Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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Reviews: 298
Hads: 1,898
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 2.84%
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

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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 mltobin
4.17/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in Vermont.

Appearance is a cloudy orange tone with one finger of a bright white head. Its` nose has pineapple, lemons, hop resin. This a beer with a fantastic nose, perhaps a bit "dank" but nice. Moving on to the taste, there are citrus hops, good bitterness, some bread. Mouthfeel is medium with a rather dry finish which lingers for some time. All in all, a very nice DIPA, not as nice as a certain beer made a few towns away. (444 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.17/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle with gold foil. Rare Batch #183, Bottle #62.

Pours a nice pale hazy orange with some thin white head. Rim looks a little watery.

Nose is great, lots of bitter grapefruit, herbs and cat pee kinda thing. Thought it was Amarillo, but I was wrong according to the brewer. Guessed Simcoe next, still wrong.

Palate is bright and aggressive on the hops! A true VT-style DIPA, with a juicy, chewy texture despite the light malt character/body. Palate is dominated by a hop that I'm not personally that fond of. Lots of sticky bitter orange, bitter yellow grapefruit and some leafy "herb" notes. Lots of gripping bitterness and some residual sweetness in the center (in true VT fashion).

Notes: A damn fine IPA, well brewed, but not really to my personal flavor profile. (797 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks JeepCop for the bottle!

Hazy light golden colored with a very good head and excellent head retention. Smells pretty good --- dank, leafy, weedy. My kind of IPA.

Great flavor, light malt backbone. Medium-high bitterness, good carbonation and a dry finish with no hints of booze whatsoever.

Awesome beer, VT FTW!

4.5, 4, 4, 4.5, 4.5 (341 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.19/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BIG BIG thanks to NYCBUCKEYE for this. been 2+ years in the making

pours a murky golden yellow. about a 1/2 inch of foamy creamy white head. light retention and lacing.

a complete mix of caramel malt and citrus hops. a bit of toffee.

very tropical with a hint of bitterness. tangerine and orange dominate. very malty and balanced. similar to nose.

nice full body with a moderate bite midway through, lingering.

overall, very nice and different. i could drink this often. (476 characters)

Photo of Trystero
4.19/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Logged from notes circa 7/22/2012

Appearance: Golden yellow straw, pale reflected sunlight haze with a small white head.

Aroma: Subdued grass, slight lingering citrus notes of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple

Taste: Initial bitter pine followed by the citrus. I notice the presence of chinook and certainly citra hops in leading roles. Luscious and juicy with a finish like taking a bite from a ripe tangerine. The ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Balanced and well carbonated. However, it taste fragil, as if this beer could not stay cohesive in the long run. (563 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Dereck for sending a couple bottles of this.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with good head retention and light lacing. The nose is interesting in this beer, and not what I was expecting. There is a LOT of tropical fruit on the nose, with mango, papaya, peach and cherry. There is some underlying pine and orange citrus as well, just enough to let you know this won't be hot mess of a malt bomb. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though as expected, there is enough hoppy bitterness to counter all the tropical fruit and malt in this beer. This beer is really a mouthfill, and I get almost something of a dry honey flavor in the midpalate as well. The mouthfeel is almost dense in this beer, and is very full, especially for a DIPA. Alcohol is generally well integrated into the flavor profile, though there was a hint of heat from the alcohol at the very end of the finish.

A very nice beer, no doubt, though I'm not quite sure I understand the top 10 ranking. This sort of reminds of masala mama on steroids, and while delicious, it's really not in the same league with Heady Topper, Hop Slam or the two pliny's. Regardless, this a delicious IPA, and one I'm very glad to have finanlly had the chance to try. (1,267 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.21/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.21/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger. Enjoyed this from the bottle a few weeks back; remember liking it but not being blown away. Let's see how it fares on tap...

Aroma on this baby is incredible! Fresh, juicy citrus comes through nearly as strongly as the hop profile. Kept some in my glass for awhile just to keep smelling it. Can't get enough of this aroma!

