Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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Photo of nhindian
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,844 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (649 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (583 characters)

Photo of Dan3279
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (665 characters)

Photo of tbrown4
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (791 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (306 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (840 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (893 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,449 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (475 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,247 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,597 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (458 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (708 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (975 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (589 characters)

Photo of Sensaray
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (626 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (690 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (969 characters)

Photo of regspeir
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (648 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (713 characters)

Photo of Fluke828
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,422 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (495 characters)

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,297 ratings.