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Sip Of Sunshine - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 287
Hads: 2,760
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 6.3%
Wants: 961
Gots: 935 | FT: 23
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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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Reviews by guido19:
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,247 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,566 characters)

Photo of canucklehead_NY
5/5  rDev +8.7%

I'm not one for intricately describing how a beer tastes. But if you like IPA's and you appreciate a very smooth double IPA, this one is for you. A 1 pint 6 oz bottle of Sip of Sunshine was handed to me as I picked up two cases of Heady Topper. I originally said no, but I looked back and saw that everyone else was taking one...so I did too. I wasn't sure at first, but I'm so glad I changed my mind. Delicious beer - hoppy, fruity, fresh (bottled 15 days before I picked it up), and smooth. Is it better than Heady Topper? A little more session-able in my opinion, but not better. Not as good as Heady Topper? Wouldn't say that either. (646 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2 week old, 16 oz can poured into Spiegelau glass

Pours a bright, orange - yellow that is semi transparent 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 funky yeast and musty dankness, and an ever so slight slight medicinal green flavor. The hops are moderately 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 almost a peppery like rye. It is very, very creamy and full bodied without being too heavy. Oily slick finish. Outstanding. Best part about the beer for me.

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. (1,295 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
4.55/5  rDev -1.1%

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. (702 characters)

Photo of bfitzge2
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | 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! (181 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
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 donkeyrunner
4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of zoober911
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,253 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into snifter

Hazy honey colored with traces of carbonation leads to a white one finger foamy cap. Settles to a thin white layer with a few tracings.

Aroma of Tropical notes and an earthy hoppiness. Hint of orange citrus

Gentle hoppy bite on the tip and sides of the tongue. The earthy hops dominate.

No sudsing, nice weight. Good mouthfeel. Gentle lingering hop aftertaste

Well crafted beer that I will seek out again in Vermont and Connecticut (463 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a Lawson's stemmed glass.

A - Pours a pale amber color trending towards golden, excellent clarity with a thick finger of bright, white and dense foam.

S - Lots of citrus and tropical fruits - grapefruit, pineapple, mango, a bit of lime. Soft malt base barely shows. Faint fruity, sugary sweetness.

T - Medium hop bitterness underneath lots of tropically fruity hops, light sugar, trace of pine.

M - Soft in feel with a lighter carbonation, lightish body. Plenty of hops all around, a bit dry, bitter on the finish.

O - Excellent IPA...not the best I have ever had, but I would certainly like to have this again and often. (650 characters)

Photo of nhindian
4.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned 4/13/2015.

Appearance - Pours a vibrant goldenrod color that is just hazy enough to blot out anything on the opposite side of the glass. Vigorous carbonation races through the beer to feed a dense, creamy head that lingers as long as the beer within the glass does. Splotchy remnants of lace spatter the glass.

Aroma - The nose pulses wave after wave of juicy tropical fruits with an underlying pinch of fresh floral notes.

Taste - While the taste is just on point with the hops as the aroma, what distinguishes Sip of Sunshine from the competition is rush of sweetness that balances and complements the hops. The first few seconds are still all about the hops, which impart flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and orange, but in short order a supportive sweetness kicks in.

Mouthfeel - Although the aroma and taste mask the 8%, the mouthfeel bears the brunt of the gravity. Both the hops and sweetness tag-team to weigh heavily on the palate, but at the same time it allows the flavors to develop well into the aftertaste.

Closing Arguments - Lawson's delivers a winner with Sip of Sunshine. The hops are all that can be asked for, and the malt helps imply a semblance of balance. If you looked at the can design and expected a session Summer ale, you would think otherwise a few sips in, as this is every bit as heavy as a DIPA. (1,350 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a decent head that leaves a few squiggles of lacing

Smell: Flora, citrusy and tropical, with pink grapefruit, lychee, papaya and pith

Taste: There is a sugary malt base that propels the hops along, but this is all about floral and citrusy hops; assertively pithy and, in addition to the hop elements detected in the aroma, there is also a hint of berry flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a very nice DIPA but the hype machine is really rolling along; it's very good but it's not all that and a bag of chips

Thanks, HadMatter217, for the opportunity (649 characters)

Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
3.75/5  rDev -18.5%

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. (207 characters)

Photo of HoppedChef84
3.49/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I got a bad batch from the two roads location... Was super excited when I read about this beer and saw the 100 ba rating. Unfortunate that I don't see it, but the flavor profile was not for me. Did not get a glimpse of floral or citrus AT ALL. For me it's a bitter hoppy booze ridden ipa, that is very mildly carbonated. I can feel the boozy heat in my stomach. It's not that I dislike this beer at all but I don't think it lived up to my expectations of dipa due to the amount of wonderful ones I have had lately. (520 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on Tap at Mad Taco, served chilled in a pint.

The color is sunny like the name with golden and ambe hues with thick white head with visible carbonation in the body with fine bead and lace that sticks. The smell has a lot of orange peel scent with grapefruit juiciness and light dank herbal hop odors with slgiht grassy peppery note and mild alcohol. The feel is intense with hops and herbal resinous quality with moderately high carbonation making it feel light with dry strong lingering bitterness and gentle sweetness-very nice.

The flavor is pure hop goodness with lots of tangerine and grapefruity match by some pithy citrus and mild pine tinges which bring back more orange zest spiciness in repeated tastes. The flavor has some grassy bitter aspects toward the finish with dry herbal quality and some mild alcohol as it warms. Overall this is an excellent double IPA, lots of intensity and very bitter but does not cross over into punishing or excessive -very drinkable for 8% (1,001 characters)

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

The fresher the better this beer is. (36 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (2,000 characters)

Photo of Dekhar
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -13%

Photo of tjk135
4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the citrus, fruit loop punch I was hoping for but still an excellent IPA. (77 characters)

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Sip Of Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.