Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of bobhits
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another IPA not bottle dated…honestly what is wrong with these brewers? The bottle cap makes reference to 2010 which makes me a touch worried, but hopefully there’s nothing to worry about here.

Good clarity, not much carbonation, thick creamy white head (looks rather exceptional on the head), and the orange color is on the medium dark side of things. I’m enjoying the look, which is surprising given how flat and dull the beer looked coming out of the bottle.

Amazing nose on this beer sharp citrus notes and sweet caramel malt is certainly present in the back here, but properly subdued.

Wow…alcohol bomb! I would normally save that for the mouth feel, but damn I just got kicked by the 9.5% abv. Hop resin and oil saturate every drop of this beer. This beer takes a much more oily nature than most IPAs. There isn’t a powerful attack of hops at the front of the tongue like a dreadnaught or even hopslam, but instead the malt balances out that hit and the hops seems to almost have a time-released intensity. They bite evenly from start to finish.

Given the 9.5% abv the body here is reasonable, a bit thick and heavy, carbonation starts out well but the weight of this beer doesn’t allow it to last too long. The only real flaw is that the alcohol is just far to in your face. Add in citrus as hell hops and this beer is a huge bastard on the tongue.

Easily one of the best double IPAs I’ve ever had! I am always looking for ways to improve beers so clearly I have a list of flaws here, but I should speak on the good points. Amazingly hoppy and the malt almost works as a way to keep the hops on the tongue longer.

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

Thanks to DoctorB2B for hooking me up with this 22oz bottle.

A-Pours a light amber color with a two finger head and some pretty nice lacing.

S-This beer smells awesome! Citrus fruits, hops and some caramel malts.

T-Grapefruit, Orange, pineapple and hops. The malts even everything out.

M-Slightly over medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Slightly bitter in the end.

O-Very good brew and very drinkable. I put this one down a little too quick. Wish it was available to me.

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

Hauled back from Philly in my suitcase! Thanks to Capone's for the great selection.

Poured into my dfh snifter- pours a transparent amber-orange color, a little head that recedes quickly, not much lacing. visible carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Smell- hardcore citrus, bitter hops, a little sweetness from the malt. Taste- immediate awesome peppery bitterness on the front part of the tongue, followed by nice thick carbonation, ended with a sweet, caramel finish. Incredibly impressive IIPA, very West Coast style. This is just very well made, precise with flavors. Mouthfeel- the carbonation is nice and rich and works well to keep this from being too sweet. Drinkability- for a 9.5%, this drinks incredibly smoothly. Impressive.

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Photo of peabody
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear slight amber to more yellow but really thin looking. 1/2 finger of suds that leave lots of lacing around the pint glass.
Smell is grapefruit rind and lemon pledge. No alcohol detected in the nose.
Taste is mellow malt and bitter hop. Slight tangerine detected when the sugar hits the side of the tounge but the bitter is the star here. The alcohol is content to sit way in the back. Great mix of flavors that come together at the right time..
Mouthfeel is not sticky at all. Just the dry bitterness that make you reach for another drink.
Overall this is a great beer that I hadn't heard much of. I will be buying all their stuff from my southeast Mo. grocery chain store.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Browsing through Gary's in Portsmouth the other day, found this and their porter. Great finds.
This beer was a golden color with a medium-sized white head and plenty of lace.
Sweet malt aroma. Citrus and piney hops.
Predominately grapefruit taste. Little bit of piney hops. Solid malt background.
Very well-balanced beer. Alcohol not at all noticeable.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice head, white, foamy, nice lacing, min carb

Smell - Malty, bready, hops, pine some citrus

Taste - Breads, malty, sweet, some citrus, pine and hops

Mouthfeel - Nice volume, bitterness, alcohol

Overall - Nice balanced, enjoyed, alcohol well hidden. this was a fantastic share with SpinkRSX, thanks buddy.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Oakmont National Pub, Havertown, PA

Nice IPA! Poured into a stem glass, a clear golden with brown shadows, moderately carbonated, with a half finger of creamy white head that receded to a thin layer eventually, and left some nice lacing. Great head for an IPA. Big citrusy hops in the aroma, and not much else noticeable. Big citrus hops in the taste as well, with notes of orange and grapefruit mainly; piney; also a subtle sweet malt background, but it's the hops that are primarily noticeable here. Light-medium mouthfeel, and very very smooth for an imperial IPA. Alcohol is well hidden, boosting the drinkability of this fine quaff even more.

