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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 Chriscrundwell12
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 3 Floyds Pint glass.

A- Frothy one to two finger off white head, copper orange body, well carbonated, very clear.
S- Very nice aroma, really fruity, citrus and pine right away, grapefruit, slight tangerine aromas, nice earthy aromas, and hints of malt as well.
T- The taste is not as appealing as the aroma, very sweet, really big malt backbone in the taste, caramel sweetness comes out, alcohol is very present, slight hops, pineapple and grapefruit.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, dry on the palate.
O- It’s a solid DIPA, the malts were a little too present for my taste, alcohol is very present as well, still a quality DIPA.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a moderate amber color that is completely clear with very little visible carbonation. A fairly vigorous pour gives a white head of a finger and a half which disappears quickly.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Smells strongly of citrus with a lot of other light, tropical fruits. I can make out sweet and bitter orange peels, tangerine and peach. There is also a pine scent which is nearly as strong as the citrus.

T: The flavor here contains most of the same fruit flavors as the smell, but there are additional flavors or grass cutting and pine. The herbal flavor is fairly prominent and adds a decent amount of bitterness. This is excellently balanced by caramel malt.

M: Light and dry with mild carbonation.

O: A fantastic beer. Really hoppy and flavorful but extremely well balanced.

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

A- Bright Gold with a slight orange hue. Good head at first then it subsides leaving a white ring around the top and some sticky lacing. Looks fuckin killer

S- Smells awesome, lots of hops. Mainly citrusy hops but i can smell some earthy tones in there as well. Slight malt sweetness in there too.

T- bitter hoppy goodness, drys out really quick. Love the flavor profile in this beer. Great DIPA

M- Nice and soft on the palate with a great clean finish

O- This is Bahl Hornin!

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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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Photo of greenmonstah
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottled on 4/20/2011

A - Pours a nice amber with active carbonation and a perfect head. Looks great. Bubbles are non-stop. nice lacing and the head retention is great.

S - Aroma is insane. As soon as I cracked it I was hit with tropical hops and a load of grapefruit. Up there with Sculpin as one of my favorite aromas. Serious west coast hop character.

T - Taste is of grapefruit and pineapple hops with some sweetness in the middle. Finishes to a bitter hop and a slight reminder of the high ABV. This is a truly great take on a West Coast Double IPA, which is my favorite flavor profile generally.

M - Perfect medium body, slight sticky sweetness. Slightly dry finish. Slight warmth from the alcohol in the end.

O - Overall it is brilliant. One of my favorite aromas, with a every balanced taste to match. Little booze for such a high ABV One of the best double IPAs, it deserves to be up there with the titans of the style.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. My first FW beer, hooray!

A- pours a beautiful shade of clear orange with a two finger, very puffy offwhite head. Lacing is perfect. It looks absolutely amazing.

S- strong citrus aroma with hints of pine. If it were a little more pungent, it would get the full monty

T- man. Its so piney, but not overly bitter. Nice finish of citrus as well. Excellent

M- it has a thick body to it, bordering on syrupy...but it doesn't cross that border. Very full

O- it's not Pliny, but it's a fantastic beer. Glad I picked this one up. 7.99 for a bomber seems like a steal

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Photo of Casey10
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great brew was lucky to pick it up on a trip to ma today.

A - nice orange hue lacings all over the glass bright.

S - piney citrus fresh

T- same as smell lots of grapefruit coming through.

M - leaves a nice feel again the citrus comes through.

O - so glad to have nearby a must try for any hop head

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Photo of jbeerto1
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice, soft golden brown color with a medium off-white head that fades relatively quickly.
S- Mixture of pine and floral hops, noticeable citrus hints
T- Balanced mixture of grapefruit and piney hop flavors ending with a nice matly aftertaste.
M- slightly oily, medium body, solid bit of carbonation.
Overall- very solid DIPA with such balanced floral, citrus, and piney flavors. Def would get again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus sweetness and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced and starts with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a complementary citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Extremely tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very well-disguised 9.50% ABV kick, excellent representation of style, this beer is right up there with the best ones that I’ve ever had.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Double Jack, on tap at Shorty's, NYC.

Appearance: Served in an Unibroue snifter, the Double comes with a perfect one-finger head, smoky topaz color, slightly transparent. Remarkable retention and lacing- head remains for a while.

Smell: Unusual and enticing strawberry aroma, like the wild berries at Stone Barns- that fruity sweetness is strange but delicious. After the berries come the hops, citrusy, bright and tropical.

