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

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
1,403
Ratings:
7,582
pDev:
8.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 7,582 |  Reviews: 1,403
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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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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 ygtbsm94
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%

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

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear brilliant copper in the glass, topped with 1-2 fingers of frothy off-white head. This retains with a rich creamy foaminess that drenches the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is floral, spicy, piney, and bitter with grapefruit flavors, with a dank leafiness to it. Tropical fruit and sugary grains sweeten things up a bit, while everything is funneled up the nose with a bright and free feel. Great hoppy bouquet on this here, with a perfect balance of bright hops and ripe stickiness in the nose.

That bright hoppiness carries over to the taste, with notes of grapefruit, rind, resins, and some mellower herbal textures. The hops here are quite sharp and flavorful. Balance is provided by a sweet and sugary base of toasted grains and juicy tropical fruit. This finishes with dry resins, spice, and lingering bitter fruit, with a touch of leftover sugars hanging in there as well. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied; with a slick and creamier feel up front that then gets sharper the longer this sits on the tongue. There is some beefy warmth to the body but it’s not overpowering and serves to help accentuate all of the warm stickiness of the malt and fruit.

While not quite a top tier entry in the DIPA category for me, I was pleased to find that this lived up to the fine qualities of its predecessor, the Union Jack IPA. There’s lots of well balanced hop flavor here but I felt that the ABV was just a little too high to keep the approachability of this to where I wanted it. Still, this is a very nice beer though.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.72/5  rDev +9%

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly clear with a dark gold color. Nice domed head which leaves ring lace after each sip.

Despite the color, there is powerful, lightly sweet caramel malt aroma--not what I was expected. There is little hop nose. What I do smell is like grapefruit rinds.

Good bitterness in the taste. Also, the alcohol is potent on the tongue--lots of wRmth in the swallow. Rich body, even oily from the alcohol, The aftertaste is like grapefruit rinds, but it is relatively short lived.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Pineapples, lemons, & breadyness

T: Grapefruit, caramel & breadyness up front, along with leafy hops & pineapple. Pineyness, with grapefruit, tangerines & a touch of boozeyness & sticky caramel once warm. Finishes a touch boozey, dry with pineapple & grapefruit & pine

MF: Chewy, light carbonation with nice stickyness & a touch of booze bite

A nice DIPA, not perfect, but scratches the hop itch pretty hard, if the boozeyness was dialed back this would be a world beater. A welcome addition to the Mizzou beer scene!

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to see this in my local store. Either I had missed or they just got it. I had tried the Jack on tap at Max's at loved it.

Smell is pretty good. The taste left a little to be desired for me compared to the Jack, but still very good. I felt like I was getting more piney hop smell and taste with the Jack, which I like.

I would seek this out, although I think I might like the Jack more.

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

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for sharing.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a foamy one finger white head on top. Nice retention, sticking around for most of the time it took to drink the beer, leaving behind some thin lace on the glass.

S: Really nice aroma on this beer, a great combination of citrus and pine. There is some orange zest, red grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of apricot.

T: A nicely balanced DIPA, though it is of course more hop forward. There is a slight bitterness up front and some pine that leads to a nice orange and tropical fruit midpalate. It is a bit spicy with a bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, but rather smooth, with medium carbonation. The finish is sticky and bitter with the bitterness lasting for quite some time.

O: Very nice offering from FW here. ABV is hidden very well, making this one a bit dangerous. Wish I could get it all the time.

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Photo of duceswild
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured in in to a SA perfect pint glass. Bottled on 4/13/2012. Picked up for 8.49 a bottle.

Pours a golden yellow with brownish tint. Pour left about three fingers worth of head the slowly faded leaving no lacing. Smells is of pine and hops. Taste is of hoppy pine with a little spice,on the aftertaste. Also taste is not overly bitter like other DIPAs. Mouthful is moderately carbonate with a dry finish.

Overall this is a solid DIPA that I would go for again.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-orange color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, and pine hops.

t - Tastes of oranges, fruity malts, citrus hops, tropical fruits, light pine hops, slightly bitter.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty smooth. Doesn't taste like it's 9.5% ABV.

d - A very nice DIPA. Lots of orange and citrus in the nose and taste, but not too bitter or overpowering. Would like to have again.

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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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 WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 7,582 ratings
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