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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4801
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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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(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009)
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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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bonercityUSA

Texas

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

On tap @ Craft & Growler

A: Beautiful deep amber with one finger head, poured in tulip glass.

S: A balanced mix of sweet malt characteristics and tropical fruit. Slightly dank.

T: Grapefruit and apricot up front, malty-caramel as the beer warms. Good dose of bitter hop flavors at the end. Far from boozy- the alcohol is almost imperceptible for a double.

M: Medium bodied, excellent for this type of beer. Lingers for just the right amount of time.

O: An excellent offering from FW. Could drink this one all day.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2014 03:43:08 | More by bonercityUSA
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Mdez

Virginia

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

Just had this on-tap at Bilbo Baggins on Queen Street in Alexandria, VA and it was, strangely, the second best beer of the day. My best of the day was Bourbon County Barleywine and this came in a close second. Even though I never heard of this before, the rating refelcetd in their menu was like a challenge; I had to try it. BLUF: It was every bit as good as the near-perfect rating it had; it was nice to see, felt wonderful and tasted like a fresh Sculpin should. This really was a great day for drinking...

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 23:17:30 | More by Mdez
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Dave2010

Japan

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Don't let the look of this beer fool you! The color is very light compared to other Double IPA's, but this beer holds it's own against other IPA's. Carbonation is high, smell is nice and this beer goes down well. It's a nice beer for someone who is scared off by dark beers. If you have never tried this beer, give it a try you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 21:08:54 | More by Dave2010
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on-tap at Shannon Rose in Woodbridge, NJ:

Pours copper with a white head with very good retention.

The smell is hop heaven! Great blend of citric, tropical, herbal hops.

The taste of hops shine through - citric, tropical, piney/herbal with a firm malt backbone that gives just enough sweetness to keep the hops giving flavor along with bitterness. Some booze shows in the finish.

This is an AWESOME double IPA. Hop heavenly!

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 03:12:14 | More by jwc215
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10oz pour into a short wide mouth glass at Lures

A-light golden color with a one finger white head

S-wonderful aromas of hops tangerine, grapefruit, and juicy fruit with some malt

T-great hop taste with a little bit of malt. Can taste the tangerine and grapefruit

M-well balance for a DIPA just the right amount of hops to malt. Very smooth and silky to mouth with a oily feel

O-great DIPA Firestone walker, my new favorite

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2013 21:38:59 | More by reebtaerG
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JohnnyJam

Arizona

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

I had this on tap at Brat Haus is Scottsdale with "C". It was served in a snifter.

A: A golden, orange color with a beautiful white, creamy head that lasts along time. There was a fairly good amount of lacing.

S: Smells floral and citrusy and very aromatic. I could smell it a foot away from my nose. Ruby red grapefruit and tangerine and something tropical like mango-pineapple is all very interesting.

T: Despite the high alcohol content, there is no taste of alcohol. It is just delicious and tasty. I taste citrus, a pine bitterness, and something tropical like papaya and mango and pineapple. This is not in-your-face "hopness" but balance and wonderful. (Not that hops are not wonderful).

M: Medium to heavier bodied and medium carbonated.

O: I really like this beer. I recommend it and it wasn't for the high alcohol; I would have it frequently. That being said, it is very drinkable and it left me wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2013 22:15:03 | More by JohnnyJam
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dwagner003

California

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

This is one of the best beers I have ever had. The aroma is incredibly strong, and you can smell the sweet citrus and pine sap without even holding the glass near your face. You start to think that the flavor cannot possible live up the promise that the aroma has made. But it does, to an extent. It's not EXACTLY the flavor that the nose indicated (that would be unfair), but it's damn close. It's almost sticky on your palate. The flavors are almost thick. It's difficult to describe, but it's unlike any other DIPA I've had. When I compare it to some of the DIPA benchmarks like Pliny and Heady Topper, I start to wonder how this is not mentioned on the same level. Is it because of its availability? Let's put it this way.. If faced with having to sniff out some Pliny or pick this up at a good bottle shop, I'd buy this in a second, and wouldn't miss the Pliny one bit.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 22:46:14 | More by dwagner003
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soblack

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -36.8%
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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magictacosinus

California

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Update 09/18/2013: Upon tasting this on tap, fresh, this is phenomenal - rivals many California world-class DIPAs with its intense tropical and juicy, lush consistency. Below is the original bottle review, from 12/24/12. This falls off surprisingly quick. More below.

