I recently procured a bottle of Firestone Walker Double Jack from @fancypantsbeer and decided to open it in commemoration of my 300th beer review and to preview the beer for anyone who is curious what an $8 bomber of beer from Paso Robles would be like.
The Double Jack is a Double IPA, a bigger dry hopped version of their Union Jack IPA. As someone who isn't crazy about IPAs, I really like the Union Jack. I tend to like Double IPAs a lot more than regular IPAs because they're usually much more malty. Double Jack has a big grapefruit and honey hop flavor that is complemented by loads of Munich malt, giving the Double Jack a citrus sweet, buttery and almost caramel flavor.
This beer reminded me a lot of Great Divide's 15th Anniversary IPA, Schlafly Export IPA and Dogfish 90 Minute. All of these beers have a great hop-to-malt ratio that I really enjoyed. Loads of malt to cover the bitterness of your hops, while still letting all the resin and citrus flavors through.
Double Jack is a great Double IPA that I'm looking forward to trying on tap, hopefully in the near future.
In the interest of full disclosure, I did receive this bottle of Double Jack from a brewery representative but it did not influence my review of the beer.