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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,344
Hads: 7,316
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 503
Gots: 1,648 | FT: 37
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A orange/light gold color with a large white head.

Smell- Has a slight hop and grass smell.

Taste- Lots of hops and dryness with a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Hoppy and finishes very dry.

Oversll- Kind of reminds me of Pliny but I don't really drink thast enough to say for sure. The sweetness prevents this from being just hop juice and for that I am grateful.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and pine hops, with some resiny, dank hops mixed in as well.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of resiny pine, as well as some pineapple, papaya and other tropical fruit. No detectable alcohol. Medium bitterness and very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler pour from DeCicco's, Ardsley, NY.

Clear, lighter honey amber, off white fluffed head, good retention, thick collar, more then ample fine lace and sheeting.

Super fresh citric hop nose, with some melon and honey noted.

Full flavor, loaded with more biting citrus soaked hops, gritty and brightly flavorful.
Honey malts, smooth and adding a sweet nip to the finish.

Perhaps laking the depth of flavor and intensity of the top examples of the style, but this one is no slouch.

Highly enjoyable night capper, hop head's delight, glad to have gotten the chance to enjoy a fresh growler pour of this one.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/copper color with a tightly bubbled white head that gets sticky. Pine and grapefruit pine and grapefruit. Little bit of tropical fruit and hints of malty caramel deep underneath. Curiously after a couple of sips the head disappeared and the aroma really changed. I get lots of pineapple and lemon with hints of alcohol. Taste is bitter and resinous with just enough of a bready caramel malt base to keep this drinkable. Finish is a bit dry with a long lingering resinous aftertaste long after each sip. Creamy oily mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation, medium to thin body. This is a big hoppy monster, bordering on harshly bitter. I enjoyed this I'm glad I got to try this, but I've enjoyed other DIPA's more.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a darn fine beer. Bottle version this time.

Clear light amber/gold body. Capped with a dense white foam, clingy. It settles quickly

Two feet away I can smell the hops. Pine mostly, but softened a bit by the tropical fruits. Grapefruit mostly in that area.
Closer nose reveals slight muskiness of malt. Not sweet by any means

The hop profile stops just short of Pine Sol. A resinous feeling comes on, but fades quickly. Soft wood in the middle. Perhaps it's soft/green pine or spruce. Grapefruit and orange zest dance around nicely.

Alcohol is well hidden, although it does serve to thin out the body on the end. Carbonation is perfect methinks.

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange in color with a short 1" head that lingers around a while. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: light pine hop bittereness and caramel sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: big caramel profile with a nicely balancing green apple, grapefruit, pine, and strong hop and biting bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and mildly drying at the finish.

Overall: A nice example of a well constructed DIPA as all flavors compliment each other. Slow sipping and a great beer to split with a friend.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at The Blue Monkey in Jersey, god help us all.

Double Jack in the Chimay glass looks a bronze/shiny copper with spots of faded orange and just enough bubbles to form a decent cap. Semi stick to nothing. Smell is of citrus with bubblegum juicyfruit style. A good amount of tangerine, less on the pine, mlaty backing. Taste is a crisp heap of juicy oily hops that give off more citrus than earth. a nice mix but im leaning on the tropical side. A sweet middle giving off gum, a earthy finish. Feel is sticky, filling and bitter but not over the edge. About medium, carb is not biting my tounge. I could not drink this all day and I believe I've had better doubles. I'll take the single Jack over this any day FRESH!!!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Watching videos of scotch whisky made me thirsty. Perhaps I should wet my whistle with a hoppy monster. Now available in a 12 ounce format, and this particular bottle was filled on 7/3/12. On to the beer:

Unlike other hoppy beers, Double Jack doesn't produce a thick and luscious head. Rather, its head is small and soapy, drops and eventually is only clinging to the sides of the glass. The color of the body is a light orangewith hues of gold. Good aromas await, as it brings notes of resin, tropical fruit, tree sap, pineapple, and melon.

There's nothing wrong about this Double IPA unless you are expecting the freshest of the freshest. Double Jack is competent and reasonably balanced. And quite complex. Little notes of pine and a smack of resin hit. Ripe melons and canteloupe sweeten the beer. A little grass and pine interupt the sweet fruits and add a bittering edge. Its alcohol only peaks its head barely over the horizon, and compliments the overall flavor. Honey and biscuit linger linger in the aftertaste. The body is nearly full, carbonation being mild, and very easy going down for its size.

