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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of LJWalker
2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of facesnorth
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of xdtfx
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of target88
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good DIPA

A - Not cloudy or hazy really at all. For 9.5% looks pretty clean. Good

S - Hops smack you in the face. Very citrussy. Oranges, mangos and a pineapple-banana thing going on underneath the oranges. Fresh smelling hops and some pine. Booze is detectable but you really have to look for it.

T - Follows nose. When this beer warms more tropical notes open, mango and pineapple become more apparent but the weird thing is you get a banana-ish note that lingers some in the finish. Not in a bad way. Lots of citrus, resin, and perfect bitterness in the finish. Keeps you looking for another sip to see what other flavors or notes you will pick up next. Well crafted DIPA from a well respected brewery I've come to expect greater things from as of the last few years.

M - Resinous and slick. Very Very clean.

D - Very good at 9.5%. No problems with the bomber. Probably wouldn't crack another to myself though but would be open to splitting a second with a friend or family member.

Final Thoughts - I was at the Toronado when Double Jack was released a year or two back and the recipe has been changed FOR THE BETTER from then to now. Not nearly as malty as it was back then. It's much brighter now and hops are showcased MUCH better. A much cleaner and citrussy beer than it was before and I thank you for that Firestone! A very smart move and well done.

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Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fresh DIPA right out of California.

Poured into a big tulip vibrant gold with nice head of white.

Bright citrus of orange, grapefruit, and lime with a backing of pine. Malt appears light, but actually contributes quite a bit of hard candy type sweetness. Sticky from hop resin and malt sugars as it warms and opens up.

My research says this is hopped at the same rate as Union Jack but with a stepped up malt base. Not my formula for the absolute best of the style, but the bright hops, excellent craftsmanship, and price make it worth seeking out on multiple occasions.

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4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a very translucent amber color with orangish highlights around the edges and a two finger soapy, craggy head that lasts for five minutes and leaves behind medium amounts of spotty lacing. Medium body and carbonation levels, texturally snappy, fresh, and crisp.

Smells intensely of pine pitch, fresh grapefruit and orange peel, and medium amounts of Simcoe-styled onion and garlic, marijuana and dankness, moist overturned earth and a touch of florals and spice over the top of a clean caramel scent, absolutely NO booziness at all in either the nose or the taste.

Flavor contains all of the elements from the nose but emphasizes mostly the dank, grapefruit pith, and resinous hopping aspects at a surprisingly medium-strength level in combination with enough caramel malt to keep the palate wrecking action partially in check. It manages to be big and bold without going over the top and becoming just another mere hop bomb. More well-balanced and complex than most DIPAs I've had to date! It was well worth trying, and I recommend that you try it too.

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Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of CraftFan5
3.12/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gopens44
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very nice crystal clear golden color with a rather aggressive foamy head

S - Major grapefruit bite upfront with little else allowed to come through.

T - Probably the closest thing to Hopslam I've yet to taste. Just a huge bite of grapefruit, and very full bodied. After the hop bite cools down, the honey sweetness makes an appearance

M - Again, full bodied. Decent level of carbonation with a touch of bitter aftertaste lingering.

D - Very enjoyable beer! Too bad it's not around very often or I'd buy this regularly.

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Photo of edthehead
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker's Double Jack is brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA. Available year-round, it is unavailable due to distribution to the state of Georgia. I lucked out due to a pair of awesome traveling parents who aren't shy at visiting package stores everywhere they go.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an eggshell white head of a creamy foam consistency over a golden-amber body, heavily filtered with moderate carbonation. Retention is good with sudsy lacing remaining as the rest of the head fades. The appearance of this beer is excellent. 4.5

(Smell) Aromas of perky citrus, grassy and floral hops. Notes of lemon and tangerine are most evident in the citrus aromas. Perceivable bitterness is medium-high. Malt body is a mildly toasted caramel, very clean and heavily caramelized. Balance is slightly in favor of hop flavor and bitterness. Potency is medium. 4.25

(Taste) Juicy citrus hop flavor of semi-sweet oranges and grapefruits, a lesser peppery hop profile and a rounded clean caramel sweetness to match. The balance is slightly in favor of a sweeter profile over bitter, although it comes pretty close, the malt profile, as simple as it may seem, edges out the hop character. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth and mildly oily. Carbonation adds a touch of creaminess but doesn't impact the flavor much otherwise, relatively tame and uninvolved altogether. Body is medium+ for a Double IPA, medium overall. I felt that the carbonation was a bit undecided in this beer, and didn't really form a complete mouthfeel either way, yet didn't negatively impact the flavor nor texture of this beer on its own, it could have done a better job. 3.75

(Overall) Firestone Walker makes a very enjoyable and well-built Double IPA in Double Jack. My biggest criticisms are a slightly off-balance in favor of a heavier malt body presence, a lower, less interesting and prominent hop profile to match and a confused, perhaps flat mouthfeel. The beer is still outstanding despite some "seasoned DIPA expectations" gripes, but critical feedback is inevitable if one digs far enough. I hope to try this again in future at an even fresher date, but this one was as close to fresh as I could get it here in Georgia. 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Company's
Firestone Double Jack

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of utopiajane
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear copper-amber with a head of bone white soft foam that fell gracefully to some really gorgeous lace. The entire inside of the glass is coated with fine white lace. Beautiful! Nose is tantalizing. Tropical fruits, tangerine, melon, doughy malt, nutty, grass and floral with a tad bit of spice in back. Alcohol doesn’t come to the nose at all. Smells clean and vibrant. You could describe the nose as glowing it’s so animated. Taste follows the nose. You are greeted with oily hop resins and bitter, those delicious fruits all juicy and some nutty flavor from the strong caramel malt that has more bread than you think. Finishes dry with good bitter, earth and dank.

This was one of the most artful west coast DIPA’s I’ve had. Everything in balance and playing off one another. Bitter like crazy but not offensive. Fruits were so juicy up against the alcohol dryness and hop bitter. Alcohol is a little bit on the palate but it belongs there. You are left with the sweet taste of pine like a gracious afterthought. Smooth, really smooth. Original, strapping, unconfined.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,572 ratings.
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