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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,947 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,947
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 325
Gots: 855 | FT: 29
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.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009)
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Photo of nc41
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I won't go into a lot of detail here, but this bottle was overly malty both on the nose and on the palate. I'm not really impressed with this offering, far too many better DIPA's on the market. Worth a try I suppose like most things. Not sure of the bottled date, but i bought it straight from a retailer, and it's supposed to be fresh stuff.

Ran into a couple of fresh ones while in PA, the 1st bottle I had was definitely old. One very nice DIPA I'd buy anytime, but like most in this style it needs to be fresh.

nc41, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of rockyfire
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with a decent tan head. Pretty thick, recedes quickly but leaves some a beautiful lace on the glass.

Nose is pretty strong but sweet with enough floral and grapefruit notes to make me want to drink up. Caramel malt is very big on the nose and the flavor. Plenty hoppy, but the caramel malt is really strong. Bitterness is fleeting.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick and smooth. Well done, I enjoyed it on tap.

Wish we had it it NC. This is a great DIPA and if you read my reviews, I am not a big IPA fan. I loved it!

rockyfire, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of Tilley4
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a tasting at Maria's in Chicago...

Arrives a deep golden with a frothy head...

Loads of deep pungent hops roll out of the glass here... Surprised at the sheer dankness of thisbeer... It's funky and righteous with the amount of green sticky hoppiness present in the aromas....

Loving this all the way... A strong dank hoppiness prevades the malt that tries to show up but tucks it tail between its legs and runs... This is an amazingly well crafted brew... Its superbly hoppy without being totally one dimensional...

Every day, I could drink this beer... It would be as go to DIPA were it available in my state...

Tilley4, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another beer from an August tasting, but my notes are good.

This one is a bright coppery color leaning toward a lighter amber but still closer to orange. A creamy eggshell-colored head forms about a finger tall, displaying a firm retention and sticky lacing, which is deposited like patchwork along the sides of the glass.
The aroma bursts, and a delightful balance of sweet and bitter is displayed in the nose. Grapefruit is the dominant hops profile along with a bit of resin that's tamed by a sweetness akin to candied orange and lemon. A light grassy sort of earthiness is able to come out as well, and a gentle caramel malt adds to the sweetness and balance without taking it over the top...
...which is the key in the flavor. This beer has a profile similar to DFH 120, which I like but I believe takes the sweetness overboard, but Double Jack borders on 120's sweetness without going too far. It seems to find that perfect spot and, as such, it's delicious. This beer is almost but not sugary sweet and bursting with juices, fresh and raw, balanced in bitterness by an addition of pine resin and grassy flavors. Malts aren't neglected and add caramel and a gentle dustiness underneath.
Carbonation is light, adding a nip, but constant, keeping it active. Creamy smoothness palys out all the way into the finish, which lingers pretty well.
This is a delicious beer and one I wish I had readier access to.

Brenden, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.4/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into two tulips.

A- Pours a light orange with a two finger head that dissipates into a thin cap. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S- Pungent tropical fruits with papaya, pineapple, apricot, melon, mandarine and lime. Caramel malt is in the background as well as some grassy and piney hops.

T- A complete lack of tropical fruit or much citrus for that matter with a sweet caramel malt and boozy presence with some pine and grassy bitterness.

M- Medium carbonation and body with an oily mouthfeel that finishes sweet and boozy. The 9.5% makes itself known.

O- After having a few beers from Firestone, this has been the most disappointing one so far. This bottle is a few months old, but there is just way too much sweetness in this DIPA. I will have to revisit when I see a fresh bottle, but Union Jack is much better IMO.

iadler, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of bld81
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

bld81, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Kranders
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I was surprised how sweet this IPA was compared to others. Somehow though, it was perfectly balanced with the huge hop presence throughout the whole beer. A pretty good body rounded out the whole experience for a really solid IPA that sets itself apart from the crowd.