A gentleman's Double IPA. Double Jack brings the hops you expect from one, but releases them in a well mannered way that won't redden your face nor cause choas to your palate.

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Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Brilbecks in Syracuse. Poured clear gold with a tall white head. The aroma has a perfumey pine resin with a light earthy undertone like lemon seeds. The flavor follows with a building a sweet (at first) grapefruit hit which dries out with floral notes and that same pine resin. I love that this beer is really no heavier than a normal IPA. The hops don't get lost in the malt and the sugar doesn't bog you down. Great DIPA.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, this beer is much lighter than I was expecting. The beer is a amber-tinted gold color, and it carries a massive, frothy, light, big bubbled 3 inch head that eventually breaks up and settles into a managable half inch film. The beer leaves a great lacing along the glass as the head settles, and also while you drink it. The nose is all fresh hops; spicy and resinous, aromatic and green, the hops smell like they were dumped in by a front-end loader. Buried beneath the green, there are a healthy dose of citrus-grapefruit aromas, as well as a light peppering to balance everything out. Much less malty on the aroma than most DIPAs, which is fine by me. The beer's flavors are round and robust initially, with a healthy showing of smokey malt sweetness and presence, quickly cleaned up by the drying and astringent hops presence, both fresh and floral, with a cedar and fresh-cut grass character that overtakes the palate. Aftertaste is where the citrus notes come back into play, helping to cleanse the palate and balance out the strong hoppy display. The finish is remarkably quick compared to the robustness and amount of flavor profiles, and it only slightly dries the mouth, leaving just enough flavor behind to beg for more. Extremely tasty and hoppy beer. Not for the weak of tongue.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; December 2010
Arrives from the tap with a hazy, gold copper hue and it is topped by a frothy, almost one finger thick, pretty long lasting, light tan colored head that manages to leave some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma smells nice and hoppy with concentrated notes of lychee, tangelo and kumquat zest that is backed by a little bit rougher notes of essential citrus oil. The nose is definitely expressive, but manages to be smoothly hoppy with out the sharper focus of pine and herbal notes often found in the style.

Oh yes, hops indeed, it is likely sucking on sweet hop nectar; definitely sweet tasting from both the supporting malt character and also the ample fruity hop notes. The fruitiness is so tropical and vibrant in character with huge notes of lychee, a sort of mango / guava thing, softer tangelo zest notes, ripe kumquat freshly zested with essential oil bursting forth, . The beer finishes with a softly biting bitterness that is quite a bit softer than a beer with this much hop character usually is and there is a light, sort of green, lightly herbal hop note that is just suggested. In the long finish though, there is a note that reminds me just a touch of garlic chives, though this is fairly subtle. The body of this brew definitely has some heft to it with a viscosity that sticks to the palate as the beer slides across the tongue, the linger bitterness helps to was this clean after each sip though & this is definitely appropriate for a Double IPA, though I might wish for a touch more lightness in the body; still this is quite drinkable & truthfully the fullness from the residual malt sugar also contributes to the huge expression of hop fruit character that this beer achieves. The malt plays a clearly supporting role, but the sweetness is definitely an important part of this character (and in truth much of the sweetness comes from interaction with the hops rather than overly residual sugar levels) and it also contributes pale biscuit / cracker like malt character that is at times noticeable underneath the hop onslaught.

I am really enjoying the vibrant hop focus of this beer. I really like that the nose is completely focused on this character and that the flavor has just a touch of bitterness and hop-herbaceous character to add a needed balance. A definite pleasant surprise, for some reason I wasn't expecting too much from this beer, despite really liking fresh Union Jack. At this particular moment the fruit focus this beer has is definitely quite appealing, though I could see this being a bit too fruity and cloying to some (even to myself under a different situation).

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent golden yellow with orange highlights and had a thin frothy head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it had a nice citrusy grapefruit aroma upfront alongside piney, grassy, pleasent hop variety, earthy notes and some good malty sweetness.

