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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,946 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,946
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 325
Gots: 854 | FT: 29
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009)
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Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystalline orange, super high clarity. Two fingers width of fluffy, sticky foam on the second pour. Sticky lace hangs in sheets inside the glass. The head settles down to a skim after a few minutes.

Amazingly pungent citrus aroma, grapefruit flesh and bitter peels, candied orange. Resiny, leafy, and green. Extremely fresh and lush.

Flavors of pure grapefruit, woody/earthy malts, and a wisp of alcohol in the middle. Very resiny, sticky, and bitter. Aftertaste of grapefruit and orange peel. Medium bodied, even carbonation. Some green grassiness lingers in the finish. Very smooth, not syrupy but a bit sticky. Dank!

This is a quintessential West Coast DIPA... purely awesome.

emerge077, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1-24-2012:

Firestone has really dialed this beer in since its inception. More or less then same beast, just with more juicy tropical fruit aroma and more kick to the flavor profile. Really good stuff if you can find it fresh - check the neck of the bottle for a bottling date.

Bottle into a nonic.

Golden hued and brilliantly clear. The head is thin but lasting.

The nose is good, but not necessarily explosive. The hops convey tropical fruit aromas, mango and pineapple predominantly, but there's a touch of papaya in there, too. There's a little sugary malt sweetness that's reserved and pleasant, complementary to the hops. Alcohol is noticeable at a low level.

Malt and alcohol play an opening role. Sugar cookie sweetness clashes a bit with some brash booziness at first, but the hop flavors soon take over. Peach, pineapple and mango hop notes are amplified by the pale malt, giving the impression of juicy ripe fruit. Medium in body, quite drinkable though decidedly boozy. The finish is moderately bitter, moreso than the initial 2009 batch of this beer, though to my palate it could use a little more kick.

Very good on the whole, with a bit of tweaking I feel this could be a great beer, but as it stands it's 2nd tier.

largadeer, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

zeff80, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. My deepest gratitude to the good doktorzee for procuring this for me on his most recent trip to SoCal. The sparring lion and bear of this brewery's labels continue to fascinate me - I suppose I should look into that sometime.

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and tightly bubbly ecru head, which leaves a nice array of cloistered bonsai tree forest lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet orange rind, acerbic ruby red grapefruit, and a boozy pineapple and tangerine tropical fruitiness, sort of like those alco-pop Breezers of too many years' past dance club specials, a mildly bready pale maltiness, and some further leafy, perfumed hoppiness. The taste is sugary pale malt, with a heavy dose of bready caramel, zippy, somewhat candied grapefruit and orange citrus flesh, guava and dense lychee - rendered almost in the form of succulent nectar, with further exotic fruits that start with Apricots and end with crazily odd Zinfandel spicy red vinous notes, which goes a fair way in writing off the muddled alcohol essence that seeps in under the guise of a floral perfumed essence.

The carbonation is fairly restrained, and generally innocuous, the body a sturdy medium weight, not needing of any more to prove its point, with a straight-up smoothness that belies the maelstrom brewing just under the surface. It finishes more off-dry than I was anticipating, as the supporting-cast malt doesn't really seem to have that extra gear, one necessary to tamp down the now free-range hops.

A stellar West-coast DIPA, the malt mostly overridden by the big-ass, bitter, sassy hops, and when combined with the trailing, understated ABV, creates the semblance of a more standard hopped-up IPA experience than that of the proclaimed style. Good on 'em for this obfuscation, one that I fear I may be the veritable end of my night, smiling all the way.

biboergosum, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -7.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

SocalKicks, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Jason, May 26, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus sweetness and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced and starts with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a complementary citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Extremely tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very well-disguised 9.50% ABV kick, excellent representation of style, this beer is right up there with the best ones that I’ve ever had.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

RblWthACoz, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Spicy, pine hops with a little bit of sweaty character.

T - Onion and pine hop flavor up front with some bread and caramel. Sweet malt in the middle with some sweaty hops. The beer finishes with lightly sweet malt and pungent hops flavors accompanied by strong bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a reasonably balanced finish.

