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Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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Ratings: 1343
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 6.85%


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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.

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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a lightly hazed golden orange. Head is exact. Off-white and dense but still tall. This beer retains its cap perfectly. This surely looks the part; especially with the lacing it leaves.

S-Nose is piney and blatantly hop-forward. Definitely stresses the abrasive pine and grass qualities more than the tropical/fruity aspects. Grains and cracker malt. Mild caramel. Floral hoppiness too.

T-Akin to the nose. Green grass and heaps of pine. Grains back up the coercive piney flavors. You get some moderate citrus and grapefruit. Florals kick in too. Finishes quite bitter and piney. Tastes great but could use a bit more complexity.

M-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is dry and endlessly bitter. Resinous.

O/D-Overall, this did not live up to the hype. Nowhere near one of the best beers I have tried. It's clearly an above average Imperial IPA; but thats the ceiling for this beer. This is not in the same realm as others from the state of VT.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 23:27:36 | More by VelvetExtract
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.34/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 22:43:33 | More by mdaschaf
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is dedicated to my bride. She hates long drives and agreed to make the PILGRIMAGE to Warren, VT to grab this bottle (and a few others!!) Thanks for making the drive! Cheers to you Melissa!

Well, this review started Friday night at the ACBF in Boston. For some strange coincidence the best beer of the night has appeared to me in the first several samples in 3 of the last 5 years. This year was no exception and I literally fell in love. Of course, I wanted to visit Lawson’s booth as I had heard wonderful things. As my second beer of the night I tried this Double Sunshine. The heavens opened even before I tasted it. The aroma is just unreal. Let’s just say three hours later Sean and all at the Lawson’s booth knew exactly who I was as I visited again & again.

Fear NOT, this review is NOT from a sample size. I am sitting with bottle # 17 (my favorite number) of batch 212. I got up Saturday and drove 400 miles round trip to pick up a few bottles after hearing that there was some more AND that Sean mentioned he’s done brewing this “for a while” Enjoying the bottle is just the same. Insane.

So this is a first for me. I have decided that this is my favorite beer I’ve ever tried. For me IT IS “the perfect 5” Seriously, what could be better about this beer other than having it fresh on tap in my basement at all times?

Pours with a fluffy off white head with decent retention. Lacing clings in thick clumps everywhere. The beer has a subtle unfiltered haze to it while being a golden amber color. Gorgeous looking beer.

The aroma, frankly is to die for. So fresh and thick with floral grapefruit peel scents. It’s almost like someone curled a grapefruit peel under your nose and released all the oils in the skin. Just below this also lies some fruitiness. The best.

Where do I start? The resinous citrus/tropical flavors just burst in your mouth. Have you seen the current Starburst commercials where they claim the juice explodes in your mouth? Well this is that in a beer sense. Your mouth waters as is splashes in your mouth with a huge burst of juicy tropical goodness. The malt profile is perfect. Light cracker goodness that provides just enough backbone to let the freshness and hops shine. It’s been said before and it’s never been more true than here. The English created the IPA... Americans perfected it. Question, can there be a wonderfully bitter aftertaste that is refreshing? The answer is YES.

Body is amazingly smooth and refreshing for a DPA registering in at 8% abv. I almost can’t believe it. This beer can do some damage before you know it. Th bright fresh mouth feel is so lively and refreshing. The only thing holding you back from quaffing it is that you will only have it on a limited basis..

Truth be told, 400 miles wasn’t too bad to grab several bottles. I would have driven a lot more, but my wife would have made me make that trip solo. I’ll do it again, I can assure you. I think I am so intrigued knowing that it’s life is so short. Certainly after a month, it starts to fade into oblivion. Of course, few of Sean’s IPA’s ever make it that long on this earth. These sure as hell won’t

I’ve often talked about how the journey for the perfect beer was as much fun as the destination. I still agree with that notion. But the end of the line was PERFECT.

Congrats. You have made MY perfect beer!

Edit - Posting my review moved this from "A" to "A+" I could NOT be more proud!!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 22:45:51 | More by Reagan1984
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Florida9

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold, like sunshine itself. Forms a smallish white head, but there is good retention and it leaves some clumpy lacing on the way down.

