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).