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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,327 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,327
Hads: 7,231
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 479
Gots: 1,599 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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 Chris33
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this from a trip I made to Arizona a few weeks ago. bottled 3/12/15.

The taste and nose are about the same on this one. I got a lot of citrus and grapefruit up front, followed by some light bready biscuit then a sharp pine. I would say on the taste end, that the pine biterness isn't as dry as I expected.
Maybe because this is just shy of 2 months old, I found it to be a little thin. The flavors were great over the palate but were quick to dissipate.
I would definitely grab this again if given the chance. Great beer

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Photo of clegolfski
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Deep Ellum

A - Clear golden color with a foamy white head

S - Citrus is the big player here. Bright and refreshing. An eye opener

T - Super pine citrus hop thing but its so balanced against he malts its really impressive

M - Not much alcohol, smooth and drinkable but tastes so good it slows ya down

O - Very good imperial its an achievement to have something that weighs in above 9 percent to be so damn drinkable.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a growler from Superstar Beverage in Huntington, NY. Had a small sample and knew I was buying a a 64 oz growler despite $23.99 price tag.

Appears a golden orange blossom. A bit surprised. Lighter in appearance than I imagined based on smell.

Very nice balance of hop bitterness with citrus sweetness. Borderline cloying but falls short in a good way. Finishes bitter but not long.

A bit syrupy and heavy on the tongue.

Overall a very nice beer but not as fully developed as a 120 or as hops-refined as a Hop Stoopid. Standout feature is citrus sweetness balance.

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Photo of paxchristi
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours vivid, dark orange color. Pours with a good amount of head with good lacing. Pours a good looking beer, dudes and ettes!

Smell: Hops, citrus (grapfruit?), and a piney earthiness. There is also a hint of sweet malt in there somewhere. Got me stoked about drinking this. There is also a very large pineapple scent that balances the intense hoppiness.

Taste: Alcohol is faintly recognizable in finish. Green apple, grapefruit, sweet malt, earthiness, and hops (of course). Definitely hop focused. I catch a bit of a dry hop in the distance that sort of acts as a reminder (amidst all the other flavors) of why we drink DIPAs-- for the hops fools! Some have complained of a lack of balance. I didn't get that in this particular case; well balanced I thought-- especially with the balance of a very citrusy, pineapple-like flavor. Brilliant!

Mouth: Medium bodied with even carbonation. Quite lively. Spot on for the style.

Overall: I'd say that its slightly less good than the hype, but, dude, it really is a killer beer. I would have liked to seen a stronger presence of the sweeter and earthier tones to balance the hops even more. I think thats the difference between really really good and masterful. I will drink this again FOR SURE whenever its to be found. One of my current favorites. I think its every bit as good as Ale Mucho Hoppo from Charleville!

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Photo of Guess2814
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is a pretty good beer. I think Firestone in general produces great beers. Think one has your typical IPA type hoppy smell and taste. Not that it's generic but it just didn't stand out as much as i thought it would. I still put the Wookey Jack over it.. Still with that being said Thumbs up.

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Photo of TwoBeers
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours very clear, clean golden copper color. 3 finger head that hangs around for a while. Light lacing.

S: Big piney hops and fruity aroma. Some citrus.

T: Raisiny hops right up front with some fruits coming through. The sweet bready malts take over and leave a very appealing aftertaste.

M: Lightly carbonated, medium body. Silky mouthfeel.

O: Very drinkable. Enjoyed the balance of this beer without too much alcohol taste. Will definitely be looking for this one again.

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

The hops hit you as soon as you crack the bottle. Huge aromas on this badboy. The color is a bright gold with active carbonation. A frothy white head sits for minutes before reducing to clumps all over the glass. Smell is of sticky raw pine sap, bready, earthy malts, and a bit of grapefruit. Taste is sticky sweet with loads of piney hops. The grapefruit and citrus dominate the finish and leaves you thinking its dry but underneath there is a devilishly sweet malt backbone. Definitely need to rehydrate after one of these. Overall a solid DIPA, very much like a west coast hopped 90 minute.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear dark gold tinged with amber. Billowy off-white head that dissipates to a thin film, leaving good lacing.