Kranders, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of gregb13
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very inviting, rich orangish-amber. Smell is wonderful; lots of bright citrus notes, orange peel, malt, very sweet. Taste is not quite as awesome as the nose, but it's very good nonetheless. Citrus, pine, some sweeter, fleshy tropical fruits as well (maybe some mango?) Medium body, slightly viscous. Alcohol is very well hidden. Overall a very solid DIPA, probably my favorite one though it's not my favorite style. Definitely would get this one again, though at around $8 it's about twice the price of Tricerahops (Ninkasi), which I like almost as much.

Note: Would be an A bordering on A+ with a slightly different hop profile. As it is, the pine is a little overbearing on the palate.

gregb13, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of JDizzle
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. This is my first time trying this one-fucking ecstatic!!

It's dated 6/24/11- would have liked it a little more fresh, but no complaining here bitches.

Pours pretty cloudy with a beautiful foamy head that is a bright off white. The color of the beer is wonderful with a glowing copper/amber hue that I want to see from a DIPA.

It smells like a bouquet of hops with a nice biscuity/bready finish. Almost perfume like in a way. Also get some pine notes. Really nice!

The taste is very clean with a punch of hops upfront that are citrusy and piney. It has a bigger malt bill than I expected it to have(4 months old). Really chewy finish with a malt sweetness that I like in a DIPA. Great balance on this one.

It's chewy and has a little bitter aftertaste, but it goes away and doesn't linger around like herpes or something...like that. So fresh and so clean!

I will be buying more on my next trip to Illinois over Thanksgiving.

JDizzle, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of philbe311
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two and a half fingers worth of soft gentle pillow like fluffy light tan colored head... Solid retention... The color is a very light very clean golden yellow with a very faint orange hue... Very lightly carbonated with just a couple of slow stray bubbles rising within... A tiny bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Holy hop goodness Batman... Citrus is first and foremost... Grapefruit... Tangerines... Light tropical fruits... A bit of orange zest... A respectable malt base comprised of biscuit and crackers... Quite appealing...

T - It's no surprise that the hops dominate the palette as well... The expected citrus goodness is present, but as also joined by a brisk piney character... Slightly medicinal... A bit a alcohol bite... The doughy malt backbone is very light and could possibly stand to be dialed up a notch or two... Perhaps some very light pepper notes on the deep finish...

M - Medium bodied... Moderate carbonation... A bit dense... A modicum of stickiness... A bit of hop harshness batters the tongue... An out of place slight chalkiness in terms of texture... Even and consistent sip after sip... A bit too harsh...

D - A world class American Double IPA that I've been looking forward to trying for a while and that did not disappoint... Stellar aroma and better than good in all other categories... If there is any complaint it is that this one is a bit to harsh and a little rough around the edges...

philbe311, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of BigMike
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden orange honey color with a nice off white head of about 2 fingers. This is one of the clearest beers i can remember.

S: Tons of citrus. Grapefruit and tangerine come to mind. Also mango and lots of piney.

T: Flavor consists of pineapple, mango,and the citrus that was present on the nose.

M: Very balanced. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet with great carbonation. Medium bodied and super easy to drink.

Overall: A tremendous DIPA from FW. I'm so glad they are finally distro'ing there beers to Philly. I will definitely be drinking lots of their beers.

BigMike, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of keanex
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: This is a perfect looking beer, clear amber with carbonation bubbles floating up to the thick off-white rocky foamy head which leaves it's presence known on the side of the glass as it dissipates.

S: Very strong piney hops smell that I smell from a foot away where my glass sits as I type this. Citrus notes poke through with almost a mango smell.

T: Very balanced, so balanced in-fact the taste is hard to determine on the first sip as they mesh perfectly together. A tropical fruit taste hits first with citrus notes with fresh piney hops making an appearance and lingering after it's gone.

M: Medium carbonation and body go down smooth.

O: This is my new favorite DIPA. It has excellent balance with a nice fruity citrusy taste that meets a fresh piney flavor. This is simply excellent.

keanex, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip glass...

