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Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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Photo of dasenebler
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at Decicco's.

Pours a clear, glowing copper with a small but creamy white head. Good amount of lacing and carbonation for a growler.

The aroma is very floral and hoppy, with notes of grapefruit and pine. Nice and fresh.

The flavor is very bitter, but also quite malty. Lots of grapefruit, herbal character and resinous hoppy-piney goodness. Really juicy hop flavor on this full-bodied DIPA. The mouthfeel has low carbonation (growler pour) and nice smoothness and weight.

This stuff is really good, one of the best DIPAs I've had. Will have to seek out more beers from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottled on 4/20/2011

A - Pours a nice amber with active carbonation and a perfect head. Looks great. Bubbles are non-stop. nice lacing and the head retention is great.

S - Aroma is insane. As soon as I cracked it I was hit with tropical hops and a load of grapefruit. Up there with Sculpin as one of my favorite aromas. Serious west coast hop character.

T - Taste is of grapefruit and pineapple hops with some sweetness in the middle. Finishes to a bitter hop and a slight reminder of the high ABV. This is a truly great take on a West Coast Double IPA, which is my favorite flavor profile generally.

M - Perfect medium body, slight sticky sweetness. Slightly dry finish. Slight warmth from the alcohol in the end.

O - Overall it is brilliant. One of my favorite aromas, with a every balanced taste to match. Little booze for such a high ABV One of the best double IPAs, it deserves to be up there with the titans of the style.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a bright and crystal clear deep gold. A fingers worth of pearly white foam crowns the liquid but quickly dissipates to just a thin film. Leaves spotty lacing against the glass with every sip. 

S - the aroma is one of the most intense i have ever come across. Bright candied orange and grapefruit ring character aromas are surrounded by powerful grassy and slightly piney notes. There are also jammy notes of orange marmalade and apricot spread.  Hop aroma is so powerful it drowns out anything else.

T - Lightly sweet doughy bread flavor on the tip of the tongue. Notes of candied orange peel and juicy pulpy flavors enter mid palate. Flavor is cleaner and more centered than the aroma. The candied orange peel lingers long after the finish.

M - medium bodied with a slick texture. lighter carbonation with a frothy consistency.

O - excellent. This is just a fantastic double ipa. Concentrated juicy flavor but the aroma is truly killer. So glad they put bottled it in 12oz four packs. That means i get to enjoy this awesome brew more often.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma was excellent on the first smell. I enjoyed the citrus smells with grapefruit and some piney aromas. The double hoppy smells are enjoyable before the first taste.

I had about one finger of head on the initial pour into a pint glass. Unfortunately there was no lacing from this foam.

The strong hoppiness in the aroma comes through in the first taste. I enjoy this strong flavoring of the beer. The bitterness doesn't come in until the beer reaches room temperature... not really a big surprise.

I don't have a lot of experience with Firestone, but this is a great first review of their beers.

I recommend this beer. It is a little pricey, but I suggest picking up this gem.

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Photo of weonfire
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker amber, opaque, finger head, altho not much head.

S - Sweet carmel, grapefruit, lemon

T - Sweet hops. Almost a toffee? Bitter initially, sweet finish. Very very good. ABUs hidden superbly.

M - Frothy, thick, love the malt used.

O - Glorious. Flavors shifting is excellent. Very good feel. Best IIPA I've had to date. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boom! Piney hop oils hit the nose the instant the cap comes off, grapefruit and lemons fight for nostril space as well. BIG. The flavor doesn't hint at anything, it is huge in sweetness, not cloying though, huge in hoppy bitterness, with a winey viney barleywine like malt to it. Balanced in flavor and syrupy thick in body. Nice touch guys.

Lots of folks are going to be hitting FW more and more because of its wins at GABF. This beer goes to show why they deserve that recognition. Delicious.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Cloudy orange with an off white head.

Smell: Peach and mango up front. Followed by Pines hops and honey on the end.

Taste: Pine Hops and mango are up front now. Followed by the peach and honey.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and VERY smooth! A nice light dry finish.

Overall: The hops, citrus and honey are balance very well. The drinkability is phenomenal. A nice medium body too. Very well done brew. Cheers.

