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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: 1,536
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 6.85%
Wants: 1,969
Gots: 91 | 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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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4/5  rDev -14.3%

12-13-2011 13:22:59 | More by BeerThursdays
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readbaron

Illinois

4/5  rDev -14.3%

12-12-2012 19:44:53 | More by readbaron
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rflips86

California

4/5  rDev -14.3%

04-22-2014 03:08:26 | More by rflips86
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -14.3%

06-10-2013 00:09:47 | More by thegerm87
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Out of the bottle, my pour is a golden sunshine color with a generous white cap. A bit of sticky lace clings to my glass as I work my way through it.

The aroma is hop forward. Grassy, herbal, with grapefruit, some tropical fruits, and a bit of pine.

Up front a little bit of sweet caramel malt hangs on for a little while, providing a balance that I don't need in my DIPA's. Grapefruit, mango, peach, tangerine, and apricot all provide a strong fruit presence, which overlays a generally grassy bitterness. The malt maintains a bit of sweetness and a chewy breadiness throughout.

The carbonation is creamy and on the full side. Although there is a grainy nature to the beer itself, it also has a smoothness about it. There is no real alcohol presence noticeable in the taste. The bitterness grows with each sip, but there is not an overwhelming aftertaste or anything.

This is definitely a solid beer, but I was not as blown away by it as many other people have been. This is a mystery that may only be resolved with a follow up tasting.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 02:16:28 | More by KickInTheChalice
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psychotia

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -14.3%

07-22-2013 03:28:39 | More by psychotia
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askham

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -14.3%

01-20-2013 22:37:48 | More by askham
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rxeight

Illinois

4/5  rDev -14.3%

09-11-2013 19:31:53 | More by rxeight
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TheDole

Georgia

4/5  rDev -14.3%

09-03-2013 21:04:48 | More by TheDole
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev -14.3%

05-03-2012 20:05:35 | More by GrindFatherBob
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -14.3%

05-03-2013 04:12:00 | More by jjheinrichs
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -14.3%

05-06-2013 02:06:16 | More by tom10101
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.01/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Nothing more, nothing less. The hype surrounding this beer, all the "juicy" reviews had me expecting more. Don't get me wrong, good, but not great.

A - beautiful hazy more sunshine lemon than orange. Unfiltered, so as expected.

S - More muted than expected. Aggressive swirl brings out grapefruit rind and a vegetal and earthy component. More impressed with the grassy raw earth component here than the citrus.

T - there is a less than refined and raw earthy hop component to the taste which I can appreciate, although the "tropical juiciness" that everyone raves about is slim to none. The raw and bitter grapefruit rind is trying to shine, followed by lemony orange hints that make their appearance ever so slightly. Honestly, my 4 rating here is borderline generous. I'm slightly confused as to why this is frequently compared to other heavy hitters overly discussed on here.

M - very nice, but not as "sessionable" as others I can think of that share the same ABV. 1/2 way through it gets somewhat mealy. After 22oz, I'm good; which usually isn't the case with most other 8% DIPAs.

O - my trader on this one is awesome, reliable, and I'm assured this is not an old bottle. However, there's no bottle date, so I have no true reference to freshness. All I can say is that I'm glad I've knocked this off my list, but I can think of plenty of year round accessible beers that easily measure up to this one. Don't get me wrong. I'm very appreciative of this trade and opportunity. The coolest thing about this beer is the slogan in the label. "Straight from the green Mountains to your head." My type of people.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 22:09:33 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #3! Thanks ATLBeerdog. A quickie, 'cause we have lots to drink.

A gold hazed DIPA with a short head, lace and reeking of delicious hops. Seriously one of the better noses on a DIPA I've smelt lately, reminds me of Pliny the Younger (yes, really) all tropical and mango / pineapple and dank, green and sweet and fun. Alas, the flavor is a bit pedestrian after all that, the malt not really standing up to the hop rush. A bit thin and the finish is short and doesn't stand out. Still... worthy, and should be better fresh.

Double Sunshine isn't outstanding, but it is a very good smelling DIPA with a lot to like about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 04:54:53 | More by kkipple
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This will be my first Lawson's beer. Heard great things about this brewery. Glad to finally have some of their beers to try. 22oz bottle, bottle 86 of 174...

