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Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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308 Reviews
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Reviews: 308
Hads: 1,942
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 3,109
Gots: 195 | FT: 3
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Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
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 DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, seriously? Brewed out East, and holding its own against any beer without Pliny in its name? Thanks, Mike.

Crystal clear pour with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks gorgeous. And the nose is fuckamazing. Big, resiny, citrus and pine goodness, incredibly bright, resiny, fruity but decidedly bitter, Pretty much perfect for a DIPA, the only reason I haven't bumped the score is 'cos I tried it at a tasting. The palate follows, with a burst of hop goodness, big, bitter, bright, pungent and resiny, with citrus and pine with no real malt character to speak of. Dense, hop resins linger on in the finish, coating the palate and emphasizing some of the fruity aspects of the beer. Drying, bitter finish, this is awesome. Very highly recommended. Fuck yeah!

**Edit 21 July 2012**
Thanks again, Michael.

Looks great, this smells great too! An amazing, juicy, fruity tropical fruit nose with mango, papaya, peach and tangerine, this is just bursting with hop goodness. Bright and pungent without being grassy and herbal, the hop nose is close to perfect.

The palate is an explosion of hops, big, fruity, sweet and amazing. Tangerine, mango, melon, nectarines, peach and ripe oranges run riot on the palate. Bitterness is low here, but there is an oily, resiny hop character that more than makes up for it. The hops are so juicy that they make this beer sweet, a feat considering that the base pale malt lends nothing more than a mild biscuit note. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this feels pretty great on the palate. While I'm tempted to lump this in with the San Diego DIPAs, this still is unique in the hop profile. It amplifies the fruity hop nose that the best ones have, and tones down the bitterness for a very unique beer, and while my scores stand, my palate was clearly compromised when I wrote my original review above. Clean, fruity and refreshing, this is outstanding stuff.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon drinking this on tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington it struck me, not for the first time, that when beer is of this quality it’s merely taste which determines how one will rank it and where it should be put in our personal pantheon of any particular style. I was lucky enough to have this side by side with Hill Farmstead’s Abner and later that day, a very fresh can of Heady Topper. I’ve had Pliny and Blind Pig and multiple Alpine IPA’s, Surly’s Abrasive and Furious, and Double Sunshine was likely my favorite of all of them. They’re all phenomenal but on this particular day at least, I was completely blown away by how good this was.

The beer is very slightly hazy and golden with a fluffy white head that settles down slowly, leaving nice lacing on the glass. The aroma bursts up at you, with fresh and extremely vivid tropical fruit and citrus as well as some floral and resinous pine notes. A faint hint of sweet maltiness is also detected. The flavor is simply delicious, with the malt just propping the hops up ever so slightly with a subtle caramel taste and never intruding. Complex fruity hops dominate, with lots of grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, etc. Piney notes also come into play. Bitterness is very moderate and while present doesn’t overshadow the hop details.

Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a very smooth overall feel. Alcohol is undetected and the finish lingers quite pleasantly, with all those hop subtleties hanging around. Again, this one is at least as good as anything hoppy I’ve ever tried.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been intrigued to try something from Lawsons as I keep hearing good things about that shop in Vermont which is home to my other favorite breweries such as Hill Farmstead and Alchemist. Poured from bomber into dimpled glass mug. Pours hazy orange with a beautiful thick white head that dissipates into thin lacing that lasts very well throughout. Aromas of sweet floral citrus, pineapple, and herbal hops. Sweet floral-like malts come out very well in the flavor along with some mango and pineapple. There is some dryness and delicious hop bitterness in the finish. A very pleasant DIPA and an excellent example for the style! Glad to have tried this one out.

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Photo of aasher
4.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was courtesy of the infamous Adam Jackson, purchased last weekend. Thanks Adam!

This beer pours a cloudy and bright tangerine orange in color with a two finger, bright white head. The nose is extremely fresh and full of pineapple and that trademark Smcoe aroma. Despite that, it's pretty fruit forward as far as the hops are concerned with a touch of pine. It's very aromatic. The flavors are dry and fruity, very fresh with loads of fresh hop presence. It drinks slightly bitter and slightly dry. The malt bill is lighter, helping drinkability. The alcohol isn't present either. Overall this is a really, really nice DIPA. I'm grateful I could try it, and so fresh.