Taste is about the same as I remembered from the bottle. My 4oz pour isn't getting much attention though, as I definitely prefer the draft pour of Heady Topper sitting next to it.

All in all, Double Sunshine is a solid West Coast DIPA from the Vermont crew. (608 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Lawsons Double Sunshine – very murky yellow…nice looking. Not much head, a few glass swirls builds a little head. Good carbonation. Very murky. OOH nice sweaty, sticky hops smell…very balanced and really smells beautiful. Very nicely balanced flavor…perhaps could back off the hops a bit, they are sticky and sweaty. Bitter finish. Mouth it’s good. Overall another good ipa/iipa, but a little too bitter on my palette, but I could understand a lot of people going wild for this one. Cheers (562 characters)

Photo of jammalamma
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Portsmouth brew pub glassful- soft pour still produced a big white lacing head.

The color of this is an orange amber- golden brown. Completely devoid of floating particles or clouding of any kind- apart from its color its crystal clear; like a glass of consomme'. Very attractive.

Smell is a candied sweetness with orange peel and grapefruit blanketed by tangerine & pine.

Tastes- Bitter, juicy tangerine hops. Almost a faint taste of berries that turns to citric tropical fruits then finishes with pine, grapefruit/tangerine and bitter hops. Nicely balanced, gentle malts and candied sweetness carry through from start to finish.
My second glass is a colder pour than my first (the bottle was kept in the fridge during review) and is now very cloudy. Rings and rings of sticky lacing all over the inner glass.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, fine, tingling bubbles dissipate into a juicy smooth, resinous easy drinking sauce with a slightly dry finish.

This is a tasty IPA... I mean, glass of sunshine-
This is one of the first things Ive had from Lawson's and its great! I hope he keeps the good brew coming! (1,106 characters)

Photo of TotallyHosed
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks zgunder for the bottle.

Opaque orange amber color that poured with a large white head. There's little lacing in the glass and no visible signs of carbonation.

The nose is subtle all around: large citrus fruit and lightly sweet malts.

The flavor is fantastic. Very well balanced with very little alcohol presence. Somewhat similar to the nose, there's first light citrus flavor followed by hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers but is then accompanied by subtle sweet malts. The bitterness is not overpowering, but just makes itself known.

The feel is medium to light and there's not much carbonation.

This is a very enjoyable DIPA. The balance and subtleties are well respected. (691 characters)

Photo of vtblackdog
4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a bright yet slightly hazy yellow brew. moderate head forms and falls back quickly.

Smell is just exceptional. A sweet juicy hop aroma fills the air above the glass. I mean the smell is almost worth price of the bottle!

Taste is a good hoppy DIPA. Hoppy bitterness throughout but no too biting.

Mouthfeel is a carbonated hoppy feel.

Overall a good double IPA. The aroma of this beer is amazing! (412 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. Stopped by with friends for dinner on the way back from Stowe, and damn this hit the spot. The body is on the lighter side for the style, which I prefer, and the hop character is heavy on floral citrus, with an earthy undertone. The hops vary between fruity and juicy to a more herbal lemon, with a hit of spice. Damn tasty overall. Very hoppy, but I could enjoy a few glasses. You should. (431 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a mini Chimay Chalice.

A- Double Sunshine is a bright yellow/gold tinted color with some orange spots within.There was only a mere skim of foam on the top, leaving minimal lace.

S- Big citrus up front with nice grapefruit and a bit of orange. A big hoppy nose with the malt not really making a whimper. Getting some pine as well with a bitter smell as it opens up.

T- Great stuff. The hops literally take charge and give off a huge citrus blast on the tounge. This includes grapefruit. Pines are up front as well but to a lesser extent. Pale malt to give off a balance but dont really come through in the taste. This is bitter all around.

