Tonight Melissa and I are heading out into the frigid cold for a couple of beverages. Before we take off, I figured I’d bang out a review for you folks. Since my Christmas trip to Vermont, I’ve had this bottle of Lawson’s Finest Liquids Chinooker’d IPA…a present from my Moms. Time to throw this puppy back.
This will be the third beer I’ve tried from Lawson’s. The prior two were Red Spruce Bitter and Triple Play IPA. I enjoyed both. The Chinooker’d is an American IPA, with 6.9% ABV. It takes it’s name from the strain of hops used to make it.
This sucker is yet another monster-hoppy brew, and like many of this style, would not be a good “entry-level” beer for the craft beer newbie. The label doesn’t lie when it calls for “pine and grapefruit” flavors. Holy-hell, this is a hoppy S.O.B. The good news is that, for me, it’s the kind of hoppiness that is mostly in the aftertaste and mostly in the back of the throat. Thus, my palette isn’t left demolished, and I find I keep going back for more. Much like last evening’s beer, this one is right on the razor’s edge of being too bitter for me, but I still like it.