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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,496 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,496
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 294
Gots: 700 | FT: 30
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.

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Photo of raznug


3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jack pours a clear copper with an inch of white head, no head retention.
Smell: The first whiff is all citrus with some grassy notes following.
Taste: This is a very tasty brew great hop present with a great malt backbone they complement each other well. Not sure if I would call it a double IPA but it would be a very very tasty single IPA.
Mouthfeel: This beer feels to have a nice balance of thick and thin, the hops stick around nicely on the back of the tongue very nice finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 14:35:13 | More by raznug
Photo of chodinheaven


4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks just like its predecessor, Union Jack. Supposedly this is the same recipe, with less water. We'll see if its as good as the first.

Perfectly clear and amber in color, two finger snow-white sea-foamy head on top with patchy lacing down the glass. Good retention. The smell is just as vibrantly hoppy, full of grapefruit and citrus, a touch of pine and a small backing of bready malts. Balanced nose, with a focus on citrus.

Quite simply, all of the flavors from Union Jack are here, only they are more in your face in Double Jack. The initial wollop of citrusy and piney Northwest hops is even more intense. There is also bold resinous taste that was not as pronounced in the other. The bready malt still comes through as the balancing ingredient, doing its job as well as it can to contain the massive hop flavors. A ramped up ABV goes along well with ramped up flavors, not really very detectable, except on the breath. Lingering bitterness and a resiny taste are left after the sip. The mouthfeel is creamier, and seems to have lost the grit that was found in the more balanced Union Jack. It does not finish as dry as the first, leaving a little to be desired.

As an imperial IPA, it does well on its own. Its a good beer made from a winning recipe. But if I had to choose between this or Union, I'd go with Union. Its simply more balanced, but just as complex and tasty. Overall, not bad though and worth the buy, even if it is just to compare the two.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 03:39:48 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of DarthKostrizer


4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Orangish in color with a 1/2 inch white head and good retention

Smell: Very nice floral aromatics going on in this one

Taste: This one is a bit more malt forward than some Dipa's. The malt mixed with the floral hops create a candy like sweetness that reminds me of Ladyface Cheseboro dipa. The backend end carries a pretty nice citrus note.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high carbonation

Overall: Pretty damn good dipa highly recommended. Firestone is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 02:35:44 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of JoeAmerican77


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

Boom! Piney hop oils hit the nose the instant the cap comes off, grapefruit and lemons fight for nostril space as well. BIG. The flavor doesn't hint at anything, it is huge in sweetness, not cloying though, huge in hoppy bitterness, with a winey viney barleywine like malt to it. Balanced in flavor and syrupy thick in body. Nice touch guys.

Lots of folks are going to be hitting FW more and more because of its wins at GABF. This beer goes to show why they deserve that recognition. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 00:35:34 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of Keeton


4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this Double IPA and I'm very impressed. Where sometimes I'm overwhelmed with a tongue burn of some IPA's, this one is very drinkable and even refreshing! Whoever came up with the hop profile balanced everything perfectly in my opinion. The only thing I can pick on even a little is, my bottle didn't have that big aroma nose to it that I was expecting. It could just be this bottle, I'll buy ten more to find out!!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 04:28:09 | More by Keeton
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is golden in colour. Moderately sized white head, dissipates relatively quickly. Moderate lacing.

Smell contains some bright citrus fruit notes- orange and pineapple. A bit of caramel and bready malt in the background. Nice smell.

Taste is citrus, like the nose, some pine and a moderately bitter finish. The caramel malt is pretty noticeable and nice. A bit of a boozy finish. Nice, but not one of the best.

Moderate carbonation, medium to full body. A bit oily. Pretty good feel.

Enjoyable beer. A good DIPA, but not super memorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 01:16:59 | More by jrenihan
Photo of gabedivision

New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a DFH Snifter glass.

