I was lucky enough last month to arrive at Beverage Warehouse of Vermont on time to grab myself two bottles of Lawson’s Finest Liquids Triple Sunshine IPA. Getting one of these bottles was sheer luck. I was in the right place at the right time, upon arriving and getting in line at around 9:20am for the Heady and Sip Of Sunshine release, I overheard first 50 people in line get a Triple Sunshine IPA. I was lucky enough to be within those 50, and scored a treasure.
Raving a very high 10.5% ABV, the aroma it gives off are of an amazingly hopped tropical IPA, similar to those of the West Coast IPAs. West Coast IPAs have a strong adoration towards really tropical and fruit / hop forward IPAs, which ins’t the same as bitter. Hop forward doesn’t mean supreme bitterness. That is one aspect the Triple Sunshine encompasses perfectly, this beer portrays that hop forward doesn’t have to mean bitter. One of the smoothest Triple IPAs I’ve tasted, as well as high on the list for smooth IPAs in general. It didn’t give me a wow factor and that’s due to the hype. The beers extreme hype creates a preconceived notion in our minds and creates a level in our psyche that honestly no brewer will meet. Not because they can’t, but because our minds run wild. The beer was fantastic but the hype created around it made my experience not up to par. But still Sean Lawson deserves as many thumbs up as we all can give him for this wonderful contraption we call beer. And it is indeed wonderful!
Written by HopCitizen. Photography by HopCitizen.