Double Sunshine IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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4.5/5 rDev -3.8%
Big thanks to yourefragile for sending me this bottle out of the blue. I've been wanting to try this for some time as I'd heard a lot about it. Poured into a snifter. Rare Batch #211, Bottle #4.
A: The bomber has gold foil on the top and a simple label that becomes somewhat obscured as the moisture smears the ink. I pry off the cap and am greeted with a commendable hiss. A hard pour into the snifter yields a slightly hazy dark orange body with an enormous sea foam white head that exhibits excellent retention and leaves thick sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: Honeydew melon and cantaloupe meet peach, nectarine, tangerine, orange, and mango. The hop profile is vibrant, bright, and expressive. Malt takes a back seat to the hops but lends a subtle breadiness to the background. No evident alcohol or harsh notes, just a lot of hop expression taking many forms. Mango becomes more pronounced as the beer opens up. There's a little pine and just a whisper of onion (not at all detracting).
T: Orange, mango, honeydew melon, nectarine, grapefruit, apricot, and peach. The beer exhibits an abundance of hop flavor with a lower moderate bitterness. It's smooth and gentle while delivering lots of hop characteristics. There's a dash of pine, and that subtle and ephemeral malt caramel/breadiness that's quickly forgotten. The finish is smooth and hoppy with no evident alcohol. Bitterness waxes in the drying finish.
M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, and dry.
Overall: A fantastic Double IPA. It's mellow and restrained, but it deserves the praise it receives.
06-26-2011 03:36:40 | More by HopHead84
4.33/5 rDev -7.5%
Pours a yellowish-gold color with a frothy head.
Grassy hops with a touch of citrus as well. Perhaps a hint of mint as well.
The taste is full of a citrus blast that overrides the grassiness. Its just where it should be.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus and perhaps a smidgen of malt.
Deceptively drinkable with more of a balance than I expected. I would certainly buy it if it were more readily available.
02-13-2011 01:49:11 | More by Brad007
5/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, yellow-copper coloring with a tall, frothy, big bubbled, bright white head and a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. Nose of rich, floral hops on the forward nose, with a tangy grapefruit backbone blending with a truckload of resiny character. Layered and inviting nose. Wow! Flavors are smooth and balanced, with a grapefruit tart and sweet blending with a peppery and resiny hops character on the forward tongue. Some roast characteristics toward the end of the palate. The hops characteristics provide both floral aromas and bitter, resiny flavor characteristics. Fantastic. Robust body, but light at the same time. The aftertaste is richly sweet and bitter at the same time, with a heavy fistful of hops resin and citrus tenderizing your palate into a blissful state. Smooth, bitter finish with a slightly drying feel. Fantastic beer!
08-25-2013 02:39:36 | More by GarthDanielson
4.13/5 rDev -11.8%
On tap at The Farmhouse Tap and Grille Burlington VT.
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Smells of pine, citrus, apricot, lemons, grapefruit, malt maybe. Taste is slightly bitter with lots of fruity citrusy hop goodness. Smooth resinous mouthfeel with a medium body and a moderate level of carbonation. This didn't look like much in the glass but was really nice going down. Too bad this is so frikin hard to find.
02-27-2012 00:48:12 | More by johnnnniee
4.38/5 rDev -6.4%
Awesome bottle thanks to shawnm213.
22oz bottle with gold foil poured into a Pint glass.
A - Pours a pale, cloudy orange with a thin light tan head, good retention, but the head slowly fades. Small rings of lacing left on the glass.
S - Strong citrus and pine.
T - Very fruity and citrusy - Pineapple, Orange, Grapefruit.
D - Smooth and silky, which is odd for an ipa. Good carbonation and average body.
O - Wow, I really enjoyed this one. This is a winner.
12-08-2011 03:47:11 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.5/5 rDev -3.8%
Reviewed from notes:
apearance: copper orange, with a 1 finger off white head,
smell: citrus, grapefruit, tropical, hops, malts,
taste: tropical fruit salad, caramel, malts,
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,
overall: outstanding IPA. so worth the search. hopefully the next bottle will be easier to land.
03-05-2012 16:02:14 | More by THECPJ
4.9/5 rDev +4.7%
I was very surprised and lucky that Tim (thegrogbog) pulled this out on a random weekday in northern OH (thanks so much Tim!). Bottle 137 from batch 196. This was many months old but tasted extremely fresh and hoppy, the miracle of modern refrigeration.
