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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,303
Hads: 7,147
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 3.27%
Wants: 464
Gots: 1,537 | 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

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Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of Swedes21
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Oakmont National Pub, Havertown, PA

Nice IPA! Poured into a stem glass, a clear golden with brown shadows, moderately carbonated, with a half finger of creamy white head that receded to a thin layer eventually, and left some nice lacing. Great head for an IPA. Big citrusy hops in the aroma, and not much else noticeable. Big citrus hops in the taste as well, with notes of orange and grapefruit mainly; piney; also a subtle sweet malt background, but it's the hops that are primarily noticeable here. Light-medium mouthfeel, and very very smooth for an imperial IPA. Alcohol is well hidden, boosting the drinkability of this fine quaff even more. (669 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deliciously hoppy ale that highly favors hop flavor and aroma with a candied citrus bitterness that balances the finish.

Pouring a nearly bright medium coper color, steady streams of carbonation build a creamy off-white head with fantastic retention and lace. A classy and appetizing appearance overall.

Candied fruits decorate the nose with citrusy ruby red grapefruit, tangering, pineapple, appricot, and freshly cut grasses- all seemingly dipped in light caramel. Zesty, vibrant, and eye-opening in the hop profile while the malts carry a thinly sweet scent for balance, making it mouth-watering.

Sweet malts have an early impact with the notion of powdered sugar and light caramel taste. Fading at mid palate, the citrusy and tropical hops burst with juicy flavors that have an even fade toward lightly piney/grassy bitterness in finish. Very clean taste with a slight linger of caramel sweetness, but dominated by smooth hop flavor and bitterness.

Medium creaminess early is accentuated by thin malt sweetness and delicate carbonation. The hop flavor ushers in a drying character that only develops into complete dryness as the bitterness commands the taste. An herbal and minty-dry evaporation lingers on the tongue as the crisp hops provide a very clean and dry finish, with only a memory of hop flavor that lingers into the next sip.

A very classy imperial ipa that doesn't overwhelm the senses, making it very drinkable and sociable. So easey and effortless to drink, I nearly made quick work of the glass before givign thought to it's character. I'm going to need much more of this beer!

Thanks bbehr! (1,619 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Soapy large just off white head of about three/four fingers is poured. Body is a gorgeous orange/amber that is clear almost a dark peach color and has some slow and fast rising carbonation. Minimal lacing.

Bouquet is a soft but very sweet mushy sense of citrus, sort of fleshy grapefruit but stronger. A big sense of density to come perhaps, really like this smell it's big, simple, strong and wonderful.

Big initial sweetness, following with a giant grapefruit and mushy citrus rush. Hop feel/taste seems a bit burried and overpowered by this giant citrus bomb. Feels thick and almost syrupy but mostly heavily concentrated and this brings my taste score down.

This is a bit too sweet for my tastes it gets into borderline drinking liquid honey, but it's got some great character I'll say that. I suppose though for tastes I was expecting a bit more variety also. (916 characters)

Photo of dancingnancie
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden amber with about a fingers worth of head with some nice lacing.

S: This beer smells great. Nice hop aroma at first, then I get a hint of the malts on the end.

T: I really enjoy the taste of this beer. From the smell, I definitely thought I would get a huge hop bomb. I was pleasantly surprised that this beer balanced out very nicely. Nice floral hops, balanced by some nice sweet malts. A great tasting DIPA.

M: This one isn't as thick as some other DIPA's, but it is still pretty creamy.

O: The alcohol is hidden very well, it is quite drinkable. A great DIPA. I would definitely seek this out again. (652 characters)

Photo of chrisgn
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first thing that struck me was the aroma of the beer as it poured into the glass. The hop aroma really jumped out of the glass. When I tasted it I expected a bit more hop flavor, but the malt sweetness balances the hop. It is a very well balanced DIPA, but a little on the sweet side for me especially as it warms. I enjoy the mouthfeel quite a bit and the beer beautiful orange hue with a finger of white head. Alcohol is well hidden and an excellent all around beer. (472 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks as if there is a bit of crystal malt in here, on the orange side of honey color. Well formed head that leaves a nice bit of lacing. This smells more like an American barleywine. Sticky thick hops, some citrus and tones of resin. A wave of bitterness followed by pine resin bomb, crystal malts, slight orange/grapefruit citrus flavor. Very thick on the palate and honestly rather cloying. In sum not my style of IIPA, too thick, but I can appreciate that it is a well crafted beer. (486 characters)

