It’s Day 3 of the #12BeersOfXmas and as it’s Sunday, it’s time to go for something a little stronger and pull out a big US double IPA…
Firestone Walker – Double Jack (9.5%, 12oz bottle)
It pours a light straw colour with a medium/high level of carbonation – look at the size of the head and the bubbles in the photo! That said, the head calmed down very quickly, but still persisted throughout the drink.
The aroma on this beer is wonderful; piney, resinous, sweet malty/toffee notes and a full-on hit of orange peel to round things off.
This complex mix of characters carries on into the flavour too – on the first couple of mouthfuls the orange peel, citrus and strong bitterness are all that your senses can take in. Once your palate acclimatizes itself to these and the beer starts to warm a little you begin to notice even more in this beer; sweet maltiness and hints of biscuit come through and this really rounds it off making each mouthful a delight. The finish is quite sweet, but not cloyingly so, and medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation level – this really helps the flavours sing to be honest.
Overall, this is a great double IPA, it’s complex, full-on and delicious. I’ve had this beer a few times now, but it’s always a bit special. If you can get hold of a fresh example in the UK* you’d be a fool to not have it! 🙂
* The one I had tonight is 5 months old, but it still tastes great.