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:
2,130
Reviews:
342
Avg:
4.57
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
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Ratings: 2,130 |  Reviews: 342
Photo of WanderingFool
4.8/5  rDev +5%
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 baybum
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of N1Nkasi
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of UncleJimbo
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Petegrieco
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JRod1969
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of calcnerd
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of shirtless_mike
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BeerBucks
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mikeincharleston
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Brew33
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vonnegut21
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of MacQ32
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a medium gold color, slightly hazy, good frothy carbonation that leaves a nice cap and some spotty lacing.

S - A nice amount of tropical fruits with some slight floral notes. Nice and dank, yet, still has a nice clean hop character. Lots of pineapple, mango, and orange peel.

T - Slight less tropical then the nose. Orange peel, pine, grassy hops. Little to no malt detected at all, very light yet the tropical notes help with the sweetness. Solid bitterness, not overly done, which I prefer. A nice "medium".

M: Light, crisp, smooth, refreshing, oily dank finish.

D: A very nice DIPA that I really enjoyed. Not overly hoppy or big on sweetness, which I prefer. Right "down the middle", if you will. I love any/all tropical fruit notes, so that seals the deal right there. Recommend.

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Photo of halo3one
4.56/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Hazy, unfiltered, somewhat murky orange with a moderately sized off-white head. This leaves the glass astonishingly messy on the way down. Perhaps the best lacing I've seen in a DIPA. Gorgeous.

Big citrus and tropical fruit aromas are most notable, a mild pine presence, and a very little sweetness.

The flavor is absolutely delicious, complete, quenching: superb. The tropical and citrus flavors are the most present, along with a moderate bitterness, light pine, and just a hint/presence of sweet malt. Simply perfect. The lingering citrus presence is stunning. This may be the finest DIPA in the world.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, though slightly sticky.

Perfect.

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

This was my second sample of this delicious brew....first was due to a very generous BA who shared at Capone's Hill Farmstead Event. Big thanks to another great BA who traded me this bomber.

Appearance: Pours the color of pumpkin paint with a smidge of rust mixed into it. Crown is 1 finger, slightly off white (a bit hop stained yet dull) shows moderate retention and good lace.

Smell: Wow nice tropical hop presentation. Lots of pineapple, candied orange peel, hint of sweet red fruit, a bit of pine resin and strong grapefruit notes (including pith). Amazing when fresh!!! Not so much 2 weeks later so keep that in mind when reviewing your bottle!

Taste: Same as nose. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with good carbonation. I'd like a bit more heft personally.

Drinkability: I'd give it a 5.0 if the mouthfeel was better.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kyle for this one. 22oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a cloudy sunset. Lacing is stringy and patchy with decent stick. Average.

Nose is mango, papaya and pineapple. Big citrus hop notes along with some cane sugar malt sweetness. Aromatic and very appetizing. Just what I'd expect a VT IIPA to be.

Opens citrus, resin, tree sap hop bitterness. Some papaya and mango in the middle with a big, cane sugar malt presence. Some spruce tips and grapefruit too. Finishes sappy and dry with a resiny, hop bitter aftertaste. Juicy, dry hop perfection!

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Resiny and sticky in the mouth and goes down dry and sappy. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky, dry aftertaste. Nice.

If you had to pick 3 DIPAs to represent The Alchemist, Hill Farmstead, and Lawsons, you'd probably pick Heady Topper, Ephraim, and Double Sunshine respectively. DS is not in the same conversation as the other two. However, that doesn't mean its not a world class beer. Worth trying and easily the best hoppy offering I've had from Lawson's.

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Photo of Moses_Malone
3.46/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Double Sunshine IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
4.57 out of 5 based on 2,130 ratings.
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