Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double JackDouble Jack

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 nhindian
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Bottle provided by jodan, thanks Jordan!

No bottle date.

A - Pours an almost burnt orange with 2-fingers of eggshell white head. Retention is pretty good, lasting about halfway through one glass. Body is relatively hazy, can see a bit through it but it's distorted. Lacing is interesting as huge clumps of head stick to the glass, very thick and bubbly.

S - The smell brings me back to IPAs I've had prior that have a big pine aroma and it's a good memory. There's a big pine hop influence here, very resiny and wet. There's also the typical grapefruit and citrus smells as well as a pretty solid backbone given this IPA is from California! Slight caramel.

T - Taste is interesting and has one particular flavor I can't exactly pinpoint. It's almost like a strange bubblegum flavor? I've tasted it in a beer or two previously but I can't peg it at the moment... In other news, the pine continues here and it has a nice integration with the malts, which again are noticeable and bring caramel and a little toffee. The fruit here is more tropical, bringing pineapple, orange, and maybe even some peaches.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with low carbonation. While its resinous and heavy and does a number on the mouth, the low carbonation just kills this for me... it comes across as a bit too syrupy and heavy and just a little bit more pop would've done wonders. It's not flat but it's bordering on it...

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. Honestly, with everything I've heard from this beer, I can't say I'm not a little disappointed with how this turned out. A strangely off-tasting note in the taste, the low carbonation... If you are looking for a West Coast hop bomb, turn elsewhere, and if you are in the Midwest or East Coast, you have an abundance of beers that could compete with this one.

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Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of BeerMeBrah
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ejane
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of gmendez1122
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of In_Control_Mike
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Photo of zhanson88
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Previously gave this beer a 3.7/5, but the bottle was a bit out of date for my preference. Re-reviewing a bottle on 12/18/11, bottled on 11/18/11.

Apprearance: Pours a warm honey color with great clarity. About 2 fingers of eggshell-white head form that has good retention and lacing.

Smell: Honey-like malt sweetness comes out first. Citrus and dank hops as well, with quite a bit of pine. Very fresh and aromatic smell.

Taste: Some light malt sweetness comes out first, but following is a great bouquet of hops. Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, dankness, and pine. Superb.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is light to medium bodied with very fine carbonation. Pretty smooth drinking. Overall, I'm much more impressed this go-around with the beer 2-3 months fresher. Great example of why IPAs should be drunk fresh. Hops are showcased very nicely.

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Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of gelasin
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of goast8127
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of sdm9465
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Vlaminck
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Iparedman
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of dshansen1184
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of diablo14
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

A cracking DIPA, this is the only one I've had from the US where the malt flavour packs as big a punch as the hops. Early on the hops smell is a little overpowering until the malt comes through to join it, and the resulting taste is a wonderful blend of caramel malt and tropical fruits, mainly pineapple. Extremely well balanced, easy to drink, and has something that appeals to the English ale drinker in me.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Trio2shine
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of bmmortale
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of nheinzie57
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of SteeleWright
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Adkins1203
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,575 ratings.
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