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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,496 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 5,496
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 294
Gots: 700 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Supes

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance- Pours a darker golden orange. A nice 2 finger head with good retension.

Smell- Grassy hops jump right out. A little lemon zest and the slightest alcoholic tinge.

Taste/ Mouthfell- More grassy hops right up front. lemon zest and other citrus through out. With a good bitterness to close it out. A very good creamy/ perfect carbination combo. Very balanced and all work together in a subtle yet tasty way.

Overall- This is a keeper for sure. It all works great together. And a DIPA that doesnt kill your palate and feel challanged to finish the bottle is always a welcome beer. A great example of the style that I would use to break someone new into the DIPA world.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 07:47:05 | More by Supes
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this Double Jack on Saturday, 02JUL, at Ayottes (for approx $7.49) and opted to start the holiday weekend off with it. No freshness info found...

After some yard-work, I retired to the 'Zebo to slake my thirst (after plenty of water, of course!). Poured into an imperial nonic, DJack was a clear, bright, striking honey color. Carbo was steady and fairly plentiful, and the head was creamy, off-white, and lasting at 1/4". Nice lacework trailed down the glass, too. Aroma was solid and rindy, with plenty of inviting citrus in the air. Body was medium to medium-plus, with a creamy, velvety feel on the tongue.

A touch of sweetness first hit the palate, with a little toasty malt and subtle caramel. That was short-lived, as lots of piney, resiny, pithy hopping attacked the tastebuds. The hops lingered long and well in this top-shelf, solid offering. I enjoyed it very much, though I did feel the 9.5% ABV not long after starting to imbibe.

Prosit!!

4.35 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1349

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 15:31:06 | More by Bierman9
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Durge

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light clear copper color with a big white frothy head and gobs of lacing. The aroma offers bubblegum-pine hop with subtle malt underpinnings. The taste brings sweet pine hops and more bubblegum juniper just like the aroma suggested. Syrupy and a bit cloying with green bitterness and pineapple edges. Really quite a treat with a near full body and tastefully carbonated for a midland feel. Fair drinkability and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 16:38:55 | More by Durge
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-honey colored with a nice cream colored head

S-a good strong scent of grapefruit and hops. smells like bitter grapefruit

T-comes in with a medium strength taste of grains and fresh grapefruit. it has a good bitterness. they're good tastes but it doesn't seem to be too well balanced. the hops seem to taste faded. there are more hops in the after-taste along with a boozey taste.

M-smooth creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-definitely a good IPA, but i personally think that there are so many better options for less money.it also has no uniqueness to it. its still good and easy drinking though, but not a must try in my book.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 07:02:25 | More by AdamBear
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Simmy7000

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. First offering from Firestone Walker, excited to try!

A- I like the classy, no frills labeling of the bottle. Pours a great looking deep orange amber color with a 3 finger thick white head that sticks around for a bit. Decent lacing throughout.

S- Absolutely love the smell of a great IPA, and this nails it. Huge juicy smells of orange and tropical citrus combined with overtones of pine. Malt is present behind the wall of citrus.

T- Starts off with a quick caramel sweetness that goes straight into a rush of huge citrus and faint mango. Next up are resiny pine-like hops, turning up the bitterness factor and at the very end the hops break and the malts emerge again. Great balance here.

M- Medium-body and ample carbonation allow this to go down smooth. No alcohol presence detected. Dangerously drinkable given the ABV.

O- I love IIPA's that are well balanced and this one is spot on. Has just enough malt to balance out the bitterness from the hops. Hits the spot and is extremely refreshing. Can't beat it for this price point and easy availability. Looking forward to trying more FW brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 02:33:31 | More by Simmy7000
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jnn4v

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey colored golden orange with a decent amount of foamy pale yellow / off-white head. No sediment or haze.

S: Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, honey, tropical fruit hard candy. A bit of pungent herbal or even "catty" scents as well. Lots O' Hops.

T: Matches up nicely to the scent. All of those bitter and citrusy, juicy hops along with a seriously dense and sweet malt base. Hops, then malt, then a blend of balanced flavors, followed by a lingering resiny hop bitterness.

M: Very good DIPA texture and density. Thick, but not syrupy. Good amount of carbonation with medium-sized bubbles.

