Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double JackDouble Jack

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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 RDAdams
1.34/5  rDev -68.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Review written in real time.

A: Pours a beautiful copper color with off-white head that is still there 10 minutes later. I have seen naked women who did not look this good!

S: I was so enthralled with the high alcohol and the thick malt aroma that I initially mistook the piney hops for citrus hops. A deeper inhale set me straight.

T: Unless you have a fetish for pine needles, this beer is not for you. The taste begins with a malt sweetness and ends with a sharp dryness and a pine needle aftertaste.

M: The body is full. The alcohol is smooth. The experience was neither.

O: I am so glad I did not pay for this beer.

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Photo of bzainthemd
2.68/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Out of all the San Diego double IPA's, this is unfortunately one of my least favorite. Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bottle. The look is a nice golden ale with small thick head. Smell, mild piney, muted. Taste was disappointing with less hoppy taste than I expected, too much alcohol flavor than other 9.5% double IPA's, and more of a resinous taste than I prefer. The feel is about right for a double IPA with normal carbonation. Overall, I was disappointed with this one.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.81/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On-tap at the Toronado Double Jack release party on 7/8/2009.

A: Poured into a snifter (10oz?). Has an amber-orange body with an inch of off-white head that remains throughout the drink. Granted, I was pretty hot after climbing the Haight hill from Mission, and I finished this pretty quickly, but still... Impressive retention. No lacing.

S: Tons of pine hops, with lesser floral and citrus components. Some bread, toast, and toffee malt flavors follow. It's actually more malty than expected, especially for a DIPA from, of all places, CA.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. A strong pine hop flavor blasts the senses, rounded out by juicy grapefruit and orange rind, with some floral components. The finish gives hints of toast and toffee malt. The finish was all citrus, with a lingering bitterness. Overall, it's maltier than expected; if anything, Union Jack seems to pack more IBUs. Pretty middling for the style.

M: Medium-bodied, with good carbonation. However, it failed to cleanse the palate well, and left a resiny aftertaste that coated the mouth and tongue with a lingering bitterness. Absolutely well-masked ABV though. Had no hint of the 10%.

D: This is a pretty decent beer, but the way they chose to release it (OMG mid-week Toronado release party!), the way they're being difficult about growlers, the claim that it would be the next Pliny the Younger, and the high price (more expensive than Pliny the Elder) built up expectations that this would be phenomenal. It's not. This state is saturated with DIPAs, so what they were trying to do with this is beyond me...

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Photo of soblack
2.82/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Too strong. Taste the high alcohol contents. Regular IPA leaps and bounds better!

Above says it all. For those that think less is more and beer can be reviewed in less than 250 words see above. For others this was content required to submits review.

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Photo of knepper
2.82/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I've heard/read great things about this beer but it didn't quite live up to expectations. It really didn't have any aroma other than some caramel with a faint orange background. I'm thinking this beer has quite a bit of late addition hopping and dry hopping and i may have had a bottle with some age on it, diminishing those qualities. It was decent beer but a bit on the sweet side for me, drinking more like a light, malt-oriented barleywine.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 ml brown glass bottle with wax-foiled over standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; this brewery has largely disappointed me (particularly Abacus) but maybe they can pull off this style well. No bottled date is listed. Purchased at the tasting room in Paso Robles a few days ago.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Paired with Panda Express Beijing beef.

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of light hints of cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention for the 9.5% ABV. Colour is a transparent golden yellow. Not much to look at. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Hops - both floral and bittering. Some caramelized malt hints. Cream. Dry floral hops are dominant. Fairly fresh. A mild strength aroma.

T: Hops - both floral and bittering, with the bitterness winning out on the finish. Floral hops dominate until roughly the midpoint. Clean bright malts form the foundation. Noncommital grapefruit. Hints of cream. Slight citrus hints, but nowhere near as prevalent as I'd like. No real layering of flavour is present. No alcohol comes through, a fairly impressive feat. Full-bodied. No notable complexity or subtlety. Overall, it's a disappointingly simple pairing of uninspired hops with somewhat bland malts. The key to a good IPA is balance, and this one lacks it. It's built decently, but comes off as uninspired, boring, and bland. That said, its tame nature lends it more drinkability - but the sacrifice isn't worth it.

Mf: A bit sharp and overcarbonated. Too thick as well. Smooth and wet, with some light dryness from the hops about the climax. Doesn't suit the flavours particularly well. Too heavy on the palate for its lack of diverse flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A boring DIPA. I wouldn't have it again unless it was freshly-tapped at the brewery or something. Unrefreshing. Hides its ABV quite well, to its credit. Fans of the style will likely enjoy this one, but I find it mediocre. A great example of an average DIPA, which is why it's earned a C in my book. There's nothing unique or special here.

Pairing: Pairs well with spicy food.

Aging: A poor candidate for aging.

Vessel Notes: Drank okay out of me pint glass, but I imagine a snifter would do her a bit better.


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Photo of chumba526
2.9/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It appears medium bodied orange/ red with a small white head.

It smells grapefruit, and pine. I get an orange zest flavor. There is a strong floral grassy flavor. I get a sweet caramel malt smell to the beer as well.

It tastes much like the smell. There is a very strong floral and citrus like flavor. I get a bit of a caramel like sweetness. There is some grassy and pine like character to the beer. It ends with a mild bitter flavor. The citrus floral grassy flavor and the sweet caramel flavor are a bit overwhelming. It is a bit rough and it is not very smooth.

The carbonation is about medium. The mouth feel is semi-smooth.

The drinkability is limited one glass of this is enough for me as it is both strong in alcohol and flavor.

Overall an ok DIPA it is not bad but I feel the beer is somewhat flawed. I do not think it is bitter enough. I wish the beer was a bit smoother.

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Photo of B-J-B
3/5  rDev -29.9%

I am a big fan of double IPAs, but I was not a big fan of this beer. Surprisingly, Firestone Walker managed to outpace the considerable malt bill with an extreme hop bitterness that made me think of a slightly rotten lemon sitting in a dank basement. That's too far, of course, but compared to other double IPAs I have enjoyed, this was not even in the top twenty. Perhaps it has to do with the attenuation of the yeast, but there was not enough malt sweetness to counterbalance the hops in this monster.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.22/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into imperial pint glass.

I'm so glad these guys finally are available in IL! I have had a few of these-- but never had a chance to review it... Here we go!

Pours a deep orange tinted copper. Loose, lazy, giant bubbles form a half finger cap that last for a sip or two before becoming a crescent around the unsipped portion of the glass.

Man oh man.... This is bitter! I like the bitterness! Very strong, almost astringent bitterness... I feel like I need to brush my teeth (in a good way!). The flavor profile is good, but not world class in my opinion... The color belies the malts-- it is much darker than malty in the flavor profile.
The grapefruit and citrus notes are huge in the flavor, but the nose is weak and muted. There is a pine note that comes in with the lingering bitterness... It's tasty, but it seems to be a one-trick pony-- in your face bitterness over flavor.

Body is fine-- bit light of medium, good carbonation...

Overall, this is good, but not one I'll pick up very often, unless I'm in the mood for bitterness. I personally prefer Arctic Panzer Wolf to this one: they both go for the same brass ring, this one falls just short. Enjoyable and worth a try? Yes. The best around? Nope.

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Photo of velmalikevelvet
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Copper with a short-lived, smallish head.

S: Bread and roses.

T: Hint of sourness but smoky, complex and lasting. Hops and grapefruit are there, but not as prominent as I'd have liked.

M: Bit of a tingle on the tongue, not quite a love nip.

O: Not a bad DIPA, just not my fave.

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Photo of Jayli
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a clear copper color with a one finger of off white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is rather fruity - mango, pineapple, hint of citrus and a nice malt backbones.

T: Taste starts with a strong mango and pineapple presence. Caramel malts really fill out the middle. The finish has a bit of citrus hop bite with an undercurrent of alcohol warming. A bit of a cloying sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily body with a sticky finish.

D: Goes down somewhat easily, somewhat tasty, somewhat filling, definite kick, ok representation of style. The hop and fruity flavoring are quite good. However, the malt sweetness is a touch too much in the finish, and the alcohol could be better hidden. I have had better representation of the style.

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Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1 finger of white head. Great retention with some thick lace.

Aroma: Pine hops, grapefruit citrus with a load of malts int here as well. Very bready with some booze showing.

