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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 suspect
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Crystal clear deep golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a thick 2 finger rocky cream colored head that fades so slowly and leads big thick sticky lacing through the entire length of the session.

S: Big hop profile mixed with plenty of malt to make things interesting.

T: Smooth balanced flavors start off with hops and end with malts. Like all good DIPAs should.

M: Thick, big bodied beer. Perfectly carbonated.

O: A really well done DIPA. Beautiful flavors, nice aroma, good head retention. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of pburland23
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beers pours a clear, coppery orange color with a finger or so of white head. Good head retention and magnificent lacing, thick and lustrous.

Smell is citrusy, grapefruit, tangerine. There a slight funky mustiness from the hops. Really, really nice smelling glass of beer.

Taste is similarly citrusy thanks to the hops. Grapefruit flavor is very much in the forefront of each sip followed by some biscuity malt and a touch of well placed hops bitterness. A complex and well balanced tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. The 9.5% abv is well veiled. Not noticeable at all. Overall, a well balanced and delicious DIPA from Firestone Walker. I'm excited to have them distributing in Pennsylvania now and look forward to more Double Jack in my future.

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

Pours a crystal clear, medium golden color with a short, off-white head. The head lingers no more than average time. Big pine resin bouquet with intermittently emerging citrus notes. The beer has an oily moutfhfeel. Pine flavor comes through immediately, but light-roasted barley malt breaks through to create a not-so-well balanced, but very well-engineered DIPA.

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

Appearance: Pours vivid, dark orange color. Pours with a good amount of head with good lacing. Pours a good looking beer, dudes and ettes!

Smell: Hops, citrus (grapfruit?), and a piney earthiness. There is also a hint of sweet malt in there somewhere. Got me stoked about drinking this. There is also a very large pineapple scent that balances the intense hoppiness.

Taste: Alcohol is faintly recognizable in finish. Green apple, grapefruit, sweet malt, earthiness, and hops (of course). Definitely hop focused. I catch a bit of a dry hop in the distance that sort of acts as a reminder (amidst all the other flavors) of why we drink DIPAs-- for the hops fools! Some have complained of a lack of balance. I didn't get that in this particular case; well balanced I thought-- especially with the balance of a very citrusy, pineapple-like flavor. Brilliant!

Mouth: Medium bodied with even carbonation. Quite lively. Spot on for the style.

Overall: I'd say that its slightly less good than the hype, but, dude, it really is a killer beer. I would have liked to seen a stronger presence of the sweeter and earthier tones to balance the hops even more. I think thats the difference between really really good and masterful. I will drink this again FOR SURE whenever its to be found. One of my current favorites. I think its every bit as good as Ale Mucho Hoppo from Charleville!

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

Pours a light golden color.

This has a fantastic bouquet of pine and grapefruit. Very floral. Some sweetness, a little chew, a touch of pine. It’s amazingly light and quaffable for a strong DIPA, deliciously so. Called “the nectar of the gods” by someone who took a sip, and I’m borrowing that phrase because it’s so apt. Wow.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Glowing orange amber hue. Not murky. The color is quite enticing. An off white head appears then dies off a bit leaving some thinnish lace on the glass. Looks juicy, hard to explain why, but some of my favorite IPA/DIPAs have this character. This is one of them.

S-Ripe and juicy citrus fruitiness kicks it off. The aroma is quite powerful seeing that once I opened the bottle the aroma flowed from the bottle immediately and stunk up the area around me. Dank hop profile. Smells of pine, hop oils, and resin as well. Great scent here, makes me even more excited because this is the spectrum of DIPA I enjoy perhaps the most.

T-Exactly what I was hoping for. Absolutely luscious and juicy citrus hop flavor.Great tropical fruity notes here as well which I absolutely love. Dank is not my favorite word but it describes this one quite well. Just a very concentrated taste that keeps me wanting more and more. The beer has a great hop profile but maintains and excellent balance between bitter and sweet. Nice caramel maltiness keeps the hop attack in check to a degree. Has some nice bitterness but is not exceptionally bitter. Taste lasts.

M-Oily and resinous which is a necessity for a high rating on a DIPA in my opinion. Medium bodied. Love the stickiness that I get here.

