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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,785 Ratings
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Ratings: 4785
Reviews: 1147
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%


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:
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(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009)
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a tasting at Maria's in Chicago...

Arrives a deep golden with a frothy head...

Loads of deep pungent hops roll out of the glass here... Surprised at the sheer dankness of thisbeer... It's funky and righteous with the amount of green sticky hoppiness present in the aromas....

Loving this all the way... A strong dank hoppiness prevades the malt that tries to show up but tucks it tail between its legs and runs... This is an amazingly well crafted brew... Its superbly hoppy without being totally one dimensional...

Every day, I could drink this beer... It would be as go to DIPA were it available in my state...

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 02:20:31 | More by Tilley4
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 22:43:53 | More by BostonHops
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RockyRaku

Arizona

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA. Poured from bottle to a round glass to pick up the very nice and sweet aroma..some peach and floral notes in the nose. The beer has a copper and tinge of amber when held up to the light. The head was a nice, creamy and somewhat fizzy, three fingers deep…and thinned very slowly. Very nice lacing on the glass. The taste has a clean, sweet, piney and a hint of caramel with dried fruits. It was crisp to the mouth and the flavor was a long lasted, but not offensive in the following swallows. Very nice IPA!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:42:30 | More by RockyRaku
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vitALEity

California

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(A ) Very little head/carbonation that quickly fades. Good lacing. Color is a bright and light Orange. Very clear, no haze whatsoever.

(S) Lots of floral and citrus! Very, very nice.

(T) Floral and citrus are there and the bitterness comes out balanced well by a nice malt sweetness. I can def taste some of the 9+% alcohol in this one but its not overwhelming by any means. Pretty balanced. One of the best IIPA's Ive had.

(M) Body is heavier then I thought from the appearance. Very sooth and easy to drink. Nothing to complain about here!

Overall its a really good IIPA. As far as CA IIPA's go, Id say this the best one thats pretty easily available in bottles. I would love to have this fresh on tap some day!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 00:38:59 | More by vitALEity
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful liquid gold body hosts a inch tall foamy tan head. As you pour, and from then on the real stand out is the aroma. Without even trying, I can pick up the fragrant smell that permeates from this beer. The nose bursts with floral citrus in a wonderful bouquet. Truely mouthwatering even without my first taste.

Fresh ripe citrus bursts with the first sip. The mouth is painted with distinct resin like bitterness that really lingers. Alcohol is slightly noticeable at this point. Bitterness turns a bit more prickly as you continue to drink. Dryness really builds with each sip. This is a wonderful DIPA. Just classic.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:01:38 | More by SPLITGRIN
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magictacosinus

California

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Update 09/18/2013: Upon tasting this on tap, fresh, this is phenomenal - rivals many California world-class DIPAs with its intense tropical and juicy, lush consistency. Below is the original bottle review, from 12/24/12. This falls off surprisingly quick. More below.

Poured out of a bomber into a tulip glass. Freshness date is "11/08/12," and was consumed just in time for Christmas Eve of the same year.

Pours a dense, deep amber color complete with loads of carbonation, all which rise aggressively to the top of the tulip glass despite the beer's high ABV. There's tons of bubbles on this thing, almost to the point of being champagne-like. At the same time, this seems like every DIPA I've had that, when aged long enough, seems to be on its way to becoming a barleywine or any similar kind of fortified ale. The presentation is still near world-class, especially with the lovely lacing it leaves behind.

(Tap notes: Even darker, thick in appearance, with an orange amber color that shines through. Not as much lacing, but really appealing.)

The aroma is quite intense, in ways that both remind me of strongly alcoholic DIPAs and fortified, aged ales. On one hand, the strong citrus aromas are definitely all there, complete with a near pungent yet fruity yeasty backdrop; on the other hand, there's an enormous sugary, wooden smell going on here, as the malts began to take place over the hops as they start to break apart. I don't think I've ever had an IPA variant like this in a while. But the zest here is enormous, and alcohol strength is really strong here, almost to dizzying heights when combined with the hop oil and woody resin. Quite intense, but pretty solid overall. 4.

(Tap notes: Fresh, vibrant, green, and tropical. Huge notes of passion fruit, strawberries, peaches, and under-ripe apricots.)

