Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double JackDouble Jack

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

A - Light orange with clean white head. Head lingers and stays on the glass throughout drinking.

S - Very hoppy with plenty of citrus and subtle earthy and piny notes. It follows a very similar scent profile to Pliny and Zombie dust, which are both great beers to imitate.

T - Clean hop, more citrus than pine, malty and bitter followed by sweetness.

O - Double Jack speaks true to Firestone's motto of "we are living beer". It may not be the best IIPA out there, but it should be in the mix when talking about the top contenders. Prost!

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving - Bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass

A - A light copper color, crystal clear with some active carbonation. Poured with a 1.5 finger head. Great looking beer.

S - Lots of piney hops up front with a touch of malt in the background. Hops are the star of this show though. Very strong aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose. Piney hops up front with a slight malty sweet finish.

M - A touch too active on the tongue. Leaves a bitter finish. Very dry.

O - Very enjoyable. 9.5% is well hidden. If the carbonation was toned down a bit, this would be damn near perfect.

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

Thanks to bro-in-law Jeff for this great surprise!

Served cold into a New Belgium goblet, Double Jack is a coppery orange color with thick long-lasting head.

Aroma is super fresh and hoppy. Lots of great citrus including grapefruit and orange zest.

The flavor is really exceptional too. It reminds me of Pliny in a lot of ways. The simcoe hops add a dank quality the the big citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated just right for my tastes.

Overall an great double IPA. Now if only we got Firestone Walker in Colorado...

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

Drank a glass while on the brewery tour in Paso Robles.

A. Amber with small head. Looked clear and delightful.

S. Smelled similar to its little brother. Lots of citrus and pine.

T. Wonderful hops with a little more malt flavors than Union Jack. A little alcohol to finish.

M. Medium bodied with a nice hop kick. Light carbonation.

D. Very drinkable for over 9% abv. I could finish enough of these to put me the hospital.

Overall a great beer. One of my favorites.

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Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystalline orange, super high clarity. Two fingers width of fluffy, sticky foam on the second pour. Sticky lace hangs in sheets inside the glass. The head settles down to a skim after a few minutes.

Amazingly pungent citrus aroma, grapefruit flesh and bitter peels, candied orange. Resiny, leafy, and green. Extremely fresh and lush.

Flavors of pure grapefruit, woody/earthy malts, and a wisp of alcohol in the middle. Very resiny, sticky, and bitter. Aftertaste of grapefruit and orange peel. Medium bodied, even carbonation. Some green grassiness lingers in the finish. Very smooth, not syrupy but a bit sticky. Dank!

This is a quintessential West Coast DIPA... purely awesome.

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Photo of biggred1
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jeff for the unsolicited free bottle for no reason other than being a cool human being.

Clear, light amber with a big soapy ivory colored head of lather that leaves plenty of fine lace on the glass. The aroma is much like sticking your nose in a bag of Amarillo and Centennial hop pellets, fresh resinous and citrus hop character with sweet caramel maltiness. Delicious, and hoppy with a freshness not often found in a bottle of beer but only in fresh draft in my experience. The malty backbone is nearly perfect in balancing the sap like hop resin with caramel cube sweetness. Medium full bodied with smooth carbonation. As good if not better than the more sought after hard to get "whale" DIPAs out there. World class.

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

22 ounce poured into a snifter. Thanks to SanFranJake for this opportunity!

A: Pours a light copper color with a one finger head and some lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling hops abound in this beer. Fruity and floral varieties. Peach, apricot, oranges, and more! No malts to speak of. There is a hint of alcohol. Very inviting smell!!

T: Malts are present in the taste, but balanced nicely by the abundance of bitter hops. Alcohol is apparent.

M: Medium to full bodied with plentiful carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a very solid DIPA. It has a very inviting smell, great flavors, and very good balance. I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

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

A- A beautifully cleared orange amber with ample carbonation bubbles continuing long after the foamy white head recedes.

S- A sticky floral explosion of hops and an underlying sweetness rounds out the nose very well.

T- Initially very hoppy and super fresh hops coat your tongue in warm brine that only the best of double ipas can do.

The beer is a huge inspiration to me as a home brewer and a pleasure to drink. I shared this fine beer with Beerformussel. We were not disappointed. Truly a fresh thirst quenching brew with a slight alcohol burn.

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

Pours a deep, clear orange with a huge rocky white head that linger and laces.

Smells of sweet, floral grapefruit and pine with notes of lighter fruit, apple, and some earthy wood quality. Hint of malt sweetness are also present. Different and interesting aroma.

Taste is up front grape/stone fruit that goes into a pine/tropical fruit middle before ending on a bitter kick that has more tropical fruit notes along with grape, apple, peach, floral, and just a tiny hint of barrel, that comes across as earthy. So interesting and tasty! This is a top tier DIPA no doubt about it.

