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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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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

Poured into a White Birch Flute glass

Appearance: Yellow-orange with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick that fades into a lacing over the top and clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Pine, citrus, tropical fruits, and grapefruit are blended with citrus dominating and pine second peaking through.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit, pine and citrus with a nice malty backbone rounding it all out.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with medium body and a dry lingering hoppy finish.

Overall: Finally got to try some Firestone-Walker and so far I’m impressed. It’s disappointing that I won’t be able to have anymore unless I trade for some. This is one of the better DIPAs I’ve tried.

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Photo of DCon
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $7. Tapped from the Brown Handle with Red Firestone Walker sign into a Pint Glass and has a Keg Date of 5.6.11.

Aroma- Strong and intense citrus/grapefruit aroma with tons of HOP! Citrus/Grassy hops are present. Perfect for style.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head (great retention) with a dark orange/copper body that is clear. Leaves a ton of lace afterwards.

Flavor- Starts with a strong hop and grapefruit taste. Decent amount of malt and a HUGE hop bitterness at the finish. Can't get much better than this!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Huge Carbonation, Clean, Smooth, and has alcohol warming.

Overall Impression- As this was my second beer from Firestone Walker, I was impressed with the strength and right on style for this beer! So far, I'm a huge fan of this brewery. For the style, easy to drink and this made it such a great beer! Will be enjoying again (but only 1 in a night!).

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Photo of thomcatr3t
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: Burnt orange in color. A lot clearer than I would have expected. Three finger head that lasted throughout.

S: I get more tropical fruits than pine on this one. Very appetizing aroma, almost juicy.

T: Taste follows pretty closely to the aroma. Nice hop presence up front with not a lot of lingering bitterness. Crisp clean finish, I could drink a lot of this beer.

M: Much lighter than I would've expected for a DIPA. Also, given the aroma tended more towards grapefruit than pine, I'm surprised how resinous the mouthfeel was.

O: A very solid beer...however. This brew was just lacking a certain "it" factor that I was looking for. Maybe I served it at too cold of a temperature. I'll have to give it a 2nd look and see if it was just me. A solid offering worth trying.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7/5, Firestone Walker Double Jack from sstorck.

22oz bottle to New Belgium snifter.

A: Pours a deep orange with a slight chill haze and ample carbonation. The off white head has tiny bubbles and seems to fizzle out quickly but sticks to the glass.

S: Ah hell yeah. Pine, blood orange, and ruby grapefruit. The hops smell great in this thing. Pithy and resinous.

T: Everyone raves about the balance on this beer, and I think I can tell what they mean; I still think the hops shine in this West Coast DIPA but they are kept in check. Still a ton of pine and citrus and resin.

MF: Good medium bodied mouthfeel, it's a crisp finish initially and a little creamy, and while it is West Coast dry it doesn't blow you away with dryness.

O: Darn fine DIPA example. Not my favorite from the big Cali IPA/DIPAs but I would drink again for sure.

Thanks man!

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

Apearance- Pours a darker golden orange. A nice 2 finger head with good retension.

Smell- Grassy hops jump right out. A little lemon zest and the slightest alcoholic tinge.

Taste/ Mouthfell- More grassy hops right up front. lemon zest and other citrus through out. With a good bitterness to close it out. A very good creamy/ perfect carbination combo. Very balanced and all work together in a subtle yet tasty way.

Overall- This is a keeper for sure. It all works great together. And a DIPA that doesnt kill your palate and feel challanged to finish the bottle is always a welcome beer. A great example of the style that I would use to break someone new into the DIPA world.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this Double Jack on Saturday, 02JUL, at Ayottes (for approx $7.49) and opted to start the holiday weekend off with it. No freshness info found...

After some yard-work, I retired to the 'Zebo to slake my thirst (after plenty of water, of course!). Poured into an imperial nonic, DJack was a clear, bright, striking honey color. Carbo was steady and fairly plentiful, and the head was creamy, off-white, and lasting at 1/4". Nice lacework trailed down the glass, too. Aroma was solid and rindy, with plenty of inviting citrus in the air. Body was medium to medium-plus, with a creamy, velvety feel on the tongue.

