Triple Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Triple Sunshine IPATriple Sunshine IPA

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 521
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rymar9 on 05-07-2014

This lupullin-laden India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit character, bright floral aromas, and exceptional layers of flavor. Store cold, pour carefully, then close your eyes and enjoy a tropical vacation in a glass.
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like sinking your teeth into the perfect blend of tropical and citrus fruit is what Lawson's Finest Triple Sunshine delivers. Its seamless medley has crawled straight out of a can of Hawaiian Punch, wrapped itself around a ten-plus percent core and seeps deeply into the tastebuds for an unabashed assault upon the palate.

Its bright, nearly canary straw color is laced with a milky cloud and topped with a tall, creamy and persistent froth. But hovering over the snifter overwhelms the palate with all things tropical, citrus and orchard fruit; somehow eluding any semblance to beer.

Its bright and tangy taste is both mouthwatering and drying at the same time. Its hop acidity latches onto the tastebuds with teeth-churning red grapefruit, mandarin, lemon, pineapple, mango and apricot. As the ale swirls beautifully on the mouth, its distant backdrop of malt is delicate of honey, faint caramel and confection- giving its vibrant hoppy fruit character a sense of being vine-ripe, bursting with plump juices.

Hiding its strength masterfully, the ale hasn't forgotten about its dry American IPA underpinning- intent on allowing the hop flavor, dryness and smooth bitterness to command the show. Its fleeting finish is tangy, playfully warm and leaves the mouth begging for more.

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There was a great deal of hype surrounding this beer. Some even labeled it the greatest beer of all time. It even got me believing that this might be my first ever 5 out of 5 beer.

I was expecting something legendary, along the lines of a Double Sunshine on steroids, a beer that would truly be worth camping out overnight for or trading a whale to acquire.

What I got was a boozier Sip of Sunshine with a mouthfeel that resembled a dirtier, more raw consistency that I have come to expect from some of the top Tree House brews (not to say that this was a flaw, just uncharacteristic of a Lawson's product.)

It tastes maltier than Double Sunshine, with a more pronounced stone fruit presence in its flavor and just a touch of orange creamsicle (similar to Julius) in its layers. It was also far sweeter than I had expected.

Like most of Lawson's liquid preparations, this beer smells fantastic. This might have been the highlight.

Overall, this a very good beer, but not a life changer.

Is it the best TIPA I have ever had? No.

Does it live up the hype? No.

Is it better than Double Sunshine? No.

Is it worth trading a whale to procure? No.

This was a very difficult beer to get a hold of, and it brought out the ugly side of many people I know in the craft beer community. If you are considering a trade for this beer, do so with the understanding that there are better beers that you can get for far less than the king's random this bomber requires.

To me, Triple Sunshine is the kind of beer that you drink once to satisfy a curiosity, but not one to seek out again.

Photo of Jimmys
4.36/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber into goblet glass. no packaged on date.

A: pours much too hazy. this bottle was sitting vertical for a while so I surprised at that. orange. foamy white head.

S: loads of citrus, but softer more orange like. mango too. maybe even a little minty? maybe some pine in there too.

T: hugely hoppy. there is a softer side of hops here. the flavor reminds me of a creamsicle. bitterness is moderate to low, very manageable. booze is practically nonexistent.

M: moderate amount of mouthfeel. full body.

D: another solid offering from Lawson's. flavorful and aromatic without being cloying or boozy. I really cant believe this is a 10% ABV beer. goes down like a hearty IPA. my biggest complaint is the appearance being so hazy which brought with it a little yeast bitterness bite. otherwise very well done.

Photo of Hopglow
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is very similar to Sip of Sunshine, but a more robust version. Hops are even more pronounced. Alcohol is well hidden which could make this dangerous in quantity. Excellent beer. As far as high octane IPAs go, In my opinion, you cannot get much better than this. Great job Lawson's. I wish you would sell this in Massachusetts.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Cloudy and murky, although the first pour from the bottle was much clearer. Small white head. Leggy and a little bit of lacing. Wispy surface.

Smell - Lots of tropical fruit. Pale malt. A bit of doughy sweetness. A little bit of diacetyl.