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Photo of largadeer
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy blond body topped by a thin head that recedes to a crown. Big pineapple nose backed by grapefruit and orange. Little malt presence. Tastes really nice; pineapple and grapefruit with some earthiness in the background. Body is light and malt is noticeable but integrated, slightly bready. A really good DIPA.

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5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

picked this up last thursday at the warren store, this just a well rounded ipa, taste like the other vermont ipa's, like heady, hill farmstead, but does not have the smell of the heady topper,can not wait to drive buy again and pick up some more of this fantasic brew,this is a must try it beer if you like hoppy ipa beer

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Out of the bottle, my pour is a golden sunshine color with a generous white cap. A bit of sticky lace clings to my glass as I work my way through it.

The aroma is hop forward. Grassy, herbal, with grapefruit, some tropical fruits, and a bit of pine.

Up front a little bit of sweet caramel malt hangs on for a little while, providing a balance that I don't need in my DIPA's. Grapefruit, mango, peach, tangerine, and apricot all provide a strong fruit presence, which overlays a generally grassy bitterness. The malt maintains a bit of sweetness and a chewy breadiness throughout.

The carbonation is creamy and on the full side. Although there is a grainy nature to the beer itself, it also has a smoothness about it. There is no real alcohol presence noticeable in the taste. The bitterness grows with each sip, but there is not an overwhelming aftertaste or anything.

This is definitely a solid beer, but I was not as blown away by it as many other people have been. This is a mystery that may only be resolved with a follow up tasting.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

650 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip. I have a Lawson's pint glass, but I thought this deserved a better glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange body with almost no head on a careful pour. Good lacing, but not much of a head to retain.

Smell - Smells wonderful. Citrus, as every great IPA has, but it's got a good dose of pine and herbal simcoe flavors. Complex and wonderful aroma. Smells a bit sweet.

Taste - Just a hint of sweetness at the start and then a wave of hops. Citrus mainly, with a piney finish that blends with the herbal character. The herbal notes linger in the finish. Strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - It's crisp and clean, but the bitter finish is really strong. It's a little detracting. It probably helps the flavor retain a nice complexity, but it makes it less gulpable than I'd like.

Overall - Definitely one of the top IPAs out there. The hop character is amazing. It's not just a citrus bomb. It's got a fascinating flavor profile to back up the delicious citrus hops. Awesome beer.

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Photo of jegross2
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids out of Vermont. This is one of the most sought after IPA in the county, along with Heady Topper, and it is not easy to get a hold of if you do not live near the three places that sell Lawson's beer. This is my first Lawson's beer and I am very excited to try it.
Score: 100

No bottle date, but this once was received via trade on 04/05/12 and purchased towards the end of March. Served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 04/09/12.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy and pretty translucent golden orange color. Three fingers of off-white soapy head at pour slowly settles into a thin bubbly layer. Excellent lacing, good retention. 5/5

Smell: Tons of mango, pineapple and bright tropical citrus upfront. Peach, apricot, and lots of fresh, sweet grapefruit. A modest dose of pine. There's a sugary/candied tropical fruit aroma to this. 5/5

Taste: Fresh, sweet and sticky tropical citrus upfront quickly followed by a strongly bitter hops oil flavor on the midpalate and in the finish. Grapefruit, pineapple juice, peach and mango. A little bit of pulpy orange as the beer layers. There's a really nice piney hop kick in the finish. This beer takes you to the extreme of sweet and juicy citrus IPA flavor and reels you back with a deliciously bitter hop bite. Gets even better and more balanced as the beer layers. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-plus carbonation that simultaneously perks the hops on the palate and lets the bitterness sit heavy. Really nice and oily mouthfeel. Dry, bitter finish. 5/5

Overall: Pitch perfect DIPA. Loads of juicy tropical citrus and bitter pine balance to boot. This one smells and tastes just as good as Abrasive Ale.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out. Assuming you like IPA's, this is one of the absolute best in the style that you will ever have the opportunity to try.

Pairings: Goose Island's "Black Earth Burger" would be perfect with this.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle that really looks like a 750 ml.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty clear orange-peach color with a nice 1cm white head with great retention and lacing.

Nose is quite nice at first. Would have a much higher score if it hadn't faded so quickly. Maybe could be a little fresher? Lovely notes of fruit like peach and mango with a mild floral bouquet.

