Sip Of Sunshine | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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4.57/5
World-Class
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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
Ranking:
#70
Reviews:
728
Ratings:
5,526
pDev:
7%
 
 
Wants:
1,502
Gots:
2,493
Trade:
18
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Photo of MacMalt
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/10/2018. Poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a lovely golden-honey color with a large, fluffy, bright white head and spotty, soapy, elegant lacing. There are myriad tiny bubbles ascending the glass. It's as pretty an IPA pour as you'll see. It has a resinous smell of lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, onion, a hint of sweet malt, and lots of spicy floral notes. It has almost a Belgian quality and its highly aromatic. It's absolutely delicious! Softer than the smell indicates, I taste bitter lemon and grapefruit rind, sweet malt, resinous pine, and bitter, biting hops. As the glass warms, I taste more tangerine and mango. It's exquisitely balanced. It has a rich mouth feel for a single IPA with pleasant carbonation, and the 8% ABV seems perfect: it gives lots of character but doesn't distract from the taste. Overall, I haven't had many single IPAs with flavors as bold and balanced as Sip. It really drinks like a bigger beer. It deserves its World Class rating.

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Photo of ajmarohn
3.95/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of J10Murphy
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PHLDude
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bob_Sacamano854
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jameswaldo
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a pint of this poured from the draft tap at Agava on East Hill, Ithaca, NY. Holy smokes! What a delicious brew! Lovely slightly turbid lupulin particulate opacity, good head retention, superior mouthfeel. Bittered enough though featuring floral, fruity, complex hop aromatics. Bartender made sure to note that this great ale was not included in the Happy Hour discounts, but who could complain as long as it still poured for us? Definitely a great IPA! And brewed just 265 miles from here!

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Photo of ju53o8nyg9
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 802
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 10/5:
The liquid rolled out of the can's opening as a clear, golden waterfall. A nice white foam rose with the beer level, ending at near a coupe of fingers in height. The fell to a nice mix of foam with some large soapy bubbles, mostly near the glass's edge. The body ended up a little hazy in the wide-bodied glass, though it was more clear looking straight down the glass when it was 2/3 gone.

The beer as a somewhat floral lean to it, in the sense that there's a nice fruit blossom-like aroma. A mix of sweeter light tropical fruits with a sharper citrus note that comes in behind it. A bit of spiced orange brings up the ending - though I can't tell if I'm getting some spicy hops or a little hint of the 8% ABV.

First sip is a bit of a surprise from what I expected given the nose. There is a brief malty sweet opening, but very quickly this beer is bitter from the tip of my tongue to the back of my palate. There's a nice malt platform for the hops, keeping the beer from being too much like hop water. The bitterness starts with a piney note (that the nose didn't reveal to me, unless it was what I sensed as "spice"), and gains a little orange and ruby grapefruit. The bitterness softens to a pithy impression as the malt peaks through a little in mid-taste, bringing about a little tropical aspect that is familiar from the nose.

This beer has only a moderate heft to it, and is fairly clean overall. A decent tingle lasts from lips to gullet, partly from carbonation, but I feel the alcohol content is showing up a little as well. Aftertaste has a bit of a resinous to slightly dank taste and semi-dry.

Overall, I can see why this is very well liked by the community. I really liked its taste, and its feel reminded me a little of DC Brau's OTWOA. This beer is more bitter than that beer, however. It had a blend of citrus and pine/resin with just a brief interlude of a sweet/tropical flavor.

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

Photo of clausthaler
3.96/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is significantly overrated in my opinion. It smells nice and all but is not as pleasurable to drink as similar beers this highly ranked. The first sip is nice but flavors get muddled and it can't decide if it's going to end crisp or fruity hazy lingering and that holds it back.
There a lot of better things on the market these days especially at this premium price point.
If you look closely, lawson's is brewed by Two Roads, and that makes sense as it did feel like a variation of their Two Juicy or Road to Ruin. But those are solid "4.0" beers not 4.5s.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(1 pint can, PKG 19SEP18... poured into a snifter)

L: crystal-clear, orange-amber liquid; loose, porous foam forms then immediately collapses to bubbly collar with some islands of crusty lace left behind... after foam settled, poured in remainder of can and a thick haze settled in

S: resinous as hell - orange oil/soda, pineapple, candy lemon; earthy dried (hop) flowers; very subtle hint of malt in background, very little booziness... after a sip or two, little of the aromas continue to shine (palate shock), except for an orange-y latrine note

T: mostly hop resins backed by smooth booze - stealthy-bitter, citrus-pithy, grapefruit, bitter orange peel, hint of pine-scented cleaner (hops/booze)... little grainy malt flavor, perhaps a very delicate biscuity background to support hop torrent... bitter orange/grapefruit pervades

F: light-bodied, but with a long, strident, resin-streaked finish; back end heat is dialed to a nice, comfortable setting... fantastically lithe, potent, easy to drink; light foamy nectar

O: purchased cold at Beer Fridge in NYC a few days ago; did lose some chill on transit home... very familiar flavors here - terrific, bracing intensity and density of resin-rich hop flavor considering age, but nothing groundbreaking in its expression... haven't had quite a bitter/juicy IPA like this in awhile, so I enjoyed it, however, I can think of dozens of IPAs I'd rather have over this on the daily, especially considering the ~$6 price tag, c'mon

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Photo of lsthwy
4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fieceheart
3.53/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Second attempt at trying to understand all the attention and praise being paid to this beer... and it has underwhelmed me yet again. It smells better than it tastes, very true to fresh lupulin like when u crack open a hop bud... but not that strongly. Its more bitter than i remembered but there isnt the fruitiness others rave about. Its light for an 8% but its light in flavor too! My Cans are fresh... I dont know, folks, to me this is perhaps the most overrated beer in existence today. I. Dont. Get. It. And the price point?!! This is the product of pure hype.

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Photo of awb5401
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of spooh722
3.79/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of dzni
4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Hatecoach
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JoeBrew_230c
4.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADrauglis
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LG93
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I have had. Would love suggestions for similar beers.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a super solid DIPA. The smell is bursting with dank sticky hops, over ripe fruits, and a hint of honey sweetness. The taste is balanced leaning towards hoppy with firm bitterness. This is what a DIPA should really be. yb

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Sip Of Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 5,526 ratings