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Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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 BrownAleBollocks
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark orange to light amber color, with a two finger white head. Aroma is spectacular with huge citrus and tropical fruits along with pine and grapefruit. Taste follows with a big citrus, tropical fruit surge up front, followed by grapefruit, pine, and citrus rind, and at the end a big smack of resin and bitterness, with a bit of the booze showing through. Mouthfeel is thin to medium with a bit of oilyness somewhat offset by carbonation. Overall, this is a terrific dipa, a little lighter in mouthfeel than some, but still good. Not quite my favorite, but still up there.

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

I love the label art, which depicts a grizzly bear and a lion about to duke it out. Could this represent the California Bear vs the British lion? A moderate pour from a bomber into a clear glass chalice produces a short but very creamy head. The beer is a pinkish tinged, pale copper color, with light carbonation. Beautiful appearance with unique colors and an ultra creamy head.

Luscious citrus aromas on the nose, with distinct notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit and pineapple. The flavor is loaded with citrus across the spectrum with lime-like flavors enhanced. The rich malt mellows, smoothes, and provides nearly perfect balance, with notes of toasted bread and caramel. A distinct warming sensation is felt in the back of the mouth, otherwise it would be hard to notice the ABV of 9.5%.

An excellent double IPA that is flavorful, balanced, smooth drinking, and dangerous. Firestone Walker products just made their arrival in my town, and I look forward to trying more of their beers. This bomber was reasonably priced at $5.69.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange with some bubbles. 3/4 inch head that holds for about a minute.

S - Strong fruity notes. Sweet, passion fruit with hint of grapefruit. Slight hint of orange.

T - Front is sweet almost like a fruit juice. Turns into a grapefruit taste and the bitterness kicks in. It is a medium piney bitterness. Can definitely taste the alcohol.

M - More than a medium thickness with some carbonation burn.

O - Tasty DIPA. Looks beautiful, smells fantastic, and the bitterness is restrained.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled on 01/05/16

Pours clear gold-amber orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like big toffee, caramel, biscuit, grapefruit, papaya, mango, orange, pineapple, with mild pine and floral grass. Tastes like sweet malty dark caramel and toffee, biscuit, orange, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, with dank pine and floral earthy grass. Feels light-medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice double IPA.

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Photo of mpyle
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color, good clarity. Poured nice white head with good retention for the beer strength.

Big pine and caramel malt aroma. Rich and sweet. Maybe a little too sweet smelling.

Big caramel sweetness up front to blend with the big pine hop flavors (matching the aroma). Some alcohol as well. Subtle bitterness kick late mouth, and a gentle bitter finish. Expect bigger hop bitterness.

Moderately high body, medium carbonation. Distinct but pleasant alcohol warming.

Tastes like a bigger IPA, so hits the mark stylistically. Bitterness could be bigger in my view...lots of resididual sweetness.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear fiery-orange. You could read through it, it's so clear. The head is white, frothy and foamy with moderate retention. Good lacing. Wonderful notes of pine, resin , and citrus hops in the aroma. Taste is a smooth play between pine and resin hops versus citrus. Great notes, well balanced, and inviting enough to warrant an immediate follow-up sip. Mouth feel is medium, with good smooth characteristics. Easy to drink despite being an "IPA"* and 9.5%. Overall, a very pleasing beer that goes back easy.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

*Only say this because some consider "IPAs" difficult to drink. This one is on the smoother side in my opinion.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed in a tulip glass.

A: A clear golden amber with off-white one finger head that lingered.

S: Tropical goodness featuring grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine resin.

T: Bursting with grapefruit, pine resin and bready malts. Smooth and balanced. So deadly drinkable.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: Another prize in the FW stable. Wish I had this one every week.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

A - Nice bright, clear, amber copper color with a generously thick, creamy head with sticky lacing.

S - Spicy citrus, resiny, and biscuity caramel malt.

T - Floral, spicy, piney, grapefruit, peach, lemon rind.

M - Big and full bodied with a creamy texture.

O - A fantastic Double IPA.

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

This is a re-review form years passed.

Bottled 3/11/16, consumed 4/15/16.

As fresh as you can get Double Jack, unfortunately.

Pours crystal clear, with some nice foam sticking around the sides of the glass. Very nice.

Smells earthy. Like earthy pineapple. Some pine and resin there as well.

Taste follows with a good amount of bitterness and pine/ resinous. Very west-coast. Has juicey quality to back it up as well.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden orange, large upfront head with low retention, leaving a foam ring.

Aromas of pine, grapefruit and bubblegum.

Flavors of caramel, toffee, and a spicy hop bite, but it's surprisingly not too bitter.

Double Jack is not as light and fizzy as regular Union or Easy Jacks, as it's a little more substantial, so that's a plus. However, I'm not as blown away as I was told I would be.

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Photo of bzainthemd
2.68/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Out of all the San Diego double IPA's, this is unfortunately one of my least favorite. Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bottle. The look is a nice golden ale with small thick head. Smell, mild piney, muted. Taste was disappointing with less hoppy taste than I expected, too much alcohol flavor than other 9.5% double IPA's, and more of a resinous taste than I prefer. The feel is about right for a double IPA with normal carbonation. Overall, I was disappointed with this one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good orange with a small 1/4" white head. Aroma went citrus and tropical. Dropped some grapefruit in there too.

