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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,318
Hads: 7,198
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 20.79%
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler filling station at the Tribeca Whole Foods in NYC.
Pours a clear, slightly brownish pale amber. A bit darker on hue than what one typically finds in an IPA. The aromas coming from the growler gateway are enticing and, perhaps, downright sexy.
Floral and citrus goodnesses are abundant. Flavors are not a disappointment. A little heavy on the grapefruit for my taste but it's done very well. The alcohol is slightly heavy but it's forgiven.
My first taste from this brewery and it's a good one. I look forward to more.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Served ever so slightly chilled and warmed to room temperature over an hour or so.

Appearance: Dark golden yellow to light orange in color. An impresive tow finger, white, pillowy head with really good retention.

Aroma: Aggressive hop notes really dominate here. Big pine and grassy herbal hops hit pretty hard. Some nice light malt sweetness is definitely there to balance out the bitterness. A touch of tropical fruit notes behind all the bitter hop notes as well.

Taste: The pine and herbal hop notes are here as well. A lot of residual sweetness from the light malt in the background to offset the bitter notes. Definitely leaves a bitter, piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a touch syrupy, a bit more carbonation would definitely make this more crisp.

Drinkability: The ABV is well hidden, but the hop profile can wear a touch thin in my opinion.

Overall, a nice IPA with a distinct hop profile. The herbal and pine notes really are the star. If you enjoy those type of flavors in your IPA, you would enjoy this.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours clear orangeish copper color with a really nice beige head. Head has great retention and sticks to the sides of the glass well.

S- Overall, pretty well balacned. Anything from pine like, tropical fruits, and some sweet malts.

T- This follows the nose really well. A bit of floral hops, moving to tropical and then toffee and caramel malts. A touch of alcohol also seems to be here.

M- Medium in body and the carbonation seemed right on too.

D- Very solid brew for sure and a bit complex. Probably a bit of sipper and could sneak up on you.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been eagerly anticipating my first Double Jack ever since I first heard David Walker's announcement of its release at the Surly Goat in Hollywood. A Double IPA that Walker claimed would blow all other doubles out of the water? Sounds like a tall order to me.

It's safe to say Firestone has impressed again with it's more "high-end" efforts. Double Jack pours an unassuming golden with a very nice head that retains seemingly forever. Encouraging lacing and some light carbonation leads me in a positive direction with this beer.

The hop aroma explodes from the bottle as soon as the pouring begins. Without even needing assistance, the spicy hop aroma of citrus and herb permeate. The flavor on the tongue starts at the back with bitter hops sparking aggressively, but mellows out quite a bit with hints of carmel, malt sweetness and an edge of alcohol.The beer is surprisingly mellow considering it's status as a double - the malts definitely smooth and balance the beer.

Overall I'm very content with the effort, now showy or aggressive by any means. Pleasant for IPA lovers!

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Genghis22 for the bottle.

Crystal clear yellow orange body, perhaps one of the cleanest looking DIPAs I have come across. Huge four finger bright white head perched atop. Retention is very solid, a very decent amount of lacing is left clinging to the glass.

The first thing that strikes me is how clean the aroma is. Not that it is not strong, it is, but it comes off super clean. Piny hops lay beneath an assertive citrus aroma. Subtle tropical fruit plays a very complimentary role. Very soft pale malt lays down a solid base but remains quite subtle.

The flavor delivers much more complexity than I expected. As the beer leaves the glass and hits the tongue a soft honey, pale malt and subtle citrus flavor greet the tongue. The citrus flavor builds in intensity as it hits mid palate. A strong pine and pith bitterness along side a strong citrus characteristic dominate the mid palate. The piny resin flavor diminishes as the beer heads towards the back of the palate. The tropical fruit flavors lay on the back of the palate until the finish.

Medium bodied DIPA with moderate but appropriate carbonation. Very smooth texture, slightly oily. The finish is a bit dry but the residual hop flavor does like to cling to the tongue.

