Sip Of Sunshine - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 237
Hads: 2,545
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.55%
Wants: 868
Gots: 837 | FT: 22
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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 TomMorris
4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a lovely golden yellow with a creamy white head; leaves plenty of attractive lacing on the side of the glass as well. The smell is extremely tropical at first - think shoving your nose into some hybrid of mango and pineapple. There's a little bit of hoppy bitterness that shows itself in the nose as the beer warms as well. My first taste was slightly less tropical than I was expecting, but is ultimately very consistent with the bright fruity nose. As the beer reaches the back of my throat the tropical fruit flavors segue seamlessly into some very floral and piney hop flavors, before finishing bitter and leaving me wanting another sip almost immediately.

This one very much lives up to the hype; an astounding IPA. Wish I was able to pick up more than two cans at a time. (794 characters)

Photo of dutesanch
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. Poured from the can into a SA perfect pint glass. Smell has a decent amount of tropical fruit and some pine to it. Taste is consistent with that but not mind blowing. I would best compare this to Booming Rollers or Jai Alai. Good not great. (261 characters)

Photo of OmahaKF
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a two-finger head that smells of a mixture of tropical fruit (pineapple, passion fruit) and citrus. Taste is a nice blend of hop bitterness and citrus, though not quite as tropical as the smell would suggest. The flavor is very well-balanced. My wife said it reminded her of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed (but obviously much much more delicious!). (356 characters)

Photo of KOrtyl
4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Overall a smooth IPA. Have to say the citrus IPAs are refreshing as is this one. Poured a nice head. Smells pungant like passion fruit. Drinks crisp. No bitterness. Not as smooth as Treehouse, nice summer beverage. (219 characters)

Photo of winningwes91
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here it goes. The infamous sos. Pours a gorgeous hazy orange color. Smells of oranges, hops, and some pine. Taste follows suit. Wow. I definitely see the hype here. Creamy mouthfeel. Excellent stuff. (199 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a really nice golden orange color from the can. The nose is nice and tropical and juicy and the taste surpasses the nose. It's very satisfying and juicy with some nice malt and hardly any bitterness at all. Finishes very clean and refreshing. (249 characters)

Photo of SenorHops
3.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty stunned by the 100 rating on BA. There is a funk, that I assume comes from the yeast used in this brew that comes through in the aroma and flavor of this beer. I'm assuming this is not a bad batch, but I have my reservations. I'm very curious now as to what yeast is used. If it is 1056 or 001, something is definitely amiss. This beer would have been far better if it had a cleaner, more neutral fermentation. Color, clarity and mouthfeel is solid. Overall, a big disappointment. (487 characters)

Photo of EggsBenny
4.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I work at a liquor store and when I can get this I do. Jeez Louise it's so damn good. Usually I get a can so who knows what it looks like, but who cares. One time I did have it at a bar on tap and showed it to a few friends, everyone was in agreement and awe of it's greatness, and it has a nice deep golden hue to it. Then another time my boss bought all the employees a keg of it that we drank while playing wiffleball one sunday this summer and I remember thinking how goddamn awesome it was even on my like 6th pour into a red solo cup.

Someone about 4 reviews before me said it was like Heady, I cannot agree. Heady tries to punch you in the face with floral hoppyness from beginning to end. This has a citrusy, fruity quality that gives it a greater complexity in my opinion. Heady is more like Fuzzy Baby Ducks, this is more like Julius from Treehouse. All great, but different. This is my favorite though.

IF YOU SEE IT SOMEWHERE YOU MUST GET IT. END OF STORY. I've heard it to many times when people passed because they didn't know what it was. Don't be that guy or gal. (1,093 characters)

Photo of PVMT
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The finest East Coast IPA I've tried. All citrus and fruit without a hint of bitter. Sweet, but not cloying, and it has an amazing mouthfeel and finish. (152 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance- Golden amber and pretty clear. Pours a two to three inch head.

aroma- Citrus, pineapple, and floral hops as well as some malty sweetness.

taste- Definitely get the tropical fruits as advertised with pineapple standing out the most along with citrus. For the malt there's a bit of bread flavor in the middle, but caramel malts mix with resinous hops for a sweet finish that verges on being too sweet.

feel- Medium/full bodied and medium carbonation. There's a sticky feel to it that's a tad unpleasant, but that's nitpicking.

overall- Great IPA/DIPA, but it just didn't wow me as anticipated. The hop flavor is very nice with pineapple and citrus and the malt is solid, but too sweet at times. This might be due to the fact that its almost two months old at this point (even though I just bought it at the store), but I don't think that should have affected things too much. The hop flavors certainly didn't disappoint, but in the end feel was a bit too sticky and the malt a bit too sweet. Would definitely buy this again, but I wouldn't wait in line for it. (1,082 characters)

Photo of bigone4
4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice orange color with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing down the glass. Nose of citrus and slight pint resin scent. Citrus up front finished with a floral bouquet in the mouth. Juicy chewy hop finish. All around enjoyable and leaves you wanting more! (254 characters)

Photo of Beersmuggler
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you like heady topper, this one is very comparable. One of the best IPAs that I have had and will seek out more. This is a must have for the IPA. Drinkers out there. (169 characters)

Photo of jow_42
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can poured into a Stone RIS tulip

A - pours a hazy, dark orange w/ a bright white 1 finger of head.

