Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double JackDouble Jack

Brewed by:
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 AshleyMiller
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - pours an opaque golden hue with limited head and noticeable lacing

s - apples, bleu-cheese, cherry pie dominate the aroma, surprisingly. i'm curious what hops are used in this one to generate this sort of smell. citrus and grapefruit as it warms.

t - very sweet, especially for an IPA. again, strong apple flavor. definitely very fruity. plenty of hop character but i still can't get over how much the fruitiness dominates this brew

m - plenty of carbonation and medium bodied

o - honestly, I don't know if this is great, or infected. i've never had anything like it. seems too sweet for an IPA and i'm not sure what to think. definitely unique but i think the tell-tale sign is that i would not pursue this one again.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a clear golden orange with a steady stream of bubbles. A thin off-white cap rises less than half a finger and falls quickly. No discernible lacing.

Candied grapefruit leaps out of the glass with clean pale malt and a touch of fresh pine. Very sweet aroma.

The flavor profile follows the nose. Candied grapefruit and pine with sweet, clean malt. This toes the line of being too sweet for my liking. There is a bitterness that swings through, but not enough to overcome the sweetness.

Medium feel with a sticky presence. Light bitterness, but predominantly sweet finish.

Overall I found this to be a little disappointing. Too sweet and not enough heft from the hops.

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Photo of afdempse
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange colored beer, thick frothy head with good lacing.

Aroma of candied orange peel, sweet malt and pine.

Strong flavors of caramelized sugars, citrus, spruce. Solvent-like alcohol packs a punch. Boozy, caramelly, chewy malt sweetness.

Feel is thick, and slightly syrupy. The hot alcohol and sweet malt interfere with the more subtle flavors that could be displayed by the hops, and detract from the overall drinkability.

Overall, it doesn't quite live up to the hype for me. Sweet DIPAs are not my thing. I'd prefer the hops to steal the show, not get masked by alcohol and sweetness.

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Photo of Ale_Dog
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: bottle to glass
Wow, that's a lot of hops!
Nicely balanced with a solid malt base. Smells amazing. Just a little too bitter in the backend for me, but I can see why people rave about it. Maybe Easy Jack is more my speed. Overall, I like Firestone as a brewery.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.51/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful crystal clear orange amber with a thick white head. Lovely to look at.

Nose is big assertive fresh pineapple with some lemon and orange citric fresh undertones.

Mouthfeel is rich, medium thick and medium creamy.

Flavors are rich and integrated although the front palate is a bit dull and cooked, the mid palate and end palate to finish brighten up like the double IPA you want with rich bitter grapefruit and a nice bitter character.

A very well made and rich beer. Could be a bit brighter all around for my taste but a rich, well made beer that's full of spice, light coffee, citric, cooked lemons and all the great stuff that makes a nice double IPA.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
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

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of coriswrasse
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottle date 1/3/14 may contribute heavily to this rating

very good clarity

excellent nose

low head

poor taste but the hops still hits you in the mouth right up front.

hops are low after that probably due to age.

need to try a fresher one to get a better clue of what this beer is about.

from their site: 4+lbs/BBL: Bittering—Warrior, Columbus; Late Kettle—Cascade, Centennial; Dry Hops—Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe .

I wanted this but the age, ugh!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of infi
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of claytong
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
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

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Photo of kkleu357
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured with small white head and a hazy light orange body. Pine, earthy aroma. Kind of like walking through the woods. Sweet caramel taste, with a big punch of bitter hops. Slightly sour on the side of the tongue. It’s good, but I like regular Union Jack IPA more.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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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 nhindian
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of leantom
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this because I've heard such great things about Firestone Walker. Was a little disappointed, but the taste was good. Here goes:

A: Just OK. I've seen much better IPA's. The beer pours a clear orange with a very, very little head. Only moderate lacing as well, which was surprising (I guess this is a density issue). I do like the fact that the beer is clear, though.

S: Very...mild, especially for a DIPA that's been dry hopped (three times no less!). I can detect lemon, grapefruit, pine and other aromas from the Pacific NW hops. However, they're rather muted relative to other IPA's. In fact, I can actually detect lightly kilned amber and caramel malts, which is rare especially for WC IPA's.

T: Actually, quite good. Initial taste is a good interplay between malt and hops (given that the malt content is quite high, it's not surprising that I taste lots of sweet malt even though this is an IPA) giving way to a very, very hoppy aftertaste. I taste lots of sweet caramel malt with a faint hint of honey and lots of grapfruit, lemon and orange peel in the aftertaste. Overall, though, I was somewhat disappointed. From the reviews I was expecting sex in a bottle.

M: Nice. Actually quite full-bodied for an IPA. The carbonation was somewhat lacking, though, which is disappointing.

O: A good beer but somewhat overrated. Not worth the price, IMO.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of Momar42
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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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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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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