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Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
lawsonsfinest.com

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.

Added by MichaelAllenVT on 04-03-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
526
Ratings:
4,341
Avg:
4.57
pDev:
6.78%
 
 
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Reviews: 526 | Ratings: 4,341
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 Cprose
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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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had 5/1/15 at Eric F.'s house courtesy of Nate S. It's ultra juicy and is probably the best single IPA I've had. It's one of those buy as many as you can find and drink immediately beers!

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Photo of LoveBeer1380
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going with 5's across the board, so far this is my favorite VT IPA. I think it's the smoothest and still has the 8% kick. It has almost a sweeter taste instead of the heavy hops taste of most IPA's. I don't believe it's very difficult to get a hold of, I would highly suggest picking up a 4 pack if in the area.

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Photo of Berge95
4.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A clear pour, with wonderfully subtle tropical fruit hop notes. Taste is bold, even for a DIPA. Hops throughout, tropical as well. Lingering taste with appropriate bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth then bitter. Overall one of the best DIPAs I have ever tried.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap in a Vermont restaurant.
Nice cloudy light copper color.
Fruity smell, very enjoyable.
Taste of balanced ripe fruit, hops and just the touch of malt.
Feel not nearly as remarkable as the smell and taste.
Overall a very, very good IPA. Reminds me of my favorites, Epiphany and Florens.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy slightly orange color.

Aroma: pine, floral, tropical, papaya, maybe even some citrus up in there.

Taste: papaya, tropical fruits, mild bitterness. Resinous. Citrus.

Feel: body is on the lighter side of medium. It's in a great spot.

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

It brought a smile to my face. it is aptly named a Sip of Sunshine. To put that into an IPA is tough. Easy to drink. Fruity in character smell and taste. I had it on draft and look forward to my next glass.

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Photo of Dope
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

10/28/16 canning date

A: Clear amber pour. Tall frothy light tan head. Quite good head retention and mild lacing.

S: Floral and tropical fruit hop notes. Surprisingly not a huge aroma, it's shockingly subtle I'd say.

T: The taste, however, is not subtle. Layers of hop flavors. Absolutely bursting with tropical fruits. Pineapple and mango with a citrus kicker. Resinous, dank hops as well - more towards the middle. Floral in the finish and aftertaste, especially lingering between sips when nothing else is left.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and bitter.

O: Man, talk about a multi-layered IPA. It doesn't punch you in the face right off the bat, but the big bold flavors just keep coming and building off of each other all the way through. Great flavors, great balance, great in general. One of the very best.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 10/28/16

Pours hazy amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like ripe papaya, mango, sweet guava, passionfruit, peach, apricot, bready caramelized malt, juicy orange and grapefruit citrus, with earthy herbal dank grass and floral resinous pine. Tastes like juicy tropical fruits with mild sweet malt backing it. Papaya, mango, guava, peach, passionfruit, apricot, juicy orange, grapefruit citrus, sweet bready caramelized malt, with earthy herbal dank grass and floral resinous pine emerge on the palate. Feels medium bodied, soft, smooth and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great DIPA.

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Photo of hasher
4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can dated 10/28. F: Plenty of carbonation L: slight hazy S: citrus hops T: slight booze, smooth bitterness, mango, apricot O: solid IPA, smooth yet a bit boozy, more carb than I'd like. I'll be having this again.

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Somehow available at Tip Tap Room on a Tuesday night, shout out my plug. First sip made me forget about the thought of a Trump presidency for a second. Soft, bright, floral, just enough malt character. I don't know what I can say that hasn't already been said. Seek it out.

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Photo of LAp
4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

16oz can poured into a teku glass. Pours a mostly clear peach hue, with minimal off-white head. Minimal, rapidly receding lacing. Nose is pine sap (almost Crusher-like), with a faint hint of honey. Floral notes on the nose are accompanied by lemon and orange peel. Dank, resinous, with a thick, honey-like character that makes it (once again) reminiscent of The Crusher. The density of the pine flavor here is what sets this IPA's palate apart - a strong pine note that plays harmoniously with a prominent, dank, lupulin component. Mouthfeel is medium - thicker than most IPAs, without being smoothie-like. This is an artful, traditional take on the DIPA style. World-class.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter. Canned 9/16/16.

A: Pours a somewhat hazy, golden color with a slight reddish-orange hue. One-inch, foamy, white head with good retention. Thick, white, billowy lacing throughout.

S: Aromas of tropical fruit and citrus consisting of orange, pineapple, melons, mango, passionfruit, and grapefruit. Dank and piney hops come through strong as well.

T: Evenly fought battle between the fruity and hoppy characters with strong notes of grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit accompanied by piney and resiny hop bitterness.

F: Medium bodied, smooth, and crisp with good carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Overall, a great DIPA. Awesome balance between the fruitiness and hoppy bitterness. The balance is very elite and makes Sip extremely drinkable. Slight juicy character. Very unique. Would love to try this fresh. Well worth the search to get this.

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

Can Date: 9/30/16
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a pleasant clear gold with a moderate amount of head. The glow is really nice.

The smell starts with marmalade and malt. The malt sweetness is accompanied by some cedar. It might be a little woody, but it's actually savory overall.

The taste has a base of malty candy. The main shades are sweet and savory, and bitter just adds a little color (which is usually where I prefer it). Other than the orange from the marmalade, I also get subdued lemon and papaya. Sweeter fruits like nectarines come and go. The white wood and pine are still there, but not strong.

For something with this much sweetness – though not a sugar bomb – it's not sticky like Boston Lager can be. The carbonation is well integrated, and the savoriness and sweetness that characterize the flavor remain in the aftertaste.

I'm glad I tracked it down, but it's still behind Pliny and Hopslam for me. (Not like there's any detriment in that.) Still, I like to visit Vermont, so maybe... or probably...

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Photo of Kdouble
4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft in Burlington.

Served in a snifter glass. An orange hazy color. Thin head which faded quickly.

Fresh citrus aroma with a hint of grapefruit.

First drink had lots of citrus flavor. About halfway through more bitterness and then the grapefruit.

Extremely drinkable and impressively balanced for a double IPA.

Overall a fantastic DIPA. I will definitely be looking for more of this one.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.21/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from the batch that hit Denver for GABF. Dark orange color, super hazy with particulate floating throughout. Aroma is sticky oranges. Flavor is heavy citrus, oranges, good malt backing. Alcohol is pretty well hidden too. Overall, a good DIPA but not something I would seek out again.

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