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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4817
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:
No notes at this time.

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


3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

3-20-13 bottling date. From Belmont Station

A: Pure copper color with a firm 1/4" head. Carbonation is drawn throughout the body. Slick off the glass.

N: Hops and malt in concert. Pineapple, spruce, and hints of mango. There's an earthiness here, along with some honey melon, some sugar, and some grass. Not very strong or altogether alluring, though.

T: Quite bitter with only a hint of sweetness. There's a lot of the dry pine floor with a heavy leaf quality. Can be rather sharp around the edges.

M: Some alcohol. Dry with a medium-heavy body.

O: A good beer, but it's missing a second gear to get it to the next level. Might be a lesser batch, too, as I recall having some that were a lot better. Would prefer a Union Jack to this one, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 03:39:55 | More by writerLJBerg
Photo of Murchmac


3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark golden yellow to light orange in color. An impresive tow finger, white, pillowy head with really good retention.

S- lots of citrus with grapefruit out front and a sticky gooey resiny hit to it. Malts play second fiddle with some caramel and some bread.

More citrusy hops backed by a clean cereal malt. Hints of alcohol come through from time to time, but they're not strong. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

D: Quite drinkable, though it's certainly an imperial IPA so there's bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 04:49:43 | More by Murchmac
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 06:06:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Vibrant amber-gold, very slight touch of haze going on. Thin white head, lacing to the half way point.

S: Grapefruit, pine hops, rich malt sweetness, hint of candy.

T: Citrus hops and a toffee-malt backbone. This one is quite sweet, the hops can barely keep up with it. Hint of alcohol.

M: Medium body, maybe even a touch syrupy at times, a little warming.

O/D: Not what I expected from a California DIPA, not as hoppy as I wanted it to be, too sweet at times, and it was on tap. Still worth a go.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 02:54:12 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of Pinknuggets


3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to Lawson's sniffer

A: dark orange to amber color with basically no tab head and is completely opaque

S:pure malt smell almost like its past its prime but there is no bottle date really nothing else there

T:follows the nose pure malt no hops at all the way through the finish which is malty and sweet not bitter at all there is no balence here complete malt bomb maybe this bottle isn't fresh but really not good rep of style IMO

M:oily and very thin kinda drinkable but not necessarily pleasant

O:I wanted to like this beer but I really just don't like it it was so malty it was almost skunked not a dipa style at all literally no hops even worse then Union Jack maybe I need to try it fresher but for now I'm not a fan

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 01:22:13 | More by Pinknuggets
Photo of AgentMunky


3.55/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Bottled 12 May 2011. From notes. Reviewed 8 July 2011.

A: Very nice, tight, light head. Light yellow-orange; clear. Good lacing.

S: Huge and great hops. A bit vegetal. Ruby grapefruit. This is what an IPA should smell like.

T: Disappointing. Light, vegetal hos, a bit malty-strong as well. The aftertaste is hoppy-dry. Humph. Better DIPAs are out there.

M: Nothing to complain about here. Malty-robust. A bit dry. Good.

O: Good beer. I'd recommend it, if not have again. As I said, if you want a Double IPA, seek elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 02:13:01 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my NB globe

Clear orange/amber body with a fluffy white head. Really citrusy aroma with a hint of sweetness. Big citrusy flavors, almost like biting into an orange, kinda boozy and candy like in the back end though. Pretty bitter but the malt does make an appearance. Normal DIPA mouthfeel. An enjoyable DIPA for sure but not mind blowing, a bit boozier than I like in the style. I would drink this again but wouldn't go nuts for it. I think the Union Jack is a much better take on it's style.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 22:37:03 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of sendsilk


3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with Destral, thanks again! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my trusty "Crab House" pint glass.

A- Looks good! Straw colored, slight head and lacing on the glass.

S- Very nice! Not sure what to expect tastewise with this smell, Hop blast or something similar? DIPA's scare me, kinda like porters, never know what you're going to get hit with on them.

T- This one loses a bit for me. Fairly hot in my opinion. Just spicey, or zesty or some other descriptive that I can't ascertain at this point.

M- Very nice. No problem with this aspect.

D- I really appreciate the chance to try this great brew, but I prefer a Pliny (yeah, go figure) fresh Hopslam, Sculpin or Nugget Nectar to this zesty taste. I guess DIPA's are too much for me at this point in time although I'm sure with a great DIPA like this it will garner a lot of fans.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 04:49:32 | More by sendsilk
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Double Jack has a very bright, clear, copper-colored body. The off-white head is at least two fingers tall and is very creamy and thick looking head. Retention is great, and the lacing is pretty decent.

The aroma has lots of pine, but it is also pretty boozy and sweet.

Lots of pine and bitterness right off the bat, with a good bit of resin included also. The pine is pretty intense, and is definitely the defining characteristic of Double Jack. In addition to the pine, the hops also bring a bit of citrus flavor, but that is definitely secondary to the pine. In the back end of the beer there is a ton of sweetness from the malt, with a little bit of bread and a lot of caramel. Substantial sweetness and a good bit of booze and heat. The finish has a little bit more bitterness.

