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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,341 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,341
Reviews: 1,223
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 349
Gots: 988 | FT: 29
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009)
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Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and pine hops, with some resiny, dank hops mixed in as well.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of resiny pine, as well as some pineapple, papaya and other tropical fruit. No detectable alcohol. Medium bitterness and very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA.

Mora2000, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on-tap at Shannon Rose in Woodbridge, NJ:

Pours copper with a white head with very good retention.

The smell is hop heaven! Great blend of citric, tropical, herbal hops.

The taste of hops shine through - citric, tropical, piney/herbal with a firm malt backbone that gives just enough sweetness to keep the hops giving flavor along with bitterness. Some booze shows in the finish.

This is an AWESOME double IPA. Hop heavenly!

jwc215, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack appears a gorgeous burnished gold with a two fingered head after a vigorous pour. Nice rings of Brussel's Lace form on the glass as a residue of foam is deposited after each sip.

A fantastic nose of pear, grapefruit, orange rind and pepper emanates from the glass. Notes of pine are in the background as well.

The taste is a menagerie of the aforementioned olfactory delights with a slightly sweet, bready maltiness cutting to the fore at the back of the throat. The pepperiness of this beer is quite unique for a DIPA and works well with the fruitiness/bitterness of the hops - it's exceptionally well balanced.

Mouhtfeel is spot-on for a West Coast DIPA and is neither too slick nor too thin.

Overall I'm really digging this beer as I have every other Firestone Walker libation that has crossed my lips.

Welcome to New Hampshire FW!

Rochefort10nh, May 13, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly clear with a dark gold color. Nice domed head which leaves ring lace after each sip.

Despite the color, there is powerful, lightly sweet caramel malt aroma--not what I was expected. There is little hop nose. What I do smell is like grapefruit rinds.

Good bitterness in the taste. Also, the alcohol is potent on the tongue--lots of wRmth in the swallow. Rich body, even oily from the alcohol, The aftertaste is like grapefruit rinds, but it is relatively short lived.

smcolw, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at No Idea Tavern in Baltimore (clever name? not so much). This was a fantastic (double) IPA. Maintained a good balance and wasn't overly bitter, super smooth and tasty, and was finished way too quickly.. always a sign of a good brew. Great hoppy aroma and awesome mouthfeel, I can see why it's been rated so highly and for $5 a pint it's tough to beat this one.

oriolesfan4, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

InspectorBob, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 ml brown glass bottle with wax-foiled over standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; this brewery has largely disappointed me (particularly Abacus) but maybe they can pull off this style well. No bottled date is listed. Purchased at the tasting room in Paso Robles a few days ago.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Paired with Panda Express Beijing beef.

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of light hints of cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention for the 9.5% ABV. Colour is a transparent golden yellow. Not much to look at. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Hops - both floral and bittering. Some caramelized malt hints. Cream. Dry floral hops are dominant. Fairly fresh. A mild strength aroma.

T: Hops - both floral and bittering, with the bitterness winning out on the finish. Floral hops dominate until roughly the midpoint. Clean bright malts form the foundation. Noncommital grapefruit. Hints of cream. Slight citrus hints, but nowhere near as prevalent as I'd like. No real layering of flavour is present. No alcohol comes through, a fairly impressive feat. Full-bodied. No notable complexity or subtlety. Overall, it's a disappointingly simple pairing of uninspired hops with somewhat bland malts. The key to a good IPA is balance, and this one lacks it. It's built decently, but comes off as uninspired, boring, and bland. That said, its tame nature lends it more drinkability - but the sacrifice isn't worth it.

Mf: A bit sharp and overcarbonated. Too thick as well. Smooth and wet, with some light dryness from the hops about the climax. Doesn't suit the flavours particularly well. Too heavy on the palate for its lack of diverse flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A boring DIPA. I wouldn't have it again unless it was freshly-tapped at the brewery or something. Unrefreshing. Hides its ABV quite well, to its credit. Fans of the style will likely enjoy this one, but I find it mediocre. A great example of an average DIPA, which is why it's earned a C in my book. There's nothing unique or special here.

Pairing: Pairs well with spicy food.

Aging: A poor candidate for aging.

Vessel Notes: Drank okay out of me pint glass, but I imagine a snifter would do her a bit better.

C

kojevergas, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; December 2010
Arrives from the tap with a hazy, gold copper hue and it is topped by a frothy, almost one finger thick, pretty long lasting, light tan colored head that manages to leave some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma smells nice and hoppy with concentrated notes of lychee, tangelo and kumquat zest that is backed by a little bit rougher notes of essential citrus oil. The nose is definitely expressive, but manages to be smoothly hoppy with out the sharper focus of pine and herbal notes often found in the style.

