Brew Review: Firestone Walker Double Jack

by Kelli H. on January 22, 2013

Beer: Firestone Walker Double Jack
Date: 1-20-13
Type: Double IPA
Location: Paso Robles, CA
Alcohol: 9.5%
IBU’s: 100

Aroma: Sweet hops & malt

Appearance: Clear & golden

Body & Texture: Carbonation on the lower side, small head but great lacing, smooth, and soft in the mouth.

Aftertaste: Sweet hops

Overall Impression:
This was definitely sweeter than I was expecting, but it made it really easy to drink, especially at 9.5%. I don’t usually drink beers that high in alcohol by myself (I’d usually share), but this was easy to finish by myself. I think that Pliny the Elder is overall better, but this was also very good. I’d definitely recommend it to any Double IPA fan out there. I don’t think I’d buy Double Jack myself since it comes in a 4 pack and is on the rather high side, but if it were offered to me, I wouldn’t turn it down. The taste of hops in the aftertaste wasn’t too much for a beer with 100 IBU’s. You can definitely taste the malt in this beer. Overall, it was a good beer for the Niners game, because that way I only drank one, and I could feel a slight buzz of relaxation.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Shannon January 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I am a big fan of Firestone. I like their Union Jack IPA, haven’t had the double. I do like IPA’s on the sweet side. Thanks for sharing.

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Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers January 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I continually hear good things about Firestone, but I’ve yet to find or try it. I haven’t really been looking as hard as I should, but the ABV has me a bit timid.

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Denise @ Musician's Widow January 24, 2013 at 11:42 pm

I’ve never tried a double IPA. I’ve had a double Bock before and like THAT. Definitely will have to give it a try sometime. I’m not a huge IPA drinker, but I’m always game to try something new!

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Janine Ryan January 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Sounds delightful – sadly we can’t get Pliny around here… I’m DYING to try it! Thanks for linking up!

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