D - Very distinct with an almost harsh hop profile. The aroma is excellent but the flavor profile is sharp and very sweaty/oniony. Not bad, but it hurts the drinkability a bit.

nickfl, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear brilliant copper in the glass, topped with 1-2 fingers of frothy off-white head. This retains with a rich creamy foaminess that drenches the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is floral, spicy, piney, and bitter with grapefruit flavors, with a dank leafiness to it. Tropical fruit and sugary grains sweeten things up a bit, while everything is funneled up the nose with a bright and free feel. Great hoppy bouquet on this here, with a perfect balance of bright hops and ripe stickiness in the nose.

That bright hoppiness carries over to the taste, with notes of grapefruit, rind, resins, and some mellower herbal textures. The hops here are quite sharp and flavorful. Balance is provided by a sweet and sugary base of toasted grains and juicy tropical fruit. This finishes with dry resins, spice, and lingering bitter fruit, with a touch of leftover sugars hanging in there as well. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied; with a slick and creamier feel up front that then gets sharper the longer this sits on the tongue. There is some beefy warmth to the body but it’s not overpowering and serves to help accentuate all of the warm stickiness of the malt and fruit.

While not quite a top tier entry in the DIPA category for me, I was pleased to find that this lived up to the fine qualities of its predecessor, the Union Jack IPA. There’s lots of well balanced hop flavor here but I felt that the ABV was just a little too high to keep the approachability of this to where I wanted it. Still, this is a very nice beer though.

Kegatron, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Pineapples, lemons, & breadyness

T: Grapefruit, caramel & breadyness up front, along with leafy hops & pineapple. Pineyness, with grapefruit, tangerines & a touch of boozeyness & sticky caramel once warm. Finishes a touch boozey, dry with pineapple & grapefruit & pine

MF: Chewy, light carbonation with nice stickyness & a touch of booze bite

A nice DIPA, not perfect, but scratches the hop itch pretty hard, if the boozeyness was dialed back this would be a world beater. A welcome addition to the Mizzou beer scene!

russpowell, Apr 12, 2011
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.

MasterSki, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a tulip of this at Capone's on 4/23.

A golden slightly sunburst color w/ red accenting and a thick cap of white cream w/ tiny bead and lots of lace sticks. The clarity is good with only a very mild haze when held to the light. The smell has a high amount of citrus fruit w/ light malt odor and tangy orange aroma from the hops w/ slight alchohol and mild grapefruit w/ gentle floral and hints of mango in the nose. I goodly amount of malt is felt w/ resinous juicy tinges and slightly high amount of carbonation w/ subtle and smooth bitterness throughout. The malt adds a slight caramel sweetness to the feel.

The flavor has an excellent amount of bitter and fruity hop flavor w/ mild tinge of orange and apricot w/ moderate spice and caramel element in the flavor from the malt w/ juicy effect from the hops which has a mineola tangelo taste and subtle green herbal accent with light toasted tinge as the Imperial IPA finishes with bitterness lingering slightly. I enjoyed this beer as it is a very tasty strong IPA overall I was very happy with sipping this gradually, would I have enjoyed it more had I not just tasted Ephraim from Hill Farmstead? probably, but that doesn't mean it is lacking, this is a solid beer in most every way.

Slatetank, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tons of hype about this beer, so i was stoked when i saw it at my local. poured into a pint glass, lots of lacey head here. nose is fruity with big big hops. its a complex taste, almost a little heavy on the sweet side, long evolving finish finally coming through with the hop bitterness. no doubt a worthy brew, but didn't live up to all of the hype. that said, i'd be very interested to try some of their other concoctions.

StonedTrippin, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe. Thanks! This is a want of mine so I'm quite excited about it. Poured into a snifter.

Beer is orange and a little hazy but has a nice white head of small and medium bubbles. Moderate to low carbonation, lacing happens as well. Looks like an IPA.

Aroma is nice, sweet like a tangerine and pretty floral hops. You can find the maltiness in there too. Smells good.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty sweet on the lead off position. The sweetness falls away quickly giving rise to a decent midpalate hop character of tangerine and other citrus hops, some piny-ness but the citrus is the start here. The finish is not too dry and adequately bitter. Easy drinking for a big IPA. I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy almost 2 finger head, fades semi slowly, over super clear amber orange color. A light lacing sticks to the sides.

