Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

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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4.28
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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A orange/light gold color with a large white head.

Smell- Has a slight hop and grass smell.

Taste- Lots of hops and dryness with a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Hoppy and finishes very dry.

Oversll- Kind of reminds me of Pliny but I don't really drink thast enough to say for sure. The sweetness prevents this from being just hop juice and for that I am grateful.

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Photo of jwc215
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on-tap at Shannon Rose in Woodbridge, NJ:

Pours copper with a white head with very good retention.

The smell is hop heaven! Great blend of citric, tropical, herbal hops.

The taste of hops shine through - citric, tropical, piney/herbal with a firm malt backbone that gives just enough sweetness to keep the hops giving flavor along with bitterness. Some booze shows in the finish.

This is an AWESOME double IPA. Hop heavenly!

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler pour from DeCicco's, Ardsley, NY.

Clear, lighter honey amber, off white fluffed head, good retention, thick collar, more then ample fine lace and sheeting.

Super fresh citric hop nose, with some melon and honey noted.

Full flavor, loaded with more biting citrus soaked hops, gritty and brightly flavorful.
Honey malts, smooth and adding a sweet nip to the finish.

Perhaps laking the depth of flavor and intensity of the top examples of the style, but this one is no slouch.

Highly enjoyable night capper, hop head's delight, glad to have gotten the chance to enjoy a fresh growler pour of this one.

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

Huge thanks to d0b for sharing this growler with me and my wife. Leaked a tiny bit in transit, but seems to be no worse for wear. Served in a Goose Island pint glass.

A - A finger and a half of off-white foam that dissipated fairly quickly and leaves a fair bit of sticky lacing. Nice transparent golden color. I think it had been on-tap it might've had a little more foam.

S - Lots of sweet citrus and earthy dankness hoppiness that is well balanced lots of toffee and doughy malts.There's also some notes of zest and rind. Big smell - jumps out of the glass.

T - The taste starts sweet with a nice mix of candied sweet orange citrus and piney flavors. I don't get as much of the dankness in the taste as I did in the aroma. There's some nice toffee balance and a decent amount of bitterness in the finish, although I'm shocked that this is supposedly 100 IBU.

M - A little thinner than I like for DIPAs - needs a little more viscosity to support the 9.5% ABV. Carbonation is kind of low, which I would attribute to the leakage in transit, but it doesn't bother me so much as I prefer just the slightest tingle anyway. Lots of residual stickiness in this one.

D - The drinkability is kind of off the chart for a 9.5% brew. You can't taste the booze at all, and the bitterness is under control. It was easy to down two pints of this - wish there was more of this in Chi-town.

Another great FW offering, and another high quality west coast DIPA.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, this beer is much lighter than I was expecting. The beer is a amber-tinted gold color, and it carries a massive, frothy, light, big bubbled 3 inch head that eventually breaks up and settles into a managable half inch film. The beer leaves a great lacing along the glass as the head settles, and also while you drink it. The nose is all fresh hops; spicy and resinous, aromatic and green, the hops smell like they were dumped in by a front-end loader. Buried beneath the green, there are a healthy dose of citrus-grapefruit aromas, as well as a light peppering to balance everything out. Much less malty on the aroma than most DIPAs, which is fine by me. The beer's flavors are round and robust initially, with a healthy showing of smokey malt sweetness and presence, quickly cleaned up by the drying and astringent hops presence, both fresh and floral, with a cedar and fresh-cut grass character that overtakes the palate. Aftertaste is where the citrus notes come back into play, helping to cleanse the palate and balance out the strong hoppy display. The finish is remarkably quick compared to the robustness and amount of flavor profiles, and it only slightly dries the mouth, leaving just enough flavor behind to beg for more. Extremely tasty and hoppy beer. Not for the weak of tongue.

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Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear medium golden/amber. With a half inch of white head. Good drink-by-drink step lacing at first then dies down a little. Okay head retention.

S- Bubblegum, citrusy hops.

T- Citrus and pine. Very apparent alcohol, mellowing. "Oh yeah, this is a good one."

M- Smooth.

D/O- Out of this world drinkability for a DIPA. This is the type of double IPA, along with the likes of Maharaja, that I like because the alcohol isn't so well hidden. First Firestone Walker, thanks PTMcB.

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

Pours a clear, golden color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops (grapefruit), slight floral hops, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, hint of wet hops, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, no one aspect surges but, the beer on a whole is great. Good appearance, aroma, blend, body, and mouth feel. For an almost 10% the alcohol is very well hidden in flavor, but the warming-effect is very noticeable. Also, the mouth feel is refreshingly smooth for such a strong ABV.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe. Thanks! This is a want of mine so I'm quite excited about it. Poured into a snifter.

Beer is orange and a little hazy but has a nice white head of small and medium bubbles. Moderate to low carbonation, lacing happens as well. Looks like an IPA.

