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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,328 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,328
Hads: 7,235
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 480
Gots: 1,605 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Bottle dated 02/10/11

Poured aggressively into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Massive white head on top of a crystal clear golden amber body. Aroma is massive. Grapefruit, tangerines, fruitpunch mixed with some earthy/resiny notes. Flavor follows the nose with a fruity/earthy hop bite and strong toffee caramel malt sweetness. Very juicy and fruity. Finishes sticky with a lingering hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation with a creamy smooth body. Slight alcohol warming sensation becomes more present as the beer warms up.

Glad to see Firestone Walker on the shelves in MA. Truly enjoyable IPA.

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

Presented in a glass to my table I am already excited by the dark copper brew with a white creamy head.
The nose is fantastic. Orange and grapefruit citrus hops, with some tangerine as well that smells so fresh and inviting.
The taste is equally as pleasing with orange, strawberry and tangerine notes. A little boozy but only in the background.
The mouthfeel is creamy with a good level of bitterness on the finish that is strong but so smooth.
There is still good retention on my glass and the only thing stopping me from drinking these all day is the 9.5%. Wow!

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden body with a nice white head that lasts decently long.

S: Citrus hops and some overripe mango. I can definitely tell this is a Firestone from the smell.

T: Much more on the malty side of the scale than the hoppy side. There's a bit of a hop snap about midway, but other than that, the malts and a bit of caramel sweetness dominate this one. Not bad, but not one of the better doubles I've had.

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

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. Saw it and though "hey, I havent had Firestone yet". The sell point for me was the date on the case "packaged on 2/10/11". Yeah, should still be nice and fresh, one bottle please. Now I have to buy more.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a wonderful golden copper colour with a fluffy 2 finger head that very, very slowly faded to leave sticky lacing. Wow.

S - WOW. Another user was right, lots of bubblegum and grapefruit citrus aromas. Thats it really, no malts or anything just WHAM in your face grapefruit, bubblegum, and tropical. This is by far the most intensely aromatic DIPA I've ever drank.

T - Sweet mother of mercy! I imagine, because this is so goddamn fresh, its as delicious as it is. Lots of grapefruit and tropical hop flavours here. There is a little malt sweetness but the middle and end is ALL grapefruit and topical notes. This flavour, this spectacular flavour makes me want to drink this nonstop. My god this is good.

M - This is the only iffy area for this beer. I knew right off the bat this beer was getting 5's in all categories, but the mouthfeel, this one I had to think about. Gotta do it though. The feel its just crisp enough. That nice tingle right up front with a very nice finish. Not syrupy really. I'd like more carbonation (just a lil), however, thats damn near impossible with this ABV. If this was an IPA, it would only be say, a 4/4.5 but for a double with this ABV, yeah, gotta do it.

D - Yeah, everything above compounds into something spectacular. I've had alot of DIPA but this, this one shatters them all. I cant think of anything this can improve on. Outstanding aromas here, the flavour is a ridiculously close second but the aroma, man oh man. Its the freshness of the bottle that makes this rank incredibly high for me, it has to be, I mean, the smell cant be THAT intense some months down the road can it?? This is a 9.5 ABV and I'm drinking this like its some absurdly low number. What's this? The bottle is gone already? Damnit!

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at The Blue Monkey in Jersey, god help us all.

Double Jack in the Chimay glass looks a bronze/shiny copper with spots of faded orange and just enough bubbles to form a decent cap. Semi stick to nothing. Smell is of citrus with bubblegum juicyfruit style. A good amount of tangerine, less on the pine, mlaty backing. Taste is a crisp heap of juicy oily hops that give off more citrus than earth. a nice mix but im leaning on the tropical side. A sweet middle giving off gum, a earthy finish. Feel is sticky, filling and bitter but not over the edge. About medium, carb is not biting my tounge. I could not drink this all day and I believe I've had better doubles. I'll take the single Jack over this any day FRESH!!!