The beer is golden colored and just a little murky, a result of the sediment poured into our glasses as we tried to get every bit of the bottle out. What an incredible smell, this is massively hoppy, fresh and citrusy, pine needles and dank week, everything you could ask for.
Luckily this tasted just as delicious as it smells, so resiny and hoppy, only the faintest struggle for balance given by the pale malts, excellent. Jesus but this tastes nice, and the alcohol is not discernable in any way.
So glad to get a chance at this again, would love to try it any time in the future too.
08-11-2011 01:24:28 | More by TurdFurgison
4.73/5 rDev +1.1%
Upon drinking this on tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington it struck me, not for the first time, that when beer is of this quality it’s merely taste which determines how one will rank it and where it should be put in our personal pantheon of any particular style. I was lucky enough to have this side by side with Hill Farmstead’s Abner and later that day, a very fresh can of Heady Topper. I’ve had Pliny and Blind Pig and multiple Alpine IPA’s, Surly’s Abrasive and Furious, and Double Sunshine was likely my favorite of all of them. They’re all phenomenal but on this particular day at least, I was completely blown away by how good this was.
The beer is very slightly hazy and golden with a fluffy white head that settles down slowly, leaving nice lacing on the glass. The aroma bursts up at you, with fresh and extremely vivid tropical fruit and citrus as well as some floral and resinous pine notes. A faint hint of sweet maltiness is also detected. The flavor is simply delicious, with the malt just propping the hops up ever so slightly with a subtle caramel taste and never intruding. Complex fruity hops dominate, with lots of grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, etc. Piney notes also come into play. Bitterness is very moderate and while present doesn’t overshadow the hop details.
Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a very smooth overall feel. Alcohol is undetected and the finish lingers quite pleasantly, with all those hop subtleties hanging around. Again, this one is at least as good as anything hoppy I’ve ever tried.
05-30-2012 03:58:26 | More by tobelerone
4.63/5 rDev -1.1%
650 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip. I have a Lawson's pint glass, but I thought this deserved a better glass.
Appearance - Pours a hazy orange body with almost no head on a careful pour. Good lacing, but not much of a head to retain.
Smell - Smells wonderful. Citrus, as every great IPA has, but it's got a good dose of pine and herbal simcoe flavors. Complex and wonderful aroma. Smells a bit sweet.
Taste - Just a hint of sweetness at the start and then a wave of hops. Citrus mainly, with a piney finish that blends with the herbal character. The herbal notes linger in the finish. Strong bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - It's crisp and clean, but the bitter finish is really strong. It's a little detracting. It probably helps the flavor retain a nice complexity, but it makes it less gulpable than I'd like.
Overall - Definitely one of the top IPAs out there. The hop character is amazing. It's not just a citrus bomb. It's got a fascinating flavor profile to back up the delicious citrus hops. Awesome beer.
05-04-2012 04:00:00 | More by Alieniloquium
4.47/5 rDev -4.5%
Props to Chris for this super fresh bottle, batch 192, bottle # 117... Pours a murky light gold, dark in the middle, a little ugly. A nice white head, great retention and lacing... The aroma is fantastic, so fresh, just plucked pine needles with pineapples and an assortment of tropical fruits... Taste is equally great, bitting pine and alcohol of a dipa, but muted and so drinkable. This is awesome, must try.
05-30-2011 14:30:07 | More by jrallen34
4.5/5 rDev -3.8%
Bottle purchased fresh on July 20th. Poured in to FFF stemmed tulip.
A - Cloudy medium orange colour. Half a finger of thick white head formed and receded to a thin layer
S - Massive grapefruit aroma up front with complimentary orange rind and pineapple notes. A very light sweetness from the malts comes through. Very fresh and juicy.
T - An assertive bitterness up front with grapefruit, pineapple and some pine. Definitely a hop bomb with only a touch of caramel sweetness from the malts. The bitterness lingers considerably in the finish.
M - Medium body, light carbonation. Full on tongue-coating hop oils.
