Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - Double Jack
A buddy of mine (Hendry on here) hooked me up with this as part of a grab bag pickup thing we are doing now. I was excited to give it a shot and I am glad I did!
Look - Pours a slight hazy amber with a yellow hue. Full, foamy head that dissipates at a medium pace but leaves a fresh sticky lacing behind. Negligible carbonation.
Smell - Sweet honey & caramel malts and pungent resin and soft citrus (melon?) hops.
Taste - Smooth carbonation, citrus hops with blended sweet and slightly spicy even malt cluster attack followed by resin hops that sit and take a load off. Smooth but a little sweet.
Mouthfeel - Citrus slightly sour not too bitter hops at the end. Welcome warm booziness, quite drinkable for a 9.5%. Careful with this one!
Overall - This brew is absolutely grand, big fan of this one. Bottled no more than 4 months ago and I loved it, would love to have some fresh!
04-04-2013 23:08:28 | More by JMScowcroft
4.21/5 rDev -3%
The Beers of California
Bottled On Date: 1/30/13
A: Deep golden orange with hues of amber in the right light. The head towers to a frothy pinnacle and refuses to fade.
S: Strong pine and citrus with faint tropical notes. There is also some sugar and honey sweetness in the background.
T: Big piney and citrus zest hoppiness transition to a peppery and earthy spiciness. Dank, dank hops continue to pound the palate finally coming to a puckering finish highlighted by warmth from the alcohol. The malt adds a subtle layer of caramel, bread, and crackers which does its best to balance the hop bitterness.
M: Big feel with strong hop oiliness that coats the mouth. The carbonation is medium and suppotive.
O: A serious Double IPA which has to do battle with a competitive class of West Coast DIPA's. A substantial brew that when found fresh, should be worthy of refrigerator space.
04-03-2013 01:42:14 | More by ElSid
4/5 rDev -7.8%
Golden and clear, an inviting pour. Aroma is somewhat low on hops but the taste is just fine. Very fruity and floral with a delicate profile and a juicy sweetness. Clean and crisp nonetheless. Medium body and good bitterness to accompany the crisp, refreshing finish. Drinks easier than its "weight".
04-02-2013 05:21:05 | More by tewaris
4.06/5 rDev -6.5%
Appearance- This pours up a massive amount of head that is white with slight hints of straw. It looks like there is going to be quite a bit of lacing left and it will be a couple minutes before the foam settles. The body is a crisp light amber. There is a little bit of cloudiness but a lot less than one would expect from an IIPA.
Nose- Very typical IPA, IIPA nose. Lemon, citrus, and pine. I expect that the flavor profile will be similar and more intense than the aroma which could be stronger. I also smell some peach and other less sour fruits- apple, pear, and melon. The peach and melon become stronger and stronger each time I sniff it.
Taste- The citrus aspects of the flavor come out first and are bolstered by bitter wood. Much of the fruit flavors are aromatic ones. This is a more classic West Coast IPA with a strong emphasis of woody notes and earwax. This is more for the serious hophead than your casual drinker (who should choose an imperial like Brown Shugga Sucks). The nose promises a complexity that the flavor profile doesn't offer. But as it opens up, more of the fruit does appear but it not without the constant reminder of woody hops.
Mouthfeel- Nice and crisp with the right body and amount of carbonation. It could perhaps use a little more carbonation.
Drinkability- This really depends on how well you deal with hops. This is a pretty easy drinking beer for me but will slow down some people with its bitterness. However, this is not over the top. It is also cheap at 5.49. You also do not taste the 9.5% alcohol so this would be a very dangerous beer for a hophead. One could easily drink 3 in a 3 hour span and be very drunk.
Overall- This is a nice imperial IPA but it is outclassed by its many competitors. This might approach A- but it is closer to a B+. One factor that brings this closer to this is its low price tag and availability. You could buy 3 at about 17 bucks and have the equivalent of 12 pack and a tasty 12 pack at that.
04-02-2013 04:17:57 | More by artoolemomo
4.31/5 rDev -0.7%
A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is crystal clear and a beautiful golden copper color. There is very little head, and light visible carbonation may only play a small role in maintaining a skim like cover of head. This beer doesn't like to leave lacing on the glass.
S - As soon as I popped the cap the scent of fresh hops filled my nose. While DIPAs have fallen back to earth a bit among my reviews, I am still a complete sucker for their aroma.
T - Not much up front, but I've always loved this beer for the way that the flavors build upon themselves. Very mild bready sweetness starts out, and is then followed by a citric grapefruit and tropical type hop profile. The bitterness builds from there on the finish with a long-lasting, but clean experience. Very mild presence of alcohol. Just enough to add to the whole.
M - Nice, full-bodied and chewy. Very little carbonation detectable, yet still drinks like a meal.
O - One of the first DIPAs I've ever tried and still one of my favorites. It's a shame that I can't find this fresh more frequently. This beer was only two weeks old and had to jump on it. Probably should have gotten more.
04-02-2013 00:24:13 | More by Andrew041180
4.14/5 rDev -4.6%
12oz bottle into a DFH tulip/pint glass. bottled on 2/19/13
Pours a beautiful golden color with a 1 inch white head. bubbles race from the bottom to the top making this one a very nice looking pour. West coast hops dominate the aroma, though they arent too strong. taste is more of the same. this is definitely a typical tasting west coast IPA. hops are very apparent and so is the bitterness, but this is exactly what you should be expecting. slight citrus flavor as well as grapefruit. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty standard feel.
Overall a good west coast DIPA. not the best, but pretty damn good. I've gone back to this one on multiple occasions.
04-01-2013 21:03:16 | More by Axnjxn
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,825 ratings.