Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,296
Hads: 7,088
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 LADaveBN
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful one finger head sitting on an auburn base. Nose is piney hops. Taste has a touch of sweetness. Great bitter finish. Didn't think it was in your face as much as some DIPAs. Nice balance. Excellent. (212 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Weighty citrus, grapefruit with a lot of sweetness behind it.

Taste: Very tasty, sweet base followed by fruits--citrus and pineapple. Not bitter.

Comments: I had this several years ago on tap in Phoenix, and was thrilled to see it in bottles in Illinois. Wasn't quite as mind-blowing from a bottle (not sure of the bottle's age) as on tap. Still very tasty with a delicious mix of fruit flavors. (440 characters)

Photo of HarryPotHead
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

ST - bomber into pint glass. 12.24.2012 date on bottle.

A - somewhat cloudy copper - amber hue. 2 finger head from hard pour with lots of sticky lacing to the bottom of the glass.

S - typical citrus and pine, but done right. Very nice.

T - subtley hidden malts counterbalance the citrus. Sweet with a dry and mildly bitter finish. ABV is masked very well. This is one good take on the style.

M - heavy carbonation with a slick, oily feel. Still feels crisp and refreshing.

O - love it...big hop flavor. Big flavor period. Up there with some of my favorite IPA's. We don't see many west coast IPA's in Baltimore, but this is as good as any I've had (still love my DFH 90 minute though!) Well done Firestone Walker! (718 characters)

Photo of BenHesk12
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double jack is another example of a great Cali IPA with bright citrus flavors, mostly grapefruit, and a finely tuned balance of hoppiness and alcohol content. Pours slightly dark orange with a moderate head and an almost overwhelming fruity aroma, double jack has a wonderful balance of bitterness, citrusy hops, and the high alcohol content of a DIPA. Served fresh on tap in an IPA glass, double jack is a very enjoyable standout ipa from firestone (449 characters)

Photo of Guess2814
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is a pretty good beer. I think Firestone in general produces great beers. Think one has your typical IPA type hoppy smell and taste. Not that it's generic but it just didn't stand out as much as i thought it would. I still put the Wookey Jack over it.. Still with that being said Thumbs up. (295 characters)

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

on-tap, map room - chicago

appearance: served in a chalice, bright orange-amber body, strong beige foam, glows in the moonlight

smell: bright citrus aromas - grapefruit zest, tangerine extract, lemongrass, pine. aromatic and extremely inviting

taste: terrific dipa - powerful waves of bright citrus - grapefruit and tangerine zest, lemon, grassy, lightly bitter pine. I could have consumed this all night but the map room taplist was on fire that night.

mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing, oily and resinous

overall: great (525 characters)

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

Golden color slightly hazy thick head with good retention and some lacing. Smells amazing citrus and pine aromas. Slightly sweet has a huge hop prescence. Good mouthfeel....Can't tell almost 10% at all. One of the best DIPA's around from one of the best breweries around (270 characters)

Photo of kellyej
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Golden color; very cloudy; weak head
S: Pine, citrus, floral, grapefruit, sweet/malty note
M: Full body, good carbonation
T: Very balanced; strong hop and citrus notes balanced out with a strong malt backbone (214 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 Catracho5
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

22 ounce bomber poured into a Belgian style tulip

Aroma: Big citrus coming off the glass, getting some pineapple, mango, with piney notes on the back end.

Taste: Just like the nose, big citrus, pineapple, mango, bitterness on the back end, nice malt balance.

Appearance: Poured a big two finger head, lots of lacing, big orange amber color fairly clear, lots of tiny carbonation in the head, very nice looking beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Overall: Very impressed with Double Jack, not a big bitterness for a double IPA, it's about 6 weeks old from the bottle date, but a very juicy double IPA, nice balance of bitterness and malt. What I like most about this beer is that it's not sweet for a double IPA. A lot of double IPA I have tasted are really sweet on the back end of the palate, this one isn't, definitely a go to, going to have to buy a four pack next time, cheers! (879 characters)

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

Served from a bomber dated 3/14/11 into a snifter. Two fingers of a bright white head from a gentle pour. Its noticeably clear. Reddish golden in color. Lots of citrus hops in the nose along with some tropical fruit notes. Biting citrus hops up front. Immediately made me think of fresh grapefruit. Floral hops and a mild alcohol taste in the finish. Left a watery lacing around my glass. At $ 9.99 per bomber I'll definitely be picking up more of this one. (457 characters)

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

1-24-2012:

Firestone has really dialed this beer in since its inception. More or less then same beast, just with more juicy tropical fruit aroma and more kick to the flavor profile. Really good stuff if you can find it fresh - check the neck of the bottle for a bottling date.

