Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A extremely hoppy fruity blond IPA that is an explosion of freshness. Wonderful beer that is a lot more than just a hop-fix.
How: Tap at Reservoir, Waterbury VT.
The look: Partly cloudy dark blond body topped by a small white head.
In long: The highly aromatic hoppy nose is an explosion of exotic fruits, a bouquet of fresh flowers. Taste has a very solid malt backbone with flavors of semi-dry baguette, dense all grains crackers, fresh honey and fresh pale cookies. Somehow the cereals manage to shine in this over-the-top hoppy beer. Hops and more hops, tangerines, grapefruits, flowers, lime. Bitterness level is very high and therefore a bit aggressive but somehow the beer remains scarily drinkable. This is a addictive dry-hopping bomb and bittering hops bomb. A wonderful beer that goes over the top without feeling brutal. Full chewy body with plenty of carbonation. Maybe it was because of he freshness (had it on tap) but this glass was the most intensely hoppy Lawsons I’ve ever had, and I’ve been drinking Lawsons stuff for years. Not sure why Lawson’s named this beer after this lame fruit, kiwis are just lazy limes that don’t shave.
madmitch76 (17446) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
28th February 2013
Cheers again to Leighton for the New England haul.Light haze on this gold - amber beer. Little pale cream coloured head. Light airy palate, semi dry. Trace of malt cream. Trace of hop skunk. A little sweet mango and bitterish peel. Mellow sweet tangerine. Aftertaste is medium bitter. Good stuff!
Scopey (8471) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours golden orange with medium white head. The nose is urine, fresh mint, earth, pine, salty edge and orange squash. The taste is pithy citrus, metal, resin, tangy marmalade, orange and grapefruit with a bitter citric finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Pretty tasty. A solid Double IPA.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with friends. Not sure how fresh this bottle was but that’s not the point really, I’m just glad I was able to land a bottle. Good hop presence, both in the aroma and flavor. Slight citrus and grapefruit with a nice malt backing. Pretty delicious.
jackl (5472) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s. Cheers to Leighton for all the Vermont goodness. The pour’s medium amber with a small white head. The aroma’s piss, lemon peel, pine needle. Salty beached driftwood. The taste is bright lemon citrus, sweet mashed banana and mango smoothie. Pissy hay and grass. Salty bitter finish. Light funkiness. Full mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Overall, a nice beer. A pretty solid exhibition of new world hops. Cool stuff.
Leighton (13529) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, London. Pours clear gold with a fine, frothy white head. Lots of crisp pee in the nose. Medium sweet flavor, sturdy pale malts, some light grass, urine, dry orange. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Lightly resinous finish, some dry needles, moderately sweet pale malts, some sticky grass. Really nice stuff.
reggiedunlop (3409) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange/tan with a thick off white head...very nice retention. Aroma has lots of floral citrus...orange...and a bit of melon/kiwi...a touch of caramel and a tad buttery. Flavor leads with light caramel...a touch of sweetness...again a bit buttery...quickly masked by melon and spicy/earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and resinous with a dry and bitter resiny finish.
nimbleprop (5567) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
6oz pour at Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington. Had this side by side with Hill Farmstead Susan and Hill Farmstead Edward. Hazy light orange with some lacing white head. Fruity nose, tropical fruit, orange, meyer lemon, lime, a little grapefruit. Flavor is the same, Florida oranges, meyer lemons, limes, some tropical fruit. Dry, zesty finish. Good. Solid, but the Hill Farmstead beers blew this away.
jkwood04 (4511) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amber with a lacy, white head. Aroma of citrusy and piney hops, and some caramel malts to balance it out. Flavor the same, with a lot of bitter, citrusy hops. Smooth texture. A good double IPA.
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange gold pour with soft, soapy looking head. Nose is candied citrus, herbal hops, not super in your face as I expected. Mouth is very herbal, pretty sharp tapestry of really herbal hop flavors throughout with bright citrus and tropical fruits. Pretty lasting hop bitterness along the palate, good balance with candied citrus peel sweetness. Not as focused or bright, I guess, than some other great Lawsons IPAs, but really good, more like a harvest ale with the really lingering herbal hops. Good stuff from my favorite brewer of IPAs right now.