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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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 servesāœŒ

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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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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled on 01/05/16

Pours clear gold-amber orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like big toffee, caramel, biscuit, grapefruit, papaya, mango, orange, pineapple, with mild pine and floral grass. Tastes like sweet malty dark caramel and toffee, biscuit, orange, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, with dank pine and floral earthy grass. Feels light-medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice double IPA.

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Photo of mpyle
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color, good clarity. Poured nice white head with good retention for the beer strength.

Big pine and caramel malt aroma. Rich and sweet. Maybe a little too sweet smelling.

Big caramel sweetness up front to blend with the big pine hop flavors (matching the aroma). Some alcohol as well. Subtle bitterness kick late mouth, and a gentle bitter finish. Expect bigger hop bitterness.

Moderately high body, medium carbonation. Distinct but pleasant alcohol warming.

Tastes like a bigger IPA, so hits the mark stylistically. Bitterness could be bigger in my view...lots of resididual sweetness.

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

Pours a crystal clear fiery-orange. You could read through it, it's so clear. The head is white, frothy and foamy with moderate retention. Good lacing. Wonderful notes of pine, resin , and citrus hops in the aroma. Taste is a smooth play between pine and resin hops versus citrus. Great notes, well balanced, and inviting enough to warrant an immediate follow-up sip. Mouth feel is medium, with good smooth characteristics. Easy to drink despite being an "IPA"* and 9.5%. Overall, a very pleasing beer that goes back easy.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

*Only say this because some consider "IPAs" difficult to drink. This one is on the smoother side in my opinion.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed in a tulip glass.

A: A clear golden amber with off-white one finger head that lingered.

S: Tropical goodness featuring grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine resin.

T: Bursting with grapefruit, pine resin and bready malts. Smooth and balanced. So deadly drinkable.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: Another prize in the FW stable. Wish I had this one every week.

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

On tap.

A - Nice bright, clear, amber copper color with a generously thick, creamy head with sticky lacing.

S - Spicy citrus, resiny, and biscuity caramel malt.

T - Floral, spicy, piney, grapefruit, peach, lemon rind.

M - Big and full bodied with a creamy texture.

O - A fantastic Double IPA.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a re-review form years passed.

Bottled 3/11/16, consumed 4/15/16.

As fresh as you can get Double Jack, unfortunately.

Pours crystal clear, with some nice foam sticking around the sides of the glass. Very nice.

Smells earthy. Like earthy pineapple. Some pine and resin there as well.

Taste follows with a good amount of bitterness and pine/ resinous. Very west-coast. Has juicey quality to back it up as well.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden orange, large upfront head with low retention, leaving a foam ring.

Aromas of pine, grapefruit and bubblegum.

Flavors of caramel, toffee, and a spicy hop bite, but it's surprisingly not too bitter.

Double Jack is not as light and fizzy as regular Union or Easy Jacks, as it's a little more substantial, so that's a plus. However, I'm not as blown away as I was told I would be.

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Photo of bzainthemd
2.68/5  rDev -37.4%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good orange with a small 1/4" white head. Aroma went citrus and tropical. Dropped some grapefruit in there too.

Taste was hoppy in a high level, when fresh its super great, although that seems to prove a difficult task sometimes, I believe at the corner market right now by my place, there is some December '14 bottles of double jack. Good they went with 4 packs at least finally. Its a very good dipa, plenty of hop mouthfeel, not overly caramel/crystal malt stuff here. Clean, tropical medley of hop flavors here. Dry finish.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear golden colored beer with big white head that dissipates pretty quick and therefore not much lacing
S - big piney grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, peach
T - big grapefruit, pine and peach, orange zest, lemon zest, balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone. Very clean west coast IPA. Big bitterness.
M - light to medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is bitter grapefruit and pine.
O - great ipa. Definitely a classic west coast ipa. One of the first of the style that I tried.

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Photo of threesignificantstarfish
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer! HOPS HOPS HOPS HOPS HOPS HOPS! Beautiful amber color and it smells terrific. It tastes even better. Bring out the I.V. and plug me in!

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,555 ratings.
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