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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4818
Reviews: 1148
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 NoHipTee


4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A relatively cheap purchase from my local Fred Meyer. I am so pleasantly surprised. Pleasantly does not describe it. I am happy hoppy happy.

Appearance is a little weak with a small head that does not increase even with pouring more aggresively. Thin looking amber color.

Smell is a surprising hoppy and reaks of pine resines. I would have thought this was very very fresh if I had not had it in my fridge for a month.

Taste is a matching hoppy freshness that grabs the back of you r toungue and says....enjoy.

Mouth feel is a little less viscous than I would prefer but very pleasing.

OVerall a very very sessionable beer that I will add to my "go to" beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 03:30:33 | More by NoHipTee
Photo of vitALEity


4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(A ) Very little head/carbonation that quickly fades. Good lacing. Color is a bright and light Orange. Very clear, no haze whatsoever.

(S) Lots of floral and citrus! Very, very nice.

(T) Floral and citrus are there and the bitterness comes out balanced well by a nice malt sweetness. I can def taste some of the 9+% alcohol in this one but its not overwhelming by any means. Pretty balanced. One of the best IIPA's Ive had.

(M) Body is heavier then I thought from the appearance. Very sooth and easy to drink. Nothing to complain about here!

Overall its a really good IIPA. As far as CA IIPA's go, Id say this the best one thats pretty easily available in bottles. I would love to have this fresh on tap some day!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 00:38:59 | More by vitALEity
Photo of Qbdoo


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

Appearance - a light golden brown.
Smell - strong citrus,particularly grapefruit (the best thing about this beer).
Taste - piney with a solid malt backbone. Really good but not that complex.
Mouthfeel - pleasant, light texture, slightly more carbonated than most DIPAs
Overall - this is an outstanding DIPA but for me there are many better. Last night I noticed it was a top 250 beer, so I decided to try it again. Feelings are the same - outstanding but I can think of 10 I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 02:25:10 | More by Qbdoo
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 20:58:03 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of mdr4669


4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Very bright orange body with about a finger of frothy off-white head. With thick spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet and citrusy not exactly something you can smell from a mile away, but has very good character.

Taste: Hoppy citrus like characteristics that are well balanced with a malty and bready mid-life, and finishes with a more hops a burn.

MF: Very nice, quite rich in viscosity but still smooth. Very enjoyable.

OA: Excellent amber, heavy in character yet still well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 18:56:16 | More by mdr4669
Photo of BenHesk12


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double jack is another example of a great Cali IPA with bright citrus flavors, mostly grapefruit, and a finely tuned balance of hoppiness and alcohol content. Pours slightly dark orange with a moderate head and an almost overwhelming fruity aroma, double jack has a wonderful balance of bitterness, citrusy hops, and the high alcohol content of a DIPA. Served fresh on tap in an IPA glass, double jack is a very enjoyable standout ipa from firestone

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 01:19:45 | More by BenHesk12
Photo of Mounty4Life


4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color some lacing
Smells of hops but balance is what makes this 1
It was gone to quickly and could subtly taste the whole way to next bar..great hop pop but balanced So good was gone.
Med carbonation and nice hop pop
Just how I like my dipa's subtle hop pop slight alcohol presence and all the buzz definitely worth a case if you you can find in west Penn

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 02:00:12 | More by Mounty4Life
Photo of ktblue22


4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really well done IPA with a strong hop profile. Goes very well with smokey habanero chili! A big beer with high ABV, I was not able to finish even half the bottle on my own. Light and clear slightly orange. Smell is crisp and hoppy. Great light body despite the high attenuation. Overall a really great beer just be careful as it is an almost 10% ABV

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 00:47:06 | More by ktblue22
Photo of Anaz


4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 01:31:40 | More by Anaz
Photo of berebrando


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

I love the union, jack. and the big brotha is no exception.

Double jack is one of those beers I try, try and try again to replicate in homebrewing scenarios. it's an inspiration to west coast brewers looking for significant body and an extraordinary hop presence in an IPA.

The senses: The appearance is light copper orange with a decent sized head. i could tell this beer was pretty viscous as the small bubbles of carbonation slowly fizzled from the glass on an epically slow journey towards the head. what a great sign! The smell is boooold citrus. Grapefruit and tangerine dominate, but a slight alcoholic heat is present. Flavors are amazing! this beer is sweet on the lips with citrus flavors and a solid malt backbone. i love what the munich malt adds to the body of this beer. it's a bitter beer for sure. the tail end of the flavor is a little hot, but surprisingly appreciated.It's thick mouthfeel is glorious. it's like sipping on maple syrup, that's how thick and viscous this beer is. i gave it a good solid "4" on drinkability because this beer is 9.5%. if i had more than one bottle to myself, my head would be hurting tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 02:17:06 | More by berebrando
Photo of watsonmd


4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Found this gem on a business trip, and shared the 22oz bottle with 2 friends. Kept in ice-bucket, served into small goblets.

