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Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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304 Reviews
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Reviews: 304
Hads: 1,934
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 3,099
Gots: 194 | FT: 3
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:
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 05Harley
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at The Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield, VT during the Farmers Market on 3/21/12
(240 calories)

Price - $9.99/bomber

Pours a hazy orange color with a creamy white one finger head. Suds stick around for a bit before fading off to patchy bubbles. Good and sticky looking with a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma is amazing with an intense blast of citrus fruit. First up is grapefruit and lemon followed by oranges, tangerines and a light smell of pine. The nose is full of hops from the start right to the finish.

The taste comes on strong once again bringing on the citrus flavors. Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon it's all there draped over a near perfect balance of sweetness. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for the abv. Finishes clean and delicious.

The mouthfeel definitely stands up to a double with a medium body and not overly carbonated. A zesty feel through out followed by a delicate bitterness and ending somewhat dry and resinous.

Overall this beer has some amazing qualities (aroma in particular) and was a real treat to experience. Somewhat of a bitch to get a hold of but well worth the effort and price. I have several other styles from Lawson's I grabbed and can't wait to open them up. Add this one to an ever growing list of fantastic IPA/DIPAS coming out of Vermont. Nice job!!

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Photo of ottovon
4.09/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bottled sunshine. White foamy head. Some lacing present.

S: Lots of citrusy, piney hops.

T: Great balance of bitterness, citrus and piney notes.

M: Refreshing medium body with a solid amount of carbonation.

O: Great DIPA. Lives up to the hype.

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Photo of kif
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold orange with a nice thick white head

S - Citrus hops are pretty strong. There is also a hint of pine hops. I also got a bit of pineapple.

T - First taste is the bitterness of the hops. This is followed by the citrus flavors, pineapple, tropical fruit. You then finish with a another round of bitterness.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium to light body.

O - A very solid beer. A bit more bitter hops compared to other DIPA (Pliny, hopslam, etc). I would love to try a super fresh one of these!

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Photo of jdhowe
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with magictacosinus -- huge thanks to Steve_Oldrati for the trade/enabling me to get my hands on this one! Picked up from the farmer's market on December 21st, so my best guess put this at about 3 weeks of age.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Light through the glass reveals golden highlights. This isn't the best looking beer -- not too far off from Heady Topper, to be honest.

S: I think I probably sat there smelling this beer for at least a few minutes before sipping it, and the aroma was fantastic. Incredibly deep and juicy fruit character -- grapefruit, pineapple, stonefruit, and guava. Pine and slight dankness round out the hop aromas, and the malt provides a nice sweet caramel note. Really a great smelling beer.

T/M: Flavor profile follows the aroma almost exactly; this beer tastes like a fresh squeezed juice. Juicy citrus character with a big guava note dominate the flavor. Through the sip, this beer is super wet and juicy, and yet the finish is crisp and slightly drying. Bitterness is there but not dominating. Mouthfeel is wonderful -- medium, juicy, and resinous with perfect carbonation.

O: This is a great beer without question. Very much an east coast/Vermont double IPA, the juicy and resinous hop character is abundant. For how difficult this is to procure (particularly in CA), I don't know that this is something I will seek out again, but I am really glad to have gotten to try it. This is certainly worth seeking out and trying.

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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 peacemakers48
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the finest beers I have ever tasted. We came up for the lawsons anniversary and tried many of the best beers in the world at hill farmstead and alchemist. I have now had all of the top 10 except VBDL. I think this is my new favorite. Sunshine is the best of the 8 or so lawsons I tried this weekend.

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Photo of squaremile
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Can... not... type...

Thank you Dean for this wonderful treat! Pours a light, cloudy orange with a very small head and some lacing. This is the only score under a 5.0 for me. THE NOSE IS OUTRAGEOUS. Pine, cannabis, vines, sap. Taste is virtually indescribable. Front end is all pine, leaves, and sap. Massive bitterness. It moves into a brief sugar cookie sweetness, then blasts with rich, citrus flavors. Finishes pretty dry and a touch of biscuity malt. HOLY EFF!!! No alcohol present. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style, which I prefer. Overall a 5.0. This is in the elite class of IIPAs for me with Younger, Heady Topper, and Barley Brown's Tankslapper being the only other beers in this league. Find this. Drink it. Love life.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'll preface the review by saying that if you're a beer enthusiast and Vermont is within driving distance, albeit a trek, the hours spent in the car are worth the price of admission. Is it a double sunshine, or is it a solar flare in liquid form that just emptied into my Surly pint? Either way, this unfiltered masterpiece is looking more like a mimosa than a glass of beer. There's enough residual lace on my glass to give a dendrochronologist a beergasm. The nose on this (for me) is pretty straightforward: Juicy Fruit chewing gum and fresh cut grass. It tastes like a well-balanced mixture of tropical fruits with just enough malt backbone to give it that perfect kick. Not overly bitter, just exceptionally balanced and masterfully crafted. So smooth; so drinkable; the abv on this one is masked and then some. This is a stellar beer. Lawson's Finest has done what I'm sure numerous other brewers have attempted, but their labor of love is simply put -- better executed. To my fellow hop heads and self-professed IPA lovers, I implore you to seek out this beer. If it were more accessible, it would maintain a permanent residence in my fridge.

