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: 895
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 Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Cloudy and murky, although the first pour from the bottle was much clearer. Small white head. Leggy and a little bit of lacing. Wispy surface.

Smell - Lots of tropical fruit. Pale malt. A bit of doughy sweetness. A little bit of diacetyl.

Taste - Much better, but there's a little bit of diacetyl. Strong tropical fruit and orange hops. Hint of grainy malt. Moderate pale malt sweetness and the slightest bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A little astringent. Not very boozy and doesn't drink like 10.5%. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The diacetyl is very mild, so it doesn't kill it. Otherwise a good beer.

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Photo of Devman171
3.73/5  rDev -18.7%
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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Photo of Brad007
3.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 3/27/19. Pours a mild golden hue with a thin head into my glass. Strong hop punch in the nose with pineapple and grapefruit. Extremely bitter with grapefruit, pineapple and lychee making their presence known in the mouth. Acidic finish that reminds one to sip, not quaff. At 10.3%, it's stronger than most IPAs and if you like your IPAs on the lower side of the spectrum, you may not enjoy this. I do though. Well worth it.

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Photo of Holderness
3.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 3 weeks ago.

L — Pours a deep amber-orange body with moderate haze and lots of visible hop particulate in suspension. Finger of solid white head produced with aerated pour. Some retention and good lacing
S — Candied citrus peel, dried pineapple, pine resin, dank floral, syrupy herbaceous aromatics
T — Straight hop candy. Lots of the aforementioned candied fruits, bolstered by biting pine and a brown sugar-like malt profile. Good amount of perceivable booze
F — Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. Some fluffiness. This beer makes no attempt to downplay that it is a Triple IPA
O — This is a real bruiser, leaning more towards the dank and resinous side of citra. Not my favorite of styles, but pretty decent for a TIPA


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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.08/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic IPA. Like the line of Sunshine beers from Lawson's, hop tastes range from citrus to something else. In the case of this triple hopped brew, lychee. Would really like to accurately know the hop profile, but Lawson's keeps those details close to the vest. The only downside to Triple Sunshine was that at the very end, a bit of booziness crept in. Still, a classic.

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

Prom night, your wedding night, the first time you played hide the salami with your significant other... what I am trying to get at, is that like these instances, there is a lot of expectation put upon this beer. So, did Triple Sunshine score from half court like Raul did on prom night? Kind of. I’m thinking more like it banked in, but I didn’t call my shot. The nose on thing thing is just dastardly and robust - think Karl Malden. I mean for real, this beer smells more ripe than Bar Rafieli’s pompoms. Appearance is all kinds of sexy like Isla Fisher in a pair of Jimmy Choo stilleto’s - yeah, I like dat. Now, this is when things get unbalanced, or just unfair; taste is good, I’m feeling it. But am I feeling it like Ariana Grande screamin’ “Breathin”? Close, but no cigar. Problem is that this beer was canned on 11/09/18; and according to Raul’s finger counting mathametics, that was a long time ago. Not like, hella long, but long enough that things probably have toned down a bit. When your boy drinks it, I get a tidal wave of Tahitian fruits, but unfortunately that wave of gloriousness dies quickly without much bite. And if you don’t know, bitinng can be gooda good thing. Roar.

I’d love to try it fresh, and I’m still content, but how many licks it takes to get to the center of the Tootsie, Raul may never know.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.13/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden tan color with light creamy foam on top.

S - Tropocal fruit aroma with some tropical fruit. Not as aromatic as Double Sunshine.

T - Boozy. Resiny pine from start to finish with a lingering bitter citrus and pine finish. Resiny citrus.

M - Big medium body with some light warming on the way down.

O - Very good but I prefer Dou le Sunshine over this.

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Photo of leantom
4.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Good. However, my favorite is still Sip of Sunshine, followed by Double Sunshine, and then this one. I'll explain why. Here goes:

A: Alright. Head is not nearly as big as it is in Sip and Double, but it's still alright. It fades rather quickly, however, leaving no lacing. The body is a very cloudy, dark orange.

S: Very fruity and floral. A TON of grapefruit, complemented by pineapple, lemon, and floral/herbal scents. Also a hint of pine. Very good.

T: Good, but has a really dank aftertaste. Can taste grapefruit (lots of this), a hint of lemon, pineapple, passionfruit, and some floral characteristics. Some pine as well. Very complex, but it may not be for everyone, especially with the aftertaste.

F: Perfect. Nice and soft (somewhat sticky, too).

