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

a-golden hue with a two finger head and lively carbonation. Lacing is good, as is head retention.

s-big hops with a citrus overtone. There are a lot of tropical fruits too. Great nose for a DIPA. Smells a lot like Myrcenary.

t-Good hop front and a decent malt backbone to balance out the bill. The bitterness is clean and refreshing. There is a good amount of the tropical fruits that make their presence known in the taste. Solid tasting DIPA.

m-great carbonation that brings out the taste even more. Need more sticky to rate higher however.

o-another solid brew from Firestone Walker. Great example of a DIPA. Will be having this in the fridge as a main stay.

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Photo of DustinPowers74
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a medium frothy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of big spicy, floral, herbal hops, citrus notes in the back end and a good bit of toffeeish and toasted malt notes. The taste is strong bitter herbal hop notes, strong citrus and candied citrus, toffeeish malts, floral notes. Well balanced. Strong lingering bitterness. Almost chewy. Medium-full bodied. Very nice beer.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a crystal clear orange with a thin white head and some good sticky lacing.

S-Juicy, sticky citrus and plenty of it. Tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit. Delicious.

T-A bit malty in the front but citrus hops quickly take over. Grapefruit and orange and orange marmalade. Great balance of sweet and citrus, hops and malt.

M-Medium bodied, nice lingering bitterness but not overdone.

O-A very fine high ABV DIPA. Plenty of flavor, great balance, no apparent alcohol. Very well done.


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

Reviewing this beer as part of the Blind BIF 4 from Phelps.

Poured into a tulip as per instructions from a brown paper bagged 22 oz. bottle

Pours a deep rich clear copper with a good amount of foam that is hanging out for a long time and leaving lots of sticky lacing down the glass.

aroma is all floral hops, there is a hint of citrus as well. I just can't stop smelling this one.

nice malty backbone with lots of floral perfume like hops, sort of like accidentally breathing in aerosol hairspray, flowers, citrus and a bit alcohol without the cloud of spray waiting to settle. After all of that, the citrus comes through at the end making this a very tasty beer.

medium bodied with nice carbonation, i am really enjoying this bottle and really could see myself drinking alot of this. If there is alcohol in this one, you have no way of knowing. Like Hopheads neighbor's daughter...I think i'm in love.

Obviously an ipa, but I have no clue and definitely haven't had this one before.

Excitedly rips off the bag...
Firestone Walker Double Jack!
Right on, this is something I want to have full time. Its just a nicely balanced, wow, Double IPA, that I could see myself enjoying many of at a sitting.


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

Appearance: A gorgeous deep amber and super, super clear. Just amazing. This color knows what it is and states it proudly. There's a tall three finger head that takes it's time dissipating. Quite a time too.

Smell: Tangerine jumps to the front with orange and lime backing it up. Citrus dominates the aroma profile and it's all the I can get to here.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy but carried extremely well by the alcohol and carbonation. It's refreshing but heavy. It's light but strong. It's delightful.

Taste: Burning hops step to the top and like Hoptimum, you need a few sips before you can really start to judge the beer. There's a distinct bready character that lies underneath helping disguise just how alcoholic this beer is. You really have to be careful with this brew. Lime and tangerine start to appear next and are helped along with a sweet, juicy fruit flavor. Almost like mango or passionfruit. There's a very clean finish

Overall: This only gets me more excited about the Sucaba barleywine sitting in the cellar. Firestone-Walker has impressed me on their first showing. I'll definitely be back for more based on this and I suggest any hop fans head out and pick this up. Not for the hops (there's hoppier stuff out there) but for the balance here. This is a really great Imperial IPA example and everyone should get a chance to enjoy it.

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

Poured out of a bomber into Tumbler pint glass.

A - Pours pale amber with a finger and a half head of thick foamy head. Extreme clarity.

S - Hops. So many hops. Pine and citrus dominate.

T - This is one of my favorite DIPAs. Hops and hops, multiplied by hops. Enough of a malt bill to almost try to balance things out, but doesn't quite cut it.

M - A little thin bodied, but it feels completely in character for this beer being so hop-forward.

O - A hop bomb done right. Perfect blend of hops for an incredible nose, flavor, and bitterness, but doesn't just assault you with hops until you're sick of them after the second sip.

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Photo of Franz4
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Drdog for this one!

A- pours a clear golden color with a good 3 finger light head on it that sticks around nicely.

S- Wow! the hops come through here in a heavy citrus burst, smells great and really gets my hopes up.

T- taste follows the nose with the citrus flavors dominating, they provide a sweetness that's balanced by some mild bitterness. I was expecting more pine and less citrus, but this beer was right on.

