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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,913 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,913
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 325
Gots: 846 | FT: 28
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 beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
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.

Slatetank, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
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.

Kegatron, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Derek
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%

A: Clear bronze with a white head, some retention, awesome lace.

S: Tangerine, nectarine, candied pineapple, pine, marmalade, hints of sweet toffee.

T: Nectarine, tangerine, grapefruit rind, pine, grass, peach, sponge toffee, light biscuit, vanilla, pappaya, balanced bitterness, alcohol is remarkably subtle,

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is exceptionally smooth, light hop acidity, crisp finish.

D: Incredibly easy-drinker for its weight. Awesome.

Derek, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Flounder57
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

I am going from notes I took at the Union Brewhouse on Palm Sunday. I got the scoop that this beer log was getting tapped and that I should grab a glass. The beer was poured into a goblet.

Appearance: orange/amber/copper with a slight head. There was a little bit of carbonation coming up the glass.

Smell: pineapple, other citurs flavors, some resiny and piney aroma.

Taste: grapefruit, pine, some sweet malts and slight bitterness

Mouthfeel: slight carbonation, tasty and delicious

Overall: This fits well with the West Coast Double IPA's. Very drinkable and the alcohol is not that noticeable. Not sure when I will see this one again, but will order another glass when or bottle if I have the chance.

Flounder57, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

Picked this up from Binny's downtown loop when I was there a few weeks ago.

I am impressed by the clarity of this beer. It is a lighter colored golden hue than anticipated by the ABV. A bit of head filters to the top upon pouring with a very nice sticky lacing while drinking.

The smell of lemonhead candy rises from the glass to my nose accompanied by some earthy tones. This does not have a very complex nose.

The taste is better than the smell showing signs of life with flavors of white grapes, tangerine, lemon, and a grassy bitterness. The malt profile is very prevalent throughout never letting the bitterness get out of hand.

Despite the "thin" appearance of this, it is anything but in the mouthfeel. Rich and full in the mouth with ample drying in the end.

This is a very drinkable DIPA and is very tasty. I wouldn't say it is my favorite in the style, but it is very solid. With some added complexity in the nose and taste, it would be an upper echelon DIPA.

TCgoalie, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev -7.8%

A very nice, clean, intense DIPA, clean and easy drinking (at least relative to the strength).

Pours a sunny copper with a huge head that falls away quickly, leaving big lacing and huge bubbles streaming up from the bottom. The aroma is strong and orangey, intense and sharp with an edge of pine. The flavor is also intense, sharp and citrusy, with pine and rosemary and an herbal bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is rich and robust with a little prickle of carbonation. The alcohol is hot but smooth - you know you're drinking a strong beer, but it is not excessive or unpleasant.

Seanibus, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a clear apple juice color with full lasting off white head. The color of the head kind of matches the off white firestone label cover

Nice sweet yet hoppy smell. Smells more like an IPA, but a very very good one. Very floral, some citrusy

The hops hit first, then blend with a fruity taste. Nice bitter hop finish with some spiciness. The hoppy is citrus, piney. Oh, and hops also. Orange flavors emerged, as well as more piney hops as I drank.

Medium mouthfeel, nice and drinkable. A spicy sense of alcohol is nice, and warming. Alcohol at 9.5% is well masked

It's good for one time. I'd choose others before this.

Sensaray, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

The aroma was excellent on the first smell. I enjoyed the citrus smells with grapefruit and some piney aromas. The double hoppy smells are enjoyable before the first taste.

I had about one finger of head on the initial pour into a pint glass. Unfortunately there was no lacing from this foam.

The strong hoppiness in the aroma comes through in the first taste. I enjoy this strong flavoring of the beer. The bitterness doesn't come in until the beer reaches room temperature... not really a big surprise.

I don't have a lot of experience with Firestone, but this is a great first review of their beers.

I recommend this beer. It is a little pricey, but I suggest picking up this gem.

ummswimmin, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of ffejherb
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

On tap at Capone's on 4/23/11.

A - Slightly hazy amber liquid with orange hues and a thin off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and some stringy lacing.

