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

Decent nose with typical barrel aged sweetness and citrus. Tasted raisin, caramel, honey and a very slight hint of butterscotch. Finished clean, no bitterness or "boozy" after taste.

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Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from bottle.

A - Golden, orange-copper color. Very appealing. Pours a thin white head.

S - Smells outstanding, very fresh. Notes of citrus, pine, a bit floral.

T - Excellent IPA taste, not too bitter despite high ABV. Perfect amount of hop bitterness. Citrus/Pine notes. Very flavorful and balanced.

F- Not too bitter on tongue, not highly carbonated. Feels great and refreshing when it hits the back of the mouth and tongue.

Outstanding beer, one of the better Double IPAs out there. Not too overwhelming, very balanced and flavorful but still a high ABV and IPA taste for the hop-lovers there. Love Firestone!

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

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: pours a pale amber color with a small head that broke down quickly.

S: Citrus/grapefruit and floral scents are present. Some faint pine.

T: Hops and more hops. There is a citrus taste and the bitterness hit up front, followed by sweet maltiness.

M: medium mouth feel and carbonation.

O: a little hoppier than I usually enjoy, but still an excellent beer. I have to say that I kept expecting it would be too much, but in the end it was just enough. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of SweetChicken
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a pint glass

A - Awesome head. Reduced to just covering the ale but beautiful legs on the glass. Great coloring and crystal clear

S- Hits all the right notes. Hop, pine, a hint of citrus. Not in-your-face nose. Soft

T - Freakin solid. Its a little maltier than some other DIPAs I've had. Which is actually a nice departure. Balanced. If your looking for a knock your block of smack of hops, look elsewhere. Would have rated a smidge higher if the ending bitterness didn't linger as long.

M - Outstanding for my tastes. Enough carbonation to tingle the tongue. Dry and not slick at all.

O - Definitely on my list of everyday drinking DIPAs.

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

Bomber into mug.

A...clear golden with a bright white, fluffy head.

S...not as pungent as I would like in a dipa. Some light grapefruit, pine and yeast.

T...sweet, bready malt up front. Turns into a pine resin and finally lets a small amount of hoppy bitterness shows up.

M...feels thick and resign like. Could maybe use a little more carbonation.

o...this is a very pleasant brew. I would like a higher ibu in a dipa but, I would delicately buy this again.

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

Served from 12 oz bottle into Corsendonk chalice.
Pours a bright yellow gold...clear...modest head of different size bubbles.
Aroma of melon rind, rhubarb, hay, candy sugar (though I doubt it's in there), subtle medicinal but this is dated 10/3/12, I'd say a tad beyond it's fresh prime.
Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel.
Flavors of citrus hops, cream of tartar, rich malts, alcohol...lets let this open a few minutes...
OK...8 minutes or so later!...small head, melon rind & hay aroma, rich, full body with lots of hops and significant malts.
I've been drinking this and most FW beers for years...picked up a case of the anniversary in 2007, have had Union Jack on tap, in a 22 oz, and in these little bottles. All in all it's a brilliant hop monster...lots of body and hop richness for a hop head, but enough malt and alcohol to make it stand out. While there's some melon and cream of tartar, the malt and hops balance these like peanut butter with jelly! There's a bold balance that's satisfying.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Brilliantly clear, and medium gold in color. The white head is large and has excellent staying power, but is uneven and frothy.

Smell: A cornucopia of American hops: grapefruit, floral, and grassy notes abound, and are accompanied by a balanced helping of honey. Not as pungent as some IPAs, but a strong and pleasing bouquet.

Taste: A smoky, woodsy flavor creates a sophisticated background for biscuit malt, caramel, and an assortment of American hop flavors. A whisper of dark alcohol is in the finish. Less bright and punchy than some IPAs. Impresses with its uniqueness and balanced complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly chewy, with medium carbonation. The alcohol warming is light, yet noticeable.

Overall: Absolutely delicious. The complex hop combination combines splendidly with the interesting secondary flavors. The alcohol, earthiness, and light sweetness help to create a rich, inviting, one-of-a-kind IPA.

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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 dexterk1
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting a while to try this one and so glad to do it. Appearance is a nice golden, maybe copper color. Head was substantial and dissipated pretty quickly.
Odor is of pine, citrus as well as other fruitiness.
Taste starts with hops and goes between hops pine and sweet citrus as it continues. A little maltiness as well makes for a very nicely balanced flavor.
Mouth feel is pretty smooth and there is only a slight hint of alcohol. Somewhat light carbonation.
Overall an excellent west coast DIPA. Balanced through out ans complete.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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