Aroma is nice, sweet like a tangerine and pretty floral hops. You can find the maltiness in there too. Smells good.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty sweet on the lead off position. The sweetness falls away quickly giving rise to a decent midpalate hop character of tangerine and other citrus hops, some piny-ness but the citrus is the start here. The finish is not too dry and adequately bitter. Easy drinking for a big IPA. I'd have it again.

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Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pretty clear copper in color with a two finger one finger off white head. It continued to bubble the entire time. It smelled very dry, of piny yet overly sweet hops and very sweet malt. The alcohol was right in your face and not well hidden at all. The flavors were a mix of dry, bitter hops with a load of sweet malt. There are a boatload of hops but this is way too sweet for my liking. Where's the balance? It's far too one sided. It tingles the palate and leaves you dry with a sweet malty aftertaste. I'm not impressed. This beer doesn't feature any balance. It's hoppy, so what, the alcohol was distracting. It's not just that it was present, but that is was dominant. I wasn't thrilled by this by any means but I'm glad I finally got to try something from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack appears a gorgeous burnished gold with a two fingered head after a vigorous pour. Nice rings of Brussel's Lace form on the glass as a residue of foam is deposited after each sip.

A fantastic nose of pear, grapefruit, orange rind and pepper emanates from the glass. Notes of pine are in the background as well.

The taste is a menagerie of the aforementioned olfactory delights with a slightly sweet, bready maltiness cutting to the fore at the back of the throat. The pepperiness of this beer is quite unique for a DIPA and works well with the fruitiness/bitterness of the hops - it's exceptionally well balanced.

Mouhtfeel is spot-on for a West Coast DIPA and is neither too slick nor too thin.

Overall I'm really digging this beer as I have every other Firestone Walker libation that has crossed my lips.

Welcome to New Hampshire FW!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a clear light orange amber with a moderate white head and lacing. Hoppy aroma with pineapple and citrus. Not as hop cone intense as some DIPAs. Taste is intense hops up front with light citrus, light fruit, grapefruit and malt. Hops dominate middle and finish. A bit more dry finish than I prefer. A well made DIPA, but I'd like a bit more malt body.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent golden yellow with orange highlights and had a thin frothy head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it had a nice citrusy grapefruit aroma upfront alongside piney, grassy, pleasent hop variety, earthy notes and some good malty sweetness.

T: the hop profile was quite nice on the taste with citrus grapefruit that helped out on the bitterness factor but had caramel, grassy, earhty accents and a good sweet malty backbone to balance out the hop bite.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, grassy hoppy, piney, and bitter finish.

D: really good DIPA that was drinking and tasting great but kinda reminded me of Expo hoppiness.

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange in color with a short 1" head that lingers around a while. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: light pine hop bittereness and caramel sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: big caramel profile with a nicely balancing green apple, grapefruit, pine, and strong hop and biting bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and mildly drying at the finish.

Overall: A nice example of a well constructed DIPA as all flavors compliment each other. Slow sipping and a great beer to split with a friend.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 22oz into a snifter.

Poured a clear orange, with a transient white head. A light film and a tight collar retain atop this. Bright hops and citrus notes in the nose, floral with even a bit of tropical fruit suggestions. Lots of orange and tangerine really. Good malt character, I got a lot of caramel and toffee like sweetness. Taste is similar, chewy orange and tangerine notes with again, some tropical fruit leanings. Lots of malt in a sticky and sweet fashion, sets a good base for this beer. Profile isn't incredibly complex, but it's quite effective. Heavy medium mouthfeel, good chewiness and a moderate bitterness. Not the best freshness on this bottle I'd gather, bit the taste is well retained. I've love to revisit this fresher.

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

Picked up a bomber at Brilbecks in Syracuse. Poured clear gold with a tall white head. The aroma has a perfumey pine resin with a light earthy undertone like lemon seeds. The flavor follows with a building a sweet (at first) grapefruit hit which dries out with floral notes and that same pine resin. I love that this beer is really no heavier than a normal IPA. The hops don't get lost in the malt and the sugar doesn't bog you down. Great DIPA.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a darn fine beer. Bottle version this time.

Clear light amber/gold body. Capped with a dense white foam, clingy. It settles quickly

Two feet away I can smell the hops. Pine mostly, but softened a bit by the tropical fruits. Grapefruit mostly in that area.
Closer nose reveals slight muskiness of malt. Not sweet by any means

The hop profile stops just short of Pine Sol. A resinous feeling comes on, but fades quickly. Soft wood in the middle. Perhaps it's soft/green pine or spruce. Grapefruit and orange zest dance around nicely.

Alcohol is well hidden, although it does serve to thin out the body on the end. Carbonation is perfect methinks.

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

Bottle purchased at Wegmans in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a honey orange/yellow with a half inch head, and a solid amount of lacing.

Smells quite pungent, with tons of pine, and a lesser amount of grapefruit.

One of the piniest IPAs I've ever had, it's exceedingly bitter (in a good way!), with tons of pine resin, hop oil, grass, perfume, and a solid helping of citrusy grapefruit too. But it's mostly pine here. There's a solid malt backbone providing heft behind the hops, with a touch of candied sweetness.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and biting mouthfeel, along with a higher level of carbonation.

