Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.05%
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle covered in yellow foil and served chilled into a pint glass. Phingdong was generous enough to share this with me, among many.

Appearance: Just like the name, bright cloudy yellow in color. Very bright in color. A light, fluffy white head sticks nicely to the glass throughout.

Aroma: Grassy tones but still manages to be bright. Juicy tropical notes of pineapple and mango in the background contribute nicely as well.

Taste: More on the grassy, herbal side, but still feels light and refreshing. There are tons of juicy tropical fruit notes that really contribute a nice sweetness and complexity. Really nice.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and incredibly light on the tongue. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall, a top tier IPA from almost every angle. This is definitely impressive, but I think I prefer some of the other VT IPAs just a bit more. This is close to flawless though. Recommended.

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/25/2011

Big thanks to yourefragile for sending me this bottle out of the blue. I've been wanting to try this for some time as I'd heard a lot about it. Poured into a snifter. Rare Batch #211, Bottle #4.

A: The bomber has gold foil on the top and a simple label that becomes somewhat obscured as the moisture smears the ink. I pry off the cap and am greeted with a commendable hiss. A hard pour into the snifter yields a slightly hazy dark orange body with an enormous sea foam white head that exhibits excellent retention and leaves thick sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Honeydew melon and cantaloupe meet peach, nectarine, tangerine, orange, and mango. The hop profile is vibrant, bright, and expressive. Malt takes a back seat to the hops but lends a subtle breadiness to the background. No evident alcohol or harsh notes, just a lot of hop expression taking many forms. Mango becomes more pronounced as the beer opens up. There's a little pine and just a whisper of onion (not at all detracting).

T: Orange, mango, honeydew melon, nectarine, grapefruit, apricot, and peach. The beer exhibits an abundance of hop flavor with a lower moderate bitterness. It's smooth and gentle while delivering lots of hop characteristics. There's a dash of pine, and that subtle and ephemeral malt caramel/breadiness that's quickly forgotten. The finish is smooth and hoppy with no evident alcohol. Bitterness waxes in the drying finish.

M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, and dry.

Overall: A fantastic Double IPA. It's mellow and restrained, but it deserves the praise it receives.

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The honey colored liquid is capped by an impressive head that coats and laces like a champ

Smell: Hemp and pine dominant

Taste: The hemp and pine flavors dominate from start to finish though there is just a hint of sweet biscuity malt that lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Worthy of the hype, this is one terrific DIPA

Photo of PHBoiler
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well crafted DIPA from the clean bodied appearance to the smooth mouthfeel. This is one of the most well-made DIPAs I've had. The mouthfeel is clean and smooth and allows all of the citrus and light pine notes to roll across the tongue. The hops are well in balance and the body is only there enough to carry them forward with a light sweetness. This DIPA is a bit sweeter than I expected and doesn't have the huge citrus punch of other world class DIPAs. Certainly worth a try, and much respect to Lawson's for their quality production.

Photo of THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

apearance: copper orange, with a 1 finger off white head,

smell: citrus, grapefruit, tropical, hops, malts,

taste: tropical fruit salad, caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: outstanding IPA. so worth the search. hopefully the next bottle will be easier to land.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of plaid75
4.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Farm House Tap and Grill, Burlington, NY.

Poured a bright brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured pine and apricot with a clean caramel.

The taste consisted of spicy pine notes coupled with an earthy tropical fruit, some esters and a clean honey.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a superior user friendly DIPA.

Photo of oline73
4.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Pours a golden amber with a layer of off white. The smell is rather sweet with a pleasant hop note. Slightly floral and bit dank. The taste is light and bitter up front with a more dominant bitterness towards the finish. There is a really nice grain sweetness behind the hops. West coast ip front and east coast in the finish.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alec, you are the man for this one. Thanks a lot homey. Poured into a tulip. This one pours an orange yellow color with a small cap of thin white head and some thin lace.

Lots of citrus in the aroma. Grapefruit and oranges come up front with a little bit of melon in the background. A little bit of crackery malts in the background but this is simply a very hop forward brew. The pallet if a hop bomb. Lots of citrus hops with oranges and grapefruits. Hints of doughy bread in the background.

