Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty beer. Golden color, pale tan head, fine foam, moderate persistence.

Smells great! Apricot and beer.

Tastes pretty good. Bitter apricots. Unusual hints of malt for an IPA. TBD whether I'll grow to like this, initially not so much.

Feels great. Rich like a double should be. Perfect carbonation. Fine bubbles.

Good finish, lots of bitterness here. Not great, but good.

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Photo of paulozanello
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden color, very transparent, with a fluffy tan head that sticks for a while leaving good lacing.
Very fresh bottle, as it should be.

Aroma is heavenly and very centered on citric and tropical fruit: grapefruit, tangerine, orange, mango, pineapple - you name it, it's all here. All very well backed up by caramel mat and a light booze note.

Taste starts out very fruity and citric as well, taking also a mild grassy note. Very important to point out that the maltiness is just right riding below the surface, with nice caramel sweetness. Bitterness is mild and well rounded, with a fruity aftertaste.

Body is very mild given the style. Carbonation is mild to low and alcohol almost non apparent. Dry finish leaves the mouth open for the next sip. Drinkability is huge on this beer.

Overall this is without a doubt one of the finest DIPAs ever made. The hop fruitiness gives some kind of a sweetness to this beer that blends very well with the bitterness.

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


Poured a golden-honey color, very clear. Eye-catching carbonation and impressive frothy white head.

The aroma carries a wonderful mix of pine, lemon rind, pepper, papaya, mango and underlying bread-like malts.

The taste involves pineapple, papaya and pine but moves on to grapefruit and lemon, finishing mildly bitter with flavors of toast bread and more pine.

The body is slick and velvety in the mouth but has a fair amount of carbonation that adds a zip to the feel.

Overall, this is yet another great DIPA that can hold it's own against the over-hyped beers in it's class.

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

L: Bright, clear, gold with a good white head on top. Excellent lacings.

A: Grapefruit, peach, berry, and pine resin hops, clean candylike malt, and some alcohol as well. Very soft and delicate aroma for such a potent beer.

T/M: Smooth bitterness upfront, moves into a big citrus, peach, and piney hops. Hops linger through, and the bitterness increases toward the middle. All the intensity is balanced out by a full body of clean, bready malt with a touch of caramel sweetness. The beer finishes dry and hops linger through.

Overall, Firestone Walker makes some seriously good hoppy beers, and this is no exception. Perfect balance for the style, a full bodied beer, but no sweetness to take away the drinkability.

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

Poured into a Maredsous tall chalice with aggressive puffy and resilient foam. Honey colored with a bright nose of grapefruity citrus, light pine and alcohol.

A taste is bright, lightly spicy pine and citrus hops on top of sweet malts; Very clean and medium bodied with pleasant prickly carbonation finishing with very well balanced sweetness and bitterness. The ABV is not terribly present, masked by the resinous pine and spice, but it's still leans more towards a sipping-DIPA. Not that I did.

Really pleasant beer but not blowing me out of the water in any direction. Maybe it's balance is the best quality?

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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 threeviews
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (bottled on date: 2/29/2012, 12:15) into a Riedel 14oz tulip

A- Pours an absolutely clear, sunset orange with a healthy 1-2 finger, white, soapy head with only moderate retention. Although no lacing to speak of, this beer produces pronounced alcohol legs... no surprise with an ABV of 9.5%.

S- Hops for days! Gobs of sweet citrus (orange, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit) and tropical/stone fruits (apricot, peach and mango) with hints of resiny pine all mingle to create a wonderful olfactory experience.

T- Sweet citrus on the front of the palate followed by stone fruit sweetness and finishing with an intensifying white grapefruit rind bitterness. You are left with a dryness that begs for nothing more than another sip. This is one dangerous brew, as the alcohol is completely masked by the aroma and flavor.

M- Despite carbonation not streaming up from the sides of the glass, my palate is met with a lively carbonation which only helps to enhance the intensity of the bitterness.

O- A masterfully concocted Imperial IPA and one that lives up to the hype. At almost $8 for a 22oz bottle, I might choose Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid as an 'everyday' offering. However, when I stumble upon this fresh (i.e. 1-2 months from BOD), Double Jack is a must! If you are a fan of hoppy beers and have not yet sampled Double Jack, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to at least is worth every penny.

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Photo of smanders
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber of Double Jack at Wegmans for less than $8.50. Okay, it was $8.49 (pre-tax), but I thought that was reasonable for a DIPA with a lion and a bear fighting on the label. I love the bottled-on info (5/22/2014) -- even the time (9:14)?!?!

