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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4777
Reviews: 1147
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%


Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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FormulaQ

New Jersey

4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Simply the best double IPA you will ever have. MASSIVE candied fruits. Think those dried pineapples that are chewy and delicious. Orange, tangerine. Sweet grapefruit. Hop bitterness in my opinion is more reserved than its union jack younger brother, but still a nice hit of hops. This beer is absolutely fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 02:13:27 | More by FormulaQ
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JerUrbans

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy off yellow pour with thin white head. Smell is grapefruit, alcohol, pine. Taste is hoppy and citrus, balances really well, not over the top bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth with heat from the alcohol at the end.

Overall, excellent beer. Love the heat that comes in at the end very nice little burn. Much more balanced than other Dbl IPAs. This was bottled on 10-25-13 would love to taste a fresh one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:23:09 | More by JerUrbans
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username

Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into over-sized wine glass.

A - Head comprised of many small, tight bubbles which quickly dissipate into a thin surface film. Not a dense foam, but more loose, yet frothy, giving it a substantial appearance. Low to moderate lacing. A crystal clear, light, honey-amber.

S - F'ing glorious. Sweet pineapple and grapefruit split perhaps 70/30 respectively with hop, pine, and sweet alcohol undertones. A minimal amount of funk/dankness; just enough to let you know it's there.

T - Very closely follows smell; pineapple & grapefruit up front degrading into the hops, pine resin, and funky bitterness. Overall it is quite bitter, but also incredibly enjoyable.

M - Surprisingly smooth given the taste. Carbonation is next to nothing. The most perfect 'mouthfeel' I've ever experienced from a beer (of this style) to date. If you're not used to craft or DIPAs, this beer will feel like it's raping your mouth more than likely due to bitterness. If you are used to craft brews and DIPAs, prepare to be wow'ed at the balance. Somehow manages to fall directly in the middle of dry/wet and oily/abrasive.

O - This beer, more than any other I've had, is deserving of the phrase "floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee". Too good to put down, but too strong to replace water unfortunately. It is ridiculously good, perhaps epically so, if you're a fan of the style and enjoy pineapples & grapefruit. I feel that this brew somehow pushes upon extreme boundaries, and attenuates the results with the opposite extremes (magically?) thus crafting an 'uber-perfect-medium'.

Previously rated 4.75 on 4-21-2013.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 23:15:02 | More by username
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SweetChicken

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a pint glass

A - Awesome head. Reduced to just covering the ale but beautiful legs on the glass. Great coloring and crystal clear

S- Hits all the right notes. Hop, pine, a hint of citrus. Not in-your-face nose. Soft

T - Freakin solid. Its a little maltier than some other DIPAs I've had. Which is actually a nice departure. Balanced. If your looking for a knock your block of smack of hops, look elsewhere. Would have rated a smidge higher if the ending bitterness didn't linger as long.

M - Outstanding for my tastes. Enough carbonation to tingle the tongue. Dry and not slick at all.

O - Definitely on my list of everyday drinking DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 22:55:21 | More by SweetChicken
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Celtics17

California

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Better than I remember. Pineapple! I hopped up version of union jack. Dry finish, pine, tropical fruit. The malt doesn't take over. It's a great balance. This is one of the best easily. I really forgot how well this was.

The taste is solid from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 07:03:33 | More by Celtics17
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EdwardK77

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Orange golden in color, my pour left no head and limited effervescence. This may be due to my first attempt at using an oversized wine glass. (Pretty sure I need to buy IPA glasses)

S- While sense of smell is clearly my nemesis, I sense floral notes and high alcohol citrus.

T- This DIPA is bringing the bitterness and doesn't seem to go out of its way to cover that with any sweetness. I do sense a little honey flavor without any of the sweetness that you would expect with that. Definitely some citrus going on as well.

M- This has a clean and slightly astringent mouthfeel, not sensing any oiliness. The crispness that was lacking in my glass is present in the mouthfeel, leading me to believe that my pouring/glassware didn't do this ale any favors.

O- I have a stout in the fridge in order to break up the delicious DIPA/IPA streak that I've been on. I am enjoying this ale but it isn't standing out over the others.

Serving type: growler

04-08-2014 00:33:31 | More by EdwardK77
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-07-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 02-14-14
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received from a friend

Pours clear with a bright copper color. The head stands a finger and a half high, off-white in color, with a fair retention and attractive lacing.

Aromas are sharp citrus hops, with a strong grapefruit smell. Very aromatic and pleasant.

The taste has a big hop bitterness to open up, with tropical fruits pineapple and grapefruit flavors. The malts in the background off some roundness.

Full bodied in the mouth, with high carbonation levels. The finish is dry and leaves lingering tastes of citrus fruits and tangy bitterness.

Overall I'd say this is an excellent DIPA -- well worth a try.

