Easy Jack Summer Session IPA - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Easy Jack Summer Session IPAEasy Jack Summer Session IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,148 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 51
Gots: 229 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: dwagner003 on 12-20-2013

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Ratings: 1,148 | Reviews: 175
Reviews by TheFlern:
Photo of TheFlern
2.24/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's hot out. First day in the 80's. Went kayaking. Wanted a nice cool down beer with some hops. Well . . .

I got the hops. The rest of the beer? Not sure if it showed up. If you like hops but despise malt and alcohol this is the beer for you!

I wouldn't recommend this. Stick with the Union Jack and just drink less. This beer costs as much as Union Jack so I can't honestly see why anyone would buy this beer. IMO, a waste of a "beer" if you can even call it that.

More User Reviews:
Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 8/23/14

A: Honey colored with some orange and gold - pours with a small, white head, fades to a small cap, leaves some decent streaks of lacing

S: Very nice, above average for a session IPA - bright citrus hop profile with orange, tangerine, and some grapefruit flesh - some zest and floral citrus - low sweetness, very pale malts, very light overall

T: Hop soda - nice hoppy flavors match up with the aroma - tangerine, orange, and grapefruit - medium level of bitterness - maybe some melon, too - somewhat juicy, very bright - extremely pale, lightly bready malts, virtually no sweetness

M: Light body, nicely carbonated, extremely easy to drink

O: Being this good is not easy

This is the best "session" IPA I've had. As usual, it's not fair to compare it to a "real" IPA, but it's remarkable for what it is. If Firestone Walker puts this in cans, I would probably keep this stocked all summer.

Photo of Webbydag1
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding session ale! Easy drinking, with grapefruit notes and subtle bitter hops.

Photo of CHickman
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 4/14/14: Pours crystal clear yellow color with small half finger foamy snow white head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded kind of quick, leaving very nice foamy rings as it went down.

Smells of fresh grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hops, tangerine, light malt, light caramel, and very potent citrus fruit. Not very balanced, but it had a really nice citrus aroma that was soft and pleasing.

Tastes of fresh grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hops, tangerine, light malt or biscuit, light caramel, piney hops, grass, and more citrus fruit at the end with subtle spices like pepper and coriander; easy to put down and very damn tasty for a light alcohol beer.

Mouthfeel is very light and a tad too thin, but I don’t mind since it’s a session IPA. Mild to average carbonation, a light body and a smooth feel that slides down easy and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste and a little citrus zest.

Firestone Walker nails the session IPA where it counts: the aroma and the taste. I’d love to try this side by side with Founders All Day IPA and Lagunitas Daytime IPA to see who the king of session IPA’s is; IMO this brew is right up there with those 2 and better than the Stone, Goose Island and Sierra Nevada session IPA’s. A definite recommendation, as this bottle was 2 months old and still tasted extremely fresh and hoppy.

Photo of dar482
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a clear pale golden color.

The aroma is fresh of orange and lemon.

The flavor follows with tangerine peel, lemon, kumquat, tons of peel quality. It has new age hops of almost Mosaic and Galaxy characteristics. There is a very light malt quality along with fresh herbacious of tea and some grass. Almost a tannin quality of drying along with light bitterness.

One of the best session IPAs out there.

Photo of allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Suddenly, in 2014, session ales, especially session IPAs, are all over the place. This one is very pale, with an airy half-inch head (vigorous pour into a pint glass). The aroma is appropriately packed with piney, grassy hop scents, though as usual in these "session" beers, there's much less malt. The taste is packed with bitterness and resin hop flavor. For hop-heads, this is a dang good drinking beer. The body is very light, as one would expect considering their aims. You can pack these back one after another. Great drinking beer, in other words.

Photo of ChiliSauce
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely the best Session beer out there!

Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, citrus, grassy, herbal, spicy hops followed by biscuity, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Hop flavors roll through the palate and are complimented really well by the malts. Some chewy and bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, slight bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: For an everyday light IPA that I can enjoy several in a sitting, this might be my new go to. Enjoyable, tasty, and crushable.

Photo of IPAFORPRESIDENT
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

ON TAP, Probably my favorite session ipa to date. Really is quite unique in aroma, with tons of tropical fruit notes, only 4.5 but easily had the flavor of a normal ipa. It is a bit light on the finish as you may expect, but compared to other session ipa's it packs a great flavor. GREAT BEER, hope to try in can fresh sometime

Photo of Todd
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on: 03/28/14 20:13

Pale yellow with a fluffy white foam head. Bread, oranges, and herbal in the nose. Light-bodied, grapefruit, citric, grassy, tannic, orange rinds with a dry, mineral finish. Packed with flavor and extremely drinkable.

A very solid session beer for those looking for light and hoppy.

Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film, leaves a little lacing and then almost disappears.

The aroma is very subdued - slightly vegetative, piney, resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some spicy, peppery, piney hops. The mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, an OK blandish session IPA. There's almost no nose, it's pretty thin, the flavors are OK but it's a bit on the sweet side.

Photo of Jcorn
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This might be the smoothest drinking IPA I've ever had. Very clean & crisp but hop heads may not like it as it doesn't have a ton of hop flavor. I like it though. Very refreshing.

Photo of tigg924
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, gold in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: tangerines and tropical fruits

Taste: tangerine, toasted malt, orange, light grapefruit and pine

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: A nice, citrusy and light IPA. I like other beers from Firestone Walker better, but if I am looking for a nice IPA to sip, I will reach for this.

