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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,735 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,735
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 309
Gots: 791 | 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.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009)
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

A - Orange colored beer with a white head that dissipated to a bit of decent lace.

S - Fruity and sugary with a lot of citrus hops and and sweetness. A lot of orange and pine, smells a little too sweet.

T - Taste is just too sweet for me. Way too sugary and hot, tastes a bit like a bad triple IPA. Orange and citrus with some pine. Not bitter enough, and the taste is too syrupy.

M - Sugary, syrupy, medium bodied, carbonated.

O - Really not something I cared a whole lot for. Not bad, but not good.

05-09-2011 04:22:13 | More by AgentZero
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a clear golden orange with a steady stream of bubbles. A thin off-white cap rises less than half a finger and falls quickly. No discernible lacing.

Candied grapefruit leaps out of the glass with clean pale malt and a touch of fresh pine. Very sweet aroma.

The flavor profile follows the nose. Candied grapefruit and pine with sweet, clean malt. This toes the line of being too sweet for my liking. There is a bitterness that swings through, but not enough to overcome the sweetness.

Medium feel with a sticky presence. Light bitterness, but predominantly sweet finish.

Overall I found this to be a little disappointing. Too sweet and not enough heft from the hops.

05-08-2011 00:34:31 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of mcallister


3.83/5  rDev -11.8%

Deep copper and clean with light small carbonation. Half inch head rocky and pillowy with thick sticky lacing.

Hops, citrusy, tropical hops enamor the olfactory. Sweet mango, peach, apricot, caramelized grapefruit than some malt character hiding underneath bready malts. Some flinty earth tones at the finish.

Great taste. Very well balanced with sweet malts, hints of toffee, cadied nuts, and cereal then the citrus burst. Big and grapefruity, with sweet tart type flavors on the finish. Again mango, peach and some other pitted fruits. Nice amount of sweetness on the finish that gets nearly cloying after a few sips. Hmm still nice with moderate carbonation. A bit more carbonation could of helped cut that sweetness a bit. But otherwise tasty.

05-07-2011 20:09:39 | More by mcallister
Photo of davidbowers13


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

I've heard hype about this beer and in short it is justified. Served from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

A - Appearance is a nice orange hue and a head of about 1 finger. So thick you cannot see through the other side of the glass.

S - Fresh citrus, pine, orange notes explode as a IIPA typically does.

T - Great taste that mirrored the smell. Very smooth with no harsh bitterness that I've experienced with some other IIPA's.

M - Moderate mouthfeel, not as thick as a stout, but not as light as a pilsner. Very refreshing for a high ABV beer.

O - This beer lived up to the hype/recommendations. A great IIPA that I will go back to in a heart beat. My only wish is to get it fresh from the source for comparison.

05-05-2011 03:39:10 | More by davidbowers13
Photo of Franz4


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to Drdog for this one!

A- pours a clear golden color with a good 3 finger light head on it that sticks around nicely.

S- Wow! the hops come through here in a heavy citrus burst, smells great and really gets my hopes up.

T- taste follows the nose with the citrus flavors dominating, they provide a sweetness that's balanced by some mild bitterness. I was expecting more pine and less citrus, but this beer was right on.

M- carbonation was nice and stayed out of the way of all the flavors

O- This was a very good IIPA, glad I was able to try it, it was my first Firestone Walker brew, if they're all this good now I know what everyone is talking about.

05-05-2011 03:32:16 | More by Franz4
Photo of Jeriacor


4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from an 18 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a nice caramel color with a quadter inch white head that fades quickly.

Smell: Smells amazing! A rich complexity on the nose alone. Smells of apples, pears, and plenty of hops, floral, grassy, and leafy. Smells like a wonderful garden of hops.

Taste: The hops are slow-rising, well balanced, and smooth. The fruit on the nose takes second place in the taste, though it's certainly there. Tastes full and warming. Hops are complex and interesting, though not overwhelming like some douple ipas. Hops are like a garden, leafy and floral, and excellent. Oitstanding taste, I say.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth for anything resembling an ipa. Warming and full. Easy drinking, but heavy on alcohol, be careful drinking too much of this!

Overall: Fantastic! A very good brew that lives up to the hoppy expectation of its style, without overwhelming the palate. Hops is amazing. Overall the best of its style that I've tried.

05-05-2011 00:20:28 | More by Jeriacor
Photo of peacebone116


4.83/5  rDev +11.3%

Filled at the brewery 1 day prior to enjoyment from a tulip glass.