Nose has tons of fresh hops, light musty hop resins, some citrus, light pine, hint of tropical fruits, very nice juicy hop aroma. A very light malty sweetness supports the beer from underneath.

Taste starts with lots of fresh juicy hop flavors, not musty at all at first, tropical fruit, citrus, light pine, slightly floral, delicious and smooth, with a nice malty backbone, light sweetness, just a hint of booze. Light candy like hop sweetness and malt flavors give that nice candy DIPA flavor. A very light musty hop resin comes through later on the taste, especially on the finish, which dries a bit, and gets pretty bitter, with a bit of a sticky feel, and lots of lingering juicy hops.

Mouth is medium to very slightly heavier bodied with decent carbonation and just a bit of warming booze but drinks much better than 9.5%.

Overall a great DIPA, very little booze, nice malty backbone that stays in the background but balances the hops well and supports them, the hops get musty and resinous on the aroma, but keeps throttled back, then the flavor is just pure citrus, tropical fruits, and sweet candy like hops. Tasty and drinkable.

jlindros, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with two fingers of fluffy off white head. The head fades but leaves a layer with some nice lacing as well. Decent head retention.

Smell: Really nice. Juicy, bitter citrus hops. Reminds me a bit of tangerine. Some malt sweetness in there as well.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. A hop bomb, bitter citrus peel hops. A nice malt backbone, but the hops definitely dominate. Some alcohol and a strong bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: A little more malt in the background might have smoothed things out a bit, but that's just nitpicking. I really enjoyed this one and am very likely to have another in the future.

oline73, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Rifugium, May 25, 2011
Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber in the glass. Modest head, pleasantly spritzy. Huge slam of hops in the aroma.

Rich malty mouthful with a sharp flavor, but mellowed by the warm malt. Lots of piney woods in this, with a mango taste. Quite bitter, but not a tongue takeover. Some orange flavors, with plenty of citrus peel.

Really a fine big DIPA, and I'm not especially an enthusiast of the style. Very spicy with loads of aromatic hops. A winey mouthfeel. Really tasty stuff. Another win for Firestone Walker.

mactrail, May 10, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to see this in my local store. Either I had missed or they just got it. I had tried the Jack on tap at Max's at loved it.

Smell is pretty good. The taste left a little to be desired for me compared to the Jack, but still very good. I felt like I was getting more piney hop smell and taste with the Jack, which I like.

I would seek this out, although I think I might like the Jack more.

mendvicdog, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and pine hops, with some resiny, dank hops mixed in as well.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of resiny pine, as well as some pineapple, papaya and other tropical fruit. No detectable alcohol. Medium bitterness and very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA.

Mora2000, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-orange color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, and pine hops.

t - Tastes of oranges, fruity malts, citrus hops, tropical fruits, light pine hops, slightly bitter.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty smooth. Doesn't taste like it's 9.5% ABV.

d - A very nice DIPA. Lots of orange and citrus in the nose and taste, but not too bitter or overpowering. Would like to have again.

mdfb79, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on-tap at Shannon Rose in Woodbridge, NJ:

Pours copper with a white head with very good retention.

The smell is hop heaven! Great blend of citric, tropical, herbal hops.

The taste of hops shine through - citric, tropical, piney/herbal with a firm malt backbone that gives just enough sweetness to keep the hops giving flavor along with bitterness. Some booze shows in the finish.

This is an AWESOME double IPA. Hop heavenly!

jwc215, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack appears a gorgeous burnished gold with a two fingered head after a vigorous pour. Nice rings of Brussel's Lace form on the glass as a residue of foam is deposited after each sip.

A fantastic nose of pear, grapefruit, orange rind and pepper emanates from the glass. Notes of pine are in the background as well.

The taste is a menagerie of the aforementioned olfactory delights with a slightly sweet, bready maltiness cutting to the fore at the back of the throat. The pepperiness of this beer is quite unique for a DIPA and works well with the fruitiness/bitterness of the hops - it's exceptionally well balanced.

Mouhtfeel is spot-on for a West Coast DIPA and is neither too slick nor too thin.

Overall I'm really digging this beer as I have every other Firestone Walker libation that has crossed my lips.

Welcome to New Hampshire FW!

Rochefort10nh, May 13, 2011
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,946 ratings.