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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Reviews: 1,398 | Ratings: 7,549
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boss handed me this for free, its dated 2010 but should still be good with all that alcohol in it.

A: bright orange color, clear, disappointing head that fizzled down quickly.

S: sweet malt and tons of hops. Citrus and piney, very intense hop aroma.

T: Intense pine citrus grapefruit hop flavor with lots of lingering sweetness on the finish.

M: crisp carbonation, a little thick from all that sweetness.

O: very tasty IPA, would love to try a fresh one, and more from this brewery.

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Photo of Hopsedge
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, but in a plastic cup, at the Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland a few weeks ago. Appeared more distinctly ornage in color than many other IPAs that day. This beer smells and tastes strongly of alcohol, and almost leaves a stickiness on the lips. It is truly a hop bomb like many of its California brethren. I liked it a lot, but could not drink too many of these at a sitting (beer fests in ONW excluded, of course).

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

APPEARANCE: Orange, super crystal clear, clean looking. Sparkly white head of a quarter-inch vanished very quickly.

SMELL: Piney, floral and with lots of honey.

TASTE: Nicely balanced with strong malts and honey up front and a grassy, grapefruit blast towards the end. The honey flavor stays with the palate for the whole ride and provides an aftertaste that is surprisingly sweet.

MOUTHFEEL: Typical for a big DIPA, the Firestone Walker is oily and slightly mouthcoating. Also, it sits relatively light given the size of this beer.

OVERALL: This is a quality Double IPA and with its distribution expanding, especially to the Chicago Area, I think we will start seeing this beer gain more and more traction in the beer community. I'm guessing it will be on the front page of DIPAs on Beer Advocate sometime next year. It is very drinkable and accessible, but still robust and complex enough for a BA to thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend bought me a bomber of this as a wedding gift. Surprisingly enough, I've never had it before. I pour into a snifter to review. 2016 is stamped on the bottom which I presume is the year this will be good until?

Yields a nice white colored head of about an inch consistent of medium-sized bubbles. Glowing orange DIPA color. Excellent lacing and a nice layer of retention which thickens toward the inner rim of the snifter. Looks like a winner !!

Aroma is of creamy hops yet still balanced. Still more hop forward than balanced, but far from a hop bomb for me. Bouquet leaning towards citrusy with some pine and grapefruit tones.

Taste is a bit too balanced for my liking, but if that's what you are into, you may really dig this. Citrus / grapefruit and pine as my nose suggested with a mildly bitter finish. 9.5% ABV kept completely at bay which is commendable.

Great mouthfeel on this one makes it quite drinkable which is a bit scary considering its ABV. Relatively thick and creamy with a medium body. Somewhat lower on carbonation, but with this one it sits just about right.

There are many other DIPAs I'd rather get than this one. It's the west coast and there is stiff competition. Not bad, but I don't think I'll seek this one out again. Try this if you like 90 Minute from DFH.

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Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with two fingers of fluffy off white head. The head fades but leaves a layer with some nice lacing as well. Decent head retention.

Smell: Really nice. Juicy, bitter citrus hops. Reminds me a bit of tangerine. Some malt sweetness in there as well.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. A hop bomb, bitter citrus peel hops. A nice malt backbone, but the hops definitely dominate. Some alcohol and a strong bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: A little more malt in the background might have smoothed things out a bit, but that's just nitpicking. I really enjoyed this one and am very likely to have another in the future.

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

Hey this is pretty good stuff. I liked the full body and orange-citrus hop flavor. It had some hot alcohol flavor, but not enough to turn me off of it.

I sat outside with my neighbor and we had nothing bad to say about it outside of that little alcohol heat.

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Photo of WickedSluggy
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found some Firestone walker beers while traveling in St Louis, MO.

Amber orange, good clarity with white head that produces nice lace on the glass. Continued light sprightly bubbles produced.

Pleasant sweet aroma with beauquet of pungent citrusy hops. Hop gas tickled nostrils whith slow drag inside glass. I'll bet its wonderfull when local/fresh.

Striking fruity quality in the flavor and subtle sweetness. Slightly alcoholic. Orange pith bitterness clings only slightly to tail.

Medium mouthfeel lightly coats then dissapates suggesting another sip, then another.

Overall a good beer that traveled well compared to others I picked up at a St Louis Whole Foods. However, I bet its a while lot better close to its home.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is floral, piney, resiney hops with some fruit.

