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Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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305 Reviews
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Reviews: 305
Hads: 1,935
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 19.21%
Wants: 3,101
Gots: 194 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 orangesol
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to deuane for sharing this one with thain709 and myself. I have wanted to try this one for a little while now, thanks for the chance buddy.

A - Pours murky golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light rings of lace down the glass. I got the last of the bottle so mine was a little murkier than the others.

S - Smells of pungent grapefruits, citric hops, fresh pine needles and a growing caramel sweetness. I would say that the nose is the best part of this beer.

T - Starts off with a nice citric hop punch quickly giving way to hints of pine resin, sweet caramel malt, fresh cut grass and some light citric fruit. The fruit and hops are fading quick but there is still plenty there to carry this one to the finish. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy feel leaving the pallet dry, as it should, long after the finish.

O - I am pretty sure this one was around two weeks old and it was pretty good. The taste was a bit of a letdown from the nose but it was still very easy to drink and it packs lots of flavor. Can't wait for my next run in with this one.

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish-gold color with a frothy head.

Grassy hops with a touch of citrus as well. Perhaps a hint of mint as well.

The taste is full of a citrus blast that overrides the grassiness. Its just where it should be.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus and perhaps a smidgen of malt.

Deceptively drinkable with more of a balance than I expected. I would certainly buy it if it were more readily available.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a lightly hazed golden orange. Head is exact. Off-white and dense but still tall. This beer retains its cap perfectly. This surely looks the part; especially with the lacing it leaves.

S-Nose is piney and blatantly hop-forward. Definitely stresses the abrasive pine and grass qualities more than the tropical/fruity aspects. Grains and cracker malt. Mild caramel. Floral hoppiness too.

T-Akin to the nose. Green grass and heaps of pine. Grains back up the coercive piney flavors. You get some moderate citrus and grapefruit. Florals kick in too. Finishes quite bitter and piney. Tastes great but could use a bit more complexity.

M-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is dry and endlessly bitter. Resinous.

O/D-Overall, this did not live up to the hype. Nowhere near one of the best beers I have tried. It's clearly an above average Imperial IPA; but thats the ceiling for this beer. This is not in the same realm as others from the state of VT.

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Photo of badbeer
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rare Batch: 212 Bottle: 74 and 77

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

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought this beer would be more tropical. I think Lawson's has underwhelmed me on all the expectations I had for their beers.

A- Foggy non-transparent golden. Thick head with no retention.

S- Very mild tropical fruit, with more malty smell than anything.

T- Very sessionable, which is not a good thing when talking about a beer of such magnitude (though Pseudo Sue is sessionable too, but crushes this). Mild tropical fruits (mango, papaya, pineapple).

M- Medium to high grade on this. Thicker than most. Lots of carb follows.

O- I had expectations that this would be the best ever pale that I have had. It was way short of that. I could go shelf local and be just as satisfied. I will take one more look at this, as I just crushed a Godiva Dark Chocolate Bar that my have f*cked with my palate. I will seek out another bottle to look back on

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Photo of Azurescens
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle batch #201 bottle #81 poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 5/4/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with off-white head. Lots of bubbles racing to get to the surface.

S: Big bright floral citrus and herbal hop aroma. Super clean hop presence with very little alcohol detectable and faint pale malts. The hop bitterness and more alcohol come out as it warms up.

T: Plenty of hop bitterness and citrus hop flavors with some pine notes. Some pale malts and alcohol come through significantly more in the taste than in the smell. Really well balanced, definitely enough hop flavor and bitterness to be an IIPA with enough malty sweetness to handle all the hops. Sweet hop flavors linger for a while after each sip. This is pretty good at refrigerator temp but as it warms up it gets much better. As it warms up the bitterness mellows out but the hop flavors increase and it gets a whole lot smoother and more drinkable. Yum!

M: Moderate carbonation and hop bitterness, slightly sticky medium body.

O: Solid all around IIPA, my first offering from Lawson's and I am not dissapointed one bit. Seems like Vermont is producing some world class beers lately. Changes quite a bit as it warms up, it seems that the aroma goes from sweet to bitter as the taste goes from bitter to sweet.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Paul for sharing. Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a white foamy head on top, nice retention with streaky lacing all down the sides.

