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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 utfiero
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- sunset gold. Medium head.

Aroma- crisp with sharp grapefruit notes and hint of pine sap.

Taste- An excellent SoCal IPA! Starts hoppy and floral refreshing citrus throughout finishing with a Sorrento lemon and hint of pine.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 4/6/2013.

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated bomber into a snifter. Smells like sunshine- pineapple, grapefruit with a little wheat and a funky sourness in the background that I can't quite identify. Nearly clear gold with a frothy white head that leaves big looping lace.

Wow- this is incredibly juicy and sweet. The finish dries up a bit with some bitterness. Alcohol stays incredibly well-hidden. Mouthfeel is slick without being sticky. The complexity of this beer encourages me to take my time, but it's not overbearing at all. Would guess that this bottle is not incredibly fresh, and I'm sure this beer is even better when it is.

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Photo of Rheaume17
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau glass.

A - Pours as nice orange hue. Think sudsy head.

S - Smells of tropical fruit; Mango, apricot, mango, papaya.

T - Tons of tropical fruit flavors as mentioned with the smell. Of course with it being 9.5%, it was a little boozy, but not overpowering.

M - Good carbonation with a bitterness that lingers in the mouth.

O - Honestly a little let down from this one, but a great beer nonetheless. Lots of tropical fruits, but not the crisp hop profile that I was expecting.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been hearing about this one for a long time, so I was excited to find it at my local store. 22oz. poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a vibrant and hazy golden orange, but not very dark orange as I have read. There is a good two fingers of creamy white head in top, with good retention and super sticky lacing. Appears to be well carbonated.

S - Very piney and earthy but with plenty of citrus notes, mainly grapefruit. Perhaps a little pear as well, with a dry musky end.

T - I cannot believe how well hidden the alcohol is in this beer, right off the bat. It tastes very fruity and fresh but also complex. There is distinct green apple and pear in the flavor, as well as plenty of grapefruit. Slight bitter and piney in the finish, which is dry and earthy. The fruit flavors in this IPA are so punchy and fresh tasting that they really stand out.

M - Only somewhat oily but not overly so. Light mouthfeel for such an explosively flavorful beer. Crisp and well carbonated.

O - An excellent double IPA that is well worth trying if you are into the hopbomb kind of beers as I am. Definitely stands out among the pack of double IPAs I have sampled in the past few months.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear Darker Amber color with 2 Fingers of off white head.

S - Smells of Citrusy Hops, Grapefruit, Lemon Rind, Pine, Pineapple, Caramel, Black Pepper, Fresh Cut Grass.

T - Tastes of Caramel, Citrus, Pine, Orange, Spices, and Lemon Zest.

M - High carbonation, Oily, Good Bitterness, and Alcohol.

D - Drinkability is very good but high Sweetness and Alcohol is a dangerous combination.

I like this beer better on Tap. The Hops show up more in the smell but the mouthfeel and tastes are basically the same.

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Photo of smanders
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber of Double Jack at Wegmans for less than $8.50. Okay, it was $8.49 (pre-tax), but I thought that was reasonable for a DIPA with a lion and a bear fighting on the label. I love the bottled-on info (5/22/2014) -- even the time (9:14)?!?!

Appearance: crystal clear copper. Three finger head that leaves a thick, white lacing.

Smell: big grapefruit notes with a subtle touch of pine.

Taste: in a word---complex. Starts off with citrus, but quickly becomes more pine/bitter. After about half a glass, the citrus pulls ahead again! Finishes with a gentle malt sweetness; nice!

Mouthfeel: really palatable for a DIPA (i.e. not heavy at all).

Drinkability: watch yourself. At 9.5% A.B.V, this DIPA could outmatch your desire for continued consumption.

Based on DoubleJack, I'll definitely try Union Jack now. Thanks Firestone!

