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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4808
Reviews: 1147
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%

Brewed by:
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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(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009)
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Photo of EdwardK77

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Orange golden in color, my pour left no head and limited effervescence. This may be due to my first attempt at using an oversized wine glass. (Pretty sure I need to buy IPA glasses)

S- While sense of smell is clearly my nemesis, I sense floral notes and high alcohol citrus.

T- This DIPA is bringing the bitterness and doesn't seem to go out of its way to cover that with any sweetness. I do sense a little honey flavor without any of the sweetness that you would expect with that. Definitely some citrus going on as well.

M- This has a clean and slightly astringent mouthfeel, not sensing any oiliness. The crispness that was lacking in my glass is present in the mouthfeel, leading me to believe that my pouring/glassware didn't do this ale any favors.

O- I have a stout in the fridge in order to break up the delicious DIPA/IPA streak that I've been on. I am enjoying this ale but it isn't standing out over the others.

Serving type: growler

04-08-2014 00:33:31 | More by EdwardK77
Photo of bambam2517


4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Day-old growler tapped at Whole Foods in Chandler, AZ. Shared with a buddy, first pints were at 45F and we allowed the growler to warm up while we drank.

A - A little sleepy for a DIPA, lt coppery body and medium carbonation. Forms a strong off-white head though, and decent sticky lacing down the glass.

S - Wow, dialed up the citrus hops in this one! Grapefruit, tangelo, coriander and a touch of honey or caramel sweetness.

T - Grapefruit is strongly present, also a nice complex taste of mango, tangelo and piney hop. Sweetness like caramel, very similar to Brown Shugga in that respect.

M - Real heavy hitter with a nice puckering effect.

O - I had been looking forward to trying this for awhile and excited to get it off the tap. Didnt disappoint at all, highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

05-09-2013 04:25:10 | More by bambam2517
Photo of fmccormi

New York

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 750ml swing-top growler (HF!) to my nice Hill Farmstead stemware, the oversized wineglass. Supposedly this keg is super-fresh, so I’m looking forward to having (potentially) fresh Double Jack, finally.

Appearance (4.5): Wow. Very impressive. I prefer my DIPAs on the cloudy / hazy side, but if you’re in the opposite camp, this beer is perfect, in terms of appearance. Crystal-clear body the color of copper (but a bit lighter), white head rising to two solid fingers before dissipating to a spotty haze on the surface, a good collar and some sudsy, spotty lacing and collars on the sides.

Smell (4.0): Straight-up citrus: passionfruit, mango, and red grapefruit, in that order. Some tangerine. Maybe some honey-sweetness underneath, but really just sweet citrus—not horribly complex, but fragrant and very nice, very appetizing.

Taste (4.5): This is more like it! Sweet citrus (tangerine), bitter citrus (rind), some crystal malt sweetness underneath that melds with the sweet citrus, and a bitter piney-ness that rides out the finish, fading slowly and leaving a slightly soapy feel here—but I like it. That soapiness could be some alcohol heat creeping in here, but at this strength it’s a welcomed component. God these hops are great, and just enough malt to keep them in check.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Subtle carbonation, very oily body—medium thickness, somewhat viscous. Pretty dry finish. Foams nicely on the way down, slightly tingly all around.

Overall (4.5): This is a palate-challenger, alright. Not as abrasive as Palate Wrecker or Heady Topper (definitely not as hoppy as HT, in my opinion), but this is damn hoppy, big, and gorgeous. Glad to have finally gotten this bastard fresh—very, very big difference compared to somewhat-old Double Jack, where the hops lose their bite and get kind of catty. This, on the other hand, is gorgeous, and I will be seeking this out given that it’s fresh in the future. Damn good beer.

Serving type: growler

05-18-2012 01:30:37 | More by fmccormi
Photo of albertjr21

New York

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip, a very clear and bright mild orange gold lives under a sudsy head with a great retention. A well tended hop garden of an aroma gently cuddles up to the nose with inviting notes of nicely mended floral and pine hops. Bitter tingly hop notes romance the palate up front before a gentle and smooth syrup of citrus glides along into a resinous bitter finish. Notes of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus are displayed beautifully in the hops with what seems to be the perfect malt complement.

