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 DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Double Jack, on tap at Shorty's, NYC.

Appearance: Served in an Unibroue snifter, the Double comes with a perfect one-finger head, smoky topaz color, slightly transparent. Remarkable retention and lacing- head remains for a while.

Smell: Unusual and enticing strawberry aroma, like the wild berries at Stone Barns- that fruity sweetness is strange but delicious. After the berries come the hops, citrusy, bright and tropical.

Taste: Malty, boozy, heavy. Quite a change from the light, airy and summery nose! Dry, spicy and peppery at the end of the sip. Reminds me of exotic spices from the Middle East. Pine and resin, Assateague Island. Some sweetness, but far from the sugar-fruity aromas displayed in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Oily, piney, hop-forward. Medium to full body and flavor, full carbonation.

Overall: Rating goes up because of the stunning drinkability. ABV is not evident. Double Jack is a bit of a one-dimensional take on the DIPA style; iit will not shatter the canon, but it works fine. I think I would take the single Union Jack over Double Jack for a nice IPA session…

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Memphis Taproom no repeat week. Poured into a snifter. Amber colored with a decent inch thick off white heading. Very intense floral aroma's, not very boozy.Full bodied with good retention.Decent citrus finish.

Not an all out assault or anything just a nice IIPA.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: out of the bottle is not too different from on tap, head was a bout a finger thick. Body is very pale orange and clear.
S: a soft blend of pine and grapefruit, with some malt.
T: a good blend between pine, grapevruit and a light floral flavor. Malt is sweet but does not over power the hops, just enough to barely balance out the beer.
M: oddly clean for a dipa, the hop flavor is more coating than the actual beer alone.
O: a great dipa, just piny enough but not too much grapefruit either.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a HotD tulip on 6/3/11.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipates leaving a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. I would have like to have seen a darker color with more orange and red tones but the head is nice.

Smells of a rich and sweet malt backbone, maple and carmel. The hops are a nice mix of grapefruit and pine. The smells were unexpected. This has a very strong malt sweetness to it that almost seems to be the centerpiece to this brew until the hops slaps you in the face. NIcely balanced up front with a solid dose of hops.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of sweet malts carmel, and some alcohol but then a nice pine slap in the face with hints of grapefruit. Nice taste but the booze is knocking it down a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium in weight with little bitter bite. There is some alcohol burn. NIce pine resin after taste.

Overall this is a good beer. Is there better? Yea but this is a great beer. It takes hits for the yellow color and some booze smell and taste but overall I recommend this brew.

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The smell definitely reminds me of Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA with that very fruity slick hop smell with sweetness in there as well. It just smells fantastic though with the tropical fruity cake just beaming off the hops and malts they use. It has a thick mouth feel with that fruitiness and piney hop flavors just smacking you in the face and then leaving you with some citric herbal piney bitterness. The alcohol comes through on the swallow not in taste but in feel more than anything. The sweetness I'd account to the very tropical fruity hops and the sweet malts they use.

I like that there is a malt taste in here that really reminds me of Dogfish Head 90 minute. All around this could fool me for a Dogfish Head beer actually. Some people say this doesn't have that much bitterness and yeah in comparison to others its not a bitter bomb but it does hold its own and backs up the hop flavors with that citric herbal and piney bitterness that we all love. Is it the best Imperial IPA ever? I'd say this, Dogifish Head 90 Minute and Hop Stoopid are some of the best I've had. This highly holds up to every Imperial in the style and maybe even ties for my favorite ever.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Victory tulip glass. Bottle dated 3/14/11, purchased a few weeks ago at Pinocchion's in Media, PA.

A: Nice deep orange/amber color. Nice two finger eggshell white head. Nice carbonation. Nice alcohol legs on the glass. Lacing is solid.

S: I get great grapefruit and citrus hop aroma. Maybe some pineappliness? Really fruity. Can't wait to dig in.

T: Wow, this is a really solid DIPA. From the tip of the tongue to back of mouth: crisp hop bitterness to a smooth maltiness and the carbonation helps to clean the palate off at the end. Had on tap before and think out of the bottle is better? Strange, but good.