08-01-2012 23:52:10 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.68/5 rDev 0%
Big thanks to mikesgroove for dropping bombs on my palate during Hobo Cookout #1 and sharing this with me! Bottle #53 from Batch #174! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a two finger slightly off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of swee malt, mango, grapefruit, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, mango, citrus, grapefruit, citrus hop, grapefruit hop, and subtle marijuana. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. Really great in all aspects on this one. The flavor completely floored me on how fresh and potent it was... Really glad I got the chance to try this one and if you have not, you should as well as it is definitely worth it!
05-06-2011 11:52:30 | More by thagr81us
4.43/5 rDev -5.3%
Thanks to spycow and the rest of the Chicago Crew for leaving me a tickable portion of this bottle.
A - Yellow colored beer that was a touch hazy, white head bubbled up. Little bit of stick left on the sides for a nice looking beer.
S - Awesome good. Citrus, pineapple, tropical fruit, subtle touch of pine, and a hint of resin. Pretty much as good as it gets on the nose.
T - Taste is right up there with the best DIPAs I've had. Tropical fruit is great and not too sweet. There is enough malt precense to give it body, but you really don't notice it. Good bitterness to it.
M - Medium bodied, refreshing carbonation.
O - Awesome beer, I want more. One of the better crafted DIPAs I've had in some time.
03-28-2011 01:31:02 | More by AgentZero
4.5/5 rDev -3.8%
Wow, seriously? Brewed out East, and holding its own against any beer without Pliny in its name? Thanks, Mike.
Crystal clear pour with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks gorgeous. And the nose is fuckamazing. Big, resiny, citrus and pine goodness, incredibly bright, resiny, fruity but decidedly bitter, Pretty much perfect for a DIPA, the only reason I haven't bumped the score is 'cos I tried it at a tasting. The palate follows, with a burst of hop goodness, big, bitter, bright, pungent and resiny, with citrus and pine with no real malt character to speak of. Dense, hop resins linger on in the finish, coating the palate and emphasizing some of the fruity aspects of the beer. Drying, bitter finish, this is awesome. Very highly recommended. Fuck yeah!
**Edit 21 July 2012**
Thanks again, Michael.
Looks great, this smells great too! An amazing, juicy, fruity tropical fruit nose with mango, papaya, peach and tangerine, this is just bursting with hop goodness. Bright and pungent without being grassy and herbal, the hop nose is close to perfect.
The palate is an explosion of hops, big, fruity, sweet and amazing. Tangerine, mango, melon, nectarines, peach and ripe oranges run riot on the palate. Bitterness is low here, but there is an oily, resiny hop character that more than makes up for it. The hops are so juicy that they make this beer sweet, a feat considering that the base pale malt lends nothing more than a mild biscuit note. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this feels pretty great on the palate. While I'm tempted to lump this in with the San Diego DIPAs, this still is unique in the hop profile. It amplifies the fruity hop nose that the best ones have, and tones down the bitterness for a very unique beer, and while my scores stand, my palate was clearly compromised when I wrote my original review above. Clean, fruity and refreshing, this is outstanding stuff.
06-01-2012 02:04:42 | More by DefenCorps
4.25/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
02-19-2012 23:25:21 | More by claspada
4.43/5 rDev -5.3%
Cloudy gold body with good head retention .
Awesome mango citrus aromas!
Juicy citrus with a good bitterness at the end of each sip. Doesnt even come close to drink 8%
Medium-low carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.
Really enjoyed this one. Could easily drinka bomber of this and be happy. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT!
06-16-2012 02:46:12 | More by Duff27
4.7/5 rDev +0.4%
22oz bomber from caguiar.
Pours a hazy golden orange with a small wispy white head that recedes to a swirl of foam and thick collar.
Aroma is massively hoppy with mostly juicy citrus hops - pithy white grapefruit and orange zest. Some lemongrass and pien resin underneath the citrus. There is a bit of bready malt sweetness but definitely not a lot of balance in the nose.
The taste has a mix of oranges and pineapple citrus with a hefty floral dankness with some herbal and grassy notes. The finish is bitter and resinous.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodiied and well carbonated. I do get a hint of alcohol burn in the finish which surprised me a little but didn't take away from the beer.
Another outstanding hoppy beer from Lawson's. I was a big fan of the Triple Play I just tasted and this is even better I think.
03-25-2012 23:05:34 | More by gford217
Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
100 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.