1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Not Rated.
Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,805 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,805
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 2,322
Gots: 135 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,805 | Reviews: 303 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Hopstamon
4.95/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Hopstamon, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4/5  rDev -14.5%

coreyfmcdonald, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of rudylaw
5/5  rDev +6.8%

rudylaw, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of threeviews
4.4/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

threeviews, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of metalgdog
5/5  rDev +6.8%

metalgdog, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of JoshVandy
5/5  rDev +6.8%

JoshVandy, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

fo1ksguitar, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -25.2%

bsuedekum, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Beerlistman
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Beerlistman, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
5/5  rDev +6.8%

InspectorBob, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of chase2634
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

chase2634, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of DSlim71
5/5  rDev +6.8%

DSlim71, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of camil1mj
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

camil1mj, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BeerWorld
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

BeerWorld, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Patrickbrusil, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of HosP
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

HosP, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Vermonthiker
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Vermonthiker, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of MaineMike
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

MaineMike, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of DrDogbeer
5/5  rDev +6.8%

DrDogbeer, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of emdawg
5/5  rDev +6.8%

emdawg, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

BarrytheBear, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Vdubb86, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev -14.5%

BeerThursdays, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of naproxen
5/5  rDev +6.8%

naproxen, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Aberration
4.43/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to tulip

Looks golden with a hint of amber in it, enticing to say the least. Not much head at all, even with an aggressive pour.

Smells like...tropical fruit. Very good smell. I sit here hoping that the taste will follow suit!

Taste does indeed follow the smell well. Tropical fruit, bitter hops, absolutely no alcohol presence which is solid for an 8%. Enjoyable!

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is there and the bitterness from the hops is present but no overpowering. Good aftertaste too. Almost like chewing a bit of juicy fruit gum, except not quite as intense and sugary, obviously!

Overall...I'd like to be able to get this alll the time. Unfortunately these beers are tough to find!!

Cheers

Aberration, Dec 11, 2011
Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 1,805 ratings.