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Photo of rosstracy
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent nose with typical barrel aged sweetness and citrus. Tasted raisin, caramel, honey and a very slight hint of butterscotch. Finished clean, no bitterness or "boozy" after taste.

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Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from bottle.

A - Golden, orange-copper color. Very appealing. Pours a thin white head.

S - Smells outstanding, very fresh. Notes of citrus, pine, a bit floral.

T - Excellent IPA taste, not too bitter despite high ABV. Perfect amount of hop bitterness. Citrus/Pine notes. Very flavorful and balanced.

F- Not too bitter on tongue, not highly carbonated. Feels great and refreshing when it hits the back of the mouth and tongue.

Outstanding beer, one of the better Double IPAs out there. Not too overwhelming, very balanced and flavorful but still a high ABV and IPA taste for the hop-lovers there. Love Firestone!

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: pours a pale amber color with a small head that broke down quickly.

S: Citrus/grapefruit and floral scents are present. Some faint pine.

T: Hops and more hops. There is a citrus taste and the bitterness hit up front, followed by sweet maltiness.

M: medium mouth feel and carbonation.

O: a little hoppier than I usually enjoy, but still an excellent beer. I have to say that I kept expecting it would be too much, but in the end it was just enough. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of SweetChicken
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Hopheadjnr
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into mug.

A...clear golden with a bright white, fluffy head.

S...not as pungent as I would like in a dipa. Some light grapefruit, pine and yeast.

T...sweet, bready malt up front. Turns into a pine resin and finally lets a small amount of hoppy bitterness shows up.

M...feels thick and resign like. Could maybe use a little more carbonation.

o...this is a very pleasant brew. I would like a higher ibu in a dipa but, I would delicately buy this again.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12 oz bottle into Corsendonk chalice.
Pours a bright yellow gold...clear...modest head of different size bubbles.
Aroma of melon rind, rhubarb, hay, candy sugar (though I doubt it's in there), subtle medicinal but this is dated 10/3/12, I'd say a tad beyond it's fresh prime.
Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel.
Flavors of citrus hops, cream of tartar, rich malts, alcohol...lets let this open a few minutes...
OK...8 minutes or so later!...small head, melon rind & hay aroma, rich, full body with lots of hops and significant malts.
I've been drinking this and most FW beers for years...picked up a case of the anniversary in 2007, have had Union Jack on tap, in a 22 oz, and in these little bottles. All in all it's a brilliant hop monster...lots of body and hop richness for a hop head, but enough malt and alcohol to make it stand out. While there's some melon and cream of tartar, the malt and hops balance these like peanut butter with jelly! There's a bold balance that's satisfying.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Brilliantly clear, and medium gold in color. The white head is large and has excellent staying power, but is uneven and frothy.

Smell: A cornucopia of American hops: grapefruit, floral, and grassy notes abound, and are accompanied by a balanced helping of honey. Not as pungent as some IPAs, but a strong and pleasing bouquet.

Taste: A smoky, woodsy flavor creates a sophisticated background for biscuit malt, caramel, and an assortment of American hop flavors. A whisper of dark alcohol is in the finish. Less bright and punchy than some IPAs. Impresses with its uniqueness and balanced complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly chewy, with medium carbonation. The alcohol warming is light, yet noticeable.

Overall: Absolutely delicious. The complex hop combination combines splendidly with the interesting secondary flavors. The alcohol, earthiness, and light sweetness help to create a rich, inviting, one-of-a-kind IPA.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best readily available DIPA's you can find. Nice golden color with outstanding flavor. Really enjoyable brew. Nice up front hop hit on the first taste and so fruity after. Under rated brew IMO. Luv it

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Photo of dexterk1
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting a while to try this one and so glad to do it. Appearance is a nice golden, maybe copper color. Head was substantial and dissipated pretty quickly.
Odor is of pine, citrus as well as other fruitiness.
Taste starts with hops and goes between hops pine and sweet citrus as it continues. A little maltiness as well makes for a very nicely balanced flavor.
Mouth feel is pretty smooth and there is only a slight hint of alcohol. Somewhat light carbonation.
Overall an excellent west coast DIPA. Balanced through out ans complete.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This hot dog thang just may be the sleekest son of a gun west of the Mississippi! Hot damnnnn! Wooo doggy! Like Sammity Sam on roids, this bad boi is poppin! Raul is floored like Spinks vs Tyson in the first round! Glorious tropical notes, sleek and sexi on the tongue... It just doesn't stop!

