Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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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4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into over-sized wine glass.

A - Head comprised of many small, tight bubbles which quickly dissipate into a thin surface film. Not a dense foam, but more loose, yet frothy, giving it a substantial appearance. Low to moderate lacing. A crystal clear, light, honey-amber.

S - F'ing glorious. Sweet pineapple and grapefruit split perhaps 70/30 respectively with hop, pine, and sweet alcohol undertones. A minimal amount of funk/dankness; just enough to let you know it's there.

T - Very closely follows smell; pineapple & grapefruit up front degrading into the hops, pine resin, and funky bitterness. Overall it is quite bitter, but also incredibly enjoyable.

M - Surprisingly smooth given the taste. Carbonation is next to nothing. The most perfect 'mouthfeel' I've ever experienced from a beer (of this style) to date. If you're not used to craft or DIPAs, this beer will feel like it's raping your mouth more than likely due to bitterness. If you are used to craft brews and DIPAs, prepare to be wow'ed at the balance. Somehow manages to fall directly in the middle of dry/wet and oily/abrasive.

O - This beer, more than any other I've had, is deserving of the phrase "floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee". Too good to put down, but too strong to replace water unfortunately. It is ridiculously good, perhaps epically so, if you're a fan of the style and enjoy pineapples & grapefruit. I feel that this brew somehow pushes upon extreme boundaries, and attenuates the results with the opposite extremes (magically?) thus crafting an 'uber-perfect-medium'.

Previously rated 4.75 on 4-21-2013.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a bowl of honey. Smells like orange and pineapple with flowers and herbs. Taste starts citrus followed by floral then by resiny hop bitterness. great complexity. a full bodies brew. slight booziness but hidden well considered the abv. very good dipa.

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

Pours with a slightly creamy looking texture and a nice 1 inch white head. Color is golden with a slight copper hue (i'm sure there is an actual name for this color but I am blanking). Very clean looking beer.

A whole lot of pine in the nose, floral hops obviously there, but I come away with pine more than the citrus from the hops. As far as DIPAs go, this isn't an intensely floral one, but it certainly isn't muted.

Taste is lots of pine and grapefruit upfront, and a nice bitter finish (though not stringently so, as I thought Hoptimum was). While I wouldn't call it balanced per se, I wouldn't classify it as a hop bomb of a DIPA either. Just hits all the right notes for a big DIPA (for me anyway) without going nuts. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, and just as it looked, slightly creamy. Very easy to drink... bittnerness is not overwhelming to me, which goes a long way in making me feel like I would drink more than one.

Overall a really great example of the style. If I were to try to put it in relative terms with other "big" DIPAs, its kind of a slightly toned down PtE or Pure Hoppiness in terms of the intensity of the hop presense while still feeling very much like a west coast style DIPA. A beer I certainly will go back to if I can get my hands on it.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best readily available DIPA's you can find. Nice golden color with outstanding flavor. Really enjoyable brew. Nice up front hop hit on the first taste and so fruity after. Under rated brew IMO. Luv it

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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 magnj
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep Golden body is brilliantly clear with a nice 1 finger head, poured from tap to snifter.

S - HUGE pine and earthy hop aroma. Absolutely unbalanced an awesome.

T - After I was punched in the face by the aroma, I was kicked in the gut by the taste. Big pine flavor up front, massively bitter, somewhat sweet but again it was totally unbalanced...which is fine.

M/D - Full body. Extremely flavorful, alcohol content was undetectable, easy to drink.

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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 shacawgo24
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A-Typical deep orange/dark honey DIPA look. Wow this sandy 4-finger head seems to never die! One of the best billowy heads I've seen in any beer.

S-Citrus. Hops. Bubbling sugar.

T-Bitter fat hops crash like asteroids on the surface of tongue. Exploding bursts of citrus wash over. Sweet-breads such as fruitcake and cinnamon raisin. Orange bitters. Grapefruit. Honey.

M-Medium body. Nice thickness. Gel like in texture on the finish.

