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Sip Of Sunshine - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 290
Hads: 2,783
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 6.3%
Wants: 965
Gots: 943 | FT: 23
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Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
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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Photo of ChefMacAttack
4.76/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a teku from a 16oz can dated 7/21/15.

Pours a deep hazy gold with a frothy one finger head.

The nose is hop heavy and so fresh. Juicy cantaloupe and tropical fruit.

The taste reinforces the aroma, incredibly juicy. Melons, mangoes, and some sour fruit on the finish. Perhaps gooseberries?

The finish is bitter, lingering, and pleasant and leaves me wanting more. (378 characters)

Photo of TheBlueWaffle
4.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one exceptional brew. I say we all come together and pay these guys to educate the rest of the brewers in the US.
We need more amazing NE IPAs like these across the states.

What say you! (196 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought a 4-pack of this about 10 days ago up in Winooski VT (for about $14.00 or so). Getting into a 16oz can right now out in The 'Zebo.

Pours a slightly cloudy, medium golden color. Carbo is very minimal and hard to find. The head is a short layer of creamy white bubbles. Doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing, either. Aroma smells like a small bowl of sweet apricot jam with some rindy bitterness thrown in. It feels pretty smooth on the tongue, and the body is your standard medium.

Flavor has a hint of toasty malt before turning hoppy. There's more apricot-like sweetness and some tangerine. Then things turn more bitter, with some pithy action along with resiny grapefruit. Finishes a bit more on the bitter side than the sweet one. Tasty? Yes, indeed. World-class, sell your firstborn for? Hardly. This is the second can of this I have had since buying it. Wasn't blown away with the first, and now it's confirmed. Another product of the THM™. Prosit!

4.21/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of FyreStorm
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a bonus beer when a buddy was able to get me some Heady Topper while in Vermont. It wasn't on my radar but I'm glad he picked it up. Fantastic IPA with rich hop depth, lots of fruit and just a hint bitterness. Light in colour, tight carbonation. (254 characters)

Photo of mrandypandy
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16oz can received in a trade.

A - Pours a mostly-clear, bright yellow. Thin/medium white head. Looks the part.
S - Citrus, grapefruit. Dank hops. Very complex, inviting.
T - Delicious and follows the nose. Juicy, fruity and citrus up front, piney bitterness on the finish.
M - Medium body, smooth. Velvety. Good carbonation.
O - Phenomenal IPA. Borderline double IPA, but doesn't drink like it. Hops are bright and juicy, everything you want from an east-cost IPA (New England IPA?). (485 characters)

Photo of kewharton
4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Slightly cloudy
Smell - Wonderful, perhaps the lightest, fruitiest of the beers I have tried
Taste - Minimal hopiness, especially for an IPA. Slightly citricy and light, but very pleasant on a hot, sunny day.
Feel - A little buttery and otherwise smooth
Overall - One of the best beers I have ever tasted (314 characters)

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can dated August 10, 2015

A: Golden yellow and an incredibly thick head.
S: citrus with a hint of pine
T: Juicy citrus and some sweet fruit (maybe papaya) lingering pine
MF: one of the cleanest tasting ipas I have had.
O: As expected b an excellent beer. Great citrus flavor up front. I have been waiting for awhile to try this and it didn't disappoint. (375 characters)

Photo of Ohiovania
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer but in this day and age, this once one of a kind best of the best IPA's has a lot of competition now but I'm still thoroughly impressed. I will be happy drinking my local OH stuff that is just as on par with it, though. (234 characters)

Photo of ELS
3.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is overrated and overhyped! I wouldn't put it on my top 10 IPAs. In a blind taste test I believe many off the shelf IPAs would beat it purely on taste. The look and smell are first rate. It smells like mangos and citrus. The taste just doesn't do much and actually gets tiring to drink. I find the hops to be uninspired and not the best in terms of integration with the malt. I thought maybe it was my palette so two days later I had another's SOS. No better. No excuses for this IPA. It was fresh, had plenty of head and smelled good. However, It's drinkability is just average. (601 characters)

