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Triple Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Triple Sunshine IPATriple Sunshine IPA

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 443
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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 Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -21.5%
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 beer456
4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +7.5%
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 BeerZombies1
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +4.3%
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 brianlapointe
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Photo of Hopstamon
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 M-Fox24
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -1.3%
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 +7.3%
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 -3.2%
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 +7.5%
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 DNICE555
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My Man LarsonStyle coming through big hooking it up with this bottle.

I haven't been writing many reviews since the quick rate option has become available. I feel that a rating doesn't do this beer justice.

The appearance rating is somewhat silly to me. What does a delicious beer look like? The edward citra dry hopped cask beer looks like a cloudy mess. It's still the best pale ale I've ever had. There was certainly a nice healthy head when I gave it a gentle pour. Maybe it's my imagination but the distinct evenly spread groups of bubbles that appears within the lacing of all glorious beers after the head dissipates is present.

Mr. Lawson described it best... smells like a tropical vacation. Juicy tropical hops, lemony zesty grapefuit, tangerine, orange, so complex, so many layers.

Tastes magnificent. The 10.5 percent ABV made me nervous this would be a malt bomb. If anyone could produce a 10.5 percent triple IPA where the malt works perfectly with the Hops... Mr. Lawson can. The water in Vermont must be special because it cultivates brewing geniuses and extraordinary beer. The bitterness balances perfectly with the juicy topical floral sweetness. The sweet spot it tough to hit but Lawson nailed it. I didn't realize it was possible but for me this ups the ante from the double sunshine.

The mouthfeel is balanced, complex, and sexy.

Overall this is the best TIPA I've ever had... maybe the best DIPA... maybe the best IPA I've ever had. Top brewers keep pushing the innovative limits... and I'm a 10 out of 10 on the pumped scale to see what's next.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Devman171
4.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, pour is yellow with medium head. Aroma is dank, grass, and citrus. Taste is intense, lots of bitter and fruit, a bit too much for me though..

Photo of FFreak
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer. Hazy orange with a slowly dissipating white head and nice lace. The aroma is out of this world...tons of tropical and citrus fruit - pineapple, mango, orange, tangerine. The taste is creamy tropical fruit backed by a perfectly balanced soft bitterness. A full body, silky mouth with no hint of the high ABV. This is as good as a beer can be.

Photo of rongcsc
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

While my favorite Lawson's product remains Double Sunshine, this one is right up there. Great hop aromas and perfect mouthfeel. Not too thin and not too heavy. Had it at the 7th Anniversary bottle sale.

Photo of bahnfire
4.81/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to Lawson's Willie Belcher

A: Super hazy bright orange color with a fluffy white head. Lots of lacing. Very pretty.

S: Possibly the best smelling IPA I've ever encountered. Like Double Sunshine, just more so. Citrusy deliciousness.

T: Taste following the nose. This really is DS just taken to another level. Everything I love about DS is there in spades. There is a hint of alcohol as it warms.

M: Excellent carbonation, same juicy mouthfeel as DS.

O: I generally don't enjoy "triple" IPAs. I find most of them to be really boozy and malty/sweet, and without much hop aroma (Hi-RES and Hop Shortage come to mind). Triple Sunshine somehow avoids those normal pitfalls that seem to come with such a high ABV IPA. Aside from a bit of alcohol as it warms, this is just as aromatic and juicy as Double Sunshine. I wouldn't say it is "better" than DS, but I wouldn't say it is "worse" either. They are now both my favorite IPAs.

Photo of drmcleod10
4.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into 2 scholarly tasting glasses and split with my brother
Had extremely high expectations for this beer.

A - Appearance is semi clear orange golden color with a solid 2 inch foam white head

S - Smell is a good mix of hops with nice floral aromas on the nose. Then comes the citrus and tropical notes on the nose that really become prevalent as it approaches somewhat warmer temperatures

T - Taste follows the nose with big notes of orange and tropical fruits on the front with a not too bitter floral hoppy finish. The bitterness doesn't retract from the flavor of the beer. There definitely is some heat on this one

M - Mouthfeel is like any world class DIPA, smooth and goes down easy. Once again a little heat on the finish. This one is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation

O - I'm not sure this as good as King Sue, there is definitely some malty backbone on this beer. This is though, the best Triple IPA that has touched my lips. A more fair comparison would be DS and King Sue

Photo of Stevedore
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

650ml bottle poured into a Lawson's snifter 6/8/2014.