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Photo of jsulko
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Slightly cloudy/hazy orangish gold with a decent white foam head

Smell is heavier toward the grapfruity side

Very smooth You can taste the grapefruity flavors with a slight alcohol finish with little to no bitterness

Very drinkable and dangerous double IPA that can really sneak up on you

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Photo of coriswrasse
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottle date 1/3/14 may contribute heavily to this rating

very good clarity

excellent nose

low head

poor taste but the hops still hits you in the mouth right up front.

hops are low after that probably due to age.

need to try a fresher one to get a better clue of what this beer is about.

from their site: 4+lbs/BBL: Bittering—Warrior, Columbus; Late Kettle—Cascade, Centennial; Dry Hops—Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe .

I wanted this but the age, ugh!

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Photo of schwaeh
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle received as an extra from readbaron, thanks Baron. Bottled 4/29/11.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a large two finger light-creme head. The frothy head hangs on forever. Lacing lasts throughout the glass.

S: Smells of grapefruit, a nice soft hop aroma, and a very good malt presence adding complexity and balancing this big beer out. Also a light pine aroma.

T: Taste is grapefruit, pine, light orange and some honey. It has a nice malty backbone that doesn't over shine the hops. The alcohol is nicely hidden for 9.5%. This sort of reminds me of Hopslam on it's second week.

M: Has a nice medium body that feels round and full in the mouth. Bitterness builds quite nicely on the tongue. Adequate carbonation.

O: I've had this a few times. I really wish I could get this around here because I really enjoy it every time, in fact I think I enjoy every FW beer every time. Any DIPA that tastes this fruity and has adequate bitterness left at 3 months old is ok in my book.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4/5  rDev -6.5%

*On tap Max’s* Look: Nice shade of brass blonde, nice white lacing. Smell: Mellow tangerine with fresh grapefruit hanging in the background, faint alcohol, some grain sweetness. Taste: Citrus, nice herbal/ tobacco leaf, hint of resin, subtle malt sweetness, modest bitterness finishes clean. Feel: Medium-light body par carbonation.

Overall: Hoppy goodness for sure. This brew sets juicy hop flavors to the front. Enough malt to entertain the hops on the palate. The alcohol is only present in the aroma, so this ale could get you in trouble. The modest bitterness is refreshing for a big beer like this. Is this an earthshattering DIPA? No, yet it holds it’s own in the West Coast Style. Recommended.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber into Nonic

A: very clear, gold color with very white head with tiny, active carbonation and fine lacing.

S: Rich orange and apricot, slight smoothness to the hops that suggest the presence of malt but no real outstanding breadiness

T: Sweet, orange blossoms, did i mention sweet, long smooth finish that starts to get a bit bitter 5 seconds after the swallow, a little bit of alcoholic heat wraps up the experience. I could actually use a little more bitter bite.

M: smooth and not as sharp as the carbonation suggests, ever so slightly dry

O: This is a really tasty beer, especially if you lean toward the heavier, sweeter, citrus and honey side of the tasting tracks. I could use a bit more punch from either the carbonation or bitterness to dial back the sweetness a bit.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a classic dipa colour ...orange with a nice white head.
The smell is not as floral or welcoming as other dipas I have tasted .This does not fill a room with huge pine smells when opened as say, Pliny does. Nice hints of apricot, and pine. Off smells of kitty urin ( as many dipas are to me).

This brew shines in the taste and mouthfeel department! Extreme bitter hops up front and an alcoholic bite lingers. Huge, sweet, apricot like malty goodness! Outside of the huge bitternes, this dipa is so creamy and smooth. Way to easy to drink for almost 10%!

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge fan of this beer. I have not had any Firestone Walker brews before, but this is a really nice IPA. Nice all around. Crisp, refreshing, bitter, tart....
A: Pours exactly what a great IPA should look like
S: Citrusy notes, fresh, clean
T: Bitter and tart, but not at all sour...this is a really smooth, right on IPA
O: A really fine IPA, this is good....

