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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA
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Brewed by:
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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Reviews:
333
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2,076
Avg:
4.57
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
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Reviews: 333 | Ratings: 2,076
Photo of jhavs
4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
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 tewaris
4.18/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks JeepCop for the bottle!

Hazy light golden colored with a very good head and excellent head retention. Smells pretty good --- dank, leafy, weedy. My kind of IPA.

Great flavor, light malt backbone. Medium-high bitterness, good carbonation and a dry finish with no hints of booze whatsoever.

Awesome beer, VT FTW!

4.5, 4, 4, 4.5, 4.5

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Photo of Gushue3
4.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to PhingDong for helping me get this one. Happy Thanksgiving.

A- Comes out of the bottle looking like lemonade. 1 finger head forms above a cloudy, hazy orange yellow body. Some lacing left around the sides.

S- Big tropical fruits take over along with some bitter hops and slight sweet malt. The fruits smell so good.

T- Nicely balanced sweetness and bitterness but bold up front. Bitterness comes through toward the middle and turns piney at the finish that lingers. Really nice stuff going on inside this bottle.

M- slightly thicker than I usualy like for an IPA but not the end of the world. Medium amount of carbonation on the tongue and my mouth is left feeling syrupy after sips.

O- Really nice IPA thats got a great flavor. I wish I could get my hands of more.

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Photo of twizzard
4.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Got this from a verrry generous IP trade. Pours a hazy orange with a half inch tight, white head. Aroma was sweet grapefruit and malt. Taste was just amazing....Nice citrus, floral flavors. Finishes with a beautifully smooth maltiness. Trying not to fall too deeply in love as this is a tough get. Highly recommended to anyone venturing to the northern reaches of Vermont. Imagine; Double Sunshine, HT & HF within half an hour of each other....Wow.

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Photo of garyloveman
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the DIPA's that started it all for me. Had it after a Heady, and loved the different hop flavor, so much citrus, both on the nose and palette.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amazing surprise beer included in a box from TheSevenDuffs.

A: Pours slightly murky apricot colour with 3 fingers of bone white head which lingers and leaves clumps of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Bright and clean and sweet malts with citrus fruits, musk melon, musky mango and pineapple followed by hints of fresh cut pine on the finish.

T: Incredibly smooth and slightly buttery up front. and balanced with tropical fruits, citrus and pine that pair against middle notes of caramel malts. The sweet middle note slowly evolves on the finish to citrus bitters, notably grapefruit.

M: Medium bodied and incredibly smooth with medium carbonation.

O: Only of the most balanced DIPAs I've had with tropical and citrus fruits equally matched by caramel notes and a lightly bitter finish. I'm extremely lucky to have had a chance to try.

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Photo of 80x2HopHead
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I dont feel as if I need to say much- best doub I have ever had. To me its even better than heady topper, although they are two entirely different doubs. More fruity than a heady- overwhelming mango and more subtle apricot and papaya notes whereas the heady has more of a citrusy pink grapefruit and tangerine taste. Extraordinarily well balanced with the perfect ratio of fruit and subtle citrus an pine resins followed by a supremely smooth hoppy taste. There is really nothing I would have changed in the brew and I plan to buy another 5 this Thursday at the Warren General Store. If you have the chance to get your hands on this unique brew in Warren then I highly recommend that you do so-I cant say there is anything more worth your time.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So happy when I received this in the GIF I'm in. Thanks baconsausage

Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Thin white head and a bit of lacing. For an IPA it could use more head and lacing.

Aroma is amazing. Every fruit and citrus hop aroma you can think of. Mango, peach, apricot, grapefruit, orange. Amazing. Maybe the best smelling IPA I have had.

Taste is great. Citrucy hops. Little bit of malt. I think I taste some Nelson hops. Great.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry how I like my IPA's. Great carb.

Overall an awesome IPA that I hope I can get again. So glad I got to try one.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Robert! Pours clear light orange/gold with a scant head. Nose is bright, herbal, citrus hops, grapefruit skin, some grass and meadow. Heavily hopped throughout the palate, grapefruit rind, herbal, very dank on the finish, those marijuana hops. Tight and dry, focused. Had this right after a Hopslam and this beats the snot out of it.

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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 tmbgnicu
5/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Kinsman
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
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 IvoryFoxhole
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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 ScotNH
4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing double IPA. Surprisingly, I've found it gets even better with a couple months of age on it. It becomes even more delicious, with less of an alcohol burn, and less bitterness. If you've got a few, do yourself a favor and put one away for a month or two.

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Photo of mikey711
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: golden yellow with good clarity and a good amount of rising carbonation. Good level of head that holds well. lacing is good but not great.