N- Freshly baked bread with honey accented by flowers, citrus rind, grapefruit, and tropical fruit. There is a hint of alcohol as the beer warms

T- Rich, thick, honey biscuit malt backbone layered with piney and herbal hops. Peppery alcohol makes the hops taste spicy. Just enough grassy bitterness to keep the sweet malt tasting fresh. Any less bitter, and the sweetness would be cloying. I think the beer would better suit my taste with a touch more bitterness. A spicy, herbal, grassy hop bitterness lingers into the aftertaste accompanied by sweet grain.

M- Thick, chewy, and sticky with good carbonation and a bittersweet finish.

D- A bomber of this would make a great after-dinner treat for two. 22 oz makes a wonderful evening for one, you just have to keep a glass of water nearby to wash out your palate periodically.

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

A - Pours a mid-amber to orange color with a solid 2 fingers of white head. The head lasts a while and has good lacing.

S - Good citrus, with a bit of malt in the back. There's hoppiness apelnty!

T - Citrus, pineapple, but once again with a nice malt backbone. The alcohol isn't noticeable, which I find surprising given the high ABV. This is nicely balanced in the taste, between citrusy hops, which are cut back at the finish by the malt backbone.

M - Good carbonation, a little bit more aggressive than most DIPAs I've had recently. The taste doesn't remain super bitter in the finish, which is a plus for me.

Overall, this is a wicked DIPA. I love well balanced beers, and this is certainly that. The only qualm I have is that, for the amount of good smells, this lacks slightly in the taste. Still doesn't prevent it from being one of my favorites!

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

Jeffo brought over the Union Jack and a Double Jack to have side by side. What a treat. Thanks, Jeff.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Identical to the Union Jack so it looks somewhere between dark golden yellow and copper. Very clear. Even after a fairly hard pour only one finger of foam that goes away quickly. What's left looks like an English style ale. Nice.

Smell is also identical like the Union Jack so it smells like a classic West Coast IPA. Bits of pine, citrus, caramel and a truck load of hop.

Taste is different frm the Union Jack. It doesn't have that initial sweetnes. Pine, citrus and caramel present here as well. There is more bitternes and a bit of an alcohol bite in the end.

Medium body, good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall a very solid DIPA. Loved it. Having it next to the Union Jack I'd say the Union Jack was the winner of the night. It was an overall easier to drink. Still I'd have me some Double Jack any day!
Thanks for the hook up, Jeffo!

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

On tap at the Oregon Brewers Festival. Pours a beautiful clear amber with a thick, rocky head that rapdily dissipates. The smell is uncommon for a DIPA: you get the stereotypical pine/citrus notes, but you also get a peach/vanilla smell that doesn't show up much in this style. Mouthfeel is classic: medium-bodied with a just-so level of carbonation. The taste starts with the blend of its Union Jack cousin: floral hops with peach and light caramel. Then Double Jack flashes its DIPA bona fides with strong pine and lemon peel with a dry hop smack to the tonsils. A great beer that shows that a display of hop athleticism can coexist with more subtle and complex flavors. A class act.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a hazy IPA should, lasting head and tight lacing.
Big hops with booze in the nose brings tropical fruit forward.
This is a big, sweet DIPA. Pineapple, mango, sticky sweet malts with a bitter finish. Booze is there and releases fruity esters that compliment the sweetness nicely.
Medium bodied, booze weighs down in the carbonation.
A great DIPA. One of the sweeter, boozier ones, but tasty just the same.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as a generous extra from hopburster, thanks Gregg! Poured into a pint glass:

A - Pours a nice light golden, hay and slight amber color with a mean cloudy head. While the head dies a lot of foam clings to the sides. Great lacing retention.

S - Caramelized malts and bready yeast. Clean pineapple, bits of grapefruit and pine. Little bit of lemon zest.

T - Bright grapefruit and orange peel. Bit of a malty back bone but pretty sweet and fruity. Bit of a drying pine flavor to follow up.

M - Pretty carbonated, smooth and creamy. Bit of a bitter, drying effect in the end.

O - Not a bad DIPA. It looks great, but the smell is a little off and perhaps a little bit stale. Its easy to drink for a 9.5% brew. Not too bad...

