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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,345
Hads: 7,320
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 504
Gots: 1,649 | FT: 37
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 veinless
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear orange/amber with two fingers of milky pure-white head that laces well and has coarse, large bubbles.

Nose is soft yet pungent, with mango and orange coming out along with a touch of pine and some sticky malt sweetness. There is a bit of resin weediness as well, but not too much.

Taste has all the elements from the nose, but in a much different balance. The resin comes out a lot more in the middle to finish, and pine is dominant at the start over the fruit. In fact, the fruit is more of a blended punch-like taste here, as the tropical flavors are combined with the citrus to provide a brief juiciness before the pine storm. I enjoy piney beers, but would much rather have it be combined with a better fruit taste. Malt is sticky sweet as it was in the nose, and caramel comes out a bit too. Make no mistake though, the main flavors here are oily, herbal, weedy hops.

Mouthfeel is a strong category for this beer, as it is perfectly smooth and slick, with a sticky finish that lets you know this guy isn't light on the malt. Dryness still present in the finish keep it pretty drinkable too. Pine and resin are a bit too strong to make this incredibly drinkable, but they don't affect my ability to finish a glass or two.

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

Poured into a Maredsous tall chalice with aggressive puffy and resilient foam. Honey colored with a bright nose of grapefruity citrus, light pine and alcohol.

A taste is bright, lightly spicy pine and citrus hops on top of sweet malts; Very clean and medium bodied with pleasant prickly carbonation finishing with very well balanced sweetness and bitterness. The ABV is not terribly present, masked by the resinous pine and spice, but it's still leans more towards a sipping-DIPA. Not that I did.

Really pleasant beer but not blowing me out of the water in any direction. Maybe it's balance is the best quality?

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Photo of krisandajt
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's the weekend of EBF. Been looking forward to this one...

Appearance: Poured from the bomber into my Shorts glass, this beer is a crystal clear, dull bronze/golden color. There's a huge amount of head with this brew, I had to ease up on the pour to avoid an overflow. Retention is impressive, the head fades very slowly.

Smell: Plenty of resiny pine, and some sweet citrus. There's also a very slight peppery sort of smell lingering in the back...it's very subtle.

Taste: The resiny pine comes through the most. The citrus, while there, isn't as strong as it is in the nose and it doesn't have that overripe sort of quality to it. It takes on more of a bitter grapefruit taste, which I'm liking. There's also a fair amount of malt which balances out the hops...which isn't necessarily a bad thing, I just prefer my IPA's to be unbalanced and leaning toward tooth-eroding hops. Still, it's a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body, good carbonation, drinks great.

Overall (Drinkability): A tasty beer. Plenty of hops, balanced, and very drinkable. It's not the hoppiest IPA I've ever had, but it's tasty and I will definitely pick up more the next time I see it on the shelves.

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Photo of aval89
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a bright honey color.. clear body.. managed about a 1.5 finger of head..

S: tropical fruits mixed with citrus fruits.. fresh tangerine, some peach, mango, grapefruit, papaya.. along with the hop overload there's slight maltiness with a slight booze detection..

T: again with the hop overload upfront.. big tropical fruits with more citrus. It is backed with a good malt backbone though.. some biscuity malts with slight caramel.. big resiny finish with a touch of pine.. pretty good balance unlike the nose.. slight booze detection on the finish but no warming sensation.. 9.5% abv is scary hidden

Mf: nice medium body with great carbonation..

Overall: a definite winner!

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Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled: 1/7/11

A: pours a honey colored ale with excellent clarity and a single finger white soap-sud head to form and dissipate in a couple minutes, leaving a broken quilt of the same. Spotty-on-webbed lacing.

S: Sweet, cotton candy, pineapple, peaches, cintrus, grapefruit. Grapefruit, grapefruit. A bit sweet with lowly cloying malty backgrounds

T: Sweet, citrusy, sweet and more citrus. Very big (even after two months in the bottle). Not much bittering hops - or at least balanced in favor of the sweetened malts. ABV near invisible here. Well crafted. Wonder how nice it is fresh (within a couple weeks). Slightly soapy on the finish.

M: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. The beer washes back easy and leaves a slick, resonous layer over the tongue and palate. Nice.

O: Very good beer. Well crafted, and I would argue this contends with the best IIPA's out there (Hopslam, Expo Hoppiness, etc).

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. First shipment into MA...excited to find this and give it a try.

A - Pours a very clear pale golden amber color. Two fingers of dense, thick just off-white head with excellent staying power. When the head does die down it leaves outstanding sticky spiderwebs of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Whoa, very strong aroma of fresh citrusy hops - this seems really fresh. Tons of grapefruit! Lots of pine too that on closer inspection seems to overpower the citrus. Some tropical mango and pineapple. This smells really hoppy...I'm loving this and can't wait to take the first sip. If there is any malt here, it is completely masked by the hops.