S - Citrus and floral hop notes suggest juicy orange, fresh wildflowers and a hint of pine. Malt character is bready and sweet. Mild alcohol notes emerged as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Initial flavor boasts citrusy hops, especially orange notes, as well as floral attributes. Some sharper pine notes emerge as the liquid warmed up. Sweet and grainy malts provide balance to the assertive hop bill. Overall, the flavor is well-balanced with only a minimal alcohol presence.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and bristly carbonation, which provides some prickle on the tongue. Finishes with a touch of alcohol heat and assertive bitterness on the palate.

D - Another fine beer in the long line of quality DIPAs from the West Coast. Glad to see Firestone Walker making its way into PA!

ffejherb, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of regspeir
4/5  rDev -7.8%

22 oz bottle from Pinocchios, Delaware Co. poured into a Duvel tulip. Beer was an orangish/amber body with a two-finger, off-white head, nice lacing and decent retention. Nose was grapefruit, pine, caramel. Taste was mildly bitter orange, floral, pineapple, grapefruit with a sweeter middle before being followed by a nice interplay between the sweetness, citrus and bitternes in the finish. Mouthfeel was smooth, medium in body and carbonation with a pleasing bitter bite to break up the sweetness. You notice the alcohol but would have no idea it was 9.5%. All-in-all a good DIPA I would not hesitate to try again. Thanks FW for coming to Philly!

regspeir, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.6/5  rDev +6%

Pristine and clear dark golden orange color with a towering white head. 4 thick lace rings with a heavy curtain of foam hanging down from the bottom most rung.

Aroma is explosive peach ring citrus, Juicy Fruit, soft pine and pineapple. Smells like dreams, hope, cancer curing puppies and everything else good in this world. It's is 5'er.

Hearty barleywine-esque malt with a noticable head (the only downer of this beer). Hops are bright and tropical: mango papaya and all those other tropical fruits that I rarely ever eat in other than artificial protein powder flavors and have no idea what the real thing tastes like. Tingly, peachy hop resin mouthfeel.

Hands down one of the top 5 IPA/DIPAs I've ever had.

donkeyrunner, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip.
Bottle dated 2/10/11

A-> Pours a beautiful clear orange/amber color with about 2 fingers worth of fluffy white head that dissipates rather quickly. Lace is clingy and prevalent.

S-> Have had this a bit fresher before and the smell is a burst of citrus and hops that is noticeable even as this brew is poured. Smells a bit faint right now but still very pungent citrus and herbal bouquet.

T-> Oh the taste. Even this 2+ month old bottle that was in the back of the fridge still tastes delightful and gets better as it warms. Citrus and pine hit first, with a wonderfully balanced malt sweetness that comes rushing in right afterward. Finishes slightly dry with a mild hop bitterness that is quite refreshing.

M-> Very light and crisp for the style, not syrupy and boozy. I would have to say medium-bodied with solid carbonation and a pleasant sweet/smooth aftertaste.

O-> Really a superb beer. Have enjoyed it several times and hardly have a bad thing to say. Ever. Really impressed that a seemingly filtered DIPA can be this good and tasty and still hold up after two months in the bottle and in the back of the fridge. Well done FW, well done. Curious about this being a summer seasonal or summer release, with a 2/10 bottling date but we all know these things are getting released earlier and earlier each year...but anyhow, I digress...don't change a thing FW!

Fluke828, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

A-Pours a crystal clear orange with a thin white head and some good sticky lacing.

S-Juicy, sticky citrus and plenty of it. Tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit. Delicious.

T-A bit malty in the front but citrus hops quickly take over. Grapefruit and orange and orange marmalade. Great balance of sweet and citrus, hops and malt.

M-Medium bodied, nice lingering bitterness but not overdone.

O-A very fine high ABV DIPA. Plenty of flavor, great balance, no apparent alcohol. Very well done.

HV

sholland119, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of IdrinkGas
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Served from a bomber dated 3/14/11 into a snifter. Two fingers of a bright white head from a gentle pour. Its noticeably clear. Reddish golden in color. Lots of citrus hops in the nose along with some tropical fruit notes. Biting citrus hops up front. Immediately made me think of fresh grapefruit. Floral hops and a mild alcohol taste in the finish. Left a watery lacing around my glass. At $ 9.99 per bomber I'll definitely be picking up more of this one.

