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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,454 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,454
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 362
Gots: 1,030 | FT: 29
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009)
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Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Double Jack

Appearance: Firestone’s imperial IPA pours a brilliant, crystal clear, dark golden color. Carbonation swarms up from the bottom of the glass, which helps maintain the impressive two fingers of rocky, bone white head. The retention on the head is absolutely incredible, and the lacing that follows as it finally gives in to the inevitable is nothing short of spectacular. This beer is truly a sight to behold.

Aroma: For an IIPA from the West Coast, this is a strange beer indeed. The aromas are largely malt forward with a backup of floral hop aromas. None of the typical West Coast IPA characteristics really come out. The malts give a sugary aroma, there is a bit of rind, and maybe even some vanilla or oak there. Very interesting, very appetizing, but not exactly to style.

Taste: Complexity overload. Immediately, the woody, vanilla notes come out along with sugary sweet malts, but they are wiped away in a flash by pine hop bitterness (finally, a West Coast characteristic). There are hints of citrus fruits here and there, mainly lemon and grapefruit. The alcohol makes a definite appearance throughout the taste, which is initially off-putting, but becomes pleasant as it continues to flow. This is a tough one to analyze, but no doubt it is top-quality product.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin and watery side, but still somehow has a slick, coating feeling to it. It is very drinkable, while also feeling like a big beer. The carbonation is spot on. The alcohol is absent here, as opposed to in the flavor, which is a surprise, neither pleasant nor unpleasant. As it tastes, so it feels like a top-shelf brew.

Overall: This is an excellent IIPA, and one that I would gladly seek out again for the woody, vanilla aromas and tastes that are unique to this product as far as my taste buds have roamed. Some of the flavors could and should have been better reconciled and integrated so as to make them stand out and really define the complexity, but as it is the beer is excellently done. This is the first beer from Firestone that I have really liked. I hope it is a sign of things to come. 17.5/20

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear rich deep golden with a large fluffy white crown atop,multiple broken rings of lace left behind as it settled really slowly.A mix of overripe tropical fruit and pine resin hops and caramel malt in the nose,there is a sweet alcohol tinge to the aromas as well,the hops are big and so is the sweetness.Its close to being to sweet but the resiny hops come thru enough to keep it at bay somewhat...the hops are resiny and tropical in nature,the caramle base and sugary sweet alcohol is pretty hefty.Its better than alot of DIPA's because it is just dry enough.

Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of aszatk01
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to portia99 for this one! Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass (yeah, yeah). Bright copper with exceptional clarity, certainly much clearer than you would expect to see from a DIPA. A light-khaki colored head tops this one off; thick, fluffy, and creamy - decent retention and decent lacing.

The aroma is warming to the senses as soon as you begin to bring your face close to the glass - spicy pines and big earthy hops take charge on this. Some fruits in the background of the aroma also; grapefruit, pear, pineapple, and maybe some other types of citrus or tropical fruit. The malt provides a warm, bready smell with a bit of toasty caramel for good measure.

Right from the start, Double Jack shows its heavy, malty backbone which combats the hop profile and certainly holds its own. Bready, estery, earthy, a touch musky, and spicy, almost like clove or pepper. Hop profile consists of a bitter resin, also slightly spicy with heavy accents on the wet, pine flavors. The body is thick and heavy, accentuating the hop oil flavors. Slightly dank near the tail end.

Fruits come out a little more during the latter half of the glass - pineapple and grapefruit are the most easily identifiable. The citrus profile shows more of a bitter, pith and peel flavor, but still contributes some sweetness to the brew. A mild onion/garlic flavor sneaks its way in there, too, but is mellow enough to actually help the flavor rather than hinder it. Carbonation is pretty liberal, body is slightly sticky and pretty heavy.

Very solid DIPA - reminded me a little bit of Double Simcoe with the spiciness and malt flavors. This was much smoother and had a more friendly hop profile, complete with more fruitiness as well. I enjoyed it a bit but think it still may be a touch overrated. Extremely solid on all levels, though.

Photo of DavyJones
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice somewhat clear coppery orange, definitely enticing. Lacing all over the place, poured a two fingered head into pint glass which was fairly retentive.

S: I found this to have some very unique characteristics. Hops are strong, but I wouldn't say they dominate the bouquet; I got a lot of malt and doughy baked goods, and the tropical and citrus fruits are also there, but not as strong as anticipated.

T: Hoppy, very very hoppy, so hops dominate. Pine and citrus have a presence, and there are some faint malt notes here as well. That being said, it's a somewhat smooth DIPA and the alcohol is masked well by the flavors at work. Not being the biggest fan of the style, I still found it quite enjoyable.

M: Really the standout for me. Nice residual left on the palette after a sip, and of course it is bitter, but not overwhelming like so many others in the category.

O: I can tell that a lot of heart and soul went into this brew, Firehouse definitely displays master craftsmanship with this ale. An outstanding representative of the west coast style.

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MikeSJbeers
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Clonies720
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, brillant gold. White head that looks like Swiss cheese. Very little to no lacing.

Aroma: Big nose of citrus and pine. Pleasant, sweet malts. Tropical fruity esters, like pineapple. Loads of bitter hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium high carbonation that is crisp and refreshing. I was expecting a full-bodied beer for 9.5% ABV. Coat-the-mouth oily hop bitterness. Loving the citrus taste here.

Overall: A near perfect example of an Imperial India Pale Ale. Hops weren't as bright and clean, but that's probably because the beer is nearly a month and a half old. Would definitely buy again if I could find it.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of RockyRaku
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA. Poured from bottle to a round glass to pick up the very nice and sweet aroma..some peach and floral notes in the nose. The beer has a copper and tinge of amber when held up to the light. The head was a nice, creamy and somewhat fizzy, three fingers deep…and thinned very slowly. Very nice lacing on the glass. The taste has a clean, sweet, piney and a hint of caramel with dried fruits. It was crisp to the mouth and the flavor was a long lasted, but not offensive in the following swallows. Very nice IPA!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,454 ratings.