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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,556 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,556
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 301
Gots: 720 | FT: 30
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of mikereaser


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this beer as part of the Blind BIF 4 from Phelps.

Poured into a tulip as per instructions from a brown paper bagged 22 oz. bottle

Pours a deep rich clear copper with a good amount of foam that is hanging out for a long time and leaving lots of sticky lacing down the glass.

aroma is all floral hops, there is a hint of citrus as well. I just can't stop smelling this one.

nice malty backbone with lots of floral perfume like hops, sort of like accidentally breathing in aerosol hairspray, flowers, citrus and a bit alcohol without the cloud of spray waiting to settle. After all of that, the citrus comes through at the end making this a very tasty beer.

medium bodied with nice carbonation, i am really enjoying this bottle and really could see myself drinking alot of this. If there is alcohol in this one, you have no way of knowing. Like Hopheads neighbor's daughter...I think i'm in love.

Obviously an ipa, but I have no clue and definitely haven't had this one before.

Excitedly rips off the bag...
Firestone Walker Double Jack!
Right on, this is something I want to have full time. Its just a nicely balanced, wow, Double IPA, that I could see myself enjoying many of at a sitting.


Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 06:50:20 | More by mikereaser
Photo of mtlasley


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A gorgeous deep amber and super, super clear. Just amazing. This color knows what it is and states it proudly. There's a tall three finger head that takes it's time dissipating. Quite a time too.

Smell: Tangerine jumps to the front with orange and lime backing it up. Citrus dominates the aroma profile and it's all the I can get to here.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy but carried extremely well by the alcohol and carbonation. It's refreshing but heavy. It's light but strong. It's delightful.

Taste: Burning hops step to the top and like Hoptimum, you need a few sips before you can really start to judge the beer. There's a distinct bready character that lies underneath helping disguise just how alcoholic this beer is. You really have to be careful with this brew. Lime and tangerine start to appear next and are helped along with a sweet, juicy fruit flavor. Almost like mango or passionfruit. There's a very clean finish

Overall: This only gets me more excited about the Sucaba barleywine sitting in the cellar. Firestone-Walker has impressed me on their first showing. I'll definitely be back for more based on this and I suggest any hop fans head out and pick this up. Not for the hops (there's hoppier stuff out there) but for the balance here. This is a really great Imperial IPA example and everyone should get a chance to enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 03:46:31 | More by mtlasley
Photo of phenry


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bomber into Tumbler pint glass.

A - Pours pale amber with a finger and a half head of thick foamy head. Extreme clarity.

S - Hops. So many hops. Pine and citrus dominate.

T - This is one of my favorite DIPAs. Hops and hops, multiplied by hops. Enough of a malt bill to almost try to balance things out, but doesn't quite cut it.

M - A little thin bodied, but it feels completely in character for this beer being so hop-forward.

O - A hop bomb done right. Perfect blend of hops for an incredible nose, flavor, and bitterness, but doesn't just assault you with hops until you're sick of them after the second sip.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 00:58:14 | More by phenry
Photo of bld81


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite clear sunshine yellow pour with orange hues around the edges, multiple finger head with thick foamy mounds and rich lacing
S: punched in the nose by great citrus, oranges, grapefruit
T: clean, rich grapefruit, citrus, pine hops with biscuit malt offering, but far from balanced, this a hop assault all the way
M: more dense and thick than expected, alcohol bite, clean peppery finish
O: outstanding DIPA, smell is among the best of any offering for this style, now, if only I could find this as 4x12oz...

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 14:03:54 | More by bld81
Photo of Franz4


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Drdog for this one!

A- pours a clear golden color with a good 3 finger light head on it that sticks around nicely.

S- Wow! the hops come through here in a heavy citrus burst, smells great and really gets my hopes up.

T- taste follows the nose with the citrus flavors dominating, they provide a sweetness that's balanced by some mild bitterness. I was expecting more pine and less citrus, but this beer was right on.

M- carbonation was nice and stayed out of the way of all the flavors

O- This was a very good IIPA, glad I was able to try it, it was my first Firestone Walker brew, if they're all this good now I know what everyone is talking about.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 03:32:16 | More by Franz4
Photo of kawilliams81


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a nice clear, light caramel with a 2 finger off-white head. Big popcorn stucco white lacing remains on the glass.

S- Ahhhh! Big amounts of citrus (orange, pineapple, grapefruit), and definitely has some sweetness in there.

T- grapefruit and pineapple, followed by sweet caramel, and nice amount of bitter orange rind.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly oily and creamy.

