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Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
1,403
Ratings:
7,578
pDev:
8.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops notes is quite dominant with some dry caramel malt with some residual sugar also noticeable. Taste is a hops forward mix of citrus notes with light piney notes with some bitterness. Malt backbone offset some of the hops presence with light residual sugar notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Solid beer though I was expecting more floral hoppy notes.

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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left sticky patches of intricate lace on the glass.

S - Great aroma! Grapefruit, bubblegum and pine with a touch of caramel.

T - Bitter piney hops with grapefruit bite and bubblegum sweetness. It had a toasty caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium boded DIPA with a dry finish.

D - So good on tap that I grabbed a bomber to try tonight as a comparison.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear orangish golden amber color with 1-2 fingers of a dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of huge orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, and spices. Beautiful aromas here with big strength, this might be a fairly fresh bottle. Taste of huge caramel, pine, orange, grapefruit, spices, and a bit of tropical fruits. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, pine, and spices. Fantastic balance of bitterness and sweetness in this, nothing is overwhelming. Alcohol is practically invisible, only a very small warming on the finish noticeable. Medium carbonation and body, with a bit of a prickly and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable stuff, I am surprised how easy this is going down at this alcohol level(9.5%). Overall, this is an absolutely incredible DIPA with great balance of flavor and smooth drinkability.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1-24-2012:

Firestone has really dialed this beer in since its inception. More or less then same beast, just with more juicy tropical fruit aroma and more kick to the flavor profile. Really good stuff if you can find it fresh - check the neck of the bottle for a bottling date.

Bottle into a nonic.

Golden hued and brilliantly clear. The head is thin but lasting.

The nose is good, but not necessarily explosive. The hops convey tropical fruit aromas, mango and pineapple predominantly, but there's a touch of papaya in there, too. There's a little sugary malt sweetness that's reserved and pleasant, complementary to the hops. Alcohol is noticeable at a low level.

Malt and alcohol play an opening role. Sugar cookie sweetness clashes a bit with some brash booziness at first, but the hop flavors soon take over. Peach, pineapple and mango hop notes are amplified by the pale malt, giving the impression of juicy ripe fruit. Medium in body, quite drinkable though decidedly boozy. The finish is moderately bitter, moreso than the initial 2009 batch of this beer, though to my palate it could use a little more kick.

Very good on the whole, with a bit of tweaking I feel this could be a great beer, but as it stands it's 2nd tier.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1 finger of white head. Great retention with some thick lace.

Aroma: Pine hops, grapefruit citrus with a load of malts int here as well. Very bready with some booze showing.

Taste: More bready malts and a sweetness showing here. A lot of citrus flavors and the pine hops from the nose.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, a bit too malty for my liking. It is very hoppy, but also very malty. Not my favorite dipa.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber to pale copper in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Significant notes of citrus hops, with grapefruit and tangerine being the dominant aromas. On top of the intense citrus hops aroma, there is a solid amount of tropical hop notes including mango and pineapple.

T: This is a great tasting beer that really follows the aroma. There is a nice sweet caramel malt body that is the base for the hop flavors. Intense flavors of citrus hops - grapefruit and tangerine- as well as the tropical hops flavors - mango and pineapple. This is a great blend of the different hop flavors without being over aggressive in the bitterness - it is just moderately bitter in the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly coats the inside of your mouth and tongue with an oily feeling.

O: The alcohol in this beer is very well hidden, thus making this high ABV beer easy to drink and slightly dangerous. This beer is very enjoyable and one that I would definitely like to have again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional DIPA that is unusually mild in terms of both flavor and feel.
In part, this is due to the low hop level for style. Not sure of the age of this bottle, but that could contribute to the mellow nature.

Rich flavor that changes with warming.

ABV well hidden.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy almost 2 finger head, fades semi slowly, over super clear amber orange color. A light lacing sticks to the sides.

Nose has tons of fresh hops, light musty hop resins, some citrus, light pine, hint of tropical fruits, very nice juicy hop aroma. A very light malty sweetness supports the beer from underneath.

Taste starts with lots of fresh juicy hop flavors, not musty at all at first, tropical fruit, citrus, light pine, slightly floral, delicious and smooth, with a nice malty backbone, light sweetness, just a hint of booze. Light candy like hop sweetness and malt flavors give that nice candy DIPA flavor. A very light musty hop resin comes through later on the taste, especially on the finish, which dries a bit, and gets pretty bitter, with a bit of a sticky feel, and lots of lingering juicy hops.

Mouth is medium to very slightly heavier bodied with decent carbonation and just a bit of warming booze but drinks much better than 9.5%.

