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Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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311 Reviews
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Reviews: 311
Hads: 1,945
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 3,107
Gots: 198 | FT: 2
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kingcrowing on 12-18-2010

This American Double India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit flavors and bright herbal aromas, thanks to the abundance of US-grown hops.
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Photo of MCain04
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big props to BostonRyan to scoring some on a VT trip and sharing the love. 22 oz bottle 1 wk fresh poured into a Speigelau glass.

Light golden clear body with a thick creamy head of small and medium bubbles with great retention and lacing, hard to get much better.

Smells quite tropical with strong notes of grapefruit, mango, papaya, guava, orange, with more subdued hoppy grass and piney notes. Definitely a juicy smelling beer.

Great layers of complexity here with multiple flavor levels. I am getting that Citra tropical juicy hop profile, although slightly more subdued that the nose would indicated. Much more herbal and piney on the taste with surprising bitterness. No alcohol burn evident. Bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a tad oily, moderate to high level of carbonation, a sticky and dry finish.

Overall an outstanding DIPA that I am privileged to have tried. In a style where such giants as Pliny, Heady, Abrasive, etc historically dominate, Double Sunshine comes close to a top 5 choice for me but falls just short, and I feel it's rating may be inflated by rarity. Still a fantastic brew though and a must-try at some point for all DIPA fans.

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Photo of Resuin
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This has a couple weeks of age on it.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, translucent amber and leaves a relatively dense two-finger head which lingers for a good while.

Smell: Nice combination of pine and tropical hops. The smell is rather subdued but definitely pleasant.

Taste: Big citrus & tropical hops come out right away - really delicious. This is very much like a "hop juice" which is just fantastic. Some earthy, piney tones as well. Extremely smooth finish. Alcohol is very well masked.

Mouth-feel: Fantastic feel. Very juicy. Solid medium carbonation with a medium, slightly creamy body.

Overall: Very high quality, citrusy IPA. The taste and feel really mix well with each other. This is a very drinkable IPA, very tasty, very hoppy. If only this one were available more readily.

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

Got this from a verrry generous IP trade. Pours a hazy orange with a half inch tight, white head. Aroma was sweet grapefruit and malt. Taste was just amazing....Nice citrus, floral flavors. Finishes with a beautifully smooth maltiness. Trying not to fall too deeply in love as this is a tough get. Highly recommended to anyone venturing to the northern reaches of Vermont. Imagine; Double Sunshine, HT & HF within half an hour of each other....Wow.

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Photo of AltBock
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bomber bottle with a simple plain white label and some gold foil over the cap. The label has an oddly shaped but cool looking sun, 8 maple leafs, a brief description of the beer, and the mandatory US info. A bottled on or a best before date would have been nice. A beer this of this quality deserves a special glass so I poured it into my Hunahpu Snifter.

From behind the plain Jane label came a not so ordinary and impressive extremely hazy and pale lemon yellow colored beer. The color was a bit on the odd side, but in a good way. Now I'm seen some hazy Double IPAs in my day, but this one takes the cake. Usually I can see, at a minimum the shadow of my fingers on the other side of the glass. I held the glass up to the light and I couldn't even see that. That's some hazy goodness! Sitting on top of this beer was a 1/2 an inch pearl white head of foam. I was so distracted by the color and the beer's haziness that I didn't see how fast it receded. OOPS! What I can say was that it left behind a thin white film and a nice big fast sting of white rings along the side. Beautiful appearance!

Was this beer brewed in Vermont or the Caribbean? If I based the aroma off where the beer was brewed, I would be forced to say the Caribbean. This hoppy beer is very tropical in the nose. There was a lot going on in the aroma, but some of the main fruit aromas in this beer were the pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. Don't count out the hops! Following the strong whiff of tropical fruits was a nice bitter aroma of citrus hops. This bitter citrus aroma lasted a long time before it through the pine. Pine? What? Who knew that they had pine trees in the Caribbean. A very good hoppy tropical aroma!

