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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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4.56
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7.89%
 
 
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Photo of brystmar
4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger. Enjoyed this from the bottle a few weeks back; remember liking it but not being blown away. Let's see how it fares on tap...

Aroma on this baby is incredible! Fresh, juicy citrus comes through nearly as strongly as the hop profile. Kept some in my glass for awhile just to keep smelling it. Can't get enough of this aroma!

Taste is about the same as I remembered from the bottle. My 4oz pour isn't getting much attention though, as I definitely prefer the draft pour of Heady Topper sitting next to it.

All in all, Double Sunshine is a solid West Coast DIPA from the Vermont crew.

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Photo of gford217
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from caguiar.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a small wispy white head that recedes to a swirl of foam and thick collar.

Aroma is massively hoppy with mostly juicy citrus hops - pithy white grapefruit and orange zest. Some lemongrass and pien resin underneath the citrus. There is a bit of bready malt sweetness but definitely not a lot of balance in the nose.

The taste has a mix of oranges and pineapple citrus with a hefty floral dankness with some herbal and grassy notes. The finish is bitter and resinous.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodiied and well carbonated. I do get a hint of alcohol burn in the finish which surprised me a little but didn't take away from the beer.

Another outstanding hoppy beer from Lawson's. I was a big fan of the Triple Play I just tasted and this is even better I think.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into Bruery snifter.

This beer pours a cloudy neon orange. Large head quickly settles to form an uneven layer on the beer. Thick lacing all down the glass.
The smell, seriously....this smell of HUGE citrus. I could sniff this ALL day long.
Taste is wonderful; sweet and bitter all at once. There is a nice fresh hop oil presence. Big and bold, this is not subtle....but it isn't brash. It's big and bold in the best way possible. This shit is off the hizzle!!
My mouth is in heaven. When a take a big mouthful of this sexy woman in my mouth I want to leave her linger there, savoring the silky feel of her. Thick and full, this beer hits the mark.
This is a Hell of a beer. A rare treat for sure, I hope to enjoy this again!!

Had to update my review. Seriously, this is as perfect as a beer can get.

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Photo of TotallyHosed
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks zgunder for the bottle.

Opaque orange amber color that poured with a large white head. There's little lacing in the glass and no visible signs of carbonation.

The nose is subtle all around: large citrus fruit and lightly sweet malts.

The flavor is fantastic. Very well balanced with very little alcohol presence. Somewhat similar to the nose, there's first light citrus flavor followed by hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers but is then accompanied by subtle sweet malts. The bitterness is not overpowering, but just makes itself known.

The feel is medium to light and there's not much carbonation.

This is a very enjoyable DIPA. The balance and subtleties are well respected.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Double Sunshine pours a hazy honey yellow with a medium sized, thick frothy head on top. Held to the light it almost glows. As the foam dissolves clumps of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is loaded with citrus. Orange and grapefruit with a touch of lemon. Some tropical fruits are also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is creamy and smooth with effervescent carbonation. The flavor is loaded with orange and grapefruit citrus, tropical fruit (mango, apricot, pineapple), and a touch of grass. Some caramel malt sweetness makes a brief appearance. It finishes dry, moderately bitter and tart. Once gone the grapefruit citrus and grassy bitterness lingers on the palate.

Wow! Super tasty, easy drinking Imperial IPA. Reminds me of Heady Topper, just not as bitter. Creamy mouth feel and light carbonation feels wonderful on the palate.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.21/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Hopsbreath

Appearance- Hazy sunshine color with a small white head. 4.5/5

Smell- Little bit of an ammonia smell. Some pine and little bit of malt. 3.5/5

Taste - Pine hop flavor. Some floral, citrus, and ammonia. 3/5

Mouthfeel- A rare, thin DIPA. That is the way I like them though. 4/5

Overall- This started out rather well. Piney and a little citrus. After it warmed up a bit, however, it kinda gave off a weird, funky taste. Didn't really like it after that. Maybe it was just me though. 2.5/5

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Photo of younger35
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My top 24 bestest beer buddy sent this to me! Thank BeerTruth, you handsome devil! LOVE Lawson’s and I’ve been excited to try this for quite some time. Drank from my Russian River tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with a big beautiful one finger bright white head (even with a gentle pour). A beautiful cap and collar are maintained the entire beer along with tons of lacing.
Smell- Oh balls, they hit this out of the park. It’s got those super dank, almost raw, hoppy tones that I’ve only ever gotten from opening a vacuum pack sealed bag of hops and Surly Abrasive. Plenty of light lemony pine along with hints of peaches and pineapple. I get more of a citrusy fruit in the nose than anything else. Awesome stuff.
Taste- Not near as potent as the nose would suggest but absolutely delicious. Starts with a ton of orange peel and grapefruit. A touch of mango peeks in along with some grassy papaya. I do get a teeny tiny bit of burnt sugar in the finish but it’s fleeting. I get a fair amount of grassy earthiness that lingers into the finish.
Mouthfeel- My only real beef with the beer (all be it minor). It’s fairly light bodied but it’s got a great snap of crisp carbonation. Like I said, minor.
Drinkability- This is a great beer. Honestly, might be the best smelling beer I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking. It’s crazy how insane the beer smells yet the taste is pretty tame and balanced in comparison. Between this and Heady Topper I’d say two of the best West Coast beers in America are made on the East Coast. Thanks Adam!