O: maybe it was the fact that there haven't been any other good DIPAs released in the past month or two here, or maybe it was that the preceding beverage was "only" a pale ale, but whatever the reason, this is a standout beer. One of the better DIPAs I've had. Snag it if you can experience it as fresh as this was.

Serving type: growler

07-02-2011 18:57:56 | More by jnn4v
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew the color of a pumpkin. It glows in the glass and supports an off-white head of one finger. It retains briefly as a whole, but as a mass of bigger bubbles for much longer. There is clarity with a slight haze, and carbonation appears to be moderate. No sediment is noted, except for the last few drops from the bottle, which produce a thicker opacity. The aroma is gloriously bright with sweet hops. They sing of general leafiness and tart grapefruit. This sits above a bed of sugary tangerines, faint malts, and light yeast that has a bit of earth to it. As we sip the tongue is met by bittering hops with a strong citric and grapefruit rind character. The front is otherwise cooling with an additional hop soapiness and a sweet malt that helps to balance the hop activity. Moving through the middle opens up a bit of fruitiness, but this could be residual flavor from the huge hopping throughout. It seems milder here though, with more sweetness and a soothing sting of alcohol. Rounding out the finish is a bright revival of hops, bringing along their good friend grapefruit. The finish is wildly smooth, with a nice blend of those hops, simple malts, and a healthy booze character. The aftertaste breathes cleanly, with citric hops, earthiness, and, for the first time, darker malts. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. With each sip there is a slick hoppy resin that helps to guide the beer down, with a sticky coating left in the wake. There is a nice froth to each sip, but it isn’t what we would call “creamy”. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks with supreme ease.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the interplay between the sweet aspects and the bitter aspects of the flavor. While the nose predicted a sugary and juicy brew, the taste followed through with a bit of a changeup. At first there was some nice bitterness, but as the beer warmed and opened up, it gave way to a sweeter, more delicate flavoring. As a whole, this beer maintained simplicity, yet incorporated some complexity in the hop profile, keeping you guessing, and satisfied, throughout.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:03:54 | More by TheBrewo
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 22 oz bottle a couple of weeks ago when I visited the tasting room at FW. Poured into my FW pint glass that came with a sample tray of their flagship beers.

A: Pours a clear gold color with heavy head - 4 fingers after a vigorous pour. Carbonation seems nice & lazy.

S: Smells great. Name your tropical fruit and it'll be here. Orange, melons, pineapple, citrus, you name it. A great hoppy aroma that also gives a sweet subdued malty smell hidden away.

T: A full mouthfeel of hops - again with the citrusy, tropical fruit. Flavors are good. Tastes a little too sticky sweet, but if you're in the mood for a hop kick this one does the job. The malts linger way in the background. Tastes like mostly light malts with a little light crystal to bump up the character.

M: Very sweet, but understandably so from the hops. Besides that, this tastes rather medium to light. Refreshing, but the sweetness seems to weigh you down a little nonetheless. A little warming in the back of my throat from the alcohol, but the higher ABV doesn't really appear noticeable.

O: Being that it's quite muggy here in Philly today, this one hit the spot. A great beer. One of my favorites from FW. Definitely worth a try, especially if you're a hophead. I think I need to go brush my teeth now because the hop bitterness is wearing away my enamel.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 22:28:56 | More by jwhancher
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle - very classic looking label recieved in a trade.

Poured moderately aggressive into big wine glass. Deep orange blossom honey murky amber color with nice fluffy finger width off white cream colored head. Fine lacing clings to the glass, pretty sexy legs on this fox of a DIPA. Miniscule carbonation can be seen actively rising in the glass throughout.

The nose on this is very reminiscent of PtE I had last week. Piney citrus fruity, except this one seems to have more of a malty backbone behind it as opposed to the PtE I had. Pineapple comes to the nose, fruity, hoppy, floral, fresh fresh fresh hops. Smells ridiculously good!

Malty up front with hop presence, but the backend of this is where this brew really shines through. Loads of pine hoppiness follows the nose. Balanced well with fruits I think, im getting refreshing citrus, pineapple, a little lemon zest. Its not hophead central, but rather very very nice utilization of the piney hops in combination with the malt presence to make a very well rounded DIPA.

Creamy malty texture with a nice hop bite in back - tongue is tingling with a little heat at the back of the throat. Carbonation is just right.

Got this in a trade, so idk how much $$$ it was. All I do know is that if it were readily available to me I would be getting more.