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- tangerine, grapefruit, sweet citrus

color- gold amber

clarity- clear

smell- huge hop burst when first opened and poured, grapefruit, bubblegum, pretty one dimensional

body- smooth on the palate, a little hop bite at the front of the mouth, medium-length almost dry finish. the beer didn't open up in the mouth for me...it was straight-forward. not the agressive hop biterness their website claims

appearance- two finger white foamy pour that disipates pretty quickly. good lace retention, some active carbonation. second pour produced a guiness-like creamy head...nice

overall impression- a little sweet, pleasantly surprised that the alcohol was masked so well by the malt. wanted the beer to be more complex and full-bodied for what it claimed to be

notes and comments- this one is a creaper...don't let the drinkability fool ya. first ever imperial ipa for firestone walker. 4+lbs/bbl: bittering--warrior, columbus; late kettle--cascade, centennial; dry hops--amarillo, cascade, centennial, simcoe

beer spy- jackson's wines and spirits, lafayette ca, 3/12/11, $7.99, 22oz

glassware: pint

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$6.53 bomber at Liquor Outlet, Boonton.

Crystal clear orange body, topped by a thick slab of snow white micro-bubbles. Nice lacing quickly apparent.

Big strong fresh inviting aroma of oranges and grapefruits. Piney backdrop.

Light sweetness dances across the tongue. Big juicyness explodes all over the mouth before and after the big bitter hop bite at the swallow. Mild alcohol tingle in the afterglow.

Nice smooth mouthfeel flows right on down.

Big time dangerous drinkability.

A terrific addition to the Jersey craft beer markets.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark golden yellow to light orange in color. An impresive tow finger, white, pillowy head with really good retention.

S- lots of citrus with grapefruit out front and a sticky gooey resiny hit to it. Malts play second fiddle with some caramel and some bread.

More citrusy hops backed by a clean cereal malt. Hints of alcohol come through from time to time, but they're not strong. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

D: Quite drinkable, though it's certainly an imperial IPA so there's bitterness.

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Photo of PHENSO
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a lover of all things hops, this DIPA seemed right up my alley. The price is right too. I'm used to spending over ten bucks for my premium bombers, and for this beer I gladly would. The color, the lacing, the aroma, and the balance....yes, it's a DIPA that isn't ALL hops. This is a well balanced beer for hop heads and folks who don't usually go here. It's easily my new favorite. I'm anxious to try this on tap, as I usually make the mistake of drinking too cold. It's tough for me to be patient when it comes to this fine brew.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Firestone pint glass, body is clear gold with a white head that slowly dissipates to a ring of bubbles, leaving nice curtains of lacing on the glass. The clarity and golden color make for a beautiful presentation.

Smells of brown sugar and strongly of aromatic hops with orange and grassy notes.

Tastes of sweet malt with a big aggressive hop burn, then in the long finish, tangerine peel, green herbs, and salt.

Body is medium, and carbonation results in a creamy, though viscous mouthfeel. The hop oils and sugars coat the tongue like a syrup.

In terms of taste, this is a great drinking Imperial IPA. However, the alcohol is masked by the huge flavors, and it can creep up on you.

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

From the growler filling station at the Tribeca Whole Foods in NYC.
Pours a clear, slightly brownish pale amber. A bit darker on hue than what one typically finds in an IPA. The aromas coming from the growler gateway are enticing and, perhaps, downright sexy.
Floral and citrus goodnesses are abundant. Flavors are not a disappointment. A little heavy on the grapefruit for my taste but it's done very well. The alcohol is slightly heavy but it's forgiven.
My first taste from this brewery and it's a good one. I look forward to more.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Served ever so slightly chilled and warmed to room temperature over an hour or so.

Appearance: Dark golden yellow to light orange in color. An impresive tow finger, white, pillowy head with really good retention.

Aroma: Aggressive hop notes really dominate here. Big pine and grassy herbal hops hit pretty hard. Some nice light malt sweetness is definitely there to balance out the bitterness. A touch of tropical fruit notes behind all the bitter hop notes as well.

Taste: The pine and herbal hop notes are here as well. A lot of residual sweetness from the light malt in the background to offset the bitter notes. Definitely leaves a bitter, piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a touch syrupy, a bit more carbonation would definitely make this more crisp.

Drinkability: The ABV is well hidden, but the hop profile can wear a touch thin in my opinion.

Overall, a nice IPA with a distinct hop profile. The herbal and pine notes really are the star. If you enjoy those type of flavors in your IPA, you would enjoy this.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours clear orangeish copper color with a really nice beige head. Head has great retention and sticks to the sides of the glass well.

S- Overall, pretty well balacned. Anything from pine like, tropical fruits, and some sweet malts.

T- This follows the nose really well. A bit of floral hops, moving to tropical and then toffee and caramel malts. A touch of alcohol also seems to be here.