IdrinkGas, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of prg1976
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%

Bottled on 3/14/11 according to the case.

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a frothy white head.

Smell is citrus hops, and lots of em. Orange peel, grapefruit. So far so good.

Taste is excellent. Super hoppy, super citrusy.

Mouthfeel is a little fizzy. Lots of carbonation. but medium body, not super heavy or syrupy.

Overall, excellent. I'm glad these finally made it to the philly area. Will definitely be getting this one on a regular basis.

prg1976, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of joepais
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

I got to try a fresh bottle a few weeks ago. I poured it into a strait pint glass and it produced a three finger white billowy head that laced all the way down the glass. The body of the brew was a clear light liquid gold. The aroma was nothing but fresh hops right in your nose, nice and citrus’ with a light grassy note coming through. As for the flavor it was what I expect in a west coast DIPA, hoppy bitter with a light malt sweetness. Again the flavor is tilted towards the hops so the hop head in me was quite pleased it was crisp and clean in the mouth making for a really enjoyable brew to drink. I will be grabbing another bottle when I see it fresh again.

joepais, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of seeswo
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%

Pours a perfectly see-through golden color with a really nice offwhite head. Smells of citrus hops and sweet malts. Smells pretty good. Taste is citrus hops, generic bitterness and also a pretty strong and sweet malt back. The mouthfeel is almost a bit too heavy sweet. Sticks all over the tongue, but carries the bitterness nicely through. Overall, this is good, but not amazing. I had it from the bottle right when it came out and remember liking it better, but I didn't review it so this is what it is. DIPA is a tough category to battle in, thats for sure.

seeswo, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%

Translucent golden amber - wonder how many times they filtered to get it that clear. Two fingers of head settles to leave a still thick and bubbly cap. The first inch of the glass though is ringed by biscuit-colored foamy lace.

Big citrus here on the nose - Grapefruit, Juicy Fruit gum, a bit of greenery.

A mouth monster, bringing with it a mighty hop wallop - like whole cones floating about the glass and making their way to your mouth. The hoppiness leads with fruitiness but is underscored by the greenery. Peppery to close, with a hint of alcohol.

A bit slick in the mouth - oily with some stickiness. Very juicy too, seeping into the recesses behind the teeth and tongue.

Not my favorite DIPA, but good nonetheless.

mdcrouser, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%

2nd period of the Bruins-Habs game is over...Explain to me why I picked the Briuins to represent the Eastern Conference in the Cup?

The basics: $6.49/bomber (ouch!) and a healthy 9.5% ABV (nice)...

Still fighting off the lingering effects of this weird illness I had...the past few days have been a study in thorat soreness...Please go away mr. infectious disease...much appreciated...

This is an almost surreally clear beer. It seems almost like a solid piece of amber jewelry as opposed to a liquid. Carbonation is on the low side of middling, and the bubbles are slow rising. A relatively average pour saw little head rise, but what there is clings to the glass like glue. I like this, but I'm confused as to why...Maybe it's a Jedi Mind Trick?

Aroma is incredible and infectious...You can smell it across the room and it smells like hop flowers. Not just "hops", but the whole flowers. It's remarkably "fresh" smelling. Instead of graepfruit, I'm actually getting a huge orange peel component, and I like it. This beer is winning me over slowly but surely...I keep not wanting to give in, but I know it will compel me to love it...

Whoa, yum...This is a crazy good beer. It's a hop bomb for sure. It's more like a hop Eruption, and not a volcanic one, but an Eddie Van Halen "Am I really hearing what I think I'm, hearing" Eruption, but with flavor. Initial blast of flavor is overwhelming. Tons of orange peel and grapefruit juice concentrate hit your tongue...This mellows (but only slightly) into a floral middle (still crammed with hops, though), where I get some lavendar and pine nut notes...Finish is super long and very hoppy, in keeping with the Hop atom bomb approach to this beer...Not sure where I sit on this beer - I really want to love it, and I know I'll end up giving in, but right now there are too many question marks...

