Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double JackDouble Jack

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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 AllDayIPA23
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright gold/yellow pour. Sticky/foamy head that doesn't ever go away. Good lacing

Lots of piney hops in the nose. Floral for sure. Small hint of citrus fruits.

The taste was really good. Strong floral/piney hops come through. Same as in the nose, there is a nice hint of citrus fruit. Grass flavor that combines well with a strong bitterness.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Again, quite bitter.

Really good beer from Firestone Walker, but I like Union Jack more.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden, slight amber tint. White head more foamy then fluffy, dissipates to thin layer pretty quick, decent lacing. Beautiful combination of malt and hop in aroma that does not jump out at you, mix of fruit is citrus (orange) and pear, there is some toffee and bread in there. Interesting flavor, the orange is there, again with some pear, or maybe apple, grassy and piney take over with a dry finish, but with some cloying sweetness, and a lingering bitter. The bitter is big and overwhelms the flavor, not balanced enough for my taste. Despite the cloying that tells you the sweetness is there, the bitter overwhelms it.

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with an adequate white head, which settles to a fine layer. Delivers a burst of hops in the aroma, mostly the Simcoe and Centennial to me. Lots of citrus and resin here with lasting bitterness. A bit of alcohol taste comes through but overall this is a decent beer.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Best before 05/08/2015. Poured into tulip.

A: Hazy pale amber. Medium amount of foam with nice retention.
S: Grassy. Hints of sweet note. Overall the aroma was not intense.
T: Grapefruit, tropical fruits, and grassy. High bitterness. Dry.
M: Medium bodied. Low carbonation.
O: Not quite match my style. Might because it was expired. The flavors were quite rich though.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark orange with a very solid white head.

nose is outstanding but not as strong as i expected. citric hop aroma.

tastes like bitter orange, very citric yet also very bitter. great taste.

has a strong dry bitter finish on my tongue. goes down smooth but does leave a hit on my tongue.

overall a great beer, i don't like this as much as Union Jack and i don't like this as much as many other dIPAs but a very good beer. would love this fresh! very bitter and has an alcohol bite to it, which i like! but left a strong taste in my mouth.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. It has some great flavors and unique flavors.

Taste is so good and the feel is perfect for me.

Finish reminds me of a barley wine, specifically Bigfoot. Not sure what's causing this but it works well. Glad I have one more bottle of this. Solid stuff here. Cheers

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

12 oz bottle dated 7/10/15 poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear dark amber with approximately a finger of big, bubbly off-white head.

Smells sweet and juicy with a hint of piney resin.

Taste is what you would expect from the nose. No hint of the 9.5% ABV at all. Could easily be tricked into it being a lower ABV until it actually hrs you.

Moderately carbonated with a dry finish.

Very solid Double IPA. Maybe a little heavy on the sweet side but well worth a pick up when finding it in the 60 day or less range, which is kind of a rarity around here.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours a clear orange amber with good white froth and lacing
(S)- Juicy hops and lemon/orange citrus. Some light cereal grains meets a nice honey-like sweetness
(T)- Similar to the smell. Good citrus with good sweetness
(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Not overly sweet but good citrus and bitterness to even it all out
(O)- A good DIPA. A good malt base with a nice citrus kick to it

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

had this one last night have been drinking them on and off for a few months
poured from a bomber into a pint glass
looks deep golden color with a nice white creamy head that lasted quite a while
smell was a piney citrusy mix
taste strong alcohol but not in a bad way: more citrus and piney i felt mostly on the citrusy side with some pine notes
mouth went down smooth not too much carbonation
overall one of my favorite dipa's
will drink again!

