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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,341
Hads: 7,309
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 503
Gots: 1,644 | FT: 37
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 vandemonian
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Double Jack is a nice double IPA, which produces a world class aroma.

A: Nice orange colour and a 2 cm head that fades to decetngood lacing. 4

S: I could smell it from 2 feet away: a wonderful, sweet, citrus-hop aroma. 5

T: It has a sharp, tangy orange flavour with noticable alcohol. The aftertaste is not particularly bitter for a double IPA. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: This is a nice DIPA. 4

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Photo of Anaz
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Honey gold, with billowy white head, very clear.

S- Citrusy and grassy hops, a bit of honey on the nose, as well. Some spiciness from the alcohol sneaks in, but not in a bad way at all. Just gorgeous.

T- A mouthfull of citrusy hops, very fresh and clean tasting. The bitterness is restrained by a malty sweetness and faint alcohol burn. The bitterness is never harsh or unpleasant. Absolutely delicious, and dangerously drinkable.

M-the carbonation is mild, and the body is rich and slightly viscous.

0- This is a fantastic DIPA, easily one of the best I've had in a long time, and it deserves a lot of respect, but not so much that I can't find it when I want it. A beautiful beer.

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Photo of MadCat
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden brown, one finger white head that dissipates quick and leaves good lacing

Smell: Piney, citrusy, grapefruit hops

Taste: More grapefruit, with a good load of bitterness and resiny pine. Some more citrus in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation, dry finish

Overall: An excellent double IPA. One of the best I've had.

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

on-tap, map room - chicago

appearance: served in a chalice, bright orange-amber body, strong beige foam, glows in the moonlight

smell: bright citrus aromas - grapefruit zest, tangerine extract, lemongrass, pine. aromatic and extremely inviting

taste: terrific dipa - powerful waves of bright citrus - grapefruit and tangerine zest, lemon, grassy, lightly bitter pine. I could have consumed this all night but the map room taplist was on fire that night.

mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing, oily and resinous

overall: great

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straight on honey color into my Darkness snifter. A nice white head with scant lacing rests atop. Big citrus, pine and hop on the nose. This smells pretty good. Hop oil coats my tongue with my sip. I really dig on that. Taste is of citrus and hop mixed with a slight crushed aspirin character. I could do without that. The sip cuts pretty dry on the backend. This is a good beer but not overwhelming.

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Photo of match1112
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark amber color with a off white head and no lacing. i could smell this as soon as the top was popped. smelled like christmas morning with big powerful pine hops, hard to pick out but there was some citrus and caramel malts in the nose as well. taste prettty much follows the nose with big pine taste, however there was no indication that this is a 9.5 abv as it was hidden well with the right amount of malts mixed in. went down easy with good carbonation and a dry bitter finish, which is what i expected when i first smelled it. cant wait to have another, i think i might cellar one for a little while to see if the pine calms down and doesnt over power.

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

Many thanks to Alex (page101) for hooking me up with this on an awesome trade! Beautiful amber-copper pour with two finger head with great retention and excellent lacing. I could smell this from across the room after I poured it. Tons of citrus, most noticeably grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple with a solid caramel malt aroma as well. The head was extremely sweet and creamy on my first sip. The citrus is just as huge in the taste as it was in the smell with some additional pine with a hint of grass. A solid caramel malt backbone balances it out nicely. Excellent mouthfeel with a great creaminess and crisp, dry, bitter hop bite. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. Couple that with the great mouthfeel and you have one hugely drinkable Imperial IPA. Another great beer from one of the most underrated breweries in the country.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, not sure how old it was but maybe a couple months? Nice light orange color, a little lace, short head. Smell was nice but not a super hoppy west coast like I was expecting. It had a touch of alcohol but mostly just had a really balanced smell, a little malt and a little hops. The flavor was very similar, I think I caught a bit of citrus but it was not hop forward at all. the alcohol was noticeable but didn't detract from the flavor. I was actually surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did because I usually only like west coast hop bombs (which this may be when its fresh). Overall this was a nice balanced beer and just reminds me that Firestone Walker makes solid beers.

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Photo of mdr4669
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Very bright orange body with about a finger of frothy off-white head. With thick spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet and citrusy not exactly something you can smell from a mile away, but has very good character.

Taste: Hoppy citrus like characteristics that are well balanced with a malty and bready mid-life, and finishes with a more hops a burn.

MF: Very nice, quite rich in viscosity but still smooth. Very enjoyable.

OA: Excellent amber, heavy in character yet still well balanced.

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Photo of bobhits
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another IPA not bottle dated…honestly what is wrong with these brewers? The bottle cap makes reference to 2010 which makes me a touch worried, but hopefully there’s nothing to worry about here.

Good clarity, not much carbonation, thick creamy white head (looks rather exceptional on the head), and the orange color is on the medium dark side of things. I’m enjoying the look, which is surprising given how flat and dull the beer looked coming out of the bottle.

