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Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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309 Reviews
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Reviews: 309
Hads: 1,943
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 3,109
Gots: 195 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed On tap at Prohibition Pg. White foam on yellow suds. A DIPA level of bitterness. Good drinkability, above average mouthfeel. Only a faint hop aroma. What a way to start, with a DIPA in the afternoon. Lots of citrus flavour, fruity. The alcohol is there.

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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 Knapp85
4.96/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This poured out as a very nice looking yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The head retention is strong and the lacing is very good too. The smell is loaded with floral, fruity and citrus aromas. The smell is almost addictive. The taste of the beer is solid as well, lots of piney citrus and melon flavors with a great malt backbone as well. The mouthfeel of the beer is very drinkable, soft and refreshing. Overall it's excellent. Very happy to have tried this beer finally.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The honey colored liquid is capped by an impressive head that coats and laces like a champ

Smell: Hemp and pine dominant

Taste: The hemp and pine flavors dominate from start to finish though there is just a hint of sweet biscuity malt that lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Worthy of the hype, this is one terrific DIPA

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to imagineiii for sending this bottle my way. I've been looking to try this for awhile now. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a bright, clear golden yellow color with a good white head and plenty of lacing as it goes down. The nose immediately lets me know that this is going to be delicious. It has loads of citrus character along with a bit of pine; slightly dank. Great hoppiness. The flavor carries the same notes, and the citrus hop character pairs really well with a great amount of bitterness. Very good. Light to medium body with a great dry finish. Very, very nice overall.

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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 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 mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

seriously one of the best beers i have had in the style, not even a question and by far the highlight of the bbq on thursday night. poured into a nonic and split with calton, this was a rare treat indeed.

the pour was a wonderfully decadent hazy golden amber color with a smooth head of three inches in height and lacing that dripped down the side of the glass. crazy good look to it.

the aroma will simply knock you over, so fresh, so clean and simply stunning, fresh citrus abounds with a juiciness and ripeness that is unparelled. amazing pineapple, orange, tangerine, mango, i mean it was like straight juice pouring out of the bottle. so smooth and so fresh the hops just roll across the palate and settled on the tongue with the most mellow feel i could imagine. light grains are in the mid palate as it warms but it is the deep fruit freshness that is simply amazing here.

overall this has to be one of the best beers i have ever had. simply stunning and soo happy i got to try it.

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Photo of oline73
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Pours a golden amber with a layer of off white. The smell is rather sweet with a pleasant hop note. Slightly floral and bit dank. The taste is light and bitter up front with a more dominant bitterness towards the finish. There is a really nice grain sweetness behind the hops. West coast ip front and east coast in the finish.

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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at black back pub in Waterbury, VT.

nice big head, fades slowly with nice soapy lacing, hazy golden carrot orange color.

Nose had light malts, nice tropical fruits, hint of citrus, tangerine, bit earthy, citrus rind, nice light but fruity, hint of malts.

Taste is creamy malts, sweet ish, tropical fruits, nice big citrus orange rind, tangerine, peach, mango, touch pineapple, fairly bitter, nice big long bitter hoppy finish, more lingering citrus and tropical fruit, more bitterness and dry finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall great, bit too dry on the finish, but great hops and nice touch of a malty balance, great tropical fruits and fruits in general. And amazingly drinkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lancaster shaker pint glass.

Thanks to baconsausage for this bottle!

Rare Batch #208, bottle #57. I've read some interesting comparisons involving this beer and other highly-rated DIPAs, so I'm glad to have a chance to potentially debunk them. Tee-hee. It pours a clear copper topped by two fingers of white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, orange, light pine, very light leek, pineapple, light watermelon, and light caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some orange rind, grapefruit peel, and light lemon zest. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice DIPA, heavy on the fruit without somehow overdoing it. This stuff deserves a good portion of the praise it gets.

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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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Photo of mdfb79
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From 03/19/11 notes. Bottled shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike, always excited to try new Lawon's beers. Batch 192, bottle 88, poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky golden color with less than one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, honey, pine hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, and melon. Wow, this has to be one of the best IPA's I've ever smelled. We had Ephraim from Hill Farmstead earlier in the night which was amazing, but I liked the nose on this one even better.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, light pine hops, and tropical fruits. Some moderate bitterness up front. I think I enjoyed Ephraim's taste better but this was still a very nice DIPA.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, Some bitterness up front, crisp finish.

d - Overall this was an awesome DIPA and another great beer from Lawson's; it made me really want to try more of their stuff. I've had two of their IPA's now and they've both been very good. The nose was so hoppy and fruity it was perfect to me. Would love to have it again.

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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 MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a Stone IRS tulip. Most recent batch (#192?) - two weeks old in any case.

A - Pours with a finger of white foam that eventually settles to a thin cap and collar, leaving spotty lace behind. Hazed golden sunshine color - surprise!

S - Very dank, with some citrus, tropical fruits, and a slight chive aromas as well. A light burnt sugary malt character reveals that it's a DIPA, but I initially would have pegged it as a regular IPA, as there's no alcohol and it's very hop-forward.

T - Taste is laden with grapefruit, pine, and a minimal malt backbone. Alcohol is again non-existent. Initially restrained in bitterness, although it mounts over the course of a glass.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth texture, dry finish, and light residual resins. No alcohol warmth.

