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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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Photo of Zorro
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber colored beer with a nice sized puffy white head.

Smells sweet and herbal hoppy with lots of strong scents. Strong grapefruit, pine and eucalyptus. Pineapple, mango and mint are also in here. Malt is present only as a sweet scent.

Starts out sweet and savory on the first taste. Fruit flavors come out as your taste buds adjust to the bitterness level. Earthy mushroom and wood with some tea. Pine and grapefruit with some mango. Continues to have a savory flavor wonder what the glutamate level is. Notable bitter.

Mouthfeel is excellent.

Not the best Double IPA but good for the $7.50 a bottle this costs. Will buy some more.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours out an almost transparent,vivid,golden yellow with a slight pale orange tint at the edges.The head was bone white,stood two full fingers tall and receded slowly leaving stringy,ropy lacing.

S-Fresh,sweetened grapefruit,honeysuckle,pine sap and lightly baked sugar.Moderate hop bitterness and supporting toffee malt influence.

T-Bright,late harvest citrus,hop oil,slight pine,caramel and bready malts.

M-Good balance and overall feel here.Everything works and melds together nicely.Slick but refined.

O-Solid,solid DIPA.Glad to have Firestone Walker in the Missouri market.Bring on the 14th Anniversary.

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Photo of 57md
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This offering completed a trifecta of excellent hoppy brews from Firestone Walker (started with the Union Jack and followed it with a Wookey Jack).

Appearance is clear and copper with a thin layer of head. Pine and hops notes are distinctly featured in the nose. There is a very modest malt sweetness up front. The finish is dry with hop flavor that is clearly present, but not quite the level I expect in a DIPA (especially after having their VERY hoppy single IPA). The finish does get more hoppy as one drinks, but I still think it falls short of exceptional.

Maybe after the Union and the Wookey, I was expecting too much.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A - pours a copper orange. Pours produces about two inches or so of dense white head, which dissipates pretty quickly. Leaves lots of lacing.

S - piney hops and some dry alcohol. Some citrus comes through as it warms up.

T - balance. The smooth light malt comes right along with the piney hop. There is some orange peel type notes in the background. One demerit would be a slight metallic note in the after taste.

M - good. Higher side of medium on the carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O - a very good example of balance in an DIPA. The hops certainly over power to a certain extent, but the malt profile really holds it own in a very nice fashion.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright orange/amber color with 2 finger white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Very juicy and fruity, good amount of pine, grapefruit, and floral notes. Absolutely delectable smelling.

T - Taste is just a tad muted, it's fully hoppy and sweet, but seems a bit thin on taste after such a wonderful nose. Taste starts a little sweet before fading into a good bitter hop bite.

M - Again, a bit thin, but smooth and crisp.

Overall - I was a little let down here. It was a good beer, for sure, but after such a delicious smell, I thought it fell short.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: out of the bottle is not too different from on tap, head was a bout a finger thick. Body is very pale orange and clear.
S: a soft blend of pine and grapefruit, with some malt.
T: a good blend between pine, grapevruit and a light floral flavor. Malt is sweet but does not over power the hops, just enough to barely balance out the beer.
M: oddly clean for a dipa, the hop flavor is more coating than the actual beer alone.
O: a great dipa, just piny enough but not too much grapefruit either.

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Photo of cps98
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Really nice clear sunrise yellow with a perfect 2 bright white head. Head retention was pretty good but did eventually fade to a ring of white bubbles around the glass. Really nice lacing was seen.

S – Nice piney resinous hop aroma with some citrus mixed in for good measure.

T – Nice citrus / grapefruit taste with hints of pine. A very mild malt sweetness comes through on the backside but it is faint the hops take the front seat on this one.

M – Very smooth very mild bitterness. Carbonation was perfect just the slightest CO2 bite. Nice and dry finish.

O – This is a very solid double IPA, really nice and smooth and isn’t all hyped up like some others. Fairly easy to find in PA and MD which makes it even more attractive.

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Photo of rockyfire
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with a decent tan head. Pretty thick, recedes quickly but leaves some a beautiful lace on the glass.