M: Medium bodied DIPA. Sticks around for a while.

O: A really really solid DIPA. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and would buy again. Stacks up strongly against the other West Coasters that are high on my list. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of JosiahS
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured a golden-honey color, very clear. Eye-catching carbonation and impressive frothy white head.

The aroma carries a wonderful mix of pine, lemon rind, pepper, papaya, mango and underlying bread-like malts.

The taste involves pineapple, papaya and pine but moves on to grapefruit and lemon, finishing mildly bitter with flavors of toast bread and more pine.

The body is slick and velvety in the mouth but has a fair amount of carbonation that adds a zip to the feel.

Overall, this is yet another great DIPA that can hold it's own against the over-hyped beers in it's class.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - Super clear orange/coppery color with a 1-finger head that dissipated quickly. I can hardly see any C02 bubbles, just a little bit, and no lacing was left on my glass.

S - Lots of Tangerine, orange, pineapple and rind like notes. I also pick up a bit of brown sugar and a spicy quality as well. Not much else going on here. A bit of alcohol and pine as it warmed.

T - Upfront I get a combination of pine, alcohol and sweetness. As it unfolds a bit in my mouth I get lots of rind, and cloying bitterness. It finishes with a bit of tangerine and orange fruits but it's masked a little more than I would have liked by a dry, bitter punch. I can hardly pick up any malts other than some sweetness and a touch of toast.

M - Smooth and full-bodied. No crispness at all really.

O - Overall I thought this beer was more bitter than anything else, which is good for a DIPA but for me it can get a little boring. I thought it could of used a bit more fruity hop flavors, as well as a little more toasty, grainy malt. Other than that I think it looked good and smelled great, so I say give it a try for sure. Cheers!

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Photo of vandemonian
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Double Jack is a nice double IPA, which produces a world class aroma.

A: Nice orange colour and a 2 cm head that fades to decetngood lacing. 4

S: I could smell it from 2 feet away: a wonderful, sweet, citrus-hop aroma. 5

T: It has a sharp, tangy orange flavour with noticable alcohol. The aftertaste is not particularly bitter for a double IPA. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: This is a nice DIPA. 4

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

A-Honey gold, with billowy white head, very clear.

S- Citrusy and grassy hops, a bit of honey on the nose, as well. Some spiciness from the alcohol sneaks in, but not in a bad way at all. Just gorgeous.

T- A mouthfull of citrusy hops, very fresh and clean tasting. The bitterness is restrained by a malty sweetness and faint alcohol burn. The bitterness is never harsh or unpleasant. Absolutely delicious, and dangerously drinkable.

M-the carbonation is mild, and the body is rich and slightly viscous.

0- This is a fantastic DIPA, easily one of the best I've had in a long time, and it deserves a lot of respect, but not so much that I can't find it when I want it. A beautiful beer.

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

Appearance: Light golden brown, one finger white head that dissipates quick and leaves good lacing

Smell: Piney, citrusy, grapefruit hops

Taste: More grapefruit, with a good load of bitterness and resiny pine. Some more citrus in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation, dry finish

Overall: An excellent double IPA. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, map room - chicago

appearance: served in a chalice, bright orange-amber body, strong beige foam, glows in the moonlight

smell: bright citrus aromas - grapefruit zest, tangerine extract, lemongrass, pine. aromatic and extremely inviting

taste: terrific dipa - powerful waves of bright citrus - grapefruit and tangerine zest, lemon, grassy, lightly bitter pine. I could have consumed this all night but the map room taplist was on fire that night.

mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing, oily and resinous

overall: great

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straight on honey color into my Darkness snifter. A nice white head with scant lacing rests atop. Big citrus, pine and hop on the nose. This smells pretty good. Hop oil coats my tongue with my sip. I really dig on that. Taste is of citrus and hop mixed with a slight crushed aspirin character. I could do without that. The sip cuts pretty dry on the backend. This is a good beer but not overwhelming.