O- excellent dipa. Nearly perfect amount of sweet, citrus and bitterness. Very well balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 00:39:41 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of xnicknj


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

EDIT 8/16/13 - Bumped up the Taste and Overall scores after having this many times over the past year or so. The explosive hoppiness on the tongue has made this one of my favorite regularly available DIPAs and I continue to look forward to drinking this.

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to aviencko for sharing

Pours a clear golden orange, the bubbly white head fades completely after a couple minutes, leaving spots of film and little traces of lacing on the glass.

Massive nose bouquet with juicy fruit driven by mango, orange, and grapefruit. Explosive hops paired with sweetness, bready malt, and faint warmth.

Strong hop wave with bitter citrus and grapefruit. Insanely juicy with tropical fruit and some sweetness. Nice malt base with caramel and doughy bread. More citrus and rind, slight note of almost bubble gum like sugariness. Finishes bitter and warm with a bite of hops and alcohol.

Smooth medium body, nice creaminess, and soft on the palate. Pretty nice drinking for a DIPA, the alcohol is high but not overdone. I wanted to try this one for a while and wasn't disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 23:15:58 | More by xnicknj
Photo of GabrielM

New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - a deep amber color with fluffy, white head on top.

S - HOPS! Hops, wheat grass, citrus, maybe some honey. Smells great!

T - same as nose - a ton of hops that are balanced out with a slight bit of sweetness. Very refreshing.

M - nice balance of flavors, great carbonation. It feels good!

D - I could drink it all night (except for the fact that this is the only bottle I have).

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 01:50:14 | More by GabrielM
Photo of Manoftyr

New York

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a golden tangerine yellow into the glass, an inch or so of fluffy white foam crowns the tulip and ever so slowly bubbles away leaving dollops of lacing as it does. Beautiful.

Aroma-Tangerine, lemons, grapefruit and other citric aromas are the first to assail the nostrils, notes of honey and sweet crystal malts towards the back. Citrus lasts all the way through.

Taste-Citrus fruits upfront cut abruptly by sticky pine sap bitteress then joined by a honeylike sweetness making the citric character seem almost 'tangy'. Finishes bitter and hoppy, as it should.

Mouthfeel-Full and lush, a little syrupy but not detrimentively so.

Overall-A great DIPA, up there with the other greats like Ruination and Pliny.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 02:12:20 | More by Manoftyr
Photo of DoctorDog


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: From a 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a snifter..

A- Clear amber/copper. Pours with ~1 finger of light tan head, which fades into a thin cap.

S- Pine, grapefruit/citrus, and slightly herbal hopiness....tropical fruit sweetness....very nice.

T- As with the aroma....piney, grapefruit/citrus infused bitterness and fruity sweet counterbalance. Excellent.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium full feel.

O- Quite good. Great nose and flavor make this one a winner of a DIPA.

Future outlook: Another Cali-snagged beer that I (sadly) won't likely get back to for a long while.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 04:22:56 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of Anaz


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Honey gold, with billowy white head, very clear.

S- Citrusy and grassy hops, a bit of honey on the nose, as well. Some spiciness from the alcohol sneaks in, but not in a bad way at all. Just gorgeous.

T- A mouthfull of citrusy hops, very fresh and clean tasting. The bitterness is restrained by a malty sweetness and faint alcohol burn. The bitterness is never harsh or unpleasant. Absolutely delicious, and dangerously drinkable.

M-the carbonation is mild, and the body is rich and slightly viscous.

0- This is a fantastic DIPA, easily one of the best I've had in a long time, and it deserves a lot of respect, but not so much that I can't find it when I want it. A beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 01:31:40 | More by Anaz
Photo of Bitterbill


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle I got from Scott!

Bottled July 18, 2011 or best by, I don't know.

The pour is nice, a golden coloured brew with a big head of foam and very good lacing.

Sticking my nose in my glass, whew, there's a buttload of hoppy goodness here; Big grapefruit with some pine brings a lot of bitterness. It has to be a bottled on date...

The taste is big and bold with oodles of grapefruit and pine bitterness but the malt profile is rock solid and brings a great balance, taste wise, to the brew. Absolutely delicious and there's not much sign of how strong it is. Yes!

On the high end of medium bodied, lightish level of carbonation, smoooth mouthfeel and very damn drinkable.

This certainly brings the yum..

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 00:35:41 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" tan coloured head that dissipated quickly over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Citrus hops, pine hops and sweet malt.

T: Bitter citrus and pine hops balanced by sweet malt. Similar taste profile to the Anderson Valley Imperial IPA.

M: Medium to thick viscosity with low carbonation.

O: Good drinkability and well balanced Double IPA that is sweeter than most.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 17:43:13 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of MasterSki


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to d0b for sharing this growler with me and my wife. Leaked a tiny bit in transit, but seems to be no worse for wear. Served in a Goose Island pint glass.