Taste - Much better, but there's a little bit of diacetyl. Strong tropical fruit and orange hops. Hint of grainy malt. Moderate pale malt sweetness and the slightest bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A little astringent. Not very boozy and doesn't drink like 10.5%. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The diacetyl is very mild, so it doesn't kill it. Otherwise a good beer.

Photo of jgod001
4.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply amazing. Super creamy. So much fruit. Aroma is like nothing I've ever experienced

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really great but I have had better...including Double sunshine

Photo of beer456
4.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Tasted this at brewfest 2014. A nice beer that I wouldnt mind trying again as beerfest only gives you 4 oz glasses na the lines are kind of long at the Lawsons section. Still happy to have tried it early as the keg got kicked rather fast and the 4oz. I tasted was the only 4 oz. available to me. Very nice kick. Fruity but not overpowering. Very different from the Sip of Sunshine by Lawsons.

Photo of jegross2
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Triple Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids out of Warren, Vermont.

Score: 100

From the 05/24/13 bottle release. Served in an Upland snifter and enjoyed on 06/11/14.

Appearance: Pours a radiant and murky light tangerine color with a finger of white head that settles to a thin foggy cap. Excellent lacing with crazy cling/retention. Has a cascading head when tilted. Such a gorgeous beer. 5/5

Smell: Bright and bold mango, peach, pineapple, fresh and dank tropical fruit and pine. Has a sticky, resinous sweetness to the nose. Really awesome. Reminds me of a danker, sweeter-malt aroma version of Double Sunshine. So much citrus, pine and dank freshness. Has a light spice character to the nose. 5/5

Taste: This beer has the same big juicy citrus and tropical fruit character of Double Sunshine upfront -- especially the mango and pineapple assault, in addition to the grapefruit -- but this is quickly followed by a bitter piney hop bite and lasting bitterness. Has a nice underlying sweetness, but definitely more bitter leaning than Double Sunshine's balanced juiciness. There is a little spicy/earthy character to the finish along with a little caramel malt flavor. Lasting bitterness and a nice resin flavor towards the back half. No booziness here, in my opinion. The bitterness layers nicely, with the flavors growing in intensity with every sip. Great integration here. 5/

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, perfect carbonation. Really viscous for an IPA. Slick, oily mouthfeel with a nice mildly dry finish. Bitter leaning with a stick-around-sweetness too. 5/5

Overall: A slightly spicy, bitterer and drier version of Double Sunshine with a nice dank quality to it. This beer falls somewhere between my two favorite IPA -- Double Sunshine and Abrasive -- with its bitter hop bite and sweet/juicy tropical fruit character. I can dig it!

Cost: $12 for a 22 oz (bomber).

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Barry.

This one pours a dark-ish orange, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells super good, some dankness, honey, and tons of citrus, just a huge blast of it.

This one isn't necessarily better than regular Double Sunshine, but it's still absolutely stunningly delicious. No hint of the alcohol whatsoever here, with a big honey and citrus sweetness, along with a bit of pine, and some of what they call 'dankness'.

This is medium bodied, and luckily not syrupy at all, for the ABV. The mouthfeel is juicy, and fairly crisp.

This meets the hype and is absolutely delicious.

Photo of SveNss0N
2.88/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nowhere near as good as Double Sunshine.

Photo of BeerZombies1
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Triple Sunshine
Lawson's finest liquid
Double/triple ipa
10.5% ABV

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy over ripe tangerine fruit color, with bright 24k gold sparkling highlights. Has a beautiful loose, billowy off white head that sticks around for the long term with some super retention.

AROMA: Fresh squeezed tropical fruit juice that has spilled into a damp jungle floor. Pineapple, mango, guava peel. Some very interesting earthy, minty notes that get rounded out by sweet bready, doughy malts.

TASTE: Wow! Juicy mango burst right away. Followed by sweet ripe pineapple and peaches. Huge dank, wet earthy flavors that give way to a very layered hop profile. The malty sweetness on the nose comes into play only to give way to the crashing bitterness that hits on the backend. I can't believe this is 10.5% absolutely no heat and so easy to drink.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body, medium prickly carbonation. Lovely expansive creaminess that coats the whole mouth before retracting super quick with the dry snappy finish.

OVERALL: I received this a few months after release it had been properly cellared. I honestly can't imagine how good this must have been fresh. This has blown my mind. This may be the best double/triple ipa I've had to date. So balanced but full of explosive flavors at the same time. I super confident in my rating of this truly masterful work of art!