T - Lots of hops up front - pine especially mixed with big amounts of pineapple, some grapefruit and some tropical notes. Way more malt presence in the flavor than the aroma. Although the hops more than hold their own against the malt, there is a strong sweet and caramelly flavor at the base. A bit boozy and warm, the 9.5% alcohol is definitely evident. Really good, but the flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma...but it is a hard act to follow.

M - Medium/full bodied...obviously lots of malt here at the heart of the beer, even though the hops clearly overpower it. Carbonation is medium...quite creamy with just a hint of a tingle...very sticky and resiny. Sweet malt and hops seem to coat the lips and tongue on every sip.

O - A bit of a sipper, but a very good one. Alcohol is a bit heavy and acutely noticeable in the flavor. This is a beer you can stay with for a while...within a single bottle. It is on the strong side and doesn't hide it's strength very well. The flavors border on outstanding, but you really have to pace yourself here, or you just might not get up off the floor. Planning on having another beer tonight, but not sure I can handle it after quaffing this one slowly.

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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left sticky patches of intricate lace on the glass.

S - Great aroma! Grapefruit, bubblegum and pine with a touch of caramel.

T - Bitter piney hops with grapefruit bite and bubblegum sweetness. It had a toasty caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium boded DIPA with a dry finish.

D - So good on tap that I grabbed a bomber to try tonight as a comparison.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with Destral, thanks again! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my trusty "Crab House" pint glass.

A- Looks good! Straw colored, slight head and lacing on the glass.

S- Very nice! Not sure what to expect tastewise with this smell, Hop blast or something similar? DIPA's scare me, kinda like porters, never know what you're going to get hit with on them.

T- This one loses a bit for me. Fairly hot in my opinion. Just spicey, or zesty or some other descriptive that I can't ascertain at this point.

M- Very nice. No problem with this aspect.

D- I really appreciate the chance to try this great brew, but I prefer a Pliny (yeah, go figure) fresh Hopslam, Sculpin or Nugget Nectar to this zesty taste. I guess DIPA's are too much for me at this point in time although I'm sure with a great DIPA like this it will garner a lot of fans.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear honey color with a nice 2 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Good rings of lace on the drink down. Smells of pine, citrus zest, pineapple. Taste is very hop forward with citrus zest and pine, pineapple juice, brown sugar, and a sweet malt finish. Medium hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation level. A bit sticky in the mouth. Slight alcohol burn in the throat with each sip. Overall, a very good DIPA. I really like the citrus and pineapple flavors that come out.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light orange color with decent lacing. aroma is citrus and lighter tropical pineapple notes, with light mango. Flavors come out with a surprising mix of balance achieved with those tropical notes mentioned in the aroma and the sweetness of them and the malts against the bitterness of the hops, making this an ease to drink as it doesn't get cloying in either direction throughout the course of the bottle, plenty to pick through. on the sticky side in the mouth with medium levels of carb and a medium body.

An enjoyable DIPA all around. For a higher score from me it would need a juicier tropic strength. I will probally buy this again, i did quite enjoy it.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 2/10/11.

A: Pours a dark clear amber with a thick dark tan head that took forever to fade into a rocky layer that left chunks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet notes of exotic fruits with a touch of alcohol vapor.
T: Blast of hops is full of juicy citrus and tropical fruit flavors with sweet sugary nectar in the finish. Bitter grapefruit pith is toned down but flavorful. I also get a touch of mint and cotton candy or bubblegum. Alcohol is noticeable but not really warm or distracting.
M: Medium body with a slick, slighty oily mouthfeel and decently light carbonation.
O: Really good overall. Sweet and fruity flavor and a mouthfeel that goes down smooth. Alcohol is bold but well integrated. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of nicnut45
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber dated: 1-7-11

One fingers worth of head upon a vigourous pour. A hazy rusty orangish color sets the stage. Fresh cut pineapple and the usual citrus smells invade the nose. Somewhat of a spritzy mouthfeel, a nice way to lighten up such a heavy beer. There is massive flavors of bitter grapefruit and orange peel, alcohol is hidden well and lends a slight warming effect on the drinker. Malt flavors are not to be ingnored and they offer a cotton candy like sweetness and a bit of marshmallow to boot as well.
This is a great beer and pleasing to drink. 5 years ago I would have probably given this a higher rating. But the standard for IPA'S has been raised.

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Photo of gopens44
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very nice crystal clear golden color with a rather aggressive foamy head

S - Major grapefruit bite upfront with little else allowed to come through.

