RateBeer
overall
100
100
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This American Double India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit flavors and bright herbal aroma, thanks to the abundance of US-grown hops.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3351) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2013
22 oz bottle, rating #100! Surprise gift from my friend in VT. Lightly hazed orange brown with white frosting. Nose is caramel, pineapple, mango, spicy pine and black pepper. Lovely balance with floral undertones. The smell alone might be worth the cost. Crisp at first softening with resin. Slick then dry like a martini. First sip reminds me of canned fruit salad, but in a good way. Cardamon and cherry sweetness draw you in; pineapple, mango, peach, grapefruit peel and lingering key lime. Just below my top 2 DIPA’s but still showing the same total sensory immersion that distinguish my favorites.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThirstyBird (1566) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - APR 18, 2013
Thanks Jason for the bottle!!! Pours a brilliant cloudy yellow/orange with a nice. Big citrus, grapefruit, Taste is Citrus and some tropical notes with a nice light malt background. ending crisp and slightly bitter. Light/medium body with nice elegant carbonation. Overall a very tasty beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 2, 2013
22oz bottle from Brown Jug, leftover from the Culmination Fest. Pours cloudy yellow orange with a foamy off white head and a few chunks. Aroma is full of tropical fruits like pineapple, some cat pee/pine, malt and a light sweet bubble gum. Flavor is firmly bitter hops with a clean malt and yeast profile, very light alcohol. Medium body with a dry bitter finish and a soft mouth feel. This one is packed with tropical hop aroma and flavor while being very well balanced. I love this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (1973) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bomber from trade with 46er3498. Pours a cloudy pale orange color with a nice 1 finger foamy head that fades normally, leaves some nice webbing. Very nice tropical fruit aroma with some light mustiness, grapefruit, lemon, and pine. Taste is moderately sweet and moderately bitter throughout. Tropical fruit and grapefruit dominate with some pine and spicy hops showing up in the finish. Medium body and oily mouthfeel. Great stuff here. Seems to actually get even better when it warms a bit. Lives up to the hype.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle. Pour is hazy gold with a medium white head. Aroma and flavor bursting with citrus hop notes especially passion fruit, mango, and grapefruit. Very easy to drink. Malt is present but in the background. This is a great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle thank Aames poured a dark orange hazy inside. Thin white head. Nose was on some ol whole pack of juicy fruit very floral it smelled like daisies taste was lets just say i want this every day. Super hoppy very bright fruits maybe i can go here and buy a life time supply

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - AUG 9, 2013
On tap at Mad Taco. Pours lovely golden with good foamy head that lasts. Big citra/cat piss aroma. Full flavor followup. Overall, a lovely, somewhat baudy IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2013
hazy pale orange pour out of a bomber. froathy white head that lasts throughout the glass and leaves some soapy lacing. bright tropical fruit aroma.. grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. juicy grapefruit and pine flavors stand out with a balanced bitterness. clean aroma and flavors. a very well done dipa!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1180) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2013
I poured a 16.375oz bottle into a mug (which, if you look closely, says "Sunshine Fair" on it). There was no freshness date on the bottle, though I got this from a friend (thanks, Jon!) who bought it at the brewery for $9 ($0.55 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright golden/yellow hue - almost glowing with intensity. Fairly hazy, but carbonation still visible. Forms a large, ivory, frothy head which laces and retains quite well.

Smell: Strong tropical fruit notes, especially grapefruit, pineapple and passion fruit. There’s a distinct herbal aroma as well - almost garlicky.

Taste: I recently noted that the "New England Style" IPA seems to be catching on and this is yet another beer exemplifying some of the great brewing that’s taking place in the northeast section of America. Much like a West Coast IPA, Lawson’s Finest Double Sunshine IPA has a lot of citrus and stone fruit notes, but ends much differently with a distinct herbal and spicy flavor. It’s repetitive and simplistic, but it’s tasty and that’s what matters.

The hops are definitely in control of the palette here. They start out with an almost nectar-like sensation of tropical fruit juice concentrate. It’s sweet like a glass of breakfast juice, but at the same time still dank and bitter. At the crest of the swig the bitterness increases exponentially, imparting rustic, herbal and spicy flavors. Ground up tree bark plus garlic and herbal tea. It’s dry, but not completely arid. There’s additional fruit flavors on the finish, though there isn’t a lot of distinct malt character per se. The hops linger, leaving an aftertaste akin to garlic bread. Usually, I really enjoy this combination, but it’s a little too spicy for me to give it my highest rating.

Drinkability: Though Lawson’s Finest Double Sunshine IPA is packed with flavor, it’s not a difficult beer to drink. The mouthfeel is intense with taste, but not carbonation. The mouthfeel is fairly soft and it goes down smooth. There is a drying sensation that lingers, but it’s highly tolerable. I do notice a bit of warmth from the 8% ABV. It works with the bitterness for the most part, and I would not consider it distracting. A fine double IPA to enjoy on its own because of its rarity and price (though if it were readily available and reasonably priced, it’d be perfect with a spicy meal).

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (3152) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle - thanks Jake! Pours hazy butterscotch with a small off-white head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is very citrus, grapefruit, passionfruit, cat piss. Pretty much nails the sweet spot there. Flavor is much the same, light sweet, medium bitter. A bit harsh, but otherwise pretty tasty. Medium body, oily mouthfeel. Definitely a good one.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 4 5 6  7  8 9 10 » 20


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50