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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1248) - 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 (3519) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (5850) - Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Bomber to taster (shared by alexsdad06). Looks good; a hazy golden orange with white head. Smells and tastes great! A wonderful balance of juicy hops with a well-balanced pale malt backbone. nice on the palate. Great stuff! Reminds me of Heady Topper.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jow (2266) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2013
After one of the early kegs kicked at Blind Tiger’s VSK night they threw this gem on causing almost a stampede to the bar. Pours orange golden with fluffy white head. Nose of huge tropical fruit. This is bursting with juicy hop flavors, pineapple, mangoes, grapefruit, some pepper and earthy bitterness. Drying finish with medium body, fresh and delicious and amazing

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Abounding tropical fruit, citrus and pine, with just enough of a semi-sweet malty backbone to balance. Went down incredibly easy and had no real faults to speak of."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2010 22oz bottle (Rare Batch #167, bottle #31) acquired via a recent trade.... pours a hazy, mostly non-transparent, copper orange brown with a pillowy soft frothy white head. kind of looks like a hefe only a bit more orange... bright/pungent/aromatic tropical fruits in the nose, with a little mineral and bubblegum notes take form and provides a nice starting point. some dankness in the background wafts back and forth between the dominating pulls from the assertive nature of the fruit...flavors are bright and juicy, just like the description attests, and backed up adequately with a malt backbone that’s present but still allowing the hops to shine. the hops themselves are tropical fruit in nature with some nice added juicy citrus notes. finish lends itself to a mild bitterness that has a tendency to linger on the palate. body is medium to full with adequate carbonation....reading some of the other reviews of Lawson’s brews, i was able to ascertain their hoppy brews were first class and this definitetely supports that notion. with hill farmstead and lawson’s creating such fine elixirs, vermont is def becoming a haven for some fantastic, attention-getting, and most of all credible brewing. now who wants to send me more? def looking forward to the their hop-zilla which will be consumed very soon.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Coniferous, grassy hop fireworks explode everywhere from aroma to finish for pure, unadulterated Double IPA glory.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam tops the hazy blond.
-The grassy, herbal hop bitterness is intense; this is for hopheads only.
-The fluffy carbonation and svelte body make this quite friendly, offsetting some of the boastful hoppiness.
-Malts are only there to provide a trampoline on which the multifarious hop personality (piney, herbal, citrusy, etc.) can loudly play.
-Alcohol is not a bother in the flavor profile, as it is smothered in hops!

On tap at Hill Farmstead.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 In short: A superb easy to drink blonde Double IPA with a complex hop profile.
How: Tap at Black Back pub, Waterbury VT
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a medium white head with good retention
In long: Nose is an explosion of floral, tropical fruits, grassy and foresty hops. It’s all there, it’s bright and vibrant. Plenty of crackers-like pale malts to provide a full body while leaving all the flavor space to for the hops. Aforementioned hops (floral, tropical fruits, grassy and foresty) in large quantities. Despite being a heavily hopped 8% brew the beer is actually not aggressive. No alcohol presence. Somewhat refreshing and sessinonable (ouch!). Another mighty fine hoppy ale from Lawsons. I hope Lawsons will one day expand their operation because they make superb IPAs. Man that was good. I had too much to drink again at this beer event and now I’m afraid there might actually be something wrong with me. It’s probably nothing but sometimes I wonder if I should I be concerned that my liver is making strange noises or that my right testicle is larger than my other two.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 Tap at ACBF. Hazy copper pour with a fluffy head. Aroma and flavor are both slammed with peach, apricot, mango, and pine hop presence. Reminds me a bit of Sculpin, but more sticky and sweet, and with more evergreen. The hops at the finish lose just a touch of its character and become more non-descript in their bitterness, which keeps this from the upper echelon of the style. Still, very good. Rerate 9/14/14 -- I’ve had this a couple times since my first rating, but this is the bottle that made me want to up my rating. Gorgeously clean on the palate, and there is a remarkable combination of sticky, old school resinous hops still in the foreground, but beautiful mango and papaya shows itself in the background as well. Lovely stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2693) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2011
This pours bright amber orange with a decent head. The aroma gives notes of fresh tangerines, mango, and a bit of booziness. There are flavors of citrusy smooth hops and you get a subtle blend of bitter and sweet flavors, although the bitterness lingers on the tongue a bit longer. The body is medium to light with good carbonation.


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