Serving type: growler

04-22-2012 03:08:25 | More by albertjr21
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, surprised i don't have a review down for this already. none-the-less nabbed a 32oz fill yesterday at a FW in store tasting at beer city.

a - poured a generous portion into my hill farmstead oversized wine glass. poured the classic orange with a generous frothey white ipa head. some visible carbonation can be seen. transparent.

s - smells fresh and fantastic. perfectly balanced. great sweaty piny thick hops with a decent mix of sweet citric. as good or better than any other IIPA i've ever had.

t - as the nose whispered...this is a fresh badass ipa. sticky and rich...sweaty and piny...citric with just the right amount of bitterness.

m - medium bodied with a nice bitterness and great finish.

o - overall a homerun. probably the best accessible IIPA for me in NY. the freshness on this beer really makes it. after an ounce pour at the tasting, i immediately got a growler fill. SO good.

Serving type: growler

03-18-2012 01:48:50 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of ao125


4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice beer - but like other IPA’s with more than two or three hop varietals, the flavor gets muddied and you can’t really tell what you’re drinking.

A - Big grapefruit and apricot, and very floral.

C - Dark copper

T - Patches of both sweet and bitter, though like I said above, all of the different hop varietals muddy the flavor.

P - Despite the high alcohol content, it’s a really drinkable beer.

Serving - Troegs Mad Elf tulip glass / Growler from Whole Foods Market.

I will say though, that despite the muddied flavor from the multiple hop varietals, that it really seems like the brewers were trying to go somewhere with it, unlike Bell's Hopslam, which lacks any and all direction in the hop department.

Serving type: growler

11-13-2011 14:21:25 | More by ao125
Photo of dasenebler


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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 prdstmnky


3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1L growler filled @ Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting

Very clear, golden amber color with a finger of quickly fading head - very little retention but some spotty lacing. Very tropical and citrus in the nose, lots of orange, grapefruit, mango, maybe even some melon. Nice dose of the fruity hops upfront, with a balanced finish. Also getting a bit of heat in the back at fridge temp, which really increases throughout - alcohol just doesn't seem as hidden as it could be. Medium bodied and lighter in carbonation, though could have been a growler / draft issue.

I dunno, was a decent DIPA, but the alcohol was very detectable and distracting. Tasted pretty fresh, which is always a plus...and glad I got to try this west coast offering, just not something I would actively seek out again.

Serving type: growler

07-12-2011 01:47:38 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of jnn4v


4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey colored golden orange with a decent amount of foamy pale yellow / off-white head. No sediment or haze.

S: Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, honey, tropical fruit hard candy. A bit of pungent herbal or even "catty" scents as well. Lots O' Hops.

T: Matches up nicely to the scent. All of those bitter and citrusy, juicy hops along with a seriously dense and sweet malt base. Hops, then malt, then a blend of balanced flavors, followed by a lingering resiny hop bitterness.

M: Very good DIPA texture and density. Thick, but not syrupy. Good amount of carbonation with medium-sized bubbles.

O: maybe it was the fact that there haven't been any other good DIPAs released in the past month or two here, or maybe it was that the preceding beverage was "only" a pale ale, but whatever the reason, this is a standout beer. One of the better DIPAs I've had. Snag it if you can experience it as fresh as this was.

Serving type: growler

07-02-2011 18:57:56 | More by jnn4v
Photo of peacebone116


4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled at the brewery 1 day prior to enjoyment from a tulip glass.

A: Golden, almost clear, straw colored body. Egg shell head--two-finger thick--slowly recedes to leave thick, gracious lace at the edge. Beer appears to be well carbonated.

N: Tropical fruit, pine...a slight hint of strawberry.

T/M: Immaculate! Oily body with resinous hop dominated profile. Pine and grapefruit. Not much malt backbone. Prickly on the tongue with great carbonation.

This is a wonderful and complex Imperial IPA! Honestly it is one of my favorites! So good, I believe it needs a more poetic description.

