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 klythjohan
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like most others, I have been seeking this beer for quite a long time, it wasn't until I made a recent trip up to Vermont that I stumbled upon it at a farmer's market. Anyways, on to the review...

A: Pours a foamy white head with mild head retention. The beer itself is a pseudo-cloudy light golden color with a fairly average stick.

S: Not as strong as I was hoping for, but offers an initial blast of citrus tones, strong grapefruit, pineapple with a bit of piney freshness.

T: Carries through with all aroma tones but offers a nice complexity overcoming its aroma, this thing is truly one delicious brew. You get that strong citrus flavor immediately followed by a nice malt tone. It manages to round itself out and end on a nice piney note. Amazing.

M: Soft, medium-bodied, moderately carbonated.

O: I came in with extremely high expectations of this beer, and honestly, it did not disappoint! I just wish it was a bit easier to find!

Photo of GJ40
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Sample from a 22oz bottle. Thanks Clint for sharing!

The aroma wasn't as good as I anticipated. I found it a little grassy. But the flavor was fantastic!

I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of anteater
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A: Golden orange, slightly hazy

S: Not a punch in the face of hops as you'd expect from most IPAs of this reputation, however the nose is fantastic. Full of mango and peach, there is something very very unique about it.

T: If this isn't the best tasting IPA I've had it may at least be the most unique. Major juicy mango, peach, pineapple fruitiness with some earthy and grassy notes in the background. Hardly any bitterness detectable, hardly any alcohol detectable. There is almost something savory or meaty about it, like biting into the flesh of a mango.

M: Juicy juicy juicy

O: This one is a real winner, I wish it were easier to get.

Photo of Snudge4Ever
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Had at Dark Lord Day from a BCS snifter. Great sunshine color. Glowing.

S: Very strong hop smell. Smells piney to me.

T: Awesome. Hints of citrus and pine.

M: Very smooth. No harshness.

O: A phenominal IPA. A must try for IPA lovers. Definitely lives up to the hype.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Double Sunshine by Sean Lawson is amazing.
Pouring a bottle into a snifter, the color is a nice nectarine hue.
Aromas, so sweet and tropical...juicy!!!
First taste, not a bitter IPA at all, but complex and hoppy and fruity. Piney notes, not too resiny.
Subsequent sips the beer balances out and I get a touch more bitterness.
Mouthfeel is great, not too thin.
Overall this beer is fantastic. It is perfectly named. It's juicy and sweet and full of sunshine.

Photo of jvillefan
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: It has a hazy golden yellow body with an off white two finger head that hangs around for a long time.

S: One of the more complicated hop profiles I've ever had. There is a citrus dominate front that contains heavy lemon and grapefruit. It then transitions to a Simcoe pine heavy finish. There is a subtle caramel note running throughout the entire nose.

T: Nearly a perfect blend of malt and hops. The flavor is uniform from start to finish. There is a sweet caramel and bready flavor that is what an IPA backbone should be. The hops match the nose pretty well. There is citrus (lemon, apricot, and grapefruit), pine, and that dank hop flavor that is delicious.

M: Perfect body. It is very smooth and has a great carbonation bite.

O: I was expecting this beer to be good but overrated. I was wrong. This beer lives up to the hype. Well worth actively pursuing if you are a fan of well balanced IPAs.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Hazy dark orange body, three fingers of pure white level foam, plenty of carbonation streams. Lacing is a perfect film.

Huge fresh inviting citrus aroma. Grapefruit, orange, but of lemon, peach.

A quick base of sweet malt, big blast of fresh juicy fruit, quick bitter nip, and it all lingers long into the afterglow.

Medium, bubbly, prickly mouthfeel that dances along the tongue.

Simply outstanding. Lives up to all the build up.

Photo of HosP
4.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Shadesofgray for the hook up here. Very excited to drink this beer. Poured 22 oz bottle into a brand new Founders CBS snifter.

A- Pours nice bright golden color. Fluffy thin head on top. Leaves sticky lace here and there. Slight haze to it.

S- The aroma just sucks you in as you pour the beer. Lots of juicy hop notes. Floral, tropical, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple it just keeps coming with amazing smells.

T- Exactly what you want from a DIPA! Burst of great hop flavors throughout. Grapefruit, citrus flavors up front. Some piney flavors in the middle. Very nice bitterness, but not overdone. Some caramel malts in the background, but don't take anything away from the hops.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily coat to the mouth feel.

O- Really one of the best DIPA's I've had. Start to finish it was really amazing. Great balance without to much bitterness. I can't thank Ryan enough for this treat. Would drink this any day!

Photo of ozzman54
4.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a very top notch IPA and up there as one of my favorites. Poured from a 22oz bomber, it's got a orange color and is very clean and smooth looking. Looks very appetizing. Smell is one of my favorites of all time and where this beer shines. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit are all strong on the nose. Taste was very nice and herbal fruity. Mouthfeel was smooth and velvety with a little carbonation that dissipated quickly. If I get another chance, I'll definitely grab another bottle of this.

