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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3
Ranked #23
4.67 | pDev: 7.28%
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
Double SunshineDouble Sunshine
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.
Reviews: 405 | Ratings: 2,583 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional IPA. Similar to Sip of Sunshine but definitely better. Brewers like to use the phrase "bursting with flavor" but this beer really is. Aroma and taste are everything I want in an IPA. No hazy, chalky, yeasty crap just a great, strong, balanced beauty of a beer. I think it's better than Heady Topper. yb

Sep 24, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had poured from pint can, bottom stamped "CANNED ON: 07/23/20," gift from friend, into nonic pint.

Pours a beautiful slightly cloudy orange-gold, with a lasting 1- to 2-finger head, leaving elegant lace. Aroma is huge juicy citrus and tropical fruit, which gives way to a continuing not quite dank herbaceousness, not found in Sip of Sunshine. On drinking, it is all about the juicy citrus and tropical fruit, balanced with a bit of malt and hop bite, and further distinguished from Sip of Sunshine by alcohol sweetness in the finish.

Sep 23, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.51/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear orange yellow with decent head on top. Modest lacing.

S: Not in your face by any means, but some nice citrus, mango, pine, and herbal spiciness. Some noticeable malt character as well with some biscuity aromatics showing up.

T: Firm bitterness, followed by big juicy citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Some very biscuity malt comes in to balance things out and the finish is very clean and moderately dry.

Overall: A delicious DIPA with a very nice malt balance. It isn't sweet at all, and that is what makes the malt/hop interplay work so well. I highly recommend this beer.

Sep 06, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.34/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold with excellent clarity; white head; poor fizzy cap retention, yet solid ring; some spots of lacing. Nose is dank earthy mangoes, orange, lemon, grapefruit. Bitter lemon peel right off the bat; mango and orange earthy hop middle; semi sweet malt foundation. Bitter bite/burn on tip of tongue; medium body, moderate carbonation; some warmth/astringency in mouth. Tasty long citrus rind linger, but bitterness overshadows the malt and it tastes/feels hot, even though I don’t detect any alcohol and abv is just 8%; I’d drink again, but I’ll know what I’m getting in the bitterness department.

Aug 29, 2020
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

29JUL20 saw a second visit to Lawson's in 2 days for Alewife and myself. Went with the Double today (Triple yesterday). A 12oz pour was $7.00.

A small tulip held a clear, medium-golden brew. Had light carbo, and a thin, fine white head. The suds lasted decently, with good lace. Aroma was solid citrus - pineapple and rindy grapefruit. Was medium for body, with a touch of prickle.

A hint of crackery malts first alit on the palate. Then, more grapefruit and pineapple, both pithy and resiny. Had a bitter yet tasty dry finish. Solid, though the triple had more oomph and balance. Prosit!

4.13/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Aug 04, 2020
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.26/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 4 pack fromt the brewery. Had to say, this beer underwhelmed me a little bit based on the ratings. Its still a good beer, but had a strange blend of sweet and bitter combo that just felt a little like a fight going on in the beer.

Jul 26, 2020
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GRG1313 from California

4/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent, excellent beer but, for my taste, not as good as most ratings. I'm NOT slamming this beer at all; I'm just saying that there are many of this style that are more balanced and generally more drinkable.

Jul 22, 2020
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into glass

pours a little hazy but fairly clear. orange golden, white head. aroma and taste are heavy on citrus flavors. starts a little sweet then finishes with a medium bitterness. medium bodied.

Jul 20, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lawson's Sunshine is a staple here in New England, and my go-to IPA if I'm in the mood for something strong. That's why I was surprised to see a Double IPA version. It ups the ABV by about half a percentage point, but takes some of that brighter, happier notes and brings it down a few notes to be sweeter and a little stickier. It's strong, but still well balanced and intense. This is a good "last beer of the night" and only with a DD, but the strength delivers some tasty hop notes without being burly or clumsy.

Jun 19, 2020
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Specialmick from Connecticut

4.52/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look...golden yellow with little haze
Smell...familiar, remembrance back to the first time I had sip of sunshine earthy hop
Taste...very similar to sip with a twist of bitterness at the end. Definitely old school IPA really good
Feel...slick kinda oily. full . Sticky hop awesomeness really nice DIPA
Overall....Damn nice beer when u want a hop nicety bomb instead of a fruity NEIPA...This is a new England ipa that is not a new England ipa? Whatever this is good BUY it if you can get it

Jun 16, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint can - dated 04/30/20 - poured into an IPA glass at 38°F.

Pours a near-crystal clear earthy pale amber hue, topped with three fingers of dense, sticky, pure white head with excellent retention. Plentiful visible effervescence. Very nice lacing left behind.

Nose: Very similar to Sip of Sunshine, but more Pliny. This definitely has more of a malt presence than Sip. Light notes of caramel and brown sugar beneath big Pacific Northwest hop notes. Lots of pine, lots of hoppy resins, huge grapefruit, some stone fruit in the form of peach and mango, a touch of tropical pineapple, and some earthy dank Simcoe. It's surprisingly subdued - not as in-your-face as Heady Topper, but a similar profile. Not as fruity and "New England".