O/D-Where is the 9.5% alcohol? I cannot taste it. Incredibly drinkable. Overall, I am very happy with this one. It came at a relatively cheap price, and my goodness that is a nice taste. Definitely up there with some of the better DIPAs I have tried. Fits my tastes as well. Meets my expectations and then some. Try this if you can.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been hearing about this one for a long time, so I was excited to find it at my local store. 22oz. poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a vibrant and hazy golden orange, but not very dark orange as I have read. There is a good two fingers of creamy white head in top, with good retention and super sticky lacing. Appears to be well carbonated.

S - Very piney and earthy but with plenty of citrus notes, mainly grapefruit. Perhaps a little pear as well, with a dry musky end.

T - I cannot believe how well hidden the alcohol is in this beer, right off the bat. It tastes very fruity and fresh but also complex. There is distinct green apple and pear in the flavor, as well as plenty of grapefruit. Slight bitter and piney in the finish, which is dry and earthy. The fruit flavors in this IPA are so punchy and fresh tasting that they really stand out.

M - Only somewhat oily but not overly so. Light mouthfeel for such an explosively flavorful beer. Crisp and well carbonated.

O - An excellent double IPA that is well worth trying if you are into the hopbomb kind of beers as I am. Definitely stands out among the pack of double IPAs I have sampled in the past few months.

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

Poured a crystal clear golden-orange color from a 22 oz bomber with a nice one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is all that you could ever want in an I-IPA; citrus, pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit with hints of sweet alcohol and some caramel. It was like an explosion of a tropical fruit punch.
Taste is akin to the aroma, sharp and bitter up front with the malts making their presence felt towards the middle and the finish. Hints of tartness along with the bitterness that are balanced really well with hints of sweetness. Literally makes all the taste-buds feel alive. This is perhaps the most well-balanced I-IPA that I have had to date.
Very good mouthfeel and drinks like a 5-6% beer. Does not feel like a big beer whatsoever.
Overall, this is one of the best I-IPA's out there, period!
Very highly recommended.

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

A: This one has that typical IIPA look, nice, amber, tree sap in color with a two finger soapy white head and a fair amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom

S: This one is really dominated by pine. It's got quite a bit of earthy citrus fruits as well, such as grapefruit and lime, but the pine is really intense. Not just pine as in the typical pine needles sort of aroma either, but a huge pine wood characteristic.

T: Follows the nose pretty well, mostly pine wood. Also has a nice sweet characteristic reminiscent of honey lemon tea. Alcohol flavor is there just a little bit

M: Medium carbonation with a fairly heavy body, makes the flavors pop a little bit more with the thickness of it, no alcohol heat despite the flavor being detectable

Overall I love this one. I mean, it's a Firestone pale, could it really be anything but great. One of the trusted IIPAs that I always go back to

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

A - Golden Goodness

S - fresh hops sifting up...bit of pine & citrus mix

T - Great! Well balanced and too easy to drink. A perfect DIPA

M - Creamy smooth. Out of a snifter, was gone before I knew it. Very, very enjoyable.

0 - Worth getting again, and again, and again...

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

A: Bright (a little chill haze until it warmed a bit), clear orange/gold color. Poured a 3 finger creamy off-white head with fair retention to a half finger cap. Decanted with bubbles floating lazily to the top. Laced in wide, unbroken rings.

S. Big fresh citrus/citrus rind hops with a fair dose of pine up front and throughout. A slight sweetness was the only hint of malt. A little grass tickle in the nose.

T: Big citrus and pine hops. Bit of a sweet bready flavor transitions quickly to a resinous bitter. Very sharp finish with piney notes that linger. Very dry and warming.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Starts creamy then turns resinous and dry.

O: Very one-dimensional in hop character (I guess since it should be) that comes through very cleanly. Remarkable balance for DIPA since just a bit of sticky resin lingers. No real faults in my book. Just need to watch the ABV.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey colored golden orange with a decent amount of foamy pale yellow / off-white head. No sediment or haze.

S: Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, honey, tropical fruit hard candy. A bit of pungent herbal or even "catty" scents as well. Lots O' Hops.

T: Matches up nicely to the scent. All of those bitter and citrusy, juicy hops along with a seriously dense and sweet malt base. Hops, then malt, then a blend of balanced flavors, followed by a lingering resiny hop bitterness.

M: Very good DIPA texture and density. Thick, but not syrupy. Good amount of carbonation with medium-sized bubbles.

O: maybe it was the fact that there haven't been any other good DIPAs released in the past month or two here, or maybe it was that the preceding beverage was "only" a pale ale, but whatever the reason, this is a standout beer. One of the better DIPAs I've had. Snag it if you can experience it as fresh as this was.

