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Sip Of Sunshine - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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347 Reviews
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Reviews: 347
Hads: 3,156
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 20.09%
Wants: 1,082
Gots: 1,146 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MichaelAllenVT on 04-03-2014

This lupulin-ladin India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit character, bright floral aromas and delectable layers of hop flavor. Pour mindfully, inhale deeply and enjoy a tropical vacation in a glass. Always store cold, enjoy fresh and stay cool!
Sip of Sunshine IPA is brewed by Lawson’s Finest Liquids at Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford CT.
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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The description on the can explains this beer perfectly. However, I went the opposite direction and enjoyed this on a chilly fall evening while grilling out steaks for the last time this year. Best IPA I've had from the northeast to date; so smooth! Will definitely seek out more through trading and future Vermont vacations. Midwest comparison - fresh Two Hearted on tap. Similar floral/tropical aroma and flavor.

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Photo of RLVineh
3.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very underwhelming display. Nose and appearance were right, citrus pineapple and a hint of pine, Very fantasic nose. Taste was off, it was a 3 week old can, and it tasted like the malt took over, There taste had a little fruit to it, but the hop profile wasnt on display like it was in the nose, Disappointing overall for such a hyped beer,

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Photo of KNISH11
4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After 3 unsuccessful trips to the beer cave at my liquor store i thought this brew was impossible to obtain. I always assume local vermont brews are in short supply, but this one in particular was a bitch to find. After I finally did get my hands on it I chilled it in the fridge for a solid hour, counting down the minutes till Lawsons. The opening was crisp and the aroma immediately struck me as a fresh hoppy smell. I mean this beer was made not one week beforehand, the aroma filled the room. I took my first sip out of the can and the taste seemed to change 3 or 4 times while just in my mouth. A light citrus turned into a hoppy crispness then to a true double ipa; airy but lets-you-know-its-8% finish.

I poured the rest into a glass and the hazy elixir foamed up about 2 inches. A moderate amount for an IPA. The carbonation is heavy but for a warm weather beer it is perfect! The smell is unmistakable, a nice piney hops. Very similar to the grapefruity pine smell of dear heady topper. What a time to be alive for Vermont beer!!

Not a beer to be overlooked, Lawson's has a distinct crispness that will be remembered for many moons. Very similar to cone head as well, perhaps the full bodied taste makes sip of sunshine a little more revered in the Vermont area but to each their own. This will be a tough one to match in the beach beer department

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Pours a medium golden color, hazy with a nice cream colored head with heavy lacing.

Smell - Hops, citrus, pineapple, pine. Seems to get stronger and smell better as I continue drinking.

Taste - Piney, with a mild amount of citrus and a great hop bite. The hops are the last flavor that hit my palate, but they don't linger. I was amazed at how quickly the aftertaste dies. Very well balanced beer.

Feel - Perfectly carbonated, very smooth, leaves you wanting more.

Overall - Outstanding IPA up there with the best of them.

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Photo of NEBeerTraveler
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a great beer. Period. Lawson crafts interesting (and sometimes challenging!) beers but S.O.S. is super smooth and and easy-drinking while at the same time completely loaded up with hops. The nose on this beer is amazing. The interesting thing about S.O.S. is that it doesn't linger. You get a great nose, its enjoyable on the palate and after you swallow you're left wanting for more. No extensive lingering bitter notes.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into pint glass. 10/21/15

Pours golden orange with a good amount of haze. Thick 3 finger head with lots of sticky lacing.
Tons of hops up front with a good amount of citrus and grapefruit.
Lots of hops with a good deal of grapefruit and pine. A hint of malty sweetness on the finish.
Medium mouthfeel and good balance.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowing hazy orangy color, it's beautiful. Aroma is hoppy. Notes of citrus an resin. Flavor is citrusy, piny and a bit of bitter hops. Leaves a pleasant hoppy aftertaste. Overall a great IPA that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of stew942
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is absolutely, hands down, the yummiest beer going. just finished a 4 beer show down, blind taste test with another beer lover friend - Heady Topper, Focal Banger, Julius, Sip of Sunshine. We both called Sip of Sunshine our favorite because it was the smoothest and had excellent flavor balance. Heady was behind it, but it seemed so complex (in a good way) after drinking the Sunshine. Was hard to absorb so much flavor in one night with those 4 beautiful cans!

