Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
Double Jack opens with a brilliantly hoppy nose, notes of heavy pink grapefruit immediately flowing out of the bottle, their sugary sweetness tempered by more bitter hop aromas, including grapefruit rind, mint, pine resin, and touches of eucalyptus. A good dose of white pepper and smidgens of anise add a bit more bite and spiciness, joined by brown sugar and wheat bread dough from the malts, as well as cherry, orange, and nectarine fruit esters. As a whole, the nose is very forward on hops, and light on malts, but this works well, the flavors mingling together nicely, and the balance between sweet sugars and bitter plant aromas near spot-on. The sugars do win the battle in the end, leaving the beer just slightly too candy-like, but it’s still obvious that this is well-crafted.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a lovely pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind blast, joined almost immediately by heavier pine resin, white pepper, mint, dandelion stem, and rose hip notes. The cherry, orange, and nectarine fruit esters help temper this onslaught somewhat, but the taste still proves far more bitter than the nose let on. Small touches of bread, brown sugar, and toast crust lie somewhere beneath, but are hard to find. The beer is bitter not only in flavor, but in mouthfeel, biting at the soft tissues and tickling the throat. The dandelion stem and pepper notes seem to increase as the sugars die off in the mouth, until the later stages of the beer are quite plant-like, much like chewing on stems. The aftertaste is a continuation of the bitter hops, mainly grapefruit rind and dandelion stem, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a drier medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, I thought this a good double IPA, certainly wonderful in smell, but in the mouth the bitter rind-and-stem notes took over just a bit too much, making other flavors difficult to locate. I have no doubt, however, that hopheads will like this one, as it seems that they make up a good 75% of the flavors.
05-29-2012 16:43:44 | More by jondeelee
4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured from tap into a sinfter glass at TJs in Paoli.
A: A medium orange color with a small half finger white head that leaves full lacing that disappears eventually.
S: Citrus goodness with grapefruit and other tropical fruits. The sweetness is almost sugar like in smell with the citrus lasting.
T: Citrus flavors are first with huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and a bit of lemon. There is a deep malt sweetness that is sugar like, but not overwhelming in nature. The sweetness then mixes with the fruit and turns slightly bitter as some pine notes come in. Finish stays fairly sweet and the bitterness really doesn't linger. Nice complex beer. Alcohol is there, but just warming.
M: Full, coating, fairly sweet and the hops don't pound your mouth. Prickly with some alcohol.
O: Another top notch DIPA that I'm glad made it to PA. I think this is a little on the sweeter side for a DIPA and I'm not sure I could drink a bunch of them.
Overall another quality beer from FW that ranks up there with the best of the DIPAs.
05-24-2012 17:47:06 | More by Kadonny
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
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,797 ratings.