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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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6,705 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,705
Reviews: 1,282
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 405
Gots: 1,211 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear orangish golden amber color with 1-2 fingers of a dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of huge orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, and spices. Beautiful aromas here with big strength, this might be a fairly fresh bottle. Taste of huge caramel, pine, orange, grapefruit, spices, and a bit of tropical fruits. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, pine, and spices. Fantastic balance of bitterness and sweetness in this, nothing is overwhelming. Alcohol is practically invisible, only a very small warming on the finish noticeable. Medium carbonation and body, with a bit of a prickly and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable stuff, I am surprised how easy this is going down at this alcohol level(9.5%). Overall, this is an absolutely incredible DIPA with great balance of flavor and smooth drinkability.

Photo of KAP1356
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Broad Axe Tavern right after Philly Beer Week. Poured in a weird, skinnier version of a tulip glass (10 oz.?)...

A - Nice, bright orangey-amber color with a nice eggshell-white 1 finger head. Really nice looking beer and is very inviting.

S - Beautiful display of citrus hops: grapfruit, tangerine, lemon; some slight pineapple as well. Pine is also present but not as much as the citrus. Malty backbone is distinguishable, but not too much.

T - Citrus takes the stage here with grapefruit and tangerine making the most notable appearance. Slightly grassy and some pine after the citrus. The malt presence is much more intense here and adds a nice sweetness to the beer. Very nicely done.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that feels right for the body. Alcohol is not very noticeable. Very nice feel on the palate.

O - Am VERY impressed with this one and after having a lot of the "big dark FW beers," this one is a breath of fresh hops.

Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left sticky patches of intricate lace on the glass.

S - Great aroma! Grapefruit, bubblegum and pine with a touch of caramel.

T - Bitter piney hops with grapefruit bite and bubblegum sweetness. It had a toasty caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium boded DIPA with a dry finish.

D - So good on tap that I grabbed a bomber to try tonight as a comparison.

Photo of david131
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear, golden, clean coppery liquid with a nice white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Pretty, but a little plain.

S- Pine, grass, some citrus, a bit of tropical fruit, and caramel. Aromatic and well rounded.

T- Pine, tropical fruit, citrus, and some caramel on the finish. There is some definite lasting bitterness and the bit of sweetness is nice.

M- Light carbonation with some long lasting bitterness on the finish.

O- Not the most outstanding take on the style I have had, but it is extraordinarily well made. Drinks really well for the style.

Photo of mater
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DoctorB2B for hooking me up with this 22oz bottle.

A-Pours a light amber color with a two finger head and some pretty nice lacing.

S-This beer smells awesome! Citrus fruits, hops and some caramel malts.

T-Grapefruit, Orange, pineapple and hops. The malts even everything out.

M-Slightly over medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Slightly bitter in the end.

O-Very good brew and very drinkable. I put this one down a little too quick. Wish it was available to me.

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to OrangeAmps for this one.
Pours a clear orange with a nice head and good lacing.
The smell to me guarantees that this DIPA is going to be awesome.
Taste - Smooth - covers all the bases, citrus, pine, sweet bready malt is minimal, nice semi-dry hop tingle on the finish.
Medium mouthfeel.
I will try to get this beer anytime I trade. Thanks to CarolinaKevin for getting me started on this beer!

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant peach colored body with an off white head.

Mmmm...hello Firestone Walker! Amazing citrus, caramel, and ganja aromas.

Caramel malt lends a sweet backbone with notes of ripe grapes, bubblegum, peach, apricot, tangerine, pine, and a smooth, but bittter finish. I'm sure I've said this about a dozen beers over the years, but this is one of the best IPAs I have ever tasted. The flavors and aromas erupt form the glass with a depth of flavor that will impress even the biggest IPA fan.

Sticky, creamy, full body.

Freakin awesome IPA. This is my first Firestone Walker beer and if this is a sign of things to come then I will be one happy man.

Photo of brotherloco
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber. Bottled on 01/07/11.

First scent out of the bottle was PINE. Always a promising start for me. After a clear dark orange pour, the smell balanced out to a mix of pine, orange/tangerine, and strong tropical fruits. A touch of sweetness.