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

Reviewed from notes:

apearance: copper orange, with a 1 finger off white head,

smell: citrus, grapefruit, tropical, hops, malts,

taste: tropical fruit salad, caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: outstanding IPA. so worth the search. hopefully the next bottle will be easier to land.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden orange. Thin white lacing head on the border. Glows like a harvest moon with even translucence in clarity despite being murky.

S: Tropical: grapefruit, tangerine, melon, pine.

T: Tropical but with much more pine balance. Wowed initially. No alcohol to speak of. The flavors definitely narrow and blend together as this warms, which is overall more of a negative than a positive. This is however all about balance.

M: Very approachable and forgiving for being such a hoppy beer. Carbonation is PERFECT.

O: My first thought upon opening, smelling, and taking the first sip was "wow this is the perfect (d)ipa)" and better than any hill farmstead ones. As I drank through my 1/2, I began to think that it was only better than some and rivaled their best. Reminiscing, I can't say that this is better than Ephraim batch 2. But that was enjoyed straight out the tap. I'm not holding my breath for a better (d)ipa in a bottle.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.09/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Farmhouse Tap and Grille Burlington VT.
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Smells of pine, citrus, apricot, lemons, grapefruit, malt maybe. Taste is slightly bitter with lots of fruity citrusy hop goodness. Smooth resinous mouthfeel with a medium body and a moderate level of carbonation. This didn't look like much in the glass but was really nice going down. Too bad this is so frikin hard to find.

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Photo of tyamhydrogen
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from the Warren Store. Didn't see a bottled on date but it was delivered and consumed yesterday so I can assume it was very fresh.

A- Looks like drinkable sunshine. Very light in color, hazy with a 1+ finger head and good lacing. It's beautiful.

S- Peach, lemon and mango along with other general tropical fruit. Super fruity and enjoyable. I love this style of DIPA.

T- Sweet, fruit juicy hops with not a whole lot of bitterness. More of what the nose has, but to a lesser degree.

M- Maybe the best part of this beer. Probably the smoothest DIPA I've had to date. It's perfect. Still a little enjoyable stickiness on the lips.

O- A really great DIPA, I wish I could have gotten more than one bottle of this when I was in VT. Is it as good as HT? Not in my opinion, but it's very different and it's definitely in the top tier among the tropical/citrus heavy DIPAs that I've tasted.

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

What the hell!!! Incredible example of this style. Blew my socks off. Nice head after a rigorous pour, beatiful golden/copper color with an incredibly dankish, extremely basil aroma. Hops are well balanced and I hungered for the beer afterwards. Can't wait to get my hands on another one of these! Do not miss this beer.

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Photo of mz3frs
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice medium amber with a 1 finger head and decent lacing. A tropical hop bomb, with tons of pineapple/citrus flavor and aroma. Crystal malts take a back seat but lend a nice counterpoint to the hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth and drinkable for a beer like this. A must-try! My favorite DIPA to date.

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Photo of claspada
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 42 from batch 192; no idea what that means or how old it is.

Pours a hazy golden sunshine color with an inch or so of white foam that eventually settles to a thin cap and collar, leaving some nice spotty lace behind. Really gorgeously bright yellow, definitely get the Sunshine aspect they were going for here.

Aromas begin quite dank, with some lemon rind, blood orange juice, tropical fruits and a slight floral hops as well. A light pale sugary malt character emerges as it warms.

The tastes are dominated by blood orange, grapefruit, cirus rind, pineapple and a minimal sweet pale malt backbone. Alcohol is non-existent, but I wouldn't expect much from an 8% beer. Initially restrained in bitterness, although it mounts over the course of a glass.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth texture, dry finish and light residual resins. No alcohol warmth.

Overall this is just an all-around great beer. My first Lawson's beer and hopefully not my last. Really lots of citrus juice and rind flavor. I think this may be a couple or even several months old so he aromas may not have been as fresh as possible; still awesome, just not in the upper echelon of DIPAs. Lots of blood orange and tropical fruit flavors. Highly recommended and well worth seeking out if it can be obtained fresh.

