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Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double JackDouble Jack

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

I recieved this in the Tickers BIF, poured from a bomber into a nonic. The pour is clear orange with a thick white head, nice rings of lacing.
The nose is a potpouri of sweet pine and grapefruit. The beer is juicy and full of sweet pine, hints of pineapple, and lots of grapefruit, it finishes with lingering grapefruit. The beer is sticky, full bodied and well carbonated. A very nice DIPA.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker's Double Jack is brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA. Available year-round, it is unavailable due to distribution to the state of Georgia. I lucked out due to a pair of awesome traveling parents who aren't shy at visiting package stores everywhere they go.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an eggshell white head of a creamy foam consistency over a golden-amber body, heavily filtered with moderate carbonation. Retention is good with sudsy lacing remaining as the rest of the head fades. The appearance of this beer is excellent. 4.5

(Smell) Aromas of perky citrus, grassy and floral hops. Notes of lemon and tangerine are most evident in the citrus aromas. Perceivable bitterness is medium-high. Malt body is a mildly toasted caramel, very clean and heavily caramelized. Balance is slightly in favor of hop flavor and bitterness. Potency is medium. 4.25

(Taste) Juicy citrus hop flavor of semi-sweet oranges and grapefruits, a lesser peppery hop profile and a rounded clean caramel sweetness to match. The balance is slightly in favor of a sweeter profile over bitter, although it comes pretty close, the malt profile, as simple as it may seem, edges out the hop character. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth and mildly oily. Carbonation adds a touch of creaminess but doesn't impact the flavor much otherwise, relatively tame and uninvolved altogether. Body is medium+ for a Double IPA, medium overall. I felt that the carbonation was a bit undecided in this beer, and didn't really form a complete mouthfeel either way, yet didn't negatively impact the flavor nor texture of this beer on its own, it could have done a better job. 3.75

(Overall) Firestone Walker makes a very enjoyable and well-built Double IPA in Double Jack. My biggest criticisms are a slightly off-balance in favor of a heavier malt body presence, a lower, less interesting and prominent hop profile to match and a confused, perhaps flat mouthfeel. The beer is still outstanding despite some "seasoned DIPA expectations" gripes, but critical feedback is inevitable if one digs far enough. I hope to try this again in future at an even fresher date, but this one was as close to fresh as I could get it here in Georgia. 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Company's
Firestone Double Jack

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

The first thing that struck me was the aroma of the beer as it poured into the glass. The hop aroma really jumped out of the glass. When I tasted it I expected a bit more hop flavor, but the malt sweetness balances the hop. It is a very well balanced DIPA, but a little on the sweet side for me especially as it warms. I enjoy the mouthfeel quite a bit and the beer beautiful orange hue with a finger of white head. Alcohol is well hidden and an excellent all around beer.

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Photo of PCole
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 11/9/15 poured into a tulip on 2/8/16

Look: Clear, yellow-to-copper. Pours a full finger of loose, fluffy white head that dissipated fairly quickly into a thin layer of large bubbles. Immediate and copious lacing.

Smell: Fruity. I get tangerine and grapefruit immediately. There's a bit of pine hidden in there, but I pick up mostly fruit.

Taste: Bright, bitter and pine-forward up front. Followed by a pleasant malt and fruit tandem. Almost no aftertaste. Each sip is distinct and fresh. The hop character doesn't stack upon itself with subsequent sips.

Feel: Fairly well-carbonated. Medium to thin mouthfeel. Distinct lack of alcohol burn; the 9.5% is hidden well. I'd have placed this closer to 5-6% in a blind taste. Finishes very clean. Extraordinarily drinkable.

Overall: Very smooth and balanced. Would love to try this fresh; I'll have to check some dates at my local shop and maybe I'll be lucky some day. Could definitely see myself adding this to the regular rotation on sheer drinkability alone.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Very pale gold with thin-thin white head
S- Very hop forward but not as potent as I would like. I get a mix of citrus and piney hops
T- Hoppiness I wanted from the smell comes through on the pallet. Sweet and citrusy with a nice yeasty/bready end
M- Smooth but sticky on the backside

O- Enjoyable IPA. Well balanced but still hop forward.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orangey golden yellow with a half finger of pillowy white foam.

Lemon, grapefruit, and orange notes of citrus dominate, but a faint piney/grassy note to add as well comes out.

Great citrusy flavor, very resinous, pine, grass, and more citrus.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, citrusy, piney, dry finish.

Overall, a solid DIPA from a solid brewery. Can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear light orange amber with 1/4 inch white head. Good retention.
S: Nice strong aroma...can smell this from a few feet away. Bright citrus, pine, and herbal hop notes. Soft caramel malt. Hint of honey.
T: Strong hop notes--citrus, pine, herbal (follows aroma). More of a balance with caramel malt presence here (compared with aroma).
M: Light-medium body. Strong bitter hops. Nice lingering on the palate. Dry finish.
D: A nicely drinkable and fairly complex DIPA. A solid offering, but not top notch.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gotta love the new 12oz format.

