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Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine IPA

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 4.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8240) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle shared by Victor at weekly tasting. Pours gold white head. Nose/taste of lemon, caramel toasty malt, grass, herbs and citrus. Medium body.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (791) - - AUG 25, 2014
Gld pour with 2 fingers of head. Tropical fruit and hop resin aroma. Citrus fruit up front, orange and lemon zest, grapefruit, resiny. Cracker malt backbone. Medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3097) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle, thanks to theepeeist! Pours hazy golden amber with a small kind of fizzy off white head that finishes quickly leaving good lacing. Aroma is nice dank, tropical, passion fruit, mango. Flavor is light sweet, medium bitter, resinous, dank, a bit biting, citrus, lime. Full body, resinous and juicy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2475) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
Drank on tap (14 oz) at the Black Back Pub in Waterbury (VT) on August 20, 2014. Honey gold, medium head. Hoppy grapefruit and peach aroma, a bit dry. The grapefruit is more dominant in the taste, nice bittersweet, solid bitterness in the aftertaste. Sunshine taste good!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
2014-08-15. Lightly hazy yellow body with a small white head. 3+ Aroma of lemon and a hint of celery. Flavour is moderately bitter throughout, lemon citrus. Average plus bodied palate, good carbonation. Enjoyable. Bottle at Campground Brewdown

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2496) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Thank you to the always generous Brandon for gifting me a fresh bottle. Cheers bro! The beer is yellow with a mild haze and a bone white cap. The aroma offers sunshine in a glass. Citrus, hops, lemon. My kind of IPA. All hops and citrus fruit. Oranges, lemons, grapefruit with a gentle tartness. Gracefully bitter. Orange and lemon rind. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3480) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head. The aroma is strong floral hop, pine, grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel with nice fruity hop bite and light resin bitter finish. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1163) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2014
I poured a 22oz bottle into a mug. It was bottled on 7/17/14 and cost $9.04 ($0.41 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark golden hue over a very hazy body. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Pungent aroma of tropical fruit juices, citrus, and an herbal scent.

Taste: It’s been a while since I’ve had a beer from Lawson’s Finest Liquids, though I definitely remember the “New England-style IPA” character that comes with their IPAs. Sip of Sunshine definitely revived my memory as soon as it hit my lips. A strong taste of hop flavor and strong bitterness with accompanying herbal spiciness.

The malt base is strong, but simple. Kind of a standard amber/caramel/honey malt character that’s not especially sweet or distinctive. The hops are the star of the show, of course. I’m guessing Mosaic hops are used here as there’s both a tropical/ stone fruit flavor as well as slight garlic/onion sensation on the back end. The palette is a bit repetitive, which is fine since it’s so enjoyable. This what I expect in a DIPA, and this brew definitely satisfies.

Drinkability: For a big, 8% ABV beer, Sip of Sunshine IPA is actually remarkably drinkable. The mouthfeel is soft, calm, and comfortable with a finish to match. Virtually no alcohol presence, despite the strong body. There’s no dry or cloying aftertaste, it’s actually quite clean (but I would not consider it refreshing).

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (446) - - AUG 9, 2014
22 oz bottle shared by Huhzubendah, thanks Matt! Pours a clear bright dark golden/light orange color with fading white head. Aroma is bright citrus with orange, lemon zest and hop bitterness with malt backbone. Flavor is deliciously bitter and bright with grass, citrus, and bright sunshine - amazing. Bright carbonation, medium bodied, dank bitter finish.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tielord (57) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottled on 07-17-2014 Aromas of citrus and resin (pine). taste of citrus and pineapple with a long lasting resinous aftertaste. A beer to drink again and again, all year long if it was possible. One of the best double ipa that i tasted ever. rating # 54


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