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Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double JackDouble Jack

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of crewfan16
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a bomber with what looks like a lion fighting a bear on the label, which is pretty awesome to start off with.

A-Poured into a pint glass with a pretty aggressive pour and still didnt get much head. Pours much lighter color than expected, but still a nice deep gold color.

S-Nice typical DIPA. Hops and malt seem to be up front, in a nice balance. Some grapefruit and other citrus are there too.

T-Taste doesnt seem quite as balanced as the smell, but still quite nice. Hops and grapefruit overpower slightly and are followed by some nice malty backbone. Seems just lighter in flavor than many other DIPA. I kind of thought this might be the case when seeing the color. Still quite tasty though.

M-feel is nice. 9.5 abv but you no boozy tingle at all. coats the mouth nicely, but doesnt linger too much.

Overall, a nice DIPA. Its one of my favorite styles, so I have tried a ton of them, and this one is a very good example. I'm of the school that likes a little more balance in my dipa, not necessarily a all out hop-bomb, and i think this one fits that nicely. A pretty good beer, and at $8 or so for the bomber, not a bad buy. Would drink it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Review #1500! Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5. It pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, plenty o' leek, pine, dank greens, and light grapefruit peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with increased leek and some added light butter, insanely light sour cream, and a sharp sting of pine at the end. The body is at the lighter end of the medium spectrum, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a fairly solid DIPA, though the hop selection just didn't quite do it for me. The onion-i-ness and the pine-i-ness seem to battle it out with no clear winner, much to the detriment of my tongue. It isn't cataclysmic, but it keeps things from reaching potential heights of greatness and whatnot.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've passed up on this a few times, saw pretty fresh bombers today (dated 4/20) and decided to get one.

Color is translucent glowing orange/amber, white head settles to a cap and thick ring leaving some lacing.

Nose is very earthy with grapefruit, lemon and floral-ness, perfumey almost. Decent strength.

Ultra herbal, piny, grapefruit hops and sweet toffee candy malts in the taste. Some citrus coming out later on. Still a bit perfumey.

Pretty bitter but in my opinion the malts are too sweet and huge. Carbonation on the high side, abv well hidden.

Good, but this disappointed me. I enjoyed it more once it warmed but not my favorite hop flavors, and too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a surprisingly clear orange gold color with a huge frothy head. Pretty sporadic lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is super fresh and hop juicy with a lawn grass hint. Deliciously fresh and sweet hop flavor. Slick and oily feel. A deliciously hopped double. Not much in the malt department. Meh who needs it. Alcohol is barley detectable.

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

PIcked up at Table and Vine last night, Firestone Walker beats out most local brewery prices, I hope they send all of their beers out here someday.

A- Light amber beer pours into my pint glass with a nice creamy white head. Size and retention are both nice. Nice webs of lace race down the glass.

S- Probably my favorite part about this. A great blend of citrus fruit and pine with a touch of peach and floral hints that build to something quite good.

T- A lot like the aroma but with the addition of a some sweetness and caramel malt flavors, even a bit buttery. Hops once again are big on pine and citrus fruit with just a bit of floral, earthy and herbal hints.

MF- Moderately thick and creamy on the palate. Bitterness is in the range that I prefer, moderate and not dominating.

For $7-8 a bomber this is a great deal. Big ups to Firestone Walker for bringing beer across the country at a more affordable price than 80% of the breweries from the East. I will have to try each of their beers as they arrive on this side of the country.

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Photo of GhettoFabulous
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz into my glorious thelonious monk's ale goblet. This pours and smells beautifully with a few fingers of lacing and solid carbonation.

This beer smells fantastic. The hops and citrus leap at you from the surface of the beer and the aroma is incredibly inviting.

The first sip reveals a very nice blend of strong hops (but importantly, not too strong) and a well-blended melange of citrus (perhaps lemon peel and grapefruit?). I'm not sure exactly what's going on with these flavors, but this is one of the best DIPA's I've ever had. FW seems to have added the perfect amount of hops, in that they are extremely strong without being bitter, and they serve as a pallet for this beautiful dose of citrus magic.

