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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,344
Hads: 7,314
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 503
Gots: 1,646 | FT: 37
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. Pours a relatively clear light amber tinged with orange. Intense hop aroma. Pineapple and citrus dominate, backed up by sweet pine. Caramel malts are off in the background. My mouth is watering from the aroma alone. Taste follows the aroma, with a wonderfully bitter finish. Mango and pineapple tropical hops coat the tongue first, with spicy and pine notes in the middle. Relatively high carbonation combines with caramel malt sweetness helps to balance things out, and the mouthfeel is full and creamy. The ABV never really shows up, as the hops cover things up nicely. This is one yummy and refreshing double IPA. Highly drinkable, especially considering the high ABV.

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

Medium golden translucent body, not too much of a head, but lots of spotty lacing and carbonation bubbles.

Smells of very fresh grapefruity hops. Grapefruit and clementine peels, fresh cut green apples tossed in lemon juice, and mild pine.

Wonderous balance. The bitterness is not too harsh. Citrusy and piney in flavor with more clementine peel and grapefruit pith on the palate. There's a sour twang presence though that is a little off-putting as the beer warms.

Moderate body and high carbonation that keeps you wanting more, but can give a rather drying sensation on the finish that feels kind of tinny.

Edit 12/18/11: Had a bottle immediately after my friend made me try some "legal" bud, which messed up my palate. The beer tasted bone dry and full of bitter grapefruit pith and hot alcohol. Like white grapefruit aerosol hairspray with a hint of caramel. I was so turned off.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- medium golden color, thin white head
S- grapefruit
T- very bitter, then can taste grapefruit, then lingering bitter aftertaste
F- medium/heavy carbonation, not incredibly smooth

Pretty good, but not incredible.

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

A: pours out a light copper color white head.

S: smells of piney and fruity hops. i get lots of mango and melon. there is a bit of lemon, and then some pine as well. there is hints of caramel malt as well.

T: it has some caramel/toffee notes in the front, and finishes dry and bitter with a piney resin. i get fruit notes from the hops just like in the aroma and some nice piney flavors at the end.

M: it has a medium body with some carbonation.

D: this is a very drinkable DIPA. hides the alcohol a little too weird.

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

A- Bright Gold with a slight orange hue. Good head at first then it subsides leaving a white ring around the top and some sticky lacing. Looks fuckin killer

S- Smells awesome, lots of hops. Mainly citrusy hops but i can smell some earthy tones in there as well. Slight malt sweetness in there too.

T- bitter hoppy goodness, drys out really quick. Love the flavor profile in this beer. Great DIPA

M- Nice and soft on the palate with a great clean finish

O- This is Bahl Hornin!

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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 Janderson91
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to stupac2 for hooking me up with this one. Union Jack is one of my favorite single IPAs, so I have high hopes for this one. Bottled on 03/14/11. Enjoyed on 06/24/11.

A - Poured into a DFH snifter. Very nice clear light orange hue. One finger white head with big bubbles forms and leaves good lacing down the sides.

S - Pretty hoppy with a good sweetness and a slight alcohol twinge. Juicy grapefruit hops and some pine as well. Just like an amped up Union Jack.

T - Very sweet at first. Then a nice hit of grapefruity hop bitterness. Then the candy sugary sweetness comes back at the finish. Leaves a pine and grapefruit bitterness on the tongue. This is still quite hoppy after over 3 months.

M - Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and creamy through the middle with just the right prickly carbonation. Love it.

O - Overall, if I had to do a blind side-by-side tasting, I'm not sure I could discern between Double Jack and Hopslam. I loved this beer. Truly a world-class IPA, not a hop bomb but perfectly balanced and quite complex. Keep it coming FW.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boss handed me this for free, its dated 2010 but should still be good with all that alcohol in it.

A: bright orange color, clear, disappointing head that fizzled down quickly.

S: sweet malt and tons of hops. Citrus and piney, very intense hop aroma.

T: Intense pine citrus grapefruit hop flavor with lots of lingering sweetness on the finish.

M: crisp carbonation, a little thick from all that sweetness.

O: very tasty IPA, would love to try a fresh one, and more from this brewery.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into Green Man goblet. 12/31/12 is the bottled on date.

A-A nice fingers width dense foamy head forms ontop of a hazy burnt orange body. Leaves nice lacing while I drink it.

S-Citrus notes are abound in the nose. Clementine, tangelo, mango and orange rind. With the citrus notes there are piney, earthy resin hop aromas. With the mild toasted malts I am getting vanilla notes as well. Great stuff!

T-As with the aroma the taste is a whopping mouthful of citrus goodness. Dank resin earthy flavor is mixed well in there with the citrus hop notes. Very good balance however with the malts and is not extremely bitter through the palate.

M-Medium/chewy body with just the right carbonation. Not a very dry finish at all, more on the sweet savoring side. Leaves a great after taste.

O-This beer is at the top of the imperial ipa category for me. Have had it on draft and this is my first time buying a bottle of it. Buy it, drink it, enjoy the shit out of it.

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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 jdhowe
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 5/17/13 -- thanks to the employee at Whole Foods who made sure I got a fresh bottle today.

