Double Jack
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 8.74%
Reviews:
1,413
Ratings:
7,606
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
96
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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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4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of cratez
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
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."

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cratez from Ontario (Canada), Jan 26, 2020
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4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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reedap1 from Pennsylvania, Dec 20, 2019
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3.62/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Mar 06, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of BWED
3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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BWED from Colorado, Apr 17, 2018
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3.62/5  rDev -16.8%
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

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Kdouble from Tennessee, Apr 30, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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BGDrock from Ontario (Canada), Mar 26, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Beamers 25 in Roanoke VA on Nov 30th 2019. This beer is NOT retired. Amazing taste and aroma, full of grapefruit & orange citrus, pine, and floral notes. Malt backbone provides a nice balance. This is a fantastic double/imperial IPA and if Firestone Walker is brewing this again, whether year-round or limited release, i suggest searching this out.

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qcghost from North Carolina, Feb 04, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught in a bar. It was served in a pilsener glass. It pours a clear, golden-amber color with one finger of fluffy, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of lemon, grapefruit, pine, and floral hops. The taste features a nice malt base with some sweet tropical fruit, citrus, and a blast of bitter, biting hops at the finish. This ale is dry, medium-bodied with lively carbonation, and its 9.5% ABV is potent but not overwhelming. Overall, it is a well-crafted and extremely good DIPA. It deserves its world-class rating. My only concern is that we don't always get it fresh on the East Coast.

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MacMalt from New Jersey, Feb 04, 2017
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: 4.25
Beautiful crystal clear gold color. 1-2 finger head. Decent head retention: hangs on for quite a while before backing off and leaving lacing behind.

Smell: 4.25
Nice floral bouquet and citrus. Slight earthiness and malt aroma. Could be stronger though.

Taste: 4.75
Powerful bitterness at first, but quickly bursts into sweet caramel malt. Some tropical fruit flavors swirl around as the brew starts to dry out and nudge back into the bitter category.

Feel: 4.5
Medium bodied. Pretty oily from many hops I presume. Stays pretty active but flattens a bit towards the end.

Overall: 4.75
Great Double IPA. Just enough hop bitterness. Balanced by sweet malt and hop bitterness and flavor. There’s a definite alcohol burn – High ABV. Nicely done Firestone Walker!

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sjdevel from Colorado, Feb 04, 2017
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4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Firestone Walker Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Pretty fruity up front, tropical and stone fruit, citrus, pine, bready malt, and caramel/honey sweetness.

T: Pine and citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, fruity notes come out more and more as it warms, mango, passion fruit, apricot, peach, hint of melon, some bready malt, and caramel/honey sweetness.

M: A bit on the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I always underappreciated this beer. It was the old standard sitting in the cooler next to the new beer I wanted to try; the beer I'd had a short pour of a couple times, but never really sat down and gave my full attention to. Now, properly enjoying a bomber to myself for the first, and last time I'm getting a little sad to see it go. Solid old school DIPA.

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RyanK252 from California, Jan 21, 2017
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3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A very clear tangerine with a finger of off white soapy head that fades to a ring. Moderate amount of bubbles rising with spotty lacing. The aroma is citrus, pineapple, caramel, honey, bready, and a little flowery. The flavor is some citrus, pineapple, caramel malt, and the bitterness is pretty mellow. The feel is overall dry, medium body, average carbonation. This seems well made, but, nothing really goes ka-pow with it.

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matcris from Arizona, Jan 04, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear dark coppery orange in color with 2 fingers of long-lasting dense off white head. Aroma is very hoppy with citrus notes and bready and caramel malt character. Taste has more piney and citrus hops, moderate bready and caramel malts, and a low-moderate bitterness. Medium-ish body and carbonation. This is tasty and a classic example of an American Double IPA bit just isn't my thing; I've got the best Mew England IPAs right outside my door and this feels like a throwback to the 2000's.

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mnj21655 from Massachusetts, Jan 01, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 22 oz. bomber with friends in tasting glasses so only had 4 ozs or so, but it was great. Nice citrus aroma and taste. Would have loved a 12 oz bottle or a pint to enjoy for a longer time. Beautiful color and a nice white head. Can't wait for the next one.

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

Golden appearance with white head and just the right amount of carbonation. Fruity aroma. The taste is also fruity with very little hoppy hints and little alcohol aftertaste. A little aging may help this beer.

