Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheCondor:
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Love the simple, no frills packaging on this brew, so I decided to pick it up. DIPA's are typically not my favorite, but I'll try anything. On a side note, I went out to Paso Robles one time and had the time of my life, so I always have a spot for things from Paso. That being said, I may have grabbed this simply because the brewery was there. Whatever. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - Two finger pure white head that hang around for a minute or two and leaves decent lacing. Pours a deep orange, maybe gold color and is almost transparent.
Aroma - You know from the jump this is going to be a big beer. Citrus and piney hops collide with tangerine and grapefruit, producing a very complex and powerful nose. Some mlaty can be sniffed in the background, but not much.
Taste - Was there a dump truck of hops somewhere in that beer? Because that's what it tasted like. Huge hoppy citrus, pine, grapefruit, tangerine, and all the other flavors that make hopheads excited are present in the taste. Hops dominate the front and middle of the drink, with a faint malt in the background. Not too bitter though, like some DIPA's.
Mouthfeel - Good carbonation level, finishes clean and dry. The big ABV is well masked.
Overall - Outstanding beer, good example of any style, but especially of the DIPA. This is the kind of beer a brewery can really hang their hat on and be proud of. Excellent work from the FW crew. Highly recommended
Serving type: bottle
10-04-2012 01:52:30 | More by TheCondor
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4.73/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This one pours a beautiful semi-cloudy rich blonde color with a luxuriant, long lived off white head that settles to damn slow to wait! It appears to be leaving a thick layer of foam with varied bubbles reminiscent of a slice of bread with lacing to match. The head is so thick you could eat it with a spoon.
The nose is a sharp citrus-pine hop that dominates the subdued malt sweetness that floats just below the surface. The nose could be stronger, although I have no idea how they would do so without altering the flavor in a negative fashion.
The taste is a near perfect example of an IPA. The bitterness is floating on the malt in near perfect balance. There are notes of pine, butter, bread and a tinge of bourbon and all in submission to the fine hopping that defines this IPA.
The mouthfeel is very rich and matches the visual of the foam head that is just not going away.
Overall this is almost a perfect IPA and a perfect example of an American IPA. I Will be drinking this one again. And I would probably be reluctant to share it so I could keep it all to myself!
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2014 00:35:06 | More by AtrumAnimus
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 4,821 ratings.