Let the Sunshine in…

Let the Sunshine in…

Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Sip of Sunshine IPA, Warren, VT (brewed in Stratford, CT)

Can of Lawson's Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine poured into a nonic pint glass.
Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine

I have tried a lot of beers, this is number 2,336 in my beer database. The legend of Sip of Sunshine has been around for a while now, but for various reasons this beer has eluded me. I tend not to chase beer and I rarely stand in line for it (especially during winter at 5am), but I can respect those that do! I got lucky the other day when I opened Facebook and saw that Rapid Liquors in Stoneham had just received a shipment of this beer. I live about 2 miles away and within about an hour, there were only 3 four packs left when I got there. Here is my review:

Tallboy can dated 5/2/17 so this is about a week old. 8% abv. Pours dark gold with a decent white hop head. Great Belgian lace. Huge pineapple juice aroma with bursts of mango. The sweet smells jump out of the glass and assault the nose. Some dried apricot and papaya notes as well. Simply put, this beer smells amazing. First sip is tropical fruit salad with a touch of pine. It has a distinctive floral and herbal hop finish. It is kind of a perfect balance between an old school IPA and the new juicy east coast variety. Almost immediate slow warming in the belly after a few sips, yet it remains ridiculously smooth for the high abv. Some caramel malt balances it out, but it is really all tropical fruit deliciousness. Gets drier and slightly more dank as you move through it, but not in any kind of negative way. Great, great stuff.

Cause it is Thursday…

Cause it is Thursday…

Night Shift Brewing, One Hop This Time IPA (Topaz hops, 7/5/16), Everett, MA

Night Shift Brewing, One Hop This Time (Topaz) 7/5/16 poured into a nonic pint glass
Night Shift Brewing, One Hop This Time (Topaz) 7/5/16

Canned 7/5/16, 6% abv. Brewed with only Topaz hops. This beer pours a gorgeous milky yellow color with a big white head. You can smell it as you pour. Solid Belgian lace.  First sip is slick and incredibly thirst quenching. All hops but it isn’t astringent or overly bitter. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and floral notes all combine to create a series of hop explosions in the mouth. Bursts of ripe clementines, apricot, and mango as well.  Bitterness lingers on the gums, sides of the tongue and back of the throat in the best of ways. I’ve had this on draft at the taproom and in the 7/5/16 canning and it was delicious and a joy to drink on both occasions.

This Duet is as good as Peaches & Herb singing Reunited…

This Duet is as good as Peaches & Herb singing Reunited…

Alpine Beer Company, Duet IPA, San Diego, CA

Alpine Beer Company Duet IPA
Alpine Beer Company Duet IPA

7% abv. Gift from my brother Tom and my future sister-in-law Kristen! Thanks!

Pours a darkish gold color with a white head that dissipates quickly. Floral hop aroma with a touch of mango and pineapple. First sip is slick pine resin followed by orange zest and the slightest tropical fruit. Aggressive hopping, but without an overwhelming bitterness. This one packs some flavor. Light caramel malt helps balance it off. Great mouthfeel and it goes down way too easily. Tropical fruit flavors linger on the gums and back of the tongue at finish with a little bit of grapefruit and fresh cut grass thrown in. This is a fabulous IPA. It is very exciting to see Alpine on the east coast! Reunited and it feels so good!