Photo of eclaycamp
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. Pours a relatively clear light amber tinged with orange. Intense hop aroma. Pineapple and citrus dominate, backed up by sweet pine. Caramel malts are off in the background. My mouth is watering from the aroma alone. Taste follows the aroma, with a wonderfully bitter finish. Mango and pineapple tropical hops coat the tongue first, with spicy and pine notes in the middle. Relatively high carbonation combines with caramel malt sweetness helps to balance things out, and the mouthfeel is full and creamy. The ABV never really shows up, as the hops cover things up nicely. This is one yummy and refreshing double IPA. Highly drinkable, especially considering the high ABV. (688 characters)

Photo of The3rdbeer
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery Tulip came up finger of white head. retained for a while then settled into a foamy lace.

A- Reddish orange Hue, no sediment a beautiful color.

S- Resinous, smells of pine, light tropical fruit some malty character there but its a lot lighter being taken over by hop.

T- WHAMMY! citrus fruit and piney resin with an aftertaste of carmel from the malt, very upfront with the best flavors forward and it rolls down the tongue with that velvet carmel aftertaste and smooth finish, wonderful. (not my favorite in flavor but still it is up in the top 5 DIPA"S I've tried so far)

M- Medium body in the mouth feel but it has a really nice viscosity and feels pretty warm on the mouth and cheeks. very nice here.

O- Overall one of my top 5 DIPA'S tried thus far on my beer journey, very nice, and I will be storing this and most importantly drinking this one again. (883 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a hazy orange/golden color; the cap was not particularly impressive but it did leave quite a few dots and shards behind

Smell: While there is considerable citrus in the aroma, there is at least as much caramel in there as well

Taste: Opens with a wallop of grapefruit that is just loaded with sugary malts; the alcohol arrives at mid-palate but after the swallow, it is the sweetness and citrusy bitterness that drive it all home

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The malt bill is big but the hops are slightly bigger; still, I prefer my DIPAs to be a bit more attenuated (634 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bomber bottled on 4/20/11 into my 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a ambery orange, with a 1 and half inch white head. Solid lacing. Smells citrus & papia. Taste is similar, with a hint of pine. Great mouth feel. Easy drinking for 9.5 abv. One of best DIPA in N.H. (263 characters)

Photo of crewfan16
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a bomber with what looks like a lion fighting a bear on the label, which is pretty awesome to start off with.

A-Poured into a pint glass with a pretty aggressive pour and still didnt get much head. Pours much lighter color than expected, but still a nice deep gold color.

S-Nice typical DIPA. Hops and malt seem to be up front, in a nice balance. Some grapefruit and other citrus are there too.

T-Taste doesnt seem quite as balanced as the smell, but still quite nice. Hops and grapefruit overpower slightly and are followed by some nice malty backbone. Seems just lighter in flavor than many other DIPA. I kind of thought this might be the case when seeing the color. Still quite tasty though.

M-feel is nice. 9.5 abv but you no boozy tingle at all. coats the mouth nicely, but doesnt linger too much.

Overall, a nice DIPA. Its one of my favorite styles, so I have tried a ton of them, and this one is a very good example. I'm of the school that likes a little more balance in my dipa, not necessarily a all out hop-bomb, and i think this one fits that nicely. A pretty good beer, and at $8 or so for the bomber, not a bad buy. Would drink it again. (1,169 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Review #1500! Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5. It pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, plenty o' leek, pine, dank greens, and light grapefruit peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with increased leek and some added light butter, insanely light sour cream, and a sharp sting of pine at the end. The body is at the lighter end of the medium spectrum, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a fairly solid DIPA, though the hop selection just didn't quite do it for me. The onion-i-ness and the pine-i-ness seem to battle it out with no clear winner, much to the detriment of my tongue. It isn't cataclysmic, but it keeps things from reaching potential heights of greatness and whatnot. (847 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've passed up on this a few times, saw pretty fresh bombers today (dated 4/20) and decided to get one.