Pours a clear and light copper body with a frothy 2 finger head that mellows out and sticks and laces around the glass. Big piny, and grapefruity notes followed by a sugary malt blast. Cat urine fresh cut grass, slight mango and or citrus fruits, and mellows with a warming alcohol touch. Big big hop presence on the tongue, subtle wet hops though not aggrresive at all. Sweet fruity taste and feel, extremely smooth and delicious, finishes with a semi bitter alcohol warming . Medium bodied, sweet, creamy and smooth DIPA thats easy to drink and leaves the mouth extra dry begging for another sip. Overall this is great stuff, i cant get enough of this taste. One of the best tasting DIPA's ive ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 02:06:50 | More by gabedivision
Photo of knepper


2.85/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I've heard/read great things about this beer but it didn't quite live up to expectations. It really didn't have any aroma other than some caramel with a faint orange background. I'm thinking this beer has quite a bit of late addition hopping and dry hopping and i may have had a bottle with some age on it, diminishing those qualities. It was decent beer but a bit on the sweet side for me, drinking more like a light, malt-oriented barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 23:36:18 | More by knepper
Photo of razorsdescent


5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a- a beautiful almost amber color with a nice off white head, plenty of lacing. on a side note appearence does not matter much to me with beer.

s- wow this is where we start to get into the beauty of this beer. the smell is slick and oily hops.

t- oh my this is amazing! tastes like glorious oily hops. what a doudle IPA should taste like.

m- the mouthfeel is exceptioanlly smooth and the resiny oils of the hops coat the palate. this beer is great after your meal to refresh and tantalize the palate.

o- really this is one of the best beers ive had in awhile. i work in a bar that speacializes in rare and high end beers and this is one of the few that has really impressed me. If you can try this on tap do it!!!

I bought a bottle to cellar for a year or two and see what happens.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 21:26:16 | More by razorsdescent
Photo of TKEbeerman


4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this IPA pours a clear golden yellow with a neat, white capped head. The clarity and color of this beer alone is impressive. The head, although not the best I've seen, is a nice touch on top of this golden liquid.

S: The aroma smells of sweet nectar of the Gods. Tons of citrus, grapefruit, and fresh hops. All my favorite hop characters come together in perfect balance.

T: The flavor profile is more balanced than the aroma makes this brew out to be. Sweet malt flavor mixes with just about the best hop notes you can find. Citrus notes of lemon peel, fruit notes of grapefruit and maybe some pineapple.

MF: Mouthfeel can use more carbonation, but I love how this IPA leaves your pallet without blowing it out.

Overall, this IPA can improve in just about every area, but this brew is really near perfect. Thanks again to Chris and Matt Capone.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 00:09:17 | More by TKEbeerman
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" tan coloured head that dissipated quickly over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Citrus hops, pine hops and sweet malt.

T: Bitter citrus and pine hops balanced by sweet malt. Similar taste profile to the Anderson Valley Imperial IPA.

M: Medium to thick viscosity with low carbonation.

O: Good drinkability and well balanced Double IPA that is sweeter than most.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 17:43:13 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edited ratings on 04-06-2012 from initial ratings (4.0-4.5-5.0-5.0-4.5) on 10-02-11.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was caramel amber. About an inch of head. Average amount of lacing on the top. The film on the sides wasn’t as good as I hoped, but still had a presence.

Very hoppy on the nose. The usual suspects with pine and citrus balancing the way. Lemon zest is the main citrus with grapefruit a semi-distant second.

A lot different than I expected with the taste. Some caramel in there, along with the previously mentioned citrus and pine. The initial taste immediately gives way to a sharp alcohol bite. It then smoothes out at the end with citrus finish that slowly dissipates.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth and consistent taste throughout. Orange comes through later in the beer, where it seemed to be lemon and grapefruit early on.

Just a fantastic beer. It got better as I rated it. I am a bit of a Firestone homer, but it’s hard not to be when their beers are so good.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 08:18:34 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of lovindahops

New York

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

finally get a chance to try some double jack!

A- a clear orange with a head that quickly resides down. Really not much lacing but the brew glows inside the glass

s- MASSIVE grapefruit with some fresh grassy notes that are instantley refreshing and appealing in the nose. This is a DIPA that is the west coast interpret no doubt. The hoppiness is exploding out of the glass

T- Great amount of citrus with the bitterness and sweet flavors mingling collectively together. The flavor is heavy yet crisp. It is a sold DIPA brew

m- medium and smooth

O- i have not had a hop bomb like this in a while. A refreshing DIPA that does not disappoint. I am so glad I was able to get a shot at this.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 17:29:50 | More by lovindahops
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BSP for their madcrazy 14th anniversary! From notes.