Taste: Malty, boozy, heavy. Quite a change from the light, airy and summery nose! Dry, spicy and peppery at the end of the sip. Reminds me of exotic spices from the Middle East. Pine and resin, Assateague Island. Some sweetness, but far from the sugar-fruity aromas displayed in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Oily, piney, hop-forward. Medium to full body and flavor, full carbonation.

Overall: Rating goes up because of the stunning drinkability. ABV is not evident. Double Jack is a bit of a one-dimensional take on the DIPA style; iit will not shatter the canon, but it works fine. I think I would take the single Union Jack over Double Jack for a nice IPA session…

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Memphis Taproom no repeat week. Poured into a snifter. Amber colored with a decent inch thick off white heading. Very intense floral aroma's, not very boozy.Full bodied with good retention.Decent citrus finish.

Not an all out assault or anything just a nice IIPA.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: out of the bottle is not too different from on tap, head was a bout a finger thick. Body is very pale orange and clear.
S: a soft blend of pine and grapefruit, with some malt.
T: a good blend between pine, grapevruit and a light floral flavor. Malt is sweet but does not over power the hops, just enough to barely balance out the beer.
M: oddly clean for a dipa, the hop flavor is more coating than the actual beer alone.
O: a great dipa, just piny enough but not too much grapefruit either.

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

Poured into a HotD tulip on 6/3/11.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipates leaving a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. I would have like to have seen a darker color with more orange and red tones but the head is nice.

Smells of a rich and sweet malt backbone, maple and carmel. The hops are a nice mix of grapefruit and pine. The smells were unexpected. This has a very strong malt sweetness to it that almost seems to be the centerpiece to this brew until the hops slaps you in the face. NIcely balanced up front with a solid dose of hops.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of sweet malts carmel, and some alcohol but then a nice pine slap in the face with hints of grapefruit. Nice taste but the booze is knocking it down a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium in weight with little bitter bite. There is some alcohol burn. NIce pine resin after taste.

Overall this is a good beer. Is there better? Yea but this is a great beer. It takes hits for the yellow color and some booze smell and taste but overall I recommend this brew.

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The smell definitely reminds me of Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA with that very fruity slick hop smell with sweetness in there as well. It just smells fantastic though with the tropical fruity cake just beaming off the hops and malts they use. It has a thick mouth feel with that fruitiness and piney hop flavors just smacking you in the face and then leaving you with some citric herbal piney bitterness. The alcohol comes through on the swallow not in taste but in feel more than anything. The sweetness I'd account to the very tropical fruity hops and the sweet malts they use.

I like that there is a malt taste in here that really reminds me of Dogfish Head 90 minute. All around this could fool me for a Dogfish Head beer actually. Some people say this doesn't have that much bitterness and yeah in comparison to others its not a bitter bomb but it does hold its own and backs up the hop flavors with that citric herbal and piney bitterness that we all love. Is it the best Imperial IPA ever? I'd say this, Dogifish Head 90 Minute and Hop Stoopid are some of the best I've had. This highly holds up to every Imperial in the style and maybe even ties for my favorite ever.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Victory tulip glass. Bottle dated 3/14/11, purchased a few weeks ago at Pinocchion's in Media, PA.

A: Nice deep orange/amber color. Nice two finger eggshell white head. Nice carbonation. Nice alcohol legs on the glass. Lacing is solid.

S: I get great grapefruit and citrus hop aroma. Maybe some pineappliness? Really fruity. Can't wait to dig in.

T: Wow, this is a really solid DIPA. From the tip of the tongue to back of mouth: crisp hop bitterness to a smooth maltiness and the carbonation helps to clean the palate off at the end. Had on tap before and think out of the bottle is better? Strange, but good.

M: Medium bodied DIPA. Sticks around for a while.

O: A really really solid DIPA. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and would buy again. Stacks up strongly against the other West Coasters that are high on my list. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of JosiahS
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured a golden-honey color, very clear. Eye-catching carbonation and impressive frothy white head.

The aroma carries a wonderful mix of pine, lemon rind, pepper, papaya, mango and underlying bread-like malts.

The taste involves pineapple, papaya and pine but moves on to grapefruit and lemon, finishing mildly bitter with flavors of toast bread and more pine.

The body is slick and velvety in the mouth but has a fair amount of carbonation that adds a zip to the feel.

Overall, this is yet another great DIPA that can hold it's own against the over-hyped beers in it's class.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - Super clear orange/coppery color with a 1-finger head that dissipated quickly. I can hardly see any C02 bubbles, just a little bit, and no lacing was left on my glass.

S - Lots of Tangerine, orange, pineapple and rind like notes. I also pick up a bit of brown sugar and a spicy quality as well. Not much else going on here. A bit of alcohol and pine as it warmed.