A: Golden, almost clear, straw colored body. Egg shell head--two-finger thick--slowly recedes to leave thick, gracious lace at the edge. Beer appears to be well carbonated.

N: Tropical fruit, pine...a slight hint of strawberry.

T/M: Immaculate! Oily body with resinous hop dominated profile. Pine and grapefruit. Not much malt backbone. Prickly on the tongue with great carbonation.

This is a wonderful and complex Imperial IPA! Honestly it is one of my favorites! So good, I believe it needs a more poetic description.

Gorgeous body and head
Tropical flavors abound
Beer hops on tongue

05-04-2011 21:05:20 | More by peacebone116
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: glowing golden almost light orange color body with a white head that is massive. Head is thick, bubbly, fluffy, and clumpy which takes a long time to settle down. Lacing is sticky and thick.

Smell: All pine and citris fruits. Slight bit of hay funkiness noted.

Taste: Pine & grapefruit hops are the immediate hop forward flavors that you taste. Hints of orange, pineapple, and bubblegum linger around in the background. Middle of the taste you get a quick blast of a very sweet malt maybe caramel or honey flavors; and then the hops continue to dominate the beer. With a lingering bitter aftertaste that is just right.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation that is almost on the high end of moderate. This beer is interesting because it has a wetness to it that makes the hops taste fresh and juicy and it is also dry feel to it and makes the hops really pronounced without being overly bitter.

Overall: This is a great DIPA! I still enjoy Pliney and Hopslam more because these two beers are my favorites, but this beer will give them both a run for the money any time! Nice complex brew with alot of flavors.

05-04-2011 00:02:26 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear rich deep golden with a large fluffy white crown atop,multiple broken rings of lace left behind as it settled really slowly.A mix of overripe tropical fruit and pine resin hops and caramel malt in the nose,there is a sweet alcohol tinge to the aromas as well,the hops are big and so is the sweetness.Its close to being to sweet but the resiny hops come thru enough to keep it at bay somewhat...the hops are resiny and tropical in nature,the caramle base and sugary sweet alcohol is pretty hefty.Its better than alot of DIPA's because it is just dry enough.

05-02-2011 20:47:13 | More by oberon
Photo of Jeffo


4.05/5  rDev -6.7%

Bottle so generously stored, packaged and then shipped over the pond by STEG. Thanks a lot for looking out for us man!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Note: Drunk immediately after FW Union Jack. Comparisons will be drawn.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, white head with good retention. Mahogany, or a darker burnt orange, somewhat darker than Union Jack, clear, with lower amounts of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a wisp and ring, leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving some good looking lacing down the glass. Exactly the same as Union Jack, but a slightly darker color.

SMELL: Pale malts, honeydew melon, and plenty of pineapple. A big nose, with lots of pine and some grapefruit notes. Very fruity and citrusy. Basically the same as Union Jack, but with a touch more pine in there.

TASTE: Pale malts, sweet caramel malt, and lots of melon in there. Lots of flavor, but also lots of booze. Some spicy booze and bitter, hoppy pine flavors through the middle into the finish. Bold, lingering aftertaste of alcohol, pine and bitter hops. Definitely bigger and more bitter than Union Jack, but also much more boozy, which competes more strongly with the hoppy IPA flavor.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth on the palate, though not as soft and creamy as Union Jack. Goes down fine with a slight burn at the swallow, and finishes quite dry on the palate.

OVERALL: This is definitely a solid brew. Very flavorful and very enjoyable. It is obvious that this is the bigger, more robust brother of Union Jack, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. The bigger, boozier qualities have overpowered some of the more flavorful and enjoyable hop and malt notes that make Union Jack so great. That said, this is more than worthy of the praise it gets, and I would gladly down another bomber of this stuff. Thanks again for the hookup STEG.

05-02-2011 12:09:02 | More by Jeffo
Photo of pburland23


4.47/5  rDev +3%

22 ounce bottle poured into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beers pours a clear, coppery orange color with a finger or so of white head. Good head retention and magnificent lacing, thick and lustrous.

Smell is citrusy, grapefruit, tangerine. There a slight funky mustiness from the hops. Really, really nice smelling glass of beer.

