Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Erish
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass. No freshness dating apparent.

A: clear honey gold color, pours a wicked creamy 3-finger head that slowly falls into an excellent cap with excellent lacing.

S: decadent. Orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange blossom honey, and underneath all of that loveliness is a caramel and biscuit malt base that more than holds it's own against the assertive fruity hops.

T: tastes as good as it smells, with loads of citrus and honey up front, an earthy, woodsy, floral and resinous middle, and a nicely bitter finish that shows off some herbal and pine hops. One extremely well put together DIPA.

M: medium bodied, silky to somewhat oily texture, moderate to plentiful carbonation.

O: This will definitely be a go-to DIPA in the future. If you love citrus-inspired DIPAs as I do, try this beer.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to see this in my local store. Either I had missed or they just got it. I had tried the Jack on tap at Max's at loved it.

Smell is pretty good. The taste left a little to be desired for me compared to the Jack, but still very good. I felt like I was getting more piney hop smell and taste with the Jack, which I like.

I would seek this out, although I think I might like the Jack more.

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated bomber into a snifter. Smells like sunshine- pineapple, grapefruit with a little wheat and a funky sourness in the background that I can't quite identify. Nearly clear gold with a frothy white head that leaves big looping lace.

Wow- this is incredibly juicy and sweet. The finish dries up a bit with some bitterness. Alcohol stays incredibly well-hidden. Mouthfeel is slick without being sticky. The complexity of this beer encourages me to take my time, but it's not overbearing at all. Would guess that this bottle is not incredibly fresh, and I'm sure this beer is even better when it is.

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Photo of fx20736
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4 pack from Beers of the World; Jan, 2016. Served at fridge temp in a Duvel tulip.

Look: Hazy peach, white head, nice lacing

Smell: candied citrus, yum

Taste: orange marmalade, caramel-sweet backbone

Feel: creamy, soft, smooth

Overall: fantastic beer

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jeffo brought over the Union Jack and a Double Jack to have side by side. What a treat. Thanks, Jeff.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Identical to the Union Jack so it looks somewhere between dark golden yellow and copper. Very clear. Even after a fairly hard pour only one finger of foam that goes away quickly. What's left looks like an English style ale. Nice.

Smell is also identical like the Union Jack so it smells like a classic West Coast IPA. Bits of pine, citrus, caramel and a truck load of hop.

Taste is different frm the Union Jack. It doesn't have that initial sweetnes. Pine, citrus and caramel present here as well. There is more bitternes and a bit of an alcohol bite in the end.

Medium body, good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall a very solid DIPA. Loved it. Having it next to the Union Jack I'd say the Union Jack was the winner of the night. It was an overall easier to drink. Still I'd have me some Double Jack any day!
Thanks for the hook up, Jeffo!

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Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with two fingers of fluffy off white head. The head fades but leaves a layer with some nice lacing as well. Decent head retention.

Smell: Really nice. Juicy, bitter citrus hops. Reminds me a bit of tangerine. Some malt sweetness in there as well.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. A hop bomb, bitter citrus peel hops. A nice malt backbone, but the hops definitely dominate. Some alcohol and a strong bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: A little more malt in the background might have smoothed things out a bit, but that's just nitpicking. I really enjoyed this one and am very likely to have another in the future.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alexsess for sending this in a recent trade.

A: Golden orange color. About two fingers of foamy white head. Leaves a thin film with large bubbles around the edges.

S: Big aroma of citrus, grapefruit, a little pine, a little floral. Maybe a honey tint here as well. Smells great.

T: Citrus and pine flavors are what I notice first...floral notes come in a little later. There's a candi sugar bite to this, but I could be mistaking it for something else. Good bitterness throughout..sweetness from the malts towards the end...residual bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Oily and slick. Fairly dry finish.

D: The 9.5%ABV never showed itself during the writing of this review. Delicious beer that goes down easy.

Alex, thank you for including this. It's been a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of TexasBeerGuy
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a really nice, golden orange/copper color with a slighty off-white head. Lacing is thin, but sticks nicely to the glass.

S - Lots of citrus, grapefruit and tangerine. I also get just a hint of pineapple, then you're hit with the the piney, hop aroma. The malts add a really nice, sweet aroma to balance this. I really dig the smell.

T - Wow. Great citrus, tropical and piney flavors balanced with sweet, caramel malt. It's definitely hoppy, but the malts in the middle balance this out so well. It's delicious.

