Double Jack
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #55
Ranked #575
4.34 | pDev: 8.76%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
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Notes: A dangerously drinkable Double IPA. Double Jack opens up with bright grapefruit and tangerine American hop aromas. Beautifully crafted undertones of stone fruit are revealed upon first sip, followed by the essence of blue basil and pine. A sturdy pale and crystal malt backbone brings balance to high hop intensity. Complex and aggressively hopped, and flawlessly balanced.
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very light hazy amber, ample carbonation and a short lived head. A 12 ounce can dated 9/11/20 so over six months old. First time to find it locally so I bought it. It has grapefruit aroma and not particularly strong. Taste is all hops. Mostly grapefruit and pine. Definitely of the West Coast variety. I imagine it much crisper if it were fresh. I get some resin in the tongue. A hint of sweetness in there too. Overall I think age took it's toll but still tastes good and I'd like to give it another chance when I can get it fresh.

Mar 28, 2021
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-orange/gold, minimal head as expected with the high ABV
S-Smells like a a west coast double
T-tastes as advertised too. Relatively malt-forward, but never overly so. The grapefruit and pine stay up front where they belong. Above average bitter.
M-slightly above avg carbonation. Medium body.
O-One of the better WC DIPA's I've enjoyed, despite the SIX MONTH age. Fresh, this thing would be killer.

Feb 23, 2021
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a variety 12-pack $15.98 Foodland
85 days old
Smell of citrus and pine
Light amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of alcohol dominates with some citrus and bitterness flavors
Overall not that great. I think high ABV beers that hide their alcohol well are good so this isn't it. Very unbalanced. Would not buy again.

Feb 06, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle, from CITTI-Markt Flensburg, Germany. ABV is 9.5%. Golden colour, moderate white head, Strong aroma of piney and resinous American hops, some fruity notes too. Sweet and distinctly hoppy flavour throughout, with floral, fruity and piney notes. Aggressive bitter finish.

Jan 23, 2021
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz can

Incredible value here if you can find it on sale. I paid less than a dollar-a-can, and for an impressive ~10% IPA that's no common feat. It drinks pretty good, just like budweiser, milluh, and what somma these otha' beers we got? But for real, it's smooth, overly hopped, pine and bitter and no taste of alcohol (just the burn in your gut) - or balance. Nothing outstanding here, just exceptionally well-done, solid, etc, insert your adjective here. Clear look, head that sticks around, doesn't smell like much besides hop pellets... Just buy this beer, it's worth it

Dangerously drinkable, indeed

Jan 12, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There was a time the quality of a brew with the Firestone Walker label went unchallenged. Recently, there have been rumors heard that may no longer be true. This investigation begins by pouring two 12 oz. cans into a clear glass liter mug. A pretty pour it is. The color is a bright and nearly translucent copper. Well carbonated, a small enduring head is joined by good glass lacing and noticed. Not pungent, there is a soft aroma of malt and hops around the glass. Wonderfully drinkable, this does everything a great DIPA should. It's malt forward is velvety, slightly sweet, perfectly carbonated and earthy the way only barley can deliver. At the finish, the hops rule the taste. Nicely complex, they are a little fruity and mostly piney at the finish. There is a taste contribution from the alcohol that isn't distracting and belongs within a good American Double IPA. So much for rumors.

Jan 12, 2021
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear and golden-hued, slim, off-white head, long-lasting.

Aroma: Dank and pungent. Wide open and fuming with fruity and floral aromatics, crackling with hop bitterness. Citric fruits aplenty, with tropical, as well. Stone fruit, too. Orange and lemon meet mango and apricot. Lovely stuff.

Let's drink! That cornucopia of the aroma is plump on the palate, with hop bitterness hanging in close on the side. Just about perfect. Several ounces in, and the booze rises up. It sits happily in the mouth, and causes no fuss, just the general happy feelings we associate it with. Ah, yes. And, yum, yum.

Beautiful fruit, beautiful booze, beautiful bitterness. Mmm, yes. Soft mouthfeel, brilliant hoppy texture, long finish. How many ways do I love this wonderful beer? How many ways are there?

Dec 16, 2020
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This can was only a month old so I had to buy one to revisit. Big grapefruit and pine, big caramel, leafy floral and nicely balanced. Smooth and medium carb, nice sugary caramel lingering on the finish with a nice dose of floral and grapefruit. Great!

