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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

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Reviews: 1,384 | Ratings: 7,513
Photo of NateDyk47
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- medium golden color, thin white head
S- grapefruit
T- very bitter, then can taste grapefruit, then lingering bitter aftertaste
F- medium/heavy carbonation, not incredibly smooth

Pretty good, but not incredible.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark amber color with a thick two finger head. smells of pine and hops and a faint hint of spice. the taste is smooth and a little on the boozy side but not overly boozy. overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Bottled 07/16/15. Sampled on November 25, 2015.

The pour is an attractive looking copper color with a lot of carbonation building up to a lasting white, foamy head.

The aroma is mainly floral and fruity with a vague under current of bready malts.

Medium body.

Same sort of fruity and floral flavors and still has some punch 4 months after it was bottled. Modest bitter finish.

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

Every time I have this, I remember how delicious it is. It can absolutely hold it's own next to the likes of Pliny or Heady. I strongly recommend this to anyone who enjoys straightforward, hoppy IPAs.

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

In my opinion, this was a really solid American Double. I picked it up in Portland, OR -- it doesn't make it out to NC often. Smooth, hoppy, all while being an Imperial!

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Photo of KensWorld
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Syked to finally try this. Bomber dated 6/19/2015. Pours a massive off white head with the best looking lacing, work of art. I smell the hops the second I open it. This is the smell that most Brewers could only dream of accomplishing. Sweat syrup hits the pallet then the hop bite that is not over the top but just right. It ends with a mellow hop bitterness and some alcohol burn. Wow this is a great beer! The taste is almost perfect. Probably the best DIPA I have ever tried. Only flaw is its a bit too sweat. I'm sure it's a solid 5.00 if it was fresh. 4.85

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Double Jack by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. is a Double/Imperial IPA. Its froth level is about medium on a scale of light/medium/thick. Its smell is spiced and tasty smelling. Its color is a nice sort of burnt amber, staying darker around the edges as opposed to having sort of a dark amber core exclusively. The body is about medium to a little more on a scale of light medium thick.

The taste is great. It reminds me of a sort of bell shaped flavor per se. For inside there is a sort of light beer-y taste but around is that sort of light semi-steely hop flavor. There is perhaps a sort of pine into bitter flourish into a semi sweet aftertaste accompanying said steely hop flavor, and its I would say a good steely hop flavor. It doesn't dwell on the steely hop flavor too much, which might be seen as a "trap" that some Double/Imperials get stuck in sometimes, and hence I think it has a really great and light hoppy balance for a Double Imperial.

Overall I can appreciate the score of this beer because I think its a great and drinkable Double/Imperial, its great and its sort of presence of flavor would make it great as a meal accompaniment Double/Imperial, its consistency might allow one to for example match food flavors to it.

Overall a great Double Ipa/Imperial its really tasty and has a consistent flavor, with a nice sort of rose-watery flourish that keeps ones palate fresh. Definitely a great example of the Double/Imperial style, and great for food pairings potentially too. Would recommend all the more for those times when you want to have a beer paired meal.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a bowl of honey. Smells like orange and pineapple with flowers and herbs. Taste starts citrus followed by floral then by resiny hop bitterness. great complexity. a full bodies brew. slight booziness but hidden well considered the abv. very good dipa.

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Photo of captainsdaughter
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Classic west coast style double, clear honey gold with about a half inch of head. Looks filtered like most west coast styles.
S: bubblegum, orange peel and pineapple dominate with a tiny malt presence on the back end
F: bottled about two months ago but still had quite a full mouthfeel.
T: bursting with citrus and bubblegum and some toffee and caramel finishing off with a large hop punch.
O: wow this beer has it all citrus burst, sweet malts and a hop explosion very good double would definitely buy again.

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

From 22 oz bottle from poured to wine glass
Appearance: dark yellow, orange, golden, not a lot of head, no lacing, a bit hazy/cloudy
Smell: slight hoppy smell, sweet and fruity
Taste: well balance flavor specially the bitterness/alcohol, sweetness really comes out
Mouth Feel: Very good
Overall: very good beer
Drank: February 2014

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell is amazing fruity and floral. Pours orange slight disappearing haze medium white head light lacing. Taste is a hop heads treat citrus peppery and slight resin. Amazing dipa that could fool you into thinking it's much lower in abv.. Highly recommend

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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 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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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,513 ratings.
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