PattyBat (84) - - AUG 31, 2013
On tap in snifter. Poured a clear yellow with nice, average head. Aroma is incredible. Very floral and citrusy in the nose. Light and cities on the tongue with great hop balance. Truly an amazing beer. b3shine (8874) - 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. bytemesis (8411) - 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. Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2013
bottled poured into a pint glass, nice foamy white head. smell of citrus and mango. flavor was very nice, citrusy hops. orange zest and lemon peel, sweet pinapple. very well balanced and delicious DIPA ChadPolenz (1820) - Lakeland, Florida, 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).
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2013
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).
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! Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014 Original rating on 8/18/2013. Bomber at my place with group. Atone smooth fruit hop, phenomenal aroma, awesome. Taste is smooth delicate, hidden alcohol, awesome, could drink all day. Finish is medium and the alcohol balances smooth. Mouthfeel is chewy and great. 4.5
Updated rating on 11/2/2013. At big Seth’s going away party on 11/2/2013; was an awesome day! Aroma is floral , fruit juice, beautiful hop profile. Taste is floral, smooth, silky, very nice floral hop bite. 4.4 brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
8 days old! Smells awesome: pineapple & other tropical fruits, fresh hops, piney. Taste is still a bit too West Coast for me: piney and hoppy with minimal malt character. I can obv appreciate the quality, but I need more malt to enjoy this as much as my friends seem to. Tylerbp6 (40) - - AUG 16, 2013
Poured from a 22 oz bottle got at the farmers market. Taste is packed with light tropical flavors, not as hoppy as the average dipa. Amazing beer and worth the wait.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone egajdzis (6589) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Hazy dark golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of skunky herb, floral hops, pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Taste of strong skunky herb, pine, citrus, tropical fruits, toast, and bitter grapefruit in the finish. Nice, but not near Abner or Heady... too skunky dank for me.