Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lawson's Finest Super Session #2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1438) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2015
Lawson’s Finest Liquids help pioneer the “New England-style” IPA and they’ve been doing variations on it ever since including Session IPAs. I didn’t have the original incarnation, but Super Session #2 seems to follow the form with huge grassy hop aroma and flavor. This is exactly what you expect in a Vermont SIPA. 

I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. It was canned on 8/5/15 and cost $2.10 ($0.18 per ounce). Thanks to Jon H. for this can!

Appearance: Slightly hazy shade of dark gold. Pours to a fairly large, white head of soapy suds – most of which dissipates and leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Huge hop aroma, especially of grass, garlic and onion. Pleasant, but maybe even a bit too potent.

Taste: The New England IPAs are known for being very grassy and herbally, though I say this one is a little stronger than most in that facet. Though it mentions the use of Amarillo hops on the can (which usually create for orange aromas and flavors), I get a hop character of garlic and onion and dried grass. It’s lightly fruity for a moment; akin to maybe citrus pith, but then changes quickly to a spice rack taste. A very tingly sensation on the tongue with a firm drying sensation right as it goes down. There’s enough malt to give it both body and balance, but not so much as to give it much distinctiveness (which is fine by me). These flavor components tend to work better in bigger brews (e.g. Heady Topper), but are a bit odd in a SIPA.

Drinkability: The can clearly indicates a 4.8% ABV, which is certainly sessionable, but on the higher end of the “Session IPA” spectrum. It has the mouthfeel of something lighter, though; it’s noticeably thin but it is quite crisp and stays well carbonated til the last drop. It’s not refreshing, in my opinion, but I could see it accompanying a summertime lunch quite well.

RATING: 8/10

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