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Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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Reviews: 304
Hads: 1,934
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 3,101
Gots: 194 | FT: 3
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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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 JoEBoBpr
4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lawson’s Finest Double Sunshine

Poured into a tulip glass at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a bright yet hazy orange color with some bright golden hues. There is a nice white head that forms that is about one inch tall and of medium density. The head is soapy and sticky and it leaves some nice lacing as the brew goes down and as the head recedes.

Aroma is of dank and grassy herbal hops. Fresh cut grass notes and some amazing citrus fruit notes. Seems dry and bitter and I struggle to notice any balancing malt. There are some orange rind notes and tangerines with some slight bitter lemony notes as well.

The flavor follows the nose. Starts of piney and resinous. Then, followed by some very very dank, grassy and herbal hop notes. These notes are then followed by notes of orange rind and mild grapefruit that get more intense as the brew travels. The flavor seems more balanced than the nose but still there is a nice citrusy explosion that dries the palette. Notes of orange and grapefruit a-plenty. Amazing medium body that seems thick and oily but goes down easy. Great dry bitter finish.

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Photo of dougfur
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy straw color, a touch of the orange you expect in big DIPA's, but noteably light in color. Nice creamy head!
The smell is divine! Powerful tropical fruits, some citrus, some pine, it's a complex and wonderful hop aroma.
Taste is outstanding, but not quite on par with the smell. Same flavor notes, but not quite as strong and a bit on the bitter side for my tastes.
Mouthfeel is great, though I think it could use a bit more body. Overall, this is clearly a world-class DIPA with few faults. If the bitterness could come down a bit, it would be one of my all-time favorites, but I'll still buy it every chance I get! And, thanks to Lawson's for keeping the price really reasonable!

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Photo of klythjohan
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like most others, I have been seeking this beer for quite a long time, it wasn't until I made a recent trip up to Vermont that I stumbled upon it at a farmer's market. Anyways, on to the review...

A: Pours a foamy white head with mild head retention. The beer itself is a pseudo-cloudy light golden color with a fairly average stick.

S: Not as strong as I was hoping for, but offers an initial blast of citrus tones, strong grapefruit, pineapple with a bit of piney freshness.

T: Carries through with all aroma tones but offers a nice complexity overcoming its aroma, this thing is truly one delicious brew. You get that strong citrus flavor immediately followed by a nice malt tone. It manages to round itself out and end on a nice piney note. Amazing.

M: Soft, medium-bodied, moderately carbonated.

O: I came in with extremely high expectations of this beer, and honestly, it did not disappoint! I just wish it was a bit easier to find!

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Photo of afi4lifer
4.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at ACBF in Boston, MA out of a plastic tasting glass. Been looking forward to this one since they announced the line up and man it did not disappoint.

Beautiful yellow golden color that betrays the punch it packs.

Hops, hops hops! Bitter and pungent yet perfectly balanced, so piney and citrusey on the way down. Devastatingly light and drinkable considering the ABV, will seek this out next (and first) time I'm in VT. Well done Lawson's!!

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Photo of themind
4.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing brew! a citrus, orange aroma smacks you in the face when poured into the goblet. The appearance is very cloudy so this is the only drawback to this beer but really who cares what it looks like. The taste is legendary! Pliny, Heady, Abrasive status. This is a must seek, must have beer for any IPA lover. One of the finest, well crafted beers I have ever had...period!A crisp mouthfeel completes this truly incredible beer.

Bottom Line: Legendary IPA!

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Photo of stakem
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ive been wanting to try this one for awhile. Like most other elusive brews that trickle from the mountains of VT, my expectations are exaggerated beyond what is probably fair. However, this brew delivers the goods.

Bomber into a mini snifter, the brew appears a golden yellow color with decent clarity. A white froth rests stop with decent powers of retention and fades leaving patches of lace.

The aroma is quite tropical with hops initially that blend into more of a grassy and herbal note. A mild grainy almost toast-like or biscuit maltiness hides behid letting the hops be the leasing role.

The flavor is rindy, herbal, dank and catty. All hop flavoring upfront without too much bitterness crushing the flavors. Like the nose, a bit of mild grain sweetness is toasty towards the finish which creates a really enjoyable balance.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest amount of carbonation. Super fresh and just awesome. Finally a VT brew that not only meets the hype but surpasses all expectations as well. Sign me up for wanting more of this whenever it might be available. Wow, get some.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at ACBF in Boston on June 1st. I tried every IPA there and some showed well but Double Sunshine was a stunner. I mean many 95-100 IPA's just paled in comparison. They seemed lackluster, which is a shame because alone they are excellent brews.

