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Double JackDouble Jack

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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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Photo of Gushue3
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange into my snifter. A 1.5 finger white foamy head forms that keeps its shape for a while. Moderate lacing left about the beer. Looks like an enjoyable IPA. So close to a 5.

S- Nice and hoppy. Citrus is most noticable with orange and grapefruit. Heavy piney sap is in there as well, like ripping open a tree in my backyard. I like how this smells aalot.

T- sweet hops are mpre present up front like grapefruit, cirtus, and even a hint of mango. Turns bitter toward the middle with piney hops that go till the finish. He finisb leaves the mouth wet opposed to a dry, crisp end and lingers with bitterness.

M- lightish mouthfeel thats somewhat heavy on the carbonation. Tiny carbonation bubbles makes it feel smooth and kind of creamy on the tongue.

O- Really nice IPA. Hops are nice and make their presence kown. Smells unbelievable even when fresh out of the fridge. Cant wait to smell it warm. MASS is new to FW, and I was expecting a well balanced IPA, opposed to a great west coast IPA.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. No dating indicated on the bottle. Pours a pale reddish-orange with a translucent clarity. Head was half an inch, creamy/foamy and off-white. Head eventually settles into a soapy skim with a dollop of white in the middle. Some spots and strands of lacing are present during the tasting. Nose expresses co-mingled aromas of sweet citrus and bitter rind with a slightly piny character towards the back. Taste follows nose - backbone is quite malty and the bitter/sweet dyad is nicely balanced. Additionally, there's just a trace of ethanol towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to medium) with a slightly oily consistency, and a carbonation level that falls just short of prickly. There's also some residual alcohol heat that lingers at the back of the throat between quaffs. A really nice DIPA with great balance and very approachable at $7.99 a bomber. Would love to see this in issued as a four pack.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden color that is quite possibly as close as you'll get to this hue. Looks like there is plenty of carbonation to dance with my tongue momentarily. The head isn't really impressive upon pouring, being only about a half inch thick, but it takes its' time to settle and finishes with a nitroed looking creamy top. The lacing is second to's thick and clingy on the side of the glass!

S- Superbly smelling DIPA, in my opinion...lots of varying aromas going on here....everything from prominent grapefruit and tangerine/orange to pine needles to fresh herbally hop cones. The bitterness is quite well rounded and while assertive, isn't offensive or overdone.

T- This tastes very close to how it comes across in the aroma! The main difference is the distinct, softening malt profile that really balances this brew like a honeyed sweetness I'm tasting. The citrus and piney hops are bitter, and are blended with a slightly woody/earthy dryness.

M- Surprisingly smooth and creamy for this style. There is a certain oilyness that glazes the palate, leaving me with a clear idea of what is going on in the brew. The oily character lingers on the palate after the swallow, leaving a reminder of its' flavor behind. As it drys on my lips, there is a sweet sticky malt residue noted as well!

O- Fruity, hoppy, smooth and rich, this is quite a nice beer to drink, and I'd be happy to get a hold of this again for enjoyment. The alcohol is so well hidden...I'd never know it's 9.5% other than from reading the label. A real pleasure to have....I'm really starting to dig these IPAs....I guess enjoying something of very high quality will help in this area!

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Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1 finger of white head. Great retention with some thick lace.

Aroma: Pine hops, grapefruit citrus with a load of malts int here as well. Very bready with some booze showing.

Taste: More bready malts and a sweetness showing here. A lot of citrus flavors and the pine hops from the nose.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, a bit too malty for my liking. It is very hoppy, but also very malty. Not my favorite dipa.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a really nice looking copper color. The head was only about one finger in thickness but it left a great lacing from start to finish. The smell of the beer was wonderful, it had a great aroma of pine and citrus just exploding out of it. The taste was just about as good as the smell. Lots of piney sharpness along with some citrus fruits in the mix. Mouthfeel is oily with a bit of thickness to it. The beer just glides along the tongue though. Overall it's a great DIPA, very happy to have tried it!

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Comes out an in between orange/yellow blended with gold color. Excellent clarity, I expected a little more hazyness to it, but it's not, not really a bad thing. Erupting white head that gives lots of lacing.

Smell is very good. It's very hoppy without being overwhelming. A good blend of citrus, then pine. As hoppy as it is, it's also very well malted. Pale glazed/caramelized malts. There is a slight tickle in the nose from some sweetness and I'm guessing the alcohol.

