Triple Sunshine IPA | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Triple Sunshine IPATriple Sunshine IPA
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Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Rymar9 on 05-07-2014

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54
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567
Avg:
4.68
pDev:
6.2%
 
 
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Photo of fireazzi
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

wow, very awesome beer. Tasted great, Lawson's does the best with their IPA's. This one was a pleasure to have tasted strong but for a triple it was really good.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Lawson's tulip glass. Acquired in a trade. Most recent batch.

Pours a moderately hazy golden body with a big fluffy white head that sticks around for a while to leave some chunky lacing and retention. Looks nice.

Aromas are big and inviting with lots of floral hops, creamy citrus, piney, resinous dankness, grapefruit and rind. Maybe a hint of alcohol but not much at all.

Taste matches the nose with again, fresh floral hops, orange creamsicle, grapefruit, citrus rind, and a piney, lightly sappy aftertaste that leaves a hoppy bite on the tongue for half a minute. Carbonation is medium-low, body is creamy and rich, medium. Alcohol is very well hidden on the tongue, especially considering the 10.5% ABV.

Overall very solid and world class. I could drink this every day.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.69/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a darker orange color with a thick whit head that retains beautifully. Thick lacing on the glass. Smells of pine, tropical fruit. Tastes reflect the same, great mix of pine and tropical flavor. Some of the booze comes through but not overwhelming, really solid job hiding it at 10.5%. Mouthfeel is consistent with the other Lawson's big guns - smooth, resiny, some stickiness. Finally got to see what all the hype was about and I enjoyed it immensely

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Photo of Hootie159
4.69/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From bottle. Man what a head. Amazing staying power also. Great pacing. Slightly cloudy orange. Just based on head for the abv would go 5.25 if I could. Much more pine on the nose than I expected. A nice balance of malt and some fruit. Taste is fruitier. Sweet, a little dank, juicy very good. Only knock is the clear booze in the back. Not overwhelming by any means, but clearly there. Even for a triple I like this to be hidden more. Great feel. Good carbonation, some tang, some sticky sweet. Very good beer.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy orange color, but clear compare to most NE IPAs. The nose is a resin-y, mango-y bitter punch. The taste is very consistent with the nose, with more if the hops bitterness and some earthiness on the back end. The feel is very full and lasting. Overall and wonderfully made beer with tons of complexity that is full and consistent, but not quite my flavor profile.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received in a trade from an awesome BA ryanlefebvre93

L: Very moderate haziness resides within warm golden, tangerine, and cooked carrot hues. My pour had a healthy 1cm white head that slipped into continuous lacing around the glass
S: Strong dankness on the nose with subtle hints of the tropical fruits to come in the taste profile
T: Pineapple, mango, and tangerine flavors obscure the high ABV and melt into a lingering hoppiness that lets you know this beer means business
F: Evenly carbonated, but has a slight soft creaminess vaguely reminiscent of a Tree House beer - certainly not the same mouthfeel at all, but to me there is a sort of distant familial connection
O: This is easily one of the best Triple IPAs I've ever had. I tasted this side by side with a can of Sip for comparison purposes. While SoS is an incredible beer in its own right, tasting it alongside Triple Sunshine made it feel decidedly one note and almost flat. Overall this enhances the essence of Lawson's flagship IPA and takes it to new and enjoyable heights.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.96/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The Triple Sunshine by Lawson's is definitely one the best beers I've ever tasted. Although it has similar features to the regular Sip of Sunshine, the overall taste just blows you away! Best way to describe it is a tropical vacation in your mouth. Seek this one out for sure, cheers!

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Photo of Hopglow
5/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of macher0
4.91/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of nhindian
4.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of jhavs
4.76/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of papat444
5/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I usually don't go this in depth but for the triple I feel I need to. Like most I went into drinking this beer with expectations out of this world. I drank it from the bottle as I do most bombers unless im sharing. . . which I wasn't!

The smell like most other Lawson's products blew me right out of the water. Literally did smell like a tropical vacation.

The taste was amazing! Now I have not had the pleasure of trying double sunshine so I don't have that to compare it to like most, but it was easily a top 5 beer for me and since I am somewhat inexperienced in the triple IPA game this was the best.

Overall, I would agree with the theory that: this beer is wildly overhyped and is reeling in outrageous demands in terms of the beer market. So in that aspect it is a try once kind of beer. On the other hand it was so good that it is not only worth the hype IMO, but I would explore any offer out there that was REASONABLE and not too far off $4$ to acquire another bottle of this greatness!

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.4/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best triple IPA I've had. Thick, sticky, sweet malt backbone with a good chunk of resinous and tropical fruity hops. The booze is nicely balanced for a triple. Has a weighty, syrupy feel and a lingering finish. As good as it was, I think I can safely say that I prefer IPA/DIPA style-wise.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.56/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: pale amber, big fluffy head that sticks to the glass and dissipates into a thin layer
S: not as big expected for a triple, but still big. Mostly citrus and ripe tropical fruit with a touch of pine
T: orange peel, lemon peel, clementine peel, papaya fruit, some undertone pineapple, some sweetness but (pleasantly) not as much as implied by the nose, a hint of pine in their palate and some darkness in the finish, but the citrus peel dominates here.
F: light for a TIPA, but still a medium feel from the malts and sweetness
O: super tasty. Like happiness.

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Photo of lupercmda
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was one of the top 5 IPAs I have had. Wonderful juicy looking beer with wonderful head retention. Smells of a tropical fruit cornucopia and the taste did not disappoint. It has a nice malt backbone but the juicy taste of the beer blends wonderfully with the malt flavor. Awesome freakin beer. I can find nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of dar482
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The aroma bursts of pungent mango, papaya, peach, oranges, along with a slight green leafiness and bready sweetness.

The flavor follows with the oranges and tropical mangoes up front. A juicy Citra quality with not much sweetness, but instead, a substantial bready malt, even for the VT style. It makes the beer lean towards 9% instead of what it actually is. The finish is a touch dank and green herbal hops come through again.

The best TIPA.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.36/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Lare453
4.99/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best dipa/tripa I've ever had. Like magica in a glass. Thank you @ilovelampandbeer for the generosity.

This goes in the top 5 beers I've ever had in my life.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tops out on all categories for me
Best ipa ive ever had...in the running for best beer ive ever had along with BAVDL...trade what u need to trade for it

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Photo of rongcsc
4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of full draws at the Beer Lovers Ball, but this review is for the bottled version.

Pours hazy orange-gold with a decent amount of effervescence, considering the ABV. Smells sweet and hoppy with distinct nodes of booze. Not nearly the olfactory delight of Double Sunshine (or even Sip of Sunshine, for that matter). At first I was disappointed, but after a few sniffs I adjusted my expectations and began to appreciate its relatively unique charm. Very smooth, and surprisingly delicate considering its strength and complexity.

Tastes like it smells: flowers, mango, apricot, hay, and honey. Hops dominate throughout but it's one of the least bitter imperial IPAs I've ever had. And yet it's not a fruit bomb, nor is it even an amplification of the regular Sunshine hop profile. It's unique, and delicious.

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Photo of Devman171
3.73/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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..

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Triple Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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