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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,561 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 5,561
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 301
Gots: 724 | 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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output01x

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. capped and plastic-lined bottle (Bottled On 01/26/12) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that slowly dissipates to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a clear honey amber with a good amount of large, fast-rising carbonation bubbles. Great lacing clings to the glass in thick, clumpy sheets.

Strong aromas of resinous pine spread through the room as this beer is poured. Just a hint of oily lemon peel is noticeable along with a slight earthiness. However, these are nowhere near the forefront.

Each sip starts with strong flavors of citrus and pine hops colliding and complimenting. Notes of orange peel, tangerine, and cantaloupe are met by biscuit-like malt flavors. Swallowing releases more of the pine flavors followed by stronger citrus flavors. As these slowly fade out, a piney bitterness begins to set in that lasts indefinitely on the tongue. Oddly, for a 9.5% ABV DIPA, this beer shows practically zero signs of alcohol at any point of the taste.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is about as sippable (or gulpable) as a regular American IPA. The body delivers wave after wave of flavor while somehow never becoming sticky or overly coating. The carbonation is just barely fizzy, creating a satisfying, crisp swallow.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 06:53:39 | More by output01x
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guajolote

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-15-2012 23:42:52 | More by guajolote
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barczar

Kentucky

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a dense 2 finger cream head that lingers.

Aroma is slightly dank, resin and citrus pith intermingling with caramel malt and floral hop. A hint of onion is evident throughout, but not overpowering.

Flavor is grapefruit dominant, with lemon and pine making an appearance. Caramel malt forms the backbone, and a resiny finish leaves the aftertaste fairly bitter.

Body is somewhat toward the heavy side, with moderate carbonation and an alcohol warmth.

Overall, a pretty well balanced dipa, if there is such a thing. God hop profile, fairly complex with a nice supporting malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 02:53:02 | More by barczar
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BeRanger

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours burnt orange, about one finger of white head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Pine, Citrus, Lemon, Grapefruit. It has a little more of the piney/earthy undertones to the smell than I've been used to lately.

T: The citrus and tropical fruits hit up in the front but the backbone is the hops and pine. Not entirely sure I like how it finishes.

M: Lighter body, just the right amount of carbonation.

O: This is my first IPA for FSW, only had Parabola prior. I'm not sure how fresh this is since I can't find the bottled date but it was still declicious. It was certainly a good DIPA however for the money there are plenty of better choices I've grown used to around Michigan. (Founders, Bells, Weyerbacher, etc)

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 00:43:16 | More by BeRanger
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mschind

California

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

22 oz bottle dated 3-5-12

A- A gentle pour into a chalice produced a foamy, off white three finger head. Brilliant clear amber gold color. Head faded to half an inch in 2 minutes leaving a nice cap that persisted and coated the glass as it emptied.

S- First thing I noticed was piney hops and then malty sweetness and maybe alcohol. After that some grapefruit.

T- Taste is clean, slightly tart up front with a smooth hoppy grapefruit finish. The alcohol is present but subtle.

M- Round and rich, medium body. Gentle carbonation.

O- This is like a showcase for hops which are wonderfully aromatic and flavorful without excessive bitterness. The hops are nicely balanced by the malt and perhaps the alcohol content. The grapefruit nose comes through in the taste and is a real plus for me. This is one I plan to put in the cart when I find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 21:41:58 | More by mschind
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fDOTbear

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-14-2012 17:02:57 | More by fDOTbear
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DRen323


3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to be honest and say I have never been a fan of Firestone beers... I was just at their brand new taproom that they opened (restaurant) and had a few of their samples. This beer was by far probably the best smelling iipa or for that matter any ipa that I have smelled. The taste was fine; it wasnt bad; I gave it a 3.5 because I had two of this beer during dinner. I would get it again, if there werent any better IPA's available. However, that aroma was worth it in itself...

