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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4801
Reviews: 1147
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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Photo of 01001111


4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light, golden honey with a wisp of a head.

S: Grapefruit, mango, and pine.

T: Peachy or nectarine like up front for a flash and then the bitter hops come in. There's not a lot of floral nature in the hops, mostly bittering, but the bottling date was a month and a half ago so some of the complexity may have dissipated.

M: Juicy and resinous with a drying finish.

O: A solid Double IPA but would probably have been better closer to the bottling date.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 05:55:43 | More by 01001111
Photo of ZagZagg


4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip

A: Golden, copper, maple colored brew, with some carbonation that peeked with a one finger white head that is gone before ya know it. Light comes through easily, has a nice glow.

S: Sweetness mixed with pine and juicy esters. Lots of tropical fruit up front, sweet sweet pineapple that fronts hard and brings along light citrus peel, parts of mango and some juicy nectar.

T: Follows the nose quite well, keeps on the juicy path without bringing much bitterness into the equation. Pine-wood façade slides into the middle mouth riding the coat tails of sunrise smoothie forward flavor. Citrusy – but lightly – notes of papaya. No real dryness or boozy character, and very little malt skeleton, could be more balanced, but still crisp. The finish comes up just so slightly herby, clean-fresh-coriander.

M: Really nice body, medium-full, with pleasant carbonation. Aftertaste is clean and miraculously dry, but also sweet.

O: Tropical, great tasting, and crisp. Very refreshing and with excellent drinkability, hits the West Coast IPA spot, while hiding any ABV. I’m not super impressed, but I’m not disappointed either. I could go through a few of these

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 02:34:00 | More by ZagZagg
Photo of MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in NW D.C. in late 1/14, bottled on 12/6/13, poured into my NEBCO Gandhi-Bot glass and drank while reviewing over an hour.

A - 3/3 - golden-yellow coloration, super high clarity for style (can both read and see through), initial frothy white head that settles into a subtle glass lacing after several minutes; big alcohol legs; moderate carbonation that reagitates on the swirl

S: 9/12 - classic PW hop aroma - grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pine, etc.; unfortunately, with several months on this bottle (and even though it was stored at refrigerated Ts), it's just more muted that I'd like; some biscuity/bready and alcohol notes present as well

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a mild bitterness to awaken the taste buds, but, as the profile develops, the PW hop notes develop into something really impressive - sweet tangerine, grapefruit, pine and resinous qualities predominate; on the backend, there is a likely Marris Otter biscuity/bready malt backbone and some alcohol for balancing; finishes dry, which invites subsequent sips;

M: 5/5 - big body and high hop oils coating the tongue, alcohols provide fullness and balance; I'd urge that this is one of the best aspects of this beer

O: 9/10 - Union Jack on steroids; what a great imperial IPA from one of my favorite breweries who, I can honestly say, doesn't ever seem to release even a mediocre beer

TOTAL - 44/50

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 00:46:51 | More by MNishCT77
Photo of Copernicus


4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a brilliant deep, dark gold, almost a light amber. Crystal clear. Head is stark white and subtle. Low retention but nice lace forming in arcs.

S: Instant resiny hops on the nose with warm spicy citrus of orange and tangerine. Cedar and spice, clove, cinnamon, as well...strangely. The citrus is REALLY center stage here, dominating the show. I could smell this for hours.

T: Yum! What a cool beer. Initially there's substantial hoppy resin, like a cedar grove in summer, giving way to a delicate pale malt foundation offering the slightest hint of grain and toast--but not biscuity. It then feels as though the taste is going to give way to a hoppy, bitter finish, but it's well-rounded off with more complex malt and some lively spice embellishments.

M: I wouldn't want it any other way. Medium body with a bright, crisp snap. No perceived evidence of the ABV.

O: Damn. This is a good beer. A contender for Pliny, say I. It's a new standard for me. Beers like this make you want to review with poetry. No joke. It's dimensional and mobile, dynamic and volatile. The malt literally feels like rhythm and supporting chords beneath a hoppy melody. Seriously.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 20:35:13 | More by Copernicus
Photo of mlhyatt


4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12-20-13 and drank on 3-2-2014

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - very translucent gold. Not much head that turns into a thin lace very quickly. It looks good but nothing to write home about.

S- Pine and resin hit the nose hard on this one. Hint of lemon and sweet pineapple. There's a very prominent "thick" sugary smell with it as well.

T - sweet malt and sugar hit first followed by a piney bitterness that sits in the depth of your tongue for a while. There are also hints of lemon and other citrus fruits. However, the most prominent taste in this beer are sweet malt and piney resin. Very good though.

