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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: 1,836
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 2,472
Gots: 153 | FT: 2
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Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
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 GarthDanielson
5/5  rDev +6.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.72/5  rDev +0.9%
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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4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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3.79/5  rDev -19%
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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Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 1,836 ratings.