Amazing nose on this beer sharp citrus notes and sweet caramel malt is certainly present in the back here, but properly subdued.

Wow…alcohol bomb! I would normally save that for the mouth feel, but damn I just got kicked by the 9.5% abv. Hop resin and oil saturate every drop of this beer. This beer takes a much more oily nature than most IPAs. There isn’t a powerful attack of hops at the front of the tongue like a dreadnaught or even hopslam, but instead the malt balances out that hit and the hops seems to almost have a time-released intensity. They bite evenly from start to finish.

Given the 9.5% abv the body here is reasonable, a bit thick and heavy, carbonation starts out well but the weight of this beer doesn’t allow it to last too long. The only real flaw is that the alcohol is just far to in your face. Add in citrus as hell hops and this beer is a huge bastard on the tongue.

Easily one of the best double IPAs I’ve ever had! I am always looking for ways to improve beers so clearly I have a list of flaws here, but I should speak on the good points. Amazingly hoppy and the malt almost works as a way to keep the hops on the tongue longer.

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Photo of mater
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DoctorB2B for hooking me up with this 22oz bottle.

A-Pours a light amber color with a two finger head and some pretty nice lacing.

S-This beer smells awesome! Citrus fruits, hops and some caramel malts.

T-Grapefruit, Orange, pineapple and hops. The malts even everything out.

M-Slightly over medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Slightly bitter in the end.

O-Very good brew and very drinkable. I put this one down a little too quick. Wish it was available to me.

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

Hauled back from Philly in my suitcase! Thanks to Capone's for the great selection.

Poured into my dfh snifter- pours a transparent amber-orange color, a little head that recedes quickly, not much lacing. visible carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Smell- hardcore citrus, bitter hops, a little sweetness from the malt. Taste- immediate awesome peppery bitterness on the front part of the tongue, followed by nice thick carbonation, ended with a sweet, caramel finish. Incredibly impressive IIPA, very West Coast style. This is just very well made, precise with flavors. Mouthfeel- the carbonation is nice and rich and works well to keep this from being too sweet. Drinkability- for a 9.5%, this drinks incredibly smoothly. Impressive.

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

Pours out a clear slight amber to more yellow but really thin looking. 1/2 finger of suds that leave lots of lacing around the pint glass.
Smell is grapefruit rind and lemon pledge. No alcohol detected in the nose.
Taste is mellow malt and bitter hop. Slight tangerine detected when the sugar hits the side of the tounge but the bitter is the star here. The alcohol is content to sit way in the back. Great mix of flavors that come together at the right time..
Mouthfeel is not sticky at all. Just the dry bitterness that make you reach for another drink.
Overall this is a great beer that I hadn't heard much of. I will be buying all their stuff from my southeast Mo. grocery chain store.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Browsing through Gary's in Portsmouth the other day, found this and their porter. Great finds.
This beer was a golden color with a medium-sized white head and plenty of lace.
Sweet malt aroma. Citrus and piney hops.
Predominately grapefruit taste. Little bit of piney hops. Solid malt background.
Very well-balanced beer. Alcohol not at all noticeable.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice head, white, foamy, nice lacing, min carb

Smell - Malty, bready, hops, pine some citrus

Taste - Breads, malty, sweet, some citrus, pine and hops

Mouthfeel - Nice volume, bitterness, alcohol

Overall - Nice balanced, enjoyed, alcohol well hidden. this was a fantastic share with SpinkRSX, thanks buddy.

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

First had: on tap at Oakmont National Pub, Havertown, PA

Nice IPA! Poured into a stem glass, a clear golden with brown shadows, moderately carbonated, with a half finger of creamy white head that receded to a thin layer eventually, and left some nice lacing. Great head for an IPA. Big citrusy hops in the aroma, and not much else noticeable. Big citrus hops in the taste as well, with notes of orange and grapefruit mainly; piney; also a subtle sweet malt background, but it's the hops that are primarily noticeable here. Light-medium mouthfeel, and very very smooth for an imperial IPA. Alcohol is well hidden, boosting the drinkability of this fine quaff even more.

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

A deliciously hoppy ale that highly favors hop flavor and aroma with a candied citrus bitterness that balances the finish.

Pouring a nearly bright medium coper color, steady streams of carbonation build a creamy off-white head with fantastic retention and lace. A classy and appetizing appearance overall.

Candied fruits decorate the nose with citrusy ruby red grapefruit, tangering, pineapple, appricot, and freshly cut grasses- all seemingly dipped in light caramel. Zesty, vibrant, and eye-opening in the hop profile while the malts carry a thinly sweet scent for balance, making it mouth-watering.

Sweet malts have an early impact with the notion of powdered sugar and light caramel taste. Fading at mid palate, the citrusy and tropical hops burst with juicy flavors that have an even fade toward lightly piney/grassy bitterness in finish. Very clean taste with a slight linger of caramel sweetness, but dominated by smooth hop flavor and bitterness.