The flavor is quite similar, and the hops dominate overall in this situation. There are enormous notes of citrus grove fruits combined with floral aspects that overpower and nearly numb the tongue, and at the finish, the alcohol takes place over the slightly charred, woody yet extremely caramel like flavors. I have no idea what this would have tasted like fresh, but it seems that even while aged there are tons of complex notes to pick out here. The texture is enormously syrupy, and perhaps even more so as it warms up substantially. At the same time, the bready notes that FW are known for shine pretty well here, and the beer is not unsurprisingly thick and oily with these kinds of chemical effects all happening at once. 4/4.5

(Tap notes: Thick, fruity, juicy, and delicious - tastes like a combination of fresh-squeezed tropical fruit ranging from passion fruit to guava. Huge peach notes and other stone fruit at the finish, with a lush, vibrant, resinous, and oily profile that is complex but very refreshing and flavorful. Totally a sipper, and still a little too boozy, but phenomenal in terms of flavor.)

All of FW's hoppier offerings are best experienced as fresh as possible. This is by far the one to most look out for freshness dates. The original score from the bottle was about 4.06. On tap, fresh, it's got to be one of the most lush, fantastically drinkable DIPAs on the market.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2013 05:40:16 | More by magictacosinus
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Hendry

Vermont

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

FW does not distribute to my state, so during a trip to New York I managed to located a few 4 packs of Double Jack, and they had a six pack of Union Jack that I grabbed as well.

The creamy white 3 finger head atop the clear as a bell amber/copper hue is impressive and leaves some nice lacing. The nose was not the tropical fruit bomb I was expecting from this uber rated DIPA, but it didn't go the way of a malt bomb either. While the hops are present in the nose, the aroma seems more muted in the tropical fruit arena: cantaloupe, honeydew, with a Bavarian soft pretzel dough background.

Nicely carbonated, and somewhat oily, the flavors coat the palate with a balance of malt and hops, in that order. The smoothness and drinkability factor are what deserve high marks more so than the nose and aftertaste: at 9.5% abv, Double Jack is criminally consumable and potentially dangerous.

This is a quality DIPA with a high ABV and smooth drinkability, worth a try but pricey for what it is. Great label!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 23:42:47 | More by Hendry
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WiscoBrewsco

Wisconsin

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Yellow to light gold in color with a medium white head

Smell - Really sweet tropical notes from this one. Pineapple and grapefruit dominate the most but a really fresh piney smell of hops as well.

Taste - The flavor follows suit with the aroma. Lots of tropical fruits right off the bat followed by a nice hop bite. A decent malt backbone to balance it out near the end but then the aftertaste is left with nice tropical notes. Really sweet and enjoyable

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel for a DIPA. Coats the mouth somewhat but not for too long. Nothing to complain about

Overall - One of the better DIPA's I have had. This is a really tropical hop bomb with some really nice flavors to it. A really solid effort from Firestone and a beer that I wouldn't hesitate having again

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 17:18:43 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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bambam2517

Arizona

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Day-old growler tapped at Whole Foods in Chandler, AZ. Shared with a buddy, first pints were at 45F and we allowed the growler to warm up while we drank.

A - A little sleepy for a DIPA, lt coppery body and medium carbonation. Forms a strong off-white head though, and decent sticky lacing down the glass.

S - Wow, dialed up the citrus hops in this one! Grapefruit, tangelo, coriander and a touch of honey or caramel sweetness.

T - Grapefruit is strongly present, also a nice complex taste of mango, tangelo and piney hop. Sweetness like caramel, very similar to Brown Shugga in that respect.

M - Real heavy hitter with a nice puckering effect.

O - I had been looking forward to trying this for awhile and excited to get it off the tap. Didnt disappoint at all, highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

05-09-2013 04:25:10 | More by bambam2517
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber
Monks Pub in Chicago
5 weeks after bottling date

A- light bronze w/ thin head

S- citrus hops

T- mango, pine, honey, bready, grapefruit. Slight lemon. Earthy malt balance.

M- dry, above average bitterness.

O- very good and would recommend. In the conversation w/ best in class depending on your preference.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 04:08:52 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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drmcleod10

Missouri

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Regular go-to if I'm feeling a DIPA

Served into a snifter from 22 oz bottle

A - Gorgeous looking golden murky DIPA with a finger width off-white head

S - Good smelling for an IPA -- I'm a stout kind of guy but this is in my top 5 for IPA's, can smell the fruit, grapefruit. Very citrusy

T - Huge grapefruit and citrus flavors. Sweet citrusy hoppy bitter goodness.

M - Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation

O - I rank this below HT and PtE but for the availability, this beer is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:03:37 | More by drmcleod10
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Halcyondays

California

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours orange with a soft white head, with solid lace as I expect with a Double IPA.

S: Classic Christmas tree and pine forest.

T: Major pine and cedar resin with a moderate biscuit malt which balances the beer superbly. Great full hop flavour, intense and intriguing, reminded me of the first time I tasted Pliny.

M: Full-bodied, and full of resin, moderately long hop aftertaste.

