Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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Ratings: 1,893
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.05%
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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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Photo of anteater
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A: Golden orange, slightly hazy

S: Not a punch in the face of hops as you'd expect from most IPAs of this reputation, however the nose is fantastic. Full of mango and peach, there is something very very unique about it.

T: If this isn't the best tasting IPA I've had it may at least be the most unique. Major juicy mango, peach, pineapple fruitiness with some earthy and grassy notes in the background. Hardly any bitterness detectable, hardly any alcohol detectable. There is almost something savory or meaty about it, like biting into the flesh of a mango.

M: Juicy juicy juicy

O: This one is a real winner, I wish it were easier to get.

Photo of HopHead_44
4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this on Tap at the Three Penny tap room in Montpeliet VT this weekend. Had a hard time decideing between the 3 different hill farmstead offerings, rising tide calcutta cutter, and Heady Topper but i was very happy i choose the Lawsons. To me this beer is a more well rounded heady topper. the taste has alot of simialarities but the mouthfeel of this beer is just so much better. The color was great and the aroma was out of this world. This beer is outstanding. So much going on with this one. Was blessed to get to try it on tap while i was there being the local bevy sold out of there delivery in 45 mins. If you are anywhere in the local viscinity of this beer on tap drop everything and get there if theres any left!

Photo of WolfBrothers
4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

S- Bomber bottle poured into a snifter
A- Poured this beer in thirds... First pour was Gin clear, 2nd pour was slightly hazy, and the final pour was quite hazy
S- WOW simply amazing! Nuff Said!
T- Super clean, super fresh and outstandingly refreshing!
M- Outstanding!
O- This beer is right there with the best of the best! Everyone likes to compare Pliny the Elder and Heady Topper but in my opinion this is better suited for the Pliny argument! These beers have more similarity. Double Sunshine gets the nod over Pliny in my opinion! Such an amazing beer! This beer is about as close to flawless as you can get! Looking forward to the Triple Sunshine!

Photo of PaBrewSki
4.99/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled around 1/16. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. The appearance is hazy but nothing untypical of an unfiltered DIPA. A fellow taster noted that it's actually pretty clean for being unfiltered. Deep hazy yellow color with bright white head. Smell is of tropical and citrus hops. The taste is the same. Very hoppy yet very balanced. This beer finishes really hoppy yet not too bitter. Hops linger on the tongue reminding you how delicious it is and leaves you wanting more. The perfect Double IPA!

Photo of koutkid41
4.52/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden orange color with a white foamy head on top, nice retention with streaky lacing all down the sides.

S: I was expecting it to be much more pungent but still very nice. I smell alot of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) to start then some citrus, orange, and grapefruit. There was a little bit of pine and light caramel. A bit of sweetness as well.

T: Just like the aroma lots of citrus fruit mixed with a little bit of pine. Grapefruit and a big of orange and orange peel. On the back end it get bready malt notes.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry on the tongue (love that).

O: Really enjoy this beer but not as in your face as I thought it would be, really nice aroma and flavor that is dry and not really sweet. One of my favorites for sure.

Perfect beer for my #1,000 checkin at Untappd.

Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a hazy dark orange yellow color.

The aroma is hugely hoppy of tropical fruits. Juicy peaches, mango, as well as grapefruit and a bit of pine and earthy herbal and grassiness. Almost a Sunny D juicy or absurdly sweet fruit aroma.

The flavor follows with that tropical fruit and grapefruit citrus note in the front. It goes on and on with juicy tropical, oranges, tangerine, sweet mango, pineapple, passionfruit. Just an onslaught of juicy hops like no other beer. The middle has a light bready honey malt that adds a bit of sweetness. The finish transitions to earthy herbal hoppy and pine notes, fresh and bitter grapefruit peel. A strong bitterness on the finish, but with that "hop juice" flavor throughout.

The oats do this beer a wonder with a viscous, medium plus body that flows beautifully under the tongue.

I had it in a blind taste against Abner and Heady Topper, which I thought was my favorite beer of all time. This is now my favorite beer of all time.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a bomber into an Alchemist Will Becher glass.

Appearance- Moderately clear gold with full foamy two finger head that lingers long leaving great lacing.

Smell- Big pineapple, tangerine, peach, white grape, green apples, vanilla, earthy grass and pine. No booze smell or real malt aromas.

Taste- Flavors of the aromas are present. A soft vanilla mixed with the pine and grass are standing out wonderfully. Finsih is green grapes and nectarines. No hint of booze what so ever.

Mouthfeel- Perfect body for an IPA. Smooth, no heat, medium-full carbonation, nice resinous quality. Super easy drinking.

Overall- The best IPA there is. I had it on tap in the summer at 3 penny and I've been dying to try it again. I wish it was easier to come by.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.36/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

S- Pineapple, mango, some grapefruit. Maybe a little more subdued and maltier than expected at first, but this bad boy opens up well when it warms up.

