Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured an attractive golden color in a tulip with a 1.5 finger head.
Aroma- light grapefruit, not as intense as in other Imperial IPAs.
Mouth feel: lighter at first; as the beer warms up increased pungency.
Taste- lighter grapefruit, semi-sweet. Not as pronounced as other DIPAs in citrus aroma/taste; milder and more drinkable. Quite smooth for a DIPA.
The beer becomes more bitter and hoppy with warming. Quite hoppy for a DIPA.
Overall- an excellent DIPA. Milder than most, but very drinkable.
08-07-2013 02:23:33 | More by brureview
4.36/5 rDev +0.5%
A - Two-finger creamy head; translucent golden straw-colored beverage, filled with tons of bubbles and a slightly pulpy look. Thick web-like lacing and good head retention.
S - Strong hop aroma, as well as a noticeable malt presence. Floral, citrus peel, biscuit or toast.
T - Lighter than I expected, with no hint of the 9.5%. Sweet, and follows the nose, except some tropical fruit/mango hops, with minimal appearance of citrus. Very malty, but well-balanced; only specific malt profile I can pick out is caramel, and it's not overpowering. I wonder if this would have been hoppier two months ago.
M - Medium to medium-light. Very smooth, with a hint of unpleasant grapefruit peel in the finish, no notice of alcohol, no sting, and no foaming. Extremely smooth to drink.
O - This is an excellent, smooth DIPA, and it doesn't taste worse for wear despite being over three months old. I'm really curious if this is hoppier when fresher, but based on Union Jack, I wouldn't be surprised if it's just a very well-balanced DIPA.
Bottled in late April, consumed in early August.
08-06-2013 18:55:20 | More by Roguer
4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured into snifter.
A. Light hazy orange. Quarter inch foam. Fades slow into a nice remaining lacing.
S. Fruity, sugary upfront. Resiny and piney. Some grainy malt. Hops. Lovely smell.
T. Big hoppy and tropical blast. Hot boozy burn is smoothed out by the sweet malt bill. Balanced nicely.
M. A little greasy. Fizzy. Finishes so smooth though.
O. Really great. All the flavors meld nicely. Big and hoppy but balance out. Drinks so nice for the ABV. Loved it.
08-05-2013 18:14:38 | More by PieOhMy
4.29/5 rDev -1.2%
A: An awesome ruby-orange hue, almost pink like some moscato wines where the glass thins out. Fairly cloudy. Somewhat difficult to produce a thick head, but what is formed is persistent, strong lacing.
S: Powerful pine volatiles, hints of tart fruits- some undertones even approach vinegar; hostile to the nose, but somehow appetizing- maybe from the alcohol? It definitely works, very well balanced.
T: Mega hoppy. Pine, overripe grapefruit, even backgrounds of biscuit. Crisp, with a bitterness that sits in the corners of my mouth for a long time.
M: Goes down smoothly, some carbonation to shake things up but doesn't leave you feeling bloated. Crisp, yet I can feel some (welcome) residue on my tongue for a while.
O: While I admit I don't have a palate for hops, this one offers some unique flavor combinations that are very enjoyable. I could pick up on both the pine and fruit families that hops offer, and the mouthfeel was as intriguing as some beer's full flavor profiles are. One of the top offerings in quality for an IPA/DIPA, if not the best value.
Also, I love the labeling! Great presentation, for what it's worth.
08-04-2013 15:19:46 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
4.49/5 rDev +3.5%
A: Crystal clear dark amber/light copper that pours with about a finger's worth of off white fine head. Bubbles dissipated down to a thin film quickly and left a great lacing on my freshly washed glass.
S: I'm recovering from a head cold, but I can still make out notes of malty breads and citrus fruits in there. I may not be doing this full justice.
T: Quite a bit going on. Mild/mild+ initial hop bitterness, with some mild/mild- sour grapefruity citrus, and then moves on to some decent malty breads, and finally finishes with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Very little to no boozy taste, despite 9.5% abv.
M: Pretty good for a double. A little slicker than other DIPAs; less oily and "cling to the back of your throat." Carbonation is great.
O: I don't know why I've been avoiding this for so long. A very solid DIPA that maintains balance while still capturing the best of its malts and hops. This is not my best review, but it's a very solid beer. I will definitely enjoy this brew again.
08-04-2013 06:55:06 | More by rringler
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,810 ratings.