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Firestone Walker Double Jack pic

Beer Review: Firestone Walker “Double Jack” Imperial IPA

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American Double / Imperial IPA

Since the SF Beer Week festivities, my taste for the “extremely hoppy” has been kicked up a notch.

I’m on a roll with some serious Double Ipa’s this past couple of months, so I apologize in advance.  If you are hop lovers, this is for you.Since the SF Beer Week festivities, my taste for the “extremely hoppy” has been kicked up a notch.  Looking for that next “hop bomb”, that next punch-in-the-ipa so to speak.  Puns aside.

Onward with my next review.  Firestone Walker Double Jack.  I’ve been a big fan of Firestone Walker Union Jack. A solid single IPA that goes down easy and is one of the most balanced single ipas I’ve had.  Then I had their double ipa, the Double Jack on tap and now before me in limited release, the bottle. 

Now for the Beer Review!

Popped the cap and the beer is poured.

The color is a nice beautiful copper with nice head of white. Nice bubbling climbing up the glass carrying little pockets of fragrant tropical and hops up into the air and into my nose.  Time to tackle.

Smell is literally a burst of bubble gum and grapefruit.  Not picking up any malt notes whatsoever.  This, my friend, is going to be good.  

The taste has is everything that the smell puts out.  Big citrusy, grapefruit upfront, nice and resiny in the middle with just a tinge of malt.  The lingering taste has a strawberry bubblegum flavor.

The alcohol is warming but not overbearing at all.  This can be extremely dangerous, because it tastes so dam good.

Gotta remember this bad boy is 9.5% but tastes like a 7.  This is one fantastic double ipa.  Beautifully made and extremely enjoyable.  If you happen to come across this beer, do yourself a favor and buy it. 

Just a quick side note: This beer is best fresh.  The bottle I had for this review was 2 days old.  I had bought 4 bottles total and I cracked open another bottle 2 weeks later and it turned a bit on the maltier side and less citrus.

Double Jack Imperial IPA| ABV 9.5% | 22oz
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
www.firestonebeer.com

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