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Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip 3/8/13 thanks Ian for the bottle

A clear light copper with a few bubbles going up the middle, finger of foam survives a few sips before falling to a thin film leaves a couple random patches of lace

S pine and grapefruit, candied pineapple, guava, and tangerine, hard toffee and a little booze round things out

T caramel, pine and citrus peel with guava juice, its similar to the nose but with more malt balance, just a hint of herbal hops but its very faint, pine finishes strong and the lemon rind sticks to it

M leaning towards full and high IBU's, like Union Jack its almost slimy on the palate, just a little heat and lingering pine, peel and caramel on the finish

O I liked this one start to finish, some balance but still a hop bomb, I could drink myself stupid in no time, worth looking for

well worthy of its spot on various lists on BA, something I'd look for when state side and only wish I could get in my neck of the woods

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - 2 fingers white thick/frothy head that sticks around forever, didn't really disappear the entire time I was drinking it, there was still a finger worth left when I did my final chug! The beer itself is a nice clear golden color.

S - Smells like citrusy hops (grapefruit/orange rind/some lemon/lime flavors too) with a nice malt backbone of bready tones and caramel, the pine smells from the hops are there too

T - More hop forward than the smell. Huge grapefruit and orange rind flavors hit you first, with lemon/lime zest, pine and hop bitterness as it settles out. I like the fact that the malt isn't as prevalent in the taste, making this a nice hop bomb. It's still well balanced though, and the alcohol is well hidden.

M - Light bodied beer, leaves a piney/bitter hop aftertaste in your mouth forever.

O - Great beer, worth the price, even at 11.99/4 pack, or rather 2.99 a beer. I have bought this in the past and would buy it again just to have it around when other beer appreciators come over. Bell's Hopslam is better, and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid is a better value, but it's still better than 99% of the beers out there, which is why I regularly buy it.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 6/21/13
Poured into the Dogfish/Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

Appearance: (4.75)
Pours a crystal clear, gold with some lovely straw highlights. A gigantic, thick 3 fingers tall white head blossoms out of the beer and sticks around for a very long time, leaving some nice lacing down the edges of the glass.

Aroma (4.75)
Hop bomb! Loads upon loads of juicy, citrus-y, astringently tropical hops leap out of the glass; notes of grapefruit, lemon, peach, mango, tangerine, pine resin and a lightly dank garlic tone. Just massive, nuanced hop character on the aroma. There is a soft, slightly sweet bread-y maltbone underneath the hops. Just the tiniest bit of alcohol makes its self known under neath this very aromatic hop monster.

Taste: (4.5)
Your palate is immediately assaulted by waves of hops; juicy grapefruit, lemon peel, and big, resinous pine character. Unfortunately, like the original Union Jack IPA, the hop complexities found in the nose aren't carried through to the actual taste. The hoppiness is delicately balanced by a sizable, chewy malt character. The malt backbone, not all that unlike in Pliny The Elder, offers a slightly bready sweetness, that both balances the bitter hops but also allows the hops to really shine. The beer finishes very dry with lingering notes of bitter grapefruit, pine resin and a slightly sweet breadiness For 9.5% alcohol, the alcohol is hidden exceptionally well.

Mouthfeel: (4.75)
Full bodied, slightly oily with hop resin, moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (4.75)
This is an absolutely amazing example of a true to form Imperial IPA, but with the added balance and drinkability of all of Firestone's beers. The only thing holding it back from unseating Pliny the Elder and Heady Topper as my favorite Imperial IPAs is that their is slightly too much perceived sweetness on the aroma and that the complexities found within the aroma aren't carried over in taste. Anyway you slice it, this is an incredible, readily available Imperial IPA that is a must try for any hop head.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 7,578 ratings
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