Friday, February 13, 2015

Firestone Walker Double Jack Double IPA

Beer Name: Double Jack Double IPA
Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, CA)
ABV: 9.5%

How sold: 22 oz. bottle (650.6 mL)
Where bought: By The Bottle (Vancouver, WA)
Price: $8.49
When Brewed? Year-round beer.

Brewed On Date: January 5, 2015 at 1651 hours. Website notes the date could be on the bottleneck, but I found mine on the bottom of the label.

Where distributed: Double Jack should be found in many bottle shops, taprooms, and pubs. Firestone has several critically acclaimed beers, from pilsners to stouts.

Awards (as of this blog post): 2012 Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal (Imperial IPA)

Appearance (5%): Clear golden/copper color at eye level. Notable carbonation when pouring into a pint glass. Very attractive appearance overall. 5/5

Smell (25%): Appealing citrus-grapefruit aroma. Hoppy, refreshing, and clean. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Welcoming tangerine-grapefruit and pine flavors. Minimal trace of alcohol, which for 9.5% is outstanding. Well balanced. The alcohol gets more noticeable as I keep drinking, but that is kept to a minimum. It is very clean and refreshing. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Although it had significant carbonation when pouring into a pint glass, only a slight carbonated experience here. Malty, medium body. Very smooth at the beginning, gradually heavier and maltier as I finished the pint. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): A superior Double IPA. The person at the bottle shop said it was one of her personal favorites, and I agree. One pint is usually good for me here, but I would still gladly finish the entire 22 oz. bottle in one sitting. For the quality, it's worth paying $8.49 or any equivalent price. Another must-buy for Double IPA lovers. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.675/5

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