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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,919 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,919
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 326
Gots: 843 | 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%

rondufresne, Jan 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

InfernoBoss, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of cbrunpc
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%

First beer review, so take it for what it is worth.

A: Beautiful amber color (maybe, i am color blind)

S: Very Herbel and floral, makes you want to take a big sip!

T: Hoppy and amazing, smooth

M: Hits the palate very well, does not overwhelm like many do.

O: Love it cant wait for another!

cbrunpc, Jan 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

bonez05404, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of eorwar
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

eorwar, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of riotinmyskull
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

riotinmyskull, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of jeonseh
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

Bottle poured into GI tulip

A - dark copper color with a nice frothy, two finger head that sits on top. Look is very clean and shiny and reminds me a bit of looking at a copper still. Decent amount of carbonation streams up the middle of the glass

S - main scent is pine hops with a slight tropical fruit notes. I pick up hints of tangerine and pineapple. A nice and rather fragrant nose overall

T - taste is initially piney and pine hops are the main characteristic of the beer. There is a nice, mild malt backbone to this that keeps it balanced. From this sweetness I note citrus, mostly orange, pineapple, and hints of orange zest. The finish is dry with the main pine flavors lingering on the tongue well after the beer is gone. It does well to cover its ABV and is actually a bit on the hoppier side for the style.

As it approaches room temperartue, the beer actually improves as the sweet flavors become much more pronouced up front and balances the hops on the backside of the beer beautifully.

MF - medium body with a nice, slight stickiness to it. Carbonation is present and matches well to the body to give the beer a nice, full character. Can definitely get the hop resin coating both while drinking the beer and lingering in the finish

O - A very good DIPA that leans on the hoppier side of the style, which isn't a bad thing at all. It brings a strong hop presence but has just enough malty sweetness to balance the beer overall. This is one of those beers where everything about it is good and there are no clear opportunities for improvement, yet it has nothing about it that screams phenomenal. Solid offering from FW and a very good deal for the price

jeonseh, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

NeutroMan, Jan 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

dlepeau, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.08/5  rDev -6%

Fairly fresh bottle picked up in AZ. Something you'll never see in MA.

Light amber pour with a big white sticky head.

Dank west coast hop aroma. Heady grapefruit and resiny pine.

Flavor is dominant with Simcoe. Grassy, sticky, grapefruit pith. Smooth bitterness for a big DIPA like this. Moderate amount of sweetness but it has a light flavor to really just show off the hops. Light mouthfeel.

Excellent beer when fresh.

BearsOnAcid, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of mattbk
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Slightly cloudy, golden color, almost peach. Nice long lasting 1" head. This is one of the cloudiest IPAs I've seen, which is getting me ready for dry hops. Leaving real nice lacing on the glass.
S: Nice pine and grapfruit, very fresh and zingy. Not sure what this is hopped with, is it Amarillo? Haha, I looked it up, and yes it is, with requisite Cascades and Centennials.
T: Man, is that citrusy. Bitter grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine. Lots of up front hops, not very bitter I'd say. I get no hint of alcohol, at 9.5%. Not very much sweetness, but maybe it's combining with the hops to give that overwhelming citrus fruit flavor. Tasty.
M: Medium mouthfeel, maybe slightly above average carbonation for the style. Plus points that it's not too heavy, which makes it very drinkable (and maybe a bit dangerous...)
O: I really enjoy the citrus this brings, it is almost like a tangerine cocktail. It is not mind blowing or overally complex, but very good, I would definitely get this again.

mattbk, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of TangTKE402
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

A: Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemless wine glass. Beautifully thick, hazy orange/tan in color (like marmalade) with a frothy, white, 2-finger head. Nice, patchy lacing.

S: Hearty bread notes, with some apricot, citrus rind, light floral and pine notes. Very inviting, bright, and slightly chewy.

T: Packs a lot into one sip: Alcoholic bread notes up-front with some definite citrus, orange and apricot through the middle and a nice, dry swallow. Very summery. The barrel-brewed nature of this beer gives it a smooth oakie quality with some delightful notes of earth, grass, grapefruit and tangerine, leather, and a touch of sawdust. There is a hard-to-describe maltiness left on the tongue that helps to hide the alcohol notes, but some still creep in.

