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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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6,586 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,586
Reviews: 1,261
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
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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 draheim
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (bottled 10/10/2011) poured into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous, crystal-clear amber color with effervescent carbonation and a fluffy white head. A beautiful beer to behold. Among the best-carbed IPAs I've ever seen.

Aroma is tropical grapefruity citrus, cool pine, sticky hop resin. Smells wonderfully fresh and clean.

Taste is perfectly balanced. The solid malt presence is tempered by copious bitter and aromatic hops. Even the high alcohol works with the other ingredients as a flavor enhancer. Everything works together in harmony. This is a luxurious, well-crafted beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean; sticky, chewy, a little oily.

Overall, when fresh this is an outstanding, world-class DIPA. But I imagine that even a few weeks past its prime this beer could slide quickly downhill into caramel malt bomb territory. There's just too much malt and too much hops to keep this perfect balance for long.

This is truly a double IPA in every sense.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

A- Crystal clear bright orange with a two finger white head. Some alcohol legs and amazing retention. A beautiful IPA.

S- Pungent citrus fruits up front, a lot of grapefruit and magoes as well as a dash of pine. A somewhat sweet maltiness as well. Tiny bit of alcohol.

T- A good bit of bitterness. A citrus tropic hop profile consisting of pineapple, mango, peach and mostly grapefruit. A sweet malt backbone. No to little alcohol taste. A very well made and well blended DIPA.

M- This beer leaves behind a lot of bitterness. The aftertaste is bitter and fruity. It's slightly warming. Not too bad of a drinker for 9.5%

O- A world class DIPA, a perfect representation of the style and all of its glory.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Oregon Brewers Festival. Pours a beautiful clear amber with a thick, rocky head that rapdily dissipates. The smell is uncommon for a DIPA: you get the stereotypical pine/citrus notes, but you also get a peach/vanilla smell that doesn't show up much in this style. Mouthfeel is classic: medium-bodied with a just-so level of carbonation. The taste starts with the blend of its Union Jack cousin: floral hops with peach and light caramel. Then Double Jack flashes its DIPA bona fides with strong pine and lemon peel with a dry hop smack to the tonsils. A great beer that shows that a display of hop athleticism can coexist with more subtle and complex flavors. A class act.

Photo of heysuz
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intro: 22 oz. bottle. Served in a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Medium copper color with an off-white abundant head that is 2 fingers thick, with a creamy texture. Lacing is acceptable and persistent. Clarity is clear.

Smell: Usual array of hops and citrus smell. It has a malty background which is refreshing. Smells very balanced and appealing.

Taste: Great taste. One of the best features of this beer. It’s smooth, balanced, but yet hoppy. It’s a very inviting taste that makes you come back for more.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Doesn’t seem to have that hop oil resiny mouthfeel that’s normally associated with DIPA’s. Overall, a very balanced profile that leaves the mouth clean.

Overall: Very enjoyable brew. I have to travel to get this but I make a point to always have plenty on hand. This is one of my top 5 DIPA’s. If you can find it, it’s worth the effort.

Photo of Hopheadjnr
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into mug.

A...clear golden with a bright white, fluffy head.

S...not as pungent as I would like in a dipa. Some light grapefruit, pine and yeast.

T...sweet, bready malt up front. Turns into a pine resin and finally lets a small amount of hoppy bitterness shows up.

M...feels thick and resign like. Could maybe use a little more carbonation.

o...this is a very pleasant brew. I would like a higher ibu in a dipa but, I would delicately buy this again.

Photo of delta490
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a clear lighter amber with a big creamy white head. Head has great retention and leaves nice lacing.

S-aroma is light pine and floral hops with some subtle caramel notes

T- the taste mirrors the aroma. It is a great blend of the pine hops and light bread and caramel notes from the malt. It's not a big hop bomb, but it has considerable depth.

M- has a great full fulling on the palate but not so heavy. Nice clean finish

O- a great, well-crafted DIPA.

Photo of aimeethebrewer
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated 08/13/12 into a 16 oz. tulip glass.

appearance: 1 inch tall pure white head that persists and leaves some lacing. Beautiful deep golden orange with near brilliant clarity.

aroma: Huge citrusy, piney hops with a touch of fresh-cut grass. Notes of tangerine and grapefruit. Very faint malt sweetness in the background.

flavor: Loads of rich hop flavor that manages to be citrusy, piny and resinous all at the same time. Hops are followed by subtle bready malt with a touch of honey that finishes moderately dry. Balance is definitely to the hops, but the bitterness is not overpowering and the malt supports it well. Hop flavor is complex and well-rounded and is clearly the highlight of the beer.

mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation. Leaves a lingering hop flavor on your tongue with no hop-derived astringency. There's a touch of alcohol warmth but it blends in well, the 9.5% abv is fairly well-hidden here.

overall: a very well-crafted double IPA that's probably in my top 5 for the style. Definitely makes me want to seek out more.

Photo of Kendo
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at K & E Beverage in New Paltz on 4/9/11 - cost me $13.49 for the double deuce. No freshness dating. Consumed on 4/29/11. . . .

