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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,140 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,140
Reviews: 1,210
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 333
Gots: 928 | FT: 27
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 JizackFH
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at the Rattle N Hum Big Lebrewski Dude Series Part 2 Fest on 7/26/11.

A - This beer pours a nice clear copper color. It has a nice white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind some nice lace on the glass.

S - It smells of a caramel background and a nice big hop profile. There are some nice scents of grapefruit, pine, and citrus. Also, I am getting a bit of earthiness. This is just a great smelling beer.

T - There is nice hop flavor right off the bat. It has a nice malty background that balances out the hops, but just enough to make you know the hops are the star of the show. There are some light fruit flavors and some citrus. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth creamy feel to it. There is a touch of background sweetness and a nice lingering hop bitterness.

O - This has great drinkability. It goes down easy, and the flavor is very nice. I could easily have a few glasses of this in an evening. Overall, I think this is a very solid DIPA. I very much enjoyed it, and I'm glad I got the chance to try it. I recommend picking this one up.

JizackFH, Aug 01, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-golden hue with a two finger head and lively carbonation. Lacing is good, as is head retention.

s-big hops with a citrus overtone. There are a lot of tropical fruits too. Great nose for a DIPA. Smells a lot like Myrcenary.

t-Good hop front and a decent malt backbone to balance out the bill. The bitterness is clean and refreshing. There is a good amount of the tropical fruits that make their presence known in the taste. Solid tasting DIPA.

m-great carbonation that brings out the taste even more. Need more sticky to rate higher however.

o-another solid brew from Firestone Walker. Great example of a DIPA. Will be having this in the fridge as a main stay.

, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at TJ's Everyday Restaurant and Drinkery.

The body of the beer is clear and crisp. The color is amber-hued orange/copper, topped off by ~1cm of head that produces gnarly lacing. This is a damn fine looking beer.

The nose is full of hop bitterness and tropical fruits. Apricot, grapefruit, lemon rind and orange zest spring from the top of the glass. Piney notes come through as well, rounding out the hop experience. The flavor brings out the apricot and grapefruit more, leaving a complex and delicious resious flavor on my palate. There are some hints of alcohol, but it doesn't seem to detract from the drinking experience.

The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is very well integrated. Overally, this beer is well balanced and enjoyable. I'm really excited that Firestone Walker has finally found its way to Philly.

NittanyBeerFan, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schmittymack for sharing a bottle of this one with me last night. Poured a medium golden color, with a decent ivory head. Aromas of hop resin, tangerine and grapefruit zest. Medium bodied, with flavors of tangerine, grapefruit and sweet malt.

emmasdad, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled 6/24, reviewed 7/29. Poured into a Bell's tulip.

Clear golden-amber, nice head and lacing.

Smell is a lot of nice tropical hops, backed by a substantial sweetness. Alcohol becomes a bit noticeable as it warms.

Taste is rather sweet and reasonably balanced. A clean mix of tropical, citrus and pine hops that meshes with a smooth malt backbone. Some alcohol definitely noticeable on the tail end. Not bitter. This beer is sweet, but not overbearingly so. Definitely more of an East Coast style IPA than a West Coast one, but it's really a good DIPA. Balanced, clean and showcases all of its flavors well.

Medium and sweet on the mouth, without excess carbonation.

I'm really impressed by how smooth and clean this beer is. It's not necessarily the way I like my DIPAs, but this is about as good and drinkable as I could expect a sweeter DIPA to be.

musicforairports, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of 2xHops
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't realize it had 9.5% ABV, and I probably should have slowed down the gulps! It was so delicious.

This beer is something I can drink on a regular basis! It packs a punch, but it's extremely easy to drink. It doesn't feel heavy on your palate for a double IPA.

I can't give this beer a score of 5 because it meets all expectations rather than exceeding them.

2xHops, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this bad boy! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Pours a crystal clear golden orange with 1.5 inches of large bubble off-white head that leaves spotting. Nose is similar to the regular Union Jack, sort of a hop-creamsicle (citrus plus sherbet). Smells a bit drier though, a little more piney.

Palate is big and chewy right off the bat! Hops are all over the place here with malt taking the back seat. Chewy, resin-y orange peel flavored hops, dried lime peel, zests of all sorts, and super pale honey or malt syrup, maybe light agave nectar.

This beer is all about hops with almost no malt presence at all. Bitterness is big, but there's that lovely sweetness in the center to round things out. Seems more like an East Coast/VT IPA than a West Coast pine-bomb. Damn fine beer!

SFLpunk, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of kevanb
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this at my local Whole Foods.

A: Very nice amber color, nice frothy head. Not too much sediment very transparent beer, not quite what I was expecting. Lovely lacing on the sides.

S: Smells nice, hops and yeast are certainly there. Nice citrus touch but overall a bit lacking in powerful aromas and kind of settles on the bready aromas. Whats there is quite nice though.

T: Taste is really redeeming. Very nice hop flavors with some citrus and bit on pine, closer to Juniper than out and out pine. Complex yet balanced with a very smooth and nice aftertaste.

