If you have not had the chance to make it up to Vermont in the last few years, make some plans! Lawson’s Finest Liquids in Waitsfield, Vermont, is without a doubt a necessary destination on any beer trip. If you can make it soon, you might get a chance to try out some of their fresh Imperial IPA, Peril.
Lawson’s is not known to shy away from big hop flavors. Their flagship “Sunshine” beers as well as other releases show case their hopping skills. Peril is among those great beers. At over 11% ABV, this heavy hitter still manages to balance hop bitterness with malt sweetness. The first taste you get is that classic, resiny hop character, but turns into a slight onion sweetness mid-palate. Finally, it finishes with a sharp hop bite.
For veterans to the craft beer scene, your mouth is probably watering. For newer drinkers, that description may sound weird, but trust us, the scene was built on it. Drinking easier than some of the 8% IPAs out there, Lawson’s time and again preserves the flavors of the original craft IPAs while mixing them with the tropical fruit-forward flavors that are popular today.