Bottle into a nonic.

Golden hued and brilliantly clear. The head is thin but lasting.

The nose is good, but not necessarily explosive. The hops convey tropical fruit aromas, mango and pineapple predominantly, but there's a touch of papaya in there, too. There's a little sugary malt sweetness that's reserved and pleasant, complementary to the hops. Alcohol is noticeable at a low level.

Malt and alcohol play an opening role. Sugar cookie sweetness clashes a bit with some brash booziness at first, but the hop flavors soon take over. Peach, pineapple and mango hop notes are amplified by the pale malt, giving the impression of juicy ripe fruit. Medium in body, quite drinkable though decidedly boozy. The finish is moderately bitter, moreso than the initial 2009 batch of this beer, though to my palate it could use a little more kick.

Very good on the whole, with a bit of tweaking I feel this could be a great beer, but as it stands it's 2nd tier. (1,235 characters)

Photo of Casey10
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great brew was lucky to pick it up on a trip to ma today.

A - nice orange hue lacings all over the glass bright.

S - piney citrus fresh

T- same as smell lots of grapefruit coming through.

M - leaves a nice feel again the citrus comes through.

O - so glad to have nearby a must try for any hop head (312 characters)

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

Poured this brew into a standard pint glass, and it makes a strong two finger thick crown of foam, which is off white in color. The body is amber in color and cleanly filtered.

The aroma is dominated by pine, and grapefruit with lemon.

Flavor wise I get the metallic hops with lemon and pine intertwined. Some sweet notes of toffee and caramel.

Feels full in body, but very drinkable as if it were a regular strength IPA. (424 characters)

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

Pours a light and bright gold color with a fine white head.

Aromas are full of mixed citrus notes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits. There is also a really fresh, floral, green resin and pine. Dang, this smells wonderful.

Taste starts with full smooth mouthfeel, soft malts, caramel, and sweet cream. Then it's all about the hops, light bitter grapefruits, sweet mandarins, pine, and really fresh resin. This beer is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is superb, very full, and super smooth. Top notch.

Overall? Phenomenal, this is a wonderful DIPA, there aren't many that can compete with this one. (602 characters)

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Comes out an in between orange/yellow blended with gold color. Excellent clarity, I expected a little more hazyness to it, but it's not, not really a bad thing. Erupting white head that gives lots of lacing.

Smell is very good. It's very hoppy without being overwhelming. A good blend of citrus, then pine. As hoppy as it is, it's also very well malted. Pale glazed/caramelized malts. There is a slight tickle in the nose from some sweetness and I'm guessing the alcohol.

Taste is totally top shelf. Strong hoppy flavors, primarily grapefruit, then some lemon zest as well, hints of pine, hay and earthy tones all well blended. That's just the hops though, it's a very well balanced brew with plenty of malts. Again pale malts that are glazed with something real nice, almost like a honey or syrup, really, really tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, closer to medium bodied but on the lighter side. Initial sweetness with a sharp, clean bitter finish. Perfect carbonation level and extremely well balanced and drinkable. I'm digging this. My first of hopefully many Firestone Walker reviews! (1,139 characters)

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

A: Poured into a tulip glass, almost no head, very clear in appearance. Basically a very light and bright orange color, similar to a peach.

S: Smells terrific, smelling pineapple, mango, sweet smelling.

T: Taste is excellent, you can taste the fruity citrus hops, also getting the malt balance.

M: Mouthfeel is light and crisp, a very drinkable beer. The fruity hops flavor linger for a little while, which I love.

O: Overall this is an excellent beer, I am not getting any traces of the alcohol for it being almost a 10% beer, one that I could drink on a regular basis. (574 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice transparent orange color, a two finger frothy off white head at the top that leaves a great lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Smells great, citrus and tropical fruit throughout, lots of pineapple, slight hints of booze

T: Great taste, follows the nose exactly, some bitterness from the hops, but a perfect amount, the malts are well balanced with everything else as well.

M: Medium to full bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

O: A fantastic beer, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, well balanced IPA. (526 characters)

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

A - Pours a sunny, light gold - extremely light for a double IPA. Very active body carbonation. Head comes up to two fingers, sticks together.

S - There was a strong citrus hop aroma as I poured, before my nose was anywhere near the pint. A real sniff produces a very strong, very fresh hop aroma. Light, zesty citrus over spice and a bit of pine. The smell alone is almost as refreshing as a beer on a hot day. A charmer, this one.

