Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,297
Hads: 7,091
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 TreyIsWilson
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a two-finger white foamy head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of sweet oranges and piney hops.

T - The flavor is juicy oranges, pineapple, lemon, sweet malts, and strong piney hops. The piney hops produce a good amount of bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The finish is sticky and somewhat dry.

O - Big piney hops mixed with juicy tropical flavors make this a top shelf DIPA. (484 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber bottled 1.5.15 and enjoyed today, 2.21.15, from a Bell's Hopslam glass

Double Jack is a really nice and sweet tropical DIPA

It pours a clear orange with bronze and brassy undertones and a nice and thick 2-finger head. The nose explodes with sweet, syrupy oranges, thick, dank pine sap, and an earthy, almost sandy(?) hop profile. There's some light notes of tangerines or nectarines, too.

The flavors are sticky sweet tropical and citrus fruits lying on top of thick pine sap. Kind of like that syrup that comes with canned peaches or oranges, but boozier? Mouthfeel is syrupy, but not in a good way. This one is almost too thick and chewy for me.

Overall, this is a DIPA I'd revisit regularly if it were available in my distro area, though I think we do the hoppy game much better out here in Ohio. Great nose, and pretty tasty. (845 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2/12...pours bright gold orange, light on the bottom and opaque at top. Foaming white lid about 1/4 inch. Bright bitter, sunny, citrus. Heavy hearty wall of deep malt bitter. Boozy and then some. Mellows with time. (215 characters)

Photo of jooler
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two finger head. Smell is hopsational. The initial taste is hoppy with just enough backbone. This is kind of like pure hoppiness but less sweet are more alcohol taste. (167 characters)

Photo of Cheynem
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Double Jack is one of my favorite DIPAs of all time. It is extremely aggressively dry-hopped which makes it very strong in its smell and taste profile.

The issue with this beer, as with so many other DIPA, is that recently it's been near-impossible to find fresh. I don't know if that's a result of their distro process, but it seemed to happen around the time they switched to the new bottle label.

The fact is that you will rarely find this beer fresh, and it's not worth the price usually. But always check, and if you do find that fresh bottle, buy it immediately and proceed to drink one of the better DIPA on the market today. (634 characters)

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 gonzo000
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful orange color - amazing smell - wow! Sweet hops on the nose are outstanding. Taste is dry hopped honey flavor and feel is great, but a bit of alcohol on the finish. Outstanding beer that I will revisit. (214 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm gonna review this against my better judgement because, ultimately I don't think it will impact anything. I got it as a gift and noticed that it's a little over a year old at this point. Truthfully, we don't get this fresh by us any way. If I find a fresher version I'll update.

Nice deep orange glow with a thick fluffy white head and nice thick lacing. Muted tropical and orange aromas and a sweet malty and slightly boozy backbone. Taste follows, and this is where I think the age hurts it, sweet malty body all the way through with some muted orange citrus and tropical flavors through the middle with a bitter finish. Medium body, smooth carbonation and a sticky feel. Overall this is good, Good enough I'm gonna look for it fresher to see if it's great. (772 characters)

Photo of thebeerfrontier
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Company - Paso Robles, California - Imperial/Double IPA - 9.5% ABV - Now this is what I call a solid DIPA. It poured a crimson gold color with an off-white head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The nose featured aromas of oranges, lemon, dank citrus hops, and hints of strong pine. The mouth has a medium-plus feel with a velvety finish, accompanied by flavors of citrus, pineapple, pine, and pale malt sweetness - which makes this brew a cohesive winner. This is definitely a classic DIPA in my books. Pick one up next time you see one, you won't be disappointed. 95/100 @firestonewalker (637 characters)

Photo of GFM
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Copper in color with a little crown that settled quickly. Not much lacing. Very clear with scattered carbonation bubbles swimming to the top. Citrus hop aroma; no alcohol present in the scent. Resiny feel, very light and smooth for a DIPA. Very hoppy but I ocasionally pick up a fruity sweetness. A hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. The more I consumed the more I liked it. Very well done. Much more refined than most DIPAs. One of my favorites. (9.0) (493 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden clean look with slight head and ok lacing.
Smell - citrus grapefruit orange carmel smell
Taste - bitter orange grassy hop taste
Feel - medium heavy carbonation and a medium body
Overall - pretty good dipa! (219 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a golden amber. Forms two fingers of light honey yellow head. Thick solid lacing is left behind.
S - Amazing tropical floral bouquet of persimmons, tangerines, oranges, apples, grapefruit, hops and caramel. Very sweet and deep aroma to this beer.
T - A bit more bitter than the aroma would lead you to believe, but very welcomed balance is presented. Sweet, earth herbal grassy hops and orange upfront, a nice bite of carbonation in the middle with a good amount of hoppy bitterness at the finish to round off the initial sweetness. Very strong yet well balanced.
O - One of the best double IPAs I've ever had.
V - Single bomber. Well worth the price. (665 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Transparent orange, with brisk carbonation, and a big white head that fades slowly.

S - Citrus and honey, floral notes, and slight pine hit.

T - Follows the nose. Mostly floral notes, citrus, and malt sweetness suggesting honey and doughy bread. Close is a bit sharper, with a slight bitter kick.

M - Crisp, clean - a big hop hit with only mild drying.

