Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by joeworrall:
4.7/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Tonight I am comparing this with Sierra Nevada Hoptimum and Laughing Dog Sneaky Peet IIPA.
Wow! this may be my new favorite IIPA... It's incredibly smooth and drinkable.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large tulip glass, the brew is a pale amber color, and the head quickly settles down to almost nothing, the only reason I didn't give it a higher appearance rating.
Aroma is wonderful sweet fruit - apricots, plums, along with citrus grapefruit or something sweeter - tangerine maybe? Some pine too, but just a hint. According Firestone Walker's website, it has a cornucopia of hops: Bittering—Warrior, Columbus; Late Kettle—Cascade, Centennial; Dry Hops—Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe.
The flavor is delightful... it's too good to gulp, but it's hard to just sip it. The mouthfeel is almost syruppy, but in a good way. It's a mouthful! Aftertaste is just slightly bitter, but mostly sweet fruit. Compared to FW's Union Jack, this is head and shoulders above.
4/25/14 comparing this to Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA and Squatters Hop Rising IIPA, this one remains in my top 10. Not that the other 2 aren't good, this is just better!
I put this in my top 5 IIPA's, no question about it. I need to taste it head-to-head with Dogfish Head 90 and Stone Ruin Ten soon...
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2014 23:38:58 | More by joeworrall
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Grabbed a bomber of Double Jack at Wegmans for less than $8.50. Okay, it was $8.49 (pre-tax), but I thought that was reasonable for a DIPA with a lion and a bear fighting on the label. I love the bottled-on info (5/22/2014) -- even the time (9:14)?!?!
Appearance: crystal clear copper. Three finger head that leaves a thick, white lacing.
Smell: big grapefruit notes with a subtle touch of pine.
Taste: in a word---complex. Starts off with citrus, but quickly becomes more pine/bitter. After about half a glass, the citrus pulls ahead again! Finishes with a gentle malt sweetness; nice!
Mouthfeel: really palatable for a DIPA (i.e. not heavy at all).
Drinkability: watch yourself. At 9.5% A.B.V, this DIPA could outmatch your desire for continued consumption.
Based on DoubleJack, I'll definitely try Union Jack now. Thanks Firestone!
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 20:25:20 | More by smanders
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 5,514 ratings.