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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: 1,756
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.05%
Wants: 2,250
Gots: 128 | FT: 1
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)
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

Roger85, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

amazingmagicjon, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

jrenihan, Aug 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

wolf_switzer, Aug 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

emottram, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of scotorum
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | 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.

UPDATE May 1, 2014: That day is here, thanks to my wife's willingness to endure a lot of driving time up and back from where DS is made available. In this case the Lawson's 6th Anniversary Beer Lovers Market at the Village Players Theater in Waitsfield April 19. I got 6 750s of the stuff and am having the first one tonight. I only waited this long because I had also managed to get two other Lawsons and several Hill Farmsteads I had never tried.

New details emerge: this was poured into a Lawsons snifter, and is a hazy orange and the head stays fairly thick and persistent. Smell is intense citrus and pine, taste has powerful citrus and resin flavor and bite. Mouthfeel is medium with very good body. Overall outstandingness confirmed, but it does not taste as light as on draft at the Pig, nor as dominated by citrus. So changing ratings accordingly to: a:4.0-4.5, s:4.0-4.5, t:5-4.5, m:4.5-4.75, and overall stays at 4.5. And yes I pesonally still like it a little better than Heady, great as that is.

scotorum, Aug 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

SloppyJoeWasAMan, Aug 17, 2013
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4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

AdamsDTD, Aug 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

woooobeer, Aug 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

brewstervt, Aug 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

802Jimbo, Aug 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

Cbooch10, Aug 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

Thishops4u, Aug 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

OleDixie, Aug 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

NorCalAussie, Aug 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

wesvt, Aug 15, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

GuinnessAtRogerWilco, Aug 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

mvdillman, Aug 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Hopheadhiker, Aug 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

AGust82, Aug 14, 2013
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4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

justforrazors, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

thebeerprophet, Aug 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

muzzy, Aug 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

fortheunheard, Aug 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

earljones199, Aug 11, 2013
Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 1,756 ratings.