Medium to lighter body with medium carbonation. Light, smooth, and easy to drink. The alcohol is present but balanced.

I'm really impressed with this beer, then again, FW has yet to not impress me. A great, different DIPA.

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Photo of JordanPhraczek
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap in a Dogfish Head glass at Gulu Gulu Cafe' in Salem, MA.

A - Super fast moving bubbles, the bubbles move so fast it is almost like champagne. Two finger soapy-textured foam head at first with high retention but then it gives way to a light retention quarter-finger head after a few minutes, although the head never goes away completely. True golden color. Clean, clear look with a clean looking lace.

S - Orange, tangerine, and alcohol. Pinnacle of hop flavor has cream soda aroma and pierces the nostrils while you drink it. Does not have a harsh smell upfront, but again, once the beer is sipped the hop aroma is stinging.

T - Sour taste with hops that can really wreck the palate. Tangerine-alcohol hop flavor, with not as much of a cracker malt taste as regular jack. Much denser hop profile than regular Union Jack.

M - Swished mouthfeel turns the beer into a velvet hop froth. Exceptional mouthfeel. Medium body with a creamy feeling going down. Very nice smoothness for an imperial IPA.

O - West Coast Double with a nice smoothness. Great sour taste with a big alcoholic punch. Much less English style flavor than a regular Jack. My favorite so far from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of suspect
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Crystal clear deep golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a thick 2 finger rocky cream colored head that fades so slowly and leads big thick sticky lacing through the entire length of the session.

S: Big hop profile mixed with plenty of malt to make things interesting.

T: Smooth balanced flavors start off with hops and end with malts. Like all good DIPAs should.

M: Thick, big bodied beer. Perfectly carbonated.

O: A really well done DIPA. Beautiful flavors, nice aroma, good head retention. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of pburland23
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beers pours a clear, coppery orange color with a finger or so of white head. Good head retention and magnificent lacing, thick and lustrous.

Smell is citrusy, grapefruit, tangerine. There a slight funky mustiness from the hops. Really, really nice smelling glass of beer.

Taste is similarly citrusy thanks to the hops. Grapefruit flavor is very much in the forefront of each sip followed by some biscuity malt and a touch of well placed hops bitterness. A complex and well balanced tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. The 9.5% abv is well veiled. Not noticeable at all. Overall, a well balanced and delicious DIPA from Firestone Walker. I'm excited to have them distributing in Pennsylvania now and look forward to more Double Jack in my future.

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

Pours a crystal clear, medium golden color with a short, off-white head. The head lingers no more than average time. Big pine resin bouquet with intermittently emerging citrus notes. The beer has an oily moutfhfeel. Pine flavor comes through immediately, but light-roasted barley malt breaks through to create a not-so-well balanced, but very well-engineered DIPA.

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

Appearance: Pours vivid, dark orange color. Pours with a good amount of head with good lacing. Pours a good looking beer, dudes and ettes!

Smell: Hops, citrus (grapfruit?), and a piney earthiness. There is also a hint of sweet malt in there somewhere. Got me stoked about drinking this. There is also a very large pineapple scent that balances the intense hoppiness.

Taste: Alcohol is faintly recognizable in finish. Green apple, grapefruit, sweet malt, earthiness, and hops (of course). Definitely hop focused. I catch a bit of a dry hop in the distance that sort of acts as a reminder (amidst all the other flavors) of why we drink DIPAs-- for the hops fools! Some have complained of a lack of balance. I didn't get that in this particular case; well balanced I thought-- especially with the balance of a very citrusy, pineapple-like flavor. Brilliant!

Mouth: Medium bodied with even carbonation. Quite lively. Spot on for the style.

Overall: I'd say that its slightly less good than the hype, but, dude, it really is a killer beer. I would have liked to seen a stronger presence of the sweeter and earthier tones to balance the hops even more. I think thats the difference between really really good and masterful. I will drink this again FOR SURE whenever its to be found. One of my current favorites. I think its every bit as good as Ale Mucho Hoppo from Charleville!

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

Pours a light golden color.

This has a fantastic bouquet of pine and grapefruit. Very floral. Some sweetness, a little chew, a touch of pine. It’s amazingly light and quaffable for a strong DIPA, deliciously so. Called “the nectar of the gods” by someone who took a sip, and I’m borrowing that phrase because it’s so apt. Wow.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Glowing orange amber hue. Not murky. The color is quite enticing. An off white head appears then dies off a bit leaving some thinnish lace on the glass. Looks juicy, hard to explain why, but some of my favorite IPA/DIPAs have this character. This is one of them.

S-Ripe and juicy citrus fruitiness kicks it off. The aroma is quite powerful seeing that once I opened the bottle the aroma flowed from the bottle immediately and stunk up the area around me. Dank hop profile. Smells of pine, hop oils, and resin as well. Great scent here, makes me even more excited because this is the spectrum of DIPA I enjoy perhaps the most.

