Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,297
Hads: 7,092
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 458
Gots: 1,500 | 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 DaverCS
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unfortunately, this beer is about 1.5 months old.

Aroma isn't very distinct. Definitely grapefruit, citrus, resin, and a light amount of dankness.

Taste is very smooth. Couldn't taste any alcohol! Surprisingly very light on the bitterness bite. I get a beautiful citrus flavor upfront, followed by dankness and mild bitterness, finished by a malty finish enhanced by a light garlic flavor.

It may be because this beer is old, but it almost drinks like an east coast IPA. Bigger on malt, more balanced, not crazy bitter. Not bad overall. However, at 3.29 a 12 oz bottle, there are better IPA's for the price. I feel like this would be a good burger and fries beer. It gets a 87/100. (684 characters)

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

Standard double. Pale color. More of a pine nose. Taste was a little malty at the start, then finished bitter. Very light mouth feel, good carbonation. (155 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good amount of citrus pine aroma greets you, and that profile certainly follows through. Finishes crisp and dry. Pretty standard for the style, reminiscent of Hopslam, but still very good (191 characters)

Photo of phishgator
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Tight white head with low carbonation. The body is a pale/golden color and thin for a Dbl IPA. The aroma is of piney hops. The bottle was more than 5 months old so that could have led to the hops presence being a little underwhelming. But the thin body was not expected. (298 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

A: Dark yellow, slightly hazy. Single finger of head, did not lace the glass much.
S: Grapefruit, pine, tropical. Big malty sweetness comes through in the nose.
T: Bitter bit up front, followed by grapefruit and sweet malt finishes it up. Tropical/sweet aftertaste lingers
M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. This definitely drinks like one of the bigger west coast doubles. Dry finish.
O: Good double, I prefer mine with less sweet malts though, little heavy on the crystal malt in my opinion. (530 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours brilliant dark amber under a finely bubbled 1” white to off-white foam cap that quickly descends to a thin white film.
S: floral, citrusy herbs, a very faint hint of tobacco.
T: Citrus rind, grapefruit, lemon – also some peach and maybe some orange with caramel in the background with an assertive bitterness.
F: Creamy, medium carbonation, chewy
O: Big bitterness balances big malt to produce a wonderful evening brew. (436 characters)

Photo of Jmc181
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious IPA! They're dated, and I'd suggest getting them as fresh as possible, but these are beers to be bought when you see them. Perfect carbonation, color and smell. I'm a big fan. (188 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid DIPA. I really enjoy the nice fruit flavor with a touch of sweetness that starts out the flavor. That is was what distinguishes if from the other. A heavy yet smooth bitterness, lingers much like the others. Also the touch of unique fruit in the aroma is also a bit of distinguishing note, but the nice full malt, esp. as it warms, stands out - somewhat sweet but prominent and enjoyable. There is a push on the hops towards the oils I'm am not to fond of, but all the other aspects make up for it.. Standard appearance for style - cloudy yellow and white sticky cap. Nice full feel with softness in the carbonation. Also the classic DIPA stickiness with the fullness that makes it so nice and enjoyable.
This is better than most. And priced pretty well too. (788 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours very clear golden with a fizzy 1 finger head of white foam. Faded into spotty lacing fairly quickly. Smells very nice: pine, hops, citrus, grapefruit, orange, and maybe hints of green apples strawberries. Light, crips, and creamy mouthfeel. Initial taste brings a lot of hop and pine presence. Citrus and malt more on the back end. Decent bitterness.

This beer definitely drinks like a 9.5%'er. Not a bad thing, but sometimes breweries do a good job of covering a high abv by adding this & that. Not this one. This beer has a big, piney, in-your-face taste that is all that an IPA should be. That being said, nothing really stood out to me as incredible. This beer is good, but I had to go the online route to acquire it, and while it IS good, I don't think I'll be buying it again anytime soon. If it were available to me locally, then yeah. (888 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

S:
-pine,resin,grapefruit,orange,mango,melons,peache,dried orange peel
T:
-Follows the nose
-residual sugar
-strong bitterniss
F:
-medium carbonation
-fairly alcoholic
O:
Very good, but Booziness&IPA dont mix well (213 characters)

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

My favorite DIPA to date. Just the right amount of malt (not too sweet or cloying) and big, juicy citrus flavor, mostly grapefruit but some papaya or mango too. (160 characters)

Photo of dkopec0411
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A roller coaster of deliciousness. One of the DIPAs in the world.

L - Clear and dark gold

S - Huge hop blast...classic west coast DIPA

T - A blast of pine, citrus, and orange hop goodness. Then it blows you away with the malty dry balanced finish. You expect the hop bitterness to linger in the end but doesn't. Perfection on both ends.

