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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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1,053 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,053
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 49
Gots: 188 | FT: 2
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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: 1,053 | Reviews: 152
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Photo of angrybabboon
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | 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.

4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
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 -2.5%
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 -33.1%
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 tigg924
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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 TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -6.9%
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 +3.1%
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 -5.9%
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 +8.1%

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 larryarms847
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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 +2.3%
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 +1.8%

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 -5.6%
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 -1.3%
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.

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a very good session beer. people need to enjoy it for what it is

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. can marked 02-27-15. Sampled on March 25, 2015.

The color is a typical golden yellow pour with a big white head and excellent clarity.

The emergent aroma is of pine, grass,but more so citrus and floral. There is a vague under currant of toasted biscuit.

Medium mouthfeel.

Everything you like about a session IPA can be found here with a quick toasted pale malt character followed immediately by the floral and citrus hop characters that linger dryly at the end. This went down fast.

Photo of Catracho5
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a hop tulip glass

A: Clear orange color with lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, nice creamy white head, some decent lacing.

A: Slight hop aroma, citrusy, sweet, no alcohol, pretty decent aroma for a session IPA.

T: Hits with bitterness right up front, mellows out into some citrusy hop flavors, the bitterness is well balanced, its just enough to let me know it's an IPA, tastes good.

M: Medium mouthfeel, juicy, lots of carbonation, slight dry finish.

O: I'm very impressed, at 4.5% ABV, this has a decent amount of flavor, I really know what to reach for when I want to have a couple of beers without too much alcohol. I did not want to think that session beers were a good idea but this is really good. Definitely one to keep around especially for the summer.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of fruity hops.

Tastes of the fruity hops with a light malt character. Hops lead off with tropical fruits and some citrus along with touches of pine. Moderately bitter. Malts come next and add a little bread and sweetness. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid low alcohol IPA, but doesn't particularly stand out.

Photo of spark3148857
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 5/27/14

Pours a clear pale orange with fluffy two finger eggshell white head. The head dissipates pretty quickly leaving pretty solid lacing. Carbonation streams off the bottom of the glass for about three minutes. Nose is of ripe tropical fruits, sweet pineapple juice. On the back end of the nose there a slight grainy malt almost lager yeast aroma. Taste follows the nose pretty well, pretty dank for a session IPA. Grapefruit, lemony bitterness. Maybe also a little more bitter than I expected. Not really enjoying the back end of the palate. Again more the grainy flavor, almost slightly metallic, though the hops help this along. Overall, I put this behind Stone's Go To, Lagunitas DayTime, and Founders All Day. Enjoyable but not nearly the best entry in the style. Admittedly it is unique from the rest I've named, and it is quite drinkable. Solid.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
Bottled on: 04/07/14

A - Carbonation streams through the golden straw yellow beer to its nicely formed white head that reduces to a Swiss-cheese like skim of foam with dots of lace left on the glass.

S - Bright tropical fruit overtones of mango and pineapple are interwoven with notes of lemony citrus underscored by easy going pale malt with a soft touch of caramel sweetness. Bright and refreshing, Easy Jack sure smells easy going!

T - Leaning towards malt forward, the refreshing grainy pale base has just a touch of sweetness, allowing the hoppiness to pull through with citrus overtones instead of the vibrant mango and pineapple the nose suggested.

M - Light in body with slightly elevated carbonation, Easy Jack goes down pretty damn easy, finishing with a slight touch of dry bitterness; nothing that hinders it's absurd drinkability, however.

O - Easy Jack is an easy going beer but, it's bright and aromatic hop bouquet seems to stem from quite a bit of dry-hopping leaving the flavor with quite a bit less of the delicious-smelling tropical fruits. Damn drinkable through and through, this beer is a welcome addition to the Session IPA world.

Photo of gtermi
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a golden body that is super clear.

S: Strong malt back bone and a decent amount of hop bitterness.

T: Very think body and a nice amount of citrus hops that fades into a tasty malt finish.

M: Easy to drink with a thin body. There is a decent amount of carbonation that tingles the back of the throat.

O: This is a solid beer, but I am not sold on these Session IPAs yet.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head that leaves light lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, pineapple, light bready malt. Flavor is grassy, citrus hops, mild malt, hints of lemon. Long lingering grassy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. I'm not sure about the session IPA style, but have been pleased with a few that had good malt presence to support the hops, but that is apparently very tricky in a light ABV ale. This was enjoyable, but the finishing grassy hops where left hanging without much other flavor support. Quite nice aroma leaves bigger expectations in taste than can be fulfilled. Great with my lunch, but this hasn't sold me on the style. After Union Jack, this seems superfluous.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, CA.

Fresh and easy, light and breezy like that one floozy Raul was on back in the day. I mean, tall, slender, good looking... but missing a lil bite.

So if you are looking for a super model-esqe freak, hop on it. But don't expect any country cookin'.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 04/24/2014 printed on the label. The new 'session IPA' from Firestone Walker; it's been a while since I've had anything new from these guys so I am looking forward to it.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a lightly hazed golden straw yellow body with two fingers of foamy white head. Some uneven scattered lacing on the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - The smell is pleasant enough - pine, grapefruit, passionfruit, cat piss, some skunkiness, and some light bready malt noticeable in the background.

T - The taste is on par with what a 'light IPA' would taste like I suppose - but it's definitely missing that extra something that most regular IPA's have. Piney / grapefruit / passionfruit / lemon hop bitterness / resins,

M - The feel is crisp and light-bodied, too thin and watery for an IPA in my opinion, but drinkable enough. Good carbonation and excellent drinkability.

Overall, an alright take on the light IPA from Firestone Walker, it would definitely go nicely with some barbeque on a hot summer day. However, I'd still prefer one of Firestone Walker's regular line-up IPA's over this anyday.

Firestone Walker Easy Jack Summer Session IPA ---3.5/5

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Easy Jack Summer Session IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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