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Photo of orangesol
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to deuane for sharing this one with thain709 and myself. I have wanted to try this one for a little while now, thanks for the chance buddy.

A - Pours murky golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light rings of lace down the glass. I got the last of the bottle so mine was a little murkier than the others.

S - Smells of pungent grapefruits, citric hops, fresh pine needles and a growing caramel sweetness. I would say that the nose is the best part of this beer.

T - Starts off with a nice citric hop punch quickly giving way to hints of pine resin, sweet caramel malt, fresh cut grass and some light citric fruit. The fruit and hops are fading quick but there is still plenty there to carry this one to the finish. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy feel leaving the pallet dry, as it should, long after the finish.

O - I am pretty sure this one was around two weeks old and it was pretty good. The taste was a bit of a letdown from the nose but it was still very easy to drink and it packs lots of flavor. Can't wait for my next run in with this one.

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Photo of kif
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold orange with a nice thick white head

S - Citrus hops are pretty strong. There is also a hint of pine hops. I also got a bit of pineapple.

T - First taste is the bitterness of the hops. This is followed by the citrus flavors, pineapple, tropical fruit. You then finish with a another round of bitterness.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium to light body.

O - A very solid beer. A bit more bitter hops compared to other DIPA (Pliny, hopslam, etc). I would love to try a super fresh one of these!

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

22 oz. gold foiled and capped bottle courtesy of AshleyMiller, my newest partner in crime as I redescend in to the world of trading madness after picking up some ammunition at the annual Southampton RIS release. This one was enjoyed on a Friday evening at a hotel in Alexandria where I was staying on business, and poured in to a snifter I happened to bring along with me.

Appearance: Double Sunshine, indeed. This one pours a radiant, vivid golden, a really breathtaking honey orange hue that's completely opaque to even direct light with hop proteins. It's only transparent around the very edges, where distanced streams of steady but slow and fine carbonation bubble slowly upwards to the surface. That surface - initially capped with a finger and a half of nearly perfectly alabaster head - showcases a persistent dusting after the initial mountain has crumbled (which did take some time), leaving huge and crunchy swaths of frosty lacing in its wake. A very attractive color and great lacing - if the head retention had been a little better, it'd have been a perfect 5.0.

Aroma: An amazing bouquet, and one of the closest drinking experiences to literally walking through a ripe hop field and burying your face in a cluster as I've had. Fresh, dank, fat hop notes, absolutely bursting with aromaticity, from spicy herbal notes to bright, crisp piney to sweet, airy, and robust citrus notes. The citrus is what's strong up front initially, but - as this one warms, and the heavier esters and notes begin to rise - it gets more resinous, spicy, piney, herbal, filled with leather and tobacco and tar.

Taste: Oddly and mildly disappointingly, this may this beer's weakest aspect. That's not to say it's bad - it's not, at all, and in fact it's quite good - but compared to the glory of the nose, the arcing gorgeousness of the lacing, and the amazing mouth, the complexities of the hop profile here just don't do it for me.

That's also not to say that the hop profile isn't complex: it is. This one is fat with resin, running the gamut of possible hop notes: citrusy, grassy, herbal, piney, floral, and, naturally, plenty of bitterness. The citrus dominates up front, suggesting lemon and grapefruit most obviously, but also hinting at other tropical relations, but takes on that earthy rind quality because of all the dank, resinous, leafy and herbal notes present as well. Piney notes linger long past the last drop leaves your mouth, amplifying that dry, minerally bitterness that the best dryer IPAs and DIPAs have in spades, though that isn't what this one's all about.

Though I would say it errs on the side of dryness. The malt backbone is moderately roasted, characteristic of the hue, with biscuity and heavier honey notes dominating the attempt at balance. Though there's definitely some hints of caramel and cookie sweetness here, the whole thing leans more towards the spicy, dryer, crispier side of things, which is to its credit, showcasing the hops nicely without being so dry as to render the experience an all out assault.

Mouthfeel: One of the smoothest, creamiest DIPAs I've ever laid lips too. Like whipped air, the carbonation levels - in conjunction with the stickiness of the body - hit that real sweet spot, with enough lift that it floats over the tongue but not enough that it jumps off. Like drinking velvet. Bitter, bitter velvet.

