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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: 299
Hads: 1,904
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 2.61%
Wants: 3,010
Gots: 186 | FT: 2
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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 Kelp
4.68/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color of this beer is of a nice golden sunshine hue. The head is a nice finger. finger and a half. White that dissipates slowly and leaves it self on the side of the glass as you drink.

The smell is of fruits grapefruit, pineapple, and a hint of orange. There is a finish of pine. Everything is there for a great DIPA and each smell is distinct as you breath it in.

I tend to start all my beers extremely cold so that I can get the whole taste gamut of a beer. This was a bad idea on this one. It started off as an "eh" DIPA because it was so cold all I got was pine and grapefruit. I let it warm and the beer completely blew me away. All the smells come through in the flavor. It starts with a grapefruit up front quickly followed by the pineapple/orange flavor. Quite a nice fruit flavor throughout. The end is of the pine I mentioned in the taste, with an oily finish across the tongue that dissipates quickly.

This just rolls across the tongue nice and smooth. the finish is like a nice pine oil across the tongue that disappears as fast as it came.

Man I wish I had picked up that second bottle now. I tend to avoid most IPA's of any type, but I had heard that this was an amazing brew that had to be tried and it definitely lived up to it's hype. (1,261 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.09/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to koopa for sharing this one.

Pours a cloudy, golden sunshine color with orange and lemon yellow hues and a one finger white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with dank, resinous hop oils and tons of citrus and tropical. fruit. Slightly piny with lots of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel.

Medium bodied with a blast a dry, earhy hops which provide a perfect dry bitterness that lingers over the sweet fruit notes into a bone dry finish.  Lots of grapefruit and sweet pineapple along with zesty lemon peel.  Pale malt backbone with biscuit and cracker providing a nice counter without taking away from the hop bitterness.  Simply put, this beer tastes amazing. (745 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
5/5  rDev +8.9%
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! (913 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/25/2011

Big thanks to yourefragile for sending me this bottle out of the blue. I've been wanting to try this for some time as I'd heard a lot about it. Poured into a snifter. Rare Batch #211, Bottle #4.

A: The bomber has gold foil on the top and a simple label that becomes somewhat obscured as the moisture smears the ink. I pry off the cap and am greeted with a commendable hiss. A hard pour into the snifter yields a slightly hazy dark orange body with an enormous sea foam white head that exhibits excellent retention and leaves thick sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Honeydew melon and cantaloupe meet peach, nectarine, tangerine, orange, and mango. The hop profile is vibrant, bright, and expressive. Malt takes a back seat to the hops but lends a subtle breadiness to the background. No evident alcohol or harsh notes, just a lot of hop expression taking many forms. Mango becomes more pronounced as the beer opens up. There's a little pine and just a whisper of onion (not at all detracting).

T: Orange, mango, honeydew melon, nectarine, grapefruit, apricot, and peach. The beer exhibits an abundance of hop flavor with a lower moderate bitterness. It's smooth and gentle while delivering lots of hop characteristics. There's a dash of pine, and that subtle and ephemeral malt caramel/breadiness that's quickly forgotten. The finish is smooth and hoppy with no evident alcohol. Bitterness waxes in the drying finish.

M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, and dry.

Overall: A fantastic Double IPA. It's mellow and restrained, but it deserves the praise it receives. (1,646 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Dereck for sending a couple bottles of this.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with good head retention and light lacing. The nose is interesting in this beer, and not what I was expecting. There is a LOT of tropical fruit on the nose, with mango, papaya, peach and cherry. There is some underlying pine and orange citrus as well, just enough to let you know this won't be hot mess of a malt bomb. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though as expected, there is enough hoppy bitterness to counter all the tropical fruit and malt in this beer. This beer is really a mouthfill, and I get almost something of a dry honey flavor in the midpalate as well. The mouthfeel is almost dense in this beer, and is very full, especially for a DIPA. Alcohol is generally well integrated into the flavor profile, though there was a hint of heat from the alcohol at the very end of the finish.

A very nice beer, no doubt, though I'm not quite sure I understand the top 10 ranking. This sort of reminds of masala mama on steroids, and while delicious, it's really not in the same league with Heady Topper, Hop Slam or the two pliny's. Regardless, this a delicious IPA, and one I'm very glad to have finanlly had the chance to try. (1,267 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Farm House Tap and Grill, Burlington, NY.

Poured a bright brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured pine and apricot with a clean caramel.

The taste consisted of spicy pine notes coupled with an earthy tropical fruit, some esters and a clean honey.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a superior user friendly DIPA. (429 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.47/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden with a medium head that recedes extremely quickly to loose bubbles. Smells resiny and piney, with slight citrus. Overall, aroma is somewhat muted. Taking a sip.. whoa that is a mouthful of pine! Like walking through a pine forest and just biting into a branch. Finishes dry and strongly bitter, with an unusual astrigency felt on my inner lips.