Taste is totally top shelf. Strong hoppy flavors, primarily grapefruit, then some lemon zest as well, hints of pine, hay and earthy tones all well blended. That's just the hops though, it's a very well balanced brew with plenty of malts. Again pale malts that are glazed with something real nice, almost like a honey or syrup, really, really tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, closer to medium bodied but on the lighter side. Initial sweetness with a sharp, clean bitter finish. Perfect carbonation level and extremely well balanced and drinkable. I'm digging this. My first of hopefully many Firestone Walker reviews!

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

Pours a crystal-clear amber color -- if you hold it up to your eyes and look through it, it's almost like wearing a pair of blue blockers. Gorgeous. Nice white/eggshell head, and good lacing. Fantastic-looking beer.

This sucker's quite the palate-wrecker. Intense bitter hops, pine, citrus and a strong malt backbone with a touch of sweetness. Mouthfeel is good -- appropriate carbonation.

I really feel like this beer should be served in 12 oz bottles. I really enjoyed it at first, but I had a tough time getting through the whole bomber -- think it took me about 6 hours to casually sip my way through it. It's quite taxing on the palate, and my tastebuds were thoroughly wrecked by the end of it. "Too much of a good thing" maybe.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying Happy Fathers Day to all dads out there - this 22oz bottle of Double Jack was a Fathers Day gift from my son :) Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 12oz beer glass, and here we go...

Appearance - A vigorous pour yielded a good 3-finger head, dissipating to just under a finger in less than 5 minutes. Head is an off-white shimmery eggshell, with all sizes of bubbles - tiny fizz to large bubbles. A solid eggshell cap is left for the duration of the session. Color is a perfectly clear amber yellow-orange, a bit lighter than I expected, but still a very good looking beer. Nice lacing throughout the session.

Smell - From the bottle: Candied grapefruit, pineapple, and piney hops, really a great nose. From the glass: same as the bottle but "warmer", and some plum thrown in. Sweetness is accentuated a bit in the glass.

Taste - Oooohhhh, ALOT of flavors going on here! The sip starts out with some sweetness, like a juice of ripe yellow grapefruits, maybe a touch of carmel, tangerine and plum. Then the carbonation tingless the sides of the tongue and then the hops begin to explode (this is rated at 100 IBU's!)...grapefruit peel, pine, mint and...basil!..begin to mount at the back of your tongue and then work their way forward...all culminating into a very crisp, bitter, dry finish. Right after the swallow you begin to feel a gentle warmth from the alcohol at 9.5% ABV, otherwise the alcohol is hidden quite well. There is just barely enough sweetness here to counteract the full assault of hops on the palate, but this is not a bad thing. So many lingering flavors, pine, citrus, with muted mint and basil, and trace minerals - Very complex!

Mouthfeel - Even though this is a DIPA, this is a medium mouthfeel ale, not syrupy at all. Carbonation is on the low side, which keeps this a very smooth feeling beer, but some may pucker a bit as the bitter piney resins assert themselves and dry your mouth between sips - this is a hop bomb for sure, you've been warned ;)

Overall - I literally have never seen this beer in stores before, and I LOVE the fact that my son bought this for me, so I may be a bit biased :) Truly, this is a VERY GOOD DIPA, and one that must be tried. If you hanker for a high ABV hops bomb then "this is your Huckleberry" - you Will Not be dissappointed. If your looking for a strong malt backbone (sweetness) to counterract the dryness and bitterness, look elsewhere - this is all about the hops. But if you crave wonderfully bitter hoppy nuances that are not commonly experienced in other DIPA's, this is a treasure - mint and basil? It's here! For everyone, definitely not. But for a DIPA with some great depth and complexity, this is a must try.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a slightly hazy golden body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Smells amazing - grapefruit, orange pith, mint, grass... An assault on the taste buds - almost too much going on but in a good way. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, pith, mint, fresh-cut grass, several things I can't quite put my finger on, with just enough caramel and toffee to support the hops. On the heavier side of medium-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Definitely a sipper but each sip invites another. Wow. One of the most unique, complex, and in-your-face DIPAs I have ever had in my life. Glad to see these guys getting distribution in NH now.

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

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pours a light copper with a one finger head. Nothing outstanding about the appearance but also nothing bad. Reminds me of Union Jack but a little bit darker and a little thicker on the head.

S: Hops, grains, a little bit of raisin and brown sugar all come through on the smell. Smells quite good, but not quite amazing-- time to try!

T: Thick banana and raisin malty sweetness masking over a slight hop biterness. Really, the flavor is truly double that of a union jack, and just that. Again, quite good, but not quite amazing.

M: Carbonation is solid and general mouthfeel is too. However, nothing really goes above and beyond. This seems to be a theme: quite good, not quite amazing.