Photo of tkrane
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Thrilled to finally try this beer. Canned on 8/10. Enjoyed on 8/25. Pours great. Juicy explosion with a great creamy finish. Am truly enjoyable beer in every aspect. (171 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice rich golden color, hazy, huge fluffy white head and lacing. Smell is more notice out of the can, lots of citrus. Taste is tangerines and a touch of lemon, light and refreshing for such a strong beer. Easily the best mouthfeel out of any beer I've had, creamy and almost feels like it's been on nitro. World class. (318 characters)

Photo of CNoj012
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft in a 12oz mug. This beer pours a brilliant shade of bright yellow, slightly hazy. Small white head, but great carbonation and excellent lacing. Smell is a hop fruit bomb... aroma is an explosion mango, grapefruit, pineapple, orange and some slight melon. The taste is exactly the same on the front end, but mid sip a heavy dose of pine and bitterness appears and then quite a dry finish. Feel is light and very carbonated, the 8% is extremely well hidden. Overall this is up there with the best IPAs I've ever had. Never had a beer that starts off so fruity, but transitions to pine and bitterness so perfectly. Absolutely outstanding! (648 characters)

Photo of Bubba_Sparxxx
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great beer. I'm a bit of a hop head and really love a good, smooth, flavorful IPA--SoS is just that! The smell is great, not overbearing on any one hop over the other (citrus, etc.) and very well balanced. The taste is smooth from start to finish and masks the 8% ABV very well. Simply put, this is a phenomenal beer. (324 characters)

Photo of danh53
4.02/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium, honey colour with billowing head, lacing, and aggressive carb. Big grapefruit and pineapple with mint and floral aromas. Taste follows the nose. The fruits give way to grapefruit pith and the bitter finish overpowers the fruit a little. Mouth feel is creamy with medium carb. Very nice beer. (299 characters)

Photo of MikeCooke
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First off wow. I'm normally not a huge fan of overly fruity beers but this is a fantastically crafted beer. I poured this lovely beverage into my pint glass out of a bomber I received in a trade. It pours a vibrant hazy orange color that says drink me after an all day hike. The aroma packs in a perfect mix of hops and tropical fruits that matches the taste perfectly. Upon the first sip your palette is hit with all these flavors but not overpowered. The light, crisp and clean flavor has the right amount of carbonation making for an awesome mouth feel. My overall thoughts on this long winded review are try this beer. This is the perfect beer for a hike, picnic or the beach. (680 characters)

Photo of paulys55
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one came to me as a complete surprise. One of my awesome regulars at work casually dropped it on me on a whim. Really bursts with sweet citrus fruits without being too sweet or malty like some higher ABV IPAs can be. Very clean on the tongue easy to drink...it was hard for me to give a few minutes to warm up a little, I really just wanted to drink this one. Hides the 8% incredibly well. Finishes with a mild hop bitterness but in a good way. Will definitely have this one again. (486 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 8/25/15, canned 8/10/15

A: Pours surprisingly clear, medium gold to tangerine in color - pours with a large, white head, fades to a wispy cap, a small collar, and leaves sheets of lacing

S: So hoppy, so juicy, so bright - orange and tangerine juice, with some ruby red grapefruit flesh - floral citrus in abundance - big push of tropical aromas, with juicy pineapple, mango, and maybe some melon - straight up leafy hops, with some resin - an understated herbal element that helps round out the aroma, with some light spice, light mint, and some dank notes - pale malts and pale grains hidden beneath

T: Dangerous - very hoppy, but not in an aggressive, palate-destroying way - fresh-squeezed orange juice, tangerine juice, grapefruit flesh - herbal and leafy hops, with some pine and a light touch of mint - resinous and lightly dank - moderate bitterness - pineapple and mango, with an assortment of tropical flavors - light sweetness with some nice pale malts - extremely, extremely drinkable - hides the 8% ABV well, but I have to admit that there is a touch of alcohol in the finish

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes mostly dry, some lingering hop oils

O: False. Liquefied sunshine would melt through my face, thus rendering the act of sipping impossible.

