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Double Sunshine IPA | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA

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

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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Reviews: 338 | Ratings: 2,097
Photo of Mahern55
4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the West Coast v East Coast event in Denver (Oct. 16). I don't think this was the freshest version of Double Sip as it was a little malty. It was really good, but didn't move me like I had hoped.

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Photo of ryno6616
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was lucky enough to score a bomber on my last trip to VT.
This is by far one of the top beers I have ever had. It is so full of flavor. An absolute fantastic brew.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
3.78/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely malty, to a fault for a DIPA. I had the August 2016 bottling within a week from the release. By far the biggest disappointment IPA type beer that I've had.

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Photo of Milou
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Hoppy tropical booze-juice. First had this beer years ago side-by-side on tap with Heady Topper and HF Double Citra at Prohibition Pig in VT, and Double Sunshine blew them both away. Drinking it again from the bottle I can see what it has on those -- a richness and warmth that fills all of your senses. A notable DIPA.

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Photo of SteelPenguin
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange with an almost white foam.

The flavor profile is a lot like it's sibling, Sip of Sunshine. Lots of citrus, pineapple and maybe a bit of papaya. Double Sunshine, however, starts out a bit sweeter and finishes with just a bit of an alcohol kick. Definitely more complex than its more readily available brother.

I'm not sure I prefer this beer to SoS, but it's definitely one of the best IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking.

Btw, thanks Joe for the chance to try this brew.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Pours deep orange, finger white head fades to a ring, soapy lace. Sweet citrusy aroma, mild ripe tropical fruit. Delish tropical fruit citrusy taste, touch of ripe fruit, dank piney woodsy hops, perfect balance. Soft creamy mouthfeel. Incredible brew, met the high expectations.

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
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 SaulFox
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hop profile seems a little different compared to sip of sunshine. Papaya and pineapple on the front end followed by resinous hop bitterness. Decent offering.

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Photo of fireazzi
3.92/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was not one of the better doubles I've had. It was a bit too boozy for me. It was pretty good but I'd rather have Heady Topper or Sips of Sunshine. Good beer though.

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Photo of winningwes91
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is stellar. It's everything sip of sunshine wants to be. It's right up there with the elite iipas. It's a melange of overripe passion fruits. Mild bitterness. Treehouse level mouthfeel.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.11/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

8th Anniversary bottle acquired via trade.

L - Clear dark orange with two fingers of white head

S - Oddly sweet with butterscotch and caramel. Barely any earthy hops. Malt-dominant.

T - Really weird buttery taste. It's almost like an old Heath bar with butterscotch and toffee notes. Some faint hints of grassy hops and some wet pine tree. So odd.

F - At least the body is full, but those flavors linger. Drinkability is scarce.

O - I recall having this beer two years ago on a trip to VT and it was a citrus explosion and one of the best IPA's VT had to offer in a state full of world class breweries. I honestly do not know what has gone wrong with this beer. Is it a bad batch? Did the recipe change? I wish I could have done a full review of the beer I loved in 2014, but today, this is just plain bad. Sorry.

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Photo of StoutFox
4.02/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had at Lawson's 8th anniversary on tap;
Had it along side a couple other lawson's IPAs, and it was a bit of a let down. I thought SOS had much more hop presence
I did love the heavy malt back bone, but again it didn't have near the hop presence I wanted it to for a big Vermont IPA. I think this one might be a member of the hype train or perhaps it had been sitting around to long leading up the the release at the anniversary party.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased 4/9/16 at Lawson's 8th Anniversary Sale. Poured into Lawson's tulip glass (but of course).

L: Like the finest St. Gaudens double-eagle, a deep hazy gold. 2F+ head on pour, not much retention or lacing, a little bit of a ring.

S: The sweetest, freshest tropical fruit you can imagine: pineapple, peach, mango. Grapefruit and orange ring. Some pine on the finish. I think this is the first 5 I have ever awarded.