T- Juicy as can be. Straight up tropical goodness. Very smooth as well. Complex and unquestionably balanced for a beer that pack quite a hop punch. Reminds me a lot of Mercenary.

M- Mid body with perfect carbonation. Hop oils make it a little slick. Timely bitterness. Warmth, but not boozy.

O- Not a whole lot of flaws to this one. Lots of bright flavors. Compared side-by-side with Enjoy By 2-14-14. My wife preferred this one, but I would give a slight edge to Enjoy By. Outstanding either way.

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.84/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

About a Month old. Have had fresh ones and two months old, from what I rememeber I prefer the "aged" one. Let's see how this is. Pours a nice golden yellow, 2 finger bubbly head. The smell is so fruity. Tropical fruits and citrus dominate. The flavor is right there, too. Nice grapefruit and slight pine after taste. Creamy and somewhat thin. Goes down easy with almost no alcohol burn. I remember when fresh the alcohol is not noticeable. This is a great double ipa. It's very hop forward but also balanced nicely, with the malt taking a back seat.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.71/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bomber into a snifter.

light golden color with a majestic head. nose is super resiny but also very fruity. yes. taste is skunky...citrus..guava...resin. oh man. so complex and drinkable. what a flavor profile. medium body, medium carbonation.

overall world class and possibly the best dipa in the world. really.

Photo of SpasmWaiter
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I absolutely love this beer. I really can't find fault with it without sounding like some nitpicky douche bag. One of my favorite offerings from Lawson's, and one of my favorite beers on this entire planet of Earth. I only wish Sean would brew it more often.

*NOTE AS OF 8/1/14* By brewing more of it I didn't mean this bullshit that is Sip of Sunshine.

Photo of FreeTheHopFreeTheMind
4.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I drink this beer regularly as it is on tap at a local restaurant in my town. I have to say it is usually my go-to when I'm there, even though they have Heady Topper, I choose the Double Sunshine mostly because it's harder to get then Heady Topper. Though it is almost an even trade off between Heady Topper.

A - Orange, with a hint of yellow, nice white head, served on-tap in a snifter beer glass, heavenly.

S - Perfect blend of citrus hops, the intense hop aroma is very pronounced in this beer.

T - Oh god, the taste.. I can't talk enough about how amazing the taste of this beer is, the first sip you almost don't know what just happened to your taste buds, was that a grapefruit, or a beer, but in an amazing way. The citrus hops are so intense and so perfectly balanced, it hits all the right spots on your tongue, it's smooth and extreme at the same time.

Overall this is one of the best beers I have the opportunity to drink on a day to day basis. From the moment it leaves the tap, to the last sip of the glass, you'll be happy and satisfied for every second being in the presence of this beer. Lawson's has got a winner in this one.

Photo of jdhowe
4.57/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with magictacosinus -- huge thanks to Steve_Oldrati for the trade/enabling me to get my hands on this one! Picked up from the farmer's market on December 21st, so my best guess put this at about 3 weeks of age.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Light through the glass reveals golden highlights. This isn't the best looking beer -- not too far off from Heady Topper, to be honest.

S: I think I probably sat there smelling this beer for at least a few minutes before sipping it, and the aroma was fantastic. Incredibly deep and juicy fruit character -- grapefruit, pineapple, stonefruit, and guava. Pine and slight dankness round out the hop aromas, and the malt provides a nice sweet caramel note. Really a great smelling beer.

T/M: Flavor profile follows the aroma almost exactly; this beer tastes like a fresh squeezed juice. Juicy citrus character with a big guava note dominate the flavor. Through the sip, this beer is super wet and juicy, and yet the finish is crisp and slightly drying. Bitterness is there but not dominating. Mouthfeel is wonderful -- medium, juicy, and resinous with perfect carbonation.

O: This is a great beer without question. Very much an east coast/Vermont double IPA, the juicy and resinous hop character is abundant. For how difficult this is to procure (particularly in CA), I don't know that this is something I will seek out again, but I am really glad to have gotten to try it. This is certainly worth seeking out and trying.

Photo of MarcWP
4.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle about three weeks old

Pours a slightly hazy apricot color with big soapy white head that lingers quite nicely.

Aroma is floral and citrusy. Tangerine, orange juice, peach, pineapple, pungent flower, with a faint dankiness. Vary balanced aroma with a hint of sweetness.

The taste brings big resiny notes of spruce, orange peel extract, lemon, spearmint, bitter pineapple, dough in the shadows, and something earthy that I quite can't pinpoint. Definitely kumquat in there as well. Very unique flavor profile and doesn't really represent the west coast or east coast style of IPA. Some complained of too much sweetness in this but I can't taste it. The citrus hop character gives off a sweet like flavor but it's in no way off putting.

