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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA
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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / 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.

Added by kingcrowing on 12-18-2010

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4.57
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Photo of JohnG190
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Mikeypnh for the trade! Pours a hazy golden with thick white head that settles into a thin cap. Good retention and excellent lacing. As looks go, this is one good looking Imperial IPA. Lots going on in the aroma - tropical fruit, citrus, hints of pine and a distinct cat urine aroma. The best word to describe the nose - WOW! Sweet citrus hits the tongue first quickly followed by a strong hop bitterness in the middle and through the finish. All that Hoppiness is beautifully balanced by a solid malt backbone. Layered, complex, balanced, this IPA has it all.
Medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry, bitter finish. Overall, this is textbook DIPA; tropical fruit, bitter pine resin, balanced by a sweet malt bill, this might be the quintessential DIPA. One of the best crafted DIPAs out there!

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Photo of mynie
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the exact opposite of Heady. Do not drink this directly from the container. Good god, if you never listen to another word I say please pay attention now: do not drink this direct from the bottle. You will deprive yourself of the most heavenly IPA aroma any American brewer has ever before created.

Aside from the aroma, it's an excellent example of its style and one of the 20 or so best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a bomber into an Alchemist Will Becher glass.

Appearance- Moderately clear gold with full foamy two finger head that lingers long leaving great lacing.

Smell- Big pineapple, tangerine, peach, white grape, green apples, vanilla, earthy grass and pine. No booze smell or real malt aromas.

Taste- Flavors of the aromas are present. A soft vanilla mixed with the pine and grass are standing out wonderfully. Finsih is green grapes and nectarines. No hint of booze what so ever.

Mouthfeel- Perfect body for an IPA. Smooth, no heat, medium-full carbonation, nice resinous quality. Super easy drinking.

Overall- The best IPA there is. I had it on tap in the summer at 3 penny and I've been dying to try it again. I wish it was easier to come by.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to youbrewidrink for the bottle!

Pours a light orange with a 1.5 finger white head leaving excellent retention.

Aroma is wonderfully hoppy. An underlying pine and a deep whiff of pineapple along with melon and passion fruit. Just a touch of caramel sweetness and honey.

Flavor starts off with big juicy hops. Some pineapple, pine and grapefruit burst out of the gate. Just a touch of bready sweetness in the middle before ending with a pine/grapefruit big bitterness and dry.

Medium mouthfeel and carb. A little sticky but still finishes dry. Amazing.

This is my oldest want according to my list and glad I finally got to try it as it lived up to what I thought it would be. Wonderfully complex all out hop assault and went down way too smooth. I'll definitely play nice with Vermont traders for another crack at this one.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

seriously one of the best beers i have had in the style, not even a question and by far the highlight of the bbq on thursday night. poured into a nonic and split with calton, this was a rare treat indeed.

the pour was a wonderfully decadent hazy golden amber color with a smooth head of three inches in height and lacing that dripped down the side of the glass. crazy good look to it.

the aroma will simply knock you over, so fresh, so clean and simply stunning, fresh citrus abounds with a juiciness and ripeness that is unparelled. amazing pineapple, orange, tangerine, mango, i mean it was like straight juice pouring out of the bottle. so smooth and so fresh the hops just roll across the palate and settled on the tongue with the most mellow feel i could imagine. light grains are in the mid palate as it warms but it is the deep fruit freshness that is simply amazing here.

overall this has to be one of the best beers i have ever had. simply stunning and soo happy i got to try it.

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Photo of Robtobfest
4.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes at Friday's session of 2011 ACBF. Many times through the Lawson's line for this one.
A- This DIPA pours a nice golden color with a pure white fluffy head that billows up to the top of the glass and retains for a minute or two.

S- This is without a doubt the best smelling DIPA I've ever had. A heavy dose of tropical fruit slap you in the face. Pineapple mango at the forefront. The is also a bit of pine in there. This smells so fresh it is unreal.

T- The taste is just fantastic. It starts with all tropical fuit and has a bit of a pine bite at the end. There is no syrupiness that you get in a lot of DIPA's. The malt is there but in the background. Cannot detect the alcohol in this 8% DIPA. I would go as far as to say very refreshing. Again, cannot stress enough how fresh this tastes.

M- Mouthfeel is medium as there is no syrupy maltiness.

O- Overall this is a true A+ beer. This is the best DIPA I've had yet. The aroma is just about the best thing I have smelled. Thanks Lawson's for bringing this to the ACBF as sadly I won't be tasting it again for some time. Cheers Sean!

