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Lawson’s Finest Sugarhouse IPA


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Brewed with Columbus and Amarillo hops. The very first recipe created in our Sugarhouse Brewery returns as a new favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3477) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael. The beer is mildly hazy and light orange hued, sporting an inch of fluffy, white head. The aroma offers some hop and citrus character, particularly oranges. Good flavor, with a healthy amount of bitterness throughout. A bit of citrus lingers in the aftertaste. Light bodied with solid carbonation. Overall, pretty good stuff. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-02-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2012
In short: An crisp and vibrant IPA with a very sweet caramel hard-candy malt backbone. Very good
How: Tap at Three Penny Taproom, Montpellier VT
The look: Cloudy dark blonde body topped by a persistent small off-white head
In long: Nose is full of fresh floral, citrusy and piney hops. Not the most explosive nose I’ve had from Lawson’s but that still means more explosive and vibrant than 98% of the IPAs out there. This is Lawson’s. Taste proposes a very crisp malt backbone that tastes like dry caramel/maple candies. Hops are provide a clean and crisp medium bitterness, nothing resinous, and with the pine-tree character coming out stronger than in the aroma. After-taste of dried caramel candies. Perfectly level medium carbonation, nice full body mouthfeel. Most Lawson’s IPA’s are on the dry side with highly aromatic hops stealing the show. This one is actually on the sweet side, very unusual for Lawson’s, but the dry crisp candies taste so good that it is ok with me. Maybe not something I would session like other Lawson’s IPAs but still pretty damn good. Apparently Lawson’s is expanding and his beers won’t be so impossible to find anymore. Have you heard about this? In case you haven’t heard, ‘this’ can be used as a demonstrative pronoun, a determiner or an adverb. Very useful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14930) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours semi-cloudy amber brown with off white head. Nose/taste of resin, pine, grapefruit zest, citrus and caramel malt. Medium body. Dry slightly resin and pine needle finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass. Pours a nice apricot color with a good white head and some lacing. The nose carries some faint tropical fruits and a bit of citrus. Pretty good but not quite as nice. The flavor is a bit more tame. Not nearly good enough for a Lawson’s hoppy beer but still fairly tasty. Light body with good carbonation. Slightly bitter and dry. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Orange peel and fresh cut grass in the aroma. Dry, bracingly hoppy citrus flavor. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2011
Bouteille de 22 oz. Arômes très invitants de houblon américain (pamplemousse, oranges confites, fraises). Robe orangée et légèrement trouble, effervescence moyenne et délicate dentelle. En bouche, le houblon aromatique, fruité et résineux est à l’avant-plan et donne une très intéressante impression de fraîcheur. Le malt biscuité et céréalier joue un second rôle, mais est tout de même bien défini. Finale plutôt sèche présentant une amertume de houblon d’intensité moyenne. Exactement le type d’IPA que j’aime: aromatique et sèche.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2011
On draft. Light Copperish color with a white head. Bitter and crisp. Refreshing and citrus. Well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2968) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2014 [bottle] Worty grapefruit and pine aroma with some caramel and herbal, spicy hops. Foggy bronze under a lasting, white sheet. Bitter caramel up front in the flavor, followed by sweet and bitter grapefruit and then pine and then more bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation, lasting bitter finish. A bit too bitter for me, but still.

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