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:
1,408
Ratings:
7,590
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
96
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Reviews by output01x:
Photo of output01x
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. capped and plastic-lined bottle (Bottled On 01/26/12) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that slowly dissipates to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a clear honey amber with a good amount of large, fast-rising carbonation bubbles. Great lacing clings to the glass in thick, clumpy sheets.

Strong aromas of resinous pine spread through the room as this beer is poured. Just a hint of oily lemon peel is noticeable along with a slight earthiness. However, these are nowhere near the forefront.

Each sip starts with strong flavors of citrus and pine hops colliding and complimenting. Notes of orange peel, tangerine, and cantaloupe are met by biscuit-like malt flavors. Swallowing releases more of the pine flavors followed by stronger citrus flavors. As these slowly fade out, a piney bitterness begins to set in that lasts indefinitely on the tongue. Oddly, for a 9.5% ABV DIPA, this beer shows practically zero signs of alcohol at any point of the taste.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is about as sippable (or gulpable) as a regular American IPA. The body delivers wave after wave of flavor while somehow never becoming sticky or overly coating. The carbonation is just barely fizzy, creating a satisfying, crisp swallow.

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Photo of mpipe
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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Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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 dannycohen62
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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Photo of dsa7783
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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 DrFunkenstein
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of chefduff2
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of zeledonia
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6 April 2012. Thanks to wsucoug96 for the sweet extra.

Pours very clear golden yellow, the color of apple juice, with a few little streams of bubbles, that oddly aren't centered on the nucleation point of my Duvel tulip. One finger of really dense just-off-white head. Super dense head, with loads of lacing.

Smell is nice citrusy grapefruit hops. Heavy on the grapefruit, with both the citrus and the acidic twang. I like it. Has a good fullness underneath the hops, with some light sweetness supporting the hops. Doesn't rush into the nose the way my favorite DIPAs do, but it's good.

Taste is good - beefy, malty, and hoppy, but balanced. Has enough malts to keep up with all those hops, which is one of the reasons I prefer stronger IPAs. Includes a nice shot of bitterness, as expected, but it peaks in the middle and drops off late. Finish is more fruity than bitter.

Medium-heavy body, quite sticky. Moderate carbonation, persistent finish.

A nice citrus-bitter-balanced double IPA. I'd put it just a step below the top tier.

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Photo of justincourts
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tuowl74a
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of emaciated
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paxchristi
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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 beaulabauve
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThinkAgain
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BGDrock
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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3/5  rDev -31%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 7590 ratings