Very impressive beer. The more I drink from Firestone Walker the more I am impressed. Perfect balance and hits every mark. Double Jack belongs on the top tier with all the great DIPAs. Simply a damn good beer.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, light orange amber with sunny edges, a medium frothy tan head and great retention. Citrus, pepper, and strong floral aromas. Brilliant orange and citrus sweetness with a big bitterness and pleasant lingering. Light alcohol taste and warming. Orange blossom honey sweetness with hints of vanilla extract in the finish. Slick and silky mouthfeel with a light bite.

The flavors are strong and clear and they don't back down at any time. Hops are strong but not overpowering. I was very sorry to finish, I easily could have had a second. This is one of those rare beers that stay interesting and pleasant from start to finish.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the blue monkey a gem in what is a rather balls state. Poured into a chimay chalice.

A- comes to me with a small cap of egg shell white head that settles quickly to leave some suds around the edges and a few wisps on top. Sunset copper orange in color with nice clarity.

S- lots of citrus with grapefruit out front and a sticky gooey resiny hit to it. Malts play second fiddle with some caramel and some bread.

T- bitter and citrusy up front with grapefruit and a touch of orange peel, there's some pine resin and the woods going on it there. Malts do their part to bring in some balanced sweetness but don't put to big a dent in the hopping. Some caramel and whole grain breads come to mind.

M- a few steps above medium in body but leaning towards full with a lighter carb that builds a bit and works well with the body. I get a very tannic driness to this and you can feel it on the palate for a while. No heat from the abv.

D- this is a nice change of pace for the dipa. The flavors come off as more complex and deep then a lot of the others in the pack.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a hard style. i've concluded that its truely something to be exceptional in dipa. to hit all the potential qualities but still have a range of self identity. i picked this beer because i really enjoyed the ipa on tap. i think it would have been a sort of perfection on tap.

in the bottle the beer seems to be a bit dominated by sweetness. it isn't heavy handed but actually quite intriguing. the pour is clear orange with a smaller head and a lace. nose is an intense sweet tangerine. this is the predominate flavor that is backed with a nice floral bitter. pine finish that clears the sweet. so the intensity is balanced out. a bit peppery. but as for the scope in broadness of flavor i think the ipa was just as elaborate. but i would like to give this a shot fresh from a new keg.

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Photo of NWer
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: 2/10/2011
Aggressive pour into the bottom of my 2011 21st Ammendment Chalice.
Nice slightly golden head retains well dark golden clear appearance.
Flowery, smooth, citrus flavors blend well. Very well balanced for a DIPA.
This is an exceptional DIPA and clearly one of my favorites. Check their website for more detailed notes. I don't know why people bother to state the obvious when reviewing beers.
Edit 6/28/11:
Picked up a bottle at University Village QFC not dated but 2010 stamped on the cap.
Really? 2010? OK the price is right and I roll the dice.
Conclusion is "fresh" doesn't matter at least for the short haul. This beer is as delicious as any Double Jack that I have enjoyed.
Still one of my favorites - fresh or not so fresh.

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Photo of JWD
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on 2 separate occasions. On tap at the Folsom HOP rodeo on 3/5 and some locally purchased bottles on 3/7.

A-Glowing amber golden hue. I really think this looks like an exceptional beer in all aspects with the exception of head retention. The head falls quickly and does not leave rings as the glass goes down. (compared to pliny).

S,T, and M - WOW, this may be one of my new favorite DIPAs out there. I loved the balanced flavors figting together. Slightly bitter, mildly sweet, a little bit dry. Everything works very well together. I love this beer, Firestone continues to hit home runs with their reserve line.

D-Great, it goes down very easy, too easy!! Had to rate slightly lower due to the high ABV.

Overall, if you can get some of this while it is fresh seek it out!

