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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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6,458 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,458
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 362
Gots: 1,034 | FT: 31
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.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009)
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.
As usual an aggressive pour.

A- Pours a very hazy golden yellow, with 3 fingers of fluffy large bubble head that creates a beautiful cap on top of the beer and is leaving some chunky lacing as it dissipates.

S- Reserved grapefruit. I say reserved because the grapefruit is not on the forefront like some other DIPA's. Tropical fruit, pineapple is the first one that comes to mind. There is plenty of citrus on the nose, but it's more like tangerine citrus.

T- Not overly bitter pine resin, but it's there. It has more sweet malt than other DIPA's. The sweetness quickly gives way to the tongue lashing bitterness of the hops. Bitter, overripe pineapple.

M- Sticky pine resin coats the mouth, and stays on the palate for a while. Dry finish from the 9.5% ABV, but it still is an easy drinker.

O- A nice offering from Firestone Walker. Wish I knew if this was a fresh bottle or not. Can't find any bottle dating on it. The hops seemed kind of subdued.

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4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: clear pure golden beer with a fluffy white head, some lace motes, bubbles stream from the bottom

S: citrus, hops, yeast, and wood

T: malty up front, but dry wood and citrus on the finish; pine and resin hops in the background

M: fairly full, slightly coating and smooth, but also nicely fizzy, with a nice crispness

O: a great DIPA, well-balanced malt, pine and citrus notes

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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

Appearance-Pours a golden tangerine yellow into the glass, an inch or so of fluffy white foam crowns the tulip and ever so slowly bubbles away leaving dollops of lacing as it does. Beautiful.

Aroma-Tangerine, lemons, grapefruit and other citric aromas are the first to assail the nostrils, notes of honey and sweet crystal malts towards the back. Citrus lasts all the way through.

Taste-Citrus fruits upfront cut abruptly by sticky pine sap bitteress then joined by a honeylike sweetness making the citric character seem almost 'tangy'. Finishes bitter and hoppy, as it should.

Mouthfeel-Full and lush, a little syrupy but not detrimentively so.

Overall-A great DIPA, up there with the other greats like Ruination and Pliny.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

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.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,458 ratings.