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: 7,548
Photo of SweetChicken
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a pint glass

A - Awesome head. Reduced to just covering the ale but beautiful legs on the glass. Great coloring and crystal clear

S- Hits all the right notes. Hop, pine, a hint of citrus. Not in-your-face nose. Soft

T - Freakin solid. Its a little maltier than some other DIPAs I've had. Which is actually a nice departure. Balanced. If your looking for a knock your block of smack of hops, look elsewhere. Would have rated a smidge higher if the ending bitterness didn't linger as long.

M - Outstanding for my tastes. Enough carbonation to tingle the tongue. Dry and not slick at all.

O - Definitely on my list of everyday drinking DIPAs.

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Photo of Hopheadjnr
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into mug.

A...clear golden with a bright white, fluffy head.

S...not as pungent as I would like in a dipa. Some light grapefruit, pine and yeast.

T...sweet, bready malt up front. Turns into a pine resin and finally lets a small amount of hoppy bitterness shows up.

M...feels thick and resign like. Could maybe use a little more carbonation.

o...this is a very pleasant brew. I would like a higher ibu in a dipa but, I would delicately buy this again.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12 oz bottle into Corsendonk chalice.
Pours a bright yellow gold...clear...modest head of different size bubbles.
Aroma of melon rind, rhubarb, hay, candy sugar (though I doubt it's in there), subtle medicinal but this is dated 10/3/12, I'd say a tad beyond it's fresh prime.
Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel.
Flavors of citrus hops, cream of tartar, rich malts, alcohol...lets let this open a few minutes...
OK...8 minutes or so later!...small head, melon rind & hay aroma, rich, full body with lots of hops and significant malts.
I've been drinking this and most FW beers for years...picked up a case of the anniversary in 2007, have had Union Jack on tap, in a 22 oz, and in these little bottles. All in all it's a brilliant hop monster...lots of body and hop richness for a hop head, but enough malt and alcohol to make it stand out. While there's some melon and cream of tartar, the malt and hops balance these like peanut butter with jelly! There's a bold balance that's satisfying.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Brilliantly clear, and medium gold in color. The white head is large and has excellent staying power, but is uneven and frothy.

Smell: A cornucopia of American hops: grapefruit, floral, and grassy notes abound, and are accompanied by a balanced helping of honey. Not as pungent as some IPAs, but a strong and pleasing bouquet.

Taste: A smoky, woodsy flavor creates a sophisticated background for biscuit malt, caramel, and an assortment of American hop flavors. A whisper of dark alcohol is in the finish. Less bright and punchy than some IPAs. Impresses with its uniqueness and balanced complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly chewy, with medium carbonation. The alcohol warming is light, yet noticeable.

Overall: Absolutely delicious. The complex hop combination combines splendidly with the interesting secondary flavors. The alcohol, earthiness, and light sweetness help to create a rich, inviting, one-of-a-kind IPA.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best readily available DIPA's you can find. Nice golden color with outstanding flavor. Really enjoyable brew. Nice up front hop hit on the first taste and so fruity after. Under rated brew IMO. Luv it

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Photo of dexterk1
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting a while to try this one and so glad to do it. Appearance is a nice golden, maybe copper color. Head was substantial and dissipated pretty quickly.
Odor is of pine, citrus as well as other fruitiness.
Taste starts with hops and goes between hops pine and sweet citrus as it continues. A little maltiness as well makes for a very nicely balanced flavor.
Mouth feel is pretty smooth and there is only a slight hint of alcohol. Somewhat light carbonation.
Overall an excellent west coast DIPA. Balanced through out ans complete.

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

This hot dog thang just may be the sleekest son of a gun west of the Mississippi! Hot damnnnn! Wooo doggy! Like Sammity Sam on roids, this bad boi is poppin! Raul is floored like Spinks vs Tyson in the first round! Glorious tropical notes, sleek and sexi on the tongue... It just doesn't stop!

Get it, my children. Get it well and good.

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

Had this in a party keg at a park festival. Quite nice. Beautiful red-orange color with a white head. Nice hop aroma. What is notable about this DIPA is the heavy-duty malt backbone of this beer. You don't really get DIPAs with that nice complex maltiness. I loved it, quite a bit of a departure from current trends. Almost a bit veering towards amber colored. FInished well, good malt stickiness to finish. Pleasant alcohol level. Hops were good and American, classic American hop flavors, citrus, pine, resin, grapefruit-overall classic American flavor.

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

In a tulip glass...

A - clear copper color with a nearly two-finger head. Considerable lacing. Looks pretty standard.

S - Nice piney hop aroma -- borderline cannabis. Citrusy hints.

T - Strong hop flavors, but not overwhelming. Very piney but with some citrus poking through. It's a paradox. The more pine you taste the more the citrus opens up. You sip once and you just want more and more.

M - Medium bodied, with a pleasent stickiness. Just the right amount of carbonation. A definite hop aftertaste, and a dry finish.

An awesome DIPA ... it's only rival I know of now is Myrcennary by O'dell.

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Photo of dank203
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my fave DIPAs. super citrus peel, bitterness, huge malt backbone. this is what I love in an ipa, when that malt backbone shines thru it really reminds me of what the most important ingredient in beer is. Not the hops, but the hops are awesome in here too. so yea great stuff.

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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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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,548 ratings.
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