Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine Double IPA

Lawson’s Finest is a small craft brewery located in Warren, Vermont with big plans in the works. Currently brewing out of a seven barrel facility, they have plans to open a new brewery and retail space in 2018. For the last few years Sip of Sunshine has been brewed out of Two Road’s in Connecticut, allowing Lawson to branch out beyond the Vermont market.

Sip of Sunshine is juicy double IPA with plenty of tropical fruit notes and an airy finish meant to be drank as fresh as possible.

Pour: A nice amber color, hazy and slight dark.

Head: A frothy white head forms, lingers for about a minute before slowly fading.

Nose: Strong pine notes jump out, little bit malt in the background surrounded by light fruit notes.

Palate: Has a medium bodied mouthfeel but super balanced. Hops come at you first followed by hints of pineapple and guava. The finish is juicy with a touch of acidity

Overall: My first Sip of Sunshine was on a ski trip to Vermont and I was instantly hooked. Finding some in Connecticut was a great surprise, and it was every bit delicious as I remember. Super juicy with a perfect balance of hops, leaving pine notes without being sticky. A very refreshing Double IPA that would pair well a BBQ brisket sandwich, fresh seafood or even rice pudding.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 Out Of 5 Pints

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Two Roads Two Juicy

The name for Two Roads Brewing stems from a divergence, a separation, that poet Robert Frost wrote about: the road more commonly taken from “the one less traveled by.”

Located in Stratford, Connecticut Two Roads has an impressive portfolio that consist of nearly three dozen year round, seasonal, and specialty beers. One of their recent limited releases is an unfiltered New England style Double IPA.

ABV: 8.2%

Pour: A light golden color with a haziness to it.

Head: A frothy off white head raises and slowly fades without leaving any lacing.

Nose: Lots of sharp pine at first, followed by grapefruit and a hint of wheat.

Palate: Lighter than expected. Has a nice juicy core. The hops are really smooth with a nice flavor without being sticky or overly piney. The finish is clean and refreshing.

Overall: Really interesting. I was expecting a hop bomb since it’s a double IPA but that was not the case. It was extremely smooth and super juicy with plenty of fruit notes giving it an extremely refreshing finish for a double IPA. This would pair with many foods such as Thai food, BBQ chicken or even seafood.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints