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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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6,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,142
Reviews: 1,211
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 333
Gots: 929 | FT: 27
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Gerasimos, Oct 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Hopblooded52, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of MadeInOregon
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

MadeInOregon, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of frogfan
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

frogfan, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Philousa
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed on tap at Good Karma, 10/10/12.

Golden copper in appearance, clear with a metallic shine. A thin white head laces well when poured correctly. The hop aroma is strong with this one. Equal citrus and pine with some dankness. I can't really pick out different citrus because the pine is so strong. Golden biscuit and coppery malt lie underneath as a strong base. Biscuit carries to the taste, which turns bitter quick. A metallic taste is prevalent along with a flash of malty sweetness with grapefruit before going full on back of the tongue bitter. Earthiness and a tingly tongue signal the high IBUs in this one. The feel is acidic, but not annoyingly so. The finish is, you guessed it, dry. The lighter side of the hops show up in the burp, which is floral, kinda sweet.

Double Jack packs a punch. It's in your face, but it's not over the line and is still quite palatable. Makes you sit back a bit after a gulp, but the sweetness pulls it back enough to make it less of a sipping beer. One of the best DIPAs for sure.

Philousa, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of jtd1969
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden color with a hint of orange, Good carbonation with excellent lacing

S - Lot's of honey citrus, pineapple through and through

T - Sweet bread with crisp clean hops that linger towards a earthy herbal character. Pepper (Not hot)

M - Medium body with avg carbonation for a double IPA

O - Such a great Double IPA. A must for double IPA fans. I really enjoyed this beer.

jtd1969, Oct 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

nesto, Oct 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

GratefulNole, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of raynmoon
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love these new 12oz 4 packs. And at 12.99$ I think it is a very decent deal. Here we go.

This beer looks amazing. A nice light orange with a tough a brown in it. A nice amount of lacing as well. Slightly more hazy and this thing would be even more beautiful.

Ah, that smell. Perfect amounts of sweet malts, some piney/ wheat-like bite, and of course a huge amount of citrus. Smells similar to Union Jack but more complex. Union Jack to me seems slightly one dimensional.

The taste is really. Super piney, bitterness right away, which leads to a sweet malt/ citrus taste and goes down smooth. Some alcohol warmth. Like it's younger brother, the flavor is very dominant in that it tastes like "hops", not like hop characteristic, but like actual hop pellets. Very strange but satisfying.

It has a great medium/ heavy mouth feel. Surprisingly this beer holds up with the age. If you can get it with a few months on it, the bitterness mellows nicely and turns into a sweeter, smoother DIPA.

Might I say this one tastes like a boozier SUCKS or PLINY.

The alcohol actually distracts from the nice hop presence.

raynmoon, Oct 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

seanmoto, Oct 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

benbjb, Oct 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

will1256, Oct 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

dinojrbtom, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cosmicevan for knocking out another want - bottled 8/23/12:

Pours a lovely amber gold stuffed with steady beading, topped with a thin half finger of creamy white head that leaves some heavy lacing.

My favorite sort of DIPA - thick, lush tropic fruit notes... mango and pineapple ta boot... some citrus beneath all of that, faint resinous conifer smells are buried under there somewhere as well. Any malt backbone is totally overwhelmed by dank, juicy hops.

Oh yeah... that's nice. The grapefruit/tangerine type flavors show themselves a bit more here... but tropical beauty is still the highlight of this one I think. Booze and bitterness are both kept in check. Well done, Firestone Walker! Would love to this in the MN market.

yamar68, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Watching videos of scotch whisky made me thirsty. Perhaps I should wet my whistle with a hoppy monster. Now available in a 12 ounce format, and this particular bottle was filled on 7/3/12. On to the beer:

Unlike other hoppy beers, Double Jack doesn't produce a thick and luscious head. Rather, its head is small and soapy, drops and eventually is only clinging to the sides of the glass. The color of the body is a light orangewith hues of gold. Good aromas await, as it brings notes of resin, tropical fruit, tree sap, pineapple, and melon.

There's nothing wrong about this Double IPA unless you are expecting the freshest of the freshest. Double Jack is competent and reasonably balanced. And quite complex. Little notes of pine and a smack of resin hit. Ripe melons and canteloupe sweeten the beer. A little grass and pine interupt the sweet fruits and add a bittering edge. Its alcohol only peaks its head barely over the horizon, and compliments the overall flavor. Honey and biscuit linger linger in the aftertaste. The body is nearly full, carbonation being mild, and very easy going down for its size.

