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

On tap at Capones served in a tulip. This brew appears a clear orange to copper color with a fluffy white head that fades to a thin lacing across the top of the brew. A swirl revives the head back to a finger's strength and forms patchy and webby lacing effect on the glassware.

The smell of this brew is bright with hop elements. It is fruity for the most part and includes some spiced aspect accented by the alcohol. Big fruity sweet smell includes notesnof rinds and a solid backing of caramel maltiness.

The taste is rindy and bitter but almost equally matched with a caramel malt sweetness that is lightly toasty. The hops provide flavors that are citrus-like and herbal with a light catty quality. The alcohol inclusion is both warming in effect and fusel in taste but it isn't off-putting at all, it integrates well with the rest of the flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. Easy drinking with an awesome balance of flavors. I am super excited to see FW enter our market. However, regarding this particular experience leaves me a little perplexed. I recently had this brew from a bottle and was completely blown away by how awesome it was. Perhaps the "newness" factor has worn off because the experience on tap was not as enjoyable as the bottle...which is a strange contradiction.

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Photo of mudbug
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber dated 2010 on the cap into a standard pint glass results in an incredibly clear honey colored body sporting a nice half inch head that slowly recedes into a lumpy cap with loads of lacing, very appealing.
Smells slightly sweet like honey with nice floral hop notes, some grassyness too, not as pungent as Pliny The Elder or Hop Stoopid but still screams DIPA Very much in the ballpark for the style
Taste is sweet honeylike malt with a somewhat diffused bitterness, I think the hops have faded a little, but it's still very enjoyable, somewhat slick with a medium body this is a very good example of a "West Coast" DIPA .
Nice beer, will certainly drink this one again.

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Photo of dfclav
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a rich golden color with a nice soapy 2 finger head that leaves a very good amount of patchy lacing. Active carbonation keeps the head going pretty strong.

S - very tropical, with thick pine resin with a pretty big presence of grapefruit and lemon as well.

T - grapefruit and sweet caramel-like malts. Really similar to southern tier 2xipa. Much cleaner finish but taste is somewhat lacking on intensity of flavors. Not extremely complex and somewhat boozy at times.

M - medium bodied, nice prickly carbonation. Very clean finish and balance.

O - this isn't a standout DIPA in my book, I've had many better. It was nice to try as I love firestone walker but taking price into account, there are many better choices and I probably won't be having this again.

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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 zhanson88
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Previously gave this beer a 3.7/5, but the bottle was a bit out of date for my preference. Re-reviewing a bottle on 12/18/11, bottled on 11/18/11.

Apprearance: Pours a warm honey color with great clarity. About 2 fingers of eggshell-white head form that has good retention and lacing.

Smell: Honey-like malt sweetness comes out first. Citrus and dank hops as well, with quite a bit of pine. Very fresh and aromatic smell.

Taste: Some light malt sweetness comes out first, but following is a great bouquet of hops. Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, dankness, and pine. Superb.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is light to medium bodied with very fine carbonation. Pretty smooth drinking. Overall, I'm much more impressed this go-around with the beer 2-3 months fresher. Great example of why IPAs should be drunk fresh. Hops are showcased very nicely.

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Photo of Chincino
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer yesterday at Pitcher's Pub.

The beer poured to be amber in color with a white head which was about an inch.

The aroma was strong of citrus-possibly grapefruit and orange. There was also the smell of bread and earthiness/grass.

The alcohol was well-hidden with this beer. Somewhat sweet, moderate carbonation.

Great beer to sip slowly (not a session beer in my opinion) while watching part of the Sox game.


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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at TJ's into a snifter.

A - Pours amber orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, HUGE citric fruit punch; most notably grapefruit and mango; Piney hops and a tiny bit of biscuit hiding in the shadows. The booze comes thru a bit once it warms but it is hidden well. This is nice and fresh with a big citric hop aroma that could last for days. Very nice nose.

T - Plenty of grassy hops up front quickly giving way to a mix of citric fruit and sweet caramel malt. The strong citric presence is not as strong here but it is still prominent. The finish is a mix of caramel sweetness and lingering citric hop bitterness. This was enjoyable but a bit of a letdown after that nose.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet feel with tons of pungent, grassy, hops lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

O - I really enjoyed this one. The taste was a bit of a letdown but the overall beer was very solid. It isn't Pliny but that is no problem. Thanks again to Matt for putting on another great event!

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden/reddish with a 1 inch white head

Smell - hoppy hops with a citrus/ tropical fruits

Taste - very creamy smooth DIPA. Almost perfect. It starts out with the hops and finishes with citrus fruit orange pineapple.

Mouthfeel - by far the creamest ipa I've ever experienced . No harsh bitterness at all from the hops but yet the taste is there. I have over looked this once before but not anymore.

Overall - it money!! So creamy smooth like a stout but its a DIPA. I like!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.28/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange colored beer with a white head that dissipated to a bit of decent lace.

S - Fruity and sugary with a lot of citrus hops and and sweetness. A lot of orange and pine, smells a little too sweet.

T - Taste is just too sweet for me. Way too sugary and hot, tastes a bit like a bad triple IPA. Orange and citrus with some pine. Not bitter enough, and the taste is too syrupy.

M - Sugary, syrupy, medium bodied, carbonated.

O - Really not something I cared a whole lot for. Not bad, but not good.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,382 ratings.
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