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 03:46:31 | More by DRen323
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howard12

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-14-2012 00:07:53 | More by howard12
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Rocketman8911

California

5/5  rDev +15.2%

03-13-2012 07:53:52 | More by Rocketman8911
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thydarkprevails

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a finger length head. Aroma is pine and apricot. Flavor is a balance of citrus and malt. Grapefruit, orange, and pine resin. Mouthfeel is medium full. Flavor lingers on the tongue. This beer is great. This beer is very sessionable for the style and the alcohol is well hidden

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 03:09:47 | More by thydarkprevails
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.2%

03-11-2012 23:28:58 | More by captainbearcat
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Gabany


4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful amber with roughly a finger of white head

S- HOPS! Wonderful aroma, but not overwhelming; definitely smell some citrus in the mix

T- The perfect balance of hops/malt for a DIPA

M- Medium body and highly carbonated, which I enjoy

O- I love DIPA/IPA's, but feel that some are just too hopped to enjoy on a regular basis; this is extremely drinkable for 9.5% ABV and my latest "go-to" DIPA

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 19:40:29 | More by Gabany
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

03-11-2012 02:17:59 | More by TastyIsBeer
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Mounty4Life

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color some lacing
Smells of hops but balance is what makes this 1
It was gone to quickly and could subtly taste the whole way to next bar..great hop pop but balanced So good was gone.
Med carbonation and nice hop pop
Just how I like my dipa's subtle hop pop slight alcohol presence and all the buzz definitely worth a case if you you can find in west Penn

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 02:00:12 | More by Mounty4Life
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drnoodles


3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

03-11-2012 00:31:48 | More by drnoodles
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TaySuth

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber in color with a white head that leaves behind some lacing. Not bad but not great... average.

Smell: Great fruity hops aroma. Peach and apricot stand out. The smell is strong without being aggressive. Very impressive. Malt is in the background but it certainly takes a backseat to the hops.

Taste: Very sweet and balanced. Bitter but not too bitter. The peach and apricot are very apparent again. This is a really tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Very nice carbonation and a good amount of body. Great mouthfeel.

Overall: An excellent beer that I will certainly be purchasing again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 07:35:03 | More by TaySuth
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BruChef

New York

4/5  rDev -7.8%

03-09-2012 15:12:15 | More by BruChef
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david131

California

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

A- Pours a clear, golden, clean coppery liquid with a nice white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Pretty, but a little plain.

S- Pine, grass, some citrus, a bit of tropical fruit, and caramel. Aromatic and well rounded.

T- Pine, tropical fruit, citrus, and some caramel on the finish. There is some definite lasting bitterness and the bit of sweetness is nice.

M- Light carbonation with some long lasting bitterness on the finish.

O- Not the most outstanding take on the style I have had, but it is extraordinarily well made. Drinks really well for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 05:27:11 | More by david131
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

03-09-2012 04:27:47 | More by iL0VEbeer
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

03-09-2012 03:57:03 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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freehafe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-08-2012 00:58:59 | More by freehafe
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Number45forever

Vermont

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

This is a damn good beer.

A gentle poor into by Beatles Rubber Soul pint glass gives a one finger white head that fades to a nice ring. It's a cloudy, orange-gold hue of greatness.

The smell erupted forth from within the bottle at the crack of the cap. I first thought "pineapple." It has a magical citrus smell, but not a tangy citrus. More like VERY ripe orange and pineapple. Clementines! There's no harsh lemon or pine smell to me, just sweet, sweet fruits.

Taste is wonderful. Tremendous hop presence. It explodes with hop aroma, it almost smells better as you taste it. There's great balance here, this is definitely hop forward but there's just enough malt backbone to keep things in check. My lord this is delicious.

Mouthfeel is beautiful, not too heavy carbonation. It goes down VERY easy. If I had to guess, I'd have placed this at 6% ABV. Nope, 9.25%. So, so good.

This is a great beer. It will be no problem at all for me to finish these 22 onces! If you're an IPA fan, this beer is a must have. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 00:46:36 | More by Number45forever
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John_M

Oregon

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

Have always been hestitant to drink this out of a bottle, as freshness always seems so important. Need not have worried it appears...

The beer pours an golden amber copper color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is very attractive, showcasing dank earth, pine, light tropical fruit, and orange citrus. If anything, the flavor profile is even better, as this beer has a sensational combination of orange citrus, pine, lavender, honey and light ginger. The beer is refreshingly bitter and dry, and with no more than a hint of alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is otherwise medium bodied, but the mouthfeel works perfectly in this beer. This beer is very light on its feet for the abv., and this beer is not at all heavy or tiring.

Really well done... will not hesitate to buy bottles of this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 21:09:32 | More by John_M
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bentonquest

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-07-2012 16:53:04 | More by bentonquest
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Fitzmke

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.8%

03-07-2012 05:50:04 | More by Fitzmke
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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