Poured out of a bomber into a tulip glass. Freshness date is "11/08/12," and was consumed just in time for Christmas Eve of the same year.

Pours a dense, deep amber color complete with loads of carbonation, all which rise aggressively to the top of the tulip glass despite the beer's high ABV. There's tons of bubbles on this thing, almost to the point of being champagne-like. At the same time, this seems like every DIPA I've had that, when aged long enough, seems to be on its way to becoming a barleywine or any similar kind of fortified ale. The presentation is still near world-class, especially with the lovely lacing it leaves behind.

(Tap notes: Even darker, thick in appearance, with an orange amber color that shines through. Not as much lacing, but really appealing.)

The aroma is quite intense, in ways that both remind me of strongly alcoholic DIPAs and fortified, aged ales. On one hand, the strong citrus aromas are definitely all there, complete with a near pungent yet fruity yeasty backdrop; on the other hand, there's an enormous sugary, wooden smell going on here, as the malts began to take place over the hops as they start to break apart. I don't think I've ever had an IPA variant like this in a while. But the zest here is enormous, and alcohol strength is really strong here, almost to dizzying heights when combined with the hop oil and woody resin. Quite intense, but pretty solid overall. 4.

(Tap notes: Fresh, vibrant, green, and tropical. Huge notes of passion fruit, strawberries, peaches, and under-ripe apricots.)

The flavor is quite similar, and the hops dominate overall in this situation. There are enormous notes of citrus grove fruits combined with floral aspects that overpower and nearly numb the tongue, and at the finish, the alcohol takes place over the slightly charred, woody yet extremely caramel like flavors. I have no idea what this would have tasted like fresh, but it seems that even while aged there are tons of complex notes to pick out here. The texture is enormously syrupy, and perhaps even more so as it warms up substantially. At the same time, the bready notes that FW are known for shine pretty well here, and the beer is not unsurprisingly thick and oily with these kinds of chemical effects all happening at once. 4/4.5

(Tap notes: Thick, fruity, juicy, and delicious - tastes like a combination of fresh-squeezed tropical fruit ranging from passion fruit to guava. Huge peach notes and other stone fruit at the finish, with a lush, vibrant, resinous, and oily profile that is complex but very refreshing and flavorful. Totally a sipper, and still a little too boozy, but phenomenal in terms of flavor.)

All of FW's hoppier offerings are best experienced as fresh as possible. This is by far the one to most look out for freshness dates. The original score from the bottle was about 4.06. On tap, fresh, it's got to be one of the most lush, fantastically drinkable DIPAs on the market.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2013 05:40:16 | More by magictacosinus
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Taylor1989

New Hampshire

4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my Favorite Double IPA's!!

A: It poured a delicious copper/amber, crystalline yellow with a small thick head that quickly dissipated and led a small lacing round the glass
S: A sweet citrus and pine right off the bat! Sweet molasses and resinous notes with some nice piney grapefruit
T: outstandingly complex combination of pineapple, tangerine, mango, lemon with a small touch of resinous caramel.
M: low carbonation but very pleasent.
O: A great double IPA that is true to its style. Deliciously complex and not over powering. Be careful of that abv though. This beauty will easily seduce you and before you know it you are on the floor and missing 60 bucks

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2013 17:23:37 | More by Taylor1989
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Reneejane

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 02:23:32 | More by Reneejane
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter.