Oh yes, hops indeed, it is likely sucking on sweet hop nectar; definitely sweet tasting from both the supporting malt character and also the ample fruity hop notes. The fruitiness is so tropical and vibrant in character with huge notes of lychee, a sort of mango / guava thing, softer tangelo zest notes, ripe kumquat freshly zested with essential oil bursting forth, . The beer finishes with a softly biting bitterness that is quite a bit softer than a beer with this much hop character usually is and there is a light, sort of green, lightly herbal hop note that is just suggested. In the long finish though, there is a note that reminds me just a touch of garlic chives, though this is fairly subtle. The body of this brew definitely has some heft to it with a viscosity that sticks to the palate as the beer slides across the tongue, the linger bitterness helps to was this clean after each sip though & this is definitely appropriate for a Double IPA, though I might wish for a touch more lightness in the body; still this is quite drinkable & truthfully the fullness from the residual malt sugar also contributes to the huge expression of hop fruit character that this beer achieves. The malt plays a clearly supporting role, but the sweetness is definitely an important part of this character (and in truth much of the sweetness comes from interaction with the hops rather than overly residual sugar levels) and it also contributes pale biscuit / cracker like malt character that is at times noticeable underneath the hop onslaught.

I am really enjoying the vibrant hop focus of this beer. I really like that the nose is completely focused on this character and that the flavor has just a touch of bitterness and hop-herbaceous character to add a needed balance. A definite pleasant surprise, for some reason I wasn't expecting too much from this beer, despite really liking fresh Union Jack. At this particular moment the fruit focus this beer has is definitely quite appealing, though I could see this being a bit too fruity and cloying to some (even to myself under a different situation).

Gueuzedude, Dec 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

drewone, Feb 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours orange with a soft white head, with solid lace as I expect with a Double IPA.

S: Classic Christmas tree and pine forest.

T: Major pine and cedar resin with a moderate biscuit malt which balances the beer superbly. Great full hop flavour, intense and intriguing, reminded me of the first time I tasted Pliny.

M: Full-bodied, and full of resin, moderately long hop aftertaste.

D: A fantastic Double IPA out of Firestone. I wasn't the biggest fan of Union Jack, but this Double version is incredible, well worth the wait to try this beer on-tap.

Halcyondays, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange in color with a short 1" head that lingers around a while. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: light pine hop bittereness and caramel sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: big caramel profile with a nicely balancing green apple, grapefruit, pine, and strong hop and biting bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and mildly drying at the finish.

Overall: A nice example of a well constructed DIPA as all flavors compliment each other. Slow sipping and a great beer to split with a friend.

Gavage, Aug 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

wrightst, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

imperialking, Oct 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at TJ's into a snifter.

A - Pours amber orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, HUGE citric fruit punch; most notably grapefruit and mango; Piney hops and a tiny bit of biscuit hiding in the shadows. The booze comes thru a bit once it warms but it is hidden well. This is nice and fresh with a big citric hop aroma that could last for days. Very nice nose.

T - Plenty of grassy hops up front quickly giving way to a mix of citric fruit and sweet caramel malt. The strong citric presence is not as strong here but it is still prominent. The finish is a mix of caramel sweetness and lingering citric hop bitterness. This was enjoyable but a bit of a letdown after that nose.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet feel with tons of pungent, grassy, hops lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

O - I really enjoyed this one. The taste was a bit of a letdown but the overall beer was very solid. It isn't Pliny but that is no problem. Thanks again to Matt for putting on another great event!

orangesol, May 09, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured in in to a SA perfect pint glass. Bottled on 4/13/2012. Picked up for 8.49 a bottle.

Pours a golden yellow with brownish tint. Pour left about three fingers worth of head the slowly faded leaving no lacing. Smells is of pine and hops. Taste is of hoppy pine with a little spice,on the aftertaste. Also taste is not overly bitter like other DIPAs. Mouthful is moderately carbonate with a dry finish.

Overall this is a solid DIPA that I would go for again.

duceswild, Sep 01, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones served in a tulip. This brew appears a clear orange to copper color with a fluffy white head that fades to a thin lacing across the top of the brew. A swirl revives the head back to a finger's strength and forms patchy and webby lacing effect on the glassware.

The smell of this brew is bright with hop elements. It is fruity for the most part and includes some spiced aspect accented by the alcohol. Big fruity sweet smell includes notesnof rinds and a solid backing of caramel maltiness.

