Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American 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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1.34/5  rDev -69.1%
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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2/5  rDev -53.8%

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2/5  rDev -53.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -42.3%

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2.62/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing special, I honestly wasn't a fan.

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2.68/5  rDev -38.1%
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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2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.81/5  rDev -35.1%
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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2.82/5  rDev -34.9%
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!

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2.82/5  rDev -34.9%
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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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 7,584 ratings