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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,784 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,784
Reviews: 1,301
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 414
Gots: 1,272 | FT: 34
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:
Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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Ratings: 6,784 | Reviews: 1,301
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4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mostly clear yellowish orange with a decent sized white frothy head that takes a while to subside. Nice and sparkly and refreshing looking. Not much in the way of lacing.

Citrusy, floral, tropical fruit hop explosion. I little bit of pine thrown in at the end. Not much in the way of malt presence, but I don't mind one bit with this one.

Just as the nose promises, huge on hops - with mostly a citrusy taste, but with plenty of the floral and piney hops I was smelling too. Super fresh and resiny. Still not a huge malt presence, but just enough of a sweetish malt backbone to round it out. Very bitter at first, but the bitterness goes away pretty quickly, leaving you with just the pleasant hops in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice and crisp and fairly dry. Very refreshing for a beer of this size.

Such a great DIPA, one of my favorites. So carefully assembled and everything blends and balances so well. It's intense, without being over the top with bitterness or body or anything like that. I do love the regular Union Jack too, but I definitely appreciate the extra complexity of this one without seeming like it's such a huge beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a full (12 oz.) pint of Firestone Walker's Double Jack Double India Pale Ale at Gulu-Gulu in Salem, MA on Father's Day. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4/5): Double Jack has a clear bright orange color that seems to glow in the glass. Very nice looking. However, it was served to me with barely any head–not cool; I guess whoever was tending bar is under the impression that a head of foam is bad <smacks head>. But that notwithstanding, a nice looking DIPA.

Smell (4/5): Good piney and grapefruit-like flavors rise from my glass, though with a beer as bold and strong as this, I would love to have it served in a tulip glass–the better to savor the aroma. This is a citrusy smelling DIPA, though it does have a little sweetness to it, too.

Taste (4/5): Double Jack's flavor follows its aroma–it has a ton of hop flavor. I taste lots of grapefruit and tart lemon; these flavors are backed up by sweet malts. Surprisingly, the sweetness of the malt really sticks around in the finish and gives the beer a slightly syrupy quality. This isn't really that off-putting, but it does take away from the hop bitterness and keeps it from joining the likes of Port Mongo and Hill Farmstead Abner, the best tasting DIPAs I've had. There's a little alcohol presence in the taste that imparts a tad of booziness. (Another knock on Gulu-Gulu's bartenders–the beer should have been served a little colder.)

Mouthfeel (4/5): Good medium carbonation. The beer is slightly viscous, due to the maltiness that shows in the finish. The moderate "thickness" the beer has is a little reminiscent of Dogfish Head's 90 Minute DIPA. Finishes smooth with some nice hop residue and sweet maltiness that coats the mouth...a little alcohol warming in the back is present.

Overall (4/5): I like this beer; I don't love it. It has lots of bold hop flavor but I feel it's held back a little by the sweetness and viscosity of the malt bill and the touch of booziness. I would really like to try this beer from a fresh bottle and compare it to how it tasted on tap.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on-tap at sunset grill and tap, allston MA.
(review from notes)

pours a completely clear golden-orange tone while yielding a frothy finger+ of off-white head that demonstrates great retention and tons of lacing. not sure what else you could ask for from a DIPA's appearance. nose is aromatic and mouth-watering. obviously hop-forward, bold notes of pine and citrus leap from the glass, coupled with some lesser malty notes.

flavor follows and exceeds the aroma. *just* what i look for in my DIPAs. juicy citrus, pine, some secondary floral notes and a nice sweet malty backbone. taste is subjective of course, but to me this is close to perfect. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a world class DIPA IMHO. probably my favorite to date. just love this stuff.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I only drink IPAs if possible given the state of my current taste buds and I would rate this beer above Pliney or Sculpin, two of my past favorites. I have had it many times in the bottle and many times on draft. It is a beer that is sensitive to age as many of the IPA s are and if mistreated will begin to show its fruity side quickly. The ability of what seems to be mostly west coast brewers to make a balanced IPA at 9.5% without any significant alcohol sweetness amazes me and I wish east coast brewers could match the taste.I really would prefer less alcohol but its stablemate, Union Jack is not hoppy or bitter enough for my palate although still another excellent beer.

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Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

A- Crystal clear bright orange with a two finger white head. Some alcohol legs and amazing retention. A beautiful IPA.

S- Pungent citrus fruits up front, a lot of grapefruit and magoes as well as a dash of pine. A somewhat sweet maltiness as well. Tiny bit of alcohol.

T- A good bit of bitterness. A citrus tropic hop profile consisting of pineapple, mango, peach and mostly grapefruit. A sweet malt backbone. No to little alcohol taste. A very well made and well blended DIPA.

M- This beer leaves behind a lot of bitterness. The aftertaste is bitter and fruity. It's slightly warming. Not too bad of a drinker for 9.5%

O- A world class DIPA, a perfect representation of the style and all of its glory.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,784 ratings.