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Sip Of Sunshine | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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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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Reviews: 434 | Ratings: 3,785
Photo of otispdriftwood
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 -14%
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 +5.5%
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 -1.1%
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 +0.4%
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 +9.2%
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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Photo of sulldaddy
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cool pounder can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a slightly hazed gold to copper color. A fluffy bleached white head foams up 2 cm even with a gentle pour. The head slowly recedes to a sturdy surface layer that leaves some clingy lattice on the glass after each sip.
Aroma is piney hops, some citrus with lemon and peach and mango. Quite a complex nose and definitely hop forward.
The first sip reveals a fairly smooth body and fine yet very tingly carbonation. Texture is smooth and the beer is easy to drink. Flavor is a bit of caramel but moves to all hops very quickly after the first swallow moves across my palate.
Grapefruit rind and mango hit my lips and then some pine notes and a very dry astringent aspirin bite on the finish.
No hints of the ABV as I work through the can and I finish it rather quickly after opening and pouring into my glass.
This is an enjoyable beer, and very complex hop character. While I liked it a lot it may be a victim of the hype train as it didnt completely blow me away.

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Photo of EMH73
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can dated 3/3/16. Pours a light orange color with a one half inch head that leaves excellent lacing. Smells of tropical fruits, citrus fruits, pine and hops. Taste follows the nose. Absolutely amazing flavors--mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and hops. Starts out a little sweet and finishes slightly bitter. Very complex and well balanced, moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Incredible beer, I wish it were easier to find, but well worth the hunt.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long time want, maybe my palate has passed this by as far as it being able to "wow" me. Either way this one is still a fantastic beer. Beautiful amber color, nice perky head. Aroma is very piney and soapy, very much a prototypical west coast IIPA. Smooth flavor brings out the true nature of the hops here. Finishes clean and dry.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sips! Canned 3/03. Poured into a snifter.

Looks like a clear copper to light orange brew with a thick head a nice lacing.

Smells citrusy and dank, hops and a wonderful nose,

Tastes amazing. So much fruits (mango, pineapple, lemon) and hops. A complex brew. Really love the taste. Tastes almost just like heady but with a touch more character. Not bitter for a DIPA. Well balanced.

Miuth feel is medium bodied and smooth. Great after taste. You know you drank a well crafted beer.

Overall I love this beer. Better than heady for me, and we'll worth the hunt. It took me a while to finally get this beer and I'm glad I finally did. I wish I could drink this more often.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I think Sip of Sunshine is a rather complex beer. Definitely has more hop forward bitterness. There is nice deep orange / amber transparent look with foamy lacing. Reminds me of Abrasive that is first sweet and then bitter with different waves of intensity. Very strong beer, but I do believe that is a tad overhyped.

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Photo of JNbeerded
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by the far the best out of all of the Vermont Double IPA's. Amazing nose with a taste to match it. Good full bodied mouthfeel with supreme drinkability. Doesn't look like complete crap when you pour it out either. This is top notch.

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Photo of GregA135
4.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got to try this beer, thanks to my buddy for bringing me a few back from Vermont!

Poured a a slightly hazy yellow gold color with a white head
Smelled freaking amazing! Citrus all around with some tropical fruit and a little bit of pine and hops
Tastes of tropical fruit, citrus, mango, grapefruit and melon
Perfect amount of carbonation, juicy IPA with almost a sweet aftertaste. Bitterness is great with a medium body
A very well balanced IPA!

Definitely my favorite so far by Lawson's Finest Liquids!

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light orange, yellow gold with small white head. Excellent lacing. Smell is very nice with strong tropical notes, mango, papaya, pineapple, lemon zest and orange peel. Taste matches the nose, very tropical. Not much of a malt backbone in my opinion. Strong mango, melon, puckering zest and very slight dank. Nothing overpowering just a perfect balance. A very sweet tropical IPA.

Fantastic IPA. Have yet to try any other NE hops besides Heady, but this gives it a run for its money.