A gentleman's Double IPA. Double Jack brings the hops you expect from one, but releases them in a well mannered way that won't redden your face nor cause choas to your palate.

DoubleJ, Oct 09, 2012
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3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No date. Bottle to tulip. Served cool.

A - 3.75 - Medium rosy gold, a shade lighter than apple cider. A finger of soapy, textured, white head with mixed bubble sizes that dissipates to a film within a minute.

S - 3.75 - This is a particular hop aroma that I smell a lot but can never describe - not quite pine but a step to the side from there. A bit of sweet caramelly malt. Someone below mentioned pineapple. I never would have gotten that without the suggestion but I could pick a bit of pineapple out.

T - 4.0 - Caramel offset by decent piney bitterness and a suggestion of citrus. Easy drinking yet very flavorful.

M - 3.5 - Medium-light body. A bit of sting on the tongue. Ends just barely dry.

O - 4.0 - Got this from a place online in a batch with two other hoppy beers that had gone dead. Since there's no date on this, I'm not sure how old it is or whether I'm drinking what the brewers intended. Overall it was good and pleasant. Reading other reviews here, I suspect mine has faded.

BrownNut, Oct 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

smartassboiler, Oct 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

nikbullet, Oct 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

OldhouseRecs, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

BeerHunter76, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Zimbo
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 2.5 pint bomber by the time it got to my tongue.
Lots & lots of raw rubber intense pine grapefruit on the nose this has an orangy golden colour. Not big head, maybe a quarter inch at most, but the head is very glossy. In the mouth there is some sap and malt, maybe a touch of silk too, but certainly matter than I expected. Some passing hints of malt in the background but totally surrounded by all those hops and stuffing. So so much stuffed in here but it remains a really begging linear harmonious whole. A powerful intense beer that goes the distance .

Zimbo, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of grniz3
5/5  rDev +15.2%

grniz3, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of lordofstarside
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to my snifter, no freshness date

a- Pours a dark gold with great hue and a finger of head. Mild carbonation slowly bubbling from about six or seven spots in the glass. Good lacing

s- Hops, hops, hops. strong tropical fruits, grape fruit, and orange zest. Sweet malt and alcohol follow through the end

t- Strong hops and fruit. Pine, citrus, and especially grapefruit is well represented and sticks around for the after taste accompanied by a sweet subtle malt. One of the more fruity ipas I've had.

f- Very bitter, good finish. More of a wet finish which is done very nicely. Nice tingle on the tongue with a good alcohol warmth

o- One of the better west coast dipas on the market. Very fortunate to have it regularly; pick up a bottle every month or two, really wished they had six packs of this. Firestonewalker doesn't disappoint

lordofstarside, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of mpedara429
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Burnt orange and clear in color. Two fingers of barely off white head with decent retention. A good amount of lacing that sticks pretty well to the glass.

S: Piney hops and citrus, mostly grapefruit and a little bit of lemon. Some sweet malt in there too.

T: A good amount of bitter hops up front. Sweet malt , piney, and citrus flavors. Citrus is a mix of grapefruit and orange. A hint of apricot flavor. There is an occasional booziness on the way down.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little stickiness.

O: Not super complex, but sometimes you can't put a price on drinkability. If you like citrusy and hoppy DIPAs, then this is the beer for you. If you are looking for other flavors besides citrus in your beer, then this might not be the one for you.

mpedara429, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of SpasticKoala
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark orange/amber with a bright white head that laced nicely. Very sticky as it went down the glass.

Smell: Lots of citrus hops on the nose with grapefruit predominantly up front. There's definitely some pine in the background and I'm getting just a touch of malt.

Taste: Not very heavily upfront on the hops. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, and some pineapple sweetness. I'm getting some pine in the background of the palate as well. There's some malt trying to soften the hops, but it unfortunately puts the beer in a odd area of not being a hop blasting Double IPA but also not being very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was fairly medium. Maybe slightly sticky.

Overall I would put this as a slightly above average Double IPA. I would definitely be happy to order it again (and probably will), but it didn't entirely blow me away.

SpasticKoala, Oct 07, 2012
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,142 ratings.