Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.05%
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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 tarheels86
3.74/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

651mL gold foil thanks to dyan and oldsock/Mad Fermentationist. Pours a clear light gold. Spotty lace. Richer tangerine, mango pulp, papaya nose. Vanilla as well. Taste is rich, sugary, quenching. Palate is thick, no astringency. Mild macadamia nut fat. Nice. Jackfruit sugar, pith, and mild pina colata type white alcohol. 5/31/2012 8/3/7/4/15=3.7

Photo of MagicJeff
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got to share this with LiquidSwords and EyePeeAye. Great times fellas!

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass.

Appearance: Looks beautiful--hazy copperish gold with a nice head. Crazy lacing left afterwards. Head pretty much retained throughout drinking.

Smell: Mango, citrus, slight pine. Slightly sweet caramel? So complex.

Taste: WOW. If the smell is complex, I'm lost at the taste. So freaking good. Mango, grapefruit, yet so balanced with the sweet caramel and toffee malts. Some pepper and warmth from the alcohol on the back end. So enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied feel, goes down smooth.

Overall: I've had Pliny, Heady Topper, Hopslam, and other highly rated IPA's, and I'd put this with the best of them. I appreciated how balanced it tasted--you really appreciated the freshness and effort put into this beer. A world class brew.

Photo of Jimmys
4.39/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into long-stemmed tulip. no bottled-on date in sight.

A: a rather hazed orange body. white bubbly head w/ good retention and some nice siticky foam left behind.

S: piney, minty. deep fruitiness. citrus rind. orange and lemon. onions and hot peppers? just writing whatever comes to mind when i take a deep wiff. crazy. however, in conclusion, starts super fruity, a wave of citrus, moves into earthy pine, mint, and dill.

T: reminds me of a creamsicle ice pop. especially with the mild vanilla-like flavor that lingers into the finish. the sweet linger on the finish also battles a decent amount of bitterness. orange juice. a minor touch of alcohol heat?

M: the body is surprisingly light for the ABV. drinks more like a really hoppy pale ale. carbonation is subtle and seems all naturally formed. adds to the creamsicle component.

D: another really solid DIPA from the green mountain state. dangerously drinkability reminds me of Heady Topper. definitely worth trying.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an orange gold color that's crisp and clear, light carbonation and leaves a delicate white lacing ring, low carbonation.

S - Pungent and dank light tropical fruit resin, pineapple, oranges, and some floral notes.

T - Very hop forward, lots of resinous, vinous, juicy tropical light colored fruit - juicy sweet ruby red grapefruit, sweet orange and bitter orange rinds, with a peppery spice finish.

M - Medium body and leaves a big coating of pepper spice and ruby grapefruit coating in the mouth that lingers for a very long time.

O - A beer worthy of its expectations.

Photo of jaasen64
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Damian
4.62/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of GeckoPunk
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.

Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of tewaris
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

Photo of nataku00
4.64/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

Photo of kevanb
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!

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of azdback
4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Alpine Pint glass. A hazy and light orange color. Plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles and some particles of yeast float about this one and lead to a small two finger head that is off white in color and thin but on the creamy side in appearance. Lace sticks quite well in a continental way.

Smell is all citrus and a bit of pine. Tangerine and a bit of blood orange or pink grapefruit. There is some malt backbone smell here too with some sweet earth.

Taste is simply amazing. A ton of citrus as in the nose but on an exponential level. A tongue lashing bitter sweet. Ultra ripe oranges meet yellow grapefruit. Malt sweetness as well. This one wrecks the palate but still keeps the malt balance there as well. Very nicely done.

Mouth is quite velvety or creamy for a DIPA. Carbonation is creamy and round especially for the style. Body is balanced and the finish is long and wet. Very well done!!

Overall I am uber impressed with this one. I am pretty sure this is at least two months old so I can only imagine this one fresh. Thanks to Pete27lax for this awesome trade. This is a must for anyone willing to call themselves a Hophead.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.32/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a lightly hazed golden orange. Head is exact. Off-white and dense but still tall. This beer retains its cap perfectly. This surely looks the part; especially with the lacing it leaves.

S-Nose is piney and blatantly hop-forward. Definitely stresses the abrasive pine and grass qualities more than the tropical/fruity aspects. Grains and cracker malt. Mild caramel. Floral hoppiness too.

T-Akin to the nose. Green grass and heaps of pine. Grains back up the coercive piney flavors. You get some moderate citrus and grapefruit. Florals kick in too. Finishes quite bitter and piney. Tastes great but could use a bit more complexity.

M-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is dry and endlessly bitter. Resinous.

O/D-Overall, this did not live up to the hype. Nowhere near one of the best beers I have tried. It's clearly an above average Imperial IPA; but thats the ceiling for this beer. This is not in the same realm as others from the state of VT.