Medium body with good carbonation. A little bit oily on the finish. Overall this one is the bees knees. Real tasty stuff.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! Poured into a wine taster. The color is golden/orange with some haze. There is a small off-white head.

The aroma is full of melon and cantaloupe with a bit of pine. The hop aroma is not subtle at all.

The taste starts out with a full heavy dose of hops, with lots of pine with a hint of citrus zest. The finish is dry, crisp, and smooth.

The body is light to medium, with lots of crisp carbonation.

This is a great DIPA. This is one of the best I've had.

Photo of Rifugium
4.48/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First had: I think on tap at Blackback, Waterbury, VT
This review is for a recent tasting from a fresh bottle.

Decanted into a Lawson's goblet. Delightful golden-yellow pour, hazy, with a finger of puffy white head that retained forever, coating the glass with patches of lace. Aroma was a blast of citrus, pine, grass, honeysuckle, tropical fruits, herbal, leafy, mild toasty malt profile in the background comes out more if the beer is allowed to warm. Archetypical. All things good. This aroma is the bar...pretty much the standard that all comparable IPAs should seek to obtain. The flavor reflected the aroma, good good hops, citrus rind, pine, ammonia, grassy, herbal, pineapple, toasted grainy malt base, appropriately bitter aftertaste. A medium-bodied brew, crisp, fresh, and refreshing. Super drinkable, and a great example of a true American [D]IPA.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.48/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz freshie courtesy of BA hophead0808..Thanks!

Pours hazy gold with an orangy hue and a two inch head of rocky, beige foam. Loads of thick, sheeted lacing with a solid foam cap for the duration of the glass.

Pungent hops leap from the glass as soon as the pour begins. Cracked garlic, onions, pine, grapefruit, mango, and pear. Very dank and reaking of kind-bud.

Medium bodied with a gummy, tacky, resinous mouthfeel. Lush and creamy.

Pine-rubbed grapefruit with shades of melon and tangerine start the palate. Undertones of honey and hop sap follow through.

Finishes with a firm but very smooth bitterness, dank, earthy citrus, and some faint malt. Very dry, smooth, and loaded with finishing hops.

Wowza. Sean nailed this one. A world-class IIPA and uber-fresh.

Photo of jrallen34
4.48/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to Chris for this super fresh bottle, batch 192, bottle # 117... Pours a murky light gold, dark in the middle, a little ugly. A nice white head, great retention and lacing... The aroma is fantastic, so fresh, just plucked pine needles with pineapples and an assortment of tropical fruits... Taste is equally great, bitting pine and alcohol of a dipa, but muted and so drinkable. This is awesome, must try.

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

(review transcribed from notes, on-tap at the ACBF in boston, 06/04/11. based on multiple samples. between this and the acer quercus i spent a good amount of time camped out in the lawson's line.)

pours a burnished gold tone with a touch of haze, yields a nice creamy head with good retention and lacing evident. nose is wonderfully aromatic, delivering a big hoppy bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits, with secondary notes of malt and pine. outstanding aroma.

more of the same delivered in the flavor. lot of tropical/citric goodness with just enough balancing malt. very, very nicely done. i think it compares well with FW double jack, one of my current favorite DIPAs. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, very nicely done. lawson's has impressed the hell out of me, though doing so seems to come easily for them. if we could just ramp up the production a bit and get some ditributed to MA...

(originally reviewed: 06-08-2011)

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

on-tap: review based on multiple samples at the ACBF (boston, 06/04/11). between this and the acer quercus i spent a good amount of time camped out in the lawson's line.

pours a burnished gold tone with a touch of haze, yields a nice creamy head with good retention and lacing evident.

nose is aromatic; just full of flavor. big hoppy bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits, with secondary notes of malt and pine. outstanding aroma.

more of the same delivered in the flavor. lot of tropical/citric goodness with just enough balancing malt. very, very nicely done. i think it compares well with FW double jack, one of my current favorite DIPAs.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, very nicely done. lawson's has impressed the hell out of me, though doing so seems to come easily for them. if we could just ramp up the production a bit and get some ditributed to MA...

Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of jaasen64
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
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 ..

Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

Photo of krisandajt
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of surlytheduff
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of awalk1227
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Florida9
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of siege06nd
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of MDDMD
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.