D - Just an all-around great beer. Best beer I've had from Lawson's for sure and competitive with upper tier offerings from San Diego. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a white head. Color is a hazed bright golden orange.

Aroma: Lots of floral and herbal hops. Huge tropical citrus flavors. Pineapples, mangoes, oranges. No malts show.

Taste: Super tropical fruit flavor. Massive floral, earthy, and fresh hop profile. No malts again. Awesome.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, a great dipa. So fruity with no malts showing. Very tasty and very drinkable. Wish more east coast dipas were like this (disregarding HF of course).

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe recently, thanks. The few beers I've had from this brewery I've been impressed with. I'd like to get more of their IPAs to try. They seem to have that figured out well.

Beer is really light in color, shockingly light yellow and mostly clear with a decent head of small white bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass. The carbonation is moderate to low.

Since this is an IPA this is where I'm suppose to say that it smells hoppy. In my experience there are four distinct hop aroma families, fruits (this can be divided further into tropical and citrus), pine, earth, and noble. This one is definitely of the fruit (citrus) variety with the pine playing catchup. Smells like simcoe, I should have read the label. Smells really nice, it's aggressive without being distracting.

Beer is medium in body, on the lighter side of medium, with a nice level of carbonation on the palate. Not as bitter as I expected but it is bitter to an extent. The hop flavors in the midpalate mirror what you would smell in the aroma, nice citrus presence with a pine backing that carries the hops to the bittering end, this makes me think that a piny hop was used as the bittering hop and the fruit / citrus hops were late additions. Overall a great DIPA. I'd have it again for sure.

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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 stakem
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ive been wanting to try this one for awhile. Like most other elusive brews that trickle from the mountains of VT, my expectations are exaggerated beyond what is probably fair. However, this brew delivers the goods.

Bomber into a mini snifter, the brew appears a golden yellow color with decent clarity. A white froth rests stop with decent powers of retention and fades leaving patches of lace.

The aroma is quite tropical with hops initially that blend into more of a grassy and herbal note. A mild grainy almost toast-like or biscuit maltiness hides behid letting the hops be the leasing role.

The flavor is rindy, herbal, dank and catty. All hop flavoring upfront without too much bitterness crushing the flavors. Like the nose, a bit of mild grain sweetness is toasty towards the finish which creates a really enjoyable balance.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest amount of carbonation. Super fresh and just awesome. Finally a VT brew that not only meets the hype but surpasses all expectations as well. Sign me up for wanting more of this whenever it might be available. Wow, get some.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is a clear, golden hue with a thick finger of white head that leaves a generous amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is awesome, and I know right away that I'm in for a treat. Pine, grapefruit, melon, citrus.

The taste does not disappoint, bringing a healthy dose of fresh hops and citrus fruits. Alcohol content is masked extremely well in both the aroma and flavor. At 8% abv, this beer is dangerously easy to quaff. Hoppy grapefruit juice. Mmm.

The feel is light to medium bodied with a very nice feel on the palate. The finish brings a healthy dose of dryness and bitter hops.

Overall, a terrific beer and well worth trying. I've been pretty impressed with everything I have had from Lawson's Finest Liquids so far.

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Photo of billab914
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a light, golden amber color with a thin but bubbly lacing scattered across the top of the beer. It left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of juicy, tropical fruit notes to it. I get some peach, pineapple and mango all coming out in it along with a little bitter grapefruit. Fantastic juicy, hoppy aroma to it overall.

The taste has a little more of a citrus rind bitterness coming out and mixing with the juicy, tropical like fruits. I get more of peach and pineapple juice sweetness up front with a little more citrus rind, grapefruit bitterness starting to come out towards the finish. Great flavors to it overall, very juicy and fresh tasting.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a great beer with some excellent hoppy flavors to it. It balanced the sweet, juicy, tropical notes with some bitter, resiny hop flavors very well. Very drinkable and flavorful beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a mini Chimay Chalice.

A- Double Sunshine is a bright yellow/gold tinted color with some orange spots within.There was only a mere skim of foam on the top, leaving minimal lace.

S- Big citrus up front with nice grapefruit and a bit of orange. A big hoppy nose with the malt not really making a whimper. Getting some pine as well with a bitter smell as it opens up.

T- Great stuff. The hops literally take charge and give off a huge citrus blast on the tounge. This includes grapefruit. Pines are up front as well but to a lesser extent. Pale malt to give off a balance but dont really come through in the taste. This is bitter all around.

M- Basically medium in feel with a nice crisp carb addition. After a while the bitterness really got to me though, in a good way. On second thoughts the body is less than medium, the liquid goes down real easy like

D- A nice ABV not to high. This is a hop bomb and nicely balanced. It's nice to see that East Coast brewers can do them California style IPA'S just as well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Farmhouse Tap and Grille Burlington VT.
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Smells of pine, citrus, apricot, lemons, grapefruit, malt maybe. Taste is slightly bitter with lots of fruity citrusy hop goodness. Smooth resinous mouthfeel with a medium body and a moderate level of carbonation. This didn't look like much in the glass but was really nice going down. Too bad this is so frikin hard to find.

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Photo of chippo33
3.14/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a review for the 2015 batch. It is a completely different tasting, looking, and smelling beer than all previous batches. Disappointing. This is not double sunshine. Unfortunately, every bottle Ive had from this batch has been this way, and locals have all reported the same.

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Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.