A touch of sweetness first hit the palate, with a little toasty malt and subtle caramel. That was short-lived, as lots of piney, resiny, pithy hopping attacked the tastebuds. The hops lingered long and well in this top-shelf, solid offering. I enjoyed it very much, though I did feel the 9.5% ABV not long after starting to imbibe.


4.35 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of Durge
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light clear copper color with a big white frothy head and gobs of lacing. The aroma offers bubblegum-pine hop with subtle malt underpinnings. The taste brings sweet pine hops and more bubblegum juniper just like the aroma suggested. Syrupy and a bit cloying with green bitterness and pineapple edges. Really quite a treat with a near full body and tastefully carbonated for a midland feel. Fair drinkability and highly recommended.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-honey colored with a nice cream colored head

S-a good strong scent of grapefruit and hops. smells like bitter grapefruit

T-comes in with a medium strength taste of grains and fresh grapefruit. it has a good bitterness. they're good tastes but it doesn't seem to be too well balanced. the hops seem to taste faded. there are more hops in the after-taste along with a boozey taste.

M-smooth creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-definitely a good IPA, but i personally think that there are so many better options for less also has no uniqueness to it. its still good and easy drinking though, but not a must try in my book.

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Photo of Simmy7000
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. First offering from Firestone Walker, excited to try!

A- I like the classy, no frills labeling of the bottle. Pours a great looking deep orange amber color with a 3 finger thick white head that sticks around for a bit. Decent lacing throughout.

S- Absolutely love the smell of a great IPA, and this nails it. Huge juicy smells of orange and tropical citrus combined with overtones of pine. Malt is present behind the wall of citrus.

T- Starts off with a quick caramel sweetness that goes straight into a rush of huge citrus and faint mango. Next up are resiny pine-like hops, turning up the bitterness factor and at the very end the hops break and the malts emerge again. Great balance here.

M- Medium-body and ample carbonation allow this to go down smooth. No alcohol presence detected. Dangerously drinkable given the ABV.

O- I love IIPA's that are well balanced and this one is spot on. Has just enough malt to balance out the bitterness from the hops. Hits the spot and is extremely refreshing. Can't beat it for this price point and easy availability. Looking forward to trying more FW brews.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey colored golden orange with a decent amount of foamy pale yellow / off-white head. No sediment or haze.

S: Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, honey, tropical fruit hard candy. A bit of pungent herbal or even "catty" scents as well. Lots O' Hops.

T: Matches up nicely to the scent. All of those bitter and citrusy, juicy hops along with a seriously dense and sweet malt base. Hops, then malt, then a blend of balanced flavors, followed by a lingering resiny hop bitterness.

M: Very good DIPA texture and density. Thick, but not syrupy. Good amount of carbonation with medium-sized bubbles.

O: maybe it was the fact that there haven't been any other good DIPAs released in the past month or two here, or maybe it was that the preceding beverage was "only" a pale ale, but whatever the reason, this is a standout beer. One of the better DIPAs I've had. Snag it if you can experience it as fresh as this was.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew the color of a pumpkin. It glows in the glass and supports an off-white head of one finger. It retains briefly as a whole, but as a mass of bigger bubbles for much longer. There is clarity with a slight haze, and carbonation appears to be moderate. No sediment is noted, except for the last few drops from the bottle, which produce a thicker opacity. The aroma is gloriously bright with sweet hops. They sing of general leafiness and tart grapefruit. This sits above a bed of sugary tangerines, faint malts, and light yeast that has a bit of earth to it. As we sip the tongue is met by bittering hops with a strong citric and grapefruit rind character. The front is otherwise cooling with an additional hop soapiness and a sweet malt that helps to balance the hop activity. Moving through the middle opens up a bit of fruitiness, but this could be residual flavor from the huge hopping throughout. It seems milder here though, with more sweetness and a soothing sting of alcohol. Rounding out the finish is a bright revival of hops, bringing along their good friend grapefruit. The finish is wildly smooth, with a nice blend of those hops, simple malts, and a healthy booze character. The aftertaste breathes cleanly, with citric hops, earthiness, and, for the first time, darker malts. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. With each sip there is a slick hoppy resin that helps to guide the beer down, with a sticky coating left in the wake. There is a nice froth to each sip, but it isn’t what we would call “creamy”. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks with supreme ease.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the interplay between the sweet aspects and the bitter aspects of the flavor. While the nose predicted a sugary and juicy brew, the taste followed through with a bit of a changeup. At first there was some nice bitterness, but as the beer warmed and opened up, it gave way to a sweeter, more delicate flavoring. As a whole, this beer maintained simplicity, yet incorporated some complexity in the hop profile, keeping you guessing, and satisfied, throughout.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 22 oz bottle a couple of weeks ago when I visited the tasting room at FW. Poured into my FW pint glass that came with a sample tray of their flagship beers.