M- Medium in body and the carbonation seemed right on too.

D- Very solid brew for sure and a bit complex. Probably a bit of sipper and could sneak up on you.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been eagerly anticipating my first Double Jack ever since I first heard David Walker's announcement of its release at the Surly Goat in Hollywood. A Double IPA that Walker claimed would blow all other doubles out of the water? Sounds like a tall order to me.

It's safe to say Firestone has impressed again with it's more "high-end" efforts. Double Jack pours an unassuming golden with a very nice head that retains seemingly forever. Encouraging lacing and some light carbonation leads me in a positive direction with this beer.

The hop aroma explodes from the bottle as soon as the pouring begins. Without even needing assistance, the spicy hop aroma of citrus and herb permeate. The flavor on the tongue starts at the back with bitter hops sparking aggressively, but mellows out quite a bit with hints of carmel, malt sweetness and an edge of alcohol.The beer is surprisingly mellow considering it's status as a double - the malts definitely smooth and balance the beer.

Overall I'm very content with the effort, now showy or aggressive by any means. Pleasant for IPA lovers!

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

Huge thanks to Genghis22 for the bottle.

Crystal clear yellow orange body, perhaps one of the cleanest looking DIPAs I have come across. Huge four finger bright white head perched atop. Retention is very solid, a very decent amount of lacing is left clinging to the glass.

The first thing that strikes me is how clean the aroma is. Not that it is not strong, it is, but it comes off super clean. Piny hops lay beneath an assertive citrus aroma. Subtle tropical fruit plays a very complimentary role. Very soft pale malt lays down a solid base but remains quite subtle.

The flavor delivers much more complexity than I expected. As the beer leaves the glass and hits the tongue a soft honey, pale malt and subtle citrus flavor greet the tongue. The citrus flavor builds in intensity as it hits mid palate. A strong pine and pith bitterness along side a strong citrus characteristic dominate the mid palate. The piny resin flavor diminishes as the beer heads towards the back of the palate. The tropical fruit flavors lay on the back of the palate until the finish.

Medium bodied DIPA with moderate but appropriate carbonation. Very smooth texture, slightly oily. The finish is a bit dry but the residual hop flavor does like to cling to the tongue.

Very impressive beer. The more I drink from Firestone Walker the more I am impressed. Perfect balance and hits every mark. Double Jack belongs on the top tier with all the great DIPAs. Simply a damn good beer.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, light orange amber with sunny edges, a medium frothy tan head and great retention. Citrus, pepper, and strong floral aromas. Brilliant orange and citrus sweetness with a big bitterness and pleasant lingering. Light alcohol taste and warming. Orange blossom honey sweetness with hints of vanilla extract in the finish. Slick and silky mouthfeel with a light bite.

The flavors are strong and clear and they don't back down at any time. Hops are strong but not overpowering. I was very sorry to finish, I easily could have had a second. This is one of those rare beers that stay interesting and pleasant from start to finish.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the blue monkey a gem in what is a rather balls state. Poured into a chimay chalice.

A- comes to me with a small cap of egg shell white head that settles quickly to leave some suds around the edges and a few wisps on top. Sunset copper orange in color with nice clarity.

S- lots of citrus with grapefruit out front and a sticky gooey resiny hit to it. Malts play second fiddle with some caramel and some bread.

T- bitter and citrusy up front with grapefruit and a touch of orange peel, there's some pine resin and the woods going on it there. Malts do their part to bring in some balanced sweetness but don't put to big a dent in the hopping. Some caramel and whole grain breads come to mind.

M- a few steps above medium in body but leaning towards full with a lighter carb that builds a bit and works well with the body. I get a very tannic driness to this and you can feel it on the palate for a while. No heat from the abv.

D- this is a nice change of pace for the dipa. The flavors come off as more complex and deep then a lot of the others in the pack.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a hard style. i've concluded that its truely something to be exceptional in dipa. to hit all the potential qualities but still have a range of self identity. i picked this beer because i really enjoyed the ipa on tap. i think it would have been a sort of perfection on tap.

in the bottle the beer seems to be a bit dominated by sweetness. it isn't heavy handed but actually quite intriguing. the pour is clear orange with a smaller head and a lace. nose is an intense sweet tangerine. this is the predominate flavor that is backed with a nice floral bitter. pine finish that clears the sweet. so the intensity is balanced out. a bit peppery. but as for the scope in broadness of flavor i think the ipa was just as elaborate. but i would like to give this a shot fresh from a new keg.

