Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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Photo of delta490
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a clear lighter amber with a big creamy white head. Head has great retention and leaves nice lacing.

S-aroma is light pine and floral hops with some subtle caramel notes

T- the taste mirrors the aroma. It is a great blend of the pine hops and light bread and caramel notes from the malt. It's not a big hop bomb, but it has considerable depth.

M- has a great full fulling on the palate but not so heavy. Nice clean finish

O- a great, well-crafted DIPA.

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Photo of Seanem44
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber with a thick rich white foamy head.

S: Pine, hops and fruits. Very good smell. Up there with the upper tier IPAs.

T: Very good taste. Pine and earthy. Slight taste of alcohol.

M: Thick, almost like syrup with a touch of fire. Very pleasant.

O: A very good and easy to obtain IPA. It's rated highly for a reason. If you haven't tried it yet and like IPAs, go get some.

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Photo of bld81
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite clear sunshine yellow pour with orange hues around the edges, multiple finger head with thick foamy mounds and rich lacing
S: punched in the nose by great citrus, oranges, grapefruit
T: clean, rich grapefruit, citrus, pine hops with biscuit malt offering, but far from balanced, this a hop assault all the way
M: more dense and thick than expected, alcohol bite, clean peppery finish
O: outstanding DIPA, smell is among the best of any offering for this style, now, if only I could find this as 4x12oz...

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Photo of OregonHopmonster
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Belmont Station poured into a Sam Smith imperial pint

Head is vibrantly white but does not last even though it has a fine bead. Color is crystal clear tarnished gold, surprising both because I expected some haze on an IPA of this heft as well as a little fuller color.

Aroma is all citrus- tangelo, orange, grapefruit and candy sugar

Flavor starts out innocently enough as a crisp IPA but quickly moves to the big, sticky San Diego Style with the same notes I found in the aroma. Only fault here is it has a little too much residual sugar for my taste. Still this is tasty as hell and the candied hop finish is like the Energizer bunny- it keeps going and going and going.

Overall, and I know some will find this sacrilegious, at 9.5% this slots nicely between Russian River's 8.0% Pliny the Elder and 11.0% Pliny the Younger. I'd like to see Firestone Walker to a Triple Jack!

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Photo of Fastmedic
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best double IPA’s ive had. I’d say it is just a hair better than the Dogfish 90 Minute.
Clear medium orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head.
HOPs: floral, citrus. But there is a slight sweet taste there that i enjoy. Great Carbonation. The aftertaste is enjoyable and lasting, not overly bitter.

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Photo of ianmatth
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light red. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Citrus, pine, and some spice, malt as well

T - Good malty flavor. Heavier than most West Coast IPAs, but lighter than Dogfish Head 90. Good hop flavor as well, the hops probably cut through a little bit more than Dogfish Head 90.

M - Solid malty body, not as light as most West Coast IPAs, but lighter than Dogfish Head 90.

O - A great DIPA. Even though they are out of CA, I would consider this more of an East Coast style IPA.

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Photo of aval89
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a bright honey color.. clear body.. managed about a 1.5 finger of head..

S: tropical fruits mixed with citrus fruits.. fresh tangerine, some peach, mango, grapefruit, papaya.. along with the hop overload there's slight maltiness with a slight booze detection..

T: again with the hop overload upfront.. big tropical fruits with more citrus. It is backed with a good malt backbone though.. some biscuity malts with slight caramel.. big resiny finish with a touch of pine.. pretty good balance unlike the nose.. slight booze detection on the finish but no warming sensation.. 9.5% abv is scary hidden

Mf: nice medium body with great carbonation..

Overall: a definite winner!

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

I poured this 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass. No freshness dating apparent.

A: clear honey gold color, pours a wicked creamy 3-finger head that slowly falls into an excellent cap with excellent lacing.

S: decadent. Orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange blossom honey, and underneath all of that loveliness is a caramel and biscuit malt base that more than holds it's own against the assertive fruity hops.

T: tastes as good as it smells, with loads of citrus and honey up front, an earthy, woodsy, floral and resinous middle, and a nicely bitter finish that shows off some herbal and pine hops. One extremely well put together DIPA.

