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 Siriusfisherman
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright, clear, gold with a good white head on top. Excellent lacings.

A: Grapefruit, peach, berry, and pine resin hops, clean candylike malt, and some alcohol as well. Very soft and delicate aroma for such a potent beer.

T/M: Smooth bitterness upfront, moves into a big citrus, peach, and piney hops. Hops linger through, and the bitterness increases toward the middle. All the intensity is balanced out by a full body of clean, bready malt with a touch of caramel sweetness. The beer finishes dry and hops linger through.

Overall, Firestone Walker makes some seriously good hoppy beers, and this is no exception. Perfect balance for the style, a full bodied beer, but no sweetness to take away the drinkability.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maredsous tall chalice with aggressive puffy and resilient foam. Honey colored with a bright nose of grapefruity citrus, light pine and alcohol.

A taste is bright, lightly spicy pine and citrus hops on top of sweet malts; Very clean and medium bodied with pleasant prickly carbonation finishing with very well balanced sweetness and bitterness. The ABV is not terribly present, masked by the resinous pine and spice, but it's still leans more towards a sipping-DIPA. Not that I did.

Really pleasant beer but not blowing me out of the water in any direction. Maybe it's balance is the best quality?

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first run with a Firestone Walker Brew, and I must say I'm very impressed.

As a big IPA fan, this one didn't disappoint. Pours a dark golden color, and the aroma immediately reaches your nose. Malty and a little bit of wood scents.

Taste is citrusy and rather hoppy, but still smooth.

Very solid.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i saw another reviewer describe a beer as 'topaz' in color and I think it fits the bill here - a beautiful clear topaz color that puts up a 1 finger head and leaves pretty rings of lacing all the way down - smells good with pine, citrus and floral hop bouquet - taste follows the nose pretty well with good hop bitterness and prickly carbonation, finishing with a sweet and sticky malt finish with some fruity notes as well - slick and oily in the mouthfeel without excess - very drinkable for a double ipa - thanksto Alex @ DeCiccos in Ardsley for recommending this!

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Photo of psuKinger
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Bottled 8/13/2012
(~2.5 months old).

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange hue with a thick white head on top.

S: Great big nose of grapefruit, mango/pineapple, and pine.

T: Big, bold, and bitter-sweet. The mango/pineapple is more present on the tongue than in the nose, arriving early and staying to the end. Malt sweetness accompanies it up front. Grapefruit flavors arrive in force towards the middle. Big bold bitter flavors of pine at the end, perhaps at a slightly lower volume than optimal. I wonder if the bitterness was a bit more thunderous a month or so ago...?

M: Surprisingly light and refreshing for a 9.5% monster. Not as dry on the finish as I would have thought, either.

D/O: All day every day. Love this beer.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at taproom no.307 nyc poured into duvel globe. Pours deep orange with a sizeable white head. Smells like moldy basment, but in a good way like you can tell some serious hops await. Tast is lots of piney hops as expected, something seems off though it seems to lack ab malty balance. Carbonation and mouthfeel seem about right for the style. Overall pretty decent IIPA but not life changing.

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Photo of utfiero
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- sunset gold. Medium head.

Aroma- crisp with sharp grapefruit notes and hint of pine sap.

Taste- An excellent SoCal IPA! Starts hoppy and floral refreshing citrus throughout finishing with a Sorrento lemon and hint of pine.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 4/6/2013.

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

Undated bomber into a snifter. Smells like sunshine- pineapple, grapefruit with a little wheat and a funky sourness in the background that I can't quite identify. Nearly clear gold with a frothy white head that leaves big looping lace.

Wow- this is incredibly juicy and sweet. The finish dries up a bit with some bitterness. Alcohol stays incredibly well-hidden. Mouthfeel is slick without being sticky. The complexity of this beer encourages me to take my time, but it's not overbearing at all. Would guess that this bottle is not incredibly fresh, and I'm sure this beer is even better when it is.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear Darker Amber color with 2 Fingers of off white head.

S - Smells of Citrusy Hops, Grapefruit, Lemon Rind, Pine, Pineapple, Caramel, Black Pepper, Fresh Cut Grass.

T - Tastes of Caramel, Citrus, Pine, Orange, Spices, and Lemon Zest.

M - High carbonation, Oily, Good Bitterness, and Alcohol.

D - Drinkability is very good but high Sweetness and Alcohol is a dangerous combination.

I like this beer better on Tap. The Hops show up more in the smell but the mouthfeel and tastes are basically the same.