M: Full bodied texture thats very nice, its got some oomph to it but it has a nice finish and nothing dry or cottonmouthy about it.

O: This is a pretty darn good beer. Not as powerful as most Double IPAs which I have to say was a bit of a disappointment, but at the same time, its really really drinkable with nice light and subte flavors that are very delicious.

kevanb, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 3/31/11

Appearance: Mostly clear amber orange, nice head to start, retains a sticky white lacing

Smell: Very hoppy, mostly citrus with some herbal spiciness, too - some caramel malts in the background, some sweetness

Taste: Very good - tons of citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit - on the spicy/herbal side rather than juicy hops - mostly dry - some alcohol in the flavor - malts are prominent, a little too sweet for my taste

Mouthfeel: Heavier than the average DIPA, somewhat dry with an alcohol bite, kind of sticky - however, nicely smooth and well-carbonated

Overall: Great, but not mind-blowing

Without a doubt, this is a great DIPA. But it is not exactly what I am looking for in the style. I prefer takes on the style that are slightly lighter, less sweet, have less of an alcohol bite, and have more of a tropical citrus blast to the face. Regardless, this is still good, and I would be happy to have it again.

Edit: 5/8/13

Drinking a fresh bottle courtesy of Goblinmunkey7. Still too sweet, too boozy. Very good, not top tier. I've reduced my scores slightly.

angrybabboon, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of Holland
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Server from bottle dated 2009.

A: beautiful golden color. Pours with nice clean head about one finger tall, and the lacing is slightly sticky and stays throughout the session.

S: honey, malt, floral hops

T: malt and honey, just as the smell indicates. They are quickly overwhelmed by the bittering hops.

M: nice as it warms a bit more. I like the crisp carbonation and sticky feel at the same time.

O: if you're in the mood for a hoppy double IPA, this is a solid beer. The 22oz bottle set me back $8, which is not bad. Compare that with the Dreadnaught, which was $12.

Holland, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to OrangeAmps for this one.
Pours a clear orange with a nice head and good lacing.
The smell to me guarantees that this DIPA is going to be awesome.
Taste - Smooth - covers all the bases, citrus, pine, sweet bready malt is minimal, nice semi-dry hop tingle on the finish.
Medium mouthfeel.
I will try to get this beer anytime I trade. Thanks to CarolinaKevin for getting me started on this beer!

HopDiggityDawg, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best IIPA I've had to date. Not enough O's in "smooth" to describe this. The hops to bite your nose off, but they're there. Tastes NOTHING like a 9.5% ABV beer. I have another bottle and can't wait to dig in. Highly recommended beer.

Retail1LO, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of sethmeister
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear brassy orange gold with a cakelike offwhite head. Small amounts of sticky lace decorate my tulip glass.

Sweet boozy scent wafts from the bottle, reminding me of a barleywine. Once in the glass this smells sweet and floral with a hint of tropical fruit.

Taste is first sweet and fruity. Tropical fruits. Candied fruit. Grapefruit dipped in sugar. Clementines, orange peel and lemons. A mildly sour aftertaste, like eating lemon candies. Herbal and a touch of pine. Bitterness comes in afterward in a dramatic long, slow finish. A minty flavor pops up after that! This beer really lingers on the palate. There's an apple note in there as well. Alcohol esters.

Mouth is sticky, slightly viscous and coating.

Drinkability is good and the abv is, although not hidden, managed well.

This is quite a good DIPA. I love the juxtaposition of sweet and sour notes and the finish is remarkably long.

sethmeister, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of aficionado
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium golden translucent body, not too much of a head, but lots of spotty lacing and carbonation bubbles.

Smells of very fresh grapefruity hops. Grapefruit and clementine peels, fresh cut green apples tossed in lemon juice, and mild pine.

Wonderous balance. The bitterness is not too harsh. Citrusy and piney in flavor with more clementine peel and grapefruit pith on the palate. There's a sour twang presence though that is a little off-putting as the beer warms.

Moderate body and high carbonation that keeps you wanting more, but can give a rather drying sensation on the finish that feels kind of tinny.

Edit 12/18/11: Had a bottle immediately after my friend made me try some "legal" bud, which messed up my palate. The beer tasted bone dry and full of bitter grapefruit pith and hot alcohol. Like white grapefruit aerosol hairspray with a hint of caramel. I was so turned off.

aficionado, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of csiewert
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer... Perfect after a hot day. The beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of extremely aromatic foamy white head that laces well. The aroma is pungent with piney hops. The taste starts with a perfect balance of piney notes and caramel sweetness... An then finishes bitter, but not too bitter. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced. Overall an amazing beer.

csiewert, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass, and for some reason, not my FW Pint, wtf.

A - Pours a bright, clear oranges with a nice tan colored head. Great retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - I pick up lots of citrus, especially orange and lemons, pine and a hint of bannana

T - Sweet citrusy malts, a bit shocked how sweet it is. Followed by a flower/soapy flavor.

D - Nice carbonation, slightly bitter, creamy.

O - Smells good, but just too sweet.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of sdmvd6
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Transparent copper color with a short head that doesn't hang around long. Little lacing is left. Would have expected a bit more head and lacing.

