Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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4.56/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2014 00:27:18 | More by jdhowe
4.93/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 22:56:00 | More by MarcWP
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!
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 17:53:07 | More by magictacosinus
4.18/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 19:04:36 | More by papat444
Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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