RATING: 5/5 Zombie Heads!

Photo of smanson56
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really didn't expect any less than perfect from Lawson's Triple Sunshine.

The color was a dark cloudy orange with a thick white head.

The aroma was the blend of many citrus fruits, mango, blood orange, grapefruit to name a few. they all work so well to cover the higher ABV of this Triple.

The taste filled your whole mouth with a wonderful sensation. Perhaps a little thick feeling at first but the longer you drink it the more wonderful it becomes.

All in all it was well worth getting up at 3:30 am and driving 3 hours to stand in line to get my ticket. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Photo of papat444
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a treat this one was. Mango, oranges and peaches fill the flavor. Super smooth and ultra creamy with just the right does of bitterness. So easy to drink, i could have drank this all night. Do everything you can to get a bottle of this.

Photo of brianlapointe
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

the nose was like capri sun!!!!!! hides the alchohol content very well, amazing mouth feel with great smoothness

Photo of Hopstamon
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When, in the course of human events, your favorite brewer makes a beer that is just stupid-good—and historically important, in the context of an already rich and well-documented history—and, by chance, you have volunteered to session an entire 22oz bottle of this magical blend of barley, hops and yeast... well, sometimes the best thing you can do is just shut up about it.

But, let's face it, that's not really my thing.

I deliberately call these items “recaps” rather than “reviews” because they are envisioned as timely, just-the-facts accounts of the brew, with some amount of on-the-fly analysis mixed in. By design, they violate the “72 hour rule,” invoked by some fans (once upon a time) as a necessary buffer period to digest a beer and let its immediate afterglow wear off before issuing any declarations about its greatness.

However... I will sum it up into just a few more words when I say that Lawson's has once again blown me away... this is the juiciest of juicy... hoppy goodness & citrusy love... dangerously drinkable... I would camp out for days to get my hands on more of it.
Thank you Mr. Lawson... Thank you Mr. Lawson ... Thank you Mr. Hood

Photo of msigona85
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma- Big and sweet tropical fruit smell, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, peaches. Slightly boozy smell. Very Nice

Appearance- Very hazy. Deep gold to amber in color. Tight, white head that is slightly rocky, dissipating fairly quickly. Moderate lacing

Flavor- Extremely Juicy and tropical. A lot of varied fruit flavors with a pleasing sweetness. Peach, pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit. Slightly resinous. A nice caramel touch with more of a fruit sweetness. Slight grapefruit pith, very light alcohol, sweet juiciness and cotton candy flavors meet for a beautifully drying finish. A light ruby red grapefruit taste lingers.

Mouthfeel- Medium to medium-full bodied. Very smooth with a very light tingle of carbonation and a slight warming at the end.

Overall- An amazing beer, the best I have ever had. So much flavor without any particular note dominating. I was skeptical if waiting for several hours in line for a beer could be worth it, it is. Everything works together perfectly. The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts, with each part being perfect. I have seen the top of the mountain, and it is good. I can now die a happy man. Cheers

Photo of jhavs
4.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasting at the ACBF.
A= Hazy and yellow, bright with near pure white full head.
S= The aroma is spectacular, typical of Lawson's Finest. Deep citrus and tropical fruit, resinous pine. Pineapple and mango?
T= No hint of high ABV pushing its way through the deep and dank hop flavors, lots of tropical fruits with pine and earth following. Sweet malt balances bitterness and makes it very easy to drink.
M= Lightly carbonated but stays lite and crisp, easy to drink for TIPA.
O= Had this previously at one of the breweries anniversary events, loved it then, and loved it again. World class. Wish it was easier to get, luckily can get SofS to tide me over.

Photo of macher0
4.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to fellow BA'er brentlepping for the share. I had a decent buzz but this one still SHINED though.

This poured a darkish orange, copperish with a healthy egg-shell head. Some minor laces retained on the glass. This nose was incredible - tropical fruit bombshell: mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and papaya. The taste just follows right in line very tropical with a tad of resin on the end. Unlike most where the nose is tropical and the taste is pine/resin, this has a huge tropical taste. It full body and very smooth with no booze and a very creamy finish.

I was blown away. Too bad this is a huge pain to acquire cause I would be thrilled to drink this piece again.

