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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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5,915 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,915
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 326
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 BeerImmediately
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

Picked up a 22oz while out in S.CA., although the FW's are being released in PHL today...

Pours with a short white head over a very clear, golden-to-amber body, with lots of carbonation. Decent lacing.

Aromas are sweet - full of pine, mango, oak, vanilla, and caramel malt. As it warms, it becomes nearly all mango.

Mouthfeel is rich. Nice and sweet, as I'd prefer in a DIPA. Lots of tropical fruit in the flavor profile - pineapple, mango, and banana. Nothing astringent or particularly biting. The sweetness really dominates, but almost too much so. It works for me, though. Very, very smooth on the palate - almost buttery.

There are so many good DIPAs out there - I'm giving this one a 4 in terms of overall enjoyment ... maybe not the top of the heap for the style, but really damn good as beers go.

BeerImmediately, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of arktos
4.08/5  rDev -6%

04/11/11 - Bottled 02/10/11

22oz to shaker pint

A: Crystal-clear golden straw with 3 finger thick and creamy head leaving shoreline after shoreline of sticky lace - nice.

S: Very nice. Smacking of sweet hops, a share of piney and citrus/tropical fruits (pineapple, grapefruit, melon, cantaloupe). Hops rest upon a nice layer of sweet caramel malt. A spicey bit of Alcohol rides below it all.

T: Very much like the nose and that's a good thing. Great balance of sweet, juicy and spicy. Herbal/citrus hops are the aggressor upfront and bitter/coarseness might start to overwhelm if it weren't for the good balance of caramel maltiness reigning them back in and smoothing things out. There's a welcome juiciness midway thru. Also picked up a bit of sweet vanilla and alcoholic spiciness in the finish. Alcohol fit right in and did not detract. Aftertaste is reminiscent of a pale ale (hard water).

M: Medium/bold, starts to get a little coarse before a smooth and juicy middle, slightly drying with bitterness coming back in the finish and numbing the tongue after a while. Alcohol is masked pretty well for the most part but is definitely felt after the first glass.

O: A very good example of the style. So far my 2nd favorite behind DFH 90. Well worth a pickup. Would love to have on draft.

arktos, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

Brilliant peach colored body with an off white head.

Mmmm...hello Firestone Walker! Amazing citrus, caramel, and ganja aromas.

Caramel malt lends a sweet backbone with notes of ripe grapes, bubblegum, peach, apricot, tangerine, pine, and a smooth, but bittter finish. I'm sure I've said this about a dozen beers over the years, but this is one of the best IPAs I have ever tasted. The flavors and aromas erupt form the glass with a depth of flavor that will impress even the biggest IPA fan.

Sticky, creamy, full body.

Freakin awesome IPA. This is my first Firestone Walker beer and if this is a sign of things to come then I will be one happy man.

BradLikesBrew, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%

A - First off, love the picture, Great!

Amazingly clear IPA, vibrant peach color with a wonderful fluffy white head, lacing also looks great!

S - Very orange and grapefruit scent... Almost smells like candy, very sugary scent (the bottle was dated February, so it's a little past prime)

T - Great taste and only a mild sugar bomb. Not overly bitter for the style, very impressed

M - Smoother than any brew I've had in quite some time... Perfect subtle carbonation.

D - Very good! Hard to put down and let sit.

I really wish FSW would distributed to CO! Great brew in a Great trade! Thank you Steve!

chugalug06, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.47/5  rDev +3%

Rich DIPA, shining on this fresh incarnation.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Old fashion English design over the image of a a seal with he name of the brew surrounded by Walker Firestone´s bear and a lion, and other details. Notes bottling date (03/14/11) Shows 9.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale to medium amber pour, rich frothy head with fair retention and surface memory, accompanied with good splashes of lacing.

S - Nose is rich, hitting the right notes of a fresh version of the style. Pungent grapefruit, resinous, citric touch, a bit of caramel with a hint of watermelon honey. Rich and stimulating.

