Lawson’s The Space In Between

So, I’ve been biking every weeknight for a few weeks and now I’m up to 10 miles. I’m going to be really sore, but I am definitely getting better. I used to bike 15 miles in a clip, without issue, but it’s been a long time since I’ve done that, so I have to build up to it. A beer should make me feel better.

ABV: 5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Space In Between is a hazy ale with a hint of tartness, brewed with oats and wheat and dry-hopped with Nelson and Galaxy varieties.”

Random: I remember when Lawson’s was impossible to find in this area.

The beer poured with a generous, two finger, pillowy, pure white head. It took a long time to dissipate and left generous lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright yellow. Despite the haze, I could see lots of carbonation. The nose had a lot of citrus. I picked up both lemon flesh and pith along with grapefruit pith and unripe tangerine. The taste had a generous amount of relatively fresh citrus as well. The same lemon note was there, but the grapefruit and tangerine were way more pronounced than the nose. There was some malt as well that gave it a touch of sweetness. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with tangerine and malt. I wanted to like this beer, but it was just a bit too simple for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Lawson’s Sip Of Sunshine IPA

I love getting beer gifts, especially when it’s a beer that I’ve been waiting to try for years. There’s a lot of hype around this beer and I’ve heard that it actually lives up to it.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This lupulin-laden India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit character, bright floral aromas and delectable layers of hop flavor. Pour mindfully, inhale deeply and enjoy a tropical vacation in a glass. Always store cold, enjoy fresh and stay cool! Sip of Sunshine IPA is brewed by Lawson’s Finest Liquids at Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford CT.”

Random: Since they contract brew this now, it is a little easier to get.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was incredibly fragrant with a lot of pine, lemon zest and earthy hop notes. The taste had pine needles and fresh spruce tips. There was also lemon zest and lemon verbena. There was a small amount of malt. The flavors were all very fresh. The alcohol was almost undetectable. It had medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish took awhile and had lemon verbena. This was another gift beer, so I have no idea on price, but this beer was just outstanding. If this got distribution to New Jersey, this would have a permanent place in my fridge.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0