S - Juicy, tropical fruits. Pungent. Citrus. Tangerines, orange, passion fruit. Smells great.

T - Juicy oranges, tangerines, mango. Pithy grapefruit middle of the mouth, but finishes clean and dry. Almost reminds me of super fresh Sculpin from Ballast Point. Dank on the back end which I love.

M - Easy drinking, meduim minus.

O - A freaking awesome NE DIPA. Will for sure seek this out again. Highly recommended. (533 characters)

Photo of JonathannRobert
4.96/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The furthest thing from an IPA guy on most occasions, but SOS is an exception. I wanted to drink a few of these on different occasions and from different batches to give a review for fairness sake. Being that there has been little to no inconsistency I can safely say this is one of the best regularly available IPAs on the market.

Hazy golden appearance. Floral, tropical fruit and citrus, some pine in the finish. Nice and juicy. If I have a go to summer IPA, this is my guy. (478 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright yellow color ale with a nice foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of grassy floral notes with light citrusy undertones is just about perfect. Taste is also dominated by super fresh grassy notes with citrusy undertones, very limited bitterness with some tropical fruit notes. Body a light oily texture with average body and good carbonation. A little sweeter then IU would have liked but just about perfect overall. (472 characters)

Photo of ChrisP802
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Usually not a big IPA guy, but this beer was an exception

Smelled a little hoppy, but tasted slightly fruity. Very different from what I expected.

Very drinkable at 8%, but not too overpowering (196 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

At bottle share, Coopers, Chelsea, NYC. I am an un-hoppy guy. That being said, this stuff is spectacular. Among the 8 or so geeks I was sharing with, no one ventured a guess as to what hops or mix made it the taste treat it was.

Tropical notes all up in your face from the get go.

I'm considering summering in Vermont from here on in. (337 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is exactly what an IPA should taste like. Though Double Sunshine may be better this still is immensely complex and delicious. Tropical fruits, passion fruit, tangerines, nectarines, oranges and light grapefruit meld with a sweet caramel backbone. So easy to drink and so delicious. (286 characters)

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

this is a single IPA just like ZD is a pale ale. there has to be sugar, or syrup in there somewhere. i don't know how a single IPA has 8% and That much hop... (158 characters)

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pale golden color with a rich full head.

Tropical citrus nose lives up to sip of sunshine name. Floral notes right at the end.

Taste is rich and citrus orange grapefruit. Coats the mouth with a decadent hop flavor.

Great beer absolutely. (242 characters)

Photo of ljjpowers
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine IPA is so good that it’s almost bad (explanation to follow). Remember the Tang commercials from the early 2000s with the karate chimps? SoS looks, smells, and tastes just like the juice bags that those ridiculously coordinated chimps used to sell! To be clear, I’m talking about Tropical Tremor (not that Cherry Craze crap). Now use those opposable thumbs to crack open this fruit bomb of an IPA and find out what I mean. Without a doubt, the most striking quality of SoS is its appearance— although I seriously doubt that anybody ever took the time to pour a Tang pouch into a glass, I feel like they would look identical. A vibrant goldenrod (orange/yellow) radiates from the glass as scents of orange, lemon, and pineapple stimulate your nose (and slowly evolve into a lingering tangerine/grapefruit fragrance. And now for the most important part… there is a problem: SoS lulls your taste buds into expecting a Tropical Tremor Tang juice (a vastly underappreciated beverage by the way), and as a result, your mouth is shocked by the bitterness of the IPA style. Once you are able to accept that the amazing smell and appearance of this beverage (and their other brews) will lead to drink a beer and not a juice-like fruit drink, you will come to respect Lawson’s as one of the premier IPA-makers on the East Coast. (1,354 characters)

Photo of RyanJohnCrain
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drank most of it from the can so hard to give an accurate rating on look. This was a near perfect IPA though, I loved every second of drinking it. Big thanks goes to Laura for sending this little gem to Wisconsin. (213 characters)

Photo of PaleCale
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color with moderate white head retention. Tropical fruits and pine mingle in the smell with citrus playing a bigger part in the taste. Drinks easy but slight alcohol on the finish. Overall a fantastic brew. (221 characters)

Photo of nickshep7
4.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- 2 finger thick white head, hazy golden body, pure. S - floral, tropical fruits, hints of pine. T - where this beer makes its name, smooth,tasty plump juicy hops. O - great beer. (182 characters)

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

Wow! Thanks to my brother I'm enjoying this in a can here in Imperial, CA. Poured into a tulip glass, nice 1 1/2 in head and lacing stuck to the glass very well. Smell was good and the tasted even better. Had both heady topper and SIP side by side with heady taking the edge by a hair. I thought both had there own characteristics but very similar at times. Great beer! Hope to have it again some day. (406 characters)

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Sip Of Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.