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Photo of curtis6290
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic beer, and is very hard to come by if you're looking for retail. If you see it, grab it while you can. It is an awesome summer beer, and I have yet to find a worthy competitor beside HT. Not as fruity as a TreeHouse brew, but definitely to that level of goodness.

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Photo of Chris17728
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've sampled a many Pliny the Elder, Heady Topper, Lunch, Dinner and probably 200 - 300 IPAs. Sip of Sunshine is by far my favorite! I was lucky enough to have a very recent can of Heady, sip of sunshine, and a bottle of Lunch that I sampled within a night. All delicious!! I love them all, but the edge goes out to Sip of Sunshine.

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Photo of Alby
4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had an opportunity to have this today. Golden, very faint haze, with delicious hoppy character both from smell, and finish. Definitely the popularity of this IPA certainly overshadows my taste buds. While it was a flavorful offering and one of the better IPAs out there the rest remains exactly what it is , a product which its ratings reflect based on a popularity first, taste last.

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

Canned 2/16/16
Reviewed 3/12/16

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a bright white 1 finger head that settling to a film w nice lacing

Smells of mango, hops. No malt

Strong bitter back followed by a nice sweetness followed again by lingering bitterness. Piney. Mango

Good carbonation.

Overall an excellent IIPA

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear gold liquid with a generous tight head.
S: Dear Lord. Bursting with more citrus than I can explain. A nice hint of pine and a little sweet malt.
T: Very bright up front; more resin than on the nose with tons of grapefruit, a hint of apricot and a subtle bit of pureed peach. After an intense beginning it smooths out perfectly into a long resinous finish. A slight breath of ethanol on the way out.
M: After the nice carbonation at the beginning it gets silky smooth. You expect more tongue scrape but there is almost none to finish even with all the piney flavors.
O: This is the second time I've had SoS and it's just as great as I remember. I can't think of a DIPA that is as perfectly balanced and flavorful as this. Amazing. Thanks so much, Joe!

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

I was expecting more, but don't get me wrong this beer was still better than most. Solid well balanced beer with a medium mouthfeel and good amount of carb. Almost like an anise aftertaste which I wasn't the biggest fan of.

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

Checking out at a beer store in Torrington, CT and the owner, seeing that I am buying among other things a 6 pack of Super Session #2, says to me, you want some Sunshine....I got a 4 pack in the back.

What a great day!!!

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Photo of jaehongcho
3.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Beautiful. Orange-golden and brilliant. Off-white head with good retention.

S: Surprisingly a moderate smell but bursting in any way like Sculpin does. I get tropical fruit and pine.

T: Very light malt backbone. Very hop-forward with citrus and pines. It's lightly sweet. Not as juicy as I expected.

F: Medium body. Good carbonation easy on the mouth.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

We came on a mission to try Heady with a side trip to Hill Farmstead, but left with a surprise in Sip of Sunshine. Tried it on tap at Pro Pig in Waterbury. Great a amber color with an amazing citrusy aroma. The taste was sweeter than I expected but still fairly balanced, went down awfully smooth, with no evidence of its alcohol content. Both HT and SoS are world class, so it really came down to personal preference for me. Overall it's a great beer but there's other top notch DIPAs out there that are easier to get your hands on. I wish this was one of them.

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Photo of Moose90
3.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz Can dated 12/29/15 12:04

A — Pours a vibrant orangey hue into the glass, clear initially, but a bit of sediment towards the end of the pour creates a nice slightly hazy orange body of beer in the glass. A smooth off-white colored head forms on top and leaves behind some nice consistent rings of lacing.

S — Smell is nice and citrusy, bit of lemon, hit of orange peel and pith, some light tropical hints of pineapple and mango, little bit of pine on the finish, overall balanced and intriguing.

T — Layers of flavors ranging from bitter citrus to semi-sweet tropical fruits. A lemony start leads way to some pineapple, melon, mango as well, a little bit earthy, resinous, and piney on the finish. A nice hoppy display and showcase in balance.

M — Medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, a smooth and lingering bitter finish.

O — Very nice overall, a well done Imperial IPA. Not the best in the world, but still a nice example of the style.

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