Photo of M-Fox24
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For this particular style, Lawson’s left a dent/gap:

A: Hazy dark golden-yellow/orangey body with a beautiful, frothy, thick, of-white head, and nice retention

S: Aromas are that of a fruity, juicy, greatness: passion fruit, tropical fruit, grapefruit, and wet hoped fruit. So much going on, and the notes are simply incredible: mango, guava, pineapple, peach, apricot, pine, and citrus galore

T: Similar to the aromas; nonetheless, a miraculous amount of hop character is the driver here. This is simply a fruity, juicy, malty brew, to which is handcrafted to stand amongst the best of the best, and where the ABV is hidden fairly well

M: Nice carbonation, smoothness, bitterness, and great hop profile

O: An astounding IPA, which can be compared and stacked up against others if one so chooses to do so, but should be enjoyed for its fruity, juicy, goodness

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! I can smell this from across the room and it smells amazing. Yup, instant smile inducing. I really don't know how you can get this much flavor into an IPA without it becoming too heavy. This is light and crisp with a ton of tropical fruit flavors and almost no bitterness. Basically hop juice. The malt base is nothing like it should be for a 10.5% beer. It's hard to describe, but it has that typical VT malt base that is light and airy. It tasted very similar to Ephraim from Hill but ramped up in the flavor department. Insane.

Photo of beerjunky413
4.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried 3 oz sampler at the 2014 VT brewers festival. As you would expect from a lawsons IPA the beer is bright and hazy. Aroma is super intense with mountains of hop funk. Very dank and citrusy. The mouthfeel is comparable to the thickest of oatmeal stouts, yet it drinks incredibly easy. The 10.5% abv is almost invisible. Hops linger long, long after the sip is gone. Based on conversations with others at the 'fest, a variety of fruit flavors come through depending on your taste buds. I got lots of pineapple, mango, orange and lime. This beer is worth the hype, now if I could only try more than 3 ounces...

Photo of DaveHack
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I LOVE Double Sunshine, lets get that out of the way now.

TS pours a very hazy,cloudy orange. There were many floaties, which aren't a huge issue to me. Nice white head proving near perfect carbonation

Smell is very similar to DS, dank and tropical. Just a huge burst of hop goodness

Taste is similar to DS with the major exception being the alcohol. Please realize...for a 10.5% ABV, this is INSANELY drinkable. I just don't see how this improves upon the original. It's great, but the 10.5 is there and I really see no need for it.

This, just like DS, feels awesome in the mouth.

This beer is better than I expected, but is not a replacement for the true king, Double Sunshine. I am amazed at how well the 10.5 is pulled off. There isn't a ridiculous sweetness or an overpowering alcohol presence. It really is a work of art.

Photo of Str8fromtheGrnMtns
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap. Obtained at Lawson's 7th Anniversary market. Poured into a Lawson's tulip, HUGE tropical aromas as soon as I opened the bottle.
Smells like a tropical bomb with resinous notes in the back.
The mouth feel is overwhelming, I was expecting a mouth feel close to SoS (kinda crisp, more thin), but this is much creamier. Taste is tropical fruits, mango, peach, a bit of grapefruit, but also resinous dank feel following. Nice semi-bitter finish with sweetness to back it from the malts. Very well balanced. Not overly hoppy. Basically SoS but x10 on all fronts.
Best Lawson's I've ever had right in front of Double sunshine and Kiwi. Easily a 5.

Photo of nhindian
4.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Triple Sunshine comes in along the darker end of the color spectrum, and somewhat fittingly, has the starburst color akin to a sunset. A disjointed, rocky head fights to cling to the sides of the glass but easily pulls away without much struggle. It still lasts a while, though. The body is mostly clear, with small amounts of carbonation in the glass.

Aroma - The nose is a wonderful bouquet of hops with a nice sweet note lingering in the background. A fresh mix of mango, honey, and grapefruit makes each sniff a joy.

Taste - Pretty much the nose incarnated on the tastebuds. Juicy tropical fruit with a bready, sweet honey malt flavor. Surprisingly, the finish has a somewhat hot alcohol bite, which definitely knocks this down a few notches.

Mouthfeel - Resinous, thick, syrupy. Clean, though.

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Triple Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.