touch of booziness. Pine needles in a moderately bitter finish. Dank and slightly chalky hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The bitterness hurt the drinkability a little bit, but it is a beer that still has a nice feel to it overall.

Overall: Another enjoyable hoppy beer from lawsons! Double sunshine is my favorite DIPA and this beer is pretty darn good, but definately still lingering in the shadow of Double Sunshine.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Peril - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

Look - Hazy amber brown with a full fizzy head that lingers. Yeasty sediment intimidates but does not deter.

Smell - Sweet malts are forward, floral and grapefruit, mango, orange hops. Pungent and ready to go.

Taste - Hoppy as hell, but the malt is extremely in your face. Throat hot malts, almost like malts in an Irish red.

Mouthfeel - Sits sticky and throat warm. Hops are there on the sides. Drinkability is decent but slightly hindered due to some booziness. Good.

Overall - It is a good brew, but I prefer Sean's Double Sunshine IPA. This one has balls and should be sampled by hop heads. The Double Sunshine is quite a bit smoother and juicier, and still has the hop blast desired by many.

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Peril from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 221 ratings