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Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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Ratings: 1,718
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.05%
Wants: 2,179
Gots: 123 | FT: 1
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This American Double India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit flavors and bright herbal aromas, thanks to the abundance of US-grown hops.

(Beer added by: kingcrowing on 12-18-2010)
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Reviews by AltBock:
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4.56/5  rDev -2.6%

22oz. bomber bottle with a simple plain white label and some gold foil over the cap. The label has an oddly shaped but cool looking sun, 8 maple leafs, a brief description of the beer, and the mandatory US info. A bottled on or a best before date would have been nice. A beer this of this quality deserves a special glass so I poured it into my Hunahpu Snifter.

From behind the plain Jane label came a not so ordinary and impressive extremely hazy and pale lemon yellow colored beer. The color was a bit on the odd side, but in a good way. Now I'm seen some hazy Double IPAs in my day, but this one takes the cake. Usually I can see, at a minimum the shadow of my fingers on the other side of the glass. I held the glass up to the light and I couldn't even see that. That's some hazy goodness! Sitting on top of this beer was a 1/2 an inch pearl white head of foam. I was so distracted by the color and the beer's haziness that I didn't see how fast it receded. OOPS! What I can say was that it left behind a thin white film and a nice big fast sting of white rings along the side. Beautiful appearance!

Was this beer brewed in Vermont or the Caribbean? If I based the aroma off where the beer was brewed, I would be forced to say the Caribbean. This hoppy beer is very tropical in the nose. There was a lot going on in the aroma, but some of the main fruit aromas in this beer were the pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. Don't count out the hops! Following the strong whiff of tropical fruits was a nice bitter aroma of citrus hops. This bitter citrus aroma lasted a long time before it through the pine. Pine? What? Who knew that they had pine trees in the Caribbean. A very good hoppy tropical aroma!

If I had to guess where this beer was brewed just off the taste, I would be happy to say that this beer was brewed in the good ol' US of A. I don't think they brew beer this hoppy type of beer down in the Caribbean. This citrus hops were assertive without being over the top. Intermingled with the tasty citrus hops was some tart grapefruit, a splash of lemon, and a pinch of pineapple. The taste wasn't as tropical as the aroma was. The taste was more bitter and citrusy. After the citrus hops and fruits had their fun in the sun, the taste then finishes up with tea leaves and a tiny taste of toasted malt. A very well done not over the top hoppy beer.

This was a medium bodied Double IPA that had a good amount of carbonation and a dry bitter aftertaste. Like the taste, the hops were assertive without being over the top. This hoppy aftertaste lingered on for some time after the sweet nectar left.

This is one of those beers that raises too many questions. What are they doing up in Vermont? Why are their beers so good? What are they doing that the lower 47 states (not including Alaska and Hawaii) aren't doing to their Double IPAs? Overall, this was an extremely well done Double IPA. I would be very happy if I had another bottle. Big thanks to fellow BA mnbuffalo for hooking me up with this winner!

AltBock, Sep 13, 2013
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S - Heavy citrus and flowery hop aroma. Nice tropical fruits, tangerine, bit earthy, citrus rind, nice light but fruity, hint of malts.

T - Wow super hoppy and tasty with light malt sweetness. Great light pine and lots of tasty bitter grapefruits. Delicious.

M - Medium with a good amount of carb. One of the best mouthfeels I've ever seen in a DIPA

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Very hazy golden amber color with a creamy white head that retains very well. Smell has a lot of oranges and tropical fruit. No real malt coming through; it's hop forward and enticing. Taste has some sweet nectarine character going on along with mangos and grapefruit. Just a touch of light grain comes through in the taste, but it still is very much hop dominant. I seem to pretty much just be getting a heavy use of Citra hops in this, but I don't care if that's wrong, I'm loving the taste of this. Medium bodied and about medium carbonation. I gotta give it up, this is one very nice beer.

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T- Taste follows the initial impression from the aroma. Very fruity early on. Some piney notes. Overall, a very drinkable DIPA. Alcohol well masked behind the flavor. My wife liked this, and she is not a beer drinker. Almost too fruity for my tastes, though I'll definitely try this one again. (Assuming I'm fortunate enough to obtain one with the hour long drive and one bottle limit).

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Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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