Photo of Stevedore
4.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle generously shared by Doug while we were brewing beer. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 9/9/2013. Review #201.

Note: I revisited today 10/25/2013, with a 2 week old bottle from FleetwoodMatt, poured into an unlabeled snifter.. and didn't change a thing on this review. This beer is fantastic.

This beer's appearance is really something else. Pours a thick, creamy and hazy orange body. Having had a bunch of Hill Farmstead IPAs/DIPAs lately, this is just so different. It has a strong orange colour on this. Comes with a 2cm white head with very good retention. Looks very soapy on the surface and as lacing. Lacing is all over the glass.

Smells so good. Smells so citrusy, but without much malt sweetness. Simply put, this is a hop aroma bomb. So much citrus here- tangerines, orange, and a little bit of grapefruit.. a little bit of breadiness and toffee attempts to balance it out, and its efforts are very much appreciated. It's a very strong, thick aroma. Wow.

The taste on this is delicious. Unlike the nose, the malts come out here more to just balance out the hops, but barely. Lots and lots of tangerine, mango and other tropical fruits balanced out just a bit by some caramel and toffee sweetness. There is some earthiness here, surprisingly, which mixes things up as far as Vermont IPAs go. It's also a rather bitter DIPA unlike the Hill Farmstead DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is really good in its own way compared to Hill Farmstead. It's not as smooth, but it is quite slick without going over the top. Solid carbonation, medium body, very resinous feel on the palate. Bitterness is high up there too, yet it is very drinkable without any hint of the 8% ABV.

Delicious DIPA. It's a nice change-up from the less bitter but oh-so-aromatic-and-creamy Hill Farmstead DIPAs. It's got that über aromatic nose and palate stinger.. yet it is so drinkable in its own way. It definitely provides a very full, complex sensory experience. Definitely lives up to the hype. It's probably my favorite DIPA overall, which gives it a 5/5 overall rating for me. Close to Abner and Ephraim, much better than Heady or Pliny. Highly recommend if you know a generous BA in Vermont.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.77/5  rDev +1.9%

Gorgeous orange body with a soapy white head. Lingering aroma of citrus, tropical fruits, cantaloupe, really fruity with some dank aromas too. Flavor is terrific. Hops come through in a big way with all of the fruity hop flavors playing off of each other, but the kicker is a great toasty malt flavor. It sneaks in just enough to balance this one out nicely, but it is definitely a tremendously hoppy and bitter DIPA. Drinks great too, with a nice light body, but huge flavor. Damn this is good.

Photo of greenmtn1111
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Lawson’s chalice.

Pale hazy orange in color. Head is super frothy and white. The aroma of this is outstanding. There’s so much tropical fruit here – it smells like I’m walking through a citrus grove. Grapefruit galore, with juicy mango and orange peel. A slight grassy and herbal smell rounds it off. This is the juiciest IPA I’ve ever tasted. The fruit stands out so much it’s ridiculous. It’s subtly sweet and not too boozy, making it extremely drinkable. There’s more grapefruit and mango, but also an herbal quality like a fine green tea. It feels thick and frothy in your mouth , but all the flavors in here are extremely bright and alive, while the malt characteristics fit perfectly. I don’t know how Lawson’s does it.

Photo of leveejr
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle received in trade. Pours a slight murky golden color. Nose is a big herbal, resiny, and fruity smell. Taste is similar with the slightly bitter herbal and resiny taste but with sweet fruit notes. Overall one of the best IIPA's I've ever had. Can't find a fault with it honestly

Photo of roger617
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a Spiegelau glass, compliments of BRClemons - thanks for this one Brady!

A: Pours a hazy light copper with just over a finger of white frothy head that reduces fairly slowly and leaves a fair amount of lacing. When the head reduces it leaves a thin dense layor across the entire top of the glass.
S: The aroma coming out of the bottle before I even poured was a total dank bomb. I get a near even balance of pine and citrus, which I would give the slight edge to pine. When poured into the glass the same balance remained, but once it started warming up the pine became even more dominant.
T: The taste is the opposite of the aroma for me. It's almost an even balance, only with the slight edge going to citrusy fruits. It remains this way through the whole glass. I can't believe just how much flavor is packed into this beer.
M: Perfectly carbed, leaves a slightly dry finish.
O: My new benchmark for the style. The balance in aroma and flavor is near flawless. I am always nervous going into a highly rated beer, fearing it's all hype. Double Sunshine has absolutely earned it's reputation.

Photo of ricknelson
4.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very local Vermont beer, from one of best brewers in the state. It actually scored very high, from the six of us who judged it. Compared to Heady Topper, also a local beer, I rate Double Sunshine as a better beer. My feel is that it should be and would be in the top five if more people could get a chance to taste it. Hard to find and in very limited volume. But find it you must.

