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Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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1,315 Ratings
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Ratings: 1315
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 6.87%


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.

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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Three Penny Taproom 8/31/13

Appearance: Just as the name indicates. Super bright yellow-orange with a perfectly beaming white fluffly head.

Nose: Intense tropical fruit, tons of sweet lemon and bitter grapefruit. Every IPA aroma imaginable concentrated into one beer.

Taste: Lots of smooth mango and sweet melon up front, grapefruit bitterness follows, finish is clean light malts with citrus zest. The flavor is far more delicate and balanced than the typical aggressive DIPAs. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Light, effervescent, clean, and smooth. This drinks far too easily for its strength and flavor. One of the best drinking DIPAs I've ever head.

Overall: My list of favorite double IPAs is getting very crowded at the top. This one is certainly a standout among all top tier examples of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 01:39:00 | More by fdig23
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

3.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow with a great citrus nose..really nice. Very smooth IPA..not really bitter and very flavorful...lots of tastes and nice fruity notes. All around, I really enjoyed this beer.
This is a great IPA, hands down, no doubt. I am honestly not sure why it has a rating of 100 though. I dont think it is a "100" beer, but a solid, really good IPA! Nothing exraordinary though...

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 22:34:05 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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BTVflatlander

Vermont

4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fortunate enough to find some of this brew at the notorious Winooski Bevvy. At $10 a bomber, I figured it was worth a try. Served in a Fiddlehead snifter.

A: Cloudy, beautiful. Somewhere between yellow and orange--a bit different from some of the IPAs I've had of late.

S: Overwhelming citrus hop profile, with an emphasis--as the label description alludes to--on tropical notes.

T: Akin to the aroma, this beer is overflowing with juicy, refreshing, fruity tropical hop flavors. I could drink this again and again.

M: Perfect & supple.

O: Having had what I believe to be some of the best beers Vermont has to offer, I somewhat reluctantly decided to give Lawson's a try despite the relatively steep pricetag. It's an obligation, really, when so many would kill to try such an amazing beer from a fantastic brewery. And, despite the fact that, even living just an hour or so from Warren, Lawson's beers are still relatively unreliable to come by, I am extremely grateful I dropped $10 on this guy. Double Sunshine is undoubtedly one of the best--if not THE best--DIPA I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. It is very much on par, for me, with some of Hill's best stuff in the category. Finally, this beer did something I had previously thought impossible--that is, make Heady Topper feel relatively subdued and simple. Try it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 16:00:30 | More by BTVflatlander
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vermontvet

Vermont

4.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Bright, hazy straw color with thick white head. Lacing lingers and head begins to slowly dissipate over a minute or two.

S- Overwhelming tropical fruit (passion fruit?) aroma hits the nose as soon as the cap comes off the bottle. Subtle pine aroma with a floral quality. Definitely haven't had an IPA with quite this aroma profile.

T- Taste follows the initial impression from the aroma. Very fruity early on. Some piney notes. Overall, a very drinkable DIPA. Alcohol well masked behind the flavor. My wife liked this, and she is not a beer drinker. Almost too fruity for my tastes, though I'll definitely try this one again. (Assuming I'm fortunate enough to obtain one with the hour long drive and one bottle limit).

M- Well balanced flavor comes off quite light bodied and drinkable with a light carbonation.

O- Excellent DIPA. Lives up to the hype. Worth the time, effort and cost to obtain it? Definitely, though it may have to be a once every few months type of beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 02:14:03 | More by vermontvet
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving: bottle

Appearance: Just like the name says, bright sunshine, slight haze.

Smell: Big citrus, grapefruit. Then some pine.

Taste: More grapefruit and soft malt, crisp pine finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean, almost dry quenching.