M - lightly carbonated with a bitter after finish. goes down smooth and fills your cheeks with sweetness.

O - very delicious, a sweet malty pine with a resiny aftertaste. A well crafted beer that really brings the definition of a good IPA to life. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:48:23 | More by mlhyatt
Photo of tigg924


3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, gold in color

Smell: citrus hops with grapefruit

Taste: citrus hops, grapefruit, faint cedar, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet with gentle bitterness running throughout, light body, high carbonation

Overall: A very juicy and tasty double IPA. The alcohol is not overly noticeable making this one that sneaks up. High quality beer that I am glad I got a four pack of. I think this is very good value for such a tasty IPA. Will be a go to double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 19:54:52 | More by tigg924
Photo of buzzardman


5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: sweet caramel, citrusy/grapefruit hops.

Appearance: perfect clear amber, Nice size slightly off white head that drops thin layer.

Flavor: Caramel malt, grapefruit hoppiness. Clean bitter finish not overly bitter. Great balance of sweet malt to citrusy hops. No detection of the 9.5% abv.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium to low carbonation, smooth drinkability, dry finish.

Overall: one of my top go to DIPA's. The flavor the hops put out is amazing very floral citrusy, lots of grapefruit and the sweetness from the malt is just perfect. Love that this beer is so easy to find now. $6.99 at 7/11

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 03:30:11 | More by buzzardman
Photo of Beer-May


4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had Heady Topper. I like this better. This beer is more balanced than HT. Until you feel it, you have no idea this beer is so strong. The tremendous hop aroma (grapefruit and pine dominate) is balanced perfectly with the light malty foundation and the strong alcohol. This beer leaves you wanting another and another...until you realize just how strong it is. Best beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 19:40:16 | More by Beer-May
Photo of rangerred


4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold with a very thin white head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the top of the beer. Just a few random spots of lacing.

The aroma is probably the best thing about this beer. Very piny and resiny with a bit of dank thrown in. Some orange notes in the form of overripe fruit.

The orange is more prominent in the taste with quite a bit of dankness and pine resin. A touch on the sweet side but bitterness is very high to help balance that out. There is a slight woody note that becomes more prominent as the beer warms and is quite nice.

Overall, a really good IIPA but I would stop short of saying it is amazing. My bottle is over three months old so I really would like to try this fresh. The hops have lost some of their luster.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 02:31:43 | More by rangerred
Photo of delta490


4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a clear lighter amber with a big creamy white head. Head has great retention and leaves nice lacing.

S-aroma is light pine and floral hops with some subtle caramel notes

T- the taste mirrors the aroma. It is a great blend of the pine hops and light bread and caramel notes from the malt. It's not a big hop bomb, but it has considerable depth.

M- has a great full fulling on the palate but not so heavy. Nice clean finish

O- a great, well-crafted DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 22:50:13 | More by delta490
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC


5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is following an Inversion IPA from Deschutes which was slightly cloying and unimpressive.


The nose is phenomenal. Sweet resin, light fruit, and a strong pine are the notes.
Tastes incredibly balanced. Very light and not cloying. Some lingering bitterness.
Light. PtY from 2013 may be a bit lighter.
Well done Firestone. The price of the bottle (8%) is worth the beer.

A must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 07:59:47 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
Photo of Rbodacious


4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many times a beer will blow you away from the first sip.
Only to fade into normalcy, or worse, by the end.
Double Jack is not that beer.
As the best ones do, it continues to evolve throughout
until the last sip-
Only leaving you craving for more.
Thank you Firestone Walker.Nice work.
A-clear rich honey with brite white head
S- lite pine citrus malt
T-chewy slick wet pine bitter dry finish .Tasty

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 00:04:54 | More by Rbodacious
Photo of BierJager89


4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden honey color, with a foamy white head.

S: Huge pineapple notes, peach and a bit of citrus in the nose.

T: Pineapple is very apparent, nicely carbonated, some citrus and floral notes.

M: Medium bodied and smooth for an IPA.

O: This is my favorite double IPA. I love the pineapple.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 00:29:00 | More by BierJager89
Photo of HerculesRM

South Carolina

4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear topaz color with a thin off-white head. The smell is unique and beautiful: tropical flowers, mango and bubble gum. The taste is quite different from the bouquet: piney hops, very little booze considering the high gravity. Light to medium body. I don't know how they managed such a quaffable double! And very interesting difference between the bouquet and the flavor. Well done, gentleman!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 22:59:00 | More by HerculesRM
Photo of falloutsnow


4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Bottled 2013-12-06
Glass: Tulip

Firestone Walker's Double Jack is a good, typical USA west coast-style double-IPA. The pale malts allow the dry-hopping to express an extremely citrus and tropical fruit hop aroma, while the body exhibits similar flavoring structure. It's excellent for what it is, but as with most DIPAs, I feel that this is a flavor combination I've had many times in the past, and this is just another offering that I can tap into to satisfy the desire for these aromas/flavors. Excellently made, but a bit more individuality would be good, too.