D: A fantastic Double IPA out of Firestone. I wasn't the biggest fan of Union Jack, but this Double version is incredible, well worth the wait to try this beer on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 20:51:57 | More by Halcyondays
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker just landed recently in Missouri and this is the first one I purchased on my home turf.

Poured from the bottle a deep clear copper color with two fingers of creamy off-white head. Light lacing left behind.

This packs a big hoppy wallop of pine, grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet malts and honey are present but secondary in this aroma.

The taste follows the hoppy intensity of the aroma. Pine and grapefruit along with some sweet honey meets the palate. The caramel lends some nice balance. The nearly-10% alcohol is definitely present and delivers a warm tingle to the tongue.

Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

This DIPA delivers as expected. One of my new favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 20:52:31 | More by Monkeyknife
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chazmatz

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was new at my local liquor store. I poured it into a curved pint glass from the Omegang brewery.

Appearance - The beer was a deep golden color, with a full head that caressed the sides of the glass.

Aroma - One of strong floral and hop notes. It was a sweet, hoppy nose mixed with honeysuckle. A bit of resin and grapefruit mixed well.

Taste:The power of this beer is evident in each part of the sip. It goes down with a strong bitter hoppiness that reminds me of chewing an Amarillo hop picked straight from the vine. the oils seemed to have been retained, and it blew up in my mouth as a sweet and fruity explosion. Very nice. It finsihed well, too. A little goes a long way with this beer. It's satisfying. Each and every sip.

Mouthfeel - Pleasantly sparkling, it feels dense and smooth, with a bit of thickness to it.

Overall - I loved this beer. It took me two nights to drink, and this double feature packed a wallop on my expectations of a double IPA. I think it's right up there with Maharaja.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:02:48 | More by chazmatz
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pristine and clear dark golden orange color with a towering white head. 4 thick lace rings with a heavy curtain of foam hanging down from the bottom most rung.

Aroma is explosive peach ring citrus, Juicy Fruit, soft pine and pineapple. Smells like dreams, hope, cancer curing puppies and everything else good in this world. It's is 5'er.

Hearty barleywine-esque malt with a noticable head (the only downer of this beer). Hops are bright and tropical: mango papaya and all those other tropical fruits that I rarely ever eat in other than artificial protein powder flavors and have no idea what the real thing tastes like. Tingly, peachy hop resin mouthfeel.

Hands down one of the top 5 IPA/DIPAs I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 12:59:48 | More by donkeyrunner
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
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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HopNelius

New York

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Pint Glass.
Appearance-Dark Red Appearance.
Smell-Amazing citrus and grassy hoppiness notes coming through but not overpowering.
Taste- Strong Notes of Grapefruit and a hint of grassiness. I tasted the familiar taste of West Coast Hops right away, but this beer is unique. The alcohol is very nicely balanced with the hops which I think is likely due to the balance of malt and tremendous amount of hops that are in the beer.
Mouthfeel-Lovely citrus taste, crisp refreshing.
Overall-Fantastic Double IPA. An DIPA made for those of us that love DIPA's. This is a classic west coast ipa. The citrus shines through more and is better balanced than many West Coast DIPA's I have had. It might just be the homebrewer in me but one of the things that I love about this beer is that it has at least 5 varieties of hops and some are used for both bittering and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 01:09:35 | More by HopNelius
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into tulip.

A - Clear sunny orange in color with a small creamy white head.

S - Incredible. Huge bouquet of juicy grapefruit, mango, peach, and tropical fruit. The aroma literally filled the room during the pour.

T - Sweet tropical fruit, mango, and pine at the forefront. Mild caramel malts provide excellent balance throughout. Finishes with a blend of strong, bitter citrusy hops and earthy malts. Pretty, pretty good.

M - Medium-full body, smooth, average carbonation. Dry finish with warming alcohol.

O - Easy drinking, balanced, and delicious. It's a stunning brew, and my favorite from Firestone Walker. The extremely flavorful hops and strong malt character in this beer make this one of the most well-rounded DIPA's on the market.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 02:18:18 | More by mooseo
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crowsoup

California

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous orange with an urban sunset haze. I'm relaxed in an instant, confident in Firestone Walker's ability to churn out quality suds. A bright white head, which fade faster than I expected, keep's me interested.

As the glass nears my face: BOOM! It's all over. This is love people, love. Pine and citrus grabs my nose while a slightly sweet fruitiness hits me about the head and shoulders. Fantastic.

That liquid crosses my lips and there is no doubt that I will marry this brew. The front loaded carbonation dances on my tongue while the subtle malt holds onto the hops tightly. This is a dance best preformed w/out judgment. This is prom night w/out a chaperone.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 16:32:11 | More by crowsoup
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Bottled 8/13/2012
(~2.5 months old).