I could drink this stuff all day and it's extremely inviting and superlative for its class of beer. FW is proving to be one of the best breweries on the West Coast.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Looks pretty. Just darker than a bright gold body with chunky lacing. Big distinct bubbles in the head, which doesn't last all that long.

Smell - Grapefruit upon grapefruit. The sweetness from the malt combines to make a slight peach smell. Interesting and delicious. Definitely smells like a hop bomb. I like it.

Taste - Tastes like a hop bomb! Bright citrus flavor of hops overwhelms a sweet malt backbone at first, but succumbs rather quickly. Ít doesn't taste all that bitter to me. I think the caramel malts come through over the hops in the end and it actually finishes with a bit of a sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Just a bit syrupy. Maybe a bit too thick for the style, but just barely. Medium to medium-low carbonation, I think.

Overall - Mmm mmm good. I could have downed the glass in minutes, but I restrained myself. I so wish I had more of this. Not quite world class, but a very delicious substitute when world class isn't available.

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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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear auburn gold with good head that dies slow and left lace pactches. Textbook piney citric hop aroma that is strong but with only hints of sweet caramel malt smells. I love the strong hops in this medium-bodied and almost smooth beer. Some balance as the beer maintains dryness thanks to crisp carbonation and also bread and caramel malt notes as well as a touch of sticky sugariness. Pleasant hint of tart fruit flavors like cherry or grape and I like that the ABV adds to a warming finish but doesn't bleed into the beer. Not a hop bomb but a balanced beer that still maintains a huge hop presence and is a good sipper.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, served in tulip glass. Pours a clear golden color with a frothy, off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is a caramel maltiness, bread, a little bit nutty, big citrus, grapefruit, and pine hops. Flavor is caramel, grain, bread, a bit of wood, citrus, and pine. Mouthfeel is medium, syrupy initially but drying and bitter upon finish. Very good beer, well balanced, smooth drinker, clean.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap into a tulip glass

Pours a golden orange color. It's very clear; no hop haze at all. It reminds me of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid in this way. Hop Stoopid is made with hop extract, so perhaps Double Jack is too? I don't know. Anyway, slightly less than one finger of off-white head sits on top of the body. Adequate lacing.

The aroma is comprised of numerous good scents, but it doesn't quite come together to a cohesive whole. Some sniffs yield tropical fruits, others more of a vegetal/plant material smell, others some caramel malt. I'd say that tangerine comes to the forefront the most, along with a slightly earthy leafiness. Some distant stonefruit brings up the rear. I like what's going on, but I wish it were more focused.

The taste has no problems with focus. It begins as a pretty straightforward, unexciting double IPA. Resiny & piny hop flavors wash over the tongue before yielding to a larger-than-I'd-like biscuit & light caramel malt profile. The finish is where this beer gets interesting. A subtle fruitiness on the finish soon grows to an explosion of white grape and peach. The length on the finish is extraordinarily long. You'll still be tasting the aftertaste of white grape and peach when you take your next sip. The aftertaste flavors inform the initial flavor of the beer so that each new sip is better than the last. Pretty remarkable achievement, though I'd prefer the beer to taste excellent from the very beginning instead of having to jump through hoops.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice. Despite the strong malt flavors, Double Jack is only medium-bodied. It's pretty smooth too; no harsh carbonation here. Overall, this is a pretty good double IPA. It has some faults, but it also has some flavor notes that are pretty killer. I hear that this beer is better in the bottle than it is on-tap, so I'll be sure to keep an eye out for a bottle of this.

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Photo of champ103
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange color. A large white head rises to over two fingers with excellent retention. Sticky spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: This is bursting with aromatics. Big and bright fruity hops up front and center. Orange peal, pineapple, other passion fruits. Even some apple in the nose. Fresh cut grass, and a nice floral aroma. Really nice without the over barring bitterness.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of passion fruits going on. Orange and pineapple. Like fresh fruit juice. Grassy and floral as well. A bit of bitterness in the finish that works well.
M/D: A medium to full body that is not overly slick or thick. Crisp carbonation that is very dry and clean. A great beer to sip on.

