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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Narkee
4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is so bright with big resinous hop flowers with pineapple, mango and apricots. Palate is full of flavour and beautifully balanced. A hop flower fruitiness drives the palate with a nice dry bitter finish. Some very light malty sweetness is there but leaves the hops at the forefront. A really good balance between the more extreme haze juice bombs and the west coast style.

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/23, poured into my DFH spiegelbrau...

She is a thing of beauty. Pours a glowing, cloudy honey gold. 1 finger of white foam.
Nose is delightful. I have a 2/7 can that I will plan to compare this to SOON, but getting strong floral / citrus notes from the opening pour. My nose is hovering over the top of the glass, and my wife is asking what I am "sniffing in the kitchen"...
Taste mirrors the nose. Juicy and slick. it is awesome. Which mean it was probably more awesome a couple of weeks ago. Which means I will need to be more aggressive in terms of getting to that 2/7 can.
Feel is crazy light for 8%. It isn't too bitter, it isn't too sweet, it isn't to thin. I keep finishing my pulls off with a look of nodding approval towards the glass.
Overall, it is the best month old beer I have ever consumed. Really (REALLY) looking forward to getting to the fresher ones in the fridge!

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 9 days ago, poured into a Berkompas Tavern shaker glass. Finally available (in very limited quantities) in Massachusetts, I was tickled to get some. 4/16oz/ $15. Not cheap! But one of the finest ales I've tasted. The canned goods I understand are gypsy-brewed at Two Roads in Connecticut. Says so on the can. HVS like honesty.

The brew is copper colored, a tad cloudy but clear compared to Trillium, Hill Farmstead, Heady, etc. The aroma hit me as I poured can to glass. Knew then this was gonna be good. AND IT IS. Fantastic beer in every way. The flavor profile is common to what they're now calling New England IPAs. I'd been calling them Vermont-style, but close enough. If you like this style, you'll love SOS.

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

Cloudy golden pour with a slightly off-white creamy one-finger head. Big citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Strong bitter taste with tropical fruit flavors upfront. Can also taste some resin, pine and orange rind. Big, bold and bitter.

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Photo of FriedSlug
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm just going to give this all fives. I can't really find fault in anything about this beer unless I wanted to be super picky. Nice golden beer with a sticky, fluffy white head that may leave more lacing than any beer I've seen. The aroma is a heavenly blend of floral scents, citrus, pine and malty sweetness. The taste is sweet citrus that is washed away with pine and pith in a magical dance on your tongue with a nice bitter finish. This beer is amazing.

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

Man, just love this one. Thanks to my VT buddy for bringing it down to Boston.
L: golden-yellow-orange; not Julius orange, more yellow, great head, nice lacing
S: hoppy but not overwhelming
T: 5
Feel: great soft pillowy carbonation, great length, taste lingers, almost a faint sweetness and after 40 seconds
==> So glad to hear it will be available more in greater Boston!

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Photo of tonybonvechio
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned on 1/28/17

L: Perfect golden haze, good 3 finger's worth of head that sticks all over the glass
S: Great balance of citrus and hops
T: So frickin' refreshing. Balance of citrus, bitterness, juice.
F: Light and crisp, so refreshing.
O: One of the GOATs. Insane that there's this much flavor in this crushable of a beer.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Picked up some 4 packs at an awesome homebrew/bottle shop in Woodstock, Vermont last Monday. Beer canned on date of 1/20/17. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with good carbonation. Some suspended particles are evident when held to the light, but really, who cares. Up until now I've been drinking right from the 16-oz can. Smells of juicy tropical fruit...I suspect mostly Mosaic & Citra hops. Notes of strong pineapple & melon & orange. Tastes similar to the nose with a great light bodied, easy drinkability as the alcohol is well hidden for 8% abv. Just a touch of bitterness which lends this beer to being very approachable. Overall, a very well crafted NEIPA. This is what I would consider a classic example. Don't be a hater of the style until you try this one. Very excellent and worth seeking out.

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Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange, light amber color. Cloudy. Spotty lace from a moderate head.