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Photo of vtfan77
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Light gold with a hint of rose. Decent white head forms upon pouring with a good amount of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Orange cream and grapefruit dominate. Not much malt in the nose, but I'm not complaining.

T- More citrusy hops backed by a clean cereal malt. Hints of alcohol come through from time to time, but they're not strong. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

M- Medium-bodied, a touch syrupy, light carbonation.

D- Very high for the style. The alcohol is evident at times, but it drinks much lower than its 9.5%. Something about the aftertaste makes me want to keep drinking it. I could get in trouble with it pretty easily.

Very nice DIPA. It has a delicious yet fairly mild flavor and an extremely high drinkability. A good everyday DIPA (or it would be if it was available year-round and not so expensive) that all fans of the style should check out. Recommended.

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Photo of tbern007
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden, clear - thick head, decent lacing.
S - citrus, hop, pine. You can tell this is about to be bitter.
T - bitter hop, grapefruit, pine. Yet sweet like orange juice/honey. Overall quite hoppy and bitter.
M & D - not balanced. Overpowering hop bitterness. Strange balancing act here with the sweet, citrus, and bitter.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Dated 1.7.11.

A-Bright veiled peach copper pour featuring a thick glossy white head creamy head that surprisingly settles fairly quickly.

S-Primarily citrus, grapefruit, orange, and some resinous notes and sweet caramel malt in the background.

T-Nose carries through to the palate, but much more pine and resin than citrus detected hear. Tangy bittersweet start as the pine washes over the palate. Well balanced in the malt bill and an astringent and long lasting finish.

M-slightly sticky, medium, well balanced carbonation and feel.

D-Nice, enjoyable drinker. My first Firestone brew as my local store just started bringing it in.

Solid. Will buy again.

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Photo of Nikkibrews13
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Double Jack pours a rich golden, copper color. The head disapates quickly and leave almost no lacing.

S: The aroma is a floral punch in the nose with citrus under tones.

T: Beautiful citrus notes are backed by piney undertones. Very nice malt base. At 9.5% the alcohol goes almost unnoticed. Lingering flavor.

M: Thin bodied.

D: Every sip of Double Jack leaves me wanting the next even more. Very smooth, rich, hop bomb of a double.

I have and will drink this beer again and again. Cheers to you Firestone!

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Photo of seand
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent orange amber with a fair amount of bubbly white head. Enough retains around the edges to leave decent spots of lacing.

S: Big sweet floral hops, with noticeable grapefruit and other citrus. A little bit of boozy harshness is also present.

T: Sweet with loads of hops; notes of citrus. The finish is fairly bitter but well balanced with boozy sweetness.

M: Medium body, with some syrupy fullness, medium carbonation; lightly astringent on the finish.

D: Quite drinkable, though it's certainly an imperial IPA so there's bitterness.

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Photo of nataku00
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Clear orange beer with a finger and a half of medium and large bubble head. Dissipated fairly quickly to a collar and many medium bubbles on the surface, leaving a lot of lacing along the edge of the glass that sticks around for a long time. A small amount of small bubble carbonation slowly rises to the surface.

Started getting aroma from the bomber as soon as I cracked it open. In the glass, lots of sweet citrus, tangerines mainly, citrus peel bitterness, light pineapple, light dank hops, and a sweet caramel malt. Definitely smell the alcohol on this beer, especially strong as it warms up. Very nice.

Taste does not disappoint. Nice bitterness upfront, citrus peel and pith, pine. Sweet citrus and tropical fruit, caramel malt tries to balance the bitterness but this is a very bitter beer. Alcohol on the back of the throat when you swallow. Nice lingering citrus bitterness on your tongue and throat.

Medium bodied beer with a bit slickness to it, but it's helped by the small amount of carbonation to prevent it from being syrupy and sticky. Beer finishes very dry on your tongue.