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Photo of Bone53
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/11/15

Appearance: Clear deep golden color with a soapy one finger off white head

Smell: Juicy, but not in the bright effervecent sort of way; Sweet and rich tropical and stone fruit aromas. Undertones of bready malt and leather

Taste: Rich tropical fruit upfront with a piney finish. Bready malt throughout to balance the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light heavy body; Goes down oily smooth with a big, dry bitter finish

Overall: This is one rich, hefty DIPA. Sweet, condensed tropical and piney hop characters with a solid bready malt backbone. I also get this dry leather presence that iv gotten with all their beers iv tried. It must be due to the dry hopping process. The hops dont pop with bright fruits and fresh pine like my absolute favorites in the style, but its a pleasant sipper

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Photo of dd43
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Compared to other reviewers, the balance of flavors and aromas for this beer is much more heavily skewed towards pine resin than citrus. I enjoyed the hell out of the bomber I had. At the same time, I've had a number of less bitter hop forward east coast double IPAs (heady, sip) that I've enjoyed more. I think I'm learning more about my preferences by virtue of having world class west coast doubles like this one.

Just so were clear, I can't wait to get my hands on another Double Jack. This is a great beer. A bigger malt bill and more hoppy version of Union Jack? Come on. Thank you sir may I have another.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 06/19/15 (so about 2.5 months old) into pint glass. Clear, deep gold with a thick, persistent, off-white head. Moderate to low carbonation. An amazing amount of complexity in the taste: citrus, pine resin, caramel, back to citrus, lemon peel, malt again, then a dry, somewhat bitter finish. Whew!
Medium mouthfeel - perhaps a little on the heavy side for a DIPA but vertainly doesn't detract from the overall impression. Alcohol is well hidden, but both the ABV and the thickness wouldn't tempt me to try more than one per session.
Very impressive. Nicely done.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355 ml bottle served cold into a snifter glass. Purchased while in the US. Been looking forward to this one for a while, as it's consistently one of the top rated DIPA's out there. Bottled date is March 30, 2015, so it's probably a little elderly, although that hasn't been too big of a problem with a few of the other DIPA's I've reviewed.

Appearance - Rich dark golden beer is poured with orange highlights. Nice finger and change of white head which lasts for a sustained period of time. Mostly clear, just the tiniest bit of haze in the beer and a small collar of lacing is left behind.

Smell - Lots of resinous hops pine tree and tree sap especially, counterbalanced by a substantial malt presence with caramel at the forefront. Resinous hops move to a more citrus based aroma, orange and grapefruit making their presence felt with a dash of lemon. Cooked brown sugar too to top things off.

Taste - Light up front with some bright fruit flavors, melon, starfruit, grapefruit and orange for the most part, before and intense resinous bitterness sinks in. Substantial malt backbone prevents this from being one-dimensional but the hops are the star for certain.

Mouthfeel - Lower carbonation, thick syrupy feel. Works with the flavors nicely and taste lingers long on the aftertaste.

Overall - A very nice DIPA, one of the better ones I've had, but with many of them the maltiness has overwhelmed the hops to a certain extent, leaving a delicious but syrupy creation. here it's a little less pronounced than in others I've tried although not quite as much as others. Still Double Jack definitely lives up to it's reputation as a top notch DIPA.

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Photo of Act25
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

World Class DIPA, but not in the first row. (like everything they do)

A: DARK golden and brilliantly clear. The head lasts and laces.
S: NOSE is moderate. The hops carry tropical fruit - papaya, mango and pineapple. Then there's a very sugary malt sweetness as complement to the hops. Intense bitter finish with some alcohol notes. Other than meditation, I dont know why people prefer DIPAs - just too alcoholic.
T: Follows the smell - Malt and alcohol initiate with cookie sweetness , and then it's hop flavors all the way with big papaya, pineapple and mango hop notes of juicy ripe fruit.
F: Medium in body, good weight, quite drinkable though decidedly boozy. The finish is nicely long and bitter.