Raw hop nose. Citrusy and spicy with a touch of orange zest.

The malt base is weak given the extraordinarily strong bitter hop. It makes one of the longest aftertastes I've ever experienced. Think of it as similar to sucking a hop pellet. Decent body and carbonation. Hop lovers will rejoice at this extreme version of an IPA.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd tulip
From: My friend Charlie
Price: $4.00 (estimated)
Purchased: N/A; Received Jan. 27, 2017
Consumed: Jan. 28, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Canned on Dec. 12, 2016 at 9:15 a.m. ET

Was lucky enough to get 10 pretty sweet beers sent to me by a college buddy. Decided to start with Lawson’s Lip of Sunshine, which I sampled on July 27, 2016 at the second annual MW bottleshare. Only gave it a 4 at the time but I was the last to have it and only had the ending. Hoping for it to live up to its reputation with a full review here.

Poured a straw-gold yellow semi-hazy color with 3-to-4 fingers of rocky white head. Bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Outstanding spotty lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled a potent mix of tropical and citrus fruit up front, getting juicy red grapefruit, tropical punch, passion fruit, mango, orange, pineapple, floral and some herbal. Definitely Citra in the hops, but not sure what else. Just fantastic on the nose. (Smell - 4.75)

Man, the taste was just as good. Got Citra, red grapefruit, fruit punch, passion fruit, very sugary, mango, blood orange, pineapple, floral and bitter tropical rind. (Taste - 4.50)

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, citrusy, boozy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was fantastic. Much better than that warm sample in July. Pretty boozy and sugary though, not sure I’d want a 4-pack (yes I would). (Overall - 4.50)

4.50 | 100 | A+

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Photo of spacemanspiff13
4.13/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I get why this was groundbreaking stuff several years ago, but it just doesn't hold up to the best NE style IPAs now. Too bitter and mouthfeel is lacking. Still a solid IPA just not top notch any more. Blind taste this with the best of NE, and it really falls short...

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Photo of Gumbo_gravy
4.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can (canned 12/16/2016) into a Veil Brewing house glass.

Appear: dark orange with a slight haze but can see some light coming through the glass. nice tight bubble foam.

Nose: nice. citrus notes peel maybe a little pith. mainly grapefruit. there's a nice malty note. little bready. maybe a little tropical fruit and herbal dankness there as well. the nose is not HUGE or overwhelming.

Taste: Wow. THat's really tasty. Really well balance. there some nice citrus and tropical fruit notes that go to a citrus ptih bit and then there's a malty piney note that brings it all together. It's a little hot on the back end which I'm surprised considering my can has a solid 6 weeks on it. unlike alot of other NE IPAs I've had you can taste the 8% which is why I'm dinging it down to a 4.25 vs. 4.75

Mouth: medium light. slight cream. I dig it.

Over: First Lawson's and first Sip. I really like it. I'll continue to trade for it. It's not a hazy juicy hop bomb. But just a really nice well balanced IPA.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fiery shade of orange with just enough frosty haze to it to keep anything on the other side of the glass muddled from view. Head forms two fingers in height and stark white in color. Head retention is great, with a strong ring of white foam staying around the top of the beer for a long while. Lacing is scattered about randomly, but modestly. Aroma is dripping full of hops, with notes of citrus, pine, and resin. Additional notes of strawberries, and biscuit malts. Hop notes really open up in the flavor profile, with notes of citrus, orange zest, pine, and a little sticky resin in the back. Biscuit malts support the otherwise hop-strong flavor profile. Despite a large presence of hops, the beer remains grounded and modest, with an approachable aurora. Mouth feel is smooth, with just enough graininess to give this beer a wonderfully filling, and medium-thick consistency. Overall, it's a sublime IPA with plenty of wonderful qualities going for it. The hops are solid in the aroma, but really shine through in the flavor profile. It's hoppy, and yet smooth. Considering it hits at 8%, but drinks like it's 4%, this is an incredible IPA.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.13/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As much as it looks and smells delicious, it never satisfies my expectations of pure taste. Still a great DIPA but there are a lot others I have before this one.

