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 akang
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Poured into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Golden amber, huge inch and a half white head dissipitated slowly to a finger thickness, tons of lacing.

s: Intense fruit hops.

t: Hop Bomb City! Which covers the 9.5 ABV beautifully. And My God, the head just refuses to die!

m: Light to moderate, very pleasant. Lots of lingering carbonation.

o: Magnificent high ABV IPA, well worth the extra cost above the regular Union Jack, which was the best IPA I'd tasted until this.

UPDATE 5/8/14: Having a single bottle tonight in a head to head with Union Jack. As might be expected, DJ is silkier and hoppier, but this bottle is much older, sealed 10/03/13, so the hop flavors would be pretty well gone. Due to the age on this I will not change any ratings. This one has relatively little head on a vigorous vertical pour into a Tree House snifter, but dense lacing and good carbonation tingle nonetheless. Mouthfeel is solidly medium to full. Will be looking to be sure to buy fresh and consume soon next time, since this is still one of my top go-to DIPAs.

UPDATE 9/25/14: Didn't learn my lesson, bought another single in a mixed six a couple of weeks ago, and it was dated 5/21/14, which makes it four months old now. This one is resiny tasty and smooth and amazingly well covers 9.5 ABV, but the hops are not bomblike. Based on this I would lower ratings for look, taste and overall while raising mouthfeel, but given the age on this bottle I don't think it would be fair. Will be on the hunt for fresher, hopefully less than a month old, before making any such changes.

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Photo of Steamer
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear apricot colored with an orangey beige firm head that lingers long. Aroma of honey, light brown sugar, and tangerine. Flavors of tangerine, orange rind pith, red grapefruit and pine. Some malt balance, but there is firm bitterness and big hop flavors. Full mouthfeel, bitterness and ABV warm and roughen up the palette, but the beer remains fairly drinkable. Good beer overall.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ausonius
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of N17shelfside
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Gotti311
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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