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

A deliciously hoppy ale that highly favors hop flavor and aroma with a candied citrus bitterness that balances the finish.

Pouring a nearly bright medium coper color, steady streams of carbonation build a creamy off-white head with fantastic retention and lace. A classy and appetizing appearance overall.

Candied fruits decorate the nose with citrusy ruby red grapefruit, tangering, pineapple, appricot, and freshly cut grasses- all seemingly dipped in light caramel. Zesty, vibrant, and eye-opening in the hop profile while the malts carry a thinly sweet scent for balance, making it mouth-watering.

Sweet malts have an early impact with the notion of powdered sugar and light caramel taste. Fading at mid palate, the citrusy and tropical hops burst with juicy flavors that have an even fade toward lightly piney/grassy bitterness in finish. Very clean taste with a slight linger of caramel sweetness, but dominated by smooth hop flavor and bitterness.

Medium creaminess early is accentuated by thin malt sweetness and delicate carbonation. The hop flavor ushers in a drying character that only develops into complete dryness as the bitterness commands the taste. An herbal and minty-dry evaporation lingers on the tongue as the crisp hops provide a very clean and dry finish, with only a memory of hop flavor that lingers into the next sip.

A very classy imperial ipa that doesn't overwhelm the senses, making it very drinkable and sociable. So easey and effortless to drink, I nearly made quick work of the glass before givign thought to it's character. I'm going to need much more of this beer!

Thanks bbehr!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Soapy large just off white head of about three/four fingers is poured. Body is a gorgeous orange/amber that is clear almost a dark peach color and has some slow and fast rising carbonation. Minimal lacing.

Bouquet is a soft but very sweet mushy sense of citrus, sort of fleshy grapefruit but stronger. A big sense of density to come perhaps, really like this smell it's big, simple, strong and wonderful.

Big initial sweetness, following with a giant grapefruit and mushy citrus rush. Hop feel/taste seems a bit burried and overpowered by this giant citrus bomb. Feels thick and almost syrupy but mostly heavily concentrated and this brings my taste score down.

This is a bit too sweet for my tastes it gets into borderline drinking liquid honey, but it's got some great character I'll say that. I suppose though for tastes I was expecting a bit more variety also.

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Photo of dancingnancie
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden amber with about a fingers worth of head with some nice lacing.

S: This beer smells great. Nice hop aroma at first, then I get a hint of the malts on the end.

T: I really enjoy the taste of this beer. From the smell, I definitely thought I would get a huge hop bomb. I was pleasantly surprised that this beer balanced out very nicely. Nice floral hops, balanced by some nice sweet malts. A great tasting DIPA.

M: This one isn't as thick as some other DIPA's, but it is still pretty creamy.

O: The alcohol is hidden very well, it is quite drinkable. A great DIPA. I would definitely seek this out again.

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

The first thing that struck me was the aroma of the beer as it poured into the glass. The hop aroma really jumped out of the glass. When I tasted it I expected a bit more hop flavor, but the malt sweetness balances the hop. It is a very well balanced DIPA, but a little on the sweet side for me especially as it warms. I enjoy the mouthfeel quite a bit and the beer beautiful orange hue with a finger of white head. Alcohol is well hidden and an excellent all around beer.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks as if there is a bit of crystal malt in here, on the orange side of honey color. Well formed head that leaves a nice bit of lacing. This smells more like an American barleywine. Sticky thick hops, some citrus and tones of resin. A wave of bitterness followed by pine resin bomb, crystal malts, slight orange/grapefruit citrus flavor. Very thick on the palate and honestly rather cloying. In sum not my style of IIPA, too thick, but I can appreciate that it is a well crafted beer.