Pours a 2cm tall head, with bubbles of a small size, resulting in a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is about average, the foam lasting around one minute in a decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a smal island of thin foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is moderate, with a modest scattering of dots and lines clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a bright golden orange color, with light bringing out dark golden yellow hues. Carbonation readily visible through the transparent body, medium in number and high in activity.

Aroma of notable guava, peach, mango, grapefruit, hop-like body odor, and fruity esters from ale yeast; almost entirely dominated by hops, just a bit of pale malt sweetness detectable in the background. Right for the style, generally tropical, bright, and enjoyable.

Flavor is of heavy fruity esters with substantial tropical and citrus, moderate bitterness, pale malt sweetness, well-blended, but still fairly somewhat notable ethanol. Front of palate picks up peach, mango, grapefruit, guava, and a mild background of malt sweetness. Mid-palate of peach, mango, grapefruit, more subtle pine, a variety of fruity esters, heavy malt sweetness, and fruity ethanol. Back of palate of moderate hop bitterness, guava, peach, mango, grapefruit, moderate ethanol, and the base of pale malts. Aftertaste of lingering moderate bitterness and pale malt sweetness that is actually a bit cloying.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a soft, foamy (1/3) and smooth (2/3) mouthfeel. Ethanol felt readily on the back of the throat and palate, but less so as warmth in the nostrils (though this is still present as well). Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 04:56:19 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very clear dark amber. Off white foamy head. Quick dissipating lace.

Smell was heavy on the grapefruit. Also Detected pineapple and melon.

Big citrus rind flavors. Grapefruit, and lemon notably. Hint of tropical fruits, specifically pineapple. Malt was present, though this is much more hop forward, and less balanced. Alcohol was detectable.

Mouthfeel was extremely crisp. Biting carbonation. Leaves an oily hop slick on your tongue.

Overall an excellent double IPA. I would purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:13:29 | More by Ieatlambfries
Photo of Hops4Pops


4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber
A: Aggressive pour into a tulip. Beautiful! One finger, slightly off-white head quickly receding and leaving an oily lacing. Bubbles up to 1/8th inch. Slightly cloudy golden color.
S: Very subtle. I get citrus and lots of hops.
T: Same notes as the nose. Slight malt in the background. Excellent balance and hop profile. Bitter on the finish.
M: Crisp. Bitterness bite. Slight warmth on back of tongue. ABV is very well hidden. A little too much carbonation.
O: Very nice DIPA. Well constructed. Very drinkable and inviting. An excellent quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 23:19:15 | More by Hops4Pops
Photo of BB1313


3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 11/1/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with great clarity; fluffy white head that eventually fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are full of sweet sticky grapefruit. There's also a decent amount of caramel malts. Some fresh orange in the mix as well. The flavors are sticky and finish somewhat syrupy. More grapefruit. Lots of orange zest. Some pine sap. Pretty sweet flavors and it has a decent malt backbone. It's definitely not boozy at all, but there are subtle alcohol notes. Some soap as well. Tastes good, but almost becomes redundant. Mouthfeel is full-bodied; active carbonation. It's smooth and pretty easy to drink.

This was my first time having Double Jack, and I'm not going to lie, I was hoping for a little bit more. It's definitely a good DIPA, but it doesn't quite live up to the hype that I've heard and read about over the years, in my opinion. That being said, it's still good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:53:38 | More by BB1313
Photo of tmm313


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

A- Bright orange/amber color. Poured a quickly dissipating 1/2 finger head. Really nice trailing and lacing.

S- Sweet citrus. Tangerine, grapefruit, tropical fruits, bubble gum, some pine, earthy hops, fresh cut grass, and caramel. Little bit of wet hop in the back.

T- Wow. Sweet tangerine and tropical fruits up front, followed by bubble gum, pine, resin, and earthy/spicy hops. All of this on top of, and mingling with, a nice caramel malt backbone. Finish is super bitter grapefruit rind, pine, roasted malt, and spice.

M- Medium body. Oily and slick. Extremely drying. Bitterness lingers.