Flavor is very nice. Great balance! Pretty different for the style as it has distinct fruity flavors from the great malt/hop blend. Notes of peach and mango and a nice mildly bitter floral hop transition on the backend.

Mouth is medium bodied with pretty high yet smooth creamy carbonation.

Overall this is a fantastic and pretty unique beer for the style. I love it and want more!

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Photo of kdmcguire10
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

World class stuff here by Lawson's. Pours a golden peach color with a fluffy white head. Nice retention.

Juicy tropical fruits with a slight herbal nose. Astringent. Taste is a hop assault up front and on the back end. Balanced well in the middle by a subtle malt. I could drink this beer every day.

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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).

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Photo of mindspin315
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow/orange body. A bit hazy with a nice sized white head. Decent amount of lacing and solid alcohol legs.

Aromas of pine, peaches, orange, citrus zest, over ripe melon, mint oil, and a touch of mango. A nice bready dough scent as well.

Right up front a great mix of peach, pine, and citrus. Bitterness pops up in the middle and drys out quite nicely. The dryness carries on after the finish. Left with a touch of pine, candied orange, and a mild floral aftertaste.

The bitterness is so incredibly balanced here. It hits just right. The taste and feel are absolutely killer. This beer definitely brings some 'Sunshine' to the nose and palate. World Class IPA for sure.


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Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is light golden peach, faint haze, tight white head. The nose is of tropical fruit and faint herbal note. Taste of light doughy malt, strong tropical citrusy fruit, notes of peaches, herbal vegetal I'm the back with an assertive bitterness and moderate carbonation. The body is oily medium body, slick on the back of the tongue bordering a nice velvety finish.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.49/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.49/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously given as an extra by youbrewidrink. Thanks Joe!

Pours hazy sunshine gold with a good amount of sediment floating about. Capped with a two finger head of tight white foam. An attractive crown of white lace.

Bright tropical citrus, mangoes and papaya. Bright herbal tones as well. Floral and sublime not many beers can pull off an aroma like this.

Cracker light malt, uplifting and compliments the bright grapefruit pith and tropical fruits. Bitterness is creeping but hits at the end with a drying sensation. Alcohol on the end as well but delicious.

Texture is luxurious, smooth and clean despite the haze. Medium bodied and dries very well.

A fantastic DIPA rich in tropical hops, bright and so drinkable. Artful craftsmanship that you can sense at all corners. A great experience and a brew to be savored.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at The Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield, VT during the Farmers Market on 3/21/12
(240 calories)

Price - $9.99/bomber

Pours a hazy orange color with a creamy white one finger head. Suds stick around for a bit before fading off to patchy bubbles. Good and sticky looking with a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma is amazing with an intense blast of citrus fruit. First up is grapefruit and lemon followed by oranges, tangerines and a light smell of pine. The nose is full of hops from the start right to the finish.

The taste comes on strong once again bringing on the citrus flavors. Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon it's all there draped over a near perfect balance of sweetness. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for the abv. Finishes clean and delicious.

The mouthfeel definitely stands up to a double with a medium body and not overly carbonated. A zesty feel through out followed by a delicate bitterness and ending somewhat dry and resinous.

Overall this beer has some amazing qualities (aroma in particular) and was a real treat to experience. Somewhat of a bitch to get a hold of but well worth the effort and price. I have several other styles from Lawson's I grabbed and can't wait to open them up. Add this one to an ever growing list of fantastic IPA/DIPAS coming out of Vermont. Nice job!!

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Photo of durrrr
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT recently.

The appearance is nearly a lemon yellow color, hazy and unfiltered. beautiful white head. It looks like bright sunshine.

The nose is loaded with citrus notes. HUGE citrus. Lemon, grapefruit, and even a hint of orange and lime perhaps?

This is a unique and delicious DIPA. The flavor is huge on citrus and well hopped throughout. You get this bright, citrus bitter hop profile with some pine and lemongrass notes that lingers and transitions into a slightly sweet, slightly sour, slightly dry, bitter finish. The finish stands out the most to me as unique for this style. Like fresh lemon zest and orange peel with great citrus, sour/sweet bitterness to send the taste out with a bang and leave you wanting more. Well balanced for my taste. Abv not noticeable and Malt stays out of the way and let the hops shine.

