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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4802
Reviews: 1147
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 Goliveidaho


4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

You gotta be kidding me 9.5 ACL? This IPA pours bright amber...then settles into a dark honey hue. Head never dies..lacing ...a Picasso sketch of clouds on a clear horizon. Aroma subdued...nostrils open pulling the head close to a snort...still the fragrance remains a mystery. Taste full of the brewers art....fruit maybe grapefruit...that kind of freshness...finishes in a WOW moment..can this be this good? Complex in a small way...keep it coming....can that bottle be almost empty? If you don't like this beer try tea....Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:47:02 | More by Goliveidaho
Photo of Spikester


3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear golden amber with two fingers of white head that departs rather quickly leaving clumps of lace.
Smell is citrus floral hops with plenty of malt aroma.
Taste is tropical fruit with some hop resins and a touch of sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is smooth well carbonated and lightly dry finish.
Overall a tasty DIPA with dangerously well hidden alcohol. Right now it is drinking like their DBA. Very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 09:13:07 | More by Spikester
Photo of Bowers-Brew


4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Light orange with clean white head. Head lingers and stays on the glass throughout drinking.

S - Very hoppy with plenty of citrus and subtle earthy and piny notes. It follows a very similar scent profile to Pliny and Zombie dust, which are both great beers to imitate.

T - Clean hop, more citrus than pine, malty and bitter followed by sweetness.

O - Double Jack speaks true to Firestone's motto of "we are living beer". It may not be the best IIPA out there, but it should be in the mix when talking about the top contenders. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:30:56 | More by Bowers-Brew
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a freakin' gorgeous clear amber color. The head is a finger high, and barely off-white in shade. It retains fairly well and leaves good lacing behind. One of the best looking IPAs I've witnessed, as per usual.

S: The aroma here is quite impressive, and complex to boot. Its hop profile brings defined herbal notes, some grapefruit (both flesh and peel), oranges, and even a touch of tropical fruit. It's slightly malty in places, too - not quite as much as I remember it being. I've always enjoyed this brew's aroma...

T: ...but the flavor profile gives me a bit of pause. I like the initial opening of hoppy flavors here. Mostly, it's grapefruit-forward, with gentle hints of orange and herbs. But it's the finish that kills it - there's way too much malt AND slightly too much alcohol, even for 9.5%. It's malt backbone is too undefined for how prevalent it is on the back end. This is kind of like pouring a cup of sugar on a grapefruit half for breakfast. Having said that, there is a modicum of enjoyment to be found here - the hops here aren't terribly bitter and bring a rock-solid grapefruit flavor.

M: It's trying so hard to be crisp and light, it really is. The carbonation is zesty enough to create an initial illusion of that. But the finish kills it by leaving an excessive, lumpy sweetness on the back of the palate. To be fair, it is VERY drinkable for 9.5%...for the first six ounces at least. After that, the sweetness chokes the palate, turning what should have been a brilliantly crisp DIPA into a malty mess. What a tragedy.

O: This really isn't bad. But even for being two months old, it should have been better. This tells me A) it falls off a cliff almost immediately, or B) it's frankly overhyped. If I buy this again (you know I will, because hype), it better be less than a month old. It's definitely approachable enough for beginners, though - still, I'd much rather have Union Jack any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 20:06:36 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/22/13

A: Pours a copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to splotchy, tiny bubbles

S: Lots of citrusy hops with a hint of pine. Grapefruit stands out with hints of tropical fruit. Light malt background. Very hop forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with bursts of citrus and tropical fruits, followed by very light piney and floral notes. Malts are present, but give way to the hoppiness. Again, grapefruit really stands out. Finishes with a decent bitterness and more of the grapefruit

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Pretty much an imperialized version of Union Jack, as expected. Dangerously drinkable for being 100 IBUs and 9.5%. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 05:44:16 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of BoldRulerVermont


4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Willi Becher glass.
Poured a beautiful medium amber, clear and clean with nice frothy white head.
Aromas were delicious, very citrusy, juicy and sweet hop aromas.
Taste was in line with aromas, crisp, juicy and delicious. Hope forward.
Mouthfeel was very nice.
Overall I was very, very impressed with this beer.
I enjoyed this after having a Pliny TE and my taste preference is for the Double Jack.
A delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 15:35:14 | More by BoldRulerVermont
Photo of PSU_Mike


4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving - Bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass

A - A light copper color, crystal clear with some active carbonation. Poured with a 1.5 finger head. Great looking beer.

S - Lots of piney hops up front with a touch of malt in the background. Hops are the star of this show though. Very strong aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose. Piney hops up front with a slight malty sweet finish.

M - A touch too active on the tongue. Leaves a bitter finish. Very dry.

