MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Hop bomb alert! Peaches, and tropical fruit galore expand onto a portentous resinous finish while creamy cereals find a way to show their polished honeyed malt flavors.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the hazy beige blond.
-When super fresh, the hop onslaught is so relentless it decreases drinkability.
-The finish is amazingly bitter and coniferous, as per usual for Lawson’s IPAs. A few weeks old though, the bitterness is leveled to the rest of the flavor profile’s medium-high intensity.
-Effervescence lightens the load somewhat.
-A 2-month-old bottle provided a much more drinkable, nearly balanced IPA. Polished and intelligently conceived. From 3.7 (tap) to 4.0.
Bottles and on tap at BlackBack Pub, Waterbury, VT.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
courtesy of oscarmike, thanks! WOW! this is a great ipa right here. had several hoppy lawsons brews side by side and thought was by far the most complex, and best drinking also. the hop profile is just spot on here, couldnt ask for anything more really, fruity, sweet, tangy, tast, bitter, soapy, just very well balanced. perfect carb and drinking for my palate. screw pliny, ill take this any day!
Damico (2897) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vermont has struck IPA gold again!!! Pours beautiful lemon with an orange hue, mostly unclear with a nice white head. The aroma brings sweet juicy lemons so pleasant in the nose, no bite at all there. The flavor of juicy lemon citrus hops blend so well on the tongue with the medium to full body and perfect carbonation. This beer, along with Heady Topper and Abner, really put Vermont over the edge for hoppy beers.
Reynolds314 (2833) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extreme hop bomb here. If you love hops and huge citrusy hop IPAs you will love this beer. Aroma is tropical fruits, citrus, light resin. Taste is an assault on the palate with monster hop bitterness that I could taste for the entire trip from Lawsons up to Hill Farmstead.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle thanks to caguiar.
Pours clear golden yellow with a small soapy white head that leaves a little lacing.
Aroma is just chock full of juicy citrus - oranges, pienapples and even some grapefruit. Some pine resin in the background as well. The Citra is definitely prominent.
Taste is just as good with a bitter grapefruit kick up front with some sweeter pineapple later, and there is a finish of juicy pien resin.
Mouthfeel is as full bodied as I’ve experienced from a 6% IPA. Coats the palate with hops and leaves a nice lingering bitterness.
This is one of the better IPAs I’ve tasted in a long, long time. It is better than the majority of DIPAs on the market. So full of flavor for such a low ABV IPA. Great, great beer - especially if you like citrus hop bombs.
Ernesto987 (4625) - Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2012
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour at anniversary party, this is very hoppy. Tons of bittering and flavors here. It’s got that Vermont flavor. Loved it
Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours yellow orange with a white head. Aroma was fresh and hoppy with citrus, pine and had a hint of honey. Flavor was citrus & piney goodness, grapefruit, and a bit of honey with a crisp and dry finish.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Triple Play pours a mostly transparent golden straw color with a moderate sized white head that fades to a creamy ring around the edge.
The aroma is hoppy, but different. There is a bit of light, biscuity malt and bubblegum sweetness up front. Grassy hops dominate the aroma, though, with some dank and pine notes in the back.
The flavor starts with a touch of honey and bubblegum sweetness in front of a light biscuity pale malt presence. A ton of oily, grassy hops come in and dominate most of each sip. Some spicy pine and a little bit of grapefruit citrus add a little bit of depth to the hop flavor.
This has a resonably light body, with a sweet start and a mildly dry finish. The carbonation is on the light and creamy side.
AdamChandler (3589) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Paid $7 for this beer at Hunger Mountain Co-Op right as they unloaded the box of them into the cooler. Poured into a standard Pint glass.
A - 2-Finger Clear Head with a mix of tight and big bubbles - The brew is light leather in appearance with scattered bubbles cascading around the glass.
S - Tons of dry hopped goodness. Lots of sweet hop resin, grapefruit and a terrific aroma of wood and citrus.
T - Hmm. This is all hops. There’s not much going on here. Huge amount of hops with hints of citrus but everything just falls to the wayside after the hops hit your tongue.
M - 50/50 carbonation to liquid after swishing. Dry mouthfeel and medium bodied.
O - The smell really got me excited but this beer lacks any balance whatsoever. It’s all hops and nothing else.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle/22oz - Pulled this out of "storage". Pours a beautiful golden-orange in color with a small white head that settled to a thick coating on the beer and produced some OK lacing on the glass. Aroma... it’s all about the citrus and pine hops baby! Some light fruitiness. Flavor is piney with a fairly strong bitterness. Nice citrus/grapefruit mixed in... finish is bitter and lingering. Really nice...