Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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Reviews: 298
Hads: 1,900
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.99%
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kingcrowing on 12-18-2010

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.
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Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a Stone IRS tulip. Most recent batch (#192?) - two weeks old in any case.

A - Pours with a finger of white foam that eventually settles to a thin cap and collar, leaving spotty lace behind. Hazed golden sunshine color - surprise!

S - Very dank, with some citrus, tropical fruits, and a slight chive aromas as well. A light burnt sugary malt character reveals that it's a DIPA, but I initially would have pegged it as a regular IPA, as there's no alcohol and it's very hop-forward.

T - Taste is laden with grapefruit, pine, and a minimal malt backbone. Alcohol is again non-existent. Initially restrained in bitterness, although it mounts over the course of a glass.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth texture, dry finish, and light residual resins. No alcohol warmth.

D - Just an all-around great beer. Best beer I've had from Lawson's for sure and competitive with upper tier offerings from San Diego. Highly recommended. (995 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Lawson's bottle release this past Saturday (2 days ago) at the Waitsfield Farmer's market. Poured into snifter.

A- Pours a hazy yellowish golden with just under a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly recedes to leave almost no head and some spotty lacing. A little bit below average carbonation.

S- Citrusy tangy slightly dank hops, lemon, grapefruit, a little bit of pine, some light malts in the background.

T- Citrusy piney hops, grapefruit, lemon, finishes with some citrusy dank hops and a tiny bit of booze. Citrusy lemon aftertaste. Everything is very well balanced.

M- Fairly light bodied, not too much carbonation, smooth, easy to drink.

O- This was a very good IPA, definitely world class. However not the best that I've had. Personally I like HF the best. This is definitely right up there with Heady Topper and other great IPAs. Definitely stands up there with some of the best I've had. Just a little bit more hops in the aroma, a tad bit less booze in the taste, and a tad bit more carbonation and I think this beer would have been perfect. Definitely recommend having this for any hopheads, you will not be disappointed. (1,176 characters)

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into Duvel Tulip - 2012 release. Thanks Kris !

A: Poured a hazy golden orange with three finger head that descended into a thick, creamy, frothy lacing - Great carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits (lemon ,orange) , grapefruit , sweet bitter hops - fresh green grass , slight pine.

T: Sweet bitter hops with a nice floral /herbal taste - nice citrus /grapefruit notes with slight hints oh pine. , great malt backing that brings it all together nicely ..

O: Overall this is a fine DIPA that I feel can hold it's own against any other DIPA out there , It's remarkably smooth and balanced and goes down silky smooth .

Highly recommend this one .. (661 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of TheLostGringo, poured into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Been pining after this one for quite some time.

A: Very slightly hazed pale amber body under an inch of fine off-white head. Standard retention, plenty of delicate lace. Attractive.

S: Much more subdued than I was expecting, but once I stick my nose down in the glass I get some nice ripe tangerine balanced against a keen minty herbal note. Lovely, but not the room-filling hoppiness I was hoping for.

T: My first sip more than makes up for any disappointment I felt from the nose, as this is a truly delicious brew. Richly juicy citrus hops are front and center, with orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and mango. Underneath the sweet hops is a layer of pleasantly bready malt, followed by clean herbal bitterness on the finish. Absolutely phenomenal.

M: Soft, well-carbonated medium body. Velvety.

O: Great. I think I'd still take Heady or S&S #5 over this, but it would be a tough decision. Worth the hype, and by far my favorite Lawson's IPA.

Cheers! (1,025 characters)

Photo of krisandajt
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to kingcrowing for hooking me up with this brew. Cheers Nick!

Appearance: Poured into my DFH glass, this brew is a cloudy, honey color with about a half inch worth of off-white, foamy head. The retention is pretty good, and as I swirl the brew around in the glass I see soapy rings of schtick clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fresh, glorious hops! Lots of resiny pine going on here with some nice citrusy grapefruit notes. Really robust.

Taste: Most impressive! The hop profile doesn't really hit at first, it builds slowly and peaks to a clean, bitter finish. Lots of pine and some overripe grapefruit. I do love me a fresh IPA!

Mouthfeel: A crisp medium body, good texture and carbonation, and ample carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a great tasting beer. Loads of fresh hops, lots of great flavor. I'm wishing I had more than one bottle of this. Absolutely recommend!

Thanks again Nick! (917 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at black back pub in Waterbury, VT.

nice big head, fades slowly with nice soapy lacing, hazy golden carrot orange color.

Nose had light malts, nice tropical fruits, hint of citrus, tangerine, bit earthy, citrus rind, nice light but fruity, hint of malts.

