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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA
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Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
lawsonsfinest.com

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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Photo of CliffBrake
3.72/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from the brewer last week; poured into a HF stem at cellar temperature.

Light orange color with slight haze. 1 finger head from a fairly aggressive pour, dies down quickly to leave a few streaks of head and lacing.

Nice citrus and shortbread smell, not very pronounced compared to the taste to come. Big grapefruit taste with some pine and tropical fruits. A bit of malt sweetness sneaks through toward the front end, but quickly gives way to a very astringent bitterness. I was put off by this at first (and I generally am a big hop head). So it took a while to finish my glass. Interestingly, as the beer came closer to room temperature, the bitterness mellowed and the flavors seemed much more in balance.

Juicy medium body. A little heavy - could use a bit more carbonation to lighten things up.

Overall a nice DIPA. I would try this one again.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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 billab914
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a light, golden amber color with a thin but bubbly lacing scattered across the top of the beer. It left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of juicy, tropical fruit notes to it. I get some peach, pineapple and mango all coming out in it along with a little bitter grapefruit. Fantastic juicy, hoppy aroma to it overall.

The taste has a little more of a citrus rind bitterness coming out and mixing with the juicy, tropical like fruits. I get more of peach and pineapple juice sweetness up front with a little more citrus rind, grapefruit bitterness starting to come out towards the finish. Great flavors to it overall, very juicy and fresh tasting.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a great beer with some excellent hoppy flavors to it. It balanced the sweet, juicy, tropical notes with some bitter, resiny hop flavors very well. Very drinkable and flavorful beer.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by billab941. Thanks, Bill!

A. Pours a slightly cloudy goldenrod. About a finger of crisp offwhite head dissipates rapidly to a quarter finger ring. Some solid lacing on the glass. Love the look on this. Light for a DIPA.

S. A damn tropical rainforest here. Loads of pineapple, mango, orange, grapefruit, and some dank grassiness. Wow. Phenomenal bouquet here.

T. A lot more malt and sweetness on this than the nose let on. A sweet, sticky hop bomb. Very well-balanced. Loads of sweet malt here really tame the hops. It is definitely a DIPA, and a bit of a bruiser at that. But booze is kept in check. Drinks smooth and delightful.

M. Very good. Bitterness and sweetness are balanced damn near perfectly. Pretty aggressively carbonated, but serves it well.
Tropical fruits, sweet malt, and pine resin are integrated very well.

O. One of the finest DIPAs I have ever had. Incredibly balanced at this intensity. Lots of tropical fruit and a very strong malt presence to back up the hops. Quite mellow and highly enjoyable. Must try.

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Photo of iadler
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Aberration. One of my top wants for quite a while.

A- Pours a light gold with a two finger head that dissipates quickly leaving some spots of lacing behind. Fairly light for a DIPA, but the color does match the name well.

S- Right after opening the cap, the aroma of a pungent tropical fruit salad is noticeable within feet of the bottle with guava, passion fruit, mango, peach, lemon zest, some pine resin, fresh cut grass, fresh flowers and just the tiniest bit of caramel malt, though it struggles to make itself noticed.

T- Tropical fruit emerge first with guava, passion fruit, mango, peach, pineapple and lemon followed by orange pith, pine resin, grass, and a hint of a caramel malt.

M- Low to medium carbonation with a medium body and a oily mouthfeel. The bitterness lingers on at the finish, but isn't overpowering by any means. One of the longest aftertastes I’ve had in a beer.

O- Overall, this is a fantastic and unique IPA that lives up to its hype and competes with the best DIPAs. A really nice tropical fruit presence with a dry finish that isn’t overly bitter. Hope to have again in the future.

Thanks again Nick!

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. Stopped by with friends for dinner on the way back from Stowe, and damn this hit the spot. The body is on the lighter side for the style, which I prefer, and the hop character is heavy on floral citrus, with an earthy undertone. The hops vary between fruity and juicy to a more herbal lemon, with a hit of spice. Damn tasty overall. Very hoppy, but I could enjoy a few glasses. You should.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A massive shout out to Dan (DSlim71) for sending me this beer I never thought I’d get to try. Cheers buddy!

