Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double JackDouble Jack

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of csiewert
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of sdmvd6
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Transparent copper color with a short head that doesn't hang around long. Little lacing is left. Would have expected a bit more head and lacing.

S - Big hop aroma up front with grapefruit and orange dominating. Some conifer, caramel from the malt, and a bit of soap.

T - Bitter hops up front (strong citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of pine) with bready malt taking over and mellowing things. Nice balance here. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. The malt and citrus really balance the alcohol in this one.

M - Medium bodied with a noticeably dry finish.

O - This is a really well-balanced, tasty DIPA from FW. The appearance could be a bit better, but this may be a product of this particular bottle's age (no date listed).

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Photo of jneiswender
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of bomber bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A off white head, thick. nice amber color.

S-grassy, piney-resin, with a slight fruit smell.

T-very strong juicy fruit gum taste, resin middle, boozy finish

M-medium mouthfeel, well carbonated.

D-very good. nice and complex. very different from other beers within this style

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Light golden brown/yellow. 1/4 inch head, some lacing.

Smell - Floral hops, malts, some sugars, alcohol. Grapefruit,orange, lemon.

Taste - Very malty with plenty of hops and booze. Carmel and sugars add flavor. Alcohol is present with the hops. Huge pineapple and orange really comes out with each drink.

Mouthfeel - Strong with some bitterness. Mouth gets coated with hops and malts. Carmel covers tounge, palette is covered with hop bitterness. Alcohol warms mouth up nicely.

Overall - Really tasty and smooth for a double ipa. Has ample amount of everything you want in a dipa. Nothing is overpowering but theres enough alcohol to limit you to a glass or two. Really enjoyied this, worthy to search out.

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first run with a Firestone Walker Brew, and I must say I'm very impressed.

As a big IPA fan, this one didn't disappoint. Pours a dark golden color, and the aroma immediately reaches your nose. Malty and a little bit of wood scents.

Taste is citrusy and rather hoppy, but still smooth.

Very solid.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured copper color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus west coast hop and fruit aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet citrus flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.This is a standout beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, big, big fan of this of the best DIPAs I've ever had. Clear and dark gold color with medium white head and a good deal of lacing that sticks around. Very very fragrant nose, full of hops, booze, flowers, citrus, grass. One of the best smelling beers I've come across!

The taste follows suit, an incredibly balanced beer with lovely malt undertones propping big booming hop flavor. Citrus and floral notes abound. Booze is restrained as is the bitterness. Truly top notch DIPA that buries the boozy, bitter messes of so many other brewers. Totally delicious and drinkable. I had to pace myself 9.5 ABV I quickly got sloppy. Really hard to stop drinking this one.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle received as an extra from readbaron, thanks Baron. Bottled 4/29/11.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a large two finger light-creme head. The frothy head hangs on forever. Lacing lasts throughout the glass.

S: Smells of grapefruit, a nice soft hop aroma, and a very good malt presence adding complexity and balancing this big beer out. Also a light pine aroma.

T: Taste is grapefruit, pine, light orange and some honey. It has a nice malty backbone that doesn't over shine the hops. The alcohol is nicely hidden for 9.5%. This sort of reminds me of Hopslam on it's second week.

M: Has a nice medium body that feels round and full in the mouth. Bitterness builds quite nicely on the tongue. Adequate carbonation.

O: I've had this a few times. I really wish I could get this around here because I really enjoy it every time, in fact I think I enjoy every FW beer every time. Any DIPA that tastes this fruity and has adequate bitterness left at 3 months old is ok in my book.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden honey with a two finger tan head. Head dissipates at a good pace leaving a little slippery lace...

S - Lots of citrus fruits and caramel. Smells pretty sweet. Some hoppy notes come through, but they are very subdued...

T - Good dose of sweet malts up front; caramel being the most prominate. Also pick up grapefruit, mango, oranges, and various other citrus fruits. Ends with a good amount of pine, and some lingering caramel. Interesting balance between bitter and sweet in the finish. Abv is very well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth...

O - For the abv this one goes down extremely smooth. A little sweeter than I was anticipating, but nothing that takes away from the integrity of the brew. Definitely something I will revisiting again in the near future...


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Photo of tlazaroff
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfectly clear crisp orange color with a nice white soft head made of lots of tiny tiny bubbles. No visible carbonation. The alcohol may be preventing any lacing.

S: I get the tropical fruits on this one: Mango, Guava, Papaya. A little citrus too. There is defiantly a detectable maltieness to it as well.

T: Upfront I get those big tropic flavors I was discussing in the smell, along with the big malt backbone. On the mid palate I get a lot of tangerine citrus, and it finishes with a lingering sweetness. This beer is perfectly balanced.

M: Mouthfeel is just right, it is sweet, but not cloying; it has carbonation, but not so much that it detracts from the beer; it is smooth and silky.

