AirForceHops (4176) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Aroma is hints of pine and pale malts. The flavor is a bit to much butter to really get anything other then light pine and maybe citrus hiding underneath all the butter. Oily and bitter. Not much balance. Oh well, can’t have all your brew come out excellent. Back to the drawing board with this one Mr. Lawson.
radarsock (1112) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Was this the dishwasher IPA? A sorely weird hoppy brew. Sweat, juniper berries, sour grass, and cleaning solution, marked its main flavors. Hazy light yellow; trim whitish-ringed head 1 finger in length. Had on tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury for the New England Meetup last Saturday noontime.
Ernesto987 (4450) - Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2014 On draft at propig ratebeer event, LAME, light and flavors less not much of the flavors that I like in a beer like hops. Hude dicetyl. Movie theater butter is so strong it actually overtakes the malts and hops. Butter finish. LET THIS CONDITION OUT!!
Reynolds314 (2755) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is dank citrus and garlic with some grape. Taste is kind of a diacetyl bomb. Movie theater buttered popcorn, fruit salad, and grass. FInishes very bitter with an odd mouth coatingly oily feel. Not the best offering by Mr Lawson.
Slipstream (2193) - USA - MAY 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Trevere. This is a very nice IPA (single hop?). Fresh and earthy but smooth on the palate. Super aroma of spruce and floral hops. A very exciting release. I didn’t notice the diacetyl problem that other reviewers mentioned.
AdamJackson (3432) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight hazy orange. Yellow under the light. Sticky 1 finger head huge citra and simcoe nose. Wow. Sweet finish. Taste is exploding with bitterness. Resinous tangerine skin. Very little backbone. Creamy mouthfeel. It’s like chewing on orange rind. Very drinkable but the explosive bitterness wears on you
ClarkVV (4064) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Unlike the rest of the crew, I didn’t have the Pro Pig draft version, rather, Mr. Lawson brought a small cask of it to Three Penny Taproom on 3/16/14.
However, like the draught version, the cask version was also a diacetyl bomb, which is very interesting (I had assumed he had just not let the cask sit long enough).
It’s very tricky about rating beers in these circumstances. On one hand, do I think Lawsons Finest have some diacetyl problem in their beers that I need to preach out against? No, of course not. Furthermore, aside from the diacetyl, the beer was absolutely stunning. Nicely dry with light pils malt balance and a beautifully soft mouthfeel. Hoppiness was grassy, herbal and almost tangerine-like in its bitterness.
If it was just a lone cask that had diacetyl problems, I’d be less inclined to rate it, but since a draught version was served in this state, as well, I feel more inclined to. Not to mention, I paid good money for the pint and was not too pleased with the beer.
Best thing to do is hope he makes this again and rerate appropriately.