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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 1,385 | Ratings: 7,512
Photo of Butznutz
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip glass. Nice clear amber hue. Smell is straight hops with a little grapefruit. Same goes for the taste. starts citrus, goes right into the hop character and then finished with a subtle malt sweetness. Solid DIPA that drinks easy for the high ABV.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times and I bought another half dozen a few days ago.

(L) It has a clear golden hue with a two inch white head.

(A) The aroma is citrus and tropical fruit.

(T) The taste grassy, sweet, the typical IPA grapefruit taste, tropical fruit, not alcohol taste, and it is easy drinking.

(F) Crisp, smooth, fairly carbonated, and overall extremely good.

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

A very nice double IPA. It has a lot more malt than other IPAs that I've tried, which gives it a nice, sweet, finish that complements/balances the bitterness of the IPA.

I typically do not like as much malt in an IPA as this, but it is pleasant, and a well-crafted beer and definitely one I would recommend.

look: nice mid-amber with a slight head
smell: sweet for an IPA, definite malty sent over a milder citrus
taste: initial piney/citrus but quickly followed by a brown-sugary/maltness with a lingering bitterness
feel: pleasant

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Photo of Krisp09
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color: poured into tulip, thin white 1 finger head that quickly dissipated and left nice lacing on the glass, clear orange to copper color. Aroma: amazing, grapefruit, pine, molasses. Taste: initial citrus and pine gives way to brown sugar and biscuit from malt finishes with alcohol and a resin that builds as you drink. Feel: medium body, dryness from alcohol. Overall: incredibly balanced IPA that drinks way too easy for its alcohol content!

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Photo of cambabeer
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is really good, would buy again. Had about 5 weeks out from bottling date. Piney and sweet malt in the nose, some citrusy crispness as well. Warming alcohol toward the end and a fairly dry finish. Juicy hops toward the middle.

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Photo of zshaft
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours nice off orange. minimal head that dissipated quickly. smells nice sweet orange and light pine. some grapefruit peel. citrus hits up front with melon and tangerine grapefruit. some pine comes through but very mellow. mouthfeel is medium and finishes with nice lingering bitterness that makes my cheeks pucker. great west coast ipa. different for me cause I drink the hazy eastcoast stuff a lot. but this beer has a lot to offer and Is a nice blast of citrus from the west. would def drink again.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Palest amber with cratered off-white head. 4
Juicy lemon balm with some pastry - a bit dim, though. 3.75
Thread of caramel, then tangerine, pineapple, pink grapefruit, some dank, and big Simcoe pine hit. 4.25
Yellow Swedish fish end and Alka-Seltzer linger.
Halfway to med, salty, slight cling. 4

Bittering—Warrior, Columbus; Late Kettle—Cascade, Centennial; Dry Hops—Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe

7 months out from Jul.10 bottling date - welcome to American imports to Europe. For that, there's still a bang of citrus, lots of Lagunitas-esque juice and even more pine. But the story here is the body - easy on the malts to get super-crisp yet with no heat, miraculously. Ranks with any Cali DIPA. 4.5

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Photo of jmd1978
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice little head on it. Color of light orange/Amber. Smell of tropical fruits like mango and melon, pineapple and grapefruit. Obviously hops. Taste of orange peel, pineapple grapefruit with hints of tangerine, oranges, floral and piney hops with notes of melon. Finish a smooth with a mouthfeel of malt and hops. A decent DIPA with a nice balance.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance: Orange/amber. About 1.5 fingers of head.
Smell: Lots of hops with mild citrus
Taste: Heavy hop character is obvious (duh, it's an double IPA). Also, a grapefruit flavor is detectable. A bitter, but not entirely unpleasant, aftertaste is noticeable.
Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation. Very smooth going down.
Overall: I really enjoy IPAs, but this was just a bit to hoppy for my personal taste. Still, I would definitely highly recommend this beer, especially if you are an IPA fan.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 650 ml bottle filled December 22, 2015 at restaurant.
Look, dark, deep, clear gold, little head.
Smell, lemony hops.
Taste, well balanced, not too hoppy.
Smooth pleasant feel, body, but not syrupy.
Overall, nice double, but not as complex or flavorful as Epiphany.

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

Look: An extremely pretty golden/amber hue. Some carbonation throughout thst leaves a pretty white lace behind.

Smell: The tropical and citrus notes that are suppose to resonate throughout aren't as strong as I hoped, but are still very intoxicating. You can pick up some pine tree notes as well that a hidden pretty well.

Taste: The first sip I was hit with mangos and grapefruit. I hot some orange peels midway through. There are some great malty earthy tones that help balance out the huge tropical bitterness that comes out towards the end. Also a little bit of spice, but not a lot.

Mouthfeel: Not as great as any of the Alpine ones I've had, but still decently smooth. The mild carbonation gives it a nice soft feeling.

Overall: I'd drink this brew again. It's not that bad for a four pack and is something that competes with another DIPA goto of mine, 90 Minute.

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

Smell is strong of citrus and tropical notes. Flavor follows , nice citrus and tropical notes that balances with a sweet malt and ends with a deep bitter note. Overall very nice DIPA, would get it again

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

12oz bottle dated 11/9/15 poured into a tulip on 2/8/16

Look: Clear, yellow-to-copper. Pours a full finger of loose, fluffy white head that dissipated fairly quickly into a thin layer of large bubbles. Immediate and copious lacing.

Smell: Fruity. I get tangerine and grapefruit immediately. There's a bit of pine hidden in there, but I pick up mostly fruit.