The taste is rindy and bitter but almost equally matched with a caramel malt sweetness that is lightly toasty. The hops provide flavors that are citrus-like and herbal with a light catty quality. The alcohol inclusion is both warming in effect and fusel in taste but it isn't off-putting at all, it integrates well with the rest of the flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. Easy drinking with an awesome balance of flavors. I am super excited to see FW enter our market. However, regarding this particular experience leaves me a little perplexed. I recently had this brew from a bottle and was completely blown away by how awesome it was. Perhaps the "newness" factor has worn off because the experience on tap was not as enjoyable as the bottle...which is a strange contradiction.

stakem, May 11, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Capone's.

Pours a dark golden orange/copper color with burnt orange/tangerine hues when held to a light and a half finger white head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus aroma with tons of tropical and citrus fruit notes bursting through. Dank, oily hops giving off hints of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel. Slightly boozy with some zesty spice and subtle malt backbone. Hints of biscuit and grainy graham cracker.

Medium bodied with a slick oily hops mouthfeel. Dank, dry and resinous with some nice bitterness that is quickly countered by a blast of sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes. Lots of grapefruit flavor with hints of mango, apricot and orange peel. This is countered by earthy, bitter pine needle flavor and a strong boozy presence. Subtle malt backbone with hints of biscuit and toast. As it warms the alcohol really starts to shoe and begins to dominate the flavor, making it a bit tough to drink down. Decently balanced at first but too hot for my liking.

corby112, Apr 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

weeare138, Dec 28, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber to pale copper in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Significant notes of citrus hops, with grapefruit and tangerine being the dominant aromas. On top of the intense citrus hops aroma, there is a solid amount of tropical hop notes including mango and pineapple.

T: This is a great tasting beer that really follows the aroma. There is a nice sweet caramel malt body that is the base for the hop flavors. Intense flavors of citrus hops - grapefruit and tangerine- as well as the tropical hops flavors - mango and pineapple. This is a great blend of the different hop flavors without being over aggressive in the bitterness - it is just moderately bitter in the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly coats the inside of your mouth and tongue with an oily feeling.

O: The alcohol in this beer is very well hidden, thus making this high ABV beer easy to drink and slightly dangerous. This beer is very enjoyable and one that I would definitely like to have again.

dbrauneis, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler pour from DeCicco's, Ardsley, NY.

Clear, lighter honey amber, off white fluffed head, good retention, thick collar, more then ample fine lace and sheeting.

Super fresh citric hop nose, with some melon and honey noted.

Full flavor, loaded with more biting citrus soaked hops, gritty and brightly flavorful.
Honey malts, smooth and adding a sweet nip to the finish.

Perhaps laking the depth of flavor and intensity of the top examples of the style, but this one is no slouch.

Highly enjoyable night capper, hop head's delight, glad to have gotten the chance to enjoy a fresh growler pour of this one.

Billolick, Feb 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Brought back to @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe in Sydney.

Pours a lovely clear golden colour, with a crackling, but slightly inconsistent head of pocked white. Some patchy speckled lace forms. The body is pleasantly heavy, and it has an unusual consistency in the glass, perhaps because the colour is so light. Looks decent enough.

Ah, yes. The nose is where this was always going to shine. Huge bright US hops, giving a powerful and potent citric punch. Stacks of lemon, mandarin peel and a touch of sharper pith or leaf characters. Brilliantly potent, but still full and nuanced. Amazing stuff.

Taste is also good—clean fresh hop flavour throughout, with a restrained bitterness on the back that melts perfectly with the until-this-point latent malt to give a slight biscuity kiss on the back. Still, this is about the hops, and we get some lovely orange marmalade characters, leafy tea and a bright crushed vegetation note. It's good stuff. Very good stuff, indeed.

Feel is smooth but light: a good enough vessel for transporting those lovely hops.

Overall, this is really great stuff: one of the better DIPAs I believe I've had. It really emphasises the hop flavour, and while it really ups the ante in this department, it never gets harsh or unbalanced. Great stuff, once again, Messrs. Firestone Walker.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Brilbecks in Syracuse. Poured clear gold with a tall white head. The aroma has a perfumey pine resin with a light earthy undertone like lemon seeds. The flavor follows with a building a sweet (at first) grapefruit hit which dries out with floral notes and that same pine resin. I love that this beer is really no heavier than a normal IPA. The hops don't get lost in the malt and the sugar doesn't bog you down. Great DIPA.

tempest, Feb 26, 2012
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,341 ratings.