Firestone Walk Brewing Co. – Double Jack Double IPA

Humulus Lupulus Maximus

Rating: 4.5/5

Hops: Bittering—Warrior, Columbus; Late Kettle—Cascade, Centennial; Dry Hops—Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe

A great example of a trophy Double IPA.  Firestone Walker doesn’t really make any bad beer.  Their quality is definitely up there with Russian River, Stone, and Sierra Nevada among others. Double Jack, along with the tamer Union Jack IPA, has won multiple GABF medals over the years.  Double Jack packs over 4 pounds per barrel of hops – that’s 2+ ounces per gallon for any of you homebrewers (present company included).  The beer pours a golden-amber color and boasts a pale-straw head.  Fresh, pungent aromas of pineapple and grapefruit with some light guava and mango on the back end.  The flavor is very balanced with a light-medium bitterness and great flavors that dominate just enough.  The piney, resin-y flavors start to build up after a while as the bitterness builds.  The 9.5% ABV and 85 IBU is…

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