Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4.33/5
7,577 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
1,403
Ratings:
7,577
pDev:
8.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Reviews by magictacosinus:
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4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Update 09/18/2013: Upon tasting this on tap, fresh, this is phenomenal - rivals many California world-class DIPAs with its intense tropical and juicy, lush consistency. Below is the original bottle review, from 12/24/12. This falls off surprisingly quick. More below.

Poured out of a bomber into a tulip glass. Freshness date is "11/08/12," and was consumed just in time for Christmas Eve of the same year.

Pours a dense, deep amber color complete with loads of carbonation, all which rise aggressively to the top of the tulip glass despite the beer's high ABV. There's tons of bubbles on this thing, almost to the point of being champagne-like. At the same time, this seems like every DIPA I've had that, when aged long enough, seems to be on its way to becoming a barleywine or any similar kind of fortified ale. The presentation is still near world-class, especially with the lovely lacing it leaves behind.

(Tap notes: Even darker, thick in appearance, with an orange amber color that shines through. Not as much lacing, but really appealing.)

The aroma is quite intense, in ways that both remind me of strongly alcoholic DIPAs and fortified, aged ales. On one hand, the strong citrus aromas are definitely all there, complete with a near pungent yet fruity yeasty backdrop; on the other hand, there's an enormous sugary, wooden smell going on here, as the malts began to take place over the hops as they start to break apart. I don't think I've ever had an IPA variant like this in a while. But the zest here is enormous, and alcohol strength is really strong here, almost to dizzying heights when combined with the hop oil and woody resin. Quite intense, but pretty solid overall. 4.

(Tap notes: Fresh, vibrant, green, and tropical. Huge notes of passion fruit, strawberries, peaches, and under-ripe apricots.)

The flavor is quite similar, and the hops dominate overall in this situation. There are enormous notes of citrus grove fruits combined with floral aspects that overpower and nearly numb the tongue, and at the finish, the alcohol takes place over the slightly charred, woody yet extremely caramel like flavors. I have no idea what this would have tasted like fresh, but it seems that even while aged there are tons of complex notes to pick out here. The texture is enormously syrupy, and perhaps even more so as it warms up substantially. At the same time, the bready notes that FW are known for shine pretty well here, and the beer is not unsurprisingly thick and oily with these kinds of chemical effects all happening at once. 4/4.5

(Tap notes: Thick, fruity, juicy, and delicious - tastes like a combination of fresh-squeezed tropical fruit ranging from passion fruit to guava. Huge peach notes and other stone fruit at the finish, with a lush, vibrant, resinous, and oily profile that is complex but very refreshing and flavorful. Totally a sipper, and still a little too boozy, but phenomenal in terms of flavor.)

All of FW's hoppier offerings are best experienced as fresh as possible. This is by far the one to most look out for freshness dates. The original score from the bottle was about 4.06. On tap, fresh, it's got to be one of the most lush, fantastically drinkable DIPAs on the market.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +5.1%
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 dannycohen62
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of mpipe
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -4.2%
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 +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aszatk01
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
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 -0.7%
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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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Marklaker
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SuqMadique
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brownbeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Narshwaggle
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ccapurso
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of cjn40277
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MikeSJbeers
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Clonies720
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +3.9%

Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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