Beer Review: LAWSON’S FINEST SUPER SESSION #7

Beer Review: LAWSON’S FINEST SUPER SESSION #7

Lawson’s Super Session #7 pours into the glass with a slightly hazy golden hue. The cream-colored foam crowning the beer lingers for a decent amount of time before eventually dissipating.

Aroma

This session IPA has a rather intriguing aroma. It carries malt-driven notes of vanilla cake, fresh honey rolls, and a hint of dusty French bread. On the hoppy side, there’s a simultaneous burst of honeydew melon, pineapple, tangerine, and even a subtle hint of habanero pepper.

Taste

Super Session #7 takes you by surprise with its robust, resinous kettle hops. It packs a punch with flavors reminiscent of bright citrus rind and Brazil nuts, which make a bold entrance. Surprisingly, the beer’s body feels remarkably rich and chewy for a brew of its caliber. It balances the intense bitterness with a solid foundation of dense bread crust and crisp pale grains. This balance prevents the overall bitterness from becoming overwhelming.

Mouthfeel

The mouthfeel of Super Session #7 is undeniably smooth and silky. However, the aggressive bitterness lingers on the palate for an extended duration after each sip, leaving a lasting impression.

Overall

Lawson’s Super Session #7 is, without a doubt, the cream of the crop when it comes to Session IPAs. It’s a delightful surprise. The base recipe employed by Lawson’s pairs exceptionally well with the Idaho 7 hops, as evidenced by this brew. In comparison, Super Session #8, which features Mosaic hops, feels lackluster and watery. This stark difference underscores just how outstanding the Idaho 7 version truly is. Super Session #7 punches well above its weight class, offering the bold flavors and bitterness typically associated with higher ABV IPAs, all while maintaining a modest 4.8% ABV. It’s a remarkable achievement to pack this much flavor into such a sessionable beer, and I can’t help but wish I had brought home a whole case of it.

Similar Beers

For those who appreciate Super Session #7, I’d recommend exploring other options like Pizza Port Ponto, Founders All Day IPA, and Stone Go To IPA. Additionally, Firestone Walker Easy Jack and Karl Strauss Mosaic Session IPA are worthy choices to consider.

In summary, Lawson’s Super Session #7 stands out as an exceptional Session IPA, delivering an impressive punch of flavor and bitterness in a lightweight package. It’s a must-try for fans of this style and a testament to Lawson’s dedication to crafting quality brews.