Flavor delivers all that the nose promised. Delicious resinous hops, juicy orange and tropical citrus, earthy malt in the background but standing strong. Good mouthfeel and a lot of room for these flavors to shine (the greatest strength of PtE IMHO).

Finishes nicely with a sweet sting on the top of the tongue. ABV is very well hidden. Medium mouthfeel, but overall very drinkable.

I need to go buy another bottle.

Photo of IronLover
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dirty copper in color with little head to start. What little foam there is at the beginning reduces to a very light wispy cap. However, long sticky lacings adorn the glass from top to bottom throughout. Aroma is extrememly fresh cirtusy grapefruit and tangerine. Medium bodied with lazy, fine carbonation. Intense citrus hop flavor in the front with grapefruit, papaya, and tnagerine. These flavors carry from beginning to middle with a bit of malt presence. Finishes with an intense tropical flavor that tapers to a piney hop finish. After a few sips the alcohlic burn becomes appparent. Bitter pine flavor lingers a bit but is a pleasant reminder of how good, and how fresh tasting, this DIPA was.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first try for this brewery. Pours a nice golden orange, with a thin head. Very nice lacing. Smell is great! Super Juicy. Great smells of pineapple, grapefruit, oranges. Taste is has great crisp bite, of hop and more juicy grapefruit. Nice tiny hit of bitter that keeps this a good thirst quencher. Very impressed at how well the alchohol is hidden. Maybe the best DIPA i have had as far as hiding the booze and making this a great drinker.
Go and get a bottle of this!

Photo of Marty30
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Orange, super crystal clear, clean looking. Sparkly white head of a quarter-inch vanished very quickly.

SMELL: Piney, floral and with lots of honey.

TASTE: Nicely balanced with strong malts and honey up front and a grassy, grapefruit blast towards the end. The honey flavor stays with the palate for the whole ride and provides an aftertaste that is surprisingly sweet.

MOUTHFEEL: Typical for a big DIPA, the Firestone Walker is oily and slightly mouthcoating. Also, it sits relatively light given the size of this beer.

OVERALL: This is a quality Double IPA and with its distribution expanding, especially to the Chicago Area, I think we will start seeing this beer gain more and more traction in the beer community. I'm guessing it will be on the front page of DIPAs on Beer Advocate sometime next year. It is very drinkable and accessible, but still robust and complex enough for a BA to thoroughly enjoy.

Photo of
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-golden hue with a two finger head and lively carbonation. Lacing is good, as is head retention.

s-big hops with a citrus overtone. There are a lot of tropical fruits too. Great nose for a DIPA. Smells a lot like Myrcenary.

t-Good hop front and a decent malt backbone to balance out the bill. The bitterness is clean and refreshing. There is a good amount of the tropical fruits that make their presence known in the taste. Solid tasting DIPA.

m-great carbonation that brings out the taste even more. Need more sticky to rate higher however.

o-another solid brew from Firestone Walker. Great example of a DIPA. Will be having this in the fridge as a main stay.

Photo of DustinPowers74
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a medium frothy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of big spicy, floral, herbal hops, citrus notes in the back end and a good bit of toffeeish and toasted malt notes. The taste is strong bitter herbal hop notes, strong citrus and candied citrus, toffeeish malts, floral notes. Well balanced. Strong lingering bitterness. Almost chewy. Medium-full bodied. Very nice beer.

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a crystal clear orange with a thin white head and some good sticky lacing.

S-Juicy, sticky citrus and plenty of it. Tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit. Delicious.

T-A bit malty in the front but citrus hops quickly take over. Grapefruit and orange and orange marmalade. Great balance of sweet and citrus, hops and malt.

M-Medium bodied, nice lingering bitterness but not overdone.

O-A very fine high ABV DIPA. Plenty of flavor, great balance, no apparent alcohol. Very well done.

HV

Photo of mikereaser
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

Photo of mtlasley
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of phenry
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Franz4
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of GabrielM
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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).

Photo of DoctorDog
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Anaz
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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..

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,705 ratings.