T - Probably the closest thing to Hopslam I've yet to taste. Just a huge bite of grapefruit, and very full bodied. After the hop bite cools down, the honey sweetness makes an appearance

M - Again, full bodied. Decent level of carbonation with a touch of bitter aftertaste lingering.

D - Very enjoyable beer! Too bad it's not around very often or I'd buy this regularly.

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Photo of tapman
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy, off-white head and plenty of carbonation coming from the nucleation sites on my fancy sam adams glass. Color is not as dark as other doubles I have had; color is a medium orange-brown. Head as good staying power.

Big, piney hops take the aroma, followed by more hops, large pineapple this time. Aside from a little alcohol that is about all I can smell, but boy, does it pack a wallop. Maybe a little maltose/caramel as it warms.

Still a big pineapple taste, but the pine has turned into fresh, sticky grass. More earthy than in the nose, the alcohol is bitter, though balanced decently with the malt profile. I could have used just a hint more sweetness in this one.

Bright and quaffable for its abv%.

A fine beer, I find that the hops don't 'pop' as in the Green Flash or some other DIPAs I have had. Still great, though.

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Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pretty clear copper in color with a two finger one finger off white head. It continued to bubble the entire time. It smelled very dry, of piny yet overly sweet hops and very sweet malt. The alcohol was right in your face and not well hidden at all. The flavors were a mix of dry, bitter hops with a load of sweet malt. There are a boatload of hops but this is way too sweet for my liking. Where's the balance? It's far too one sided. It tingles the palate and leaves you dry with a sweet malty aftertaste. I'm not impressed. This beer doesn't feature any balance. It's hoppy, so what, the alcohol was distracting. It's not just that it was present, but that is was dominant. I wasn't thrilled by this by any means but I'm glad I finally got to try something from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 02-10-2011, but I bought it from a place that's kept it chilled since it arrived (Spencer's in San Luis Obispo). Review written by Wiseman Nick.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: This is an absolutely gorgeous double IPA. Body is crystal clear and bright, polished copper in color. A thick column of carbonation feeds a thick, cream-colored, layer of froth. Fantastic head retention and tons of goopy lacing. Flawless!

Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit, moist pine, and loads of herbal, floral hops just leap out of this one! Honey and cantaloupe emerge as the beer warms, adding both softness and complexity. Lime and alcohol are also present, but they're much more subtle than the other components. Very interesting and enjoyable.

Taste: Grapefruit, pine resin, lime, and cantaloupe kick things off. Bread and salt peak through as the sip transitions to aftertaste, and then finishes modestly bitter (esp. by west coast standards), with lots of pine and earth and some booze. I like how Matt chose to hold back on bittering hops; I think it makes for a much more complex DIPA. Excellent balance and flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Extra fine carbonation produces a rich, creamy mouthfeel, even though the beer isn't anywhere near heavy. Medium-bodied overall, with an excellent hop-malt balance. Finishes slightly warm and dry, as it should. Once again, fantastic!

Drinkability: The early versions of Double Jack (prior to bottling) were pretty muddled. I could see what Matt was going for (a double IPA that focused more on hop bouquet than hop bitterness), but it just wasn't working. This bottled version, however, is perfectly balanced and harmonious. Well done, sir!

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

A: Really nice clear golden copper color. Tons of visible carbonation from the bottom of the glass. A finger of sticky head with tight bubbles. Super sticky head as well. Looks like a DIPA should.

S: Lots of citrus in the nose. Grapefruit with a touch of orange and a dash of something more tropical as well. You get a touch of malt in there but not much. Just the faintest hint of alcohol as well.

T: The taste is slightly more balanced than you nose would have you believe.The massive citrus grapefruit hop bomb is there and it is super enjoyable. The finish is nice in that the bitterness is there but it is never overwhelming. Slight alcohol in the finish as well. Gets a little maltier as you drink it.

M: I could use it a little bit more sticky in the mouthfeel.

D: Really nice beer. Had a growler of this last year and was not that impressed. Nice to have a bottle I know is fresh. That being said it is an expensive bottle. It reminds me of Unearthly in a lot of ways just less citrus in the hop front and a slightly worse nose.

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Photo of muttyd
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 02/10/11

Poured aggressively into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Massive white head on top of a crystal clear golden amber body. Aroma is massive. Grapefruit, tangerines, fruitpunch mixed with some earthy/resiny notes. Flavor follows the nose with a fruity/earthy hop bite and strong toffee caramel malt sweetness. Very juicy and fruity. Finishes sticky with a lingering hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation with a creamy smooth body. Slight alcohol warming sensation becomes more present as the beer warms up.