S: A burst of orange, pineapple and mango followed by a nice piney and grapfruit note. some herbal and floral notes qualities are present as well. the hops are very well rounded with no sign of astringency

T: Again very citrusy hop profile with some bitter pine and grapefruit. very juicy and fresh tasting. Some grassy notes provide an earthy quality. The maltiness is subtle and light while still providing a bit of sweetness

M: Very smooth with no heat and a perfect level of dryness

D: A great DIPA overall that is extremely easy to drink with no offensive qualities at all

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Photo of taylor714914
4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber. It pours with a rich 2 finger head that hangs around for a while. The copper orange color seems to glisten in the glass.

Smells of tropical fruits, mango and pineapple mainly, with some back end resinous pine bitterness and some sweet bready malts.

Taste pairs nicely with the nose. Bitter hops give way to the sweet tropical fruits, bready malts, and pine resin to finish. As the flavors linger, they play the bitter/sweet back and forth.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Rich but not too thick and perfectly carbonated, this is how a DIPA should be.

Overall, I think this is a well put together beer. Not worthy of the hype surrounding it (I think Heady Topper is much better), but a solid brew none the less.

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Photo of MCain04
4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big props to BostonRyan to scoring some on a VT trip and sharing the love. 22 oz bottle 1 wk fresh poured into a Speigelau glass.

Light golden clear body with a thick creamy head of small and medium bubbles with great retention and lacing, hard to get much better.

Smells quite tropical with strong notes of grapefruit, mango, papaya, guava, orange, with more subdued hoppy grass and piney notes. Definitely a juicy smelling beer.

Great layers of complexity here with multiple flavor levels. I am getting that Citra tropical juicy hop profile, although slightly more subdued that the nose would indicated. Much more herbal and piney on the taste with surprising bitterness. No alcohol burn evident. Bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a tad oily, moderate to high level of carbonation, a sticky and dry finish.

Overall an outstanding DIPA that I am privileged to have tried. In a style where such giants as Pliny, Heady, Abrasive, etc historically dominate, Double Sunshine comes close to a top 5 choice for me but falls just short, and I feel it's rating may be inflated by rarity. Still a fantastic brew though and a must-try at some point for all DIPA fans.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap: review based on multiple samples at the ACBF (boston, 06/04/11). between this and the acer quercus i spent a good amount of time camped out in the lawson's line.

pours a burnished gold tone with a touch of haze, yields a nice creamy head with good retention and lacing evident.

nose is aromatic; just full of flavor. big hoppy bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits, with secondary notes of malt and pine. outstanding aroma.

more of the same delivered in the flavor. lot of tropical/citric goodness with just enough balancing malt. very, very nicely done. i think it compares well with FW double jack, one of my current favorite DIPAs.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, very nicely done. lawson's has impressed the hell out of me, though doing so seems to come easily for them. if we could just ramp up the production a bit and get some ditributed to MA...

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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 pschul4
4.29/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to my cousin Ben for grabbing this. Countdown to review 200!

A- Pours a very light golden, Literally like sunshine in my glass. Small head that sticks around decently

S- Very grassy with some citrus notes. Hints of booze

T- Like the smell there is the grassy hops in here as well. There's citrus in the middle and booze/pale malts in the end

M- Good carb. Nothing out of the ordinary, well done

O- Delicious? Yes. Best IPA every? Not even close. I'd drink this if I found it but would not seek out

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Photo of Luk13
4.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at Hill Farmstead gathering. Nice fruity aroma, so much tropical fruits (pinneaple, tangerine, mango) but also quite grassy and a nice cracker like malt balanced this one nicely. Superb aroma. This one is so drinkable and is very refreshing with all the fruits and grassiness.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a DFH shaped pint glass. The beer pours a nice hazy glowing orange with a one finger foamy white head. The head quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving oily lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is all citrus hops. Sweet tangerines, grapefruit and sharp oranges are backed by a light candied sugar malt.

The taste follows the nose closely, lots of tangerines, oranges and loads of grapefruit that starts off sweet and builds to a more bitter grapefruit flavor. Just a hint of candied sugar sweetness in the background of this one, the finish is nice and bitter, leaving a juicy aftertaste.

The carbonation is spot on for the style, the beer has a nice medium body that carries the strong flavors and the alcohol is present while drinking the beer, but never gets in the way. The bitter finish invites further drinking, this is another solid hoppy offering from Lawsons.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.11/5  rDev -31.9%
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 RAlmeida77
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amberish in color, not very cloudy. Filtered.
L - Much like Sip of Sunshine it is very fruity and floral
T-It starts out quite bitter in a grapefruit sense but there's some citrus there as well. Finishes piney
F-Light, well carbonated, and the finish is dry due to the bitterness. O- excellent brew. Sought this out for so long and glad I finally got to have it!

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

A: Golden slightly hazy beautiful white head nice lacing

S: Just an overwhelming amount of citrus and tropical scents in the nose this jumps out at you

T: Kiwi, melon, grapefruit, berries just every tropical fruit you can imagine soothing your taste buds before fading to a biscuity refreshing malt character and very little bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and fairly dry

O: World class. Had this just before Heady and preferred this. Just an incredible beer. Preferred by me over Pliny as well.

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Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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