Overall: Definitely the best DIPA I've had, and probably the best beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 19:14:06 | More by HRamz3
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, yellow-copper coloring with a tall, frothy, big bubbled, bright white head and a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. Nose of rich, floral hops on the forward nose, with a tangy grapefruit backbone blending with a truckload of resiny character. Layered and inviting nose. Wow! Flavors are smooth and balanced, with a grapefruit tart and sweet blending with a peppery and resiny hops character on the forward tongue. Some roast characteristics toward the end of the palate. The hops characteristics provide both floral aromas and bitter, resiny flavor characteristics. Fantastic. Robust body, but light at the same time. The aftertaste is richly sweet and bitter at the same time, with a heavy fistful of hops resin and citrus tenderizing your palate into a blissful state. Smooth, bitter finish with a slightly drying feel. Fantastic beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 02:39:36 | More by GarthDanielson
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a Lawson's stemmed glass

A - Pours a hazy pale golden color with a faint orange tint to the body. A thick finger plus cap of fluffy bright white foam lingers for a good couple of minutes, slowly fading towards the surface and leaving behind sheets of foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Bright and citrusy. Sweet, juicy grapefruit from start to finish. Mild pine touches mixed along with some tropical notes. Grapefruit dominates in a very good way tho. Searching hard, I can find traces of light biscuity malt, but very faint.

T - Rich grapefruit juice-like bitterness. Very firm, crisp bitterness. Fruity, citrusy and a touch sweet up front lend itself to comparison to a fresh squeezed glass of grapefruit juice. Aside from the dominant grapefruit, there is some mild sweet malt, faint yeasty, bready flavors. Pine flavors come on a bit, especially as this warms up a bit in the glass. Alcohol is noticeable but not obtrusive - just enough to let you know that this isn't a session beer. Bright hop bitterness of rather high intensity - despite the heavy dose of citrus and tropical fruitiness, the bitterness of the hops cuts through and delivers a little bit of punch.

M - Thicker body than I expected and checking in just on the high side of medium bodied. Carbonation is mid-level as well, but has a soft feel on the tongue, slightly foamy, but mostly creamy in texture. This has a very sticky and resiny character to it...somewhat syrupy and viscous in feel. So much hop character - leaves bitter, citrusy, piney impressions for a long time after each swallow...like breathing in the ambient air from a jam packed hop warehouse.

O - Have had this several times before at ACBF, but only in sample sizes. First time I've been able to experience this beer fully through an entire bottle. This isn't the most bitter beer I've had and this isn't the most intensely hop flavored DIPA I've had either. However, this is one of the closest to perfect combination of hop characters I've ever had. Balance (if you can call it that) is outstanding. I don't mean the hops and malt work together in perfect harmony...this is derfinitely a hop forward beer as it should be. Balance of crisp bitterness, super juicy citrus flavors backed by some pine and tropical fruits, intense mouthfeel and inviting appearance make this beer a real experience. I am putting this in my top 10 beers of all time...having had this several times, I think I can eliminate the environmental factors that can cloud all of our judgements. Are there better DIPA's out there?...maybe, but this holds up to the best of the ones I've ever had. If there are better, I'd certainly like to try them.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 23:28:41 | More by portia99
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a somewhat hazy golden-straw color with a billowing white head of tight bubbles that leaves excellent lacing. Gorgeous!

S- The aroma is heavenly! A rush of tropical fruit and citrus; mango, passion fruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit all in large doses!. There is also some peach, pine, dank hops, and some grassy/floral aromas. Just plain delightful!

T- The pine and bitter hop bite up front are more than expected. As it warms more of the tropical fruit bursts onto the scene in a juicy smack to the face! There's a good bit of grapefruit bitterness in the middle/finish. There is a hint of butterscotch/caramel that balances things out. A bit astringent, but still delicious!

M- The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, slightly sticky, and nicely carbonated.

O- Overall this is a wonderful beer, and definitely among the best I've ever had!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 05:27:17 | More by SadMachine
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a hazy orange/amber color with a small off-white head that retains, and retains well. Some lace left.

The scent brings lots of danky onion/grass/herbal hops punctuated by some citrus and light pineapple, tropical-ish notes. Not much to speak of for malt except for maybe the slightest whiff of caramel.

The taste is similar with an overall onion/herbal/earthy feel mostly overtaking, there is the same aforementioned citrus and pineapple flavor going on, but a surprising lack of fruity hops. Malt provides a stronger backbone with some nice biscuit and caramel.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, well-carbonated, brings a good amount of bitterness without nearing overpowering. High drinkability.