Photo of fvernon
4.67/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh bomber poured into a Lawson's tulip glass. Pours a nice golden hue with a thick white head that leaves some amazing lacing. The aroma on this is galaxy, citra, and amarillo (or at least that's my best guess) - both sweet, citrusy (pineapple, grapefruit) and a solid dose of spring fir shoots. The flavors smack around and leave a bitter aftertaste that just makes me want to grab another sip - this is really a beautiful DIPA. I wish I'd been able to get more while I was at the Maple Tripple release.

After trying this I can clearly see what Lawson's is so heavily sought after; if I knew I was getting a fresh bottle I'd definitely seek this out again. Cheers!

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into Duvel Tulip - 2012 release. Thanks Kris !

A: Poured a hazy golden orange with three finger head that descended into a thick, creamy, frothy lacing - Great carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits (lemon ,orange) , grapefruit , sweet bitter hops - fresh green grass , slight pine.

T: Sweet bitter hops with a nice floral /herbal taste - nice citrus /grapefruit notes with slight hints oh pine. , great malt backing that brings it all together nicely ..

O: Overall this is a fine DIPA that I feel can hold it's own against any other DIPA out there , It's remarkably smooth and balanced and goes down silky smooth .

Highly recommend this one ..

Photo of sukwonee
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy orange body with two finger head. Lots of lacing. Great looking beer!

S: Grapefruit, Citra hops (I think I smell Citra hops), Passion fruits,

T: Wow... this is my new favorite DIPA (previously Heady). Grapefruit, passion fruit, Hoppy, but not much bitter, orange, very long lasting flavour. Slight bitterness towards the end but sweetness masks it quite well. Perfectly balanced hoppy goodness

M: Smoooth, but it's also got good amount of carbonation. Perfection.

O: From looks, smell, taste, to feel, this beer is near perfection. I don't think this bottle was super fresh (about 5-6 weeks old maybe), but damn it was delicious. My favorite DIPA to date.

Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1385th Review on BA
Bottle to HF Stem
22oz

Thanks to BA Tony32408 for this one

App- More of a dark orange with a good haze to it being unfiltered. A little murky and a little heavy looking. A small one finger white head with fast receding bubbles formed and left some good lace lines, not great but was nice.

Smell- When you open the cap you get little whiffs of the citrus inside the bottle. Nice aromatics with tropical notes coming forward early. A bit of pineapple, mango and tangering. A stronger pull leaves some of the impending creamy hops and pine flavors with a little bit of the thicker booze from the 8%

Taste- This was a very balanced large abv DIPA. The 8% is there but is very well layered in between what I am going to a a lush creamy hoppy flavor intermixed with a small smidgen of pine and resin flavors. For a large DIPA, not overly dry either. The creaminess brings the flavors together very nicely.

Mouth- This really was a very good beer on the palate. A bit of a thicker medium body with a creamy hoppy and fruity residual flavor. A good amount of bubbles but more of a thicker carbonation as well.

Drink- An outstanding DIPA from VT. Becoming a trend and I like it!! I am glad I live near alpine and have access to it, because I'd go broke trading for this guy all the time.

Photo of kscaldef
3.47/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of elucchese
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable...I have to say (and I know this might sound crazy) but this beer is on par with RR's Pliny the Younger...so delicious and it has an incredible citrus smell and hoppy taste. I just hope it can make it's way down to Boston soon! Along with the Heady Topper, VT is cranking out some pretty stellar double IPAs.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.35/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, uniform amber pour with a crown of fluffy white foam. There is excellent lacing and good head retention. The nose is purely sweet citrus fruit with a very subtle alcohol. The taste is far more intensly hoppy, almost too much at first. However, give the beer a chance to breathe and of course let that alcohol set in (/dissapate off into a warm summer breeze) and the beer changes. The sweetness comes in almost syrupy while your palate becomes quickly acclimated to the intense bitterness. Still though, it's hard to completely enjoy the grapefruit rind bitterness completely. Great beer, but it's a bit over the top.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #400!

Huge thanks to lalaloveyou for trading this beer to me! Thanks Lauren! I have wanted to try this beer for a long time!

reviewed from notes on 6/15/12.

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: Golden yellow bodied beer with big 2 fingers of white head. Nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Really citrusy. Tons of oranges and tagerines. Some grapefruit and pineapple. Buttermilk biscuits and cracker like malts.

Taste: moderate bitterness. The orange, lemon zest, and mangos are really big in the hop profile of this beer. Its crazy and I like it! Pineapple and a hint of resinous pine complete this hop profile. Hops are mostly citrusy / fruity and a malts add a touch of bready sweetness to the mix.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is so damn drinkable. With a light and dry finish that screams awesomeness!

Overall: This is a really awesome brew that really lives the hype. Great taste and balance; really a fantastic brew by lawsons! This is my second Lawson beer and this one did not dissapoint!

Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.