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear, golden-orange in color with a 1+ finger of white foam on top. The head recedes fairly quickly, but leaves behind sticky patches of lace.

S: Nose is real nice - citrus (grapefruit), tropical fruit, bubblegum (I think - though as it warms I find myself thinking of honey more) and a hint of sweet caramel or toffee.

T: Very solid malt foundation here - caramel malt, toffee, and bready (toasted bread) at times. Hops range from citrusy grapefruit to tropical fruit and finish with a lingering slightly piney bitterness on the back of the palate. Up front of the mouth, however, there's plenty of lingering sweetness. This DIPA is more about balance than an in-your-face bitter hop assault. My preference would be for the bittering hops to be a bit stronger, but that's just my preference. I can't really complain with the overall result.

M: Definitely a heavyweight. A tad bit oily and some oily slickness fights the carbonation. Smooth though.

O: I like. If memory serves me correctly (it has been quite some time), this reminds me a bit of Middle Ages X Anniversary. I'll have to pull up that (ancient) review and do a "compare and contrast." Now that I think of it, this also reminds me of Stoudt's DIPA, in both color and sweetness.

Photo of lovindahops
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

finally get a chance to try some double jack!

A- a clear orange with a head that quickly resides down. Really not much lacing but the brew glows inside the glass

s- MASSIVE grapefruit with some fresh grassy notes that are instantley refreshing and appealing in the nose. This is a DIPA that is the west coast interpret no doubt. The hoppiness is exploding out of the glass

T- Great amount of citrus with the bitterness and sweet flavors mingling collectively together. The flavor is heavy yet crisp. It is a sold DIPA brew

m- medium and smooth

O- i have not had a hop bomb like this in a while. A refreshing DIPA that does not disappoint. I am so glad I was able to get a shot at this.

Photo of coldriver
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fort Worth Flying Saucer, one week after Firestone Walker's DFW debut. Pours a medium amber, head and lacing average. Smells of tropical fruits, pine, and caramel. Taste is juicy blackberries, peaches, citrus and pine. Alcohol is well hidden and not overly sweet for a DIPA - well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium, sticky finish begs for the next sip. Overall a fantastic DIPA and one that is very welcome in Texas.

Photo of OregonHopmonster
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Belmont Station poured into a Sam Smith imperial pint

Head is vibrantly white but does not last even though it has a fine bead. Color is crystal clear tarnished gold, surprising both because I expected some haze on an IPA of this heft as well as a little fuller color.

Aroma is all citrus- tangelo, orange, grapefruit and candy sugar

Flavor starts out innocently enough as a crisp IPA but quickly moves to the big, sticky San Diego Style with the same notes I found in the aroma. Only fault here is it has a little too much residual sugar for my taste. Still this is tasty as hell and the candied hop finish is like the Energizer bunny- it keeps going and going and going.

Overall, and I know some will find this sacrilegious, at 9.5% this slots nicely between Russian River's 8.0% Pliny the Elder and 11.0% Pliny the Younger. I'd like to see Firestone Walker to a Triple Jack!

Photo of BethanyB
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Brilliantly clear, and medium gold in color. The white head is large and has excellent staying power, but is uneven and frothy.

Smell: A cornucopia of American hops: grapefruit, floral, and grassy notes abound, and are accompanied by a balanced helping of honey. Not as pungent as some IPAs, but a strong and pleasing bouquet.

Taste: A smoky, woodsy flavor creates a sophisticated background for biscuit malt, caramel, and an assortment of American hop flavors. A whisper of dark alcohol is in the finish. Less bright and punchy than some IPAs. Impresses with its uniqueness and balanced complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly chewy, with medium carbonation. The alcohol warming is light, yet noticeable.

Overall: Absolutely delicious. The complex hop combination combines splendidly with the interesting secondary flavors. The alcohol, earthiness, and light sweetness help to create a rich, inviting, one-of-a-kind IPA.

Photo of kbnooshay
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a surprisingly clear orange gold color with a huge frothy head. Pretty sporadic lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is super fresh and hop juicy with a lawn grass hint. Deliciously fresh and sweet hop flavor. Slick and oily feel. A deliciously hopped double. Not much in the malt department. Meh who needs it. Alcohol is barley detectable.

Photo of Fastmedic
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best double IPA’s ive had. I’d say it is just a hair better than the Dogfish 90 Minute.
Clear medium orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head.
HOPs: floral, citrus. But there is a slight sweet taste there that i enjoy. Great Carbonation. The aftertaste is enjoyable and lasting, not overly bitter.

Photo of Telix
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-draft at the Toronado, served in a tulip glass.

A: A nice, tight head floats atop a ludicrously clear deep, DEEP copper liquid - the kind of beer that looks appetizing in the glass.

S: I got a slightly toasted caramel sweetness with some floral hops, some warm spice and citrus bitterness underneath a strong cinnamon-apple note - amazing and inviting.

T: WOW - apples apples apples, cinnamon apples, but sweet and light. Awesome, totally unexpected, and damn good. A bit cidery, with some maple syrup but decidedly NOT syrupy. Fresh, clean, and tasty.

M: Very nice. Creamy, smooth, mildly thick but not syrupy. It works well to support the flavors.