T: Doesn't quite follow nose, though darned good. You get more of the grapefruit/orange peel vibe first, followed by the pineapple and peach. Light malts carry through to a resiny and piney finish with the just the right amount of light bitterness.

F: Medium body, light to medium carbonation. Resiny, yet doesn't linger overlong as ABV and carbonation dry at just the right time. As well-constructed a beer as I have ever tried.

O: You know, friends, it just don't get any better than this. Hope I get a chance to try another one someday.

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Photo of pollocwr
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good. Sweet, northeastern ipa goodness. May actually prefer sip of sunshine but we're talking about "do you prefer the best or the best". Would buy truck loads of this if possible.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best double IPA out there in my opinion. Sip of Sunshine is a very worthy replacement for it, but double sunshine was everything I want from an IPA. The dankness of heady with the brightness of SOS. Edges out Abner as my favorite double IPA. Pumped I finally got to try it.

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Photo of SteveCarrozza
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh on tap at the Lawson's 8th Anniversary party. Great color and flavor. Blows regular Sip and Triple Sunshine out of the water. Looking forward to cracking the bottles of this.

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Photo of jhavs
4.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bottle poured into snifter.

A= Copper, but not red/amber, hint of orange. A little bit of haze, but fairly clear compared to many NE IPA/DIPA. The lacing is seriously crazy, sticky, syrupy, beautiful.

S= A bit more muted, a bit less in my face than expected, but still appealing. I get tropical, citrus (especially grapefruit and orange zest) as well as some malt sweetness and pine.

T= Deep hoppy flavors, mostly tropical fruits but definitely some earthy dankness, pine, and malt sweetness. I want to drink more.

M= Fairly full bodied with a bit of syrupy feel on the palate. Moderate carbonation.

O= This met my expectations. I have had Triple Sunshine multiple times, but rarely get a full bottle of this. I love Sip of S, but this is a completely different beer and blows it out of the water.

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Photo of VTMLB
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally had one and it was worth the weight. The smell was fantastic. Pine and citrus truly shine through here. SOS on steroids. Wasn't easy to find but I would get it again in a heartbeat. Don't pass this one up.

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Photo of tregan_20
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a snifter glass with a hazy copper color (not too dark though) with a decent amount of white frothy head. There is a good amount of lacing as the head subsides. The aroma was straight dank; you get a lot of pine and citrus with this one. The taste pretty much follows suit with a nice even balance throughout the whole bottle. The mouth feel has solid carbonation (not too much, not too little) with a slight dry finish on the palate. The hype surrounding this beer is definitely real. Lawson's totally delivered with this one!! Cheers!

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Photo of jjdc
3.75/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure if there was something off with this batch, but it was not the beer most people remembered at a blind tasting. In fact, it finished at the bottom of 15 other top flight double IPAs.

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Photo of Original_Gravity
3.5/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade and was told it was from a "recent batch", no bottle date, so I really don't know how fresh this was. Interesting citrus aroma/taste, but overall, I found this very disappointing. This was by no means a standout double IPA, very underwhelming. I shared the bottle with 2 friends that agreed that this just wasn't very good. I'd be very interested to try this again, knowing that the bottle was fresh, but until then, my rating will stand as-is.

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Photo of Cooper925
4.88/5  rDev +7%
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 anteatr23
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright orange, hazy, unfiltered with a one finger head. Smells of sweet orange and citrus, floral. Taste is sweet and smooth, with a caramel sort-of malt. Hoppier than Sip of Sunshine for sure. Finish is dry and bitter. Overall, pretty good. Well above average, but for Lawson's -- they've done better. I may actually take a standard Sip of Sunshine over this beer. I think the Triple Sunshine stood out a bit more than this as well. Still... a nice DIPA, and I'm really glad to have tried it.

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Photo of MitchD14
4.87/5  rDev +6.8%
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 calitrie1486
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best beers I have ever had. Right up there with good morning, Focal Banger and triple sunshine. Extremely soft/fluffy mouthfeel, very easy to drink and just an absolute juicebomb of a beer. Wish this was more readily available!

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