Appearance: Crystal clear gold with some darker orange highlights. Head is bright-white, creamy, rocky, and starts off massive. Drops to a thin cap and a small, smooth, creamy collar. Moderate carbonation. Crazy sticky lacing.

Smell: Tropical fruit. Pine resin. Oily citrus. Orange and grapefruit flesh. Loaded with tangerine. Malts run a little sweet and bready, a nice compliment. Some underlying caramel sweetness. Pale malt influence. Floral backing. Sweet and hoppy.

Taste: Oily citrus. Grapefruit and orange coupled with a good amount of tangerine. Some pith. Pine resin. Sticky sweet. Some backing caramel malt sweetness. Biscuit. A leafy herbal hop note. Some floral elements as well. Juicy and wet. A bit of an aspirin-like bitterness sneaks in as the beer warms. A bit sweet overall. Vaguely minty at times.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A bit dry on the back, but wet and juicy.

Overall: Like a Slip 'n Slide

Fresh this thing is a beast. Loaded with hop flavor. Big and juicy. Drinks like a pine-infused citrus fruit. This is a good thing.

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Photo of SerialHiker
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light golden orange, fairly transparent, this was filtered clean…a good amount of off white, big bubble head formed but settled to a thin layer that rests a bit “flat”…(3.95/5)

Smell: Grapefruit and pineapple heavy citrus hops up front…I’m getting some mandarin and tangerine, a little orange peel…a little bit of piney resin in there…classic light, sweet, caramel malts playing supporting roles…it’s sweet, it’s good, but it lacks the zest that makes greatness in this class…(4.25/5)

Taste: Yum! As it smells, citrus and resinous pine hops heavy…sweet caramel/pale/bready/earthy malts balancing things nicely…it’s light and delicate and while it is a hoppy, it’s not a tongue shredder…there’s more bready malt flavor than I typically find…it’s good…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…light carbonation…mildly resinous, chewy for it’s lightness…piney bitterness coats my palate in the after taste…(3.95/5)

Overall: This is a good brew…I’ve been drinking a plethora in this genre and they can begin to blend together, leaving the truly exceptional standing out…while this is good, it’s not outstanding and blends somewhat into the lower portion of the upper tier of this class (if that makes sense)…the bready malts create a slightly unique flavor…it’s good and for the price tag, $7.99, it’s definitely worth purchasing…this would be a great brew while playing some poker, a loud, talkative poker game…maybe with some chips…(4/5)

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Photo of chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - First off, love the picture, Great!

Amazingly clear IPA, vibrant peach color with a wonderful fluffy white head, lacing also looks great!

S - Very orange and grapefruit scent... Almost smells like candy, very sugary scent (the bottle was dated February, so it's a little past prime)

T - Great taste and only a mild sugar bomb. Not overly bitter for the style, very impressed

M - Smoother than any brew I've had in quite some time... Perfect subtle carbonation.

D - Very good! Hard to put down and let sit.

I really wish FSW would distributed to CO! Great brew in a Great trade! Thank you Steve!

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Photo of smanders
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber of Double Jack at Wegmans for less than $8.50. Okay, it was $8.49 (pre-tax), but I thought that was reasonable for a DIPA with a lion and a bear fighting on the label. I love the bottled-on info (5/22/2014) -- even the time (9:14)?!?!

Appearance: crystal clear copper. Three finger head that leaves a thick, white lacing.

Smell: big grapefruit notes with a subtle touch of pine.

Taste: in a word---complex. Starts off with citrus, but quickly becomes more pine/bitter. After about half a glass, the citrus pulls ahead again! Finishes with a gentle malt sweetness; nice!

Mouthfeel: really palatable for a DIPA (i.e. not heavy at all).

Drinkability: watch yourself. At 9.5% A.B.V, this DIPA could outmatch your desire for continued consumption.

Based on DoubleJack, I'll definitely try Union Jack now. Thanks Firestone!

