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Double Sunshine | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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4.65/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
lawsonsfinest.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22
Reviews:
375
Ratings:
2,379
pDev:
7.31%
 
 
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Ratings: 2,379 |  Reviews: 375
Reviews by Kinsman:
Photo of Kinsman
4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier.

A hazy pale orange fills the glass with a nice bit of light white head. Aroma is straight up tropical fruits with lots of mango and grapefruit.

First taste is fruity and juicy with lots of great hop flavors coming through. Grapefruit and maybe even a bit of pineapple in there as well. A nice malt presence that carries the hop flavors well. Smooth medium bodied feel makes it go down like a beer half it's strength. Overall, this beer is right on par with the likes of Heady and Abner but in it's own unique way. Hard to say which is the best

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Photo of vfgccp
2.5/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Released Nov 12, 2015, opened Nov 21, 2015

A - Beautiful pour. Three fingers of bone-white head on top of a bright peach gold body. Nice retention and lace.

S - Really odd nose. Roast beef and strawberry jam... hopefully there isn't something wrong with the bottle.

O - Unfortunately there is definitely something wrong with this bottle. Malt body with pine, cilantro and a touch of citrus but then loaded with a off-flavor of roast beef through the finish.

M - Smooth medium body.

O - A contaminated bottle. Sucks given how much we traded to get it :(

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Photo of Holderness
4.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned a month ago. Trying side-by-side a three-week-old can of Sip.

L — Moderately hazy orange-amber body with a scant half finger of white head produced with aerated pour. Some retention and lacing
S — Smells a lot like Sip, but with more fresh cut pine and grapefruit coming through and less tropical character. I’ve always found Sip to have a slightly sulfuric aroma to it, which is not really present here (at least not as much)
T — Like with the aromas, the hop profile is more piney and grapefruity; it’s almost like biting into a sprig plucked from a Christmas tree
F — Crisper, cleaner, and fluffier than Sip. It has a nice drying astringency on the tail end
O -- Definitely different than I was expecting; going into this, I assumed it would be an amplified version of Sip, but it's actually quite unique. Much pinier, citrus-centric, and clean

92/100

EDIT (2/18/19):
4-day-old can, picked up from the brewery. Affirming all above notes. The pine character is maybe even more zippy when super fresh, which is somewhat unusual as IPAs generally become more grassy/piney as they age and become oxidized...

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Photo of MarcWP
4.92/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle about three weeks old

Pours a slightly hazy apricot color with big soapy white head that lingers quite nicely.

Aroma is floral and citrusy. Tangerine, orange juice, peach, pineapple, pungent flower, with a faint dankiness. Vary balanced aroma with a hint of sweetness.

The taste brings big resiny notes of spruce, orange peel extract, lemon, spearmint, bitter pineapple, dough in the shadows, and something earthy that I quite can't pinpoint. Definitely kumquat in there as well. Very unique flavor profile and doesn't really represent the west coast or east coast style of IPA. Some complained of too much sweetness in this but I can't taste it. The citrus hop character gives off a sweet like flavor but it's in no way off putting.

The mouthfeel on this is surprisingly full and somewhat creamy. Have not had this kind of mouthfeel before in an IPA. It works with the flavor profile.

Overall a world class IPA that doesn't quite make my number one spot but is definitely in my top five. Not another double IPA I could remotely compare to this. Well done Lawson's.

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Photo of WineGuy78
5/5  rDev +7.5%

the nectar of the gods. This blows away Heady Topper, and Heady is one of the best beers I've ever had. Truly the most amazing beer i have ever had.

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

Very strong hop and pine taste. Appearance is clear. Head is white and lasts for a few minutes. Overall great IPA that’s not too bitter and drinks well.

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Photo of FreeTheHopFreeTheMind
4.92/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I drink this beer regularly as it is on tap at a local restaurant in my town. I have to say it is usually my go-to when I'm there, even though they have Heady Topper, I choose the Double Sunshine mostly because it's harder to get then Heady Topper. Though it is almost an even trade off between Heady Topper.

A - Orange, with a hint of yellow, nice white head, served on-tap in a snifter beer glass, heavenly.

S - Perfect blend of citrus hops, the intense hop aroma is very pronounced in this beer.

T - Oh god, the taste.. I can't talk enough about how amazing the taste of this beer is, the first sip you almost don't know what just happened to your taste buds, was that a grapefruit, or a beer, but in an amazing way. The citrus hops are so intense and so perfectly balanced, it hits all the right spots on your tongue, it's smooth and extreme at the same time.

Overall this is one of the best beers I have the opportunity to drink on a day to day basis. From the moment it leaves the tap, to the last sip of the glass, you'll be happy and satisfied for every second being in the presence of this beer. Lawson's has got a winner in this one.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Josh for bringing this out and offering to share it - this has been one of my top wants for a very long time. Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a mini chalice. Bottling date is about 3 weeks old.