M- Basically medium in feel with a nice crisp carb addition. After a while the bitterness really got to me though, in a good way. On second thoughts the body is less than medium, the liquid goes down real easy like

D- A nice ABV not to high. This is a hop bomb and nicely balanced. It's nice to see that East Coast brewers can do them California style IPA'S just as well. (1,020 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Sunshine has a body that is somewhere between yellow and orange; it is a fairly light color for a IIPA. The off-white head is quite solid looking, and the retention is very good. Thick rings of lacing remain on the side of my glass from its top to its bottom.

The aroma is aggressively hoppy, with tons of pine and citrus. There isn't a lot of malt hanging around in this aroma.

The hops dominate Double Sunshine. Pine is the single biggest flavor, and it comes through in the flavor profile immediately, along with a bunch of bitterness. Resin and leafy hop flavors also play a roll, but less so than the pine or the citrus that follows the pine. The citrus flavors are also quite powerful, as well as bright and juicy. Grapefruit is the main citrus flavor, but a little bit of orange comes through as well. The malt barely makes a contribution, with just a hint of bread coming through toward the end. A hint of warmth and a bite of bitterness finish things off.

Oily and bitter, the body and carbonation are well-done.

Double Sunshine is a well-made IIPA that is definitely on the bitter and hoppy end of the spectrum, which I like. (1,146 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to baconsausage for my first taste of Lawson's. I've been digging these tiny breweries lately & more excited to try their stuff than most saltwater amphibians. Shared with my wife as the last beer on a quiet Friday night after an afternoon of ice fishing.

Bottle #17. Pour is quite the ray of sunshine in a glass; I also like Lawson's simple, cool label. Smell is juicy hops.

Juicy is the word on the bottle, & the word to describe Double Sunshine. This is the JuicyFruit of IPAs, I kind of expect pulp to be dripping down my chin. Huge floral, piney hops. There's earthiness in there too. Tongue-numbing bitterness lays about my tongue & mouth-skin. The only drawback is that dusty, dirty taste that sticks around in the aftertaste.

I don't know what hops were used to make this, & I suspect the freshness is showing, but this is pure hop-head territory. Not much in the way of depth, no subtlety, negative amounts of malts were clearly used in the recipe. That's the way an IPA should be made. Hop-forward. I like it. Excellent beer. (1,048 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was courtesy of the infamous Adam Jackson, purchased last weekend. Thanks Adam!

This beer pours a cloudy and bright tangerine orange in color with a two finger, bright white head. The nose is extremely fresh and full of pineapple and that trademark Smcoe aroma. Despite that, it's pretty fruit forward as far as the hops are concerned with a touch of pine. It's very aromatic. The flavors are dry and fruity, very fresh with loads of fresh hop presence. It drinks slightly bitter and slightly dry. The malt bill is lighter, helping drinkability. The alcohol isn't present either. Overall this is a really, really nice DIPA. I'm grateful I could try it, and so fresh. (679 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kyle for this one. 22oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a cloudy sunset. Lacing is stringy and patchy with decent stick. Average.

Nose is mango, papaya and pineapple. Big citrus hop notes along with some cane sugar malt sweetness. Aromatic and very appetizing. Just what I'd expect a VT IIPA to be.

Opens citrus, resin, tree sap hop bitterness. Some papaya and mango in the middle with a big, cane sugar malt presence. Some spruce tips and grapefruit too. Finishes sappy and dry with a resiny, hop bitter aftertaste. Juicy, dry hop perfection!

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Resiny and sticky in the mouth and goes down dry and sappy. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky, dry aftertaste. Nice.

If you had to pick 3 DIPAs to represent The Alchemist, Hill Farmstead, and Lawsons, you'd probably pick Heady Topper, Ephraim, and Double Sunshine respectively. DS is not in the same conversation as the other two. However, that doesn't mean its not a world class beer. Worth trying and easily the best hoppy offering I've had from Lawson's. (1,171 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 42 from batch 192; no idea what that means or how old it is.