M - Medium carbonation. Surprisingly dry and crisp for a DIPA with a little heat on the finish. There's just a little resiny taste that lingers. Just not at all what I'm used to from a DIPA, and I really enjoy it.

O - An incredible DIPA. The hops and malts are balanced incredibly well, and the alcohol is well hidden. You get a DIPA with delicious flavors that doesn't destroy your palate. This beer deserves recognition as one of the best DIPAs out there.

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Photo of adam42381
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a goblet. No freshness info on bottle. I suspect that it was rubbed off.

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden-amber color with yellow-orange highlights and a 2 finger fluffy eggshell head. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus with a touch of pineapple and grapefruit and hints caramel and candied malts. There's just a whiff of alcohol in the aroma. Smells delicious.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit and caramel malt up front followed by resinous piney hops and a mild candied sweetness in the middle before ending with lemon zest and pine at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter with a touch of sweet citrus and is quite long-lasting. The alcohol is subdued and just creeps through at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The tongue gets coated with hop oils which leave a sort of film which, in this case, is a good thing.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. I'm savoring this one and will have no problem finishing the bomber.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I'd love to try one that I know is fresh to be able to see if I missed anything. I found this one to be great, so if it gets better than this you're in for a real treat. Try it.

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Photo of clivem
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber Poured into a mug.

Appearance - Light coppery orange, 2 finger very light tan head that recedes decently fast and leaves a moderately thin layer on top, lacing is impressive.

Smell - From the second i cracked it i was met with massive citrus piny hops. Very enticing.

Taste - Piny delicious bitter Hops followed by a tiny alcohol bite, then sweet aftertaste. It's incredibly drinkable for 9.5%, it goes down just as easily as anything.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation, feels a bit heavy.

Overall - Pretty delicious, well worth it. Will get again at some point.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

215th review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- An amazing color. Was a dark orange almost like a slight used penny. A puffy three finger head. Lacing sticks all over this glass.

Smell- Grandiose citrus lending itself to a tropical pine thing. Wasnt as tropical as Sculpin but not as piney as Pliny. Was a hell of a thing, with a precise mix of hops in there.

Taste- A very unique fruit combo going on in my glass. The full flavors are lending themselves to a tropical note and the hops come into play on the back end leave a spicy oily resin on the palate.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low carb and smooth feel for a DIPA. Has an oily finish that wants more in the glass. Damn I wish I bought 2.

Drink- This was great. Heard a lot of noise about it and I didn't want to be let down. So glad I wasn't a very great DIPA

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Photo of draheim
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (bottled 10/10/2011) poured into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous, crystal-clear amber color with effervescent carbonation and a fluffy white head. A beautiful beer to behold. Among the best-carbed IPAs I've ever seen.

Aroma is tropical grapefruity citrus, cool pine, sticky hop resin. Smells wonderfully fresh and clean.

Taste is perfectly balanced. The solid malt presence is tempered by copious bitter and aromatic hops. Even the high alcohol works with the other ingredients as a flavor enhancer. Everything works together in harmony. This is a luxurious, well-crafted beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean; sticky, chewy, a little oily.

Overall, when fresh this is an outstanding, world-class DIPA. But I imagine that even a few weeks past its prime this beer could slide quickly downhill into caramel malt bomb territory. There's just too much malt and too much hops to keep this perfect balance for long.

This is truly a double IPA in every sense.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of utopiajane
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear copper-amber with a head of bone white soft foam that fell gracefully to some really gorgeous lace. The entire inside of the glass is coated with fine white lace. Beautiful! Nose is tantalizing. Tropical fruits, tangerine, melon, doughy malt, nutty, grass and floral with a tad bit of spice in back. Alcohol doesn’t come to the nose at all. Smells clean and vibrant. You could describe the nose as glowing it’s so animated. Taste follows the nose. You are greeted with oily hop resins and bitter, those delicious fruits all juicy and some nutty flavor from the strong caramel malt that has more bread than you think. Finishes dry with good bitter, earth and dank.

