Double Sunshine IPA | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Double Sunshine IPADouble Sunshine IPA
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,125
Reviews:
341
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
7.89%
 
 
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3,262
Gots:
241
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,125 |  Reviews: 341
Photo of cgskippy
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dtm426
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MS22
4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To be brutally honest Double Sunshine is a darn good beer...but it ends there. Drove to Winooski, waited in line from just after 5a to secure my bottle (HT and Sip too) and this just missed the mark for me. A bit muted compared with the other ales I've had from Lawsons. Having had Kiwi and Triple Play on multiple occasions, which I would stand in the cold to get again, the DS was meh.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Texaseddie
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tons of tropical flavor. Super juicy and well balanced.

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

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

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

Had this for the first time tonight and WOW. This is a perfect beer in my opinion. I'm a huge ipa/dipa fan and this stands alone. I love Heady topper and it would be a mistake to compare it with double sunshine because they are completely different. This beer has a ton of fruit and floral on the nose and very full mouthfeel. Amazing. I'm glad I have two more to savor. Seek this out!

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Photo of nwildfire
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the better beers I've ever had. I prefer it to Lawson's Sip of Sunshine. For me, the nose is much cleaner and the after taste brighter, more floral, and cleaner. Its floral notes are strong but perfectly balanced, and the hops are not overpowering. Perfect IPA.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Lawson's tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep amber body with a nice frothy white head that sticks around for a while, leaving some lacing and a good amount of retention that sits on the surface for a while.

Aromas seem muted and subdued.. I get some grapefruit and pine, peppery and floral hops, a little buttery diacetyl, sweet caramel maltyness. Doesn't smell as potent or inviting as others.

Upfront on the tongue is sweet caramel malt, followed by grapefruit/citrus rind bitterness, floral notes, creamy orange sorbet, but it takes a hit because I still get a buttery diaceytl off-note that distracts from the overall hop character.. on the finish is a somewhat cloying bitterness. A little off-balance. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Somewhat underwhelmed by Double Sunshine.. between the muted aroma and odd flavor profile, I probably wouldn't seek this out again, but I am happy that I got to try it!

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kash2112
4.99/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ScaryEd
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber with no discernible bottling date.

The pour is a slightly hazy, bright golden orange color. The head is a 2-finger, beautiful soapy white color. Whilst the head dissipates rather quickly, it leaves some gorgeous cobweb lacing around the glass.

The aroma is booming with floral notes, but has a nice balance of tropical fruit aromas and pine resin as well. I get notes of grapefruit, orange, and tangerine, as well as some pineapple. There's plenty of bitterness there but it's balanced out by the sweetness of the tropical fruits. Not getting a lot of malt here, however.

The taste starts off bitter, and even slightly tart, but is followed by the sweet orange and pineapple character. The back end returns to bitterness from the piney, earthy notes. Very dry, but not a lingering dryness. Very floral and very tropical. The cracker malt just barely makes its presence known as the beer warms.

The mouth is medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation. Once again, very dry, but the dry bitterness does not linger for long.

Overall, while I'm not sure this beer meets the hype it receives, it is still an absolutely fantastic version of the style and one that is absolutely worth seeking out. I've been trying to get my hands (and lips) on this beer for quite some time now, and I am ecstatic that I was finally able to.

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Photo of mikedogg195
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ragnar3
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Overall, a great DIPA - extremely well balanced elite mouthfeel keeps you coming back for more. One of, if not the, most balanced DIPA I have had the pleasure to try!

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Photo of sunofneurot
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Shogun250
4.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkrug5
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jhawkvol
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vfgccp
1.9/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Released Nov 12, 2015, opened Nov 21, 2015

A - Beautiful pour. Three fingers of bone-white head on top of a bright peach gold body. Nice retention and lace.

S - Really odd nose. Roast beef and strawberry jam... hopefully there isn't something wrong with the bottle.

O - Unfortunately there is definitely something wrong with this bottle. Malt body with pine, cilantro and a touch of citrus but then loaded with a off-flavor of roast beef through the finish.

M - Smooth medium body.

O - A contaminated bottle. Sucks given how much we traded to get it :(

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Photo of rockyjr1977
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Raziel313
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
4.56 out of 5 based on 2,125 ratings.
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