Glad to see Firestone Walker on the shelves in MA. Truly enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of LazyL
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a glass to my table I am already excited by the dark copper brew with a white creamy head.
The nose is fantastic. Orange and grapefruit citrus hops, with some tangerine as well that smells so fresh and inviting.
The taste is equally as pleasing with orange, strawberry and tangerine notes. A little boozy but only in the background.
The mouthfeel is creamy with a good level of bitterness on the finish that is strong but so smooth.
There is still good retention on my glass and the only thing stopping me from drinking these all day is the 9.5%. Wow!

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden body with a nice white head that lasts decently long.

S: Citrus hops and some overripe mango. I can definitely tell this is a Firestone from the smell.

T: Much more on the malty side of the scale than the hoppy side. There's a bit of a hop snap about midway, but other than that, the malts and a bit of caramel sweetness dominate this one. Not bad, but not one of the better doubles I've had.

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Photo of rudzud
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. Saw it and though "hey, I havent had Firestone yet". The sell point for me was the date on the case "packaged on 2/10/11". Yeah, should still be nice and fresh, one bottle please. Now I have to buy more.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a wonderful golden copper colour with a fluffy 2 finger head that very, very slowly faded to leave sticky lacing. Wow.

S - WOW. Another user was right, lots of bubblegum and grapefruit citrus aromas. Thats it really, no malts or anything just WHAM in your face grapefruit, bubblegum, and tropical. This is by far the most intensely aromatic DIPA I've ever drank.

T - Sweet mother of mercy! I imagine, because this is so goddamn fresh, its as delicious as it is. Lots of grapefruit and tropical hop flavours here. There is a little malt sweetness but the middle and end is ALL grapefruit and topical notes. This flavour, this spectacular flavour makes me want to drink this nonstop. My god this is good.

M - This is the only iffy area for this beer. I knew right off the bat this beer was getting 5's in all categories, but the mouthfeel, this one I had to think about. Gotta do it though. The feel its just crisp enough. That nice tingle right up front with a very nice finish. Not syrupy really. I'd like more carbonation (just a lil), however, thats damn near impossible with this ABV. If this was an IPA, it would only be say, a 4/4.5 but for a double with this ABV, yeah, gotta do it.

D - Yeah, everything above compounds into something spectacular. I've had alot of DIPA but this, this one shatters them all. I cant think of anything this can improve on. Outstanding aromas here, the flavour is a ridiculously close second but the aroma, man oh man. Its the freshness of the bottle that makes this rank incredibly high for me, it has to be, I mean, the smell cant be THAT intense some months down the road can it?? This is a 9.5 ABV and I'm drinking this like its some absurdly low number. What's this? The bottle is gone already? Damnit!

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at The Blue Monkey in Jersey, god help us all.

Double Jack in the Chimay glass looks a bronze/shiny copper with spots of faded orange and just enough bubbles to form a decent cap. Semi stick to nothing. Smell is of citrus with bubblegum juicyfruit style. A good amount of tangerine, less on the pine, mlaty backing. Taste is a crisp heap of juicy oily hops that give off more citrus than earth. a nice mix but im leaning on the tropical side. A sweet middle giving off gum, a earthy finish. Feel is sticky, filling and bitter but not over the edge. About medium, carb is not biting my tounge. I could not drink this all day and I believe I've had better doubles. I'll take the single Jack over this any day FRESH!!!

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- tangerine, grapefruit, sweet citrus

color- gold amber

clarity- clear

smell- huge hop burst when first opened and poured, grapefruit, bubblegum, pretty one dimensional

body- smooth on the palate, a little hop bite at the front of the mouth, medium-length almost dry finish. the beer didn't open up in the mouth for me...it was straight-forward. not the agressive hop biterness their website claims

appearance- two finger white foamy pour that disipates pretty quickly. good lace retention, some active carbonation. second pour produced a guiness-like creamy head...nice

overall impression- a little sweet, pleasantly surprised that the alcohol was masked so well by the malt. wanted the beer to be more complex and full-bodied for what it claimed to be

notes and comments- this one is a creaper...don't let the drinkability fool ya. first ever imperial ipa for firestone walker. 4+lbs/bbl: bittering--warrior, columbus; late kettle--cascade, centennial; dry hops--amarillo, cascade, centennial, simcoe

beer spy- jackson's wines and spirits, lafayette ca, 3/12/11, $7.99, 22oz

glassware: pint

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$6.53 bomber at Liquor Outlet, Boonton.

Crystal clear orange body, topped by a thick slab of snow white micro-bubbles. Nice lacing quickly apparent.

Big strong fresh inviting aroma of oranges and grapefruits. Piney backdrop.

Light sweetness dances across the tongue. Big juicyness explodes all over the mouth before and after the big bitter hop bite at the swallow. Mild alcohol tingle in the afterglow.

Nice smooth mouthfeel flows right on down.

Big time dangerous drinkability.

A terrific addition to the Jersey craft beer markets.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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.

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.

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

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,345 ratings.