A. Light hazy orange. Quarter inch foam. Fades slow into a nice remaining lacing.

S. Fruity, sugary upfront. Resiny and piney. Some grainy malt. Hops. Lovely smell.

T. Big hoppy and tropical blast. Hot boozy burn is smoothed out by the sweet malt bill. Balanced nicely.

M. A little greasy. Fizzy. Finishes so smooth though.

O. Really great. All the flavors meld nicely. Big and hoppy but balance out. Drinks so nice for the ABV. Loved it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2013 18:14:38 | More by PieOhMy
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

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

First off-I have had this beer a few times, and enjoyed it enough to do so. This rating is more in line with the norm for two reasons: 1, I enjoy the beer; 2, I have found I am generally understating vs the norm, and have never given a 5 rating to anything in any category (still). I am trying to adjust my scale to consider a 5 doesn't mean I have to achieve nirvana during drinking the beer. That said:

A: clear amber with good amount of head, resilient, with solid lacing
S: at this time, floral (little country-meadow-ish with some grass notes) and a little orange. Smells like "copper" to me a bit.
T/M: mild sweet up front malts, little caramel. Little orange notes in back of throat, maybe a hint of cherry right before... Resin feel comes in, to dry and tug on the tongue. This to me makes a good full beer, my opinion. Have a malt front backed by a mouth-pulling hops aftertaste that lingers long enough to remind you you just had an IPA.
O: mostly stated above. I have been a huge fan of Burton Baton for years, this beer reminds me of it. The malt-forward, hop-backed nature fits right into a more complex taste profile that interests me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 23:46:57 | More by cjgiant
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Rob_C_ipa

New York

4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mouth Watering Flower Aroma. Great Hoppy After Taste. This Is Now My Favorite Imperial iPA. I Would Liken The Taste To IthaCa Flower PoweR. The Flower Aroma Was Perfectly BalancEd By A Hoppy, Smooth After Taste. My Brother Who Doesn't Like IPAs Thought It Was Good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 22:02:33 | More by Rob_C_ipa
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.76/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clean golden with a finger of white pillowy head. Big bubbles.

Smell is very piney, strong bitter. Pretty distinct.

Taste is bitter, but not super overpowering. Pine and floral hoppieness. Waxy finish. Crisp and drinkable.

Not a bad IPA at all for the price.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 03:03:39 | More by Smurf2055
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JordanPhraczek

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap in a Dogfish Head glass at Gulu Gulu Cafe' in Salem, MA.

A - Super fast moving bubbles, the bubbles move so fast it is almost like champagne. Two finger soapy-textured foam head at first with high retention but then it gives way to a light retention quarter-finger head after a few minutes, although the head never goes away completely. True golden color. Clean, clear look with a clean looking lace.

S - Orange, tangerine, and alcohol. Pinnacle of hop flavor has cream soda aroma and pierces the nostrils while you drink it. Does not have a harsh smell upfront, but again, once the beer is sipped the hop aroma is stinging.

T - Sour taste with hops that can really wreck the palate. Tangerine-alcohol hop flavor, with not as much of a cracker malt taste as regular jack. Much denser hop profile than regular Union Jack.

M - Swished mouthfeel turns the beer into a velvet hop froth. Exceptional mouthfeel. Medium body with a creamy feeling going down. Very nice smoothness for an imperial IPA.

O - West Coast Double with a nice smoothness. Great sour taste with a big alcoholic punch. Much less English style flavor than a regular Jack. My favorite so far from Firestone Walker.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 02:54:47 | More by JordanPhraczek
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coldriver

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fort Worth Flying Saucer, one week after Firestone Walker's DFW debut. Pours a medium amber, head and lacing average. Smells of tropical fruits, pine, and caramel. Taste is juicy blackberries, peaches, citrus and pine. Alcohol is well hidden and not overly sweet for a DIPA - well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium, sticky finish begs for the next sip. Overall a fantastic DIPA and one that is very welcome in Texas.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2013 18:28:08 | More by coldriver
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Bauzen

New York

4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a hyper-hopped, delightful masterpiece for bitter IPA lovers. While I found it to be unbalanced, I don't think it was trying to be. Some would call it over-the-top, and I tend to agree. Double-Jack is best enjoyed fresh, young, and on tap. I never enjoyed it as much from a bottle, but I'd chose this over 90% of other locally available Imperials.