T - There’s so much going on with this one. Bright citrus fruit fills the mouth from the get-go. Orange, lemon, even lime. A lot of grapefruit bitterness in the body. Very fresh, high-acid hops with an intense, zesty and spicy finish. The florals linger long after a wallow. This is a very sweet IPA, with more than a hint of candy or beet sugars. The basis is a light, biscuity malt, a decent base for the wild arrangement of hops.

M - Relatively high carbonation and high acid make this a tongue-punch. A pleasant one.

Overall - This is a huge surprise in terms of a double IPA, and well worth a try. It’s lighter than most DIPAs in all aspects - the sunny color, the high citrus/low resin nose, and the expertly hidden 9.5% ABV. It may lack bitterness, but only barely. This doesn’t detract from the pleasure that is the citrus and florals. I think even the most hardcore hophead could enjoy this beer - for what it lacks in bitterness, it makes up for in presence. The hops, bittering and onward, are pervasive and complex. (1,470 characters)

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

22oz. Bomber
Bottle Cap: 2010 Vintage

Poured into my DFH glass a very nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, with a very nice thick one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy with some malt notes, lots of citrus and pine notes. The taste is sweet, hoppy, slightly malty, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, with a nice bitter/dry finish. This is a very nice DIPA, glad to finally try it and it's here in Utah. (474 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours clear orange. Thick bone-white head is comprised of tiny bubbles. Good retention, sticky lacing.

S: Sweet mandarin orange, mango, juicy peach, apricot. Maybe some melon. Lots of fresh, vibrant tropical fruit scents. Only the faintest whiff of a sweet malt base. Very good.

T: Moderate bitterness up front. Pine resin and some hop oils. Mandarin orange and some tropical fruit flavors from the nose are all there. Sweet malt base with a touch of caramel pokes through. Mild spiciness from the alcohol is reminiscent of lemon pepper. Finishes semi-dry with citrus rind bitterness and some apricot/peach.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Somewhat creamy. Very enjoyable.

O: A very good DIPA, and definitely up there with the best in the style.

Notes: This is just the sort of DIPA I like. A great balance of bitterness and tropical fruit flavors. Very easy to drink annd pleasing on the palate. Bitterness may not satisfy the rabid hop head though. (1,006 characters)

Photo of davidbowers13
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard hype about this beer and in short it is justified. Served from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

A - Appearance is a nice orange hue and a head of about 1 finger. So thick you cannot see through the other side of the glass.

S - Fresh citrus, pine, orange notes explode as a IIPA typically does.

T - Great taste that mirrored the smell. Very smooth with no harsh bitterness that I've experienced with some other IIPA's.

M - Moderate mouthfeel, not as thick as a stout, but not as light as a pilsner. Very refreshing for a high ABV beer.

O - This beer lived up to the hype/recommendations. A great IIPA that I will go back to in a heart beat. My only wish is to get it fresh from the source for comparison. (716 characters)

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

This is will say is one of my favorite IIPA's! Huge notes of pine resin and mouthwatering hops that seem to stick around the nose forever. This pours a nice and deep orange color that is a bit deep for my personal taste. As soon as the smell hits you, you know you have found the right beer. Taste is of pine, apple, pineapple, light wheat,warm spice. This is one of my top IIPA's. Highly recommended. (401 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Bittersweet Liquors in Greeley, CO.

A – Golden with good clarity and a sturdy white head. It looks alive with a good flow of bubbles and thick lacing.

S – Mostly piney hops with some citrusy and earthy characteristics. It really jumps out at you.

T – Rich and complex with piney and citrusy notes and a lurking sense of alcohol (yet even at 9.5%, it never fully reveals itself though it gets braver as it warms). The malt provides a proper foundation but stays well in the background.

M – Creamy, silky and even a bit oily.

O – An effective and impressive Double IPA that successfully tests the bounds of that style. (671 characters)

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

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into 2 pint glasses.

A: Pours a clear, medium orange color. 2 fingers of billowy almost pure white head with good retention and excellent lace.

S: Powdery peach/mango/kiwi fruit aroma. Subtle but enticing.

T: Hops up front, interesting flavor blend of pine and sweet kiwi. Transitions seemlessly to sweet malt and light brown sugar syrup. Mellow but full flavored. Alcohol asserts itself in a balanced way. Those who are sensitive to booziness will object, but I think this works. Alcohol develops a spicy flavor toward the end of the glass.

M: Medium body, smooth, syrupy feel has a bit of creminess as well.

O: The combination of fruit and pine is unique and very satisfying. The alcohol is not shy, but the overall impression is still very refined and enjoyable. I can see why folks like this-- I do as well, and it really comes close to 5's in each category. Need to pick up more on my next road trip. (938 characters)

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