A. Clear brushed copper. Low head.

S. Dense citrus nose, some booze here, sweet malted grains, grapefruit, well rounded really, but overall heavy and stiff. Succulent... but gives fair warning about the hurt it can put on you.

T. Here we go! Full flavor all the way across the sky! Double Jack pulls no punches, you've got your orange-tangerine citrus bitters, sweet caramel malt, warming booze, some pine here and there - classic flavors. The bitterness is thankfully restrained; I'm tired of IBU-bombs. Nothing earth-moving, but this is very well balanced.

M / O: Medium-full body, middling carbonation, smooth really. Tasty for sure, but breaks no new ground - just an above average West Coast DIPA. Depending on when and where you have this I imagine it could run the spectrum from sublime to just good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 22:06:13 | More by kkipple
Photo of MrIncognito


4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Churchkey in DC

A - Beautiful dark copper with a thin tight white cap that fades quickly into whispy lacing. Great lacing on the glass

S - Sharp piney hops with a sweet maltiness and spicy alocohol in the background. Not boozy at all IMO

T&M - Great moderate mouthfeel, not overly thick. Medium-to-light carbonation. Strong piney hops that really kick you in the mouth. Kind of a pine tar resiny taste but in a good way. Lightly sweet malts balance well with warming, spicy alochol to add great flavor and keep things smooth without over-sweetening the beer.

O - I loved this beer so much and could have sipped it all night. One of my new favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 19:09:22 | More by MrIncognito
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 18:39:14 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of PicoPapa


4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a traslucent golden amber color with a small layer of head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is piney with tropical fruits. Smells sweet with a good amount of hop aroma. Flavor is more tropical/citrus fuits. Dry with some resinous pine taste. Has a nice warming alcohol flavor to it. Bitter tropical fruits at the end. Lightlly carbonated with somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel. This one has a nice balance of booze, hops, bitterness and tropical fruits. Overall, this is a real good Imperial IPA worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 03:23:28 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of rsdaugherty


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber into pint glass
A – 2 finger dusty head with good staying power with decent lacing settled to a thin layer, clear golden amber with moderate carbonation 4
S – Nice scent even at arm’s length, a strong & resiny orange/mango citrus, pine, caramel malts, florals 4.5
T – The most subtle imperial IPA I’ve had, and I’m not saying that as a negative. Mellow citrus zest, moderate pine, and moderate bitterness for a double. A bit of tropical fruits. Excellent balance with a slightly sweet caramel malt profile rounds out this brew well. A bit of alcohol on the finish. 4.5
M – Medium body, a bit sticky and thicker but drinkability is not affected, enjoyed the moderate carbonation level. Would and will have another. 4
O – Quite possibly my favorite DIPA, the character is BIG and yet so sublime, a must try for any hop head. Drinkability is a notch above any double IPA I’ve had, and overall character is so enjoyable to drink. Now on my regular rotation list. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 21:33:47 | More by rsdaugherty
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a buddy for sharing this with me. Pours a clear reddish/burnt orange with fluffy white head into a snifter. All I could smell and taste was oak, or something similiar to that. You could tell it was barrel aged, and thats ok with me. I picked up orange in the taste too with the oak. Drinks easily for the higher percentage. There needs to be more barrel aged iipas.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 13:52:41 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of Suds


4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a clear, golden-amber color with a short and foamy white head. Moderately low carbonation and nice tufts of lace. The beer has a brilliantly hoppy aroma. Loads of hop-derived citrus aromas dominate the smell. Orange peel and fresh grapefruit. Herbal, resiny, and fresh-smelling. The taste is intense and exceedingly well balanced. The first note is of the hop bitterness....it's a biting sensation...followed by an agressive alcohol warming and a deep malt flavor. Pale malts...no real roasted character...bread and toast. The hops are showcased in this beer, amazingly hoppy. The body is solid. This is not a beer to be taken lightly.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:55:45 | More by Suds
Photo of ProudBeerSnob

New York

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Very clear golden color, nice head but very little lacing.