What I like most: The strangely compelling, yet overwhelming, flavor profile.

What I like least: The price and massive hop profile.

Verdict: You should try it just to experience it...Not like you're committed to buying it again, right?

SolomonGrundy, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of SDtastentune
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%

A - Light yellow/copper/ orange. No head,, not much lacing.

S - Smell is there with citrus and hops, strong.

T - Taste is rich with citrus and hops, balanced out with some alcohol. Great taste.

M - Medium carbonation, strong in your face taste, great aftertaste.

O - Overall this a a great balanced DIPA, Great flavor and smell, super for the style.

SDtastentune, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No dating on the bottle that I could find. Clear light amber/orange body with a creamy, fluffly, off-white two-finger head. Good retention and sticky lacing all along the glass.

Big bouquet of hop aromas: tangerine, orange, grapefruit, and some floral notes as well. Some light sweet malt in the background, but the hops are prominent. Very inviting.

Tasty hop flavors abound in this one. The grapefruit is primary, but the full citrus supporting cast is there in full measure. There is some sweet maltiness along for the ride but it does not overwhelm.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with the oily hops present. Finishes great. One of the better DIPAs I've had.

FanofHefe, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +15.2%

What can I say? The most complex, fruitiest DIPA I’ve ever tasted, and the fruitiest unfruited beer I’ve tasted since Stille Nacht 1996 Reserve. Among the detectable fruity esters, there are grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, peach, plum, agave nectar, cherry, mango, kiwi, lemon, lime, marion berry, and strawberry. The finish is luxuriously long, and that seltzer quality slightly dries out the finish, and really adds a sprightly tingle. Add to this a great malt backbone that has a fruitiness all its own with a substantial body (similar to Hercules, but not as syrupy and weighty. The floral hoppiness in this beauty almost rivals the Plinys, and after awhile a seltzery saltiness develops, and while I’m not normally a fan of seltzer, it works perfectly here, and leaves one craving another taste. Perfection.

Impfan, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%

22oz bottle. No bottling dates. Reviewed on 2/14/11.

Orange-golden body. Slow forming, off-white head that builds up to almost 2 fingers, and then slowly bubbles out to near nothingness. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Loads and loads of hops on the nose. Pungent and oily smelling. Grapefruit, pine and resin. Some biscuit malts and white pepper, but the hops dominate.

Oily and viscous on the tongue. Bright grapefruit flavors, both sour and sweet. Some biscuit malts, but they're quickly sqaushed by piney, biting, hops. Bitter and dry, there's a touch of citrus sourness, and the oilyness persists the whole time.

This tastes like a wet hop ale, with the amount of oils. Gives it a great, viscous mouthfeel. The two different grapefruit flavors (sour and sweet) give it nice complexity. This is definitely one of my favorite DIPAs.

litheum94, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of grover37
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%

22oz bomber from San Diego via a friend. Just got it in DC the next week, d'oh. Poured into an oversized snifter.

Appearance (3.5): Very clear, copper orange. Poured with one fat finger of whitish head which reduced to very little after awhile. Not much lacing.

Smell (4): Very aggressive. Big crystal malt scents of strong caramel and residual sweetness as well as pine and dark citrus bitterness. A fair amount of ethanol, especially when warmer.

Taste (4): A moderately bitter orange, mango, and pine up front. Followed by a strong caramel sweetness in the middle and fairly boozy. There is some grapefruit and brighter citrus in the middle followed by a return of the pine in the finish and a lingering resinous bitterness mingling with the sweetness. The finish really lingers as it is pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Slick and fairly smooth with just a bit of a rugged edge from the lingering bitterness. A bit sweet but nothing compared to the sweet/bitter bomb I had last night (Southern Tier Unearthly).

Overall (4): I really liked this one a lot more on tap. The citrus was a lot more aggressive as it was presumably fresher. I will have this one on tap, but probably won't pick up too many bombers.

grover37, Apr 20, 2011
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,913 ratings.