Taste was hoppy in a high level, when fresh its super great, although that seems to prove a difficult task sometimes, I believe at the corner market right now by my place, there is some December '14 bottles of double jack. Good they went with 4 packs at least finally. Its a very good dipa, plenty of hop mouthfeel, not overly caramel/crystal malt stuff here. Clean, tropical medley of hop flavors here. Dry finish.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear golden colored beer with big white head that dissipates pretty quick and therefore not much lacing
S - big piney grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, peach
T - big grapefruit, pine and peach, orange zest, lemon zest, balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone. Very clean west coast IPA. Big bitterness.
M - light to medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is bitter grapefruit and pine.
O - great ipa. Definitely a classic west coast ipa. One of the first of the style that I tried.

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

I love this beer! HOPS HOPS HOPS HOPS HOPS HOPS! Beautiful amber color and it smells terrific. It tastes even better. Bring out the I.V. and plug me in!

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 03/09/16:

Semi-clear golden amber with lemon white head of medium retention, delicate, foamy, crispy, lacy, and filmy. Crackers, resin, caramel, sweet orange, raisin aromas. On the palate, very boozy, and strong with resinous, rindy, spicy, and extremely perfumey hop character, having a backbone of tartness, crackers, and caramel. Takes a little getting used to. Certainly not as citrusy or fruity-sweet as a number of Imperial IPAs. Very peppery afterbreath. Dry and fairly astringent. Full-bodied, fluffy and soft carbonation, warming to burning with alcohol. It’s not bad, but aromas are generic and perfumey hops are generally too much for me. I respect and appreciate the high ABV, though.

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Photo of donspublic
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into pilsner, all they had. Nice 2 finger head, leaves nice lacing. Clear golden to look at. Nice hop aroma. Nice drinking beer, not too bitter and love the mouthfeel on this

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Photo of Butznutz
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip glass. Nice clear amber hue. Smell is straight hops with a little grapefruit. Same goes for the taste. starts citrus, goes right into the hop character and then finished with a subtle malt sweetness. Solid DIPA that drinks easy for the high ABV.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times and I bought another half dozen a few days ago.

(L) It has a clear golden hue with a two inch white head.


(A) The aroma is citrus and tropical fruit.


(T) The taste grassy, sweet, the typical IPA grapefruit taste, tropical fruit, not alcohol taste, and it is easy drinking.


(F) Crisp, smooth, fairly carbonated, and overall extremely good.

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Photo of MoMaMe
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice double IPA. It has a lot more malt than other IPAs that I've tried, which gives it a nice, sweet, finish that complements/balances the bitterness of the IPA.

I typically do not like as much malt in an IPA as this, but it is pleasant, and a well-crafted beer and definitely one I would recommend.

look: nice mid-amber with a slight head
smell: sweet for an IPA, definite malty sent over a milder citrus
taste: initial piney/citrus but quickly followed by a brown-sugary/maltness with a lingering bitterness
feel: pleasant

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Photo of Krisp09
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color: poured into tulip, thin white 1 finger head that quickly dissipated and left nice lacing on the glass, clear orange to copper color. Aroma: amazing, grapefruit, pine, molasses. Taste: initial citrus and pine gives way to brown sugar and biscuit from malt finishes with alcohol and a resin that builds as you drink. Feel: medium body, dryness from alcohol. Overall: incredibly balanced IPA that drinks way too easy for its alcohol content!

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Photo of cambabeer
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is really good, would buy again. Had about 5 weeks out from bottling date. Piney and sweet malt in the nose, some citrusy crispness as well. Warming alcohol toward the end and a fairly dry finish. Juicy hops toward the middle.

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Photo of zshaft
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours nice off orange. minimal head that dissipated quickly. smells nice sweet orange and light pine. some grapefruit peel. citrus hits up front with melon and tangerine grapefruit. some pine comes through but very mellow. mouthfeel is medium and finishes with nice lingering bitterness that makes my cheeks pucker. great west coast ipa. different for me cause I drink the hazy eastcoast stuff a lot. but this beer has a lot to offer and Is a nice blast of citrus from the west. would def drink again.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Palest amber with cratered off-white head. 4
Juicy lemon balm with some pastry - a bit dim, though. 3.75
Thread of caramel, then tangerine, pineapple, pink grapefruit, some dank, and big Simcoe pine hit. 4.25
Yellow Swedish fish end and Alka-Seltzer linger.
Halfway to med, salty, slight cling. 4

Bittering—Warrior, Columbus; Late Kettle—Cascade, Centennial; Dry Hops—Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe

7 months out from Jul.10 bottling date - welcome to American imports to Europe. For that, there's still a bang of citrus, lots of Lagunitas-esque juice and even more pine. But the story here is the body - easy on the malts to get super-crisp yet with no heat, miraculously. Ranks with any Cali DIPA. 4.5

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Photo of jmd1978
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice little head on it. Color of light orange/Amber. Smell of tropical fruits like mango and melon. Obviously hops. Taste not as strong as expected but clearly an IPA. Bitter with notes of tropical fruit and melon as well. A bit maltose than expected but not too bad. Finish a smooth with an mouthfeel of malt and hops. A decent DIPA but probably not as strong as could've been since it was about 3 months old. Will happily drink another fresh one to be sure.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,376 ratings.