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 BGDrock
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of MacMalt
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught in a bar. It was served in a pilsener glass. It pours a clear, golden-amber color with one finger of fluffy, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of lemon, grapefruit, pine, and floral hops. The taste features a nice malt base with some sweet tropical fruit, citrus, and a blast of bitter, biting hops at the finish. This ale is dry, medium-bodied with lively carbonation, and its 9.5% ABV is potent but not overwhelming. Overall, it is a well-crafted and extremely good DIPA. It deserves its world-class rating. My only concern is that we don't always get it fresh on the East Coast.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: 4.25
Beautiful crystal clear gold color. 1-2 finger head. Decent head retention: hangs on for quite a while before backing off and leaving lacing behind.

Smell: 4.25
Nice floral bouquet and citrus. Slight earthiness and malt aroma. Could be stronger though.

Taste: 4.75
Powerful bitterness at first, but quickly bursts into sweet caramel malt. Some tropical fruit flavors swirl around as the brew starts to dry out and nudge back into the bitter category.

Feel: 4.5
Medium bodied. Pretty oily from many hops I presume. Stays pretty active but flattens a bit towards the end.

Overall: 4.75
Great Double IPA. Just enough hop bitterness. Balanced by sweet malt and hop bitterness and flavor. There’s a definite alcohol burn – High ABV. Nicely done Firestone Walker!

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Photo of RyanK252
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Firestone Walker Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Pretty fruity up front, tropical and stone fruit, citrus, pine, bready malt, and caramel/honey sweetness.

T: Pine and citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, fruity notes come out more and more as it warms, mango, passion fruit, apricot, peach, hint of melon, some bready malt, and caramel/honey sweetness.

M: A bit on the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I always underappreciated this beer. It was the old standard sitting in the cooler next to the new beer I wanted to try; the beer I'd had a short pour of a couple times, but never really sat down and gave my full attention to. Now, properly enjoying a bomber to myself for the first, and last time I'm getting a little sad to see it go. Solid old school DIPA.

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Photo of matcris
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A very clear tangerine with a finger of off white soapy head that fades to a ring. Moderate amount of bubbles rising with spotty lacing. The aroma is citrus, pineapple, caramel, honey, bready, and a little flowery. The flavor is some citrus, pineapple, caramel malt, and the bitterness is pretty mellow. The feel is overall dry, medium body, average carbonation. This seems well made, but, nothing really goes ka-pow with it.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear dark coppery orange in color with 2 fingers of long-lasting dense off white head. Aroma is very hoppy with citrus notes and bready and caramel malt character. Taste has more piney and citrus hops, moderate bready and caramel malts, and a low-moderate bitterness. Medium-ish body and carbonation. This is tasty and a classic example of an American Double IPA bit just isn't my thing; I've got the best Mew England IPAs right outside my door and this feels like a throwback to the 2000's.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 22 oz. bomber with friends in tasting glasses so only had 4 ozs or so, but it was great. Nice citrus aroma and taste. Would have loved a 12 oz bottle or a pint to enjoy for a longer time. Beautiful color and a nice white head. Can't wait for the next one.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden appearance with white head and just the right amount of carbonation. Fruity aroma. The taste is also fruity with very little hoppy hints and little alcohol aftertaste. A little aging may help this beer.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Ahypercube
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wish this was more widely available (as in, in 6-packs) Bought a bomber from Vons, for about the third time. Beautiful packaging

L: I swear this is less red than the regular Union Jack IPA. Thicker consistency though, and with much more resilient lacing. Still a beautiful beer.

S: Sour cherry tangles with pear and pineapple, but the acidity lingers in the form of lemon, which blends with something tropical (passion fruit, papaya?), grapefruit, and sweet mango. A breadiness is more detectable from the smell than in Union Jack, with a tiny bit of roast character, but nothing much.

T: All the hops of Union Jack, plus double the malt. Very sour apricot leads, followed by mandarin, mango, lemon, yellow grapefruit, pine, and toasty rye bread. That pepperiness of Union Jack is not missing, but it takes longer to appear, lingering on the finish, and is still the best part of this brew.

F: A thicker, richer union jack. Still very clean, crisp, and satisfying.

O: An essentially perfect brew, with a strong, definitive aroma. I hope I see it around more often in the future.

EDIT: Woah, got another one, looked it up, and just found out that this brew is being discontinued. Mega cause for sadness. I will proceed to collect as many of these bombers as I can and...I suppose age them for a while. Might become the start of my own cellar. I really hope they bring it back, at least as a limited release from time to time. Here's to the rarity of truly great beer: cheers!

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Photo of mpipe
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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,'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 Beers-es
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, pours a clear, deep orange. About a finger of off-white foam leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smell is a little muted, truth be told, with classic pine and grapefruit mingling with malt. Some fumy alcohol on the nose.

Taste is spicy pine resin and grapefruit pith, mingled with sweet malt flavor--balanced, but in a good way. Alcohol is noticeable toward the finish. Solid drying bitterness. Progresses very nicely through the flavors.

Feel is a rich medium. Overall, a really good example of a big West Coast DIPA.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear honey amber with one finger of off-white head that leaves spiky underground rock formation lace as it recedes.

Smells incredible. Peach cobbler, pineapple, sliced oranges, white grapefruit, mango, cut pine, honeyed bread and sappy green hops.