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Photo of iwantmorehops
4.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 192, as fresh as can be, delivered to the Warren Store today.
Pours a nice hazy golden orange color, and the smell is outstanding pineapple, citrus, and piney hops, theres a hint of something floral. Tastes absolutely wonderful, follows the nose and the grapefruit really comes out. The bitterness only comes through on the finish, but it does linger. The abv is not noticeable, along with with the deliciousness of this brew and that bitter aftertaste that can only be quenched by another sip make this one of the most drinkable double ipas I've come across.
This batch is great, although I really enjoyed the first run, the most recent one is just wonderful too. Sean's really getting this recipe dialed in just right.

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Photo of FreeTheHopFreeTheMind
4.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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 MarcWP
4.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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 VeganUndead
4.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got to try this at the bottle share during Hunahpu Day 2012. Thanks to all you guys at the J-Table that enabled me to try so many good brews, and had me wasted by 11 am. As for this brew, Heady Topper to date is my favorite ipa/dipa i've ever had. This is a very close second. Cheers

Side by side with heady topper and dc brau on the wings of armageddon on 3/2/14.

Agree with my original tasting review, only thing that I would like to add is this has the best nose on it imo of any DIPA i've ever had. Still take heady overall as my favorite, but the nose on this thing is the best. cheers

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Photo of 2Xmd
4.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably one of the most perfect IPAs (with the exception of Ephraim) out there. The smell is amazing. Strong grapefruit and tropical fruits aromas. The taste does not disappoint, you taste exactly what you smell. The mouthfeel I think is what makes this beer awesome. A creamy, silky, yet slightly stickiness that lingers. Beautiful color and cloudiness. Unbelievable, this beer has ruined all IPAs for me. Nothing will ever compare.

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Photo of vermontvet
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Bright, hazy straw color with thick white head. Lacing lingers and head begins to slowly dissipate over a minute or two.

S- Overwhelming tropical fruit (passion fruit?) aroma hits the nose as soon as the cap comes off the bottle. Subtle pine aroma with a floral quality. Definitely haven't had an IPA with quite this aroma profile.

T- Taste follows the initial impression from the aroma. Very fruity early on. Some piney notes. Overall, a very drinkable DIPA. Alcohol well masked behind the flavor. My wife liked this, and she is not a beer drinker. Almost too fruity for my tastes, though I'll definitely try this one again. (Assuming I'm fortunate enough to obtain one with the hour long drive and one bottle limit).

M- Well balanced flavor comes off quite light bodied and drinkable with a light carbonation.

O- Excellent DIPA. Lives up to the hype. Worth the time, effort and cost to obtain it? Definitely, though it may have to be a once every few months type of beer for me.

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours an almost clear amber with a nice thick head and plenty of lacing. The smell is fantastic. All of the tropical and citrus smell with some pineapple and mango. The flavor is just as great as the smell. Lots of pineapple and mango with some grapefruit bitterness. Overall this is up there with the best IPAs I have tried.

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Photo of justforrazors
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from most recent Coop release poured into Lawson's snifter 8/23/13. Bottle is 1 week old based on when it was purchased.

A- Pours a cloudy orange hue with a two inch fluffy white head. Medium to high carbonation is visible. Excellent retention and lacing. Over a few minutes, the head fades down to a quarter inch plug over the beer.

S- Big dank hops followed by a blast of grapefruit, mango, and a little spicy note as well. Very small caramel malt aroma that is all but covered up by the tropical fruit and piney hop character.

T- The initial sip before you swallow makes it seem like the beer will be a lot more tame than it really is. An absolute blast of grapefruit and pine intertwined with mango, orange zest, and an intense bitter note that leaves you wanting more of the beginning sip.

M- The carbonation is medium at best, and overall the body is right in the middle of the road. This beer finishes extremely dry, accentuating the bitter notes and making it go down way too easy. I could drink a pint of this in a few minutes without even realizing where it had gone. There is a slight indication of the alcohol, but it is forgotten by the huge aroma and flavor this beer throws at you.

O- Not my first time having this gem, and hopefully not my last either. An absolute treat to drink- definitely in my top 5 DIPAS, behind HF S&S 5 and 6, although this is solidly more drinkable than either Heady Topper or Pliny. If I could mainline this beer, I would. A hophead's paradise.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.89/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to yourefragile for bringing this over to the end-of-law school tasting. This beer is incredible!

A: Pours a bright, slightly hazy golden-yellow with a nice white head.

S: This beer smells absolutely amazing. Perhaps the best aroma in any DIPA I've ever had, and that's saying something. It's just a blast of tropical fruit and hops and made my mouth water. I couldn't wait to take a sip.

