Lawson’s Finest Paradise Ale (2011)


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Our amber American Ale is filled with juicy hop flavors and a crisp blend of pale two-row and dark crystal malts.

Not to be confused with the 2012 Finest Paradise Ale, which is an APA with 4.9%.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2012
22 ounce bomber pour. This beer must of came out of retirement. Darker color. Nice bitterness. Well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle/22oz - Pours a clear copper amber in color with a small off-white head that stuck around to produce minor lacing on the glass. Aroma is of both roasted malts and a combination of citrus and pine hops. Flavor is strong of both the malt and the hops. Finish is medium bitter and lingers on the palate for a while. Typical Lawson beer... very well made and awesome to drink!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2011 22oz bottle (rare batch #188, bottle #25) courtesy of a trading friend in the northeast... appearance of a dark mostly opaque ruddy caramel reddish pour with a dense creamy white head that quickly recedes leaving a thin milky film... aroma is herbal and tea-like resulting from the combination of a crisp citrus and piney hop profile followed up by a biscuity malt backbone with a crystal malt type of sweetness ... flavors are herbal and grassy upfront with some biscuit and pale malt to go along with it. piney/citrusy hops follow suit and intertwine well as a whole. an herbal piney bitterness hits on the backend and lingers on leaving a resiny citrus rind stain on the sides and back of the throat. medium bodied with a good level of carbonation... i’m not usually a fan of amber ales but the hopped up varieties, like this one, are def more to my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Nose of darker toasted caramel malts, earthy hops, some juicy fruity citrus and light sweetness. Pours darker amber with a nice lasting head and great lace. The flavor is toasty, light sweet caramel notes, earthy and fruity hops. Nice and hoppy. Crisp and hoppy, easy to drink, well made amber ale. Enjoyable and hoppy enough to make a boring style work very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2010
In short: A toasted, nutty and generously hopped golden ale. Very nice
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh soon after purchase. Split three-way
The look: Almost clear dark golden body topped by a small off-white head
In long: Nose is a bit toasted and rather hoppy (leafy). Malts are like toasted bread crust and almonds. Low sweetness. That is followed by a lot of leafy and fruity hops. Generously hopped but with a bitterness that is never aggressive. Smooth, refreshing and highly drinkable. Very good beer. I don’t believe in Paradise or in God for that matter. Obviously there are plenty of people to tell me that I’m going to hell while they are going to heaven. But those people make me very glad that we’re going to separate destinations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2010
A reddish copper ale with a thin white head. Another herbaceous aroma of light catnip and herbal hops. In mouth, a good crisp biscuitty malt with loads of pinhey belgian hops, smooth and tasty. Bottle at Catherine’s b-day party, May 8 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2251) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2010
Bomber thanks to stowehop, shared with MartinT & glouglou
Appearance : Clear amber with a small creamy head.
Aroma : Very malty and fruity, some leafy hops.
Taste : Fruity and hoppy. Very crisp and leafy. Some malt also. Notes of mango and passion fruits.
Overall : Awesome taste. Really drinkable. Very fruity. I think I enjoyed this one a bit more than the Knockout blond. Solid stuff !!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This nicely hopped-up Amber Ale provides a great quenching experience with its agile spicy, grassy hops lasting long after the sip is gone.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam lays atop the misty amber.
-Malt flavors are feeble (only a trace of caramelized cereals), but the hops are just pleasant enough to make you forget about these timid malts.
-The grassy hop bitterness is stronger than your average Amber Ale, yet it is not overpowering.
-This is yet another simple but amazingly efficient quaffer from Sean Lawson. Wow.

Bottle. Thx Fred!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdan (5) - Vermont, USA - APR 10, 2010 does not count
Wonderfully bitter! The strong hop aroma set the tone for the bitter hop finish that I love. A great amber on the hoppier side of the scale (just the way I like it).

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