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

22 ounce bomber. Pours a relatively clear light amber tinged with orange. Intense hop aroma. Pineapple and citrus dominate, backed up by sweet pine. Caramel malts are off in the background. My mouth is watering from the aroma alone. Taste follows the aroma, with a wonderfully bitter finish. Mango and pineapple tropical hops coat the tongue first, with spicy and pine notes in the middle. Relatively high carbonation combines with caramel malt sweetness helps to balance things out, and the mouthfeel is full and creamy. The ABV never really shows up, as the hops cover things up nicely. This is one yummy and refreshing double IPA. Highly drinkable, especially considering the high ABV.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery Tulip came up finger of white head. retained for a while then settled into a foamy lace.

A- Reddish orange Hue, no sediment a beautiful color.

S- Resinous, smells of pine, light tropical fruit some malty character there but its a lot lighter being taken over by hop.

T- WHAMMY! citrus fruit and piney resin with an aftertaste of carmel from the malt, very upfront with the best flavors forward and it rolls down the tongue with that velvet carmel aftertaste and smooth finish, wonderful. (not my favorite in flavor but still it is up in the top 5 DIPA"S I've tried so far)

M- Medium body in the mouth feel but it has a really nice viscosity and feels pretty warm on the mouth and cheeks. very nice here.

O- Overall one of my top 5 DIPA'S tried thus far on my beer journey, very nice, and I will be storing this and most importantly drinking this one again.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a hazy orange/golden color; the cap was not particularly impressive but it did leave quite a few dots and shards behind

Smell: While there is considerable citrus in the aroma, there is at least as much caramel in there as well

Taste: Opens with a wallop of grapefruit that is just loaded with sugary malts; the alcohol arrives at mid-palate but after the swallow, it is the sweetness and citrusy bitterness that drive it all home

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The malt bill is big but the hops are slightly bigger; still, I prefer my DIPAs to be a bit more attenuated

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Photo of SawDog505
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bomber bottled on 4/20/11 into my 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a ambery orange, with a 1 and half inch white head. Solid lacing. Smells citrus & papaya. Taste is similar, with a hint of pine. Great mouth feel. Easy drinking for 9.5 abv. One of best DIPA in N.H.

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Photo of crewfan16
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a bomber with what looks like a lion fighting a bear on the label, which is pretty awesome to start off with.

A-Poured into a pint glass with a pretty aggressive pour and still didnt get much head. Pours much lighter color than expected, but still a nice deep gold color.

S-Nice typical DIPA. Hops and malt seem to be up front, in a nice balance. Some grapefruit and other citrus are there too.

T-Taste doesnt seem quite as balanced as the smell, but still quite nice. Hops and grapefruit overpower slightly and are followed by some nice malty backbone. Seems just lighter in flavor than many other DIPA. I kind of thought this might be the case when seeing the color. Still quite tasty though.

M-feel is nice. 9.5 abv but you no boozy tingle at all. coats the mouth nicely, but doesnt linger too much.

Overall, a nice DIPA. Its one of my favorite styles, so I have tried a ton of them, and this one is a very good example. I'm of the school that likes a little more balance in my dipa, not necessarily a all out hop-bomb, and i think this one fits that nicely. A pretty good beer, and at $8 or so for the bomber, not a bad buy. Would drink it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Review #1500! Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5. It pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, plenty o' leek, pine, dank greens, and light grapefruit peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with increased leek and some added light butter, insanely light sour cream, and a sharp sting of pine at the end. The body is at the lighter end of the medium spectrum, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a fairly solid DIPA, though the hop selection just didn't quite do it for me. The onion-i-ness and the pine-i-ness seem to battle it out with no clear winner, much to the detriment of my tongue. It isn't cataclysmic, but it keeps things from reaching potential heights of greatness and whatnot.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've passed up on this a few times, saw pretty fresh bombers today (dated 4/20) and decided to get one.

Color is translucent glowing orange/amber, white head settles to a cap and thick ring leaving some lacing.

Nose is very earthy with grapefruit, lemon and floral-ness, perfumey almost. Decent strength.

Ultra herbal, piny, grapefruit hops and sweet toffee candy malts in the taste. Some citrus coming out later on. Still a bit perfumey.

Pretty bitter but in my opinion the malts are too sweet and huge. Carbonation on the high side, abv well hidden.