Taste: More bready malts and a sweetness showing here. A lot of citrus flavors and the pine hops from the nose.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, a bit too malty for my liking. It is very hoppy, but also very malty. Not my favorite dipa.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.26/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a duvel tulip.

Frothy billowing white head sitting on top of a golden/amber body. Good retention, lacing is fine.

The nose is sweet and malty. Pear, dank and resin are there too. Dank resin and sweet malts are the big scents here.

The flavor starts off with sweet biscuity malts then pear/apricot and apricot jam honey like sweetness comes back then a toasty and very resin like finish. Too much resin and honey. Not enough of the tropical/stone fruits I expect from a good dipa.

Mouthfeel us on the higher side of medium bodied with lots of sweetness and bitterness, but still not really a sense of balance. A little too sweet overall. Light on the carbonation with a bitter/spicy and somewhat hot finish.

Not my favorite. I'd rather have single jack. Too much of an east coast style dipa for a west coast brewery.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.28/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange colored beer with a white head that dissipated to a bit of decent lace.

S - Fruity and sugary with a lot of citrus hops and and sweetness. A lot of orange and pine, smells a little too sweet.

T - Taste is just too sweet for me. Way too sugary and hot, tastes a bit like a bad triple IPA. Orange and citrus with some pine. Not bitter enough, and the taste is too syrupy.

M - Sugary, syrupy, medium bodied, carbonated.

O - Really not something I cared a whole lot for. Not bad, but not good.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden orange, large upfront head with low retention, leaving a foam ring.

Aromas of pine, grapefruit and bubblegum.

Flavors of caramel, toffee, and a spicy hop bite, but it's surprisingly not too bitter.

Double Jack is not as light and fizzy as regular Union or Easy Jacks, as it's a little more substantial, so that's a plus. However, I'm not as blown away as I was told I would be.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Firestone Walker Double Jack

Appearance -- Pours a gently burnt orange with a slim cap of sudsy cream head. Not much for head retention, but lacing is nice, as is the color.

Smell -- Bursting with juicy citrus, though not a whole lot of bitterness. Quite malty with buttered toast and gobs of caramel. Not much pine nor perceived alcohol. Sort of a marmalade bomb. Are we sure this isn't dry-hopped Union Jack?

Taste -- Stacked against the nose on this beer, the taste is a letdown. Juicy citrus still present but significantly muted, an overabundance of pine tar, leafy vegetation, caramel malt, and golden toast. There's definitely a hint of dactyl. Finish is citrus and off-putting vegetal bitterness. LIngering flavor of pine sap and tangerine.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. Oily finish.

Drinkability -- Not bad, but not incredible. Great nose, but the taste disappoints. The hop profile is all over the place and, honestly pretty distracting. I don't see myself reaching for this again. One surprisingly good thing about this beer is that the alcohol is completely masked.

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Photo of vkv822
3.34/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip
bottled on:

Clear, bright copper with a foamy off white head, light lacing.

Big citric, grapefruit notes and piney hops. Light boozy heat in the finish.

Medium body, with very slight mouth coating feel. Prickly carbonation.

A well done DIPA, right about average though overall. Enjoyable, but nothing particularly memorable or exciting about it.

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Photo of Wassup_Wassup
3.34/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just ok. Expected more based on prior reviews. Would much rather have a stone face ipa or a 90 min dogfish. Not terrible, but won't go out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.36/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a tulip at Quinn's in Seattle on 11/9/11

Clear, caramelized amber. Ample two finger white head drops slowly leaving near-excellent lace. Good retention, too.

Super dank hop aroma - orange, grapefruit, earth and pine. Grain, bread and a hint of yeast. Taste-wise it isn't too bitter. Densely seated hop - swaths of juicy citrus underneath a blanket of earth and pine. Malt presence is a bit higher than I prefer - bready and fluffy (at least it isn't caramel). Alcohol is apparent but not hot. Full body with slickness. Carbonation is on the lower side; just enough. Rather clean overall and fairly dry.

Nice find. This one comes together over time. Worth a shot.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.37/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Light golden color with a 1 1/2 finger white head. The head has nice retention and a uniform look to it.

S: Citrus scents like pineapple and some tropical fruits.

T: Medium bitter up front. I am not getting anything following the bitter - I was really expecting citrus or fruit flavors.

M: The right level of carbonation but the slow tug of a dry bitter beer.