T - Taste in sync with nose with a rich hoppy sweetness and a nice bitter range of grapefruit, pine, pineapple. Caramel and malt in the structured undercurrent providing a nice balance.

M - Medium body leaning on its full side, smooth malty sense riding the rich bitter and hoppy range with a nice sticky lingering touch.

O - So glad to have this kind of offerings around... This fresh DIPA is one to keep close in the regular line-up.

Notes: Let´s hope it lasts but these new offerings locally thanks to the new and-or expanded distribution in the region are most welcome. I have had some of their hoppy stuff before, and this is right there: great DIPA.

Daniellobo, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of shand
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic, thanks to BA redbird!

This brew pours a amber color with two fingers of dense white head that retains for ages, and leaves nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is hop heaven, with grapefruit, a touch of mango and a bit of heat. Exceptional for a DIPA. The taste is also fantastic. This comes in as a smooth balance between hops, grapefruit and tropical fruits, then the tropical fruits fade in favor of a sweet orange flavor that pairs with hop resin for the finish. Thankfully, the alcohol that can be so prevalant in the style is mostly missing here, just adding a slightly welcome and very subtle burn to the finish. A great DIPA.

The mouthfeel is full, sticky, and coating. Great for a DIPA. The drinkability is also exceptional for the ABV. This is just a great double IPA, I wish more beers of this style could be as exceptional is this. A superbly crafted brew that doesn't get out of hand.

shand, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

On tap at a beer festival poured in a sampler glass. From notes: Pours a crystal clear golden amber color with one finger of foam and moderate carbonation. Good lacing. Delicious nose. Pineapple and tangerine. Hops are nice and fresh and the malt is forward enough to give it very good, sweet balance. Carbonation is too low, giving the mouthfeel a smooth but heavier than desirable texture. But the overall balance of the palate still makes it pretty easy to drink. Piny/grassy hops and just as sweet honey malt flavors. The hops are crisp and bright enough to lend some lightness to the beer but the malt profile is nearly as big as the hop. As such, it doesn't come across as bitter as you would expect and has an uncommonly clean finish that features very little in the way of resiny hops. Not the hop bomb style I prefer but certainly as good a DIPA as I have had with this amount of balance.

CuriousMonk, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

A-Pours out an almost transparent,vivid,golden yellow with a slight pale orange tint at the edges.The head was bone white,stood two full fingers tall and receded slowly leaving stringy,ropy lacing.

S-Fresh,sweetened grapefruit,honeysuckle,pine sap and lightly baked sugar.Moderate hop bitterness and supporting toffee malt influence.

T-Bright,late harvest citrus,hop oil,slight pine,caramel and bready malts.

M-Good balance and overall feel here.Everything works and melds together nicely.Slick but refined.

O-Solid,solid DIPA.Glad to have Firestone Walker in the Missouri market.Bring on the 14th Anniversary.

StlHopHead77, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Tripphop
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

The hops hit you as soon as you crack the bottle. Huge aromas on this badboy. The color is a bright gold with active carbonation. A frothy white head sits for minutes before reducing to clumps all over the glass. Smell is of sticky raw pine sap, bready, earthy malts, and a bit of grapefruit. Taste is sticky sweet with loads of piney hops. The grapefruit and citrus dominate the finish and leaves you thinking its dry but underneath there is a devilishly sweet malt backbone. Definitely need to rehydrate after one of these. Overall a solid DIPA, very much like a west coast hopped 90 minute.

Tripphop, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a light and bright gold color with a fine white head.

Aromas are full of mixed citrus notes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits. There is also a really fresh, floral, green resin and pine. Dang, this smells wonderful.

Taste starts with full smooth mouthfeel, soft malts, caramel, and sweet cream. Then it's all about the hops, light bitter grapefruits, sweet mandarins, pine, and really fresh resin. This beer is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is superb, very full, and super smooth. Top notch.

