Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,296
Hads: 7,085
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 hopburster
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear, dark orange-amber appearance. 1/2 inch of thick, foamy head. Excellent lacing from the first sip to the last slurp.

Aroma: Tons of grapfruit, orange...slight floral. More when I drank it off tap at Malt and Vine, less when I drank it from a 22 oz bottle.

Taste: Beautiful bitter hoppiness, but well balanced unlike other DIPAs I could name.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy and smooth.

Overall: I really like this beer...to me this is the epitome of what West Coast DIPA should be. Move this one right up there next to the big boys in this category. Try it if you see it! (593 characters)

Photo of keanex
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: This is a perfect looking beer, clear amber with carbonation bubbles floating up to the thick off-white rocky foamy head which leaves it's presence known on the side of the glass as it dissipates.

S: Very strong piney hops smell that I smell from a foot away where my glass sits as I type this. Citrus notes poke through with almost a mango smell.

T: Very balanced, so balanced in-fact the taste is hard to determine on the first sip as they mesh perfectly together. A tropical fruit taste hits first with citrus notes with fresh piney hops making an appearance and lingering after it's gone.

M: Medium carbonation and body go down smooth.

O: This is my new favorite DIPA. It has excellent balance with a nice fruity citrusy taste that meets a fresh piney flavor. This is simply excellent. (846 characters)

Photo of nikoconnor
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours nicely into a hazy golden orange color. A light, white head which is very pretty to look at, although it doesn't seem to stick around for very long.

S: Great! Very hoppy with a hint of citrus.

T: Very very good. Very hoppy, with a balanced citrusy (almost grapefruit?) taste. Not too boozy, all in all very smooth and easy to drink.

M: Very easy to taste everything, very smooth and crisp.

Overall: An amazing double IPA. This might be one of my new go-to's, with an awesome blend of bitterness, hops and citrus. I highly recommend it. (548 characters)

Photo of jggibbs
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (747 characters)

Photo of WMEugene
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a tulip...

A - Pours a clear, rich copper color with a significant and bubbly head (with nice retention). Noticeable lacing on the glass. This is the definitive DIPA look.

S - Nice piney hop aroma with some citrus notes as well. Very nice.

T - Strong hop flavors, however, it does a great job of being not just a hop bomb. The hop flavors tend more towards pine then citrus and there is some nice malt in the background for excellent balance. Very, very well done.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Leaves a little bit of a hop aftertaste with a nice dry finish. It hides its alcohol very well.

The Double Jack is an amazing DIPA with very few equals. It has an amazing taste and does a very great job of being hoppy without knocking you over. Very well done and I will definitely search it out again. (821 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: 2/10/2011
Aggressive pour into the bottom of my 2011 21st Ammendment Chalice.
Nice slightly golden head retains well dark golden clear appearance.
Flowery, smooth, citrus flavors blend well. Very well balanced for a DIPA.
This is an exceptional DIPA and clearly one of my favorites. Check their website for more detailed notes. I don't know why people bother to state the obvious when reviewing beers.
Edit 6/28/11:
Picked up a bottle at University Village QFC not dated but 2010 stamped on the cap.
Really? 2010? OK the price is right and I roll the dice.
Conclusion is "fresh" doesn't matter at least for the short haul. This beer is as delicious as any Double Jack that I have enjoyed.
Still one of my favorites - fresh or not so fresh. (754 characters)

Photo of Hamsteroceros
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into SN tulip

A- That elusive gold-with-a-tint-of-orange that I so love. Nice lacing.

S- Hops. Hop crystals with sweet hop aftersniff, as it were...

T- This is what I look for in an IPA in every way. Citrus, pine, sweet, balanced malt, smooth- just profoundly enjoyable.

M- Not too carbonated, not too full considering the resiny impression I get.

D- Such a spectacular beer. Wish I'd reviewed it when I had it on draft. In any case, this is a champion in a rather huge and diverse style. (500 characters)

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 oz bottle of this on recommendation from the craft beer store owner. Glad I did:

A - Reddish orange color, thin head, stick lacing

S - Citrus, piney, hoppy scents

T - This DIPA really stands out from most I have had. Well balanced and not too boozey tasting for something that high in alcohol. Well hopped with citrusy flavors and pine as well.