S - Big hop aroma up front with grapefruit and orange dominating. Some conifer, caramel from the malt, and a bit of soap.

T - Bitter hops up front (strong citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of pine) with bready malt taking over and mellowing things. Nice balance here. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. The malt and citrus really balance the alcohol in this one.

M - Medium bodied with a noticeably dry finish.

O - This is a really well-balanced, tasty DIPA from FW. The appearance could be a bit better, but this may be a product of this particular bottle's age (no date listed).

sdmvd6, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of jneiswender
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of bomber bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A off white head, thick. nice amber color.

S-grassy, piney-resin, with a slight fruit smell.

T-very strong juicy fruit gum taste, resin middle, boozy finish

M-medium mouthfeel, well carbonated.

D-very good. nice and complex. very different from other beers within this style

jneiswender, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Light golden brown/yellow. 1/4 inch head, some lacing.

Smell - Floral hops, malts, some sugars, alcohol. Grapefruit,orange, lemon.

Taste - Very malty with plenty of hops and booze. Carmel and sugars add flavor. Alcohol is present with the hops. Huge pineapple and orange really comes out with each drink.

Mouthfeel - Strong with some bitterness. Mouth gets coated with hops and malts. Carmel covers tounge, palette is covered with hop bitterness. Alcohol warms mouth up nicely.

Overall - Really tasty and smooth for a double ipa. Has ample amount of everything you want in a dipa. Nothing is overpowering but theres enough alcohol to limit you to a glass or two. Really enjoyied this, worthy to search out.

wvsabbath, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first run with a Firestone Walker Brew, and I must say I'm very impressed.

As a big IPA fan, this one didn't disappoint. Pours a dark golden color, and the aroma immediately reaches your nose. Malty and a little bit of wood scents.

Taste is citrusy and rather hoppy, but still smooth.

Very solid.

devinoconnor, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured copper color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus west coast hop and fruit aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet citrus flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.This is a standout beer.

tmoneyba, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, big, big fan of this beer..one of the best DIPAs I've ever had. Clear and dark gold color with medium white head and a good deal of lacing that sticks around. Very very fragrant nose, full of hops, booze, flowers, citrus, grass. One of the best smelling beers I've come across!

The taste follows suit, an incredibly balanced beer with lovely malt undertones propping big booming hop flavor. Citrus and floral notes abound. Booze is restrained as is the bitterness. Truly top notch DIPA that buries the boozy, bitter messes of so many other brewers. Totally delicious and drinkable. I had to pace myself here....at 9.5 ABV I quickly got sloppy. Really hard to stop drinking this one.

tobelerone, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of schwaeh
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle received as an extra from readbaron, thanks Baron. Bottled 4/29/11.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a large two finger light-creme head. The frothy head hangs on forever. Lacing lasts throughout the glass.

S: Smells of grapefruit, a nice soft hop aroma, and a very good malt presence adding complexity and balancing this big beer out. Also a light pine aroma.

T: Taste is grapefruit, pine, light orange and some honey. It has a nice malty backbone that doesn't over shine the hops. The alcohol is nicely hidden for 9.5%. This sort of reminds me of Hopslam on it's second week.

M: Has a nice medium body that feels round and full in the mouth. Bitterness builds quite nicely on the tongue. Adequate carbonation.

O: I've had this a few times. I really wish I could get this around here because I really enjoy it every time, in fact I think I enjoy every FW beer every time. Any DIPA that tastes this fruity and has adequate bitterness left at 3 months old is ok in my book.

schwaeh, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden honey with a two finger tan head. Head dissipates at a good pace leaving a little slippery lace...

S - Lots of citrus fruits and caramel. Smells pretty sweet. Some hoppy notes come through, but they are very subdued...

T - Good dose of sweet malts up front; caramel being the most prominate. Also pick up grapefruit, mango, oranges, and various other citrus fruits. Ends with a good amount of pine, and some lingering caramel. Interesting balance between bitter and sweet in the finish. Abv is very well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth...

O - For the abv this one goes down extremely smooth. A little sweeter than I was anticipating, but nothing that takes away from the integrity of the brew. Definitely something I will revisiting again in the near future...

Cheers...

comfortablynumb1, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfectly clear crisp orange color with a nice white soft head made of lots of tiny tiny bubbles. No visible carbonation. The alcohol may be preventing any lacing.

S: I get the tropical fruits on this one: Mango, Guava, Papaya. A little citrus too. There is defiantly a detectable maltieness to it as well.

T: Upfront I get those big tropic flavors I was discussing in the smell, along with the big malt backbone. On the mid palate I get a lot of tangerine citrus, and it finishes with a lingering sweetness. This beer is perfectly balanced.

M: Mouthfeel is just right, it is sweet, but not cloying; it has carbonation, but not so much that it detracts from the beer; it is smooth and silky.

D: For almost a 10% beer, this is surprisingly drinkable. If I lacked even a little self-dicipline, I'd just drink this all day long.

tlazaroff, Jul 16, 2011
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,140 ratings.