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Photo of colforbin73
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is a crystal clear, grapefruity, oaked-up, rich and sumptuous brew. this is some sort of apex of west coast IIPA, taking the outstanding Union Jack IPA to the next level. it wasn't necessary, that beer is a brewery-maker of an ale, complex and wonderful in it's "single ipa" state. but this is a DOUBLE jack -- this is a dangerous beer.

this beer doesn't pour, it creates a light amber clear pool of bubbles in your glass... a pure pour, with negative floaties... just delicious pure liquid silk in a glass. no real head or lacing to speak of, but sparkly on the tongue, carbonated fine.

the hop aroma is very very fresh and citrusy. i think it is the Cascade and Centennial in the nose... the taste and mouthfeel are exceptional, the barrel aging is perfect -- the depth of flavor is satisfying, malty-sweet bitter-fruity and just fresh fresh fresh...

this is a near perfect beer imho -- please tell me this is gonna be on the shelf for a minute. i don't need this year round. but 3-4 months of double jack would be just about great.

Double Jack is right there with Pliny. don't doubt it for a second. i would say Pliny is a little drier and slightly more piny... this beer is more sweet and oily thanks to the delish oak.

American Imperial IPA
100% Stainless Steel Fermentation
Premium Two-Row (Metcalf & Kendall varieties), Munich, Simpson's Light Crystal
4+lbs/BBL: Bittering—Warrior, Columbus; Late Kettle—Cascade, Centennial; Dry Hops—Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe
CA, NV, OR, WA, AZ, MO, Chicago, MA, NJ, NY, VA, PA
22 oz bottle/draft

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Photo of Marty30
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle I believe,poured at fridge temp into a snifter.

A. Very nice copper color supporting a three finger white head that mellowed down to about half a finger.

S. Smells of pineapple,mango,peach and some citrus very good smelling beer makes me want to dig right in!

T. Very good, Alot like the smell indicates Lots of passion fruit and some citrus.Nicely balenced with a good malt backbone to smooth it out nicely.Get a little bit of clove and bready malts in the back.

M. Nice medium smooth feel,good carbonation slightly tingles the pallet.

This beer I thought was excellent. Worthy to hang with the big dogs in my opinion.I reccomend this to any hop head.

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Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (bottled on date: 2/29/2012, 12:15) into a Riedel 14oz tulip

A- Pours an absolutely clear, sunset orange with a healthy 1-2 finger, white, soapy head with only moderate retention. Although no lacing to speak of, this beer produces pronounced alcohol legs... no surprise with an ABV of 9.5%.

S- Hops for days! Gobs of sweet citrus (orange, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit) and tropical/stone fruits (apricot, peach and mango) with hints of resiny pine all mingle to create a wonderful olfactory experience.

T- Sweet citrus on the front of the palate followed by stone fruit sweetness and finishing with an intensifying white grapefruit rind bitterness. You are left with a dryness that begs for nothing more than another sip. This is one dangerous brew, as the alcohol is completely masked by the aroma and flavor.

M- Despite carbonation not streaming up from the sides of the glass, my palate is met with a lively carbonation which only helps to enhance the intensity of the bitterness.

O- A masterfully concocted Imperial IPA and one that lives up to the hype. At almost $8 for a 22oz bottle, I might choose Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid as an 'everyday' offering. However, when I stumble upon this fresh (i.e. 1-2 months from BOD), Double Jack is a must! If you are a fan of hoppy beers and have not yet sampled Double Jack, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to at least one...it is worth every penny.

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Photo of modidia
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very hoppy with a rubbing alcohol finish... Anyone can do hoppy, but hoppy with character? That is the sweet spot. Probably the worst beer I had from these guys.. However, I trust the consensus, so I will try it again

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Photo of churchillps
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Orange and hazy, with a thick head that slowly sinks, but lacing sticks throughout. Tastes...Oh, this has been reviewed a billion times, so no need to continue. Just a delicious DIPA that perfectly encapsulates the style.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD

A- Light straw color with a crisp white head. You could put this next to a bud light and get it confused due to it's super clarity. However one distinction that clearly would separate it from a water beer (BL) is the lacing. This one is off the charts.

S- Pure hop aroma- Like taking a handful of hops and just shoving them up your nose. I can smell this beer from 2 feet away. Very enticing.