Gorgeous body and head
Tropical flavors abound
Beer hops on tongue

Serving type: growler

05-04-2011 21:05:20 | More by peacebone116
Photo of Yagman3000

New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a growler from Superstar Beverage in Huntington, NY. Had a small sample and knew I was buying a a 64 oz growler despite $23.99 price tag.

Appears a golden orange blossom. A bit surprised. Lighter in appearance than I imagined based on smell.

Very nice balance of hop bitterness with citrus sweetness. Borderline cloying but falls short in a good way. Finishes bitter but not long.

A bit syrupy and heavy on the tongue.

Overall a very nice beer but not as fully developed as a 120 or as hops-refined as a Hop Stoopid. Standout feature is citrus sweetness balance.

Serving type: growler

05-01-2011 00:57:08 | More by Yagman3000
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler filling station at the Tribeca Whole Foods in NYC.
Pours a clear, slightly brownish pale amber. A bit darker on hue than what one typically finds in an IPA. The aromas coming from the growler gateway are enticing and, perhaps, downright sexy.
Floral and citrus goodnesses are abundant. Flavors are not a disappointment. A little heavy on the grapefruit for my taste but it's done very well. The alcohol is slightly heavy but it's forgiven.
My first taste from this brewery and it's a good one. I look forward to more.

Serving type: growler

03-13-2011 02:42:44 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to BigSexy410 for another fine brew, in a growler from Whole Foods. Thanks Ben.

A: Copper color with small ring of head and semi clear and active look. Ok lacing.

S: Pungent flowery and little citrus and pine, sort of perfume-like. Big malt base as well. Fresh and open, nice.

T: Long lingering flavor. Lots of crystal malt to go with great citrus and hay-like hop. Orange, tropical fruits and bready/cereal tastes as well. Nice stuff.

M: Great carbonation and consistency.

D: Good stuff I'd get again.

Serving type: growler

03-06-2011 00:40:03 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2011 03:37:45 | More by Billolick
Photo of MasterSki


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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 OStrungT


5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with a thick and fluffy light khaki head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a massive lacing.

This beer has a nice grassy hop aroma. Some citrus grapefruit mixes in. This beer has a slightly piney aroma also. No traces of the 9.5 percent ABV.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Grassy up front, with a lot of grapefruit. Just a bit of sweet caramel mixes in with the flavor. As with the aroma, the alcohol is well masked.

This beer is full bodied. It is criso, and refreshing. It leaves a grassy aftertaste.

This beer would make an excelent session beer if the alcohol content wasnt so high. It is too easy to forget that this is a high alcohol beer.

Overall: Great beer. I really like a grassy IPA or DIPA. It kind of reminds me of Apline Beer Companys Duet. As that is one of my favorite beers, this one definately ranks up there.

Serving type: growler

06-28-2009 03:08:51 | More by OStrungT
Photo of AES


4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Am I really the first to review? Here goes. From a fresh Growler 6/26/09, delivered by my wonderful girl.

A: Pours golden amber, great clarity. Two finger white head dissipates quickly, but not too fast. Extensive lacing graces the sides of the glass.

S: Hops. Like a bag of Cascades. Piney with some distinct citrus. I just don't smell any malt over the hops. Not a bad thing, though.

T: Initial impression is just wow... citrus hops all the way down. The pine flavor comes through, as well as some bitterness, but you can just taste the dry hopping. Some sweet malt in the aftertaste; it actually comes to dominate after the citrus dies down. Doesn't seem as bitter as Union Jack, but it's still there to some degree.

M: Excellent, just light enough but with enough malt to give it some backbone. I can feel this beer, but it doesn't overwhelm at all.

D: Dangerous stuff, here. I could drink this for days. Goes down so easy. Not too much of anything.

Overall, the dry hopping dominates, and I wish I could do so well with my homebrew. The drinkability is almost scary. An exceptional brew and one that I hope they do again, as the tasting room staff say they will.