M - Medium bodied, smooth

Loved this beer, it will become a regular on my list. Just as good as Pliney the Elder or Ace of Spades! (495 characters)

Photo of billsmorrison
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one is definitely one of my favorite doubles on the market for a few reasons and here they are. yes the Hop complexion is pronounced but its even release of the malt is only noticed when enough of this great liquid is assimilated by the pallet at least for me anyway. a blast of floral and fruity notes hit the noise first before having the first sip and then the complexities abound when into the first few real mouth fulls. on draft its mouthfeel is absolute perfection not too sharp not too thin, a good melding of ibu's and sweeter characters are prevalent. definitely a stand out beer for a stand out brewery here no matter how's its served this one is gold in a glass for me! (686 characters)

Photo of cbrunpc
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer review, so take it for what it is worth.

A: Beautiful amber color (maybe, i am color blind)

S: Very Herbel and floral, makes you want to take a big sip!

T: Hoppy and amazing, smooth

M: Hits the palate very well, does not overwhelm like many do.

O: Love it cant wait for another! (294 characters)

Photo of litheum94
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (846 characters)

Photo of hannibalsmith
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at XL Grindhouse in Salinas, Ca.

A- Served in a 16 oz pint glass appeared hazy yellow orange with very tight bubbles in the head and had very nice lacing on the glass.
S- Loaded with piney and fruity hops. Lots of great fruits notes i.e. grapefuit and pineapple and balanced with BIG HOPS.
T-The taste was not as unbalanced as the smell might give off. Very malt loaded to deal with all those hops. The fruit is very prominent. Finished very dry and clean. No burn for such a huge beer!
M- Full bodied and clean. Easy drinking.
O- Might be the best DIPA i have ever had. The balance of malt to hops really makes this an enjoyable drink for me. (657 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled at the brewery 1 day prior to enjoyment from a tulip glass.

A: Golden, almost clear, straw colored body. Egg shell head--two-finger thick--slowly recedes to leave thick, gracious lace at the edge. Beer appears to be well carbonated.

N: Tropical fruit, pine...a slight hint of strawberry.

T/M: Immaculate! Oily body with resinous hop dominated profile. Pine and grapefruit. Not much malt backbone. Prickly on the tongue with great carbonation.

This is a wonderful and complex Imperial IPA! Honestly it is one of my favorites! So good, I believe it needs a more poetic description.

Gorgeous body and head
Tropical flavors abound
Beer hops on tongue (659 characters)

Photo of ktblue22
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really well done IPA with a strong hop profile. Goes very well with smokey habanero chili! A big beer with high ABV, I was not able to finish even half the bottle on my own. Light and clear slightly orange. Smell is crisp and hoppy. Great light body despite the high attenuation. Overall a really great beer just be careful as it is an almost 10% ABV (350 characters)

Photo of Gabany
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful amber with roughly a finger of white head

S- HOPS! Wonderful aroma, but not overwhelming; definitely smell some citrus in the mix

T- The perfect balance of hops/malt for a DIPA

M- Medium body and highly carbonated, which I enjoy

O- I love DIPA/IPA's, but feel that some are just too hopped to enjoy on a regular basis; this is extremely drinkable for 9.5% ABV and my latest "go-to" DIPA (403 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Quite possibly one of the best IPA's or DIPA's I have had. The is nice beer that pours a nice golden color and had a nice white creamy head to it. The aroma of sweet hops fills the glass. The taste is smooth and hoppy and a bit sweet and the 9.5% ABV can only be detected by the warming sensation in your belly. The mouthfeel is super smooth for an IPA. It is a really great beer! Can't say enough about this. I have had many of the Firestone Walker beers, this may be my new favorite! (492 characters)

Photo of watsonmd
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Found this gem on a business trip, and shared the 22oz bottle with 2 friends. Kept in ice-bucket, served into small goblets.

A: deep golden yellow, "glowing," with an inch of thick head, and persistent lacing.

S: balanced, hoppy clementine, grapefruity citrus, with a hint of some pine.

T: liquid heaven. mouthwatering citrus, not to biting, nice balance of citrus and pine, but mostly citrus, with a nice grapefruit finish.

M: perfectly carbonated, and slightly sticky on the finish, with a lingering hop on the tongue, but not overpowering.

O: Would but this often if it was in Georgia. Can't wait to try the Parabola I found on the same trip! (650 characters)

Photo of berebrando
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I love the union, jack. and the big brotha is no exception.

Double jack is one of those beers I try, try and try again to replicate in homebrewing scenarios. it's an inspiration to west coast brewers looking for significant body and an extraordinary hop presence in an IPA.

