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Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
1,403
Ratings:
7,578
pDev:
8.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of JISurfer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zotzot
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ldhughes3
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of bgold86
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really nice clear golden copper color. Tons of visible carbonation from the bottom of the glass. A finger of sticky head with tight bubbles. Super sticky head as well. Looks like a DIPA should.

S: Lots of citrus in the nose. Grapefruit with a touch of orange and a dash of something more tropical as well. You get a touch of malt in there but not much. Just the faintest hint of alcohol as well.

T: The taste is slightly more balanced than you nose would have you believe.The massive citrus grapefruit hop bomb is there and it is super enjoyable. The finish is nice in that the bitterness is there but it is never overwhelming. Slight alcohol in the finish as well. Gets a little maltier as you drink it.

M: I could use it a little bit more sticky in the mouthfeel.

D: Really nice beer. Had a growler of this last year and was not that impressed. Nice to have a bottle I know is fresh. That being said it is an expensive bottle. It reminds me of Unearthly in a lot of ways just less citrus in the hop front and a slightly worse nose.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent IPA! Right up there with the best I've tried. Very satisfying, with a full range of bodacious resiny hop flavors and tons of citrus.

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of CrellMoset
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle picked up at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous copper penny peach, absolutely brilliantly radiant, transparent and crystalline. The two fingers of foamy, barely off white head that emerge has decent retention, probably above average given the abv%, though the half point it does get knocked is because it's not quite perfection for the style. The head fades inside about sixty seconds, leaving a nice amount of side lacing - drips and globs of glittery white fuzz wrap up and down the sides of the tulip, breathing upwards from the foamy collar, itself reaching fairly far up the sides of the glass, inching away from the tangerine surface and the well-dispersed but thin and delicate dash of surface gloss. Effervescence is quick but not exactly plentiful, with several streams of differently-sized carbonation drifting upwards erratically.

Aroma: Fat pine and white grapefruit mingles with tropical pineapple and mint to pretty much complete the Hop Triathlon in record time. The mint here is fantastically strong, wintergreen-esque, and it mingles interestingly with a slew of peach, white grape, kiwi, and nectarines, though I can't quite say that the aroma is as good as the flavor profile.

Taste: Fat, resinous hops and a simple but excellently roasted base meld excellently together. The foundation is on the sweeter side of things, a necessity given the hops, of course, but it's never saccharine or or cloying. I'd put it at around 110% of "balanced," with enough residual sugars that the hops take on that great canned cane sugar note. Faintly roasty, with flashes of bright toffee, but largely bready, caramel-esque, with flashes of brown sugar and brûlée. Bracing bitterness is counteracted admirably by the sweetness - in any other beer, the astringency would be dominant, but the unattenuated sugars keep it in check nicely here.

The rest is a hop head's wet dream. From tropical fruits like peach and apricot to lighter citrus like nectarines and oranges down to thick white grapefruit, this one plays the west coast citrus card in spades, but it doesn't stop there. Resinous tobacco almost takes on a licorice like quality it's so dark and dank, and the leafyness melds seamlessly in to mint and pine, with a few hints of chives, thyme, and other alium notes. A robust, chewy, enjoyable DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and velvety, but with enough carbonation - and enough prickle from the hops - to make for an interesting dichotomous mouth. It hits near perfection about thirty minutes after the bottle's cracked, drifting downwards in to a fat, chunky area of the effervescence spectrum - it's like a bitter grapefruit milkshake, and is a near 'bout damn perfect mouth.

Drinkability: A stellar beer. I've been on a real tear lately and am likely reviewing most things about pdev, but that's just the way it goes sometimes. First, the 9.5% is fairly high, even for the style, though - to its credit - you can't taste it anywhere beneath the sweetness and the hop astringency. Second, this is a damn good DIPA. It's a little meatier, more dank, more resinous, and more juicy than some people may like, but it's definitely right up my alley - if you like your hops dirty and nasty, this is definitely one to try out. No wonder FSW tossed this in barrels and made it an important part of FW14. Regardless, this is a fantastic DIPA - though as a ratio of fantasticness:price, it's less so - and it's worth a shot from anyone at least once.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Victory tulip glass. Bottle dated 3/14/11, purchased a few weeks ago at Pinocchion's in Media, PA.

A: Nice deep orange/amber color. Nice two finger eggshell white head. Nice carbonation. Nice alcohol legs on the glass. Lacing is solid.

S: I get great grapefruit and citrus hop aroma. Maybe some pineappliness? Really fruity. Can't wait to dig in.

T: Wow, this is a really solid DIPA. From the tip of the tongue to back of mouth: crisp hop bitterness to a smooth maltiness and the carbonation helps to clean the palate off at the end. Had on tap before and think out of the bottle is better? Strange, but good.

M: Medium bodied DIPA. Sticks around for a while.

O: A really really solid DIPA. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and would buy again. Stacks up strongly against the other West Coasters that are high on my list. Two thumbs up!

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 7,578 ratings
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