Get it, my children. Get it well and good.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a party keg at a park festival. Quite nice. Beautiful red-orange color with a white head. Nice hop aroma. What is notable about this DIPA is the heavy-duty malt backbone of this beer. You don't really get DIPAs with that nice complex maltiness. I loved it, quite a bit of a departure from current trends. Almost a bit veering towards amber colored. FInished well, good malt stickiness to finish. Pleasant alcohol level. Hops were good and American, classic American hop flavors, citrus, pine, resin, grapefruit-overall classic American flavor.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip glass...

A - clear copper color with a nearly two-finger head. Considerable lacing. Looks pretty standard.

S - Nice piney hop aroma -- borderline cannabis. Citrusy hints.

T - Strong hop flavors, but not overwhelming. Very piney but with some citrus poking through. It's a paradox. The more pine you taste the more the citrus opens up. You sip once and you just want more and more.

M - Medium bodied, with a pleasent stickiness. Just the right amount of carbonation. A definite hop aftertaste, and a dry finish.

An awesome DIPA ... it's only rival I know of now is Myrcennary by O'dell.

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Photo of dank203
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my fave DIPAs. super citrus peel, bitterness, huge malt backbone. this is what I love in an ipa, when that malt backbone shines thru it really reminds me of what the most important ingredient in beer is. Not the hops, but the hops are awesome in here too. so yea great stuff.

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Photo of delta490
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a clear lighter amber with a big creamy white head. Head has great retention and leaves nice lacing.

S-aroma is light pine and floral hops with some subtle caramel notes

T- the taste mirrors the aroma. It is a great blend of the pine hops and light bread and caramel notes from the malt. It's not a big hop bomb, but it has considerable depth.

M- has a great full fulling on the palate but not so heavy. Nice clean finish

O- a great, well-crafted DIPA.

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Photo of Seanem44
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber with a thick rich white foamy head.

S: Pine, hops and fruits. Very good smell. Up there with the upper tier IPAs.

T: Very good taste. Pine and earthy. Slight taste of alcohol.

M: Thick, almost like syrup with a touch of fire. Very pleasant.

O: A very good and easy to obtain IPA. It's rated highly for a reason. If you haven't tried it yet and like IPAs, go get some.

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Photo of bld81
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite clear sunshine yellow pour with orange hues around the edges, multiple finger head with thick foamy mounds and rich lacing
S: punched in the nose by great citrus, oranges, grapefruit
T: clean, rich grapefruit, citrus, pine hops with biscuit malt offering, but far from balanced, this a hop assault all the way
M: more dense and thick than expected, alcohol bite, clean peppery finish
O: outstanding DIPA, smell is among the best of any offering for this style, now, if only I could find this as 4x12oz...

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Photo of OregonHopmonster
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Belmont Station poured into a Sam Smith imperial pint

Head is vibrantly white but does not last even though it has a fine bead. Color is crystal clear tarnished gold, surprising both because I expected some haze on an IPA of this heft as well as a little fuller color.

Aroma is all citrus- tangelo, orange, grapefruit and candy sugar

Flavor starts out innocently enough as a crisp IPA but quickly moves to the big, sticky San Diego Style with the same notes I found in the aroma. Only fault here is it has a little too much residual sugar for my taste. Still this is tasty as hell and the candied hop finish is like the Energizer bunny- it keeps going and going and going.

Overall, and I know some will find this sacrilegious, at 9.5% this slots nicely between Russian River's 8.0% Pliny the Elder and 11.0% Pliny the Younger. I'd like to see Firestone Walker to a Triple Jack!

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Photo of Fastmedic
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best double IPA’s ive had. I’d say it is just a hair better than the Dogfish 90 Minute.
Clear medium orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head.
HOPs: floral, citrus. But there is a slight sweet taste there that i enjoy. Great Carbonation. The aftertaste is enjoyable and lasting, not overly bitter.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,374 ratings.