Overall? Phenomenal, this is a wonderful DIPA, there aren't many that can compete with this one.

flexabull, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of MCorrea
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%

A- Pours a nice clear orange color. Not a bit of haze in sight. A white one finger head quickly dissipates and leaves delicate lace behind.

S- Great balance between citrus and pine aromas. Pineapple, Mango, and Tangerine mix with a good healthy dose of piney hop aroma.

T- Grapefruit, tropical sweetness up front followed by a wave of piney hop bitterness that washes over the palate on the finish.

M- Medium body, allows the sweetness to linger long enough to balance out the bitter hop finish.

O- One of my favorite DIPA's I've had so far. Another winner from Firestone Walker.

MCorrea, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of uustal
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a yellow/orange/amber hybrid with a one-finger cloudy white head. Quickly dissipates, but still manages to provide good lacing. Aroma of really sweet grapefruit notes, orange and tropical fruit, some alcohol notes as well. Taste starts off with semi-bitter grapefruit hops. A lesser hit of sweet orange and tropical fruit mellow that right out. Nice subtle sugary malt backbone. Oily pine hops bring more bitterness to the finish and linger.

uustal, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a clear, golden color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops (grapefruit), slight floral hops, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, hint of wet hops, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, no one aspect surges but, the beer on a whole is great. Good appearance, aroma, blend, body, and mouth feel. For an almost 10% the alcohol is very well hidden in flavor, but the warming-effect is very noticeable. Also, the mouth feel is refreshingly smooth for such a strong ABV.

Tone, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of jggibbs
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%

Picked this up at Whole Foods on 65th. Cracked it during a family gathering... oops. I wish I waited because after my first taste I had to give my glass up to everyone of tasting.

Pours a gorgeous clear coppery orange with a 2 finger white head and slight yet steady bubbly carbonation. Its beautiful in the glass. Citrus nose is very apparent, grapefruit mostly. Some orange, hops and some sweetness too. Taste is a great blend of hops and sweetness. Mouth feel was medium bodied and pleasant. A truly enjoyable and easy to drink IPA; quite possibly my favorite. At 9 bucks a pop, its not the easiest on my wallet but the taste easily gets me to justify the premium.

One wasn't enough, my buddy and I went back the next day to grab a few more.

jggibbs, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%

Thanks to ipa247 for this one. No bottling date. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Standard pour yields a 2.5 finger frothy, light creamsible head with decent retention. Beer is a clear orange. Lacing is stringy, thick, and layered, and with great stick. A very attractive, close to perfect looking beer.

S: Nose is moderately aromatic. Notes of tangerine, citrus, grass, and piney hops. A slight tropical fruit tartness also along with some sweet cane sugar. Pleasant and to style.

T: Opens piney and citrus hops that build in bitterness gradually, hitting the peak towards the middle. Cane sugar malt backbone provides some semblence of balance while astringent, sap hoppiness threatens to tip the scales. End is a spicy, resiny, hop bitterness that crescendoes at the finish and provides a bitter, dry aftertaste. A bit messy overall but still very good.

M: Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Bubbly and lively in the mouth and prickly and abrasive going down. Finish is messy with a dry, lingering aftertaste. Could be a bit crisper but appropriate for its style.

O: Double Jack is a good IIPA lost in a sea of great IIPAs... coming from the west coast with such things as Pliny and Citra, this one doesn't quite measure up with the best of them in terms of cleanness of flavor and crispness. Still worth trying though and a solid beer overall.

SpeedwayJim, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

A large, 3-4 finger head formed atop the mostly clear, medium gold brew but settled down to about half that size and retained well throughout the session. Attractive lacing leaves its marks along the sides of the glass. Intense pineapple and orange rind mixes with grassy hops. Touch of sweet behind this. Alcohol is present in the nose but well-masked and acceptable for the style. Flavor is heavy on the fruity/tropical hops with pineapple, orange and a slight herbal note. Malt is clean and in good support. Bitterness is high, lingering on into the moderately dry finish. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

A dangerously drinkable double IPA that's loaded up with tons of fruity/herbal goodness and a solid malt backbone to help shoulder the weight of this big hop bomb.