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden/reddish with a 1 inch white head

Smell - hoppy hops with a citrus/ tropical fruits

Taste - very creamy smooth DIPA. Almost perfect. It starts out with the hops and finishes with citrus fruit orange pineapple.

Mouthfeel - by far the creamest ipa I've ever experienced . No harsh bitterness at all from the hops but yet the taste is there. I have over looked this once before but not anymore.

Overall - it money!! So creamy smooth like a stout but its a DIPA. I like!

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

Poured into a HotD tulip on 6/3/11.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipates leaving a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. I would have like to have seen a darker color with more orange and red tones but the head is nice.

Smells of a rich and sweet malt backbone, maple and carmel. The hops are a nice mix of grapefruit and pine. The smells were unexpected. This has a very strong malt sweetness to it that almost seems to be the centerpiece to this brew until the hops slaps you in the face. NIcely balanced up front with a solid dose of hops.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of sweet malts carmel, and some alcohol but then a nice pine slap in the face with hints of grapefruit. Nice taste but the booze is knocking it down a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium in weight with little bitter bite. There is some alcohol burn. NIce pine resin after taste.

Overall this is a good beer. Is there better? Yea but this is a great beer. It takes hits for the yellow color and some booze smell and taste but overall I recommend this brew.

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out with golden, pale color and a one-finger, frothy head. Great clarity and lacing makes up for a pretty weak amount of retention and carbonation.

S - Sprucy hops at the front with citrusy, grapefruit-like scents pinch-hitting every few at-bats. Very thin layer of sweetness with a hint of a sort of strawberry, but let's face it, the hops overwhelm that.

T - Hard-hitting hops and a really fantastic underbody of pink grapefruit. Nice mixture of spruce and fruit gives a surprisingly sweet flavor as it rests on the tongue. Harsh bitterness as it crosses the back of the tongue is something I'm surprisingly okay with.

M - Nice, medium body with a really slick nature that just slides down the tongue. Alcohol is hidden well, making for a really dangerous beer if you forget just how strong it really is. Fantastic, honestly.

Overall/notes - Definitely an excellent beer. As an IIPA, it's surprisingly easy to drink. Honestly, this is one of the reasons I'm happy that Firestone Walker has shown up in Missouri. Went really well with a garlic-butter braised chicken breast. Seriously.. I don't try to pair food with beer that often, but I'm doing this combo again soon.

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

Part of me did not want to open this beer. I love the original Union Jack from FW and couldn't bear to be let down by this beer. Hope it tastes good.

Pours from 22oz. bomber into a Stone IRS snifter and clear honey gold that is the hallmark of this style. Modest vigor in the pour produced a fluffy white 2 finger cap of incredible retention and a kaleidoscope of lacing to feast with the eyes.

AH! The nose. Huge doses of oily and resinous hops are first and foremost, undertones of candied pineapple, pine, mango, grapefruit, and caramel sweetness that doesn't give up. This nose is everything I have wanted in a DIPA. Ended up nosing this baby for a good 10 minutes.

After the first sip, I new I had a winner. Imagine, if you will, Union Jack on steroids. This would be a byproduct of marrying the two. Incredible hop pungency that makes you soon, and caramel and biscuit sweetness to soften things up. Pine resin, grapefruit, rip pineapple, herbal, phenolic, and a slight bit of white pepper in the finish. It just about damn near covers the entire hop spectrum, if it is at all possible.

Mouthfeel is this beers bread and butter. Strong and viscous on the tongue, sticky on the teeth, and modest carbonation on the tongue make it luscious to sip and savor. After taste is where this beer excels most.

Drinkability...just about damn near through the roof. Alcohol is hidden extremely well, even after it warmed up I could barely notice it.

If Firestone Walker is reading this, you got something real good going with this beer. I'm going to keep buying this beer again, and again, and again, and again, until I've rendered myself into total palette shock.

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Photo of C20Percent
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a super-clear, clean golden-orange with a semi-bubbly white head of foam on top. Lots of bubbles in the body. Not a lot of complexity. I don't know that I've ever seen an IPA this clean. There's not a whole lot of head, though. Above average.

S: Awesome smell. Reminds me of Sculpin. There's more citrus here than pine, but the hop smell is soooo nice. The smell is very healthy -- you can't get away from it. As soon as it's out of the bottle you get it. Also reminds me of Zombie Dust smell. Love it.