O: A very good beer. Prefer Sip and Double to it, but it's still good.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/10/19

A: Pours a hazy orange. Tall, effervescent nearly-white head. Decent lacing and quite good head retention.


T: Whoa. Big and sweet. Huge huge HUGE juicy tropical hops up front. Crazy amounts of mango and pineapple and citrus (primarily grapefruit). Drowning in sugary sweetness in the middle, this is one big TIPA. Oddly enough, not a huge lingering aftertaste. I think the malty sweetness just kills the hop flavors for the most part. Plenty of bitterness but the sweet flavors are what stick around between sips.

M: Heavy, syrupy and sweet.

O: Well, definitely a ridiculous beer. Huge hop aroma, flavors and big ABV to match. A lot of fun, but I think Double Sunshine is still king.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.16/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 3/19/19

A: Deep golden orange, some notes of copper at the core - surprisingly clear - pours with a small, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a small collar, leaves some spots of lacing

S: Something like a fruity mixed drink - bright citrus, with some orange and grapefruit juice, and some some syrupy citrus, like orange marmalade - floral citrus - herbal notes, with some leafy hops and some pine resin - lots of fruit, fruit cocktail - pineapple, mango (including the weird aspect of mango that my brain finds vaguely cheesy), peach, apricot -
rich malt base, with some pale grains, caramel malt, and booze (hard to hide at 10+ABV)

T: Also drinks like a fruity, boozy mixed drink - orange and grapefruit juice, candied citrus, marmalade, with some floral citrus notes - herbal and leafy hops, pine, slightly woodsy flavors - tropical fruit soaking in syrup, particularly pineapple - definitely some mango, maybe some passion fruit - some stone fruit as well - big malty notes to apparently balance the hops, with pale malts, caramel malts, and some honey-like sweetness - booze is obvious but it works with everything else

M: Fairly full body, low carbonation, smooth in a malty way, but some lingering booze

O: Spoiler alert - Quadruple Sunshine is just a pineapple filled with vodka

In the past I have waited in line for a release of Sip of Sunshine. And Double Sunshine is a great, well-rounded DIPA. Triple Sunshine is very strange, particularly in 2019. The "triple IPA" concept that was gaining some steam about 10 years ago never really caught on for a reason; these are hard to drink. Triple Sunshine at times tastes like a mixed drink with a lot of citrus and tropical fruit. It's weird, but for what it is, it is a tasty sipper.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.19/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy, dark orange juice hue. Head is pretty thick. He head keeps growing and settles into about an inch and a half of thick, white fluff. Rather light on the lace.

S-A rich, damp, tropical fruit juice aroma. Boozy peach, apricot and mango. Fistfuls of squished citrus. Green grass and a dank element. Sweet, full biscuit malt.

T-A gripping bear hug of hoppiness. I am impressed by the concentrated mango flavor. I also get papaya, peach, nectarine and tangerine. All of the hop-fruits taste soaked in booze because this brew is pretty hot. The malt has enough flavor for me to at least notice.

M-Hops sit and settle on the palate. Very bitter. Quite hot. Very resinous. Sticky. Softer bubbles.

O-A giant dose of resinous hop goo. It has it's flaws, though. In the end I was super lucky to try Triple Sunshine. I wouldn't make a point of taking a trip to VT just to try it again.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Opaque dark orange, almost brown, with a large beige foam that settles to a central souffle-like lump leaving tons of coral like lace all over the glass.

This has a super smooth, delectable and dessert like aroma of dank pineapple, vanilla orange cream, and shortbread.

Taste is like a tangy piña colada with a punch of spiced pine and orange cake. Flavors of pineapple, orange, spicy and peppery cannabis are met by cake with some vanilla cream cheese frosting that's quickly cut by a bitter, piney swallow.

A crisp and tingly semi-thick fizz runs through a medium body with a chewy dry finish.

This beer really comes at you and doesn't quit--it's delicious without being boozy in any way, and it almost knocked me on my ass because of it. I really wasn't expecting such a punch! This is possibly the best high ABV IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. can served in a tulip. Canned 12/5/18. Pours a burnt orange hue with a slight haze to the clarity and a loose, fizzy, off-white head that quickly disperses into a tight band around the shoulders leaving an oily dollop across the center. Nose expresses pineapple, sweet orange and a hint of pith. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's a light maltiness to the flavor profile as well as an herbal/medicinal burst at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation just shy of assertive. Overall, a nice Imperial IPA - not quite a juice bomb (which is a nice change form the norm) but a homage to older times.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.24/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brother in law traversing Vermont happened upon Lawson Finest ( I gave him a hint). He rewarded me with triple sunshine