T-Exactly what I was hoping for. Absolutely luscious and juicy citrus hop flavor.Great tropical fruity notes here as well which I absolutely love. Dank is not my favorite word but it describes this one quite well. Just a very concentrated taste that keeps me wanting more and more. The beer has a great hop profile but maintains and excellent balance between bitter and sweet. Nice caramel maltiness keeps the hop attack in check to a degree. Has some nice bitterness but is not exceptionally bitter. Taste lasts.

M-Oily and resinous which is a necessity for a high rating on a DIPA in my opinion. Medium bodied. Love the stickiness that I get here.

O/D-Where is the 9.5% alcohol? I cannot taste it. Incredibly drinkable. Overall, I am very happy with this one. It came at a relatively cheap price, and my goodness that is a nice taste. Definitely up there with some of the better DIPAs I have tried. Fits my tastes as well. Meets my expectations and then some. Try this if you can.

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

Poured a crystal clear golden-orange color from a 22 oz bomber with a nice one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is all that you could ever want in an I-IPA; citrus, pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit with hints of sweet alcohol and some caramel. It was like an explosion of a tropical fruit punch.
Taste is akin to the aroma, sharp and bitter up front with the malts making their presence felt towards the middle and the finish. Hints of tartness along with the bitterness that are balanced really well with hints of sweetness. Literally makes all the taste-buds feel alive. This is perhaps the most well-balanced I-IPA that I have had to date.
Very good mouthfeel and drinks like a 5-6% beer. Does not feel like a big beer whatsoever.
Overall, this is one of the best I-IPA's out there, period!
Very highly recommended.

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

A - Golden Goodness

S - fresh hops sifting up...bit of pine & citrus mix

T - Great! Well balanced and too easy to drink. A perfect DIPA

M - Creamy smooth. Out of a snifter, was gone before I knew it. Very, very enjoyable.

0 - Worth getting again, and again, and again...

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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 jnn4v
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey colored golden orange with a decent amount of foamy pale yellow / off-white head. No sediment or haze.

S: Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, honey, tropical fruit hard candy. A bit of pungent herbal or even "catty" scents as well. Lots O' Hops.

T: Matches up nicely to the scent. All of those bitter and citrusy, juicy hops along with a seriously dense and sweet malt base. Hops, then malt, then a blend of balanced flavors, followed by a lingering resiny hop bitterness.

M: Very good DIPA texture and density. Thick, but not syrupy. Good amount of carbonation with medium-sized bubbles.

O: maybe it was the fact that there haven't been any other good DIPAs released in the past month or two here, or maybe it was that the preceding beverage was "only" a pale ale, but whatever the reason, this is a standout beer. One of the better DIPAs I've had. Snag it if you can experience it as fresh as this was.

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

Purchased from the brewery in Paso Robles. I fell in love with this hard core Double IPA at the first taste.

A- Super light amber with a small bubble stark white head that lingers along the edges with residue in the middle creating cool images of temptation.

S- Honey, Hops, roses, and a bit of spice. A beautiful balance of malt and hops that invites you to move to the next step...the taste.

T- This lingers along the side of the tongue which is suprising. The sweet grass hops matches the malt and covers the top of the palate. The heat is a nice addition to the flavor. But, I enjoy a bit of heat with my liquid bread.

M- Full bodied and nicely matched to the color, aroma, and flavor.

D- I look at the bottle and it inspires me to a suprising level of creativity. I'm glad to have picked up a few more for myself than I normally would have, to include grabbing a couple for a buddy. Another Home Run for Firestone!!!

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

On-draft at the Toronado, served in a tulip glass.

A: A nice, tight head floats atop a ludicrously clear deep, DEEP copper liquid - the kind of beer that looks appetizing in the glass.

S: I got a slightly toasted caramel sweetness with some floral hops, some warm spice and citrus bitterness underneath a strong cinnamon-apple note - amazing and inviting.

T: WOW - apples apples apples, cinnamon apples, but sweet and light. Awesome, totally unexpected, and damn good. A bit cidery, with some maple syrup but decidedly NOT syrupy. Fresh, clean, and tasty.

M: Very nice. Creamy, smooth, mildly thick but not syrupy. It works well to support the flavors.

D: Not super sessionable, but so flavorful and awesome you want more.

I'm extremely glad I was able to have this while in SF. Highly recommended, but if you are looking for a DIPA you may be disappointed. Unique and amazing.

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

On Tap at Deep Ellum

A - Clear golden color with a foamy white head

S - Citrus is the big player here. Bright and refreshing. An eye opener

T - Super pine citrus hop thing but its so balanced against he malts its really impressive

M - Not much alcohol, smooth and drinkable but tastes so good it slows ya down

O - Very good imperial its an achievement to have something that weighs in above 9 percent to be so damn drinkable.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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