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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,307
Hads: 7,154
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 465
Gots: 1,540 | FT: 36
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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Photo of dd43
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Compared to other reviewers, the balance of flavors and aromas for this beer is much more heavily skewed towards pine resin than citrus. I enjoyed the hell out of the bomber I had. At the same time, I've had a number of less bitter hop forward east coast double IPAs (heady, sip) that I've enjoyed more. I think I'm learning more about my preferences by virtue of having world class west coast doubles like this one.

Just so were clear, I can't wait to get my hands on another Double Jack. This is a great beer. A bigger malt bill and more hoppy version of Union Jack? Come on. Thank you sir may I have another. (614 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 06/19/15 (so about 2.5 months old) into pint glass. Clear, deep gold with a thick, persistent, off-white head. Moderate to low carbonation. An amazing amount of complexity in the taste: citrus, pine resin, caramel, back to citrus, lemon peel, malt again, then a dry, somewhat bitter finish. Whew!
Medium mouthfeel - perhaps a little on the heavy side for a DIPA but vertainly doesn't detract from the overall impression. Alcohol is well hidden, but both the ABV and the thickness wouldn't tempt me to try more than one per session.
Very impressive. Nicely done. (582 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355 ml bottle served cold into a snifter glass. Purchased while in the US. Been looking forward to this one for a while, as it's consistently one of the top rated DIPA's out there. Bottled date is March 30, 2015, so it's probably a little elderly, although that hasn't been too big of a problem with a few of the other DIPA's I've reviewed.

Appearance - Rich dark golden beer is poured with orange highlights. Nice finger and change of white head which lasts for a sustained period of time. Mostly clear, just the tiniest bit of haze in the beer and a small collar of lacing is left behind.

Smell - Lots of resinous hops pine tree and tree sap especially, counterbalanced by a substantial malt presence with caramel at the forefront. Resinous hops move to a more citrus based aroma, orange and grapefruit making their presence felt with a dash of lemon. Cooked brown sugar too to top things off.

Taste - Light up front with some bright fruit flavors, melon, starfruit, grapefruit and orange for the most part, before and intense resinous bitterness sinks in. Substantial malt backbone prevents this from being one-dimensional but the hops are the star for certain.

Mouthfeel - Lower carbonation, thick syrupy feel. Works with the flavors nicely and taste lingers long on the aftertaste.

Overall - A very nice DIPA, one of the better ones I've had, but with many of them the maltiness has overwhelmed the hops to a certain extent, leaving a delicious but syrupy creation. here it's a little less pronounced than in others I've tried although not quite as much as others. Still Double Jack definitely lives up to it's reputation as a top notch DIPA. (1,654 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

World Class DIPA, but not in the first row. (like everything they do)

A: DARK golden and brilliantly clear. The head lasts and laces.
S: NOSE is moderate. The hops carry tropical fruit - papaya, mango and pineapple. Then there's a very sugary malt sweetness as complement to the hops. Intense bitter finish with some alcohol notes. Other than meditation, I dont know why people prefer DIPAs - just too alcoholic.
T: Follows the smell - Malt and alcohol initiate with cookie sweetness , and then it's hop flavors all the way with big papaya, pineapple and mango hop notes of juicy ripe fruit.
F: Medium in body, good weight, quite drinkable though decidedly boozy. The finish is nicely long and bitter.

Must try if you like big fruity DIPAs. (746 characters)

Photo of DaveDay5
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours orange tinted gold under a fairly persistent clingy 2” white foam cap.
S: Starts floral and then citrusy grapefruit.
T: Hop forward beer progressing through light fruit, light malt, light biscuit, long lingering citrus rind bitterness moderated and balanced by a light malt and fruit sweetness but overall it dries out in the finish. Hop flavors are above average, hop bitterness is moderates.
F: Creamy, medium body, medium carbonation.
O: A big IPA with complex layers of flavor and a delight to drink. (519 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
This one from Firestone Walker was quite a hoppy & very strong tasting beer with huge amounts of pine, grapfriut & tropical fruits before some nice caramel sweetness appeared towards the end. Despite the strength & some alcohol showing, it was easier to drink that expected & the balance was good as well with a dry, lingering bitter finish. Another excellent beer from the brewery & some well worth looking out for. (460 characters)

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A:pours a sharp orange, with a sticky, creamy albeit minimal head, an opaque but not muddy citrus orange color fills the glass
S:pure malt, some subtle notes of citrus and hop bitterness but not a lot
T:rich, malty and sweet but also decently bitter, some citrus like in the nose but not much maybe a hint of tangerine, a touch of honey most of it that is perceptible blends in with the malt
M:a tad syrupy, I don't mean this as a bad thing only to say that it is not overwhelmingly syrupy, kind of filling
O: a solid DIPA, I don't make a habit of buying DIPAs unless I know they are great or have heard something so I don't have a lot of average DIPAs to compare it with. That being said, it is very good, but doesn't do anything new and so with that being said is not particularly memorable, it is very good, but I would not seek it out or go to any great lengths to get it, comparing this to hopslam or snake handler is like comparing different store brand sodas, you may have your preference but you must concede that all in all they are not that significantly different. they may do certain things a tad better than the others but none are so adventurous as to be noticeably different with out a side by side comparison, not bad tho, not bad at all (1,253 characters)

Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally able to find a bottle under a month old and I was not disappointed. Cant say anything that hasn't been said a thousand times before. Awesome beer. (154 characters)

Photo of RichKent
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had on tap at both Firestone Locations - and i had multiple pours both times. Double Jack is one of my favorite DIPAs. Appearance is mostly clear and on the lighter side of amber. Smell is tropical and citrus fruit. Taste follows smell - lots of juicy hops with a touch of sweetness from the malt. The alcohol is well masked, and this goes down very easily, and each sip leaves me wanting another.