T: First thing you get is some sweet caramel malt before the hops get it. Again, a big citrus flavor. Wonderful. Easy drinking -- the alcohol does not overwhelm you. Refreshing with a slightly bitter finish. Super solid taste.

M: Perfect carbonation leads to a smooth and creamy brew. Not quite a heavy body -- more on the medium side. Very gentle on the tongue. Some nice chewiness that brings out the hops more than the alcohol. All things good with the feel of this beer.

O: This beer gets it right where it really counts. The smell and taste is one of the best out there. This beer really does remind me of Sculpin and Zombie Dust. The 9.5% abv is really not visible at all. Much more easy-drinking than you would think. I'd suggest this if you can find it fresh. The brew I'm drinking is three weeks old. Solid offering all around.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really excited to find this so fresh. Bottle date 3/14 poured into m tulip glass 3/26. Not bad for VA from CA.
A - Burnt orange gold crystal clear body with a nice off white head.
S - It is very light notes of citrus and pine but once it warmed it opened up and became much more citrusy.
T & M - A hop powerhouse. They hit you off the bat with a slight malt sweetness coming through in the end. It still ends with hop bitterness. It hides the alchohol very well. It has a very goot creamy mouthfeel as well.
O - Not as complex, in taste, as I was expecting, but a very nice hop bomb with citrus notes. Looks very nice, feels great. Strong armed double IPA.


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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice head with a quick pour into the Sierra Nevada IPA glass. Light orange/straw color. Light lacing.

Aroma consists of intense piney fresh hop. Smells very fresh.

Taste explodes with more resinous pine. Malt takes a back seat to intense bitterness but not in a bad sense. Light onion mixes with the pine. Not much citrus here.

Mouthfeel is on the light side with low/moderate carbonation.

One of my favorite of the west coast piney DIPA's. A Luxurious hop bomb! Kudos to Firestone Walker Brewery!!

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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 tarheels86
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

651mL and various examples on tap. Pours a clear amber with a very thin, yellow, dense head with fair retention but sticky, webby, white lace. Aroma is pineapple, fruity/tropical hops, caramel malt, lemon, sweet candies, sweet cherries, passionfruit, incredible amount of fruit juice tropical notes. Taste brings very sticky sweet malt as the base with some serous alcohol presence. Big fruity tropical hops with an oily mouthfeel. No cloying. No newspaper. No nutty, nut skin bitterness. Fairly soft and easy to love. Nice. Pretty solid, fresh, DIPA.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from my buddy Greg in NJ. We don't get FW stuff in MD and he raves about them. Could not pass on their IIPA. My wife and I split this bottle last evening.

22 oz. -> Weyerbacher tulip

A - Clear faded copper, foamy white head and super sticky lacing

S - Piny resinous hop, citrus tart and sweet

T - Up front huge grassy hops. The taste is piney and gooey, cane sugary sweet in the middle balanced out my a somewhat dark malt backbone. Long fading bitter finish. Pretty well balanced considering the potential sweetness.

M - The is a very sensory beer. Wakes up your palate and subsequently kicks the shit out of it.

O - This is a very good beer. I'd put this just a notch above Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA simply because this one is more balanced for the hop profile.

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Photo of bonercityUSA
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Craft & Growler

A: Beautiful deep amber with one finger head, poured in tulip glass.

S: A balanced mix of sweet malt characteristics and tropical fruit. Slightly dank.

T: Grapefruit and apricot up front, malty-caramel as the beer warms. Good dose of bitter hop flavors at the end. Far from boozy- the alcohol is almost imperceptible for a double.

M: Medium bodied, excellent for this type of beer. Lingers for just the right amount of time.

O: An excellent offering from FW. Could drink this one all day.

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Photo of tbern007
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden, clear - thick head, decent lacing.
S - citrus, hop, pine. You can tell this is about to be bitter.
T - bitter hop, grapefruit, pine. Yet sweet like orange juice/honey. Overall quite hoppy and bitter.
M & D - not balanced. Overpowering hop bitterness. Strange balancing act here with the sweet, citrus, and bitter.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,327 ratings.