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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,328 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,328
Hads: 7,235
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 480
Gots: 1,605 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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Photo of MA_hops
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tropical citrus notes on overload...wow! Mango, pineapple, melon etc. Holy hops! Does this wake up your mouth! Has a nice bright orange color as well!

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a local craft beer pub. Firestone can't seem to make a less than great beer, but I prefer Union Jack to this which has more resin, pine and is sticky. Very good imperial IPA but a bit too much of a good thing.

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Photo of m_hall
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Standard pour from a 20 oz bomber into a tulip. Crystal-clear amber in color, with a dense two-finger cream-colored head on top. Good retention here... the head falls slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is very hoppy, very bright and floral (almost minty) with prominent lemon notes as well. This beer smells like springtime... if Firestone Walker decides to get out of this beer game, they should consider making artisinal soap.

On the tasting there's a bit of lightly sweet caramel malts up front, followed by aggressive hop bitterness- grapefruit, lemons and dank pine needles, with some peppery spice, along with a noticeable amount of alcohol. The finish is dry, and very bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, perhaps just a bit lighter than one might expect from a double IPA... a bit oily, with moderate carbonation. Comes in at over 9% ABV and feels like it- the booze here isn't masked.

A big IPA in the West Coast tradition, with lots of in-your face hops paired with a fairly robust, yet smooth malt support and plenty of booze to keep it honest. I've had a few better than this (and my personal tastes in IPA lean more towards the East Coast style) but this is still very solid.

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Photo of Chris33
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this from a trip I made to Arizona a few weeks ago. bottled 3/12/15.

The taste and nose are about the same on this one. I got a lot of citrus and grapefruit up front, followed by some light bready biscuit then a sharp pine. I would say on the taste end, that the pine biterness isn't as dry as I expected.
Maybe because this is just shy of 2 months old, I found it to be a little thin. The flavors were great over the palate but were quick to dissipate.
I would definitely grab this again if given the chance. Great beer

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Photo of squonk45
4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Firestone double jack Was very refreshing.. carbination was just perfect. smooth I could tell it was a double Ipa Was one of 2 the beer guy at store suggested so far so good

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Photo of DaverCS
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unfortunately, this beer is about 1.5 months old.

Aroma isn't very distinct. Definitely grapefruit, citrus, resin, and a light amount of dankness.

Taste is very smooth. Couldn't taste any alcohol! Surprisingly very light on the bitterness bite. I get a beautiful citrus flavor upfront, followed by dankness and mild bitterness, finished by a malty finish enhanced by a light garlic flavor.

It may be because this beer is old, but it almost drinks like an east coast IPA. Bigger on malt, more balanced, not crazy bitter. Not bad overall. However, at 3.29 a 12 oz bottle, there are better IPA's for the price. I feel like this would be a good burger and fries beer. It gets a 87/100.

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Photo of garyloveman
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard double. Pale color. More of a pine nose. Taste was a little malty at the start, then finished bitter. Very light mouth feel, good carbonation.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good amount of citrus pine aroma greets you, and that profile certainly follows through. Finishes crisp and dry. Pretty standard for the style, reminiscent of Hopslam, but still very good

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Photo of phishgator
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Tight white head with low carbonation. The body is a pale/golden color and thin for a Dbl IPA. The aroma is of piney hops. The bottle was more than 5 months old so that could have led to the hops presence being a little underwhelming. But the thin body was not expected.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

A: Dark yellow, slightly hazy. Single finger of head, did not lace the glass much.
S: Grapefruit, pine, tropical. Big malty sweetness comes through in the nose.
T: Bitter bit up front, followed by grapefruit and sweet malt finishes it up. Tropical/sweet aftertaste lingers
M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. This definitely drinks like one of the bigger west coast doubles. Dry finish.
O: Good double, I prefer mine with less sweet malts though, little heavy on the crystal malt in my opinion.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours brilliant dark amber under a finely bubbled 1” white to off-white foam cap that quickly descends to a thin white film.
S: floral, citrusy herbs, a very faint hint of tobacco.
T: Citrus rind, grapefruit, lemon – also some peach and maybe some orange with caramel in the background with an assertive bitterness.
F: Creamy, medium carbonation, chewy
O: Big bitterness balances big malt to produce a wonderful evening brew.

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Photo of Jmc181
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious IPA! They're dated, and I'd suggest getting them as fresh as possible, but these are beers to be bought when you see them. Perfect carbonation, color and smell. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid DIPA. I really enjoy the nice fruit flavor with a touch of sweetness that starts out the flavor. That is was what distinguishes if from the other. A heavy yet smooth bitterness, lingers much like the others. Also the touch of unique fruit in the aroma is also a bit of distinguishing note, but the nice full malt, esp. as it warms, stands out - somewhat sweet but prominent and enjoyable. There is a push on the hops towards the oils I'm am not to fond of, but all the other aspects make up for it.. Standard appearance for style - cloudy yellow and white sticky cap. Nice full feel with softness in the carbonation. Also the classic DIPA stickiness with the fullness that makes it so nice and enjoyable.
This is better than most. And priced pretty well too.