If I had to guess where this beer was brewed just off the taste, I would be happy to say that this beer was brewed in the good ol' US of A. I don't think they brew beer this hoppy type of beer down in the Caribbean. This citrus hops were assertive without being over the top. Intermingled with the tasty citrus hops was some tart grapefruit, a splash of lemon, and a pinch of pineapple. The taste wasn't as tropical as the aroma was. The taste was more bitter and citrusy. After the citrus hops and fruits had their fun in the sun, the taste then finishes up with tea leaves and a tiny taste of toasted malt. A very well done not over the top hoppy beer.

This was a medium bodied Double IPA that had a good amount of carbonation and a dry bitter aftertaste. Like the taste, the hops were assertive without being over the top. This hoppy aftertaste lingered on for some time after the sweet nectar left.

This is one of those beers that raises too many questions. What are they doing up in Vermont? Why are their beers so good? What are they doing that the lower 47 states (not including Alaska and Hawaii) aren't doing to their Double IPAs? Overall, this was an extremely well done Double IPA. I would be very happy if I had another bottle. Big thanks to fellow BA mnbuffalo for hooking me up with this winner!

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 09/16/13
Type: 22oz. Gold Foiled Bottle
Glass: Heady Stemless Glass
Vintage: August 2013

Finally was able to acquire 2 bottles of this one.

Pours a crystal clear golden in color w/ a 1 finger white head that left big sticky lacing. Aromas of citrus, mandarin orange, grapefruit, fresh cut PVC pipe, and dope. The flavor was a touch of malt sweetness up front, leading into mandarin orange and grapefruit, and finishing with very mild herbal bitterness. The mouth feel is absolute perfection and what makes this beer what it is. Medium bodied, but sits pillowy in the mouth w/ Belgian like carbonation and finishes dry. As far as drinkability goes the bomber was almost gone before I finished the review, absolutely no need to share.

Overall, fantastic brew! A notch above Heady Topper, but the notch is very small. This is the 2nd best DIPA I have ever had just above Heady Topper and slightly below the mighty Sosus.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Review #850

22 oz bottle served in a Lawson's snifter. Bottle a few days before imbibing. Huge thanks to kevanb for the share.

A: Pours a yellowish orange color with a slight chilled haze to it. One finger of white foam forms on the pour and recedes to a thin cap. Soapy lace is left down the glass.

S: Tons of citrus fruit on the nose. Hefty amounts of grapefruit with a mild tangerine/orange citrus sweetness. Minimal biscuit malt in the background as this is all about the hops.

T: The taste is even better and much balanced. A ton of grapefruit with fruity and earthy tone to it. Pineapple and mango tropical fruits with a sweet biscuit malt body to give it a little tangent amongst the heavy fruit brightness. Light bitterness rounds it out.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. This drinks like a single IPA/Pale ale with the flavor of a big DIPA. Huge drinkability.

O: Dangerously drinkable with a great representation of grapefruit. Probably the best I've ever tasted or smelt in a beer. Absolutely delicious and incredibly balanced. Hopefully I'll get to try this again sometime.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.11/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- cloudy and orange in color with a foamy white head
S- Orange, lemon zest, citrus hops
T- orange, grapefruit, bitter and a resinous hop finish that lingers on the tongue
M- medium body, crisp, and medium-high carbonation
O- A wonderful double IPA from one of my favorite states. DS is juicy and full of fruit flavor and bitterness. My only critique on this brew is the presence of alcohol, not strong but you can taste it. Also, this was not my first time trying this beer, but it sure wont be my last. Thanks to DrewGingras for this one!

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Photo of fdig23
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Three Penny Taproom 8/31/13

Appearance: Just as the name indicates. Super bright yellow-orange with a perfectly beaming white fluffly head.

Nose: Intense tropical fruit, tons of sweet lemon and bitter grapefruit. Every IPA aroma imaginable concentrated into one beer.

Taste: Lots of smooth mango and sweet melon up front, grapefruit bitterness follows, finish is clean light malts with citrus zest. The flavor is far more delicate and balanced than the typical aggressive DIPAs. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Light, effervescent, clean, and smooth. This drinks far too easily for its strength and flavor. One of the best drinking DIPAs I've ever head.