S: Not as in your face as I was hoping for, but still very nice. Lots of tropical/citrus fruit, some orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. A bit of pine and light caramel. A bit of sweetness as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of citrus fruit mixed with a little bit of pine. Grapefruit and a big of orange and orange peel. Faint caramel and bready malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Had extremely high hopes for this beer, and while extremely good, as a slight let down. Was hoping for a more in your face beer, but still extremely well crafted and easy drinking.

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Photo of dirkchivers
4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the Warren Store. Review from tasting yesterday.

A. Hazy straw. Nice white head. Some lacing
S. Pineapple! Pine Tree! Citrus!
T. Pineapple! Pine Tree! I don't really like how they went together but they came about at the beginning and the end of the taste respectively.
M. Actually a bit thin, would have liked a bit more substantial body, but it went down well enough.
D. Very fresh and refreshing. Went well with spicy pad thai.

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Brian for bringing a couple bottles to share!
Review from written notes.

Into a small tulip glass it pours a saturated orange tone, with a slight haze to it. Lasting cap of white foam, with a ring of lace crowning the rim of the glass.

Dank... and I mean Dank aroma, lush and resiny, super pungent fresh hops taking on an almost cheesy quality. Phew!

Big citrus notes lead off initially, lush with bitter orange peel and leafy greenery. Again an almost cheesy quality about the hop varietals used. Lasting aftertaste, dry and bitter, resiny and clinging to the teeth and gums. Super fresh impression, very resiny with lush citrus. This is great stuff, thanks again for sharing Brian!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1385th Review on BA
Bottle to HF Stem

Thanks to BA Tony32408 for this one

App- More of a dark orange with a good haze to it being unfiltered. A little murky and a little heavy looking. A small one finger white head with fast receding bubbles formed and left some good lace lines, not great but was nice.

Smell- When you open the cap you get little whiffs of the citrus inside the bottle. Nice aromatics with tropical notes coming forward early. A bit of pineapple, mango and tangering. A stronger pull leaves some of the impending creamy hops and pine flavors with a little bit of the thicker booze from the 8%

Taste- This was a very balanced large abv DIPA. The 8% is there but is very well layered in between what I am going to a a lush creamy hoppy flavor intermixed with a small smidgen of pine and resin flavors. For a large DIPA, not overly dry either. The creaminess brings the flavors together very nicely.

Mouth- This really was a very good beer on the palate. A bit of a thicker medium body with a creamy hoppy and fruity residual flavor. A good amount of bubbles but more of a thicker carbonation as well.

Drink- An outstanding DIPA from VT. Becoming a trend and I like it!! I am glad I live near alpine and have access to it, because I'd go broke trading for this guy all the time.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome bottle thanks to shawnm213.

22oz bottle with gold foil poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a pale, cloudy orange with a thin light tan head, good retention, but the head slowly fades. Small rings of lacing left on the glass.

S - Strong citrus and pine.

T - Very fruity and citrusy - Pineapple, Orange, Grapefruit.

D - Smooth and silky, which is odd for an ipa. Good carbonation and average body.

O - Wow, I really enjoyed this one. This is a winner.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, uniform amber pour with a crown of fluffy white foam. There is excellent lacing and good head retention. The nose is purely sweet citrus fruit with a very subtle alcohol. The taste is far more intensly hoppy, almost too much at first. However, give the beer a chance to breathe and of course let that alcohol set in (/dissapate off into a warm summer breeze) and the beer changes. The sweetness comes in almost syrupy while your palate becomes quickly acclimated to the intense bitterness. Still though, it's hard to completely enjoy the grapefruit rind bitterness completely. Great beer, but it's a bit over the top.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. gold foiled and capped bottle courtesy of AshleyMiller, my newest partner in crime as I redescend in to the world of trading madness after picking up some ammunition at the annual Southampton RIS release. This one was enjoyed on a Friday evening at a hotel in Alexandria where I was staying on business, and poured in to a snifter I happened to bring along with me.

Appearance: Double Sunshine, indeed. This one pours a radiant, vivid golden, a really breathtaking honey orange hue that's completely opaque to even direct light with hop proteins. It's only transparent around the very edges, where distanced streams of steady but slow and fine carbonation bubble slowly upwards to the surface. That surface - initially capped with a finger and a half of nearly perfectly alabaster head - showcases a persistent dusting after the initial mountain has crumbled (which did take some time), leaving huge and crunchy swaths of frosty lacing in its wake. A very attractive color and great lacing - if the head retention had been a little better, it'd have been a perfect 5.0.