T: The taste followed the aroma and did not disappoint - very juicy fruit flavors up front, but has a very hoppy, slightly more bitter finish than I would've expected given the other characteristics; it's very easy to drink and so nice and light.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Just fine for the beer.

O: Hands down this is one of the best DIPAs out there right now, especially if you love the west coast style. I want to move to Vermont so that I can drink this every day.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.89/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased today at the farmers market, poured into a Tree House tulip

A- pours a wonderful golden, burnt orange with a hearty head that goes away quickly

S- bright, inviting citrus notes, grapefruit, with some piney notes in the back

T-bitter grapefruit, sweet mango and piney bitter finish, waves

M- body holds up well, remains dry which accentuates the hop bite, solid

O- dangerously drinkable, if it weren't for the finish, this would be dangerously crushable, but if it weren't for the finish, it wouldn't be so complex. I'll gladly drink it the way it is

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.89/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of rsgcwhite
4.89/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rare Batch #211, Bottle #3.

Picked up during a fantastic beer adventure with BA mduncan last week at the Warren store. The storekeep was surly (at best), no doubt protective of us out-of-staters from loading up on this glorious brew.

The beer poured a cloudy tangerine color into a Sam Adam's glass - beautiful orange sunset hue when put directly under light. The moderate-sized head, significant for an IPA, deteriorated only slowly into lacing on my glass.

The aroma is absolutely unlike any other beer I have ever had - I get a lot of grapefruit, mango, guava, and citrus up front, with a piney and woodsy aroma the filters in the back. As unlikely as it sounds, it's a citrus grove in a pine forest.

As complex and unique as the aroma is, the taste follows up beautifully. A lot of the citrus and tangerine character is preserved with sweet, sappy pine. Hops are robust, but not overly so; they linger on your tongue in luscious bitterness, neither overpowering or underwhelming you. The complexities and subtle nuances keep me thinking - what an extraordinary brew.

This is somewhat unlike any other IPA that i have had - I frequently overlook this common brew category, but without the doubt, this brew sets the bar for me.

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Photo of mriley1984
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another tasty creation from Lawsons finest. I have only had this once just because its hard to come by, seeming how the winooski beverage only lets you buy 1 bottle at a time and driving to warren is a pain. But the taste hits you in the face with massive hop notes and grapefruit after bite. I can't wait to get more of this beer.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy orange body with two finger head. Lots of lacing. Great looking beer!

S: Grapefruit, Citra hops (I think I smell Citra hops), Passion fruits,

T: Wow... this is my new favorite DIPA (previously Heady). Grapefruit, passion fruit, Hoppy, but not much bitter, orange, very long lasting flavour. Slight bitterness towards the end but sweetness masks it quite well. Perfectly balanced hoppy goodness

M: Smoooth, but it's also got good amount of carbonation. Perfection.

O: From looks, smell, taste, to feel, this beer is near perfection. I don't think this bottle was super fresh (about 5-6 weeks old maybe), but damn it was delicious. My favorite DIPA to date.

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Photo of Cooper925
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an amber color. Great citrus and orange smell. Perfect combo of sweet and hoppy with a bit of resin/pine after taste. Awesome beer glad I traded for it.

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Photo of rudzud
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the pub near the alchemist cannery. Poured into an Allagash tulip.

A - Pours a hazy golden hue with a massive two finger creamy head that leaves huge side lacing and as nice creamy blanket.

S - Super fresh hops and bright sunshine on the nose. Assault!!!

T - Wow super hoppy and tasty with light malt sweetness. Great light pine and lots of tasty bitter grapefruits. Delicious.

M - nice and sharp/crisp with a delicious bitter citrus rind finish.

O - Overall I really really enjoyed this beer it is delicious. I want to drink this everyday all day.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of MitchD14
4.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received it in a trade. Probably had to give up too much for it, but nonetheless, it's a fantastic beer. Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Decent amount of foam and lacing. Smell is hoppy and floral and the taste matches. Both bitter and sweet on the tongue. Thoroughly enjoy it. Would certainly drink again (psyched I have a second bottle).

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Photo of nootch23
4.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this fine gem on tap in Waterbury, VT after hearing so many good things about it. I'm a lover of IPAs and this one ranks up there, Top 5 for me all time. Smell was a full floral scent, a mixture of hops and citrus. The taste was very similar to Heady Topper. If there are differences, they are slightly noticeable. Very light tasting with a slight bitterness to it but very well balanced. This is one of the best IPAs out there. Not quite better than Heady but I would definitely rank it above Pliny. Love this IPA and can't wait to have it again.

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Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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