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden color into a tulip. About ¾ of slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour, which dissipates somewhat fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell – The smell is intoxicating. I poured the beer and have been letting it slowly warm up just a bit. As it sits here in front of me, a couple feet away, the aromas are still extremely strong. Heavy pine resin and piney hops, a tropical citrus aroma mixed with pineapple and grapefruit. Slight floral notes, and just a bit of caramel.

Taste – “relief” After the first sip I know this is not an inappropriately hyped beer due to bottle count/difficulty of obtaining it. This is an extremely balanced beer, in that there is a definite biting bitterness from the hops mixed in with the pine, but then a wave of tropical and citrus notes burst through midway. Then the beer finishes up with a slight malty backbone. While PtE is very pine/bitter hop forward, and Sculpin is more tropical forward, and 90min is just a malty mess...this beer seems to combine all three of those making it a very enjoyable and tasty treat. [edit] The more the beer warms, some floral notes shine through adding to the complexity of this beer.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy/oily slick mouthfeel, decent carbonation (a bit lower than I’d like).

Overall – A superbly crafted beer. This really does the East Coast justice and gives many top ranked West Coast D/IPA’s a run for their money. Slight alcohol warmth, but other than that, dangerously drinkable. I share many of my beers with friends and family, but I will say I am thankful I was greedy this time and have the whole bottle to myself. A very good beer.

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Photo of Hopstamon
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked it up at The Warren Store, Warren Vt.
22oz. bottle with foil top.
Poured into oversized Duvel snifter so I can get my nose into it and inhale the citrus love.

A- Poured out a beautiful golden hue that became clear enough to read the label through the other side of my glass. Amazing for an unfiltered brew. Well done.

S- Citrus explosion... juicy juicy juicy... yum. Tropical notes...grapefruit... yum

T- Amazing... this is what I crave in an IPA. Great flavor profile... hoppy and well balanced. Crisp and refreshing.

M- Light bodied and incredibly light on the tongue. Carbonation is right on the money.

O- I've had most of the others in the top 10 DIPA's...( Pliny E and Y, Heady Topper etc) and I gotta say-- Double Sunshine is top notch. Lawson really knocks it out of the park with this one. Can't wait until I get back to VT. and get more.

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Photo of threeviews
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unwrapped the gold foil from the 22oz bottle to reveal a crown that seems to have been over-compressed. Due to the high price paid, I am nervous. Uncapped with very little exhaust...now I am very worried. Poured from the bottle into a 22.5oz Libbey Citation snifter (Model# 8409)

A- Pours a beautiful, hazy golden but with only about 1/8" head. Based on other reviews announcing copious head, I am thinking this bottle suffered a leaky cap...very unhappy.

S- A swirl to build some additional head revealed a party of citrus floral and pine...absolutely perfect, 5.0. The Alchemist's Heady Topper is brought to mind.

T- The first sip revealed a delightful and well-balanced dance on the taste buds...the epitome of a hop lovers dream supported by a wonderful malt backbone. All the flavors anticipated by the aroma were represented with a lingering hop essence in the olfactory zones.

M- Low to moderate carbonation (again, the cap didn't look healthy and even took a picture before uncorking) suffered an epic experience of this brew. I am just happy that I didn't wait any longer than I did to enjoy this specimen.

I am proud, not only to have experienced a Lawson's Finest Liquid, but I am thankful the Double Sunshine was my first. Due to the cap issue, I would like to try it again, but not likely due to the investment. The enigmatic brewing talents of Sean Lawson are legendary and live on!

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Photo of camil1mj
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bottled sunshine. White foamy head. Some lacing present.

S: Lots of citrusy, piney hops.

T: Great balance of bitterness, citrus and piney notes.

M: Refreshing medium body with a solid amount of carbonation.

O: Great DIPA. Lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And the epic DIPAs from New England continue. . . Heady, ghandi bot, Nor, and now this guy: Double Sunshine.

These 4 give the west coast a run.

A gorgeous clear golden straw pour.

Smells of tropical goodness : pineapple, peach, pear, mango. It's all there.