Overall: My list of favorite double IPAs is getting very crowded at the top. This one is certainly a standout among all top tier examples of the style.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.9/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow with a great citrus nose..really nice. Very smooth IPA..not really bitter and very flavorful...lots of tastes and nice fruity notes. All around, I really enjoyed this beer.
This is a great IPA, hands down, no doubt. I am honestly not sure why it has a rating of 100 though. I dont think it is a "100" beer, but a solid, really good IPA! Nothing exraordinary though...

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Photo of BTVflatlander
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fortunate enough to find some of this brew at the notorious Winooski Bevvy. At $10 a bomber, I figured it was worth a try. Served in a Fiddlehead snifter.

A: Cloudy, beautiful. Somewhere between yellow and orange--a bit different from some of the IPAs I've had of late.

S: Overwhelming citrus hop profile, with an emphasis--as the label description alludes to--on tropical notes.

T: Akin to the aroma, this beer is overflowing with juicy, refreshing, fruity tropical hop flavors. I could drink this again and again.

M: Perfect & supple.

O: Having had what I believe to be some of the best beers Vermont has to offer, I somewhat reluctantly decided to give Lawson's a try despite the relatively steep pricetag. It's an obligation, really, when so many would kill to try such an amazing beer from a fantastic brewery. And, despite the fact that, even living just an hour or so from Warren, Lawson's beers are still relatively unreliable to come by, I am extremely grateful I dropped $10 on this guy. Double Sunshine is undoubtedly one of the best--if not THE best--DIPA I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. It is very much on par, for me, with some of Hill's best stuff in the category. Finally, this beer did something I had previously thought impossible--that is, make Heady Topper feel relatively subdued and simple. Try it if you can.

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Photo of vermontvet
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Bright, hazy straw color with thick white head. Lacing lingers and head begins to slowly dissipate over a minute or two.

S- Overwhelming tropical fruit (passion fruit?) aroma hits the nose as soon as the cap comes off the bottle. Subtle pine aroma with a floral quality. Definitely haven't had an IPA with quite this aroma profile.

T- Taste follows the initial impression from the aroma. Very fruity early on. Some piney notes. Overall, a very drinkable DIPA. Alcohol well masked behind the flavor. My wife liked this, and she is not a beer drinker. Almost too fruity for my tastes, though I'll definitely try this one again. (Assuming I'm fortunate enough to obtain one with the hour long drive and one bottle limit).

M- Well balanced flavor comes off quite light bodied and drinkable with a light carbonation.

O- Excellent DIPA. Lives up to the hype. Worth the time, effort and cost to obtain it? Definitely, though it may have to be a once every few months type of beer for me.

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Photo of HRamz3
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving: bottle

Appearance: Just like the name says, bright sunshine, slight haze.

Smell: Big citrus, grapefruit. Then some pine.

Taste: More grapefruit and soft malt, crisp pine finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean, almost dry quenching.

Overall: Definitely the best DIPA I've had, and probably the best beer overall.

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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, yellow-copper coloring with a tall, frothy, big bubbled, bright white head and a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. Nose of rich, floral hops on the forward nose, with a tangy grapefruit backbone blending with a truckload of resiny character. Layered and inviting nose. Wow! Flavors are smooth and balanced, with a grapefruit tart and sweet blending with a peppery and resiny hops character on the forward tongue. Some roast characteristics toward the end of the palate. The hops characteristics provide both floral aromas and bitter, resiny flavor characteristics. Fantastic. Robust body, but light at the same time. The aftertaste is richly sweet and bitter at the same time, with a heavy fistful of hops resin and citrus tenderizing your palate into a blissful state. Smooth, bitter finish with a slightly drying feel. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of portia99
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a Lawson's stemmed glass

A - Pours a hazy pale golden color with a faint orange tint to the body. A thick finger plus cap of fluffy bright white foam lingers for a good couple of minutes, slowly fading towards the surface and leaving behind sheets of foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Bright and citrusy. Sweet, juicy grapefruit from start to finish. Mild pine touches mixed along with some tropical notes. Grapefruit dominates in a very good way tho. Searching hard, I can find traces of light biscuity malt, but very faint.