O: Really, it's hard to argue this as not being a solid IPA; everything about it is good. It's also hard to see it as being truly great, though. The appearance, taste, and smell all seem to have the same character, and that character is truly just double union Jack. As double Jack, it's hard to beat it up for accomplishing double all of the characteristics of Union Jack, but I feel a little sad that FW didn't go beyond simply that. If you like Union Jack, you'll probably like this twice as much.

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

Pint shared with Klym and SundaySour

A: hey there good lookin! orange with a color tint favoring blood orange, a wonderfully clear beer with absorbs light like a sponge. I'm pretty sure you could tan under the light of this beer. A solid 3 finger head with thick lacing that scarred the glass.

S: Pineapple, tangerine, and cumquat fruit salad. It's a sweet malt ceviche with sugar on top. I'm going to leave it at that, I pretty much nailed it (haha).

T: a perfectly mixed cocktail of sweet malt, tropical juice, and alcohol. The hops are but a minty garnish on this sweet juice bomb. Take a look at your glass, you are drinking a fancy appetizer. Make your friend pay the bill, it's going to be a fancy meal. masterfully subtle hop presence throughout the tasting experience.

M: if there was a velvet cactus, then it would certainly be named Firestone double jack. the mouth-feel is wonderfully peppery with thousands of microscopic explosions. Double jack is TNT, it's dynamite.

O: There's a lot good about this beer and there's some things that are great. The taste is really on the money, and the mouth-feel is consistently on par with the menu. while your friend might be paying for this fancy meal, be sure to contribute towards a good tip. This is after all a fine establishment.

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Photo of daledeee
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nicely priced 22oz bomber. I was surprised to find this in the Midwest.

It pours a very bright gold. Unbelievable head and lacing.

Nose is wonderful clean citrus and floral.

Taste is a great citrus blend with citrus rind coming up quite strongly in the finish. Throw in a dose of pine all the way and you have one fine IPA.

Mouth feel is just right carbonation and the citrus rind stays around on the tongue for a long time.

This is one of the best DIPA I have had. I wonder how fresh it is? I would love to try this stuff on tap out west freshly released. It could be close to Nirvana. This one ranks up there.

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

this double IPA was pretty awesome. it's got a big malty introduction that quickly gives way to the hop bomb. shockingly drinkable at a monster 9.5% ABV. this would be regularly stocked in my fridge on the west coast. it seems that firestone walker is pretty good at this - mainstays that aren't standouts, but are just really good and should be kept around on general principle.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice off-white head of about two fingers, that recedes to a thick foam thats lasts to the bottom of the glass. Clear copper color and good bubbling, and some lace. Good looking DIPA.

Citric with some toasted malt in teh aroma as well. Well balanced, but somewhat vague aroma. Lacks definition.

The taste starts with a nice pop of hop resin citrus peel bitterness. The sweet malt lends a hand at countering the hops power. Imbueing strong toasted, caramel malts to the palate. With a syrupy palate, the brew finishes hoppy, bitter, and just enough malt to balance the hop aggresion. Not too mention the alchol adding some warmth at the end.

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

Reviewed from notes form 6/9/2011 tasting.

A- Caramel/amber color. Very clear. Wonderful carbonation on this brew.

S- Malty and hoppy. What else would you expect? Pine, citrus..etc.

T- This is a fairly balanced IIPA leaning a little towards the hops. The malt holds it's own. It is sweet up front, with citrus, finished with better hop bite. My only gripe is the metallic/mineral aftertaste that is present in many IIPA's. It is not pleasant in my opinion.

M- Slightly above average. Nothing incredible, but good.

O- This is a good beer, but for the price, and the fact that I can get others that I prefer more, for less, I probably won't revisit this beer. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of rand
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

Pours a copper-tan in color, forming a nice sudsy head with plenty of lacing. Streams of citrus and tropical notes bounce off the glass, grapefruit and pineapple prominent. The tropical notes carry into the flavor, but Double Jack has big, West Coast style hop character, giving the brew a fresh, bitter overtone. Caramelly malts balance the hop-rush, finishing nicely bitter-sweet.

A double IPA that stays true to the style - big, complex and tasty. Even amongst the plethora of amazing IPA's coming from this California, Double Jack delivers memorable flavors.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the grumpy bulldog. served in a duvel green tulip for a pretty high $8 price tag.

A- the beer is served in an attractive snifter and comes to me looking a lightly hazy golden orange colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head has moderate retention and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- grapefruit is exploding from my glass. very hoppy. there are also pine notes in here, and a slight bit of pineapple. caramel malts sneak through near the end to try and add some balance.