After having this on tap on more than one occasion, I am very happy that I have the opportunity to sit with a can and give a proper review. This stuff is absolutely magical. It is not the best IPA I have ever had, but it is probably in the top 5. It's juicy, complex, and stupidly drinkable. This is worth waiting in line to acquire (which is a big complement coming from me). (1,670 characters)

Photo of jp93
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly smooth, not too bitter. Very citrusy with hints of grapefruit, mango, and orange. The drinkability is outstanding. Much easier to get than Heady Topper and in my opinion, slightly better. (198 characters)

Photo of Ssilvers
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very similar to heady topper. Crisp and clean flavor. It's much easier to come by than heady topper and honesty every bit as good. I encourage you to seek this beer out (169 characters)

Photo of lochraneg
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden hue that is light on taste, but big with flavor. Hops are subtle but a refreshing citrus taste. The citrus isn't overwhelming, but still present. (154 characters)

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

Huge thanks to nograz for generously giving me a can of this.

At first sip, I wasn't wowed, but as it warmed a little, it was a whole different beer.

Big off white head. Golden orange in color. Beautiful appearance. Sticky lace.

Flavors: So tropical. Massive citrus and fruit profile. Mango, papaya, grapefruit, orange peel. No malts showing here. Light bitterness. A bit of hop resiny stickiness in the finish.

How is this not a dipa? It drinks like an ipa and hides its abv well. Very impressed with this one. It does live up to the hype. Very impressed. (561 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Kevin for this one. A bomber poured into a matching lawsons snifter. The brew appears a hazy golden color with a firm 2 finger white cap that slowly fades painting the walls with soapy suds of lace.

The aroma is juicy hops citrusy with a fresh squeezed orange appeal with a little catty, herbal and sulfuric appeal almost minty at times with a mild cheesiness to the finish.

The taste is herbal, weedy and pulp/pith/zesty with hops. Plenty of layers of hoppiness mostly flavorful without getting that bitter. There is a firm fruitiness to this and mild sweet grain to balance it out.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Absolutely crushable as far as drinkability goes. Big thank you to Kevin for gifting me with this treat that exceeded expectations. Id love to fill my fridge with this. (816 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a tall boy can into a snifter, the beer is a bright, vibrant, slightly hazed, golden orange coloring with a fluffy, dense, bubbly, clingy, white head. Beautiful. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, candi sugar, a subtle caramel backbone, heavy doses of resinous hops, pine, subtle pepper spice, and a blast of grass. Unbelievably balanced nose. Flavors are juicy and sweet forward, a perfect balance of orange, grapefruit, subtle tropical notes, and a candi sweetness, all balanced by a heavy resinous hops presence, heavy on piney notes, cut grass, and dank vegetal notes. Amazingly balanced palate, with a lingering resinous character into the aftertaste. The hops aftertaste is highlighted by tart grapefruit and orange, and both linger on through the smooth, dry finish. This is a beast of a beer! (807 characters)

Photo of Bill69
4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Watching the (unmarked) Lawson's truck pull in to the smalltown Vermont grocery (minutes before the Heady delivery) was a sight for sore eyes, especially after rising before the sun with two wee ones in tow for the trek north to obtain this rare gem of a brew. Pours bright and translucent from the pint can with a moderate head, slight carbonation and tight lacing. No eye-bulging hop blast here but a delectably mild tropical ecstasy of passionfruit and tangerine with a hint of clove, and a finish smoother than shea butter on your....well, I digress. Lawson's is freak fluid - the finest liquids fo' sho'. Make the journey for this epic summer ale. (652 characters)

Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.46/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Though the label claims 8% ABV, it drinks incredibly smooth. It's a hoppy brew, but isn't very bitter unlike some of it's counterparts (Heady Topper or TH Green). Worth trying to find, but there are other IPAs out there that should boast a similar if not higher rating. (269 characters)

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Sip Of Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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