The depth and complexity to this beer develops the more you sip it, making it a memorable experience. This is one of my favorites, and I'm thankful it's readily available in my area when some of its 'top 250 beers' competitors aren't.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 20:57:52 | More by Bauzen
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 12/12 Aggressive pour yields a two inch pour with a dazzling cascade of effervescence. Golden honey hue.

Tropical fruit most prominent. Ritz cracker. Wildflower sweet honey and mild hop.

Tastes like a tropical fruit bowl with a lot of grapefruit. Perfect hop bitterness, for me. No earthiness or harshness---I love it!

Pleasant easy drinking. Dry, clean and not so heavy, keeps you coming back for more. Lacing present throughout.

This is crushable. Absolutely spectacular! How has this eluded me for so long? Imagine this fresher and/or on tap! When no Sucks is around, this is a sure replacement. I will be in search of some more anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 02:05:11 | More by joeseppy
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This offering completed a trifecta of excellent hoppy brews from Firestone Walker (started with the Union Jack and followed it with a Wookey Jack).

Appearance is clear and copper with a thin layer of head. Pine and hops notes are distinctly featured in the nose. There is a very modest malt sweetness up front. The finish is dry with hop flavor that is clearly present, but not quite the level I expect in a DIPA (especially after having their VERY hoppy single IPA). The finish does get more hoppy as one drinks, but I still think it falls short of exceptional.

Maybe after the Union and the Wookey, I was expecting too much.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 06:58:08 | More by 57md
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matjack85

Illinois

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

I tried this on tap at the Shark City off track facility in Glendale Heights, IL. $2 for a 10oz serving.

The beer poured a crystal clear amber/gold color with a 2-finger creamy white head that lasted awhile and left plenty of lacing. A really gorgeous looking beer.

Very nice citrus hop smell along with some maltiness and other fruits.

Grapefruit and tangerine hop flavor along with some pine bitterness, nectarine and cherries too. 100 IBU's worth of bitterness, but it's all balanced out with plenty of malt sweetness. Great balance and good flavor.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, with low to moderate carbonation.

This is a world class beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2013 18:21:42 | More by matjack85
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Big_V

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This review is from my first taste at Churchkey on tap. Had bottle as well....

A - Lovely, served in pint glass. Deep orange with about 1 finger of head.

S - Got citrus, other complex aromas

T - This was served at exactly the right temperature, suggest if drinking from bottle not be ice cold. I could taste all the flavors when almost luke warm. Grapefruit mostly. Very hoppy.

M - Medium bodied

O - One of my favorite DIPA's. The reason I'm a hop head.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 07:55:28 | More by Big_V
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CooperEllis

New York

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

8oz goblet on-tap.

Great aroma with lots of resin, grapefruit and a thin head topping light lacing across the amber/ruby colored pour. The short pour didn't last long enough to warm much, but wasn't served too cold.

There's a good chance I'd die if I drank too many of these. It drinking boozier than the 9.5% listed. The low 'overall' is because of a peculiar aftertaste and the fact that after it settled in my stomach it turned my stomach a bit. No other good explanation but the final impression on this one was that the total is less than the sum of it's parts.

(189th)

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 19:26:12 | More by CooperEllis
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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

On Tap at Dinosaur BBQ Syracuse NY for 8$

Appearance - Clear orange colour with a very large size frothy and beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit/oranges mixed with some light pineapple. It ends with a sugary sweet aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – You really can't go wrong with this beer. It got a little of everything taste wise and it has a nice balance. I'd like a tad more hop bitterness if I could change anything.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 18:02:42 | More by spinrsx
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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 4,801 ratings.