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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say? The most complex, fruitiest DIPA I’ve ever tasted, and the fruitiest unfruited beer I’ve tasted since Stille Nacht 1996 Reserve. Among the detectable fruity esters, there are grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, peach, plum, agave nectar, cherry, mango, kiwi, lemon, lime, marion berry, and strawberry. The finish is luxuriously long, and that seltzer quality slightly dries out the finish, and really adds a sprightly tingle. Add to this a great malt backbone that has a fruitiness all its own with a substantial body (similar to Hercules, but not as syrupy and weighty. The floral hoppiness in this beauty almost rivals the Plinys, and after awhile a seltzery saltiness develops, and while I’m not normally a fan of seltzer, it works perfectly here, and leaves one craving another taste. Perfection.

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

Huge fan of this beer. I have not had any Firestone Walker brews before, but this is a really nice IPA. Nice all around. Crisp, refreshing, bitter, tart....
A: Pours exactly what a great IPA should look like
S: Citrusy notes, fresh, clean
T: Bitter and tart, but not at all sour...this is a really smooth, right on IPA
O: A really fine IPA, this is good....

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Photo of Rheaume17
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau glass.

A - Pours as nice orange hue. Think sudsy head.

S - Smells of tropical fruit; Mango, apricot, mango, papaya.

T - Tons of tropical fruit flavors as mentioned with the smell. Of course with it being 9.5%, it was a little boozy, but not overpowering.

M - Good carbonation with a bitterness that lingers in the mouth.

O - Honestly a little let down from this one, but a great beer nonetheless. Lots of tropical fruits, but not the crisp hop profile that I was expecting.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been hearing about this one for a long time, so I was excited to find it at my local store. 22oz. poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a vibrant and hazy golden orange, but not very dark orange as I have read. There is a good two fingers of creamy white head in top, with good retention and super sticky lacing. Appears to be well carbonated.

S - Very piney and earthy but with plenty of citrus notes, mainly grapefruit. Perhaps a little pear as well, with a dry musky end.

T - I cannot believe how well hidden the alcohol is in this beer, right off the bat. It tastes very fruity and fresh but also complex. There is distinct green apple and pear in the flavor, as well as plenty of grapefruit. Slight bitter and piney in the finish, which is dry and earthy. The fruit flavors in this IPA are so punchy and fresh tasting that they really stand out.

M - Only somewhat oily but not overly so. Light mouthfeel for such an explosively flavorful beer. Crisp and well carbonated.

O - An excellent double IPA that is well worth trying if you are into the hopbomb kind of beers as I am. Definitely stands out among the pack of double IPAs I have sampled in the past few months.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4/5  rDev -6.5%

*On tap Max’s* Look: Nice shade of brass blonde, nice white lacing. Smell: Mellow tangerine with fresh grapefruit hanging in the background, faint alcohol, some grain sweetness. Taste: Citrus, nice herbal/ tobacco leaf, hint of resin, subtle malt sweetness, modest bitterness finishes clean. Feel: Medium-light body par carbonation.

Overall: Hoppy goodness for sure. This brew sets juicy hop flavors to the front. Enough malt to entertain the hops on the palate. The alcohol is only present in the aroma, so this ale could get you in trouble. The modest bitterness is refreshing for a big beer like this. Is this an earthshattering DIPA? No, yet it holds it’s own in the West Coast Style. Recommended.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I was a child a half dozen friends of myself and sisters spent a Dakota August picking juniper berries. Hours upon hours of knees and knuckles scrapping against rusty needles on ladders crouching standing. Thus slowly gaining dozens of pine scented cuts.

This beer reminds me of that day.

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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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Photo of coriswrasse
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottle date 1/3/14 may contribute heavily to this rating

very good clarity

excellent nose

low head

poor taste but the hops still hits you in the mouth right up front.

hops are low after that probably due to age.

need to try a fresher one to get a better clue of what this beer is about.

from their site: 4+lbs/BBL: Bittering—Warrior, Columbus; Late Kettle—Cascade, Centennial; Dry Hops—Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe .

I wanted this but the age, ugh!

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Photo of Trueant1
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a classic dipa colour with a nice white head.
The smell is not as floral or welcoming as other dipas I have tasted .This does not fill a room with huge pine smells when opened as say, Pliny does. Nice hints of apricot, and pine. Off smells of kitty urin ( as many dipas are to me).

This brew shines in the taste and mouthfeel department! Extreme bitter hops up front and an alcoholic bite lingers. Huge, sweet, apricot like malty goodness! Outside of the huge bitternes, this dipa is so creamy and smooth. Way to easy to drink for almost 10%!

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

22oz bottle received as an extra from readbaron, thanks Baron. Bottled 4/29/11.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a large two finger light-creme head. The frothy head hangs on forever. Lacing lasts throughout the glass.

