Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lawson's Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine IPA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1149) - 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). 
Grade: 9/10

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