O - Nice trick - solid balance, with flashy hops and strong malt backbone that keeps the bitterness mild, but without tumbling into a syrupy mess. (509 characters)

Photo of PolarBear3
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a golden honey colour with a terrific frothy two fingered head that retains and laces well

S - Hoppiness shines through, tropical fruit such as pineapple, peaches along with some sweet toffee apple or candy

T - Wow! Just explodes in your mouth, fruity tropical hops including pineapple, passionfruit balanced nicely with a slight tangy bitter lemon and dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation

O - Would have to be one of or if not the best IPA's I have had. Love the slight sweetness it has that is balanced perfectly with a little tangy bitter finish. A absolute must try! (628 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic DIPA, which hits all the notes for me. Pours with a deep white head that kicks up. A remarkable balance here between the fruitiness of the hops and the dryness which elevates this above many other double IPAs that I have enjoyed. Crisp, along with the dry aspect. Allows the hops to shine through, with just a sweet undercurrent to add to the balance. (363 characters)

Photo of Wassup_Wassup
3.34/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just ok. Expected more based on prior reviews. Would much rather have a stone face ipa or a 90 min dogfish. Not terrible, but won't go out of my way to get it again. (168 characters)

Photo of InkedinRi
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This was a really good double ipa! Looks awesome in the glass.. Smells just as it should! And taste is outstanding! Will definitely buy again!! Well well made beer! (164 characters)

Photo of hreb
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 12/08/14 and served in chalice. Immediate aroma, big and green. A field of fresh hops. Very floral and fresh (and if the bottling really was just two week ago, it ought to be) . Beer itself is brassy gold in color, crystal clear, with a moderate white head. Flavor is straight ahead IPA, and not nearly as bitter on the tongue as it is aromatic. Flavors are both piny and grapefruity, with a respectable malt backbone. These are strong flavors, but drinkable ones, and the alcohol content, at 9.5%, doesn't come through at all. The finish is not totally dry; I completely agree with comments that this beer is not as attenuated as it could be, though I suspect that if it were much drier the bitterness would be overwhelming.

Overall, this is a first rate DIPA, as I've come to expect from Firestone Walker. (834 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm the biggest FW fanboy in the world, but even their take on a BIG double IPA like this leaves me wanting. Rare indeed that I find a DIPA > 9% ABV that really works for me, and such is the case with Double Jack. The nose isn't bad at all, big, brash, but the palate starts to struggle a bit with boozy bite. Not bad, but I'd so much sooner reach for Union Jack. (363 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 220z bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a crystal-clear body and a light effervescence. Head is a thick finger of creamy ivory foam. I quite like it.

Smell: quite sweet and malty with a dank, herbal and earthy hop character. Pungent and enticing.

Taste: sweet and caramelly with a big malty element. Hops are like the aroma, earthy and a bit herbal. Bitterness is high enough to compete with the sweetness. Quite good indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and a big creaminess that IPAs often fail to accomplish. Very good indeed!

Overall: this is a damn fine IIPA, but it doesn't completely blow me away. Still, I could see drinking this quite regularly. (725 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

A- golden colored with slight amber hue. Lots of carbonation, medium lacing, and a nice white, frothy head about a finger width tall.

S- nice citrus and floral scent with some orange zest, grapefruit, and flowers up front as well as some pine and resin. Hops give way to quite a malty backbone with hints of biscuits and some caramel.

T- nice hop flavor of the fruits blending nicely with the pine and malts. Perhaps a little too much malt for my liking but balanced nonetheless. The swallow is crisp and clean with a small bitter bite on the finish.

M- medium bodied for an IPA with a nice creaminess. Carbonation present and the finish is crisp and refreshing with a nice IPA bite to it.

O- this is great beer when it's drank fresh. I've noticed a few different FW IPAs fall off pretty quick with time and this can be one if them. Fresh it's delicious, but after a couple months this becomes a malt bomb. (931 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes on this tasting were from bottles 6 months old (according to bottle dating), so take that into consideration.

Appearance: Hazy amber-golden, with a nice big head of off-white suds. Detailed but fuzzy lace.

Aroma: Pungent pineapple, tropical, pine hops. Very appealing!

Taste: Strong, with plenty of bitter citrus and pine hops. A little bitter and warm at the finish, but overall this is an exceptionally well-balanced imperial IPA, as the malts keep this heavy-handed triple-dry-hopped brew in check. Would love to try one fresher (maybe one day Firestone Walker will distribute to Indiana). (601 characters)

Photo of GregJ
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey orange with a 2 finger thick white foam head. Smells of orange blossom, citrus, light pine. Sweet orange and pine, sweet malts. Medium/light carbonation, aftertaste of sweet and spicy pine. Outstanding beer from beginning to end. (247 characters)

Photo of B-J-B
3/5  rDev -29.9%

I am a big fan of double IPAs, but I was not a big fan of this beer. Surprisingly, Firestone Walker managed to outpace the considerable malt bill with an extreme hop bitterness that made me think of a slightly rotten lemon sitting in a dank basement. That's too far, of course, but compared to other double IPAs I have enjoyed, this was not even in the top twenty. Perhaps it has to do with the attenuation of the yeast, but there was not enough malt sweetness to counterbalance the hops in this monster. (504 characters)

Photo of PabloDerango
4.75/5  rDev +11%

22 oz. bottle; brewed on 10/16/2014, opened on Dec 10, 2014.

Poured into 16 oz Nonic pint glass.

App: Pours a pure, translucent copper; copious cream-colored head that dissipates with lovely lacing.

Sm: Very light pine and resin notes, tangerine and lemon zest. Traces of sweet (rather than hot) alcohol.

Taste: Initial impressions are warm, honeyed malt - a touch of sweetness, but without any caramel flavors. The hops are assertive without being overwhelming; a floral, almost lavender character, with the merest trace of citrus. What's amazing is that the bass note of sweetness persists throughout.

Overall, this is an astonishingly balanced double IPA. If I drank this completely blind, I would never think it was a double - there's very little heat to it, and the hops are assertive without destroying the palate. There's a characteristic freshness to everything Firestone Walker does, and it really comes through in this beer. (945 characters)

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,297 ratings.