T: the hop profile was quite nice on the taste with citrus grapefruit that helped out on the bitterness factor but had caramel, grassy, earhty accents and a good sweet malty backbone to balance out the hop bite.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, grassy hoppy, piney, and bitter finish.

D: really good DIPA that was drinking and tasting great but kinda reminded me of Expo hoppiness.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Early dinner on Sunday and we took the family to the Tap House in Oswego. I tried the Firestone Double Jack. This beer came served in a sniffer and was a clear amber with white head which laced quite well. There were hints of orange peel/apricote and pine. The taste was initially dominated by the high abv hits then followed by citrus and pine. This beer had a
good body/oilyness to this beer. The flavor stays for a second then progressively comes off the pallete not leaving any bitterness. The mouthfeel is tough due to the high abv and explosion of flavor , it would be a difficult beer to session.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 22oz into a snifter.

Poured a clear orange, with a transient white head. A light film and a tight collar retain atop this. Bright hops and citrus notes in the nose, floral with even a bit of tropical fruit suggestions. Lots of orange and tangerine really. Good malt character, I got a lot of caramel and toffee like sweetness. Taste is similar, chewy orange and tangerine notes with again, some tropical fruit leanings. Lots of malt in a sticky and sweet fashion, sets a good base for this beer. Profile isn't incredibly complex, but it's quite effective. Heavy medium mouthfeel, good chewiness and a moderate bitterness. Not the best freshness on this bottle I'd gather, bit the taste is well retained. I've love to revisit this fresher.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 12/15/10. Thanks to Ultraman9000 for this one. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Light to medium orange/amber colour; appears filtered; translucent. One finger of foamy off-white head that stuck around for a while and little to no lacing.

S - Lots of hops up front - bursting with grapefruit, tangerine, peach and tropical fruit. Some light caramel notes add a touch of sweetness but definitely a hop forward DIPA. Fresh and juicy.

T - Citrusy bitter hops are the dominant flavour. Grapefruit really comes through but the other citrus and tropical fruit flavours that were evident in the nose are non-existent in the palate. A sweet caramel backbone is noticeable but is definitely the background flavour here. Definitely a hop-forward DIPA.

M - Medium body, chewy, oily. Lightly carbonated.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker : Double Jack

22oz bomber into pints. Pours a clear copper/orange with a nice soapy foam and lace work on the glass. Aroma is of pine, citrus, and sweet malts. In the taste, more of the same, bitter hops, pine, resin and honey like malt that adds quite a bit of sweetness. Medium bodied feel and alittle chewey. The balance of this beer can best be described as two opposites meshed together, big time sweetness and tons of citrusy bitter hops. West coast style IPA, big, abrasive, and is not intended for the faint of heart.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Quite a looker. Awesome, foamy, yellowed-paper head. Stellar retention and lace. Bright apple juice body with a touch of haze.

S - Nice nose. Powerful but soft and well balanced. Grapefruit pith, lemon zest, honeydew, touch of cilantro. Lychee fruit and booze as it warms.

T - Grapefruit, candied lime, and pine supported by a solid backbone of bready sourdough. Pear, tart apricot, and dusty hops on the backend.

M - Killer mouthfeel. Thick mouthfeel with near-perfect carbonation.

O - Hell of a double IPA. Thick, rich, and filling with great complexity and balance.

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Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear medium golden/amber. With a half inch of white head. Good drink-by-drink step lacing at first then dies down a little. Okay head retention.

S- Bubblegum, citrusy hops.

T- Citrus and pine. Very apparent alcohol, mellowing. "Oh yeah, this is a good one."

M- Smooth.

D/O- Out of this world drinkability for a DIPA. This is the type of double IPA, along with the likes of Maharaja, that I like because the alcohol isn't so well hidden. First Firestone Walker, thanks PTMcB.

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Photo of Zorro
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber colored beer with a nice sized puffy white head.

Smells sweet and herbal hoppy with lots of strong scents. Strong grapefruit, pine and eucalyptus. Pineapple, mango and mint are also in here. Malt is present only as a sweet scent.

Starts out sweet and savory on the first taste. Fruit flavors come out as your taste buds adjust to the bitterness level. Earthy mushroom and wood with some tea. Pine and grapefruit with some mango. Continues to have a savory flavor wonder what the glutamate level is. Notable bitter.