S: The bottle describes the beer as "juicy tropical fruit" and I see no reason to disagree. Aroma is primarily of oranges intermixed with mango, papaya, and pineapple. The slight sugary floral quality adds another dimension that only seeks to reinforce the of tropical fruit aroma.

T: The first thing I noticed was a chewy sweetness. Then comes some more tropical fruit - though not quite as intense as the aroma. Again, predominantly orange, with notes of pineapple. Mild to moderate bitterness and some orange pith on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a sort of chewiness to it. Carbonation is appropriate.

O: A very good beer. Chewy, juicy, and ripe with flavor, this one is very easy to drink. Maybe a little sweet for my personal preference, but the sweetness and the tropical fruits work well together. This is my first beer from Lawson's and it certainly did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 15:02:36 | More by Florida9
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claspada

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:25:21 | More by claspada
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from youbrewidrink and shared by Doopiedoopiedoo. Some name, jackass.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, fluffy looking, white head with good retention. Hazy gamboge orange with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a foamy cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Really big nose with piles of tropical fruit. Pineapple, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and some grapefruit aromas. Big nose, fruity, and really enticing.

TASTE: Starts off with some grassy hops, pale malts and honeydew melon, then moves into a big and bitter finish. Pale malt sweetness and a touch of caramel through the middle, then lots of hop bitterness with piney and grassy notes linger on the palate. Very flavorful and persistent, but lacking that tropical fruit explosion that the nose had advertised.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, smooth going down and finishes a touch dry. Bitterness lingers. Good feel.

OVERALL: The nose was outstanding to say the least, but the taste just didn't follow suit. The tropical fruit that came out so well in the aroma would have been great in the flavor, but instead we were greeted with lots of straight bitterness and grassy hop flavors. Decent, but not what it could have been. Still, very happy to try this and look forward to more Lawson's in the future, as they've always been enjoyable. Cheers again boys.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 18:38:18 | More by Jeffo
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mcallister

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange juice colored with a thick, pillowy head just off white. No lace.

What a nose, tropical and citrus flavors burst from the glass. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, starfruit, orange, lemon zest and more. Nice underlying Bready maltiness helps round things out.

Nicely balanced and wonderful hop compexity. Oily and full of resinous tropical flavors. Grapefruit and mango devour the mid palate with help of Bready, grainy malts to round things out. Pineapple, lemon, orange zest, and more. Nice snappy carbonation with some acidity at the finish. Except for a light astringent finish this is a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 18:15:57 | More by mcallister
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Sean9689

Illinois

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

A - Pours a medium gold color, slightly hazy, good frothy carbonation that leaves a nice cap and some spotty lacing.

S - A nice amount of tropical fruits with some slight floral notes. Nice and dank, yet, still has a nice clean hop character. Lots of pineapple, mango, and orange peel.

T - Slight less tropical then the nose. Orange peel, pine, grassy hops. Little to no malt detected at all, very light yet the tropical notes help with the sweetness. Solid bitterness, not overly done, which I prefer. A nice "medium".

M: Light, crisp, smooth, refreshing, oily dank finish.

D: A very nice DIPA that I really enjoyed. Not overly hoppy or big on sweetness, which I prefer. Right "down the middle", if you will. I love any/all tropical fruit notes, so that seals the deal right there. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 17:40:52 | More by Sean9689
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few fantastic Lawson's IPAs, but this appears to be their coup de gras! Lets see...

Pours, well, sunny. Yellow, mild haze, bright orange tones, bright white finger of head, fairly lacy. The aroma is good, but not hugely pungent. Herbal hops mixed with a jarring bit of tropical fruits dominate. Taste though, is a tropical fruit laden punch in the mouth. Mango and pineapple, robust herbal notes orange and grapefruit, with a soft maltiness and medium bitterness. Solid upper medium feel with good carbonation lends a lighter, refreshing feel and a dangerous drinkability.

All in all, this IIPA is every bit worth the trouble to get...or no trouble all cuz miamilice is a beast and extra'd it. Thanks Matt!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 19:27:49 | More by EgadBananas
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. gold foiled and capped bottle courtesy of AshleyMiller, my newest partner in crime as I redescend in to the world of trading madness after picking up some ammunition at the annual Southampton RIS release. This one was enjoyed on a Friday evening at a hotel in Alexandria where I was staying on business, and poured in to a snifter I happened to bring along with me.