A: deep golden yellow, "glowing," with an inch of thick head, and persistent lacing.

S: balanced, hoppy clementine, grapefruity citrus, with a hint of some pine.

T: liquid heaven. mouthwatering citrus, not to biting, nice balance of citrus and pine, but mostly citrus, with a nice grapefruit finish.

M: perfectly carbonated, and slightly sticky on the finish, with a lingering hop on the tongue, but not overpowering.

O: Would but this often if it was in Georgia. Can't wait to try the Parabola I found on the same trip!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 14:49:39 | More by watsonmd
Photo of thatsfine


4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber. Bottle date of 2/10/11 so still plenty fresh. Have seen this on the shelf for a while, even had it on tap a couple times but now its time for a formal review.

A: Pours a dark orange, copper hue and a one inch head that retains quite well leaving thick oily bubbles and nice lacing on the glass.

S: As soon as I cracked the bottle I smelled intense hop aromas from two feet away. Closer examination brings fruity hops to the nose and some sweeter sharp hops as the beer warms. There is definitely a malt backbone present here as well.

T: It's hard to find a better taste than this. Fruity hops, sweet hops and malts, and somehow a balance between the two. Just the slightest bitter finish, which is perfect. The only two better DIPA's I have had are Pliny and Hopslam. I didn't review Hopslam because it was a surprise that I even got it on tap and I drank it too fast to remember. This stacks up with the best of the best.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and leaves a nice coating over the tongue, which is nice because I can keep the taste in my mouth even after it is empty.

O: Kudos to FW for distributing this. I am glad that it is available in most of FW's markets so people can get their hands on this. The unique aspect of this West Coast DIPA is that it is not strictly focused on hops. The malts of the beer are just as important, which shows the British influence of this brewery. A very nice interpretation. If you see it, buy it. This was a month and a half old and still outstanding. On tap it is even better. Drinks like a regular IPA.

There has been some comparison recently between this and other DIPA's and I gave my opinion above (because my opinion matters so much). IMHO, a better comparison is its little brother, Union Jack, but on steroids and with more balance. Really an amazing brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 02:20:41 | More by thatsfine
Photo of isaiahcutright


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

A: Light Amber with a very clean whit head, one finger tall.

S: The Smell is quite striking the pine hops poured out as soon as i cracked the cap loose, simply amazing smell; alcohol, earthy floral tones highlighted by citrus (grapefruit) and grassy hops.

T: Bitterness, HOPS, a nice alcohol warmth underneath the hops (kinda sweet taste to it), grass very sweet and a nice hint of pineapple.

O: A excellant double IPA the mouthfeel is quite nice a smoothness to it. I would put this up there as one of the better DIPA i've been lucky enough to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 00:10:38 | More by isaiahcutright
Photo of mtlasley


4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 03:46:31 | More by mtlasley
Photo of Clonies720


4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, brillant gold. White head that looks like Swiss cheese. Very little to no lacing.

Aroma: Big nose of citrus and pine. Pleasant, sweet malts. Tropical fruity esters, like pineapple. Loads of bitter hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium high carbonation that is crisp and refreshing. I was expecting a full-bodied beer for 9.5% ABV. Coat-the-mouth oily hop bitterness. Loving the citrus taste here.

Overall: A near perfect example of an Imperial India Pale Ale. Hops weren't as bright and clean, but that's probably because the beer is nearly a month and a half old. Would definitely buy again if I could find it.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 21:57:36 | More by Clonies720
Photo of PaleZombie


4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large wine glass.

A - Deep tangerine color leaning toward a copper color. About 1 finger of white pillowy head that receded into a nice white foam leaving excellent lacing.

S - Wow could smell this as soon as I opened the bottle. Grapefruit, tropical fruits(mango's, pineapple, pears) some apple hints, nice amounts of orange, sweet caramel malt, with a tad bit of piney smell on the end. Dang this one has a freaking awesome nose. So complex.

T - Very similar to the nose. All of the fruity tropical hops hit you at first followed by a bitter piney finish with a nice amount of sweet caramel malt to balance it out.

M - On the heavy side of medium body with perfect carbonation. Somewhat syrupy in the feel but not too heavy overwhelming.

O - This beer did not disappoint at all. It is nearly perfect as far as DIPA's go. Amazingly balanced and full of tropical and fruity aromas and flavors. I have to say that this is probably the best DIPA I have ever had. I think this one will become a regular in my fridge. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 05:14:59 | More by PaleZombie
Photo of qthompso


4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Deep, hazy orange copper color. A slightly tan, eggshell white head that builds to about a finger. Pretty good lacing once it settles.

