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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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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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Photo of Unfiltered413
4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a can with a friend of a friend

Finally got to sample this one and it was well worth the wait. Nice hazy color and sweet aroma as soon as you open the can. Very smooth profile for a ABV 8% brew. My only issue with this beer is that I wasn't able to drink more of it. Will put this on my list of beers that are worth traveling for.

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Photo of Ri0
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 16oz can into snifter. Canned on 3/5/16 so just over 2 months old. Golden orange and very hazy with a big 3 finger white head. Great retention and loads of foamy lacing cling to the glass. The hops are dominant at first crack of the can. Piney, bitter citrus, a some tropical notes showcase this beer. The nose is quite pungent. Waves and waves of hops hit my palate. Pine hops, bitter citrus hops, and even slight notes of tropical hops. A subtle sweetness peeks in every now and then, but the hops push it back. Full bodied and sticky with awesome carbonation. Goes down easy even at 8% ABV. I really enjoyed this and believe the can helped preserve the hoppiness.

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Photo of Myotus
4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 49°F from a 1 pint can (canned on 21Mar16) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Consumed on 03May16.
LOOK: Pours with 4 fingers worth of dense, off-white foam. At 1 minute, the foam becomes rocky and porous. After 3 minutes, the head has finally receded into a fingers worth, leaving behind a subtle amount of very thick foam. Honey orange in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There is a large quantity of both small and medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and very thick.
SMELL: Very strong aromas of mangoes, papayas, peaches, and apricots entangle with mild white bread and floral hop aromas. Hints of alcohol nicely combine with the other aromas.
TASTE: Strong flavors of mangoes, peaches, papayas, and apricots burst onto to the palate. Mild white bread flavors trail immediately and bring some malty balance. Mild floral hop flavors present themselves next as fruit flavors grow slightly stronger. To my disliking, yet not surprising, subtle bitter hop flavors and hints of alcohol enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: The beer is medium-bodied with subtle amounts of carbonation. It goes down smooth and slightly creamy while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: As the beer warms, the bitterness becomes more prevalent.

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Photo of Boccu
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours wth a nice head. Great hoppy aroma. Nice hoppy start citrus, pine apple,hoppy very light pepper tones. It truly is an amazing pale ale. From first sip you know why it's so hard to get your hands on it.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can served in a tulip nonic. Pours a burnt orange hue with a hazy clarity and a creamy, half inch, bright white head. Head eventually disperses into a band around the shoulders leaving a soapy slick across the surface. Some swaths and slashes of lacing are present during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus, melon, rind, guava and a light earthy/herbal quality. Taste consistent with nose; however, earthy/herbal character hits more upfront in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of crisp that leaves a residual prickle at the back of the throat between quaffs. There's also just a kiss of acidity. Its n'o the first time I've had SoS (surprised I hadn't rated it) - that said, it's a very good DIPA and a great example of what's coming out of VT (even though this one is brewed in CT).

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

It's a good thing this beer is difficult to come by. If it was easily obtainable, I'd be an alcoholic. zzzzz [only added so I got to 150 characters]

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

Damn near perfection in a can. I will buy this beer every time I see it. Incredible hop aroma, delicious hop taste, and 8% abv. What more could you want from a double IPA?

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Photo of GeeL
3.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass a couple weeks after purchase. Overall the hype around this beer is legit; however, not sure if the difficulty in obtaining the beer is worth the effort. The trick of late addition hops creates a lot of bright flavor without the rosiny bitterness. However, some back end bitterness is apparent in this beer, unlike some other beers in this category (New England DIPA)

L: cloudy. Not sure why this is all the rage. I'm scared I'm going to fart a lot in the next several hours. Head is cream colored and fluffy, though dissipates fast.
S: Hawaiian tropical fruit nectar, with some pine resin (like how your hands smell after hanging lights on a fresh Christmas tree). In writing it sounds odd, but it works.
T: Tons of tropical fruit but without the sweetness of punch or nectar. There's enough piney resin and bitterness to balance it all out. This is a sub-category of an American DIPA, which has become a really wide category. It's not overly dry, not bitter, and if that's what you're looking forward to you won't like this beer.
F: Thick, ready, it's not heavily carbonated so there's no sting from the foam. But it works. More carbonation would have been a distraction.
O: A quality beer. I won't go really out of my way to get some; however, if available, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Jebudus
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stupendous. Can't say enough about this beer. It's the platonic form of DIPA...perfect smorgasbord of hop flavors: pine up front with tropical fruit basket abounding and a nice lingering bitterness (a quality lacking in lesser IPAs) that makes you wanna keep sipping to quench the plate with that incredible juiciness.

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Photo of Alias2325
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer, don't need to go into all the little details just know if you haven't had it, you must. Just wish they produced more or made it easier to get... It's ok to be the "cool" hard to get beer but it does get frustrating when you want to enjoy some sip and can't get it.. I live in ct, I'm sure it's more available in VT but tough to get here.

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Photo of howielchen8
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16oz tallboy can poured into a snifter glass.

L - Pours a slightly hazy amber color, with the center leaning towards copper. Doesn't glow quite as much as the name would suggest, but I can't really complain. Tops off with two fingers of cream colored head with moderately fine bubbles, and settles to leave a decent amount of streaking.

S - Predominantly piney on the nose at first, with blooms of pineapple, clementine, and a hint of grapefruit as you smell for longer, rounding out with nicely with the sweetness of tree sap. There is a slight but consistent amount of dankness in the background that maintains a slight earthy aroma. Noticeably less juicy smelling than some of its contemporary DIPAs, but still very sweet and pleasant.

T - The bright and herbal character comes across strongly at first, accentuated by a splash of hop resin, but not too much so. Mid-sip is where the flavors open up the most. A ton of tropical fruit flavors swirl around as expected, but some surprising tastes - peach and apricot primarily - are also present. The flavor is incredibly juicy and sweet, much more so than the smell would suggest. The finish is equally smooth - the bitterness from the hop resins is almost nonexistent, and the aftertaste is primarily orange and grapefruit.

F - Mouthfeel is perfectly smooth and full; very drinkable, but without feeling too thin. The relatively fine carbonation adds just the right about of sparkle at the first sip to nicely complement the pine flavors as they bloom into the overall fruity character of the taste.

O - Fantastic double IPA. I think the way Sip of Sunshine manages to incorporate the hop resin into its flavor profile (that is, to complement the first notes of pine and herbs on the tongue) as opposed to fighting the bitterness is one of its defining characteristics as a remarkable beer. Not the most fragrant beer I've had, but definitely one of the best tasting.

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

In my opinion this is the best DIPA I've tasted so far. There are a lot of good ones out there but this is the standard buy which all the others are held to.

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Sip Of Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.