Taste is similarly citrusy thanks to the hops. Grapefruit flavor is very much in the forefront of each sip followed by some biscuity malt and a touch of well placed hops bitterness. A complex and well balanced tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. The 9.5% abv is well veiled. Not noticeable at all. Overall, a well balanced and delicious DIPA from Firestone Walker. I'm excited to have them distributing in Pennsylvania now and look forward to more Double Jack in my future.

05-02-2011 00:45:47 | More by pburland23
Photo of nhindian


3.58/5  rDev -17.5%

22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Bottle provided by jodan, thanks Jordan!

No bottle date.

A - Pours an almost burnt orange with 2-fingers of eggshell white head. Retention is pretty good, lasting about halfway through one glass. Body is relatively hazy, can see a bit through it but it's distorted. Lacing is interesting as huge clumps of head stick to the glass, very thick and bubbly.

S - The smell brings me back to IPAs I've had prior that have a big pine aroma and it's a good memory. There's a big pine hop influence here, very resiny and wet. There's also the typical grapefruit and citrus smells as well as a pretty solid backbone given this IPA is from California! Slight caramel.

T - Taste is interesting and has one particular flavor I can't exactly pinpoint. It's almost like a strange bubblegum flavor? I've tasted it in a beer or two previously but I can't peg it at the moment... In other news, the pine continues here and it has a nice integration with the malts, which again are noticeable and bring caramel and a little toffee. The fruit here is more tropical, bringing pineapple, orange, and maybe even some peaches.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with low carbonation. While its resinous and heavy and does a number on the mouth, the low carbonation just kills this for me... it comes across as a bit too syrupy and heavy and just a little bit more pop would've done wonders. It's not flat but it's bordering on it...

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. Honestly, with everything I've heard from this beer, I can't say I'm not a little disappointed with how this turned out. A strangely off-tasting note in the taste, the low carbonation... If you are looking for a West Coast hop bomb, turn elsewhere, and if you are in the Midwest or East Coast, you have an abundance of beers that could compete with this one.

05-01-2011 23:19:31 | More by nhindian
Photo of jsh420


4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

pours clear golden copper with a 2 finger head that left spotted lacing down the glass

smell while not strong or overpowering i know this will be good based on those fruity fruity hops i smell and i pick up some malt as well

taste - oh boy was i right - peach mango orange pineapple grapefruit little pine - the hops shine bright here but do not count the malts out they are there and work in perfect harmony to let out just the right amount of bitterness from all those hops

mouthfeel was medium/full with good carbonation - somewhat sticky

overall - very impressed with my first offering from firestone walker - price was very good 8 a bomber

05-01-2011 22:24:41 | More by jsh420
Photo of JEdmund


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

Double Jack is a clear and brilliant orange ale, with a big, juicy, and wet hop aroma. The smell coming out of the glass is really fantastic (and the hop bill reminds me of Odell’s IPA). The flavor is just as big and bold as the aroma, with a huge amount of hop flavor and quite a bit of malt to back that up. Malts are a tad sweet, but not overly so. Alcohol is present and slightly biting. The hops are in such force that they leave an aftertaste on the tongue long after the sip. Despite its heft, Double Jack manages to finish fairly light, belying its potency.

It’s a DIPA on par with the best of them, yet it doesn’t wow me. In some ways, it’s old hat (though I’d certainly be complaining if it wasn’t up to this standard). It just seems like yet another huge hoppy ale crafted by another great American brewery (I've obviously gotten spoiled). It’s probably just my shifting preference towards lighter beers that is making me feel somewhat unimpressed by this. I’d certainly recommend it however.

05-01-2011 22:00:57 | More by JEdmund
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New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

Purchased in a growler from Superstar Beverage in Huntington, NY. Had a small sample and knew I was buying a a 64 oz growler despite $23.99 price tag.

Appears a golden orange blossom. A bit surprised. Lighter in appearance than I imagined based on smell.

Very nice balance of hop bitterness with citrus sweetness. Borderline cloying but falls short in a good way. Finishes bitter but not long.

A bit syrupy and heavy on the tongue.

Overall a very nice beer but not as fully developed as a 120 or as hops-refined as a Hop Stoopid. Standout feature is citrus sweetness balance.

05-01-2011 00:57:08 | More by Yagman3000
Photo of Dan3279


4.03/5  rDev -7.1%

I was lucky enough to get my hands on this beer through a trade.

I poured the bomber into a pint glass to find a clear, golden amber body with an amber hue. There was a small white head that disappated quickly that left a bit of lacing.