D: Not super sessionable, but so flavorful and awesome you want more.

I'm extremely glad I was able to have this while in SF. Highly recommended, but if you are looking for a DIPA you may be disappointed. Unique and amazing.

Photo of ianmatth
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light red. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Citrus, pine, and some spice, malt as well

T - Good malty flavor. Heavier than most West Coast IPAs, but lighter than Dogfish Head 90. Good hop flavor as well, the hops probably cut through a little bit more than Dogfish Head 90.

M - Solid malty body, not as light as most West Coast IPAs, but lighter than Dogfish Head 90.

O - A great DIPA. Even though they are out of CA, I would consider this more of an East Coast style IPA.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving - Bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass

A - A light copper color, crystal clear with some active carbonation. Poured with a 1.5 finger head. Great looking beer.

S - Lots of piney hops up front with a touch of malt in the background. Hops are the star of this show though. Very strong aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose. Piney hops up front with a slight malty sweet finish.

M - A touch too active on the tongue. Leaves a bitter finish. Very dry.

O - Very enjoyable. 9.5% is well hidden. If the carbonation was toned down a bit, this would be damn near perfect.

Photo of thebeerfrontier
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Company - Paso Robles, California - Imperial/Double IPA - 9.5% ABV - Now this is what I call a solid DIPA. It poured a crimson gold color with an off-white head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The nose featured aromas of oranges, lemon, dank citrus hops, and hints of strong pine. The mouth has a medium-plus feel with a velvety finish, accompanied by flavors of citrus, pineapple, pine, and pale malt sweetness - which makes this brew a cohesive winner. This is definitely a classic DIPA in my books. Pick one up next time you see one, you won't be disappointed. 95/100 @firestonewalker

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from bottle.

A - Golden, orange-copper color. Very appealing. Pours a thin white head.

S - Smells outstanding, very fresh. Notes of citrus, pine, a bit floral.

T - Excellent IPA taste, not too bitter despite high ABV. Perfect amount of hop bitterness. Citrus/Pine notes. Very flavorful and balanced.

F- Not too bitter on tongue, not highly carbonated. Feels great and refreshing when it hits the back of the mouth and tongue.

Outstanding beer, one of the better Double IPAs out there. Not too overwhelming, very balanced and flavorful but still a high ABV and IPA taste for the hop-lovers there. Love Firestone!

Photo of Sark
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A nice copper and orange hue with trace of cloud-white head. Lacing down the glass is not abundant, but quite noticeable.

Smell - True to style IIPA with huge bouquet of floral hop notes. The sweetness of the pale malts only accentuates the bitters by giving a nice background. There is no question this brew was triple dry-hopped.

Taste - Awesome up front sweet and bitterness evidenced in the aromas now take the stage, not so much of a citrus IPA and plays to a more earthy robustness, mid-mouth grains and barley flavors while the back end holds on to the alpha acids and alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, maltose lingers on the tongue

Overall - Another solid brew from Firestone Walker. This is clearly not a standard IPA which allows it to be quaffed without any food pairings needed.

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright, clear, gold with a good white head on top. Excellent lacings.

A: Grapefruit, peach, berry, and pine resin hops, clean candylike malt, and some alcohol as well. Very soft and delicate aroma for such a potent beer.

T/M: Smooth bitterness upfront, moves into a big citrus, peach, and piney hops. Hops linger through, and the bitterness increases toward the middle. All the intensity is balanced out by a full body of clean, bready malt with a touch of caramel sweetness. The beer finishes dry and hops linger through.

Overall, Firestone Walker makes some seriously good hoppy beers, and this is no exception. Perfect balance for the style, a full bodied beer, but no sweetness to take away the drinkability.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly translucent gold with orange and amber hues. There is one full finger of pure white head that settles fairly quickly leaving a nice frothy ring along the edge of the glass. Great lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is wonderful. I get slight sweet malt, a ton of orange citrus, and some slight grapefruit notes. It smells juicy and inviting, not stinging and harsh. There is a touch of dank skunky hops in there as well, but it doesn't overwhelm the citrus in this beer.

T: Mmm. This one follows the nose to a T. I get a quick bit of sweet malt, and then I'm hit with a huge amount of deliciously juicy citrus. Big orange, and a touch of lemon. As the beer moves to the back end, I get a blast of grapefruit bitters that last after the beer is gone.

M: Full bodied beer. Sweet for a second and then the palate is overwhelmed by citrus. It's wet and juicy to start but gets sticky towards the end. The bitter, almost skunky, hops linger on the palate for quick a bit after the beer is gone.

O: Great beer. It's super citrusy and drinkable for a DIPA. My only fault with this beer is that it gets a bit harsh and boozy on the back end. Hard to complain though, it is super drinkable and delicious from start to finish.

Photo of BWCampbell
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dougfur
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great DIPA. It deserves the high rating, though the hop flavor is a tad on the skunky side, so beware if you don't like that.Overall, not terribly bitter, with a lot of late-addition flavor. It's pretty darn expensive around here, but that's the only reason I would hesitate to drink more...

Photo of lavapajamas
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,586 ratings.