Nose is pretty strong but sweet with enough floral and grapefruit notes to make me want to drink up. Caramel malt is very big on the nose and the flavor. Plenty hoppy, but the caramel malt is really strong. Bitterness is fleeting.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick and smooth. Well done, I enjoyed it on tap.

Wish we had it it NC. This is a great DIPA and if you read my reviews, I am not a big IPA fan. I loved it!

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz while out in S.CA., although the FW's are being released in PHL today...

Pours with a short white head over a very clear, golden-to-amber body, with lots of carbonation. Decent lacing.

Aromas are sweet - full of pine, mango, oak, vanilla, and caramel malt. As it warms, it becomes nearly all mango.

Mouthfeel is rich. Nice and sweet, as I'd prefer in a DIPA. Lots of tropical fruit in the flavor profile - pineapple, mango, and banana. Nothing astringent or particularly biting. The sweetness really dominates, but almost too much so. It works for me, though. Very, very smooth on the palate - almost buttery.

There are so many good DIPAs out there - I'm giving this one a 4 in terms of overall enjoyment ... maybe not the top of the heap for the style, but really damn good as beers go.

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Photo of bonkers
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I recieved this in the Tickers BIF, poured from a bomber into a nonic. The pour is clear orange with a thick white head, nice rings of lacing.
The nose is a potpouri of sweet pine and grapefruit. The beer is juicy and full of sweet pine, hints of pineapple, and lots of grapefruit, it finishes with lingering grapefruit. The beer is sticky, full bodied and well carbonated. A very nice DIPA.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker's Double Jack is brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA. Available year-round, it is unavailable due to distribution to the state of Georgia. I lucked out due to a pair of awesome traveling parents who aren't shy at visiting package stores everywhere they go.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an eggshell white head of a creamy foam consistency over a golden-amber body, heavily filtered with moderate carbonation. Retention is good with sudsy lacing remaining as the rest of the head fades. The appearance of this beer is excellent. 4.5

(Smell) Aromas of perky citrus, grassy and floral hops. Notes of lemon and tangerine are most evident in the citrus aromas. Perceivable bitterness is medium-high. Malt body is a mildly toasted caramel, very clean and heavily caramelized. Balance is slightly in favor of hop flavor and bitterness. Potency is medium. 4.25

(Taste) Juicy citrus hop flavor of semi-sweet oranges and grapefruits, a lesser peppery hop profile and a rounded clean caramel sweetness to match. The balance is slightly in favor of a sweeter profile over bitter, although it comes pretty close, the malt profile, as simple as it may seem, edges out the hop character. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth and mildly oily. Carbonation adds a touch of creaminess but doesn't impact the flavor much otherwise, relatively tame and uninvolved altogether. Body is medium+ for a Double IPA, medium overall. I felt that the carbonation was a bit undecided in this beer, and didn't really form a complete mouthfeel either way, yet didn't negatively impact the flavor nor texture of this beer on its own, it could have done a better job. 3.75

(Overall) Firestone Walker makes a very enjoyable and well-built Double IPA in Double Jack. My biggest criticisms are a slightly off-balance in favor of a heavier malt body presence, a lower, less interesting and prominent hop profile to match and a confused, perhaps flat mouthfeel. The beer is still outstanding despite some "seasoned DIPA expectations" gripes, but critical feedback is inevitable if one digs far enough. I hope to try this again in future at an even fresher date, but this one was as close to fresh as I could get it here in Georgia. 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Company's
Firestone Double Jack

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Photo of chrisgn
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first thing that struck me was the aroma of the beer as it poured into the glass. The hop aroma really jumped out of the glass. When I tasted it I expected a bit more hop flavor, but the malt sweetness balances the hop. It is a very well balanced DIPA, but a little on the sweet side for me especially as it warms. I enjoy the mouthfeel quite a bit and the beer beautiful orange hue with a finger of white head. Alcohol is well hidden and an excellent all around beer.

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Photo of PCole
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 11/9/15 poured into a tulip on 2/8/16

Look: Clear, yellow-to-copper. Pours a full finger of loose, fluffy white head that dissipated fairly quickly into a thin layer of large bubbles. Immediate and copious lacing.