O - Very enjoyable. 9.5% is well hidden. If the carbonation was toned down a bit, this would be damn near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 03:30:52 | More by PSU_Mike
Photo of dexterk1


4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting a while to try this one and so glad to do it. Appearance is a nice golden, maybe copper color. Head was substantial and dissipated pretty quickly.
Odor is of pine, citrus as well as other fruitiness.
Taste starts with hops and goes between hops pine and sweet citrus as it continues. A little maltiness as well makes for a very nicely balanced flavor.
Mouth feel is pretty smooth and there is only a slight hint of alcohol. Somewhat light carbonation.
Overall an excellent west coast DIPA. Balanced through out ans complete.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 01:10:00 | More by dexterk1
Photo of krustster


4.96/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Yeaaahhh maannn... uaaahhh god man. Gorgeous copper/gold color with a decent sized head full of big bubbles that still sticks around for a good while. For an IPA (or DIPA I guess) this is about as pretty as a beer can get.

Smell is full of fruity hops, the best kind of hops. Lightly floral with a big blast of tropical and citrus fruit aromas. Just enough of the pine smells to balance out the fruit. Incredibly good smell on this one.

Taste is an explosion of fruity and floral flavors. Grapefruit, orange, mango (I saw the reviews mentioning the supposed mango taste and I didn't believe it, but it's there) and floral uh... flowers... with bitterness that's restrained but still assertive enough to remind you that this is pale ale and also balance out the fruity flavors. I'm really blown away. At nearly 10% ABV there's also no trace of heat. I thought this would be a lot more bitter, but the balance is incredible.

Mouth feel is crisp, just enough carbonation, not sticky or overly heavy, I'm not really used to reviewing "lighter" beers so I'm not sure how to describe it. It does seem just right, however.

Overall, this is an utterly incredible DIPA beverage. It took me a while to get into the hoppy drinks, but I feel like if I'd had something of this caliber off the bat I would have gone nuts over it immediately. The main thing holding me back originally was the bitterness, and this one totally nails it. Founders Double Trouble hit the same notes for me; this one is just on a slightly higher level. Amazing!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 04:21:18 | More by krustster
Photo of TheosTheories


4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11-01-13

A- nice amber color, surprisingly clear, with a half finger head that doesn't last

S- pine, floral, some tropical fruits, biscuit and sweet malt underneath

T- piney, with some tropical fruit, grapefruit, pineapple. Just a great balance between piney and floral hops and tropical hops.

M- on the lighter side of medium, some carbonation, dry

O- overall a very nice DIPA. It hides the abv very well and drinks like a normal IPA, so be careful lol. This was my first ever Firestone walker and i was not disappointed. This is a perfectly well balanced DIPA and pure enjoyment to try, thank god I have 3 more!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 01:16:23 | More by TheosTheories
Photo of dav3290


4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 11/01/13 so just over a month old

A- Beautiful, golden orange. Very clear. Just gorgeous.

S- Piney hops dominate but can get some fruit as well. Great smell.

T- nice buttering hops to balance the fruit. Just a great tasting beer.

M- creamy and filling

O- this is my second favorite DIPA after heady. Just an amazing brew and one I wish I could get more often. In 4 packs now too!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 03:20:25 | More by dav3290
Photo of BSK_ONE

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden copper appearance with quickly disappearing head with some lacing.
S - Piney
T - Smooth, the high alcohol content is almost completely hidden. Very good!
M - Taste buds are dancing
O - If they could bottle the experience of shopping for a Christmas tree, this is what it would taste like.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 02:23:18 | More by BSK_ONE
Photo of dar482

New York

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a clear as glass golden amber color with a fluffy tight head. No bubbles rising, no haziness, just a really strangely crystal clear color.

The aroma is incredible punch of sweet tropical and citrus fruit. Dried mango, sweet orange peel, pineapple, juicy sweet peach. A sweet caramel malt as well. In the back, you’re getting the astringency, cat pee, and bit of pine.

The flavor follows with that classic West Coast profile. A ridiculous amount of hop juice in the front. A big punch of tropical and grapefruit, with a substantial sweet caramel malt to back it up and move things around. It attacks then with tons of bitterness of pine needles. It’s really dry.

Having this again, this beer really blows me away after having it the first time in the beginning of the year and having it again towards the end of the year, I’m impressed it lives up as one of the best IPAs around. A wonderful complexity and tons of hops to keep it going. Accessible, it’s so good.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 04:20:05 | More by dar482
Photo of South2NW


4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle to Sierra Nevada IPA glass

A: pours a dark orange color, with a nice creamy head.

S: huge citrus and pine aromas.

T: grapefruit, pine, and maybe some biscuits

M: medium body, on the lighter side of carbonation.

O: tasty and delicious. Leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 02:32:45 | More by South2NW
Photo of reebtaerG


4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10oz pour into a short wide mouth glass at Lures

A-light golden color with a one finger white head

S-wonderful aromas of hops tangerine, grapefruit, and juicy fruit with some malt

T-great hop taste with a little bit of malt. Can taste the tangerine and grapefruit

M-well balance for a DIPA just the right amount of hops to malt. Very smooth and silky to mouth with a oily feel

O-great DIPA Firestone walker, my new favorite

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2013 21:38:59 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of TwoBeers


4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours very clear, clean golden copper color. 3 finger head that hangs around for a while. Light lacing.

