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Sip Of Sunshine - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 2,206
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 720
Gots: 708 | FT: 21
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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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Ratings: 2,206 | Reviews: 292
Photo of ONUMello
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 4/27/15 poured into a SN/DFH IPA glass
A: Light orange, slightly hazy, a steady stream of tiny bubbles and a smooth, creamy two-finger head that lingers on and on
S: Tropical fruit, orange zest, white grapefruit and an herbal/grassy note
T: Bold. The grass and herbs are forward here along with pine and citrus zest. A hint of tropical fruit towards the finish
M: Medium-bodied, crisp and dry
O: This is very good. My only slight complaint is the herbs on the palate are a bit overpowering compared to the fruit notes but it's still a delicious beer to sip and highly recommended

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

Had poured from bottle and can into snifter.

A- nice golden color with yellow hue and small white head. Medium carbonation.

S- lots of citrus fruits and zest, a small cut grass smell.

T- very juicy and fresh tasting. Pineapple, guava, and peach are apparent followed by just a quick grass and then biscuit finish.

M- medium bodied, very quenching and crisp.

O- awesome job by Lawson's. They seem to have all their beers down and continue to pump out winners. Very recommendable.

Photo of DeweyCheatem-n-Howe
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Prohibition Pig in Vermont, and I was really impressed. Was on a Heady run and the local beer shop man pointed me at this beer. Couldn't find any in cans - unsurprisingly - but had it on tap, and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Great aroma - very floral, Heady-esque in that regard. It has the kind of bouquet that stays with you in a very pleasant way, and while it's got plenty of bitterness to it, it's not overwhelming or aggressive. A complex, delicious beer. Loved it.

Photo of biboergosum
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, another stellar mule effort from doktorzee to get this white whale in front of me. Given that today is sunny and pushing +30 in May, this seems like an appropriate offering.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and faintly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splattered melting ice-shelf lace around the glass as things slowly bleed off.

It smells of crisp orange, white grapefruit, and lemon rind, further muddled fleshy tropical fruit notes, subtly dank pine needles, a somehow ethereal pale malt graininess, flinty hard water, and more herbal, floral, and lightly perfumed hops. The taste is more tropical in its fruitiness up front, with pineapple core, kiwi, and papaya middling about, the domestic orange and red grapefruit coming in late, with some stoic musty pine resin, grainy caramel malt sweetness, plain flinty chalkiness, and more herbal, leafy, and restrained floral hops.

The bubbles are quite understated in their supportive and steadily frothy nature, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, a small creaminess arising as things warm a tad. It finishes off-dry, the assailed beyond typical belief malt carrying its flag with honor, while the tropical, local, herbal, and floral hops all continue to act out like there's no such thing as consequences.

Oh yeah, this is Vermont in a bottle (with a little bit of more pedestrian Connecticut, FWIW) - lots of green and fruity hops, over a corresponding malt bill that acknowledges its secondary role from the start. It's cool to see this segmentation (ok, 'locality') of IPAs beginning to emerge throughout the States, as it can only foster more experimentation, extremity, and overall goodness, something I'm pondering as I sip away at the last of this tallboy, with the sun streaming in.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Canned 4/27/15
Drank 5/16/15

Deep golden orange body and a persistent white foam.

Oh yes, a powerful hop aroma jumps out. All kinds of tropical action. Orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and passionfruit. A touch sweet and resiny.

Taste is really flavorful with grapefruit, pine, and tropical notes. I really dig the passion fruit and lychee type of thing going on. Has a firm bitterness and a fairly full mouthfeel.


Photo of Mmart802
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great tones of citrus, refreshing but strong. An easy beer to drink anytime.

Photo of MA_hops
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Another gem! This is another extremely well made beer. Citrus and sweet at the same time. Can't forget how the hops add to the mouthfeel! One of the best....Save Our Ship (SoS)...we need some more SIP!

Photo of anteatr23
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber in color with a two finger head. Very noticeable carbonation. Smells of citra, fruit... almost pineapple. Taste is bitter and smooth. The citrus doesn't seem to stand out as much as it did in the smell. Seems so well balanced it's hard to say it's leaning heavily in any direction -- other than delicious. Very easy to drink. Was really looking forward to this beer and it's certainly among the best I've had the privilege of trying. Highly recommended.

Photo of Jdavis23112
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

VT beers are superb IMO

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy snips the fish boys are swimming on this one. Straight Cretzi. Among the best ipas on the planet. #whalesbrah.

Photo of Flip4beers
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tropical notes, refreshing and balanced.

Photo of Spookykid7088
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gives Heady a run for it's money.
Again, Vermont connections are good.