Overall, this is not my preferred style of DIPA. I like citrusy, fruity hops and a little more sweetness. Others will undoubtedly prefer this profile and rate this higher. (535 characters)

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

Bottle purchased fresh on July 20th. Poured in to FFF stemmed tulip.

A - Cloudy medium orange colour. Half a finger of thick white head formed and receded to a thin layer

S - Massive grapefruit aroma up front with complimentary orange rind and pineapple notes. A very light sweetness from the malts comes through. Very fresh and juicy.

T - An assertive bitterness up front with grapefruit, pineapple and some pine. Definitely a hop bomb with only a touch of caramel sweetness from the malts. The bitterness lingers considerably in the finish.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. Full on tongue-coating hop oils. (617 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bomber into a snifter.

light golden color with a majestic head. nose is super resiny but also very fruity. yes. taste is skunky...citrus..guava...resin. oh man. so complex and drinkable. what a flavor profile. medium body, medium carbonation.

overall world class and possibly the best dipa in the world. really. (314 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.52/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Jrae2424 hooked this one up... I shared with a couple of peeps over the weekend... Thanks a ton Jason... there were some eyes opened to the potential of this small brewery.

Batch 189, Bottle #9. Yellowish head... with great retention and lacing... hazed hellow orange brew...

Nose is fantastic mix of tropical fruits.. melon and apricot.. dried pineapple and lime tree blossoms.

Bracing bitterness out of the gate and it lingers through the finish.. hop flavor is still tropical with a bit of citrus... pretty dry with only enough pale malts to play well..

I would swear this is a PNW DIPA... but the bottle says otherwise.. I like it.

Body is a solid medium with a nice carbonation.. Awesome and very fresh.. The "lack" of maltiness may be a minor detriment, but I am not gonna complain. This is a damn good brew.

4/4.5/4.5/4/5

Very cool Jason.. I'm humbled. (867 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy gold body with good head retention .

Awesome mango citrus aromas!

Juicy citrus with a good bitterness at the end of each sip. Doesnt even come close to drink 8%

Medium-low carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

Really enjoyed this one. Could easily drinka bomber of this and be happy. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT! (310 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon drinking this on tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington it struck me, not for the first time, that when beer is of this quality it’s merely taste which determines how one will rank it and where it should be put in our personal pantheon of any particular style. I was lucky enough to have this side by side with Hill Farmstead’s Abner and later that day, a very fresh can of Heady Topper. I’ve had Pliny and Blind Pig and multiple Alpine IPA’s, Surly’s Abrasive and Furious, and Double Sunshine was likely my favorite of all of them. They’re all phenomenal but on this particular day at least, I was completely blown away by how good this was.

The beer is very slightly hazy and golden with a fluffy white head that settles down slowly, leaving nice lacing on the glass. The aroma bursts up at you, with fresh and extremely vivid tropical fruit and citrus as well as some floral and resinous pine notes. A faint hint of sweet maltiness is also detected. The flavor is simply delicious, with the malt just propping the hops up ever so slightly with a subtle caramel taste and never intruding. Complex fruity hops dominate, with lots of grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, etc. Piney notes also come into play. Bitterness is very moderate and while present doesn’t overshadow the hop details.

Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a very smooth overall feel. Alcohol is undetected and the finish lingers quite pleasantly, with all those hop subtleties hanging around. Again, this one is at least as good as anything hoppy I’ve ever tried. (1,564 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy yellowish brown, yellow at the bottom of the glass fading to a murky brown color at the top, thick head with a bit of an orange tint.

Smell is daaank zesty lemony and orange hops, sweet flower petals, touch of honey, hints of bitter grapefruit and a melange of light tropical fruit, and then some more dank. Pungent.

Taste is big juicy pineapple and lemon zest, sweet at first fading into a more bitter grapefruit hop character, finishes spicy and floral with a touch of pine. Complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel is super rich and thick, almost syrupy, but with healthy carbonation and great drinkability. Perfect.

Damn good.

9.4/10 (647 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.27/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was courtesy of the infamous Adam Jackson, purchased last weekend. Thanks Adam!

This beer pours a cloudy and bright tangerine orange in color with a two finger, bright white head. The nose is extremely fresh and full of pineapple and that trademark Smcoe aroma. Despite that, it's pretty fruit forward as far as the hops are concerned with a touch of pine. It's very aromatic. The flavors are dry and fruity, very fresh with loads of fresh hop presence. It drinks slightly bitter and slightly dry. The malt bill is lighter, helping drinkability. The alcohol isn't present either. Overall this is a really, really nice DIPA. I'm grateful I could try it, and so fresh. (679 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights and a nice half finger of fluffy head that left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely a lot of fruit in this aroma such as mangos, pineapple, citrusy lemon zest, good piney notes, with a good hoppy tones. It had some sweet sugary and maltiness coming out as well. very interesting nose.

