Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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4.65/5 rDev -0.6%
A massive shout out to Dan (DSlim71) for sending me this beer I never thought I’d get to try. Cheers buddy!
Appearance – Pours a hazy golden color into a tulip. About ¾ of slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour, which dissipates somewhat fast leaving slight lacing.
Smell – The smell is intoxicating. I poured the beer and have been letting it slowly warm up just a bit. As it sits here in front of me, a couple feet away, the aromas are still extremely strong. Heavy pine resin and piney hops, a tropical citrus aroma mixed with pineapple and grapefruit. Slight floral notes, and just a bit of caramel.
Taste – “relief” After the first sip I know this is not an inappropriately hyped beer due to bottle count/difficulty of obtaining it. This is an extremely balanced beer, in that there is a definite biting bitterness from the hops mixed in with the pine, but then a wave of tropical and citrus notes burst through midway. Then the beer finishes up with a slight malty backbone. While PtE is very pine/bitter hop forward, and Sculpin is more tropical forward, and 90min is just a malty mess...this beer seems to combine all three of those making it a very enjoyable and tasty treat.  The more the beer warms, some floral notes shine through adding to the complexity of this beer.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy/oily slick mouthfeel, decent carbonation (a bit lower than I’d like).
Overall – A superbly crafted beer. This really does the East Coast justice and gives many top ranked West Coast D/IPA’s a run for their money. Slight alcohol warmth, but other than that, dangerously drinkable. I share many of my beers with friends and family, but I will say I am thankful I was greedy this time and have the whole bottle to myself. A very good beer.
01-12-2012 02:02:56 | More by SpdKilz
4.95/5 rDev +5.8%
Picked it up at The Warren Store, Warren Vt.
22oz. bottle with foil top.
Poured into oversized Duvel snifter so I can get my nose into it and inhale the citrus love.
A- Poured out a beautiful golden hue that became clear enough to read the label through the other side of my glass. Amazing for an unfiltered brew. Well done.
S- Citrus explosion... juicy juicy juicy... yum. Tropical notes...grapefruit... yum
T- Amazing... this is what I crave in an IPA. Great flavor profile... hoppy and well balanced. Crisp and refreshing.
M- Light bodied and incredibly light on the tongue. Carbonation is right on the money.
O- I've had most of the others in the top 10 DIPA's...( Pliny E and Y, Heady Topper etc) and I gotta say-- Double Sunshine is top notch. Lawson really knocks it out of the park with this one. Can't wait until I get back to VT. and get more.
01-11-2012 00:21:43 | More by Hopstamon
4.4/5 rDev -6%
Unwrapped the gold foil from the 22oz bottle to reveal a crown that seems to have been over-compressed. Due to the high price paid, I am nervous. Uncapped with very little exhaust...now I am very worried. Poured from the bottle into a 22.5oz Libbey Citation snifter (Model# 8409)
A- Pours a beautiful, hazy golden but with only about 1/8" head. Based on other reviews announcing copious head, I am thinking this bottle suffered a leaky cap...very unhappy.
S- A swirl to build some additional head revealed a party of citrus floral and pine...absolutely perfect, 5.0. The Alchemist's Heady Topper is brought to mind.
T- The first sip revealed a delightful and well-balanced dance on the taste buds...the epitome of a hop lovers dream supported by a wonderful malt backbone. All the flavors anticipated by the aroma were represented with a lingering hop essence in the olfactory zones.
M- Low to moderate carbonation (again, the cap didn't look healthy and even took a picture before uncorking) suffered an epic experience of this brew. I am just happy that I didn't wait any longer than I did to enjoy this specimen.
I am proud, not only to have experienced a Lawson's Finest Liquid, but I am thankful the Double Sunshine was my first. Due to the cap issue, I would like to try it again, but not likely due to the investment. The enigmatic brewing talents of Sean Lawson are legendary and live on!
01-07-2012 22:37:35 | More by threeviews
4.5/5 rDev -3.8%
A: Bottled sunshine. White foamy head. Some lacing present.
S: Lots of citrusy, piney hops.
T: Great balance of bitterness, citrus and piney notes.
M: Refreshing medium body with a solid amount of carbonation.
O: Great DIPA. Lives up to the hype.
12-28-2011 01:41:10 | More by camil1mj
4.65/5 rDev -0.6%
And the epic DIPAs from New England continue. . . Heady, ghandi bot, Nor, and now this guy: Double Sunshine.
These 4 give the west coast a run.
A gorgeous clear golden straw pour.
Smells of tropical goodness : pineapple, peach, pear, mango. It's all there.
Taste is a huge bitterness followed by a nice malt smoothness. Waves of fruit hit the palette and just keep on coming. The hop bite seals the deal at the end.
Overall an outstanding DIPA. Ranks with the best of them.
12-22-2011 23:28:33 | More by Patrickbrusil
4.78/5 rDev +2.1%
Big thanks to Shadesofgray for the hook up here. Very excited to drink this beer. Poured 22 oz bottle into a brand new Founders CBS snifter.
A- Pours nice bright golden color. Fluffy thin head on top. Leaves sticky lace here and there. Slight haze to it.
S- The aroma just sucks you in as you pour the beer. Lots of juicy hop notes. Floral, tropical, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple it just keeps coming with amazing smells.
T- Exactly what you want from a DIPA! Burst of great hop flavors throughout. Grapefruit, citrus flavors up front. Some piney flavors in the middle. Very nice bitterness, but not overdone. Some caramel malts in the background, but don't take anything away from the hops.
M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily coat to the mouth feel.
O- Really one of the best DIPA's I've had. Start to finish it was really amazing. Great balance without to much bitterness. I can't thank Ryan enough for this treat. Would drink this any day!
12-22-2011 03:56:37 | More by HosP
4.75/5 rDev +1.5%
22 oz bottle courtesy of Cody. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to try both my first Hill Farmstead and now my first Lawson's. Much appreciated!
Pours like carbonated pineapple juice. Bubbles are soapy and chunky atop a clouded base.
Smells nicely of tropical fruits a bit of sweet and sticky and a light pine bitterness. Soft, ripe, and inviting.
This is absolutely delicious: very, very, juicy and fresh. White fleshy nectarine, firm yellow cherries, and soft grassy bitterness that leaves a firm tingle but does not overwhelm any of the aforementioned deliciousness.
Mouthfeel is odd. Drinks almost like carbonated nectar. Alcohol, while low for a DIPA, is still nearly non existent.
I have no idea how much this bottle cost and I don't care. It's worth it. An absolute pleasure and a beer that I not only am thrilled to have tried, but would love the opportunity to drink again.
12-14-2011 02:50:16 | More by BarrytheBear
Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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