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Photo of DankScuba
4.89/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Will always be one of my favorite NE IPAs. Tropical, juicy, citrusy, touch of pine, very clean finish. Light malt backbone is hidden, but there. The alcohol is almost unnoticeable.

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Photo of Devinci1206
4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent dry hoppy IPA that hides its alcohol content well. I really enjoyed its clean finish and complex taste. Easy to enjoy multiple brews as this lacks the heaviness of other IPAs.

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Photo of j_d_b
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very foamy, thick head with a slight orange/brown tinge. The top looks like cream. Top bubbles are very fine, but lower are bigger; dissipates quickly. Lacing is excellent.

Pours a translucent golden orange with some very fine particles visible when held up to light.

Aroma is not that strong, but there is pine and malt and hops present. Definitely an IPA, but a well-rounded aroma.

The feel is not as full as some of it’s hazy hop bomb DIPA neighbors, but it is very balanced. Begins with a measured burst of piney, almost sweet carbonation. I find the the level of the carbonation itself very nice.

This beer doesn’t try to overdo anything. The hops are present but not overpowering, and there is a malt characteristic at the end, accompanied by lasting bitterness and earthy hop flavor with maltly sweetness. The taste really does last awhile after the swallow.

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Photo of ddorsi924
4.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a guilty pleasure and one of the best Double IPAs that can be found. A rich and complete flavor with a smooth finish, especially for a double. If you haven't had one, you need to.

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Photo of Rugg315
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer that got me into the DIPA's. Good look but not the best, Tree House and Swish come to mind with a better look. Smell is awesome fresh citrus with a little pine. Taste is what you want in this type of beer fresh, smooth and pleasing. No faults can't say too much bite or too fruity just right! Good feel carbonation is there not overpowering. The balance to this beer is what makes it what it is. It is right on every level. Other beers may have a better look and feel but at the end of the day you want the beer to taste good and this beer delivers that.

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Photo of williewunderful
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L- Proper NE ipa but not overly hazy
S- Hoppy and tropical
T- Hoppy, juicy and lupulin. I've had beer that does one of these things well but never one that does all 3 and has them compliment each other to make something truely special.
F- Not too heavy, not too light
O- Had this for the first time about a year ago and I've been looking for a beer that could recreate the experience of trying this for the first time since without any luck. If Jessica Alba was a beer this would be that beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.39/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from marino13412 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and fruity citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness comes in and strengthens as you continue to drink the beer. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 11/29. Drank out of a TEKU.

Look: light to medium gold color with a medium to medium minus haze and a finger of bright white head.

Aroma: Definitely citrus forward. Mostly grapefruit. Some mango in there as well. Aroma doesn't burst out of the glass though.

Flavor: Citrus translates to the palate along with a strong pithy, Campari like bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Not thin by any means but thinner than it's ABV would imply. Makes the beer very drinkable.

Overall(style points): One of the original NE style IPAs that revolutionized the world of beer. It's still good enough to hang with many of the juice bombs coming out nowadays but its no longer among the best. 91 Points.

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Photo of zizouandyuki
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer, but not what I expected. Pliny meets Heady.

Look is nearly crystal clear. Smell is lacking - Mostly citrus rind and pine, but nothing distinct vs. similar beers. Taste is quite sweet with flavors of wood and citrus. Medium-heavy body with a sticky start followed with a dry finish.

I probably wont be hunting this down again, but it was very enjoyable.

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Photo of DanJaffe
4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The great debate seems to be Sip of Sunshine or Heady Topper, I don't think it's fair to claim one over the other as beer tastes are so personal (if you don't like IPA's you won't like this beer, not matter how good it is) but my votes for Sip of Sunshine. It's balances bright notes with a full body wonderfully. If I could I would drink this beer every day.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.16/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden beer with an explosive sticky head. Earthy, sweet, floral hops with a butter scotch malt profile. Body is a little flat, might be from a vigorous pour. Overall a really tastey beer.

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