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: 1,399 | Ratings: 7,555
Photo of Hopstafari
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not biggest double IPA guy but my friend suggested this one and it's been one of my favorites ever since..not too hopped and full of flavor...somehow the high alcohol content is masked beautifully

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Photo of Oakenator
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sweet yet spicey. Citrus and pines. Good balance. Yellow to brown blouse when held up to a window. Very fine carbonation. The lacing on the glass is unique - doesn't fall off but also not webbed. Nose is orange and pine sap. Some malt syrup is present via the pine sap. Taste is sweet at first with a grade A maple syrup and the. Quickly spices with the hops.

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Photo of R739
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Delicious IPA‼️They're dated, and I'd suggest getting them as fresh as possible, but these are beers to be bought when you see them. Perfect carbonation.....

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Photo of bball208
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a REALLY stellar IPA. Very smooth, you don't notice the alcohol AT ALL. Sounds crazy, but try drinking this IPA from the bottle and it actually tastes much better. It is definitely a unique IPA, stands out from other great IPAs. Bro in law said this actually tastes better than heady topper (in his opinion). I've tried this 4 times, and each time it has tasted better and better.

Review #2: So my parents don't drink alcohol. I tried getting them into craft beers with the notion of, drink not to get drunk, but just to taste the goodness. So they did, and I started with the double jack, and they were convinced at first sip that they want to learn more about beers. Firestone, I love you.

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Photo of Clonies720
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, brillant gold. White head that looks like Swiss cheese. Very little to no lacing.

Aroma: Big nose of citrus and pine. Pleasant, sweet malts. Tropical fruity esters, like pineapple. Loads of bitter hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium high carbonation that is crisp and refreshing. I was expecting a full-bodied beer for 9.5% ABV. Coat-the-mouth oily hop bitterness. Loving the citrus taste here.

Overall: A near perfect example of an Imperial India Pale Ale. Hops weren't as bright and clean, but that's probably because the beer is nearly a month and a half old. Would definitely buy again if I could find it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus sweetness and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced and starts with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a complementary citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Extremely tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very well-disguised 9.50% ABV kick, excellent representation of style, this beer is right up there with the best ones that I’ve ever had.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a golden amber. Forms two fingers of light honey yellow head. Thick solid lacing is left behind.
S - Amazing tropical floral bouquet of persimmons, tangerines, oranges, apples, grapefruit, hops and caramel. Very sweet and deep aroma to this beer.
T - A bit more bitter than the aroma would lead you to believe, but very welcomed balance is presented. Sweet, earth herbal grassy hops and orange upfront, a nice bite of carbonation in the middle with a good amount of hoppy bitterness at the finish to round off the initial sweetness. Very strong yet well balanced.
O - One of the best double IPAs I've ever had.
V - Single bomber. Well worth the price.

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Photo of vobr0002
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- clear amber with thick white head that dissapates into a thin coating on top of the beer.

S- big citrus aroma slight pine. lots of tropical fruits. Smells absolutely amazing!

T- more pine on the taste than the smell. Still lots of tropical fruits and a slight bready flavor. Very nice.

M- medium light body with good amount of carbonation for the style.

O- this is a great example of a double IPA. I want more of this! im kind of sad I shared half the bottle with my wife! :-)

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Photo of dkopec0411
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A roller coaster of deliciousness. One of the DIPAs in the world.

L - Clear and dark gold

S - Huge hop blast...classic west coast DIPA

T - A blast of pine, citrus, and orange hop goodness. Then it blows you away with the malty dry balanced finish. You expect the hop bitterness to linger in the end but doesn't. Perfection on both ends.

F - Medium body with nice carbonation

O - My favorite DIPA and one of the best beers you can get year round

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Photo of Rob_C_ipa
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mouth Watering Flower Aroma. Great Hoppy After Taste. This Is Now My Favorite Imperial iPA. I Would Liken The Taste To IthaCa Flower PoweR. The Flower Aroma Was Perfectly BalancEd By A Hoppy, Smooth After Taste. My Brother Who Doesn't Like IPAs Thought It Was Good.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Lunar Brewery Pint glass

A) Clear, golden, clover honey, color with two almost three finger head

S) Very West coast, juicy, apricot, citrus, mango, Honey, malt ball, and a little piney

T) same as aroma, very sweet, nectar, honey up front and then citrus, pineapple and apricot towards the back.

M) It's like nectar and has medium amount of carbonation.

