mabel (5364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[5262-20130426] Tap. Puffed rice cereal aroma.Slightly hazy, light orange body with a medium-lasting creamy white head. More yeasty cereal grains in the flavour with a puff of lemon pip hops. Medium body. Nice bitter balance. (7/4/8/4/16) 3.9
(@ Black Back Pub, Waterbury, VT)
VTHopHead (1492) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at SIPtemberfest. I like the idea of a session-style IPA, since that flavor profile tend to be one of my favorites. The only consequence of this approach is that the beer tastes a bit "thin" to me... but good!
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A aromatic citrusy hops fix at 3.5% abv!!! Thirst beer for the American hops lover.
How: Bottles 22oz, all consumed very fresh.
The look: Cloudy pale orange body topped by a medium white head with medium retention.
In long: The highly aromatic nose is bursting with citrusy hops (lots of lemons) as well as some flower petals. More aromatic hops in this baby than in most Double IPAs. Body has crisp crackery cereals, zero sweetness sensation, like some kind of crispy soda cracker. That backbone obviously makes the very bright hop bill shine. Lemon zest, white grapefruits, orange flesh, piney notes. Sharp bitterness of medium intensity. Extremely refreshing. Body is slender but never watery. This beer is crisper than crisp. Almost as good as their own Three Penny Especiale (a similar low-abv hoppy ale by Lawson’s), although the fact that I had the Especiale on tap and Spring Fever from in bottle may have to do with me preferring the Especiale. Anyway, a wonderful lov abv hop fix. Loved that beer, I’m glad I was able to have multiple Spring Fevers, maybe it is because of my weakened immune system, because of years of excessive drinking, I’m no doctor.
Fred82 (2091) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from duchessedubourg.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow with small head.
Aroma : Big floral hops with light piny notes. Quite malty.
Taste : Malty with piny hops. Slightly resinous finish. Slightly oily and sticky hops.
Palate : Average carbonation.
Overall : Interesting beer. Quite a lot of body. quite a lot of residual sweetness from the malt which is not a bad thing in such a light beer. Hop stickiness also adds some depth and some texture. Well balanced. Quite an interesting take at the low abv IPA.
czar (3683) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared by fred82, thanks bro. pours hazy golden orange with a small white cap, some retention. spicy citrus, fresh leafiness, grainy character to the malt bill, also a caramel hint - minimal that is, never crossing THE limit that so many have crossed. bright to average carbonation, light body - never watery, surprisingly, short but assertive spicy-citrusy-herbal (just a tad bland) finish. quenching and nice on this humid day!
nimbleprop (4150) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy, dark orange with some clumpy, cloudy white head. Nose is spectacular, zesty lemon, chive, scallion, orange, flower pollen. Flavor is incredible, bright hoppiness, lemon, grapefruit, mango, orange, scallion, light malt. Medium bodied, bright, refreshing finish. Tons of flavor. I am stunned by how much they packed into a beer that is only 3.8%.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by GT. Light orange pour with a white head. Big grapefruit and pine nose. A touch of peach, floral hops, and some biscuit malt. Fairly dry. The flavor is quite dry and resinous. Pine, grapefruit peel, and floral hop flavors. Biscuit malt, a bit of cracker, and a bitter finish.
GT2 (7717) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
651mL gold foil thanks to parkingphi on BA. Pours a low haze golden with soapy white foam. Nose is bright yellow fruit, butterscotch, melon, cantaloupe. Taste is juicy, fresh melon, aggressive nut shell and melon rind bitterness. Soapy and bone dry finish. After more pours, the palate gets more and more quenching with fresh crackery pale malt, biscuit. Really impressive. Easily the best beer at our tasting.
DedicatedToFun (1811) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amazing IPA super light and easy to drink yet a nice amount of hops and deliciousness . Thanks GT2!
Chad9976 (1066) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. I bought it from a friend who traveled to the brewery (thanks, Jon!).
Appearance: Dark orange or amber hue, almost brown. Hazy but translucent. Massive carbonation visible. Forms an average sized, white, frothy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Strong, wonderful aroma of citrus fruit juice, especially orange. Minor pine notes as well.
Taste: I’ve often scoffed at the notion of a "session IPA" or even when someone describes an IPA as "sessionable." Hops tend to be cloying, and you usually need a strong enough body to balance it out. To simply throw a bunch of hops into a sub 4% ABV beer would probably taste like hoppy water. I don’t know how, but Lawson’s Finest Liquids managed to figure out how to brew a beer with a genuine IPA taste, but keep the body amazingly light at only 3.8% ABV.
The beer begins on the milder side, with a gentle taste of citrus juice flavors. There’s a sweetness as well, but it’s restrained and not cloying. Reminds me of orange sherbet ice cream or some hard candy suckers. There’s a constant dry bitterness as well, but it’s not too intense until the beer reaches the apex, at which point the hops really come alive. The orange citrus and candy flavors become even stronger on the finish. This is a really delicious beer. I’d drink it often if I could.
Drinkability: If you were to drink this beer blind you could easily peg it for a bigger brew. I’ve had other beers of a comparable recipe whose bodies were thinner than this. While Lawson’s Finest Spring Fever Session IPA is not exactly as hearty as an imperial stout, it’s just a bit bigger than you’d think. The mouthfeel is fairly intense with a strong carbonation presence. It’s easy to drink as it goes down smoothly. At only 3.8% ABV, this is most definitely a session beer, but even better than that - it’s a versatile beer. I could see this standing up to a lot of food, but just enjoying it on its own is satisfying enough.