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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: 1,537
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 6.85%
Wants: 1,971
Gots: 91 | FT: 4
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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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Urbancaver

Ohio

4/5  rDev -14.3%

03-25-2012 23:34:48 | More by Urbancaver
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -9%

06-27-2012 22:30:03 | More by trevorpost
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 18:27:03 | More by hooliganlife
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-15-2013 03:25:28 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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BAsbill

California

5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-17-2013 20:12:19 | More by BAsbill
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BeerBucks

New York

5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-28-2013 01:25:23 | More by BeerBucks
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

06-03-2013 21:36:56 | More by DerekMorgan
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AltBock

Ohio

4.56/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bomber bottle with a simple plain white label and some gold foil over the cap. The label has an oddly shaped but cool looking sun, 8 maple leafs, a brief description of the beer, and the mandatory US info. A bottled on or a best before date would have been nice. A beer this of this quality deserves a special glass so I poured it into my Hunahpu Snifter.

From behind the plain Jane label came a not so ordinary and impressive extremely hazy and pale lemon yellow colored beer. The color was a bit on the odd side, but in a good way. Now I'm seen some hazy Double IPAs in my day, but this one takes the cake. Usually I can see, at a minimum the shadow of my fingers on the other side of the glass. I held the glass up to the light and I couldn't even see that. That's some hazy goodness! Sitting on top of this beer was a 1/2 an inch pearl white head of foam. I was so distracted by the color and the beer's haziness that I didn't see how fast it receded. OOPS! What I can say was that it left behind a thin white film and a nice big fast sting of white rings along the side. Beautiful appearance!

Was this beer brewed in Vermont or the Caribbean? If I based the aroma off where the beer was brewed, I would be forced to say the Caribbean. This hoppy beer is very tropical in the nose. There was a lot going on in the aroma, but some of the main fruit aromas in this beer were the pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. Don't count out the hops! Following the strong whiff of tropical fruits was a nice bitter aroma of citrus hops. This bitter citrus aroma lasted a long time before it through the pine. Pine? What? Who knew that they had pine trees in the Caribbean. A very good hoppy tropical aroma!

If I had to guess where this beer was brewed just off the taste, I would be happy to say that this beer was brewed in the good ol' US of A. I don't think they brew beer this hoppy type of beer down in the Caribbean. This citrus hops were assertive without being over the top. Intermingled with the tasty citrus hops was some tart grapefruit, a splash of lemon, and a pinch of pineapple. The taste wasn't as tropical as the aroma was. The taste was more bitter and citrusy. After the citrus hops and fruits had their fun in the sun, the taste then finishes up with tea leaves and a tiny taste of toasted malt. A very well done not over the top hoppy beer.

This was a medium bodied Double IPA that had a good amount of carbonation and a dry bitter aftertaste. Like the taste, the hops were assertive without being over the top. This hoppy aftertaste lingered on for some time after the sweet nectar left.

This is one of those beers that raises too many questions. What are they doing up in Vermont? Why are their beers so good? What are they doing that the lower 47 states (not including Alaska and Hawaii) aren't doing to their Double IPAs? Overall, this was an extremely well done Double IPA. I would be very happy if I had another bottle. Big thanks to fellow BA mnbuffalo for hooking me up with this winner!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:50:38 | More by AltBock
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -14.3%

05-04-2013 18:00:38 | More by thebigredone
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anteater

Oregon

4.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A: Golden orange, slightly hazy

S: Not a punch in the face of hops as you'd expect from most IPAs of this reputation, however the nose is fantastic. Full of mango and peach, there is something very very unique about it.

T: If this isn't the best tasting IPA I've had it may at least be the most unique. Major juicy mango, peach, pineapple fruitiness with some earthy and grassy notes in the background. Hardly any bitterness detectable, hardly any alcohol detectable. There is almost something savory or meaty about it, like biting into the flesh of a mango.