A - A finger and a half of off-white foam that dissipated fairly quickly and leaves a fair bit of sticky lacing. Nice transparent golden color. I think it had been on-tap it might've had a little more foam.

S - Lots of sweet citrus and earthy dankness hoppiness that is well balanced lots of toffee and doughy malts.There's also some notes of zest and rind. Big smell - jumps out of the glass.

T - The taste starts sweet with a nice mix of candied sweet orange citrus and piney flavors. I don't get as much of the dankness in the taste as I did in the aroma. There's some nice toffee balance and a decent amount of bitterness in the finish, although I'm shocked that this is supposedly 100 IBU.

M - A little thinner than I like for DIPAs - needs a little more viscosity to support the 9.5% ABV. Carbonation is kind of low, which I would attribute to the leakage in transit, but it doesn't bother me so much as I prefer just the slightest tingle anyway. Lots of residual stickiness in this one.

D - The drinkability is kind of off the chart for a 9.5% brew. You can't taste the booze at all, and the bitterness is under control. It was easy to down two pints of this - wish there was more of this in Chi-town.

Another great FW offering, and another high quality west coast DIPA.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2009 23:23:07 | More by MasterSki
Photo of inlimbo77


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Victory tulip glass. Bottle dated 3/14/11, purchased a few weeks ago at Pinocchion's in Media, PA.

A: Nice deep orange/amber color. Nice two finger eggshell white head. Nice carbonation. Nice alcohol legs on the glass. Lacing is solid.

S: I get great grapefruit and citrus hop aroma. Maybe some pineappliness? Really fruity. Can't wait to dig in.

T: Wow, this is a really solid DIPA. From the tip of the tongue to back of mouth: crisp hop bitterness to a smooth maltiness and the carbonation helps to clean the palate off at the end. Had on tap before and think out of the bottle is better? Strange, but good.

M: Medium bodied DIPA. Sticks around for a while.

O: A really really solid DIPA. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and would buy again. Stacks up strongly against the other West Coasters that are high on my list. Two thumbs up!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:18:53 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of billab914


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured amber in color with a fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded but left some pretty nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has an excellent hop presence to it. Pine and grapefruit citrus are the most prevalent with a little of a mango, pineapple, tropical fruit presence as well. Excellent hoppy aroma overall.

The taste shows even more of the tropical fruit, pineapple, peach and mango hoppiness throughout the beer. The peach flavor especially comes through in the finish. It's not overly bitter at all and seems to have a pretty nice underlying sweetness that balances it out relatively nicely. A bit of alcohol is there in the finish but not too bad.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was very good for me, I loved the hoppy flavors it had. I typically really like DIPA's that aren't overly bitter and show some of those tropical fruit like flavors to them. This was no exception. Best hoppy beer I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 01:58:24 | More by billab914
Photo of dasenebler


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at Decicco's.

Pours a clear, glowing copper with a small but creamy white head. Good amount of lacing and carbonation for a growler.

The aroma is very floral and hoppy, with notes of grapefruit and pine. Nice and fresh.

The flavor is very bitter, but also quite malty. Lots of grapefruit, herbal character and resinous hoppy-piney goodness. Really juicy hop flavor on this full-bodied DIPA. The mouthfeel has low carbonation (growler pour) and nice smoothness and weight.

This stuff is really good, one of the best DIPAs I've had. Will have to seek out more beers from Firestone Walker.

Serving type: growler

08-15-2011 20:34:00 | More by dasenebler
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated born on 9/27/13, into a tulip.
Appearance - golden, bubbly, looks refreshing! Builds a nice, frothy white head.
Lacing is spotted around the glass.
Smell - standard great West Coast, hop forward IPA! Citrus hops, primarily grapefruit.
Taste - delicious! Easy drinking hop bomb! Very much a hop forward brew, but just enough pale malts to keep it fairly balanced!
Feel - the 9.5% ABV is hidden nicely, the bitterness from the hops is near perfect and balanced with the hint of malt presence!
Overall - very well done, a solid representation of a West Coast DIPA! R

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 23:37:11 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a bright and crystal clear deep gold. A fingers worth of pearly white foam crowns the liquid but quickly dissipates to just a thin film. Leaves spotty lacing against the glass with every sip. 

S - the aroma is one of the most intense i have ever come across. Bright candied orange and grapefruit ring character aromas are surrounded by powerful grassy and slightly piney notes. There are also jammy notes of orange marmalade and apricot spread.  Hop aroma is so powerful it drowns out anything else.

T - Lightly sweet doughy bread flavor on the tip of the tongue. Notes of candied orange peel and juicy pulpy flavors enter mid palate. Flavor is cleaner and more centered than the aroma. The candied orange peel lingers long after the finish.