M: medium bodied, silky to somewhat oily texture, moderate to plentiful carbonation.

O: This will definitely be a go-to DIPA in the future. If you love citrus-inspired DIPAs as I do, try this beer.

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

I was really excited to see this in my local store. Either I had missed or they just got it. I had tried the Jack on tap at Max's at loved it.

Smell is pretty good. The taste left a little to be desired for me compared to the Jack, but still very good. I felt like I was getting more piney hop smell and taste with the Jack, which I like.

I would seek this out, although I think I might like the Jack more.

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

Undated bomber into a snifter. Smells like sunshine- pineapple, grapefruit with a little wheat and a funky sourness in the background that I can't quite identify. Nearly clear gold with a frothy white head that leaves big looping lace.

Wow- this is incredibly juicy and sweet. The finish dries up a bit with some bitterness. Alcohol stays incredibly well-hidden. Mouthfeel is slick without being sticky. The complexity of this beer encourages me to take my time, but it's not overbearing at all. Would guess that this bottle is not incredibly fresh, and I'm sure this beer is even better when it is.

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Photo of fx20736
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4 pack from Beers of the World; Jan, 2016. Served at fridge temp in a Duvel tulip.

Look: Hazy peach, white head, nice lacing

Smell: candied citrus, yum

Taste: orange marmalade, caramel-sweet backbone

Feel: creamy, soft, smooth

Overall: fantastic beer

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

Jeffo brought over the Union Jack and a Double Jack to have side by side. What a treat. Thanks, Jeff.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Identical to the Union Jack so it looks somewhere between dark golden yellow and copper. Very clear. Even after a fairly hard pour only one finger of foam that goes away quickly. What's left looks like an English style ale. Nice.

Smell is also identical like the Union Jack so it smells like a classic West Coast IPA. Bits of pine, citrus, caramel and a truck load of hop.

Taste is different frm the Union Jack. It doesn't have that initial sweetnes. Pine, citrus and caramel present here as well. There is more bitternes and a bit of an alcohol bite in the end.

Medium body, good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall a very solid DIPA. Loved it. Having it next to the Union Jack I'd say the Union Jack was the winner of the night. It was an overall easier to drink. Still I'd have me some Double Jack any day!
Thanks for the hook up, Jeffo!

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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 titosupertramp
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alexsess for sending this in a recent trade.

A: Golden orange color. About two fingers of foamy white head. Leaves a thin film with large bubbles around the edges.

S: Big aroma of citrus, grapefruit, a little pine, a little floral. Maybe a honey tint here as well. Smells great.

T: Citrus and pine flavors are what I notice first...floral notes come in a little later. There's a candi sugar bite to this, but I could be mistaking it for something else. Good bitterness throughout..sweetness from the malts towards the end...residual bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Oily and slick. Fairly dry finish.

D: The 9.5%ABV never showed itself during the writing of this review. Delicious beer that goes down easy.

Alex, thank you for including this. It's been a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of TexasBeerGuy
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a really nice, golden orange/copper color with a slighty off-white head. Lacing is thin, but sticks nicely to the glass.

S - Lots of citrus, grapefruit and tangerine. I also get just a hint of pineapple, then you're hit with the the piney, hop aroma. The malts add a really nice, sweet aroma to balance this. I really dig the smell.

T - Wow. Great citrus, tropical and piney flavors balanced with sweet, caramel malt. It's definitely hoppy, but the malts in the middle balance this out so well. It's delicious.

M - Medium carbonation. Surprisingly dry and crisp for a DIPA with a little heat on the finish. There's just a little resiny taste that lingers. Just not at all what I'm used to from a DIPA, and I really enjoy it.

O - An incredible DIPA. The hops and malts are balanced incredibly well, and the alcohol is well hidden. You get a DIPA with delicious flavors that doesn't destroy your palate. This beer deserves recognition as one of the best DIPAs out there.

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Photo of adam42381
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a goblet. No freshness info on bottle. I suspect that it was rubbed off.