The senses: The appearance is light copper orange with a decent sized head. i could tell this beer was pretty viscous as the small bubbles of carbonation slowly fizzled from the glass on an epically slow journey towards the head. what a great sign! The smell is boooold citrus. Grapefruit and tangerine dominate, but a slight alcoholic heat is present. Flavors are amazing! this beer is sweet on the lips with citrus flavors and a solid malt backbone. i love what the munich malt adds to the body of this beer. it's a bitter beer for sure. the tail end of the flavor is a little hot, but surprisingly appreciated.It's thick mouthfeel is glorious. it's like sipping on maple syrup, that's how thick and viscous this beer is. i gave it a good solid "4" on drinkability because this beer is 9.5%. if i had more than one bottle to myself, my head would be hurting tomorrow. (1,145 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a great hops and citrus blend.
Appearance- A copper to golden amber color with a small white head.
Taste- A great blend of hops, citrus and lemon zest
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation with an excellent dry crisp finish.
Overall- An outstanding beer. (327 characters)

Photo of shand
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (940 characters)

Photo of PaleZombie
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large wine glass.

A - Deep tangerine color leaning toward a copper color. About 1 finger of white pillowy head that receded into a nice white foam leaving excellent lacing.

S - Wow could smell this as soon as I opened the bottle. Grapefruit, tropical fruits(mango's, pineapple, pears) some apple hints, nice amounts of orange, sweet caramel malt, with a tad bit of piney smell on the end. Dang this one has a freaking awesome nose. So complex.

T - Very similar to the nose. All of the fruity tropical hops hit you at first followed by a bitter piney finish with a nice amount of sweet caramel malt to balance it out.

M - On the heavy side of medium body with perfect carbonation. Somewhat syrupy in the feel but not too heavy overwhelming.

O - This beer did not disappoint at all. It is nearly perfect as far as DIPA's go. Amazingly balanced and full of tropical and fruity aromas and flavors. I have to say that this is probably the best DIPA I have ever had. I think this one will become a regular in my fridge. Cheers! (1,062 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz stubby into a duvet tulip

Bottled 1.30.13

Pours a honey golden color with a small beady head

Aroma of heavy citrus zest, pine, earthy tones

Wow. Amazing strong yet subtle hop taste, with lemon peel, and a great pine aftertaste

Pliny who? This was awesome (265 characters)

Photo of AES
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Am I really the first to review? Here goes. From a fresh Growler 6/26/09, delivered by my wonderful girl.

A: Pours golden amber, great clarity. Two finger white head dissipates quickly, but not too fast. Extensive lacing graces the sides of the glass.

S: Hops. Like a bag of Cascades. Piney with some distinct citrus. I just don't smell any malt over the hops. Not a bad thing, though.

T: Initial impression is just wow... citrus hops all the way down. The pine flavor comes through, as well as some bitterness, but you can just taste the dry hopping. Some sweet malt in the aftertaste; it actually comes to dominate after the citrus dies down. Doesn't seem as bitter as Union Jack, but it's still there to some degree.

M: Excellent, just light enough but with enough malt to give it some backbone. I can feel this beer, but it doesn't overwhelm at all.

D: Dangerous stuff, here. I could drink this for days. Goes down so easy. Not too much of anything.

Overall, the dry hopping dominates, and I wish I could do so well with my homebrew. The drinkability is almost scary. An exceptional brew and one that I hope they do again, as the tasting room staff say they will. (1,174 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear golden amber with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Moderately heavy carbonation with some good lacing.

N: Huge citrus in the nose along with pine, pineapple and candied caramel.

T: Pine, Valencia orange, lemon, pineapple, Clementine and hints of rye and honey balanced with a sweet candied caramel backbone.

M: Full bodied, well balanced and slightly sticky.

O: Fantastic! Easy drinking, extremely balanced, tasty, juicy and delicious! (465 characters)

Photo of kguard
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 2/9/13. I little past its prime. But can't get in Iowa so take what you can get.

A: Rather clear amber color, reminds me of the mosquito cane from Jurassic Park. Small, white head.

S: Grapefruit rind gives way to orange blossom. Just my style.

T: Grapefruit dominates, fades to floral alcohol but mildly.

M: Less malt than most DIPA I've had lately. A bit on the lighter side. I'd imagine more carbonation and crispness if this was super fresh.

O: I will get this again! Wish I had more than one. I would recommend to those who like west coast DIPAs. (566 characters)

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.