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Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: An extremely pretty golden/amber hue. Some carbonation throughout thst leaves a pretty white lace behind.

Smell: The tropical and citrus notes that are suppose to resonate throughout aren't as strong as I hoped, but are still very intoxicating. You can pick up some pine tree notes as well that a hidden pretty well.

Taste: The first sip I was hit with mangos and grapefruit. I hot some orange peels midway through. There are some great malty earthy tones that help balance out the huge tropical bitterness that comes out towards the end. Also a little bit of spice, but not a lot.

Mouthfeel: Not as great as any of the Alpine ones I've had, but still decently smooth. The mild carbonation gives it a nice soft feeling.

Overall: I'd drink this brew again. It's not that bad for a four pack and is something that competes with another DIPA goto of mine, 90 Minute.

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Photo of Damasen
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is strong of citrus and tropical notes. Flavor follows , nice citrus and tropical notes that balances with a sweet malt and ends with a deep bitter note. Overall very nice DIPA, would get it again

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Photo of PCole
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 11/9/15 poured into a tulip on 2/8/16

Look: Clear, yellow-to-copper. Pours a full finger of loose, fluffy white head that dissipated fairly quickly into a thin layer of large bubbles. Immediate and copious lacing.

Smell: Fruity. I get tangerine and grapefruit immediately. There's a bit of pine hidden in there, but I pick up mostly fruit.

Taste: Bright, bitter and pine-forward up front. Followed by a pleasant malt and fruit tandem. Almost no aftertaste. Each sip is distinct and fresh. The hop character doesn't stack upon itself with subsequent sips.

Feel: Fairly well-carbonated. Medium to thin mouthfeel. Distinct lack of alcohol burn; the 9.5% is hidden well. I'd have placed this closer to 5-6% in a blind taste. Finishes very clean. Extraordinarily drinkable.

Overall: Very smooth and balanced. Would love to try this fresh; I'll have to check some dates at my local shop and maybe I'll be lucky some day. Could definitely see myself adding this to the regular rotation on sheer drinkability alone.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 11/17/15. Clear amber pour (copper) with a hint of garnet. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding, but a bit light, nose of sweet pink grapefruit.

Heavy medium body with a creamy texture. Superb carbonation with a burst of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. Alcohol is covered, balance is world class and complexity is fair. It begins with a rush of sweet pink grapefruit that lingers through the finish. The middle has a moderate bitterness that is rind based and the hop flavor shifts more towards classic grapefruit. Slightly past the bitterness apex, the rich biscuit malt base delivers a bready wave of sweetness that has caramel aspects over a rising tangerine influence. The finish is a slow sweet fade of rind.

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Photo of TimWakimika
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber with slight cloudiness. Medium head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is more subtle than some of the heavier dry-hopped IPAs and DIPAs, but some malty sweetness and slight citrus. Taste, this is perhaps my favourite DIPA yet: it doesn't have the sweetness that often turns me off DIPAs (especially for one that is this strong–9.5%). It is quite balanced between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness, and has a good bitter finish. All in all, I think the balance is what I most appreciate about this beer - it is right on style without being overpowering in any direction. Excellent DIPA.

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

L - light amber, no haze, head dissipates quickly

S - subdued nose for a DIPA, grapefruit

T - follows the nose with grapefruit, some grassiness and earthiness in the middle, and a long bitter finish

F - fairly light bodied, medium-to-high carbonation, slight oiliness on the finish

O - one of the best DIPAs of the older more bitter style, like a stronger Sculpin, rather than the newer mosaic/citra/etc dry-hop style

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Photo of fx20736
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4 pack from Beers of the World; Jan, 2016. Served at fridge temp in a Duvel tulip.

Look: Hazy peach, white head, nice lacing

Smell: candied citrus, yum

Taste: orange marmalade, caramel-sweet backbone

Feel: creamy, soft, smooth

Overall: fantastic beer

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Photo of frasergrove
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 month old bottle. Light copper golden body, next to no haze, a thick resinous white head that settles down after a little while. Aroma had a note of carmel sweetness with some alcohol behind it...nice bitterness which is l balanced - pine, mango, orange. Very smooth mouth feel, some light lingering bitterness. Flavor is sweet tropical fruit with some grapefruit. An amazingly delicious IIPA!

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Photo of LAp
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a table glass. Pours a honey straw with an off-white one finger head. Smell is bitter, dank, hops. Palate is grassy, piney hops, with a subdued malt aftertaste. Arguably the best incorporation of grassy-tasting hops I've had in an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium-thick. Overall, a phenomenal double IPA. Top notch, and a wonderful change of pace from the hyper-fruity or exceedingly piney DIPAs that dominate the style at present.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best readily available DIPA's you can find. Nice golden color with outstanding flavor. Really enjoyable brew. Nice up front hop hit on the first taste and so fruity after. Under rated brew IMO. Luv it

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Photo of Marraybay
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Golden straw with about a finger of white head.

Smell: Floral: Juicy citrus and hops.

Taste: Nice blast of juicy sweetness upfront that's immediately overtaken
by extreme grapefruit bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Feel: Fairly peppery.

Overall: This is a big beer with big flavors. For me, I would prefer a bit
more balance and less overarching citrus bitterness. A decent beer
nevertheless. Would have another.