Color is translucent glowing orange/amber, white head settles to a cap and thick ring leaving some lacing.

Nose is very earthy with grapefruit, lemon and floral-ness, perfumey almost. Decent strength.

Ultra herbal, piny, grapefruit hops and sweet toffee candy malts in the taste. Some citrus coming out later on. Still a bit perfumey.

Pretty bitter but in my opinion the malts are too sweet and huge. Carbonation on the high side, abv well hidden.

Good, but this disappointed me. I enjoyed it more once it warmed but not my favorite hop flavors, and too sweet for my tastes. (683 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

PIcked up at Table and Vine last night, Firestone Walker beats out most local brewery prices, I hope they send all of their beers out here someday.

A- Light amber beer pours into my pint glass with a nice creamy white head. Size and retention are both nice. Nice webs of lace race down the glass.

S- Probably my favorite part about this. A great blend of citrus fruit and pine with a touch of peach and floral hints that build to something quite good.

T- A lot like the aroma but with the addition of a some sweetness and caramel malt flavors, even a bit buttery. Hops once again are big on pine and citrus fruit with just a bit of floral, earthy and herbal hints.

MF- Moderately thick and creamy on the palate. Bitterness is in the range that I prefer, moderate and not dominating.

For $7-8 a bomber this is a great deal. Big ups to Firestone Walker for bringing beer across the country at a more affordable price than 80% of the breweries from the East. I will have to try each of their beers as they arrive on this side of the country. (1,043 characters)

Photo of GhettoFabulous
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz into my glorious thelonious monk's ale goblet. This pours and smells beautifully with a few fingers of lacing and solid carbonation.

This beer smells fantastic. The hops and citrus leap at you from the surface of the beer and the aroma is incredibly inviting.

The first sip reveals a very nice blend of strong hops (but importantly, not too strong) and a well-blended melange of citrus (perhaps lemon peel and grapefruit?). I'm not sure exactly what's going on with these flavors, but this is one of the best DIPA's I've ever had. FW seems to have added the perfect amount of hops, in that they are extremely strong without being bitter, and they serve as a pallet for this beautiful dose of citrus magic.

I could drink this stuff all day and it's extremely inviting and superlative for its class of beer. FW is proving to be one of the best breweries on the West Coast. (894 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Looks pretty. Just darker than a bright gold body with chunky lacing. Big distinct bubbles in the head, which doesn't last all that long.

Smell - Grapefruit upon grapefruit. The sweetness from the malt combines to make a slight peach smell. Interesting and delicious. Definitely smells like a hop bomb. I like it.

Taste - Tastes like a hop bomb! Bright citrus flavor of hops overwhelms a sweet malt backbone at first, but succumbs rather quickly. Ít doesn't taste all that bitter to me. I think the caramel malts come through over the hops in the end and it actually finishes with a bit of a sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Just a bit syrupy. Maybe a bit too thick for the style, but just barely. Medium to medium-low carbonation, I think.

Overall - Mmm mmm good. I could have downed the glass in minutes, but I restrained myself. I so wish I had more of this. Not quite world class, but a very delicious substitute when world class isn't available. (999 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/copper color with a tightly bubbled white head that gets sticky. Pine and grapefruit pine and grapefruit. Little bit of tropical fruit and hints of malty caramel deep underneath. Curiously after a couple of sips the head disappeared and the aroma really changed. I get lots of pineapple and lemon with hints of alcohol. Taste is bitter and resinous with just enough of a bready caramel malt base to keep this drinkable. Finish is a bit dry with a long lingering resinous aftertaste long after each sip. Creamy oily mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation, medium to thin body. This is a big hoppy monster, bordering on harshly bitter. I enjoyed this I'm glad I got to try this, but I've enjoyed other DIPA's more. (733 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear auburn gold with good head that dies slow and left lace pactches. Textbook piney citric hop aroma that is strong but with only hints of sweet caramel malt smells. I love the strong hops in this medium-bodied and almost smooth beer. Some balance as the beer maintains dryness thanks to crisp carbonation and also bread and caramel malt notes as well as a touch of sticky sugariness. Pleasant hint of tart fruit flavors like cherry or grape and I like that the ABV adds to a warming finish but doesn't bleed into the beer. Not a hop bomb but a balanced beer that still maintains a huge hop presence and is a good sipper. (633 characters)