Smell: Fruity. I get tangerine and grapefruit immediately. There's a bit of pine hidden in there, but I pick up mostly fruit.

Taste: Bright, bitter and pine-forward up front. Followed by a pleasant malt and fruit tandem. Almost no aftertaste. Each sip is distinct and fresh. The hop character doesn't stack upon itself with subsequent sips.

Feel: Fairly well-carbonated. Medium to thin mouthfeel. Distinct lack of alcohol burn; the 9.5% is hidden well. I'd have placed this closer to 5-6% in a blind taste. Finishes very clean. Extraordinarily drinkable.

Overall: Very smooth and balanced. Would love to try this fresh; I'll have to check some dates at my local shop and maybe I'll be lucky some day. Could definitely see myself adding this to the regular rotation on sheer drinkability alone.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Very pale gold with thin-thin white head
S- Very hop forward but not as potent as I would like. I get a mix of citrus and piney hops
T- Hoppiness I wanted from the smell comes through on the pallet. Sweet and citrusy with a nice yeasty/bready end
M- Smooth but sticky on the backside

O- Enjoyable IPA. Well balanced but still hop forward.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orangey golden yellow with a half finger of pillowy white foam.

Lemon, grapefruit, and orange notes of citrus dominate, but a faint piney/grassy note to add as well comes out.

Great citrusy flavor, very resinous, pine, grass, and more citrus.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, citrusy, piney, dry finish.

Overall, a solid DIPA from a solid brewery. Can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear light orange amber with 1/4 inch white head. Good retention.
S: Nice strong aroma...can smell this from a few feet away. Bright citrus, pine, and herbal hop notes. Soft caramel malt. Hint of honey.
T: Strong hop notes--citrus, pine, herbal (follows aroma). More of a balance with caramel malt presence here (compared with aroma).
M: Light-medium body. Strong bitter hops. Nice lingering on the palate. Dry finish.
D: A nicely drinkable and fairly complex DIPA. A solid offering, but not top notch.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gotta love the new 12oz format.

Appearance: Crystal clear gold with some darker orange highlights. Head is bright-white, creamy, rocky, and starts off massive. Drops to a thin cap and a small, smooth, creamy collar. Moderate carbonation. Crazy sticky lacing.

Smell: Tropical fruit. Pine resin. Oily citrus. Orange and grapefruit flesh. Loaded with tangerine. Malts run a little sweet and bready, a nice compliment. Some underlying caramel sweetness. Pale malt influence. Floral backing. Sweet and hoppy.

Taste: Oily citrus. Grapefruit and orange coupled with a good amount of tangerine. Some pith. Pine resin. Sticky sweet. Some backing caramel malt sweetness. Biscuit. A leafy herbal hop note. Some floral elements as well. Juicy and wet. A bit of an aspirin-like bitterness sneaks in as the beer warms. A bit sweet overall. Vaguely minty at times.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A bit dry on the back, but wet and juicy.

Overall: Like a Slip 'n Slide

Fresh this thing is a beast. Loaded with hop flavor. Big and juicy. Drinks like a pine-infused citrus fruit. This is a good thing.

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Photo of SerialHiker
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light golden orange, fairly transparent, this was filtered clean…a good amount of off white, big bubble head formed but settled to a thin layer that rests a bit “flat”…(3.95/5)

Smell: Grapefruit and pineapple heavy citrus hops up front…I’m getting some mandarin and tangerine, a little orange peel…a little bit of piney resin in there…classic light, sweet, caramel malts playing supporting roles…it’s sweet, it’s good, but it lacks the zest that makes greatness in this class…(4.25/5)

Taste: Yum! As it smells, citrus and resinous pine hops heavy…sweet caramel/pale/bready/earthy malts balancing things nicely…it’s light and delicate and while it is a hoppy, it’s not a tongue shredder…there’s more bready malt flavor than I typically find…it’s good…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…light carbonation…mildly resinous, chewy for it’s lightness…piney bitterness coats my palate in the after taste…(3.95/5)

Overall: This is a good brew…I’ve been drinking a plethora in this genre and they can begin to blend together, leaving the truly exceptional standing out…while this is good, it’s not outstanding and blends somewhat into the lower portion of the upper tier of this class (if that makes sense)…the bready malts create a slightly unique flavor…it’s good and for the price tag, $7.99, it’s definitely worth purchasing…this would be a great brew while playing some poker, a loud, talkative poker game…maybe with some chips…(4/5)

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Photo of chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - First off, love the picture, Great!

