Double Sunshine
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3
ABV:
8%
Score:
100
Ranked #20
Avg:
4.68 | pDev: 7.48%
Reviews:
386
Ratings:
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Notes: 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 Franziskaner
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored with a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering a third of the top. The aroma is of of pine. I’m tasting a wallop of pine and a touch of grassy hops. The mouth is sticky and chewy.

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Photo of Boto
4.34/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can from Brewery (also sampled at Brewery): this one pours a cloudy slightly orange tinted golden color. Minimal head and lacing. The nose is good. A mixture of many hops with none overpowering the other. Tropical, pine, citrus and some floral/herb notes. A little muted from what I expected. The taste is wonderful. A plethora of different hops, all well balanced against one another. Some dank hops, with tropical, pine, citrus and maybe a bit of some herb flavors. Now real sweetness to this, just a bit of a dank hop bite. A really excellent beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.64/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a lightly hazy orange in color with a finger of tight white head. Aroma has grapefruit, orange, piney, and herbal notes. Taste hits the same notes as the aroma adding some tropical notes. Intensely hoppy yet super smooth. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very tasty and drinkable. I’d absolutely seek this out again.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE: September 26, 2019... OCCASION: drinking this in honor of a friend and beer companion who left our school for retirement to Vermont...thanks for introducing me to this and many other fine beers from and around the state... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... pours a picture-perfect orange amber body rife with effervescence... its head, a snowy peak of firm foam that settles into solar flares of ululance... how big can an aroma be? berry, lemon, mango, grapefruit, lush pine cone, pepper, garden herbs, dank basement, and a slight boozy conclusion... juicy draw, with a sip worth chewing... the teeth absorb what must be an 80+ IBU impact; its body couches arrogantly on the tongue; balanced and full in its finish, lasting if not resounding a half minute after its leaving... its presence evokes a bourbon, but its bite is more like a friendly embrace... BIG pine flavor, resin dripping and gum-splitting juiciness, with the citric shine blaring lemon, grapefruit, and other tropical rinds... this is brilliant, a beer that could be the companion for an entire evening, weighty but smooth, rewarding and flavorful... this is a perfect sendoff to Jeff, whose intellectual and pragmatic balance will be sorely missed in our neck of the woods..... thank you for sharing your gifts with us, and God bless, friend...

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Photo of Rand_Schoeb
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

08/08/19 Canning Date, purchased at Lawson’s beautiful, newish tasting room, which is well worth a visit for its wood-bedecked beer hall, very friendly staff, excellent local food, sunny terrace with cornhole, and, of course, excellent beer. Visited on 8/18/19. Double Sunshine is simply the most pleasantly pungent smelling, hoppy, and juicy (yet not too sweet) tasting Vermont double IPA. While Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine is now more widely available and has a similar (if more muted) taste profile, this one spelunks the nasal passages and does a hop-laden tango on the tongue. In a side-by-side comparison with Heady Topper, this is the more beautifully complex (albeit slightly less sweet to the taste) winner.

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Photo of FFreak
4.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm finally reviewing this excellent beer. I've had it a couple times over the years, but now it's out in cans, which is a great thing. A clear golden amber color with a thick white head that leaves considerable lace. Great aromas combining citrus, tropical notes and a little pine and herb. Taste is rich and hoppy with nothing off anywhere. Mouthfeel is just right...perfectly balancing a medium body and soft carbonation. Overall, a top notch IPA. I'm so glad it's now available in cans and not so hard to track down.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(16 oz can, canned on 05/20/19, purchased in cold 4-pack... poured into a fat tulip)

L: crystal-clear, pale amber-gold liquid; tall stand of loose, frothy-spongy, off-white foam... foam collapses fast, but maintains chunky/rocky collar

S: pineapple (juice/syrup) all day, maybe some subtle background floral and pine/menthol(?) notes, maybe coconut (rum) too; faint essence of ethanol... great potency to start, settles into soft fragrance

T: orange soda, crushed lemon rind, pineapple juice; delicate (almost phenolic) spicy aftertaste; rather dry... mellow, long-lasting citrus-pithy bitterness, perhaps a twinkle of candied ginger... little naked malt presence, perhaps a vague (pea)nutty, toasted caramel character in the background... the orange element becomes slightly more grapefruit as it goes

F: light, tight body wrapped in a sleek furry hop coat; certain level flow (lack of 'roundness'); soft, prickly warmth lingers... lovely weightlessness

O: flavor-wise, restrained boldness... I do love a pineapple hop flavor... its strengths are in its hop density, light weight, quiet heat... rather demanding of a repeat buy

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Photo of jwhancher
4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Sip’s older boozy brother with more pronounced citrus and dank hop character. Wish this could be in my steady rotation as my nightcap beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.08/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a shaker.

