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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,955 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,955
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 325
Gots: 859 | 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 Zraly
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep but bright orange with an off-white head. Served in a Chimay chalice at The Birch Bar in Norfolk.

The hops are huge upfront: juicy, crisp, and citrusy. The nose is so aromatic and wonderful; this is how an IPA should smell. Very balanced, though, in terms of drinkability. A nice, semi-biscuit and malt backbone reinforce and effortlessly carry the immense and intense hoppiness. Finish is dry but smooth. It's strong but the alcohol is subltle -- be careful!

Would be brilliant with blue cheese risotto accompanied with braised lamb.

Zraly, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My only complaint about this beer is that it was on tap at my local bar for too short a time. Overall a great double ipa and at that abv, still very drinkable.

Appearance was a dark orange, pretty clear with a decent amount of head at the top.

Aroma was mostly of hops and combined citrus as well as pine. Very nice smell.

Flavor was great and very well balanced. Citrus, some heat, nice bready/malty character. Very good.

I hope to see this beer again very soon.

david18, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange clear with a 2 finger off white head

smell: hops, malts, pine, citrus peel,

taste: citrus hops, caramel malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: easy drinking DIPA. wasn't sweet and had a nice hop presence. glad I finally got to try it.


THECPJ, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A orange/light gold color with a large white head.

Smell- Has a slight hop and grass smell.

Taste- Lots of hops and dryness with a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Hoppy and finishes very dry.

Oversll- Kind of reminds me of Pliny but I don't really drink thast enough to say for sure. The sweetness prevents this from being just hop juice and for that I am grateful.

ejimhof, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of FatJesus
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone, I've been waiting for this. Read a lot about it and now here it goes.
Pours a clear, golden orange with a thick white head. Slow retention but worth it. Little lacing. Smells of citrus and pine, all hops,very nice. Taste is an earthy, bitterness followed by a nice sweetness with a dry finish. All in all very drinkable and worth the wait. Up there with squall from dFH as one of top double ipa's. I think the sweet cut does it for me. Can't wait to try more styles from firestone.

FatJesus, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Forb
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Great Nebraska BeerFest 2011 - Papillion, Nebraska

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color very common of most dIPA's with a creamy froth of a head.

Smell/Taste: Sweetness is immediately present from the malt but auras of citrus and the earthy aroma of fresh cut grass make a blast right through to unload all the great areas of an IPA on my senses.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a delicate carbonation giving it a creamy essence.

Overall: A solid IPA. A must for dIPA drinkers.

Forb, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at basement temp in straight glass

A: golden orange, clear, 2-finger head, moderate carbonation, little lacing
S: awesome, abundant grapefruit, grassy aroma; all hops
T: all hops, yet again; this is so powerful an IPA, it's sour in flavor; very intense, bitter; I'm on the borderline of loving it and hating it, so the rating gets split down the middle; not for the faint of heart

An amazing showpiece, but you wouldn't want it on a regular basis.

Arithmeticus, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of sjverla
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Very complex. Yeast and cinnamon. Berries, mustiness, but predominantly fruity.

Appearance: Crystal clear honey-gold. Off-white head rises and falls quickly, but sticks to the sides.

Taste: Gently sweet, but the buried under an avalanche of hops. Faintly cerealy/grainy at first, but then the bitterness. Slightly oaky. The alcohol is there, and it sticks in the gums. Dry finish.

Overall: And enormous double. Complex and unabashedly unbalanced.

sjverla, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very clear golden color with 2 finger head with good retention that leaves some airy lacing stuck around almost the whole glass. Smells of very sweet tropical fruity hops with a sweet sugary malt following. Very tasty as well following the nose closely - sweet. A lot sweeter than anticipated but very delicious nonetheless. I actually had this on tap a few days ago at the Great Nebraska Beerfest but with such a short poor I didn't want to review. Got word that Firestone Walker msy be starting dist. In NE within a year or two - if that's true it will make me a haoot man.


antlerwrestler19, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear carbonated orange, with a one finger head.

S-Lots of hops, citrus and grapefruit and some earthy tones.

T-Starts with earth grassy notes, some dirt and pine. Ends bitter with some citrus as well.

M-Light for a DIPA, smooth but not much carbonation.

O-My first FW brew, have a Parabola in the cellar that I can't wait to crack open. Local store has their porter and it looks like I'll be picking that up as well.

rlee1390, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of brianjay
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is an orange-gold body topped with bright white, free-flowing head. The head sticks to the glass in swirls of splattered lace.

Smells of candy and freshly cut grass topped with caramel.

Taste is numbed by the interjection of the alcohol; there is not much to cover it up as this IPA is simple: candy corn and citrus are subtle notes to a light body of Wheaties cereal.

Surprisingly easy-to-drink ale with a mouth feel that is a bit dry all the way through.

brianjay, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of capeannbass36
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cystal clear orange amber color with a 2 finger slightly off white head that dissapates fairly quick. Medium to heavy lacing throughout.

S- Semi-sweet. Malt. Citrus. Grass.

T- Follows the nose. Slightly dry, somewhat bitter, hoppy finish.