F - Medium body with nice carbonation

O - My favorite DIPA and one of the best beers you can get year round (454 characters)

Photo of thestoebz
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Nearly perfect DIPA. Very very good. Extremely balanced. Smells of pine and a bit of grass. Looks delicious, amber-gold with nice beautiful white foam which lingers for a while, leaving a subtle lacing. Taste is amazing, the best part of this IPA. Starts slow with a sweet, syrupy feeling malt which transforms into a bitter punch with a slight burning alcohol background. A bit of a carbonated, prickly mouth-feel that's slightly oily and thick, yet feels a bit watery at the same time. Complex. Taste lingers for a good long while, where the grassy pine takes over and leaves a bitter, pleasant taste on the back of the tongue.

Overall, nearly perfect IPA. Must-try. Would be hard-pressed to pick between this and The Calling, from Boulevard. So I'll take them both :) (780 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Quite possibly one of the best IPA's or DIPA's I have had. The is nice beer that pours a nice golden color and had a nice white creamy head to it. The aroma of sweet hops fills the glass. The taste is smooth and hoppy and a bit sweet and the 9.5% ABV can only be detected by the warming sensation in your belly. The mouthfeel is super smooth for an IPA. It is a really great beer! Can't say enough about this. I have had many of the Firestone Walker beers, this may be my new favorite! (492 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Liquid gold.

S- Intense citrus aroma.

T- Orange juice, pine, grapefruit, some bitterness and a sweet malt finish almost caramely.

F- Nice medium body and good carbonation.

O- one of my favorite DIPAs! Especially the whole 4 pack thing. (248 characters)

Photo of Duvel_Boston
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a stand-out IPA. Drank it from a snifter at The Gallows in South End. Bright, fresh citrus, with a big punchy hop bite. Drink it when you find it, and search it out if you can. (187 characters)

Photo of Hopstafari
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not biggest double IPA guy but my friend suggested this one and it's been one of my favorites ever since..not too hopped and full of flavor...somehow the high alcohol content is masked beautifully (200 characters)

Photo of Grainius
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 22oz bottle. Light hop aroma with a bit of fruit (tangerine) and prominent malty background. Pours clear medium dark golden amber with 1" off-white head that lingers and leaves lots of lacing. Very clean tasting. Lots of hop bitterness is balanced excellently with the caramel malt flavor. Because of it’s hop/malt balance and ability to hide it’s 9.5% ABV, this is a very drinkable DIPA. I really enjoyed this one. (426 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The "chewiness" of the Double Jack almost reminds me of tropical gushers- that sweet, syrupy residue taste it leaves on your gums. My favorite part about this beer is how the honey/gusher residue pushes the bitterness out of the way on the backend. That, coupled with the pungent floral smell is what makes this beer so great. (326 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber in color with minimal white lacing. Very clear beer.
Smells of mango/pineapple/very citrusy.
Tastes of mango/citrus like flavors. Mild bitterness.
Mild to medium amount of carbonation. Very smooth beer.
Overall, not a bad DIPA it gets better as the alcohol warmth hits after a few sips. The mango taste is very apparent and definitely adds to the beer. (365 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is dank and wet and piney. All balanced by a moderate amount of stone fruit flavors and slight sweetness from the malt. It was pretty good, just not my favorite DIPA.

Would purchase again. (198 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Color is a sort of golden brown, with very little head forming. Aroma is hop, and I don't catch too much else. The taste is a sort of malty vanilla that is a tiny bit sweet and becomes more tasty as it goes on. Its body is firm and it finishes the same. Absolutely solid DIPA. (313 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a great hops and citrus blend.
Appearance- A copper to golden amber color with a small white head.
Taste- A great blend of hops, citrus and lemon zest
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation with an excellent dry crisp finish.
Overall- An outstanding beer. (327 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle with pry-off cap poured into a snifter bottled on 12/02/2014

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden amber with 1 finger of white head

Smell: Citrus hops with an underlying earthy pine note

Taste: Like chewing on hop flowers, so much citrus, lemon zest, pine needles, and all flavors from the hop spectrum without a palate wrecking bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium and crisp

Overall: Just brilliant. Hits the nail on the head for the flavor I want in a DIPA. Its chock full of flavor without a crazy bitterness to overwhelm. Very bright in flavor and dry in its finish. (583 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look- Slightly dark for a West Coast DIPA, copper colored beer with good lacing.

Smell- Wonderfully pungent and dank hop scent.

Taste- Heady tropical fruits... mango, pineapple, melon, a hint of pine... there is a lot going on here but it's not convoluted. Very subtle, toasty malt structure.

Feel- Crisp, complex but not overwhelming.

Overall- Great change of pace DIPA. Not what I usually reach for due to price constraints, but this beer is the real deal. (462 characters)

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,297 ratings.