Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 7,027
Reviews: 1,353
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 457
Gots: 1,463 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
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 oberon
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear rich deep golden with a large fluffy white crown atop,multiple broken rings of lace left behind as it settled really slowly.A mix of overripe tropical fruit and pine resin hops and caramel malt in the nose,there is a sweet alcohol tinge to the aromas as well,the hops are big and so is the sweetness.Its close to being to sweet but the resiny hops come thru enough to keep it at bay somewhat...the hops are resiny and tropical in nature,the caramle base and sugary sweet alcohol is pretty hefty.Its better than alot of DIPA's because it is just dry enough.

Photo of tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to portia99 for this one! Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass (yeah, yeah). Bright copper with exceptional clarity, certainly much clearer than you would expect to see from a DIPA. A light-khaki colored head tops this one off; thick, fluffy, and creamy - decent retention and decent lacing.

The aroma is warming to the senses as soon as you begin to bring your face close to the glass - spicy pines and big earthy hops take charge on this. Some fruits in the background of the aroma also; grapefruit, pear, pineapple, and maybe some other types of citrus or tropical fruit. The malt provides a warm, bready smell with a bit of toasty caramel for good measure.

Right from the start, Double Jack shows its heavy, malty backbone which combats the hop profile and certainly holds its own. Bready, estery, earthy, a touch musky, and spicy, almost like clove or pepper. Hop profile consists of a bitter resin, also slightly spicy with heavy accents on the wet, pine flavors. The body is thick and heavy, accentuating the hop oil flavors. Slightly dank near the tail end.

Fruits come out a little more during the latter half of the glass - pineapple and grapefruit are the most easily identifiable. The citrus profile shows more of a bitter, pith and peel flavor, but still contributes some sweetness to the brew. A mild onion/garlic flavor sneaks its way in there, too, but is mellow enough to actually help the flavor rather than hinder it. Carbonation is pretty liberal, body is slightly sticky and pretty heavy.

Very solid DIPA - reminded me a little bit of Double Simcoe with the spiciness and malt flavors. This was much smoother and had a more friendly hop profile, complete with more fruitiness as well. I enjoyed it a bit but think it still may be a touch overrated. Extremely solid on all levels, though.

Photo of DavyJones
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice somewhat clear coppery orange, definitely enticing. Lacing all over the place, poured a two fingered head into pint glass which was fairly retentive.

S: I found this to have some very unique characteristics. Hops are strong, but I wouldn't say they dominate the bouquet; I got a lot of malt and doughy baked goods, and the tropical and citrus fruits are also there, but not as strong as anticipated.

T: Hoppy, very very hoppy, so hops dominate. Pine and citrus have a presence, and there are some faint malt notes here as well. That being said, it's a somewhat smooth DIPA and the alcohol is masked well by the flavors at work. Not being the biggest fan of the style, I still found it quite enjoyable.

M: Really the standout for me. Nice residual left on the palette after a sip, and of course it is bitter, but not overwhelming like so many others in the category.

O: I can tell that a lot of heart and soul went into this brew, Firehouse definitely displays master craftsmanship with this ale. An outstanding representative of the west coast style.

Photo of Clonies720
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, brillant gold. White head that looks like Swiss cheese. Very little to no lacing.

Aroma: Big nose of citrus and pine. Pleasant, sweet malts. Tropical fruity esters, like pineapple. Loads of bitter hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium high carbonation that is crisp and refreshing. I was expecting a full-bodied beer for 9.5% ABV. Coat-the-mouth oily hop bitterness. Loving the citrus taste here.

Overall: A near perfect example of an Imperial India Pale Ale. Hops weren't as bright and clean, but that's probably because the beer is nearly a month and a half old. Would definitely buy again if I could find it.

Photo of RockyRaku
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA. Poured from bottle to a round glass to pick up the very nice and sweet aroma..some peach and floral notes in the nose. The beer has a copper and tinge of amber when held up to the light. The head was a nice, creamy and somewhat fizzy, three fingers deep…and thinned very slowly. Very nice lacing on the glass. The taste has a clean, sweet, piney and a hint of caramel with dried fruits. It was crisp to the mouth and the flavor was a long lasted, but not offensive in the following swallows. Very nice IPA!

Photo of steelerguy
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an extremely clear golden color with moderate carbonation. Tall white head, looks a bit soapy, fades to a covering and leaves some good lacing.

S - Dominated by citrus and pine hops along with some sweet malt. Simple but good.

T - A steady dose of hops throughout. Not only is there a nice balance of pine and grapefruit but there is tons of flavor, carries through till the end where it finishes with a nice but not overwhelming bitterness. A nice clean malt bill, a bit of sweetness, helps balance the hop bitterness as does the noticeable and pleasant alcohol . Balance is the name of the game here...what a flavor!

M - Moderate body, coats your mouth but not too heavy. A good bit of alcohol warmth at the end.

O - Taste dominates and this one tastes great. Looks good, smells good, and then just gets better.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Firestone in the Chicagoland market!! You won't hear me complaining, that's for sure. Was excited to see this at the local Binny's at $7.99 a bomber.