The mouthfeel on this is surprisingly full and somewhat creamy. Have not had this kind of mouthfeel before in an IPA. It works with the flavor profile.

Overall a world class IPA that doesn't quite make my number one spot but is definitely in my top five. Not another double IPA I could remotely compare to this. Well done Lawson's.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Josh for bringing this out and offering to share it - this has been one of my top wants for a very long time. Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a mini chalice. Bottling date is about 3 weeks old.

Orange-amber in appearance, with about 2 fingers worth of a frothy white head (more so as the dregs are poured in the bottle). Cloudy overall, but not completely murky - contains a fantastic golden hue that lights up when placed against the light, as well as a greenish tint on the edges. All things considered, this does appear to be in the same league as HT. In other words, it's not the most important aspect that makes up what's to come.

I do love a fresh DIPA, and I especially love it, it seems, when it comes from Vermont. This is truly resinous, dank, flavorful stuff at the nose, but no different than other world class DIPAs I've had in the style. Stone fruit and tropical fruit marry fantastically, providing notes of peaches (freshly cut, in fact), apricots, mangoes, guava, pineapple, green melon, and pine, combined with a toasted (nearly nutty) toffee sweetness and caramel backbone at the finish. Very delightful - the only drawback is how quickly the beer's profile would shift into a one note pine-y, grapefruit soaked flavor over time. Otherwise, this is fantastic and jubilant.

The flavor proves instantly what I'd expect this beer to provide - an explosion of fruit, resinous hop oils, herbal flavors, and an overall magical drinking experience. Other than tons of peaches, a smörgåsbord of tropical fruits of all kinds (most notably, pineapple and guava). Combined with the bready sweetness (toffee and caramel, as well as a bit of honeysuckle), this produces an effect that is akin to drinking freshly blended guava juice. Never had anything quite like this before. Very wet overall, but finishes with a dry character that slowly becomes more predominant. As mentioned before, this becomes more progressively pine-y and grapefruit-like as it goes along, but the feel of the beer is always interesting - perhaps the most understated aspect in most reviews. This owes a lot to the yeasty profile of the beer, which is downright brilliant. Creamy, soft, spicy, and fruity. The carbonation is already great, but the yeast adds a texture that makes this pretty amazing to drink. Well done, with all things considered.

With that said, it's a ridiculously tough beer to get - from what I can gather, only through farmer's markets in specific towns throughout Vermont - but definitely worth trying once. One of my new top DIPAs, for sure. Although, I'm definitely curious - how many "Double Sunshines" are being brewed in this country and distributed in the same manner? There has to be more beers like this, out there, lurking in our local communities, waiting to be uncovered. Here's to hoping we cross paths again. Cheers!

Photo of papat444
4.21/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber.

Liquid gold is the color, huge head that settles to 3 fingers, quite billowing. Rings cling to the side of the glass, swirling of bubbles ate every pour. Aroma is strong: clementines, tangerines, sweet peaches in fruit syrup, bit of sweetness, rich fruit. Flavor is a rush of sweet fruit, fleshy orange, less intense than smell. Low carbonation and low lying bitterness. Noticing that Lawson makes balanced IPAs, not hop bombs. Very happy to have tried this.

Photo of ScotNH
4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing double IPA. Surprisingly, I've found it gets even better with a couple months of age on it. It becomes even more delicious, with less of an alcohol burn, and less bitterness. If you've got a few, do yourself a favor and put one away for a month or two.

Photo of ozzman54
4.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a very top notch IPA and up there as one of my favorites. Poured from a 22oz bomber, it's got a orange color and is very clean and smooth looking. Looks very appetizing. Smell is one of my favorites of all time and where this beer shines. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit are all strong on the nose. Taste was very nice and herbal fruity. Mouthfeel was smooth and velvety with a little carbonation that dissipated quickly. If I get another chance, I'll definitely grab another bottle of this.

Photo of taylor714914
4.2/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber. It pours with a rich 2 finger head that hangs around for a while. The copper orange color seems to glisten in the glass.

Smells of tropical fruits, mango and pineapple mainly, with some back end resinous pine bitterness and some sweet bready malts.

Taste pairs nicely with the nose. Bitter hops give way to the sweet tropical fruits, bready malts, and pine resin to finish. As the flavors linger, they play the bitter/sweet back and forth.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Rich but not too thick and perfectly carbonated, this is how a DIPA should be.

Overall, I think this is a well put together beer. Not worthy of the hype surrounding it (I think Heady Topper is much better), but a solid brew none the less.

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

Very well crafted DIPA from the clean bodied appearance to the smooth mouthfeel. This is one of the most well-made DIPAs I've had. The mouthfeel is clean and smooth and allows all of the citrus and light pine notes to roll across the tongue. The hops are well in balance and the body is only there enough to carry them forward with a light sweetness. This DIPA is a bit sweeter than I expected and doesn't have the huge citrus punch of other world class DIPAs. Certainly worth a try, and much respect to Lawson's for their quality production.

