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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,345 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,345
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 284
Gots: 649 | FT: 30
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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Rymish


1/5  rDev -77%

06-09-2012 05:36:07 | More by Rymish
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SteveStein

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -77%

05-25-2012 17:24:42 | More by SteveStein
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Maurod4d


1/5  rDev -77%

01-05-2013 18:10:32 | More by Maurod4d
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RDAdams

Maryland

1.3/5  rDev -70%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Review written in real time.

A: Pours a beautiful copper color with off-white head that is still there 10 minutes later. I have seen naked women who did not look this good!

S: I was so enthralled with the high alcohol and the thick malt aroma that I initially mistook the piney hops for citrus hops. A deeper inhale set me straight.

T: Unless you have a fetish for pine needles, this beer is not for you. The taste begins with a malt sweetness and ends with a sharp dryness and a pine needle aftertaste.

M: The body is full. The alcohol is smooth. The experience was neither.

O: I am so glad I did not pay for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 20:15:24 | More by RDAdams
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Ryan3148


2/5  rDev -53.9%

06-19-2014 15:35:46 | More by Ryan3148
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PJCracker

New York

2/5  rDev -53.9%

06-14-2012 04:10:17 | More by PJCracker
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mrmitsui29

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

09-26-2013 01:55:19 | More by mrmitsui29
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obiwan_k3n00bi

California

2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

03-10-2014 17:15:57 | More by obiwan_k3n00bi
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LJWalker

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

01-11-2013 04:26:48 | More by LJWalker
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soblack

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Too strong. Taste the high alcohol contents. Regular IPA leaps and bounds better!

Above says it all. For those that think less is more and beer can be reviewed in less than 250 words see above. For others this was content required to submits review.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2013 22:29:41 | More by soblack
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iaran4790

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

01-04-2014 02:31:24 | More by iaran4790
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harrylee773

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

05-15-2013 04:09:36 | More by harrylee773
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gwiedman1

New York

2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

03-02-2014 21:04:15 | More by gwiedman1
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CityofBals

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

09-12-2013 01:50:30 | More by CityofBals
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phishbone23

New York

2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

01-22-2013 21:06:32 | More by phishbone23
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Arbitrator

California

2.83/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On-tap at the Toronado Double Jack release party on 7/8/2009.

A: Poured into a snifter (10oz?). Has an amber-orange body with an inch of off-white head that remains throughout the drink. Granted, I was pretty hot after climbing the Haight hill from Mission, and I finished this pretty quickly, but still... Impressive retention. No lacing.

S: Tons of pine hops, with lesser floral and citrus components. Some bread, toast, and toffee malt flavors follow. It's actually more malty than expected, especially for a DIPA from, of all places, CA.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. A strong pine hop flavor blasts the senses, rounded out by juicy grapefruit and orange rind, with some floral components. The finish gives hints of toast and toffee malt. The finish was all citrus, with a lingering bitterness. Overall, it's maltier than expected; if anything, Union Jack seems to pack more IBUs. Pretty middling for the style.

M: Medium-bodied, with good carbonation. However, it failed to cleanse the palate well, and left a resiny aftertaste that coated the mouth and tongue with a lingering bitterness. Absolutely well-masked ABV though. Had no hint of the 10%.

D: This is a pretty decent beer, but the way they chose to release it (OMG mid-week Toronado release party!), the way they're being difficult about growlers, the claim that it would be the next Pliny the Younger, and the high price (more expensive than Pliny the Elder) built up expectations that this would be phenomenal. It's not. This state is saturated with DIPAs, so what they were trying to do with this is beyond me...

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2009 09:08:08 | More by Arbitrator
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knepper

Wisconsin

2.85/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I've heard/read great things about this beer but it didn't quite live up to expectations. It really didn't have any aroma other than some caramel with a faint orange background. I'm thinking this beer has quite a bit of late addition hopping and dry hopping and i may have had a bottle with some age on it, diminishing those qualities. It was decent beer but a bit on the sweet side for me, drinking more like a light, malt-oriented barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 23:36:18 | More by knepper
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kojevergas

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 ml brown glass bottle with wax-foiled over standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; this brewery has largely disappointed me (particularly Abacus) but maybe they can pull off this style well. No bottled date is listed. Purchased at the tasting room in Paso Robles a few days ago.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Paired with Panda Express Beijing beef.

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of light hints of cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention for the 9.5% ABV. Colour is a transparent golden yellow. Not much to look at. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Hops - both floral and bittering. Some caramelized malt hints. Cream. Dry floral hops are dominant. Fairly fresh. A mild strength aroma.

T: Hops - both floral and bittering, with the bitterness winning out on the finish. Floral hops dominate until roughly the midpoint. Clean bright malts form the foundation. Noncommital grapefruit. Hints of cream. Slight citrus hints, but nowhere near as prevalent as I'd like. No real layering of flavour is present. No alcohol comes through, a fairly impressive feat. Full-bodied. No notable complexity or subtlety. Overall, it's a disappointingly simple pairing of uninspired hops with somewhat bland malts. The key to a good IPA is balance, and this one lacks it. It's built decently, but comes off as uninspired, boring, and bland. That said, its tame nature lends it more drinkability - but the sacrifice isn't worth it.

Mf: A bit sharp and overcarbonated. Too thick as well. Smooth and wet, with some light dryness from the hops about the climax. Doesn't suit the flavours particularly well. Too heavy on the palate for its lack of diverse flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A boring DIPA. I wouldn't have it again unless it was freshly-tapped at the brewery or something. Unrefreshing. Hides its ABV quite well, to its credit. Fans of the style will likely enjoy this one, but I find it mediocre. A great example of an average DIPA, which is why it's earned a C in my book. There's nothing unique or special here.

Pairing: Pairs well with spicy food.

Aging: A poor candidate for aging.

Vessel Notes: Drank okay out of me pint glass, but I imagine a snifter would do her a bit better.

C

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 08:13:05 | More by kojevergas
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chumba526

Oregon

2.9/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It appears medium bodied orange/ red with a small white head.

It smells grapefruit, and pine. I get an orange zest flavor. There is a strong floral grassy flavor. I get a sweet caramel malt smell to the beer as well.

It tastes much like the smell. There is a very strong floral and citrus like flavor. I get a bit of a caramel like sweetness. There is some grassy and pine like character to the beer. It ends with a mild bitter flavor. The citrus floral grassy flavor and the sweet caramel flavor are a bit overwhelming. It is a bit rough and it is not very smooth.

The carbonation is about medium. The mouth feel is semi-smooth.

The drinkability is limited one glass of this is enough for me as it is both strong in alcohol and flavor.

Overall an ok DIPA it is not bad but I feel the beer is somewhat flawed. I do not think it is bitter enough. I wish the beer was a bit smoother.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 23:36:48 | More by chumba526
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Zonian1

Ohio

3/5  rDev -30.9%

04-06-2013 13:33:44 | More by Zonian1
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ipa247

California

3/5  rDev -30.9%

12-29-2011 19:19:17 | More by ipa247
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Jlk819


3/5  rDev -30.9%

11-12-2012 01:18:09 | More by Jlk819
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DomingoOrtiz

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -30.9%

07-28-2013 23:43:16 | More by DomingoOrtiz
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Hophead717

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -30.9%

11-15-2011 02:17:28 | More by Hophead717
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -30.9%

03-25-2014 19:17:57 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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