Photo of gregb13
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

About as good as a session IPA can be, I think. Flavors and aromas are nice, but obviously muted, which is a bit disappointing. Nice sweetness, dry finish, pleasant sip.

Not bad, but with so many outstanding IPAs to choose from, would likely not pick this up again.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden in color with a finger's worth of white head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Very little in the way of lacing, but what's there is small and spotty.

Smell - An bouquet of citrus aroma: tangerine and orange with touches of grapefruit.

Taste - Big tangerine citrus flavor, along with a moderate bitterness likened to a stone fruit pit. Faint breadiness. Finish is light citrus pith.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with fairly lively carbonation. Goes down nice and easy, with a dry finish.

Overall - Pretty much in line with all the other Session IPA's I've had. Big flavor and easy to drink, without much complexity. Easy Jack is an apt name.

Photo of ElGordo
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat light body, but still a bit more heft than some other session IPAs. Nose of pale malt and just a hint of grapefruit from the hops. Tangy, zesty hops are out in front on the palate, balanced by a touch of sweetness from the malt towards the back of the mouth. Body is a touch light, but is in keeping with such a low-ABV IPA.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold from the can. It's light-bodied with a touch of toasty malt in the background, but the hops dominate. It's a huge floral character with a peppery edge. And I know Bavarian Mandarina is the hop Firestone Walker says defines the beer, but it doesn't taste far off a Mosaic (also used here) beer. I'm also finding pine and lemon zest, a hint of grapefruit. It finishes dry with a satisfying bitterness. I'd have another.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear golden colored body.
The aroma is bright pine, grapefruit and passion fruit. Wonderful.
The taste is moderate pine bitterness up front, then it moves towards a tropical fruit profile and finishes with a mild grapefruit bitter note.
The texture is light and airy.
An excellent session beer. On the lighter side but with great aroma and flavor.

Photo of S_Weinstein95
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

A: A honey, golden color with a very thin white lace

S: A great mix of hops and citrus aromas. I got some orange, grapefruit, and some lemon.

T: Beautiful blend of hops and citrus (orange, tangerine, grapefruit) with some excellent, bready malts.

M: Incredibly easy to drink with a light body and light carbonation:

O: One of the best summer sessions I've had yet. Definitely something I would keep stocked in my fridge if it came in cans.

Photo of sjones5045
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5/30/15 home

Pours very nice copper with great head and decent retention. The smell is hoppy and taste matches nicely for a session. Perhaps the best of all the summer session beers. Nice taste and goes down easy without the high alcohol.

Photo of larryarms847
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden orange accompanied by a fair amount of gassy carbonation.

Light tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and resin aroma, not a hint of alcohol.

The subtly of the aroma merges into the flavor with similar attributes, citrus, tropical fruit, and some pine, but the flavor is accompanied by a more apparent bready toasted malt backbone than that of the aroma.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Overall, this isn't a beer I'd stock up on, but decent and worth a shot.

Photo of Gmann
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with some honey highlights. The white head is smallish and settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is very juicy. Big grapefruit notes. There is some pepper and grass in there as well. Not much from the malt but that is expected. Very nice.

The grapefruit remains in the taste but is more subdued. There is more of a resin/pine hop flavor that I didn't pick up in the aroma. This adds a big dose of bitterness. Grass and pepper pop through in the finish. Good clean malt presence.

Light to moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Lightly bitter on the palate. Quite crisp for an ale.

I am really enjoying these session IPA's that are out in the market. To me, this is what a normal IPA should be. Good summer beer, lets get this sucker into some cans.

Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +1.5%

I admit it. I am a fan of low abv beers. I love to drink and not get hammered. Hops and summer go together like nothing else so a well done session IPA sits high up on my drinking list.

This one is pale gold with a big head and goodly amounts of lace on the glass. Just a touch of hop oil to shade the clarity. Nose carries light, pale, gently honeyed malt. Lots of earth, some pine, mild fruit esters. Taste is light refreshing and hoppy. Front is equal parts light bready malt and hops. Earth and oil. Mild pine as it moves through to the finish. Crisp dry finish with leafy hop oil lingering.

Great feel is light without being watery. Crisp carbonation makes it lively on the tongue. Easy drinking and quenching. Low abv makes for high drinkability . Great mild IPA.

Photo of Treyliff
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled 3/10/15, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a small fizzy and foamy white head that reduces to a think film and ring around the edge, a bit of lacing left behind

S- tropical fruity hop aroma up front with notes of peach, mango, melon and some grass. Lightly sweet malty undertones

T- hoppy flavors of peach & mango up front mix with notes of orange peel & grass. Slightly bready toasted malt undertone balances it out on the finish

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish

O- easy drinking SIPA that has some nice fruity hop notes

Photo of Kevlee722
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small dissipating cream head, good carbonation and lacing. Nice golden color, small plentiful bubbly carbonation.
Grass and citrus on the nose. Not much else, hard to pick out specific aromas.
Light and crisp flavors, once again grassy and citrus hops, lemon zest and grapefruit. Not much malt, but it is a session beer.
For the style the mouth feel is light but that is the point, easy drinking. Tight bubbles play on the tongue.
Very easy to drink, as an IPA fan this is an easy pick over some of the other summer offerings. A smooth' easy drinking beer, will probably buy a six pack or two this summer.

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Easy Jack Summer Session IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.