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange hue with a thick white head on top.

S: Great big nose of grapefruit, mango/pineapple, and pine.

T: Big, bold, and bitter-sweet. The mango/pineapple is more present on the tongue than in the nose, arriving early and staying to the end. Malt sweetness accompanies it up front. Grapefruit flavors arrive in force towards the middle. Big bold bitter flavors of pine at the end, perhaps at a slightly lower volume than optimal. I wonder if the bitterness was a bit more thunderous a month or so ago...?

M: Surprisingly light and refreshing for a 9.5% monster. Not as dry on the finish as I would have thought, either.

D/O: All day every day. Love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 23:16:25 | More by psuKinger
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JWU

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

revising my review now that I've had a very fresh bottle.
12. oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a gold/copper/light orange color with loads of hop haze. A billowing off white head, with fantastic lacing down the glass.

S- An assault of Pineapple, mango, grapefuit, pear, and some peach. Sweet biscuity malts are there as well. One of the best smelling doubles, pretty much ever.

T- Big hits of pineapple, pear, mango, peach, with a pronounced grapefruit bitterness. On the taste I also get an onion/garlic flavor that adds to the complexity. A layered biscuity malt is there to balance, and there is a hint of booze on the end. Grapefruit bitterness and the sweeter hop flavor in general lasts well after the sip.

M- Very slick, almost syrupy feel, nicely dry on the finish. Proper carbonation for the style.

O- Easily in the top 3 double ipa's I've had. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 23:29:17 | More by JWU
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/26/13 so a month old isn't too bad. The price could be better I snagged a single for 5 bucks at the House of 1,00 beers. BTW it was the 12oz bottle so I did not get a good deal!

(A ) Very lively with a ton of carbonation bubbles holding the 1/2 inch of head in place. As expected the lacing is thick and hugs the glass nicely. Curious of the color since most IPA's have a brown tint this one is more of a bright clear Orange yellow color.
(S) Every sniff is different with floral and citrus hops in the bottle and in the glass I can smell the pear like sweet hops and some alcohol but as it sits the alcohol smell takes a backseat.
(T) Well for a month old it's still sweet like taking a bite out of a Honeydew Melon filled with bittering hops. The hops are perfectly balanced with the sugar/gram crack malts giving no lingering bitter finish yet still pungent enough to block any alcohol flavors on the tongue. Just like the regular Jack the taste is clean.
(M) Medium to heavy in body I couldn't imagine having a few back to back. Would end up like the Hopslam growler that one time. Warms the empty belly of mine!

Overall outstanding yet kind of heavy to session. A league of it's own in the IPA game!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 23:43:09 | More by DrDemento456
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dar482

New York

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a clear as glass golden amber color with a fluffy tight head. No bubbles rising, no haziness, just a really strangely crystal clear color.

The aroma is incredible punch of sweet tropical and citrus fruit. Dried mango, sweet orange peel, pineapple, juicy sweet peach. A sweet caramel malt as well. In the back, you’re getting the astringency, cat pee, and bit of pine.

The flavor follows with that classic West Coast profile. A ridiculous amount of hop juice in the front. A big punch of tropical and grapefruit, with a substantial sweet caramel malt to back it up and move things around. It attacks then with tons of bitterness of pine needles. It’s really dry.

Having this again, this beer really blows me away after having it the first time in the beginning of the year and having it again towards the end of the year, I’m impressed it lives up as one of the best IPAs around. A wonderful complexity and tons of hops to keep it going. Accessible, it’s so good.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 04:20:05 | More by dar482
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off-I have had this beer a few times, and enjoyed it enough to do so. This rating is more in line with the norm for two reasons: 1, I enjoy the beer; 2, I have found I am generally understating vs the norm, and have never given a 5 rating to anything in any category (still). I am trying to adjust my scale to consider a 5 doesn't mean I have to achieve nirvana during drinking the beer. That said:

A: clear amber with good amount of head, resilient, with solid lacing
S: at this time, floral (little country-meadow-ish with some grass notes) and a little orange. Smells like "copper" to me a bit.
T/M: mild sweet up front malts, little caramel. Little orange notes in back of throat, maybe a hint of cherry right before... Resin feel comes in, to dry and tug on the tongue. This to me makes a good full beer, my opinion. Have a malt front backed by a mouth-pulling hops aftertaste that lingers long enough to remind you you just had an IPA.
O: mostly stated above. I have been a huge fan of Burton Baton for years, this beer reminds me of it. The malt-forward, hop-backed nature fits right into a more complex taste profile that interests me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 23:46:57 | More by cjgiant
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dwagner003

California

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers I have ever had. 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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 22:46:14 | More by dwagner003
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 4,785 ratings.