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Photo of match1112
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark amber color with a off white head and no lacing. i could smell this as soon as the top was popped. smelled like christmas morning with big powerful pine hops, hard to pick out but there was some citrus and caramel malts in the nose as well. taste prettty much follows the nose with big pine taste, however there was no indication that this is a 9.5 abv as it was hidden well with the right amount of malts mixed in. went down easy with good carbonation and a dry bitter finish, which is what i expected when i first smelled it. cant wait to have another, i think i might cellar one for a little while to see if the pine calms down and doesnt over power.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Alex (page101) for hooking me up with this on an awesome trade! Beautiful amber-copper pour with two finger head with great retention and excellent lacing. I could smell this from across the room after I poured it. Tons of citrus, most noticeably grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple with a solid caramel malt aroma as well. The head was extremely sweet and creamy on my first sip. The citrus is just as huge in the taste as it was in the smell with some additional pine with a hint of grass. A solid caramel malt backbone balances it out nicely. Excellent mouthfeel with a great creaminess and crisp, dry, bitter hop bite. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. Couple that with the great mouthfeel and you have one hugely drinkable Imperial IPA. Another great beer from one of the most underrated breweries in the country.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, not sure how old it was but maybe a couple months? Nice light orange color, a little lace, short head. Smell was nice but not a super hoppy west coast like I was expecting. It had a touch of alcohol but mostly just had a really balanced smell, a little malt and a little hops. The flavor was very similar, I think I caught a bit of citrus but it was not hop forward at all. the alcohol was noticeable but didn't detract from the flavor. I was actually surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did because I usually only like west coast hop bombs (which this may be when its fresh). Overall this was a nice balanced beer and just reminds me that Firestone Walker makes solid beers.

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Photo of mdr4669
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Very bright orange body with about a finger of frothy off-white head. With thick spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet and citrusy not exactly something you can smell from a mile away, but has very good character.

Taste: Hoppy citrus like characteristics that are well balanced with a malty and bready mid-life, and finishes with a more hops a burn.

MF: Very nice, quite rich in viscosity but still smooth. Very enjoyable.

OA: Excellent amber, heavy in character yet still well balanced.

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Photo of bobhits
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another IPA not bottle dated…honestly what is wrong with these brewers? The bottle cap makes reference to 2010 which makes me a touch worried, but hopefully there’s nothing to worry about here.

Good clarity, not much carbonation, thick creamy white head (looks rather exceptional on the head), and the orange color is on the medium dark side of things. I’m enjoying the look, which is surprising given how flat and dull the beer looked coming out of the bottle.

Amazing nose on this beer sharp citrus notes and sweet caramel malt is certainly present in the back here, but properly subdued.

Wow…alcohol bomb! I would normally save that for the mouth feel, but damn I just got kicked by the 9.5% abv. Hop resin and oil saturate every drop of this beer. This beer takes a much more oily nature than most IPAs. There isn’t a powerful attack of hops at the front of the tongue like a dreadnaught or even hopslam, but instead the malt balances out that hit and the hops seems to almost have a time-released intensity. They bite evenly from start to finish.

Given the 9.5% abv the body here is reasonable, a bit thick and heavy, carbonation starts out well but the weight of this beer doesn’t allow it to last too long. The only real flaw is that the alcohol is just far to in your face. Add in citrus as hell hops and this beer is a huge bastard on the tongue.

Easily one of the best double IPAs I’ve ever had! I am always looking for ways to improve beers so clearly I have a list of flaws here, but I should speak on the good points. Amazingly hoppy and the malt almost works as a way to keep the hops on the tongue longer.

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

Thanks to DoctorB2B for hooking me up with this 22oz bottle.

A-Pours a light amber color with a two finger head and some pretty nice lacing.

S-This beer smells awesome! Citrus fruits, hops and some caramel malts.

T-Grapefruit, Orange, pineapple and hops. The malts even everything out.

M-Slightly over medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Slightly bitter in the end.