M: Juicy juicy juicy

O: This one is a real winner, I wish it were easier to get.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 16:17:41 | More by anteater
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jvillefan

California

4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 05:19:08 | More by jvillefan
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bauermj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -9%

10-19-2012 23:18:08 | More by bauermj
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a Dark orange, like an apricot, with a white mist of light bright white foam.

The nose is so so fruity and strong with tropical fruit punch, banana, mango, lemons, apricot, grapefruit and then a great caramel malt backdrop.

The palate catches that same fruitiness of tropical fruit, mango, apricot, lemon and grapefruit but catches a little coconut as well. There is some honey but fans of herbal hops won't be disappointed with the subtle dank herbal hop tones underneath.

The feel is light, easy and drinkable but some alcohol heat exists if you drink it quickly.

Rarely do I find a beer that matches the hype but this one lived up to its billing.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2014 21:50:23 | More by KYGunner
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-16-2013 00:00:56 | More by bostonryan
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CTJman

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

07-27-2013 14:29:20 | More by CTJman
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-18-2014 22:00:31 | More by waddellc2
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a tulip
Thanks to CADMixes for generously sharing this bottle.

The beer poured a hazy, light orangey-amber color and was topped by a bubbly, bright white, sea foam head. Excellent retention. The head deposited small droplets of lacing all down the glass. As the beer warmed, the chill haze dropped and the liquid turned nearly clear.

A cornucopia of tropical fruit notes came through in the aroma. Tons of mango and papaya. Lots of pineapple. Strong notes of orange peel. Quite peachy as well. There was a pervasive sweetness, but this seemed to come from the fruitiness of the hop profile rather than from an abundance of malts.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was amazingly rich and complex. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Lots of mango and papaya. Good amount of candied citrus peel. Strong peach notes. Touch of pale malts. The finish was crisp, piney and moderately bitter. It provided the perfect balance to this otherwise fruity and sweet DIPA.

The liquid was medium-full bodied for the style with a fine, moderate, tongue blanketing effervescence. Silky smooth and supple. At 8% ABV, the alcohol was nowhere to be found.

Double Sunshine IPA is one of a handful of double IPAs coming out of the state of Vermont that defines excellence within the style. Thank you CADMixes for giving me the first opportunity to actually have a full pour of this glorious nectar.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 00:58:28 | More by Damian
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PhatAtUT

Texas

5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-06-2014 04:55:25 | More by PhatAtUT
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.41/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 10/12/13 release, so about two weeks old. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale straw color with a few cm. of delicate, bright white foam. Average retention, leaving the glass with a solid ring and some swirls on the surface, and a few streaks of lacing.

S: Light, faint malt and a little lemon, then herbal/grassy notes, a little juicy orange and kiwi (?). Pretty well balanced and a relatively restrained aroma.

T: Bright, juicy tropical (kiwi?) and citrus, grapefruit pith, finishing with a mild-to-moderate bitterness which provides some balance, and mild sweetness. The finish is a nice contrast of sweet and bitter, like you would get from chewing on sugar coated white grapefruit. Delicate flavors.

M: Medium body and medium-high, nearly sharp, carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: A very good DIPA., highly drinkable and refreshing. I could see this as a superb hot weather beer. Not quite at the level of Alpine, Pliny, or Heady, but a solid second tier option. It doesn't have the big aromas or flavors that you might expect from such a highly rated IPA, but it excels in its balance just as I think Pliny does.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 01:42:32 | More by pmarlowe
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-31-2013 22:52:59 | More by callmemickey
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claytong

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

01-23-2012 01:52:02 | More by claytong
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

06-16-2013 06:35:53 | More by garuda
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

02-18-2013 18:54:00 | More by DIPAFAN
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campfirebrew

New York

4.25/5  rDev -9%

02-21-2014 02:52:00 | More by campfirebrew
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

07-15-2012 16:54:56 | More by polishkaz
Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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