S: Smells of grapefruit, a nice soft hop aroma, and a very good malt presence adding complexity and balancing this big beer out. Also a light pine aroma.

T: Taste is grapefruit, pine, light orange and some honey. It has a nice malty backbone that doesn't over shine the hops. The alcohol is nicely hidden for 9.5%. This sort of reminds me of Hopslam on it's second week.

M: Has a nice medium body that feels round and full in the mouth. Bitterness builds quite nicely on the tongue. Adequate carbonation.

O: I've had this a few times. I really wish I could get this around here because I really enjoy it every time, in fact I think I enjoy every FW beer every time. Any DIPA that tastes this fruity and has adequate bitterness left at 3 months old is ok in my book.

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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 churchillps
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Orange and hazy, with a thick head that slowly sinks, but lacing sticks throughout. Tastes...Oh, this has been reviewed a billion times, so no need to continue. Just a delicious DIPA that perfectly encapsulates the style.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is a crystal clear, grapefruity, oaked-up, rich and sumptuous brew. this is some sort of apex of west coast IIPA, taking the outstanding Union Jack IPA to the next level. it wasn't necessary, that beer is a brewery-maker of an ale, complex and wonderful in it's "single ipa" state. but this is a DOUBLE jack -- this is a dangerous beer.

this beer doesn't pour, it creates a light amber clear pool of bubbles in your glass... a pure pour, with negative floaties... just delicious pure liquid silk in a glass. no real head or lacing to speak of, but sparkly on the tongue, carbonated fine.

the hop aroma is very very fresh and citrusy. i think it is the Cascade and Centennial in the nose... the taste and mouthfeel are exceptional, the barrel aging is perfect -- the depth of flavor is satisfying, malty-sweet bitter-fruity and just fresh fresh fresh...

this is a near perfect beer imho -- please tell me this is gonna be on the shelf for a minute. i don't need this year round. but 3-4 months of double jack would be just about great.

Double Jack is right there with Pliny. don't doubt it for a second. i would say Pliny is a little drier and slightly more piny... this beer is more sweet and oily thanks to the delish oak.

American Imperial IPA
100% Stainless Steel Fermentation
Premium Two-Row (Metcalf & Kendall varieties), Munich, Simpson's Light Crystal
4+lbs/BBL: Bittering—Warrior, Columbus; Late Kettle—Cascade, Centennial; Dry Hops—Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe
CA, NV, OR, WA, AZ, MO, Chicago, MA, NJ, NY, VA, PA
22 oz bottle/draft

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Photo of Marty30
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle I believe,poured at fridge temp into a snifter.

A. Very nice copper color supporting a three finger white head that mellowed down to about half a finger.

S. Smells of pineapple,mango,peach and some citrus very good smelling beer makes me want to dig right in!

T. Very good, Alot like the smell indicates Lots of passion fruit and some citrus.Nicely balenced with a good malt backbone to smooth it out nicely.Get a little bit of clove and bready malts in the back.

M. Nice medium smooth feel,good carbonation slightly tingles the pallet.

This beer I thought was excellent. Worthy to hang with the big dogs in my opinion.I reccomend this to any hop head.

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Photo of modidia
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very hoppy with a rubbing alcohol finish... Anyone can do hoppy, but hoppy with character? That is the sweet spot. Probably the worst beer I had from these guys.. However, I trust the consensus, so I will try it again

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2.14.14. Drank 11.2.14. Poured into a 12oz tulip from a bomber.

Note: This beer was well past the 120 day recommendation from Firestone Walker. However, it has been stored cold and out of daylight since July.

A: Pours somewhere in between an unfiltered honey and a weathered copper. One finger of fluffy eggshell head that slowly fades to just a few islands and a thing collar. No visible carbonation.

S: Tart ruby grapefruit, peeled tangerine, fresh pineapple rind (hooray!), lemon zest. Sweet malts, similar to the sweetness of apple sauce. Faint traces of alcohol, but not too much for such a big beer. Incredibly easy to read, and place, the aromas in this beer.

T: Creamy citrus rind, ruby grapefruit, strong pine backbone, nectarine, and call me crazy... but minced basil? Alcohol shows up at the tail end for a little extra oomph.

M: Foamy...almost explodes once it hits the tongue, hard to judge its weight. Otherwise, it is fairly creamy, but drys quickly.

0: Even with a beer that was well past its suggested date of consumption, I was left impressed. Great flavor, great aroma profile, very easy to judge, easy to enjoy, didn't melt my face off, just a well crafted beer. I can't wait to try more offerings from FSW, and to get my hands on a fresh Double Jack.

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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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