O: I am getting only one note - bitter. I was hoping for something that hit on multiple flavors and notes. There is no bitter aftertaste - which is a plus. I don't think I would repeat this one.

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Photo of Ego
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bomber, no freshness/brew date noted

audible "quisch" as the cap pops, 2 fingers of head stack up in the ole glass, barely orange hue, lacing is eh but there is the tell tale legs that should speak of the ABV, ample carbonation streams up from the nether regions re-supplying the head, keeping it from dissipating beyond one nice layer, pretty good looking, you'd definitely bang her at 2 am but at 8pm you would be looking for other options.

amarillo grapefruit goodness anyone ? resin, thick honey, irish spring clean, did 3 floyds brew this? pretty much straight forward but then this does not need to dance, nice juicy hops.

taste etc...
kind of middle of the road, I was expecting a bit more bitterness or more malt in the taste. Then boom the bitterness really asserts itself in the aftertaste. this is like sucking on grapefruit pith (which I happen to like). The after glow of this brew seems to far surpass the actual sipping... ? weird. let's try some more...
same deal, it is like drinking water with an aftertaste. the body is a bit light, there really doesn't seem to be enough malt to give this heft. The ABV does warm the belly after a few minutes... This beer is confounding. I can't say it is bad but it leaves a lot to be desired in a crowded genre.

Middle of the road DIPA, very easy drinking if you can deal with the big bitterness on the back end. Not worth sacrificing a goat over.

In the player: Tycho - Dive

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Photo of Onenote81
3.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought back a bottle of this from my recent trip out to Cali. Bottled on 1/26/12.

Poured into a tall goblet. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a thick white foamy head capping it off. Sticky globs of lace cling to the glass. The aroma on this one is stellar. Big citrus notes of tangerine, orange, grapefruit; light lemony-pine scent as well. Floral and sweet, just how I like it.

This one is lacking in bite, as the beer is quite smooth, almost erring on thin. This goes down really slick. The flavors are not as pronounced as I had hoped. The citrus character is almost muted, and the hops are not all that flavorful. The alcohol comes forward a bit as there is an ethanol wash on the finish. I was really excited for this one, but it ended up a bit of a letdown. Not a terrible beer, just a slightly above average one. I'd like to try a fresher version.

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Photo of modidia
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very hoppy with a rubbing alcohol finish... Anyone can do hoppy, but hoppy with character? That is the sweet spot. Probably the worst beer I had from these guys.. However, I trust the consensus, so I will try it again

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Photo of nmbr0ne
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour into pint glass. Note: Not the freshest Double Jack. It's a few days more than four months old.

Appearance: The beer has a great orange color to it. It's very transparent though. I can see the image on my TV through the glass. The lacing is more apparent on the top of the beer rather than the sides of the glass.

Smell: I think it smells more malty than hoppy. Definitely a bad thing for me. Of course this may be due to the fact that it's been in the bottle for a little over four months.

Taste: I find it pretty sweet, if not very sweet. The hoppyness comes towards the end, but it's not enough for me. I find that there is no real lingering aftertaste. I drink it, and it's somewhat gone after a few seconds.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick. Syrupy. I like the carbonation that this beer brings.

Overall: It's alright. As far as DIPA's go, it's not my favorite, but it's a beer I would drink again. I've had it on tap in Worcester, MA and it's a lot better that way. Like I said, the age of this beer definitely killed it for me. I wish I had reviewed the Double Jack I had on tap. When I have it again, either a fresh bottle or on tap again, I will definitely edit my review.

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Photo of iadler
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into two tulips.

A- Pours a light orange with a two finger head that dissipates into a thin cap. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S- Pungent tropical fruits with papaya, pineapple, apricot, melon, mandarine and lime. Caramel malt is in the background as well as some grassy and piney hops.

T- A complete lack of tropical fruit or much citrus for that matter with a sweet caramel malt and boozy presence with some pine and grassy bitterness.

M- Medium carbonation and body with an oily mouthfeel that finishes sweet and boozy. The 9.5% makes itself known.

O- After having a few beers from Firestone, this has been the most disappointing one so far. This bottle is a few months old, but there is just way too much sweetness in this DIPA. I will have to revisit when I see a fresh bottle, but Union Jack is much better IMO.

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