Pours into my glass a bright golden orange with crystalline clarity and a quarter inch of white bubbles leaving spotty lacing. Aromas are a bold mix of hops off the bat. Notes of citrus, bubblegum, grapefruit rind and tropical fruit. Sweet crisp malts on the backbone with green hop resin.

First sip brings the hops yet again. Citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruits along with bubblegum. A sweet crisp malt backbone with a kiss of caramel. Solid bitterness on the way down with lingering resinous hop flavors. Sweetness remains a tad high on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with good carbonation and a bit of a slickness to it. Overall, this is a big hoppy brew, but it's somewhat on the sweet side for me and I'd like it a bit drier overall, as the sweetness is a bit much for a whole bomber. Looking forward to further Firestone brews.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Browsing through Gary's in Portsmouth the other day, found this and their porter. Great finds.
This beer was a golden color with a medium-sized white head and plenty of lace.
Sweet malt aroma. Citrus and piney hops.
Predominately grapefruit taste. Little bit of piney hops. Solid malt background.
Very well-balanced beer. Alcohol not at all noticeable.

Photo of NWer
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: 2/10/2011
Aggressive pour into the bottom of my 2011 21st Ammendment Chalice.
Nice slightly golden head retains well dark golden clear appearance.
Flowery, smooth, citrus flavors blend well. Very well balanced for a DIPA.
This is an exceptional DIPA and clearly one of my favorites. Check their website for more detailed notes. I don't know why people bother to state the obvious when reviewing beers.
Edit 6/28/11:
Picked up a bottle at University Village QFC not dated but 2010 stamped on the cap.
Really? 2010? OK the price is right and I roll the dice.
Conclusion is "fresh" doesn't matter at least for the short haul. This beer is as delicious as any Double Jack that I have enjoyed.
Still one of my favorites - fresh or not so fresh.

Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 5/4/11; no bottle date

A - Pours a clear honey color with two fingers of craggy tan head that dissipates slowly.

S - Very floral up front with a decent amount of pineapple coming through. Also some citrus and hints of pine. Also has a slightly sweet malt smell.

T - Taste is caramel malt up front, followed by the hop combination of pineapple and more more pine than I got from the smell. Very good overall taste, but not my favorite. A bit too much malt and booze. Without bottle dating, no idea how old this is, but it was consumed soon after purchase.

M - Medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel with a decent punch of lingering bitterness.

O - A solid DIPA, but a little too sweet and boozy for me.

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is floral, piney, resiney hops with some fruit.

The flavor is a little sweet malt and melon with a big piney, peppery, resinous hop finish. Lots of bitterness that lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a monster onedimensional hop bomb. This is much more bitter in the bottle than on draft. This and the Union Jack remind me a lot of Odell's IPA - very similar flavor profile.

Photo of dkopec0411
4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A roller coaster of deliciousness. One of the DIPAs in the world.

L - Clear and dark gold

S - Huge hop blast...classic west coast DIPA

T - A blast of pine, citrus, and orange hop goodness. Then it blows you away with the malty dry balanced finish. You expect the hop bitterness to linger in the end but doesn't. Perfection on both ends.

F - Medium body with nice carbonation

O - My favorite DIPA and one of the best beers you can get year round

Photo of Hoppity1
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It looked and smelled great. At first I enjoy the taste as well. but the last third of the glass seem to have a strong alcohol burn. I'm not sure if it changed as it warmed or if I had an off bottle. Would try again because I know the brewery makes great beer.

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler pour from DeCicco's, Ardsley, NY.

Clear, lighter honey amber, off white fluffed head, good retention, thick collar, more then ample fine lace and sheeting.

Super fresh citric hop nose, with some melon and honey noted.

Full flavor, loaded with more biting citrus soaked hops, gritty and brightly flavorful.
Honey malts, smooth and adding a sweet nip to the finish.

Perhaps laking the depth of flavor and intensity of the top examples of the style, but this one is no slouch.

Highly enjoyable night capper, hop head's delight, glad to have gotten the chance to enjoy a fresh growler pour of this one.

Photo of ElSid
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California


Bottled On Date: 1/30/13

A: Deep golden orange with hues of amber in the right light. The head towers to a frothy pinnacle and refuses to fade.

S: Strong pine and citrus with faint tropical notes. There is also some sugar and honey sweetness in the background.

T: Big piney and citrus zest hoppiness transition to a peppery and earthy spiciness. Dank, dank hops continue to pound the palate finally coming to a puckering finish highlighted by warmth from the alcohol. The malt adds a subtle layer of caramel, bread, and crackers which does its best to balance the hop bitterness.

M: Big feel with strong hop oiliness that coats the mouth. The carbonation is medium and suppotive.

O: A serious Double IPA which has to do battle with a competitive class of West Coast DIPA's. A substantial brew that when found fresh, should be worthy of refrigerator space.