T- Nice hop flavor, the sugars come to play and really balance the flavor out, not overly bitter but it does come through on the finish. Citrus flavor has a toastiness to it.

M- Medium to full body with some creaminess. Very smooth finish.

O- Great beer. Drinkable even as it warms. Fantastic. You know you have a great beer when you can sit for an hour and it still tastes great.

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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say? The most complex, fruitiest DIPA I’ve ever tasted, and the fruitiest unfruited beer I’ve tasted since Stille Nacht 1996 Reserve. Among the detectable fruity esters, there are grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, peach, plum, agave nectar, cherry, mango, kiwi, lemon, lime, marion berry, and strawberry. The finish is luxuriously long, and that seltzer quality slightly dries out the finish, and really adds a sprightly tingle. Add to this a great malt backbone that has a fruitiness all its own with a substantial body (similar to Hercules, but not as syrupy and weighty. The floral hoppiness in this beauty almost rivals the Plinys, and after awhile a seltzery saltiness develops, and while I’m not normally a fan of seltzer, it works perfectly here, and leaves one craving another taste. Perfection.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottled 4/7/16

clear golden color. after cracking the bottle get an earthy dankness and slight floral note on the nose. in the glass picking up a lot of malt sweetness, giving off a caramely/honey type aroma - light citrus as well. taste is similar, grapefruit and orange citrus flavors up front followed by a definite malty sweetness, and ending on a bitter piney note. mouthfeel leaves something to be desired, and there is a bit of an alcohol bite on the aftertaste. overall a god but not amazing IPA.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Snifter glass.

Pours a brilliant reddish-orange that radiates from the glass and has a bubbly off-white head that dissolves into a swirly fine layer around the glass. The aroma is fresh citrus hops with some toasted malt in the background. The flavor is piney and citrusy hops upfront and is accompanied by some a nice touch of malt and finishes with a grapefruit bitterness. Its full-medium bodied and has a nice amount of carbonation. This beer absolutely blew me away. The aroma smells like a basket of hops and the flavor doesn't let you down. In my opinion this is far superior to my encounters with Pliny. This just has a nice malt backbone to accompany the delicious bouquet of hops.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy light orange with half finger of off white head. Head retention is good, lacing looks average.

S - I can smell it from a few feet away from the glass. It sort of smells like lychees from this far away. Closer up that changes, it's mostly light citrus hops with a touch of alcohol and a good background of sweet malts. Lychees are still there just not as much.

T - Malts take over, but not too much. Sweet caramel, toffee, some light fruits. Hops are definitely not pushed aside though. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, general citrus are all there. Good balance between the sweet malts and the bittering hops.

M - Medium body, sticky sweet mouthfeel. Coats the mouth with sweet caramel malts. Finish is sweet and slightly drying with tastes of sweet malts, bittering hops, and citrus hops.

O - Good balance, nice range of hops, easily drinkable for the ABV, overall I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of Idrankitall
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Nice golden amber, with no haze, and an airy white head.

S: Citrus with some floral undertones and a little pine.

T: Hoppy, with some more hops. Afterwards lending to some malt backing with a slight carmel hint.

M: Medium, not as heavy or oily as expected from a strong hoppy beer.

O: A great DIPA, not my favorite but in my top 10. If you enjoy hoppy beers this one is worth trying. I will get it again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of 05Harley
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/20/11

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $6.99/bomber

Pours a beautiful shade of copper and gold with incredible crarity. A 1 inch creamy head of suds slowly dissipates into the liquid goodness. A gentle swirl of the glass and the suds quickly reappear as a reminder of freshness.

A faint smell of tangerine, grapefruit and pine. A whiff of honey keeps me interested.

The flavor hits you head on with tropical fruits followed by bittering hops, pepper, pine and a slight malty finish. Could use a little more sweetness to balance things out.

Medium to full body and sticky with a fair amount of carbonation. Big hops leave the taste buds with a bitter warm feeling.

Overall this is a solid representation of the style and one I can buy right here at my local beer store. Welcome to NH Firestone Walker.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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