This IIPA has a big chewy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

I like Double Jack, but it is a little bit boozy for me, and as I said, the sweetness is substantial. I guess both of those traits are unsurprising considering the ABV. This is pretty good, but I think I like Union Jack a little bit more.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 13:28:04 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of nhindian


3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 23:19:31 | More by nhindian
Photo of infi

New York

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Translucent blood-orange color with tons of carbonated activity throughout the liquid. White and foamy two-fingered head atop the brew and dissolves within seconds. Webbed lacing all around the perimeter. Smells of that nice hop characteristic. Not too pungent in pine and citrus but rather, a nice malt sweetness resonating overall.

Taste has a nice prickly feeling of the hop resin bitterness throughout the drink. Decent balance of the bitter and sweet, but more so teetering on the sweet side. Not too big on flavor, but consistent in all IPA areas. Grapefruit bitterness and caramel sweetness with a subdued seltzer mouthfeel.

Good IPA. Not as potent as other West Coast IPA's, but definitely drinkable. Definitely better straight from the tap and fresh as possible.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 23:53:32 | More by infi
Photo of TMoney2591


3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Review #1500! Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5. It pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, plenty o' leek, pine, dank greens, and light grapefruit peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with increased leek and some added light butter, insanely light sour cream, and a sharp sting of pine at the end. The body is at the lighter end of the medium spectrum, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a fairly solid DIPA, though the hop selection just didn't quite do it for me. The onion-i-ness and the pine-i-ness seem to battle it out with no clear winner, much to the detriment of my tongue. It isn't cataclysmic, but it keeps things from reaching potential heights of greatness and whatnot.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 08:16:47 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of claytong


3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - pretty light in color for dipa. oddly the jack unsquared seems more intense. decent retention and head.

smell - malt (a mix and not the best), minor bitter hops, not impressive

taste - much the same. bland

mouthfeel - smooth, good solid body, low to medium carbonation

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 03:40:05 | More by claytong
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Adam!

The beer appears hazy and light orange hued with an inch of dense, white head. Plenty of lacing coats the walls of the pint glass. The aroma offers some malty sweetness, as well as some hop and citrus notes. The flavor brings forth a huge helping of malt and candied oranges. Strong. Hop presence is there as well, of course, but the flavor seems dominated by malt, candied oranges, and a sweet presence throughout. Thick in body, even a bit syrupy. Alcohol presence is prominent throughout. Overall, an ok beer, but not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 01:35:40 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Docer


3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Pours a crystal clear light shiny penny copper color.. minimal off-white finger of head quickly down to a bubbly ring and some scattered islands of thin foam.

- Big citrus and fruit salad-like scent... caramel and grainy malt... some bitterness, earthy and grassy notes.

- Rather big sweet caramel citrus double IPA. Sweet caramel grains, citrus hops, earthy and nutty.. slightly buttery.. overall not too bad, but not quite what I was hoping it to be. Little too sweet and grainy for me.. not enough of that biscuity bready west-coast like IPA'ness..

- Medium bodied, bubbly, bit sticky and thin.. chewy, slightly drying..

- Overall it is drinkable, but a bit too sweet for my taste in double IPA's. To be quite honest.. it is much like the Pyramid Outburst I just had before it.. and that was under $7 a 6-pack. Price doesn't affect my beer judging.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:27:38 | More by Docer
Photo of prdstmnky


3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1L growler filled @ Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting

Very clear, golden amber color with a finger of quickly fading head - very little retention but some spotty lacing. Very tropical and citrus in the nose, lots of orange, grapefruit, mango, maybe even some melon. Nice dose of the fruity hops upfront, with a balanced finish. Also getting a bit of heat in the back at fridge temp, which really increases throughout - alcohol just doesn't seem as hidden as it could be. Medium bodied and lighter in carbonation, though could have been a growler / draft issue.

I dunno, was a decent DIPA, but the alcohol was very detectable and distracting. Tasted pretty fresh, which is always a plus...and glad I got to try this west coast offering, just not something I would actively seek out again.

Serving type: growler

07-12-2011 01:47:38 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of jmarsh123


3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lovely cloudy orange with a one finger sticky white head. Good lacing down the glass.

Aroma has some tropical fruit, grapefruit and a touch of grass. Just a touch of caramel malt.

Starts off with a touch of grapefruit. A bit of caramel malt in the middle, but this is definitely a hop forward beer. Finishes a little grassy with a load of bitter piney resin.

Mouthfeel is medium. Just a touch sticky. Carbonation is good.

Pretty good, but not near the best I've had. The finish is a little bit murky for me. You can't go wrong with this one, but better West Coast DIPA's exist.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 21:32:46 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear, carbonated, white 1/2 finger to nothing head. Laces nicely coating edges of the glass well. Orange to gold color.