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Photo of Bone53
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/11/15

Appearance: Clear deep golden color with a soapy one finger off white head

Smell: Juicy, but not in the bright effervecent sort of way; Sweet and rich tropical and stone fruit aromas. Undertones of bready malt and leather

Taste: Rich tropical fruit upfront with a piney finish. Bready malt throughout to balance the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light heavy body; Goes down oily smooth with a big, dry bitter finish

Overall: This is one rich, hefty DIPA. Sweet, condensed tropical and piney hop characters with a solid bready malt backbone. I also get this dry leather presence that iv gotten with all their beers iv tried. It must be due to the dry hopping process. The hops dont pop with bright fruits and fresh pine like my absolute favorites in the style, but its a pleasant sipper

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Photo of lonewolfcry
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date (?) of 11/30/12

A ~ Honey Amber hue - 1 1/2 finger nice tight bubbly head
S ~ Citrus, honey, a little bready malt, pine
T - Very smooth, wouldn't know it's 9.5 at all, very well balanced between hops & malts, just a hint of lingering hops on the back end - with a very slight alcohol burn
M ~ Light - but coats the mouth very well, very clean
O~ Very nice & extremely drinkable...could get in trouble with this one. This has held up well for it's age. Bravo FW!

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Snifter glass.

Pours a brilliant reddish-orange that radiates from the glass and has a bubbly off-white head that dissolves into a swirly fine layer around the glass. The aroma is fresh citrus hops with some toasted malt in the background. The flavor is piney and citrusy hops upfront and is accompanied by some a nice touch of malt and finishes with a grapefruit bitterness. Its full-medium bodied and has a nice amount of carbonation. This beer absolutely blew me away. The aroma smells like a basket of hops and the flavor doesn't let you down. In my opinion this is far superior to my encounters with Pliny. This just has a nice malt backbone to accompany the delicious bouquet of hops.

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Photo of pearljam118
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/6/12 poured into a tulip

A - Golden orange with decent retention

S - Nice and piney off the bat with some boozy showing up after pouring

T - Nice and abrasive. Piney and hoppy with no booze to speak of though it's 9.5%

M - Nicely carbonated, just slightly lighter than what I would give a perfect score.

O - This is a great DIPA. If I could find it fresh, it's an easy go to if I can't find something new.

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

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear rich deep golden with a large fluffy white crown atop,multiple broken rings of lace left behind as it settled really slowly.A mix of overripe tropical fruit and pine resin hops and caramel malt in the nose,there is a sweet alcohol tinge to the aromas as well,the hops are big and so is the sweetness.Its close to being to sweet but the resiny hops come thru enough to keep it at bay somewhat...the hops are resiny and tropical in nature,the caramle base and sugary sweet alcohol is pretty hefty.Its better than alot of DIPA's because it is just dry enough.

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Photo of gregb13
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very inviting, rich orangish-amber. Smell is wonderful; lots of bright citrus notes, orange peel, malt, very sweet. Taste is not quite as awesome as the nose, but it's very good nonetheless. Citrus, pine, some sweeter, fleshy tropical fruits as well (maybe some mango?) Medium body, slightly viscous. Alcohol is very well hidden. Overall a very solid DIPA, probably my favorite one though it's not my favorite style. Definitely would get this one again, though at around $8 it's about twice the price of Tricerahops (Ninkasi), which I like almost as much.

Note: Would be an A bordering on A+ with a slightly different hop profile. As it is, the pine is a little overbearing on the palate.

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

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear brilliant copper in the glass, topped with 1-2 fingers of frothy off-white head. This retains with a rich creamy foaminess that drenches the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is floral, spicy, piney, and bitter with grapefruit flavors, with a dank leafiness to it. Tropical fruit and sugary grains sweeten things up a bit, while everything is funneled up the nose with a bright and free feel. Great hoppy bouquet on this here, with a perfect balance of bright hops and ripe stickiness in the nose.

That bright hoppiness carries over to the taste, with notes of grapefruit, rind, resins, and some mellower herbal textures. The hops here are quite sharp and flavorful. Balance is provided by a sweet and sugary base of toasted grains and juicy tropical fruit. This finishes with dry resins, spice, and lingering bitter fruit, with a touch of leftover sugars hanging in there as well. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied; with a slick and creamier feel up front that then gets sharper the longer this sits on the tongue. There is some beefy warmth to the body but it’s not overpowering and serves to help accentuate all of the warm stickiness of the malt and fruit.

While not quite a top tier entry in the DIPA category for me, I was pleased to find that this lived up to the fine qualities of its predecessor, the Union Jack IPA. There’s lots of well balanced hop flavor here but I felt that the ABV was just a little too high to keep the approachability of this to where I wanted it. Still, this is a very nice beer though.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear carbonated orange, with a one finger head.

S-Lots of hops, citrus and grapefruit and some earthy tones.

T-Starts with earth grassy notes, some dirt and pine. Ends bitter with some citrus as well.

M-Light for a DIPA, smooth but not much carbonation.

O-My first FW brew, have a Parabola in the cellar that I can't wait to crack open. Local store has their porter and it looks like I'll be picking that up as well.

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

On-tap at Belmont Station. Poured into a small shaker pint glass.

A - Pours a reddish orange with a one-finger creamy white head. Head dissipates at an average pace, leaving behind a thick ring around the glass. Pretty good lacing left behind.