A: Pours a clear deep golden color with a half finger of off-white fluffy head that quickly dissipates to a film.

S: Overwhelmingly citrusy -- so much grapefruit in this one. Citrusy hop character up front and a little bit of malt showing through behind. Very appealing, but sort of one-dimensional... this is a grapefruit bomb.

T: Taste follows the nose... lots of grapefruit and a little bit of malt. The finish is strongly bitter and lingering. Mildly earthy, but dominatingly citrusy. The alcohol is well masked for a 9.5abv DIPA.

M: Clean, crisp, and refreshing. The malt in this is lighter than many other DIPAs in the 9-11abv range, and the result is that it isn't cloying. Just a crsip, drinkable, bitter beer. Plenty of carbonation.

O: very good. All I wanted tonight was hops and something refreshing to drink and this delivered in a wonderful way. I'm always slightly put off by the $8 bomber, but never disappointed once I've got it in my possession. I will continue to drink this -- it's one of the best easily obtainable DIPAs out there. It is a little bit one dimensional and is unapologetic about it, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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

Pours a clear apple juice color with full lasting off white head. The color of the head kind of matches the off white firestone label cover

Nice sweet yet hoppy smell. Smells more like an IPA, but a very very good one. Very floral, some citrusy

The hops hit first, then blend with a fruity taste. Nice bitter hop finish with some spiciness. The hoppy is citrus, piney. Oh, and hops also. Orange flavors emerged, as well as more piney hops as I drank.

Medium mouthfeel, nice and drinkable. A spicy sense of alcohol is nice, and warming. Alcohol at 9.5% is well masked

It's good for one time. I'd choose others before this.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Burnt orange and clear in color. Two fingers of barely off white head with decent retention. A good amount of lacing that sticks pretty well to the glass.

S: Piney hops and citrus, mostly grapefruit and a little bit of lemon. Some sweet malt in there too.

T: A good amount of bitter hops up front. Sweet malt , piney, and citrus flavors. Citrus is a mix of grapefruit and orange. A hint of apricot flavor. There is an occasional booziness on the way down.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little stickiness.

O: Not super complex, but sometimes you can't put a price on drinkability. If you like citrusy and hoppy DIPAs, then this is the beer for you. If you are looking for other flavors besides citrus in your beer, then this might not be the one for you.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Golden straw with about a finger of white head.

Smell: Floral: Juicy citrus and hops.

Taste: Nice blast of juicy sweetness upfront that's immediately overtaken
by extreme grapefruit bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Feel: Fairly peppery.

Overall: This is a big beer with big flavors. For me, I would prefer a bit
more balance and less overarching citrus bitterness. A decent beer
nevertheless. Would have another.

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Photo of millertime416
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply amazing. Beautifully crystal clear golden hue. Reeks of citrusy, fruity hops; brings to mind something like skittles, laffy taffy or fruity pebbles...in a very good way. Fairly bitter, but still extremely drinkable. Alcohol seems well hidden. No real malt presence (but fits the style).

Don't know if I got this super fresh or what, but this seems way way under-rated. Just tried heady topper for the first time a week ago, and never thought I would find anything even close. However, this is right up there and in terms of appearance is far superior; it is, perhaps, a tad to bitter though. Will definitely be back for more.

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Photo of PolarBear3
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a golden honey colour with a terrific frothy two fingered head that retains and laces well

S - Hoppiness shines through, tropical fruit such as pineapple, peaches along with some sweet toffee apple or candy

T - Wow! Just explodes in your mouth, fruity tropical hops including pineapple, passionfruit balanced nicely with a slight tangy bitter lemon and dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation

O - Would have to be one of or if not the best IPA's I have had. Love the slight sweetness it has that is balanced perfectly with a little tangy bitter finish. A absolute must try!

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

Appearance: A gorgeous deep amber and super, super clear. Just amazing. This color knows what it is and states it proudly. There's a tall three finger head that takes it's time dissipating. Quite a time too.

Smell: Tangerine jumps to the front with orange and lime backing it up. Citrus dominates the aroma profile and it's all the I can get to here.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy but carried extremely well by the alcohol and carbonation. It's refreshing but heavy. It's light but strong. It's delightful.

Taste: Burning hops step to the top and like Hoptimum, you need a few sips before you can really start to judge the beer. There's a distinct bready character that lies underneath helping disguise just how alcoholic this beer is. You really have to be careful with this brew. Lime and tangerine start to appear next and are helped along with a sweet, juicy fruit flavor. Almost like mango or passionfruit. There's a very clean finish

Overall: This only gets me more excited about the Sucaba barleywine sitting in the cellar. Firestone-Walker has impressed me on their first showing. I'll definitely be back for more based on this and I suggest any hop fans head out and pick this up. Not for the hops (there's hoppier stuff out there) but for the balance here. This is a really great Imperial IPA example and everyone should get a chance to enjoy it.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: yellow orange and pretty clear. Medium white head.

S: this one has a nose on it! Hops and fruits.

T: floral hops, lemon juice, orange peel, pineapple, grassiness. On the malt side I get slight caramel but no toastiness which is good!

