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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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

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

finally get a chance to try some double jack!

A- a clear orange with a head that quickly resides down. Really not much lacing but the brew glows inside the glass

s- MASSIVE grapefruit with some fresh grassy notes that are instantley refreshing and appealing in the nose. This is a DIPA that is the west coast interpret no doubt. The hoppiness is exploding out of the glass

T- Great amount of citrus with the bitterness and sweet flavors mingling collectively together. The flavor is heavy yet crisp. It is a sold DIPA brew

m- medium and smooth

O- i have not had a hop bomb like this in a while. A refreshing DIPA that does not disappoint. I am so glad I was able to get a shot at this.

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Photo of coldriver
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fort Worth Flying Saucer, one week after Firestone Walker's DFW debut. Pours a medium amber, head and lacing average. Smells of tropical fruits, pine, and caramel. Taste is juicy blackberries, peaches, citrus and pine. Alcohol is well hidden and not overly sweet for a DIPA - well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium, sticky finish begs for the next sip. Overall a fantastic DIPA and one that is very welcome in Texas.

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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 dwagner003
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is incredibly strong, and you can smell the sweet citrus and pine sap without even holding the glass near your face. You start to think that the flavor cannot possible live up the promise that the aroma has made. But it does, to an extent. It's not EXACTLY the flavor that the nose indicated (that would be unfair), but it's damn close. It's almost sticky on your palate. The flavors are almost thick. It's difficult to describe, but it's unlike any other DIPA I've had. When I compare it to some of the DIPA benchmarks like Pliny and Heady Topper, I start to wonder how this is not mentioned on the same level. Is it because of its availability? Let's put it this way.. If faced with having to sniff out some Pliny or pick this up at a good bottle shop, I'd buy this in a second, and wouldn't miss the Pliny one bit.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear gold, with seemingly endless carbonation and perfect lacing of the off-white head. Smell is simple, citrus and pine but perfectly spiced and executed. Taste is bitterness forward, but quickly switches to an escalating battle between the citrus and floral sweets, the swampy pine and the racing alcohol burn. They've done a nice job of accentuating the high ABV and not trying to hide it. Mouthfeel is nice, a little burn, but it stays slick and doesn't feel too thick and oily.

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Photo of anon
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My oh my was this everything I look for in a double ipa.

Nice golden orange color, clear and bubbly with a frothy white head. Nose and tongue are both hit hard with hop resin bitterness, tropical fruit and very floral. Crisp and clean, bitter but balanced out exceptionally by the malt presence. Alcohol presence is there but not overly so, still very easy to drink.

Absolutely loved this DIPA. A perfect and straightforward example of this style done right.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

A: It pours a nice, clear transparent amber that you could trap prehistoric mosquitoes in. The head quickly puffs up to two fingers at the end of the pour, but quickly dissipates to a sheen with a large floating collection of bubbles.

S: The smell might be the best part of this beer (but not to detract from the taste). In a full glass, it packs a Pumelo Punch. It is full on citrus and pine, as all top-notch DIPAs have. Dank, resinous pine with a bit of freshly mowed grass to top it all of, as well as a sprinkling of fresh lemons that have been zested.

T: The taste is very floral though and reminds me of some douglas fir spring tip tea I have had. Hops are prevalent throughout the sip and swallow. The aftertaste makes itself known and it is quite strong. However, it is mainly pine/resin forward. It really tastes how it smells. Like most DIPAs, this has a strong effect on your palate.

M: Very smooth, with tiny, coarse bubbles racing along your tongue as you swallow. Not very think, but a nice, lightly carbonated feel.

O: Sadly, the bottled on date was missing, but it tasted quite fresh. For its availability and price point it is an excellent DIPA. I was glad I found a 12oz. for a mix six instead of a bomber. It also changes nicely with a slight temperature warming. Definitely, a go to for a great DIPA in the area for me.

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Photo of thebeerfrontier
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Company - Paso Robles, California - Imperial/Double IPA - 9.5% ABV - Now this is what I call a solid DIPA. It poured a crimson gold color with an off-white head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The nose featured aromas of oranges, lemon, dank citrus hops, and hints of strong pine. The mouth has a medium-plus feel with a velvety finish, accompanied by flavors of citrus, pineapple, pine, and pale malt sweetness - which makes this brew a cohesive winner. This is definitely a classic DIPA in my books. Pick one up next time you see one, you won't be disappointed. 95/100 @firestonewalker

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Photo of Sark
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A nice copper and orange hue with trace of cloud-white head. Lacing down the glass is not abundant, but quite noticeable.

Smell - True to style IIPA with huge bouquet of floral hop notes. The sweetness of the pale malts only accentuates the bitters by giving a nice background. There is no question this brew was triple dry-hopped.