The nose is massive citrus, the flavor is huge grapefruit/orange/pineapple, and its bitterness is so smooth. My wife commented that it tasted like a summer day. I wish I could pump this into my veins!

As far as IPA's go Double Sunshine is more seamless than most IPA's made today. Lawson's makes some top notch beer. If you ever wanted to try a 100 point IPA, get some of this!

Bottom Line: Utterly fantastic! Memorable and beyond!

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I had this at ACBF on Friday and went back 4 times just to make sure I tried it enough to write a coherent and honest review about it. I truly cannot find anything wrong about this beer. When the person poured me my allotment each time, I kept getting blown away. The aroma is, honestly, the closet thing we have to 'Ambrosia'. Every fruit you can think of: pineapple, mango, papaya, cantaloupe, grapefruit. Its the same for the flavor profile.

If I could say ONE little tiny criticism, is that the mouthfeel/flavor was just a TAD too sweet for me, but I am just nitpicking at this point. An absolutely amazing DIPA that I am lucky I got to have multiple tastings of.

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Photo of mriley1984
4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another tasty creation from Lawsons finest. I have only had this once just because its hard to come by, seeming how the winooski beverage only lets you buy 1 bottle at a time and driving to warren is a pain. But the taste hits you in the face with massive hop notes and grapefruit after bite. I can't wait to get more of this beer.

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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.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: It has a hazy golden yellow body with an off white two finger head that hangs around for a long time.

S: One of the more complicated hop profiles I've ever had. There is a citrus dominate front that contains heavy lemon and grapefruit. It then transitions to a Simcoe pine heavy finish. There is a subtle caramel note running throughout the entire nose.

T: Nearly a perfect blend of malt and hops. The flavor is uniform from start to finish. There is a sweet caramel and bready flavor that is what an IPA backbone should be. The hops match the nose pretty well. There is citrus (lemon, apricot, and grapefruit), pine, and that dank hop flavor that is delicious.

M: Perfect body. It is very smooth and has a great carbonation bite.

O: I was expecting this beer to be good but overrated. I was wrong. This beer lives up to the hype. Well worth actively pursuing if you are a fan of well balanced IPAs.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this review from a long time ago in my notebook. 22oz bottle courtesy of LoPo87 at a tasting.

A: Cloudy straw yellow and lacks lacing.

N: Sweet and hoppy. Grapefruit, pine, biscuit, and mango.

T: Sweet malt, pine, some drying floral hops. Little bit of spice and pepper.

M: Very drying and it's very clean. There's definitely some alcohol here.

O: A worthy DIPA, but it's not a beer I'd gush about. Certainly a recommend if you like this style scraping and pine-filled. Definitely better than Heady Topper which we had at the same time.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of TheLostGringo, poured into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Been pining after this one for quite some time.

A: Very slightly hazed pale amber body under an inch of fine off-white head. Standard retention, plenty of delicate lace. Attractive.

S: Much more subdued than I was expecting, but once I stick my nose down in the glass I get some nice ripe tangerine balanced against a keen minty herbal note. Lovely, but not the room-filling hoppiness I was hoping for.

T: My first sip more than makes up for any disappointment I felt from the nose, as this is a truly delicious brew. Richly juicy citrus hops are front and center, with orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and mango. Underneath the sweet hops is a layer of pleasantly bready malt, followed by clean herbal bitterness on the finish. Absolutely phenomenal.

M: Soft, well-carbonated medium body. Velvety.

O: Great. I think I'd still take Heady or S&S #5 over this, but it would be a tough decision. Worth the hype, and by far my favorite Lawson's IPA.


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Photo of mdaschaf
4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Paul for sharing. Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a white foamy head on top, nice retention with streaky lacing all down the sides.

S: Not as in your face as I was hoping for, but still very nice. Lots of tropical/citrus fruit, some orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. A bit of pine and light caramel. A bit of sweetness as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of citrus fruit mixed with a little bit of pine. Grapefruit and a big of orange and orange peel. Faint caramel and bready malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Had extremely high hopes for this beer, and while extremely good, as a slight let down. Was hoping for a more in your face beer, but still extremely well crafted and easy drinking.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass of this at Blackback in Waterbury. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy orange with a ton of carbonation. One finger of off white head and good spotty lace with a film of retention.

S - Juicy. Holy hell. Juicy bright hops. Hops from all directions. Grapefruit and pineapple for sure.

T - Really nice hop profile. Bright. Mango, sweet fruit, resin, peach, and lovely floral notes. Beautiful.

M - Nice strong bitterness. Oily. Good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - A really nice DIPA. Really lovely with so much complexity and great flavours. Nice to sip and figure out while being easy to drink. Good stuff.

