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Sip Of Sunshine - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 394
Hads: 3,485
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 19.65%
Wants: 1,225
Gots: 1,336 | FT: 20
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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial 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 gileadhopfreak
3.24/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I have had SOS dated 12/23/15 and 1/22/16. This has always been my favorite beer, even better than the various Tree House beers, Heady, Pliny. But the past two releases of SOS have been off. None of the awesome aroma that punches you right in the face, not the great heavy juicy body, and it's missing that great bitter finish. I figured that the first batch was just a one time miss but now it's been two in a row. Wonder what they're doing over at Two Roads?? Hope they get back on track!

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Photo of Butznutz
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

one my all time faves...so happy it is now brewed in CT. Gorgeous orange hue, absolute tropical aroma bomb heavy on mango, pineapple and lime. taste starts sweet and finishes with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Right up there with the Heady in my opinion...an almost perfect brew

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to the world of NE IPAs. Very nice brew, very floral, bit of bitterness, smooth as hell. One of the better Double IPAs I have had. Not much more I can tell other than wow.

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Photo of SuperChugLosAngeles
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is some high quality IPA brew ready for consumption. The beer can art is at the top of the heap, and the taste of the beer is world class. I think Heady Topper may have some more thickness to it, Sip of Sunshine provides a more floral approach.

This is some very good shit in my top 10.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours - Very nice clear golden color thick white head that lasts the whole glass good lacing.

Smell - smells like sweet tropical fruit, citrus some floral notes amazing smell.

Taste - The taste just blows you away, very juicy sweet citrus and tangerine flavors nice hops and some mango.

Feel - light to medium body very clean little tang from the hops

Overall - Not much to say other than amazing, glad I was able to try this.

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

Just above heady topper in my mind. Done a side by side numerous times and both are great beers. Comes down to personal preference for me, and I prefer Sip.

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Photo of Wadetrain9
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is perfect if you're an IPA fan. Just the right amount of hops, great color and hoppy aroma. And more refreshing due to the citrus finish then most IPAs. A pleasure to drink.

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

Nice, full-bodied, stinky IPA that will knock you on your ass thanks to pint cans @ 8%. We drink a lot of different brews and this is one of our faves (always seem to have a good time drinking this one). Sold in four packs. Can be pretty hard to find.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- As Vermont DIPAs go this beer is quite clear. A cautious pour still led to a towering 3 finger bone white head. The lacing is modest, but lasting. Color is a beautiful light gold.
S- The nose of this beer is incredibly floral in nature. It makes it stand out from the citrus crowd.
T- There is some citrus in the taste, but again I find the beer to be more floral than citrusy.
M- Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Good carbonation gives it lighter mouthfeel and the beer finishes fairly dry because of this.
O-While I prefer a more citrus forward DIPA, this stands out a bit for its floral forward nose and taste. I enjoyed it and understand where all the love comes from.

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

I was expecting a lot with all the hype around SOS, and it lived up to it's name for sure. Very different from heady and pliny, but certainly in the same league! The taste is like nothing you've had before and the feel in incredible. An undisputed world class beer, well deserving of a BA 100.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: beautiful orange-golden and wonderfully bright. The head is off-white with excellent 1/4" head retention.

Aroma: the beer smells great yet is way "underpowered." Rather than an olfactory assault, a moderate nasal inhale in required to get the hops. Some tropical fruit and pine, but, again, light. I pick up a very mild amonia scent.

Flavor: light sweet malt background, which provides a great canvas for the hops. The hops comes through as light citrus and a small bit of pine. Not as tropical and juicy as I expected.

Mouthfeel: heavy-medium. At 8% abv this is closer to a light double IPA than a strong IPA.

Overall: certainly worthwhile, but I don't think it's of the caliber consistent with its hype. I received this beer in trade for La Cumbre Elevated IPA. Drinking the two side by side, I prefer the La Cumbre. This beer is very good, just not as good as many of the equally scored BA rated beers like Bourbon County, Parabola etc.

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: This one pours a hazy orangish color. Two fingers of white foamy head that disappates at a moderate rate.

N: Smells like tropical fruits, mango, sweet citrus.

T: juicy, sweet flavors, candy, light. Very drinkable.

F: A little lighter on the palate, leaves a little dry hop bitterness on the tongue, but nicely carbonated and an easy drinker.

O: Very refreshing drinkable IPA, one that definitely feels like a beer you can drink in the summer with no problem. Delicious.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 12/18/15 into an IPA glass at fridge temp.

Look: hazy light orange with a head that's impressive in both its size and persistence.

Smell: tangelo candy, very slight hint of grassiness. Generally kind of mild.

Taste: like tropical fruit gummy worms. Super clean, lots of fruit, pretty mild in terms of bitterness and sweetness (but a pretty good balance between the two).