Well done.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle batch #201 bottle #81 poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 5/4/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with off-white head. Lots of bubbles racing to get to the surface.

S: Big bright floral citrus and herbal hop aroma. Super clean hop presence with very little alcohol detectable and faint pale malts. The hop bitterness and more alcohol come out as it warms up.

T: Plenty of hop bitterness and citrus hop flavors with some pine notes. Some pale malts and alcohol come through significantly more in the taste than in the smell. Really well balanced, definitely enough hop flavor and bitterness to be an IIPA with enough malty sweetness to handle all the hops. Sweet hop flavors linger for a while after each sip. This is pretty good at refrigerator temp but as it warms up it gets much better. As it warms up the bitterness mellows out but the hop flavors increase and it gets a whole lot smoother and more drinkable. Yum!

M: Moderate carbonation and hop bitterness, slightly sticky medium body.

O: Solid all around IIPA, my first offering from Lawson's and I am not dissapointed one bit. Seems like Vermont is producing some world class beers lately. Changes quite a bit as it warms up, it seems that the aroma goes from sweet to bitter as the taste goes from bitter to sweet.

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Photo of 321jeff
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Provided by Michael and also split with Ben, thanks for providing this rarity!

Pours a hazy gold with about a finger of short-lived head that fades to a thin layer with some nice lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is tons of fresh piney hops with some hints of lemon in the background. Not much malt is evident, but it's hiding in there somewhere.

Taste is a little sweet up front then the loads of piney hops hit and steal the show. Finish is some bitter resins.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick but exceedingly smooth with a pretty good bit of carbonation. The smoothness and well balanced flavors make this one easily drinkable. Very nice beer, making me want to try Lawson's other offerings.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to even have a chance to try this...poured into a tulip glass.

A) Nice golden hue with a frothy head, very good head retention.

S) Tropical and floral notes.

T) Oh man this is fantastic. Upfront sweetness from the mango and pineapple is prevalent. Some lemon zest shows up in the middle and the finish is crytal clean. When you have a beer that gives you all the flavors up front and finishes this clean you have something special.

M) Nicely carbonated. There is no stickiness here which I think is great.

O) These hops rule! Worth the reputation.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
5/5  rDev +9.2%

From a bomber in trade

Pale yellow to light apricot color-- medium head

Aroma is citrus- light apricot, pineapple, and orange, with piney dank hops.

Flavors are similar and very well integrated. What really gets you right away is the creamy-factor!
Lush full mouth feel with good carbonation, almost no discernible malt (just the way I like it), and a mildly bitter finish.

Overall, well, the 5 speaks for itself. Right up their with Heady and HF-several, but Abner comes to mind.

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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.

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

If you're reading reviews to see how good this beer is, just stop reading and find out how to get your hands on it. They'res alot of people saying that this beer is better than Pliny (i think so) Other people are saying Double Jack is equally good as this beer (not).

I wont get into that but I had a tough time not giving this beer all 5's. If I'd tried all the big DIPAs (Abrasive, Ephraim, etc etc) to compare I could king it the best, havent gotten there yet. I dont think there exists a "perfect" beer but this one didn't give me any reason to take points away from its score.

EDIT: Tried more big name DIPAs, this is the best IMO

A - pours hazy orange with nice white head that and nice lacing, a quick swirl reconstitutes the head very nicely

S- Pine, Citrus, Grapefruit, Tropical Fruits. Picking up Pineapple, Mango, few others I cant distinquish. Awesome.

T- Fruit up front, then malt, then hops. No bitterness though. Very well balanced. Leaves you wanting more.

M- No bite, no accumulation. Super balanced.

O- One of the best beers I've ever had. I consider myself to be a pretty staunch beer critic who typically tries to dissect each beer to give a true critque. Couldn't really find any flaws in this one, but as the reviews show, to each his own.

But, you should own this beer, its incredible.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

S: I was expecting it to be much more pungent but still very nice. I smell alot of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) to start then some citrus, orange, and grapefruit. There was a little bit of pine and light caramel. A bit of sweetness as well.

T: Just like the aroma lots of citrus fruit mixed with a little bit of pine. Grapefruit and a big of orange and orange peel. On the back end it get bready malt notes.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry on the tongue (love that).

O: Really enjoy this beer but not as in your face as I thought it would be, really nice aroma and flavor that is dry and not really sweet. One of my favorites for sure.