Dec 12, 2020
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shambeano from Australia

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can, canned on 28/08/2020. Poured into a tulip.
Look: an almost orangey amber, with about 1cm it head that quickly subsided to a thin film.
Smell: a little caramely malt, and a lot of hop. I’m getting citrus, peel, a little tropical fruit and pine.
Taste: citrus, grapefruit and orange, stone fruit, grass and pine. Some malt comes through as well.
Feel: mouth filling without being heavy. A little tingly carbonation but a touch oily as well. A dry finish.
Overall: delicious. Very drinkable.

Nov 21, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Crystal clear burnt orange with a pure white head that billows up and settles quickly to a fine film, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Crushed pine needles, grapefruit rind, orange, sweetened strawberries, a little Cannabis, lemon, and malty notes that while present, hide quite well
Taste: Pine, citrus, berries, and dank come out swinging and all over top of a much more present sweet malt base, though make no mistake, hops are the standout frontrunner here. Near the finish, pine and citrus are again in the spotlight and closes with a great hop bite along with some sweetness
Mouthfeel: Big, full – almost viscous, a little slick, some alcohol heat, medium-high carbonation, and medium dryness on the finish
Overall: This is big, bold, and awesome stuff. A total throwback WCDIPA that is huge on pine and citrus along with being a full-feeling beer, has great dryness, and some booze heat that leaves no doubt it’s big. Fun to try this again after so many years of it being retired and nice to see [taste] it’s still a winner

Nov 18, 2020
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, small but tight head. Great aromas of floral and fruit. First sip is smooth but assertive hops come right over the top. For a DIPA, this one has superb balance. The stiff ABV is well masked and lies in wait for the unwary; it's very drinkable. Taste is tropical / stone fruit...dates, figs and peaches overlying a solid malt base. F-W has done it again.

Nov 04, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Can bottom stamped with '08/28/20'.
Clear, gold colored body. One finger of fluffy white head upon pouring, settles away to a thin cover. Leaves a few scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma of grapefruit and other citrus.
Taste is apricot and peach, and later is resin and pine. Good malt underpinning.
Medium mouth feel, with some stickiness. Very good carbonation.
Provides a little alcohol burn, but the flavors tend to be sweet. One of the old guard, and easy to drink.

Oct 19, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 8/29/20, opened 10/15/20.
1 finger off-white head, decent retention in a steady fall to a cap.
Deep golden color DIPA with very good clarity.
Orange blossom, citrus, berry, floral, hop spice, pine, perceived light caramel.
Big aroma...explosive...maybe, almost.
Lots of the above aromas carrying tasty in it's (mostly) traditional flavors.
Add some stone fruit flavor to the mix that wasn't present in the aroma...maybe even melon.
Medium body, bright entry and mouthfeel. Some heat in the long finish.
Drinkability is high and the strength is deceiving.

Oct 16, 2020
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Echogecko from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: This Beer poured an amber, copper color with a nice frothy egg-shell colored head. Bubbles floated quickly to the top consistently throughout my entire time drinking the 12 oz can.

S: The smells flowing from this beer were very green and pine-y. I detected hints of citrus such as orange in the scent, with a very slight tinge of booze. The smell was extremely appetizing and made me excited to sip it.

T: As far as double IPA’s go, this tasted great. There was a nice initial tinge of orange with a delicious malty and biscuity flavor flowing over the tongue afterwards. It finishes with a long bitterness that plays on the tongue afterwards for several minutes. Personally, I couldn’t taste much of the alcohol if at all.

F: Mouth feel was great. Very full and hardy with decent carbonation that wasn’t so extreme that it harmed the experience. It definitely felt fun and full in the mouth, but not so heavy that it might have creeped into a creamy territory.

O: Overall a delicious double IPA that I would definitely consider buying a pack of. With 9.5 abv it definitely packs a punch, but the flavors are there to back it up. Great showing by Firestone Walker.

Oct 14, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can a little over a month old. Refrigerated.
L: pleasant copper, clear, nice head.
S: piney, earthy, floral, dusty.
T: pine, bitter resinous, Balanced with honey biscuit malt. little boozy.
F: bitter, crisp, dry.
Overall pretty good but not epic by any means.