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Photo of Blancaster
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the greats. This beer is just how an IPA should taste. Citrus notes cascade over your tongue with a remarkable mouth feel.... Really quenching.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Beautiful murky orange with a thick white head.

Smell: Citrus, pineapple, and grapefruit. Some funky grass.

Taste: Tropical fruit bomb - tangy orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. Small amount of pine and very little malt. So smooth. Perfect.

Feel: Medium bodied. Carbonated perfectly. Goes down really easy. Little alcohol is present.

Overall: Lives up to the hype as a world class DIPA. I could drink this one for the rest of my life and be happy.

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Photo of bhunt201
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned 10/3/15. Served in a pint glass around 50 degrees. Unbelievable brew. Citrus, pine, a touch of sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel. You must serve this beer at the proper temp to really let it shine.

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Photo of guityler83
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can from a trip to VT

A: Golden yellow color with mild hop haze. Bright white foam with long lasting retention. Fine titley nit bubbles.

S: Moderate to high hop aroma with an emphasis on tropical and stone fruit (Mango, peach and pineapple,), Light malt aroma, slightly bready. Neutral clean fermentation character. light evergreen aroma comes through as it warms up. No alcohol detected.

T: Moderately firm bitterness with strong hop flavor - Mango and pineapple in the beginning that leads to an overripe papaya flavor. The malt is low with a slight bready flavor that supports the hops nicely. Balance is on the hops. A slight pine and overripe pineapple finish that comes of very dry.

M: Moderate carbonation with a mild to medium body and a dry finish. The hop oils cover the tongue and provide a creamy pillowy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol warming, but appropriate for style.

O: Great beer, it reminds me of a bigger version of Zombie Dust with a dryer finish. The only thing that would improve this beer would be a little mellower alcohol presence.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: very hazy, pale and a touch of gold. White medium sized head

S: sweet tropical fruit, bit of citrus

T: mixture of hoppy bitterness and creamy sweetness, not too much booze, light notes of pepper

F: medium body which doesn't get too much bite, smooth finish

O: very good IPA, rivals the IPAS of the west coast!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a globe.

A: Golden-Amber colored with some haze to it. Fine-bubbled white head retains at a full inch in height and leaves chunky rings and patches on the glass.

S: Mango, tangerine, pineapple. Fruit cup. Spicy hops, leafy, soft pine. Whiffs of caramel and light toast. Vibrant and tropical.

T: Mango, cantaloupe, tangerine, pineapple. Earthy, spicy, tobacco, good dose of pine. Bitterness is stiff and even throughout. Sturdy malt base brings some caramel and honey flavors. Light prick of alcohol. Trailing earthy/pine hop finish.

M: Hefty medium-thick body. Round and sturdy malt texture with a creamy and chewy feel. Slightly coating too. Astringency is gripping. Light alcohol warmth.

O: Great balance for the style. Intense earthy and tropical hop flavors play off of a more traditional and hefty malt base. It's a classic double IPA for the new age. Perhaps a little more grounded than some of the other highly touted Vermont DIPAs, though every bit as good.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/3/2015. Body is clear, sunshine orange color with a thick white head of densely packed bubbles. The aroma hits you as soon as you crack the can. Lots of sweet orange, tropical fruit, and caramel/honey malts. Ripe grapefruit, resinous pine, mango puree, pineapple juice, guava, oniony dankness, honey, peach, and some melon. Flavor has good bitterness, balanced with honey sweetness and tropical fruit notes. Bitter grapefruit, candied orange, guava juice, spicy pine, apricot, peach puree, biscuit malts, honey, and pineapple. Very smooth and crisp. Dry, clean aftertaste of pleasant tropical citrus.