O) Absolutely delish, great beer. I recommend for hop heads

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The "chewiness" of the Double Jack almost reminds me of tropical gushers- that sweet, syrupy residue taste it leaves on your gums. My favorite part about this beer is how the honey/gusher residue pushes the bitterness out of the way on the backend. That, coupled with the pungent floral smell is what makes this beer so great.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wish this was more widely available (as in, in 6-packs) Bought a bomber from Vons, for about the third time. Beautiful packaging

L: I swear this is less red than the regular Union Jack IPA. Thicker consistency though, and with much more resilient lacing. Still a beautiful beer.

S: Sour cherry tangles with pear and pineapple, but the acidity lingers in the form of lemon, which blends with something tropical (passion fruit, papaya?), grapefruit, and sweet mango. A breadiness is more detectable from the smell than in Union Jack, with a tiny bit of roast character, but nothing much.

T: All the hops of Union Jack, plus double the malt. Very sour apricot leads, followed by mandarin, mango, lemon, yellow grapefruit, pine, and toasty rye bread. That pepperiness of Union Jack is not missing, but it takes longer to appear, lingering on the finish, and is still the best part of this brew.

F: A thicker, richer union jack. Still very clean, crisp, and satisfying.

O: An essentially perfect brew, with a strong, definitive aroma. I hope I see it around more often in the future.

EDIT: Woah, got another one, looked it up, and just found out that this brew is being discontinued. Mega cause for sadness. I will proceed to collect as many of these bombers as I can and...I suppose age them for a while. Might become the start of my own cellar. I really hope they bring it back, at least as a limited release from time to time. Here's to the rarity of truly great beer: cheers!

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Photo of Cheynem
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Double Jack is one of my favorite DIPAs of all time. It is extremely aggressively dry-hopped which makes it very strong in its smell and taste profile.

The issue with this beer, as with so many other DIPA, is that recently it's been near-impossible to find fresh. I don't know if that's a result of their distro process, but it seemed to happen around the time they switched to the new bottle label.

The fact is that you will rarely find this beer fresh, and it's not worth the price usually. But always check, and if you do find that fresh bottle, buy it immediately and proceed to drink one of the better DIPA on the market today.

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Photo of ineva
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 8 ounce goblet

A:Not what i expected but my pupils were fixated on the deceptive gold coin like itch. Pure white one finger head that dissipated quickly recorded a filming presence.

S:Citrusy, apricot, orange peel, candy malt, inviting soft hop aroma.

T:Malted easy chair like sway with the Hop bitterness trying to break free at the end. Sweet liquid gold.

M:Jimmy Page like solo that hits all the right notes consistently without fizzle.

O:Nailed it like a double jack hammer ;).

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Photo of guityler83
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy copper pour. Thin layer of off white head sits atop but falls quickly

S: Fresh, bright west coast hop aroma. Grapefruit, pine and citrus.

T: Strong dank pine bitterness on the first sip, as the pallet gets used to it the bready toasty malt comes through. Piney grapefuit comes through from begining to end in a very smooth way.

M: Mouth tingling bitterness, moderate body, sticky and middle of the road carbonation.

O: In the modern east coast v west coast battle it won't be the hip hoppers that battle it out, it will be the IPAs. More specifically Dogfishhead 90 v Double jack. In that battle I vote Double Jack by a slight margin. big ups to FW.

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Photo of richkrull
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a semi-transparent copper with an inch of fluffy off-white head on it.

Smell is nice and hoppy with quite a bit of citrus in it.

Taste is pretty much the same. Lots of hops throughout with great citrus notes coming through.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Goes down very easy for a nearly 10% abv beer.

Overall a great DIPA. I'll definitely trade for this one again or pick it up if I see it.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Syked to finally try this. Bomber dated 6/19/2015. Pours a massive off white head with the best looking lacing, work of art. I smell the hops the second I open it. This is the smell that most Brewers could only dream of accomplishing. Sweat syrup hits the pallet then the hop bite that is not over the top but just right. It ends with a mellow hop bitterness and some alcohol burn. Wow this is a great beer! The taste is almost perfect. Probably the best DIPA I have ever tried. Only flaw is its a bit too sweat. I'm sure it's a solid 5.00 if it was fresh. 4.85

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Photo of PHENSO
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a lover of all things hops, this DIPA seemed right up my alley. The price is right too. I'm used to spending over ten bucks for my premium bombers, and for this beer I gladly would. The color, the lacing, the aroma, and the balance....yes, it's a DIPA that isn't ALL hops. This is a well balanced beer for hop heads and folks who don't usually go here. It's easily my new favorite. I'm anxious to try this on tap, as I usually make the mistake of drinking too cold. It's tough for me to be patient when it comes to this fine brew.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Notes: 7/8/09
Firestone Brewing Co.
9.5% Abv.
On-tap @ Spike's into Stella Artois glass

Most anticipated beer for me in a while (couple weeks, haha) Let's get it on!