Appearance: crystal clear copper. Three finger head that leaves a thick, white lacing.

Smell: big grapefruit notes with a subtle touch of pine.

Taste: in a word---complex. Starts off with citrus, but quickly becomes more pine/bitter. After about half a glass, the citrus pulls ahead again! Finishes with a gentle malt sweetness; nice!

Mouthfeel: really palatable for a DIPA (i.e. not heavy at all).

Drinkability: watch yourself. At 9.5% A.B.V, this DIPA could outmatch your desire for continued consumption.

Based on DoubleJack, I'll definitely try Union Jack now. Thanks Firestone!

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

i saw another reviewer describe a beer as 'topaz' in color and I think it fits the bill here - a beautiful clear topaz color that puts up a 1 finger head and leaves pretty rings of lacing all the way down - smells good with pine, citrus and floral hop bouquet - taste follows the nose pretty well with good hop bitterness and prickly carbonation, finishing with a sweet and sticky malt finish with some fruity notes as well - slick and oily in the mouthfeel without excess - very drinkable for a double ipa - thanksto Alex @ DeCiccos in Ardsley for recommending this!

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Bottled 8/13/2012
(~2.5 months old).

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange hue with a thick white head on top.

S: Great big nose of grapefruit, mango/pineapple, and pine.

T: Big, bold, and bitter-sweet. The mango/pineapple is more present on the tongue than in the nose, arriving early and staying to the end. Malt sweetness accompanies it up front. Grapefruit flavors arrive in force towards the middle. Big bold bitter flavors of pine at the end, perhaps at a slightly lower volume than optimal. I wonder if the bitterness was a bit more thunderous a month or so ago...?

M: Surprisingly light and refreshing for a 9.5% monster. Not as dry on the finish as I would have thought, either.

D/O: All day every day. Love this beer.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at taproom no.307 nyc poured into duvel globe. Pours deep orange with a sizeable white head. Smells like moldy basment, but in a good way like you can tell some serious hops await. Tast is lots of piney hops as expected, something seems off though it seems to lack ab malty balance. Carbonation and mouthfeel seem about right for the style. Overall pretty decent IIPA but not life changing.

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Photo of utfiero
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- sunset gold. Medium head.

Aroma- crisp with sharp grapefruit notes and hint of pine sap.

Taste- An excellent SoCal IPA! Starts hoppy and floral refreshing citrus throughout finishing with a Sorrento lemon and hint of pine.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 4/6/2013.

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated bomber into a snifter. Smells like sunshine- pineapple, grapefruit with a little wheat and a funky sourness in the background that I can't quite identify. Nearly clear gold with a frothy white head that leaves big looping lace.

Wow- this is incredibly juicy and sweet. The finish dries up a bit with some bitterness. Alcohol stays incredibly well-hidden. Mouthfeel is slick without being sticky. The complexity of this beer encourages me to take my time, but it's not overbearing at all. Would guess that this bottle is not incredibly fresh, and I'm sure this beer is even better when it is.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear Darker Amber color with 2 Fingers of off white head.

S - Smells of Citrusy Hops, Grapefruit, Lemon Rind, Pine, Pineapple, Caramel, Black Pepper, Fresh Cut Grass.

T - Tastes of Caramel, Citrus, Pine, Orange, Spices, and Lemon Zest.

M - High carbonation, Oily, Good Bitterness, and Alcohol.

D - Drinkability is very good but high Sweetness and Alcohol is a dangerous combination.

I like this beer better on Tap. The Hops show up more in the smell but the mouthfeel and tastes are basically the same.

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

Huge fan of this beer. I have not had any Firestone Walker brews before, but this is a really nice IPA. Nice all around. Crisp, refreshing, bitter, tart....
A: Pours exactly what a great IPA should look like
S: Citrusy notes, fresh, clean
T: Bitter and tart, but not at all sour...this is a really smooth, right on IPA
O: A really fine IPA, this is good....

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Photo of Rheaume17
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau glass.

A - Pours as nice orange hue. Think sudsy head.

S - Smells of tropical fruit; Mango, apricot, mango, papaya.

T - Tons of tropical fruit flavors as mentioned with the smell. Of course with it being 9.5%, it was a little boozy, but not overpowering.

M - Good carbonation with a bitterness that lingers in the mouth.