Lots of pine in the nose. This promises to be a big, juicy, resiny DIPA. With all of the pine, I'm also picking up on a large malt backbone that will help keep the balance.

Oh yeah, lots of pine, but not up front. I caught citrus notes off the bat followed by a deep malt backbone. To finish up, I get a ton of pine and even a slight undertone of a booze burn and lemon-lime.

The mouthfeel is a little one dimensional. There is some malt in there but the hops and carbonation make it pretty pointed. Combining the bitterness and the carbonation can be a bit intense.

Overall, a pretty tasty DIPA. It's a sneaky brew for the ABV. I'd definitely buy this again but don't know if I could make it through more than a bottle in an evening for fear of what it would do to my palette.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 01:53:03 | More by qthompso
Photo of RandyV


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden in color with nice sticky lacing on the pour. Intense hop aroma, with pine dominating and citrus underneath.

The taste, not surprisingly, closely follows the nose with pine resin and grapefruit intensity staking this beer's claim as an Imperial IPA. There is malt sweetness which not only balances the hop bite but even lingers to compliment the dryness from the hops in the finish.

A nice brew from FW. I prefer Stone's Ruination in this class, but this ale is no slouch by any means.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 00:45:00 | More by RandyV
Photo of The3rdbeer


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 04:36:42 | More by The3rdbeer
Photo of sdmvd6


4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Transparent copper color with a short head that doesn't hang around long. Little lacing is left. Would have expected a bit more head and lacing.

S - Big hop aroma up front with grapefruit and orange dominating. Some conifer, caramel from the malt, and a bit of soap.

T - Bitter hops up front (strong citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of pine) with bready malt taking over and mellowing things. Nice balance here. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. The malt and citrus really balance the alcohol in this one.

M - Medium bodied with a noticeably dry finish.

O - This is a really well-balanced, tasty DIPA from FW. The appearance could be a bit better, but this may be a product of this particular bottle's age (no date listed).

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:43:51 | More by sdmvd6
Photo of RattleheadKV2

New Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bomber with bottled on date of 1/18 into Duvel tulip

Appearance: Pours a beautifully clear orange/copper color, with about a finger and a half of dense offwhite head that sticks around and leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell: Piney, resinous, dank hops, grapefruit, tropical, and citrus notes, with a touch of bready malt sweetness.

Taste: Very much a carbon copy of the nose on this one. Nice clean bitterness up front right before you get that nice piney, earthy, dank taste. Towards the finish more of the tropical, and citrus notes pop out more (I imagine the age of my bottle has these subdued).

Mouthfeel: Nice full body with very nice prickly carbonation, that finishes bone dry.

Overall: Very solid DIPA for sure, will deffinitely be trying to track down some fresher examples for proper tasting/reviewing.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 06:01:45 | More by RattleheadKV2
Photo of clegolfski


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

On Tap at Deep Ellum

A - Clear golden color with a foamy white head

S - Citrus is the big player here. Bright and refreshing. An eye opener

T - Super pine citrus hop thing but its so balanced against he malts its really impressive

M - Not much alcohol, smooth and drinkable but tastes so good it slows ya down

O - Very good imperial its an achievement to have something that weighs in above 9 percent to be so damn drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 03:12:53 | More by clegolfski
Photo of Trystero


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

Bomber from CapitalGains. No date. Had this on draft in Portland at Apex the week of August 1st but did not review it. Poured into a HotD Tulip and shared with EinAyn.

Appearance: Aggressive pour with a thick 3 finger snow white head. Slowly diminishes leaving behind thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Clear golden-wheat color, like that of a nectarine; sun-burnt pine needles.

Smell: Intense bouquet of tropical citrus followed by a resin, pine-forest alcohol burn. Simple, intesne, everything you except from a double IPA done exceptionally well.

Taste: Initial palate of juicy citrus fruit and hops leading into a odd, not unpleasant middle of sticky, gooey pine resin on the roof of your mouth fading into a thick textured alcohol burn in the finish. Similar in my catalogue to GLBC Lake Erie Monster.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, slightly thin but not lacking, sticky and gooey, clings to the mouth and tongue. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 22:36:03 | More by Trystero
Photo of bld81


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite clear sunshine yellow pour with orange hues around the edges, multiple finger head with thick foamy mounds and rich lacing
S: punched in the nose by great citrus, oranges, grapefruit
T: clean, rich grapefruit, citrus, pine hops with biscuit malt offering, but far from balanced, this a hop assault all the way
M: more dense and thick than expected, alcohol bite, clean peppery finish
O: outstanding DIPA, smell is among the best of any offering for this style, now, if only I could find this as 4x12oz...

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 14:03:54 | More by bld81
Photo of mendvicdog


4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 04:56:45 | More by mendvicdog
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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