A: Pours a clear gold color with heavy head - 4 fingers after a vigorous pour. Carbonation seems nice & lazy.

S: Smells great. Name your tropical fruit and it'll be here. Orange, melons, pineapple, citrus, you name it. A great hoppy aroma that also gives a sweet subdued malty smell hidden away.

T: A full mouthfeel of hops - again with the citrusy, tropical fruit. Flavors are good. Tastes a little too sticky sweet, but if you're in the mood for a hop kick this one does the job. The malts linger way in the background. Tastes like mostly light malts with a little light crystal to bump up the character.

M: Very sweet, but understandably so from the hops. Besides that, this tastes rather medium to light. Refreshing, but the sweetness seems to weigh you down a little nonetheless. A little warming in the back of my throat from the alcohol, but the higher ABV doesn't really appear noticeable.

O: Being that it's quite muggy here in Philly today, this one hit the spot. A great beer. One of my favorites from FW. Definitely worth a try, especially if you're a hophead. I think I need to go brush my teeth now because the hop bitterness is wearing away my enamel.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle - very classic looking label recieved in a trade.

Poured moderately aggressive into big wine glass. Deep orange blossom honey murky amber color with nice fluffy finger width off white cream colored head. Fine lacing clings to the glass, pretty sexy legs on this fox of a DIPA. Miniscule carbonation can be seen actively rising in the glass throughout.

The nose on this is very reminiscent of PtE I had last week. Piney citrus fruity, except this one seems to have more of a malty backbone behind it as opposed to the PtE I had. Pineapple comes to the nose, fruity, hoppy, floral, fresh fresh fresh hops. Smells ridiculously good!

Malty up front with hop presence, but the backend of this is where this brew really shines through. Loads of pine hoppiness follows the nose. Balanced well with fruits I think, im getting refreshing citrus, pineapple, a little lemon zest. Its not hophead central, but rather very very nice utilization of the piney hops in combination with the malt presence to make a very well rounded DIPA.

Creamy malty texture with a nice hop bite in back - tongue is tingling with a little heat at the back of the throat. Carbonation is just right.

Got this in a trade, so idk how much $$$ it was. All I do know is that if it were readily available to me I would be getting more.

Overall a beautiful brew, loved every ounce of it.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light orange color. Very clear. One finger, slightly off white head. Some big carbonation bubbles in the head. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Real good lacing.

S: Big grapefruit, pineapple, orange, citrus aroma. Light pine scent. Sweet caramel malts fighting to break through all that hoppiness. Very clean and tropical.

T: Very sweet caramel at first. Then very tropical, with grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and slight mango. Touch of pine rounding out the bitterness. Sweet caramel comes back to smooth out the bitterness for the finish. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Nice creaminess. Very crisp. Very light tongue tingle from the alcohol. Smooth. Lightly warm on the way down.

O: A great IIPA. Very nicely balanced. Not to sweet or hoppy, but still allowing all the flavors to come through. Very easy drinker. Super refreshing. Could drink this all day if it wasn't so "big".