This was one of the most artful west coast DIPA’s I’ve had. Everything in balance and playing off one another. Bitter like crazy but not offensive. Fruits were so juicy up against the alcohol dryness and hop bitter. Alcohol is a little bit on the palate but it belongs there. You are left with the sweet taste of pine like a gracious afterthought. Smooth, really smooth. Original, strapping, unconfined.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Oregon Brewers Festival. Pours a beautiful clear amber with a thick, rocky head that rapdily dissipates. The smell is uncommon for a DIPA: you get the stereotypical pine/citrus notes, but you also get a peach/vanilla smell that doesn't show up much in this style. Mouthfeel is classic: medium-bodied with a just-so level of carbonation. The taste starts with the blend of its Union Jack cousin: floral hops with peach and light caramel. Then Double Jack flashes its DIPA bona fides with strong pine and lemon peel with a dry hop smack to the tonsils. A great beer that shows that a display of hop athleticism can coexist with more subtle and complex flavors. A class act.

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Photo of heysuz
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intro: 22 oz. bottle. Served in a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Medium copper color with an off-white abundant head that is 2 fingers thick, with a creamy texture. Lacing is acceptable and persistent. Clarity is clear.

Smell: Usual array of hops and citrus smell. It has a malty background which is refreshing. Smells very balanced and appealing.

Taste: Great taste. One of the best features of this beer. It’s smooth, balanced, but yet hoppy. It’s a very inviting taste that makes you come back for more.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Doesn’t seem to have that hop oil resiny mouthfeel that’s normally associated with DIPA’s. Overall, a very balanced profile that leaves the mouth clean.

Overall: Very enjoyable brew. I have to travel to get this but I make a point to always have plenty on hand. This is one of my top 5 DIPA’s. If you can find it, it’s worth the effort.

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Photo of aimeethebrewer
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated 08/13/12 into a 16 oz. tulip glass.

appearance: 1 inch tall pure white head that persists and leaves some lacing. Beautiful deep golden orange with near brilliant clarity.

aroma: Huge citrusy, piney hops with a touch of fresh-cut grass. Notes of tangerine and grapefruit. Very faint malt sweetness in the background.

flavor: Loads of rich hop flavor that manages to be citrusy, piny and resinous all at the same time. Hops are followed by subtle bready malt with a touch of honey that finishes moderately dry. Balance is definitely to the hops, but the bitterness is not overpowering and the malt supports it well. Hop flavor is complex and well-rounded and is clearly the highlight of the beer.

mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation. Leaves a lingering hop flavor on your tongue with no hop-derived astringency. There's a touch of alcohol warmth but it blends in well, the 9.5% abv is fairly well-hidden here.

overall: a very well-crafted double IPA that's probably in my top 5 for the style. Definitely makes me want to seek out more.

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Photo of Kendo
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at K & E Beverage in New Paltz on 4/9/11 - cost me $13.49 for the double deuce. No freshness dating. Consumed on 4/29/11. . . .

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear, golden-orange in color with a 1+ finger of white foam on top. The head recedes fairly quickly, but leaves behind sticky patches of lace.

S: Nose is real nice - citrus (grapefruit), tropical fruit, bubblegum (I think - though as it warms I find myself thinking of honey more) and a hint of sweet caramel or toffee.

T: Very solid malt foundation here - caramel malt, toffee, and bready (toasted bread) at times. Hops range from citrusy grapefruit to tropical fruit and finish with a lingering slightly piney bitterness on the back of the palate. Up front of the mouth, however, there's plenty of lingering sweetness. This DIPA is more about balance than an in-your-face bitter hop assault. My preference would be for the bittering hops to be a bit stronger, but that's just my preference. I can't really complain with the overall result.

M: Definitely a heavyweight. A tad bit oily and some oily slickness fights the carbonation. Smooth though.

O: I like. If memory serves me correctly (it has been quite some time), this reminds me a bit of Middle Ages X Anniversary. I'll have to pull up that (ancient) review and do a "compare and contrast." Now that I think of it, this also reminds me of Stoudt's DIPA, in both color and sweetness.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

finally get a chance to try some double jack!

A- a clear orange with a head that quickly resides down. Really not much lacing but the brew glows inside the glass

s- MASSIVE grapefruit with some fresh grassy notes that are instantley refreshing and appealing in the nose. This is a DIPA that is the west coast interpret no doubt. The hoppiness is exploding out of the glass

T- Great amount of citrus with the bitterness and sweet flavors mingling collectively together. The flavor is heavy yet crisp. It is a sold DIPA brew

m- medium and smooth

O- i have not had a hop bomb like this in a while. A refreshing DIPA that does not disappoint. I am so glad I was able to get a shot at this.

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Photo of coldriver
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fort Worth Flying Saucer, one week after Firestone Walker's DFW debut. Pours a medium amber, head and lacing average. Smells of tropical fruits, pine, and caramel. Taste is juicy blackberries, peaches, citrus and pine. Alcohol is well hidden and not overly sweet for a DIPA - well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium, sticky finish begs for the next sip. Overall a fantastic DIPA and one that is very welcome in Texas.

