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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,318 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,318
Hads: 7,197
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 468
Gots: 1,566 | 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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Reviews: 1,318 | Hads: 7,197
Photo of Batmitestar
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack is a perfect example of a NorCal IIPA. Not quite as brash as the SoCal/San Diego versions (which I also love, to be fair) this one offers a big blast of candied citrus up front, with nice hunks of bitter hop resin and a strong backbone of malt to keep it North.

It's a fantastic beer to share with a friend, or hell, hog it all up for yourself and reap the benefit of the big ABV (in a responsible manner, of course).

Keep the hits coming, Firestone Walker.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very good DIPA, although personally I feel it falls a little short of the world class ones. Very piney nose, but not as powerful as I expected. Taste is resiny. Very good malt and hop flavor, but not qute fully balanced. There is a touch of unpleasant lingering bitterness in the finish. Overall, a great beer, but could be even better.

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Photo of bkkt
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A classic West Coast DIPA. Very piney with tons of hops, tons of citrus, and tons of tropical flavors. Perfect carbonation and mouth feel and the bitterness is spot on. This has grown to be one of my favorites and perfect to pair with a nice dinner.

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

Wow, amazing amazing beer! Tons of citrus notes with a great piney/hoppy/dank finish. The 9.5% ABV is hidden fairly well. Dangerously drinkable. Just an absolute awesome DIPA offering from Firestone.

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Photo of Atatum
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyable double. Has some pine and resin notes on the flavor and a very light booze nose. Malt finish with 's bubbly feel. I really enjoy this brew.

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Photo of jhavs
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great DIPA
A= Golen and clear, white head settles and rings the glass.
S=Malt, pine and a little alcohol.
T=Bitter hops, malt, caramel, some alcohol.
M=Moderate to high body, fairly bubbly!
O=No major complaints, really balanced for pretty high ABV DIPA.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty beer. Golden color, pale tan head, fine foam, moderate persistence.

Smells great! Apricot and beer.

Tastes pretty good. Bitter apricots. Unusual hints of malt for an IPA. TBD whether I'll grow to like this, initially not so much.

Feels great. Rich like a double should be. Perfect carbonation. Fine bubbles.

Good finish, lots of bitterness here. Not great, but good.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious double. Golden Amber w off white 1 inch head. Strong citrus at pour w hints of mango, orange and grapefruit. Hoppy but doesn't linger and no bitter aftertaste. Smooth flow and perfect carbonation. Not as strong as I was expecting with its ABV but def felt it as I finished the glass off. Will definitely buy again.

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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 R739
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Delicious IPA‼️They're dated, and I'd suggest getting them as fresh as possible, but these are beers to be bought when you see them. Perfect carbonation.....

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, clear, brilliant light orange with a thin, white head. Smells of a new indeed up hope and candied citrus fruits. Nice crisp piney citrus with resin and a good amount of funk. Not overpowering for a DIPA. A very good, balanced beer.

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Photo of Hoppity1
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It looked and smelled great. At first I enjoy the taste as well. but the last third of the glass seem to have a strong alcohol burn. I'm not sure if it changed as it warmed or if I had an off bottle. Would try again because I know the brewery makes great beer.

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Photo of Radome
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle.

L - Beautiful appearance. Deep gold or medium copper color and crystal clear. Off white head is thick, rocky and persistent. Lots of lacing.

S - Aromas of strong but restrained citrus/grapefruit-like hops. Sweet, bready malt and even sweeter alcohol notes. Low oak.

T - Strong hops with grapefruit and low melon. Bready malt is much lower. Alcohol sweetness and light oak in the finish.

F - Medium to heavy body. Moderate carbonation. Super strong hops bitterness initially, followed by slightly mouth-coating sweetness in the finish. Moderate alcohol burn.

