Thursday, March 1, 2012
Lawson's Finest Double Sunshine IPA
Alcohol Content: 8%
Price: 7$ - less than a pint
Medium: Served in a Lawson's I.P.A. glass, smaller version of Magic Hat's Hi.P.A. glass
Aroma: Strong sense of grapefruit citrus with a sort of tropical fruitiness to the hop aromas. Strong floralness probably from dry-hopping. The hop aromas masks the character of malts, but some residual sweetness shines through during the session.
Appearance: Presented an unfiltered or hazy copper/gold hue with an orange glow. Small, frothy white head pour with great retention. Low visible carbonation.
Flavor: Starts out semi-sweet but then immediately turns to a rather "stale" bitterness with a strong sense of floral and citrus grapefruit. The sweet malts bounce back in the finish and balances the strong hop flavors and aromas. The aftertaste is left with only a bit of drying on the sides of the mouth. Overall it feels a little tart/ sour representing a more acidic beer.
Mouthfeel: Lighter body with a very nice mouth-warming effect in the finish and aftertaste. Some resinous feel from the hops. Moderately high carbonation with a light creaminess - more from an explosion of carbon dioxide.
Overall Impression: Another strongly dry-hopped beer. Delicious in the least but I would suggest switching it up with other beers or pairing it with food to get more fulfillment - savor it (I also couldn't believe it was 8% alcohol!). I picture this with any citrusy seafood type dishes due to its enticing hop aromas and flavors (not necessarily bitterness).