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Photo of spamNeggs
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So you'll notice the notes on most of the reviews seem to bounce between something more citrusy to more piney. Both in taste and smell I've seen both. My last bottle was more typical of what I've seen with a stronger pine note upfront. I wonder if this is related to how fresh the bottles are, or if there's that much changing on the hop schedule each brewing session. Anyway it's a great DIPA, an easy drink, although about at my limit for bitterness/IBUs (around 85+?). To be honest, I'm shocked at the 9.5% ABV listed here. It's so balanced and tasty - no alcohol burn as far as I could tell.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear gold, with seemingly endless carbonation and perfect lacing of the off-white head. Smell is simple, citrus and pine but perfectly spiced and executed. Taste is bitterness forward, but quickly switches to an escalating battle between the citrus and floral sweets, the swampy pine and the racing alcohol burn. They've done a nice job of accentuating the high ABV and not trying to hide it. Mouthfeel is nice, a little burn, but it stays slick and doesn't feel too thick and oily.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(12oz, San Mateo CA, 12/19/15) This one smell exactly like Hop Stoopid, has a lot of the good taste components that other double ipas have, but perhaps a tad more maltiness than I normally prefer in my IPA. Super good though, 3.9

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- light, golden color, clear...thin white head...good lacing
Smell- heavy citrus/grapefruit and piny/floral hop notes
Taste- hop bitterness on the front, citrus/floral in the middle...hop notes on the aftertaste...what you would expect from a good DIPA
Feel- medium/heavy carbonation, smooth...no alcohol aftertaste
Overall - The best DIPA I have had...As a PA boy I've had a few good ones, but the smell and hop schedule on this is one of a kind.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- medium golden color, thin white head
S- grapefruit
T- very bitter, then can taste grapefruit, then lingering bitter aftertaste
F- medium/heavy carbonation, not incredibly smooth

Pretty good, but not incredible.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark amber color with a thick two finger head. smells of pine and hops and a faint hint of spice. the taste is smooth and a little on the boozy side but not overly boozy. overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Bottled 07/16/15. Sampled on November 25, 2015.

The pour is an attractive looking copper color with a lot of carbonation building up to a lasting white, foamy head.

The aroma is mainly floral and fruity with a vague under current of bready malts.

Medium body.

Same sort of fruity and floral flavors and still has some punch 4 months after it was bottled. Modest bitter finish.

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

Every time I have this, I remember how delicious it is. It can absolutely hold it's own next to the likes of Pliny or Heady. I strongly recommend this to anyone who enjoys straightforward, hoppy IPAs.

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Photo of LastMalkieri
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, this was a really solid American Double. I picked it up in Portland, OR -- it doesn't make it out to NC often. Smooth, hoppy, all while being an Imperial!

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Photo of KensWorld
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Syked to finally try this. Bomber dated 6/19/2015. Pours a massive off white head with the best looking lacing, work of art. I smell the hops the second I open it. This is the smell that most Brewers could only dream of accomplishing. Sweat syrup hits the pallet then the hop bite that is not over the top but just right. It ends with a mellow hop bitterness and some alcohol burn. Wow this is a great beer! The taste is almost perfect. Probably the best DIPA I have ever tried. Only flaw is its a bit too sweat. I'm sure it's a solid 5.00 if it was fresh. 4.85

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Double Jack by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. is a Double/Imperial IPA. Its froth level is about medium on a scale of light/medium/thick. Its smell is spiced and tasty smelling. Its color is a nice sort of burnt amber, staying darker around the edges as opposed to having sort of a dark amber core exclusively. The body is about medium to a little more on a scale of light medium thick.

The taste is great. It reminds me of a sort of bell shaped flavor per se. For inside there is a sort of light beer-y taste but around is that sort of light semi-steely hop flavor. There is perhaps a sort of pine into bitter flourish into a semi sweet aftertaste accompanying said steely hop flavor, and its I would say a good steely hop flavor. It doesn't dwell on the steely hop flavor too much, which might be seen as a "trap" that some Double/Imperials get stuck in sometimes, and hence I think it has a really great and light hoppy balance for a Double Imperial.

Overall I can appreciate the score of this beer because I think its a great and drinkable Double/Imperial, its great and its sort of presence of flavor would make it great as a meal accompaniment Double/Imperial, its consistency might allow one to for example match food flavors to it.

Overall a great Double Ipa/Imperial its really tasty and has a consistent flavor, with a nice sort of rose-watery flourish that keeps ones palate fresh. Definitely a great example of the Double/Imperial style, and great for food pairings potentially too. Would recommend all the more for those times when you want to have a beer paired meal.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a bowl of honey. Smells like orange and pineapple with flowers and herbs. Taste starts citrus followed by floral then by resiny hop bitterness. great complexity. a full bodies brew. slight booziness but hidden well considered the abv. very good dipa.

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Photo of captainsdaughter
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Classic west coast style double, clear honey gold with about a half inch of head. Looks filtered like most west coast styles.
S: bubblegum, orange peel and pineapple dominate with a tiny malt presence on the back end
F: bottled about two months ago but still had quite a full mouthfeel.
T: bursting with citrus and bubblegum and some toffee and caramel finishing off with a large hop punch.
O: wow this beer has it all citrus burst, sweet malts and a hop explosion very good double would definitely buy again.

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Photo of gandres
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz bottle from poured to wine glass
Appearance: dark yellow, orange, golden, not a lot of head, no lacing, a bit hazy/cloudy
Smell: slight hoppy smell, sweet and fruity
Taste: well balance flavor specially the bitterness/alcohol, sweetness really comes out
Mouth Feel: Very good
Overall: very good beer
Drank: February 2014

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,374 ratings.