Taste - Awesome up front sweet and bitterness evidenced in the aromas now take the stage, not so much of a citrus IPA and plays to a more earthy robustness, mid-mouth grains and barley flavors while the back end holds on to the alpha acids and alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, maltose lingers on the tongue

Overall - Another solid brew from Firestone Walker. This is clearly not a standard IPA which allows it to be quaffed without any food pairings needed.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright, clear, gold with a good white head on top. Excellent lacings.

A: Grapefruit, peach, berry, and pine resin hops, clean candylike malt, and some alcohol as well. Very soft and delicate aroma for such a potent beer.

T/M: Smooth bitterness upfront, moves into a big citrus, peach, and piney hops. Hops linger through, and the bitterness increases toward the middle. All the intensity is balanced out by a full body of clean, bready malt with a touch of caramel sweetness. The beer finishes dry and hops linger through.

Overall, Firestone Walker makes some seriously good hoppy beers, and this is no exception. Perfect balance for the style, a full bodied beer, but no sweetness to take away the drinkability.

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Photo of LAp
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a table glass. Pours a honey straw with an off-white one finger head. Smell is bitter, dank, hops. Palate is grassy, piney hops, with a subdued malt aftertaste. Arguably the best incorporation of grassy-tasting hops I've had in an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium-thick. Overall, a phenomenal double IPA. Top notch, and a wonderful change of pace from the hyper-fruity or exceedingly piney DIPAs that dominate the style at present.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly translucent gold with orange and amber hues. There is one full finger of pure white head that settles fairly quickly leaving a nice frothy ring along the edge of the glass. Great lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is wonderful. I get slight sweet malt, a ton of orange citrus, and some slight grapefruit notes. It smells juicy and inviting, not stinging and harsh. There is a touch of dank skunky hops in there as well, but it doesn't overwhelm the citrus in this beer.

T: Mmm. This one follows the nose to a T. I get a quick bit of sweet malt, and then I'm hit with a huge amount of deliciously juicy citrus. Big orange, and a touch of lemon. As the beer moves to the back end, I get a blast of grapefruit bitters that last after the beer is gone.

M: Full bodied beer. Sweet for a second and then the palate is overwhelmed by citrus. It's wet and juicy to start but gets sticky towards the end. The bitter, almost skunky, hops linger on the palate for quick a bit after the beer is gone.

O: Great beer. It's super citrusy and drinkable for a DIPA. My only fault with this beer is that it gets a bit harsh and boozy on the back end. Hard to complain though, it is super drinkable and delicious from start to finish.

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Photo of dougfur
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great DIPA. It deserves the high rating, though the hop flavor is a tad on the skunky side, so beware if you don't like that.Overall, not terribly bitter, with a lot of late-addition flavor. It's pretty darn expensive around here, but that's the only reason I would hesitate to drink more...

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Photo of spacebear09
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look- Slightly dark for a West Coast DIPA, copper colored beer with good lacing.

Smell- Wonderfully pungent and dank hop scent.

Taste- Heady tropical fruits... mango, pineapple, melon, a hint of pine... there is a lot going on here but it's not convoluted. Very subtle, toasty malt structure.

Feel- Crisp, complex but not overwhelming.

Overall- Great change of pace DIPA. Not what I usually reach for due to price constraints, but this beer is the real deal.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated born on 9/27/13, into a tulip.
Appearance - golden, bubbly, looks refreshing! Builds a nice, frothy white head.
Lacing is spotted around the glass.
Smell - standard great West Coast, hop forward IPA! Citrus hops, primarily grapefruit.
Taste - delicious! Easy drinking hop bomb! Very much a hop forward brew, but just enough pale malts to keep it fairly balanced!
Feel - the 9.5% ABV is hidden nicely, the bitterness from the hops is near perfect and balanced with the hint of malt presence!
Overall - very well done, a solid representation of a West Coast DIPA! R

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Light orange with clean white head. Head lingers and stays on the glass throughout drinking.

S - Very hoppy with plenty of citrus and subtle earthy and piny notes. It follows a very similar scent profile to Pliny and Zombie dust, which are both great beers to imitate.

T - Clean hop, more citrus than pine, malty and bitter followed by sweetness.

O - Double Jack speaks true to Firestone's motto of "we are living beer". It may not be the best IIPA out there, but it should be in the mix when talking about the top contenders. Prost!

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving - Bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass

A - A light copper color, crystal clear with some active carbonation. Poured with a 1.5 finger head. Great looking beer.

S - Lots of piney hops up front with a touch of malt in the background. Hops are the star of this show though. Very strong aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose. Piney hops up front with a slight malty sweet finish.

M - A touch too active on the tongue. Leaves a bitter finish. Very dry.

O - Very enjoyable. 9.5% is well hidden. If the carbonation was toned down a bit, this would be damn near perfect.

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

Thanks to bro-in-law Jeff for this great surprise!

Served cold into a New Belgium goblet, Double Jack is a coppery orange color with thick long-lasting head.

Aroma is super fresh and hoppy. Lots of great citrus including grapefruit and orange zest.