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, served in tulip glass. Pours a clear golden color with a frothy, off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is a caramel maltiness, bread, a little bit nutty, big citrus, grapefruit, and pine hops. Flavor is caramel, grain, bread, a bit of wood, citrus, and pine. Mouthfeel is medium, syrupy initially but drying and bitter upon finish. Very good beer, well balanced, smooth drinker, clean. (397 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap into a tulip glass

Pours a golden orange color. It's very clear; no hop haze at all. It reminds me of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid in this way. Hop Stoopid is made with hop extract, so perhaps Double Jack is too? I don't know. Anyway, slightly less than one finger of off-white head sits on top of the body. Adequate lacing.

The aroma is comprised of numerous good scents, but it doesn't quite come together to a cohesive whole. Some sniffs yield tropical fruits, others more of a vegetal/plant material smell, others some caramel malt. I'd say that tangerine comes to the forefront the most, along with a slightly earthy leafiness. Some distant stonefruit brings up the rear. I like what's going on, but I wish it were more focused.

The taste has no problems with focus. It begins as a pretty straightforward, unexciting double IPA. Resiny & piny hop flavors wash over the tongue before yielding to a larger-than-I'd-like biscuit & light caramel malt profile. The finish is where this beer gets interesting. A subtle fruitiness on the finish soon grows to an explosion of white grape and peach. The length on the finish is extraordinarily long. You'll still be tasting the aftertaste of white grape and peach when you take your next sip. The aftertaste flavors inform the initial flavor of the beer so that each new sip is better than the last. Pretty remarkable achievement, though I'd prefer the beer to taste excellent from the very beginning instead of having to jump through hoops.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice. Despite the strong malt flavors, Double Jack is only medium-bodied. It's pretty smooth too; no harsh carbonation here. Overall, this is a pretty good double IPA. It has some faults, but it also has some flavor notes that are pretty killer. I hear that this beer is better in the bottle than it is on-tap, so I'll be sure to keep an eye out for a bottle of this. (1,890 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange color. A large white head rises to over two fingers with excellent retention. Sticky spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: This is bursting with aromatics. Big and bright fruity hops up front and center. Orange peal, pineapple, other passion fruits. Even some apple in the nose. Fresh cut grass, and a nice floral aroma. Really nice without the over barring bitterness.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of passion fruits going on. Orange and pineapple. Like fresh fruit juice. Grassy and floral as well. A bit of bitterness in the finish that works well.
M/D: A medium to full body that is not overly slick or thick. Crisp carbonation that is very dry and clean. A great beer to sip on.

This is really well done. An excellent Double IPA that goes toe to toe with Pliny. Lots of hop flavors without the over barring bitterness that I get with so many examples. Something I highly recommend. (934 characters)

Photo of ElGallo
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead longstem snifter. Purchased for $7.50 at my favorite local shop. Bottled 4/20/11. Sweeeet.

When I drink this beer I am reminded of my youth, and all the nights of drinking chilled swill on the cheap, working my non-magic around a bar hoping to meet a woman who might want to talk to me for more than 30 seconds. What would it have been like, and how would my life have turned out, if I had been working the room while drinking this beer...

Because this is the beer you keep in your fridge to impress your friends. This is the beer you want in your thermos when you're walking the dog, riding the bus, or lying to security guards. This is the beer you celebrate with when you're ex-girlfriend gets dumped by the guy she dumped you for. This is the beer you bribe your professors with. This is the beer you lick off the table when some dumbass bumps your glass. This is the beer the ladies scope for when they want to bed the hophead. This is the beer your mama warned you about. This is the beer you cheer yourself up with when you finish your taxes and realize you owe two Gs. This is the beer you soak your brats in... wait, scratch that. This is the beer you offer in peace instead of slapping a stranger for drinking chilled swill. This is the beer that was not the first beer, won't be the last beer, but is surely the quality beer that makes you come back to beer everyday. But I digress.

Full disclosure: I met my wife at a bar while hammered on Stella. Woo hoo!

Cheers. (1,523 characters)

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,303 ratings.