T: lots of passion fruit in the flavor alongside fruits such as mongos, pineapple, a little peach, good pine earthy notes with a grassy hop character that had a mild hop bitter punch. I did however get some woody and slightly vanilla accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, woody, hoppy mild sweet, and slightly bitter finish.

O: very good beer all around and was happy to see it and try at the alcazaba summer bottle share, good lookin out whoever brought it. (886 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.81/5  rDev +4.8%
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! (871 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome bottle thanks to shawnm213.

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

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

S - Strong citrus and pine.

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

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

O - Wow, I really enjoyed this one. This is a winner. (463 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish-gold color with a frothy head.

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

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

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

Deceptively drinkable with more of a balance than I expected. I would certainly buy it if it were more readily available. (415 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.89/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very surprised and lucky that Tim (thegrogbog) pulled this out on a random weekday in northern OH (thanks so much Tim!). Bottle 137 from batch 196. This was many months old but tasted extremely fresh and hoppy, the miracle of modern refrigeration.

The beer is golden colored and just a little murky, a result of the sediment poured into our glasses as we tried to get every bit of the bottle out. What an incredible smell, this is massively hoppy, fresh and citrusy, pine needles and dank week, everything you could ask for.

Luckily this tasted just as delicious as it smells, so resiny and hoppy, only the faintest struggle for balance given by the pale malts, excellent. Jesus but this tastes nice, and the alcohol is not discernable in any way.

So glad to get a chance at this again, would love to try it any time in the future too. (846 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the pub near the alchemist cannery. Poured into an Allagash tulip.

A - Pours a hazy golden hue with a massive two finger creamy head that leaves huge side lacing and as nice creamy blanket.

S - Super fresh hops and bright sunshine on the nose. Assault!!!

T - Wow super hoppy and tasty with light malt sweetness. Great light pine and lots of tasty bitter grapefruits. Delicious.

M - nice and sharp/crisp with a delicious bitter citrus rind finish.

O - Overall I really really enjoyed this beer it is delicious. I want to drink this everyday all day. (563 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 42 from batch 192; no idea what that means or how old it is.

Pours a hazy golden sunshine color with an inch or so of white foam that eventually settles to a thin cap and collar, leaving some nice spotty lace behind. Really gorgeously bright yellow, definitely get the Sunshine aspect they were going for here.

Aromas begin quite dank, with some lemon rind, blood orange juice, tropical fruits and a slight floral hops as well. A light pale sugary malt character emerges as it warms.

The tastes are dominated by blood orange, grapefruit, cirus rind, pineapple and a minimal sweet pale malt backbone. Alcohol is non-existent, but I wouldn't expect much from an 8% beer. Initially restrained in bitterness, although it mounts over the course of a glass.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth texture, dry finish and light residual resins. No alcohol warmth.

Overall this is just an all-around great beer. My first Lawson's beer and hopefully not my last. Really lots of citrus juice and rind flavor. I think this may be a couple or even several months old so he aromas may not have been as fresh as possible; still awesome, just not in the upper echelon of DIPAs. Lots of blood orange and tropical fruit flavors. Highly recommended and well worth seeking out if it can be obtained fresh. (1,319 characters)

Photo of VeganUndead
4.91/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got to try this at the bottle share during Hunahpu Day 2012. Thanks to all you guys at the J-Table that enabled me to try so many good brews, and had me wasted by 11 am. As for this brew, Heady Topper to date is my favorite ipa/dipa i've ever had. This is a very close second. Cheers

Side by side with heady topper and dc brau on the wings of armageddon on 3/2/14.

Agree with my original tasting review, only thing that I would like to add is this has the best nose on it imo of any DIPA i've ever had. Still take heady overall as my favorite, but the nose on this thing is the best. cheers (592 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to Chris for this super fresh bottle, batch 192, bottle # 117... Pours a murky light gold, dark in the middle, a little ugly. A nice white head, great retention and lacing... The aroma is fantastic, so fresh, just plucked pine needles with pineapples and an assortment of tropical fruits... Taste is equally great, bitting pine and alcohol of a dipa, but muted and so drinkable. This is awesome, must try. (411 characters)

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

Reviewed from notes:

apearance: copper orange, with a 1 finger off white head,

smell: citrus, grapefruit, tropical, hops, malts,

taste: tropical fruit salad, caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: outstanding IPA. so worth the search. hopefully the next bottle will be easier to land.

Cheers,
The CPJ (334 characters)

Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.