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Sip Of Sunshine - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 1,496
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 458
Gots: 405 | FT: 6
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Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial 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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Reviews by Hendry:
Photo of Hendry
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are a good amount of opinions and some dissention by a number of loyal Lawson's Finest Liquids devotees regarding SIP OF SUNSHINE IIPA. For starters, this beer, while Sean Lawson's recipe, is produced at and by Two Roads brewery in CT, so when someone like myself looks at a tap list of a well respected tap room (that shall remain nameless) and notices that the "origin" of the beer is listed as "Vermont," and a 12 oz. pour is $8 (same price as Double Sunshine), there is a feeling of deception (in defense of Lawson's, another more reputable tap house mentions the origin of brewing as CT). Bottom line, it feels deceiving buying a "Lawson's" beer that isn't hand crafted by Sean Lawson himself.

Sip Of Sunshine is what Lawson's draft accounts are getting a steady supply of, which enables Lawson's to produce more bottles for market events and retail for select store locations (which are in demand at insanity levels). I cannot for one second blame Sean Lawson for cashing in on his strong reputation in the brewing industry, and truth be told most that get to try Sip of Sunshine have no idea where it is brewed or by who, but there is a bit of disconnect for his local fans. It should be noted that this is the second batch of Sip, considered by locals as "2.0" (I did not get to try "1.0").Enough said about the politics of Sip of Sunshine, and on to the review.

Hoppy Vermont IIPAs are traditionally cloudy and opaque: when Sip arrived on my table, the first thing I noticed was the lack of delightful unfiltered cloudiness I have come to appreciate so much. Sip looks more like a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA that has been through a centrifuge than it does a Lawson's IIPA . Minimal head and average lacing.

Nose was definitely hop forward as one would expect, but the word SUNSHINE inevitably invites the comparison to Lawson's Double Sunshine, which it takes a back seat to for my tastes. Notes of mango and pineapple are enjoyable.

Flavor is where SOS delivers the goods: this is a fine tasting IIPA by all respects, regardless of who or where it was brewed. The Mango and pineapple jump out, and prove this to be a very bright and bouncy palate pleaser. Moderate amount of residual bitterness,finishes relatively dry and crisp. ABV quite well hidden amongst the tropical fruit blast to the palate.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, if not a tad thin for a Lawson's IIPA, but it works.

All politics aside, SOS is a genuinely enjoyable IIPA that Sean Lawson plans to continue tweaking and eventually put in cans. I suspect that the Lawson's name alone will command no less than a $15 price tag for four 16 oz. cans, but I would consider it another welcome choice in the cooler providing it lasts more than a few hours there like the LFL bombers.
**************UPDATE 12/25/14******************************************
Sip has arrived in cans, recipe tweaked,and price point @ $13.99 for a 4 pack of 16 oz. cans is a home run. Regardless where this is brewed,CT or VT, Sip is solid offering that has earned my respect. Highly recommended

More User Reviews:
Photo of WesMantooth
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2 week old, 16 oz can poured into Spiegelau glass

Pours a bright, hazy orange with a slightly off white fluffy head that falls off to a thin ring that is somewhere in between fizzy and foamy.

Aroma is citrusy, with sweet fruits, sweet malt, floral hops.

The taste is impressive. Multiple fruit flavors. Almost reminds me of a handful of those "Runts" mixed fruit hard candies we used to eat as kids, except better. Sweet malt base. Subtle dankness. The hops are slightly bitter and floraly, but very well integrated with the rest of the flavors. No noticeable alcohol.

The mouthfeel has a slight crispness/ spark to it that is hard to describe, but I don't belive it is from the carbonation. It is very creamy and full bodied without being too heavy. Oily slick finish.

I don't throw too many 5s around, but when it comes to the feel, I can't imagine doing something better. So incredibly balanced and smooth. Overall, it is easily one of the better DIPA s I have ever had. I can see where some people might find it being a little subdued flavor wise, but I am blown away by how balanced it is.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delectable in its supreme hop glory- Lawson's Finest continues to both tease and mesmerize hop-heads with tangy citrus, deep tropical and herbal waft layering gently upon one another.

Pouring with patient separation of hazy golden-peach elixir from its cottony lather, the unadulturated and unfiltered ale has a rustic but genuine appearance. The nose is awash with vibrant grapefruit, tropical punch, and hints of chive with cannabis frame the hoppy scent while a backdrop of caramel and honey give the fruit impressions a more tantalizing fructose and honeysuckle character.

What starts sweet with candied citrus and tropical fruit quickly asserts its hop flavors to overcome the weight of caramelized malt. The bitter tang of red grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, mango, lemon and passionfruit shed its over-ripened form and favor a dried, almost musty fruit character before its bitterness steals the show.

Trending malty-dry, the medium-bodied ale finishes with a semi-light and creamy body that wraps around the smooth, resiny bitterness- giving impressions of citrus peel, pepper, botanical grasses and something only described as a "funky-freshness". It's a mystical ale that seduces each and every tastebud with unabashed appology.

Photo of Pahn
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of zoober911
4.79/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

It's BA score of 100 is way overrated, and honestly doesn't even make my top 3 Imperial/Double IPA's. Reminds me more of a India Pale Lager, as it is on the clear side with only a moderate amount of lacing.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Photo of bfitzge2
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the more unique noses I've ever experienced--a fruity sweetness, close to sugary. The taste was juicy and delicious. A unique and delicious brew; ecstatic to have it in CT!

Photo of Flounder57
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Super tropical, melon, apricot, peach, canteloupe, juicy, citrus, floral, herbal, toasted, bready, and pale malts.

Taste: Wow!!! I do actually feel like I'm on a tropical island. Balanced, flavorful, great malt profile, and extremely delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and nice tingly bitterness.

Overall: Will have to say that this is one of the best IPA'S I've ever had. Hope to revisit this one again in the near future. Well worth it.

Photo of mick303
4.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Dekhar
4.56/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Tiernan
4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TimBeaulieu
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Krafty34
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lateralundertow
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kappakoosh
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.09/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not worth the hype, as is usual with Lawson's beers.

Simply average all around.

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Sip Of Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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