Appearance= Creamy 1 finger white head. Excellent retention. Not opaque, deep coin colored beer. Excellent looking. Minimal carbonation, lacing is excellent. Super good looking beer. Like it wants to choke you out!

Smell= Hop oils present. Smell was slightly subdued when it's first served. Great Nose as it warms! Citrus FTW! Buttery candy elements.

Taste= Excellent DIPA taste. Citrus, pine, grass. Hop Oils! Doesn't get any better than this for a really balanced DIPA. You would have thought it was going to be a hop bomb based on the 4x dry hopping and staggering 100+ IBU number, but it's extremely balanced.

Mouthfeel= On the thicker side of DIPA's I think. Hop Oils coat the back of my throat and tongue. Awesome. Glass of water anyone?

Drinkability= Could drink this shit all day, even though I would pass out a couple hours in. Alcohol deters slightly, but hey, it's a DIPA.

Love your show Firestone.

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Photo of mkuderka
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Usually I have a double/imperial IPA and I am loving it on my first experience and by my second or third I am much less enamored. But this brand from Firestone Walker is just one beautiful beer that seems to hold up batch after batch.

Color: Visually appealing with a nice golden orange color.

Aroma: Dominated by tropical citrus and pine.
Taste: Hops hit right away (in a good way) and like the aroma, the flavors are those of sweet tropical fruit, pine, and light citrus. The caramel and pale malt sweetness sits in the middle of the experience and slowly fades to the end. Hop bitterness blends back in with malt and finish strong.

O - This DIPA was made for me. It is big, not overwhelming and surprisingly smooth. The hop presence is exactly what I wanted.

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Photo of GhettoFabulous
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz into my glorious thelonious monk's ale goblet. This pours and smells beautifully with a few fingers of lacing and solid carbonation.

This beer smells fantastic. The hops and citrus leap at you from the surface of the beer and the aroma is incredibly inviting.

The first sip reveals a very nice blend of strong hops (but importantly, not too strong) and a well-blended melange of citrus (perhaps lemon peel and grapefruit?). I'm not sure exactly what's going on with these flavors, but this is one of the best DIPA's I've ever had. FW seems to have added the perfect amount of hops, in that they are extremely strong without being bitter, and they serve as a pallet for this beautiful dose of citrus magic.

I could drink this stuff all day and it's extremely inviting and superlative for its class of beer. FW is proving to be one of the best breweries on the West Coast.

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Photo of Crossmd
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured maybe 50 degrees into an old glass stein.

Pours a golden orange with a 1.5 finger head.

Citrus hops, grapefruit/orange, pine and honey. Well projected, layered and delicious.

Taste is intensely smooth- fluid, the definition of opulent. Citrus hops mingle and slip in and out between pine, honey and just the slightest touch of sugar. 20 second finish dries down mostly into the orange with a touch of creme? Phenomenal. This is worth every penny of the 10$ that I spent on a 650.

There are a lot of words that here come to mind that don't typically pertain to IPAs. "Opulent", "rich", "fluid" and "layered" typically are (as far as I see it..) reserved for heavier styles that naturally find themselves there by nature of their creation. This is one that almost surmounts its "IPA" nature to achieve a complexity beyond its style, achieving characteristics that are reserved usually for other styles only. Intensely balanced and beautifully crafted, I have a new favorite.

Wouldn't pair with anything, this is one that needs to shine on its own.


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Photo of whatthehull
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - A stunning golden amber, perfectly transparent, decent head and lacing almost all the way down the glass

S - Papaya, oakie, pineapple, jasmine blossom, sweet hop, sweet malt and a citrus resin

T - Really sweet all the way through with papaya, pineapple, jasmine. The middle is sticky sweet malt and an explosion of sticky citrus bitter resin at the end and very oakie

M - Big, sticky, bubbly and smooth

D - Very pleasing all the way from the sip to the swallow. Easy to medium drinkability

Final thought - This and Elder are my favorite IPA styles by far. This one I think take the cake and I am so glad they finally started bottling it.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass, and it's a nice copper color with moderate head and leaves a nice lacing in the glass.

Has a huge hop aroma, mostly piney, citrusy hops.

Tastes like it smells, with a huge hop presence but nicely balanced with some malts. There's a slight taste of caramel and a slight hint of barley.

It goes down smooth, with a moderate body.

Overall, this is one of the best double IPAs. I had found this in a local shop that got in several new double IPAs all at the same time, many of which I had never tried and some of which I had been looking for. Out of all of the excellent double IPAs I had during this time period, Firestone Walker's Double Jack was the best of the bunch.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,555 ratings.
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