Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 7,020
Reviews: 1,351
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
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Gots: 1,459 | FT: 35
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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 hooliganlife
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

was bottled on 2/10/11

pours a dull copper and dark gold, light creamy head with light retention. very subtle lacing.

tons of citrus. red grapefruit, tangerine, orange, and light pineapple. very vibrant and fruity. bit of sweetness.

a nice mesh of different hop flavors. very similar to the scent but a bit more subtle. light to moderate pine bitterness. nice malt body really pairs well. not overall malty at all. booze is hidden well, barely shows itself as this warms.

nice moderate carbonation with a full body. slight resin feel.

good stuff, a great drinking DIPA. i love to see good DIPA's under 10% and this is a perfect example.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours clear orangeish copper color with a really nice beige head. Head has great retention and sticks to the sides of the glass well.

S- Overall, pretty well balacned. Anything from pine like, tropical fruits, and some sweet malts.

T- This follows the nose really well. A bit of floral hops, moving to tropical and then toffee and caramel malts. A touch of alcohol also seems to be here.

M- Medium in body and the carbonation seemed right on too.

D- Very solid brew for sure and a bit complex. Probably a bit of sipper and could sneak up on you.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Glowing orange amber hue. Not murky. The color is quite enticing. An off white head appears then dies off a bit leaving some thinnish lace on the glass. Looks juicy, hard to explain why, but some of my favorite IPA/DIPAs have this character. This is one of them.

S-Ripe and juicy citrus fruitiness kicks it off. The aroma is quite powerful seeing that once I opened the bottle the aroma flowed from the bottle immediately and stunk up the area around me. Dank hop profile. Smells of pine, hop oils, and resin as well. Great scent here, makes me even more excited because this is the spectrum of DIPA I enjoy perhaps the most.

T-Exactly what I was hoping for. Absolutely luscious and juicy citrus hop flavor.Great tropical fruity notes here as well which I absolutely love. Dank is not my favorite word but it describes this one quite well. Just a very concentrated taste that keeps me wanting more and more. The beer has a great hop profile but maintains and excellent balance between bitter and sweet. Nice caramel maltiness keeps the hop attack in check to a degree. Has some nice bitterness but is not exceptionally bitter. Taste lasts.

M-Oily and resinous which is a necessity for a high rating on a DIPA in my opinion. Medium bodied. Love the stickiness that I get here.

O/D-Where is the %9.5 alcohol? I cannot taste it. Incredibly drinkable. Overall, I am very happy with this one. It came at a relatively cheap price, and my goodness that is a nice taste. Definately up there with some of the better DIPAs I have tried. Fits my tastes as well. Meets my expectations and then some. Try this if you can.

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has no visible signs of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that faded away leaving a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose--smells of grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very well balanced and has notes of citrus flavors from the hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Any traces of alcohol are well masked from the taste, making this beer very easy to drink considering its strength.

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of werdnacross
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at Ladyface alehouse in agoura hills into a 10 oz snifter.

A- Dark straw color with a slight cloudiness from the yeast.

S- Strong hoppy presence. Grapefruit and citrus smells fill the air.

T- Malty, hoppy and citrusy. Extremely delicious

M- Strong alcohol presence but very well rounded. Goes down smooth. Very delicious.

O- Overall one of the better DIPA's I've ever had. Extremly delicious and will make this one of my go too's for the future.

Photo of veinless
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear orange/amber with two fingers of milky pure-white head that laces well and has coarse, large bubbles.

Nose is soft yet pungent, with mango and orange coming out along with a touch of pine and some sticky malt sweetness. There is a bit of resin weediness as well, but not too much.

Taste has all the elements from the nose, but in a much different balance. The resin comes out a lot more in the middle to finish, and pine is dominant at the start over the fruit. In fact, the fruit is more of a blended punch-like taste here, as the tropical flavors are combined with the citrus to provide a brief juiciness before the pine storm. I enjoy piney beers, but would much rather have it be combined with a better fruit taste. Malt is sticky sweet as it was in the nose, and caramel comes out a bit too. Make no mistake though, the main flavors here are oily, herbal, weedy hops.

Mouthfeel is a strong category for this beer, as it is perfectly smooth and slick, with a sticky finish that lets you know this guy isn't light on the malt. Dryness still present in the finish keep it pretty drinkable too. Pine and resin are a bit too strong to make this incredibly drinkable, but they don't affect my ability to finish a glass or two.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maredsous tall chalice with aggressive puffy and resilient foam. Honey colored with a bright nose of grapefruity citrus, light pine and alcohol.