Mouthfeel is great! Zesty with moderate/strong carbonation throughout... a little creamy towards the middle and then bitter/sweet/sour at the finish.

Overall another fantastic DIPA coming out of vermont. I'm looking forward to trying more of Lawson's hoppy beers as this one is delicious and unique for the style. It really stands out to me. Try it!

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Photo of brystmar
4.21/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger. Enjoyed this from the bottle a few weeks back; remember liking it but not being blown away. Let's see how it fares on tap...

Aroma on this baby is incredible! Fresh, juicy citrus comes through nearly as strongly as the hop profile. Kept some in my glass for awhile just to keep smelling it. Can't get enough of this aroma!

Taste is about the same as I remembered from the bottle. My 4oz pour isn't getting much attention though, as I definitely prefer the draft pour of Heady Topper sitting next to it.

All in all, Double Sunshine is a solid West Coast DIPA from the Vermont crew.

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Photo of gford217
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from caguiar.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a small wispy white head that recedes to a swirl of foam and thick collar.

Aroma is massively hoppy with mostly juicy citrus hops - pithy white grapefruit and orange zest. Some lemongrass and pien resin underneath the citrus. There is a bit of bready malt sweetness but definitely not a lot of balance in the nose.

The taste has a mix of oranges and pineapple citrus with a hefty floral dankness with some herbal and grassy notes. The finish is bitter and resinous.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodiied and well carbonated. I do get a hint of alcohol burn in the finish which surprised me a little but didn't take away from the beer.

Another outstanding hoppy beer from Lawson's. I was a big fan of the Triple Play I just tasted and this is even better I think.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.96/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into Bruery snifter.

This beer pours a cloudy neon orange. Large head quickly settles to form an uneven layer on the beer. Thick lacing all down the glass.
The smell, seriously....this smell of HUGE citrus. I could sniff this ALL day long.
Taste is wonderful; sweet and bitter all at once. There is a nice fresh hop oil presence. Big and bold, this is not subtle....but it isn't brash. It's big and bold in the best way possible. This shit is off the hizzle!!
My mouth is in heaven. When a take a big mouthful of this sexy woman in my mouth I want to leave her linger there, savoring the silky feel of her. Thick and full, this beer hits the mark.
This is a Hell of a beer. A rare treat for sure, I hope to enjoy this again!!

Had to update my review. Seriously, this is as perfect as a beer can get.

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Photo of TotallyHosed
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks zgunder for the bottle.

Opaque orange amber color that poured with a large white head. There's little lacing in the glass and no visible signs of carbonation.

The nose is subtle all around: large citrus fruit and lightly sweet malts.

The flavor is fantastic. Very well balanced with very little alcohol presence. Somewhat similar to the nose, there's first light citrus flavor followed by hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers but is then accompanied by subtle sweet malts. The bitterness is not overpowering, but just makes itself known.

The feel is medium to light and there's not much carbonation.

This is a very enjoyable DIPA. The balance and subtleties are well respected.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Double Sunshine pours a hazy honey yellow with a medium sized, thick frothy head on top. Held to the light it almost glows. As the foam dissolves clumps of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is loaded with citrus. Orange and grapefruit with a touch of lemon. Some tropical fruits are also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is creamy and smooth with effervescent carbonation. The flavor is loaded with orange and grapefruit citrus, tropical fruit (mango, apricot, pineapple), and a touch of grass. Some caramel malt sweetness makes a brief appearance. It finishes dry, moderately bitter and tart. Once gone the grapefruit citrus and grassy bitterness lingers on the palate.

Wow! Super tasty, easy drinking Imperial IPA. Reminds me of Heady Topper, just not as bitter. Creamy mouth feel and light carbonation feels wonderful on the palate.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.21/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Hopsbreath

Appearance- Hazy sunshine color with a small white head. 4.5/5

Smell- Little bit of an ammonia smell. Some pine and little bit of malt. 3.5/5

Taste - Pine hop flavor. Some floral, citrus, and ammonia. 3/5

Mouthfeel- A rare, thin DIPA. That is the way I like them though. 4/5

Overall- This started out rather well. Piney and a little citrus. After it warmed up a bit, however, it kinda gave off a weird, funky taste. Didn't really like it after that. Maybe it was just me though. 2.5/5

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Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.