T - Rich grapefruit juice-like bitterness. Very firm, crisp bitterness. Fruity, citrusy and a touch sweet up front lend itself to comparison to a fresh squeezed glass of grapefruit juice. Aside from the dominant grapefruit, there is some mild sweet malt, faint yeasty, bready flavors. Pine flavors come on a bit, especially as this warms up a bit in the glass. Alcohol is noticeable but not obtrusive - just enough to let you know that this isn't a session beer. Bright hop bitterness of rather high intensity - despite the heavy dose of citrus and tropical fruitiness, the bitterness of the hops cuts through and delivers a little bit of punch.

M - Thicker body than I expected and checking in just on the high side of medium bodied. Carbonation is mid-level as well, but has a soft feel on the tongue, slightly foamy, but mostly creamy in texture. This has a very sticky and resiny character to it...somewhat syrupy and viscous in feel. So much hop character - leaves bitter, citrusy, piney impressions for a long time after each swallow...like breathing in the ambient air from a jam packed hop warehouse.

O - Have had this several times before at ACBF, but only in sample sizes. First time I've been able to experience this beer fully through an entire bottle. This isn't the most bitter beer I've had and this isn't the most intensely hop flavored DIPA I've had either. However, this is one of the closest to perfect combination of hop characters I've ever had. Balance (if you can call it that) is outstanding. I don't mean the hops and malt work together in perfect harmony...this is derfinitely a hop forward beer as it should be. Balance of crisp bitterness, super juicy citrus flavors backed by some pine and tropical fruits, intense mouthfeel and inviting appearance make this beer a real experience. I am putting this in my top 10 beers of all time...having had this several times, I think I can eliminate the environmental factors that can cloud all of our judgements. Are there better DIPA's out there?...maybe, but this holds up to the best of the ones I've ever had. If there are better, I'd certainly like to try them.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.81/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of Chico1985
3.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a hazy orange/amber color with a small off-white head that retains, and retains well. Some lace left.

The scent brings lots of danky onion/grass/herbal hops punctuated by some citrus and light pineapple, tropical-ish notes. Not much to speak of for malt except for maybe the slightest whiff of caramel.

The taste is similar with an overall onion/herbal/earthy feel mostly overtaking, there is the same aforementioned citrus and pineapple flavor going on, but a surprising lack of fruity hops. Malt provides a stronger backbone with some nice biscuit and caramel.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, well-carbonated, brings a good amount of bitterness without nearing overpowering. High drinkability.

Not quite the tropical bomb I expected, pretty enjoyable however it's not my favorite hop profile. Definitely would like to give this another try.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington.

Beer is cloudy orange with a moderately-sized white head. Head fades steadily, leaving good lacing. Looks nice!

Nose is striking. A huge dose of sticky tropical and citrus fruits. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Lovely!

Taste is in line with the nose. Quite bitter, with lots of juicy, sticky citrus and tropical fruit. A bit of pine. Great stuff. Alcohol is very well hidden- so easy to drink.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. A bit oily. Nice feel.

Overall, excellent. A truly great DIPA- maybe the best. If I could get this at home, i would be a happy guy.

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Photo of scotorum
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. on draft at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury VT. I was driving so I did not dare order more than that plus an 8 ounce Heady and an 8 ounce Lawson's Maple Wheat. By the time I noticed they also had Edward on the beer menu, it was too late. Dayum.

a: Clear gold with a finger thick head which dissipated to thin surface foam.

t: A bright and fresh delight of light malt and citrus.

m: Light and did I say fresh? Smooth.

o: A truly great DIPA which made me think of the name since it was like a ray of liquid sunshine and a cool summer breeze. So sad that you have to be among the midweek or once a month Waitsfield market incrowd in north central Vermont to even get a whiff of this outside a few bar/restaurants in Waterbury and Montpelier. But then that is some unknown amount of its appeal, the Elusiveness of Lawson's Double Sunshine IPA.

Admittedly it was a bad day to look for the Big Three VT brewers' products, a summer Saturday. But at least I got to taste the famous Double Sunshine. Maybe some day I'll get to drink a pint of it from an actual bottle.