A taste is bright, lightly spicy pine and citrus hops on top of sweet malts; Very clean and medium bodied with pleasant prickly carbonation finishing with very well balanced sweetness and bitterness. The ABV is not terribly present, masked by the resinous pine and spice, but it's still leans more towards a sipping-DIPA. Not that I did.

Really pleasant beer but not blowing me out of the water in any direction. Maybe it's balance is the best quality?

Photo of krisandajt
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's the weekend of EBF. Been looking forward to this one...

Appearance: Poured from the bomber into my Shorts glass, this beer is a crystal clear, dull bronze/golden color. There's a huge amount of head with this brew, I had to ease up on the pour to avoid an overflow. Retention is impressive, the head fades very slowly.

Smell: Plenty of resiny pine, and some sweet citrus. There's also a very slight peppery sort of smell lingering in the's very subtle.

Taste: The resiny pine comes through the most. The citrus, while there, isn't as strong as it is in the nose and it doesn't have that overripe sort of quality to it. It takes on more of a bitter grapefruit taste, which I'm liking. There's also a fair amount of malt which balances out the hops...which isn't necessarily a bad thing, I just prefer my IPA's to be unbalanced and leaning toward tooth-eroding hops. Still, it's a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body, good carbonation, drinks great.

Overall (Drinkability): A tasty beer. Plenty of hops, balanced, and very drinkable. It's not the hoppiest IPA I've ever had, but it's tasty and I will definitely pick up more the next time I see it on the shelves.

Photo of aval89
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a bright honey color.. clear body.. managed about a 1.5 finger of head..

S: tropical fruits mixed with citrus fruits.. fresh tangerine, some peach, mango, grapefruit, papaya.. along with the hop overload there's slight maltiness with a slight booze detection..

T: again with the hop overload upfront.. big tropical fruits with more citrus. It is backed with a good malt backbone though.. some biscuity malts with slight caramel.. big resiny finish with a touch of pine.. pretty good balance unlike the nose.. slight booze detection on the finish but no warming sensation.. 9.5% abv is scary hidden

Mf: nice medium body with great carbonation..

Overall: a definite winner!

Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled: 1/7/11

A: pours a honey colored ale with excellent clarity and a single finger white soap-sud head to form and dissipate in a couple minutes, leaving a broken quilt of the same. Spotty-on-webbed lacing.

S: Sweet, cotton candy, pineapple, peaches, cintrus, grapefruit. Grapefruit, grapefruit. A bit sweet with lowly cloying malty backgrounds

T: Sweet, citrusy, sweet and more citrus. Very big (even after two months in the bottle). Not much bittering hops - or at least balanced in favor of the sweetened malts. ABV near invisible here. Well crafted. Wonder how nice it is fresh (within a couple weeks). Slightly soapy on the finish.

M: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. The beer washes back easy and leaves a slick, resonous layer over the tongue and palate. Nice.

O: Very good beer. Well crafted, and I would argue this contends with the best IIPA's out there (Hopslam, Expo Hoppiness, etc).

Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. First shipment into MA...excited to find this and give it a try.

A - Pours a very clear pale golden amber color. Two fingers of dense, thick just off-white head with excellent staying power. When the head does die down it leaves outstanding sticky spiderwebs of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Whoa, very strong aroma of fresh citrusy hops - this seems really fresh. Tons of grapefruit! Lots of pine too that on closer inspection seems to overpower the citrus. Some tropical mango and pineapple. This smells really hoppy...I'm loving this and can't wait to take the first sip. If there is any malt here, it is completely masked by the hops.

T - Lots of hops up front - pine especially mixed with big amounts of pineapple, some grapefruit and some tropical notes. Way more malt presence in the flavor than the aroma. Although the hops more than hold their own against the malt, there is a strong sweet and caramelly flavor at the base. A bit boozy and warm, the 9.5% alcohol is definitely evident. Really good, but the flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma...but it is a hard act to follow.

M - Medium/full bodied...obviously lots of malt here at the heart of the beer, even though the hops clearly overpower it. Carbonation is medium...quite creamy with just a hint of a tingle...very sticky and resiny. Sweet malt and hops seem to coat the lips and tongue on every sip.

