Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
Poured from a 22oz bomber.
A: amber, orange, clear. medium-light bodied. little or no lacing.
S: pine, grapefruit, pineapple,
T: balanced pine hops and malt, citrus and wood aftertaste
M: a bit heavy and cloying, but not overwhelming.
O: a drinkable DIPA despite the high abv. balanced and tasty flavors.
05-23-2012 05:21:12 | More by sbauer
4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
The beer is crystal clear and yellow-gold in color with an off-white head that leaves minimal lacing. A tower of bubbles rises from the center of my Duvel tulip and more scattered bubbles thoughout.
It's redolent of hops, especially early on. As the beer warms the sweet malt character begins to show. Spicy hops and alcohol lend a pleasant but almost medicinal scent to the aroma. Overripe citrus and pineapple. The alcohol burns the nose and throat on deep inhalation. A first for me.
Sweet-tart taste of ripe grapefruit with the bitterness of the rind. The sweet malt is more apparent here than in the nose. Alcohol is again apparent.
Medium-thick bodied. Light carbonation. Somewhat sticky and drying in the end. Warming alcohol
Very tasty and well-rounded. The alcohol is obvious, but not overpowering. This beer should mature well.
05-23-2012 03:03:06 | More by obywan59
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours a hazy orangey copper with a thick white thumbs width head. Nice lacing. A wonderfully hoppy aroma with some pine and orange in the front and some sweet tropical fruits, peach and a little malt coming in the back. As it warms, the sweet, fruity side of the aroma takes over. Flavor mimics the aroma quite well with a medium level bitterness to it. A crisp mouthfeel with some activity Lacking any creaminess or silkiness to it though. Overall, one of those beers I have forever wanted to try but always chose something else instead when at the store. Better late than never I suppose, this is a very nice beer from Firestone like I expected it to be.
05-20-2012 19:29:43 | More by denver10
3.6/5 rDev -17.1%
22oz bottle dated 02/01/12 poured into my new Quinze Duvel tulip (thanks thagr81us).
A - clear deep yellow/amber in color. Vigorous pour yields 2+ fingers of fluffy dense white foam with nice crown. Dissipates gradually with minimal lacing.
S - might be past it's "prime" but still has a good nose. Makes me determined to find it fresher or on tap. Citrus comes thru but mild now. Grapefruits, oranges with a teasing hint of what I swear is apricots. There is a sweetness as well that is likely countered with the hops from a newer bottling.
T - it has certainly mellowed noticeably but the citrus comes out still. Apricots here again and I must say its an interesting flavor profile. Sadly the hops are far less present in the flavor. Nice flavor but no punch.
M - smooth, doesn't linger too long and finishes nice too.
O - a nice beer that promises to yield much better results when fresh. I will revise my review when I obtain a newer bottle. This is for those who are debating on an older offering. Truly drinkable and enjoyable and oddly, even without the hop character, the ABV is still hidden remarkably. This was a gift so no complaints beside the tease of what a fresher bottle will yield. To quote the Governator; I'll be back.
05-18-2012 03:08:24 | More by Momar42
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
Straight pour from 750ml swing-top growler (HF!) to my nice Hill Farmstead stemware, the oversized wineglass. Supposedly this keg is super-fresh, so I’m looking forward to having (potentially) fresh Double Jack, finally.
Appearance (4.5): Wow. Very impressive. I prefer my DIPAs on the cloudy / hazy side, but if you’re in the opposite camp, this beer is perfect, in terms of appearance. Crystal-clear body the color of copper (but a bit lighter), white head rising to two solid fingers before dissipating to a spotty haze on the surface, a good collar and some sudsy, spotty lacing and collars on the sides.
Smell (4.0): Straight-up citrus: passionfruit, mango, and red grapefruit, in that order. Some tangerine. Maybe some honey-sweetness underneath, but really just sweet citrus—not horribly complex, but fragrant and very nice, very appetizing.
Taste (4.5): This is more like it! Sweet citrus (tangerine), bitter citrus (rind), some crystal malt sweetness underneath that melds with the sweet citrus, and a bitter piney-ness that rides out the finish, fading slowly and leaving a slightly soapy feel here—but I like it. That soapiness could be some alcohol heat creeping in here, but at this strength it’s a welcomed component. God these hops are great, and just enough malt to keep them in check.
Mouthfeel (4.0): Subtle carbonation, very oily body—medium thickness, somewhat viscous. Pretty dry finish. Foams nicely on the way down, slightly tingly all around.
Overall (4.5): This is a palate-challenger, alright. Not as abrasive as Palate Wrecker or Heady Topper (definitely not as hoppy as HT, in my opinion), but this is damn hoppy, big, and gorgeous. Glad to have finally gotten this bastard fresh—very, very big difference compared to somewhat-old Double Jack, where the hops lose their bite and get kind of catty. This, on the other hand, is gorgeous, and I will be seeking this out given that it’s fresh in the future. Damn good beer.
05-18-2012 01:30:37 | More by fmccormi
4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
Bottled 6 April 2012. Thanks to wsucoug96 for the sweet extra.
Pours very clear golden yellow, the color of apple juice, with a few little streams of bubbles, that oddly aren't centered on the nucleation point of my Duvel tulip. One finger of really dense just-off-white head. Super dense head, with loads of lacing.
Smell is nice citrusy grapefruit hops. Heavy on the grapefruit, with both the citrus and the acidic twang. I like it. Has a good fullness underneath the hops, with some light sweetness supporting the hops. Doesn't rush into the nose the way my favorite DIPAs do, but it's good.
Taste is good - beefy, malty, and hoppy, but balanced. Has enough malts to keep up with all those hops, which is one of the reasons I prefer stronger IPAs. Includes a nice shot of bitterness, as expected, but it peaks in the middle and drops off late. Finish is more fruity than bitter.
Medium-heavy body, quite sticky. Moderate carbonation, persistent finish.
A nice citrus-bitter-balanced double IPA. I'd put it just a step below the top tier.
05-16-2012 06:25:22 | More by zeledonia
4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
Bottled 4/6/12 poured into a tulip
A - Golden orange with decent retention
S - Nice and piney off the bat with some boozy showing up after pouring
T - Nice and abrasive. Piney and hoppy with no booze to speak of though it's 9.5%
M - Nicely carbonated, just slightly lighter than what I would give a perfect score.
O - This is a great DIPA. If I could find it fresh, it's an easy go to if I can't find something new.
05-15-2012 02:37:26 | More by pearljam118
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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