O-Very good brew and very drinkable. I put this one down a little too quick. Wish it was available to me.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hauled back from Philly in my suitcase! Thanks to Capone's for the great selection.

Poured into my dfh snifter- pours a transparent amber-orange color, a little head that recedes quickly, not much lacing. visible carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Smell- hardcore citrus, bitter hops, a little sweetness from the malt. Taste- immediate awesome peppery bitterness on the front part of the tongue, followed by nice thick carbonation, ended with a sweet, caramel finish. Incredibly impressive IIPA, very West Coast style. This is just very well made, precise with flavors. Mouthfeel- the carbonation is nice and rich and works well to keep this from being too sweet. Drinkability- for a 9.5%, this drinks incredibly smoothly. Impressive.

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

Pours out a clear slight amber to more yellow but really thin looking. 1/2 finger of suds that leave lots of lacing around the pint glass.
Smell is grapefruit rind and lemon pledge. No alcohol detected in the nose.
Taste is mellow malt and bitter hop. Slight tangerine detected when the sugar hits the side of the tounge but the bitter is the star here. The alcohol is content to sit way in the back. Great mix of flavors that come together at the right time..
Mouthfeel is not sticky at all. Just the dry bitterness that make you reach for another drink.
Overall this is a great beer that I hadn't heard much of. I will be buying all their stuff from my southeast Mo. grocery chain store.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Browsing through Gary's in Portsmouth the other day, found this and their porter. Great finds.
This beer was a golden color with a medium-sized white head and plenty of lace.
Sweet malt aroma. Citrus and piney hops.
Predominately grapefruit taste. Little bit of piney hops. Solid malt background.
Very well-balanced beer. Alcohol not at all noticeable.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice head, white, foamy, nice lacing, min carb

Smell - Malty, bready, hops, pine some citrus

Taste - Breads, malty, sweet, some citrus, pine and hops

Mouthfeel - Nice volume, bitterness, alcohol

Overall - Nice balanced, enjoyed, alcohol well hidden. this was a fantastic share with SpinkRSX, thanks buddy.

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

First had: on tap at Oakmont National Pub, Havertown, PA

Nice IPA! Poured into a stem glass, a clear golden with brown shadows, moderately carbonated, with a half finger of creamy white head that receded to a thin layer eventually, and left some nice lacing. Great head for an IPA. Big citrusy hops in the aroma, and not much else noticeable. Big citrus hops in the taste as well, with notes of orange and grapefruit mainly; piney; also a subtle sweet malt background, but it's the hops that are primarily noticeable here. Light-medium mouthfeel, and very very smooth for an imperial IPA. Alcohol is well hidden, boosting the drinkability of this fine quaff even more.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deliciously hoppy ale that highly favors hop flavor and aroma with a candied citrus bitterness that balances the finish.

Pouring a nearly bright medium coper color, steady streams of carbonation build a creamy off-white head with fantastic retention and lace. A classy and appetizing appearance overall.

Candied fruits decorate the nose with citrusy ruby red grapefruit, tangering, pineapple, appricot, and freshly cut grasses- all seemingly dipped in light caramel. Zesty, vibrant, and eye-opening in the hop profile while the malts carry a thinly sweet scent for balance, making it mouth-watering.

Sweet malts have an early impact with the notion of powdered sugar and light caramel taste. Fading at mid palate, the citrusy and tropical hops burst with juicy flavors that have an even fade toward lightly piney/grassy bitterness in finish. Very clean taste with a slight linger of caramel sweetness, but dominated by smooth hop flavor and bitterness.

Medium creaminess early is accentuated by thin malt sweetness and delicate carbonation. The hop flavor ushers in a drying character that only develops into complete dryness as the bitterness commands the taste. An herbal and minty-dry evaporation lingers on the tongue as the crisp hops provide a very clean and dry finish, with only a memory of hop flavor that lingers into the next sip.

A very classy imperial ipa that doesn't overwhelm the senses, making it very drinkable and sociable. So easey and effortless to drink, I nearly made quick work of the glass before givign thought to it's character. I'm going to need much more of this beer!

Thanks bbehr!

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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