This is really well done. An excellent Double IPA that goes toe to toe with Pliny. Lots of hop flavors without the over barring bitterness that I get with so many examples. Something I highly recommend.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead longstem snifter. Purchased for $7.50 at my favorite local shop. Bottled 4/20/11. Sweeeet.

When I drink this beer I am reminded of my youth, and all the nights of drinking chilled swill on the cheap, working my non-magic around a bar hoping to meet a woman who might want to talk to me for more than 30 seconds. What would it have been like, and how would my life have turned out, if I had been working the room while drinking this beer...

Because this is the beer you keep in your fridge to impress your friends. This is the beer you want in your thermos when you're walking the dog, riding the bus, or lying to security guards. This is the beer you celebrate with when you're ex-girlfriend gets dumped by the guy she dumped you for. This is the beer you bribe your professors with. This is the beer you lick off the table when some dumbass bumps your glass. This is the beer the ladies scope for when they want to bed the hophead. This is the beer your mama warned you about. This is the beer you cheer yourself up with when you finish your taxes and realize you owe two Gs. This is the beer you soak your brats in... wait, scratch that. This is the beer you offer in peace instead of slapping a stranger for drinking chilled swill. This is the beer that was not the first beer, won't be the last beer, but is surely the quality beer that makes you come back to beer everyday. But I digress.

Full disclosure: I met my wife at a bar while hammered on Stella. Woo hoo!


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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 infi
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Translucent blood-orange color with tons of carbonated activity throughout the liquid. White and foamy two-fingered head atop the brew and dissolves within seconds. Webbed lacing all around the perimeter. Smells of that nice hop characteristic. Not too pungent in pine and citrus but rather, a nice malt sweetness resonating overall.

Taste has a nice prickly feeling of the hop resin bitterness throughout the drink. Decent balance of the bitter and sweet, but more so teetering on the sweet side. Not too big on flavor, but consistent in all IPA areas. Grapefruit bitterness and caramel sweetness with a subdued seltzer mouthfeel.

Good IPA. Not as potent as other West Coast IPA's, but definitely drinkable. Definitely better straight from the tap and fresh as possible.

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was an amazing IPA it leaves a lasting impression. from hops to alcohol. It started off with a thing 2finger foam. that left a good amount of lacing as it disappeared gratefully from the glass. As i was drinking it i was able to notice strong fruit wafts of pineapple and mango, and the mouth feel of this beer was wonderful. This is definitely a keeper.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/20/11

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $6.99/bomber

Pours a beautiful shade of copper and gold with incredible crarity. A 1 inch creamy head of suds slowly dissipates into the liquid goodness. A gentle swirl of the glass and the suds quickly reappear as a reminder of freshness.

A faint smell of tangerine, grapefruit and pine. A whiff of honey keeps me interested.

The flavor hits you head on with tropical fruits followed by bittering hops, pepper, pine and a slight malty finish. Could use a little more sweetness to balance things out.

Medium to full body and sticky with a fair amount of carbonation. Big hops leave the taste buds with a bitter warm feeling.

Overall this is a solid representation of the style and one I can buy right here at my local beer store. Welcome to NH Firestone Walker.

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

This poured amber/reddish, hazzy with little to no head but produced a little lacing. The smell is grapefruit citrus and sweet fruits. The taste is sweet at first and then comes the hoppy bitter finish. This beer was just so smooth and refreshing to drink. Feel smooth and creamy in the mouth. Overall a great smooth and delicious beer to enjoy. Would have it on tap again and will buy the bottles now that they are available.

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this bottle probably has some age to it, and I am still very impressed. I bought this bottle in Muenster, IN the weekend of DLD and am just now getting to crack it open. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed. Now the review.
A - beautiful amber orange color, glass almost glows. Poured into a pub glass, not much head was present upon being poured, but it stayed the whole time with just a little bit of lacing.
S - exceptional, smells like fresh oranges, with just a little bit of pine on the end. I found myself diving my nose in the glass constantly.
T - very tasty beer. I wish I had this fresh. The citrus is on the front of the pallet and lasts for much of the sip. Faint pine on the back end that fades smoothly. Not a huge hop bomb, but a great citrus flavor.
M - almost dances on the tongue, not boozy at all. The citrus gives touch of tingling. Very easy to drink, and the mouthfeel makes me go back for more.
O - Will seek this beer out. Does not distribute here, so I will have to trade to get it, but will most definetly try to get this beer as often as I can get it. A new favorite. If you like citrus, this is a great beer to try.