Tastes of juicy peach, grapefruit and blood orange flesh, mango, melon, pineapple, mildly sweet bready caramel malt and more piney hops.

Feels soft and luscious. Medium-full bodied with creamy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. I feel like I've bee transported to the Hop Nebula.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is clear orange/golden color. There is a nice thick head that lasts for a while. I get a lot of fruit smells especially a mixture of tropical and citrus fruits. A minor pine smell. The beer smells very sweet. It starts of with the fruit and sweetness but the hops come in with a kick. There is a strong alcohol flavor. Its sticky, mouth coating, and the flavor lasts a long time in the mouth.

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Photo of seedyone
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From botle dated 02/19/16. Once I got this under the nose I remember it as the first Firestone Walker I ever yried. I told the rep I was not big on IPAs but he put it up regardless.

My first question was "what part of the grapefruit goes in here". His answer was "none". All the big, big gapefruit nose & ase comes frm the hops. This was the moment that I realized what a wide range of tastes were available. As a chef, I was astounded. That was some 10 waes ago.

I have come to appreciate the pleasure that hops can impart when applied with the right approach.

All that comes rushing back as I put this glass to my lips.

IMOFirestone Walker is one of, if not THE finest brewers in te US today & if here are any doubts, track this down & see what I'm talking about.

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Photo of RoobDogg
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As a frequent visitor to Firestone Brewery in Buellton, I have yet to be disappointed with the outcome of this beer! A well-balanced IPA with excellent taste and a full nostril filling smell of hops! Has the traditional golden look and the feel of it going down is oh so pleasing. If you happen to visit the brewery and eat there, It pairs well with their ribs and or any burgers that Firestone Brewery serves✌

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I was a child a half dozen friends of myself and sisters spent a Dakota August picking juniper berries. Hours upon hours of knees and knuckles scrapping against rusty needles on ladders crouching standing. Thus slowly gaining dozens of pine scented cuts.

This beer reminds me of that day.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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 diemilio
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice, clear, amber look; typical of a west-coast IPA. Sweet malty goodness, honey suckle, some floral notes, and bitter citrus on the nose; can also smell some of the alcohol (not surprising for a 9.5% ABV). Nose follows, with an addition of grapefruit and pine bitterness on the back. Medium mouthfeel. An excellent, perfectly balanced west-coast double IPA; love it!

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Photo of MattinHouston
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty beer. Starts off very piney with your typical DIPA texture. Good bitterness compared to some of the others I like - which I like smooth DIPA as a regular drink but need a tough bitter one on occasion. This is it.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent beer. Poured 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass. Beautiful golden amber orange, off white head with solid lacing. A thin film remained on top thru the entire drinking process. The aroma is floral, orange blossom, tangerine, caramel malt, and bread. The flavor is exceptionally smooth for a double IPA. There are citrus and floral notes, as well as a sweetness from the malt. A bit of grapefruit and pine in the finish. Resinous and juicy, a truly superb beer.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark orange to light amber color, with a two finger white head. Aroma is spectacular with huge citrus and tropical fruits along with pine and grapefruit. Taste follows with a big citrus, tropical fruit surge up front, followed by grapefruit, pine, and citrus rind, and at the end a big smack of resin and bitterness, with a bit of the booze showing through. Mouthfeel is thin to medium with a bit of oilyness somewhat offset by carbonation. Overall, this is a terrific dipa, a little lighter in mouthfeel than some, but still good. Not quite my favorite, but still up there.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the label art, which depicts a grizzly bear and a lion about to duke it out. Could this represent the California Bear vs the British lion? A moderate pour from a bomber into a clear glass chalice produces a short but very creamy head. The beer is a pinkish tinged, pale copper color, with light carbonation. Beautiful appearance with unique colors and an ultra creamy head.

Luscious citrus aromas on the nose, with distinct notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit and pineapple. The flavor is loaded with citrus across the spectrum with lime-like flavors enhanced. The rich malt mellows, smoothes, and provides nearly perfect balance, with notes of toasted bread and caramel. A distinct warming sensation is felt in the back of the mouth, otherwise it would be hard to notice the ABV of 9.5%.

An excellent double IPA that is flavorful, balanced, smooth drinking, and dangerous. Firestone Walker products just made their arrival in my town, and I look forward to trying more of their beers. This bomber was reasonably priced at $5.69.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange with some bubbles. 3/4 inch head that holds for about a minute.

S - Strong fruity notes. Sweet, passion fruit with hint of grapefruit. Slight hint of orange.

T - Front is sweet almost like a fruit juice. Turns into a grapefruit taste and the bitterness kicks in. It is a medium piney bitterness. Can definitely taste the alcohol.

M - More than a medium thickness with some carbonation burn.

O - Tasty DIPA. Looks beautiful, smells fantastic, and the bitterness is restrained.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottled 4/7/16

clear golden color. after cracking the bottle get an earthy dankness and slight floral note on the nose. in the glass picking up a lot of malt sweetness, giving off a caramely/honey type aroma - light citrus as well. taste is similar, grapefruit and orange citrus flavors up front followed by a definite malty sweetness, and ending on a bitter piney note. mouthfeel leaves something to be desired, and there is a bit of an alcohol bite on the aftertaste. overall a god but not amazing IPA.

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