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Photo of do_ob
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours very clear golden with a fizzy 1 finger head of white foam. Faded into spotty lacing fairly quickly. Smells very nice: pine, hops, citrus, grapefruit, orange, and maybe hints of green apples strawberries. Light, crips, and creamy mouthfeel. Initial taste brings a lot of hop and pine presence. Citrus and malt more on the back end. Decent bitterness.

This beer definitely drinks like a 9.5%'er. Not a bad thing, but sometimes breweries do a good job of covering a high abv by adding this & that. Not this one. This beer has a big, piney, in-your-face taste that is all that an IPA should be. That being said, nothing really stood out to me as incredible. This beer is good, but I had to go the online route to acquire it, and while it IS good, I don't think I'll be buying it again anytime soon. If it were available to me locally, then yeah.

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Photo of drmeto
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-pine,resin,grapefruit,orange,mango,melons,peache,dried orange peel
-Follows the nose
-residual sugar
-strong bitterniss
-medium carbonation
-fairly alcoholic
Very good, but Booziness&IPA dont mix well

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Photo of Lucular
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My favorite DIPA to date. Just the right amount of malt (not too sweet or cloying) and big, juicy citrus flavor, mostly grapefruit but some papaya or mango too.

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Photo of dkopec0411
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A roller coaster of deliciousness. One of the DIPAs in the world.

L - Clear and dark gold

S - Huge hop blast...classic west coast DIPA

T - A blast of pine, citrus, and orange hop goodness. Then it blows you away with the malty dry balanced finish. You expect the hop bitterness to linger in the end but doesn't. Perfection on both ends.

F - Medium body with nice carbonation

O - My favorite DIPA and one of the best beers you can get year round

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Photo of thestoebz
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Nearly perfect DIPA. Very very good. Extremely balanced. Smells of pine and a bit of grass. Looks delicious, amber-gold with nice beautiful white foam which lingers for a while, leaving a subtle lacing. Taste is amazing, the best part of this IPA. Starts slow with a sweet, syrupy feeling malt which transforms into a bitter punch with a slight burning alcohol background. A bit of a carbonated, prickly mouth-feel that's slightly oily and thick, yet feels a bit watery at the same time. Complex. Taste lingers for a good long while, where the grassy pine takes over and leaves a bitter, pleasant taste on the back of the tongue.

Overall, nearly perfect IPA. Must-try. Would be hard-pressed to pick between this and The Calling, from Boulevard. So I'll take them both :)

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Photo of JPowell712
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Quite possibly one of the best IPA's or DIPA's I have had. The is nice beer that pours a nice golden color and had a nice white creamy head to it. The aroma of sweet hops fills the glass. The taste is smooth and hoppy and a bit sweet and the 9.5% ABV can only be detected by the warming sensation in your belly. The mouthfeel is super smooth for an IPA. It is a really great beer! Can't say enough about this. I have had many of the Firestone Walker beers, this may be my new favorite!

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Liquid gold.

S- Intense citrus aroma.

T- Orange juice, pine, grapefruit, some bitterness and a sweet malt finish almost caramely.

F- Nice medium body and good carbonation.

O- one of my favorite DIPAs! Especially the whole 4 pack thing.

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Photo of Duvel_Boston
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a stand-out IPA. Drank it from a snifter at The Gallows in South End. Bright, fresh citrus, with a big punchy hop bite. Drink it when you find it, and search it out if you can.

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Photo of Hopstafari
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not biggest double IPA guy but my friend suggested this one and it's been one of my favorites ever since..not too hopped and full of flavor...somehow the high alcohol content is masked beautifully

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Photo of Dr_Fox
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well done double. Danky, grassy, piny smell and flavor dominates. Excellent bright yellow-orange color and bright, crisp mouthfeel. True west coast style. Very well done beer, but my personal preference is for more citrus. Still, a very drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of Grainius
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 22oz bottle. Light hop aroma with a bit of fruit (tangerine) and prominent malty background. Pours clear medium dark golden amber with 1" off-white head that lingers and leaves lots of lacing. Very clean tasting. Lots of hop bitterness is balanced excellently with the caramel malt flavor. Because of it’s hop/malt balance and ability to hide it’s 9.5% ABV, this is a very drinkable DIPA. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The "chewiness" of the Double Jack almost reminds me of tropical gushers- that sweet, syrupy residue taste it leaves on your gums. My favorite part about this beer is how the honey/gusher residue pushes the bitterness out of the way on the backend. That, coupled with the pungent floral smell is what makes this beer so great.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.