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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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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

650 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip. I have a Lawson's pint glass, but I thought this deserved a better glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange body with almost no head on a careful pour. Good lacing, but not much of a head to retain.

Smell - Smells wonderful. Citrus, as every great IPA has, but it's got a good dose of pine and herbal simcoe flavors. Complex and wonderful aroma. Smells a bit sweet.

Taste - Just a hint of sweetness at the start and then a wave of hops. Citrus mainly, with a piney finish that blends with the herbal character. The herbal notes linger in the finish. Strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - It's crisp and clean, but the bitter finish is really strong. It's a little detracting. It probably helps the flavor retain a nice complexity, but it makes it less gulpable than I'd like.

Overall - Definitely one of the top IPAs out there. The hop character is amazing. It's not just a citrus bomb. It's got a fascinating flavor profile to back up the delicious citrus hops. Awesome beer.

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Photo of nataku00
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with two fingers of soft billowy off white head. Head dissipates to a layer of bubbles leaving a bit of wide lacing. A good amount of fine carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is amazing, sweet orange and grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, passion fruit, with just a hint of citrus peel and herbal bittering hops. Straight out of the fridge the aroma just explodes from the bottle. As it warms, there is a light caramel sweetness as well.

Taking a sip, herbal and pine bitterness upfront, mellowing to sweeter tropical papaya and pineapple flavors. A bit of grapefruit with a nice biscuit and caramel malt sweetness. Lingering herbal and citrus peel flavors on a dry finish.

Light body with a nice soft but ample carbonation made this one of the more refreshing IPA's I've tried. I would have liked a bit more citrus in the taste but still an excellent IPA.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Bierguy5
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz botle, 8% abv. Bottle #94. Hazy gold, with a slight orange hue. Great fluffy white head. Great retention and lace.

Bursting with juicy hop aroma. Lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, with a slight pine edge. Caramel malt in the background, but the hops are the showcase.

Lighter malt character. Sharp bitterness, but not overwhelming. Bitterness has the tropical fruit characters, but also some earthy notes.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Very well made.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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 pollocwr
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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 maxcoinage
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Bomber to snifter, 2 finger white head left some soapy lacing, color is orange/yellowish , a bit cloudy

s - citrus and tropical fruits combine with some resinous hop notes to make a wonderful aroma

t - the taste starts off with similar flavors as were present in the aroma, a bit of malty sweetness comes through but is balanced out with a hoppy bite that sends you off with a lingering bitter finish

m - great carbonation and a medium to strong body, dry finish

o - A world class beer no doubt Many thanks to @dwduncan2 for hooking me up with this! I am definitely glad I got to try this and would recommend seeking it out to try at least once. However, don't know if I personally would go through much trouble to acquire again, whereas I will definitely be seeking out Heady Topper many more times!

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Photo of Damian
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a tulip
Thanks to CADMixes for generously sharing this bottle.

The beer poured a hazy, light orangey-amber color and was topped by a bubbly, bright white, sea foam head. Excellent retention. The head deposited small droplets of lacing all down the glass. As the beer warmed, the chill haze dropped and the liquid turned nearly clear.

A cornucopia of tropical fruit notes came through in the aroma. Tons of mango and papaya. Lots of pineapple. Strong notes of orange peel. Quite peachy as well. There was a pervasive sweetness, but this seemed to come from the fruitiness of the hop profile rather than from an abundance of malts.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was amazingly rich and complex. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Lots of mango and papaya. Good amount of candied citrus peel. Strong peach notes. Touch of pale malts. The finish was crisp, piney and moderately bitter. It provided the perfect balance to this otherwise fruity and sweet DIPA.

The liquid was medium-full bodied for the style with a fine, moderate, tongue blanketing effervescence. Silky smooth and supple. At 8% ABV, the alcohol was nowhere to be found.

Double Sunshine IPA is one of a handful of double IPAs coming out of the state of Vermont that defines excellence within the style. Thank you CADMixes for giving me the first opportunity to actually have a full pour of this glorious nectar.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to Lawson's sniffer

A:golden yellow bright in color with a fluffy bright white head that goes away but leaves a thick lacing. It is cloudy and completely opaque

S: Smells like fresh piney resiny hops definitely some citrus in there too really good quality smell not your average hop bomb

T: follows the nose very fresh hops with pine resin flavor but not overwhelming there is also a little bit of juicy citrus flavors like pineapple nice bitter finish but fairly well balanced for how hop forward this is not overwhelming.

M:smooth slightly resious/sticky feel but not that much but also juicy I use that word instead of watery because it is a little thicker while stile being thin and has a citrus feel. This aspect makes it extremely drinkable and the alcohol is totally hidden.

O: great Beer nice juicy fresh hops with a juicy extremely drinkable beer it is probably the most drinkable dipa I've ever had. I think this is Lawson's. best ipa and I highly recommend it if you can get it and drink it fresh

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Photo of Resuin
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This has a couple weeks of age on it.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, translucent amber and leaves a relatively dense two-finger head which lingers for a good while.

Smell: Nice combination of pine and tropical hops. The smell is rather subdued but definitely pleasant.

Taste: Big citrus & tropical hops come out right away - really delicious. This is very much like a "hop juice" which is just fantastic. Some earthy, piney tones as well. Extremely smooth finish. Alcohol is very well masked.

