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Review by Dr. Rockzo on 01/22/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 17 5 9 2009
Merf…the man, the myth, the legend…comes through again, thanks homie! Poured from a 750mL gold foil topped bottle (marked #1!) into a Surly imperial pint.

A: Pour a beautiful light golden/apricot/yellow color with a bit of suspended hop-hazing and a wonderful 2-3 finger soapy, frothy, long-lasting puffy head that’s dirty white in color. Great splotchy lacing is left when it finally does recede into a thick cap. Such a beautiful beer, has a sunlight colored glow to it when held to a glass.

S: The smell is brightly hoppy and obviously quite fresh (sweet!). Lots of sweet orangey/grapefruit citrus oils mixes with a wave of dank floral herbals with a hint of earthy/grassiness to it. The rye is spicy and present, but only in tandem with the hops…which shine ever so brightly. A touch of toffee-like and biscuity malts brings some balance but this is a hop-bomb all the way in the aroma. Could use just a bit more complexity in the hop department, but the pungent freshness wins me over as-is.

T: The taste actually outshines the great aroma ever so slightly, bringing a bit cleaner and more complex hop profile then the nose brought. Lots of grapefruit pith backed by sweet orange oil citrus blends in with pungent dankness that reminds me of some strains of kush to some extent. Finished off with a bitingly bitter grassy/earthy/floral component that is accentuated nicely by the spicy golden rye. Only the faintest of bready/toffee malt sweetness is ever present, leaving the hops free to run wild raping my mouth,

M: The mouthfeel is perfection for what I like in a hoppy pale ale. Very much in the west coast vain, with a thinner medium bodied, soft but moderate carbonation, and a whole hell of a lot of drying bitterness. It starts sticky to aid in coating, but quickly sucks all the moisture out of my mouth with all the strong bitterness and spiciness from the rye. No trace of booze heat and it goes down wayyy too easily for what a hoppy beast of a pale ale it is.

D: I was pretty much blown away with the overall dopeness of this Lawson’s beer. It’s quite possibly the best west coast styled east coast hoppy beer I’ve ever had of any style. This one puts Lawson’s at the top of my list for producers of A/D/Ipas on the east coast. I could drink about 5 bottles of this before noticing how drunk I’ve become.

Super highly recommended if you can get it fresh, this is an insanely good ryePA.

Served In: Pint Glass