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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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6,590 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,590
Reviews: 1,262
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 378
Gots: 1,131 | FT: 33
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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Photo of rippedflesh89
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of justinbrown
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of output01x
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of guajolote
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BeRanger
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

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

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.

Photo of fDOTbear
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DRen323
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of howard12
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Rocketman8911
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of thydarkprevails
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a finger length head. Aroma is pine and apricot. Flavor is a balance of citrus and malt. Grapefruit, orange, and pine resin. Mouthfeel is medium full. Flavor lingers on the tongue. This beer is great. This beer is very sessionable for the style and the alcohol is well hidden

Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Gabany
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful amber with roughly a finger of white head

S- HOPS! Wonderful aroma, but not overwhelming; definitely smell some citrus in the mix

T- The perfect balance of hops/malt for a DIPA

M- Medium body and highly carbonated, which I enjoy

O- I love DIPA/IPA's, but feel that some are just too hopped to enjoy on a regular basis; this is extremely drinkable for 9.5% ABV and my latest "go-to" DIPA

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Mounty4Life
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color some lacing
Smells of hops but balance is what makes this 1
It was gone to quickly and could subtly taste the whole way to next bar..great hop pop but balanced So good was gone.
Med carbonation and nice hop pop
Just how I like my dipa's subtle hop pop slight alcohol presence and all the buzz definitely worth a case if you you can find in west Penn

Photo of drnoodles
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of TaySuth
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber in color with a white head that leaves behind some lacing. Not bad but not great... average.

Smell: Great fruity hops aroma. Peach and apricot stand out. The smell is strong without being aggressive. Very impressive. Malt is in the background but it certainly takes a backseat to the hops.

Taste: Very sweet and balanced. Bitter but not too bitter. The peach and apricot are very apparent again. This is a really tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Very nice carbonation and a good amount of body. Great mouthfeel.

Overall: An excellent beer that I will certainly be purchasing again.

Photo of BruChef
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of david131
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear, golden, clean coppery liquid with a nice white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Pretty, but a little plain.

S- Pine, grass, some citrus, a bit of tropical fruit, and caramel. Aromatic and well rounded.

T- Pine, tropical fruit, citrus, and some caramel on the finish. There is some definite lasting bitterness and the bit of sweetness is nice.

M- Light carbonation with some long lasting bitterness on the finish.

O- Not the most outstanding take on the style I have had, but it is extraordinarily well made. Drinks really well for the style.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of freehafe
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,590 ratings.