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Fujii13 for sending this huge want my way!

A-Hazy dark golden color with a 1 finger head that leaves minimal lacing

S-Sweet tropical and citrus hops right off the bat with a little bit of pine mixed in. Also catch small hints of wheat.

T-Follows the nose with the sweet citrus and tropical flavors with notes of pine and earthiness. The hops a kept in check with a nice hearty malty backbone that stands up nicely to that diverse hop profile.

M-Relatively heavy body (for the style) with a nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel and lower than average carbonation.

O-Excellent DIPA easily crack my top 5. Great hop profile with the perfect amount of malt mixed in to keep it balanced (relative to the style).

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Photo of Snudge4Ever
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Had at Dark Lord Day from a BCS snifter. Great sunshine color. Glowing.

S: Very strong hop smell. Smells piney to me.

T: Awesome. Hints of citrus and pine.

M: Very smooth. No harshness.

O: A phenominal IPA. A must try for IPA lovers. Definitely lives up to the hype.

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Photo of da_beers
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On the same night (the best night in recent memory) I was blessed with Pliny AND Double Sunshine IPA by Lawson's Finest! Needless to say, heavenly bliss ensued.

A - Pours a beautiful, hazy, light copper, almost a dark straw color. Almost a good 3 fingers of chunky, foamy head. Definitely unfiltered and natural.

S - Huge citrus punch in the nose, Earth tones galore on this one. Very herbal. Hops mingle at the end, its an outdoorsy pasture smell, reminds me of working on the farm and bucking hay.

T - Huge wave of citrus and hops at first. At the end there is a light hoppy-bitterness but finishes in a flash. You are left with slight residues that punches your tongue.

M - It is a punch in the mouth, I know I have already said that, but its honestly the best way I can describe it. So many different characters roll across the palate. It finishes nicely, leaving a thick, almost juice-like aftertaste feel.

O - So many levels that are always changing. Every drink you can pick something different and unique up. Loved this brew.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Double Sunshine IPA aka "Dubs"

A friend of mine here on Beeradvocate (Hendry) hooked me up with one of these, which are hard to obtain even if you live here in Vermont.

Look - Pours hazy golden (sunshine? haha) with a slight tint of amber in the middle. Full, foamy head with great lacing.

Smell - Citrus and floral hop bomb to the face. Mouth-watering gloriousness. Grapefruit, sour orange, mango, and pine. These elements are apparent as soon as you pop the cap.

Taste - Immediately I noticed three waves of hoppy character. Blast of pine, blast of citrus, and a smooth mix of both and a casual finish. Juicy and full of flavor.

Mouthfeel - Quite a character, rugged and raw. Thick and hearty. Exceptionally drinkable.

Overall - Wow, utterly amazing brew. Complex, full of flavor and tough like a woodsman. Would highly, HIGHLY recommend. My favorite brew in this style and a bigger king among lesser kings.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier.

A hazy pale orange fills the glass with a nice bit of light white head. Aroma is straight up tropical fruits with lots of mango and grapefruit.

First taste is fruity and juicy with lots of great hop flavors coming through. Grapefruit and maybe even a bit of pineapple in there as well. A nice malt presence that carries the hop flavors well. Smooth medium bodied feel makes it go down like a beer half it's strength. Overall, this beer is right on par with the likes of Heady and Abner but in it's own unique way. Hard to say which is the best

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Photo of popery
4.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review #1000. Woo.

Double Sunshine pours about medium orange. Darker than I expected. It's quite hazy, and that cloudiness makes the color seem a bit flat, rather than glowy. On the other hand, it has a truly excellent head. The foam is a bit rocky and bone white. Very good retention. A couple inches of bubbles stayed up for a long time, and there's lots of lacing. Bubbles are all over the walls of the glass.

The aroma is a superb tropic fruit salad of hoppiness. Pineapple and mango for days. There's also some bright tangerine, lemon and peach flavors in the mix and a touch of pine at the end. Best of all, the aroma is fresh and strong. Hops hit me right as the cap came off the bottle. Juicy as can be. There's probably a touch of pale malt in the background, but this is a hop party.

The taste is similarly loaded to the gills with tropical fruit hop flavors, though there's a bit more citrus to it. It tastes like pineapple-tangerine joy. It's sweet and bright, but the hops show a little muscle with some solid bitterness that courses through each sip. However, it's among the most flavorful bitter hop notes that I've come across, just a perfect level to keep the sweetness from running away. Mild honey-ish pale malt flavors hold up all of these wonderful hop flavors, and it stays appropriately out of the way. Finish is long and full of pineapple, pine and grapefruit hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, but the beer still seems pretty light. There's a very pleasant hop oiliness to the beer. Carbonation is pretty normal. Good stuff.

