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Sip Of Sunshine - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 188
Gots: 135 | FT: 2
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 +1.3%
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 zoober911
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Pours a very golden hazy orange. A good inch to inch and a half of bone white head forms. Very tight bubbles compose the head that dissipates rather quickly. After the dissipation a crown forms around the glass and leaves very nice lacing behind. It looks like a beer you want to drink.

S - The first aroma is of tropical fruits. Citrus of oranges, grapefruit, and slightly pineapple. The tail-end smells of the malt backbone but very subtle compared to the citrus scents up front.

T - Similar to the up front tropical notes of the smell. Citrus. Pine. Subtle hop bitterness at first, followed by a much stronger presence with bitterness on the high side. One of the most bitter beers I have had in a long long time. It definitely destroys the palate.

M - Mouthfeel is full bodied, surprisingly so. Slightly less carbonated mouthfeel than I would have expected for an Imperial, but this would not steer me away.

O - Overall this is an excellent beer. The first offering that I have had from Lawson's and I now understand the hype. If other offerings are of similar quality, they are all a home run. I would recommend anyone to pick this up at any opportunity they have, even if Imperials aren't there thing. It's definitely a tick worth ticking.

zoober911, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of mikeyv35
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%

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 +2.9%
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 +3.8%
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 donkeyrunner
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ Mule Bar, Winooski VT

Bright orange with a thin wispy head. Intensely pungent SoS reeks of tangerine and oranges. Tastes as hoppy as it smells, predominately orange and tangerine with a gentle, lasting bitterness and piney edges. Blooms on my palette rather than explodes. At 8% it’s go some umph but not enough to turn me off to everything else.

Jam bands and hops,that's what Vermont does best.

donkeyrunner, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of GRWILK
5/5  rDev +10.6%

GRWILK, Yesterday at 06:29 PM
Photo of jzeilinger
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Pours a clear, bright dark gold color with a nice, thick, white bubbly lacing ring.

S - Resiny tropical fruit: red juicy grapefruit, tangerine, mango, papaya, pineapple. Dank and juicy with little to no malt aroma at all - it's all about the hop blend in this beer.

T - Follows the nose but more balanced on the palate. Tropical fruit from start to finish without being cloying or sweet, just when the sweetness starts to surface the bitterness beats it down almost immediately without being overbearing and levels out at the end for a lingering sweet & fruity bitterness. Peppery, spicy tropical fruit goodness: grapefruit rind, oranges, tangerines, mango, some pineapple skins and light to little booziness.

M - Medium body, gentle carbonation on the tongue that subsides to silky, and coats the entire mouth with a mixture of fruit resin and bitterness.

O - Despite the ratings, it really does live up to the score.

jzeilinger, Yesterday at 01:49 AM
Photo of 44leaves
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%

44leaves, Friday at 06:12 AM
Photo of JonnyRebel
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

JonnyRebel, Friday at 04:16 AM
Photo of erha2
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

erha2, Friday at 02:12 AM
Photo of j205724
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

j205724, Thursday at 01:47 AM
Photo of Filabee
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Filabee, Thursday at 12:15 AM
Photo of gfunk1121
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

gfunk1121, Wednesday at 08:13 PM
Photo of nut
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%

nut, Wednesday at 06:51 PM
Photo of jdimento
4.92/5  rDev +8.8%

jdimento, Wednesday at 02:39 AM
Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to threelions for sharing, and glad I got to review this as the last bottle I had wasn't up to par with what it should have been so I don't think it was treated right.

Light fizzy fluffy head, decent lacing, hazy amber shaded orange color.

Nose is great, big fruit, tropical notes, papaya, musty passion fruit notes, little generic tropical, light citrus as well, mild citrus orange and tangerine. Faint sweet malt.

Taste brings more tropical fruits, generic tropical blend, papaya, pineapple, little tangerine and nice orange citrus, juicy fruit and mild musty resin. Nice mild sweet malt base, juicy malt, nice balance with no booze. Finish is drier but pretty sweet, nice lingering tropical notes and citrus. Nice lingering bitterness.

Mouth is med bod, soft, decent carb, booze hidden well.

Overall good, not great, it's a well done dipa but there are def better out there.

jlindros, Wednesday at 02:37 AM
Photo of BWild
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

BWild, Wednesday at 01:28 AM
Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

bkwhoppa66, Wednesday at 12:39 AM
Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Threelions for sharing this beer at my little birthday gathering. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a hazy orange hue with a one finger white head that leaves light lacing and a nice thin blanket.

S - Aromas of oranges, light malt, faint caramel, very light tropical notes. Not bad, but, not the more aromatic of Lawson's Liquids.

T - Taste is much, much better than the nose. Oranges, faint malts, good light sweetness. Light mango/pineapple notes with loads of hops. Nice tropical notes with some good bitterness and grapefruit peel/pith.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden very well.

O - Overall, not a bad DIPA. Good tropical notes, alcohol hidden nicely. Pleasant.

Serving Type: Bottle

rudzud, Tuesday at 11:52 PM
Photo of IcemanCometh
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

IcemanCometh, Tuesday at 08:59 PM
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Sip Of Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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