Photo of jbaker67
4.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark orange with a foamy white head. Aroma of fresh herbal hops, exotic fruits, lemon, citrus, grapefruit, grass, pine and resin. Taste is hoppy, fruity and grassy with notes of herbal hops, grapefruit, bitterness and lemon. Finish is fruity, herbal and hoppy with loads of bitterness, grass, pine, resin, citrus and lemon. Nicely hopped, herbal and fruity DIPA. Well balanced.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.52/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A regular brought in a bottle twice at Max's Hopfest (from notes, 8/16-18/13)

A: Cloudy, golden copper.

S: Sweet citrus and grass. Excellent.

T: A lot more subdued and nuanced than Heady Topper.

M: Slight carbonation that goes away fast.

O: Top notch. Gets better the more you drink it as the flavors develop and build in your mouth.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.4/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 10/12/13 release, so about two weeks old. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale straw color with a few cm. of delicate, bright white foam. Average retention, leaving the glass with a solid ring and some swirls on the surface, and a few streaks of lacing.

S: Light, faint malt and a little lemon, then herbal/grassy notes, a little juicy orange and kiwi (?). Pretty well balanced and a relatively restrained aroma.

T: Bright, juicy tropical (kiwi?) and citrus, grapefruit pith, finishing with a mild-to-moderate bitterness which provides some balance, and mild sweetness. The finish is a nice contrast of sweet and bitter, like you would get from chewing on sugar coated white grapefruit. Delicate flavors.

M: Medium body and medium-high, nearly sharp, carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: A very good DIPA., highly drinkable and refreshing. I could see this as a superb hot weather beer. Not quite at the level of Alpine, Pliny, or Heady, but a solid second tier option. It doesn't have the big aromas or flavors that you might expect from such a highly rated IPA, but it excels in its balance just as I think Pliny does.

Photo of JohnG190
4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Mikeypnh for the trade! Pours a hazy golden with thick white head that settles into a thin cap. Good retention and excellent lacing. As looks go, this is one good looking Imperial IPA. Lots going on in the aroma - tropical fruit, citrus, hints of pine and a distinct cat urine aroma. The best word to describe the nose - WOW! Sweet citrus hits the tongue first quickly followed by a strong hop bitterness in the middle and through the finish. All that Hoppiness is beautifully balanced by a solid malt backbone. Layered, complex, balanced, this IPA has it all.
Medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry, bitter finish. Overall, this is textbook DIPA; tropical fruit, bitter pine resin, balanced by a sweet malt bill, this might be the quintessential DIPA. One of the best crafted DIPAs out there!

Photo of Stevedore
4.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle generously shared by Doug while we were brewing beer. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 9/9/2013. Review #201.

Note: I revisited today 10/25/2013, with a 2 week old bottle from FleetwoodMatt, poured into an unlabeled snifter.. and didn't change a thing on this review. This beer is fantastic.

This beer's appearance is really something else. Pours a thick, creamy and hazy orange body. Having had a bunch of Hill Farmstead IPAs/DIPAs lately, this is just so different. It has a strong orange colour on this. Comes with a 2cm white head with very good retention. Looks very soapy on the surface and as lacing. Lacing is all over the glass.

Smells so good. Smells so citrusy, but without much malt sweetness. Simply put, this is a hop aroma bomb. So much citrus here- tangerines, orange, and a little bit of grapefruit.. a little bit of breadiness and toffee attempts to balance it out, and its efforts are very much appreciated. It's a very strong, thick aroma. Wow.

The taste on this is delicious. Unlike the nose, the malts come out here more to just balance out the hops, but barely. Lots and lots of tangerine, mango and other tropical fruits balanced out just a bit by some caramel and toffee sweetness. There is some earthiness here, surprisingly, which mixes things up as far as Vermont IPAs go. It's also a rather bitter DIPA unlike the Hill Farmstead DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is really good in its own way compared to Hill Farmstead. It's not as smooth, but it is quite slick without going over the top. Solid carbonation, medium body, very resinous feel on the palate. Bitterness is high up there too, yet it is very drinkable without any hint of the 8% ABV.

Delicious DIPA. It's a nice change-up from the less bitter but oh-so-aromatic-and-creamy Hill Farmstead DIPAs. It's got that über aromatic nose and palate stinger.. yet it is so drinkable in its own way. It definitely provides a very full, complex sensory experience. Definitely lives up to the hype. It's probably my favorite DIPA overall, which gives it a 5/5 overall rating for me. Close to Abner and Ephraim, much better than Heady or Pliny. Highly recommend if you know a generous BA in Vermont.

Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 1,893 ratings.