Palate: This is where it gets interesting. I was beginning to think this would just be a maltier Sip of Sunshine. No no no. First sip, and I'm immediately taken back by the punishing bitterness. It holds no punches, and immediately slaughters the palate with biting, resinous bitterness right from the start. This thing is hopped to high hell! It does have a fuller, bolder, sweeter malt presence than Sip, but it needs it to support that insane bite. Flavour-wise, lots of caramel malt up-front, and then pine sap. Resinous, piney, bitter pine sap. There's a big pithy grapefruit note as well. Just about as bitter and pithy as biting into actual grapefruit rind. Holy moly! There are whispers of fruit notes beneath the assault of all things hoppy and bitter, with the suggestion of some peach, apricot, mango, and pineapple, but that's quickly whisked away when that signature earthy boiled Simcoe note comes in, giving a huge nod to Pliny - if Pliny was on that Barry Bonds love potion number 9 joose. It's like getting pulled over after a high speed car chase even though all you did was run a stop sign. Sure, you can surrender, but you're getting pummeled either way, and it's gonna hurt. It finishes, leaving you somewhat violated, with that earthy dank Simcoe, pine sap, and pithiness, now without the grapefruit flavour. The bitterness claws into your tongue, eventually fading away, like the heat of a bhut jolokia.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is fairly full, in part due to its malt base, but even without the weight of the malt, with a level of bitterness like a kick from a mule straight to your Naddy Daddies, this one will stop you like a .50cal Barrett. Not a midsummer day quaffer. This is for when you want it to hurt, and you want it bad. Effervescence is fairly lively, once you survive the bitter assault long enough to realise it's actually effervescent. Very little malt cloy or cling, but it leaves a kiss of stickiness on the lips, and of course, the bitterness lingers with no sign of leaving, like a transient after you've said, "Sure you can spend the night in my basement and not do any drugs at all!". Typical classic double IPA body, with typical classic trouble IPA bitterness. Some hop burn will in fact start to hurt the upper hard palate after a while.

Overall: Goodness gracias my I have another, señor?! This one really packs a hidden whopper, and not like those chicks in Bankok either! On the surface, it masquerades as a harmless little hybrid double IPA, but then when you taste it, there's clearly something very different about it. It really shares a lot in common with Pliny The Elder, in terms of its flavour profile. It has those signature SoS/Heady colours, but the bitterness here is on another level, really making this a beast all its own. It's a fantastic beer, and it's certainly unique. If you want a classic OG hop assault, and you have the grip not to drop the soap, give this one a try. ...just don't say I didn't warn you...

May 22, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.18/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this during the New England trip October 2019. Was a little leery, the sip of sunshine I had years before was vastly overrated. But every other beer I had from Lawson's had been awesome.

Pours a yellow color with a minority amount of light orange to it, 1/3" white head. I dig the CTZ/Citra combo for the aroma. Orange infused weed. Leans more on the Citra, but CTZ is so damn tough it can stand out even when used sparingly compared to other hops.

Taste is real nice, that CTZ bitterness but with a green vibe beyond the normal pine bittering hop, combined with Citra bringing that orange and tangerine fruitiness to the taste profile. Mouth feel helped along by a small amount of flaked oats that doesn't cause a haze trub bomb on the appearance scale. Good use of carapils and corn sugar/syrup as well for a drier body. You really get the best of both ipa worlds with this beer. Hides the alcohol so well you can crush these like a session ipa if you don't regulate yourself. Top notch.

May 07, 2020
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matts2896 from Connecticut

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

Canned 4-23-20

L: golden hue, straw with an orange tinge. Hazy, but not turbid; translucent rather than opaque. White head, limited lacing and retention

S: resinous, pithy citrus rind, tangerine

T: largely follows nose: melange of citrus fruits, a healthy dose of rind, and a resinous undertone that carries through the sip. Finishes with a clean bitterness and a touch of caramel malt sweetness

F: very nimble while maintaining softness. Supple carbonation and a bit of resin holding it up.

This is the best batch of DS I've ever had. No onion this time around and an abundance of soft tangerine. This lot of citra helps focus me on how thoroughly Lawsons kills the mouthfeel on this.

Apr 30, 2020
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Bostonchap from Massachusetts

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

Great citrus aroma. Absolutely refreshing. Edit: to be fair this was the first ne dipa I’ve purchased and first ipa review. In fact I only happen to put this in my virtual basket order because I needed to meet the delivery min for my order of stout parabolas. The kind beer-smith threw these in to top off my bill. Wow am I ever grateful.

Apr 25, 2020
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.7/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 01/29/20. Picked up at the brewery during a February ski trip up north.
Yep, it’s this good. One of the original Vermont IPA/DIPA names that put the New England craft beer scene on the map before the haze and juice bombs started. This is executed almost perfectly. The balance, the hop character, the finish and feel. It’s all industry standard and so approachable. Wow.

Feb 11, 2020
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear copper orange. Smallish white head.
Smell is ruby red grapefruit and pine.
Taste is grapefruit and citrus. With a bite of piney bitterness at the finish. This is a very well done old school Ipa. It’s actually very is too drink for an 8% beer. Alcohol is hidden so well. Watch out. Maybe a touch over rated in. My book but very good

Jan 19, 2020
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thedaveofbeer from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Sunshine use to to be a fancy waxed bottle"whale", but now you can buy as much as you want at the new brewery. I am a big fan of the East/West coast mashup and this is a good example. The nose and taste are tropical fruity notes and are balanced by a strong malt backbone and subtle bitterness. It is strong and the alcohol is there, but it is melded well with the hops and malts. Definitely a step up in flavor from SOS

Dec 16, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent DIPA.
I was lucky enough to drink it at the source and also bring home a 4pk.
Finished the last cans at 3 months old and they were still singing.
Clean, clear, bright aromas and flavors.
Great beer, phenomenal brewery.

Dec 07, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Nov 04, 2019
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Boto from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Oct 18, 2019
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Oct 08, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev -4.5%
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...

Sep 27, 2019
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Rand_Schoeb from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Aug 19, 2019
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FFreak from Vermont

4.68/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Jul 25, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Jun 16, 2019
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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 2583 ratings