pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2010 22oz bottle (Rare Batch #167, bottle #31) acquired via a recent trade.... pours a hazy, mostly non-transparent, copper orange brown with a pillowy soft frothy white head. kind of looks like a hefe only a bit more orange... bright/pungent/aromatic tropical fruits in the nose, with a little mineral and bubblegum notes take form and provides a nice starting point. some dankness in the background wafts back and forth between the dominating pulls from the assertive nature of the fruit...flavors are bright and juicy, just like the description attests, and backed up adequately with a malt backbone that’s present but still allowing the hops to shine. the hops themselves are tropical fruit in nature with some nice added juicy citrus notes. finish lends itself to a mild bitterness that has a tendency to linger on the palate. body is medium to full with adequate carbonation....reading some of the other reviews of Lawson’s brews, i was able to ascertain their hoppy brews were first class and this definitetely supports that notion. with hill farmstead and lawson’s creating such fine elixirs, vermont is def becoming a haven for some fantastic, attention-getting, and most of all credible brewing. now who wants to send me more? def looking forward to the their hop-zilla which will be consumed very soon. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
My Bottom Line:deyholla (11600) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Coniferous, grassy hop fireworks explode everywhere from aroma to finish for pure, unadulterated Double IPA glory.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam tops the hazy blond.
-The grassy, herbal hop bitterness is intense; this is for hopheads only.
-The fluffy carbonation and svelte body make this quite friendly, offsetting some of the boastful hoppiness.
-Malts are only there to provide a trampoline on which the multifarious hop personality (piney, herbal, citrusy, etc.) can loudly play.
-Alcohol is not a bother in the flavor profile, as it is smothered in hops!
On tap at Hill Farmstead.
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2016 Bottle I shared at Ryan and Paul’s 5000th celebration. Poured a near clear gold with an orange hue and a white head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was full of pine, slightly dank, with a hint of grapefruit and tropical fruits and a bit of a grain backbone. Flavor had more grapefruit and tropical fruits as well as a strong pine note. Really nicely balanced. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 In short: A superb easy to drink blonde Double IPA with a complex hop profile.craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2011
How: Tap at Black Back pub, Waterbury VT
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a medium white head with good retention
In long: Nose is an explosion of floral, tropical fruits, grassy and foresty hops. It’s all there, it’s bright and vibrant. Plenty of crackers-like pale malts to provide a full body while leaving all the flavor space to for the hops. Aforementioned hops (floral, tropical fruits, grassy and foresty) in large quantities. Despite being a heavily hopped 8% brew the beer is actually not aggressive. No alcohol presence. Somewhat refreshing and sessinonable (ouch!). Another mighty fine hoppy ale from Lawsons. I hope Lawsons will one day expand their operation because they make superb IPAs. Man that was good. I had too much to drink again at this beer event and now I’m afraid there might actually be something wrong with me. It’s probably nothing but sometimes I wonder if I should I be concerned that my liver is making strange noises or that my right testicle is larger than my other two.
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 Tap at ACBF. Hazy copper pour with a fluffy head. Aroma and flavor are both slammed with peach, apricot, mango, and pine hop presence. Reminds me a bit of Sculpin, but more sticky and sweet, and with more evergreen. The hops at the finish lose just a touch of its character and become more non-descript in their bitterness, which keeps this from the upper echelon of the style. Still, very good.
Rerate 9/14/14 -- I’ve had this a couple times since my first rating, but this is the bottle that made me want to up my rating. Gorgeously clean on the palate, and there is a remarkable combination of sticky, old school resinous hops still in the foreground, but beautiful mango and papaya shows itself in the background as well. Lovely stuff.
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2011
This pours bright amber orange with a decent head. The aroma gives notes of fresh tangerines, mango, and a bit of booziness. There are flavors of citrusy smooth hops and you get a subtle blend of bitter and sweet flavors, although the bitterness lingers on the tongue a bit longer. The body is medium to light with good carbonation. hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
On draft. Yellow color with a nice white head. Citrus and pineapple in aroma and taste. Complex and nice. mcberko (17825) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2012
[200th Imperial IPA] 22 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany!), pours a mostly clear golden with a small white head. Beautiful piney hop aroma explodes on the nose, with some herbal and tropical fruit notes - just enough malt to back. Flavour is loaded with a barrage of piney hops, some orange peel, sort of herbally notes and sufficient pale malt backing, though the piney hops still scream to the surface. Dry palate of piney hops that coat the palate and dominate. Quite an astringent aftertaste. Excellent. Dunt (316) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle provided by Baron. Beer pours a lemon yellow, with about a half fingers worth of white head. Spectacular nose, it’s grassy and pine with some sweetness. Flavor is dry and resinous, nice piney flavor, some grass. Solid carbonation, medium mouthfeel, well hidden booze, moderate bitterness. Everybody at our tasting thought this sucked, but they are out of their element. It’s one of the best east coast DIPAs available. It has everything I’m looking for in a nice west coast DIPA. callmemickey (4543) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Hazy apricot colored body. Large fluffy white head that receded a bit quick but left some nice lacing.
S: Mellow grapefruit, tropical fruits, a little bread, and pine.
T: A bit more pungent then the nose as grapefruit, tropical fruits, lemon grass, resinous pine, and bready notes are assertive.
M: Medium bodied, bitterness in the initial few sips, starts to fade as the beer warmed. Medium carbonation, nice clean finish.
O: The first few sips reminded me a fair bit of a more mellow Hopslam. Each successive sip established this as a very good, but not mindblowing dIPA. Would love to drink again.