Drinkability: Is Vermont the new California of the east coast, or something? I'm not sure, but there are a slew of good IPAs and DIPAs coming out of there recently. This one was near-fantastic, but instead I'll just call it "great." At 8.0%, it's also eminently manageable, hitting that sweet spot near the top of the flavor:alcohol ratio chart, much like PtE. This beer reminds me a lot of a slightly haughtier, danker PtE, in many ways, and I'd like to do a side by side. As it stands, I highly recommend this one, and would snatch it up should I ever be so lucky as to see it again.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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 jmarsh123
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
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 beerhan
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a cloudy golden color with a two finger white head. Thick white lacinv

S-lots of pine, grape, melon, pineapple and an all around tropical scent

T-bitter pine with a pineapple after taste. Reminds me a lot of hopslam without the honey.

M-incredibly bitter but very crisp and syruppy. I am very imressed by the low abv witb such flavors.

O-tasty and I would love to drink again

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury VT

A - Hazy golden-orange with a two-finger head. Incredible retention and lacing that sticks in big clumps for days. Gorgeous.

S - Pine and grapefruit hops balanced perfectly with caramel sweetness. The aroma is up there with Pliny, no doubt. Very west coast -- hop forward, favoring the tropical fruits but balanced with pine.

T - Bitter hops up front, with grapefruit and pine flavors. Transition into a honey and caramel sweetness finishing with a dry toasted grain. This beer is impossibly tasty. Everything I look for in an IPA and more.

M - Medium in body. Perfect degree of dryness in the finish. Starts out a bit sharp from the carbonation and bitterness and this doesn't quite go away.

O - One of the best IPAs I have ever had, without a doubt. Deserves the reputation as one of the best. This beer balances bitter and sweet perfectly and incorporates many complimenting flavors with a body that matches it well. I was floored.

EDIT: Drinking Pliny today Feb 20... These beers are very similar, particularly in Taste. Amazing beer, this.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-02-4 in Lititz, PA. Special thanks to matador677 for this special treat today; along with the also-special FFF Zombie Dust and The Alchemist's Heady Topper. Just awesome.

A - Mildly-hazy, golden-orange with a fluffy off-white head with moderate lacing.

S - Wonderful. Everything you could hope for with tropical, citrus, hop floral and a light touch of pine. Not dank.

T - Wow. Perfect. Hop forward bitterness, orange and pineapple flesh, lighter touch of mango and sweet pineapple, pale malt, citric zest bitterness. Dries nicely and leaves a to-die-for bright and bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body and the right amount of carbonation. Smooth and full-bodied. Really nice.

O - One of the finest DIPAs; no question. Smells great, delicious, substantial and refreshing. Wow.

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

Into a mini Chimay Chalice.

A- Double Sunshine is a bright yellow/gold tinted color with some orange spots within.There was only a mere skim of foam on the top, leaving minimal lace.

S- Big citrus up front with nice grapefruit and a bit of orange. A big hoppy nose with the malt not really making a whimper. Getting some pine as well with a bitter smell as it opens up.

T- Great stuff. The hops literally take charge and give off a huge citrus blast on the tounge. This includes grapefruit. Pines are up front as well but to a lesser extent. Pale malt to give off a balance but dont really come through in the taste. This is bitter all around.

M- Basically medium in feel with a nice crisp carb addition. After a while the bitterness really got to me though, in a good way. On second thoughts the body is less than medium, the liquid goes down real easy like

D- A nice ABV not to high. This is a hop bomb and nicely balanced. It's nice to see that East Coast brewers can do them California style IPA'S just as well.

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

Double Sunshine has a body that is somewhere between yellow and orange; it is a fairly light color for a IIPA. The off-white head is quite solid looking, and the retention is very good. Thick rings of lacing remain on the side of my glass from its top to its bottom.

The aroma is aggressively hoppy, with tons of pine and citrus. There isn't a lot of malt hanging around in this aroma.

The hops dominate Double Sunshine. Pine is the single biggest flavor, and it comes through in the flavor profile immediately, along with a bunch of bitterness. Resin and leafy hop flavors also play a roll, but less so than the pine or the citrus that follows the pine. The citrus flavors are also quite powerful, as well as bright and juicy. Grapefruit is the main citrus flavor, but a little bit of orange comes through as well. The malt barely makes a contribution, with just a hint of bread coming through toward the end. A hint of warmth and a bite of bitterness finish things off.

Oily and bitter, the body and carbonation are well-done.

Double Sunshine is a well-made IIPA that is definitely on the bitter and hoppy end of the spectrum, which I like.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with no head even with a strong pour.

S - Heavy citrus and flowery hop aroma. Nice tropical fruits, tangerine, bit earthy, citrus rind, nice light but fruity, hint of malts.

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

M - Medium with a good amount of carb. One of the best mouthfeels I've ever seen in a DIPA

O - This is easily a top 5 all-time IPA for me. So smooth and hoppy and citrusy. This has everything a great DIPA should have. It's great to see another amazing East Coast IPA.

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Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
4.56 out of 5 based on 2,117 ratings.
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