Overall a great DIPA, very little booze, nice malty backbone that stays in the background but balances the hops well and supports them, the hops get musty and resinous on the aroma, but keeps throttled back, then the flavor is just pure citrus, tropical fruits, and sweet candy like hops. Tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus sweetness and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced and starts with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a complementary citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Extremely tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very well-disguised 9.50% ABV kick, excellent representation of style, this beer is right up there with the best ones that I’ve ever had.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear rich deep golden with a large fluffy white crown atop,multiple broken rings of lace left behind as it settled really slowly.A mix of overripe tropical fruit and pine resin hops and caramel malt in the nose,there is a sweet alcohol tinge to the aromas as well,the hops are big and so is the sweetness.Its close to being to sweet but the resiny hops come thru enough to keep it at bay somewhat...the hops are resiny and tropical in nature,the caramle base and sugary sweet alcohol is pretty hefty.Its better than alot of DIPA's because it is just dry enough.

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Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Spicy, pine hops with a little bit of sweaty character.

T - Onion and pine hop flavor up front with some bread and caramel. Sweet malt in the middle with some sweaty hops. The beer finishes with lightly sweet malt and pungent hops flavors accompanied by strong bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a reasonably balanced finish.

D - Very distinct with an almost harsh hop profile. The aroma is excellent but the flavor profile is sharp and very sweaty/oniony. Not bad, but it hurts the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Firestone in August 2009.

A: Pours a darkened gold with a nice white head. Quite a bit of lacing.

S: Lots of hoppiness, mostly citrus and grapefruit with a little bit of pine. Some malty sweetness in the background.

T: Loads of hops and some malt sweetness in the background.

M: Medium bodied and slightly creamy.

D: Quite drinkable, especially given the ABV. The hops make me want more and more.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

Light clear orange, small white head, quick to a frothy lace.
Smell of sweet citrus, mango, lychee, ripe pineapple, sturdy caramel malts, faint booze.
Sweet juicy fruitiness up front, surprisingly tropical, with lots of pulpy mango and papaya, maracuja, kiwi seeds, juicy pineapple. Pomelo and tangerine, a nice citrus character that's more sweet than bitter, but not too unbalanced. Robust malt backbone with sticky caramel. A sweet spongecake taste splashed with a bit of brandy. Pine towards the finish, leafy hop bitterness, quite pronounced.
Medium body, low carbonation, a bit sticky. Gets just a bit boozy towards the end of the 0.65 ml bottle. Aftertaste with pine, some caramel, faint tropical fruit, grapefruit peel.
Bottle is quite a few months old, that's why it probably seems lacking that final extra hoppy kick. It's still plenty hoppy, but there's a small empty spot there that needs filling. Rated keeping that in mind.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber in the glass. Modest head, pleasantly spritzy. Huge slam of hops in the aroma.

Rich malty mouthful with a sharp flavor, but mellowed by the warm malt. Lots of piney woods in this, with a mango taste. Quite bitter, but not a tongue takeover. Some orange flavors, with plenty of citrus peel.

Really a fine big DIPA, and I'm not especially an enthusiast of the style. Very spicy with loads of aromatic hops. A winey mouthfeel. Really tasty stuff. Another win for Firestone Walker.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Quite a looker. Awesome, foamy, yellowed-paper head. Stellar retention and lace. Bright apple juice body with a touch of haze.

S - Nice nose. Powerful but soft and well balanced. Grapefruit pith, lemon zest, honeydew, touch of cilantro. Lychee fruit and booze as it warms.

T - Grapefruit, candied lime, and pine supported by a solid backbone of bready sourdough. Pear, tart apricot, and dusty hops on the backend.

M - Killer mouthfeel. Thick mouthfeel with near-perfect carbonation.

O - Hell of a double IPA. Thick, rich, and filling with great complexity and balance.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured amber in color with a fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded but left some pretty nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has an excellent hop presence to it. Pine and grapefruit citrus are the most prevalent with a little of a mango, pineapple, tropical fruit presence as well. Excellent hoppy aroma overall.

The taste shows even more of the tropical fruit, pineapple, peach and mango hoppiness throughout the beer. The peach flavor especially comes through in the finish. It's not overly bitter at all and seems to have a pretty nice underlying sweetness that balances it out relatively nicely. A bit of alcohol is there in the finish but not too bad.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was very good for me, I loved the hoppy flavors it had. I typically really like DIPA's that aren't overly bitter and show some of those tropical fruit like flavors to them. This was no exception. Best hoppy beer I've had in a while.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 7,578 ratings
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