Fairly easy to drink, but the alcohol presence really shows up as the beer slowly warms and is more pronounced on the nose especially which is the only bad part of this beer. The flavors on the nose and tongue are exceptional and I enjoyed drinking this one. Great job by Firestone Walker.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to BigSexy410 for another fine brew, in a growler from Whole Foods. Thanks Ben.

A: Copper color with small ring of head and semi clear and active look. Ok lacing.

S: Pungent flowery and little citrus and pine, sort of perfume-like. Big malt base as well. Fresh and open, nice.

T: Long lingering flavor. Lots of crystal malt to go with great citrus and hay-like hop. Orange, tropical fruits and bready/cereal tastes as well. Nice stuff.

M: Great carbonation and consistency.

D: Good stuff I'd get again.

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Photo of Florida9
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Liquid gold. Vibrant and clear. Forms a large, fluffy and stable head that sits nicely upon the beer. Great lacing.

S: Lots of sweet citrus. Tangerine and orange.

T: Mildly sweet and honey-like. More citrus, predominantly orange, with a mild to moderate bitterness and a short finish.

M: Medium in weight with appropriate carbonation. A little slick in the mouth.

D: A very nice citrus forward IIPA. I look forward to having this one again.

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Photo of Avantyawn
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Brooklyn at Barcade. An unexpected west coast treat in NYC! The friendly bartender told me they "never get this" on tap. I picked the right night to come out. (Also had Founder's imperial stout on tap..amazing)

A: Clean light yellow amber, filtered. Slight head. Cleaner than expected for a DIPA.

S: Ok, this is maybe the best smelling beer I've ever sniffed.Seriously. Enchanting AMAZING!!! It is a total grapefruit bomb celebration to the nose. Super sharp, with gentle malts lingering. World Class. I probably looked like a total weirdo at the bar sniffing it over and over and over and over...

T: Simply delicious. Tart sweet sour grapefruit dominates with a hearty malt backbone that sweetens but doesn't turn it into a doughy mess. I usually don't like DIPA that have as much a malt presence as this, but this is balanced amazingly well. A world class beer.

M: Shockingly smooth and easy mouthfeel for such a kicking beer. Not too much of an alcohol presence to drag the feel down. Nice medium mouthfeel.

D: This beer is freakin' delicious, even at 9.5% I am going to give this a high drinkability. I drank ten ounces on tap quite quickly with no regrets! I could easily get tanked on this quickly!

This is a great beer, one of the best DIPA's I've had.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this beer as part of the Blind BIF 4 from Phelps.

Poured into a tulip as per instructions from a brown paper bagged 22 oz. bottle

Pours a deep rich clear copper with a good amount of foam that is hanging out for a long time and leaving lots of sticky lacing down the glass.

aroma is all floral hops, there is a hint of citrus as well. I just can't stop smelling this one.

nice malty backbone with lots of floral perfume like hops, sort of like accidentally breathing in aerosol hairspray, flowers, citrus and a bit alcohol without the cloud of spray waiting to settle. After all of that, the citrus comes through at the end making this a very tasty beer.

medium bodied with nice carbonation, i am really enjoying this bottle and really could see myself drinking alot of this. If there is alcohol in this one, you have no way of knowing. Like Hopheads neighbor's daughter...I think i'm in love.

Obviously an ipa, but I have no clue and definitely haven't had this one before.

Excitedly rips off the bag...
Firestone Walker Double Jack!
Right on, this is something I want to have full time. Its just a nicely balanced, wow, Double IPA, that I could see myself enjoying many of at a sitting.


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Photo of jdense
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle enjoyed with homeboy during my much better half's birthday festivities, poured into Chimay chalices 3.4.11.