Can poured into tuilip glass

Two finger off white foam cap, very good rentention, settles to apencil thin layer after five minutes

Clear amber copper liquid with active streams of carbonation

Aroma of citrus, grapefruit , whiff of caramelized pineapple, maybe some lychee

Taste is citrus , malty,

Has a hop bite, bitterness lingers, Alcohol is evident

Prefer sip of sunshine over the 3x

Good beer

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.24/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - sunset orange color, murky body, a finger of white head

S - Orange rind, sweet citrus, grapefruit, hop syrup and resin

T - Ballsy TIPA with hop syrup overload. Notes of pine, grass, and tree bark. Still has plenty of citrus to help with drinkability

F - Full and syrupy at times. Lingering bitter flavors and sporadic alcohol warmth

O - Big TIPA, but less bitter than mos,t which helps it go down easier when compared to other 10% TIPAs.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can from the brewery. Pours a murky dirty brown color with sediment floating around and a thin layer of head. No lacing. Sweet aroma of pineapple, pink grapefruit, lemon, pine, orange and starbursts. The taste is pineapple and grapefruit followed by some floral hops and some slightly sweet fruits near the end. Piney, herbal finish with a bit more grapefruit and some dark bread and honey. Tastes about as boozey as expected. Medium to heavy body with low carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.24/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

canned 02/19/19

L- The beer pours a hazy golden with about a 1 cm white head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a thin film leaving spotty lacing.
S-The nose is primarily a mix of pineapple and weedy dankness.
T- Up front there is some good bitterness of the grapefruit pithy variety. As your palate adjusts to the bitterness, the sweetness really comes on. It is juicy sweet pineapple which lingers long after the bitterness relents. Alcohol is well hidden.
F- The mouthfeel is medium overall, but has a real syrupy quality which is enhanced by the sweetness of the beer. Carbonation is light, but still keeps the beer from getting to heavy.
O- A well executed triple. The sweetness will keep some people from enjoying it, but it's certainly in line with other examples that I've had. Recommended for fans of Triple IPA's.

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

Can. White head. Golden orange color.

Juicy with a melon and dank weedy flavor. Dandelion flavor. Orange and papaya. Hoppy, bitter, a bit of abv shows. Solid triple.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Bright, hazy gold with a nice white head and some good lacing. Great head retention for the style

A: Absolutely massive mango, papaya and juicy citrus notes. Nice candied malt is present behind the hops and they play off of each other perfectly. Noticeable alcohol, but not overly prominent and adds a little spicy kick behind the flavors that works very nicely.

T/M: Very smooth bitterness that is joined with massive mango, lime and resiny hop flavors mid palate. The malt provides great balance, creating the similar sugary candy character as the aroma while not even becoming slightly syrupy. The mouthfeel is moderate to full, and the finish is drying and filled with hop flavors.

Overall, one of the best, if not the best, 'Triple' IPA I have ever had. It does not fall victim to any of the pitfalls that many high abv Imperial IPAs fall victim to, and goes beyond by finding superb balance between malt and hops. A really amazing beer, I am glad I got the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of thebeers
4.31/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange with two fingers of antique white head that has decent retention and leaves thick webbed lacing.

Pine, orange and pineapple in the nose. Nice aroma, but more subdued than I was expecting — at least when cold. Dank weed and alcohol also showed as it warmed.

Wow! Huge taste packed full of pineapple, grapefruit and boozy alcohol. Graham cracker malt. Sugary, tropical fruit sweetness layered on top of piney, peppery bitterness. Tons of depth, and far too easy-drinking.

Incredibly full mouthfeel — creamy and well carbonated.

I just wanted more and more of this. Went down way too quick. I wasn’t particularly impressed by the look or smell of it at first, but the taste and feel are amazing. Worth the effort of finding if you like ridiculously big IPAs.

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Photo of Smaxy
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lawsons will always be third fiddle to Alchemist and HF for me when it comes to the Vermont breweries, but that doesn't keep this from being outstanding. It lacks the hop bite that Vermont IPA hunters are used to, but it's gorgeously bottled and looks lovely when poured (rusty color with thick head and beautiful lacing).

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Photo of Radcpa
4.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque orange appearance with white head that disipates quickly. Aroma is a nice citrus with little hoppyness. Taste is a mild citrus with a little hops and smooth.

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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 mrn1ceguy
4.37/5  rDev -4.8%
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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