O-The taste wins. The flavor and overall smoothness make Double Jack a top shelf DIPA. Flavor shape-shifts a bit even as it warms, retaining the character but inviting your palate to discern new and previously unknown taste traits. 9.5% ABV is barely perceptible. Sneaks up on you nicely. Try to keep a bomber in the home at all times. Go Firestone!

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Honey/light orange with a nice white head.

S: Hops, tropical fruit, alcohol, slight carmel malt. The smell lights up immediately, the way a good West Coast IPA is supposed to!

T: Heavenly. Apricots, honey, and tangerine on the front, hoppy dryness and malt sweetness on the back. This is a nearly perfect DIPA, right up there with some of the best. My top 3 West Coast IPAs are Sculpin, Alesmith IPA, and Pliny. This is in this mix.

M: Silky and perfectly carbonated. Some DIPA take on an overly heavy thickness, Double Jack gets it perfect.

O: This is a gem in this category! One of my favorite DIPA/West Coast IPAs for sure. Surprisingly drinkable for the heavy ABV. Get this beer!

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A:pours a sharp orange, with a sticky, creamy albeit minimal head, an opaque but not muddy citrus orange color fills the glass
S:pure malt, some subtle notes of citrus and hop bitterness but not a lot
T:rich, malty and sweet but also decently bitter, some citrus like in the nose but not much maybe a hint of tangerine, a touch of honey most of it that is perceptible blends in with the malt
M:a tad syrupy, I don't mean this as a bad thing only to say that it is not overwhelmingly syrupy, kind of filling
O: a solid DIPA, I don't make a habit of buying DIPAs unless I know they are great or have heard something so I don't have a lot of average DIPAs to compare it with. That being said, it is very good, but doesn't do anything new and so with that being said is not particularly memorable, it is very good, but I would not seek it out or go to any great lengths to get it, comparing this to hopslam or snake handler is like comparing different store brand sodas, you may have your preference but you must concede that all in all they are not that significantly different. they may do certain things a tad better than the others but none are so adventurous as to be noticeably different with out a side by side comparison, not bad tho, not bad at all

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Photo of Rast
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle enjoyed March Madness 2013.

X-factor for the overall score: the bottle art features a male lion about to box a grizzly bear. Nice. I've never seen an IPA that looks this excellent. The carbonation cascades as if a stout while the minimally hazy orange liquid pools beneath gravity's grip. Nose is blunt: bold citrus with floral over/unders. Mouthfeel is bubbly, yet smooth. Tastes like grapefruit rind. Bitter citrus: mission accomplished. Surprisingly sessionable for a 9.5%. No percent boozy. Anyone have a filleted flounder I can eat?

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

22oz Bomber into pint glass
A – 2 finger dusty head with good staying power with decent lacing settled to a thin layer, clear golden amber with moderate carbonation 4
S – Nice scent even at arm’s length, a strong & resiny orange/mango citrus, pine, caramel malts, florals 4.5
T – The most subtle imperial IPA I’ve had, and I’m not saying that as a negative. Mellow citrus zest, moderate pine, and moderate bitterness for a double. A bit of tropical fruits. Excellent balance with a slightly sweet caramel malt profile rounds out this brew well. A bit of alcohol on the finish. 4.5
M – Medium body, a bit sticky and thicker but drinkability is not affected, enjoyed the moderate carbonation level. Would and will have another. 4
O – Quite possibly my favorite DIPA, the character is BIG and yet so sublime, a must try for any hop head. Drinkability is a notch above any double IPA I’ve had, and overall character is so enjoyable to drink. Now on my regular rotation list. 4.5

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Photo of sevenarts
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Crystal-clear golden orange, beautiful. Fluffy white head that quickly fades to a skim of bubbles and just a little lacing.

S: Very strong and hoppy: grapefruit, citrus, flowery hops, really intense and rich. Fantastic smell.

T/M: As delicious as it smells: big hop flavors up front, balancing floral flavors with lots of citrus, a little bitter and mouth-puckering. Crisp and dry, finishes with more of that delicious hoppy flavor.