Taste is creamy malts, sweet ish, tropical fruits, nice big citrus orange rind, tangerine, peach, mango, touch pineapple, fairly bitter, nice big long bitter hoppy finish, more lingering citrus and tropical fruit, more bitterness and dry finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall great, bit too dry on the finish, but great hops and nice touch of a malty balance, great tropical fruits and fruits in general. And amazingly drinkable. (705 characters)

Photo of surlytheduff
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of gn0sis - thanks for the hookup. Batch 211, bottle 64. A gentle pour into a Fantome tulip yielded a billowing three fingers of creamy white head which desperately clung to the sides of the glass, leaving streaks of foamy lace as it gently receded. The beer was a slightly hazy golden color with a bit of an amber cast to it. The aroma emanating from the glass was incredibly enticing - deep resinous hops, tropical citrus fruits and a sweet malty grassiness.

The taste of the beer was fantastic. Strong mango/pineapple/grapefruit flavor up front, no trace of syrupy sweetness that you get in some other DIPA's, floral and resinous hop flavor with a refreshingly bitter finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth, with a medium body and a light to medium amount of carbonation. Overall this ranks right up near the top for me both style wise and general beer wise. (877 characters)

Photo of awalk1227
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed 4/24/11, drank this with a few work buddies. Bottle got tossed so I can't remember the batch number, d'oh. Anyway, thanks Kelp and nathanjohnson for the chance to try this!

A: Double Sunshine was right. This beer pours a bright, sunny, orange/yellow color.

S: Lots of wonderfully fragrant aromas here. Juicy grapefruit and oranges, with the slightest hints of grass and pine in the background. A bit of sweet malt makes its way though, letting me know this is a bigger beer than Triple Play.

T: Very fruity and sweet. Not my favorite flavors in a DIPA, but I'm on a tropical fruit binge, and this hits the spot. Not nearly as sweet and syrupy as some other big IPAs, so I'm really pleased with this one. Also, the malt is present, but only to give the beer some body and the aforementioned sweetness. None of that Caramel 60 malt stuff going on here.

F: A bit drier than other beers in the category, making it all the more drinkable. A bit fizzy on the tongue, and just thick enough for me to consider it a DIPA.

O: I was fortunate enough to try this beer twice and the bottles weren't horribly tough to track down. If it was more readily available, I'd have my fridge stocked with all of the Lawson's stuff. (1,223 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold, like sunshine itself. Forms a smallish white head, but there is good retention and it leaves some clumpy lacing on the way down.

S: The bottle describes the beer as "juicy tropical fruit" and I see no reason to disagree. Aroma is primarily of oranges intermixed with mango, papaya, and pineapple. The slight sugary floral quality adds another dimension that only seeks to reinforce the of tropical fruit aroma.

T: The first thing I noticed was a chewy sweetness. Then comes some more tropical fruit - though not quite as intense as the aroma. Again, predominantly orange, with notes of pineapple. Mild to moderate bitterness and some orange pith on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a sort of chewiness to it. Carbonation is appropriate.

O: A very good beer. Chewy, juicy, and ripe with flavor, this one is very easy to drink. Maybe a little sweet for my personal preference, but the sweetness and the tropical fruits work well together. This is my first beer from Lawson's and it certainly did not disappoint. (1,034 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by billab941. Thanks, Bill!

A. Pours a slightly cloudy goldenrod. About a finger of crisp offwhite head dissipates rapidly to a quarter finger ring. Some solid lacing on the glass. Love the look on this. Light for a DIPA.

S. A damn tropical rainforest here. Loads of pineapple, mango, orange, grapefruit, and some dank grassiness. Wow. Phenomenal bouquet here.

T. A lot more malt and sweetness on this than the nose let on. A sweet, sticky hop bomb. Very well-balanced. Loads of sweet malt here really tame the hops. It is definitely a DIPA, and a bit of a bruiser at that. But booze is kept in check. Drinks smooth and delightful.

M. Very good. Bitterness and sweetness are balanced damn near perfectly. Pretty aggressively carbonated, but serves it well.
Tropical fruits, sweet malt, and pine resin are integrated very well.

O. One of the finest DIPAs I have ever had. Incredibly balanced at this intensity. Lots of tropical fruit and a very strong malt presence to back up the hops. Quite mellow and highly enjoyable. Must try. (1,054 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-golden amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, pine, light citrus, hints of herbal and floral

T-pine, tropical fruit, peaches, citrus in the background, floral and hints of honey, nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp with good body

O-a great DIPA with an interesting flavor profile, a nice contrast to other greats of the style (395 characters)

Photo of Aberration
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to tulip

Looks golden with a hint of amber in it, enticing to say the least. Not much head at all, even with an aggressive pour.