Appearance
Clear blonde. Moderate carbonation. Short white head.

Nose
Grapefruit, orange, lemon, caramel, and honey.

Taste
Sweetened grapefruit juice, orange zest, and drops of lemon juice. Slight mango and papaya. Firm honey and caramel maltiness. Finishes with zest and pine.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, smooth, oily, semi-dry, and lightly bitter.

Overall
It goes down really easy. Mostly grapefruit and pine.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent DIPA. Had on tap at LFL brew pub. Went great with food too. Smooth juicey NEIPA that had some west coast dankness. Full hop fwd in nose and taste; but nicely combined with malts. Beautifully well balanced. Rich dark orange mahogany colored with full creamy head that seemed to last forever. Picture post card for a classic looking beer. Full creamy feel but still was not heavy or sticky. Oh so in my wheelhouse. As balanced a brew as I have ever had. So glad to have had it fresh on tap. One of better IPAs I’ve had.

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Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2/12/19 canning date

A: Pours sort of an amberish-gold? Tall frothy light tan head. Excellent head retention and great lacing left on the glass.

S: Spicy pine is the primary hop aroma, but I get some grapefruit and tropical fruits in there as well. Mildly sweet too, sugary/caramel.

T: Huge hop character. It almost feels like you're chewing on hops. Mostly tropical up front I would say. Herbal and piney in the middle with some sugary malt that barely even peeks through. Plenty of very dry grapefruit, particularly on the back end. Lingering mashup of hop flavors in the aftertaste. Bitterness is not crazy, I think the ABV keeps it from being too over the top.

M: Medium bodied, bitter and dry. Very smooth, nearly oddly so for such a big DIPA. Very juicy.

O: One hell of a DIPA. It has huge hop complexity and flavor but with surprisingly good balance. Great mouthfeel, one of the best in the genre. So you end up with a big juicy DIPA that's smooth, balanced and therefore easy drinking. Hard to top for the overall package, IMO.

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Photo of Rristow
4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from can. Pours slightly hazy amber orange with thick white rocky head. Aroma is tangerine and citrus notes. Taste is moderately to heavily bitter. Citrus flavors along with caramel, a little dankiness. Excellent ipa.

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Photo of Glennpags
4.64/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color with an off-white head which dissipates quickly, leaving a nice lace. I am not an expert at discerning the smell, but I can detect sweet citrus, and some sweet breadiness. Taste follows the nose. After drinking Heady on a regular basis (I live in VT), it's a treat to drink a DIPA that doesn't slam me over the head with hops. This beer has a nice balance between hops and malts. Easy drinking, alcohol well-hidden. Just a refreshing, hoppy well balanced beer. Well worth the :45 minute drive to Waitsfield to grab this gem!

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lawson ups its Sip o' Sunshine ante. A mix of citrus and herbal flavors play off each other. Crack the can's flip-top, and abundant hop aroma goodness (almost) fills the room. Superior!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.71/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 13 oz Alchemy Teku glass canned on 1/04/19. Pours a very attractive dark orange with a 1 finger plus sticky slightly off white head that leaves some thick rings of lace as it slowly settles. 5

Smell is big bold tangerine, some herbal dank marijuana, pine resin, and grapefruit rind. 4.5

Taste follows tangerine, a slight hint of marijuana, some sticky pine notes, pineapple, and some very nicely balanced grapefruit with very moderate bitterness. 4.75

Mouthfeel is a big medium, gentle carbonation and works wonderfully with this one, not dry but very sticky, and at 8% ABV goes down extremely easy. 4.75

Overall I went in with really high expectations and it really lived up to what I was hoping it would be and that is a massive accomplishment. 4.75

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered looking and orange with a finger off white head that leaves ribbons of lacing behind. Smells like sweet caramel, orange, grapefruit and a big blast of pine. Tastes sweet up front with a ton of citrus and pine. The finish gets some caramel, orange and piney bitterness. Great beer.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi clear golden/orange color. 2 finger slightly off white, very foamy head with excellent retention. Really nice lacing as the head dissipates in the glass.
The nose is a really nice, deep, rich citrus and pine hop aroma. I get pine and grapefruit. I also just get the faintest orange aroma in it.
Taste - Slightly mellow for a second, almost sweet. The hops then kick in, and don't let go. I Get the grapefruit, and orange up front. That transforms into a sticky pine on the rear that just doesn't let go.
Starts out creamy feeling, then it becomes a sticky hop party. The pine hops really stick in my throat, and just don't let go. You'd probably need some goo gone to get rid of the sticky hop feel.
This is an amazing IPA, and I can see why there's so much love for it on the boards. Very well made.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 16oz can into a willi becher pint glass. pours a semi clear light amber with a finger of frothy white head. smells of pine, woods, a little hint of tropical fruit but it’s more piney and west coast than new england. taste is similar. pine, sharp bitterness from the hops but still quite drinkable. a tinge of caramel flavor. mouthfeel is spectacularly full and creamy making this DIPA all too drinkable. really takes this beer over the top for me. excellent old school DIPA. my favorite of the sunshines.

