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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,905 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,905
Reviews: 1,197
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 325
Gots: 841 | FT: 28
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

bmur112, Mar 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

jrcmlc, Mar 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Archemedies, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Double Jack in a Gulden Draak tulip.

Some haze in an amber pour. Not much head from a tippy-top pour. 3.5

Resinous grapefruit with a little pine and lemon citrus. Dark bread malt backbone. 4.0

Smooth, with little to no bite. More hoppy grapefruit nectary goodness. Back-half pine and a lemon/lime fizzy sweetness. Toasted malt behind it all. Premium DIPA. 4.5

Smooth feel with not much carb, but sweet-drinking. 4.0

Amazing to have tried this. Stellar brew. 4.5

thecheapies, Mar 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

NSLPublishing, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -33.2%

650 ml brown glass bottle with wax-foiled over standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; this brewery has largely disappointed me (particularly Abacus) but maybe they can pull off this style well. No bottled date is listed. Purchased at the tasting room in Paso Robles a few days ago.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Paired with Panda Express Beijing beef.

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of light hints of cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention for the 9.5% ABV. Colour is a transparent golden yellow. Not much to look at. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Hops - both floral and bittering. Some caramelized malt hints. Cream. Dry floral hops are dominant. Fairly fresh. A mild strength aroma.

T: Hops - both floral and bittering, with the bitterness winning out on the finish. Floral hops dominate until roughly the midpoint. Clean bright malts form the foundation. Noncommital grapefruit. Hints of cream. Slight citrus hints, but nowhere near as prevalent as I'd like. No real layering of flavour is present. No alcohol comes through, a fairly impressive feat. Full-bodied. No notable complexity or subtlety. Overall, it's a disappointingly simple pairing of uninspired hops with somewhat bland malts. The key to a good IPA is balance, and this one lacks it. It's built decently, but comes off as uninspired, boring, and bland. That said, its tame nature lends it more drinkability - but the sacrifice isn't worth it.

Mf: A bit sharp and overcarbonated. Too thick as well. Smooth and wet, with some light dryness from the hops about the climax. Doesn't suit the flavours particularly well. Too heavy on the palate for its lack of diverse flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A boring DIPA. I wouldn't have it again unless it was freshly-tapped at the brewery or something. Unrefreshing. Hides its ABV quite well, to its credit. Fans of the style will likely enjoy this one, but I find it mediocre. A great example of an average DIPA, which is why it's earned a C in my book. There's nothing unique or special here.

Pairing: Pairs well with spicy food.

Aging: A poor candidate for aging.

Vessel Notes: Drank okay out of me pint glass, but I imagine a snifter would do her a bit better.

C

kojevergas, Mar 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

station815, Mar 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

illini4x4, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

raulazzer, Mar 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

scofielj, Mar 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

ShemRahBoo, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

xnapshot, Mar 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

vr6corrado, Mar 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

rippedflesh89, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

wow, surprised i don't have a review down for this already. none-the-less nabbed a 32oz fill yesterday at a FW in store tasting at beer city.

a - poured a generous portion into my hill farmstead oversized wine glass. poured the classic orange with a generous frothey white ipa head. some visible carbonation can be seen. transparent.

s - smells fresh and fantastic. perfectly balanced. great sweaty piny thick hops with a decent mix of sweet citric. as good or better than any other IIPA i've ever had.

t - as the nose whispered...this is a fresh badass ipa. sticky and rich...sweaty and piny...citric with just the right amount of bitterness.

m - medium bodied with a nice bitterness and great finish.

o - overall a homerun. probably the best accessible IIPA for me in NY. the freshness on this beer really makes it. after an ounce pour at the tasting, i immediately got a growler fill. SO good.

cosmicevan, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

justinbrown, Mar 17, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -6.7%

Served in a wellington beer glass.

Appearance: Slight cloudy but in reality clear amber with a 1/4" white head.

Smell: Roasted hops, and feel of caramel.

Taste: Pretty good, little dry, slightly bitter but super tasty. It comes off little hope and a bitter sweet you will not be disappointed with.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, not exactly smooth but really it's crisp, every sip feels like a new beer in your mouth.

Overall: You see it, you buy it. It isn't perfect but it F'n good! Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Mar 17, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -9%

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.

output01x, Mar 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

guajolote, Mar 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

barczar, Mar 15, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -10.1%

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)

BeRanger, Mar 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

mschind, Mar 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

fDOTbear, Mar 14, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -9%

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...

DRen323, Mar 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

howard12, Mar 14, 2012
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,905 ratings.