UPDATE May 1, 2014: That day is here, thanks to my wife's willingness to endure a lot of driving time up and back from where DS is made available. In this case the Lawson's 6th Anniversary Beer Lovers Market at the Village Players Theater in Waitsfield April 19. I got 6 750s of the stuff and am having the first one tonight. I only waited this long because I had also managed to get two other Lawsons and several Hill Farmsteads I had never tried.

New details emerge: this was poured into a Lawsons snifter, and is a hazy orange and the head stays fairly thick and persistent. Smell is intense citrus and pine, taste has powerful citrus and resin flavor and bite. Mouthfeel is medium with very good body. Overall outstandingness confirmed, but it does not taste as light as on draft at the Pig, nor as dominated by citrus. So changing ratings accordingly to: a:4.0-4.5, s:4.0-4.5, t:5-4.5, m:4.5-4.75, and overall stays at 4.5. And yes I pesonally still like it a little better than Heady, great as that is.

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Photo of AdamsDTD
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle purchased at the Warren Store on 8-8-13. Poured into a Game Of Thrones tulip.

AP: Nice rich apricot colour, fluffy white 1" head which took some time to settle down to a 1/4". Decent lacing on the sides.
AR: Sweet aroma. This one smells juicy and lush. Vibrant aromas of tangerine, mango, pineapple, clementine, guava and passion fruit. The fruity scents are dominating and not much a malt presence is noticeable, though I get a very faint bit of cereal grains. I truly hope the taste is as lively as the nose.
T: Wonderful juicy fruity flavourful hops on the taste. I get more of the malt bill on the taste as well, a light bready flavour with a hint of caramel. It's just enough to give it structure. The citrus fruits are a bit more prominent in the flavour than the tropical fruits. A nice bit of blood orange rind in the finish with an herbal note like lavender. The fruity hops on this are lush and juicy, which is what I look for in a DIPA/IPA that stands out. Delicious.
M: Moderately carbonated, slightly creamy body, clean off dry finish and a lingering aftertaste. Very nice.
OV: Brilliant brew by Lawson's. I shared a bottle Monday night with a couple friends, which was the 3rd bottle we shared (first 2 beers were other breweries), thus didn't get the full effect of how truly good this beer is. Now that I'm having this bottle by myself without having any beers before it, everything in this beer shines through. Double Sunshine is an apt name for this beer as it's bright with flavours. Every sip makes you want another. So glad I have one more in my fridge.

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Photo of justforrazors
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from most recent Coop release poured into Lawson's snifter 8/23/13. Bottle is 1 week old based on when it was purchased.

A- Pours a cloudy orange hue with a two inch fluffy white head. Medium to high carbonation is visible. Excellent retention and lacing. Over a few minutes, the head fades down to a quarter inch plug over the beer.

S- Big dank hops followed by a blast of grapefruit, mango, and a little spicy note as well. Very small caramel malt aroma that is all but covered up by the tropical fruit and piney hop character.

T- The initial sip before you swallow makes it seem like the beer will be a lot more tame than it really is. An absolute blast of grapefruit and pine intertwined with mango, orange zest, and an intense bitter note that leaves you wanting more of the beginning sip.

M- The carbonation is medium at best, and overall the body is right in the middle of the road. This beer finishes extremely dry, accentuating the bitter notes and making it go down way too easy. I could drink a pint of this in a few minutes without even realizing where it had gone. There is a slight indication of the alcohol, but it is forgotten by the huge aroma and flavor this beer throws at you.

O- Not my first time having this gem, and hopefully not my last either. An absolute treat to drink- definitely in my top 5 DIPAS, behind HF S&S 5 and 6, although this is solidly more drinkable than either Heady Topper or Pliny. If I could mainline this beer, I would. A hophead's paradise.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased today at the farmers market, poured into a Tree House tulip

A- pours a wonderful golden, burnt orange with a hearty head that goes away quickly

S- bright, inviting citrus notes, grapefruit, with some piney notes in the back

T-bitter grapefruit, sweet mango and piney bitter finish, waves

M- body holds up well, remains dry which accentuates the hop bite, solid

O- dangerously drinkable, if it weren't for the finish, this would be dangerously crushable, but if it weren't for the finish, it wouldn't be so complex. I'll gladly drink it the way it is

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Photo of Rifugium
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.