A - clear copper color with a nearly two-finger head. Considerable lacing. Looks pretty standard.

S - Nice piney hop aroma -- borderline cannabis. Citrusy hints.

T - Strong hop flavors, but not overwhelming. Very piney but with some citrus poking through. It's a paradox. The more pine you taste the more the citrus opens up. You sip once and you just want more and more.

M - Medium bodied, with a pleasent stickiness. Just the right amount of carbonation. A definite hop aftertaste, and a dry finish.

An awesome DIPA ... it's only rival I know of now is Myrcennary by O'dell.

UpToMeBeer, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of afdempse
3.48/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange colored beer, thick frothy head with good lacing.

Aroma of candied orange peel, sweet malt and pine.

Strong flavors of caramelized sugars, citrus, spruce. Solvent-like alcohol packs a punch. Boozy, caramelly, chewy malt sweetness.

Feel is thick, and slightly syrupy. The hot alcohol and sweet malt interfere with the more subtle flavors that could be displayed by the hops, and detract from the overall drinkability.

Overall, it doesn't quite live up to the hype for me. Sweet DIPAs are not my thing. I'd prefer the hops to steal the show, not get masked by alcohol and sweetness.

afdempse, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Adam!

The beer appears hazy and light orange hued with an inch of dense, white head. Plenty of lacing coats the walls of the pint glass. The aroma offers some malty sweetness, as well as some hop and citrus notes. The flavor brings forth a huge helping of malt and candied oranges. Strong. Hop presence is there as well, of course, but the flavor seems dominated by malt, candied oranges, and a sweet presence throughout. Thick in body, even a bit syrupy. Alcohol presence is prominent throughout. Overall, an ok beer, but not my thing.

Huhzubendah, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of thehosh
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a beer. It is a DIPA weekend for me - in my fridge, Myrcenary, Pliny and Double Jack are holding court. I began Friday night with the Double Jack.

Bomber poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: gorgeous. amber, yellow, plenty of interesting hues.

S: Over the top. So much rich pineyness. Very pineapple at first. A couple more smells you find a refined pine. Sweet.

T: I would put this on the same taste profile level as Nugget Nectar and also similar to 90 minute. Very powerful hops at first, not overwhelming just definitive. But it quickly succumbs to a pleasant sweetness.

M: Perfect. Not too much to say here, the balance of this beer shows through here. Extremely drinkable. (That bomber didn't last very long and I was flying solo...) Less beligerent than some DIPAs.

O: This beer on first taste became one of my top beers. It is distinct from Pliny and/or Blind Pig, which will remain my favorite DIPAS. However, this is a different change of pace, which is very nice. I will seek this beer out as much as possible and won't be disappointed.

thehosh, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of heysuz
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intro: 22 oz. bottle. Served in a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Medium copper color with an off-white abundant head that is 2 fingers thick, with a creamy texture. Lacing is acceptable and persistent. Clarity is clear.

Smell: Usual array of hops and citrus smell. It has a malty background which is refreshing. Smells very balanced and appealing.

Taste: Great taste. One of the best features of this beer. It’s smooth, balanced, but yet hoppy. It’s a very inviting taste that makes you come back for more.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Doesn’t seem to have that hop oil resiny mouthfeel that’s normally associated with DIPA’s. Overall, a very balanced profile that leaves the mouth clean.

Overall: Very enjoyable brew. I have to travel to get this but I make a point to always have plenty on hand. This is one of my top 5 DIPA’s. If you can find it, it’s worth the effort.

heysuz, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of chakadrum
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For some reason the name "Double Jack" had me thinking this was aged in Jack Daniels barrels. Alas, it is not, that would be really awesome, but frankly, this beer is just fine on its own.

First reaction, this beer tastes very very much like Troegs Nugget Nectar. The Troegs beer might be just a little maltier (and for that reason a better brew) but hop profile-wise these are two very similar beers.

The color just makes me think IPA for some reason.

The smell is a citrus bomb and I love it.