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

Purchased from the brewery in Paso Robles. I fell in love with this hard core Double IPA at the first taste.

A- Super light amber with a small bubble stark white head that lingers along the edges with residue in the middle creating cool images of temptation.

S- Honey, Hops, roses, and a bit of spice. A beautiful balance of malt and hops that invites you to move to the next step...the taste.

T- This lingers along the side of the tongue which is suprising. The sweet grass hops matches the malt and covers the top of the palate. The heat is a nice addition to the flavor. But, I enjoy a bit of heat with my liquid bread.

M- Full bodied and nicely matched to the color, aroma, and flavor.

D- I look at the bottle and it inspires me to a suprising level of creativity. I'm glad to have picked up a few more for myself than I normally would have, to include grabbing a couple for a buddy. Another Home Run for Firestone!!!

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

On-draft at the Toronado, served in a tulip glass.

A: A nice, tight head floats atop a ludicrously clear deep, DEEP copper liquid - the kind of beer that looks appetizing in the glass.

S: I got a slightly toasted caramel sweetness with some floral hops, some warm spice and citrus bitterness underneath a strong cinnamon-apple note - amazing and inviting.

T: WOW - apples apples apples, cinnamon apples, but sweet and light. Awesome, totally unexpected, and damn good. A bit cidery, with some maple syrup but decidedly NOT syrupy. Fresh, clean, and tasty.

M: Very nice. Creamy, smooth, mildly thick but not syrupy. It works well to support the flavors.

D: Not super sessionable, but so flavorful and awesome you want more.

I'm extremely glad I was able to have this while in SF. Highly recommended, but if you are looking for a DIPA you may be disappointed. Unique and amazing.

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

On Tap at Deep Ellum

A - Clear golden color with a foamy white head

S - Citrus is the big player here. Bright and refreshing. An eye opener

T - Super pine citrus hop thing but its so balanced against he malts its really impressive

M - Not much alcohol, smooth and drinkable but tastes so good it slows ya down

O - Very good imperial its an achievement to have something that weighs in above 9 percent to be so damn drinkable.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack appears a gorgeous burnished gold with a two fingered head after a vigorous pour. Nice rings of Brussel's Lace form on the glass as a residue of foam is deposited after each sip.

A fantastic nose of pear, grapefruit, orange rind and pepper emanates from the glass. Notes of pine are in the background as well.

The taste is a menagerie of the aforementioned olfactory delights with a slightly sweet, bready maltiness cutting to the fore at the back of the throat. The pepperiness of this beer is quite unique for a DIPA and works well with the fruitiness/bitterness of the hops - it's exceptionally well balanced.

Mouhtfeel is spot-on for a West Coast DIPA and is neither too slick nor too thin.

Overall I'm really digging this beer as I have every other Firestone Walker libation that has crossed my lips.

Welcome to New Hampshire FW!

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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 Vengeance526
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color with a small white head that hangs around for a little while and leaves nice lacing.

Strong bursts of citrus come out in the aroma. Lemon and grapefruit are prominent upfront. There are also lighter hints of mango and pineapple that show up in the back.

Taste starts out with notes of lemon, mango and pineapple upfront, then shifts to a more piny flavor before coming back to lemony notes that linger into the finish.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable DIPA, very flavorful with only the slightest touch of alcohol being felt.

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

Rich DIPA, shining on this fresh incarnation.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Old fashion English design over the image of a a seal with he name of the brew surrounded by Walker Firestone´s bear and a lion, and other details. Notes bottling date (03/14/11) Shows 9.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale to medium amber pour, rich frothy head with fair retention and surface memory, accompanied with good splashes of lacing.

S - Nose is rich, hitting the right notes of a fresh version of the style. Pungent grapefruit, resinous, citric touch, a bit of caramel with a hint of watermelon honey. Rich and stimulating.

T - Taste in sync with nose with a rich hoppy sweetness and a nice bitter range of grapefruit, pine, pineapple. Caramel and malt in the structured undercurrent providing a nice balance.

M - Medium body leaning on its full side, smooth malty sense riding the rich bitter and hoppy range with a nice sticky lingering touch.

O - So glad to have this kind of offerings around... This fresh DIPA is one to keep close in the regular line-up.

Notes: Let´s hope it lasts but these new offerings locally thanks to the new and-or expanded distribution in the region are most welcome. I have had some of their hoppy stuff before, and this is right there: great DIPA.