S - Plenty of grapefruit and citrus are the first things that hit the nose. Piney hops and maybe even a touch of honey come through next. Caramel and biscuity malts round everything out to help create some balance.

T - Lots of pine hit the palate upfront.The citrus notes aren't as prevalent in the taste. The sweet caramel malts come in to help this balance out. The sweetness hangs on a bit too long.

M - Medium bodied with slick, slightly oily mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. More than adequate bitterness that lingers for a minute or two. Alcohol is present but not overbearing. It leaves a little warmth on the palate as the sip concludes.

O - An really solid DIPA from FW. While this isn't my favorite DIPA, it's up there. I love that I can get sixers of this stuff. Nice and balanced but you still get plenty of hops.

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

Poured from bomber bottle into tulip glass

Amber color with huge, creamy 3 finger head with all of retention and lacing around the glass.

Very bready aroma with huge pine, floral presence with some fruit but not sweet. smells awesome.

Big backbone. Alot of malt well balanced with west coast style hops but balanced. Bitter kick lasts long after the initial taste. No mistake on the imperial label. Missing some of the complex citrus flavor.

Alot of effervescence, more than I have noticed for similar styles. Feels very creamy and lively.

Awesome beer and reasonably priced as well. Hop heads rejoice and buy more than 1 bottle. A quality standby.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml poured into my oversized tulip. Big thanks to mhksuccess for this one!

A - fairly standard. Big head recedes slowly, lacing on the sides all the way down. Light orange, not a lot here.

S - pretty nice smell. Some hoppy content, floral and sweet, nothing bitter about this beer.

T - good taste. When I'm drinking a sweet DIPA, I like sweeter DIPAs, but when I drink a bitter DIPA, I think I like bitter DIPAs. It's hard to say, maybe I just like DIPAs. This is a good one.

M - can't detect the alcohol, and actually this beer kind of fades out quickly.

O - if only they offered this in 12 oz bottles. I'll stick with Union Jack for now!

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Photo of sbauer
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

A: amber, orange, clear. medium-light bodied. little or no lacing.
S: pine, grapefruit, pineapple,
T: balanced pine hops and malt, citrus and wood aftertaste
M: a bit heavy and cloying, but not overwhelming.
O: a drinkable DIPA despite the high abv. balanced and tasty flavors.

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. First shipment into MA...excited to find this and give it a try.

A - Pours a very clear pale golden amber color. Two fingers of dense, thick just off-white head with excellent staying power. When the head does die down it leaves outstanding sticky spiderwebs of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Whoa, very strong aroma of fresh citrusy hops - this seems really fresh. Tons of grapefruit! Lots of pine too that on closer inspection seems to overpower the citrus. Some tropical mango and pineapple. This smells really hoppy...I'm loving this and can't wait to take the first sip. If there is any malt here, it is completely masked by the hops.

T - Lots of hops up front - pine especially mixed with big amounts of pineapple, some grapefruit and some tropical notes. Way more malt presence in the flavor than the aroma. Although the hops more than hold their own against the malt, there is a strong sweet and caramelly flavor at the base. A bit boozy and warm, the 9.5% alcohol is definitely evident. Really good, but the flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma...but it is a hard act to follow.

M - Medium/full bodied...obviously lots of malt here at the heart of the beer, even though the hops clearly overpower it. Carbonation is medium...quite creamy with just a hint of a tingle...very sticky and resiny. Sweet malt and hops seem to coat the lips and tongue on every sip.

O - A bit of a sipper, but a very good one. Alcohol is a bit heavy and acutely noticeable in the flavor. This is a beer you can stay with for a while...within a single bottle. It is on the strong side and doesn't hide it's strength very well. The flavors border on outstanding, but you really have to pace yourself here, or you just might not get up off the floor. Planning on having another beer tonight, but not sure I can handle it after quaffing this one slowly.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Alchemist pint glass.

A- Crystal clean light golden orange color that changes in the light, a little amber hue comes through. A slow fading 1+ finger head that sticks rings of lacing. Bubbles away!

S- Strong citrus to begin, grapefruit and orange, pineapple, too. Pine upfront as well. Then as it sits the bready malt and alcohol aromas show up. Nice mix.

T- the flavors do not quite live up to the aromas. Good citrus and semi-dry, not too sweet malt flavors, grapefruit and orange, some earthy/wood notes. The flavors are there, just not as pronounced as the smell might indicate.

M- A bit thin on the sip but the flavors bounce around and the hops hold up for a good finish, carried by near perfect carbonation. The abv does not try to hide in this brew.

O-It feels and tastes good, smells even better. It just may be a tad too strong to drink regularly, but I'm enjoying it now.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,379 ratings.
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