Thanks to Craig for the brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 23:57:13 | More by sommersb
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional DIPA that is unusually mild in terms of both flavor and feel.
In part, this is due to the low hop level for style. Not sure of the age of this bottle, but that could contribute to the mellow nature.

Rich flavor that changes with warming.

ABV well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 00:51:55 | More by chinchill
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BMac17

California

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack:
Double IPA
ABV: 9.5
IBU: 100

Dried apricot & tangerine in color and aroma complimented with freshly picked Plumeria and Freesia blossom. Bitterness at first glance that is gorgeously balanced with crystal malts that soften an expected sharp mouth feel all the better to lead you onto a tangy citrus and sun ripened pineapple ride of summertime goodness. Has a mouth watering finish that is irresistible. Seriously Borderline perfect!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:02:01 | More by BMac17
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BingCrosby7

California

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A a very nice gold, a softer side of orangish yellow. Lots of bubbles and a thick head with strong retention and surprisingly good lacing. 4
S lots of brightness in here--pineapple strangely enough comes to the front of the nose, followed by light lemon and orange rind. Strong hoppy profile, though not very herbal or grassy. 4.25
T citrus forward, though not as much pineapple as is in the nose. Grapefruity bitterness supplemented by the buttering hop backend. Boozy in the finish, which takes away from the overall citrus palate. Still very good. 4.5
M standard mouthfeel--heavy enough I stand shoulders above a standard IPA, but not a huge deviation from the norm. 4.25
O this is big and robust, but the higher alcohol content stands out and mutes some of the flavor. Single jack is I think more balanced. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 02:11:51 | More by BingCrosby7
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beer456

New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice double ipa. Nice and Fruity taste and smell. Grapefruit is very overpowering but in a refreshing way. Like a very fine wine this is a classical combination with just enough zest and peel but not overpowering. Would buy again as a spring and summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 21:31:50 | More by beer456
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xungmound98

New York

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass from 12 oz bottle (stamped 3/5/14). Clear golden honey color with a finger of off-white head which was a bit soapy looking with minimal lacing. Smell is of sharp citrus (grapefruit), piney resin and alcohol. Taste is sharp bitter hops, some floral notes, a malt backbone and a warming alcohol aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky with moderate carbonation and coats the tongue quickly. The finish is bitter and dry, reminding me of very dry white wine. The alcohol was initially a bit too pronounced for my liking. About halfway through the glass my palette got used to this beer and I enjoyed its characteristics more.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 02:47:52 | More by xungmound98
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bball208

New Jersey

4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a REALLY stellar IPA. Very smooth, you don't notice the alcohol AT ALL. Sounds crazy, but try drinking this IPA from the bottle and it actually tastes much better. It is definitely a unique IPA, stands out from other great IPAs. Bro in law said this actually tastes better than heady topper (in his opinion). I've tried this 4 times, and each time it has tasted better and better.

Review #2: So my parents don't drink alcohol. I tried getting them into craft beers with the notion of, drink not to get drunk, but just to taste the goodness. So they did, and I started with the double jack, and they were convinced at first sip that they want to learn more about beers. Firestone, I love you.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 19:16:04 | More by bball208
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darthvohn

Texas

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Tulip

Appearance: A beautiful translucent golden liquid poured from the bottle leaving a two inch powdered sugar white foam which dissipated down to a thin cap. Lacing was minimal.

Smell: Gobs of grapefruit and sweet stone fruits, some nice pine notes intermingling as well. You get the malt mixed in with the other aromas. This is a great smelling double.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely, the citrus and fruits explode on the palate followed by the pine with malt keeping everything in check. Bittering hops linger around on the palate. Balanced like no other.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Smooth. Very very smooth.

Overall: This is truly an amazingly smelling and tasting Double IPA. This may well be my go-to when I'm looking for this style. Definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 01:04:50 | More by darthvohn
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WOBrewstraveler

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of the bottle. It poured exceptionally clear, especially for a double, a light butterscotch color. The nose is sweet and malty. The bitterness comes thru in the first sip, with a bit of funk. The taste was malty - sweet with some alcohol burn. Overall, there are more complex doubles out there, I'd say this is OK, but maybe not unique enough to be outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 23:27:43 | More by WOBrewstraveler
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ricknelson

Vermont

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 BA's attending a beer tasting that I hosted in my man cave pub gave this beer an average rating of 4.00. It ranked 5th out of the 8 Firestone beers we tasted. The group of 7 were divided evenly, 2 that favored IPA's, 2 that favored belgians, and 3 that favored Stouts. It actually scored highest with one taster, and low with two other tasters. Unfortunately this beer was too old to properly judge. It should have been a lot fresher in all fairness.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:50:15 | More by ricknelson
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a snifter. The beer was bottled on 2/3/2014.

