poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. I
bought it from a friend who traveled to the brewery (thanks, Jon!). It cost $7 ($0.32 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark orange or amber hue, almost brown. Hazy but
translucent. Massive carbonation visible. Forms an average sized, white,
frothy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Strong, wonderful aroma of citrus fruit juice, especially orange. Minor pine notes as well.
Taste: I’ve often scoffed at the notion of a "session IPA" or even when
someone describes an IPA as "sessionable." Hops tend to be cloying, and
you usually need a strong enough body to balance it out. To simply throw
a bunch of hops into a sub 4% ABV beer would probably taste like hoppy
water. I don’t know how, but Lawson’s Finest Liquids managed to figure
out how to brew a beer with a genuine IPA taste, but keep the body
amazingly light at only 3.8% ABV.
The beer begins on the milder side, with a gentle taste of citrus juice
flavors. There’s a sweetness as well, but it’s restrained and not
cloying. Reminds me of orange sherbet ice cream or some hard candy
suckers. There’s a constant dry bitterness as well, but it’s not too
intense until the beer reaches the apex, at which point the hops really
come alive. The orange citrus and candy flavors become even stronger on
the finish. This is a really delicious beer. I’d drink it often if I
Drinkability: If you were to drink this beer blind you could easily peg
it for a bigger brew. I’ve had other beers of a comparable recipe whose
bodies were thinner than this. While Lawson’s Finest Spring Fever
Session IPA is not exactly as hearty as an imperial stout, it’s just a
bit bigger than you’d think. The mouthfeel is fairly intense with a
strong carbonation presence. It’s easy to drink as it goes down
smoothly. At only 3.8% ABV, this is most definitely a session beer, but
even better than that - it’s a versatile beer. I could see this standing
up to a lot of food, but just enjoying it on its own is satisfying