The flavor is a little sweet malt and melon with a big piney, peppery, resinous hop finish. Lots of bitterness that lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a monster onedimensional hop bomb. This is much more bitter in the bottle than on draft. This and the Union Jack remind me a lot of Odell's IPA - very similar flavor profile.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on-tap at sunset grill and tap, allston MA.
(review from notes)

pours a completely clear golden-orange tone while yielding a frothy finger+ of off-white head that demonstrates great retention and tons of lacing. not sure what else you could ask for from a DIPA's appearance.

nose is aromatic and mouth-watering. obviously hop-forward, bold notes of pine and citrus leap from the glass, coupled with some lesser malty notes.

flavor follows and exceeds the aroma. *just* what i look for in my DIPAs. juicy citrus, pine, some secondary floral notes and a nice sweet malty backbone. taste is subjective of course, but to me this is close to perfect. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a world class DIPA IMHO. probably my favorite to date. just love this stuff.

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

Growler purchased at Decicco's.

Pours a clear, glowing copper with a small but creamy white head. Good amount of lacing and carbonation for a growler.

The aroma is very floral and hoppy, with notes of grapefruit and pine. Nice and fresh.

The flavor is very bitter, but also quite malty. Lots of grapefruit, herbal character and resinous hoppy-piney goodness. Really juicy hop flavor on this full-bodied DIPA. The mouthfeel has low carbonation (growler pour) and nice smoothness and weight.

This stuff is really good, one of the best DIPAs I've had. Will have to seek out more beers from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of huhl23
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on a Firestone Walker Double Jack. This is a fine DIPA. Great smell, exceptional taste. Crisp, hoppy mouthfeel and taste. Poured a light orangish color with two finger head that slowly dissipated. One of my fave DIPA I've ever had. Great beer.

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

Appearance: orange in color with a short 1" head that lingers around a while. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: light pine hop bittereness and caramel sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: big caramel profile with a nicely balancing green apple, grapefruit, pine, and strong hop and biting bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and mildly drying at the finish.

Overall: A nice example of a well constructed DIPA as all flavors compliment each other. Slow sipping and a great beer to split with a friend.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up the other day at Monument Wines and Spirits in Concord, California.

Appearance- golden amber color, thin head but good retention

Smell- citrus hops, wonderful heavenly hop aroma

Taste- citrus hops, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, smooth

Drinkability- This is an excellent DIPA. I recommend this to all hopheads.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color with a small white head that hangs around for a little while and leaves nice lacing.

Strong bursts of citrus come out in the aroma. Lemon and grapefruit are prominent upfront. There are also lighter hints of mango and pineapple that show up in the back.

Taste starts out with notes of lemon, mango and pineapple upfront, then shifts to a more piny flavor before coming back to lemony notes that linger into the finish.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable DIPA, very flavorful with only the slightest touch of alcohol being felt.

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

A - Pretty, clear honey, near white head leaves fast. Lots of cling lace.

S - Malt, citrus and some tropical fruit.

T - Lush malt, filled with lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Meal like.

M - Sweet, but bitters nicely. Good balance, good carb.

D - Not tiring, but ABV kills the drinkability issue.

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Photo of beerbully
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from bomber

A-Hazy golden hue with 1/2inch white frothy head that last a while

S-Citrus bomb.Very aromatic. Grapefruit,mango, sweet some mild honey notes

T-Tasty Brew, very drinkable, crisp, heavy citrus notes up front some honey / lemon notes in the aftertaste

M-excellent, This brew coats the mouth to the point where you wish you could take a bite out of it. Leaves a pleasant lingering aftertaste

O-I find this to be an excellent extremely enjoyable beer. That I will be happy to visit time and time again.

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

Poured a 22 oz. bottle (dated 3/14/11) into a standard pint glass, purchased at Super Deli Mart (Seattle, WA) in July. Although a bit dated based on FW's recommendations (110 days from bottling) this beer has a nice clear pour with above average carbonation and left a great lacing pattern. Smell maintained good fruit and taste and had an as expected heavy hop profile. Above average malt flavors help to subdue some of the 9.5% alcohol, but tend to leave a long, lingering aftertaste. Overall, this is a quality offering from FW and one that I'd like to keep as a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint, this is a pale golden beer with a small head. The nose is... extremely citrusy... bordering on "new extra-lemony lemon fresh pinesol". It treads the border with "too much" but doesn't quite go over. The flavor is very sweet, balanced by very high bitterness, and a vast quantity of citrus hops. It just doesn't blend together very well, and does not make a particularly good beer.

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

I purchased this one in Chicago about 3 months ago. Kept in fridge.

Appearance: Nice copper color with about a 2 finger head after a normal pour into a pint glass. After drinking a few sips, the beer left a nice sticky lace on the glass.

Smell: Nice smell! Mangos, a little pineapple and perhaps a touch of citrus with a nice balanced background malt profile. I could just smell this beer w/o drinking it.

