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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4818
Reviews: 1148
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%

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:
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(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009)
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Photo of hannibalsmith


4.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2012 04:35:51 | More by hannibalsmith
Photo of cbrunpc


4.83/5  rDev +11%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 01:48:48 | More by cbrunpc
Photo of Gabany

4.83/5  rDev +11%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 19:40:29 | More by Gabany
Photo of billsmorrison


4.83/5  rDev +11%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 18:16:37 | More by billsmorrison
Photo of AES


4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-27-2009 00:31:31 | More by AES
Photo of berebrando


4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 02:17:06 | More by berebrando
Photo of shand


4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 02:07:06 | More by shand
Photo of watsonmd


4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 14:49:39 | More by watsonmd
Photo of ikantspel


4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 23:30:03 | More by ikantspel
Photo of JWD


4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on 2 separate occasions. On tap at the Folsom HOP rodeo on 3/5 and some locally purchased bottles on 3/7.

A-Glowing amber golden hue. I really think this looks like an exceptional beer in all aspects with the exception of head retention. The head falls quickly and does not leave rings as the glass goes down. (compared to pliny).

S,T, and M - WOW, this may be one of my new favorite DIPAs out there. I loved the balanced flavors figting together. Slightly bitter, mildly sweet, a little bit dry. Everything works very well together. I love this beer, Firestone continues to hit home runs with their reserve line.

D-Great, it goes down very easy, too easy!! Had to rate slightly lower due to the high ABV.

Overall, if you can get some of this while it is fresh seek it out!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 17:15:55 | More by JWD
Photo of Bfarr


4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, light orange amber with sunny edges, a medium frothy tan head and great retention. Citrus, pepper, and strong floral aromas. Brilliant orange and citrus sweetness with a big bitterness and pleasant lingering. Light alcohol taste and warming. Orange blossom honey sweetness with hints of vanilla extract in the finish. Slick and silky mouthfeel with a light bite.

The flavors are strong and clear and they don't back down at any time. Hops are strong but not overpowering. I was very sorry to finish, I easily could have had a second. This is one of those rare beers that stay interesting and pleasant from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 01:23:41 | More by Bfarr
Photo of wburch1967


4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bomber dated February 2011.

Was happy to this here in MA. What impressed me with this beer was how true to style and well balnced it was, while carrying 9.5 ABV so easily. It is a perfect looking IPA with a good head and some lace. The smell and taste are citrusy and not too bitter. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 11:52:30 | More by wburch1967
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 650ml. bottle into a over-sized wine glass.

The color is a somewhat clear, deep orange with two finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a very airy citrus hop aroma that reminds me a little of Pliny. There is a grassy aroma also coming up to meet my nose as well and that brings some malty sweetness with it as well.

The taste pops out and is creamy and sugary at first. The second sip has a big earthy taste to it with some bitterness wrapped in some citrus flavor. I am reminded of spree candy and how sweet they seem to be but are also a little bitter as well.

This beer really gives you some thing to talk about. The feel is slightly heavy but has a good amount of carbonation to wash away some bitterness and make light of the amount of alcohol in this beer. It seems to cushion the feel of this beer as it goes down so it feels smooth and not too big. IT has a pleasant bitterness and not a slam that rocks you off your foundation. One of the more well craft beers I have had. This beer has it in spades.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 05:42:50 | More by Duhast500
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 00:57:24 | More by Derek
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass

A: pours a beautiful deep amber color that is nice and clear, with a beautiful head of foamy that is slightly off white and lingers nicely
S: just the kind of scent i love from IPA's grapefruit, nice floral hop notes, nice sweetness
T: such an incredible taste, grapefruit, nice west coast style hop finish
M: leaves a slight lacing on the palate, very slight carbonation tingle
O: truly incredible, this goes right into my top 3 favorite ipa's, so nice to drink, the ABV isn't even close to noticeable. Purely awesome. My first beer from Firestone Walker and I will ensure it is not my last

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:11:47 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of FatJesus


4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone, I've been waiting for this. Read a lot about it and now here it goes.
Pours a clear, golden orange with a thick white head. Slow retention but worth it. Little lacing. Smells of citrus and pine, all hops,very nice. Taste is an earthy, bitterness followed by a nice sweetness with a dry finish. All in all very drinkable and worth the wait. Up there with squall from dFH as one of top double ipa's. I think the sweet cut does it for me. Can't wait to try more styles from firestone.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 22:32:08 | More by FatJesus
Photo of HoppySailor


4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter. Bottle dated 4-2-13.