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden-amber color with yellow-orange highlights and a 2 finger fluffy eggshell head. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus with a touch of pineapple and grapefruit and hints caramel and candied malts. There's just a whiff of alcohol in the aroma. Smells delicious.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit and caramel malt up front followed by resinous piney hops and a mild candied sweetness in the middle before ending with lemon zest and pine at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter with a touch of sweet citrus and is quite long-lasting. The alcohol is subdued and just creeps through at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The tongue gets coated with hop oils which leave a sort of film which, in this case, is a good thing.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. I'm savoring this one and will have no problem finishing the bomber.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I'd love to try one that I know is fresh to be able to see if I missed anything. I found this one to be great, so if it gets better than this you're in for a real treat. Try it.

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

Bomber Poured into a mug.

Appearance - Light coppery orange, 2 finger very light tan head that recedes decently fast and leaves a moderately thin layer on top, lacing is impressive.

Smell - From the second i cracked it i was met with massive citrus piny hops. Very enticing.

Taste - Piny delicious bitter Hops followed by a tiny alcohol bite, then sweet aftertaste. It's incredibly drinkable for 9.5%, it goes down just as easily as anything.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation, feels a bit heavy.

Overall - Pretty delicious, well worth it. Will get again at some point.

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

215th review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- An amazing color. Was a dark orange almost like a slight used penny. A puffy three finger head. Lacing sticks all over this glass.

Smell- Grandiose citrus lending itself to a tropical pine thing. Wasnt as tropical as Sculpin but not as piney as Pliny. Was a hell of a thing, with a precise mix of hops in there.

Taste- A very unique fruit combo going on in my glass. The full flavors are lending themselves to a tropical note and the hops come into play on the back end leave a spicy oily resin on the palate.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low carb and smooth feel for a DIPA. Has an oily finish that wants more in the glass. Damn I wish I bought 2.

Drink- This was great. Heard a lot of noise about it and I didn't want to be let down. So glad I wasn't a very great DIPA

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

22oz bottle (bottled 10/10/2011) poured into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous, crystal-clear amber color with effervescent carbonation and a fluffy white head. A beautiful beer to behold. Among the best-carbed IPAs I've ever seen.

Aroma is tropical grapefruity citrus, cool pine, sticky hop resin. Smells wonderfully fresh and clean.

Taste is perfectly balanced. The solid malt presence is tempered by copious bitter and aromatic hops. Even the high alcohol works with the other ingredients as a flavor enhancer. Everything works together in harmony. This is a luxurious, well-crafted beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean; sticky, chewy, a little oily.

Overall, when fresh this is an outstanding, world-class DIPA. But I imagine that even a few weeks past its prime this beer could slide quickly downhill into caramel malt bomb territory. There's just too much malt and too much hops to keep this perfect balance for long.

This is truly a double IPA in every sense.

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

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

A- Crystal clear bright orange with a two finger white head. Some alcohol legs and amazing retention. A beautiful IPA.

S- Pungent citrus fruits up front, a lot of grapefruit and magoes as well as a dash of pine. A somewhat sweet maltiness as well. Tiny bit of alcohol.

T- A good bit of bitterness. A citrus tropic hop profile consisting of pineapple, mango, peach and mostly grapefruit. A sweet malt backbone. No to little alcohol taste. A very well made and well blended DIPA.

M- This beer leaves behind a lot of bitterness. The aftertaste is bitter and fruity. It's slightly warming. Not too bad of a drinker for 9.5%

O- A world class DIPA, a perfect representation of the style and all of its glory.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear copper-amber with a head of bone white soft foam that fell gracefully to some really gorgeous lace. The entire inside of the glass is coated with fine white lace. Beautiful! Nose is tantalizing. Tropical fruits, tangerine, melon, doughy malt, nutty, grass and floral with a tad bit of spice in back. Alcohol doesn’t come to the nose at all. Smells clean and vibrant. You could describe the nose as glowing it’s so animated. Taste follows the nose. You are greeted with oily hop resins and bitter, those delicious fruits all juicy and some nutty flavor from the strong caramel malt that has more bread than you think. Finishes dry with good bitter, earth and dank.

