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Sip Of Sunshine | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MichaelAllenVT on 04-03-2014

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Reviews: 466 | Ratings: 3,984
Photo of Excalibur33
3.67/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It just doesn't live up to the hype for me. Tries to be balanced between hoppy and citrus, but the flavors don't blend. Love the orange/honey color, which is obviously the inspiration for the name. Would much rather have Maine's Dinner or NEBCO's G Bot. This isn't in the same class as either.

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Photo of MattyTibbs
4.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer! Good stuff coming out of VT

L - Golden goodness

S - Tropical fruit

T - Same as smell: tropical hoppyness w/ slight malt

F - Drinks smooth w/ very little bitterness

O - One bad-ass beer here!

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Photo of mradamhimself
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split a tallboy with a friend 6-19-2016. Had this after a Pliny and a Lights On - this was comparatively a little more tropical, and I thought the finishing/aromatic hops on this were more than Pliny and less than Lights, relatively speaking. Was a deep orange in color with nice thick, smooth mouthfeel and subtle warming during drinking. Very likeable - my 8oz taste lasted about 4 mins before I destroyed it.

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Photo of senglish7
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super juicy on the nose. Pours a nice thick head (bout an inch). Look is golden orange. Flavor is mostly fruit, slight malt, slight bitter finish. Great beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Definitely world class IPA here. NE style through and through but definitely more bitter than Heady for instance. Feel isn't quite as juicy either. It's a great IPA, no question, worthy of the hype and seeking out to try. But I do prefer Heady and some other NE IPAs in general. Damn glad I could try it though!

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A friend was able to acquire some of this fantastic beer. The taste was excellent, very smooth and not too bitter with wonderful citrus flavors. The feel was outstanding and finish refreshing. Everyone wanted another!

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Photo of kitch
4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A 1 pint can canned on 1st April 2016 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour with a big three finger frothy white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Lots of fruit with orange, orange rind, grapefruit pith, lemon and pineapple. There’s also some honey and a hint of dank mustiness.

Taste: Citrusy lemon, lime, orange zest, tangerine and grapefruit bitterness plus tropical mango and peach. Nice light candied toffee and caramel sweetness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Ahh, what a stunning DIPA. I prefer Sip of Sunshine over Heady Topper, but in the end both are really good. Great balance between bitter and sweet and easily ends up as a must buy beer for me.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sip of Sunshine lived up to it's hype. A very well made beer packing a strong punch. I am very glad that I tried this beer and look forward to enjoying it again!

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Photo of whatthehull
4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine hybrid glass from a 16.9 oz can

A - Bright orange with a hint of copper, two finger frothy pure white head and some legs/lacing

S - Huge hops, musty funk, dry and sweet grains/malts, English ale yeast, orange, tropical, grapefruit, citrus rind, sugar, green/brown earth, dank and your lawn the day after it was mowed.

T - Smooth hops up front, very sweet malt/grain with some slightly toastiness mixed in there, peach, mango, pineapple, pine, orange, island flowers, grapefruit, very floral, fresh water, dry yeast,

M - Full bodied, well balanced, great complexity, medium acidity, medium carbonation with a huge hoppy/malty extravaganza on your taste buds,

D/O - One of the best IPAs I have ever had. Out of the can or in a glass just a model of perfection. The best quality this beer has is not doing to much but what it does is beautiful. The hops are bright, the malt/grain sexy, Stands with Heady, Elder, Hopslam and the like. Amazing!

Final thoughts - no idea on the price as it was a gift and a perfect 8% ABV. I would recommend drinking thsi one and not hanging on to it. If you find it on tap, drain the keg!

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Photo of Masonz223
4.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: tropical fruits orange grapefruit
Taste: lemon lime hits the taste buds right upfront followed by over ripe fruit pineapple orange tangerine peel crackery malt a good amount of grapefruit biterness finished with a lemon orange zest and a big amount of pine biterness.
Feel: medium body with a dry finish
Overall: pretty disappointed with this not really getting the tropical fruits I was hoping for. Still good but overhyped.

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Photo of benmward
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down the best IPA I've ever had. Probably the only IPA I've had that has successfully included tropical flavors that actually benefit the beer instead of overwhelming it. If you're ever in Vermont be sure to give this one a try.

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Photo of Nightmare1972
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Juicy, Fruity, Sweet. Says to enjoy a tropical vacation in a glass, that statement is spot on with this beer.
Pours orange with a white head. Nice lacing and good retention. Citrus, Mango and grapefruit up front. It finishes with a little bit of pine. I WANT MORE

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Photo of SquarePeg22
3.07/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Expected much more from this beer! Good ipa but didn't live up to the hype! Lacked much of the description from the can. Less than a month from can date. Overhyped! Really...had much better!

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Photo of IronLover
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dull orange in color with a yellow hue and deep, unfiltered haze. Poured with a creamy, dense, sticky, bright white foam with good retention. A plethora of tropical hop aromas: grapefruit, orange rind, over-ripe pineapple and mango with light spicy notes at the end. Malt aromas were light. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and an incredible smooth creamy feel. Pleasant warming sensation through the middle to the end without the boozy burn. Medium high, juicy hop flavors of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit followed by medium hop bitterness and spicy hop notes near the end with pleasant boozy warmth. Finished semi-dryly with pleasant hop flavors and a medium light bitterness that did not linger. Dangerously drinkable for a DIPA. Incredibly smooth and bursting with flavor.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance
Cloudy golden-orange with 1 finger of tight white head.