Mouthfeel: Nice feel. On the dry side with a little dry feeling left in the mouth.

Taste: Really nice taste with the citrus and mango upfront balanced by the maltiness of a really solid IPA.

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Photo of bpfishback
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a month out from bottled on date.

Fairly pale for a dipa. Yellow with some hints of orange. About two inches of head that fades very slowly.

Smell is sticky sweet fruity tropical smelling hops. Very nice even a month from bottling.

Taste is fruity hops, with some citrus, a little bit of malt and then a light bitterness on the finish. Very clean flavors.

Mouthfeel is excellent, creamy and light with mouth coating hop oils. Finishes dry.

Very drinkable but slightly on the heavy side. It is a big beer but a very polished big beer.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a nice clear gold color into an American shaker pint glass with a nice finger of white head that leaves a beautiful lacing.

S: nice citrus, oranges, lemons, peels, pine, sweet caramel, and a tad grassy.

T: the first thing to hit the tongue is the bitter sweet orange followed by the slightly more bitter citrus fruits. There is a spicy pine/sap taste that mingles in with the citrus and is shortly accompanied by the simple malt character. The pine is the winner in the end as it really sits on the tongue after the beer is gone.

MF: nice medium body with a great effervescence and a good astringent feel in the mouth with a resin left adding flavors to the palate.

O: this a great dIPA that I look forward to having again, I'm so very glad this brewery came to MD finally. First beer of there's and I'm already looking forward to the next.

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

A: Bright (a little chill haze until it warmed a bit), clear orange/gold color. Poured a 3 finger creamy off-white head with fair retention to a half finger cap. Decanted with bubbles floating lazily to the top. Laced in wide, unbroken rings.

S. Big fresh citrus/citrus rind hops with a fair dose of pine up front and throughout. A slight sweetness was the only hint of malt. A little grass tickle in the nose.

T: Big citrus and pine hops. Bit of a sweet bready flavor transitions quickly to a resinous bitter. Very sharp finish with piney notes that linger. Very dry and warming.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Starts creamy then turns resinous and dry.

O: Very one-dimensional in hop character (I guess since it should be) that comes through very cleanly. Remarkable balance for DIPA since just a bit of sticky resin lingers. No real faults in my book. Just need to watch the ABV.

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Photo of DustinPowers74
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a medium frothy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of big spicy, floral, herbal hops, citrus notes in the back end and a good bit of toffeeish and toasted malt notes. The taste is strong bitter herbal hop notes, strong citrus and candied citrus, toffeeish malts, floral notes. Well balanced. Strong lingering bitterness. Almost chewy. Medium-full bodied. Very nice beer.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden orange that is slightly unfiltered or could be a little chill haze. Head retention isn't very good which leads to almost no lacing. No visible carbonation inside the beer either.

S - Very fresh citrus hops up front with a nice oily scent throughout. There is a slight sweetness coming from the background, presumably from the grains. Very aromatic.

T - Taste is primarily citrus hops all the way through. The hops resins linger throughout and dry out the palate after each sip. Minor chewy biscuit flavors towards the end that try and balance out the beer, but the scale tips in favor of the hops. The finish is all bitter with hints of peach, pineapple, lemon, and slight floral notes.

M - Very nice body but lacking a little in the carbonation IMO. It's semi-viscous while drinking but vanishes after each sip, drying out the mouth and wanting another sip. Alcohol is kept in check nicely as well.

O - A very solid beer from FW, although a little one-dimensional it uses the hop combination very well. No visible bottle on date so freshness might be impacted some, but not enough to buy it again.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An often passed up beer for the price point at a $8 or $9 bomber and the fact that I always see this brew sitting on the shelves and never refridgerated. But glad that I decided to sit and review.
*Bomber to pint

A: Double Jack pours a light fuzzy yellow peach color with a very professional looking white one finger cap of foam. Nice carbonation apparent. Interval lacing.

S: Aromas are pungent pinecone with a dash of citrus pith. Some tiny fruity ale yeast and a bit of malty breadiness creep in as well.

T: Piney. Grassy. Big juicy hops. A moderate amount of bitterness however not overly intense on the palate. Still some prickly pinecone there. Sweet sugary graham cracker malt base. Touch on the sweeter side. ABV's come through a bit with some chest warmth.

M: Awesome light body and creamy mouthfeel for a DIPA with a bit of a resiny slickness to it.

D: A very well crafted brew. Great balance and drinkability. Hard to fault here. Hoppy but not in your face...which I would have actually preferred. Caramelly sweet but not cloying. Lacks a bit of that WOW factor.

I would say my biggest complaint here is the price point. But a well crafted and delicious brew to say the least.

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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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