Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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7,577 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Budlum
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(22oz bomber, sans label - poured into a fat Chouffe tulip)

L: fairly clean-filtered, light orange-gold liquid... mild haze... nearly rock-solid sponge of dull white foam, soap-sudsy construct... fantastic, stalwart head retention... thick, protruding bands of foam tracks... the hop utilization optimized

S: part tangerine, part lemon-pine... no alcohol... a fruity, almost hard-candy sweetness in the very back... actually, fairly candy-like, as in Sunkist chew jelly candy... the foam retains a nice degree of leafy-'hoppy' character, gives dimension to the smell against the juicy fruit

T: orange creme-y with a spicy-citrus hop bitterness intensified by a pinpoint-sharp alcohol needle... pale malts brightened and dazzled by the fruity hops... lemon and a soft balance of green onion in the aftertaste

F: disgustingly pillowy, dabbed dry with a fresh handkerchief... hop resins cushion the flow and residual blanket on the palate like a misty cloud

O: sarcastic apologies to the others, but FW's Union and Double Jack have to be in the tops for American IPAs - you can taste the talent here... a bomber is definitely the way to go

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Photo of tedho21
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbertsch
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

NOTE: this bottle was almost 4 months old. I will try a fresher bottle when I can get my hands on one.

Poured into an oversized snifter, this brew appeared orange in color. Just slightly hazy. A sudsy head faded quickly.

Its aroma offered esters of evergreen, a substantial amount of sweet caramel, and citrus. Almost had a barleywine sense to it.

Overall its flavor matched its aroma. It had a mainly sweet malt core with a layer of piney hops and slight citrus notes on the edges. The bitterness that liners isn't as intense as I thought it might be. I think the sweetness cuts it.

Mouthfeel was smooth and fairly creamy. Not fizzy.

In the end, I was hoping for more citrus, and that may have escaped the beer as it sat for 3-4 months. But this was still enjoyable and I'll get it again at some point.

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Photo of crossovert
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New to the Chicago market. 650ml bomber proclaiming the 2011 World Beer Cup Mid-Size Brewery Champion.

It pours a beautiful color. It is a clear copper/orange with a big foamy white head that slowly recedes with some nice lacing.

The smell is fuckin incredible, it is orgasmic. It has the smooth scent of tropical fruits and citrus, pure hops.

The flavor is much more resiny with both pine and citrus rind. There is some dankness and some tropical fruit too. It has a ncie bitterness, not ultra-high, but up there. The malt is a perfect backing giving off a subtle sweetness but not overpowering the hops.

This is one glorious, glorious beer.

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Photo of facesnorth
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Mdog
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Weighty citrus, grapefruit with a lot of sweetness behind it.

Taste: Very tasty, sweet base followed by fruits--citrus and pineapple. Not bitter.

Comments: I had this several years ago on tap in Phoenix, and was thrilled to see it in bottles in Illinois. Wasn't quite as mind-blowing from a bottle (not sure of the bottle's age) as on tap. Still very tasty with a delicious mix of fruit flavors.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of wtkphoto
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of target88
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden clean look with slight head and ok lacing.
Smell - citrus grapefruit orange carmel smell
Taste - bitter orange grassy hop taste
Feel - medium heavy carbonation and a medium body
Overall - pretty good dipa!

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Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good DIPA

A - Not cloudy or hazy really at all. For 9.5% looks pretty clean. Good

S - Hops smack you in the face. Very citrussy. Oranges, mangos and a pineapple-banana thing going on underneath the oranges. Fresh smelling hops and some pine. Booze is detectable but you really have to look for it.

T - Follows nose. When this beer warms more tropical notes open, mango and pineapple become more apparent but the weird thing is you get a banana-ish note that lingers some in the finish. Not in a bad way. Lots of citrus, resin, and perfect bitterness in the finish. Keeps you looking for another sip to see what other flavors or notes you will pick up next. Well crafted DIPA from a well respected brewery I've come to expect greater things from as of the last few years.

M - Resinous and slick. Very Very clean.

D - Very good at 9.5%. No problems with the bomber. Probably wouldn't crack another to myself though but would be open to splitting a second with a friend or family member.

Final Thoughts - I was at the Toronado when Double Jack was released a year or two back and the recipe has been changed FOR THE BETTER from then to now. Not nearly as malty as it was back then. It's much brighter now and hops are showcased MUCH better. A much cleaner and citrussy beer than it was before and I thank you for that Firestone! A very smart move and well done.

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Photo of caahare
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a very translucent amber color with orangish highlights around the edges and a two finger soapy, craggy head that lasts for five minutes and leaves behind medium amounts of spotty lacing. Medium body and carbonation levels, texturally snappy, fresh, and crisp.

Smells intensely of pine pitch, fresh grapefruit and orange peel, and medium amounts of Simcoe-styled onion and garlic, marijuana and dankness, moist overturned earth and a touch of florals and spice over the top of a clean caramel scent, absolutely NO booziness at all in either the nose or the taste.

Flavor contains all of the elements from the nose but emphasizes mostly the dank, grapefruit pith, and resinous hopping aspects at a surprisingly medium-strength level in combination with enough caramel malt to keep the palate wrecking action partially in check. It manages to be big and bold without going over the top and becoming just another mere hop bomb. More well-balanced and complex than most DIPAs I've had to date! It was well worth trying, and I recommend that you try it too.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bgold86
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Norseman
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of hockeypuck
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Docrock
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 7,577 ratings
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