Triple Sunshine | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Triple Sunshine IPA is the culmination of our Sunshine series which is exploding with juicy notes of pineapple, grapefruit and lychee. The brew exudes potent floral and herbal aromas from a deluge of dry-hopping.

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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 894
Reviews by TLA:
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4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of ovaltine
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This looks very similar to Double Sunshine, a very hazy burnt orange color with a dense, foamy light tan head. Absolutely gorgeous, IMHO.

The nose is dank tropical fruit on PED’s - huge amounts of pineapple and grapefruit, and an earthy herbal note, too.

This translates to the taste, with the pineapple most prominent, but the earthy herbal note is note far behind , and then there’s a bit of alcohol burn, which is common to the style in my experience, but not off putting in any way.

I’m not a huge fan of triple IPA’s, but this is magnificent. It’s a hop bomb for sure, but it’s also exceptionally balanced, which is a challenge for a hoppy beer with the gravitas this one has.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Triple Sunshine is a boozier, maltier, sweeter version of Double Sunshine. Top tier batches of this brew will make you rethink the concept of what a TIPA can offer to the palate.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh batch drank on 1/7/2017

Look-golden yellow body, slight haze, but nice deep golden IPA with a strong head and lacing

Smell and Taste-potent is an understatement. Without having much experience with the lupullin additive other than PowPow, it's hard to really describe the smell and taste because it is that lupullin in a bold fashion. Dank and tropical. This has the malt backbone of a more traditional type of DIPA as opposed to the constant hazy, low malt IPAs coming out as of late.

Feel-creamy and juicy. hides 10% better than just about anything else I have had.

Overall-a fabulous beer. Super happy to finally have tried this and will seek it out in the future.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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 gcamparone
4.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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 John_M
2.88/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured straight from the can, the beer pours a peachy orange color with pretty decent head retention and light lacing. On the nose I get considerable orange citrus, tropical fruit and pine, although the beer is also noticeably boozy, which tends to give the orange citrus aroma more of an orange syrup component. On the palate, this is just a hot mess. While there's some decent orange citrus and tropical fruit, the sweet malt comes on strong in the midpalate, which tends to accentuate the high alcohol in this beer. The beer is so hot and alcoholic on the finish that it completely overwhelms and drowns the considerable hoppy bitterness. The sweetness carries through on the finish, which unfortunately just makes an already boozy IPA taste even more alcoholic. The burn on the finish is unpleasant and makes drinking this beer an absolute chore (one I was unable fulfill, as I ended up dumping this half way through the glass).

Given how out of balance and hot this beer is on the palate (and frankly, how undrinkable it is), I was shocked to see this beers review score on BA. Obviously, each to their own (everyone's taste is different), but suffice it to say this is just not my cup of tea. One last thing I would mention... this beer reminds very much of Founder's Devil Dancer DIPA/TIPA, another beer that I found to be a hot, undrinkable mess. However, I know there are plenty of people who thought the DD was the cat's meow, and if you enjoyed that beer by Founders, my guess is that you'll probably like this beers as well.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.57/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. Canned on 11/26/18 opened on 12/20/18

Sunshine, 2XSunshine and now Triple Sunshine!!

Crack the can open and the vast array of hoppy aromatics hits the nose instantly.
Flowers, pine trees, dried grasses, lemmon zest and wild fruits pop out...and I havn't even poured it out yet!

A very slight haze in the otherwise shiny golden-amber liquid. Off white foam is pretty tight, kinda bubbly, hovers nicely and lasts for some continual coverage.

The smell after it's finally in the Chney goblet is pure hop fire! Bold and brash, freshly crushed up hop cones and pellets. Dried grains from the field, smokey herbs and dense pine resin permeates. It really smells like a heavily dry and wet style hop ipa. Dry hopped to a pungent perfection.

The tropical, red, sweet and juicy hop flavor is a crazy meld. Deep and heady amounts of sweetly flavored hops, then its all DRY...big earthy notes of grasses, wheat, malted barley, acorns, rye and assorted grains.
Being a monsterous Triple IPA the malt needs to be hefty. Its sweet, slick, full
Feeling with dried grains and honey. A very full, slick bodied mouthfeel that has a nice crisp bite at first and then yields to the onslaught of dry, earthy hops in the finish.

Sip, sip, sip....its 10.5% alcohol. Not at all hot, I nean its like the heat is absorbed by the dry hop charecter. The slick, heady malt provides the big sweetness and the sugars are eaten by a pretty aggressive yeast to get it up to speed.

The depth of the complexity is pretty high. A nice, dry, herbal bite happens right at the finish. A last good-bye. BA's...this 3xipa is straight fire.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a foggy, legit-hazy dark orange with particles suspended in the liquid. It looks a little like pulp in orange juice. Head formation is a finger in height, white in color, and good in retention. Aroma is pineapple, guava, tangerine, papaya, mango, and orange flesh and zest. It just oozes tropical fruit and domestic citrus, with the tail end of the aroma delivering a light bump of heat, and modest biscuity, nutty malts. Flavor profile is big tropical fruits and citrus, nailing notes of orange, papaya, pineapple, guava, tangerine, and mango along the way. Despite this huge array of hop notes, the malts actually play a pretty big and notable role here, hitting notes of biscuity, toasty, and bready malts. There is a touch of heat seeping out of it, but overall, not much. It retains a good balance and relationship between hops and malts, displaying the hops proudly, but without stepping on the toes and ignoring the malts. Mouth feel is thick, with a fuzzy, filling texture that seems to expand on the palate, building on the big flavor notes. Overall, big - huge - IPA right here. Hop notes are unfaltering, and yet are balanced out well with the malts so as to not skew the balance. Make no mistake, the hops here are huge, but the malt is actually playing on a similar level, just much more modest.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Photo of Bitburger
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I see scores here lower than 3 I have to rate with 5 points. One of the best beers on the world market. It's dangerously good, unbelievable hop notes, perfect color. Only topped by double sunshine...

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Photo of Jimmys
4.36/5  rDev -5%
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 jwhancher
4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a four pack at Lwason’s The other weekend. Pours a hazy orange with little head. Smells of strong pine & citrus. Tastes awesome....sticky and dank pineapple with plenty of citrus hops. Alcohol is there but we’ll in balance. A great nightcap beer. Glad to have tried this.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.09/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gunch52
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kimberlygail
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of jegross2
5/5  rDev +8.9%
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).

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Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.81/5  rDev +4.8%
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 whatname
4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Funkwich
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rooshops
4.98/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of prdstmnky
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mjdoyon
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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Triple Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 894 ratings