The taste is great but a hair more malt would be a nice touch. It is a tad sweet actually so it might be tough to do much more with this.

The beer coats the mouth well and definitely gives some initial sweetness that lingers into a pleasant bitterness.

I'd buy this beer again in a heartbeat, especially if Nugget Nectar is out of season.

chakadrum, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - light copper coloured with a large creamy head that is very persistent and leaves great lacing.

Smell - Floral, light citrus, and resinous pine with subtle caramel malt and toffee undertones.

Taste - Hoppy, but not excessively bitter. Grapefruit, tropical fruit, and pine are well-balanced by smooth caramel and biscuit malt.

, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of colts9016
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A monster head that is 2 finger thick, with a creamy off white color. The head is persistent and left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a copper patina, with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with a small amount of carbonation bubbles. The head and color of the beer is awesome.

Nose: A very fragrant floral aroma, with grape fruit, pine sap, and floral bouquet. The malt is in the back ground with notes of caramel and biscuits. A hint of solvents in the beer. Great nose.

Taste: A very strong and pungent hop flavor that smacks your palate with a TKO( well not literally) The hops is floral esters, grapefruit, pine, and floral bouquet. The malt is firm with biscuit, caramel, and toasty notes. A very pleasant DIPA.

The mouth feel of the beer is astringent, coating, carbonated and dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light, and the finish is full. This is a wonder DIPA has great flavors and very easy a sipper on a chilly night, like tonight. Wonderful brew.

colts9016, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of korguy123
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml into tulip.
Bottle date on the neck is 06/03/2011

A- Crystal clear orange pour, yielding a two finger soapy off white head that last for a little. Lacing is spotty.

S- Floral and pine notes dominate this with a touch of grapefruit and mandarin oranges. There is nice malt backing that adds a little balance and sweetness.

T- Floral notes mostly, there is a malt backing with a touch of alcohol presence. Overall a fairly balanced IIPA. Lingering dry bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, slight alcohol warmth. The carbonation is there but not overpowering.

O- I'm not super impressed that this is an older bottle. (It's my own damn fault for not checking) But when Buffalo NY finally gets FW for the first time I had to jump at it. With that being said, even at 4 months old it's still a excellent IIPA. Would definitely like to try a fresh bottle next time.

korguy123, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of WMEugene
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a tulip...

A - Pours a clear, rich copper color with a significant and bubbly head (with nice retention). Noticeable lacing on the glass. This is the definitive DIPA look.

S - Nice piney hop aroma with some citrus notes as well. Very nice.

T - Strong hop flavors, however, it does a great job of being not just a hop bomb. The hop flavors tend more towards pine then citrus and there is some nice malt in the background for excellent balance. Very, very well done.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Leaves a little bit of a hop aftertaste with a nice dry finish. It hides its alcohol very well.

The Double Jack is an amazing DIPA with very few equals. It has an amazing taste and does a very great job of being hoppy without knocking you over. Very well done and I will definitely search it out again.

WMEugene, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Treebs
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Palmer Place. Served in a tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a nice off-white head. Sticky lace follows me down the glass.

S: Nice notes of citrus and some grassy with a little grapefruit.

T: Citrus smoothness, some grapefruit with a nice fruity sweetness up front. The malt body comes through in the middle and finishes a little bitter hops bite.

M: Medium to light bodied with a coating quality to it. Nicely carbonated.

O: Very solid offering from FW. The flavors blended together nicely. I haven't been disappointed by any of their offerings yet.

Treebs, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a semi-transparent copper with an inch of fluffy off-white head on it.

Smell is nice and hoppy with quite a bit of citrus in it.

Taste is pretty much the same. Lots of hops throughout with great citrus notes coming through.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Goes down very easy for a nearly 10% abv beer.

Overall a great DIPA. I'll definitely trade for this one again or pick it up if I see it.

richkrull, Oct 15, 2011
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.

raznug, Oct 13, 2011
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,947 ratings.