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Photo of leantom
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Not as complex as Sip of Sunshine, but still quite good. Here goes:

A: Slightly hazy orange. Beer pours a moderate head that leaves very little lacing. Nothing spectacular. On the other hand, the color is quite exquisite

S: Very piney. I detect lots of grapefruit and pine, some orange peel as well; not detecting the complexity of Sip of Sunshine, however. Still great, though.

T: Taste is very dank. Lots of pine and grapefruit; almost like a West Coast IPA. Tropical fruits are interspersed between the pine and grapefruit.

F: Crisp and smooth. Great

O: Great beer. Little one-dimensional, though

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Photo of stoumi
4.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Double Sunshine pours a nearly clear golden honey color with an inviting and thick, off white rocky head with some sticky lacing. The smell is packed full of citrus and tropical fruits; orange, guava, papaya with some notable floral characteristics, a nutty malt and an earthy and piney hop resin. The taste...phenomenal! Soft on the palette with an array of flavors from the juicy fruits, but also a mellow sweetness before the resinous pine. Well balanced finished very clean.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.29/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden honey color only slightly hazy. Pure white foam, cover recedes to a thin cover later. Lace for days.

Canned on: 12/18/18.
Opened on: 12/19/18.....FRESH.

Light and sweet , tropical red fruity aromatics kick it off. Green grassy fields of wet July summer, grains of barley, wheat and spelt come forth from the husky portion of hops and malt.

West coast style sweet fruity hops, higher alpha acids, green and dried earth combo. Sweet, boozy, malty effects become heady. Dense Amber, honey sweet malt gives it that signature west coast style approach.

A classic, Amber and Medium-bodied brew, ipa. A nice peppery, earthy pine sap finish rounds it all out.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can
Canned: Nov-10-2018


A:
Pours a clear, flowing orange with a fat white head that drops to a little cap. All right retention; little lacing. (4)

S:
Mango and orange rind, floral spice, sap, bready malt. (4.25)

T:
Mango, orange, hop resin, sweet malt-alcohol. (4.5)

M:
Medium+ body with moderate carbonation and a big, coating, resinous-floral finish. (4.5)

O:
Very nice IIPA.
It pours a crystal clear orange almost the color of the can. The head is nice, but short-lived. Aroma-wise it is floral and resinous with some hints of fruity sweetness. The flavor is a coating blast of mascerated tropical fruit with a solid resiny bitterness in the middle with malt and alcohol to hold it all together. It is drinkable, but definitely a big beer and one that coats your mouth in what makes me imagine fermented pollen. Floral and fruity, citrus oily and lightly tropical with some pine there as well. Very nice! (4.5)

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Photo of brewme
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about seventeen dollars. Have had SOS and Super Sesh. This is one of the best beers that I have ever had. Reminds me of my first taste of SOS, which, unfortunately, is way too inconsistent these days.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.23/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange with a clarity that is nearly translucent with the first 12oz of the beer poured into the glass. It turns to a starburst opaque translucence when the final ounces are poured into the glass. Head is a finger and a half of white foam. Aroma is orange, tangerine, papaya, and light guava. Tropical citrus notes are heavy and out front, with biscuity, earthy, nutty malts and herbal hops adding a big backdrop. Flavor profile is orange, tangerine, papaya, and guava with notable herbal, floral hops and biscuity, earthy, nutty malts. Despite the naming of 'Northeast IPA', the hops are much stickier and less sweet than others of the style. Malts still serve as a backdrop, but not an after thought. It carries a quality balance between hops and malts, while leaning lightly towards the sweet side. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a crisp texture that touches on effervescent. Overall, very flavorful and surprisingly balanced. Reviewed per the New England IPA style due to its style listing on its profile at the time of review.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can. Can 10/11, reviewed 12/2. Reviewed per NE IPA style guidelines.

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Photo of 5toutman75
4.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This is phenomenal! Hazy and darker than a typical NEIPA. More bitter too, but that’s my favorite part. Soft mouthfeel as well. Don’t pass this up. I need to find more.

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Double Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 2500 ratings