O - Honestly a little let down from this one, but a great beer nonetheless. Lots of tropical fruits, but not the crisp hop profile that I was expecting.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been hearing about this one for a long time, so I was excited to find it at my local store. 22oz. poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a vibrant and hazy golden orange, but not very dark orange as I have read. There is a good two fingers of creamy white head in top, with good retention and super sticky lacing. Appears to be well carbonated.

S - Very piney and earthy but with plenty of citrus notes, mainly grapefruit. Perhaps a little pear as well, with a dry musky end.

T - I cannot believe how well hidden the alcohol is in this beer, right off the bat. It tastes very fruity and fresh but also complex. There is distinct green apple and pear in the flavor, as well as plenty of grapefruit. Slight bitter and piney in the finish, which is dry and earthy. The fruit flavors in this IPA are so punchy and fresh tasting that they really stand out.

M - Only somewhat oily but not overly so. Light mouthfeel for such an explosively flavorful beer. Crisp and well carbonated.

O - An excellent double IPA that is well worth trying if you are into the hopbomb kind of beers as I am. Definitely stands out among the pack of double IPAs I have sampled in the past few months.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent beer. Poured 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass. Beautiful golden amber orange, off white head with solid lacing. A thin film remained on top thru the entire drinking process. The aroma is floral, orange blossom, tangerine, caramel malt, and bread. The flavor is exceptionally smooth for a double IPA. There are citrus and floral notes, as well as a sweetness from the malt. A bit of grapefruit and pine in the finish. Resinous and juicy, a truly superb beer.

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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Slightly cloudy/hazy orangish gold with a decent white foam head

Smell is heavier toward the grapfruity side

Very smooth You can taste the grapefruity flavors with a slight alcohol finish with little to no bitterness

Very drinkable and dangerous double IPA that can really sneak up on you

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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 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 Shroud0fdoom
4/5  rDev -6.5%

*On tap Max’s* Look: Nice shade of brass blonde, nice white lacing. Smell: Mellow tangerine with fresh grapefruit hanging in the background, faint alcohol, some grain sweetness. Taste: Citrus, nice herbal/ tobacco leaf, hint of resin, subtle malt sweetness, modest bitterness finishes clean. Feel: Medium-light body par carbonation.

Overall: Hoppy goodness for sure. This brew sets juicy hop flavors to the front. Enough malt to entertain the hops on the palate. The alcohol is only present in the aroma, so this ale could get you in trouble. The modest bitterness is refreshing for a big beer like this. Is this an earthshattering DIPA? No, yet it holds it’s own in the West Coast Style. Recommended.

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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say? The most complex, fruitiest DIPA I’ve ever tasted, and the fruitiest unfruited beer I’ve tasted since Stille Nacht 1996 Reserve. Among the detectable fruity esters, there are grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, peach, plum, agave nectar, cherry, mango, kiwi, lemon, lime, marion berry, and strawberry. The finish is luxuriously long, and that seltzer quality slightly dries out the finish, and really adds a sprightly tingle. Add to this a great malt backbone that has a fruitiness all its own with a substantial body (similar to Hercules, but not as syrupy and weighty. The floral hoppiness in this beauty almost rivals the Plinys, and after awhile a seltzery saltiness develops, and while I’m not normally a fan of seltzer, it works perfectly here, and leaves one craving another taste. Perfection.

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

22oz Bomber into Nonic

A: very clear, gold color with very white head with tiny, active carbonation and fine lacing.

S: Rich orange and apricot, slight smoothness to the hops that suggest the presence of malt but no real outstanding breadiness

T: Sweet, orange blossoms, did i mention sweet, long smooth finish that starts to get a bit bitter 5 seconds after the swallow, a little bit of alcoholic heat wraps up the experience. I could actually use a little more bitter bite.

M: smooth and not as sharp as the carbonation suggests, ever so slightly dry

O: This is a really tasty beer, especially if you lean toward the heavier, sweeter, citrus and honey side of the tasting tracks. I could use a bit more punch from either the carbonation or bitterness to dial back the sweetness a bit.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a classic dipa colour with a nice white head.
The smell is not as floral or welcoming as other dipas I have tasted .This does not fill a room with huge pine smells when opened as say, Pliny does. Nice hints of apricot, and pine. Off smells of kitty urin ( as many dipas are to me).

This brew shines in the taste and mouthfeel department! Extreme bitter hops up front and an alcoholic bite lingers. Huge, sweet, apricot like malty goodness! Outside of the huge bitternes, this dipa is so creamy and smooth. Way to easy to drink for almost 10%!

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,499 ratings.
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