Appearance: Double Sunshine, indeed. This one pours a radiant, vivid golden, a really breathtaking honey orange hue that's completely opaque to even direct light with hop proteins. It's only transparent around the very edges, where distanced streams of steady but slow and fine carbonation bubble slowly upwards to the surface. That surface - initially capped with a finger and a half of nearly perfectly alabaster head - showcases a persistent dusting after the initial mountain has crumbled (which did take some time), leaving huge and crunchy swaths of frosty lacing in its wake. A very attractive color and great lacing - if the head retention had been a little better, it'd have been a perfect 5.0.

Aroma: An amazing bouquet, and one of the closest drinking experiences to literally walking through a ripe hop field and burying your face in a cluster as I've had. Fresh, dank, fat hop notes, absolutely bursting with aromaticity, from spicy herbal notes to bright, crisp piney to sweet, airy, and robust citrus notes. The citrus is what's strong up front initially, but - as this one warms, and the heavier esters and notes begin to rise - it gets more resinous, spicy, piney, herbal, filled with leather and tobacco and tar.

Taste: Oddly and mildly disappointingly, this may this beer's weakest aspect. That's not to say it's bad - it's not, at all, and in fact it's quite good - but compared to the glory of the nose, the arcing gorgeousness of the lacing, and the amazing mouth, the complexities of the hop profile here just don't do it for me.

That's also not to say that the hop profile isn't complex: it is. This one is fat with resin, running the gamut of possible hop notes: citrusy, grassy, herbal, piney, floral, and, naturally, plenty of bitterness. The citrus dominates up front, suggesting lemon and grapefruit most obviously, but also hinting at other tropical relations, but takes on that earthy rind quality because of all the dank, resinous, leafy and herbal notes present as well. Piney notes linger long past the last drop leaves your mouth, amplifying that dry, minerally bitterness that the best dryer IPAs and DIPAs have in spades, though that isn't what this one's all about.

Though I would say it errs on the side of dryness. The malt backbone is moderately roasted, characteristic of the hue, with biscuity and heavier honey notes dominating the attempt at balance. Though there's definitely some hints of caramel and cookie sweetness here, the whole thing leans more towards the spicy, dryer, crispier side of things, which is to its credit, showcasing the hops nicely without being so dry as to render the experience an all out assault.

Mouthfeel: One of the smoothest, creamiest DIPAs I've ever laid lips too. Like whipped air, the carbonation levels - in conjunction with the stickiness of the body - hit that real sweet spot, with enough lift that it floats over the tongue but not enough that it jumps off. Like drinking velvet. Bitter, bitter velvet.

Drinkability: Is Vermont the new California of the east coast, or something? I'm not sure, but there are a slew of good IPAs and DIPAs coming out of there recently. This one was near-fantastic, but instead I'll just call it "great." At 8.0%, it's also eminently manageable, hitting that sweet spot near the top of the flavor:alcohol ratio chart, much like PtE. This beer reminds me a lot of a slightly haughtier, danker PtE, in many ways, and I'd like to do a side by side. As it stands, I highly recommend this one, and would snatch it up should I ever be so lucky as to see it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 03:26:11 | More by CrellMoset
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle, batch 183, bottle 99. Thanks Conor and TCassel! Shared with Jeff and Ben.

Pours a bright, slightly cloudy golden color with a massive, fluffy white head. Head never fades and leaves streaks of thin lacing. Aroma is pure hops, fresh and dank. Dominated by pine and floral notes, slightly sweaty, with a background of sweet tropical hops and malt. Flavor is strong fresh pine and citrus rind. Very clean and dry with a pleasant mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel is soft and medium thick, exceedingly drinkable. A little lighter than your typical DIPA, but extremely enjoyable and smooth.

Update. Just drank a few bottles of batch 211 within a few days of picking them up from the Warren Store. After being lucky enough to have this on 4 or 5 occasions, this has become my favorite IIPA. Tons of fresh tropical and citrus fruit with balancing, not abrasive bitterness, this is incredible.