M- carbonation was nice and stayed out of the way of all the flavors

O- This was a very good IIPA, glad I was able to try it, it was my first Firestone Walker brew, if they're all this good now I know what everyone is talking about.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a nice clear, light caramel with a 2 finger off-white head. Big popcorn stucco white lacing remains on the glass.

S- Ahhhh! Big amounts of citrus (orange, pineapple, grapefruit), and definitely has some sweetness in there.

T- grapefruit and pineapple, followed by sweet caramel, and nice amount of bitter orange rind.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly oily and creamy.

O- excellent dipa. Nearly perfect amount of sweet, citrus and bitterness. Very well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

EDIT 8/16/13 - Bumped up the Taste and Overall scores after having this many times over the past year or so. The explosive hoppiness on the tongue has made this one of my favorite regularly available DIPAs and I continue to look forward to drinking this.

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to aviencko for sharing

Pours a clear golden orange, the bubbly white head fades completely after a couple minutes, leaving spots of film and little traces of lacing on the glass.

Massive nose bouquet with juicy fruit driven by mango, orange, and grapefruit. Explosive hops paired with sweetness, bready malt, and faint warmth.

Strong hop wave with bitter citrus and grapefruit. Insanely juicy with tropical fruit and some sweetness. Nice malt base with caramel and doughy bread. More citrus and rind, slight note of almost bubble gum like sugariness. Finishes bitter and warm with a bite of hops and alcohol.

Smooth medium body, nice creaminess, and soft on the palate. Pretty nice drinking for a DIPA, the alcohol is high but not overdone. I wanted to try this one for a while and wasn't disappointed.

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

Poured into a snifter.

A - a deep amber color with fluffy, white head on top.

S - HOPS! Hops, wheat grass, citrus, maybe some honey. Smells great!

T - same as nose - a ton of hops that are balanced out with a slight bit of sweetness. Very refreshing.

M - nice balance of flavors, great carbonation. It feels good!

D - I could drink it all night (except for the fact that this is the only bottle I have).

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

Presentation: From a 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a snifter..

A- Clear amber/copper. Pours with ~1 finger of light tan head, which fades into a thin cap.

S- Pine, grapefruit/citrus, and slightly herbal hopiness....tropical fruit sweetness....very nice.

T- As with the aroma....piney, grapefruit/citrus infused bitterness and fruity sweet counterbalance. Excellent.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium full feel.

O- Quite good. Great nose and flavor make this one a winner of a DIPA.

Future outlook: Another Cali-snagged beer that I (sadly) won't likely get back to for a long while.

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

Another bottle I got from Scott!

Bottled July 18, 2011 or best by, I don't know.

The pour is nice, a golden coloured brew with a big head of foam and very good lacing.

Sticking my nose in my glass, whew, there's a buttload of hoppy goodness here; Big grapefruit with some pine brings a lot of bitterness. It has to be a bottled on date...

The taste is big and bold with oodles of grapefruit and pine bitterness but the malt profile is rock solid and brings a great balance, taste wise, to the brew. Absolutely delicious and there's not much sign of how strong it is. Yes!

On the high end of medium bodied, lightish level of carbonation, smoooth mouthfeel and very damn drinkable.

This certainly brings the yum..

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

A: 1/4" tan coloured head that dissipated quickly over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Citrus hops, pine hops and sweet malt.

T: Bitter citrus and pine hops balanced by sweet malt. Similar taste profile to the Anderson Valley Imperial IPA.

M: Medium to thick viscosity with low carbonation.

O: Good drinkability and well balanced Double IPA that is sweeter than most.

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

Huge thanks to d0b for sharing this growler with me and my wife. Leaked a tiny bit in transit, but seems to be no worse for wear. Served in a Goose Island pint glass.

A - A finger and a half of off-white foam that dissipated fairly quickly and leaves a fair bit of sticky lacing. Nice transparent golden color. I think it had been on-tap it might've had a little more foam.

S - Lots of sweet citrus and earthy dankness hoppiness that is well balanced lots of toffee and doughy malts.There's also some notes of zest and rind. Big smell - jumps out of the glass.

T - The taste starts sweet with a nice mix of candied sweet orange citrus and piney flavors. I don't get as much of the dankness in the taste as I did in the aroma. There's some nice toffee balance and a decent amount of bitterness in the finish, although I'm shocked that this is supposedly 100 IBU.

M - A little thinner than I like for DIPAs - needs a little more viscosity to support the 9.5% ABV. Carbonation is kind of low, which I would attribute to the leakage in transit, but it doesn't bother me so much as I prefer just the slightest tingle anyway. Lots of residual stickiness in this one.

D - The drinkability is kind of off the chart for a 9.5% brew. You can't taste the booze at all, and the bitterness is under control. It was easy to down two pints of this - wish there was more of this in Chi-town.

Another great FW offering, and another high quality west coast DIPA.