Not quite the tropical bomb I expected, pretty enjoyable however it's not my favorite hop profile. Definitely would like to give this another try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 22:46:57 | More by Chico1985
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington.

Beer is cloudy orange with a moderately-sized white head. Head fades steadily, leaving good lacing. Looks nice!

Nose is striking. A huge dose of sticky tropical and citrus fruits. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Lovely!

Taste is in line with the nose. Quite bitter, with lots of juicy, sticky citrus and tropical fruit. A bit of pine. Great stuff. Alcohol is very well hidden- so easy to drink.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. A bit oily. Nice feel.

Overall, excellent. A truly great DIPA- maybe the best. If I could get this at home, i would be a happy guy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2013 19:16:12 | More by jrenihan
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. on draft at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury VT. I was driving so I did not dare order more than that plus an 8 ounce Heady and an 8 ounce Lawson's Maple Wheat. By the time I noticed they also had Edward on the beer menu, it was too late. Dayum.

a: Clear gold with a finger thick head which dissipated to thin surface foam.

t: A bright and fresh delight of light malt and citrus.

m: Light and did I say fresh? Smooth.

o: A truly great DIPA which made me think of the name since it was like a ray of liquid sunshine and a cool summer breeze. So sad that you have to be among the midweek or once a month Waitsfield market incrowd in north central Vermont to even get a whiff of this outside a few bar/restaurants in Waterbury and Montpelier. But then that is some unknown amount of its appeal, the Elusiveness of Lawson's Double Sunshine IPA.

Admittedly it was a bad day to look for the Big Three VT brewers' products, a summer Saturday. But at least I got to taste the famous Double Sunshine. Maybe some day I'll get to drink a pint of it from an actual bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 04:07:26 | More by scotorum
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AdamsDTD

Massachusetts

4.81/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle purchased at the warren store on 8/15, poured into a Hill Farmstead branded goblet.

A: Hazy golden with a rich two finger pure white head. Looks beautiful and how I imagine a fresh IPA should look.

S: Pine, big citrus, tangerines, mango, and a slight herbal note. A bit of caramel, reminiscent of sweet pralines.

T: Taste matches nicely with the aroma. Lots of sweet and juicy citrus, a little bit of pine on the back of my tongue. There's a small amount of an herbal presence, but it's not overwhelming. I'm not a huge fan of herbal/medicinal flavors, but this really works beautifully with what's going on in this beer. The malt here is fantastic - Sweet candies balanced beautifully by those juicy hops. Wonderfully smooth and drinkable for 8% ABV.

M: Soft (almost velvety) and medium bodied. Perfect carbonation for the style. Hate when hoppy beers are over carbonated, and apparently the brewer agrees with me.

O: There's a reason why this beer is so sought after: This is a nearly perfect beer. Beautifully balanced, extremely drinkable, and just a delicious beer experience. This is absolutely one of my top IPA/DIPAs, right there with Pliny the Elder/Younger and Heady. Was lucky to finally get a bottle of this. Previously I'd only had it in 2oz samples and half pints - a full glass is magical.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 01:15:24 | More by AdamsDTD
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle purchased at the Warren Store on 8-8-13. Poured into a Game Of Thrones tulip.

AP: Nice rich apricot colour, fluffy white 1" head which took some time to settle down to a 1/4". Decent lacing on the sides.
AR: Sweet aroma. This one smells juicy and lush. Vibrant aromas of tangerine, mango, pineapple, clementine, guava and passion fruit. The fruity scents are dominating and not much a malt presence is noticeable, though I get a very faint bit of cereal grains. I truly hope the taste is as lively as the nose.
T: Wonderful juicy fruity flavourful hops on the taste. I get more of the malt bill on the taste as well, a light bready flavour with a hint of caramel. It's just enough to give it structure. The citrus fruits are a bit more prominent in the flavour than the tropical fruits. A nice bit of blood orange rind in the finish with an herbal note like lavender. The fruity hops on this are lush and juicy, which is what I look for in a DIPA/IPA that stands out. Delicious.
M: Moderately carbonated, slightly creamy body, clean off dry finish and a lingering aftertaste. Very nice.
OV: Brilliant brew by Lawson's. I shared a bottle Monday night with a couple friends, which was the 3rd bottle we shared (first 2 beers were other breweries), thus didn't get the full effect of how truly good this beer is. Now that I'm having this bottle by myself without having any beers before it, everything in this beer shines through. Double Sunshine is an apt name for this beer as it's bright with flavours. Every sip makes you want another. So glad I have one more in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 05:41:54 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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justforrazors

Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from most recent Coop release poured into Lawson's snifter 8/23/13. Bottle is 1 week old based on when it was purchased.