Mouthfeel is excellent.

Not the best Double IPA but good for the $7.50 a bottle this costs. Will buy some more.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber
Bottle Cap: 2010 Vintage

Poured into my DFH glass a very nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, with a very nice thick one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy with some malt notes, lots of citrus and pine notes. The taste is sweet, hoppy, slightly malty, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, with a nice bitter/dry finish. This is a very nice DIPA, glad to finally try it and it's here in Utah.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boxing up beer and wanted to score one cool review tonight... Picked this up at the COOP for $9ish... a bit expensive... but it is damn fresh.

Great foamy lacing atop a crystal clear golden brew...

Nose shows tropical fruit hoppiness.. melon and tangerine....slight bit of pale malt helps pull the hops up front...

Surprisingly restrained hand on the bitterness... hop flavors though are the big player... wonderful... vibrant...

Body is a solid medium... carbonation is about right... but could use a bit more bubble on the finish....

This is a huge winner... again, expensive for a DIPA, but I dig it... Very happy FW is making inroads into the Boise market.


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Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Double Jack seems to have double personalities: into the light it is stock golden, with clear complexion and shimmering highlights; away from the light, however, it takes on tawny amber tones and appears much deeper. One consistency is its head which didn't stick after the first pour and never would last anytime there after. Naturally, lacing never forms either.

Double Jack has a definite onion-y stank that hovers above the more typical notes of macerated pineapple and papaya. It actually smells like someone is chopping white onions. Frankly I could do without the pungency - I was in the mood for a DIPA not a French soup. Toasty, biscuity malt is enough of a distraction but I won't be spending much time smelling it.

As it warms a bit, I'm starting to rethink the onion comment. It actually becomes more herbal and I begin to understand where the brewery was coming from talking about blue (I know it as purple) basil. Indeed, it has that same leafy, savory herbal pungency. It actually might make a mean pesto and it's made me go back and up the initial scores I posted.

Double Jack is more agreeable than other DIPAs only for its lack of astringent, overwhelming bitterness. It is less appealing, however, for lacking most of the usual flavours that come with said bitterness. This has some white grapefruit, green mango, earthy mint and floral flavours, as well as a sturdy backbone of bready malt, but it's not enough to make me smack my lips.

I'd gladly pay $22 for another Firestone 14, but I can't imagine spending $8 again for another bottle of Double Jack. While Firestone Walker is undoubtedly one of the best Californian breweries, their DIPA comes nowhere close to touching the state's best examples. Sure it's a little more approachable than most in its style and in many another parts of the country it would be a godsend, but here in CA it doesn't quite make the cut.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Barclay's in Oakland. Pours dark golden/light amber with a thin head that sticks around as a very thin cap, with nice but somewhat sparse lacing. Smells of lots of sweet malt at first, followed by a breadiness and grapefruit juice- smells like lots of Simcoe hops here. A bit spicy, and a tiny bit piney at the end. The taste is bigger and spicier with citrus and pine plus bready malts, and quite bitter in the finish. In the mouth, there are chewy malts and a bitterness that keeps on building. I think that the regular Union Jack IPA is one of the more balanced IPAs out there. This has become something quite different. Its still balanced in the sense that there is a lot of sweet malt to balance the huge hop smack, but this has become a monster- albeit a delicious one.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone. Pours dark orange with a thick frothy head. Retention is very good and thick lacing clings to the glass.

Grapefruit is the primary citrus component of the aroma, with lesser notes of orange. Pine is also noticeable, becoming more apparent with a swirl of the glass and with substantial warming. The nose is pretty restrained. I have to swirl the hell out of the glass to coax out the aroma.

I was expecting a bitter beer, but this is fairly tame. I'm really not getting 100 IBUs out of this. The hop flavor is mostly pine, with some bitter grapefruit as well. Alcohol is well hidden. Bitterness lingers in the dry finish.

The beer is medium bodied with medium draft carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel that seems a bit thin at times.

Bitterness isn't high, and hop flavor isn't potent. It seems to me like this is a Double IPA in ABV alone. I was expecting a bit more from this beer because I really enjoy Union Jack.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,344 ratings.