Update 2/16/12. Eff it. One year later, still has never disappointed me and drinking a fresh sample now complements of Josh. If I don't give this a 5, I will never give anything a 5.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 01:25:15 | More by yourefragile
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popery

California

4.83/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 05:12:53 | More by popery
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Bierguy5

Ohio

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

22 oz botle, 8% abv. Bottle #94. Hazy gold, with a slight orange hue. Great fluffy white head. Great retention and lace.

Bursting with juicy hop aroma. Lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, with a slight pine edge. Caramel malt in the background, but the hops are the showcase.

Lighter malt character. Sharp bitterness, but not overwhelming. Bitterness has the tropical fruit characters, but also some earthy notes.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Very well made.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 18:15:44 | More by Bierguy5
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz freshie courtesy of BA hophead0808..Thanks!

Pours hazy gold with an orangy hue and a two inch head of rocky, beige foam. Loads of thick, sheeted lacing with a solid foam cap for the duration of the glass.

Pungent hops leap from the glass as soon as the pour begins. Cracked garlic, onions, pine, grapefruit, mango, and pear. Very dank and reaking of kind-bud.

Medium bodied with a gummy, tacky, resinous mouthfeel. Lush and creamy.

Pine-rubbed grapefruit with shades of melon and tangerine start the palate. Undertones of honey and hop sap follow through.

Finishes with a firm but very smooth bitterness, dank, earthy citrus, and some faint malt. Very dry, smooth, and loaded with finishing hops.

Wowza. Sean nailed this one. A world-class IIPA and uber-fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 02:05:17 | More by brewandbbq
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Phelps

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle number 15 of 211, shared by ejyoung, in a tulip.

Cloudy apricot in color, with only shadows of fingers visible behind. The frothy off-white head fizzles away quickly, leaving a thin top layer, a big sticky ring and large gobs of lace.

Bright nose. Orange peel, grapefruit, juicyfruit. Some floral character also emerges with roses and lavender. Tinge of cracker malt as well.

Tropical! Pineapple juice, mango, grass and some stickiness meld with floral potpourri and lavender. Cracker malt adds a bit of balance. Another flash of hops appears at the swallow, with moderate lingering bitterness.

Medium-light, fizzy body with gentle massaging bubbles. I get a good amount of tongue-burning heat and fumes — more than is suitable for an 8 percent ABV beer.

A bright, bitter tongue slap of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 23:14:30 | More by Phelps
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.89/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2013 03:56:09 | More by JoEBoBpr
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington.

Beer is cloudy orange with a moderately-sized white head. Head fades steadily, leaving good lacing. Looks nice!

Nose is striking. A huge dose of sticky tropical and citrus fruits. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Lovely!

Taste is in line with the nose. Quite bitter, with lots of juicy, sticky citrus and tropical fruit. A bit of pine. Great stuff. Alcohol is very well hidden- so easy to drink.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. A bit oily. Nice feel.

Overall, excellent. A truly great DIPA- maybe the best. If I could get this at home, i would be a happy guy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2013 19:16:12 | More by jrenihan
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been intrigued to try something from Lawsons as I keep hearing good things about that shop in Vermont which is home to my other favorite breweries such as Hill Farmstead and Alchemist. Poured from bomber into dimpled glass mug. Pours hazy orange with a beautiful thick white head that dissipates into thin lacing that lasts very well throughout. Aromas of sweet floral citrus, pineapple, and herbal hops. Sweet floral-like malts come out very well in the flavor along with some mango and pineapple. There is some dryness and delicious hop bitterness in the finish. A very pleasant DIPA and an excellent example for the style! Glad to have tried this one out.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 17:48:11 | More by CuriousMonk
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.3/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 01:43:38 | More by SpeedwayJim
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aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 21:32:57 | More by aasher
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Gobzilla

California

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

A: poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights and a nice half finger of fluffy head that left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely a lot of fruit in this aroma such as mangos, pineapple, citrusy lemon zest, good piney notes, with a good hoppy tones. It had some sweet sugary and maltiness coming out as well. very interesting nose.