Orange-amber in appearance, with about 2 fingers worth of a frothy white head (more so as the dregs are poured in the bottle). Cloudy overall, but not completely murky - contains a fantastic golden hue that lights up when placed against the light, as well as a greenish tint on the edges. All things considered, this does appear to be in the same league as HT. In other words, it's not the most important aspect that makes up what's to come.

I do love a fresh DIPA, and I especially love it, it seems, when it comes from Vermont. This is truly resinous, dank, flavorful stuff at the nose, but no different than other world class DIPAs I've had in the style. Stone fruit and tropical fruit marry fantastically, providing notes of peaches (freshly cut, in fact), apricots, mangoes, guava, pineapple, green melon, and pine, combined with a toasted (nearly nutty) toffee sweetness and caramel backbone at the finish. Very delightful - the only drawback is how quickly the beer's profile would shift into a one note pine-y, grapefruit soaked flavor over time. Otherwise, this is fantastic and jubilant.

The flavor proves instantly what I'd expect this beer to provide - an explosion of fruit, resinous hop oils, herbal flavors, and an overall magical drinking experience. Other than tons of peaches, a smörgåsbord of tropical fruits of all kinds (most notably, pineapple and guava). Combined with the bready sweetness (toffee and caramel, as well as a bit of honeysuckle), this produces an effect that is akin to drinking freshly blended guava juice. Never had anything quite like this before. Very wet overall, but finishes with a dry character that slowly becomes more predominant. As mentioned before, this becomes more progressively pine-y and grapefruit-like as it goes along, but the feel of the beer is always interesting - perhaps the most understated aspect in most reviews. This owes a lot to the yeasty profile of the beer, which is downright brilliant. Creamy, soft, spicy, and fruity. The carbonation is already great, but the yeast adds a texture that makes this pretty amazing to drink. Well done, with all things considered.

With that said, it's a ridiculously tough beer to get - from what I can gather, only through farmer's markets in specific towns throughout Vermont - but definitely worth trying once. One of my new top DIPAs, for sure. Although, I'm definitely curious - how many "Double Sunshines" are being brewed in this country and distributed in the same manner? There has to be more beers like this, out there, lurking in our local communities, waiting to be uncovered. Here's to hoping we cross paths again. Cheers!

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Photo of brewme
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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 MacMalt
4.62/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I received this from @jhavs. Canned on 10/11/2018 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a beautiful deep orange color with two fingers of thick, foamy lacing that lasted through the pour, and elegant lacing. It's almost too pretty to drink! It has a strong fragrance of orange, along with grapefruit and light floral hops. The taste is sublime. It opens with both tart and sweet orange and sweet tropical notes but segues quickly into resinous pine and bitter, biting hops. There is also subtle but noticeable sweet malt. All the flavors blend very nicely and the overall taste is just outstanding. It has a rich, creamy mouth feel with moderate carbonation, and with the 8% ABV you can easily drink a second pour. Overall, Double Sunshine is one of the best DIPAs I've ever had. No hype here; it merits its World Class rating.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick: pours a pretty orange gold with about two fingers of head. Break is somewhat quick,some lacing. Smell is phenomenal. Pine and pith and a really nice background sweetness. Taste is like the nose, with the pine and pith coming in intensely. Feel is spot on,a little light, great bitter finish.

World class.

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Photo of stoumi
4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
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 5toutman75
4.79/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of pendabev
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of gator79
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of backbaybrewer
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of dipaguy
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Reed
3.99/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Arrowhuntr
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jdevastator
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of hillvt4me
3.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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

Serving type: bottle

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Phineasco
4.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a some what hazy orange with a medium white head. It has medium carbonation. The beer smells dank, with citrus, orange pith, and herbs. It tastes of orange pith, citrus, herbs, and pine. The feel is medium, and smooth. A slightly fuller, more refined sip of sunshine. A great beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe recently, thanks. The few beers I've had from this brewery I've been impressed with. I'd like to get more of their IPAs to try. They seem to have that figured out well.

Beer is really light in color, shockingly light yellow and mostly clear with a decent head of small white bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass. The carbonation is moderate to low.

Since this is an IPA this is where I'm suppose to say that it smells hoppy. In my experience there are four distinct hop aroma families, fruits (this can be divided further into tropical and citrus), pine, earth, and noble. This one is definitely of the fruit (citrus) variety with the pine playing catchup. Smells like simcoe, I should have read the label. Smells really nice, it's aggressive without being distracting.

Beer is medium in body, on the lighter side of medium, with a nice level of carbonation on the palate. Not as bitter as I expected but it is bitter to an extent. The hop flavors in the midpalate mirror what you would smell in the aroma, nice citrus presence with a pine backing that carries the hops to the bittering end, this makes me think that a piny hop was used as the bittering hop and the fruit / citrus hops were late additions. Overall a great DIPA. I'd have it again for sure.

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Photo of Bagman007
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Double Sunshine from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 2,379 ratings