M- Light to medium carbonation. Smooth. Slightly sticky coat to mouth. Slightly warm on the swallow.

O- Sat on this 2-3 months. Very nice double IPA.
Will purchase again. Pretty potent due to ABV.

capeannbass36, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle dated 7/18/11 poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden color with a one finger white head.

S- Citrus hops, earthy hops, grassy notes.

T- Lots of citrus hops, fairly piney bitter finish, lots of sweet malts, hint of grass.

M- Medium body, smooth.

O- This is a good beer and I am enjoying it, just thought it was going to be better. This isn't a bad DIPA, I just think it is too malty for me.

larryi86, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass split with a friend. a little above fridge temp. no freshness date.

pours out a very clear golden color, i almost expected a slightly heavier, darker color to it. a big 2 fingers of retentive white head with a little lace.

big doses of potent tropical fruity hops, fresh unused pellet hops with a little candied malt and alcohol.

again, big, potent hops. mostly tropical fruits, pineapple, maybe a touch of citrus and spicy pellet hops. balanced by a candied malt with some alcohol.

very smooth and easy drinking, heavier side of medium bodied. not as much bitterness as i might have expected in a DIPA.

overall, a very solid beer, slightly different than most DIPA, reminds me a little bit of nugget nectar.

dogfishandi, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice deep amber color with a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice head of white sitting on top for a good few moments. Aroma is deep an pungent pineapple and grapefruit. Very sweet an juicy,. Succulent hop flavors and rich juice like profile combine to forma thick, sweet, uber hoppy sensation that was simply stunning.

Nice light finish with long lingering flavor is superb.

mikesgroove, Aug 27, 2011
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to snifter. Bottled on 3/14/11, first sampled 4 weeks later. This bottle was reviewed on 4/28/11.

A: An average sized foamy off-white head provides spare lacing. The body is extremely clear and coppery orange in color.

S: The hops provide a huge wave of grapefruit and orange aroma that is big enough to compete with the sweet, malty foundation of caramel and grain.

T: Peach, grapefruit and orange. Heavily sweet flavors lingers long, and despite the hop intensity in the nose, only moderate bitterness is perceived on the palate. The alcohol presence is clean and starts off low, but becomes larger the longer my glass sits, and is the lasting impression after each sip.

M: Thick, full and chewy even if it's slightly undercarbed. The big ABV is identifiable on the mouthfeel as well.

D: Double Jack is a very good DIPA, but it's my opinion that it performs slightly better on draft. Would gladly pay for either serving again.

FeDUBBELFIST, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of nmbr0ne
3.48/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour into pint glass. Note: Not the freshest Double Jack. It's a few days more than four months old.

Appearance: The beer has a great orange color to it. It's very transparent though. I can see the image on my TV through the glass. The lacing is more apparent on the top of the beer rather than the sides of the glass.

Smell: I think it smells more malty than hoppy. Definitely a bad thing for me. Of course this may be due to the fact that it's been in the bottle for a little over four months.

Taste: I find it pretty sweet, if not very sweet. The hoppyness comes towards the end, but it's not enough for me. I find that there is no real lingering aftertaste. I drink it, and it's somewhat gone after a few seconds.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick. Syrupy. I like the carbonation that this beer brings.

Overall: It's alright. As far as DIPA's go, it's not my favorite, but it's a beer I would drink again. I've had it on tap in Worcester, MA and it's a lot better that way. Like I said, the age of this beer definitely killed it for me. I wish I had reviewed the Double Jack I had on tap. When I have it again, either a fresh bottle or on tap again, I will definitely edit my review.

nmbr0ne, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of ToasterChef
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into my Smuttynose tulip. The bottle is undated, and I've had it in my possession for a few weeks, so it isn't super-fresh, but I wouldn't assume it is out of date either.

Clear golden orange liquid holds many streams of rising carbonation. A good sized white head is made up of small bubbles. The head isn't as soapy as some DIPAs, but it sure is pretty. As it settles, lots of lacework is left behind. The same goes for the walls of the glass when I swirl the beer about.

Lots of citrus hops are in the air; they've been there since I opened the bottle. Inhaling from the glass, I get a lot of orange citrus and some pine needles. The aroma has a lot of hoppy characteristics, but doesn't come across as very bitter. It's very impressive.

Hops are have more bitter qualities in the taste, but it still isn't as bitter as other beers of this style. It has a good pine needle quality. There is a subtle crystal sugar sweetness as well as some orange fruit. A little bit of alcohol burn and spicy bitterness are present at the finish and both linger on temporarily.

This is a heavy-bodied beer which a good amount of foamy carbonation. Lots of tickling on my tongue, as well as a slight spicy kick. There is a filmy coat and some stickiness on my lips. It doesn't pack all that much flavor.

This is a very good DIPA. I'm afraid that the bitterness seems lower because the bottle may be a bit old, but perhaps that is jsut the way this beer is. Either way, I find it very tasty and would recommend it to any fan of craft beer.

ToasterChef, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Crossmd
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured maybe 50 degrees into an old glass stein.

Pours a golden orange with a 1.5 finger head.

