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Sip Of Sunshine - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 114
Gots: 80 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: MichaelAllenVT on 04-03-2014)
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Photo of Pahn
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to BA morningthief for picking me up 2 bottles of this (and some Heady, woo).

Appearance: Free pour yields a big frothy white head that dissipates slowly. Semi-translucent orange, sparse lacing.

Smell: Amazing. Tons of tropical fruit aroma, underpinned by pungent marijuana and pepper. I can't capture in words how much is going on here, and it's all excellent. Gets more citrusy with time (tangerine, grapefruit), remaining full of tropical fruit with those same expectation-expanding undertones.

Easy 5.0. It was a 5.0 when I first put it in the glass, and it's getting better every second.

Taste: At first it's a punch in the face of dryness and bitterness, with an oniony garlicky hop finish (Summit?). There's still some tropical fruit as well, but at first it's in the background. It doesn't take long to fill up with tangerine and grapefruit.

The flavor is basically 75% of the aroma, plus a really noticeable mouthfeel. The bitterness, dryness, and hard water scream through every sip. Could be polarizing, but I love it (and the current rating average suggests that it's not so polarizing anyway).

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, high carbonation, powerfully dry. Puckeringly succulent and grapefruit like at times. Juicy, mineraly, sometimes almost creamy.

Overall: Great stuff. I often say that Lawson is the cream of the Vermont crop (and that Double Sunshine is the best (D)IPA in America), and this beer doesn't change my impression. Interesting mouthfeel, unbelievable aroma, great flavor.

Pahn, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of mikeyv35
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%

Date: 08/23/14
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Glass: Lawson's Tulip
Bottled: 08/15/14 - uber fresh

Pours a hazy golden in color w/ ever so slight ruby hues, w/ a 1/4 finger white head that leaves light sticky lacing on the glass. The nose was of peach, mango, clementine, and white grapes over mild pine and floral. The taste was big tropical and citrus fruit up front, transitioning to grapefruit, and finishing w/ mild herbal bitterness. Chewy and lush as only Lawson's can do w/ middle of the road levels of carbonation. This IPA is deceptively drinkable/sessionable even at 8.0% ABV.

Overall, awesome IPA from Lawson's that is on the cusp of being a DIPA, but either way it is a fantastic experience.

mikeyv35, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of mick303
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass, enjoyed for IPA day. Bottled on july 17th so this is 3 weeks old. Beer is a bright amber gold, really impressive film and lacing on this, a little cloudy.

S - Sucks you in with deep piney, and white grapefruit notes, lemons and limes mixed with some tropical passionfruit and mandarin hints, so crisp and also deeply inciting. Grapefruit notes with an intoxicating floral character abound. A vertical nosing highlights the range of light florals, meaty citrus and heavier phenolic resins that meld together.

T - Start is rich with an upfront mandarin orange and grapefruit citrus flavour before it shifts to cover more of a spicy and resiny side. A big feel to it as layers of hoppy bitterness unleash in waves, carrying bitter citrus, and balanced piney resins, There is a hint of crystal sweetness in the malt profile perhaps but it stands up to the heavy hopping really well. It almost melds as gooseberry notes come toward the finish. Lovely beer. As it warms additional levels of complexity emerge, strong florals and bitter hops cascade but are such a symphony of flavour it ties together on the finish really well. Some slickness on the finish. Hop oils amid a delicious flavour profile.

M - big beer to be sure, although it drinks really nicely you definitely get a notice of its strength and it commands your attention as you drink it. Finish is lingering and bitter. Moderate carbonation, not enough to get in the way of things but even enough to make a really balanced heavy IPA slide along really well.

Were I to compare, I would say this was reminiscent of Heady Topper but with a more unrestrained and assertive bitterness. Hopheads will love this as I did, a really well put together and full bodied IPA, drinks fantastically but the bitterness is so lovely, balanced with a well put together malt body. Really inspiring stuff. Near perfect for an assertive well-hopped IPA. Grows on you and show additional levels of depth and just so tasty.

mick303, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of PSU_Mike
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 7/17. Consumed on 8/7. Poured into an IPA glass

A - Pours a softened orange with a 2 finger white head. Nice lacing and good retention. White head, hazy and loaded with sediment.

S - Mango, grapefruit, white grapes, lemons, and just a cocktail of other citrusy fruit. The smell is excellent.

T - Just an explosion of citrus. Mango and grapefruit up front. It finishes with a little bit of pine that I did not smell coming and some soft dry malt to balance it out.

M - Medium bodied, finishes dry, bitterness lingers. Perfect by my palate.

O - This is my first Lawson's experience and I am thoroughly impressed. This is easily a top 5 beer for me if not higher. The citrus cocktail that was this beer is spectacular. Love it.

PSU_Mike, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of mynie
4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mynie, 56 minutes ago
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4.4/5  rDev -2.4%

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bcrossan, Today at 07:31 AM
Photo of CHickman
4.89/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours cloudy gold color (darker gold for second pour of the bomber) with a lot of sediment floating in the brew, leading up to the 1-2 finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving great thick foamy lacing coating the sides, rings as it went down and a layer on top.

The nose is bursting with citrus, and I could smell the hops from 6 inches away. Aroma is a potent combo of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, fresh juicy wet citrus hops, mango, graham cracker, malt, floral hops, grass, caramel, pine cone/piney hops, spices like pepper and faint coriander, as well as earthy notes like dried hay or dried hops, and some lemon zest at the end. A lot of tropical/citrus fruit notes and a lot of fresh hop goodness make this excellent smelling with just enough malt balance to keep it very close to perfection.

Tastes very similar to the aroma (thank goodness!) with a combo of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, fresh juicy wet citrus hops, lemon zest, mango, graham cracker, malt, floral hops, grass, caramel, pine cone/piney hops, toasted grains, pepper and other spices like tea leaf and faint coriander, either brown sugar or dry cake batter, earthy notes like dried hay, peat moss or dried hops, and a bready finish like a dry biscuit. The flavor was by no means dry, in fact it was extremely juicy and the hops were fresh and delicious with the malt backbone making this perfectly balanced and hiding the ABV completely. This brew is not sweet for long as the hops wash away any sweetness and then leave some bready/grainy after tastes swirling with the mild bitterness. The complexities are constantly changing the arrangement of the taste, which to me is a sign of great ingredients and a very well crafted beer.

Mouthfeel is buttery and slick, with a medium almost chewy body, mild/below average carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that trails off with grainy notes, floral hop notes like tea leaf, and of course some citrus hops. It’s almost a dry finish with minimal sweetness and a great aftertaste that brings out more grapefruit/orange/pineapple/lemon with each sip.

My first beer from Lawson’s and it lived up to the hype. This was a great DIPA, worth seeking out; hell, it’s worth the 10 hour drive to go up to Vermont to get some. A very high recommendation.

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Sip Of Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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