The aroma was dominated by the grapefruit hops with hints of pineapple and other tropical fruits.

The taste was very good, the grapefruit and hops hit you first upfront. There is a great / subtle caramel aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was a bit sticky, very well balanced beer. You would never guess that this beer had an ABV of 9.5%

This is a great west coast double IPA, really wish I could this in Ohio whenever I wanted it.

05-01-2011 00:38:21 | More by Dan3279
Photo of tbrown4


4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

Got this bottle from my buddy Greg in NJ. We don't get FW stuff in MD and he raves about them. Could not pass on their IIPA. My wife and I split this bottle last evening.

22 oz. -> Weyerbacher tulip

A - Clear faded copper, foamy white head and super sticky lacing

S - Piny resinous hop, citrus tart and sweet

T - Up front huge grassy hops. The taste is piney and gooey, cane sugary sweet in the middle balanced out my a somewhat dark malt backbone. Long fading bitter finish. Pretty well balanced considering the potential sweetness.

M - The is a very sensory beer. Wakes up your palate and subsequently kicks the shit out of it.

O - This is a very good beer. I'd put this just a notch above Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA simply because this one is more balanced for the hop profile.

04-30-2011 16:15:02 | More by tbrown4
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a rather luminous orangey-gold color with creamy white head. Nose is peachy, some tangerines maybe, and candied grapefruit. Palate offers some soft and forgiving bitterness, candied malt qualities, plenty of juicy fruit, and is very, very drinkable. ABV is masked well, so be cautious with this DIPA.

04-30-2011 03:47:50 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of DrJay


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

Looks great after the pour. Crystal clear amber/orange with a fluffy, off-white cap and tons of clumpy lace. Good head retention. Hop aroma was evident as soon as the cap was popped and I wasn't disappointed when I went in for a more thorough evaluation. Powerful grapefruit and pine aroma, resinous and pithy, a little citrus juiciness too. Malt sweetness, sort of caramel and toasted, up front followed by sturdy bitterness and more citrusy goodness. Alcohol followed in the finish, both flavor and warmth. Really quite balanced overall with an appropriate hop dominance. Full bodied with some residual sugar and carbonation that was slightly low. Nice texture. Overall, I have no complaints with this beer. It's well made and tasty, easy drinking for a big beer with alcohol under control but not absent from it's character. Recommended.

04-30-2011 02:41:55 | More by DrJay
Photo of wagenvolks


4.08/5  rDev -6%

22oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip. Bottled 02/10/11.

Double Jack fills the glass with a clear-ish, golden amber hue. The foam builds to a half inch in height before slowly dropping back down to liquid level. Soapy creme-colored bubbles spackle lacing along the wall of the tulip. Nose is bursting with tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and banana, and raw, piny hop leaves. A backbone of pale malts and sweetened caramel notes balances the hoppiness well.

For a West Coast IIPA, the hop bitterness is mild. The hop flavor? Not so much. Big notes of piny, tropical hop resins cling to the tongue with a lasting imprint of medicinal booze that warms the stomach. Mouthfeel is close to syrupy, but thins out just enough thanks to the carbonation level to keep things manageable. All in all, a tasty version of the style from Firestone Walker. Then again, I wouldn't expect anything less.

04-30-2011 02:15:13 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

Purchased a bottle at K & E Beverage in New Paltz on 4/9/11 - cost me $13.49 for the double deuce. No freshness dating. Consumed on 4/29/11. . . .

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear, golden-orange in color with a 1+ finger of white foam on top. The head recedes fairly quickly, but leaves behind sticky patches of lace.

S: Nose is real nice - citrus (grapefruit), tropical fruit, bubblegum (I think - though as it warms I find myself thinking of honey more) and a hint of sweet caramel or toffee.

T: Very solid malt foundation here - caramel malt, toffee, and bready (toasted bread) at times. Hops range from citrusy grapefruit to tropical fruit and finish with a lingering slightly piney bitterness on the back of the palate. Up front of the mouth, however, there's plenty of lingering sweetness. This DIPA is more about balance than an in-your-face bitter hop assault. My preference would be for the bittering hops to be a bit stronger, but that's just my preference. I can't really complain with the overall result.

M: Definitely a heavyweight. A tad bit oily and some oily slickness fights the carbonation. Smooth though.

