Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.68/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bomber into over-sized wine glass.
A - Head comprised of many small, tight bubbles which quickly dissipate into a thin surface film. Not a dense foam, but more loose, yet frothy, giving it a substantial appearance. Low to moderate lacing. A crystal clear, light, honey-amber.
S - F'ing glorious. Sweet pineapple and grapefruit split perhaps 70/30 respectively with hop, pine, and sweet alcohol undertones. A minimal amount of funk/dankness; just enough to let you know it's there.
T - Very closely follows smell; pineapple & grapefruit up front degrading into the hops, pine resin, and funky bitterness. Overall it is quite bitter, but also incredibly enjoyable.
M - Surprisingly smooth given the taste. Carbonation is next to nothing. The most perfect 'mouthfeel' I've ever experienced from a beer (of this style) to date. If you're not used to craft or DIPAs, this beer will feel like it's raping your mouth more than likely due to bitterness. If you are used to craft brews and DIPAs, prepare to be wow'ed at the balance. Somehow manages to fall directly in the middle of dry/wet and oily/abrasive.
O - This beer, more than any other I've had, is deserving of the phrase "floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee". Too good to put down, but too strong to replace water unfortunately. It is ridiculously good, perhaps epically so, if you're a fan of the style and enjoy pineapples & grapefruit. I feel that this brew somehow pushes upon extreme boundaries, and attenuates the results with the opposite extremes (magically?) thus crafting an 'uber-perfect-medium'.
Previously rated 4.75 on 4-21-2013.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 23:15:02 | More by username
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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 4,828 ratings.