D: For almost a 10% beer, this is surprisingly drinkable. If I lacked even a little self-dicipline, I'd just drink this all day long.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

A: clear golden/straw yellow with an inch of foamy white head that is slow to subside. leaves a bit of lacing on my NB globe. This color and clarity seems to be standard fare for DIPAs these days. Brilliant and beautiful, it undoubtedly screams, hey there's a beverage here.

S: pungent, almost sticky sweet american hops - simcoe and amarillo, possibly cascade. grapefruit, orange peel, lemony citrus, pine, dirt, I feel like i'm running through a hop farm. a hint of biscuit malts and vanilla at the end, as well as faint urine - from simcoe? alcohol is noticeable as it warms.

T: just as thick as the smell, oily in hop bitterness. grapefruit and pine dominate the taste. caramel malts and delicate floral notes struggle to break free from their hop overlords. slight bits of alcohol towards the end.

M: medium bodied but feels thicker from such hoppiness. warms as it goes down, there is a bit of alcohol on the breath.

O: Fantastic dipa. as usual, I could go without the simcoe, but it is judiciously used here. Amarillo really tied things together, keeping this beer from smelling like someone peed all over a rug. Then again, this is just, like, my opinion, man.

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Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Double Jack seems to have double personalities: into the light it is stock golden, with clear complexion and shimmering highlights; away from the light, however, it takes on tawny amber tones and appears much deeper. One consistency is its head which didn't stick after the first pour and never would last anytime there after. Naturally, lacing never forms either.

Double Jack has a definite onion-y stank that hovers above the more typical notes of macerated pineapple and papaya. It actually smells like someone is chopping white onions. Frankly I could do without the pungency - I was in the mood for a DIPA not a French soup. Toasty, biscuity malt is enough of a distraction but I won't be spending much time smelling it.

As it warms a bit, I'm starting to rethink the onion comment. It actually becomes more herbal and I begin to understand where the brewery was coming from talking about blue (I know it as purple) basil. Indeed, it has that same leafy, savory herbal pungency. It actually might make a mean pesto and it's made me go back and up the initial scores I posted.

Double Jack is more agreeable than other DIPAs only for its lack of astringent, overwhelming bitterness. It is less appealing, however, for lacking most of the usual flavours that come with said bitterness. This has some white grapefruit, green mango, earthy mint and floral flavours, as well as a sturdy backbone of bready malt, but it's not enough to make me smack my lips.

I'd gladly pay $22 for another Firestone 14, but I can't imagine spending $8 again for another bottle of Double Jack. While Firestone Walker is undoubtedly one of the best Californian breweries, their DIPA comes nowhere close to touching the state's best examples. Sure it's a little more approachable than most in its style and in many another parts of the country it would be a godsend, but here in CA it doesn't quite make the cut.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper color with some bright tangerine highlights and a creamy and sticky white head about 2 fingers thick to start.

Lovely grapefruit and lemon fruity aroma. Background notes hold some light malt notes but the hops are quite potent and make it hard to distinguish much else.

Really digging this citrusy hop profile. Plenty of grapefruit and orange flavors to go around. Bitterness is accompanied by a sticky pine resin note. Finishes slightly sweet with a solid malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with a bit of kick from the alcohol. Overall, I'm really enjoying Double Jack as a firm reminded of why hop-bombs are so damn tasty. Plenty of American hop flavors to keep you happy and a good malt presence to keep things in check.

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Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours a slightly hazy bright copper color with an off-white head that leaves thick lacing.

Smells of syrupy pale malts with large amounts of herbal and citrus hops. Also present are hints of lighter tropical fruits in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Smooth pale malts that straddle the thin line between dry and sweet up front are joined quickly by large amounts of deep citrus hops. Midway through herbal hops join in, though they have more earthy notes than in the aroma. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this is another very good, though not quite great, DIPA from CA. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Broad Axe Tavern right after Philly Beer Week. Poured in a weird, skinnier version of a tulip glass (10 oz.?)...

A - Nice, bright orangey-amber color with a nice eggshell-white 1 finger head. Really nice looking beer and is very inviting.

S - Beautiful display of citrus hops: grapfruit, tangerine, lemon; some slight pineapple as well. Pine is also present but not as much as the citrus. Malty backbone is distinguishable, but not too much.

T - Citrus takes the stage here with grapefruit and tangerine making the most notable appearance. Slightly grassy and some pine after the citrus. The malt presence is much more intense here and adds a nice sweetness to the beer. Very nicely done.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that feels right for the body. Alcohol is not very noticeable. Very nice feel on the palate.