Smells like...tropical fruit. Very good smell. I sit here hoping that the taste will follow suit!

Taste does indeed follow the smell well. Tropical fruit, bitter hops, absolutely no alcohol presence which is solid for an 8%. Enjoyable!

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is there and the bitterness from the hops is present but no overpowering. Good aftertaste too. Almost like chewing a bit of juicy fruit gum, except not quite as intense and sugary, obviously!

Overall...I'd like to be able to get this alll the time. Unfortunately these beers are tough to find!!

Cheers (722 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a Dark orange, like an apricot, with a white mist of light bright white foam.

The nose is so so fruity and strong with tropical fruit punch, banana, mango, lemons, apricot, grapefruit and then a great caramel malt backdrop.

The palate catches that same fruitiness of tropical fruit, mango, apricot, lemon and grapefruit but catches a little coconut as well. There is some honey but fans of herbal hops won't be disappointed with the subtle dank herbal hop tones underneath.

The feel is light, easy and drinkable but some alcohol heat exists if you drink it quickly.

Rarely do I find a beer that matches the hype but this one lived up to its billing. (671 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to imagineiii for sending this bottle my way. I've been looking to try this for awhile now. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a bright, clear golden yellow color with a good white head and plenty of lacing as it goes down. The nose immediately lets me know that this is going to be delicious. It has loads of citrus character along with a bit of pine; slightly dank. Great hoppiness. The flavor carries the same notes, and the citrus hop character pairs really well with a great amount of bitterness. Very good. Light to medium body with a great dry finish. Very, very nice overall. (599 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to spycow and the rest of the Chicago Crew for leaving me a tickable portion of this bottle.

A - Yellow colored beer that was a touch hazy, white head bubbled up. Little bit of stick left on the sides for a nice looking beer.

S - Awesome good. Citrus, pineapple, tropical fruit, subtle touch of pine, and a hint of resin. Pretty much as good as it gets on the nose.

T - Taste is right up there with the best DIPAs I've had. Tropical fruit is great and not too sweet. There is enough malt precense to give it body, but you really don't notice it. Good bitterness to it.

M - Medium bodied, refreshing carbonation.

O - Awesome beer, I want more. One of the better crafted DIPAs I've had in some time. (709 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy gold body with good head retention .

Awesome mango citrus aromas!

Juicy citrus with a good bitterness at the end of each sip. Doesnt even come close to drink 8%

Medium-low carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

Really enjoyed this one. Could easily drinka bomber of this and be happy. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT! (310 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights and a nice half finger of fluffy head that left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely a lot of fruit in this aroma such as mangos, pineapple, citrusy lemon zest, good piney notes, with a good hoppy tones. It had some sweet sugary and maltiness coming out as well. very interesting nose.

T: lots of passion fruit in the flavor alongside fruits such as mongos, pineapple, a little peach, good pine earthy notes with a grassy hop character that had a mild hop bitter punch. I did however get some woody and slightly vanilla accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, woody, hoppy mild sweet, and slightly bitter finish.

O: very good beer all around and was happy to see it and try at the alcazaba summer bottle share, good lookin out whoever brought it. (886 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle at the Cap City Farmers' Market, 1/22/11. Batch #183.

A-Pours a very hazy golden apricot with a nice cap of frothy off white head. A nice off white sheet of lacing.

S-Juicy citrus, sweet pineapple and mango with a nice malt undertone.

T-More grapefruit than pineapple but still quite delicious. Pleasantly bitter from start to finish with a grapefruit start and a lemon finish. A nice malt backbone as well.

M-Medium bodied, nicely oily, moderate carbonation.

O-Terrific example of the style. The hops are prominently displayed but the bitterness is understated and vibrant.

HV (605 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a medium gold color, slightly hazy, good frothy carbonation that leaves a nice cap and some spotty lacing.

S - A nice amount of tropical fruits with some slight floral notes. Nice and dank, yet, still has a nice clean hop character. Lots of pineapple, mango, and orange peel.

T - Slight less tropical then the nose. Orange peel, pine, grassy hops. Little to no malt detected at all, very light yet the tropical notes help with the sweetness. Solid bitterness, not overly done, which I prefer. A nice "medium".

M: Light, crisp, smooth, refreshing, oily dank finish.

