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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: 1,580
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 6.84%
Wants: 2,009
Gots: 94 | FT: 4
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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:
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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-15-2012 18:47:12 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

08-15-2012 03:01:15 | More by DonFrap
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

08-14-2012 21:42:50 | More by SPRichard
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Nickfellow007

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +6.8%

08-14-2012 20:26:13 | More by Nickfellow007
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Lawson's bottle release this past Saturday (2 days ago) at the Waitsfield Farmer's market. Poured into snifter.

A- Pours a hazy yellowish golden with just under a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly recedes to leave almost no head and some spotty lacing. A little bit below average carbonation.

S- Citrusy tangy slightly dank hops, lemon, grapefruit, a little bit of pine, some light malts in the background.

T- Citrusy piney hops, grapefruit, lemon, finishes with some citrusy dank hops and a tiny bit of booze. Citrusy lemon aftertaste. Everything is very well balanced.

M- Fairly light bodied, not too much carbonation, smooth, easy to drink.

O- This was a very good IPA, definitely world class. However not the best that I've had. Personally I like HF the best. This is definitely right up there with Heady Topper and other great IPAs. Definitely stands up there with some of the best I've had. Just a little bit more hops in the aroma, a tad bit less booze in the taste, and a tad bit more carbonation and I think this beer would have been perfect. Definitely recommend having this for any hopheads, you will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 23:17:40 | More by jaasen64
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a tulip
Thanks to CADMixes for generously sharing this bottle.

The beer poured a hazy, light orangey-amber color and was topped by a bubbly, bright white, sea foam head. Excellent retention. The head deposited small droplets of lacing all down the glass. As the beer warmed, the chill haze dropped and the liquid turned nearly clear.

A cornucopia of tropical fruit notes came through in the aroma. Tons of mango and papaya. Lots of pineapple. Strong notes of orange peel. Quite peachy as well. There was a pervasive sweetness, but this seemed to come from the fruitiness of the hop profile rather than from an abundance of malts.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was amazingly rich and complex. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Lots of mango and papaya. Good amount of candied citrus peel. Strong peach notes. Touch of pale malts. The finish was crisp, piney and moderately bitter. It provided the perfect balance to this otherwise fruity and sweet DIPA.

The liquid was medium-full bodied for the style with a fine, moderate, tongue blanketing effervescence. Silky smooth and supple. At 8% ABV, the alcohol was nowhere to be found.

Double Sunshine IPA is one of a handful of double IPAs coming out of the state of Vermont that defines excellence within the style. Thank you CADMixes for giving me the first opportunity to actually have a full pour of this glorious nectar.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 00:58:28 | More by Damian
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GeckoPunk

Connecticut

4.71/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Appeared orange-golden with 1 inch slightly off-white head with medium sized bubbles in a 4oz taste-tester glass poured from a cask at the 2012 VT BrewFest

S - Potent fruity tones of grapefruit and really dank, delicious hops. Very floral and full of citrusy goodness.

T - As predicted by the way the beer smelled, the grapefruit and pineapple hoppyness was dominant. Not too strong of a malty backbone.

M - Medium-bodied. Left a strong resinous hop bite that subsided after about 30 seconds. (Good thing)

O - Overall, it is a great IPA that I would love to drink side-by-side with Heady Topper as they are so similar to one another. I would have to say that Heady Topper is better, although this beer would make a good substitute, never a replacement, however.

Serving type: cask

08-12-2012 16:04:11 | More by GeckoPunk
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in Vermont.

Appearance is a cloudy orange tone with one finger of a bright white head. Its` nose has pineapple, lemons, hop resin. This a beer with a fantastic nose, perhaps a bit "dank" but nice. Moving on to the taste, there are citrus hops, good bitterness, some bread. Mouthfeel is medium with a rather dry finish which lingers for some time. All in all, a very nice DIPA, not as nice as a certain beer made a few towns away.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2012 01:19:49 | More by mltobin
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks JeepCop for the bottle!

Hazy light golden colored with a very good head and excellent head retention. Smells pretty good --- dank, leafy, weedy. My kind of IPA.

Great flavor, light malt backbone. Medium-high bitterness, good carbonation and a dry finish with no hints of booze whatsoever.

Awesome beer, VT FTW!

4.5, 4, 4, 4.5, 4.5

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 22:33:44 | More by tewaris
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juliusseizure

New York

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

08-09-2012 03:03:10 | More by juliusseizure
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beernut

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +6.8%

08-04-2012 16:15:18 | More by beernut
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nataku00

California

4.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with two fingers of soft billowy off white head. Head dissipates to a layer of bubbles leaving a bit of wide lacing. A good amount of fine carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is amazing, sweet orange and grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, passion fruit, with just a hint of citrus peel and herbal bittering hops. Straight out of the fridge the aroma just explodes from the bottle. As it warms, there is a light caramel sweetness as well.

Taking a sip, herbal and pine bitterness upfront, mellowing to sweeter tropical papaya and pineapple flavors. A bit of grapefruit with a nice biscuit and caramel malt sweetness. Lingering herbal and citrus peel flavors on a dry finish.

Light body with a nice soft but ample carbonation made this one of the more refreshing IPA's I've tried. I would have liked a bit more citrus in the taste but still an excellent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 03:04:15 | More by nataku00
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3Hops

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +6.8%

08-03-2012 00:28:22 | More by 3Hops
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Focusf111

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-02-2012 20:37:56 | More by Focusf111
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manutdfan

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

08-02-2012 15:54:08 | More by manutdfan
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-02-2012 15:00:22 | More by beerwolf77
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sip_smack_smack

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

08-02-2012 00:45:06 | More by sip_smack_smack
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 23:52:10 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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buffs9

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

08-01-2012 13:34:58 | More by buffs9
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -19.9%

07-30-2012 18:05:45 | More by ChrisPro
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FalconA

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +6.8%

07-30-2012 03:13:27 | More by FalconA
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kevanb

Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle courtesy of Wowcoolman, many thanks for bringing this over!

This beer pours a really nice peachy orange color, clean, clear with a couple of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A nice fluffy finger of white head rests atop the beer, decent retention, a nice web of lacing left behind along with some film after the head recedes. The aroma is great, big floral notes jump out of the glass, citrus, some nice simple cereal malt. The hops are a bit soapy, but also bring out some nice coniferous notes along with some grassy earthiness. The flavors are great, follows the nose perfectly, lots of floral notes, juicy citrus, a bit of caramel sweetness from the malt, but that's really all the malt I could detect, this is a hop forward beer, plain and simple. Some tropical fruit comes out as well with some nice grassiness and pine at the finish. The body is superb, sticky, big and full, super smooth with perfect levels of carbonation.

Verdict: Certainly one of the finest IPAs out there. Great hop profile, just enough of a malt backbone to keep some balance, great body with a great powerful aroma. Super happy to have tried this one fresh!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 21:31:38 | More by kevanb
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Pahn

New York

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

07-29-2012 21:25:12 | More by Pahn
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.28/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman at Woodshop 7

Look: Pours a translucent orangish body with a 1/2 inch off white bubbly head and very good retention with some nice circular lace

Nose: The nose starts out all about citrus fruits with orange, lemon, and grapefruit coming to mind. Finishes with a nice pine note

Taste: Again the beer starts out citrus and it packs a punch. That is backed up by malty backbone and finishes with a nice touch of pine

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high in carbonation and very dry and bitter

Overall: Great dipa and I would recommend this to anyone who has not had it but I am in california and I will stick to the ones out this way just because they are far more easy to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 18:52:01 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Rymar9

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +6.8%

07-26-2012 03:17:04 | More by Rymar9
Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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