BrewerB, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of bbkd3b
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out with golden, pale color and a one-finger, frothy head. Great clarity and lacing makes up for a pretty weak amount of retention and carbonation.

S - Sprucy hops at the front with citrusy, grapefruit-like scents pinch-hitting every few at-bats. Very thin layer of sweetness with a hint of a sort of strawberry, but let's face it, the hops overwhelm that.

T - Hard-hitting hops and a really fantastic underbody of pink grapefruit. Nice mixture of spruce and fruit gives a surprisingly sweet flavor as it rests on the tongue. Harsh bitterness as it crosses the back of the tongue is something I'm surprisingly okay with.

M - Nice, medium body with a really slick nature that just slides down the tongue. Alcohol is hidden well, making for a really dangerous beer if you forget just how strong it really is. Fantastic, honestly.

Overall/notes - Definitely an excellent beer. As an IIPA, it's surprisingly easy to drink. Honestly, this is one of the reasons I'm happy that Firestone Walker has shown up in Missouri. Went really well with a garlic-butter braised chicken breast. Seriously.. I don't try to pair food with beer that often, but I'm doing this combo again soon.

bbkd3b, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with one finger of a pure white head that left soap-like lacing on the glass.

Smell: Fresh clean hops giving off pine with just a hint of citrus (lemons and tangerines) alongside a very small, smokey malt.

Flavor: A refreshing, sweet nectar. Hop flavors are subdued by honey malts and rosemary, perfectly balancing each other. Malt support is just subtle enough to allow the piney hops to star in the show. This is a goldilocks beer: not too much of one thing and not too little of another.

MF: The body doesn't match the ABV, making it extremely easy to drink. A little coating after the finish along with lingering semi-sweetness prevents this beer from being forgotten.

ebrauser, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Bottle stamped "Bottled 2/10/11"

Firestone coming to MA is a great thing and being able to grab a bottle of this is part of the joy.

Pours with a nice creamy off white head that decides to hang around for a bit. The beer is a very bright gold color with just a touch of copper. Slight visible carbonation and lots of lacing.

Aroma is fantastic. Not only some grapefruit, but deeper and more complex citrus aromas. Also a note of balance and toasted hops.

Ok, this is a great DPA. Not overly hop focused, but certainly packs a punch. Hop punch, followed by nice fruit and a toasted malt flavor. Some herbal notes and a touch more pine in the flavor vs. aroma. Has that great toasted malt flavor that I love in DPA's. Reminds me of Pliney in some way that I can't describe.

Slightly oily in the mouth with a lively bright/fresh feel.

Just a wonderful DPA... The balance is fantastic. Welcome to MA Firestone. Please stay a while!!

Reagan1984, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of CHickman
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours clear amber orange in color with a massive 2 finger creamy beige head that faded very slowly and left great foamy lacing.

Smells of huge hops with tons of fruit including grapefruit, orange, lemon, mango, lime, pineapple, as well as the citrus hops, floral hops, flowers, toasted grains, sweet malt, caramel, grass and spices; a real fruity nose that's hoppy and has a nice potent sweetness to it and hides the alcohol well.

Tastes sweet and hoppy, with a hop blast up front including citrus hops, floral hops, flowers, sweet malt, grapefruit, orange, lemon, mango, lime, pineapple, piney hops or pine cone, toasted grains, caramel, grass or hay, wet bread, brown sugar and spices like pepper or coriander that trail off bitter, but not overly bitter. This is so hoppy it tastes like fresh hops were added, and yet there seems to be enough malts in the mix to provide balance. This is everything a DIPA should be, with tons of juicy hop flavor and a nice shock to the palate as the hop spices sting the tongue is a positive way.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and oily, with a medium body, mild carbonation and a nice hoppy spice pucker that is bitter, but not offensive. It's aggressive and the alcohol is present, but the taste is so good that it was hard to stop drinking this; as it warmed, more flavors came out and made this even more complex and worthy of a beer to sip and savor. A great beer that I very much enjoyed and recommend trying. Not a session beer, but one that I could drink on a monthly basis - it was that good.