T- the taste starts out with some caramel malts which offer up a mild sweet malty backbone. after that it quickly becomes all about the hops. lots of pine with even more grapefruit. i think i pick up a little pineapple towards the end.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation seemed to be just about right. nice and bitter. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- the tulip was easy enough to finish, and i ordered another one. very good DIPA to be able to buy year round for a moderate price. ill be looking forward to finding this on draft again sometime soon.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 3 Floyds Pint glass.

A- Frothy one to two finger off white head, copper orange body, well carbonated, very clear.
S- Very nice aroma, really fruity, citrus and pine right away, grapefruit, slight tangerine aromas, nice earthy aromas, and hints of malt as well.
T- The taste is not as appealing as the aroma, very sweet, really big malt backbone in the taste, caramel sweetness comes out, alcohol is very present, slight hops, pineapple and grapefruit.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, dry on the palate.
O- It’s a solid DIPA, the malts were a little too present for my taste, alcohol is very present as well, still a quality DIPA.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a moderate amber color that is completely clear with very little visible carbonation. A fairly vigorous pour gives a white head of a finger and a half which disappears quickly.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Smells strongly of citrus with a lot of other light, tropical fruits. I can make out sweet and bitter orange peels, tangerine and peach. There is also a pine scent which is nearly as strong as the citrus.

T: The flavor here contains most of the same fruit flavors as the smell, but there are additional flavors or grass cutting and pine. The herbal flavor is fairly prominent and adds a decent amount of bitterness. This is excellently balanced by caramel malt.

M: Light and dry with mild carbonation.

O: A fantastic beer. Really hoppy and flavorful but extremely well balanced.

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

A- Bright Gold with a slight orange hue. Good head at first then it subsides leaving a white ring around the top and some sticky lacing. Looks fuckin killer

S- Smells awesome, lots of hops. Mainly citrusy hops but i can smell some earthy tones in there as well. Slight malt sweetness in there too.

T- bitter hoppy goodness, drys out really quick. Love the flavor profile in this beer. Great DIPA

M- Nice and soft on the palate with a great clean finish

O- This is Bahl Hornin!

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Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fresh DIPA right out of California.

Poured into a big tulip vibrant gold with nice head of white.

Bright citrus of orange, grapefruit, and lime with a backing of pine. Malt appears light, but actually contributes quite a bit of hard candy type sweetness. Sticky from hop resin and malt sugars as it warms and opens up.

My research says this is hopped at the same rate as Union Jack but with a stepped up malt base. Not my formula for the absolute best of the style, but the bright hops, excellent craftsmanship, and price make it worth seeking out on multiple occasions.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottled on 4/20/2011

A - Pours a nice amber with active carbonation and a perfect head. Looks great. Bubbles are non-stop. nice lacing and the head retention is great.

S - Aroma is insane. As soon as I cracked it I was hit with tropical hops and a load of grapefruit. Up there with Sculpin as one of my favorite aromas. Serious west coast hop character.

T - Taste is of grapefruit and pineapple hops with some sweetness in the middle. Finishes to a bitter hop and a slight reminder of the high ABV. This is a truly great take on a West Coast Double IPA, which is my favorite flavor profile generally.

M - Perfect medium body, slight sticky sweetness. Slightly dry finish. Slight warmth from the alcohol in the end.

O - Overall it is brilliant. One of my favorite aromas, with a every balanced taste to match. Little booze for such a high ABV One of the best double IPAs, it deserves to be up there with the titans of the style.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. My first FW beer, hooray!

A- pours a beautiful shade of clear orange with a two finger, very puffy offwhite head. Lacing is perfect. It looks absolutely amazing.

S- strong citrus aroma with hints of pine. If it were a little more pungent, it would get the full monty

T- man. Its so piney, but not overly bitter. Nice finish of citrus as well. Excellent

M- it has a thick body to it, bordering on syrupy...but it doesn't cross that border. Very full

O- it's not Pliny, but it's a fantastic beer. Glad I picked this one up. 7.99 for a bomber seems like a steal

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Photo of Casey10
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great brew was lucky to pick it up on a trip to ma today.

A - nice orange hue lacings all over the glass bright.

S - piney citrus fresh

T- same as smell lots of grapefruit coming through.

M - leaves a nice feel again the citrus comes through.

O - so glad to have nearby a must try for any hop head

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Photo of jbeerto1
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice, soft golden brown color with a medium off-white head that fades relatively quickly.
S- Mixture of pine and floral hops, noticeable citrus hints
T- Balanced mixture of grapefruit and piney hop flavors ending with a nice matly aftertaste.
M- slightly oily, medium body, solid bit of carbonation.
Overall- very solid DIPA with such balanced floral, citrus, and piney flavors. Def would get again.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,558 ratings.
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