A- Typical hazy dark copper body, one finger white head with good staying power and lots of thick lacing initially that still remain at the very end of the glass. Looks just like Double Sunshine and most other VT pale ales.

S- Intense mango, pineapple and other tropical fruit. Citrus. And a very sweet biscuit and honey backbone behind all of it. It smells incredibly hoppy yet very sweet; intense individually yet balanced as a whole.

F- Pineapple, citrus, floral hops. Lots of it, just like Double Sunshine. There is a strong caramel and biscuit malt backbone backing it up. No onions or any vegetal flavours at all which usually come from the dry hopping. The hops and the malts are very distinct and somehow balance each other out where both would be overpowering on their own in any other beer. This is definitely a very well put-together Triple IPA, and definitely the best one I've ever had.

M- Medium bodied, soft and even a bit creamy. For a high ABV IPA like this, this disappears way too fast. There is a slight bit of pleasant heat that I feel when it goes down, though I don't taste any fusel.

O- One hell of a Triple IPA, easily better than Ephraim (which felt more delicate) and much, much, much better than Devil Dancer. If I had to choose between Double Sunshine and Triple Sunshine, I would go with Double Sunshine 7 times out of 10. I believe that DS is more hop-biased than TS even though TS is loaded with more hops and malt; and that's what I really enjoy.

Photo of VTLocal420
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Ok, so this beer is special to me, another top 10 beer for me... I was one of the first humans on the planet to sample this beer and it did NOT disappoint... This is other worldly and a must try if Lawson's ever bottles it again.

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.3/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Bright, hazy gold with a nice white head and some good lacing. Great head retention for the style

A: Absolutely massive mango, papaya and juicy citrus notes. Nice candied malt is present behind the hops and they play off of each other perfectly. Noticeable alcohol, but not overly prominent and adds a little spicy kick behind the flavors that works very nicely.

T/M: Very smooth bitterness that is joined with massive mango, lime and resiny hop flavors mid palate. The malt provides great balance, creating the similar sugary candy character as the aroma while not even becoming slightly syrupy. The mouthfeel is moderate to full, and the finish is drying and filled with hop flavors.

Overall, one of the best, if not the best, 'Triple' IPA I have ever had. It does not fall victim to any of the pitfalls that many high abv Imperial IPAs fall victim to, and goes beyond by finding superb balance between malt and hops. A really amazing beer, I am glad I got the opportunity to try it.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a cloudy, dark orange juice hue. Head is pretty thick. He head keeps growing and settles into about an inch and a half of thick, white fluff. Rather light on the lace.

S-A rich, damp, tropical fruit juice aroma. Boozy peach, apricot and mango. Fistfuls of squished citrus. Green grass and a dank element. Sweet, full biscuit malt.

T-A gripping bear hug of hoppiness. I am impressed by the concentrated mango flavor. I also get papaya, peach, nectarine and tangerine. All of the hop-fruits taste soaked in booze because this brew is pretty hot. The malt has enough flavor for me to at least notice.

M-Hops sit and settle on the palate. Very bitter. Quite hot. Very resinous. Sticky. Softer bubbles.

O-I enjoyed the more than Double Sunshine (which I find to be good but overrated). A giant dose of resinous hop goo. It has it's flaws, though. In the end I was super lucky to try Triple Sunshine. I wouldn't make a point of taking a trip to VT just to try it again.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the cask, tapped by Sean Lawson at 8:00 AM at Mad Taco.
Pours a hazy tangerine with minimal head.
Smells unreal. Mango, tangerine, juicy citrus. It's ridiculous.
Taste is exceptional. All the flavors in the aromas, but so drinkable. A touch more alcohol than Double Sunshine...but SO DRINKABLE.
Mouthfeel is slippery, soft and inviting.
This beer is a masterpiece. I was expecting heat from the booze, I was expecting the high ABV to compromise the juiciness and delicious aspects found in DS. Not the case. This is DS just amped up to crazy levels.

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Triple Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.