A great buy for $4.99 (Update, Store realized underpricing and raised to $7.99. DAMN!). Same price as Pliny but 100x's easier to find.

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

On Tap at Deep Ellum

A - Clear golden color with a foamy white head

S - Citrus is the big player here. Bright and refreshing. An eye opener

T - Super pine citrus hop thing but its so balanced against he malts its really impressive

M - Not much alcohol, smooth and drinkable but tastes so good it slows ya down

O - Very good imperial its an achievement to have something that weighs in above 9 percent to be so damn drinkable.

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

Poured in my St. Bernardus Watou Glass. Now I rated it a good as it is what I expected for the style. The beer is deep orange with a fair amount of haziness.

Smell is citrus with a hint of sweet malt. Anticipation is starting to grow here. Friend asks why I have not sipped yet and the comment shakes me out of my trance.

Taste is outstanding. The bitter citrus hops hits you straight away. I was in a hop mood and the beer answered the call. It finished slightly fruity and sweet. There is no harsh after taste and I find myself drinking the beer to get to the more complex finish.

Mouthfeel is what I expect from the style. Beer is a sipper but those over 8% tend to be in my opinion. The carbination and viscosity was just right for the style. However, it was not new or different enough to warrant a score above 4.

Overall, I would not pass this one up if I saw it sitting on a shelf. I would return to this over and over. To me it is not far away from Hopslam or Abrasive. I feel it is a step below Pliny the Elder. Still I would buy this again in a heart beat.

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Photo of Another6Pack
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden pour with a nice fluffy white head that lasted several minutes. Nose is citrus-sweet with some hoppy pine mixed in there. Real potential here.

First sip does not disappoint. Medium high carb hits at the start provides the hop blast that I like in my IIPAs. No boozy heat, and the finish is heavier with just a notch too much lingering sweetness for my palate. Nevertheless, this is a fine IIPA that earned every bit of a 4.5 review.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange to tan in color and crystal clear. Lots of lovely rising bubbles. White two finger head lasts and leaves sticky lacing.

"Grapefruit-pine" almost gets tiresome to type for the description off an IPA or DIPA, but it never gets tiresome to taste or smell. But that's what this one smells like. Crisp and delicious smelling, ruby-red meets Colorado pine forest on this one. Lovely aroma.

Taste wise it's extremely crisp and clean, like a ruby-red right off the tree in south Texas, accented with a lovely rocky mountain pine-cone backdrop. Almost oily with hops, yet still very clean. Malts just barely balance the flavor, but deliciousness is still achieved.

The feel is amazingly light and crisp, oily with bitter hops, yet sweet with easy-drinking delightfulness. It's an oddball in that it's so easy to drink, yet still meets the DIPA criteria.

Overall I'd say this one is a hit. I think it's my first from this brewery, and certainly cries out "give me more!"

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from Tripphop - Thanks again.

Poured from bomber into tulip - No best by date visible.

A: Poured a clear golden color with light amber hues , two finger head that dissipated into a thin lacing with slight webbing, decent carbonation.

S: Slight pine notes with some citrus and mild hops, decent malt scents as well.

T: Decent hops with slight pine notes some citrus as well. decent malt backing that evens out the bitter from the hops.

O: Overall a solid Double Ipa , I enjoyed the way it was balanced between the hops and malts neither one out weighed the other and left a good aftertaste . Would have again.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a light orangish color with a 1/2" white head. Great head retention throughout.

S: Pungent hops in the form of candied citrus and pine.

T: A hop bomb for sure, but a fairly well balanced one. Pungent hops overlay a slightly sweet pale malt base. It's only slightly bitter for such a big DIPA. Hops are fruity with grapefruit and other citrus dominating hop profile. A bit of fresh pine as well.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation. I like that it's not thick and viscous like some ABV DIPA's can be.

