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Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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Ratings: 1,584
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 6.84%
Wants: 2,011
Gots: 97 | FT: 4
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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)
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johnyb

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-13-2014 17:03:11 | More by johnyb
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1Sundown2C

New York

4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-12-2014 20:50:47 | More by 1Sundown2C
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HitchSlap

Florida

5/5  rDev +6.8%

01-12-2014 18:36:53 | More by HitchSlap
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blabaer

California

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

01-12-2014 03:18:00 | More by blabaer
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jdhowe

California

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
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MarcWP

Arizona

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
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magictacosinus

California

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
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TheBeer

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-11-2014 03:48:14 | More by TheBeer
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OldCrustacean79

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

01-08-2014 19:54:27 | More by OldCrustacean79
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

01-08-2014 06:08:26 | More by hellhammermario
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tectactoe

Michigan

5/5  rDev +6.8%

01-06-2014 15:21:09 | More by tectactoe
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JDub22

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +6.8%

01-06-2014 01:22:41 | More by JDub22
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ThatsThatDude

New York

5/5  rDev +6.8%

01-05-2014 21:57:01 | More by ThatsThatDude
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -14.5%

01-03-2014 13:45:02 | More by uvm2003
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gr8zehaman

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

01-02-2014 15:14:57 | More by gr8zehaman
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JLoPMac

New York

5/5  rDev +6.8%

01-02-2014 15:11:34 | More by JLoPMac
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

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
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jimilayne

New York

5/5  rDev +6.8%

12-31-2013 23:18:42 | More by jimilayne
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jrand2621

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +6.8%

12-31-2013 12:53:34 | More by jrand2621
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HelpMeBloody

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

12-31-2013 00:52:07 | More by HelpMeBloody
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Kword55

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-29-2013 19:30:49 | More by Kword55
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joefuzz

New York

4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-29-2013 18:48:12 | More by joefuzz
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chuckv

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

12-27-2013 16:50:08 | More by chuckv
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davistabuff

New York

5/5  rDev +6.8%

12-26-2013 17:41:32 | More by davistabuff
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Dcunicelli

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-25-2013 16:00:32 | More by Dcunicelli
Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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