Serving type: growler

06-27-2009 00:31:31 | More by AES
Photo of FormulaQ

New Jersey

4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Simply the best double IPA you will ever have. MASSIVE candied fruits. Think those dried pineapples that are chewy and delicious. Orange, tangerine. Sweet grapefruit. Hop bitterness in my opinion is more reserved than its union jack younger brother, but still a nice hit of hops. This beer is absolutely fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 02:13:27 | More by FormulaQ
Photo of JerUrbans


4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy off yellow pour with thin white head. Smell is grapefruit, alcohol, pine. Taste is hoppy and citrus, balances really well, not over the top bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth with heat from the alcohol at the end.

Overall, excellent beer. Love the heat that comes in at the end very nice little burn. Much more balanced than other Dbl IPAs. This was bottled on 10-25-13 would love to taste a fresh one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:23:09 | More by JerUrbans
Photo of username


4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into over-sized wine glass.

A - Head comprised of many small, tight bubbles which quickly dissipate into a thin surface film. Not a dense foam, but more loose, yet frothy, giving it a substantial appearance. Low to moderate lacing. A crystal clear, light, honey-amber.

S - F'ing glorious. Sweet pineapple and grapefruit split perhaps 70/30 respectively with hop, pine, and sweet alcohol undertones. A minimal amount of funk/dankness; just enough to let you know it's there.

T - Very closely follows smell; pineapple & grapefruit up front degrading into the hops, pine resin, and funky bitterness. Overall it is quite bitter, but also incredibly enjoyable.

M - Surprisingly smooth given the taste. Carbonation is next to nothing. The most perfect 'mouthfeel' I've ever experienced from a beer (of this style) to date. If you're not used to craft or DIPAs, this beer will feel like it's raping your mouth more than likely due to bitterness. If you are used to craft brews and DIPAs, prepare to be wow'ed at the balance. Somehow manages to fall directly in the middle of dry/wet and oily/abrasive.

O - This beer, more than any other I've had, is deserving of the phrase "floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee". Too good to put down, but too strong to replace water unfortunately. It is ridiculously good, perhaps epically so, if you're a fan of the style and enjoy pineapples & grapefruit. I feel that this brew somehow pushes upon extreme boundaries, and attenuates the results with the opposite extremes (magically?) thus crafting an 'uber-perfect-medium'.

Previously rated 4.75 on 4-21-2013.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 23:15:02 | More by username
Photo of SweetChicken


4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Celtics17


4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Better than I remember. Pineapple! I hopped up version of union jack. Dry finish, pine, tropical fruit. The malt doesn't take over. It's a great balance. This is one of the best easily. I really forgot how well this was.

The taste is solid from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 07:03:33 | More by Celtics17
Photo of sommersb


4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-07-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 02-14-14
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received from a friend

Pours clear with a bright copper color. The head stands a finger and a half high, off-white in color, with a fair retention and attractive lacing.

Aromas are sharp citrus hops, with a strong grapefruit smell. Very aromatic and pleasant.

The taste has a big hop bitterness to open up, with tropical fruits pineapple and grapefruit flavors. The malts in the background off some roundness.

Full bodied in the mouth, with high carbonation levels. The finish is dry and leaves lingering tastes of citrus fruits and tangy bitterness.

Overall I'd say this is an excellent DIPA -- well worth a try.

Thanks to Craig for the brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 23:57:13 | More by sommersb
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional DIPA that is unusually mild in terms of both flavor and feel.
In part, this is due to the low hop level for style. Not sure of the age of this bottle, but that could contribute to the mellow nature.

Rich flavor that changes with warming.

ABV well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 00:51:55 | More by chinchill
Photo of BMac17


4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack:
Double IPA
ABV: 9.5
IBU: 100

Dried apricot & tangerine in color and aroma complimented with freshly picked Plumeria and Freesia blossom. Bitterness at first glance that is gorgeously balanced with crystal malts that soften an expected sharp mouth feel all the better to lead you onto a tangy citrus and sun ripened pineapple ride of summertime goodness. Has a mouth watering finish that is irresistible. Seriously Borderline perfect!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:02:01 | More by BMac17
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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 4,808 ratings.