Taste is a huge bitterness followed by a nice malt smoothness. Waves of fruit hit the palette and just keep on coming. The hop bite seals the deal at the end.

Overall an outstanding DIPA. Ranks with the best of them.

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Photo of HosP
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Shadesofgray for the hook up here. Very excited to drink this beer. Poured 22 oz bottle into a brand new Founders CBS snifter.

A- Pours nice bright golden color. Fluffy thin head on top. Leaves sticky lace here and there. Slight haze to it.

S- The aroma just sucks you in as you pour the beer. Lots of juicy hop notes. Floral, tropical, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple it just keeps coming with amazing smells.

T- Exactly what you want from a DIPA! Burst of great hop flavors throughout. Grapefruit, citrus flavors up front. Some piney flavors in the middle. Very nice bitterness, but not overdone. Some caramel malts in the background, but don't take anything away from the hops.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily coat to the mouth feel.

O- Really one of the best DIPA's I've had. Start to finish it was really amazing. Great balance without to much bitterness. I can't thank Ryan enough for this treat. Would drink this any day!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Cody. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to try both my first Hill Farmstead and now my first Lawson's. Much appreciated!

Pours like carbonated pineapple juice. Bubbles are soapy and chunky atop a clouded base.

Smells nicely of tropical fruits a bit of sweet and sticky and a light pine bitterness. Soft, ripe, and inviting.

This is absolutely delicious: very, very, juicy and fresh. White fleshy nectarine, firm yellow cherries, and soft grassy bitterness that leaves a firm tingle but does not overwhelm any of the aforementioned deliciousness.

Mouthfeel is odd. Drinks almost like carbonated nectar. Alcohol, while low for a DIPA, is still nearly non existent.

I have no idea how much this bottle cost and I don't care. It's worth it. An absolute pleasure and a beer that I not only am thrilled to have tried, but would love the opportunity to drink again.

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Photo of Aberration
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to tulip

Looks golden with a hint of amber in it, enticing to say the least. Not much head at all, even with an aggressive pour.

Smells like...tropical fruit. Very good smell. I sit here hoping that the taste will follow suit!

Taste does indeed follow the smell well. Tropical fruit, bitter hops, absolutely no alcohol presence which is solid for an 8%. Enjoyable!

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is there and the bitterness from the hops is present but no overpowering. Good aftertaste too. Almost like chewing a bit of juicy fruit gum, except not quite as intense and sugary, obviously!

Overall...I'd like to be able to get this alll the time. Unfortunately these beers are tough to find!!

Cheers

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome bottle thanks to shawnm213.

22oz bottle with gold foil poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a pale, cloudy orange with a thin light tan head, good retention, but the head slowly fades. Small rings of lacing left on the glass.

S - Strong citrus and pine.

T - Very fruity and citrusy - Pineapple, Orange, Grapefruit.

D - Smooth and silky, which is odd for an ipa. Good carbonation and average body.

O - Wow, I really enjoyed this one. This is a winner.

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

MANY MANY THANKS to Beenitty. A surprise extra that landed on my porch earlier this afternoon, and something I have been wanting to try since I heard of it. Pours from bottle into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a cloudy very light yellow color- pretty unique looking for a IIPA, normally much darker of a color. nice head and decent retention, after a few minutes it recedes and leaves a sticky looking lacing around the glass. Smell- wow. a blast of citrus to the nostrils. Lemon zest, tropical flavors (mango, pineapple, papaya). Very herbal and clean smelling. This smells amazing. Taste- WOW. I am blown away. Just a blast of citrus on the front of the palate. Almost puckeringly citrus sourness, like biting into a lemon. It rounds out with some sweetness on the backbone that balances out the tropical fruit and citrus, leaving just a perfect mix of citrus sweetness on the end. No real bitterness here, the hops manifest themselves almost 100% in the form of fruit/citrus/tropical flavors and the sweetness that the malt delivers is just amazing. I just burped and up came some piney flavors. This is a perfect beer. Just absolutely amazing. Getting a 5 on all fronts from me, officially better than Pliney, and all the other elite IPA's I have ever had. I'm blown away by this beer.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle covered in yellow foil and served chilled into a pint glass. Phingdong was generous enough to share this with me, among many.