CHickman, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of kitty66
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Above-average ale, hoping for a blast of hops but met with just a hint of the flower.

Taste is dominated by caramel, fruit (apricot & navel orange), and candy, slightly under-balanced by hops and malt.

With another hop addition would be a serious contender.

Until then enjoy as an outstanding american ale, thanks again to our california friends.

kitty66, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of socon67
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

Had a chance to get a bottle of this;

A - Orange with a cream foam. Lively carbonation. Looks particularly nice.

S - Scents of grapefruit and orange. There is some hoppiness as well. Not the best for a DIPA, but generally good.

T - Taste is much better. An extremely citrusy sweet beer with much better blending on the bitterness than some in this category. You don't quite get the hop-bomb effect, which is a good change of pace.

M - About as good as it gets when you factor that this beer is so easy to drink, doesn't overwhelm your taste buds, and pairs excellent with food.

O - Right in the conversation with the top DIPA's. Maybe not the best, but costs less and is less intense than many.

socon67, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours clear orange. Thick bone-white head is comprised of tiny bubbles. Good retention, sticky lacing.

S: Sweet mandarin orange, mango, juicy peach, apricot. Maybe some melon. Lots of fresh, vibrant tropical fruit scents. Only the faintest whiff of a sweet malt base. Very good.

T: Moderate bitterness up front. Pine resin and some hop oils. Mandarin orange and some tropical fruit flavors from the nose are all there. Sweet malt base with a touch of caramel pokes through. Mild spiciness from the alcohol is reminiscent of lemon pepper. Finishes semi-dry with citrus rind bitterness and some apricot/peach.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Somewhat creamy. Very enjoyable.

O: A very good DIPA, and definitely up there with the best in the style.

Notes: This is just the sort of DIPA I like. A great balance of bitterness and tropical fruit flavors. Very easy to drink annd pleasing on the palate. Bitterness may not satisfy the rabid hop head though.

ryan1788a5, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of ineva
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured into a 8 ounce goblet

A:Not what i expected but my pupils were fixated on the deceptive gold coin like itch. Pure white one finger head that dissipated quickly recorded a filming presence.

S:Citrusy, apricot, orange peel, candy malt, inviting soft hop aroma.

T:Malted easy chair like sway with the Hop bitterness trying to break free at the end. Sweet liquid gold.

M:Jimmy Page like solo that hits all the right notes consistently without fizzle.

O:Nailed it like a double jack hammer ;).

ineva, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of kmo1030
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

pours a crystal clear orange with a moderately sized white head.
the aroma has got a great leafy green hop character. it's resinous and herbal with a substantial dose of grapefruit also. i pick up a hint of a malt profile, with some nice light caramelized notes.
the taste has got some great hop flavors floating around. a really nice sweet citrus dominates, tangerine as far as i can tell, but there are some other tropical fruits as well. there are some piney flavors to be found too, and some asprin-y qualities as well. there is a hefty undercurrent of bitterness as well, enough to linger long after you've swallowed. as in the aroma, the there is a little bit of a caramel malt profile to hold on to and ground some of the hoppiness, just enough really.
the body is just a touch fuller than medium, and the carbonation lend a very pleasant texture.
overall, this beer is toward the top end of the vast double IPA category. it's thoughtfully put together and while beefy mainatains a refreshing quality. excellent beer and a pretty good value as well.

kmo1030, Apr 02, 2011
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 5,915 ratings.