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Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 1,992
Avg: 4.57
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 3,151
Gots: 216 | FT: 2
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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States | website

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 Phigg1102
4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Its certainly special to revisit this beer. It had probably been two and a half years since a buddy in Burlington landed a bottle that I got to try. I certainly hope this gets brewed a bit more often. Tropicals are abundant and everything hits your nose and tongue and dances and sings and Lawsons is straight IPA heaven.

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Photo of ozzman54
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber. It pours with a rich 2 finger head that hangs around for a while. The copper orange color seems to glisten in the glass.

Smells of tropical fruits, mango and pineapple mainly, with some back end resinous pine bitterness and some sweet bready malts.

Taste pairs nicely with the nose. Bitter hops give way to the sweet tropical fruits, bready malts, and pine resin to finish. As the flavors linger, they play the bitter/sweet back and forth.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Rich but not too thick and perfectly carbonated, this is how a DIPA should be.

Overall, I think this is a well put together beer. Not worthy of the hype surrounding it (I think Heady Topper is much better), but a solid brew none the less.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of jbaker67
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark orange with a foamy white head. Aroma of fresh herbal hops, exotic fruits, lemon, citrus, grapefruit, grass, pine and resin. Taste is hoppy, fruity and grassy with notes of herbal hops, grapefruit, bitterness and lemon. Finish is fruity, herbal and hoppy with loads of bitterness, grass, pine, resin, citrus and lemon. Nicely hopped, herbal and fruity DIPA. Well balanced.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A regular brought in a bottle twice at Max's Hopfest (from notes, 8/16-18/13)

A: Cloudy, golden copper.

S: Sweet citrus and grass. Excellent.

T: A lot more subdued and nuanced than Heady Topper.

M: Slight carbonation that goes away fast.

O: Top notch. Gets better the more you drink it as the flavors develop and build in your mouth.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 10/12/13 release, so about two weeks old. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale straw color with a few cm. of delicate, bright white foam. Average retention, leaving the glass with a solid ring and some swirls on the surface, and a few streaks of lacing.

S: Light, faint malt and a little lemon, then herbal/grassy notes, a little juicy orange and kiwi (?). Pretty well balanced and a relatively restrained aroma.

T: Bright, juicy tropical (kiwi?) and citrus, grapefruit pith, finishing with a mild-to-moderate bitterness which provides some balance, and mild sweetness. The finish is a nice contrast of sweet and bitter, like you would get from chewing on sugar coated white grapefruit. Delicate flavors.

M: Medium body and medium-high, nearly sharp, carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: A very good DIPA, highly drinkable and refreshing. I could see this as a superb hot weather beer. Not quite at the level of Alpine, Pliny, or Heady, but a solid second tier option. It doesn't have the big aromas or flavors that you might expect from such a highly rated IPA, but it excels in its balance just as I think Pliny does.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Mikeypnh for the trade! Pours a hazy golden with thick white head that settles into a thin cap. Good retention and excellent lacing. As looks go, this is one good looking Imperial IPA. Lots going on in the aroma - tropical fruit, citrus, hints of pine and a distinct cat urine aroma. The best word to describe the nose - WOW! Sweet citrus hits the tongue first quickly followed by a strong hop bitterness in the middle and through the finish. All that Hoppiness is beautifully balanced by a solid malt backbone. Layered, complex, balanced, this IPA has it all.
Medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry, bitter finish. Overall, this is textbook DIPA; tropical fruit, bitter pine resin, balanced by a sweet malt bill, this might be the quintessential DIPA. One of the best crafted DIPAs out there!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.54/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from youbrewidrink and shared by Doopiedoopiedoo. Some name, jackass.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, fluffy looking, white head with good retention. Hazy gamboge orange with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a foamy cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Really big nose with piles of tropical fruit. Pineapple, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and some grapefruit aromas. Big nose, fruity, and really enticing.

TASTE: Starts off with some grassy hops, pale malts and honeydew melon, then moves into a big and bitter finish. Pale malt sweetness and a touch of caramel through the middle, then lots of hop bitterness with piney and grassy notes linger on the palate. Very flavorful and persistent, but lacking that tropical fruit explosion that the nose had advertised.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, smooth going down and finishes a touch dry. Bitterness lingers. Good feel.

OVERALL: The nose was outstanding to say the least, but the taste just didn't follow suit. The tropical fruit that came out so well in the aroma would have been great in the flavor, but instead we were greeted with lots of straight bitterness and grassy hop flavors. Decent, but not what it could have been. Still, very happy to try this and look forward to more Lawson's in the future, as they've always been enjoyable. Cheers again boys.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of MCain04
4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +1.1%
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 +8.5%
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%
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 +2.4%
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 +4.8%
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 -0.7%
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 +4.8%
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 -10.1%
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 -0.7%
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 -14.7%
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 +8.1%
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 +7.2%
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 +9.4%
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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Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.