A- Pours a cloudy orange hue with a two inch fluffy white head. Medium to high carbonation is visible. Excellent retention and lacing. Over a few minutes, the head fades down to a quarter inch plug over the beer.

S- Big dank hops followed by a blast of grapefruit, mango, and a little spicy note as well. Very small caramel malt aroma that is all but covered up by the tropical fruit and piney hop character.

T- The initial sip before you swallow makes it seem like the beer will be a lot more tame than it really is. An absolute blast of grapefruit and pine intertwined with mango, orange zest, and an intense bitter note that leaves you wanting more of the beginning sip.

M- The carbonation is medium at best, and overall the body is right in the middle of the road. This beer finishes extremely dry, accentuating the bitter notes and making it go down way too easy. I could drink a pint of this in a few minutes without even realizing where it had gone. There is a slight indication of the alcohol, but it is forgotten by the huge aroma and flavor this beer throws at you.

O- Not my first time having this gem, and hopefully not my last either. An absolute treat to drink- definitely in my top 5 DIPAS, behind HF S&S 5 and 6, although this is solidly more drinkable than either Heady Topper or Pliny. If I could mainline this beer, I would. A hophead's paradise.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 00:38:27 | More by justforrazors
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased today at the farmers market, poured into a Tree House tulip

A- pours a wonderful golden, burnt orange with a hearty head that goes away quickly

S- bright, inviting citrus notes, grapefruit, with some piney notes in the back

T-bitter grapefruit, sweet mango and piney bitter finish, waves

M- body holds up well, remains dry which accentuates the hop bite, solid

O- dangerously drinkable, if it weren't for the finish, this would be dangerously crushable, but if it weren't for the finish, it wouldn't be so complex. I'll gladly drink it the way it is

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:58:55 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First had: I think on tap at Blackback, Waterbury, VT
This review is for a recent tasting from a fresh bottle.

Decanted into a Lawson's goblet. Delightful golden-yellow pour, hazy, with a finger of puffy white head that retained forever, coating the glass with patches of lace. Aroma was a blast of citrus, pine, grass, honeysuckle, tropical fruits, herbal, leafy, mild toasty malt profile in the background comes out more if the beer is allowed to warm. Archetypical. All things good. This aroma is the bar...pretty much the standard that all comparable IPAs should seek to obtain. The flavor reflected the aroma, good good hops, citrus rind, pine, ammonia, grassy, herbal, pineapple, toasted grainy malt base, appropriately bitter aftertaste. A medium-bodied brew, crisp, fresh, and refreshing. Super drinkable, and a great example of a true American [D]IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:03:51 | More by Rifugium
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plaid75

New York

4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Farm House Tap and Grill, Burlington, NY.

Poured a bright brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured pine and apricot with a clean caramel.

The taste consisted of spicy pine notes coupled with an earthy tropical fruit, some esters and a clean honey.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a superior user friendly DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 00:10:24 | More by plaid75
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greenmtn1111

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Lawson’s chalice.

Pale hazy orange in color. Head is super frothy and white. The aroma of this is outstanding. There’s so much tropical fruit here – it smells like I’m walking through a citrus grove. Grapefruit galore, with juicy mango and orange peel. A slight grassy and herbal smell rounds it off. This is the juiciest IPA I’ve ever tasted. The fruit stands out so much it’s ridiculous. It’s subtly sweet and not too boozy, making it extremely drinkable. There’s more grapefruit and mango, but also an herbal quality like a fine green tea. It feels thick and frothy in your mouth , but all the flavors in here are extremely bright and alive, while the malt characteristics fit perfectly. I don’t know how Lawson’s does it.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 00:46:33 | More by greenmtn1111
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cutsw