A: A beautiful clear golden honey color with a 1 inch off white head that fades at a decent pace to a tiny lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: I can smell this from the glass on the table. Very interesting. It's like a tropical smelling IPA. Think IPA citrus with some pineapple and banana. I get some strong earthy citrus upfront with some apple and pineapple quick to follow. Some grapefruit on the backend. Very faint booziness hidden on the back. Very good.

T: Taste is not as complex as the scent unfortunately. I get a quick bitter hop upfront quickly subdued by some watery malt. Some dry pineapple in the middle with a smooth creaminess buried on the backend. Blended well. Decent.

M: Full bodied with a good carbonation feel. A nice clean and dry finish. Very good.

D: This one goes down very easy.

All in all, this is a great beer. Everything is spot on with the exception of the taste. The taste is good, but not great. The rest of the categories are great. I definitely cannot wait to try more brews from Lawson's. For a unique twist on an IPA, give this brew a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 02:36:56 | More by steve8robin
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ottovon

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared by ejyoung.

A: orange-yellow with a white head that faded quickly and left a ring around the beer.

S: nice citrus hops. Melon, mango. HInts of strawberry, straw, and light malts.

T: a nice bitter dipa. the aroma really comes through. citrus, mango, melon, and some grass. a bit of light malt, crackers.

M: medium with a good amount of carb. it massages the tongue.

O a very good beer. Would definitely buy if i saw it in stores.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 19:56:17 | More by ottovon
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- cloudy and orange in color with a foamy white head
S- Orange, lemon zest, citrus hops
T- orange, grapefruit, bitter and a resinous hop finish that lingers on the tongue
M- medium body, crisp, and medium-high carbonation
O- A wonderful double IPA from one of my favorite states. DS is juicy and full of fruit flavor and bitterness. My only critique on this brew is the presence of alcohol, not strong but you can taste it. Also, this was not my first time trying this beer, but it sure wont be my last. Thanks to DrewGingras for this one!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:02:51 | More by AdamF625
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a DFH shaped pint glass. The beer pours a nice hazy glowing orange with a one finger foamy white head. The head quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving oily lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is all citrus hops. Sweet tangerines, grapefruit and sharp oranges are backed by a light candied sugar malt.

The taste follows the nose closely, lots of tangerines, oranges and loads of grapefruit that starts off sweet and builds to a more bitter grapefruit flavor. Just a hint of candied sugar sweetness in the background of this one, the finish is nice and bitter, leaving a juicy aftertaste.

The carbonation is spot on for the style, the beer has a nice medium body that carries the strong flavors and the alcohol is present while drinking the beer, but never gets in the way. The bitter finish invites further drinking, this is another solid hoppy offering from Lawsons.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 03:17:50 | More by rpstevens
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at Hill Farmstead gathering. Nice fruity aroma, so much tropical fruits (pinneaple, tangerine, mango) but also quite grassy and a nice cracker like malt balanced this one nicely. Superb aroma. This one is so drinkable and is very refreshing with all the fruits and grassiness.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 18:51:54 | More by Luk13
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Farmhouse Tap and Grille Burlington VT.
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Smells of pine, citrus, apricot, lemons, grapefruit, malt maybe. Taste is slightly bitter with lots of fruity citrusy hop goodness. Smooth resinous mouthfeel with a medium body and a moderate level of carbonation. This didn't look like much in the glass but was really nice going down. Too bad this is so frikin hard to find.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 00:48:12 | More by johnnnniee
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lancaster shaker pint glass.

Thanks to baconsausage for this bottle!

Rare Batch #208, bottle #57. I've read some interesting comparisons involving this beer and other highly-rated DIPAs, so I'm glad to have a chance to potentially debunk them. Tee-hee. It pours a clear copper topped by two fingers of white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, orange, light pine, very light leek, pineapple, light watermelon, and light caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some orange rind, grapefruit peel, and light lemon zest. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice DIPA, heavy on the fruit without somehow overdoing it. This stuff deserves a good portion of the praise it gets.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 18:59:42 | More by TMoney2591
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2012 01:19:49 | More by mltobin
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 02:09:26 | More by SFLpunk
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -10.5%
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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brystmar

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2012 04:41:32 | More by brystmar
Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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