O - A bit of a sipper, but a very good one. Alcohol is a bit heavy and acutely noticeable in the flavor. This is a beer you can stay with for a while...within a single bottle. It is on the strong side and doesn't hide it's strength very well. The flavors border on outstanding, but you really have to pace yourself here, or you just might not get up off the floor. Planning on having another beer tonight, but not sure I can handle it after quaffing this one slowly.

Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of sendsilk
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with Destral, thanks again! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my trusty "Crab House" pint glass.

A- Looks good! Straw colored, slight head and lacing on the glass.

S- Very nice! Not sure what to expect tastewise with this smell, Hop blast or something similar? DIPA's scare me, kinda like porters, never know what you're going to get hit with on them.

T- This one loses a bit for me. Fairly hot in my opinion. Just spicey, or zesty or some other descriptive that I can't ascertain at this point.

M- Very nice. No problem with this aspect.

D- I really appreciate the chance to try this great brew, but I prefer a Pliny (yeah, go figure) fresh Hopslam, Sculpin or Nugget Nectar to this zesty taste. I guess DIPA's are too much for me at this point in time although I'm sure with a great DIPA like this it will garner a lot of fans.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear honey color with a nice 2 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Good rings of lace on the drink down. Smells of pine, citrus zest, pineapple. Taste is very hop forward with citrus zest and pine, pineapple juice, brown sugar, and a sweet malt finish. Medium hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation level. A bit sticky in the mouth. Slight alcohol burn in the throat with each sip. Overall, a very good DIPA. I really like the citrus and pineapple flavors that come out.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light orange color with decent lacing. aroma is citrus and lighter tropical pineapple notes, with light mango. Flavors come out with a surprising mix of balance achieved with those tropical notes mentioned in the aroma and the sweetness of them and the malts against the bitterness of the hops, making this an ease to drink as it doesn't get cloying in either direction throughout the course of the bottle, plenty to pick through. on the sticky side in the mouth with medium levels of carb and a medium body.

An enjoyable DIPA all around. For a higher score from me it would need a juicier tropic strength. I will probally buy this again, i did quite enjoy it.

Photo of scottfrie
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 2/10/11.

A: Pours a dark clear amber with a thick dark tan head that took forever to fade into a rocky layer that left chunks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet notes of exotic fruits with a touch of alcohol vapor.
T: Blast of hops is full of juicy citrus and tropical fruit flavors with sweet sugary nectar in the finish. Bitter grapefruit pith is toned down but flavorful. I also get a touch of mint and cotton candy or bubblegum. Alcohol is noticeable but not really warm or distracting.
M: Medium body with a slick, slighty oily mouthfeel and decently light carbonation.
O: Really good overall. Sweet and fruity flavor and a mouthfeel that goes down smooth. Alcohol is bold but well integrated. Glad I tried it.

Photo of nicnut45
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber dated: 1-7-11

One fingers worth of head upon a vigourous pour. A hazy rusty orangish color sets the stage. Fresh cut pineapple and the usual citrus smells invade the nose. Somewhat of a spritzy mouthfeel, a nice way to lighten up such a heavy beer. There is massive flavors of bitter grapefruit and orange peel, alcohol is hidden well and lends a slight warming effect on the drinker. Malt flavors are not to be ingnored and they offer a cotton candy like sweetness and a bit of marshmallow to boot as well.
This is a great beer and pleasing to drink. 5 years ago I would have probably given this a higher rating. But the standard for IPA'S has been raised.

Photo of gopens44
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very nice crystal clear golden color with a rather aggressive foamy head

S - Major grapefruit bite upfront with little else allowed to come through.

T - Probably the closest thing to Hopslam I've yet to taste. Just a huge bite of grapefruit, and very full bodied. After the hop bite cools down, the honey sweetness makes an appearance

M - Again, full bodied. Decent level of carbonation with a touch of bitter aftertaste lingering.

D - Very enjoyable beer! Too bad it's not around very often or I'd buy this regularly.

Photo of tapman
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy, off-white head and plenty of carbonation coming from the nucleation sites on my fancy sam adams glass. Color is not as dark as other doubles I have had; color is a medium orange-brown. Head as good staying power.

Big, piney hops take the aroma, followed by more hops, large pineapple this time. Aside from a little alcohol that is about all I can smell, but boy, does it pack a wallop. Maybe a little maltose/caramel as it warms.

