Lawson’s Finest Double Sunshine IPA pours a radiant orange-gold hue into the glass, sporting a slight chill haze. Contrary to the current hazy and New England-style IPA trends, this brew maintains a traditional appearance. (Note: While some sources label it as such, it doesn’t quite fit the hazy IPA profile, as exemplified by RateBeer.)


The aroma of Double Sunshine is a sensory explosion. It greets you with an extravagant bouquet of fresh orange slices, orange marmalade cake, and even hints of orange sherbet push pops. It’s an aromatic showcase of hops, delivering a green, plant-like quality alongside its citrusy richness.


Double Sunshine’s taste experience is nothing short of stellar for a non-adjunct IPA. It boasts an intense burst of bright citrus juice, pushing the boundaries of hoppy bitterness. Remarkably, the robust malt backbone doesn’t overshadow the hops but complements them harmoniously. As you savor this brew, you’ll notice an exceptionally full-bodied, almost fatty mouthfeel that is rich and smooth. The macadamia nut flavors add a delightful coating effect on the palate. Remarkably, the beer’s 8% ABV remains utterly concealed. The grand finale is a protracted finish reminiscent of sourdough bread. It’s a masterfully well-rounded beer, a true testament to meticulous craftsmanship, and can be considered nothing less than IPA perfection.


One cannot help but admire the beer’s lush, fatty mouthfeel. It bathes the palate in a luxurious, oily sensation, with macadamia nut notes providing an extra layer of indulgence. Not a hint of stickiness or the imposing 8% ABV mars this seamless mouthfeel. It truly elevates the overall drinking experience.


Double Sunshine, with its origins in Vermont, stands out as a testament to why the original recipe can often outshine its adaptations. In a side-by-side comparison, it effortlessly outshines its more renowned counterpart, Sip of Sunshine IPA, which is contract-brewed in Connecticut. While both are undeniably exceptional, the disparity between them becomes evident upon tasting. If a list were to be compiled of beers worth traveling for, fresh from the source, Lawson’s Double Sunshine would unquestionably claim its spot. This brew epitomizes IPA perfection, earning its place in beer aficionados’ pilgrimages. Straddling the line between a standard IPA and a Double IPA at its 8.0% ABV, it unequivocally ranks among the best in both saturated categories. The meticulous attention to detail in crafting this beer cements its status as the finest IPA in its ABV range.

Similar Beers

Russian River’s Pliny the Elder draws striking parallels to Double Sunshine. At the same ABV and with an enduring recipe, Pliny too has stood the test of time as a formidable competitor in the world of IPAs.

In summary, Lawson’s Finest Double Sunshine IPA is a remarkable testament to the craft. This review is offered without any financial biases, and we genuinely believe this beer stands out as a true gem in the world of craft beer. For more information on our beer reviews and recommendations, please feel free to reach out to us at info(at)