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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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6,603 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,603
Reviews: 1,263
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 383
Gots: 1,150 | FT: 34
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Update 09/18/2013: Upon tasting this on tap, fresh, this is phenomenal - rivals many California world-class DIPAs with its intense tropical and juicy, lush consistency. Below is the original bottle review, from 12/24/12. This falls off surprisingly quick. More below.

Poured out of a bomber into a tulip glass. Freshness date is "11/08/12," and was consumed just in time for Christmas Eve of the same year.

Pours a dense, deep amber color complete with loads of carbonation, all which rise aggressively to the top of the tulip glass despite the beer's high ABV. There's tons of bubbles on this thing, almost to the point of being champagne-like. At the same time, this seems like every DIPA I've had that, when aged long enough, seems to be on its way to becoming a barleywine or any similar kind of fortified ale. The presentation is still near world-class, especially with the lovely lacing it leaves behind.

(Tap notes: Even darker, thick in appearance, with an orange amber color that shines through. Not as much lacing, but really appealing.)

The aroma is quite intense, in ways that both remind me of strongly alcoholic DIPAs and fortified, aged ales. On one hand, the strong citrus aromas are definitely all there, complete with a near pungent yet fruity yeasty backdrop; on the other hand, there's an enormous sugary, wooden smell going on here, as the malts began to take place over the hops as they start to break apart. I don't think I've ever had an IPA variant like this in a while. But the zest here is enormous, and alcohol strength is really strong here, almost to dizzying heights when combined with the hop oil and woody resin. Quite intense, but pretty solid overall. 4.

(Tap notes: Fresh, vibrant, green, and tropical. Huge notes of passion fruit, strawberries, peaches, and under-ripe apricots.)

The flavor is quite similar, and the hops dominate overall in this situation. There are enormous notes of citrus grove fruits combined with floral aspects that overpower and nearly numb the tongue, and at the finish, the alcohol takes place over the slightly charred, woody yet extremely caramel like flavors. I have no idea what this would have tasted like fresh, but it seems that even while aged there are tons of complex notes to pick out here. The texture is enormously syrupy, and perhaps even more so as it warms up substantially. At the same time, the bready notes that FW are known for shine pretty well here, and the beer is not unsurprisingly thick and oily with these kinds of chemical effects all happening at once. 4/4.5

(Tap notes: Thick, fruity, juicy, and delicious - tastes like a combination of fresh-squeezed tropical fruit ranging from passion fruit to guava. Huge peach notes and other stone fruit at the finish, with a lush, vibrant, resinous, and oily profile that is complex but very refreshing and flavorful. Totally a sipper, and still a little too boozy, but phenomenal in terms of flavor.)

All of FW's hoppier offerings are best experienced as fresh as possible. This is by far the one to most look out for freshness dates. The original score from the bottle was about 4.06. On tap, fresh, it's got to be one of the most lush, fantastically drinkable DIPAs on the market.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker's Double Jack is brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA. Available year-round, it is unavailable due to distribution to the state of Georgia. I lucked out due to a pair of awesome traveling parents who aren't shy at visiting package stores everywhere they go.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an eggshell white head of a creamy foam consistency over a golden-amber body, heavily filtered with moderate carbonation. Retention is good with sudsy lacing remaining as the rest of the head fades. The appearance of this beer is excellent. 4.5

(Smell) Aromas of perky citrus, grassy and floral hops. Notes of lemon and tangerine are most evident in the citrus aromas. Perceivable bitterness is medium-high. Malt body is a mildly toasted caramel, very clean and heavily caramelized. Balance is slightly in favor of hop flavor and bitterness. Potency is medium. 4.25

(Taste) Juicy citrus hop flavor of semi-sweet oranges and grapefruits, a lesser peppery hop profile and a rounded clean caramel sweetness to match. The balance is slightly in favor of a sweeter profile over bitter, although it comes pretty close, the malt profile, as simple as it may seem, edges out the hop character. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth and mildly oily. Carbonation adds a touch of creaminess but doesn't impact the flavor much otherwise, relatively tame and uninvolved altogether. Body is medium+ for a Double IPA, medium overall. I felt that the carbonation was a bit undecided in this beer, and didn't really form a complete mouthfeel either way, yet didn't negatively impact the flavor nor texture of this beer on its own, it could have done a better job. 3.75

(Overall) Firestone Walker makes a very enjoyable and well-built Double IPA in Double Jack. My biggest criticisms are a slightly off-balance in favor of a heavier malt body presence, a lower, less interesting and prominent hop profile to match and a confused, perhaps flat mouthfeel. The beer is still outstanding despite some "seasoned DIPA expectations" gripes, but critical feedback is inevitable if one digs far enough. I hope to try this again in future at an even fresher date, but this one was as close to fresh as I could get it here in Georgia. 4

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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