This is an absolutely wonderful beer. I've had a lot of DIPAs, and this one is way up near the top for me. The hop flavors are big, juicy and bright, and the tropical fruitiness is just great. I particularly like the flavor-packed taste, which doesn't scrimp too much on bitterness. The malt doesn't get in the way, and there are simply no real flaws to point out. Lawson's is an absolutely wonderful brewer, and I'm happy to have this beer mark a reviewing milestone for me.

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Photo of Hendry
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This sample was super-fresh, and poured into a Lawson's snifter a cloudy off orange/copper hue with a thin white head that dissapated relatively soon. The nose is a fresh mango that was dropped into a pile of fresh Vermont pine needles: immediately you get the sense that a taste explosion awaits you with such a marvelous aroma, and taste explosion is what you get!

Don't let other reviews that compare Double Sunshine to Heady Topper convince you that they are the same: there are similaraties, both made in Vermont, and are both hand crafted small batch hop forward cloudy double IPAs, but the similarity ends there.

Double Sunshine has a flavor all of its' own, and my best description is a major league "mango bomb!" The mango is one of those tropical fruits that seems to embody qualities from an array of various fruits,and when fresh is a taste sensation. The carbonation seems perfect though difficult to see through the cloudiness, and the mouthfeel is a nice medium: nothing thin here and it hits the palate just right with some oily goodness.There is an ever-so-slight alcohol warming felt in the throat, but that won't distract you from the complex flavors. Lacing is good, not crazy but again the magnificent flavors overcome any aesthetic shortcoming one might conjur up.

The mango-pine needle blast leaves an aftertaste that seems to go on forever and is exceptional, keeping you coming back for another delicious sip. An excellent example of small batch craft brewing that you just can't get it in a 6 pack format.

Bottom line: the hype is very real for this bottled liquid gold, and like Heady Topper, has a way of spoiling one to the remarkable qualities of innovative cutting edge Vermont craft beers.
Double Sunshine is one of those rare hand crafted IPAs that simply must be tasted to appreciate the excellence, and if you are lucky enough to get your hands on some you are not likely to be disappointed. So far, the top of the pack in my book. Swirling Double Sunshine around a bit in the Lawson's snifter creates a wave of aroma that is second to none for my money, and worth the tremendous effort to obtain these heavenly bombers from the Green Mountain of Vermont.

UPDATE: Hard work pays off when you can score multiple bottles of Double Sunshine, however it is a two edge sword as most other beer does not begin to compare. The batches are truly micro and require a lot of perseverance to get multiple bottles unlike Heady Topper which has become much more visible in local convenience stores.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from the March 1 bottling, reviewed on April 1.

A - I am a sucker for the unfiltered IPA look. Looks like cloudy lemonade, maybe a shade or two darker. Thick white head, pours to about 3 inches, dissipates quite slowly. Leaves moderate amount of thick lacing. Very very nice.

S - smooth citrus, lemon, grapefruit. Also some juicy tropical notes, like mango. Clean and crisp.

T - this is a full spectrum IPA. Leads with juicy tropical fruit, then orange and grapefruit. Lingering around is some bitter piney type notes. The is a clean and quick punch of bitterness to finish and leave with a rich bitter orange peel after taste. Damn near perfect.

M - great. Nice hop oil. It's interesting in that the carbonation is a little hidden at first and then at the end there is a prickle of carbonation. Really nice.

O - certainly a top shelf, private stock, so good you don't want to share it IPA. Ranks second only to heady in my opinion. This is one of those beers that, if you had to pick one beer for the rest of your life, it'd be a front runner.

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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

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Photo of yamar68
4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

HUGE thanks to franklinn for knocking out this bad boy... one of my very top wants.

Looks as good as it could. Body is cloudy pear gold scattered with slow, sparse but consistent beading. A finger of bone white head resides to form a thin cap leaves dramatic lacing all around the glass. A thing of beauty, really.

Incredibly juicy on the nose... massive citrus, honey, pineapple, a pine presence that really holds its own against all the fruity hop aromas... some sweeter fruits like peach and plum. Nose-gasm all up in this piece.

BAM. It seems a bit more conifer focused on the palate... then there's syrupy tangerine and bitter orange zest. A very faint alcohol character is tied seamlessly to the bitter hop contributions. Especially slick... the hop flavors cling to the tongue as my beer weiner stiffens. There's a nice little sweetness that shows up mid palate which is pretty unique and lets that big fruity hop profile do its thang.

The best IPA I've had? Quite possibly. Thank you Frank!

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Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.