Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of HopSavant
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shopk
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goalie33
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber.
A) Crystal clear amber in color, lots of carbonation. About one finger of off-white head slowly fizzles away. Leaves nice lacing in the glass.
S) Musty hop aroma with some slight citrus notes.
T) Big citrus hop notes are well balanced by a bready malt finish.
Bitterness is present but very well balanced by malty sweetness.
M/D) Medium to full in body, very smooth drinking beer but not sessionable at 9.5% abv.

Quite a good Double IPA. Big hop notes very nicely balanced by a big, bready malt fiinish.

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Photo of xcdarrel17
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hillvt4me
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber golden honey color, with a foamy white head.

S: Abundant pineapple notes and a bit of citrus in the nose.

T: Pineapple and hops; nicely carbonated, some citrus and floral notes.

M: Medium bodied and smooth for an IPA.

O: Spectacular double IPA; especially for the etoh level and balance.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of shadowhalf
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Lots of grapefruit. Some citrus and a touch of malt. Taste grew a lot sweeter and more boozy as it warmed. Pretty impressive.

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Photo of sommersb
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-07-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 02-14-14
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received from a friend

Pours clear with a bright copper color. The head stands a finger and a half high, off-white in color, with a fair retention and attractive lacing.

Aromas are sharp citrus hops, with a strong grapefruit smell. Very aromatic and pleasant.

The taste has a big hop bitterness to open up, with tropical fruits pineapple and grapefruit flavors. The malts in the background off some roundness.

Full bodied in the mouth, with high carbonation levels. The finish is dry and leaves lingering tastes of citrus fruits and tangy bitterness.

Overall I'd say this is an excellent DIPA -- well worth a try.

Thanks to Craig for the brew!

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Photo of Chris33
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this from a trip I made to Arizona a few weeks ago. bottled 3/12/15.

The taste and nose are about the same on this one. I got a lot of citrus and grapefruit up front, followed by some light bready biscuit then a sharp pine. I would say on the taste end, that the pine biterness isn't as dry as I expected.
Maybe because this is just shy of 2 months old, I found it to be a little thin. The flavors were great over the palate but were quick to dissipate.
I would definitely grab this again if given the chance. Great beer

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Photo of droomyster
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is damn nearly perfection in a glass. Pours a clear golden body with decent white head and pretty/steady stream of bubbles casting themselves upward. Aromas are very complex, encompassing everything from tropical fruit to floral to grassy to caramel to honey. Taste is sweet and caramel-like upfront, before yielding to pineapple fruit and bubblegum, with a good amount of yeast and florals here and there. F inishes like a compost pile of grass clippings and day-old orange peels. Nicely carbonated body keeps it all alive and aloft. This beer is a seriously happenin' one and done.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-clear amber with white lacing around the edges
S-beautiful citrus smell. Wonderful
T-a lot less bitter than a normal dipa. Good balance with the malts that it has with it.
M-medium body, light carbonation and smooth
D-very nice. Goes down in no time.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned out leaving a thin coat of lacing.

S - citrus rind in your face.

T - lots of citrus rind, tropical fruit and a hint of candy sweetness, very nice.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - very good example of the style.

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Photo of Damasen
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is strong of citrus and tropical notes. Flavor follows , nice citrus and tropical notes that balances with a sweet malt and ends with a deep bitter note. Overall very nice DIPA, would get it again

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Photo of Yancey82
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jampics2
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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 pagriley
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DovaliHops
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was stoked to find bottles of this at my local BevMo. Bottled 12/15/ less than a month old. Pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a small white head. Scent is VERY hoppy with TONS of sweet malt and sugar aromas. I also get a lot of citrus aromas and mango. I had this on draft about a week ago and kinda got that "cat piss" aroma that some DIPAs have, but not with this bottled form. Taste is initially sweet sugar and malt with some amazing candied mango flavors. Then I get a lot of delicious citrus flavors, followed closely by lovely floral notes. Finishes with strong hops and nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied and smooth. Somewhat silky for a DIPA...very nice with clean crisp finish. Drinkability is high, as the ABV is hidden extremely well in this beer. Great DIPA!

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wish I could get six-packs of this stuff! Well, it pours clear and golden into my Hulk pint glass. The smell is a very inviting citrus hops. The taste follows the nose closely, but has a great bitter hoppy bite, followed by a muted malt. I love Double Jack and wish I could get it more often.

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Photo of mick303
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint bottle. Colour is medium light gold, with good film and lace, head initially is large, recedes over a minute or two. 4

N- smoked pine needles, astringent hops, lemon, balanced, fresh, evocative. 4.5

T- slightly sweet brown sugar, medicinal hops, malt supporting well. Hops are prominent but much more balanced than others. Great complexity and flavour. 4.5

M- big body. Hops are mouth coating. Alcohol is perceived but largely balanced. Carbonation is moderate, slightly crisp and refreshing, pleasant. 4

More balanced hop character than others, good smooth body, pleasant sipper. This is definitely one of the best DIPAs I have tried, I will be looking for it again in the future. I prefer it over Ruination and Dogfish for great complex profile and drinkability.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper body with hazy orange hues beneath the massive, foamy white head that very slowly dissipates leaving a dense layer of lacing behind.

Abundant aromas of citrus hops and sweet malt leap from the glass. Additional aromas of pine resin, orange peel, hints of lemon, and a mix of citrusy sweetness also float to the nose.

Flavors consist of citrus hops such as grapefruit and orange, pine needles, and a bread-like malt backbone for balance. All of this has the higher abv buried in the beer.

The mouthfeel is medium to full in body with generous carbonation and a sticky, puckering finish.

This is an impressive Imperial IPA with great balance between the malt and citrus hops with great hints of wood/pine and one of the best aromas I can recall.

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Photo of madprops67
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DOCRW
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DJoe
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle in March, 13. Poured into a Mystic snifter..

A: a little on the light side, with a mostly amber appearance. A substantial, though thin head.

S: Surprisingly gentle for it's alcohol content. Doesn't come across as overly sharp.

T: Nicely balanced with some nutty tones. Alcohol adds to the taste without overwhelming. I didn't get the same caramel sweetness as some others, but there is a good malt running through it. Though hoppy, not a dominant flavor.

M: Medium feel. Plently smooth. Very nice balance in the carbonation.

O: If you're looking for a Double IPA, it's a fine choice. A bit dangerous in that the 9.5% is masked by very smooth flavors.

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Photo of MrMustard2012
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LostandBound
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Phezzzy
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 7,582 ratings
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