beernbourbon (1590) - 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. 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 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. 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! ChadPolenz (1801) - 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).
bytemesis (8226) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 30, 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).
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. b3shine (8795) - 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. Jow (3897) - 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 slowrunner77 (11912) - 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." MartinT (9795) - 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.