This Imperial IPA is available year round in 22 oz. bombers and 12 oz. four-packs. I credit Double Jack for lighting the fire of my passion for this style, so I have always been so grateful for it. Aromas release a balanced blend of bittersweet ruby red grapefruit, a tropical side like pineapple, and notes of biscuit malts buried below.
The palate is initiated by mellow malts, followed immediately by citrus hops lead by a huge grapefruit character. Loads of sweet malts rise up into the middle register with a textured rush of grain. Herbal hops take hold with an evergreen edge that grows increasingly bitter as resinous oils coat the mouth. Sweet and sour elements compose the rear as hints of yeast are exposed. The aftertaste carries a prolonged bitterness that carries out long sustain, which accumulates sip after sip down. Alcohol is easily lost in the mix. The mouthfeel is smooth, round, thick, oily, astringent, then closes with a touch of warmth.
This is perfect according to my taste. The balance of bitter, sweet, and sour all converge with the utmost balance. Hops create a flavorful transition that flows through shades of citrus, tropical fruit, and herbs. Malt packs a heavy punch of sweetness to match, holding down a heavy structure to support the weight of all those juicy hops. Overall, I’ve had nothing but good experiences with Firestone, especially their limited-release blends! They really make some amazing beer, and definitely one of my favorite breweries. This is the epitome of a West Coast Double IPA. I recommend it to the hop heads.
Paso Robles, California