Overall a beautiful brew, loved every ounce of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 01:34:41 | More by hoptualBrew
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doughanson78

Washington

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light orange color. Very clear. One finger, slightly off white head. Some big carbonation bubbles in the head. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Real good lacing.

S: Big grapefruit, pineapple, orange, citrus aroma. Light pine scent. Sweet caramel malts fighting to break through all that hoppiness. Very clean and tropical.

T: Very sweet caramel at first. Then very tropical, with grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and slight mango. Touch of pine rounding out the bitterness. Sweet caramel comes back to smooth out the bitterness for the finish. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Nice creaminess. Very crisp. Very light tongue tingle from the alcohol. Smooth. Lightly warm on the way down.

O: A great IIPA. Very nicely balanced. Not to sweet or hoppy, but still allowing all the flavors to come through. Very easy drinker. Super refreshing. Could drink this all day if it wasn't so "big".

A great buy for $4.99 (Update, Store realized underpricing and raised to $7.99. DAMN!). Same price as Pliny but 100x's easier to find.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 03:13:14 | More by doughanson78
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clegolfski

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Deep Ellum

A - Clear golden color with a foamy white head

S - Citrus is the big player here. Bright and refreshing. An eye opener

T - Super pine citrus hop thing but its so balanced against he malts its really impressive

M - Not much alcohol, smooth and drinkable but tastes so good it slows ya down

O - Very good imperial its an achievement to have something that weighs in above 9 percent to be so damn drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 03:12:53 | More by clegolfski
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TheMurse

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my St. Bernardus Watou Glass. Now I rated it a good as it is what I expected for the style. The beer is deep orange with a fair amount of haziness.

Smell is citrus with a hint of sweet malt. Anticipation is starting to grow here. Friend asks why I have not sipped yet and the comment shakes me out of my trance.

Taste is outstanding. The bitter citrus hops hits you straight away. I was in a hop mood and the beer answered the call. It finished slightly fruity and sweet. There is no harsh after taste and I find myself drinking the beer to get to the more complex finish.

Mouthfeel is what I expect from the style. Beer is a sipper but those over 8% tend to be in my opinion. The carbination and viscosity was just right for the style. However, it was not new or different enough to warrant a score above 4.

Overall, I would not pass this one up if I saw it sitting on a shelf. I would return to this over and over. To me it is not far away from Hopslam or Abrasive. I feel it is a step below Pliny the Elder. Still I would buy this again in a heart beat.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 03:07:00 | More by TheMurse
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Another6Pack

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden pour with a nice fluffy white head that lasted several minutes. Nose is citrus-sweet with some hoppy pine mixed in there. Real potential here.

First sip does not disappoint. Medium high carb hits at the start provides the hop blast that I like in my IIPAs. No boozy heat, and the finish is heavier with just a notch too much lingering sweetness for my palate. Nevertheless, this is a fine IIPA that earned every bit of a 4.5 review.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 23:20:12 | More by Another6Pack
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange to tan in color and crystal clear. Lots of lovely rising bubbles. White two finger head lasts and leaves sticky lacing.

"Grapefruit-pine" almost gets tiresome to type for the description off an IPA or DIPA, but it never gets tiresome to taste or smell. But that's what this one smells like. Crisp and delicious smelling, ruby-red meets Colorado pine forest on this one. Lovely aroma.

Taste wise it's extremely crisp and clean, like a ruby-red right off the tree in south Texas, accented with a lovely rocky mountain pine-cone backdrop. Almost oily with hops, yet still very clean. Malts just barely balance the flavor, but deliciousness is still achieved.

The feel is amazingly light and crisp, oily with bitter hops, yet sweet with easy-drinking delightfulness. It's an oddball in that it's so easy to drink, yet still meets the DIPA criteria.

Overall I'd say this one is a hit. I think it's my first from this brewery, and certainly cries out "give me more!"

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 22:26:55 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from Tripphop - Thanks again.

Poured from bomber into tulip - No best by date visible.

A: Poured a clear golden color with light amber hues , two finger head that dissipated into a thin lacing with slight webbing, decent carbonation.

S: Slight pine notes with some citrus and mild hops, decent malt scents as well.

T: Decent hops with slight pine notes some citrus as well. decent malt backing that evens out the bitter from the hops.