Amazingly clear IPA, vibrant peach color with a wonderful fluffy white head, lacing also looks great!

S - Very orange and grapefruit scent... Almost smells like candy, very sugary scent (the bottle was dated February, so it's a little past prime)

T - Great taste and only a mild sugar bomb. Not overly bitter for the style, very impressed

M - Smoother than any brew I've had in quite some time... Perfect subtle carbonation.

D - Very good! Hard to put down and let sit.

I really wish FSW would distributed to CO! Great brew in a Great trade! Thank you Steve!

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Photo of smanders
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber of Double Jack at Wegmans for less than $8.50. Okay, it was $8.49 (pre-tax), but I thought that was reasonable for a DIPA with a lion and a bear fighting on the label. I love the bottled-on info (5/22/2014) -- even the time (9:14)?!?!

Appearance: crystal clear copper. Three finger head that leaves a thick, white lacing.

Smell: big grapefruit notes with a subtle touch of pine.

Taste: in a word---complex. Starts off with citrus, but quickly becomes more pine/bitter. After about half a glass, the citrus pulls ahead again! Finishes with a gentle malt sweetness; nice!

Mouthfeel: really palatable for a DIPA (i.e. not heavy at all).

Drinkability: watch yourself. At 9.5% A.B.V, this DIPA could outmatch your desire for continued consumption.

Based on DoubleJack, I'll definitely try Union Jack now. Thanks Firestone!

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Photo of Bone53
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/11/15

Appearance: Clear deep golden color with a soapy one finger off white head

Smell: Juicy, but not in the bright effervecent sort of way; Sweet and rich tropical and stone fruit aromas. Undertones of bready malt and leather

Taste: Rich tropical fruit upfront with a piney finish. Bready malt throughout to balance the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light heavy body; Goes down oily smooth with a big, dry bitter finish

Overall: This is one rich, hefty DIPA. Sweet, condensed tropical and piney hop characters with a solid bready malt backbone. I also get this dry leather presence that iv gotten with all their beers iv tried. It must be due to the dry hopping process. The hops dont pop with bright fruits and fresh pine like my absolute favorites in the style, but its a pleasant sipper

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Photo of lonewolfcry
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date (?) of 11/30/12

A ~ Honey Amber hue - 1 1/2 finger nice tight bubbly head
S ~ Citrus, honey, a little bready malt, pine
T - Very smooth, wouldn't know it's 9.5 at all, very well balanced between hops & malts, just a hint of lingering hops on the back end - with a very slight alcohol burn
M ~ Light - but coats the mouth very well, very clean
O~ Very nice & extremely drinkable...could get in trouble with this one. This has held up well for it's age. Bravo FW!

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Snifter glass.

Pours a brilliant reddish-orange that radiates from the glass and has a bubbly off-white head that dissolves into a swirly fine layer around the glass. The aroma is fresh citrus hops with some toasted malt in the background. The flavor is piney and citrusy hops upfront and is accompanied by some a nice touch of malt and finishes with a grapefruit bitterness. Its full-medium bodied and has a nice amount of carbonation. This beer absolutely blew me away. The aroma smells like a basket of hops and the flavor doesn't let you down. In my opinion this is far superior to my encounters with Pliny. This just has a nice malt backbone to accompany the delicious bouquet of hops.

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Photo of pearljam118
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/6/12 poured into a tulip

A - Golden orange with decent retention

S - Nice and piney off the bat with some boozy showing up after pouring

T - Nice and abrasive. Piney and hoppy with no booze to speak of though it's 9.5%

M - Nicely carbonated, just slightly lighter than what I would give a perfect score.

O - This is a great DIPA. If I could find it fresh, it's an easy go to if I can't find something new.

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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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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,530 ratings.
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