Photo of sleuthdog
4.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to ilovestouts for this!
Bottle into 7venth Sun tulip

Double Sunshine pours a cloudy hazy light orange. It has a big three finger puffy white head that left soapy lacing all over the glass.

It smells amazingly of tropical fruits. Big and juicy aromas of pineapple, orange, and grapefruit. The grapefruit does hint at the impending bitterness but does not detract or dominate. Some bready and sweet maltiness comes through too making this even more complex.

Grapefruit is at the front of the tongue but the juicy citrus is not far behind. All aspects are in perfect balance. A little more bitter pine like at the back of the tongue but after all this is a DIPA, right?

Medium bodied and great creamy, sticky feel. A perfect level of carbonation on this only makes the feel that much better. This beer just goes down remarkably easy, especially for a DIPA.

Near perfection for a DIPA in my book at least for what I have tried so far. I could drink this every single day and love it each and every time. I would love to have regular access to this especially during the summer.

Photo of AdamsDTD
4.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle purchased at the warren store on 8/15, poured into a Hill Farmstead branded goblet.

A: Hazy golden with a rich two finger pure white head. Looks beautiful and how I imagine a fresh IPA should look.

S: Pine, big citrus, tangerines, mango, and a slight herbal note. A bit of caramel, reminiscent of sweet pralines.

T: Taste matches nicely with the aroma. Lots of sweet and juicy citrus, a little bit of pine on the back of my tongue. There's a small amount of an herbal presence, but it's not overwhelming. I'm not a huge fan of herbal/medicinal flavors, but this really works beautifully with what's going on in this beer. The malt here is fantastic - Sweet candies balanced beautifully by those juicy hops. Wonderfully smooth and drinkable for 8% ABV.

M: Soft (almost velvety) and medium bodied. Perfect carbonation for the style. Hate when hoppy beers are over carbonated, and apparently the brewer agrees with me.

O: There's a reason why this beer is so sought after: This is a nearly perfect beer. Beautifully balanced, extremely drinkable, and just a delicious beer experience. This is absolutely one of my top IPA/DIPAs, right there with Pliny the Elder/Younger and Heady. Was lucky to finally get a bottle of this. Previously I'd only had it in 2oz samples and half pints - a full glass is magical.

Photo of richkrull
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one in my poker winnings from baconsausage. Thanks a lot!

Poured a hazy golden orange color with quite a bit of slightly off-white head on it.

Smell was very citrusy with some floral notes coming through. Very nice aroma.

Taste was pretty incredible. Great citrus flavor up front with the hops coming through in the finish. Really a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel was fairly light. Smooth drinking beer.

Overall a great beer that I would love to have again. I could drink this beer all night.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of kdmcguire10
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of SpasmWaiter
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I absolutely love this beer. I really can't find fault with it without sounding like some nitpicky douche bag. One of my favorite offerings from Lawson's, and one of my favorite beers on this entire planet of Earth. I only wish Sean would brew it more often.

*NOTE AS OF 8/1/14* By brewing more of it I didn't mean this bullshit that is Sip of Sunshine.

Photo of afi4lifer
4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at ACBF in Boston, MA out of a plastic tasting glass. Been looking forward to this one since they announced the line up and man it did not disappoint.

Beautiful yellow golden color that betrays the punch it packs.

Hops, hops hops! Bitter and pungent yet perfectly balanced, so piney and citrusey on the way down. Devastatingly light and drinkable considering the ABV, will seek this out next (and first) time I'm in VT. Well done Lawson's!!

Photo of SadMachine
4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a somewhat hazy golden-straw color with a billowing white head of tight bubbles that leaves excellent lacing. Gorgeous!

S- The aroma is heavenly! A rush of tropical fruit and citrus; mango, passion fruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit all in large doses!. There is also some peach, pine, dank hops, and some grassy/floral aromas. Just plain delightful!

T- The pine and bitter hop bite up front are more than expected. As it warms more of the tropical fruit bursts onto the scene in a juicy smack to the face! There's a good bit of grapefruit bitterness in the middle/finish. There is a hint of butterscotch/caramel that balances things out. A bit astringent, but still delicious!

M- The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, slightly sticky, and nicely carbonated.

O- Overall this is a wonderful beer, and definitely among the best I've ever had!

Photo of ScotNH
4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing double IPA. Surprisingly, I've found it gets even better with a couple months of age on it. It becomes even more delicious, with less of an alcohol burn, and less bitterness. If you've got a few, do yourself a favor and put one away for a month or two.

Photo of Tmyhre802
4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had the pleasure of having it on both tap and from the bottle. First off let me say the drive to the warren country store and fighting the line is definitely worth it. Like others have said it is the exact opposite of heady topper but in the best way.

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