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Photo of NWer
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: 2/10/2011
Aggressive pour into the bottom of my 2011 21st Ammendment Chalice.
Nice slightly golden head retains well dark golden clear appearance.
Flowery, smooth, citrus flavors blend well. Very well balanced for a DIPA.
This is an exceptional DIPA and clearly one of my favorites. Check their website for more detailed notes. I don't know why people bother to state the obvious when reviewing beers.
Edit 6/28/11:
Picked up a bottle at University Village QFC not dated but 2010 stamped on the cap.
Really? 2010? OK the price is right and I roll the dice.
Conclusion is "fresh" doesn't matter at least for the short haul. This beer is as delicious as any Double Jack that I have enjoyed.
Still one of my favorites - fresh or not so fresh.

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Photo of JWD
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on 2 separate occasions. On tap at the Folsom HOP rodeo on 3/5 and some locally purchased bottles on 3/7.

A-Glowing amber golden hue. I really think this looks like an exceptional beer in all aspects with the exception of head retention. The head falls quickly and does not leave rings as the glass goes down. (compared to pliny).

S,T, and M - WOW, this may be one of my new favorite DIPAs out there. I loved the balanced flavors figting together. Slightly bitter, mildly sweet, a little bit dry. Everything works very well together. I love this beer, Firestone continues to hit home runs with their reserve line.

D-Great, it goes down very easy, too easy!! Had to rate slightly lower due to the high ABV.

Overall, if you can get some of this while it is fresh seek it out!

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Photo of vtfan77
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Light gold with a hint of rose. Decent white head forms upon pouring with a good amount of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Orange cream and grapefruit dominate. Not much malt in the nose, but I'm not complaining.

T- More citrusy hops backed by a clean cereal malt. Hints of alcohol come through from time to time, but they're not strong. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

M- Medium-bodied, a touch syrupy, light carbonation.

D- Very high for the style. The alcohol is evident at times, but it drinks much lower than its 9.5%. Something about the aftertaste makes me want to keep drinking it. I could get in trouble with it pretty easily.

Very nice DIPA. It has a delicious yet fairly mild flavor and an extremely high drinkability. A good everyday DIPA (or it would be if it was available year-round and not so expensive) that all fans of the style should check out. Recommended.

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Photo of tbern007
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden, clear - thick head, decent lacing.
S - citrus, hop, pine. You can tell this is about to be bitter.
T - bitter hop, grapefruit, pine. Yet sweet like orange juice/honey. Overall quite hoppy and bitter.
M & D - not balanced. Overpowering hop bitterness. Strange balancing act here with the sweet, citrus, and bitter.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Dated 1.7.11.

A-Bright veiled peach copper pour featuring a thick glossy white head creamy head that surprisingly settles fairly quickly.

S-Primarily citrus, grapefruit, orange, and some resinous notes and sweet caramel malt in the background.

T-Nose carries through to the palate, but much more pine and resin than citrus detected hear. Tangy bittersweet start as the pine washes over the palate. Well balanced in the malt bill and an astringent and long lasting finish.

M-slightly sticky, medium, well balanced carbonation and feel.

D-Nice, enjoyable drinker. My first Firestone brew as my local store just started bringing it in.

Solid. Will buy again.

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Photo of Nikkibrews13
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Double Jack pours a rich golden, copper color. The head disapates quickly and leave almost no lacing.

S: The aroma is a floral punch in the nose with citrus under tones.

T: Beautiful citrus notes are backed by piney undertones. Very nice malt base. At 9.5% the alcohol goes almost unnoticed. Lingering flavor.

M: Thin bodied.

D: Every sip of Double Jack leaves me wanting the next even more. Very smooth, rich, hop bomb of a double.

I have and will drink this beer again and again. Cheers to you Firestone!

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

A: Pours a translucent orange amber with a fair amount of bubbly white head. Enough retains around the edges to leave decent spots of lacing.

S: Big sweet floral hops, with noticeable grapefruit and other citrus. A little bit of boozy harshness is also present.

T: Sweet with loads of hops; notes of citrus. The finish is fairly bitter but well balanced with boozy sweetness.

M: Medium body, with some syrupy fullness, medium carbonation; lightly astringent on the finish.

D: Quite drinkable, though it's certainly an imperial IPA so there's bitterness.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.