Good, but this disappointed me. I enjoyed it more once it warmed but not my favorite hop flavors, and too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a surprisingly clear orange gold color with a huge frothy head. Pretty sporadic lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is super fresh and hop juicy with a lawn grass hint. Deliciously fresh and sweet hop flavor. Slick and oily feel. A deliciously hopped double. Not much in the malt department. Meh who needs it. Alcohol is barley detectable.

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

PIcked up at Table and Vine last night, Firestone Walker beats out most local brewery prices, I hope they send all of their beers out here someday.

A- Light amber beer pours into my pint glass with a nice creamy white head. Size and retention are both nice. Nice webs of lace race down the glass.

S- Probably my favorite part about this. A great blend of citrus fruit and pine with a touch of peach and floral hints that build to something quite good.

T- A lot like the aroma but with the addition of a some sweetness and caramel malt flavors, even a bit buttery. Hops once again are big on pine and citrus fruit with just a bit of floral, earthy and herbal hints.

MF- Moderately thick and creamy on the palate. Bitterness is in the range that I prefer, moderate and not dominating.

For $7-8 a bomber this is a great deal. Big ups to Firestone Walker for bringing beer across the country at a more affordable price than 80% of the breweries from the East. I will have to try each of their beers as they arrive on this side of the country.

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Photo of GhettoFabulous
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz into my glorious thelonious monk's ale goblet. This pours and smells beautifully with a few fingers of lacing and solid carbonation.

This beer smells fantastic. The hops and citrus leap at you from the surface of the beer and the aroma is incredibly inviting.

The first sip reveals a very nice blend of strong hops (but importantly, not too strong) and a well-blended melange of citrus (perhaps lemon peel and grapefruit?). I'm not sure exactly what's going on with these flavors, but this is one of the best DIPA's I've ever had. FW seems to have added the perfect amount of hops, in that they are extremely strong without being bitter, and they serve as a pallet for this beautiful dose of citrus magic.

I could drink this stuff all day and it's extremely inviting and superlative for its class of beer. FW is proving to be one of the best breweries on the West Coast.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Looks pretty. Just darker than a bright gold body with chunky lacing. Big distinct bubbles in the head, which doesn't last all that long.

Smell - Grapefruit upon grapefruit. The sweetness from the malt combines to make a slight peach smell. Interesting and delicious. Definitely smells like a hop bomb. I like it.

Taste - Tastes like a hop bomb! Bright citrus flavor of hops overwhelms a sweet malt backbone at first, but succumbs rather quickly. Ít doesn't taste all that bitter to me. I think the caramel malts come through over the hops in the end and it actually finishes with a bit of a sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Just a bit syrupy. Maybe a bit too thick for the style, but just barely. Medium to medium-low carbonation, I think.

Overall - Mmm mmm good. I could have downed the glass in minutes, but I restrained myself. I so wish I had more of this. Not quite world class, but a very delicious substitute when world class isn't available.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/copper color with a tightly bubbled white head that gets sticky. Pine and grapefruit pine and grapefruit. Little bit of tropical fruit and hints of malty caramel deep underneath. Curiously after a couple of sips the head disappeared and the aroma really changed. I get lots of pineapple and lemon with hints of alcohol. Taste is bitter and resinous with just enough of a bready caramel malt base to keep this drinkable. Finish is a bit dry with a long lingering resinous aftertaste long after each sip. Creamy oily mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation, medium to thin body. This is a big hoppy monster, bordering on harshly bitter. I enjoyed this I'm glad I got to try this, but I've enjoyed other DIPA's more.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear auburn gold with good head that dies slow and left lace pactches. Textbook piney citric hop aroma that is strong but with only hints of sweet caramel malt smells. I love the strong hops in this medium-bodied and almost smooth beer. Some balance as the beer maintains dryness thanks to crisp carbonation and also bread and caramel malt notes as well as a touch of sticky sugariness. Pleasant hint of tart fruit flavors like cherry or grape and I like that the ABV adds to a warming finish but doesn't bleed into the beer. Not a hop bomb but a balanced beer that still maintains a huge hop presence and is a good sipper.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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