Clear bright orangish amber body, multiple streams of very small carbonation rising from center-bottom of glass, 1 finger bright white head, medium dissipation with a bit below average lacing. Nose is tropical , more mango than guava, with some bready and caramel malts for balance, not much citrus character until the beer had warmed significantly. Taste is on the dry side balancing out the significantly tropical hop notes, though once the beer had warmed significantly the finish became increasing bitter. A wee bit above medium mouthfeel, light effervescence, a bit sticky. Good drinkabilty, very smooth. Another fine offering from Matt B., one of the country's best brewers. Worth checking out for all hopheads.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into cervoise

A - Crystal clear, amber with yellow edging. White fluffy head that left excellent, heavy spider web lacing

S - Very fruity of oranges, lemon, grapefruit. A hint of sugars from the malt but mostly just citrus

T - All I can say is this thing tasted almost like grapefruit juice. Very fruity and juicy and reminds me exactly of grapefruit juice to the point where you think you can taste the tart/sourness of the grapefruit. Some sugar malts did come through but this thing was a fruit salad.

M - Medium with a slick tongue, excellent carbonation

D - A very good DIPA, easy to drink but at times it was hard to not imagine this is a beer and not a fruit juice! Still, very good.

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Photo of hotliquor
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very clear, filtered. amber with pink highlights. white foam clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: very floral, with sharp citrus. some perfumey alcohol. nice malt aroma, very clean. lots of caramel.

Taste: big hop flavor upfront, without too much bitterness. grapefruit, pine, citrus, and tropical fruit. malt comes forward with light crystal malt, bread, and is very clean. lingering resin and hop bitterness dries the beer out.

Mouthfeel: med carbonation. nice resin. some alcohol tasted in the throat, but appropriate for 9.5%. nice body, but not too thick for a DIPA.

Overall: Very hoppy, but smooth. Much like Union Jack (drank a bottle last night) but with more malt and alcohol. I might prefer a fresh Union Jack for everyday drinking, but this beer is a treat. Easily drank the whole bomber.

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Photo of Dspohn
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. Bottled on 2/11/2011, so this beer is quite fresh, approximately 3 weeks old.

Pours a bright clear gold with a finger of dense creamy head, left some really nice lacing in the glass. (doesn't hurt that the DFH signature glass is a beauty in itself! End DFH promotion)

Smells of pithy grapefruit and oranges, pine, and sweet bready malts, slight alcohol detection. Sweet orange flesh, bitter grapefruit peel, sweet caramel malts that keep this from being a mouth-punchingly bitter DIPA. A little alcohol warmth and flavor present in the back. Juicy and sweet, heavy on orange and citrus with a little pineapple, not a large tropical fruit presence though.

Nice medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A few factors keep this from being a top tier DIPA. A little too much alcohol presence and a little sweet with the malt and hop combination for my liking. I like a lot of sweet, juicy IPAs (Just Outstanding and Sculpin are both amazing and fall into this category) but this beer lacks the tropcial fruits and the added alcohol warmth doesn't help. A tasty beer but overall I prefer regular Union Jack, and it's cheaper!

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Firestone has really dialed this beer in since its inception. More or less then same beast, just with more juicy tropical fruit aroma and more kick to the flavor profile. Really good stuff if you can find it fresh - check the neck of the bottle for a bottling date.

Bottle into a nonic.

Golden hued and brilliantly clear. The head is thin but lasting.

The nose is good, but not necessarily explosive. The hops convey tropical fruit aromas, mango and pineapple predominantly, but there's a touch of papaya in there, too. There's a little sugary malt sweetness that's reserved and pleasant, complementary to the hops. Alcohol is noticeable at a low level.

Malt and alcohol play an opening role. Sugar cookie sweetness clashes a bit with some brash booziness at first, but the hop flavors soon take over. Peach, pineapple and mango hop notes are amplified by the pale malt, giving the impression of juicy ripe fruit. Medium in body, quite drinkable though decidedly boozy. The finish is moderately bitter, moreso than the initial 2009 batch of this beer, though to my palate it could use a little more kick.

Very good on the whole, with a bit of tweaking I feel this could be a great beer, but as it stands it's 2nd tier.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,318 ratings.