Pours a hazy golden sunshine color with an inch or so of white foam that eventually settles to a thin cap and collar, leaving some nice spotty lace behind. Really gorgeously bright yellow, definitely get the Sunshine aspect they were going for here.

Aromas begin quite dank, with some lemon rind, blood orange juice, tropical fruits and a slight floral hops as well. A light pale sugary malt character emerges as it warms.

The tastes are dominated by blood orange, grapefruit, cirus rind, pineapple and a minimal sweet pale malt backbone. Alcohol is non-existent, but I wouldn't expect much from an 8% beer. Initially restrained in bitterness, although it mounts over the course of a glass.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth texture, dry finish and light residual resins. No alcohol warmth.

Overall this is just an all-around great beer. My first Lawson's beer and hopefully not my last. Really lots of citrus juice and rind flavor. I think this may be a couple or even several months old so he aromas may not have been as fresh as possible; still awesome, just not in the upper echelon of DIPAs. Lots of blood orange and tropical fruit flavors. Highly recommended and well worth seeking out if it can be obtained fresh. (1,319 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty clear orange-peach color with a nice 1cm white head with great retention and lacing.

Nose is quite nice at first. Would have a much higher score if it hadn't faded so quickly. Maybe could be a little fresher? Lovely notes of fruit like peach and mango with a mild floral bouquet.

Flavor is very nice. Great balance! Pretty different for the style as it has distinct fruity flavors from the great malt/hop blend. Notes of peach and mango and a nice mildly bitter floral hop transition on the backend.

Mouth is medium bodied with pretty high yet smooth creamy carbonation.

Overall this is a fantastic and pretty unique beer for the style. I love it and want more! (676 characters)

Photo of pschul4
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to my cousin Ben for grabbing this. Countdown to review 200!

A- Pours a very light golden, Literally like sunshine in my glass. Small head that sticks around decently

S- Very grassy with some citrus notes. Hints of booze

T- Like the smell there is the grassy hops in here as well. There's citrus in the middle and booze/pale malts in the end

M- Good carb. Nothing out of the ordinary, well done

O- Delicious? Yes. Best IPA every? Not even close. I'd drink this if I found it but would not seek out (513 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman at Woodshop 7

Look: Pours a translucent orangish body with a 1/2 inch off white bubbly head and very good retention with some nice circular lace

Nose: The nose starts out all about citrus fruits with orange, lemon, and grapefruit coming to mind. Finishes with a nice pine note

Taste: Again the beer starts out citrus and it packs a punch. That is backed up by malty backbone and finishes with a nice touch of pine

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high in carbonation and very dry and bitter

Overall: Great dipa and I would recommend this to anyone who has not had it but I am in california and I will stick to the ones out this way just because they are far more easy to obtain. (698 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to deuane for sharing this one with thain709 and myself. I have wanted to try this one for a little while now, thanks for the chance buddy.

A - Pours murky golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light rings of lace down the glass. I got the last of the bottle so mine was a little murkier than the others.

S - Smells of pungent grapefruits, citric hops, fresh pine needles and a growing caramel sweetness. I would say that the nose is the best part of this beer.

T - Starts off with a nice citric hop punch quickly giving way to hints of pine resin, sweet caramel malt, fresh cut grass and some light citric fruit. The fruit and hops are fading quick but there is still plenty there to carry this one to the finish. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy feel leaving the pallet dry, as it should, long after the finish.

O - I am pretty sure this one was around two weeks old and it was pretty good. The taste was a bit of a letdown from the nose but it was still very easy to drink and it packs lots of flavor. Can't wait for my next run in with this one. (1,166 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish-gold color with a frothy head.

Grassy hops with a touch of citrus as well. Perhaps a hint of mint as well.

The taste is full of a citrus blast that overrides the grassiness. Its just where it should be.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus and perhaps a smidgen of malt.

Deceptively drinkable with more of a balance than I expected. I would certainly buy it if it were more readily available. (415 characters)

Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.