A solid DIPA that doesn't get talked about that much, it seems.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 12/15/10. Thanks to Ultraman9000 for this one. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Light to medium orange/amber colour; appears filtered; translucent. One finger of foamy off-white head that stuck around for a while and little to no lacing.

S - Lots of hops up front - bursting with grapefruit, tangerine, peach and tropical fruit. Some light caramel notes add a touch of sweetness but definitely a hop forward DIPA. Fresh and juicy.

T - Citrusy bitter hops are the dominant flavour. Grapefruit really comes through but the other citrus and tropical fruit flavours that were evident in the nose are non-existent in the palate. A sweet caramel backbone is noticeable but is definitely the background flavour here. Definitely a hop-forward DIPA.

M - Medium body, chewy, oily. Lightly carbonated.

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Photo of tone77
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grapefruits, hops, strong and flavorful. Taste is lots of citrus, grapefruit in paticular, some bitter hops, tropical fruits, tasty and alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth seeking out.

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

Revisit: 31 Mar 16
22 oz. Bomber
Gold Foil/Capped
Bottled On: 01/22/16

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, nice malt note, citrusy, nice little pine note. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, sweet, very nice citrus, slightly piney. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, slight chewiness, a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty DIPA. Recommeded.

22oz. Bomber
Bottle Cap: 2010 Vintage

Poured into my DFH glass a very nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, with a very nice thick one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy with some malt notes, lots of citrus and pine notes. The taste is sweet, hoppy, slightly malty, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, with a nice bitter/dry finish. This is a very nice DIPA, glad to finally try it and it's here in Utah.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Watching videos of scotch whisky made me thirsty. Perhaps I should wet my whistle with a hoppy monster. Now available in a 12 ounce format, and this particular bottle was filled on 7/3/12. On to the beer:

Unlike other hoppy beers, Double Jack doesn't produce a thick and luscious head. Rather, its head is small and soapy, drops and eventually is only clinging to the sides of the glass. The color of the body is a light orangewith hues of gold. Good aromas await, as it brings notes of resin, tropical fruit, tree sap, pineapple, and melon.

There's nothing wrong about this Double IPA unless you are expecting the freshest of the freshest. Double Jack is competent and reasonably balanced. And quite complex. Little notes of pine and a smack of resin hit. Ripe melons and canteloupe sweeten the beer. A little grass and pine interupt the sweet fruits and add a bittering edge. Its alcohol only peaks its head barely over the horizon, and compliments the overall flavor. Honey and biscuit linger linger in the aftertaste. The body is nearly full, carbonation being mild, and very easy going down for its size.

A gentleman's Double IPA. Double Jack brings the hops you expect from one, but releases them in a well mannered way that won't redden your face nor cause choas to your palate.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and pine hops, with some resiny, dank hops mixed in as well.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of resiny pine, as well as some pineapple, papaya and other tropical fruit. No detectable alcohol. Medium bitterness and very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker : Double Jack

22oz bomber into pints. Pours a clear copper/orange with a nice soapy foam and lace work on the glass. Aroma is of pine, citrus, and sweet malts. In the taste, more of the same, bitter hops, pine, resin and honey like malt that adds quite a bit of sweetness. Medium bodied feel and alittle chewey. The balance of this beer can best be described as two opposites meshed together, big time sweetness and tons of citrusy bitter hops. West coast style IPA, big, abrasive, and is not intended for the faint of heart.

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Photo of dar482
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a clear as glass golden amber color with a fluffy tight head. No bubbles rising, no haziness, just a really strangely crystal clear color.

The aroma is incredible punch of sweet tropical and citrus fruit. Dried mango, sweet orange peel, pineapple, juicy sweet peach. A sweet caramel malt as well. In the back, you’re getting the astringency, cat pee, and bit of pine.

The flavor follows with that classic West Coast profile. A ridiculous amount of hop juice in the front. A big punch of tropical and grapefruit, with a substantial sweet caramel malt to back it up and move things around. It attacks then with tons of bitterness of pine needles. It’s really dry.

Having this again, this beer really blows me away after having it the first time in the beginning of the year and having it again towards the end of the year, I’m impressed it lives up as one of the best IPAs around. A wonderful complexity and tons of hops to keep it going. Accessible, it’s so good.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Barclay's in Oakland. Pours dark golden/light amber with a thin head that sticks around as a very thin cap, with nice but somewhat sparse lacing. Smells of lots of sweet malt at first, followed by a breadiness and grapefruit juice- smells like lots of Simcoe hops here. A bit spicy, and a tiny bit piney at the end. The taste is bigger and spicier with citrus and pine plus bready malts, and quite bitter in the finish. In the mouth, there are chewy malts and a bitterness that keeps on building. I think that the regular Union Jack IPA is one of the more balanced IPAs out there. This has become something quite different. Its still balanced in the sense that there is a lot of sweet malt to balance the huge hop smack, but this has become a monster- albeit a delicious one.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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