Must try if you like big fruity DIPAs.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An exceptional beer from the great Firestone Walker brewery. The beer is highly complex with a high ABV at 9.5%, yet it is very drinkable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of DaveDay5
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours orange tinted gold under a fairly persistent clingy 2” white foam cap.
S: Starts floral and then citrusy grapefruit.
T: Hop forward beer progressing through light fruit, light malt, light biscuit, long lingering citrus rind bitterness moderated and balanced by a light malt and fruit sweetness but overall it dries out in the finish. Hop flavors are above average, hop bitterness is moderates.
F: Creamy, medium body, medium carbonation.
O: A big IPA with complex layers of flavor and a delight to drink.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
This one from Firestone Walker was quite a hoppy & very strong tasting beer with huge amounts of pine, grapfriut & tropical fruits before some nice caramel sweetness appeared towards the end. Despite the strength & some alcohol showing, it was easier to drink that expected & the balance was good as well with a dry, lingering bitter finish. Another excellent beer from the brewery & some well worth looking out for.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A:pours a sharp orange, with a sticky, creamy albeit minimal head, an opaque but not muddy citrus orange color fills the glass
S:pure malt, some subtle notes of citrus and hop bitterness but not a lot
T:rich, malty and sweet but also decently bitter, some citrus like in the nose but not much maybe a hint of tangerine, a touch of honey most of it that is perceptible blends in with the malt
M:a tad syrupy, I don't mean this as a bad thing only to say that it is not overwhelmingly syrupy, kind of filling
O: a solid DIPA, I don't make a habit of buying DIPAs unless I know they are great or have heard something so I don't have a lot of average DIPAs to compare it with. That being said, it is very good, but doesn't do anything new and so with that being said is not particularly memorable, it is very good, but I would not seek it out or go to any great lengths to get it, comparing this to hopslam or snake handler is like comparing different store brand sodas, you may have your preference but you must concede that all in all they are not that significantly different. they may do certain things a tad better than the others but none are so adventurous as to be noticeably different with out a side by side comparison, not bad tho, not bad at all

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally able to find a bottle under a month old and I was not disappointed. Cant say anything that hasn't been said a thousand times before. Awesome beer.

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Photo of RichKent
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had on tap at both Firestone Locations - and i had multiple pours both times. Double Jack is one of my favorite DIPAs. Appearance is mostly clear and on the lighter side of amber. Smell is tropical and citrus fruit. Taste follows smell - lots of juicy hops with a touch of sweetness from the malt. The alcohol is well masked, and this goes down very easily, and each sip leaves me wanting another.

Double Jack is a top 10 DIPA in my opinion.

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Photo of rjd722
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pour House in Gaithersburg, poured into a snifter. Nice think head with a golden orange color. Citrus aroma with a bitter sweetness to it. An intense fruity flavor that will leave any Imperial IPA fan happy, prominent grapefruit appearance but not overwhelming. Coats your mouth keeping you ready for the next sip. Excellent 9.5% IPA!

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Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured into a duvel glass about 1 in head nice yellow colour with good carbination
smells like a dipa should lots of hop scent
taste is just the right bittering and a plenty of hop flavor, malt taste is slight
feels medium/light body
overall a very drinkable beer

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sneefter pour. Looks a copper transluscent hue. Not much of a head. Mells floral piney fruity juice. Taste is surprisingly a bit different. More of the pineyness. Some citrus too. Hoppy fizz with a smooth malty wash and some alcoholy sweetness. Overall good. Especially at $3.25/12oz.

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Photo of Apellonious
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 10/30/2014 poured into a pint glass. Purchased this week.

A - Clear, golden orange, two finger fluffy head that slowly dissapates.

S - Bubble gum, orange, faint grapefruit, tinge of heat.

T - As you can see by the date, this could be a touch past its prime. Without having a fresh one to compare (this is the first I came across this), I can only assume this has lost a good bit of its hop balance. What comes through is sweetness, with a touch of heat.

M - Carbonation is a touch above medium, heft is full, things get sticky as it warms.

O - This held up well, considering its age, however I am looking forward to coming across a younger version (aren't we all?) to see if it stands up.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another good IPA from Firestone Walker. Pours a straw color with a nice head and good lacing. Nice and flavor is a bunch of candy, grapefruit hops and piney-ness. Really tasty. Apparently I side-by-sided this one with a Ruination 2.0 in the past, and preferred the Stone, but on its own, it's a nice, tasty, hop bomb.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,558 ratings.
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