Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.64/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottled on 6/21/13
Poured into the Dogfish/Sierra Nevada IPA glass.
Pours a crystal clear, gold with some lovely straw highlights. A gigantic, thick 3 fingers tall white head blossoms out of the beer and sticks around for a very long time, leaving some nice lacing down the edges of the glass.
Hop bomb! Loads upon loads of juicy, citrus-y, astringently tropical hops leap out of the glass; notes of grapefruit, lemon, peach, mango, tangerine, pine resin and a lightly dank garlic tone. Just massive, nuanced hop character on the aroma. There is a soft, slightly sweet bread-y maltbone underneath the hops. Just the tiniest bit of alcohol makes its self known under neath this very aromatic hop monster.
Your palate is immediately assaulted by waves of hops; juicy grapefruit, lemon peel, and big, resinous pine character. Unfortunately, like the original Union Jack IPA, the hop complexities found in the nose aren't carried through to the actual taste. The hoppiness is delicately balanced by a sizable, chewy malt character. The malt backbone, not all that unlike in Pliny The Elder, offers a slightly bready sweetness, that both balances the bitter hops but also allows the hops to really shine. The beer finishes very dry with lingering notes of bitter grapefruit, pine resin and a slightly sweet breadiness For 9.5% alcohol, the alcohol is hidden exceptionally well.
Full bodied, slightly oily with hop resin, moderate to high carbonation.
This is an absolutely amazing example of a true to form Imperial IPA, but with the added balance and drinkability of all of Firestone's beers. The only thing holding it back from unseating Pliny the Elder and Heady Topper as my favorite Imperial IPAs is that their is slightly too much perceived sweetness on the aroma and that the complexities found within the aroma aren't carried over in taste. Anyway you slice it, this is an incredible, readily available Imperial IPA that is a must try for any hop head.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2013 01:29:49 | More by flayedandskinned
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4.16/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A: Light, golden honey with a wisp of a head.
S: Grapefruit, mango, and pine.
T: Peachy or nectarine like up front for a flash and then the bitter hops come in. There's not a lot of floral nature in the hops, mostly bittering, but the bottling date was a month and a half ago so some of the complexity may have dissipated.
M: Juicy and resinous with a drying finish.
O: A solid Double IPA but would probably have been better closer to the bottling date.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 05:55:43 | More by 01001111
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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