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had heard so many things about this beer, that it seemed like that mythical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Now after having the pleasure of partaking, I fully understand why it is held in such high regard! How fitting for it to be named Double Sunshine, it clearly shines twice as bright when compared to every other DIPA out there!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 20:42:45 | More by cutsw
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The honey colored liquid is capped by an impressive head that coats and laces like a champ

Smell: Hemp and pine dominant

Taste: The hemp and pine flavors dominate from start to finish though there is just a hint of sweet biscuity malt that lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Worthy of the hype, this is one terrific DIPA

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 19:17:29 | More by brentk56
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Reservoir Taproom in Waterbury, VT. Why did I get only one pour?

The best beer I had from many I tried on my Vermont trip. Pours and looks like orange pineapple juice. Tastes like what I imagine heaven is like- so fruity, citrusy. The hops are having sex with my mouth. Light bitterness lingers on the palate with each sip.

Medium bodied, great carbonation.

Thank god for this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2013 00:25:30 | More by GreesyFizeek
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bccrosley

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Snifter on draft at The Farmhouse in Burlington, VT

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1-finger white head that disappears but leaves traces all down the glass. Aromas are excellent, just a power punch of smells in your nose. Taste is similar to the smell, a myriad of flavors across your palette; citrus with the perfect balance of maltiness. Overall, one of the best double ipas I've ever had.

Writing from memory 5 days ago, but it was so good i was compelled to write my first review. Drink Vermont Beer!

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 16:37:03 | More by bccrosley
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lawson’s Finest Double Sunshine

Poured into a tulip glass at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a bright yet hazy orange color with some bright golden hues. There is a nice white head that forms that is about one inch tall and of medium density. The head is soapy and sticky and it leaves some nice lacing as the brew goes down and as the head recedes.

Aroma is of dank and grassy herbal hops. Fresh cut grass notes and some amazing citrus fruit notes. Seems dry and bitter and I struggle to notice any balancing malt. There are some orange rind notes and tangerines with some slight bitter lemony notes as well.

The flavor follows the nose. Starts of piney and resinous. Then, followed by some very very dank, grassy and herbal hop notes. These notes are then followed by notes of orange rind and mild grapefruit that get more intense as the brew travels. The flavor seems more balanced than the nose but still there is a nice citrusy explosion that dries the palette. Notes of orange and grapefruit a-plenty. Amazing medium body that seems thick and oily but goes down easy. Great dry bitter finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2013 03:56:09 | More by JoEBoBpr
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dougfur

New York

4.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy straw color, a touch of the orange you expect in big DIPA's, but noteably light in color. Nice creamy head!
The smell is divine! Powerful tropical fruits, some citrus, some pine, it's a complex and wonderful hop aroma.
Taste is outstanding, but not quite on par with the smell. Same flavor notes, but not quite as strong and a bit on the bitter side for my tastes.
Mouthfeel is great, though I think it could use a bit more body. Overall, this is clearly a world-class DIPA with few faults. If the bitterness could come down a bit, it would be one of my all-time favorites, but I'll still buy it every chance I get! And, thanks to Lawson's for keeping the price really reasonable!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 20:39:38 | More by dougfur
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klythjohan

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like most others, I have been seeking this beer for quite a long time, it wasn't until I made a recent trip up to Vermont that I stumbled upon it at a farmer's market. Anyways, on to the review...

A: Pours a foamy white head with mild head retention. The beer itself is a pseudo-cloudy light golden color with a fairly average stick.

S: Not as strong as I was hoping for, but offers an initial blast of citrus tones, strong grapefruit, pineapple with a bit of piney freshness.

T: Carries through with all aroma tones but offers a nice complexity overcoming its aroma, this thing is truly one delicious brew. You get that strong citrus flavor immediately followed by a nice malt tone. It manages to round itself out and end on a nice piney note. Amazing.

M: Soft, medium-bodied, moderately carbonated.

O: I came in with extremely high expectations of this beer, and honestly, it did not disappoint! I just wish it was a bit easier to find!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 00:13:11 | More by klythjohan
Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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