M: medium and buttery. The hop oils coat my mouth and leave a delicious flavor.

O: well worth the buy. This is an A beer. I'm surprised that it isn't too malty due to the alcohol content. But you don't get even a hint of heat. Good stuff.

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Photo of merryjoulton
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful apricot color with light fizziness and a respectable head. Head sticks around for the whole bottle. Smell is solid. Very floral and full of subdued citrus and pine notes. Nose is definitely the strength of this brew. Taste is well balanced. Mouthfeel leaves none to be desired. Overall actually a great beer. Hard to believe it packs a 9.5% hit.

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Photo of drewba
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Stunning beer. An aggressive beer pour gives a finger white, tiny bubbled head which proudly sits on top of a brilliant, see through golden yellow. Very inviting, and it's literally screaming DRINK ME. Literally.

S - Hugely floral and citrus. Fresh lemon, tangerine and mango with a little pineapple peeking through. Smells a little sweet in the back end, which actually lends nicely to the caramel and bread malt character.

T - The flavor that is most prominent is the sticky pine resin, lots of it and it really hangs in the overall flavor. Backing up the resin are lemon rinds, sweet pineapple, bitter grapefruit and tangerine. Just like in the smell, there are nice caramel and rye bread notes.

M - The mouthfeel has some umph. Sticky, rich, but not enough carbonation to balance out how hearty the body is. The carbonation is low, but the bubbles are tiny and do give this a smooth quality.

D - This was highly drinkable at fridge temp, then really teeters off as it warms. Otherwise, the appearance and smell have me coming back for more, and I'm really enjoying a slew of west coast hops with a thoughtful malt balance.

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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 HarryPotHead
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

ST - bomber into pint glass. 12.24.2012 date on bottle.

A - somewhat cloudy copper - amber hue. 2 finger head from hard pour with lots of sticky lacing to the bottom of the glass.

S - typical citrus and pine, but done right. Very nice.

T - subtley hidden malts counterbalance the citrus. Sweet with a dry and mildly bitter finish. ABV is masked very well. This is one good take on the style.

M - heavy carbonation with a slick, oily feel. Still feels crisp and refreshing.

O - love it...big hop flavor. Big flavor period. Up there with some of my favorite IPA's. We don't see many west coast IPA's in Baltimore, but this is as good as any I've had (still love my DFH 90 minute though!) Well done Firestone Walker!

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

Appearance: Pours a light golden orange, fairly transparent, this was filtered clean…a good amount of off white, big bubble head formed but settled to a thin layer that rests a bit “flat”…(3.95/5)

Smell: Grapefruit and pineapple heavy citrus hops up front…I’m getting some mandarin and tangerine, a little orange peel…a little bit of piney resin in there…classic light, sweet, caramel malts playing supporting roles…it’s sweet, it’s good, but it lacks the zest that makes greatness in this class…(4.25/5)

Taste: Yum! As it smells, citrus and resinous pine hops heavy…sweet caramel/pale/bready/earthy malts balancing things nicely…it’s light and delicate and while it is a hoppy, it’s not a tongue shredder…there’s more bready malt flavor than I typically find…it’s good…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…light carbonation…mildly resinous, chewy for it’s lightness…piney bitterness coats my palate in the after taste…(3.95/5)

Overall: This is a good brew…I’ve been drinking a plethora in this genre and they can begin to blend together, leaving the truly exceptional standing out…while this is good, it’s not outstanding and blends somewhat into the lower portion of the upper tier of this class (if that makes sense)…the bready malts create a slightly unique flavor…it’s good and for the price tag, $7.99, it’s definitely worth purchasing…this would be a great brew while playing some poker, a loud, talkative poker game…maybe with some chips…(4/5)

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Photo of busterthecat
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into oversized stemmed ale glass.

A- A clear golden with orange hue. A good bubbly head. The clearest IIPA i've ever seen. Decent lacing.

S- Wow, a blast of fresh sweet ripe pineapple. Soft caramel underneath. Like a tropical farmers market on a summer day.

T- Very similar to taste. Lots of ripe pineapple. A very solid caramel backbone. Hops give some bitterness that lingers. Some spice in finish. Becomes sweeter as warms.

M- Medium- big, Drying, slightly chewy. A slight resin and tingle on tongue. I would want it to be a bit more crisp.

O/D- No alc. A very good IIPA. Smell was great, taste was solid, just a little to much cloying caramel and sweetness for me. It was more on the balanced side.

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Photo of cps98
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Really nice clear sunrise yellow with a perfect 2 bright white head. Head retention was pretty good but did eventually fade to a ring of white bubbles around the glass. Really nice lacing was seen.

S – Nice piney resinous hop aroma with some citrus mixed in for good measure.

T – Nice citrus / grapefruit taste with hints of pine. A very mild malt sweetness comes through on the backside but it is faint the hops take the front seat on this one.

M – Very smooth very mild bitterness. Carbonation was perfect just the slightest CO2 bite. Nice and dry finish.

O – This is a very solid double IPA, really nice and smooth and isn’t all hyped up like some others. Fairly easy to find in PA and MD which makes it even more attractive.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,344 ratings.