Citrus hops, grapefruit/orange, pine and honey. Well projected, layered and delicious.

Taste is intensely smooth- fluid, the definition of opulent. Citrus hops mingle and slip in and out between pine, honey and just the slightest touch of sugar. 20 second finish dries down mostly into the orange with a touch of creme? Phenomenal. This is worth every penny of the 10$ that I spent on a 650.

There are a lot of words that here come to mind that don't typically pertain to IPAs. "Opulent", "rich", "fluid" and "layered" typically are (as far as I see it..) reserved for heavier styles that naturally find themselves there by nature of their creation. This is one that almost surmounts its "IPA" nature to achieve a complexity beyond its style, achieving characteristics that are reserved usually for other styles only. Intensely balanced and beautifully crafted, I have a new favorite.

Wouldn't pair with anything, this is one that needs to shine on its own.


Crossmd, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle I got from Scott!

Bottled July 18, 2011 or best by, I don't know.

The pour is nice, a golden coloured brew with a big head of foam and very good lacing.

Sticking my nose in my glass, whew, there's a buttload of hoppy goodness here; Big grapefruit with some pine brings a lot of bitterness. It has to be a bottled on date...

The taste is big and bold with oodles of grapefruit and pine bitterness but the malt profile is rock solid and brings a great balance, taste wise, to the brew. Absolutely delicious and there's not much sign of how strong it is. Yes!

On the high end of medium bodied, lightish level of carbonation, smoooth mouthfeel and very damn drinkable.

This certainly brings the yum..

Bitterbill, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Trystero
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from CapitalGains. No date. Had this on draft in Portland at Apex the week of August 1st but did not review it. Poured into a HotD Tulip and shared with EinAyn.

Appearance: Aggressive pour with a thick 3 finger snow white head. Slowly diminishes leaving behind thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Clear golden-wheat color, like that of a nectarine; sun-burnt pine needles.

Smell: Intense bouquet of tropical citrus followed by a resin, pine-forest alcohol burn. Simple, intesne, everything you except from a double IPA done exceptionally well.

Taste: Initial palate of juicy citrus fruit and hops leading into a odd, not unpleasant middle of sticky, gooey pine resin on the roof of your mouth fading into a thick textured alcohol burn in the finish. Similar in my catalogue to GLBC Lake Erie Monster.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, slightly thin but not lacking, sticky and gooey, clings to the mouth and tongue. Delicious.

Trystero, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Vibrant amber-gold, very slight touch of haze going on. Thin white head, lacing to the half way point.

S: Grapefruit, pine hops, rich malt sweetness, hint of candy.

T: Citrus hops and a toffee-malt backbone. This one is quite sweet, the hops can barely keep up with it. Hint of alcohol.

M: Medium body, maybe even a touch syrupy at times, a little warming.

O/D: Not what I expected from a California DIPA, not as hoppy as I wanted it to be, too sweet at times, and it was on tap. Still worth a go.

mostpoetsdo, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber/orange into my DFH signature glass. Nice creamy white head floats on top, lacing sticks all over the glass as it drips away. Tons of carbonation!

S- Orange zest, grapefruit, grassy hops, and a sweet malty backbone. Nice pineiness that doesnt overwhelm or get overwhelmed by the sweetness. I really like the fresh cut grass on the back end.

T- Just like the nose... brilliant fresh squeezed citrus, nice pine freshness, and a perfect malty sweetness that alot of IIPA's don't have the balls to let shine. Thank goodness that I can finally get this fantastic brew!

M- Excellent carbonation, near perfect blend of citrus, pine, yeast, and sweet nutty malts. I would never imagine this was almost 10%

O- Exactally what I would expect from Firestone Walker! Unreal balance, excellent carbonation, sweet, bitter and fruity!

Thickfreakness, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of baconbourbon
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into a Bolton Wanderers British pint glass.

Appearance: Bright orange/amber, and is almost too translucent for it’s own good. The lack of any sort of cloudiness makes me a bit uneasy.

Smell: The smell is not too potent. Light citrus, with some piney and earthy undertones. It smells much like a freshly mowed lawn.

Taste: Piney and creamy up front, with the bitterness bringing up the rear.

Mouth feel: The feel reminds of a warm bisque style soup, except with alcohol. It’s warming up front, and goes down easy.

Overall: As far as Double IPAs go, it’s quite good. The taste leaves something to be desired, as I would have liked a bit more citrus notes, and the water-like clarity leaves me rather befuddled. It looks too perfect. Aside from that, I think it is a solid beer.

baconbourbon, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker : Double Jack

22oz bomber into pints. Pours a clear copper/orange with a nice soapy foam and lace work on the glass. Aroma is of pine, citrus, and sweet malts. In the taste, more of the same, bitter hops, pine, resin and honey like malt that adds quite a bit of sweetness. Medium bodied feel and alittle chewey. The balance of this beer can best be described as two opposites meshed together, big time sweetness and tons of citrusy bitter hops. West coast style IPA, big, abrasive, and is not intended for the faint of heart.

Stinkypuss, Aug 25, 2011
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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