Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double JackDouble Jack

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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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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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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, served in tulip glass. Pours a clear golden color with a frothy, off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is a caramel maltiness, bread, a little bit nutty, big citrus, grapefruit, and pine hops. Flavor is caramel, grain, bread, a bit of wood, citrus, and pine. Mouthfeel is medium, syrupy initially but drying and bitter upon finish. Very good beer, well balanced, smooth drinker, clean.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap into a tulip glass

Pours a golden orange color. It's very clear; no hop haze at all. It reminds me of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid in this way. Hop Stoopid is made with hop extract, so perhaps Double Jack is too? I don't know. Anyway, slightly less than one finger of off-white head sits on top of the body. Adequate lacing.

The aroma is comprised of numerous good scents, but it doesn't quite come together to a cohesive whole. Some sniffs yield tropical fruits, others more of a vegetal/plant material smell, others some caramel malt. I'd say that tangerine comes to the forefront the most, along with a slightly earthy leafiness. Some distant stonefruit brings up the rear. I like what's going on, but I wish it were more focused.

The taste has no problems with focus. It begins as a pretty straightforward, unexciting double IPA. Resiny & piny hop flavors wash over the tongue before yielding to a larger-than-I'd-like biscuit & light caramel malt profile. The finish is where this beer gets interesting. A subtle fruitiness on the finish soon grows to an explosion of white grape and peach. The length on the finish is extraordinarily long. You'll still be tasting the aftertaste of white grape and peach when you take your next sip. The aftertaste flavors inform the initial flavor of the beer so that each new sip is better than the last. Pretty remarkable achievement, though I'd prefer the beer to taste excellent from the very beginning instead of having to jump through hoops.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice. Despite the strong malt flavors, Double Jack is only medium-bodied. It's pretty smooth too; no harsh carbonation here. Overall, this is a pretty good double IPA. It has some faults, but it also has some flavor notes that are pretty killer. I hear that this beer is better in the bottle than it is on-tap, so I'll be sure to keep an eye out for a bottle of this.

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Photo of champ103
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange color. A large white head rises to over two fingers with excellent retention. Sticky spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: This is bursting with aromatics. Big and bright fruity hops up front and center. Orange peal, pineapple, other passion fruits. Even some apple in the nose. Fresh cut grass, and a nice floral aroma. Really nice without the over barring bitterness.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of passion fruits going on. Orange and pineapple. Like fresh fruit juice. Grassy and floral as well. A bit of bitterness in the finish that works well.
M/D: A medium to full body that is not overly slick or thick. Crisp carbonation that is very dry and clean. A great beer to sip on.

This is really well done. An excellent Double IPA that goes toe to toe with Pliny. Lots of hop flavors without the over barring bitterness that I get with so many examples. Something I highly recommend.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead longstem snifter. Purchased for $7.50 at my favorite local shop. Bottled 4/20/11. Sweeeet.

When I drink this beer I am reminded of my youth, and all the nights of drinking chilled swill on the cheap, working my non-magic around a bar hoping to meet a woman who might want to talk to me for more than 30 seconds. What would it have been like, and how would my life have turned out, if I had been working the room while drinking this beer...

Because this is the beer you keep in your fridge to impress your friends. This is the beer you want in your thermos when you're walking the dog, riding the bus, or lying to security guards. This is the beer you celebrate with when you're ex-girlfriend gets dumped by the guy she dumped you for. This is the beer you bribe your professors with. This is the beer you lick off the table when some dumbass bumps your glass. This is the beer the ladies scope for when they want to bed the hophead. This is the beer your mama warned you about. This is the beer you cheer yourself up with when you finish your taxes and realize you owe two Gs. This is the beer you soak your brats in... wait, scratch that. This is the beer you offer in peace instead of slapping a stranger for drinking chilled swill. This is the beer that was not the first beer, won't be the last beer, but is surely the quality beer that makes you come back to beer everyday. But I digress.

Full disclosure: I met my wife at a bar while hammered on Stella. Woo hoo!


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

Early dinner on Sunday and we took the family to the Tap House in Oswego. I tried the Firestone Double Jack. This beer came served in a sniffer and was a clear amber with white head which laced quite well. There were hints of orange peel/apricote and pine. The taste was initially dominated by the high abv hits then followed by citrus and pine. This beer had a
good body/oilyness to this beer. The flavor stays for a second then progressively comes off the pallete not leaving any bitterness. The mouthfeel is tough due to the high abv and explosion of flavor , it would be a difficult beer to session.

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

Poured into a nonic pint.

Translucent blood-orange color with tons of carbonated activity throughout the liquid. White and foamy two-fingered head atop the brew and dissolves within seconds. Webbed lacing all around the perimeter. Smells of that nice hop characteristic. Not too pungent in pine and citrus but rather, a nice malt sweetness resonating overall.

Taste has a nice prickly feeling of the hop resin bitterness throughout the drink. Decent balance of the bitter and sweet, but more so teetering on the sweet side. Not too big on flavor, but consistent in all IPA areas. Grapefruit bitterness and caramel sweetness with a subdued seltzer mouthfeel.

Good IPA. Not as potent as other West Coast IPA's, but definitely drinkable. Definitely better straight from the tap and fresh as possible.

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was an amazing IPA it leaves a lasting impression. from hops to alcohol. It started off with a thing 2finger foam. that left a good amount of lacing as it disappeared gratefully from the glass. As i was drinking it i was able to notice strong fruit wafts of pineapple and mango, and the mouth feel of this beer was wonderful. This is definitely a keeper.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/20/11

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $6.99/bomber

Pours a beautiful shade of copper and gold with incredible crarity. A 1 inch creamy head of suds slowly dissipates into the liquid goodness. A gentle swirl of the glass and the suds quickly reappear as a reminder of freshness.

A faint smell of tangerine, grapefruit and pine. A whiff of honey keeps me interested.

The flavor hits you head on with tropical fruits followed by bittering hops, pepper, pine and a slight malty finish. Could use a little more sweetness to balance things out.

Medium to full body and sticky with a fair amount of carbonation. Big hops leave the taste buds with a bitter warm feeling.

Overall this is a solid representation of the style and one I can buy right here at my local beer store. Welcome to NH Firestone Walker.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,555 ratings.
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