M: Robust and a touch gritty, this beer has a nice balance to it, and avoids the syrupy texture often found in 9+ abv beers. The high abv does leave a hot feeling in the throat and belly on the swallow, but I kinda like that. Reminds me of whiskey.

O: A definite must-have for any IPA or DIPA lover, the process this beer goes through when brewed gives it a different feel and taste than other big DIPAs, and while that might leave serious hop-heads wanting, it provides a depth of character to overlook that.

TangTKE402, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

Re-post of hacked "jmkratt" account :(

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

Picked this up on a vacation to Arizona. Review from 4/16/2011 notes. Bottle dated 3/14/11. Bomber.

A - The beer pours a nice clean clear reddish orange with a 2.5 finger of bubbly white head. Decent retention and good lacing throughout.

S - A nice citrus hop aroma: orange, grapefruit, and a bit of lemon zest. Hint of alcohol. A faint caramel malt base aroma though dominated by the citrus bouquet.

T - First on the palette is the assault of hops: orange, lemon zest, grapefruit, pine. The sweetness of the caramel toasted malt comes through and provides a nice body. Medium to High bitterness. More balanced than I anticipated. Finishes slightly dry with a lingering caramel citrus hop bitterness on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Hides the alcohol surprisingly well.

O - I liked it so much I went back when we were leaving to bring some home but they were out ;( Very good. One of the better Doubles I've had.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-25-2011 16:17:35

hopfacebrew, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

wagner617, Jan 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

ralphw56, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

runshu, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Moose34, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of isaiahcutright
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

A: Light Amber with a very clean whit head, one finger tall.

S: The Smell is quite striking the pine hops poured out as soon as i cracked the cap loose, simply amazing smell; alcohol, earthy floral tones highlighted by citrus (grapefruit) and grassy hops.

T: Bitterness, HOPS, a nice alcohol warmth underneath the hops (kinda sweet taste to it), grass very sweet and a nice hint of pineapple.

O: A excellant double IPA the mouthfeel is quite nice a smoothness to it. I would put this up there as one of the better DIPA i've been lucky enough to try.

isaiahcutright, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of wspscott
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

22oz bottle in pilsner glass (hotel in Chicago)
date = 8/29/11

A: Crystal clear golden color with a one finger white head. It looks like a Pils, nice amount of lace (somewhat surprising given the alcohol level).
S: Citrus hops, a little bit of floral, some malt sweetness. Reminds me a little of Hopslam
T: Sharp, but not painful bitterness, lots of citrus, some tropical fruits, a little bit of honey-like sweetness. A slight metallic taste on the back of the tongue.
M: Crisp, but I would like a little more attenuation, lots of carbonation, not cloying at all. A little oily, makes it seem rounder than it really is.
O: An excellent DIPA, nowhere near a barleywine (that's a good thing). I had no problem finishing the bottle by myself. I would really like to try this fresh vs. 4 months old. There are still lots of hops, but I'll bet there were more 3 months ago. Highly recommended.

wspscott, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

nyctrance2, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

rocklibster, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

gafferjohn, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of pjs234
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%

Poured from a 22oz bomber with a bottling date of 6/24/11. The initial pour resulted in a one finger head, that faded quickly with some mild lacing. The beer is a light orange color and bit cloudy. The smell is citrus and piney. Not an overly powerful aroma, but very pleasant. The taste follows the smell. Lots of bitter citrus flavors. I was hopping for a little bit more of a hop punch, but the bottle is almost 7 months old. It is still good, but I can't help but think that I am not tasting what the brewer intended. The mouthfeel is almost oily with a fair amount of carbonation.

This was a very nice beer, but I wish I could have found the bottling date in the store. It was black ink stamped on the neck of the brown bottle. Either way, I would like to try this before some of the hops

pjs234, Jan 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

bkbergen, Jan 15, 2012
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,919 ratings.