Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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4.43/5 rDev -5.3%
Thanks Robert! Pours clear light orange/gold with a scant head. Nose is bright, herbal, citrus hops, grapefruit skin, some grass and meadow. Heavily hopped throughout the palate, grapefruit rind, herbal, very dank on the finish, those marijuana hops. Tight and dry, focused. Had this right after a Hopslam and this beats the snot out of it.
01-28-2012 02:59:39 | More by JAXSON
4.53/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a light, golden amber color with a thin but bubbly lacing scattered across the top of the beer. It left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.
The aroma shows a lot of juicy, tropical fruit notes to it. I get some peach, pineapple and mango all coming out in it along with a little bitter grapefruit. Fantastic juicy, hoppy aroma to it overall.
The taste has a little more of a citrus rind bitterness coming out and mixing with the juicy, tropical like fruits. I get more of peach and pineapple juice sweetness up front with a little more citrus rind, grapefruit bitterness starting to come out towards the finish. Great flavors to it overall, very juicy and fresh tasting.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a great beer with some excellent hoppy flavors to it. It balanced the sweet, juicy, tropical notes with some bitter, resiny hop flavors very well. Very drinkable and flavorful beer.
01-24-2012 16:05:03 | More by billab914
4.45/5 rDev -4.9%
Bottle shared by billab941. Thanks, Bill!
A. Pours a slightly cloudy goldenrod. About a finger of crisp offwhite head dissipates rapidly to a quarter finger ring. Some solid lacing on the glass. Love the look on this. Light for a DIPA.
S. A damn tropical rainforest here. Loads of pineapple, mango, orange, grapefruit, and some dank grassiness. Wow. Phenomenal bouquet here.
T. A lot more malt and sweetness on this than the nose let on. A sweet, sticky hop bomb. Very well-balanced. Loads of sweet malt here really tame the hops. It is definitely a DIPA, and a bit of a bruiser at that. But booze is kept in check. Drinks smooth and delightful.
M. Very good. Bitterness and sweetness are balanced damn near perfectly. Pretty aggressively carbonated, but serves it well.
Tropical fruits, sweet malt, and pine resin are integrated very well.
O. One of the finest DIPAs I have ever had. Incredibly balanced at this intensity. Lots of tropical fruit and a very strong malt presence to back up the hops. Quite mellow and highly enjoyable. Must try.
01-22-2012 03:05:09 | More by siege06nd
4.58/5 rDev -2.1%
A huge thanks to Aberration. One of my top wants for quite a while.
A- Pours a light gold with a two finger head that dissipates quickly leaving some spots of lacing behind. Fairly light for a DIPA, but the color does match the name well.
S- Right after opening the cap, the aroma of a pungent tropical fruit salad is noticeable within feet of the bottle with guava, passion fruit, mango, peach, lemon zest, some pine resin, fresh cut grass, fresh flowers and just the tiniest bit of caramel malt, though it struggles to make itself noticed.
T- Tropical fruit emerge first with guava, passion fruit, mango, peach, pineapple and lemon followed by orange pith, pine resin, grass, and a hint of a caramel malt.
M- Low to medium carbonation with a medium body and a oily mouthfeel. The bitterness lingers on at the finish, but isn't overpowering by any means. One of the longest aftertastes I’ve had in a beer.
O- Overall, this is a fantastic and unique IPA that lives up to its hype and competes with the best DIPAs. A really nice tropical fruit presence with a dry finish that isn’t overly bitter. Hope to have again in the future.
Thanks again Nick!
01-18-2012 06:41:34 | More by iadler
4.28/5 rDev -8.5%
On-tap at the Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. Stopped by with friends for dinner on the way back from Stowe, and damn this hit the spot. The body is on the lighter side for the style, which I prefer, and the hop character is heavy on floral citrus, with an earthy undertone. The hops vary between fruity and juicy to a more herbal lemon, with a hit of spice. Damn tasty overall. Very hoppy, but I could enjoy a few glasses. You should.
01-14-2012 03:35:13 | More by tempest
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
Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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