Taste: Bright, bitter and pine-forward up front. Followed by a pleasant malt and fruit tandem. Almost no aftertaste. Each sip is distinct and fresh. The hop character doesn't stack upon itself with subsequent sips.

Feel: Fairly well-carbonated. Medium to thin mouthfeel. Distinct lack of alcohol burn; the 9.5% is hidden well. I'd have placed this closer to 5-6% in a blind taste. Finishes very clean. Extraordinarily drinkable.

Overall: Very smooth and balanced. Would love to try this fresh; I'll have to check some dates at my local shop and maybe I'll be lucky some day. Could definitely see myself adding this to the regular rotation on sheer drinkability alone.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 11/17/15. Clear amber pour (copper) with a hint of garnet. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding, but a bit light, nose of sweet pink grapefruit.

Heavy medium body with a creamy texture. Superb carbonation with a burst of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. Alcohol is covered, balance is world class and complexity is fair. It begins with a rush of sweet pink grapefruit that lingers through the finish. The middle has a moderate bitterness that is rind based and the hop flavor shifts more towards classic grapefruit. Slightly past the bitterness apex, the rich biscuit malt base delivers a bready wave of sweetness that has caramel aspects over a rising tangerine influence. The finish is a slow sweet fade of rind.

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Photo of TimWakimika
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber with slight cloudiness. Medium head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is more subtle than some of the heavier dry-hopped IPAs and DIPAs, but some malty sweetness and slight citrus. Taste, this is perhaps my favourite DIPA yet: it doesn't have the sweetness that often turns me off DIPAs (especially for one that is this strong–9.5%). It is quite balanced between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness, and has a good bitter finish. All in all, I think the balance is what I most appreciate about this beer - it is right on style without being overpowering in any direction. Excellent DIPA.

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Photo of cfalls
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - light amber, no haze, head dissipates quickly

S - subdued nose for a DIPA, grapefruit

T - follows the nose with grapefruit, some grassiness and earthiness in the middle, and a long bitter finish

F - fairly light bodied, medium-to-high carbonation, slight oiliness on the finish

O - one of the best DIPAs of the older more bitter style, like a stronger Sculpin, rather than the newer mosaic/citra/etc dry-hop style

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Photo of fx20736
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4 pack from Beers of the World; Jan, 2016. Served at fridge temp in a Duvel tulip.

Look: Hazy peach, white head, nice lacing

Smell: candied citrus, yum

Taste: orange marmalade, caramel-sweet backbone

Feel: creamy, soft, smooth

Overall: fantastic beer

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

1 month old bottle. Light copper golden body, next to no haze, a thick resinous white head that settles down after a little while. Aroma had a note of carmel sweetness with some alcohol behind it...nice bitterness which is l balanced - pine, mango, orange. Very smooth mouth feel, some light lingering bitterness. Flavor is sweet tropical fruit with some grapefruit. An amazingly delicious IIPA!

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Photo of LAp
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a table glass. Pours a honey straw with an off-white one finger head. Smell is bitter, dank, hops. Palate is grassy, piney hops, with a subdued malt aftertaste. Arguably the best incorporation of grassy-tasting hops I've had in an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium-thick. Overall, a phenomenal double IPA. Top notch, and a wonderful change of pace from the hyper-fruity or exceedingly piney DIPAs that dominate the style at present.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best readily available DIPA's you can find. Nice golden color with outstanding flavor. Really enjoyable brew. Nice up front hop hit on the first taste and so fruity after. Under rated brew IMO. Luv it

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Photo of Marraybay
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Golden straw with about a finger of white head.

Smell: Floral: Juicy citrus and hops.

Taste: Nice blast of juicy sweetness upfront that's immediately overtaken
by extreme grapefruit bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Feel: Fairly peppery.

Overall: This is a big beer with big flavors. For me, I would prefer a bit
more balance and less overarching citrus bitterness. A decent beer
nevertheless. Would have another.

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Photo of spamNeggs
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So you'll notice the notes on most of the reviews seem to bounce between something more citrusy to more piney. Both in taste and smell I've seen both. My last bottle was more typical of what I've seen with a stronger pine note upfront. I wonder if this is related to how fresh the bottles are, or if there's that much changing on the hop schedule each brewing session. Anyway it's a great DIPA, an easy drink, although about at my limit for bitterness/IBUs (around 85+?). To be honest, I'm shocked at the 9.5% ABV listed here. It's so balanced and tasty - no alcohol burn as far as I could tell.

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

Pours a crystal clear gold, with seemingly endless carbonation and perfect lacing of the off-white head. Smell is simple, citrus and pine but perfectly spiced and executed. Taste is bitterness forward, but quickly switches to an escalating battle between the citrus and floral sweets, the swampy pine and the racing alcohol burn. They've done a nice job of accentuating the high ABV and not trying to hide it. Mouthfeel is nice, a little burn, but it stays slick and doesn't feel too thick and oily.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(12oz, San Mateo CA, 12/19/15) This one smell exactly like Hop Stoopid, has a lot of the good taste components that other double ipas have, but perhaps a tad more maltiness than I normally prefer in my IPA. Super good though, 3.9

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- light, golden color, clear...thin white head...good lacing
Smell- heavy citrus/grapefruit and piny/floral hop notes
Taste- hop bitterness on the front, citrus/floral in the middle...hop notes on the aftertaste...what you would expect from a good DIPA
Feel- medium/heavy carbonation, smooth...no alcohol aftertaste
Overall - The best DIPA I have had...As a PA boy I've had a few good ones, but the smell and hop schedule on this is one of a kind.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,512 ratings.
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