O: Overall a solid Double Ipa , I enjoyed the way it was balanced between the hops and malts neither one out weighed the other and left a good aftertaste . Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 20:59:54 | More by InebriatedJoker
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willjschmidt

California

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a light orangish color with a 1/2" white head. Great head retention throughout.

S: Pungent hops in the form of candied citrus and pine.

T: A hop bomb for sure, but a fairly well balanced one. Pungent hops overlay a slightly sweet pale malt base. It's only slightly bitter for such a big DIPA. Hops are fruity with grapefruit and other citrus dominating hop profile. A bit of fresh pine as well.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation. I like that it's not thick and viscous like some ABV DIPA's can be.

O: A top notch DIPA. A fairly easy drinker but the 9.5% sneaks up on you quickly.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 03:38:33 | More by willjschmidt
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Janderson91

Alabama

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to stupac2 for hooking me up with this one. Union Jack is one of my favorite single IPAs, so I have high hopes for this one. Bottled on 03/14/11. Enjoyed on 06/24/11.

A - Poured into a DFH snifter. Very nice clear light orange hue. One finger white head with big bubbles forms and leaves good lacing down the sides.

S - Pretty hoppy with a good sweetness and a slight alcohol twinge. Juicy grapefruit hops and some pine as well. Just like an amped up Union Jack.

T - Very sweet at first. Then a nice hit of grapefruity hop bitterness. Then the candy sugary sweetness comes back at the finish. Leaves a pine and grapefruit bitterness on the tongue. This is still quite hoppy after over 3 months.

M - Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and creamy through the middle with just the right prickly carbonation. Love it.

O - Overall, if I had to do a blind side-by-side tasting, I'm not sure I could discern between Double Jack and Hopslam. I loved this beer. Truly a world-class IPA, not a hop bomb but perfectly balanced and quite complex. Keep it coming FW.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 00:28:03 | More by Janderson91
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scotvega18

New York

3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a Southern Tier Tulip

A - A BEAUTIFUL Golden orange that is just spot on for the style, a fluffy eggshell white head is dissipating rather quickly leaving a nice ring of lacing. Virtually no hop haze as it is clear as day.

S - A lot of simcoe and chinook hops in there, with a lot of citrus and grapefruit. I think this beer is nearing the end of its shelf life as I smell a bit of Simcoe astringency which seems to happen when IPAs die out. Behind it all is a sweet bready malt that seems to be a nice backbone of this beer.

T - This starts out with a boatload of sweetness, as the malt actually starts out strong, after the flavor dissapates, however, there is a soft bitterness that remains. 9.5% dont taste that at all, But there seems to be an absence of any floral qualities and it doesnt finish quite as dry as i like my IPAs, but it is a nice change of pace from what IPAs have become: Bitter Bombs that rip the enamel off of your teeth.

M - No Alcohol and Carbonation is solid. The sweetness of the malt helps tie some of the looser elements together.

Notes - I admit, I expected more adventure from this beer, but I am not disappointed. What I thought was goign to be a bold deviation from the style ended up being an extremely solid albeit off centered DIPA. The sweetness was not expected but pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 22:17:43 | More by scotvega18
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waldoiverson

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber into Nonic

A: very clear, gold color with very white head with tiny, active carbonation and fine lacing.

S: Rich orange and apricot, slight smoothness to the hops that suggest the presence of malt but no real outstanding breadiness

T: Sweet, orange blossoms, did i mention sweet, long smooth finish that starts to get a bit bitter 5 seconds after the swallow, a little bit of alcoholic heat wraps up the experience. I could actually use a little more bitter bite.

M: smooth and not as sharp as the carbonation suggests, ever so slightly dry

O: This is a really tasty beer, especially if you lean toward the heavier, sweeter, citrus and honey side of the tasting tracks. I could use a bit more punch from either the carbonation or bitterness to dial back the sweetness a bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 22:42:25 | More by waldoiverson
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear medium orange color. Two fingers of white, creamy/frothy hybrid head. Average retention and a moderate amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Piney and citrusy hops. Tropical fruits including orange, mango, pineapple, and papaya. Malts are slightly bready with a fairly strong neutral maltiness underneath. Clean overall.

4.0 T: Hops flavor is like the nose. Lots of tropical fruit - mango, pineapple, papaya, and orange - with light pine and grapefruit. Surprisingly low bitterness. Moderate neutral maltiness, fairly bready, and maybe a bit of biscuit in there as well.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. I wish this was a bit creamier though. Smooth.