Oct 04, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber with thin head. Moderate citrus and peach on the nose with some pine and caramel malt. The fruit is noticeable in the taste as well, as is malt and booze. Somewhat resiny. Not too sweet for the style, nicely balanced with a moderate strong bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Really nicely done. Doubles typically aren't my favorite but I with gladly drink this one again.

Jan 26, 2020
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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating from notes. Consumed August 2014. "A first class DIPA with massive hop flavours and aromas. Not much that you can criticize here; just a beautiful beer all around."

Jan 26, 2020
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reedap1 from Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

While I am a relatively new BA member I have been drinking beer for a long time but only in the past two years or so have paid attention to the multitude of beer qualities. I enjoy a smooth IPA and had this Firestone Double Jack double IPA at Ron's Grill in Lionville PA on 12/20/19. In my view, it was the best IPA I ever had, smooth, lots of great mouthfeel, crisp with a bit of spice like basil. Since researching it I' have learned that it was out of production but is now apparently back perhaps just for the Holiday season. Spectacular beer and the best I have had in a very long time.

Dec 20, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/29/15; drank 8/29/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

Huge eggshell head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Mango, honey & caramel notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Honey sweetness flavor up front; caramel & a bitter bite on the finish.

Only 3 months old, but this was a cloying, overbearing American barleywine already. Not good.

Mar 06, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

[Original rating 2011-07-06] Deep gold color with a big rocky head. Aroma is citrus with a bit of grass and hay. Taste is citrusy hops with a long bitter finish, just a hint of booze at the end. Mouth feel is great, a bit oily with some noticeable carbonation... just right for this beer. A great DIPA.

Oct 03, 2018
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BWED from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Golden in color. Head is off white, frothy, and holds up really well. Good lacing left behind.

S- Strong citrus and pine, dry and pithy. Malt is biscuity, but faint. There is also a sense of alcohol, stinging the nose.

T- Big bitter citrus and pine bite. Pithy again. Malt backs it up though, biscuity, as the aroma suggests.

M- Body is medium full, and has a long bitter finish.

O- Not bad. I'm glad the malt flavor comes in as much as it does, otherwise this would be a palate wrecker. Scale tips to bitter, for sure.

Apr 17, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: woody, spiced resin notes with tropical hops. Dry hopped and slightly boozy nose. Orange/Amber color, mostly clear, with foamy white head and ringed lattice. Medium/full body. Dry it is. 85 IBUs

Jun 08, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lotsa nice foamy lacing stuck finely to the glass. The smell had a sweet sticky grapefruit-esque leading to fine subtle juicy citrus and decent underscore of pine to balance. The taste was pure bittersweet and refined to a sly subtle sticky citrusy conglomeration of pine. The aftertaste was mainly bitter that lead to a slightly dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. 9.5% - really? Maybe closer when its fresh, not necessarily now. Still good and has a decent substantial carbonation to pound my tongue into submission. Overall, pretty good DIPA that I would have again.

Jun 06, 2017
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Kdouble from Tennessee

4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another great draft at the Capital Ale House (VA). A snifter glass

Appearance- A bright gold color with close to two fingers of off-colored head. The head slowly dissipated and a nice lacing slowly followed.

Smell- Citrus and floral notes combined with a nice malt scent. The alcohol is definitely there but nicely blended.

Taste- The citrus from the tropical fruits tries to cut the bitterness. There a sweet taste like caramel or candied fruit toward the middle of the pour. The bitter notes mixed with the fruit taste was great.

Mouthfeel- An interesting stickiness with medium carbonation. Finished with a bold fullness

Overall- The sweetness and bitterness mix for a great West Coast double IPA. The alcohol really hits toward the end but this one was extremely drinkable. My favorite beer from Firestone Walker

Apr 30, 2017
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big bouquet of juicy tropical fruit - mango, pineapple, grapefruit. Light amber, crystal clear with a thick, airy, egg white head and excellent retention.
Bright, clean flavours, lightly fruity and a touch of toffee, with a super dry, bitter finish that isn't too aggressive for a DIPA. Lingers on the palate, drawing you in for more, and since the high abv is is nowhere to be seen, you're unlikely to resist (but it does catch up to you!). Medium body and medium/light carbonation, full and buttery mouthfeel.
This is a beauty, I'm usually wary of intense malt sweetness with DIPAs, and this one is just perfectly balanced.

Mar 26, 2017
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