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Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double JackDouble Jack

Brewed by:
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 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 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 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 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 ...orange 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 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 MemphisSooner
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Honey/light orange with a nice white head.

S: Hops, tropical fruit, alcohol, slight carmel malt. The smell lights up immediately, the way a good West Coast IPA is supposed to!

T: Heavenly. Apricots, honey, and tangerine on the front, hoppy dryness and malt sweetness on the back. This is a nearly perfect DIPA, right up there with some of the best. My top 3 West Coast IPAs are Sculpin, Alesmith IPA, and Pliny. This is in this mix.

M: Silky and perfectly carbonated. Some DIPA take on an overly heavy thickness, Double Jack gets it perfect.

O: This is a gem in this category! One of my favorite DIPA/West Coast IPAs for sure. Surprisingly drinkable for the heavy ABV. Get this beer!

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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 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 stckhndlr
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD

A- Light straw color with a crisp white head. You could put this next to a bud light and get it confused due to it's super clarity. However one distinction that clearly would separate it from a water beer (BL) is the lacing. This one is off the charts.

S- Pure hop aroma- Like taking a handful of hops and just shoving them up your nose. I can smell this beer from 2 feet away. Very enticing.

T- Nice hop flavor, the sugars come to play and really balance the flavor out, not overly bitter but it does come through on the finish. Citrus flavor has a toastiness to it.

M- Medium to full body with some creaminess. Very smooth finish.

O- Great beer. Drinkable even as it warms. Fantastic. You know you have a great beer when you can sit for an hour and it still tastes great.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Snifter glass.

Pours a brilliant reddish-orange that radiates from the glass and has a bubbly off-white head that dissolves into a swirly fine layer around the glass. The aroma is fresh citrus hops with some toasted malt in the background. The flavor is piney and citrusy hops upfront and is accompanied by some a nice touch of malt and finishes with a grapefruit bitterness. Its full-medium bodied and has a nice amount of carbonation. This beer absolutely blew me away. The aroma smells like a basket of hops and the flavor doesn't let you down. In my opinion this is far superior to my encounters with Pliny. This just has a nice malt backbone to accompany the delicious bouquet of hops.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: yellow orange and pretty clear. Medium white head.

S: this one has a nose on it! Hops and fruits.

T: floral hops, lemon juice, orange peel, pineapple, grassiness. On the malt side I get slight caramel but no toastiness which is good!

M: medium and buttery. The hop oils coat my mouth and leave a delicious flavor.

O: well worth the buy. This is an A beer. I'm surprised that it isn't too malty due to the alcohol content. But you don't get even a hint of heat. Good stuff.

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

A - Hazy light orange with half finger of off white head. Head retention is good, lacing looks average.

S - I can smell it from a few feet away from the glass. It sort of smells like lychees from this far away. Closer up that changes, it's mostly light citrus hops with a touch of alcohol and a good background of sweet malts. Lychees are still there just not as much.

T - Malts take over, but not too much. Sweet caramel, toffee, some light fruits. Hops are definitely not pushed aside though. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, general citrus are all there. Good balance between the sweet malts and the bittering hops.

M - Medium body, sticky sweet mouthfeel. Coats the mouth with sweet caramel malts. Finish is sweet and slightly drying with tastes of sweet malts, bittering hops, and citrus hops.

O - Good balance, nice range of hops, easily drinkable for the ABV, overall I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of Idrankitall
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Nice golden amber, with no haze, and an airy white head.

S: Citrus with some floral undertones and a little pine.

T: Hoppy, with some more hops. Afterwards lending to some malt backing with a slight carmel hint.

M: Medium, not as heavy or oily as expected from a strong hoppy beer.

O: A great DIPA, not my favorite but in my top 10. If you enjoy hoppy beers this one is worth trying. I will get it again.

Serving type: bottle

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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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Photo of mikem0487
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into Green Man goblet. 12/31/12 is the bottled on date.

A-A nice fingers width dense foamy head forms ontop of a hazy burnt orange body. Leaves nice lacing while I drink it.