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Photo of scotorum
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Golden amber, huge inch and a half white head disspitated slowly to a finger thickness, tons of lacing.

s: intense fruit hops.

t: Hop Bomb City! Which covers the 9.5 ABV beautifully. And My God, the head just refuses to die!

m: Light to moderate, very pleasant. Lots of lingering carbonation.

o: Magnificent high ABV IPA, well worth the extra cost above the regular Union Jack, which was the best IPA I'd tasted until this.

UPDATE 5/8/14: Having a single bottle tonight in a head to head with Union Jack. As might be expected, DJ is silkier and hoppier, but this bottle is much older, sealed 10/03/13, so the hop flavors would be pretty well gone. Due to the age on this I will not change any ratings. This one has relatively little head on a vigorous vertical pour into a Tree House snifter, but dense lacing and good carbonation tingle nonetheless. Mouthfeel is solidly medium to full. Will be looking to be sure to buy fresh and consume soon next time, since this is still one of my top go-to DIPAs.

UPDATE 9/25/14: Didn't learn my lesson, bought another single in a mixed six a couple of weeks ago, and it was dated 5/21/14, which makes it four months old now. This one is resiny tasty and smooth and amazingly well covers 9.5 ABV, but the hops are not bomblike. Based on this I would lower ratings for look, taste and overall while raising mouthfeel, but given the age on this bottle I don't think it would be fair. Will be on the hunt for fresher, hopefully less than a month old, before making any such changes.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is incredibly strong, and you can smell the sweet citrus and pine sap without even holding the glass near your face. You start to think that the flavor cannot possible live up the promise that the aroma has made. But it does, to an extent. It's not EXACTLY the flavor that the nose indicated (that would be unfair), but it's damn close. It's almost sticky on your palate. The flavors are almost thick. It's difficult to describe, but it's unlike any other DIPA I've had. When I compare it to some of the DIPA benchmarks like Pliny and Heady Topper, I start to wonder how this is not mentioned on the same level. Is it because of its availability? Let's put it this way.. If faced with having to sniff out some Pliny or pick this up at a good bottle shop, I'd buy this in a second, and wouldn't miss the Pliny one bit.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear gold, with seemingly endless carbonation and perfect lacing of the off-white head. Smell is simple, citrus and pine but perfectly spiced and executed. Taste is bitterness forward, but quickly switches to an escalating battle between the citrus and floral sweets, the swampy pine and the racing alcohol burn. They've done a nice job of accentuating the high ABV and not trying to hide it. Mouthfeel is nice, a little burn, but it stays slick and doesn't feel too thick and oily.

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Photo of anon
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My oh my was this everything I look for in a double ipa.

Nice golden orange color, clear and bubbly with a frothy white head. Nose and tongue are both hit hard with hop resin bitterness, tropical fruit and very floral. Crisp and clean, bitter but balanced out exceptionally by the malt presence. Alcohol presence is there but not overly so, still very easy to drink.

Absolutely loved this DIPA. A perfect and straightforward example of this style done right.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

A: It pours a nice, clear transparent amber that you could trap prehistoric mosquitoes in. The head quickly puffs up to two fingers at the end of the pour, but quickly dissipates to a sheen with a large floating collection of bubbles.

S: The smell might be the best part of this beer (but not to detract from the taste). In a full glass, it packs a Pumelo Punch. It is full on citrus and pine, as all top-notch DIPAs have. Dank, resinous pine with a bit of freshly mowed grass to top it all of, as well as a sprinkling of fresh lemons that have been zested.

T: The taste is very floral though and reminds me of some douglas fir spring tip tea I have had. Hops are prevalent throughout the sip and swallow. The aftertaste makes itself known and it is quite strong. However, it is mainly pine/resin forward. It really tastes how it smells. Like most DIPAs, this has a strong effect on your palate.

M: Very smooth, with tiny, coarse bubbles racing along your tongue as you swallow. Not very think, but a nice, lightly carbonated feel.

O: Sadly, the bottled on date was missing, but it tasted quite fresh. For its availability and price point it is an excellent DIPA. I was glad I found a 12oz. for a mix six instead of a bomber. It also changes nicely with a slight temperature warming. Definitely, a go to for a great DIPA in the area for me.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,370 ratings.