O- Yep, impressed. Its hard to find a truly complex IPA. I thought this was one of them. The aroma was layered beautifully, and the flavors were nicely balanced despite all the different things going on. It went from truly super sweet to truly super bitter. The aroma, flavors, and mouthfeel played together wonderfully, offering almost everything a hop-head like me looks for. This one was a roller coaster ride. A+

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:28:10 | More by tmm313
Photo of Goliveidaho


4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

You gotta be kidding me 9.5 ACL? This IPA pours bright amber...then settles into a dark honey hue. Head never dies..lacing ...a Picasso sketch of clouds on a clear horizon. Aroma subdued...nostrils open pulling the head close to a snort...still the fragrance remains a mystery. Taste full of the brewers art....fruit maybe grapefruit...that kind of freshness...finishes in a WOW moment..can this be this good? Complex in a small way...keep it coming....can that bottle be almost empty? If you don't like this beer try tea....Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:47:02 | More by Goliveidaho
Photo of Spikester


3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear golden amber with two fingers of white head that departs rather quickly leaving clumps of lace.
Smell is citrus floral hops with plenty of malt aroma.
Taste is tropical fruit with some hop resins and a touch of sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is smooth well carbonated and lightly dry finish.
Overall a tasty DIPA with dangerously well hidden alcohol. Right now it is drinking like their DBA. Very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 09:13:07 | More by Spikester
Photo of Bowers-Brew


4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Light orange with clean white head. Head lingers and stays on the glass throughout drinking.

S - Very hoppy with plenty of citrus and subtle earthy and piny notes. It follows a very similar scent profile to Pliny and Zombie dust, which are both great beers to imitate.

T - Clean hop, more citrus than pine, malty and bitter followed by sweetness.

O - Double Jack speaks true to Firestone's motto of "we are living beer". It may not be the best IIPA out there, but it should be in the mix when talking about the top contenders. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:30:56 | More by Bowers-Brew
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a freakin' gorgeous clear amber color. The head is a finger high, and barely off-white in shade. It retains fairly well and leaves good lacing behind. One of the best looking IPAs I've witnessed, as per usual.

S: The aroma here is quite impressive, and complex to boot. Its hop profile brings defined herbal notes, some grapefruit (both flesh and peel), oranges, and even a touch of tropical fruit. It's slightly malty in places, too - not quite as much as I remember it being. I've always enjoyed this brew's aroma...

T: ...but the flavor profile gives me a bit of pause. I like the initial opening of hoppy flavors here. Mostly, it's grapefruit-forward, with gentle hints of orange and herbs. But it's the finish that kills it - there's way too much malt AND slightly too much alcohol, even for 9.5%. It's malt backbone is too undefined for how prevalent it is on the back end. This is kind of like pouring a cup of sugar on a grapefruit half for breakfast. Having said that, there is a modicum of enjoyment to be found here - the hops here aren't terribly bitter and bring a rock-solid grapefruit flavor.

M: It's trying so hard to be crisp and light, it really is. The carbonation is zesty enough to create an initial illusion of that. But the finish kills it by leaving an excessive, lumpy sweetness on the back of the palate. To be fair, it is VERY drinkable for 9.5%...for the first six ounces at least. After that, the sweetness chokes the palate, turning what should have been a brilliantly crisp DIPA into a malty mess. What a tragedy.

O: This really isn't bad. But even for being two months old, it should have been better. This tells me A) it falls off a cliff almost immediately, or B) it's frankly overhyped. If I buy this again (you know I will, because hype), it better be less than a month old. It's definitely approachable enough for beginners, though - still, I'd much rather have Union Jack any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 20:06:36 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/22/13

A: Pours a copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to splotchy, tiny bubbles

S: Lots of citrusy hops with a hint of pine. Grapefruit stands out with hints of tropical fruit. Light malt background. Very hop forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with bursts of citrus and tropical fruits, followed by very light piney and floral notes. Malts are present, but give way to the hoppiness. Again, grapefruit really stands out. Finishes with a decent bitterness and more of the grapefruit

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Pretty much an imperialized version of Union Jack, as expected. Dangerously drinkable for being 100 IBUs and 9.5%. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 05:44:16 | More by BEERMILER12
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4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Willi Becher glass.
Poured a beautiful medium amber, clear and clean with nice frothy white head.
Aromas were delicious, very citrusy, juicy and sweet hop aromas.
Taste was in line with aromas, crisp, juicy and delicious. Hope forward.
Mouthfeel was very nice.
Overall I was very, very impressed with this beer.
I enjoyed this after having a Pliny TE and my taste preference is for the Double Jack.
A delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 15:35:14 | More by BoldRulerVermont
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 4,801 ratings.