O: A top notch DIPA. A fairly easy drinker but the 9.5% sneaks up on you quickly.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to stupac2 for hooking me up with this one. Union Jack is one of my favorite single IPAs, so I have high hopes for this one. Bottled on 03/14/11. Enjoyed on 06/24/11.

A - Poured into a DFH snifter. Very nice clear light orange hue. One finger white head with big bubbles forms and leaves good lacing down the sides.

S - Pretty hoppy with a good sweetness and a slight alcohol twinge. Juicy grapefruit hops and some pine as well. Just like an amped up Union Jack.

T - Very sweet at first. Then a nice hit of grapefruity hop bitterness. Then the candy sugary sweetness comes back at the finish. Leaves a pine and grapefruit bitterness on the tongue. This is still quite hoppy after over 3 months.

M - Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and creamy through the middle with just the right prickly carbonation. Love it.

O - Overall, if I had to do a blind side-by-side tasting, I'm not sure I could discern between Double Jack and Hopslam. I loved this beer. Truly a world-class IPA, not a hop bomb but perfectly balanced and quite complex. Keep it coming FW.

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Photo of scotvega18
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a Southern Tier Tulip

A - A BEAUTIFUL Golden orange that is just spot on for the style, a fluffy eggshell white head is dissipating rather quickly leaving a nice ring of lacing. Virtually no hop haze as it is clear as day.

S - A lot of simcoe and chinook hops in there, with a lot of citrus and grapefruit. I think this beer is nearing the end of its shelf life as I smell a bit of Simcoe astringency which seems to happen when IPAs die out. Behind it all is a sweet bready malt that seems to be a nice backbone of this beer.

T - This starts out with a boatload of sweetness, as the malt actually starts out strong, after the flavor dissapates, however, there is a soft bitterness that remains. 9.5% dont taste that at all, But there seems to be an absence of any floral qualities and it doesnt finish quite as dry as i like my IPAs, but it is a nice change of pace from what IPAs have become: Bitter Bombs that rip the enamel off of your teeth.

M - No Alcohol and Carbonation is solid. The sweetness of the malt helps tie some of the looser elements together.

Notes - I admit, I expected more adventure from this beer, but I am not disappointed. What I thought was goign to be a bold deviation from the style ended up being an extremely solid albeit off centered DIPA. The sweetness was not expected but pretty nice.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber into Nonic

A: very clear, gold color with very white head with tiny, active carbonation and fine lacing.

S: Rich orange and apricot, slight smoothness to the hops that suggest the presence of malt but no real outstanding breadiness

T: Sweet, orange blossoms, did i mention sweet, long smooth finish that starts to get a bit bitter 5 seconds after the swallow, a little bit of alcoholic heat wraps up the experience. I could actually use a little more bitter bite.

M: smooth and not as sharp as the carbonation suggests, ever so slightly dry

O: This is a really tasty beer, especially if you lean toward the heavier, sweeter, citrus and honey side of the tasting tracks. I could use a bit more punch from either the carbonation or bitterness to dial back the sweetness a bit.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear medium orange color. Two fingers of white, creamy/frothy hybrid head. Average retention and a moderate amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Piney and citrusy hops. Tropical fruits including orange, mango, pineapple, and papaya. Malts are slightly bready with a fairly strong neutral maltiness underneath. Clean overall.

4.0 T: Hops flavor is like the nose. Lots of tropical fruit - mango, pineapple, papaya, and orange - with light pine and grapefruit. Surprisingly low bitterness. Moderate neutral maltiness, fairly bready, and maybe a bit of biscuit in there as well.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. I wish this was a bit creamier though. Smooth.

4.0 D: Good beer, but it's in a weird state between a dry, hop-bursted west coast DIPA and an east coast malt fest. Surprisingly bready for a non-bottle conditioned brew, but clean.

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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Slightly cloudy/hazy orangish gold with a decent white foam head

Smell is heavier toward the grapfruity side

Very smooth You can taste the grapefruity flavors with a slight alcohol finish with little to no bitterness

Very drinkable and dangerous double IPA that can really sneak up on you

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,558 ratings.
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