Double Jack is a top 10 DIPA in my opinion. (448 characters)

Photo of rjd722
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pour House in Gaithersburg, poured into a snifter. Nice think head with a golden orange color. Citrus aroma with a bitter sweetness to it. An intense fruity flavor that will leave any Imperial IPA fan happy, prominent grapefruit appearance but not overwhelming. Coats your mouth keeping you ready for the next sip. Excellent 9.5% IPA! (344 characters)

Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured into a duvel glass about 1 in head nice yellow colour with good carbination
smells like a dipa should lots of hop scent
taste is just the right bittering and a plenty of hop flavor, malt taste is slight
feels medium/light body
overall a very drinkable beer (264 characters)

Photo of brother_rebus
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sneefter pour. Looks a copper transluscent hue. Not much of a head. Mells floral piney fruity juice. Taste is surprisingly a bit different. More of the pineyness. Some citrus too. Hoppy fizz with a smooth malty wash and some alcoholy sweetness. Overall good. Especially at $3.25/12oz. (284 characters)

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

12oz bottle dated 10/30/2014 poured into a pint glass. Purchased this week.

A - Clear, golden orange, two finger fluffy head that slowly dissapates.

S - Bubble gum, orange, faint grapefruit, tinge of heat.

T - As you can see by the date, this could be a touch past its prime. Without having a fresh one to compare (this is the first I came across this), I can only assume this has lost a good bit of its hop balance. What comes through is sweetness, with a touch of heat.

M - Carbonation is a touch above medium, heft is full, things get sticky as it warms.

O - This held up well, considering its age, however I am looking forward to coming across a younger version (aren't we all?) to see if it stands up. (722 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid but not really particularly special DIPA - surprisingly poor in comparison with most of the Firestone stuff I've had. Bunch of candy, grapefruit hops and piney-ness, but none of that syrupy sweet/bitter on the back on the back of the ton that I so enjoy in my DIPAs. Side-by-sided this one with a Ruination 2.0, and it got crushed. In my mind it tastes like an IPA, although the ABV would argue otherwise. (411 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep golden color. Has a hoppy, piny resin aroma. Has a great hop profile all the way through, definilty piny. A very smooth drink. A great beer overall (160 characters)

Photo of Batmitestar
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack is a perfect example of a NorCal IIPA. Not quite as brash as the SoCal/San Diego versions (which I also love, to be fair) this one offers a big blast of candied citrus up front, with nice hunks of bitter hop resin and a strong backbone of malt to keep it North.

It's a fantastic beer to share with a friend, or hell, hog it all up for yourself and reap the benefit of the big ABV (in a responsible manner, of course).

Keep the hits coming, Firestone Walker. (471 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very good DIPA, although personally I feel it falls a little short of the world class ones. Very piney nose, but not as powerful as I expected. Taste is resiny. Very good malt and hop flavor, but not qute fully balanced. There is a touch of unpleasant lingering bitterness in the finish. Overall, a great beer, but could be even better. (339 characters)

Photo of bkkt
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A classic West Coast DIPA. Very piney with tons of hops, tons of citrus, and tons of tropical flavors. Perfect carbonation and mouth feel and the bitterness is spot on. This has grown to be one of my favorites and perfect to pair with a nice dinner. (249 characters)

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, amazing amazing beer! Tons of citrus notes with a great piney/hoppy/dank finish. The 9.5% ABV is hidden fairly well. Dangerously drinkable. Just an absolute awesome DIPA offering from Firestone. (199 characters)

Photo of Atatum
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyable double. Has some pine and resin notes on the flavor and a very light booze nose. Malt finish with 's bubbly feel. I really enjoy this brew. (158 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great DIPA
A= Golen and clear, white head settles and rings the glass.
S=Malt, pine and a little alcohol.
T=Bitter hops, malt, caramel, some alcohol.
M=Moderate to high body, fairly bubbly!
O=No major complaints, really balanced for pretty high ABV DIPA. (254 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty beer. Golden color, pale tan head, fine foam, moderate persistence.

Smells great! Apricot and beer.

Tastes pretty good. Bitter apricots. Unusual hints of malt for an IPA. TBD whether I'll grow to like this, initially not so much.

Feels great. Rich like a double should be. Perfect carbonation. Fine bubbles.

Good finish, lots of bitterness here. Not great, but good. (377 characters)

Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious double. Golden Amber w off white 1 inch head. Strong citrus at pour w hints of mango, orange and grapefruit. Hoppy but doesn't linger and no bitter aftertaste. Smooth flow and perfect carbonation. Not as strong as I was expecting with its ABV but def felt it as I finished the glass off. Will definitely buy again. (330 characters)

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 (219 characters)

Photo of R739
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Delicious IPA‼️They're dated, and I'd suggest getting them as fresh as possible, but these are beers to be bought when you see them. Perfect carbonation..... (161 characters)

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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