O - Am VERY impressed with this one and after having a lot of the "big dark FW beers," this one is a breath of fresh hops.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Texas-Arizona in Hoboken, NJ. This bar just added 12 new taps dedicated to just craft beer. So excited to have this option available in my town...
Aromas begin with mango, pineapple and citrus hoppiness. A slight caramel maltiness but the greenery really dominates the show here. I remember the aromas being stronger from the bottle, it was a fresh bottle, maybe the draft lines aren't clean or the beer has oxidized a little on draft.
The taste follows the nose initially. There are ample yet balanced fruity hops that dash across the palate, they soon switch to a pleasant caramel/biscuity maltiness. The finish returns to hops but more flavorful; they slightly linger/bite the tongue. This is a really hopped beer but not a hop bomb thanks to the balanced maltiness. When I say hoppy, it is a really equally hop flavorful as it is bitter so it avoids being a palate wrecker. This is one of my favorite Double IPAs, so glad FW has finally made it to the east coast. This brew is really delicious overall, the definition of PERFECTLY balanced and a treat to find on draft at a local spot.

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Photo of Jammies
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a light golden amber. Two inches of foam. Ridiculous retention and unbelievable lacing.

S- Insanely sweet and hoppy. Slightly grassy.

T- very sweet. Not dry at all. Citrus notes detectable.

M- light and smooth. Actually has a decent body to it.

O- Terrific beer, great brewery, and it's affordable.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden honey body with foamy whitish head that sticks around. Laces decently.

Smell is tropical and hop-ical.

Taste is quite hoppy, but decently balanced.

Mouthfeel is bright and complements the style.

Overall, a nice DIPA for someone who doesn't normally go for that sort of thing.

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

Appearance. Nice bright clear gold-amber with over a finger of sticky looking, just off white head that leaves some thick lacing.

Smell. Huge citrus here. Grapefruits, oranges and some lemon. A little caramel malt backing up the hops.

Taste. Tangerines, grapefruit, and lemons, all including the rinds. Some toasted light grains and caramel. Good bitter citrus with a little grass in the finish without being as oily as others.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low smooth carbonation. Again, the finish is only slightly oily which is nice for the style.

Overall. Fantastic dipa. These guys have nailed the west coast dipa, in my mind anyways, and are quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, this beer is much lighter than I was expecting. The beer is a amber-tinted gold color, and it carries a massive, frothy, light, big bubbled 3 inch head that eventually breaks up and settles into a managable half inch film. The beer leaves a great lacing along the glass as the head settles, and also while you drink it. The nose is all fresh hops; spicy and resinous, aromatic and green, the hops smell like they were dumped in by a front-end loader. Buried beneath the green, there are a healthy dose of citrus-grapefruit aromas, as well as a light peppering to balance everything out. Much less malty on the aroma than most DIPAs, which is fine by me. The beer's flavors are round and robust initially, with a healthy showing of smokey malt sweetness and presence, quickly cleaned up by the drying and astringent hops presence, both fresh and floral, with a cedar and fresh-cut grass character that overtakes the palate. Aftertaste is where the citrus notes come back into play, helping to cleanse the palate and balance out the strong hoppy display. The finish is remarkably quick compared to the robustness and amount of flavor profiles, and it only slightly dries the mouth, leaving just enough flavor behind to beg for more. Extremely tasty and hoppy beer. Not for the weak of tongue.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pour a nice clear pale orange color with a fluffy finger of foam. There is a beautiful hoppy aroma - piney and delicious.

First sip overwhelms the palate with a rush of evergreen hoppy flavor, however it quickly mellows and showcases a kiss of sweet malts before fading away into a firm bitter aftertaste. Quite a rush of flavors. Finishes rather dry and refreshing - rare for a 9.5% ABV beer. The alcohol is hidden masterfully.

This is a fantastic DIPA - has the rare combination of extreme hop flavor while retaining superior drinkablility. I paid 7.25 for the bomber (near the shore), and it is easily worth every penny.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber, first experience with firestone walker, picked this up for 7.99...

A-Very sexy looking beer,crystal clear deep golden orange and copper in color,very nice carbonation on this one, had a 3 finger golden yellow head that stayed around for the duration of the beer

S-Monster grapefruit with floral and citrus aroma with a hint of pine needles that smells pretty nice and some sweet malts as well...

T-Exactly how it smells, as if someone squeezed a grapefruit on some flowers and you drank it... Monster grapefruit up front with a nice bitter pine/ floral and dry hops finish nice sweet malts as well...

M-medium bodied with lots of carbonation i would say...Not as bitter or strong as i was expecting, still s very nice mouth feel and beer none the less

O-Good beer, would definitely drink again but kind of pricey i would say for having no extreme wow factor...still a good brew...

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Photo of jamescain
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a White Birch Flute glass

Appearance: Yellow-orange with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick that fades into a lacing over the top and clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Pine, citrus, tropical fruits, and grapefruit are blended with citrus dominating and pine second peaking through.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit, pine and citrus with a nice malty backbone rounding it all out.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with medium body and a dry lingering hoppy finish.

Overall: Finally got to try some Firestone-Walker and so far I’m impressed. It’s disappointing that I won’t be able to have anymore unless I trade for some. This is one of the better DIPAs I’ve tried.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,555 ratings.
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