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Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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Ratings: 1,722
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.05%
Wants: 2,178
Gots: 125 | FT: 1
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:
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.

(Beer added by: kingcrowing on 12-18-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

fredmugs, Jul 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Kmlund, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Bierguy5
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz botle, 8% abv. Bottle #94. Hazy gold, with a slight orange hue. Great fluffy white head. Great retention and lace.

Bursting with juicy hop aroma. Lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, with a slight pine edge. Caramel malt in the background, but the hops are the showcase.

Lighter malt character. Sharp bitterness, but not overwhelming. Bitterness has the tropical fruit characters, but also some earthy notes.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Very well made.

Bierguy5, May 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

2beerdogs, Jan 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

MacQ32, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of sholland119
4.43/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle at the Cap City Farmers' Market, 1/22/11. Batch #183.

A-Pours a very hazy golden apricot with a nice cap of frothy off white head. A nice off white sheet of lacing.

S-Juicy citrus, sweet pineapple and mango with a nice malt undertone.

T-More grapefruit than pineapple but still quite delicious. Pleasantly bitter from start to finish with a grapefruit start and a lemon finish. A nice malt backbone as well.

M-Medium bodied, nicely oily, moderate carbonation.

O-Terrific example of the style. The hops are prominently displayed but the bitterness is understated and vibrant.

HV

sholland119, Mar 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

aerozeppl, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -14.5%

GrindFatherBob, May 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

trxxpaxxs, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of CrellMoset
4.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

CrellMoset, Feb 11, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-golden amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, pine, light citrus, hints of herbal and floral

T-pine, tropical fruit, peaches, citrus in the background, floral and hints of honey, nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp with good body

O-a great DIPA with an interesting flavor profile, a nice contrast to other greats of the style

MDDMD, Mar 28, 2013
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4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Double Sunshine pours a hazy honey yellow with a medium sized, thick frothy head on top. Held to the light it almost glows. As the foam dissolves clumps of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is loaded with citrus. Orange and grapefruit with a touch of lemon. Some tropical fruits are also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is creamy and smooth with effervescent carbonation. The flavor is loaded with orange and grapefruit citrus, tropical fruit (mango, apricot, pineapple), and a touch of grass. Some caramel malt sweetness makes a brief appearance. It finishes dry, moderately bitter and tart. Once gone the grapefruit citrus and grassy bitterness lingers on the palate.

Wow! Super tasty, easy drinking Imperial IPA. Reminds me of Heady Topper, just not as bitter. Creamy mouth feel and light carbonation feels wonderful on the palate.

WanderingFool, Mar 20, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle number 15 of 211, shared by ejyoung, in a tulip.

Cloudy apricot in color, with only shadows of fingers visible behind. The frothy off-white head fizzles away quickly, leaving a thin top layer, a big sticky ring and large gobs of lace.

Bright nose. Orange peel, grapefruit, juicyfruit. Some floral character also emerges with roses and lavender. Tinge of cracker malt as well.

Tropical! Pineapple juice, mango, grass and some stickiness meld with floral potpourri and lavender. Cracker malt adds a bit of balance. Another flash of hops appears at the swallow, with moderate lingering bitterness.

Medium-light, fizzy body with gentle massaging bubbles. I get a good amount of tongue-burning heat and fumes — more than is suitable for an 8 percent ABV beer.

A bright, bitter tongue slap of an IPA.

Phelps, Jul 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

dfhhead25, Oct 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

JRod1969, Jun 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

bonbini26, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ElGallo, Jul 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

waiting4lunch, Jun 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

HopStoopid120, Dec 05, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

mklisz, Jun 03, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A massive shout out to Dan (DSlim71) for sending me this beer I never thought I’d get to try. Cheers buddy!

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden color into a tulip. About ¾ of slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour, which dissipates somewhat fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell – The smell is intoxicating. I poured the beer and have been letting it slowly warm up just a bit. As it sits here in front of me, a couple feet away, the aromas are still extremely strong. Heavy pine resin and piney hops, a tropical citrus aroma mixed with pineapple and grapefruit. Slight floral notes, and just a bit of caramel.

Taste – “relief” After the first sip I know this is not an inappropriately hyped beer due to bottle count/difficulty of obtaining it. This is an extremely balanced beer, in that there is a definite biting bitterness from the hops mixed in with the pine, but then a wave of tropical and citrus notes burst through midway. Then the beer finishes up with a slight malty backbone. While PtE is very pine/bitter hop forward, and Sculpin is more tropical forward, and 90min is just a malty mess...this beer seems to combine all three of those making it a very enjoyable and tasty treat. [edit] The more the beer warms, some floral notes shine through adding to the complexity of this beer.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy/oily slick mouthfeel, decent carbonation (a bit lower than I’d like).

Overall – A superbly crafted beer. This really does the East Coast justice and gives many top ranked West Coast D/IPA’s a run for their money. Slight alcohol warmth, but other than that, dangerously drinkable. I share many of my beers with friends and family, but I will say I am thankful I was greedy this time and have the whole bottle to myself. A very good beer.

SpdKilz, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

baybum, Mar 30, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz freshie courtesy of BA hophead0808..Thanks!

Pours hazy gold with an orangy hue and a two inch head of rocky, beige foam. Loads of thick, sheeted lacing with a solid foam cap for the duration of the glass.

Pungent hops leap from the glass as soon as the pour begins. Cracked garlic, onions, pine, grapefruit, mango, and pear. Very dank and reaking of kind-bud.

Medium bodied with a gummy, tacky, resinous mouthfeel. Lush and creamy.

Pine-rubbed grapefruit with shades of melon and tangerine start the palate. Undertones of honey and hop sap follow through.

Finishes with a firm but very smooth bitterness, dank, earthy citrus, and some faint malt. Very dry, smooth, and loaded with finishing hops.

Wowza. Sean nailed this one. A world-class IIPA and uber-fresh.

brewandbbq, Mar 05, 2011
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4.89/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lawson’s Finest Double Sunshine

Poured into a tulip glass at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a bright yet hazy orange color with some bright golden hues. There is a nice white head that forms that is about one inch tall and of medium density. The head is soapy and sticky and it leaves some nice lacing as the brew goes down and as the head recedes.

Aroma is of dank and grassy herbal hops. Fresh cut grass notes and some amazing citrus fruit notes. Seems dry and bitter and I struggle to notice any balancing malt. There are some orange rind notes and tangerines with some slight bitter lemony notes as well.

The flavor follows the nose. Starts of piney and resinous. Then, followed by some very very dank, grassy and herbal hop notes. These notes are then followed by notes of orange rind and mild grapefruit that get more intense as the brew travels. The flavor seems more balanced than the nose but still there is a nice citrusy explosion that dries the palette. Notes of orange and grapefruit a-plenty. Amazing medium body that seems thick and oily but goes down easy. Great dry bitter finish.

JoEBoBpr, Jul 04, 2013
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4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

portia99, Aug 24, 2013
Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 1,722 ratings.