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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 1,385 | Ratings: 7,509
Photo of emmasdad
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schmittymack for sharing a bottle of this one with me last night. Poured a medium golden color, with a decent ivory head. Aromas of hop resin, tangerine and grapefruit zest. Medium bodied, with flavors of tangerine, grapefruit and sweet malt.

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

Bomber bottled 6/24, reviewed 7/29. Poured into a Bell's tulip.

Clear golden-amber, nice head and lacing.

Smell is a lot of nice tropical hops, backed by a substantial sweetness. Alcohol becomes a bit noticeable as it warms.

Taste is rather sweet and reasonably balanced. A clean mix of tropical, citrus and pine hops that meshes with a smooth malt backbone. Some alcohol definitely noticeable on the tail end. Not bitter. This beer is sweet, but not overbearingly so. Definitely more of an East Coast style IPA than a West Coast one, but it's really a good DIPA. Balanced, clean and showcases all of its flavors well.

Medium and sweet on the mouth, without excess carbonation.

I'm really impressed by how smooth and clean this beer is. It's not necessarily the way I like my DIPAs, but this is about as good and drinkable as I could expect a sweeter DIPA to be.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't realize it had 9.5% ABV, and I probably should have slowed down the gulps! It was so delicious.

This beer is something I can drink on a regular basis! It packs a punch, but it's extremely easy to drink. It doesn't feel heavy on your palate for a double IPA.

I can't give this beer a score of 5 because it meets all expectations rather than exceeding them.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this bad boy! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Pours a crystal clear golden orange with 1.5 inches of large bubble off-white head that leaves spotting. Nose is similar to the regular Union Jack, sort of a hop-creamsicle (citrus plus sherbet). Smells a bit drier though, a little more piney.

Palate is big and chewy right off the bat! Hops are all over the place here with malt taking the back seat. Chewy, resin-y orange peel flavored hops, dried lime peel, zests of all sorts, and super pale honey or malt syrup, maybe light agave nectar.

This beer is all about hops with almost no malt presence at all. Bitterness is big, but there's that lovely sweetness in the center to round things out. Seems more like an East Coast/VT IPA than a West Coast pine-bomb. Damn fine beer!

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

Got a bottle of this at my local Whole Foods.

A: Very nice amber color, nice frothy head. Not too much sediment very transparent beer, not quite what I was expecting. Lovely lacing on the sides.

S: Smells nice, hops and yeast are certainly there. Nice citrus touch but overall a bit lacking in powerful aromas and kind of settles on the bready aromas. Whats there is quite nice though.

T: Taste is really redeeming. Very nice hop flavors with some citrus and bit on pine, closer to Juniper than out and out pine. Complex yet balanced with a very smooth and nice aftertaste.

M: Full bodied texture thats very nice, its got some oomph to it but it has a nice finish and nothing dry or cottonmouthy about it.

O: This is a pretty darn good beer. Not as powerful as most Double IPAs which I have to say was a bit of a disappointment, but at the same time, its really really drinkable with nice light and subte flavors that are very delicious.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 3/31/11

Appearance: Mostly clear amber orange, nice head to start, retains a sticky white lacing

Smell: Very hoppy, mostly citrus with some herbal spiciness, too - some caramel malts in the background, some sweetness

Taste: Very good - tons of citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit - on the spicy/herbal side rather than juicy hops - mostly dry - some alcohol in the flavor - malts are prominent, a little too sweet for my taste

Mouthfeel: Heavier than the average DIPA, somewhat dry with an alcohol bite, kind of sticky - however, nicely smooth and well-carbonated

Overall: Great, but not mind-blowing

Without a doubt, this is a great DIPA. But it is not exactly what I am looking for in the style. I prefer takes on the style that are slightly lighter, less sweet, have less of an alcohol bite, and have more of a tropical citrus blast to the face. Regardless, this is still good, and I would be happy to have it again.

Edit: 5/8/13

Drinking a fresh bottle courtesy of Goblinmunkey7. Still too sweet, too boozy. Very good, not top tier. I've reduced my scores slightly.

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

Server from bottle dated 2009.

A: beautiful golden color. Pours with nice clean head about one finger tall, and the lacing is slightly sticky and stays throughout the session.

S: honey, malt, floral hops

T: malt and honey, just as the smell indicates. They are quickly overwhelmed by the bittering hops.

M: nice as it warms a bit more. I like the crisp carbonation and sticky feel at the same time.

O: if you're in the mood for a hoppy double IPA, this is a solid beer. The 22oz bottle set me back $8, which is not bad. Compare that with the Dreadnaught, which was $12.

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

Thanks to OrangeAmps for this one.
Pours a clear orange with a nice head and good lacing.
The smell to me guarantees that this DIPA is going to be awesome.
Taste - Smooth - covers all the bases, citrus, pine, sweet bready malt is minimal, nice semi-dry hop tingle on the finish.
Medium mouthfeel.
I will try to get this beer anytime I trade. Thanks to CarolinaKevin for getting me started on this beer!

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best IIPA I've had to date. Not enough O's in "smooth" to describe this. The hops to bite your nose off, but they're there. Tastes NOTHING like a 9.5% ABV beer. I have another bottle and can't wait to dig in. Highly recommended beer.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear brassy orange gold with a cakelike offwhite head. Small amounts of sticky lace decorate my tulip glass.

Sweet boozy scent wafts from the bottle, reminding me of a barleywine. Once in the glass this smells sweet and floral with a hint of tropical fruit.

Taste is first sweet and fruity. Tropical fruits. Candied fruit. Grapefruit dipped in sugar. Clementines, orange peel and lemons. A mildly sour aftertaste, like eating lemon candies. Herbal and a touch of pine. Bitterness comes in afterward in a dramatic long, slow finish. A minty flavor pops up after that! This beer really lingers on the palate. There's an apple note in there as well. Alcohol esters.

Mouth is sticky, slightly viscous and coating.

Drinkability is good and the abv is, although not hidden, managed well.

This is quite a good DIPA. I love the juxtaposition of sweet and sour notes and the finish is remarkably long.

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

Medium golden translucent body, not too much of a head, but lots of spotty lacing and carbonation bubbles.

Smells of very fresh grapefruity hops. Grapefruit and clementine peels, fresh cut green apples tossed in lemon juice, and mild pine.

Wonderous balance. The bitterness is not too harsh. Citrusy and piney in flavor with more clementine peel and grapefruit pith on the palate. There's a sour twang presence though that is a little off-putting as the beer warms.

Moderate body and high carbonation that keeps you wanting more, but can give a rather drying sensation on the finish that feels kind of tinny.

Edit 12/18/11: Had a bottle immediately after my friend made me try some "legal" bud, which messed up my palate. The beer tasted bone dry and full of bitter grapefruit pith and hot alcohol. Like white grapefruit aerosol hairspray with a hint of caramel. I was so turned off.

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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 beer..one 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 here....at 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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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,509 ratings.
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