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Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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Reviews:
1,390
Ratings:
7,532
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
20.56%
 
 
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4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, graciously shared by Cameron at our Superbowl of IPA's throw-down. I believe this was purchased at Binny's in Chicago the day the Firestone Walker beers showed up there.

I saved a few ounces of the bottle to solidify my notes after the tasting, but this review is mostly from notes from a blind 6 DIPA lineup. I liked this more than Hopslam and Double Trouble, but not as much as Dreadnaught, Abrasive and Pliny.

The beer looks nice in the glass. Its got a dark gold color going on with some hints of copper, orange, and even just a touch of amber at it's deepest point. There's a white head but not a ton of retention. But the lace is good - overall, this is a nice looking DIPA.

The smell and taste are expressive, balanced, hoppy and wonderful. The smell has a ton of pine and grapefruit as well as some notes of pineapple, orange, mango and a touch of mint. The malty sweetness sets this one apart, and a bit of that is apparent in the smell, but it really comes through in the taste. I noted some orange peel and sweet caramel touches in the taste. There was even a touch of bready or toasted malt. The hops in the taste range from grapefruit and pine to grass and flowers. There's a lot going on here, but it tastes relatively cohesive. I would like a bit more depth and less solid backbone, but this is still well above average.

The mouthfeel of Double Jack is another of its strong points. The beer is medium bodied with lighter carbonation. While it could become a bit sticky, the sweet malt and lingering hops avoid too much resin and ruination. This was certainly the creamiest beer in our lineup, and the drinkability suffered just a touch from the weight and malt presence. This beer can hang on a big stage with nice balance and good, expressive taste and smell. Only the best beers in the world beat it out and, unfortunately, that's what happened at our tasting. I would still happily consume more fresh Double Jack any day! It's a bit more bulky that a beer like Pliny, but has a nice bitterness and hop bite.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear golden colored beer with big white head that dissipates pretty quick and therefore not much lacing
S - big piney grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, peach
T - big grapefruit, pine and peach, orange zest, lemon zest, balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone. Very clean west coast IPA. Big bitterness.
M - light to medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is bitter grapefruit and pine.
O - great ipa. Definitely a classic west coast ipa. One of the first of the style that I tried.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Verona Inn. Firestone does one better on their initial Union Jack foray with this double. Superb rendition of the genre with a powerful hop flavor that is both intense and enjoyable. This beer was a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of mpipe
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear rich deep golden with a large fluffy white crown atop,multiple broken rings of lace left behind as it settled really slowly.A mix of overripe tropical fruit and pine resin hops and caramel malt in the nose,there is a sweet alcohol tinge to the aromas as well,the hops are big and so is the sweetness.Its close to being to sweet but the resiny hops come thru enough to keep it at bay somewhat...the hops are resiny and tropical in nature,the caramle base and sugary sweet alcohol is pretty hefty.Its better than alot of DIPA's because it is just dry enough.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aszatk01
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to portia99 for this one! Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass (yeah, yeah). Bright copper with exceptional clarity, certainly much clearer than you would expect to see from a DIPA. A light-khaki colored head tops this one off; thick, fluffy, and creamy - decent retention and decent lacing.

The aroma is warming to the senses as soon as you begin to bring your face close to the glass - spicy pines and big earthy hops take charge on this. Some fruits in the background of the aroma also; grapefruit, pear, pineapple, and maybe some other types of citrus or tropical fruit. The malt provides a warm, bready smell with a bit of toasty caramel for good measure.

Right from the start, Double Jack shows its heavy, malty backbone which combats the hop profile and certainly holds its own. Bready, estery, earthy, a touch musky, and spicy, almost like clove or pepper. Hop profile consists of a bitter resin, also slightly spicy with heavy accents on the wet, pine flavors. The body is thick and heavy, accentuating the hop oil flavors. Slightly dank near the tail end.

Fruits come out a little more during the latter half of the glass - pineapple and grapefruit are the most easily identifiable. The citrus profile shows more of a bitter, pith and peel flavor, but still contributes some sweetness to the brew. A mild onion/garlic flavor sneaks its way in there, too, but is mellow enough to actually help the flavor rather than hinder it. Carbonation is pretty liberal, body is slightly sticky and pretty heavy.

Very solid DIPA - reminded me a little bit of Double Simcoe with the spiciness and malt flavors. This was much smoother and had a more friendly hop profile, complete with more fruitiness as well. I enjoyed it a bit but think it still may be a touch overrated. Extremely solid on all levels, though.

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

A: A nice somewhat clear coppery orange, definitely enticing. Lacing all over the place, poured a two fingered head into pint glass which was fairly retentive.

S: I found this to have some very unique characteristics. Hops are strong, but I wouldn't say they dominate the bouquet; I got a lot of malt and doughy baked goods, and the tropical and citrus fruits are also there, but not as strong as anticipated.

T: Hoppy, very very hoppy, so hops dominate. Pine and citrus have a presence, and there are some faint malt notes here as well. That being said, it's a somewhat smooth DIPA and the alcohol is masked well by the flavors at work. Not being the biggest fan of the style, I still found it quite enjoyable.

M: Really the standout for me. Nice residual left on the palette after a sip, and of course it is bitter, but not overwhelming like so many others in the category.

O: I can tell that a lot of heart and soul went into this brew, Firehouse definitely displays master craftsmanship with this ale. An outstanding representative of the west coast style.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Marklaker
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of brownbeer
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Narshwaggle
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Clonies720
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, brillant gold. White head that looks like Swiss cheese. Very little to no lacing.

Aroma: Big nose of citrus and pine. Pleasant, sweet malts. Tropical fruity esters, like pineapple. Loads of bitter hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium high carbonation that is crisp and refreshing. I was expecting a full-bodied beer for 9.5% ABV. Coat-the-mouth oily hop bitterness. Loving the citrus taste here.

Overall: A near perfect example of an Imperial India Pale Ale. Hops weren't as bright and clean, but that's probably because the beer is nearly a month and a half old. Would definitely buy again if I could find it.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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