T - Upfront I get a combination of pine, alcohol and sweetness. As it unfolds a bit in my mouth I get lots of rind, and cloying bitterness. It finishes with a bit of tangerine and orange fruits but it's masked a little more than I would have liked by a dry, bitter punch. I can hardly pick up any malts other than some sweetness and a touch of toast.

M - Smooth and full-bodied. No crispness at all really.

O - Overall I thought this beer was more bitter than anything else, which is good for a DIPA but for me it can get a little boring. I thought it could of used a bit more fruity hop flavors, as well as a little more toasty, grainy malt. Other than that I think it looked good and smelled great, so I say give it a try for sure. Cheers!

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Photo of vandemonian
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Double Jack is a nice double IPA, which produces a world class aroma.

A: Nice orange colour and a 2 cm head that fades to decetngood lacing. 4

S: I could smell it from 2 feet away: a wonderful, sweet, citrus-hop aroma. 5

T: It has a sharp, tangy orange flavour with noticable alcohol. The aftertaste is not particularly bitter for a double IPA. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: This is a nice DIPA. 4

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Photo of Anaz
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Honey gold, with billowy white head, very clear.

S- Citrusy and grassy hops, a bit of honey on the nose, as well. Some spiciness from the alcohol sneaks in, but not in a bad way at all. Just gorgeous.

T- A mouthfull of citrusy hops, very fresh and clean tasting. The bitterness is restrained by a malty sweetness and faint alcohol burn. The bitterness is never harsh or unpleasant. Absolutely delicious, and dangerously drinkable.

M-the carbonation is mild, and the body is rich and slightly viscous.

0- This is a fantastic DIPA, easily one of the best I've had in a long time, and it deserves a lot of respect, but not so much that I can't find it when I want it. A beautiful beer.

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Photo of MadCat
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden brown, one finger white head that dissipates quick and leaves good lacing

Smell: Piney, citrusy, grapefruit hops

Taste: More grapefruit, with a good load of bitterness and resiny pine. Some more citrus in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation, dry finish

Overall: An excellent double IPA. One of the best I've had.

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

on-tap, map room - chicago

appearance: served in a chalice, bright orange-amber body, strong beige foam, glows in the moonlight

smell: bright citrus aromas - grapefruit zest, tangerine extract, lemongrass, pine. aromatic and extremely inviting

taste: terrific dipa - powerful waves of bright citrus - grapefruit and tangerine zest, lemon, grassy, lightly bitter pine. I could have consumed this all night but the map room taplist was on fire that night.

mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing, oily and resinous

overall: great

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straight on honey color into my Darkness snifter. A nice white head with scant lacing rests atop. Big citrus, pine and hop on the nose. This smells pretty good. Hop oil coats my tongue with my sip. I really dig on that. Taste is of citrus and hop mixed with a slight crushed aspirin character. I could do without that. The sip cuts pretty dry on the backend. This is a good beer but not overwhelming.

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Photo of match1112
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark amber color with a off white head and no lacing. i could smell this as soon as the top was popped. smelled like christmas morning with big powerful pine hops, hard to pick out but there was some citrus and caramel malts in the nose as well. taste prettty much follows the nose with big pine taste, however there was no indication that this is a 9.5 abv as it was hidden well with the right amount of malts mixed in. went down easy with good carbonation and a dry bitter finish, which is what i expected when i first smelled it. cant wait to have another, i think i might cellar one for a little while to see if the pine calms down and doesnt over power.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Alex (page101) for hooking me up with this on an awesome trade! Beautiful amber-copper pour with two finger head with great retention and excellent lacing. I could smell this from across the room after I poured it. Tons of citrus, most noticeably grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple with a solid caramel malt aroma as well. The head was extremely sweet and creamy on my first sip. The citrus is just as huge in the taste as it was in the smell with some additional pine with a hint of grass. A solid caramel malt backbone balances it out nicely. Excellent mouthfeel with a great creaminess and crisp, dry, bitter hop bite. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. Couple that with the great mouthfeel and you have one hugely drinkable Imperial IPA. Another great beer from one of the most underrated breweries in the country.

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

22oz bottle, not sure how old it was but maybe a couple months? Nice light orange color, a little lace, short head. Smell was nice but not a super hoppy west coast like I was expecting. It had a touch of alcohol but mostly just had a really balanced smell, a little malt and a little hops. The flavor was very similar, I think I caught a bit of citrus but it was not hop forward at all. the alcohol was noticeable but didn't detract from the flavor. I was actually surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did because I usually only like west coast hop bombs (which this may be when its fresh). Overall this was a nice balanced beer and just reminds me that Firestone Walker makes solid beers.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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