Firestone Walker Double Jack 9.5%ABV 100 IBU
Have you ever had a beer that is so good that it makes you cry like a little school boy? A beer that is so good, you just feel unworthy? A beer so good, you love your life more and more with each sip? Well, if you answered no to any of the questions above, than you likely have not had Firestone Walker Brewing Double Jack – Double India Pale Ale.
I have yet to drink a beer from Firestone Walker that I do not enjoy and Double Jack keeps the streak going strong. I was at my local craft beer store, looking for an IPA that would appease my appetite for hops. Scrounging through the row of cooler shelves, I just happened to take a glance behind me when Double Jack and I made eye contact. I closed the cooler doors and ventured over to the room temperature rack of beers.
I picked up the Double Jack noticing its rather sleek and simple packaging. No crazy colors, images, font, or semi-comic strip label. A sealed cap bottle with a sleek and simple label that screamed, ‘I’m classy’. I decided that I had to try this one, so it came home with me.
I was not disappointed. Upon pouring Double Jack into my imperial pint glass, I got this transparent amber color with a great off-white head that would eventually lead to great lacing. Upon the first smell, I got the sweet aroma of citrus focusing on grapefruit, clementine, and a punch of mango with a hint of grass. If I had to put my finger on the hop profile, I would say this brew utilizes the C hops (Citra, Centennial and Cascade) really well. The aroma of this beer was amazing and I knew I was in for a treat.
Upon the first sip (insert angelic music here) I felt the sky opened up and saw a bright white light. I was having a nirvana experience with this beer. The grapefruit hits your mouth up front with a great middle of mango and finishes with a slight grassy, pine, resin taste. Wonderfully balanced with a bready and caramel malt bill. There is an ever slight alcohol finish that lets you know you are drinking an Imperial IPA.
Double Jack was absolutely fantastic. While I think that sometimes IPAs and IIPAs/DIPAs can sometimes start to overlap and have all too similar flavor profiles, I believe Firestone Walker’s Double Jack stands out in the pack because are able to create a balanced and drinkable Imperial IPA that can quench the thirst of both HopHeads and Non-HopHeads, because it is a great beer. So, do yourself a favor and pick up a Firestone Walker Double Jack. You might just have an out-of-body experience.