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Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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1,850 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,850
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 2,587
Gots: 161 | FT: 2
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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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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%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, seriously? Brewed out East, and holding its own against any beer without Pliny in its name? Thanks, Mike.

Crystal clear pour with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks gorgeous. And the nose is fuckamazing. Big, resiny, citrus and pine goodness, incredibly bright, resiny, fruity but decidedly bitter, Pretty much perfect for a DIPA, the only reason I haven't bumped the score is 'cos I tried it at a tasting. The palate follows, with a burst of hop goodness, big, bitter, bright, pungent and resiny, with citrus and pine with no real malt character to speak of. Dense, hop resins linger on in the finish, coating the palate and emphasizing some of the fruity aspects of the beer. Drying, bitter finish, this is awesome. Very highly recommended. Fuck yeah!

**Edit 21 July 2012**
Thanks again, Michael.

Looks great, this smells great too! An amazing, juicy, fruity tropical fruit nose with mango, papaya, peach and tangerine, this is just bursting with hop goodness. Bright and pungent without being grassy and herbal, the hop nose is close to perfect.

The palate is an explosion of hops, big, fruity, sweet and amazing. Tangerine, mango, melon, nectarines, peach and ripe oranges run riot on the palate. Bitterness is low here, but there is an oily, resiny hop character that more than makes up for it. The hops are so juicy that they make this beer sweet, a feat considering that the base pale malt lends nothing more than a mild biscuit note. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this feels pretty great on the palate. While I'm tempted to lump this in with the San Diego DIPAs, this still is unique in the hop profile. It amplifies the fruity hop nose that the best ones have, and tones down the bitterness for a very unique beer, and while my scores stand, my palate was clearly compromised when I wrote my original review above. Clean, fruity and refreshing, this is outstanding stuff.

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of tobelerone
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon drinking this on tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington it struck me, not for the first time, that when beer is of this quality it’s merely taste which determines how one will rank it and where it should be put in our personal pantheon of any particular style. I was lucky enough to have this side by side with Hill Farmstead’s Abner and later that day, a very fresh can of Heady Topper. I’ve had Pliny and Blind Pig and multiple Alpine IPA’s, Surly’s Abrasive and Furious, and Double Sunshine was likely my favorite of all of them. They’re all phenomenal but on this particular day at least, I was completely blown away by how good this was.

The beer is very slightly hazy and golden with a fluffy white head that settles down slowly, leaving nice lacing on the glass. The aroma bursts up at you, with fresh and extremely vivid tropical fruit and citrus as well as some floral and resinous pine notes. A faint hint of sweet maltiness is also detected. The flavor is simply delicious, with the malt just propping the hops up ever so slightly with a subtle caramel taste and never intruding. Complex fruity hops dominate, with lots of grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, etc. Piney notes also come into play. Bitterness is very moderate and while present doesn’t overshadow the hop details.

Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a very smooth overall feel. Alcohol is undetected and the finish lingers quite pleasantly, with all those hop subtleties hanging around. Again, this one is at least as good as anything hoppy I’ve ever tried.

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4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been intrigued to try something from Lawsons as I keep hearing good things about that shop in Vermont which is home to my other favorite breweries such as Hill Farmstead and Alchemist. Poured from bomber into dimpled glass mug. Pours hazy orange with a beautiful thick white head that dissipates into thin lacing that lasts very well throughout. Aromas of sweet floral citrus, pineapple, and herbal hops. Sweet floral-like malts come out very well in the flavor along with some mango and pineapple. There is some dryness and delicious hop bitterness in the finish. A very pleasant DIPA and an excellent example for the style! Glad to have tried this one out.

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 1,850 ratings.