Photo of tregan_20
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obtained at local liquor store and enjoyed in Two Roads glassware (where this is brewed). Orange in color with a sweet, fruity nose. Definitely has a straight up concentrated hop flavor. Medium to full body for this IPA with pleasant carbonation. This beer really is a vacation in a glass. Cannot wait to have a bunch of these during the hot summer days ahead. One of my favorite IPA's for sure!

Photo of jdhowe
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite Double Sunshine, but for how much more obtainable it is, I love this beer.

Photo of Rutager
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers Tommy for the killer VT 6pack!! Pours a lovely orange-gold with a finger of white head that leaves some great lacing behind.

Amazing nose on this. Just a ton of sweet citrus fruits and oily rinds along with some tropical fruits and nice pale malts coming through. Taste is much of the same, citrus fruits with a little tang, nice fruity hops and a light citrus rind bitterness. Malts are there just enough to keep the hops nicely balanced.

Fantastic ipa, get it if you can!!

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a decent head that leaves a few squiggles of lacing

Smell: Flora, citrusy and tropical, with pink grapefruit, lychee, papaya and pith

Taste: There is a sugary malt base that propels the hops along, but this is all about floral and citrusy hops; assertively pithy and, in addition to the hop elements detected in the aroma, there is also a hint of berry flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a very nice DIPA but the hype machine is really rolling along; it's very good but it's not all that and a bag of chips

Thanks, HadMatter217, for the opportunity

Photo of TBonez477
3.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up on an odd onion aroma and flavor. Otherwise a nice blend of sweet and hop spice.

Photo of portia99
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a Lawson's stemmed glass.

A - Pours a pale amber color trending towards golden, excellent clarity with a thick finger of bright, white and dense foam.

S - Lots of citrus and tropical fruits - grapefruit, pineapple, mango, a bit of lime. Soft malt base barely shows. Faint fruity, sugary sweetness.

T - Medium hop bitterness underneath lots of tropically fruity hops, light sugar, trace of pine.

M - Soft in feel with a lighter carbonation, lightish body. Plenty of hops all around, a bit dry, bitter on the finish.

O - Excellent IPA...not the best I have ever had, but I would certainly like to have this again and often.

Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yep - it lives up to the hype. Eleven days old. Tropical nose, sweet and mildly bitter. Tay-stee!

Photo of KSOZE
4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wanted to love this beer, but it just didn't have the in-your-face tropical fruit hop flavor I was expecting based on word of mouth and reviews. A very good DIPA, but there are others in the category I prefer with similar hop profiles.

Photo of Schmitfaced414
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Glad I got to try this one.

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This stuff lived up to the hype for me! Super full of citrus and pine. Not overly bitter which I loved.

Photo of tjcapture
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply a delicious, lots fruit flavor, hops are balanced. Probably my favorite IPA thus far.

Photo of Sparty1224
4.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 16 oz. can poured into a tulip. Canned on 4/13/15, making this exactly 3 weeks old.

A: Pours an electric, hazy orange-yellow color with a fizzy 1/2-finger white, bubbly head.

S: Loads of orange, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit. All hops in the nose here.

T: Orange, tangerine, melon, grapefruit. Just exploding with tropical fruit flavors. Some hints of coconut and lemon as well. Just enough malt balance to keep it from being overly bitter or resinous, and also allowing the hops the shine through.

M: Nice, full mouthfeel here, almost creamy. 8% ABV is well hidden. Again, not too bitter or resinous, although it is hovering on that line between IPA and DIPA.

O: So I've had the pleasure of already trying Double Sunshine IPA before this one. That beer is still one of my favorite DIPAs of all time, so I was super excited about trying its little brother. Heading into it, I was expecting the same highlights of Double Sunshine, just in a tighter compact version. But what I really got was maybe just a slightly toned down version. More like a 1.5x IPA. This beer, while called an IPA, really drinks like a DIPA. It's big, it's bold, its hops coat your tongue, it's 8%. But concerns over style aside, this beer is still very damn good, if not great. There's IPAs and DIPAs out there that try hard to do what this beer does each year, but just can't. And so it's surprising that Lawson's can come out of nowhere in such a small time frame and nail it. This beer does the little things that other IPAs can't, like perfectly balance the malts to accentuate the hop characters, and create a pleasant drinking experience that isn't too bruising or bitter. Double Sunshine may be the better beer because it nails its category better, but Lawson's has a 1-2 punch here that not many other breweries can claim they have as well.

Recommendation: Like most great beers from Vermont, it's incredibly hard to get, even if you live in the area. Nonetheless, this is mandatory drinking for the craft beer drinker.

Photo of Pip_Count_167
4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious beer! This is a big bold IPA, but so well balanced that there are no overly protruding flavors or tastes or sensations. This is extremely drinkable, smooth and robust. Instantly tops my charts of big IPAs (maybe just behind Dinner).

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Sip Of Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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