I'm struck by the pillow- or cushion-like head as I look at it from above. It's so soft and delicate looking. The head is pale white and stands a finger and a half above the liquid. There's a ton of carbonation rising steadily upwards in the copper liquid that is clean, but slightly opaque.

This is sweet bomb on the nose! Citrusy, with a hint of dankness and piney, but the malt is potent and makes for some sweet breadiness.

Citrus still prevails, although now it's much more zesty and like the peel of an orange. Some bitterer, piney hops are also in the mix about mid-palate. The malt that was so prominent on the nose takes a bit of a backseat, but still provides some sweet caramel and bread.

Double Jack is a bit of a journey of a beer. Initially zesty, then piney, then intensely bitter and dry at the finish. There's a good creamy quality to the beer and not even the slightest hint of alcohol to suggest a nearly 10% ABV.

This is a great beer with exceptional traits, flavors and aromas. I've got nothing but good words for this beer and brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 02:24:10 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Bedrocker

Washington

4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Clear, golden body with a two finger white head that sticks around for a decent amount of time. Leaves nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, and a lot of hops.

Taste: Starts out bitter with a huge citrus taste. The bitterness and citrus die down at the back end and yield a nice mix of pine and malt flavors. Aftertaste is a bit malty with lingering citrus. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation, but isn't sticky like a lot of DIPAs are. Extremely drinkable, very smooth.

Overall: Awesome DIPA and one of the best out there. I love more citrusy IPAs/DIPAs, so this beer has always been right up my alley as far as taste goes. Almost too easy to drink--especially considering the ABV--which isn't a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 03:46:21 | More by Bedrocker
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap

Pours a clear honey gold with one inch of fine white head, good retention.

Smells of biscuit malt and fresh grapefruit hops.

Flavor of honey, apples, grapefruit, buttered biscuits, some citrus, and piney hops.

Full body with a sting of carbonation on the tongue.

An exceptional brew, top shelf. Worth trying and worth seeking out. Drinks way easier than the abv suggests and has a fantastically complex and balanced flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2014 00:46:37 | More by Cylinsier
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BigMurph

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours golden with great clarity. Two finger white head dissipates quickly, but not too fast.

S: Hops. Piney with some distinct citrus.

T: citrus hops all the way down. The pine flavor comes through, as well as some bitterness, but you can just taste the dry hopping. Some sweet malt in the aftertaste; it actually comes to dominate after the citrus dies down.

M: Excellent, just light enough but with enough malt to give it some backbone.

D: I could drink this for days. Goes down so easy. Assembled perfectly, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:25:42 | More by BigMurph
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ksimons

New York

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/26/13
A-a clear orange golden color with visible carbonation bubbles and two fingers worth of white rocky head

S-Citrus and grapefruit, with pine hops and some malty caramel sweetness

T-taste is what you would expect with lots of grapefruit and lemon zest, piney, and nice caramel to balance things. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M-medium body, crisp carbonation, bitter finish

Overall a very enjoyable, super easy to drink, very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 19:44:50 | More by ksimons
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass, golden orange amber with a huge white head that lingers leaving great lacing, clear

S: citrus fruit, pineapple, a hint of alcohol, champagne

T: very sweet and lush followed by a nice hop bitterness, tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, papaya, stays sweet throughout until hop finish

M: heavy and stick, alcohol is present, higher carbonation

O: a good double but sweet for a West Coast brew, reviewed from notes taken on 3/6/14

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:10:01 | More by M_C_Hampton
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful liquid gold body hosts a inch tall foamy tan head. As you pour, and from then on the real stand out is the aroma. Without even trying, I can pick up the fragrant smell that permeates from this beer. The nose bursts with floral citrus in a wonderful bouquet. Truely mouthwatering even without my first taste.

Fresh ripe citrus bursts with the first sip. The mouth is painted with distinct resin like bitterness that really lingers. Alcohol is slightly noticeable at this point. Bitterness turns a bit more prickly as you continue to drink. Dryness really builds with each sip. This is a wonderful DIPA. Just classic.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:01:38 | More by SPLITGRIN
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dank203

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the type of beer that I must have again. luckily it is around jersey and pretty fresh! probly one of my new top dipa's. has a lot of subtle complexities, not sure where they hid those hops, they're coming out in the most elegant ways, and it just goes down like nothin

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 19:57:00 | More by dank203
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hillvt4me

Vermont

4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber golden honey color, with a foamy white head.

S: Abundant pineapple notes and a bit of citrus in the nose.

T: Pineapple and hops; nicely carbonated, some citrus and floral notes.

M: Medium bodied and smooth for an IPA.

O: Spectacular double IPA; especially for the etoh level and balance.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 20:44:31 | More by hillvt4me
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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 4,777 ratings.