Still a big pineapple taste, but the pine has turned into fresh, sticky grass. More earthy than in the nose, the alcohol is bitter, though balanced decently with the malt profile. I could have used just a hint more sweetness in this one.

Bright and quaffable for its abv%.

A fine beer, I find that the hops don't 'pop' as in the Green Flash or some other DIPAs I have had. Still great, though.

Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pretty clear copper in color with a two finger one finger off white head. It continued to bubble the entire time. It smelled very dry, of piny yet overly sweet hops and very sweet malt. The alcohol was right in your face and not well hidden at all. The flavors were a mix of dry, bitter hops with a load of sweet malt. There are a boatload of hops but this is way too sweet for my liking. Where's the balance? It's far too one sided. It tingles the palate and leaves you dry with a sweet malty aftertaste. I'm not impressed. This beer doesn't feature any balance. It's hoppy, so what, the alcohol was distracting. It's not just that it was present, but that is was dominant. I wasn't thrilled by this by any means but I'm glad I finally got to try something from Firestone Walker.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 02-10-2011, but I bought it from a place that's kept it chilled since it arrived (Spencer's in San Luis Obispo). Review written by Wiseman Nick.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: This is an absolutely gorgeous double IPA. Body is crystal clear and bright, polished copper in color. A thick column of carbonation feeds a thick, cream-colored, layer of froth. Fantastic head retention and tons of goopy lacing. Flawless!

Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit, moist pine, and loads of herbal, floral hops just leap out of this one! Honey and cantaloupe emerge as the beer warms, adding both softness and complexity. Lime and alcohol are also present, but they're much more subtle than the other components. Very interesting and enjoyable.

Taste: Grapefruit, pine resin, lime, and cantaloupe kick things off. Bread and salt peak through as the sip transitions to aftertaste, and then finishes modestly bitter (esp. by west coast standards), with lots of pine and earth and some booze. I like how Matt chose to hold back on bittering hops; I think it makes for a much more complex DIPA. Excellent balance and flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Extra fine carbonation produces a rich, creamy mouthfeel, even though the beer isn't anywhere near heavy. Medium-bodied overall, with an excellent hop-malt balance. Finishes slightly warm and dry, as it should. Once again, fantastic!

Drinkability: The early versions of Double Jack (prior to bottling) were pretty muddled. I could see what Matt was going for (a double IPA that focused more on hop bouquet than hop bitterness), but it just wasn't working. This bottled version, however, is perfectly balanced and harmonious. Well done, sir!

Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really nice clear golden copper color. Tons of visible carbonation from the bottom of the glass. A finger of sticky head with tight bubbles. Super sticky head as well. Looks like a DIPA should.

S: Lots of citrus in the nose. Grapefruit with a touch of orange and a dash of something more tropical as well. You get a touch of malt in there but not much. Just the faintest hint of alcohol as well.

T: The taste is slightly more balanced than you nose would have you believe.The massive citrus grapefruit hop bomb is there and it is super enjoyable. The finish is nice in that the bitterness is there but it is never overwhelming. Slight alcohol in the finish as well. Gets a little maltier as you drink it.

M: I could use it a little bit more sticky in the mouthfeel.

D: Really nice beer. Had a growler of this last year and was not that impressed. Nice to have a bottle I know is fresh. That being said it is an expensive bottle. It reminds me of Unearthly in a lot of ways just less citrus in the hop front and a slightly worse nose.

Photo of muttyd
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 02/10/11

Poured aggressively into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Massive white head on top of a crystal clear golden amber body. Aroma is massive. Grapefruit, tangerines, fruitpunch mixed with some earthy/resiny notes. Flavor follows the nose with a fruity/earthy hop bite and strong toffee caramel malt sweetness. Very juicy and fruity. Finishes sticky with a lingering hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation with a creamy smooth body. Slight alcohol warming sensation becomes more present as the beer warms up.

Glad to see Firestone Walker on the shelves in MA. Truly enjoyable IPA.

Photo of LazyL
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a glass to my table I am already excited by the dark copper brew with a white creamy head.
The nose is fantastic. Orange and grapefruit citrus hops, with some tangerine as well that smells so fresh and inviting.
The taste is equally as pleasing with orange, strawberry and tangerine notes. A little boozy but only in the background.
The mouthfeel is creamy with a good level of bitterness on the finish that is strong but so smooth.
There is still good retention on my glass and the only thing stopping me from drinking these all day is the 9.5%. Wow!

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,020 ratings.