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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,494 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,494
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 293
Gots: 699 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009)
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VonZipper

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-02-2013 00:58:00 | More by VonZipper
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philerman

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%

01-01-2013 17:56:58 | More by philerman
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chefduff2

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-01-2013 00:02:09 | More by chefduff2
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.8%

12-31-2012 23:18:00 | More by nquigley16
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Davihaw

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-31-2012 23:03:59 | More by Davihaw
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freduardo

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-31-2012 03:54:33 | More by freduardo
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Evan47

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

12-31-2012 01:22:47 | More by Evan47
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Big_V

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This review is from my first taste at Churchkey on tap. Had bottle as well....

A - Lovely, served in pint glass. Deep orange with about 1 finger of head.

S - Got citrus, other complex aromas

T - This was served at exactly the right temperature, suggest if drinking from bottle not be ice cold. I could taste all the flavors when almost luke warm. Grapefruit mostly. Very hoppy.

M - Medium bodied

O - One of my favorite DIPA's. The reason I'm a hop head.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 07:55:28 | More by Big_V
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and various patches of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing.

S- Pungent west coast hop profile with some cereal grain sweetness to back it up plus a nice whiff of booze. Notes of caramel, grapefruit and pineapple.

T- Just as bitter as its single IPA counterpart but with more balance from the malt and alcohol. Actually, much more balance as I remark at how smooth it is for its higher ABV. More citrus notes and has a lingering bitterness.

M- A bit dry but with only a light amount of prickle and bite from the hops and alcohol. Medium carbonation.

O- I enjoyed this much more than Union Jack but that's usually the story with me and double IPAs vs. singles.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 07:02:44 | More by Immortale25
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

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

Firestone Walker Double Jack

Appearance: Firestone’s imperial IPA pours a brilliant, crystal clear, dark golden color. Carbonation swarms up from the bottom of the glass, which helps maintain the impressive two fingers of rocky, bone white head. The retention on the head is absolutely incredible, and the lacing that follows as it finally gives in to the inevitable is nothing short of spectacular. This beer is truly a sight to behold.

Aroma: For an IIPA from the West Coast, this is a strange beer indeed. The aromas are largely malt forward with a backup of floral hop aromas. None of the typical West Coast IPA characteristics really come out. The malts give a sugary aroma, there is a bit of rind, and maybe even some vanilla or oak there. Very interesting, very appetizing, but not exactly to style.

Taste: Complexity overload. Immediately, the woody, vanilla notes come out along with sugary sweet malts, but they are wiped away in a flash by pine hop bitterness (finally, a West Coast characteristic). There are hints of citrus fruits here and there, mainly lemon and grapefruit. The alcohol makes a definite appearance throughout the taste, which is initially off-putting, but becomes pleasant as it continues to flow. This is a tough one to analyze, but no doubt it is top-quality product.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin and watery side, but still somehow has a slick, coating feeling to it. It is very drinkable, while also feeling like a big beer. The carbonation is spot on. The alcohol is absent here, as opposed to in the flavor, which is a surprise, neither pleasant nor unpleasant. As it tastes, so it feels like a top-shelf brew.

Overall: This is an excellent IIPA, and one that I would gladly seek out again for the woody, vanilla aromas and tastes that are unique to this product as far as my taste buds have roamed. Some of the flavors could and should have been better reconciled and integrated so as to make them stand out and really define the complexity, but as it is the beer is excellently done. This is the first beer from Firestone that I have really liked. I hope it is a sign of things to come. 17.5/20

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:00:17 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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onefmatt

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden copper hue, completely transparent with few bubbles and when poured aggressively a slight cream colored head will appear but dissipates quickly leaving a slight ring around the glass. this is likely due to the 9.5% ABV.

S: Malty and sweet smelling, sugary/floral hop aroma, orange, slight undertone of pine. On the back end a slight booziness to it.

T: Nice and bready, heavy malt body, but balanced with the nice and bitter hop character. A nice pallet crusher. Caramel and sweetness, and if paid attention to, the yeast esters round it out well. I would think an English yeast of some sort

M: RIght where you want for a DIPA. Heavy enough that you won't slam it and not so heavy that you feel like you are eating a meal.

O: Fantastic brew from a solid brewery. This could be a nice crisp refresher in the warmer months but has the booze and body to be enjoyed on a cold day as well. Like many Firestone Walker beers, you cannot go wrong with picking this up. Will continue to drink this guy for as long as they distribute around my area.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 18:44:57 | More by onefmatt
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TheSixthRing

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a bight, crystal clear golden orange with a white, 1/2 finger width head. Sub-par retention. Lacing is spotty at best.

Smell - Aroma hits on multiple levels: pine, grapefruit, orange sweetness, bread and a touch of caramel.

Taste - Hits on a lot of pine and sweet orange character upfront. Strong bready malt backbone. Loads of citrus hop, red grapefruit and caramel sweetness mid-taste, then finishes with moderate grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with fair carbonation. Tingly. Smooth on the finish. Does well to hide the 9.5% ABV.

Overall - Fantastic Double IPA. Wonderful balance. Strong, complex hop character. Hoppy, without being overly bitter. My favorite offering in Firestone-Walker's "Pale" run.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 04:42:03 | More by TheSixthRing
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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WDJersey

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12-28-2012 08:27:17 | More by WDJersey
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DersOne

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-28-2012 03:18:15 | More by DersOne
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Orange

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-27-2012 05:52:47 | More by Orange
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nate1806

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12-27-2012 03:50:18 | More by nate1806
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jaybags

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-26-2012 17:38:05 | More by jaybags
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JakeH3K

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

12-26-2012 08:33:04 | More by JakeH3K
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ManaKarma

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

12-26-2012 03:47:22 | More by ManaKarma
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sloelco

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

12-25-2012 21:57:20 | More by sloelco
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BrianCramer

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-25-2012 19:56:10 | More by BrianCramer
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Gstolas

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

12-24-2012 23:12:57 | More by Gstolas
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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12-24-2012 06:58:07 | More by shagal
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to Lawson's sniffer

A: dark orange to amber color with basically no tab head and is completely opaque

S:pure malt smell almost like its past its prime but there is no bottle date really nothing else there

T:follows the nose pure malt no hops at all the way through the finish which is malty and sweet not bitter at all there is no balence here complete malt bomb maybe this bottle isn't fresh but really not good rep of style IMO

M:oily and very thin kinda drinkable but not necessarily pleasant

O:I wanted to like this beer but I really just don't like it it was so malty it was almost skunked not a dipa style at all literally no hops even worse then Union Jack maybe I need to try it fresher but for now I'm not a fan

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 01:22:13 | More by Pinknuggets
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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