S: Big notes of pine and grapefruit. Slight citrus, caramel sweetness and alcohol fuesely.

T: Pine, caramel, sugar, sweetness, hop bitterness, lingering citrus, lime and pine flavors. Hangs on the tongue long.

M: Thin and sweet. Alcohol is slightly warming.

O: This is pretty good but not my favorite double ipa at the moment. It need more assertive hopping for my palette.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 01:22:28 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of Momar42


3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle dated 02/01/12 poured into my new Quinze Duvel tulip (thanks thagr81us).

A - clear deep yellow/amber in color. Vigorous pour yields 2+ fingers of fluffy dense white foam with nice crown. Dissipates gradually with minimal lacing.

S - might be past it's "prime" but still has a good nose. Makes me determined to find it fresher or on tap. Citrus comes thru but mild now. Grapefruits, oranges with a teasing hint of what I swear is apricots. There is a sweetness as well that is likely countered with the hops from a newer bottling.

T - it has certainly mellowed noticeably but the citrus comes out still. Apricots here again and I must say its an interesting flavor profile. Sadly the hops are far less present in the flavor. Nice flavor but no punch.

M - smooth, doesn't linger too long and finishes nice too.

O - a nice beer that promises to yield much better results when fresh. I will revise my review when I obtain a newer bottle. This is for those who are debating on an older offering. Truly drinkable and enjoyable and oddly, even without the hop character, the ABV is still hidden remarkably. This was a gift so no complaints beside the tease of what a fresher bottle will yield. To quote the Governator; I'll be back.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 03:08:24 | More by Momar42
Photo of beertunes


3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in fluted goblet. Poured a medium golden amber color with about a half-inch of white head that had OK retention and good lacing.

The aroma was mostly piney hops with some grainy malt laying underneath. The pine notes were all over the front of the tongue, with some citrus in middle and a nice malt base.

The body wasn't as full as I'd hoped but still fuller than a lot of the style. Drinkability was pretty good for a brew this strong and hoppy. Overall, a very good example of the style, worth trying when you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 07:38:23 | More by beertunes
Photo of illidurit


3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangey gold with a nice frothy tan head. Malty aroma with a variety of spices and herbal hops. Sweet malt flavor with sugary bread that washes into a big herbal hop blast. Nice fruitiness but the bitterness is too modest for me. Slightly astringent, full bodied, a tad boozy.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 07:56:06 | More by illidurit
Photo of Chico1985


3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've passed up on this a few times, saw pretty fresh bombers today (dated 4/20) and decided to get one.

Color is translucent glowing orange/amber, white head settles to a cap and thick ring leaving some lacing.

Nose is very earthy with grapefruit, lemon and floral-ness, perfumey almost. Decent strength.

Ultra herbal, piny, grapefruit hops and sweet toffee candy malts in the taste. Some citrus coming out later on. Still a bit perfumey.

Pretty bitter but in my opinion the malts are too sweet and huge. Carbonation on the high side, abv well hidden.

Good, but this disappointed me. I enjoyed it more once it warmed but not my favorite hop flavors, and too sweet for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 03:07:08 | More by Chico1985
Photo of elgiacomo


3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottled March 15, 2012. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear amber with a three finger off-white head that leaves some nice rings and webs of sticky lacing and holds a real nice cap.

Aroma is grapefruit, orange/tangerine, floral hops, some pineapple, apricot, decent bit of caramel malt, some alcohol. Very good strength.

Flavor is juicy orange, tangerine, grapefruit, apricot, resinous hops, some pine, caramel malt in the middle with a bit of sweetness, finishes with good bitterness and a noticeable alcohol burn. As I get further into the bottle: apricot, caramel, alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, oily, sticky, good carbonation.

A big ’ol Double IPA, that’s for sure. Pretty good stuff, albeit with 4 months on it. Could imagine how good this would be if super fresh. Other than the age, the only real knock is the booze...this one is fairly hot for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 02:41:13 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of 120minuteman

New York

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color: yellow, with a drop of orange
Smell: very strong, citrusy aroma filled with grapefruit and a hint of apricot
Taste: Very piny and sour, though not very hoppy for a DIPA
Mouthfeel: Went from a soft to hard feeling, yet very smooth and light on the carbonation
Overall: Double Jack was good, and was certainly with the try, yet it is by no means my DIPA of choice. Would I repeat? Certainly. Would I go out of my way to repeat? No.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 14:16:48 | More by 120minuteman
Photo of Fatehunter


3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Into a tulip glass. Two and half fingers of head with great retention. The body is a clear, medium straw color.
The aroma is grapefruit with a touch of orange. Nice.
The taste is a bold bitterness beginning to end with a touch of honey at the end. It’s a great DIPA profile with just enough sweetness.
A crisp texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
A really nice DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:35:22 | More by Fatehunter
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 4,817 ratings.