This review doubles as a public service announcement: This summer, Lawson’s Finest Liquids introduced Little Sip, a “cousin” of Sip of Sunshine which, of course, is the OG New England IPA that still rates as one of the best craft beers in America. Weighing in at 6.2% ABV, Little Sip is well below the 8.0% ABV of its predecessor, but it follows in the footsteps of Sip of Sunshine as a juicy, fruit-forward IPA that also deserves legendary status.
Little Sip pours from a gorgeous ocean blue can to reveal a crystal clear beer. You read that correctly: no haze here. Obviously Lawson’s is behind on the times, there can’t be a juicy IPA you can actually see through, it has to look like juice too, right?
Wrong. Little Sip explodes with fruity aromas as soon as the can is cracked. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and orange combine for a punch of juicy fruit in every sip. Just like its cousin, Little Sip relies on fruity hop flavors rather than aggressively bitter ones. The fruity aspects of the hops work in concert with the lightly herbal and piney qualities rather than competing with them. The result is a beer in perfect balance that rivals any of the best IPAs on the market.
Little Sip does more than live up to the Sip of Sunshine name, it shows the Vermont brewer deserves every bit of the acclaim it has earned. Lawson’s still has the brewing acumen it demonstrated with its original master stroke, and Little Sip proves it once again.