S: Big piney hops and fruity aroma. Some citrus.

T: Raisiny hops right up front with some fruits coming through. The sweet bready malts take over and leave a very appealing aftertaste.

M: Lightly carbonated, medium body. Silky mouthfeel.

O: Very drinkable. Enjoyed the balance of this beer without too much alcohol taste. Will definitely be looking for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 03:04:48 | More by TwoBeers
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/3/13

The beer was a cloudy burnt orange color with no sediment. The head was creamy and lasted for awhile.
The immediate smell was of tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. The pine is there but was not too pronounced. Very sweet smelling.
The taste was very sweet, pineapple, mango, and peach. Of course there was tons of hops and pine cone flavor as soon as I sipped it. I didn't get too much malt. The mouthfeel presented a slight drying effect, perhaps from the bitterness.
This was excellent. I'd drink this again and again. Not a real heavy DIPA in fact I prefer this to Union Jack due to the tropical taste and loads of hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 13:49:20 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of Brianofthemarsh


4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- copper/amber color, clear. Nice creamy head that lasts.
s- nice. Grapefruit and tropical fruits.
t- Very juicy: citrus, mango , pineapple and other tropical fruits, some piney bitterness. Sweetness from the malt. Reminds me of Enjoy By.
m- medium bodied and smooth
0 - one of the better imperial IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 04:23:56 | More by Brianofthemarsh
Photo of n1ckels


3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- looks like urine
S- Smells like dish soap
T- grapefruit until your tongue is numb from the alcohol
M- rusty and bitter
O- I've had better

My Italian friend is convinced this tastes and smells like soap. But everyone says grapefruit so follow the leader? This was our first double IPA

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 06:37:05 | More by n1ckels
Photo of Rheaume17


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau glass.

A - Pours as nice orange hue. Think sudsy head.

S - Smells of tropical fruit; Mango, apricot, mango, papaya.

T - Tons of tropical fruit flavors as mentioned with the smell. Of course with it being 9.5%, it was a little boozy, but not overpowering.

M - Good carbonation with a bitterness that lingers in the mouth.

O - Honestly a little let down from this one, but a great beer nonetheless. Lots of tropical fruits, but not the crisp hop profile that I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 16:03:42 | More by Rheaume17
Photo of shacawgo24


4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A-Typical deep orange/dark honey DIPA look. Wow this sandy 4-finger head seems to never die! One of the best billowy heads I've seen in any beer.

S-Citrus. Hops. Bubbling sugar.

T-Bitter fat hops crash like asteroids on the surface of tongue. Exploding bursts of citrus wash over. Sweet-breads such as fruitcake and cinnamon raisin. Orange bitters. Grapefruit. Honey.

M-Medium body. Nice thickness. Gel like in texture on the finish.

O-The taste wins. The flavor and overall smoothness make Double Jack a top shelf DIPA. Flavor shape-shifts a bit even as it warms, retaining the character but inviting your palate to discern new and previously unknown taste traits. 9.5% ABV is barely perceptible. Sneaks up on you nicely. Try to keep a bomber in the home at all times. Go Firestone!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:40:09 | More by shacawgo24
Photo of Idrankitall


4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Nice golden amber, with no haze, and an airy white head.

S: Citrus with some floral undertones and a little pine.

T: Hoppy, with some more hops. Afterwards lending to some malt backing with a slight carmel hint.

M: Medium, not as heavy or oily as expected from a strong hoppy beer.

O: A great DIPA, not my favorite but in my top 10. If you enjoy hoppy beers this one is worth trying. I will get it again.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 23:41:33 | More by Idrankitall
Photo of Dmbphoenix

New York

4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: poured pale tengerine line hue color, 3 mm thick head that laced out to a thready island.

S: Citrus and pine resin and floral scents are present. I LOVE me a floral beer.

T: Hops and more hops. A bitter attach on the forefront followed b, followed by a lingering malt aftermath.

M:feels both bold and heavy on the palette

O:. I would highly recommend this to anyone. It consistentently leaves a big smile on my face

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 17:40:15 | More by Dmbphoenix
Photo of FLima


4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber color with a one finger head with short retention.
Nice aroma of pine, honey, vanilla and grapefruit.
Sweet flavor of toasted malts with strong notes of grapefruit citrusy, tangerines, pine, orange peel and resin. Also lots of honey and apricot, some mango and grass. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% is well hidden.
I preferred their superb IPA, DIPAs tend to be too sweet, and Double Jack is no exception. Nevertheless, this is a great citric DIPA, very deep and complex.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 15:16:10 | More by FLima
Photo of mcflypie


4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: A rich and cloudy copper/golden color. Nice lacing.

S: Grassy, floral, and sweet.

T: Grapefruit and smokey citrus. Hoppy, malty, and biscuity. Caramel tastes.

M: Chewy and medium to full bodied. An almost woody aged feeling.

O: A classic and fantastic Double IPA. Maybe too strong for some, this is one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 04:19:47 | More by mcflypie
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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