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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: 1,818
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 2,371
Gots: 136 | 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:
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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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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 dmsohyea
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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!

Photo of Drewby
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ehammond1
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Hazy, unfiltered, somewhat murky orange with a moderately sized off-white head. This leaves the glass astonishingly messy on the way down. Perhaps the best lacing I've seen in a DIPA. Gorgeous.

Big citrus and tropical fruit aromas are most notable, a mild pine presence, and a very little sweetness.

The flavor is absolutely delicious, complete, quenching: superb. The tropical and citrus flavors are the most present, along with a moderate bitterness, light pine, and just a hint/presence of sweet malt. Simply perfect. The lingering citrus presence is stunning. This may be the finest DIPA in the world.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, though slightly sticky.

Perfect.

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Duff27
4.43/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

Photo of BillyCannon
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JRod1969
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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

(review transcribed from notes, on-tap at the ACBF in boston, 06/04/11. based on multiple samples. between this and the acer quercus i spent a good amount of time camped out in the lawson's line.)

pours a burnished gold tone with a touch of haze, yields a nice creamy head with good retention and lacing evident. nose is wonderfully aromatic, delivering a big hoppy bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits, with secondary notes of malt and pine. outstanding aroma.

more of the same delivered in the flavor. lot of tropical/citric goodness with just enough balancing malt. very, very nicely done. i think it compares well with FW double jack, one of my current favorite DIPAs. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, very nicely done. lawson's has impressed the hell out of me, though doing so seems to come easily for them. if we could just ramp up the production a bit and get some ditributed to MA...

(originally reviewed: 06-08-2011)

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

Consumed 6/14/12

Appearance: A bit hazy, bright golden orange - pours with a moderately big, white head, retains a small cap - impressive lacing, spots and streaks everywhere

Smell: Nicely dank - tons of citrus and tons of resinous pine - tropical citrus, with some mango and wet pineapple - oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines - juicy, fleshy, and pithy - wet, sticky, resiny pine - a faint touch of weed, green onions, and herbs - biscuity, slightly toasted, slightly earthy malts underneath

Taste: Gloriously hoppy, with a number of things going on - sweet mango and pineapple - grapefruit flesh and rind, with tangerines - sticky pine - aggressive and bitter, with a lingering pithy bitterness - malts are a bit sweet, made sweeter with touches of tropical fruit - toasted biscuits, and some grains, slightly earthy - definitely not balanced, but it's actually pretty drinkable - alcohol is slightly detectable

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, mostly dry, but with an oily and sticky aftertaste

Overall: Masterful, greater than the sum of its parts

I realize it's stupid to make the following comparison, but I'm doing it anyway. This beer kind of tastes like a lovechild between Heady Topper and Dreadnaught. It's very aggressive, yet very East Coast. Regardless, this is easily one of Lawson's Finest. Cheers to the ladies at Craft Beer Cellar for getting Mr. Lawson himself to do a tasting on 6/2/12. Good times.

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, super hazy, dark gold. Head is bright-white, fluffy, and leaves some ridiculous lacing. Head drops to a thin cap, but some amount lingers for the duration.

Smell: Loads of citrus. Deep resinous pine notes. Hints of mango and pineapple. Slightly herbal with a backing earthiness. Malts are present add a nice sweetness to the whole thing. Loads of pith and grapefruit flesh. Loads going on here. A touch of biscuity malt rides through the background. Something akin to cotton candy. A touch floral. It's all there and then some. Nicely balanced on the hop profile.

Taste: Big hop punch. Mango and pine layered over a big pithy grapefruit flesh hybrid. Sticky and resinous with a nice hit of floral sweetness in the back. Malts are big as well, but pale against the hops. Slightly biscuity with a solid sweetness that helps cut back on some of the bitterness. Mega pine. Slightly dank and earthy. Herbal backing. Beastly.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that pushes toward full. Big and oily with a lingering dryness on the back of things. Carbonation is solid and helps spread the life. Mega oily and slick.

Overall: It's as good as people say. Loads of flavor, but it never gets tiring. A bit more aggressive than others of the ilk (I'm looking at you Pliny and Heady Topper), but it's carried off with East coast flair. If you can track it down, do it. It's bottled happiness.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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