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bomber with bottled on date of 1/18 into Duvel tulip

Appearance: Pours a beautifully clear orange/copper color, with about a finger and a half of dense offwhite head that sticks around and leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell: Piney, resinous, dank hops, grapefruit, tropical, and citrus notes, with a touch of bready malt sweetness.

Taste: Very much a carbon copy of the nose on this one. Nice clean bitterness up front right before you get that nice piney, earthy, dank taste. Towards the finish more of the tropical, and citrus notes pop out more (I imagine the age of my bottle has these subdued).

Mouthfeel: Nice full body with very nice prickly carbonation, that finishes bone dry.

Overall: Very solid DIPA for sure, will deffinitely be trying to track down some fresher examples for proper tasting/reviewing.

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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 billab914
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured amber in color with a fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded but left some pretty nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has an excellent hop presence to it. Pine and grapefruit citrus are the most prevalent with a little of a mango, pineapple, tropical fruit presence as well. Excellent hoppy aroma overall.

The taste shows even more of the tropical fruit, pineapple, peach and mango hoppiness throughout the beer. The peach flavor especially comes through in the finish. It's not overly bitter at all and seems to have a pretty nice underlying sweetness that balances it out relatively nicely. A bit of alcohol is there in the finish but not too bad.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was very good for me, I loved the hoppy flavors it had. I typically really like DIPA's that aren't overly bitter and show some of those tropical fruit like flavors to them. This was no exception. Best hoppy beer I've had in a while.

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

Growler purchased at Decicco's.

Pours a clear, glowing copper with a small but creamy white head. Good amount of lacing and carbonation for a growler.

The aroma is very floral and hoppy, with notes of grapefruit and pine. Nice and fresh.

The flavor is very bitter, but also quite malty. Lots of grapefruit, herbal character and resinous hoppy-piney goodness. Really juicy hop flavor on this full-bodied DIPA. The mouthfeel has low carbonation (growler pour) and nice smoothness and weight.

This stuff is really good, one of the best DIPAs I've had. Will have to seek out more beers from Firestone Walker.

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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 Teleweizen2
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a bright and crystal clear deep gold. A fingers worth of pearly white foam crowns the liquid but quickly dissipates to just a thin film. Leaves spotty lacing against the glass with every sip. 

S - the aroma is one of the most intense i have ever come across. Bright candied orange and grapefruit ring character aromas are surrounded by powerful grassy and slightly piney notes. There are also jammy notes of orange marmalade and apricot spread.  Hop aroma is so powerful it drowns out anything else.

T - Lightly sweet doughy bread flavor on the tip of the tongue. Notes of candied orange peel and juicy pulpy flavors enter mid palate. Flavor is cleaner and more centered than the aroma. The candied orange peel lingers long after the finish.

M - medium bodied with a slick texture. lighter carbonation with a frothy consistency.

O - excellent. This is just a fantastic double ipa. Concentrated juicy flavor but the aroma is truly killer. So glad they put bottled it in 12oz four packs. That means i get to enjoy this awesome brew more often.

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

The aroma was excellent on the first smell. I enjoyed the citrus smells with grapefruit and some piney aromas. The double hoppy smells are enjoyable before the first taste.

I had about one finger of head on the initial pour into a pint glass. Unfortunately there was no lacing from this foam.

The strong hoppiness in the aroma comes through in the first taste. I enjoy this strong flavoring of the beer. The bitterness doesn't come in until the beer reaches room temperature... not really a big surprise.

I don't have a lot of experience with Firestone, but this is a great first review of their beers.

I recommend this beer. It is a little pricey, but I suggest picking up this gem.

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

A - Darker amber, opaque, finger head, altho not much head.

S - Sweet carmel, grapefruit, lemon

T - Sweet hops. Almost a toffee? Bitter initially, sweet finish. Very very good. ABUs hidden superbly.

M - Frothy, thick, love the malt used.

O - Glorious. Flavors shifting is excellent. Very good feel. Best IIPA I've had to date. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boom! Piney hop oils hit the nose the instant the cap comes off, grapefruit and lemons fight for nostril space as well. BIG. The flavor doesn't hint at anything, it is huge in sweetness, not cloying though, huge in hoppy bitterness, with a winey viney barleywine like malt to it. Balanced in flavor and syrupy thick in body. Nice touch guys.

Lots of folks are going to be hitting FW more and more because of its wins at GABF. This beer goes to show why they deserve that recognition. Delicious.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Cloudy orange with an off white head.

Smell: Peach and mango up front. Followed by Pines hops and honey on the end.

Taste: Pine Hops and mango are up front now. Followed by the peach and honey.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and VERY smooth! A nice light dry finish.

Overall: The hops, citrus and honey are balance very well. The drinkability is phenomenal. A nice medium body too. Very well done brew. Cheers.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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