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Photo of Amity83
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer deserves all its accolades. It has a gorgeous golden color and delicious aroma to get the taste buds prepped. Majorly hopped character right up front, but dry and carbonated enough to taste strong but still be refreshing. Grapefruit bitterness is the main player here, with touches of pine and orange.For a beer this flavorful in a 16 oz can, they go down so smooth that I have to count the empty cans to realize just how much I've drunk today. Similar but slightly more flavored and fuller that it's north VT brethren Heady Topper, I consider this among the best beers in New England.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - A nice honey/golden orange color. Slight haze. Tons of carbonation.
Smell - Citrus, herbaceous, grapefruit, candied oranges, floral, dank
Taste - Dank, grapefruit, pithy, herbaceous, citrus, some floral notes, juicy
Feel - Medium/medium plus body. Nice mouthfeel. Semi creamy, dry finish

Overall - If you could literally take a sip of sunshine, it would taste like this beer. Gets the hype for a reason and deserves every bit of it. World class.

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Photo of CTBeerBari
4.26/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Full of that citrus character that makes it so sought after. I mainly detected grapefruit. I enjoyed every sip, but preferred it as it mellowed towards room temp in a pint glass. Will be on the look out for this in Central CT coolers to replenish my personal stockpile.

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Photo of JNPIII127
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

an absolutely wonderful IPA from Lawson's Finest. got this in a trade with another craft lover for some Tree House Julius and glad i did, The smell is very citrusy with a good balance of bitterness to citrus pop.

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Photo of anonymoose
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer has a slightly hazy orange color. The aroma is tropical fruits and light malt. The taste is big tropical flavors, slight creaminess, and biscuity malt. It taste very similar to Wicked Weed's Pernicious. Exactly what I'm looking for in a beer

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Photo of Immortale25
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottom of can says 09/21/15.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains like a champ before slowly lowering to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Bright citrusy hop aroma brings to mind pineapple, apricot and mango. A bit musty and dank with a slight cat pee essence. Tiny alcohol presence.

T- Lots of stone fruit flavor including the aforementioned mango and apricot. The bitterness level is spot-on as well as the alcohol presence making it incredibly drinkable for the ABV.

M- Perfect amount of sharpness from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Definitely gives Heady a run for its money. While not as piney or earthy as Heady, it's a fantastic DIPA that rides an excellent balance between bitter and fruity.

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Photo of gregcordle
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a spiegelau IPA glass. Poured a light amber, almost orange color. Huge off white head that hung around for a while. Aroma of the usual suspects, tropical and citrus fruits. Taste is pleasantly hoppy with malty sweetness midway through. Nice lacing. Overall this is a great beer. I could drink a lot of this beer and not much else. Very good.

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Photo of JAFoley
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was recommended this after the heady topper was sold out and couldn't be happier. I do love the heady, but this was a big surprise.

A - pale amber nearly clear body with dense foamy white head. Great retention and lacing all the way down.

S - lots of bright citrus hops

T - super dry citrus and floral hops with subtle earthy malts

F - medium body with moderate high fine carbonation. Very resinous and slick.

O - a fantastic ipa. Wish I could get my hands on this more often. It's totally worth the high rating it has.

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Photo of thorkelson
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best double I have had to date. Had Heady right next to it and something about Sip just stands out above Heady. The aroma is just a blast to the senses - an unbelievable scent of sweet sweet citrus and dank hops. Unreal nasal experience (lol).

Then there's the TASTE. This blew me away -- it's so unbelievably balanced. Not too sweet, not too dry earth, just unbelievable. Can't wait to have another.

Thanks to @vtambrose for this one.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an off white and pale yellow with a thin head. I had this out of the can and into a tulip glass. Smell is a mix of floral hops, grapefruit peel and a bit of resin.
Taste is very smooth and enjoyable with some complexity of the toasted biscuit and citrus undertones.

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Sip Of Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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