Great subtle hop nose, not the overwhelming pine notes in some DIPAs. Nice sweet slightly citrusy flavor. Alcohol pleasantly asserts itself.

Nice to find a DIPA that is not overwhelming. I will definitely seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 01:06:59 | More by ProudBeerSnob
Photo of NoHipTee


4.47/5  rDev +3%
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 jbakajust1


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz Snifter glass @ Bier Stein

A - Deep orange color w/ beige 1 finger head, lasts well, decent carb, light haze, great lacing.

S - Lots of resinous hops, tons of pine, grapefruits, light tropical fruitiness, some sweet malts, mostly just NW hops, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Same tune as the nose, lots of grapefruit, pine sap, resins, sweet malts, light toffee and bread. Malts play well here. Alcohol is well hidden, but presents itself as you go.

M - Medium body with a dry not too bitter finish, hard to tell it is 100 IBUs, balance is towards the hops, but not throat scrapingly so. Nice carbonation, smooth and malty feel on the tongue. Warmth on the way down.

O - One of the best DIPAs I've had. I really enjoy the malts playing a decent role other than carying hops and making it not hop tea. Great depth and complexity. Dry enough and bitter enough to still be a DIPA and not a hoppy Barley Wine. Tons of hop flavor and aroma. ABV is well hidden until you get back to work...

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 21:45:53 | More by jbakajust1
Photo of paperbackfoster


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a sunny, light gold - extremely light for a double IPA. Very active body carbonation. Head comes up to two fingers, sticks together.

S - There was a strong citrus hop aroma as I poured, before my nose was anywhere near the pint. A real sniff produces a very strong, very fresh hop aroma. Light, zesty citrus over spice and a bit of pine. The smell alone is almost as refreshing as a beer on a hot day. A charmer, this one.

T - There’s so much going on with this one. Bright citrus fruit fills the mouth from the get-go. Orange, lemon, even lime. A lot of grapefruit bitterness in the body. Very fresh, high-acid hops with an intense, zesty and spicy finish. The florals linger long after a wallow. This is a very sweet IPA, with more than a hint of candy or beet sugars. The basis is a light, biscuity malt, a decent base for the wild arrangement of hops.

M - Relatively high carbonation and high acid make this a tongue-punch. A pleasant one.

Overall - This is a huge surprise in terms of a double IPA, and well worth a try. It’s lighter than most DIPAs in all aspects - the sunny color, the high citrus/low resin nose, and the expertly hidden 9.5% ABV. It may lack bitterness, but only barely. This doesn’t detract from the pleasure that is the citrus and florals. I think even the most hardcore hophead could enjoy this beer - for what it lacks in bitterness, it makes up for in presence. The hops, bittering and onward, are pervasive and complex.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 01:21:34 | More by paperbackfoster
Photo of zoso1967


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

Double Jack pours an ever so slightly cloudy shade of medium amber that has a nice light orange glow to it. The head manifests itself as a frothy and sticky cap of beige foam that has great retention and leaves sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is full of all the deliciousness that a double IPA should have. Fresh citrusy and piney hops are at the forefront. They have a nice, slightly chalky character that mingles well with some notes of pineapple and other tropical fruits. The malt sweetness is also quite potent and has a sugar cookie like character to it.

The flavor is sweeter than I expected, but there is a serious amount of hoppiness to go along with it. The hop flavors are even farther towards the tropical edge of the spectrum in the flavor. The malt is very much the same though with a sugary, slightly caramel flavor to it that stands up well against a pretty large amount of hop bitterness that still makes its way through the malt. Near the end of the sip it gets pretty piney and resinous. No alcohol is appreciable.

The texture of this brew is perfect with a nice mix of smoothness form low carbonation and tingly bitterness from the hops. The finish is seriously hoppy with a piney, earthy flavor that lingers long after swallowing.

Double Jack is a very tasty double IPA that drinks easily. I have had better, but I have had far more that are worse. This would certainly qualify as a beer that I would pick up from time to time if it was more readily available.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 12:17:30 | More by zoso1967
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,496 ratings.