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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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6,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,690
Reviews: 1,279
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 402
Gots: 1,200 | FT: 37
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:
Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of rawfish
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber with two fingers of sudsy off white head. Terrific retention with thick soapy lacing all the way through the drink. Absolutely perfect.

Musty grapefruit with a bit of apricot and tangerine thrown into the mix. Floral enough to carry out of the glass. Sweet malt backing but doesn't hide the bright fruit notes

Grapefruit, mild pine and alcohol all are delivered in a singular package with some caramel, vanilla and bready malt. Striking bitterness that lingers far after the drink. Nicely drying. I think the barrel system FW uses takes some of the edge off this providing balance.

Smooth with adequate carbonation. Bitterness is long lasting but tapered with some subtle earth and wood to go along with it. Alcohol is present but for sporting almost 10% alchol this hides it very well.

A very nice DIPA, caught it a bit down on the hops yet it's got a bitter kick, very smooth, downright dangerously drinkable for the ABV. Well balanced. Get it fresh if you can. FW really knows what they are doing.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Brewsky29
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep yellow to faint orange with nice 3/4 inch fluffy white head, and nice lacing.

The smell is grapefruit citrus and it is wonderful I could smell this all day.

The flavor of sweet maltiness up front with grapefruity flavor in the middle with some very mild spiciness and just enough hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Very smooth and drinkable with very slight alcohol feel in there.

Overall this beer is great a definite repurchase.

Photo of jburchett
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle (bottled on date: 2/29/2012, 12:15) into a Riedel 14oz tulip

A- Pours an absolutely clear, sunset orange with a healthy 1-2 finger, white, soapy head with only moderate retention. Although no lacing to speak of, this beer produces pronounced alcohol legs... no surprise with an ABV of 9.5%.

S- Hops for days! Gobs of sweet citrus and tropical fruit: orange, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, mango and pineapple all mingle to create a wonderful olfactory experience.

T- Sweet citrus on the front of the palate followed by gradually intensifying white grapefruit rind finish which begs you for nothing more than another sip. This is one dangerous brew, as the alcohol is completely masked by the aroma and flavor.

M- Despite carbonation not streaming up from the sides of the glass, my palate is met with a lively carbonation which only helps to enhance the intensity of the bitterness.

O- A really, really solid Imperial IPA and one that lives up to the hype (and just as good as I remember from the one sample I had on tap nearly a year ago). If I needed to draw a comparison, it is eerily similar to that of Lagunitas' Imperial Red in appearance, aroma but with a slightly higher bitter/dry finish. At almost $8 for a 22oz bottle, I would choose the Lagunitas offering simply for the value factor. However, if you have yet to sample Double Jack, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to at least one.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of HoppySailor
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter. Bottle dated 4-2-13.

A- Pours a gorgeous orange/honey color with no cloudiness and heavy carbonation. Thin bright, white head that leaves nice lacing once settled. Major bubble eruption from the bottom of the glass keeps the thin head steady. This looks like a terrific IPA.

S- citrus hops and pine. I don't smell any malt notes at all. Orange peel, a little floral lavender note in there maybe. The aroma doesn't explode on me the way I wish it would, but nice anyway.

T- 5/5 in the taste category. This one has the profile I look for in every IPA. Very hoppy with a citrus forward flavor and a tiny malt backbone to help mask the high ABV. The finish is very dry and leaves a strong desire to hit the glass again and fast.

M- My lowest marks for this one are on the mouthfeel. The carbonation is just a little harsh and creates too much burn on both the tongue and the throat. Not carb burn like an ice cold Dr Pepper or anything, just not the velvety smoothness one usually expects of a great double IPA. Still, it has a nice oily feel to it and the burn is very short lived and forgettable.

O- Overall this one deserves high marks. It is over-priced and goes down too fast, but a true pleasure to sip. I am enjoying this one out on a shaded patio in 90 degree heat and still find it refreshing. I have also had it in the wintertime and found it to be a nice cold weather companion. Now that I can get it in four packs, I can see it becoming my Saturday night regular.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,690 ratings.