Mouth-feel: Fantastic feel. Very juicy. Solid medium carbonation with a medium, slightly creamy body.

Overall: Very high quality, citrusy IPA. The taste and feel really mix well with each other. This is a very drinkable IPA, very tasty, very hoppy. If only this one were available more readily.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington.

Beer is cloudy orange with a moderately-sized white head. Head fades steadily, leaving good lacing. Looks nice!

Nose is striking. A huge dose of sticky tropical and citrus fruits. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Lovely!

Taste is in line with the nose. Quite bitter, with lots of juicy, sticky citrus and tropical fruit. A bit of pine. Great stuff. Alcohol is very well hidden- so easy to drink.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. A bit oily. Nice feel.

Overall, excellent. A truly great DIPA- maybe the best. If I could get this at home, i would be a happy guy.

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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 angrybabboon
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed 6/14/12

Appearance: A bit hazy, bright golden orange - pours with a moderately big, white head, retains a small cap - impressive lacing, spots and streaks everywhere

Smell: Nicely dank - tons of citrus and tons of resinous pine - tropical citrus, with some mango and wet pineapple - oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines - juicy, fleshy, and pithy - wet, sticky, resiny pine - a faint touch of weed, green onions, and herbs - biscuity, slightly toasted, slightly earthy malts underneath

Taste: Gloriously hoppy, with a number of things going on - sweet mango and pineapple - grapefruit flesh and rind, with tangerines - sticky pine - aggressive and bitter, with a lingering pithy bitterness - malts are a bit sweet, made sweeter with touches of tropical fruit - toasted biscuits, and some grains, slightly earthy - definitely not balanced, but it's actually pretty drinkable - alcohol is slightly detectable

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, mostly dry, but with an oily and sticky aftertaste

Overall: Masterful, greater than the sum of its parts

I realize it's stupid to make the following comparison, but I'm doing it anyway. This beer kind of tastes like a lovechild between Heady Topper and Dreadnaught. It's very aggressive, yet very East Coast. Regardless, this is easily one of Lawson's Finest. Cheers to the ladies at Craft Beer Cellar for getting Mr. Lawson himself to do a tasting on 6/2/12. Good times.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #400!

Huge thanks to lalaloveyou for trading this beer to me! Thanks Lauren! I have wanted to try this beer for a long time!

reviewed from notes on 6/15/12.

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: Golden yellow bodied beer with big 2 fingers of white head. Nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Really citrusy. Tons of oranges and tagerines. Some grapefruit and pineapple. Buttermilk biscuits and cracker like malts.

Taste: moderate bitterness. The orange, lemon zest, and mangos are really big in the hop profile of this beer. Its crazy and I like it! Pineapple and a hint of resinous pine complete this hop profile. Hops are mostly citrusy / fruity and a malts add a touch of bready sweetness to the mix.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is so damn drinkable. With a light and dry finish that screams awesomeness!

Overall: This is a really awesome brew that really lives the hype. Great taste and balance; really a fantastic brew by lawsons! This is my second Lawson beer and this one did not dissapoint!

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Photo of seeswo
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
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 reds2harleys
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent brew. Wonderfully smooth and easy to drink. Go's down nice and full of flavor. I had several of Lawsons brews on a recent VT run and this was my fave. Would certainly enjoy on my next VT pilgimmage.

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Photo of kgncfl
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this for my CBS. Craft Beer Sunday for March Madness.

Poured into a tulip glass, along with some great friends. Bottle was less than a week old, so it was super fresh.

A- Poured more yellow than orange, poured to a one finger head that held its own. Less opaque than the average DIPA.

S- Started subtle with a hint of pine, closed with a moderate pineapple scent. A very unique and smooth experience.

T- Hops hit you semi-hard, but very consistent over time. Bitterness comes, and holds with a very grapefruit flavor, extremely pleasant experience. One could even say calming.

M-Very crisp for an DIPA, and extremely smooth.

This was not too hard and not too soft. The Goldilocks of DIPAs. A top ten for sure.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very traditional look. Bronze orange one finger head that stays very well. Elite lacing. Great clean hop smell. Get the scent from a few feet away. Noticeable malt backbone. A dank resin on the taste and feel. Some orange & peel. A little juicy and a little sticky. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of iadler
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
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 MikeM417
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm going back and reviewing some of my favorite beers I've had since my previous ratings now mean nothing. Double Sunshine is top 3 beer I've ever had in my life.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
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 Mojua
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So nice to revisit last night after a long absence. Wish it were available more often. Wonderful beer. One of my top 5 DIPAs. More juicy than heady. More dank than haze. It's a nice combination of tropical and resiny. Classic Lawson's mouthfeel. Nose isn't social and it's a tiny bit too sweet for me, but otherwise almost perfect.

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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 jimmy82063
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to even have a chance to try this...poured into a tulip glass.

A) Nice golden hue with a frothy head, very good head retention.

S) Tropical and floral notes.

T) Oh man this is fantastic. Upfront sweetness from the mango and pineapple is prevalent. Some lemon zest shows up in the middle and the finish is crytal clean. When you have a beer that gives you all the flavors up front and finishes this clean you have something special.

M) Nicely carbonated. There is no stickiness here which I think is great.

O) These hops rule! Worth the reputation.

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Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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