O: I like. If memory serves me correctly (it has been quite some time), this reminds me a bit of Middle Ages X Anniversary. I'll have to pull up that (ancient) review and do a "compare and contrast." Now that I think of it, this also reminds me of Stoudt's DIPA, in both color and sweetness.

04-30-2011 01:21:41 | More by Kendo
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3.7/5  rDev -14.7%

Nearly clear with a dark gold color. Nice domed head which leaves ring lace after each sip.

Despite the color, there is powerful, lightly sweet caramel malt aroma--not what I was expected. There is little hop nose. What I do smell is like grapefruit rinds.

Good bitterness in the taste. Also, the alcohol is potent on the tongue--lots of wRmth in the swallow. Rich body, even oily from the alcohol, The aftertaste is like grapefruit rinds, but it is relatively short lived.

04-30-2011 01:03:33 | More by smcolw
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.8%

A: Tightly bound micro-bubbles string along and rise at a steady good pace within a clairvoyant orange body. A frothy dull white head sits a finger high with a steady rate of retention. Window dressing is good, a full tribal band encircling the glass.

S: Fresh grapefruit juice provides a decent scent at arms length upon the pour. Fresh flowery pine and no signs of its 9.5% just yet, just a pleasant supply of fresh wet juicy hops.

T: Toasted dry munich grains with an ample amount of piney hops first show in the flavor. Rich malt base with a smooth hopping. Not so much the bite of the dog (hopwise) then an overall smooth experience of toasted malts and dry pine hops that warrants good regards here.

M: medium malt based, with nice tingley carbonation leaving a dry toasted pine and toasted grain base on the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Easy to handle ipa, only moderate alcohol consideration is detected from its 9.5% . Solid drinking ipa that is smooth,with warm toasty and warm pine hopping that is ample enough to satisfy the general hop needs of the people. Six pack worthy with a bomber going down quite nicely but to quickly.

04-29-2011 23:29:43 | More by beerthulhu
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

I had a tulip of this at Capone's on 4/23.

A golden slightly sunburst color w/ red accenting and a thick cap of white cream w/ tiny bead and lots of lace sticks. The clarity is good with only a very mild haze when held to the light. The smell has a high amount of citrus fruit w/ light malt odor and tangy orange aroma from the hops w/ slight alchohol and mild grapefruit w/ gentle floral and hints of mango in the nose. I goodly amount of malt is felt w/ resinous juicy tinges and slightly high amount of carbonation w/ subtle and smooth bitterness throughout. The malt adds a slight caramel sweetness to the feel.

The flavor has an excellent amount of bitter and fruity hop flavor w/ mild tinge of orange and apricot w/ moderate spice and caramel element in the flavor from the malt w/ juicy effect from the hops which has a mineola tangelo taste and subtle green herbal accent with light toasted tinge as the Imperial IPA finishes with bitterness lingering slightly. I enjoyed this beer as it is a very tasty strong IPA overall I was very happy with sipping this gradually, would I have enjoyed it more had I not just tasted Ephraim from Hill Farmstead? probably, but that doesn't mean it is lacking, this is a solid beer in most every way.

04-28-2011 14:23:46 | More by Slatetank
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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear brilliant copper in the glass, topped with 1-2 fingers of frothy off-white head. This retains with a rich creamy foaminess that drenches the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is floral, spicy, piney, and bitter with grapefruit flavors, with a dank leafiness to it. Tropical fruit and sugary grains sweeten things up a bit, while everything is funneled up the nose with a bright and free feel. Great hoppy bouquet on this here, with a perfect balance of bright hops and ripe stickiness in the nose.

That bright hoppiness carries over to the taste, with notes of grapefruit, rind, resins, and some mellower herbal textures. The hops here are quite sharp and flavorful. Balance is provided by a sweet and sugary base of toasted grains and juicy tropical fruit. This finishes with dry resins, spice, and lingering bitter fruit, with a touch of leftover sugars hanging in there as well. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied; with a slick and creamier feel up front that then gets sharper the longer this sits on the tongue. There is some beefy warmth to the body but it’s not overpowering and serves to help accentuate all of the warm stickiness of the malt and fruit.

While not quite a top tier entry in the DIPA category for me, I was pleased to find that this lived up to the fine qualities of its predecessor, the Union Jack IPA. There’s lots of well balanced hop flavor here but I felt that the ABV was just a little too high to keep the approachability of this to where I wanted it. Still, this is a very nice beer though.

04-28-2011 13:16:22 | More by Kegatron
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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