Aroma: An amazing bouquet, and one of the closest drinking experiences to literally walking through a ripe hop field and burying your face in a cluster as I've had. Fresh, dank, fat hop notes, absolutely bursting with aromaticity, from spicy herbal notes to bright, crisp piney to sweet, airy, and robust citrus notes. The citrus is what's strong up front initially, but - as this one warms, and the heavier esters and notes begin to rise - it gets more resinous, spicy, piney, herbal, filled with leather and tobacco and tar.

Taste: Oddly and mildly disappointingly, this may this beer's weakest aspect. That's not to say it's bad - it's not, at all, and in fact it's quite good - but compared to the glory of the nose, the arcing gorgeousness of the lacing, and the amazing mouth, the complexities of the hop profile here just don't do it for me.

That's also not to say that the hop profile isn't complex: it is. This one is fat with resin, running the gamut of possible hop notes: citrusy, grassy, herbal, piney, floral, and, naturally, plenty of bitterness. The citrus dominates up front, suggesting lemon and grapefruit most obviously, but also hinting at other tropical relations, but takes on that earthy rind quality because of all the dank, resinous, leafy and herbal notes present as well. Piney notes linger long past the last drop leaves your mouth, amplifying that dry, minerally bitterness that the best dryer IPAs and DIPAs have in spades, though that isn't what this one's all about.

Though I would say it errs on the side of dryness. The malt backbone is moderately roasted, characteristic of the hue, with biscuity and heavier honey notes dominating the attempt at balance. Though there's definitely some hints of caramel and cookie sweetness here, the whole thing leans more towards the spicy, dryer, crispier side of things, which is to its credit, showcasing the hops nicely without being so dry as to render the experience an all out assault.

Mouthfeel: One of the smoothest, creamiest DIPAs I've ever laid lips too. Like whipped air, the carbonation levels - in conjunction with the stickiness of the body - hit that real sweet spot, with enough lift that it floats over the tongue but not enough that it jumps off. Like drinking velvet. Bitter, bitter velvet.

Drinkability: Is Vermont the new California of the east coast, or something? I'm not sure, but there are a slew of good IPAs and DIPAs coming out of there recently. This one was near-fantastic, but instead I'll just call it "great." At 8.0%, it's also eminently manageable, hitting that sweet spot near the top of the flavor:alcohol ratio chart, much like PtE. This beer reminds me a lot of a slightly haughtier, danker PtE, in many ways, and I'd like to do a side by side. As it stands, I highly recommend this one, and would snatch it up should I ever be so lucky as to see it again.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

S- Pineapple, mango, some grapefruit. Maybe a little more subdued and maltier than expected at first, but this bad boy opens up well when it warms up.

T- Juicy as can be. Straight up tropical goodness. Very smooth as well. Complex and unquestionably balanced for a beer that pack quite a hop punch. Reminds me a lot of Mercenary.

M- Mid body with perfect carbonation. Hop oils make it a little slick. Timely bitterness. Warmth, but not boozy.

O- Not a whole lot of flaws to this one. Lots of bright flavors. Compared side-by-side with Enjoy By 2-14-14. My wife preferred this one, but I would give a slight edge to Enjoy By. Outstanding either way.

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Photo of centex-brewer
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy golden appearance

Smell - Bright, clean citrus nose

Taste - Nice citrusy hop forward taste with a great malt backbone

Mouthfeel - Clean and concise presence in the mouth

Overall - This is a beer I've only ever seen reviews and heard about. I was finally able to obtain these from the Warren Store on the Thursday release day. I was very excited to try this and was not under-whelmed by this beer. It pours a very nice hazy golden color with a nice citrus aroma. The balance and malty support of this beer in the mouth makes it fantastic.

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Photo of toconn
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried twice, once poured from a bottle into a tulip, another time served on tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier.

A - Bright, glowing, golden hue, medium white head. Hazy, clearly unfiltered. I feel silly saying that this is one of the most beautiful looking beers I've ever seen in a glass...

S - Pineapple, citrus, sweet tropical fruits, light notes of pine. Very nice aroma.

T - Lots of citrus and tropical fruit with some light, lingering pine notes. The malts take a bit of a backseat here, rather hop forward. As the beer warmed up, I noticed that a certain booziness really started to subdue other flavors - more boozy than I would have expected towards the end.