O: An amazing, strong but not overwhelming DIPA. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of bambam2517
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Day-old growler tapped at Whole Foods in Chandler, AZ. Shared with a buddy, first pints were at 45F and we allowed the growler to warm up while we drank.

A - A little sleepy for a DIPA, lt coppery body and medium carbonation. Forms a strong off-white head though, and decent sticky lacing down the glass.

S - Wow, dialed up the citrus hops in this one! Grapefruit, tangelo, coriander and a touch of honey or caramel sweetness.

T - Grapefruit is strongly present, also a nice complex taste of mango, tangelo and piney hop. Sweetness like caramel, very similar to Brown Shugga in that respect.

M - Real heavy hitter with a nice puckering effect.

O - I had been looking forward to trying this for awhile and excited to get it off the tap. Didnt disappoint at all, highly recommended.

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce poured into a FSW nonic pint glass.

Pours clear amber that's almost a bright orang up to the light.
Thin lacey head with some spotting that sticks to the side of the glass.

Smells very citrus, floral, and piney. Hop aroma attacks the senses.

Tastes is a lot like the smell. Fruity and slightly earthy. Perfumey in a way. Pleasantly sweet with a light bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium and very drinkable certainly for the abv.
Nice carbonation.

Overall I love this beer. Is a perfect example of what a drinkable hoppy IPA should be like. Alcohol is hiding somewhere in the bottle.
Really like drinking this at home as opposed to at the bar cause then I don't have to drive.

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter.

A. Light hazy orange. Quarter inch foam. Fades slow into a nice remaining lacing.

S. Fruity, sugary upfront. Resiny and piney. Some grainy malt. Hops. Lovely smell.

T. Big hoppy and tropical blast. Hot boozy burn is smoothed out by the sweet malt bill. Balanced nicely.

M. A little greasy. Fizzy. Finishes so smooth though.

O. Really great. All the flavors meld nicely. Big and hoppy but balance out. Drinks so nice for the ABV. Loved it.

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

12 ounce pour at blind tiger ale house

A: crystal clear, loose whit head

S: aromatic from a foot away, bright citrius

T: tropical fruit, malts help bring up the hops flavor, right on par with double trouble, and hop slam, just a touch more on the sweet side.

M: average for the style. Sweet finish

D: could drink em down.

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

22 oz bottle from Pinocchios, Delaware Co. poured into a Duvel tulip. Beer was an orangish/amber body with a two-finger, off-white head, nice lacing and decent retention. Nose was grapefruit, pine, caramel. Taste was mildly bitter orange, floral, pineapple, grapefruit with a sweeter middle before being followed by a nice interplay between the sweetness, citrus and bitternes in the finish. Mouthfeel was smooth, medium in body and carbonation with a pleasing bitter bite to break up the sweetness. You notice the alcohol but would have no idea it was 9.5%. All-in-all a good DIPA I would not hesitate to try again. Thanks FW for coming to Philly!

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

A: This one has that typical IIPA look, nice, amber, tree sap in color with a two finger soapy white head and a fair amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom

S: This one is really dominated by pine. It's got quite a bit of earthy citrus fruits as well, such as grapefruit and lime, but the pine is really intense. Not just pine as in the typical pine needles sort of aroma either, but a huge pine wood characteristic.

T: Follows the nose pretty well, mostly pine wood. Also has a nice sweet characteristic reminiscent of honey lemon tea. Alcohol flavor is there just a little bit

M: Medium carbonation with a fairly heavy body, makes the flavors pop a little bit more with the thickness of it, no alcohol heat despite the flavor being detectable

Overall I love this one. I mean, it's a Firestone pale, could it really be anything but great. One of the trusted IIPAs that I always go back to

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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 iSip
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Double Jack: Pretty fine double IPA. Got this as a birthday present, and its a nice one! Peachy color to the body, with a faint haze. The head is thin and fades. Fruity aroma earns big points. But ultimately the flavor rules. Nice apricot sweetness, smooth, and a slight bitter in the aftertaste only. Very good double IPA by any standard. A define must try if you like this type of beer. Good introduction to double IPAs, but do not expect them all to be this good!

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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 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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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,549 ratings.
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