Appearance: Just like the name, bright cloudy yellow in color. Very bright in color. A light, fluffy white head sticks nicely to the glass throughout.

Aroma: Grassy tones but still manages to be bright. Juicy tropical notes of pineapple and mango in the background contribute nicely as well.

Taste: More on the grassy, herbal side, but still feels light and refreshing. There are tons of juicy tropical fruit notes that really contribute a nice sweetness and complexity. Really nice.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and incredibly light on the tongue. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall, a top tier IPA from almost every angle. This is definitely impressive, but I think I prefer some of the other VT IPAs just a bit more. This is close to flawless though. Recommended.

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Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to koopa for sharing this one.

Pours a cloudy, golden sunshine color with orange and lemon yellow hues and a one finger white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with dank, resinous hop oils and tons of citrus and tropical. fruit. Slightly piny with lots of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel.

Medium bodied with a blast a dry, earhy hops which provide a perfect dry bitterness that lingers over the sweet fruit notes into a bone dry finish.  Lots of grapefruit and sweet pineapple along with zesty lemon peel.  Pale malt backbone with biscuit and cracker providing a nice counter without taking away from the hop bitterness.  Simply put, this beer tastes amazing.

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Photo of seeswo
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fantastic hazy yellow orange, reminding one of a sunshine. Really looks fantastic. The nose is tropical hops and a bit of malt. Really nice. The taste is where this beer really shines. A good, slightly tropical bitterness gives way to a piney hop finish. Just fantastic. The body is really solid with good carbonation. This just drinks like a dream. I have had a lot of IIPAs and this is one of the best.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a phenomenal ipa. This beer pours a golden yellow color with light orange hues. The smell is citrus and pine hops all rolled into one. The flavor is hugely hoppy with a real hop bite the citrus comes through first then the piney hops forward the middle followed by a bitter dry hop bite. This is the reason lawsons won the ipa crown. This beer has a nice light to medium body with good carbonations and a crisp bitter bite. Overall tied for my top two favorite ipas the other being Abner from hill farmstead.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
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 ejl4
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy light orange color with little to no head on a solid pour

S - citrusy, herbal hop aroma with light malt sweetness in the background

T - Smooth citrus hop flavor with great malt balance, and a smooth lingering finishing bitterness

M - low carbonation but full mouthfeel

O - An awesomely hop forward double IPA that still retains its balance. I love the bitterness of this beer as a smooth lingering, yet strong bitter flavor.

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

enjoyed on-tap at the reservoir in waterbury, vt on 11/12/11.

a: served in a lawson's finest liquids glass. bright yellow in color with a very thick haze. wow! this is almost as bright as sunshine! (sorry, i just had to)

s: heavy citrus and flowery hop aroma. smells like a field of wildflowers and giant sliced-open grapefruits. no joke. probably the most citrus/flower/tropical hop aroma i have ever smelled.

t: citrus hop flavor dominates with flavors of tropical fruits like passionfruit and mango. slight bitter pine character. perfectly balanced and surprisingly refreshing. want more.

i was completely blown away by this double ipa. i knew it was going to be delicious, but i didn't think it would be "highlight-of-my-trip" delicious. well done, and deserves the straight fives.

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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at black back pub in Waterbury, VT.

nice big head, fades slowly with nice soapy lacing, hazy golden carrot orange color.

Nose had light malts, nice tropical fruits, hint of citrus, tangerine, bit earthy, citrus rind, nice light but fruity, hint of malts.

Taste is creamy malts, sweet ish, tropical fruits, nice big citrus orange rind, tangerine, peach, mango, touch pineapple, fairly bitter, nice big long bitter hoppy finish, more lingering citrus and tropical fruit, more bitterness and dry finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall great, bit too dry on the finish, but great hops and nice touch of a malty balance, great tropical fruits and fruits in general. And amazingly drinkable.

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Photo of rudzud
4.88/5  rDev +7%
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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Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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