Photo of tigg924
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, gold in color

Smell: citrus hops with grapefruit

Taste: citrus hops, grapefruit, faint cedar, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet with gentle bitterness running throughout, light body, high carbonation

Overall: A very juicy and tasty double IPA. The alcohol is not overly noticeable making this one that sneaks up. High quality beer that I am glad I got a four pack of. I think this is very good value for such a tasty IPA. Will be a go to double IPA.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and pine hops, with some resiny, dank hops mixed in as well.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of resiny pine, as well as some pineapple, papaya and other tropical fruit. No detectable alcohol. Medium bitterness and very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA.

Photo of Hamsteroceros
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into SN tulip

A- That elusive gold-with-a-tint-of-orange that I so love. Nice lacing.

S- Hops. Hop crystals with sweet hop aftersniff, as it were...

T- This is what I look for in an IPA in every way. Citrus, pine, sweet, balanced malt, smooth- just profoundly enjoyable.

M- Not too carbonated, not too full considering the resiny impression I get.

D- Such a spectacular beer. Wish I'd reviewed it when I had it on draft. In any case, this is a champion in a rather huge and diverse style.

Photo of MikePags
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured in a Pint glass.

A: pale haze with very little head

S: strong yet sweet with nice hops coming through.

T: sweet hops with a nice finish that challenges you for more

M: thick yet smooth with just enough carbonation.

O: amazing beer that creeps up on you quickly. Always great to share but then you have to buy twice as many.

Photo of magictrokini
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Hamilton's. Poured clear gold with a bubbly white head. Thick, sitcky lacing. Tart, crisp hop aroma. Predominately grapefruit and oranges with some citrus zest and grass. Biscuits. Lighter than expected mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. Very nice double version of the Union Jack. Pretty much the same flavors, just more of them. Fresh white grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and and herbal/earthy quality. Malt is biscuity and dry. Absolutely a must if on tap.

Photo of Swedes21
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice head, white, foamy, nice lacing, min carb

Smell - Malty, bready, hops, pine some citrus

Taste - Breads, malty, sweet, some citrus, pine and hops

Mouthfeel - Nice volume, bitterness, alcohol

Overall - Nice balanced, enjoyed, alcohol well hidden. this was a fantastic share with SpinkRSX, thanks buddy.

Photo of BenHesk12
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double jack is another example of a great Cali IPA with bright citrus flavors, mostly grapefruit, and a finely tuned balance of hoppiness and alcohol content. Pours slightly dark orange with a moderate head and an almost overwhelming fruity aroma, double jack has a wonderful balance of bitterness, citrusy hops, and the high alcohol content of a DIPA. Served fresh on tap in an IPA glass, double jack is a very enjoyable standout ipa from firestone

Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Jack opens with a brilliantly hoppy nose, notes of heavy pink grapefruit immediately flowing out of the bottle, their sugary sweetness tempered by more bitter hop aromas, including grapefruit rind, mint, pine resin, and touches of eucalyptus. A good dose of white pepper and smidgens of anise add a bit more bite and spiciness, joined by brown sugar and wheat bread dough from the malts, as well as cherry, orange, and nectarine fruit esters. As a whole, the nose is very forward on hops, and light on malts, but this works well, the flavors mingling together nicely, and the balance between sweet sugars and bitter plant aromas near spot-on. The sugars do win the battle in the end, leaving the beer just slightly too candy-like, but it’s still obvious that this is well-crafted.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a lovely pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind blast, joined almost immediately by heavier pine resin, white pepper, mint, dandelion stem, and rose hip notes. The cherry, orange, and nectarine fruit esters help temper this onslaught somewhat, but the taste still proves far more bitter than the nose let on. Small touches of bread, brown sugar, and toast crust lie somewhere beneath, but are hard to find. The beer is bitter not only in flavor, but in mouthfeel, biting at the soft tissues and tickling the throat. The dandelion stem and pepper notes seem to increase as the sugars die off in the mouth, until the later stages of the beer are quite plant-like, much like chewing on stems. The aftertaste is a continuation of the bitter hops, mainly grapefruit rind and dandelion stem, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a drier medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, I thought this a good double IPA, certainly wonderful in smell, but in the mouth the bitter rind-and-stem notes took over just a bit too much, making other flavors difficult to locate. I have no doubt, however, that hopheads will like this one, as it seems that they make up a good 75% of the flavors.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with an off white head. Brussels lacing. Aroma is full of citrus hops is somewhat detectable. This bottle is 5 and a half months old. The citrus hop flavor is sharp and moderately carbonated. While it is acutely bitter,the light malt backbone really does a great job of evening things out.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours brilliant dark amber under a finely bubbled 1” white to off-white foam cap that quickly descends to a thin white film.
S: floral, citrusy herbs, a very faint hint of tobacco.
T: Citrus rind, grapefruit, lemon – also some peach and maybe some orange with caramel in the background with an assertive bitterness.
F: Creamy, medium carbonation, chewy
O: Big bitterness balances big malt to produce a wonderful evening brew.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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