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Photo of rringler
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear dark amber/light copper that pours with about a finger's worth of off white fine head. Bubbles dissipated down to a thin film quickly and left a great lacing on my freshly washed glass.

S: I'm recovering from a head cold, but I can still make out notes of malty breads and citrus fruits in there. I may not be doing this full justice.

T: Quite a bit going on. Mild/mild+ initial hop bitterness, with some mild/mild- sour grapefruity citrus, and then moves on to some decent malty breads, and finally finishes with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Very little to no boozy taste, despite 9.5% abv.

M: Pretty good for a double. A little slicker than other DIPAs; less oily and "cling to the back of your throat." Carbonation is great.

O: I don't know why I've been avoiding this for so long. A very solid DIPA that maintains balance while still capturing the best of its malts and hops. This is not my best review, but it's a very solid beer. I will definitely enjoy this brew again.

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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 allenson21
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Transparent gold with a 1/2 inch somewhat-creamy head

S - Sweet and tart fruits

T - Meets the smell. Absolutely delicious. Natural fructose and amazing hoppiness.

M - Everything you expect from the appearance and smell. A SMIDGE boozy in immediate swallow, but that dissipates quickly because a floral aftertaste takes over.

O - This is the first beer that I've written a review for in a long time (I wanted to let my palate develop a little further before reviewing again). This is also the first IPA that I've fallen in love with. This should not be anything new as this is an extremely highly rated (and popular) brew. FW IPAs seem to be the only IPAs that 'wow' me.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At last, I am tasting Double Jack. I just recently got turned on to Firestone Walker and particularly their Union Jack IPA, which has become one of my favorite beers, so this one should be extra satisfying. They certainly have the look down, with good carbonation, excellent clarity and head retention, pouring a beautiful golden amber color here.

The aroma is simply intoxicating... with ripe fruit esters - citrus, peaches, apple, mango, pineapple, and kiwi, as well as detectable spices and malt in the mix. One sip and I'm sold on this, with it's balanced malt and hop bitterness. The bitterness is much more pronounced than you would think going by the aroma. It also creeps up on you, building up to a near pucker in the coarse dry finish. The middle however is nice and bready though, and a little toasty too.

This has a full, almost sticky mouth feel, which I like, and is a little warming on the way down due to the relatively high ABV. Overall, I am very impressed with this beer, but, at about 6 months old, I have to wonder how much better it could have been had it been bottled more recently. I do love that fruit like beginning, soft biscuity center and creeping massive bitterness for the climax though. Obviously try this.

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Photo of Damian
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355ml) bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a snifter
Bottled on 01/08/13 07:57

Crystal clear, glowing amber appearance. The uber-filtered liquid was topped by a three-finger, tight, bubbly crown of off-white foam. Slowly, the head dissipated to a resilient frothy cap. Streaks of soapy lacing coated the glass and lasted until the beer was finished.

Near perfect aroma. Super punchy and bright. Lots of C-hop notes. Tons of tropical fruits. Mango dominated. Papaya. Good amount of tangerine and orange zest. Hint of caramel-like sweetness. Nicely balanced. Some resiny hops appeared as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was respectible yet quite different from the nose. It was much drier and more bitter with strong white grapefruit notes. Orange peel and tangerine were evident. Some lemon in the center. Slightly tart. The finish was punchy. Pithy, dry and bitter with lots of grapefruit rind. At 9.5% ABV, the alcohol was remarkably well masked.

The liquid was medium bodied and pillowy soft on the palate. Creamy, smooth and supple with a crisp, somewhat lively effervescence.

All in all, Double Jack is a very impressive beer and definitely one of the best widely available double IPAs on the market.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A-Typical deep orange/dark honey DIPA look. Wow this sandy 4-finger head seems to never die! One of the best billowy heads I've seen in any beer.

S-Citrus. Hops. Bubbling sugar.

T-Bitter fat hops crash like asteroids on the surface of tongue. Exploding bursts of citrus wash over. Sweet-breads such as fruitcake and cinnamon raisin. Orange bitters. Grapefruit. Honey.

M-Medium body. Nice thickness. Gel like in texture on the finish.

O-The taste wins. The flavor and overall smoothness make Double Jack a top shelf DIPA. Flavor shape-shifts a bit even as it warms, retaining the character but inviting your palate to discern new and previously unknown taste traits. 9.5% ABV is barely perceptible. Sneaks up on you nicely. Try to keep a bomber in the home at all times. Go Firestone!

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,502 ratings.
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