A- Pours a gorgeous orange/honey color with no cloudiness and heavy carbonation. Thin bright, white head that leaves nice lacing once settled. Major bubble eruption from the bottom of the glass keeps the thin head steady. This looks like a terrific IPA.

S- citrus hops and pine. I don't smell any malt notes at all. Orange peel, a little floral lavender note in there maybe. The aroma doesn't explode on me the way I wish it would, but nice anyway.

T- 5/5 in the taste category. This one has the profile I look for in every IPA. Very hoppy with a citrus forward flavor and a tiny malt backbone to help mask the high ABV. The finish is very dry and leaves a strong desire to hit the glass again and fast.

M- My lowest marks for this one are on the mouthfeel. The carbonation is just a little harsh and creates too much burn on both the tongue and the throat. Not carb burn like an ice cold Dr Pepper or anything, just not the velvety smoothness one usually expects of a great double IPA. Still, it has a nice oily feel to it and the burn is very short lived and forgettable.

O- Overall this one deserves high marks. It is over-priced and goes down too fast, but a true pleasure to sip. I am enjoying this one out on a shaded patio in 90 degree heat and still find it refreshing. I have also had it in the wintertime and found it to be a nice cold weather companion. Now that I can get it in four packs, I can see it becoming my Saturday night regular.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 22:11:15 | More by HoppySailor
Photo of PaleZombie


4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 05:14:59 | More by PaleZombie
Photo of Dmbphoenix

New York

4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: poured pale tengerine line hue color, 3 mm thick head that laced out to a thready island.

S: Citrus and pine resin and floral scents are present. I LOVE me a floral beer.

T: Hops and more hops. A bitter attach on the forefront followed b, followed by a lingering malt aftermath.

M:feels both bold and heavy on the palette

O:. I would highly recommend this to anyone. It consistentently leaves a big smile on my face

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 17:40:15 | More by Dmbphoenix
Photo of kguard


4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 04:25:36 | More by kguard
Photo of justintcoons


4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 01:39:43 | More by justintcoons
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a slightly hazy golden body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Smells amazing - grapefruit, orange pith, mint, grass... An assault on the taste buds - almost too much going on but in a good way. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, pith, mint, fresh-cut grass, several things I can't quite put my finger on, with just enough caramel and toffee to support the hops. On the heavier side of medium-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Definitely a sipper but each sip invites another. Wow. One of the most unique, complex, and in-your-face DIPAs I have ever had in my life. Glad to see these guys getting distribution in NH now.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 21:15:40 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of csiewert


4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 23:00:10 | More by csiewert
Photo of Retail1LO


4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 20:58:31 | More by Retail1LO
Photo of JDizzle


4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. This is my first time trying this one-fucking ecstatic!!

It's dated 6/24/11- would have liked it a little more fresh, but no complaining here bitches.

Pours pretty cloudy with a beautiful foamy head that is a bright off white. The color of the beer is wonderful with a glowing copper/amber hue that I want to see from a DIPA.

It smells like a bouquet of hops with a nice biscuity/bready finish. Almost perfume like in a way. Also get some pine notes. Really nice!

The taste is very clean with a punch of hops upfront that are citrusy and piney. It has a bigger malt bill than I expected it to have(4 months old). Really chewy finish with a malt sweetness that I like in a DIPA. Great balance on this one.

It's chewy and has a little bitter aftertaste, but it goes away and doesn't linger around like herpes or something...like that. So fresh and so clean!

I will be buying more on my next trip to Illinois over Thanksgiving.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 00:01:19 | More by JDizzle
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 4,818 ratings.