The flavor is really exceptional too. It reminds me of Pliny in a lot of ways. The simcoe hops add a dank quality the the big citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated just right for my tastes.

Overall an great double IPA. Now if only we got Firestone Walker in Colorado...

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

Drank a glass while on the brewery tour in Paso Robles.

A. Amber with small head. Looked clear and delightful.

S. Smelled similar to its little brother. Lots of citrus and pine.

T. Wonderful hops with a little more malt flavors than Union Jack. A little alcohol to finish.

M. Medium bodied with a nice hop kick. Light carbonation.

D. Very drinkable for over 9% abv. I could finish enough of these to put me the hospital.

Overall a great beer. One of my favorites.

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Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystalline orange, super high clarity. Two fingers width of fluffy, sticky foam on the second pour. Sticky lace hangs in sheets inside the glass. The head settles down to a skim after a few minutes.

Amazingly pungent citrus aroma, grapefruit flesh and bitter peels, candied orange. Resiny, leafy, and green. Extremely fresh and lush.

Flavors of pure grapefruit, woody/earthy malts, and a wisp of alcohol in the middle. Very resiny, sticky, and bitter. Aftertaste of grapefruit and orange peel. Medium bodied, even carbonation. Some green grassiness lingers in the finish. Very smooth, not syrupy but a bit sticky. Dank!

This is a quintessential West Coast DIPA... purely awesome.

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Photo of biggred1
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jeff for the unsolicited free bottle for no reason other than being a cool human being.

Clear, light amber with a big soapy ivory colored head of lather that leaves plenty of fine lace on the glass. The aroma is much like sticking your nose in a bag of Amarillo and Centennial hop pellets, fresh resinous and citrus hop character with sweet caramel maltiness. Delicious, and hoppy with a freshness not often found in a bottle of beer but only in fresh draft in my experience. The malty backbone is nearly perfect in balancing the sap like hop resin with caramel cube sweetness. Medium full bodied with smooth carbonation. As good if not better than the more sought after hard to get "whale" DIPAs out there. World class.

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

22 ounce poured into a snifter. Thanks to SanFranJake for this opportunity!

A: Pours a light copper color with a one finger head and some lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling hops abound in this beer. Fruity and floral varieties. Peach, apricot, oranges, and more! No malts to speak of. There is a hint of alcohol. Very inviting smell!!

T: Malts are present in the taste, but balanced nicely by the abundance of bitter hops. Alcohol is apparent.

M: Medium to full bodied with plentiful carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a very solid DIPA. It has a very inviting smell, great flavors, and very good balance. I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

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

A- A beautifully cleared orange amber with ample carbonation bubbles continuing long after the foamy white head recedes.

S- A sticky floral explosion of hops and an underlying sweetness rounds out the nose very well.

T- Initially very hoppy and super fresh hops coat your tongue in warm brine that only the best of double ipas can do.

The beer is a huge inspiration to me as a home brewer and a pleasure to drink. I shared this fine beer with Beerformussel. We were not disappointed. Truly a fresh thirst quenching brew with a slight alcohol burn.

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

Pours a deep, clear orange with a huge rocky white head that linger and laces.

Smells of sweet, floral grapefruit and pine with notes of lighter fruit, apple, and some earthy wood quality. Hint of malt sweetness are also present. Different and interesting aroma.

Taste is up front grape/stone fruit that goes into a pine/tropical fruit middle before ending on a bitter kick that has more tropical fruit notes along with grape, apple, peach, floral, and just a tiny hint of barrel, that comes across as earthy. So interesting and tasty! This is a top tier DIPA no doubt about it.

Medium to lighter body with medium carbonation. Light, smooth, and easy to drink. The alcohol is present but balanced.

I'm really impressed with this beer, then again, FW has yet to not impress me. A great, different DIPA.

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Photo of JordanPhraczek
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap in a Dogfish Head glass at Gulu Gulu Cafe' in Salem, MA.

A - Super fast moving bubbles, the bubbles move so fast it is almost like champagne. Two finger soapy-textured foam head at first with high retention but then it gives way to a light retention quarter-finger head after a few minutes, although the head never goes away completely. True golden color. Clean, clear look with a clean looking lace.

S - Orange, tangerine, and alcohol. Pinnacle of hop flavor has cream soda aroma and pierces the nostrils while you drink it. Does not have a harsh smell upfront, but again, once the beer is sipped the hop aroma is stinging.

T - Sour taste with hops that can really wreck the palate. Tangerine-alcohol hop flavor, with not as much of a cracker malt taste as regular jack. Much denser hop profile than regular Union Jack.

M - Swished mouthfeel turns the beer into a velvet hop froth. Exceptional mouthfeel. Medium body with a creamy feeling going down. Very nice smoothness for an imperial IPA.

O - West Coast Double with a nice smoothness. Great sour taste with a big alcoholic punch. Much less English style flavor than a regular Jack. My favorite so far from Firestone Walker.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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