T: lots of passion fruit in the flavor alongside fruits such as mongos, pineapple, a little peach, good pine earthy notes with a grassy hop character that had a mild hop bitter punch. I did however get some woody and slightly vanilla accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, woody, hoppy mild sweet, and slightly bitter finish.

O: very good beer all around and was happy to see it and try at the alcazaba summer bottle share, good lookin out whoever brought it.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 22:11:39 | More by Gobzilla
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

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

Picked up this bottle at the Cap City Farmers' Market, 1/22/11. Batch #183.

A-Pours a very hazy golden apricot with a nice cap of frothy off white head. A nice off white sheet of lacing.

S-Juicy citrus, sweet pineapple and mango with a nice malt undertone.

T-More grapefruit than pineapple but still quite delicious. Pleasantly bitter from start to finish with a grapefruit start and a lemon finish. A nice malt backbone as well.

M-Medium bodied, nicely oily, moderate carbonation.

O-Terrific example of the style. The hops are prominently displayed but the bitterness is understated and vibrant.

HV

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:28:17 | More by sholland119
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy golden amber color with a nice one finger lightly yellow very sticky head that leads to lots of lacing. Nose is phenomenal, it's very fruity and floral, dank and spicy. Not sure how he does it with these IPAs, but they all smell amazing.

Wow, this is so creamy and juicy and dank. It coats your math with a smooth creamy hop coating - the bitterness is quite harsh, less so than hopzilla though, which means you get more fruity and vegetal flavors. The carbonation is nice, sharp and crisp but the body is almost like a cask IPA which is cool. The finish is really dry and leaves you wanting more but there is a bit of an earthy grass like flavor on the finish that's a bit too prominent for me.

Overall, it's a good little brother to Hopzilla.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 22:29:20 | More by kingcrowing
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a Lawson's stemmed glass

A - Pours a hazy pale golden color with a faint orange tint to the body. A thick finger plus cap of fluffy bright white foam lingers for a good couple of minutes, slowly fading towards the surface and leaving behind sheets of foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Bright and citrusy. Sweet, juicy grapefruit from start to finish. Mild pine touches mixed along with some tropical notes. Grapefruit dominates in a very good way tho. Searching hard, I can find traces of light biscuity malt, but very faint.

T - Rich grapefruit juice-like bitterness. Very firm, crisp bitterness. Fruity, citrusy and a touch sweet up front lend itself to comparison to a fresh squeezed glass of grapefruit juice. Aside from the dominant grapefruit, there is some mild sweet malt, faint yeasty, bready flavors. Pine flavors come on a bit, especially as this warms up a bit in the glass. Alcohol is noticeable but not obtrusive - just enough to let you know that this isn't a session beer. Bright hop bitterness of rather high intensity - despite the heavy dose of citrus and tropical fruitiness, the bitterness of the hops cuts through and delivers a little bit of punch.

M - Thicker body than I expected and checking in just on the high side of medium bodied. Carbonation is mid-level as well, but has a soft feel on the tongue, slightly foamy, but mostly creamy in texture. This has a very sticky and resiny character to it...somewhat syrupy and viscous in feel. So much hop character - leaves bitter, citrusy, piney impressions for a long time after each swallow...like breathing in the ambient air from a jam packed hop warehouse.

O - Have had this several times before at ACBF, but only in sample sizes. First time I've been able to experience this beer fully through an entire bottle. This isn't the most bitter beer I've had and this isn't the most intensely hop flavored DIPA I've had either. However, this is one of the closest to perfect combination of hop characters I've ever had. Balance (if you can call it that) is outstanding. I don't mean the hops and malt work together in perfect harmony...this is derfinitely a hop forward beer as it should be. Balance of crisp bitterness, super juicy citrus flavors backed by some pine and tropical fruits, intense mouthfeel and inviting appearance make this beer a real experience. I am putting this in my top 10 beers of all time...having had this several times, I think I can eliminate the environmental factors that can cloud all of our judgements. Are there better DIPA's out there?...maybe, but this holds up to the best of the ones I've ever had. If there are better, I'd certainly like to try them.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 23:28:41 | More by portia99
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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
Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 1,343 ratings.