At first it was pretty easy and I thought I was home free, but then right at the end it started to fight back. The 9.5% alcohol and an avalanche of hops punched me in the gut so hard that I could barely speak. That’s why the rating came out of my mouth like I was hanging upside down with a rope around my scrote. It’s definitely not a chugging beer, but then again I knew that before I chugged it.
How Much:  7
I paid $10.99 for 4 of these, which equivalizes (new word) to $16.50 for a six-pack. On a level playing field, that’s a lot, but it’s not easy to find an imperial IPA this tasty for anything less than that. It’s a good buy for a delicious beer with a shit ton of alcohol in it, but as far as value goes, it’s hard to beat their Union Jack IPA. It’s similarly fantastic, still 7.5% and you basically get 2 more of them for the same price. When you crave a bigger beer, though, you can’t go wrong with this.
As far as American Imperial IPA’s go, this one is perfect example of the style. Big citrus, hops and bitterness working together to make this beer smooth enough that you forget that it’s almost 10% ABV. If you told me this beer deserved a higher rating, I probably wouldn’t argue with you. I buy their regular IPA more often, but I mix this in fairly regularly when I want something with a bigger kick or if I run out of coffee and need an extra pick-me-up in the morning before work.
Double Jack IPA is a year-round offering and Firestone Walker is generous enough to distribute to 18 states.
Overall Rating: 8.6
Suggested food pairing:  An Oatmeal Cream Pie stuffed with corned beef.
Song: Horse the Band – “Murder”