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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 Spider889
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from my first trip to Chicago, shared at the first Central Ohio Beer Tasting.

This was just about the last beer I sampled that night, so my notes were lacking a little, but this beer deserves a stellar review so I'll give what I've got written down. I also hope to try this on tap this coming weekend in Philadelphia, I will review it on draft or update this at that time.

Smells absolutely wonderful. Very sweet but not overly malty or boozy. Lots of fruit esters floating around. Sweet Amarillo goodness - pineapple, tangerine, and mango.

The flavor was more citrusy - with grapefruit being dominant with some pineapple in the background. Pine also works into the scheme as well.

Overall, an amazingly good DIPA, and at a great price - I believe I paid $7.99 for the bomber at Binny's.

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

Presentation: From a 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a snifter..

A- Clear amber/copper. Pours with ~1 finger of light tan head, which fades into a thin cap.

S- Pine, grapefruit/citrus, and slightly herbal hopiness....tropical fruit sweetness....very nice.

T- As with the aroma....piney, grapefruit/citrus infused bitterness and fruity sweet counterbalance. Excellent.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium full feel.

O- Quite good. Great nose and flavor make this one a winner of a DIPA.

Future outlook: Another Cali-snagged beer that I (sadly) won't likely get back to for a long while.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium gold color w/ a one finger off white head. The head quickly goes down to a sliver, leaving average lacing on my glass. Carbonation is average. Nice looking beer- not outstanding, but good.

S- Orchard fruit, hops, malt. Very nice sweet/bitter smell happening. Very balanced, nothing is too out of whack. Nice IPA smell.

T- Ok- Now we're on to something! The bitterness makes it's presence more forcefull than the nose, and the result is good. Really interesting and complex taste- lots of different tastes hit your palate the more you drink it. Nice sweet/bitter balance in the aftertaste as well. No hint of alcohol at all. At 9.5%, that's impressive. This is a really nice DIPA.

M- There's a theme here. It's a dance between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness that pushes against it. Nice feel, although maybe the weak point of this beer. Still, it's not bad.

O- A really good- close to great- DIPA. A lot of things really work in this beer, and it's very close to being world class. I really enjoyed this beer, and I highly recommend it to people who enjoy the style.

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

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into 2 pint glasses.

A: Pours a clear, medium orange color. 2 fingers of billowy almost pure white head with good retention and excellent lace.

S: Powdery peach/mango/kiwi fruit aroma. Subtle but enticing.

T: Hops up front, interesting flavor blend of pine and sweet kiwi. Transitions seemlessly to sweet malt and light brown sugar syrup. Mellow but full flavored. Alcohol asserts itself in a balanced way. Those who are sensitive to booziness will object, but I think this works. Alcohol develops a spicy flavor toward the end of the glass.

M: Medium body, smooth, syrupy feel has a bit of creminess as well.

O: The combination of fruit and pine is unique and very satisfying. The alcohol is not shy, but the overall impression is still very refined and enjoyable. I can see why folks like this-- I do as well, and it really comes close to 5's in each category. Need to pick up more on my next road trip.

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

22oz brown bottle, no freshness info

A - Clear, bright, orangeish gold with a one finger thick white head that has good retention and good lacing down the glass.

S - Bold hops up front - grapefruit and pine with some tangerine and a touch of booze and hint of caramel sweetness.

T - Grapefruit hope, then a sweet caramel malt middle with resinous, bitter grapefruit and pine hops in the long finish.

M - Thick hop oils coat the mouth with a nearly full body and lively carbonation.

O - Overall a good DIPA, but I didn't seem to pick out anything to really make it stand out.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,533 ratings.
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