Medium creaminess early is accentuated by thin malt sweetness and delicate carbonation. The hop flavor ushers in a drying character that only develops into complete dryness as the bitterness commands the taste. An herbal and minty-dry evaporation lingers on the tongue as the crisp hops provide a very clean and dry finish, with only a memory of hop flavor that lingers into the next sip.

A very classy imperial ipa that doesn't overwhelm the senses, making it very drinkable and sociable. So easey and effortless to drink, I nearly made quick work of the glass before givign thought to it's character. I'm going to need much more of this beer!

Thanks bbehr!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Soapy large just off white head of about three/four fingers is poured. Body is a gorgeous orange/amber that is clear almost a dark peach color and has some slow and fast rising carbonation. Minimal lacing.

Bouquet is a soft but very sweet mushy sense of citrus, sort of fleshy grapefruit but stronger. A big sense of density to come perhaps, really like this smell it's big, simple, strong and wonderful.

Big initial sweetness, following with a giant grapefruit and mushy citrus rush. Hop feel/taste seems a bit burried and overpowered by this giant citrus bomb. Feels thick and almost syrupy but mostly heavily concentrated and this brings my taste score down.

This is a bit too sweet for my tastes it gets into borderline drinking liquid honey, but it's got some great character I'll say that. I suppose though for tastes I was expecting a bit more variety also.

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Photo of dancingnancie
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden amber with about a fingers worth of head with some nice lacing.

S: This beer smells great. Nice hop aroma at first, then I get a hint of the malts on the end.

T: I really enjoy the taste of this beer. From the smell, I definitely thought I would get a huge hop bomb. I was pleasantly surprised that this beer balanced out very nicely. Nice floral hops, balanced by some nice sweet malts. A great tasting DIPA.

M: This one isn't as thick as some other DIPA's, but it is still pretty creamy.

O: The alcohol is hidden very well, it is quite drinkable. A great DIPA. I would definitely seek this out again.

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

The first thing that struck me was the aroma of the beer as it poured into the glass. The hop aroma really jumped out of the glass. When I tasted it I expected a bit more hop flavor, but the malt sweetness balances the hop. It is a very well balanced DIPA, but a little on the sweet side for me especially as it warms. I enjoy the mouthfeel quite a bit and the beer beautiful orange hue with a finger of white head. Alcohol is well hidden and an excellent all around beer.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks as if there is a bit of crystal malt in here, on the orange side of honey color. Well formed head that leaves a nice bit of lacing. This smells more like an American barleywine. Sticky thick hops, some citrus and tones of resin. A wave of bitterness followed by pine resin bomb, crystal malts, slight orange/grapefruit citrus flavor. Very thick on the palate and honestly rather cloying. In sum not my style of IIPA, too thick, but I can appreciate that it is a well crafted beer.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. Pours a relatively clear light amber tinged with orange. Intense hop aroma. Pineapple and citrus dominate, backed up by sweet pine. Caramel malts are off in the background. My mouth is watering from the aroma alone. Taste follows the aroma, with a wonderfully bitter finish. Mango and pineapple tropical hops coat the tongue first, with spicy and pine notes in the middle. Relatively high carbonation combines with caramel malt sweetness helps to balance things out, and the mouthfeel is full and creamy. The ABV never really shows up, as the hops cover things up nicely. This is one yummy and refreshing double IPA. Highly drinkable, especially considering the high ABV.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery Tulip came up finger of white head. retained for a while then settled into a foamy lace.

A- Reddish orange Hue, no sediment a beautiful color.

S- Resinous, smells of pine, light tropical fruit some malty character there but its a lot lighter being taken over by hop.

T- WHAMMY! citrus fruit and piney resin with an aftertaste of carmel from the malt, very upfront with the best flavors forward and it rolls down the tongue with that velvet carmel aftertaste and smooth finish, wonderful. (not my favorite in flavor but still it is up in the top 5 DIPA"S I've tried so far)

M- Medium body in the mouth feel but it has a really nice viscosity and feels pretty warm on the mouth and cheeks. very nice here.

O- Overall one of my top 5 DIPA'S tried thus far on my beer journey, very nice, and I will be storing this and most importantly drinking this one again.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a hazy orange/golden color; the cap was not particularly impressive but it did leave quite a few dots and shards behind

Smell: While there is considerable citrus in the aroma, there is at least as much caramel in there as well

Taste: Opens with a wallop of grapefruit that is just loaded with sugary malts; the alcohol arrives at mid-palate but after the swallow, it is the sweetness and citrusy bitterness that drive it all home

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The malt bill is big but the hops are slightly bigger; still, I prefer my DIPAs to be a bit more attenuated

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Photo of SawDog505
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bomber bottled on 4/20/11 into my 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a ambery orange, with a 1 and half inch white head. Solid lacing. Smells citrus & papia. Taste is similar, with a hint of pine. Great mouth feel. Easy drinking for 9.5 abv. One of best DIPA in N.H.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,341 ratings.