4.0 D: Good beer, but it's in a weird state between a dry, hop-bursted west coast DIPA and an east coast malt fest. Surprisingly bready for a non-bottle conditioned brew, but clean.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 04:23:58 | More by DavoleBomb
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jsulko

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Slightly cloudy/hazy orangish gold with a decent white foam head

Smell is heavier toward the grapfruity side

Very smooth You can taste the grapefruity flavors with a slight alcohol finish with little to no bitterness

Very drinkable and dangerous double IPA that can really sneak up on you

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 02:38:01 | More by jsulko
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange into my snifter. A 1.5 finger white foamy head forms that keeps its shape for a while. Moderate lacing left about the beer. Looks like an enjoyable IPA. So close to a 5.

S- Nice and hoppy. Citrus is most noticable with orange and grapefruit. Heavy piney sap is in there as well, like ripping open a tree in my backyard. I like how this smells aalot.

T- sweet hops are mpre present up front like grapefruit, cirtus, and even a hint of mango. Turns bitter toward the middle with piney hops that go till the finish. He finisb leaves the mouth wet opposed to a dry, crisp end and lingers with bitterness.

M- lightish mouthfeel thats somewhat heavy on the carbonation. Tiny carbonation bubbles makes it feel smooth and kind of creamy on the tongue.

O- Really nice IPA. Hops are nice and make their presence kown. Smells unbelievable even when fresh out of the fridge. Cant wait to smell it warm. MASS is new to FW, and I was expecting a well balanced IPA, opposed to a great west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 01:47:40 | More by Gushue3
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. No dating indicated on the bottle. Pours a pale reddish-orange with a translucent clarity. Head was half an inch, creamy/foamy and off-white. Head eventually settles into a soapy skim with a dollop of white in the middle. Some spots and strands of lacing are present during the tasting. Nose expresses co-mingled aromas of sweet citrus and bitter rind with a slightly piny character towards the back. Taste follows nose - backbone is quite malty and the bitter/sweet dyad is nicely balanced. Additionally, there's just a trace of ethanol towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to medium) with a slightly oily consistency, and a carbonation level that falls just short of prickly. There's also some residual alcohol heat that lingers at the back of the throat between quaffs. A really nice DIPA with great balance and very approachable at $7.99 a bomber. Would love to see this in issued as a four pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 00:03:16 | More by Jwale73
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden color that is quite possibly as close as you'll get to this hue. Looks like there is plenty of carbonation to dance with my tongue momentarily. The head isn't really impressive upon pouring, being only about a half inch thick, but it takes its' time to settle and finishes with a nitroed looking creamy top. The lacing is second to none....it's thick and clingy on the side of the glass!

S- Superbly smelling DIPA, in my opinion...lots of varying aromas going on here....everything from prominent grapefruit and tangerine/orange to pine needles to fresh herbally hop cones. The bitterness is quite well rounded and while assertive, isn't offensive or overdone.

T- This tastes very close to how it comes across in the aroma! The main difference is the distinct, softening malt profile that really balances this brew out....it like a honeyed sweetness I'm tasting. The citrus and piney hops are bitter, and are blended with a slightly woody/earthy dryness.

M- Surprisingly smooth and creamy for this style. There is a certain oilyness that glazes the palate, leaving me with a clear idea of what is going on in the brew. The oily character lingers on the palate after the swallow, leaving a reminder of its' flavor behind. As it drys on my lips, there is a sweet sticky malt residue noted as well!

O- Fruity, hoppy, smooth and rich, this is quite a nice beer to drink, and I'd be happy to get a hold of this again for enjoyment. The alcohol is so well hidden...I'd never know it's 9.5% other than from reading the label. A real pleasure to have....I'm really starting to dig these IPAs....I guess enjoying something of very high quality will help in this area!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 03:17:02 | More by ChrisCage
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.2/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1 finger of white head. Great retention with some thick lace.

Aroma: Pine hops, grapefruit citrus with a load of malts int here as well. Very bready with some booze showing.

Taste: More bready malts and a sweetness showing here. A lot of citrus flavors and the pine hops from the nose.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, a bit too malty for my liking. It is very hoppy, but also very malty. Not my favorite dipa.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 21:19:24 | More by mothman
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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