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Radcpa from Washington, Dec 22, 2016
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4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - brilliantly clear, refreshing sight given the current NE-style IPA trend - orange-gold, creamy white head
S - ripe pineapple, strawberry, peach, grapefruit/orange rind
T - peach, grapefruit, resin, faint biscuit malt, alcohol is present but well integrated
F - medium body, crisp, sweet, wet
O - deceptively easy-drinking, one of the better DIPA's I've ever had - file under: dangerously poundable

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dannycohen62 from Illinois, Dec 08, 2016
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4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wish this was more widely available (as in, in 6-packs) Bought a bomber from Vons, for about the third time. Beautiful packaging.

L: I swear this is less red than the regular Union Jack IPA. Thicker consistency though, and with much more resilient lacing. Still a beautiful beer.

S: Sour cherry tangles with pear and pineapple, but the acidity lingers in the form of lemon, which blends with something tropical (passion fruit, papaya?), grapefruit, and sweet mango. A breadiness is more detectable from the smell than in Union Jack, with a tiny bit of roast character, but nothing excessive.

T: All the hops of Union Jack, plus double the malt. Very sour apricot leads, followed by mandarin, mango, lemon, yellow grapefruit, pine, and toasty rye bread. That pepperiness of Union Jack is not missing, but it takes longer to appear, lingering on the finish, and is still the best part of this brew.

F: A thicker, richer union jack. Still very clean, crisp, and satisfying.

O: An essentially perfect brew, with a strong, definitive aroma. I hope I see it around more often in the future.

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Ahypercube from California, Nov 28, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottom line up front, this beer out performs.

S-. Solid, slight mango, pine....it's a DIPA.

T- Hints of peach, stronger grapefruit and orange, mango, melon, pineapple, mildly sweet bread, caramel malt and more piney hops.

Feel- Medium-full body, it just feels right. Finishes with the right amount of dry.

O- My last Walker offering was hurtful, very disappointing. This made the hurt dissipate. This is a VERY good DIPA, I will absolutely buy it again.

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mpipe from Minnesota, Nov 10, 2016
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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, pours a clear, deep orange. About a finger of off-white foam leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smell is a little muted, truth be told, with classic pine and grapefruit mingling with malt. Some fumy alcohol on the nose.

Taste is spicy pine resin and grapefruit pith, mingled with sweet malt flavor--balanced, but in a good way. Alcohol is noticeable toward the finish. Solid drying bitterness. Progresses very nicely through the flavors.

Feel is a rich medium. Overall, a really good example of a big West Coast DIPA.

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Beers-es from Virginia, Nov 01, 2016
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4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear honey amber with one finger of off-white head that leaves spiky underground rock formation lace as it recedes.

Smells incredible. Peach cobbler, pineapple, sliced oranges, white grapefruit, mango, cut pine, honeyed bread and sappy green hops.

Tastes of juicy peach, grapefruit and blood orange flesh, mango, melon, pineapple, mildly sweet bready caramel malt and more piney hops.

Feels soft and luscious. Medium-full bodied with creamy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. I feel like I've bee transported to the Hop Nebula.

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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Alberta (Canada), Oct 31, 2016
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3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is clear orange/golden color. There is a nice thick head that lasts for a while. I get a lot of fruit smells especially a mixture of tropical and citrus fruits. A minor pine smell. The beer smells very sweet. It starts of with the fruit and sweetness but the hops come in with a kick. There is a strong alcohol flavor. Its sticky, mouth coating, and the flavor lasts a long time in the mouth.

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the_awesometeer from California, Oct 19, 2016
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4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From botle dated 02/19/16. Once I got this under the nose I remember it as the first Firestone Walker I ever yried. I told the rep I was not big on IPAs but he put it up regardless.

My first question was "what part of the grapefruit goes in here". His answer was "none". All the big, big gapefruit nose & ase comes frm the hops. This was the moment that I realized what a wide range of tastes were available. As a chef, I was astounded. That was some 10 waes ago.

I have come to appreciate the pleasure that hops can impart when applied with the right approach.

All that comes rushing back as I put this glass to my lips.

IMOFirestone Walker is one of, if not THE finest brewers in te US today & if here are any doubts, track this down & see what I'm talking about.

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seedyone from New York, Oct 07, 2016
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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