Nose
Tangerine, pineapple, candied orange, mango, papaya, pine sap, dank, and honey.

Taste
Candied orange, grapefruit zest, tangerine, and lemon zest. Drops of pineapple juice, mango, and papaya. Dank greens and pine sap. Bread, honey, and candy sugar maltiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, juicy, crisp, and warming with a medium bitterness.

Overall
Phenomenal stuff that lives up to the hype IMHO. This is up there with the best DIPAs.

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Photo of thebeers
4.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Muddy dark orange color with finger of lush white head that rises in a large dome above the rim of the glass and lasts a while before leaving behind heavy lacing. Strong orange, pineapple and pine aroma, which carries over to the taste, where it's coupled with a sweet malt backbone and decent bitterness. Medium bodied with a prickliness and slight creaminess to the mouthfeel. Very solid.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.37/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two sixers just off the truck and driven to NC

This is a really solid DIPA but if more readily available and not bestowed with the Vermont magic, would be another really good DIPA on the shelf.

Really good but nothing special.

Sorry homers.

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Photo of Dinizioj31
3.13/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average DIPA. Smell was weak. I want a DIPA to have a heavy hop smell. This lacked smell. Taste and look were average. Not bad, but not world class either. Really
Expected this beer to punch me in the mouth, it didn't.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yellow-orange pour with a slight haze. 1.5 cm of foam disapates to a thin swirl. Aroma is a mango bang-me-over-the head plus other tropicals. Tropical flavors including pineapple are noted. There is some pine too. The malt-hop combo is superb. I had one (from can) on three consecutive nights and my impression is consistent. This exceeded expectations and I appreciate this true treat

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Photo of fireazzi
4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer, one of the top 3 for me in Vermont. Always tastes good even if the date is more than a few weeks old on the can. Great smell and a great smooth taste. Definitely try this

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Photo of TTen
4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lawson's Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine

L: Slightly hazy, copper with cream colored head. Good head retention. No active carbonation. Really nice color. 4.5
S: Big tropical fruit. Some peach. Pine. Some sweet cookie dough. Great aroma. 4.5
T: Nice, clean bitterness. More citrus in the taste than the aroma. Pine. Caramel sweetness. Dry finish 4.5
F: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice bitterness gives a fuller feeling. 4.25
O: Very tasty tropical/citrus, pine IPA. The hop notes were bright and bitterness firm. A bit of sweetness balanced everything out. 4.25

Canned on 4/18/2016

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Photo of Kadonny
4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli PA into a snifter glass.

A: A hazy deep golden orange color with a small half finger white head. Full lasting glass lacing.

S: Bam! Awesome nose on this one. Loads of tropical fruit, some citrus, sweet malts, super hoppy and juicy. I couuld smell this all day.

T: What else. Huge amounts of tropical juicy fruit just jump out. Mango, pineapple, guava, grapefruit, lemon mix with the sweet caramel malt to hold the beer together. Towards the back end I get the alcohol, but not overwhemlingly so, mixed with some pine notes that is bitter but not overly so. Finish is dry with a lingering bitterness that lasts forever. Wow, what a great beer!

M: Full, coating, prickly, dry and some alcohol. Nice carbonation and easy to drink despite the abv.

O: This is a fantastic beer! First time trying it and well deserving of the hype. Just a masterpiece DIPA that falls squarely in the ABV that I like my DIPAs. Great, great beer. I hope we see more of this and more Lawsons stuff. Well done.

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Photo of THSmusicman
4.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Time for a proper review.

Look: A nice, light see through amber color with a little bit of head and a bit of lacing. Looks like a filtered IPA should.

Smell: Oh my, a ton of hops hits your nose. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, passion fruit, and a bit of guava. Smells like sunshine.

Taste: tastes like liquid hops. Super dank and super fruity. There's a bit of pine in the mix for good measure but the citrusy notes are predominant.

Feel: Feels absolutely perfect for the style; super smooth and light; I could pound a few of these and not realize it.

Overall: This is probably one of my favorite beers that I have ever had and having it on draft didn't change my opinion of it; it's still my favorite. If I could buy this all the time, I probably wouldn't buy any other IPA. It's that good.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's all about the mouthfeel for me with this one. Very soft, bitter , loaded with flavor and excellent balance. Perfect ? The only real negative about it for me was the nose I did get the tropical aroma in which other's have described and nothing to the affect of "packed" and "bursting". Very impressive though.

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Photo of d3brewing
3.73/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't get the hype on this one. It's a decent double ipa, maybe the ones I had went shipped property? It as 3 weeks old but shouldn't have fallen off that fast.
The nose was lacking. I want a double to let me know there's hops in there and these were very muted.
Taste was similar, I just kept wanting more of everything.
Overall not impressed but will try and get my hands on a few more to update this review.

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