acearl (479) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber, first from Firestone, tangerine orange hue with white creamy head, resin/piney aroma with lots of alcohol, grapefruit hops and bread malt, very astringency/alcohol comes through and though, subtle, balanced and clear but overriding alcohol detracted a tad, description says enjoy in moderation must be because the alcohol, better to share
AskForJenny (1064) - Ontario, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 22oz - Frothy white head over orange liquid leave nice lacing as it subsides. Fresh, resinous, citrus aromas. The taste is malt offsetting the hops, with nothing out of balance. Nice.
Just as awesome on tap. - 27 Aug 11
MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - AUG 2, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I pour the brew into my nonic pint glass and it arrives a very clear golden color with a frothy off white head sitting on top. It leaves a good amount of lacing as it subsides too.
The nose is super fresh smelling. Lots of resiny and citrus hop aromas. Tons of grapefruit and tangerine. Slight grassy note in there as well.
The taste is a lot of the same. The hops just jump out at you. Citrus and resin once again. A slight bready malt character lends some backing to this hoppy attack. And an alcohol bite comes through in the finish as it warms up.
ChadPolenz (1654) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Initially a very hazy, bright orange complexion. Forms a fairly large, white, frothy head that retains and laces very well. As I get towards the bottom of the bottom the beer becomes completely transparent and more red (Iíve no idea why, though).
Smell: Strong, sticky, syrup-like scent of mango, guava and papaya with some grapefruit juice. Flowes, pine needles and spiced rum are also quite prominent.
Taste: Itís rare that I encounter a beer whose palate is a combination of intense richness and bitterness simultaneously. Double Jack hits the tongue like pure tropical fruit juice concentrate or preservatives. At fridge temp this taste is actually very refreshing and lightly sweet. Strong bitterness follows immediately thereafter. Itís sticky pine and resin combined with a liquor-like dryness. The tongue is saturated with the juicy sweetness and the hoppy bitterness - which makes for a very strange, but satisfying, sensation.
As the beer warms the fruit flavors become richer and sweeter, tasting more like pure honey, maple syrup, or fruit extract. The bitterness remains about the same, but a rum-like spice begins to take hold as well. Itís definitely a lot for the palate to handle, but because itís so tasty itís difficult to stop drinking.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied in all aspects - thick, sticky mouthfeel with a palate thatís always intense. Whatís amazing is despite the intense palate the hops do not linger here, giving the beer an amazing clean finish with no cloying, drying aftertaste.
Drinkability: The only thing keeping Double Jack from being a perfect beer is the fact itís a sipper. Even at fridge temp I found it difficult to drink more than a sip at a time. The sweetness and bitterness overwhelm the palate with a slight alcohol warmth on the throat. I guess this is to be expected considering itís 9.5% ABV, although I have had even bigger beers that were smoother. This would probably be an ideal beer to pair with a hearty, spicy meal, but as a beer within itself its still enjoyable - but drinking more than one serving is challenging.
Overall, Double Jack is one of the most impressive double IPAs Iíve ever had. And while I wouldnít consider it a perfect beer, I understand where itís reputation comes from.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours clear copper with small white bubbly head. Amazing citrus aroma, grapefruit, candied sugar. Taste is resin and citrus. Very bitter that is especially present on lingering finish.
coldbrewky (1673) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Dutch this evening. Nose of grapefruity hops. Nice medium golden amber. Oily bubbly head. Nice open lacing. Big body but not Godzilla big. I am rooting for the alcohol so that it may assist in anesthetizing my bruised and battered self from this weekends firewood gathering and splitting marathon. Yeah, the left coast has something to brag about in this nice critter.
Niko100 (2626) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber/orange color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of pine/floral hops, fruit, caramel malt, & citrus; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, pine hops, some mango/pineapple, and citrus (notably orange & grapefruit); Finish is dry & bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, very good and clean tasting DIPA.
notalush (5707) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Mayor of Old Town - oh yea - super dry imperial IPA here - crisp, Biscuity malt base sets the stage for dry, bitter grapefruit pith, orange rind, dank/resin/pine, woody character - very peppery and herbal - bitterness is intense, but not at all abrasive - perfectly masked alcohol - love it.
ryanfolty (2354) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2013 Date: July 28, 2011 Mode: Draft Source: Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO Appearance: Translucent bronze with little head, nice amount of lacing. Aroma: Hoppy and alcohol. Flavor: Consistent with aroma, medium bodied. Other: Little bit too strong on the alcohol for me, could be that double ipas are just not my thing.
Tried again at Foundry on 2/27/13. This had way more head. Hoppy but also fruity and sweet. Liked this much better. Funny both times I have had this in KC.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fairly clear light copper pour with a fluffy white head, great retention. Very dank citrus aroma, slightly floral, Iíd be surprised if there wasnít any columbus added at the end of the boil, pacific northwest hops on display for sure. On the palate itís a blast of sweetness up front that delicately transitions to hop bitterness and finishes with some dried grapefruit. Overall a delicious west coast imperial IPA. Very well done.