Feel: like melted tropical fruit gummy worms. Seriously, this is one of the chewiest IPAs I've had. Highly drinkable.

Overall: it's somewhere between good and very good... but, I don't know if it's even better than Enjoy By Unfiltered, which (as a Californian) is way easier to get.

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Photo of VTMLB
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer! I think it's better than Heady but not quite as good as Focal Banger. The citrus flavor shines through for sure. Extremely drinkable at 8%. Get some if you can. It's a great summer beer. Love the can too.

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

Love this beer, probably more than Heady Topper. Great citrus and tropical aromas combined with the lightest hoppy dankness. Good malt backbone supporting great hop flavors that mirror the aroma. Great body and feel. Little to no alcohol presence makes this 8% IPA very easy drink.

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Photo of shmorf
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer! recently went through some BA Score 100 IPA's after a couple east coast trades and really enjoyed this one. The mouthfeel is what really stood out for me on this one. Very luxurious, almost creamy. Can't get over how drinkable this was either. Tons of great citrus flavor. Never would have guess 8% ABV

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Photo of Hopislovehopislife
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Another winner here from a small area in Vermont. Lots of citrus, grapefruit and pith. Nice balance of the citrus while still having a good hop bitterness and bite. Overall a very good crisp dipa.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.04/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was fortunate to spot the only remaining one of these at a local Italian restaurant that boasts a pretty impressive beer list. I instantly ordered it, even though the price tag was quite high. Unfortunately, I didn't think this one lived up to the hype. While it was a typical juicy IPA, I didn't notice any standout characteristics that would set it apart from, say, Victory's DirtWolf, which I think is actually quite better. The aroma was sort of nonexistent and it just didn't blow me away as I'd hoped.

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Photo of bol3by
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional IPA and worth all the hype.

Look and Feel of the beer is pretty standard. Nice light golden color and well balanced mouthfeel, not overly carbonated nor too light.

The smell and taste pair hand in hand, with CITRUS standing out the most for this beer. However, the citrus does not overpower the malts and drinks like a true ale. Though SoS doesn't explode with flavor (in my opinion), it is extremely well balanced with flavors making it super enjoyable

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Photo of mnj21655
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The first pour is crystal clear, the next pour yields a moderate amount of haze, either way it's a beautiful pale copper with small amounts of white head. Aroma is unsurprisingly hoppy with some juicy grapefruit and mango but also a bit of resiny pine and some bready malt. Taste follows the nose; the focus is on juicy tropical fruits but a bit of bready malt is also present. Medium-light body with a bit of slickness from the hops. I can see why this is so highly sought after, lots of hoppy goodness, and immensely drinkable.

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Photo of Lumens66
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best IPA I've ever had. I've had some of the so called best on the market and a ton of insane west coast American IPA's as well as Vermont's "Heady Topper," but this offering by Lawson's Finest Liquids brewed right in "Two Road's," brewery in Stratford, CT is better. Bright, crisp and ornate. Loads of ruby red grapefruit on the palate with gooseberry, pine and lemongrass. If I find an IPA better than this, it will likely be in heaven. It really is a Sip of Sunshine.

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

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a semi-transparent deep golden color. Nice creamy white head and delicate lacing.

S: Tropical fruits, biscuits, and faint evergreen.

T/F: A strong malt backbone sets the tone for a delicious and juicy tropical hop experience. Passionfruit and pineapple... grapefruit tones... and just a hint of flowers and evergreens. Beautiful mix of hops, well balanced, and excellent mouthfeel.

O: One of the best IPA's I've had and about as close to perfect as you can get. If you can find it, GRAB IT!

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

Possibly the perfect beer. It is really unlike any other IPA I've ever had with such over the top tropical flavor and aroma yet somehow balanced incredibly well against big puberty hop flavor that put Vermont IPAs on the map.

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Photo of tconlon69
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say...The best beer I have ever had. I pray that every craft beer enthusiast has a chance to enjoy this. Poured in to a Luminarc 16oz IPA glass. Huge golden and orange color, nice bright vibrant head. Intense citrus aroma. Very crisp and smooth in my mouth with poignant hoppiness bursts. Amazing. This will be my sought after beer each trip to VT.

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Photo of dhitchcox
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: golden; honey. Translucent but not clear. <1/2inch head; small creamy bubbles.
Smell: savory grapefruit. Slightly piney.
Taste: the piney flavors really come out. Resinous; bitter.
Feel: for being so piney it is amazingly smooth. Tastes bitter but doesn't have the usual bite.
Overall: Takes the best of piney ipas, adds a little tropical citrus, but tastes so smooth. The sum is greater than each part.

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Sip Of Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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