O - A great double IPA. No faults. My only preference would be a bit more malt flavor.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's body is a pale amber with a tiny flushed white head clinging to the side of the glass with a couple of clouds in the centre

From the moment I started lifting the cap of the bottle I got Citra
there is caramel there & traditional butter fudge it smells very inviting

Pine then sweet malt then warming to an intense citrus bitter finish

nicely carbonated, robust mouth feel

Good stuff

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium Amber (12) with thick white head and thick lace. Caramel candy, tropical fruit, and lemon nose; caramel malt malt flavor with a little lemon zest and hop bitter bite on tip of tongue. Medium mouthfeel; resinous tongue coating with some residual bitterness, but not cloying. A very balanced DIPA with layers of caramel, fruit and hop bitterness hiding bigger ABV. Well done.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tropical citrus notes on overload...wow! Mango, pineapple, melon etc. Holy hops! Does this wake up your mouth! Has a nice bright orange color as well!

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a local craft beer pub. Firestone can't seem to make a less than great beer, but I prefer Union Jack to this which has more resin, pine and is sticky. Very good imperial IPA but a bit too much of a good thing.

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Photo of m_hall
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Standard pour from a 20 oz bomber into a tulip. Crystal-clear amber in color, with a dense two-finger cream-colored head on top. Good retention here... the head falls slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is very hoppy, very bright and floral (almost minty) with prominent lemon notes as well. This beer smells like springtime... if Firestone Walker decides to get out of this beer game, they should consider making artisinal soap.

On the tasting there's a bit of lightly sweet caramel malts up front, followed by aggressive hop bitterness- grapefruit, lemons and dank pine needles, with some peppery spice, along with a noticeable amount of alcohol. The finish is dry, and very bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, perhaps just a bit lighter than one might expect from a double IPA... a bit oily, with moderate carbonation. Comes in at over 9% ABV and feels like it- the booze here isn't masked.

A big IPA in the West Coast tradition, with lots of in-your face hops paired with a fairly robust, yet smooth malt support and plenty of booze to keep it honest. I've had a few better than this (and my personal tastes in IPA lean more towards the East Coast style) but this is still very solid.

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Photo of Chris33
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this from a trip I made to Arizona a few weeks ago. bottled 3/12/15.

The taste and nose are about the same on this one. I got a lot of citrus and grapefruit up front, followed by some light bready biscuit then a sharp pine. I would say on the taste end, that the pine biterness isn't as dry as I expected.
Maybe because this is just shy of 2 months old, I found it to be a little thin. The flavors were great over the palate but were quick to dissipate.
I would definitely grab this again if given the chance. Great beer

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Photo of squonk45
4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Firestone double jack Was very refreshing.. carbination was just perfect. smooth I could tell it was a double Ipa Was one of 2 the beer guy at store suggested so far so good

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Photo of DaverCS
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unfortunately, this beer is about 1.5 months old.

Aroma isn't very distinct. Definitely grapefruit, citrus, resin, and a light amount of dankness.

Taste is very smooth. Couldn't taste any alcohol! Surprisingly very light on the bitterness bite. I get a beautiful citrus flavor upfront, followed by dankness and mild bitterness, finished by a malty finish enhanced by a light garlic flavor.

It may be because this beer is old, but it almost drinks like an east coast IPA. Bigger on malt, more balanced, not crazy bitter. Not bad overall. However, at 3.29 a 12 oz bottle, there are better IPA's for the price. I feel like this would be a good burger and fries beer. It gets a 87/100.

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

Standard double. Pale color. More of a pine nose. Taste was a little malty at the start, then finished bitter. Very light mouth feel, good carbonation.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good amount of citrus pine aroma greets you, and that profile certainly follows through. Finishes crisp and dry. Pretty standard for the style, reminiscent of Hopslam, but still very good

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Photo of phishgator
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Tight white head with low carbonation. The body is a pale/golden color and thin for a Dbl IPA. The aroma is of piney hops. The bottle was more than 5 months old so that could have led to the hops presence being a little underwhelming. But the thin body was not expected.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

A: Dark yellow, slightly hazy. Single finger of head, did not lace the glass much.
S: Grapefruit, pine, tropical. Big malty sweetness comes through in the nose.
T: Bitter bit up front, followed by grapefruit and sweet malt finishes it up. Tropical/sweet aftertaste lingers
M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. This definitely drinks like one of the bigger west coast doubles. Dry finish.
O: Good double, I prefer mine with less sweet malts though, little heavy on the crystal malt in my opinion.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,318 ratings.