M - Tight carbonation, somewhat light bodied, leaves a slightly slick mouthfeel.

O - This is an excellent beer, but I feel it's overhyped - especially considering the tight supply and availability of other great beers in the region.

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Photo of mcallister
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange juice colored with a thick, pillowy head just off white. No lace.

What a nose, tropical and citrus flavors burst from the glass. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, starfruit, orange, lemon zest and more. Nice underlying Bready maltiness helps round things out.

Nicely balanced and wonderful hop compexity. Oily and full of resinous tropical flavors. Grapefruit and mango devour the mid palate with help of Bready, grainy malts to round things out. Pineapple, lemon, orange zest, and more. Nice snappy carbonation with some acidity at the finish. Except for a light astringent finish this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of kif
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold orange with a nice thick white head

S - Citrus hops are pretty strong. There is also a hint of pine hops. I also got a bit of pineapple.

T - First taste is the bitterness of the hops. This is followed by the citrus flavors, pineapple, tropical fruit. You then finish with a another round of bitterness.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium to light body.

O - A very solid beer. A bit more bitter hops compared to other DIPA (Pliny, hopslam, etc). I would love to try a super fresh one of these!

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Photo of Lunch
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared my the man that goes by Thorpe429, thanks!

Poured into a Great Lakes snifter and believe it or not, this beer looks exactly like a DIPA. Nice lighter golden color with a bright white head that leaves some lace behind.

Very citrus-y and slightly floral in both smell and taste. Not really malt to speak of which is great. Some decent bitterness and a medium body with vibrant carbonation. Would have no problem drinking the whole goddamn bottle.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another quite nice beer from Vermont! Thanks to Michael- yourefragile for hooking me up big time here.

A: Deep orange, hazy look and mega lacing. A head of a pinky that dies slowly to a ring of foamy white head.

S: Nice almost pilsner like clean malt and lemon zest with some chili soaked dank hops with an interesting smell myself and others called- 'sweaty'. Sweaty in the best way possible, but still it has something funky like that in it. Some bright fruits and citrus in there as well.

T: Again this beer really reminds me of pilsner/lager malts but with big grassy dry biting hops that are very American of course. Light in ways yet still packed with flavor. Some tropical fruits open up and are very nice complimenting some herbal notes.

M: Light and crisp, easy drinking yet bitter as heck at the same time. Very even over the palate.

Overall certainly a very nice brew, though at this point I think it's getting a little overrated having a straight A+ rating, this is an A beer in my opinion! Hope to try this again in the future.

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

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy golden amber color with a nice one finger lightly yellow very sticky head that leads to lots of lacing. Nose is phenomenal, it's very fruity and floral, dank and spicy. Not sure how he does it with these IPAs, but they all smell amazing.

Wow, this is so creamy and juicy and dank. It coats your math with a smooth creamy hop coating - the bitterness is quite harsh, less so than hopzilla though, which means you get more fruity and vegetal flavors. The carbonation is nice, sharp and crisp but the body is almost like a cask IPA which is cool. The finish is really dry and leaves you wanting more but there is a bit of an earthy grass like flavor on the finish that's a bit too prominent for me.

Overall, it's a good little brother to Hopzilla.

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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour courtesy of Wowcoolman at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some very nice tropical fruit aromas. Taste is exactly the same and comes with a medium amount of hop bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and really easy to drink.

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

bomber into long-stemmed tulip. no bottled-on date in sight.

A: a rather hazed orange body. white bubbly head w/ good retention and some nice siticky foam left behind.

S: piney, minty. deep fruitiness. citrus rind. orange and lemon. onions and hot peppers? just writing whatever comes to mind when i take a deep wiff. crazy. however, in conclusion, starts super fruity, a wave of citrus, moves into earthy pine, mint, and dill.

T: reminds me of a creamsicle ice pop. especially with the mild vanilla-like flavor that lingers into the finish. the sweet linger on the finish also battles a decent amount of bitterness. orange juice. a minor touch of alcohol heat?

M: the body is surprisingly light for the ABV. drinks more like a really hoppy pale ale. carbonation is subtle and seems all naturally formed. adds to the creamsicle component.

D: another really solid DIPA from the green mountain state. dangerously drinkability reminds me of Heady Topper. definitely worth trying.

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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

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Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.