M - medium bodied with a slick texture. lighter carbonation with a frothy consistency.

O - excellent. This is just a fantastic double ipa. Concentrated juicy flavor but the aroma is truly killer. So glad they put bottled it in 12oz four packs. That means i get to enjoy this awesome brew more often.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 04:42:10 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of boilermakerbrew


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy, brilliant gold color. Two finger head that retains and laces tremendously.

S- Tons of pine notes. Hints of sweetness intermingle, maybe slight honey scents.

T- Very similar to the scent, but more complex. Bitter hops up front provide a pine and floral start. Very solid malt backbone comes through and provides a good balance. There is a definite hint of sweetness in the middle before a strong, hoppy, very bitter finish.

M- Very carbonated, but still surprisingly syrupy. Thick, but also somewhat light on the palate. Malt holds the bold hop profile very well. Hides the 9.5% ABV very well, and this one will sneak up on you very easily. Somewhat of a palate destroyer. Don't let this one hit your whole tongue every sip, or your taste buds will hate you for it.

Overall, another strong offering from FW, and a great way to celebrate International IPA Day!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 00:18:15 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma was excellent on the first smell. I enjoyed the citrus smells with grapefruit and some piney aromas. The double hoppy smells are enjoyable before the first taste.

I had about one finger of head on the initial pour into a pint glass. Unfortunately there was no lacing from this foam.

The strong hoppiness in the aroma comes through in the first taste. I enjoy this strong flavoring of the beer. The bitterness doesn't come in until the beer reaches room temperature... not really a big surprise.

I don't have a lot of experience with Firestone, but this is a great first review of their beers.

I recommend this beer. It is a little pricey, but I suggest picking up this gem.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 01:13:49 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in NW D.C. in late 1/14, bottled on 12/6/13, poured into my NEBCO Gandhi-Bot glass and drank while reviewing over an hour.

A - 3/3 - golden-yellow coloration, super high clarity for style (can both read and see through), initial frothy white head that settles into a subtle glass lacing after several minutes; big alcohol legs; moderate carbonation that reagitates on the swirl

S: 9/12 - classic PW hop aroma - grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pine, etc.; unfortunately, with several months on this bottle (and even though it was stored at refrigerated Ts), it's just more muted that I'd like; some biscuity/bready and alcohol notes present as well

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a mild bitterness to awaken the taste buds, but, as the profile develops, the PW hop notes develop into something really impressive - sweet tangerine, grapefruit, pine and resinous qualities predominate; on the backend, there is a likely Marris Otter biscuity/bready malt backbone and some alcohol for balancing; finishes dry, which invites subsequent sips;

M: 5/5 - big body and high hop oils coating the tongue, alcohols provide fullness and balance; I'd urge that this is one of the best aspects of this beer

O: 9/10 - Union Jack on steroids; what a great imperial IPA from one of my favorite breweries who, I can honestly say, doesn't ever seem to release even a mediocre beer

TOTAL - 44/50

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 00:46:51 | More by MNishCT77
Photo of Powderhornphil


4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Quite an impressive IIPA. It can go head to head with many of the big IIPAs.

Pours a clear golden apricot color. Seems a less carbonated that others of the same style. Less than one finger of head. Not too much lacing.

Smells of tropical mango and pineapple. Green grass. Malt sugars.

Taste is hugely mango. I am sure the IBUs are high on this but are wonderfully compliment by tropical hop notes.

Medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:47:01 | More by Powderhornphil
Photo of SweetChicken


4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a pint glass

A - Awesome head. Reduced to just covering the ale but beautiful legs on the glass. Great coloring and crystal clear

S- Hits all the right notes. Hop, pine, a hint of citrus. Not in-your-face nose. Soft

T - Freakin solid. Its a little maltier than some other DIPAs I've had. Which is actually a nice departure. Balanced. If your looking for a knock your block of smack of hops, look elsewhere. Would have rated a smidge higher if the ending bitterness didn't linger as long.

M - Outstanding for my tastes. Enough carbonation to tingle the tongue. Dry and not slick at all.

O - Definitely on my list of everyday drinking DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 22:55:21 | More by SweetChicken
Photo of Seanem44


4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber with a thick rich white foamy head.

S: Pine, hops and fruits. Very good smell. Up there with the upper tier IPAs.

T: Very good taste. Pine and earthy. Slight taste of alcohol.

M: Thick, almost like syrup with a touch of fire. Very pleasant.

O: A very good and easy to obtain IPA. It's rated highly for a reason. If you haven't tried it yet and like IPAs, go get some.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2014 01:24:13 | More by Seanem44
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,556 ratings.