Perfect beer for my #1,000 checkin at Untappd.

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Photo of tarheels86
3.74/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

651mL gold foil thanks to dyan and oldsock/Mad Fermentationist. Pours a clear light gold. Spotty lace. Richer tangerine, mango pulp, papaya nose. Vanilla as well. Taste is rich, sugary, quenching. Palate is thick, no astringency. Mild macadamia nut fat. Nice. Jackfruit sugar, pith, and mild pina colata type white alcohol. 5/31/2012 8/3/7/4/15=3.7

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Photo of kgncfl
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this for my CBS. Craft Beer Sunday for March Madness.

Poured into a tulip glass, along with some great friends. Bottle was less than a week old, so it was super fresh.

A- Poured more yellow than orange, poured to a one finger head that held its own. Less opaque than the average DIPA.

S- Started subtle with a hint of pine, closed with a moderate pineapple scent. A very unique and smooth experience.

T- Hops hit you semi-hard, but very consistent over time. Bitterness comes, and holds with a very grapefruit flavor, extremely pleasant experience. One could even say calming.

M-Very crisp for an DIPA, and extremely smooth.

This was not too hard and not too soft. The Goldilocks of DIPAs. A top ten for sure.

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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 hillvt4me
3.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange with a white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Solid lacing all down the sides.

S: tropical fruit including pineapple and grapefruit. There was pine and light bready note.

T: Grapefruitand, papaya, pine and ETOH are prominent. bready notes.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: I've been fortunate to have had this beer approx a dozen times. While solid, this particular bottle was the least balanced. Bought at Montpelier farmers market early March.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L-The pour is cloudy and golden. The head is immense and makes me wait for it recede to finish my pour.
S- Much like Sip of Sunshine it is very fruity and floral.
T-It starts out quite bitter in a grapefruity way. My palate eventually adjust and I find myself enjoying the beer longer the more I drink it.
F-Light, well carbonated, and the finish is dry due to the bitterness.
O- Another very good IPA from Lawson's. I feel like it it too similar to sip though. Still glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had the pleasure of having it on both tap and from the bottle. First off let me say the drive to the warren country store and fighting the line is definitely worth it. Like others have said it is the exact opposite of heady topper but in the best way.

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Photo of kdmcguire10
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

World class stuff here by Lawson's. Pours a golden peach color with a fluffy white head. Nice retention.

Juicy tropical fruits with a slight herbal nose. Astringent. Taste is a hop assault up front and on the back end. Balanced well in the middle by a subtle malt. I could drink this beer every day.

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Photo of Genghis22
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tucker for this one! A bottle signed by the brewer received in the Too Many Rules BIF.

A - Pours a hazy, golden honey color. Nice tight creamy off white head.

S - Mmmm, Pliny like. Big resinous piney floral hop notes. Grapefruit and orange peel. This smells amazing. I could probably just sniff this all night.

T - Big juicy hops. Lemongrass and pine flavors at first. Quickly followed by clementine and other sweet citrus. The hops are present, but not bitter. The tongue dries out and slowly the bitterness creeps in. Not exactly "west coast" style, but not totally "east coast" style either. The aftertaste is subtle. Sweet citrus remains, but the faint touch of bitterness still lingers.

M - Oily, syrupy, chewy. Very nice. The carbonation is a touch low for my liking. The carbonation is acceptable, but I would like just a touch more, personally.

O - Best East Coast DIPA? I'd have to it's absolutely in the top 5. Wow, just a delicious treat. I love my WC style hop bombs, but this was a welcome change of pace. Now I just need to figure out how to get some more of this stuff.

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Photo of BTVflatlander
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fortunate enough to find some of this brew at the notorious Winooski Bevvy. At $10 a bomber, I figured it was worth a try. Served in a Fiddlehead snifter.

A: Cloudy, beautiful. Somewhere between yellow and orange--a bit different from some of the IPAs I've had of late.

S: Overwhelming citrus hop profile, with an emphasis--as the label description alludes to--on tropical notes.

T: Akin to the aroma, this beer is overflowing with juicy, refreshing, fruity tropical hop flavors. I could drink this again and again.

M: Perfect & supple.

O: Having had what I believe to be some of the best beers Vermont has to offer, I somewhat reluctantly decided to give Lawson's a try despite the relatively steep pricetag. It's an obligation, really, when so many would kill to try such an amazing beer from a fantastic brewery. And, despite the fact that, even living just an hour or so from Warren, Lawson's beers are still relatively unreliable to come by, I am extremely grateful I dropped $10 on this guy. Double Sunshine is undoubtedly one of the best--if not THE best--DIPA I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. It is very much on par, for me, with some of Hill's best stuff in the category. Finally, this beer did something I had previously thought impossible--that is, make Heady Topper feel relatively subdued and simple. Try it if you can.

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