This was one of the most artful west coast DIPA’s I’ve had. Everything in balance and playing off one another. Bitter like crazy but not offensive. Fruits were so juicy up against the alcohol dryness and hop bitter. Alcohol is a little bit on the palate but it belongs there. You are left with the sweet taste of pine like a gracious afterthought. Smooth, really smooth. Original, strapping, unconfined.

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

On tap at the Oregon Brewers Festival. Pours a beautiful clear amber with a thick, rocky head that rapdily dissipates. The smell is uncommon for a DIPA: you get the stereotypical pine/citrus notes, but you also get a peach/vanilla smell that doesn't show up much in this style. Mouthfeel is classic: medium-bodied with a just-so level of carbonation. The taste starts with the blend of its Union Jack cousin: floral hops with peach and light caramel. Then Double Jack flashes its DIPA bona fides with strong pine and lemon peel with a dry hop smack to the tonsils. A great beer that shows that a display of hop athleticism can coexist with more subtle and complex flavors. A class act.

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

Intro: 22 oz. bottle. Served in a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Medium copper color with an off-white abundant head that is 2 fingers thick, with a creamy texture. Lacing is acceptable and persistent. Clarity is clear.

Smell: Usual array of hops and citrus smell. It has a malty background which is refreshing. Smells very balanced and appealing.

Taste: Great taste. One of the best features of this beer. It’s smooth, balanced, but yet hoppy. It’s a very inviting taste that makes you come back for more.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Doesn’t seem to have that hop oil resiny mouthfeel that’s normally associated with DIPA’s. Overall, a very balanced profile that leaves the mouth clean.

Overall: Very enjoyable brew. I have to travel to get this but I make a point to always have plenty on hand. This is one of my top 5 DIPA’s. If you can find it, it’s worth the effort.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated 08/13/12 into a 16 oz. tulip glass.

appearance: 1 inch tall pure white head that persists and leaves some lacing. Beautiful deep golden orange with near brilliant clarity.

aroma: Huge citrusy, piney hops with a touch of fresh-cut grass. Notes of tangerine and grapefruit. Very faint malt sweetness in the background.

flavor: Loads of rich hop flavor that manages to be citrusy, piny and resinous all at the same time. Hops are followed by subtle bready malt with a touch of honey that finishes moderately dry. Balance is definitely to the hops, but the bitterness is not overpowering and the malt supports it well. Hop flavor is complex and well-rounded and is clearly the highlight of the beer.

mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation. Leaves a lingering hop flavor on your tongue with no hop-derived astringency. There's a touch of alcohol warmth but it blends in well, the 9.5% abv is fairly well-hidden here.

overall: a very well-crafted double IPA that's probably in my top 5 for the style. Definitely makes me want to seek out more.

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

Purchased a bottle at K & E Beverage in New Paltz on 4/9/11 - cost me $13.49 for the double deuce. No freshness dating. Consumed on 4/29/11. . . .

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear, golden-orange in color with a 1+ finger of white foam on top. The head recedes fairly quickly, but leaves behind sticky patches of lace.

S: Nose is real nice - citrus (grapefruit), tropical fruit, bubblegum (I think - though as it warms I find myself thinking of honey more) and a hint of sweet caramel or toffee.

T: Very solid malt foundation here - caramel malt, toffee, and bready (toasted bread) at times. Hops range from citrusy grapefruit to tropical fruit and finish with a lingering slightly piney bitterness on the back of the palate. Up front of the mouth, however, there's plenty of lingering sweetness. This DIPA is more about balance than an in-your-face bitter hop assault. My preference would be for the bittering hops to be a bit stronger, but that's just my preference. I can't really complain with the overall result.

M: Definitely a heavyweight. A tad bit oily and some oily slickness fights the carbonation. Smooth though.

O: I like. If memory serves me correctly (it has been quite some time), this reminds me a bit of Middle Ages X Anniversary. I'll have to pull up that (ancient) review and do a "compare and contrast." Now that I think of it, this also reminds me of Stoudt's DIPA, in both color and sweetness.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,382 ratings.
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