S-Citrus notes are abound in the nose. Clementine, tangelo, mango and orange rind. With the citrus notes there are piney, earthy resin hop aromas. With the mild toasted malts I am getting vanilla notes as well. Great stuff!

T-As with the aroma the taste is a whopping mouthful of citrus goodness. Dank resin earthy flavor is mixed well in there with the citrus hop notes. Very good balance however with the malts and is not extremely bitter through the palate.

M-Medium/chewy body with just the right carbonation. Not a very dry finish at all, more on the sweet savoring side. Leaves a great after taste.

O-This beer is at the top of the imperial ipa category for me. Have had it on draft and this is my first time buying a bottle of it. Buy it, drink it, enjoy the shit out of it.

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Photo of keanex
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: This is a perfect looking beer, clear amber with carbonation bubbles floating up to the thick off-white rocky foamy head which leaves it's presence known on the side of the glass as it dissipates.

S: Very strong piney hops smell that I smell from a foot away where my glass sits as I type this. Citrus notes poke through with almost a mango smell.

T: Very balanced, so balanced in-fact the taste is hard to determine on the first sip as they mesh perfectly together. A tropical fruit taste hits first with citrus notes with fresh piney hops making an appearance and lingering after it's gone.

M: Medium carbonation and body go down smooth.

O: This is my new favorite DIPA. It has excellent balance with a nice fruity citrusy taste that meets a fresh piney flavor. This is simply excellent.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tropical citrus notes on overload...wow! Mango, pineapple, melon etc. Holy hops! Does this wake up your mouth! Has a nice bright orange color as well!

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

Medium golden translucent body, not too much of a head, but lots of spotty lacing and carbonation bubbles.

Smells of very fresh grapefruity hops. Grapefruit and clementine peels, fresh cut green apples tossed in lemon juice, and mild pine.

Wonderous balance. The bitterness is not too harsh. Citrusy and piney in flavor with more clementine peel and grapefruit pith on the palate. There's a sour twang presence though that is a little off-putting as the beer warms.

Moderate body and high carbonation that keeps you wanting more, but can give a rather drying sensation on the finish that feels kind of tinny.

Edit 12/18/11: Had a bottle immediately after my friend made me try some "legal" bud, which messed up my palate. The beer tasted bone dry and full of bitter grapefruit pith and hot alcohol. Like white grapefruit aerosol hairspray with a hint of caramel. I was so turned off.

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

A: pours out a light copper color white head.

S: smells of piney and fruity hops. i get lots of mango and melon. there is a bit of lemon, and then some pine as well. there is hints of caramel malt as well.

T: it has some caramel/toffee notes in the front, and finishes dry and bitter with a piney resin. i get fruit notes from the hops just like in the aroma and some nice piney flavors at the end.

M: it has a medium body with some carbonation.

D: this is a very drinkable DIPA. hides the alcohol a little too weird.

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

A- Bright Gold with a slight orange hue. Good head at first then it subsides leaving a white ring around the top and some sticky lacing. Looks fuckin killer

S- Smells awesome, lots of hops. Mainly citrusy hops but i can smell some earthy tones in there as well. Slight malt sweetness in there too.

T- bitter hoppy goodness, drys out really quick. Love the flavor profile in this beer. Great DIPA

M- Nice and soft on the palate with a great clean finish

O- This is Bahl Hornin!

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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 ReelBigwigFish
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boss handed me this for free, its dated 2010 but should still be good with all that alcohol in it.

A: bright orange color, clear, disappointing head that fizzled down quickly.

S: sweet malt and tons of hops. Citrus and piney, very intense hop aroma.

T: Intense pine citrus grapefruit hop flavor with lots of lingering sweetness on the finish.

M: crisp carbonation, a little thick from all that sweetness.

O: very tasty IPA, would love to try a fresh one, and more from this brewery.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a bowl of honey. Smells like orange and pineapple with flowers and herbs. Taste starts citrus followed by floral then by resiny hop bitterness. great complexity. a full bodies brew. slight booziness but hidden well considered the abv. very good dipa.

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