D: A very nice DIPA that I really enjoyed. Not overly hoppy or big on sweetness, which I prefer. Right "down the middle", if you will. I love any/all tropical fruit notes, so that seals the deal right there. Recommend. (797 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Robert! Pours clear light orange/gold with a scant head. Nose is bright, herbal, citrus hops, grapefruit skin, some grass and meadow. Heavily hopped throughout the palate, grapefruit rind, herbal, very dank on the finish, those marijuana hops. Tight and dry, focused. Had this right after a Hopslam and this beats the snot out of it. (340 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unwrapped the gold foil from the 22oz bottle to reveal a crown that seems to have been over-compressed. Due to the high price paid, I am nervous. Uncapped with very little exhaust...now I am very worried. Poured from the bottle into a 22.5oz Libbey Citation snifter (Model# 8409)

A- Pours a beautiful, hazy golden but with only about 1/8" head. Based on other reviews announcing copious head, I am thinking this bottle suffered a leaky cap...very unhappy.

S- A swirl to build some additional head revealed a party of citrus floral and pine...absolutely perfect, 5.0. The Alchemist's Heady Topper is brought to mind.

T- The first sip revealed a delightful and well-balanced dance on the taste buds...the epitome of a hop lovers dream supported by a wonderful malt backbone. All the flavors anticipated by the aroma were represented with a lingering hop essence in the olfactory zones.

M- Low to moderate carbonation (again, the cap didn't look healthy and even took a picture before uncorking) suffered an epic experience of this brew. I am just happy that I didn't wait any longer than I did to enjoy this specimen.

I am proud, not only to have experienced a Lawson's Finest Liquid, but I am thankful the Double Sunshine was my first. Due to the cap issue, I would like to try it again, but not likely due to the investment. The enigmatic brewing talents of Sean Lawson are legendary and live on! (1,401 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a white head. Color is a hazed bright golden orange.

Aroma: Lots of floral and herbal hops. Huge tropical citrus flavors. Pineapples, mangoes, oranges. No malts show.

Taste: Super tropical fruit flavor. Massive floral, earthy, and fresh hop profile. No malts again. Awesome.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, a great dipa. So fruity with no malts showing. Very tasty and very drinkable. Wish more east coast dipas were like this (disregarding HF of course). (536 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe recently, thanks. The few beers I've had from this brewery I've been impressed with. I'd like to get more of their IPAs to try. They seem to have that figured out well.

Beer is really light in color, shockingly light yellow and mostly clear with a decent head of small white bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass. The carbonation is moderate to low.

Since this is an IPA this is where I'm suppose to say that it smells hoppy. In my experience there are four distinct hop aroma families, fruits (this can be divided further into tropical and citrus), pine, earth, and noble. This one is definitely of the fruit (citrus) variety with the pine playing catchup. Smells like simcoe, I should have read the label. Smells really nice, it's aggressive without being distracting.

Beer is medium in body, on the lighter side of medium, with a nice level of carbonation on the palate. Not as bitter as I expected but it is bitter to an extent. The hop flavors in the midpalate mirror what you would smell in the aroma, nice citrus presence with a pine backing that carries the hops to the bittering end, this makes me think that a piny hop was used as the bittering hop and the fruit / citrus hops were late additions. Overall a great DIPA. I'd have it again for sure. (1,296 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ive been wanting to try this one for awhile. Like most other elusive brews that trickle from the mountains of VT, my expectations are exaggerated beyond what is probably fair. However, this brew delivers the goods.

Bomber into a mini snifter, the brew appears a golden yellow color with decent clarity. A white froth rests stop with decent powers of retention and fades leaving patches of lace.

The aroma is quite tropical with hops initially that blend into more of a grassy and herbal note. A mild grainy almost toast-like or biscuit maltiness hides behid letting the hops be the leasing role.

The flavor is rindy, herbal, dank and catty. All hop flavoring upfront without too much bitterness crushing the flavors. Like the nose, a bit of mild grain sweetness is toasty towards the finish which creates a really enjoyable balance.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest amount of carbonation. Super fresh and just awesome. Finally a VT brew that not only meets the hype but surpasses all expectations as well. Sign me up for wanting more of this whenever it might be available. Wow, get some. (1,107 characters)

Photo of beerhan
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a cloudy golden color with a two finger white head. Thick white lacinv

S-lots of pine, grape, melon, pineapple and an all around tropical scent

T-bitter pine with a pineapple after taste. Reminds me a lot of hopslam without the honey.

M-incredibly bitter but very crisp and syruppy. I am very imressed by the low abv witb such flavors.

O-tasty and I would love to drink again (387 characters)

Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.