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Jackknife German Pale Ale - Backpocket Brewing

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Jackknife German Pale Ale
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16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Backpocket Brewing visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
When it came to creating a unique take on a IPA, one country's hops wasn't going to cut it. German hops for a smooth bitterness and American hops for perfect aroma, and the result - a "GPA" that would make any IPA want to change its name.

(Beer added by: mdwalsh on 12-20-2010)
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MarvinTheMarzen

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

01-13-2013 02:15:34 | More by MarvinTheMarzen
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A: Nice honey color. Slightly cloudy. Two finger off-white head with decent retention. Not much carbonation evident.

S: Mostly citrus (grapefruit), some malt sweetness. Very pleasant.

T: Grapefruit, trace of pine. Well balanced with malt sweetness. Finish is dry at first, but then sweetness re-emerges. Faint mineral notes.

M: Fairly smooth and creamy. Although the carbonation is not very visible, it's still there in the mouth.

O: Very pleasant, could drink this all night. A winner.

Have had this a couple of times in the past-- we usually make our way up to McGregor once or twice a year. This is better than I remember it. Was great on tap a few days ago, which is why we brought the growler back with us. Definitely something to look forward to on our next visit to Northeast Iowa.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2011 21:09:21 | More by AmericanGothic
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mdwalsh

Iowa

4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new beer named in coordination with their rebranding to Back Pocket Brewing.

A: Razor thin head, like many of the beers here, which may be a function of service rather than brewing, but at a brew pub, that's part of everything. Hazy gold body, and fairly dark. The brewer informs me they intentionally don't filter. The head leaves a nice lacing. 4.0

S: Sort of sweet and fruity. The hops are a nice blend of German and American flavors. 3.5

T: Really nice taste, sharper hops than in the aroma. It's hoppy, but not bitter. Still a little fruity, I can't tell if I like that or not. 4

M: This beer could use a little more body, but the hops don't cut too much, so that's good. 4.

D: Very nice flavor and drinkability combine for a great experience with this beer. 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2010 14:25:08 | More by mdwalsh
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arnold931

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

10-22-2013 04:01:12 | More by arnold931
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wrightst

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

06-08-2014 02:30:24 | More by wrightst
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DanH9


3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-09-2014 22:54:10 | More by DanH9
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tom79mp

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-10-2013 06:52:07 | More by tom79mp
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-28-2012 04:31:29 | More by Localdrinklax
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Herky21

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

02-04-2014 17:35:51 | More by Herky21
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

07-11-2014 02:40:09 | More by jzlyo
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omegaman

Illinois

3/5  rDev -10.7%

02-17-2012 18:40:41 | More by omegaman
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3/5  rDev -10.7%

09-30-2013 13:59:18 | More by Whiskeydeez
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jayschares

Iowa

3/5  rDev -10.7%

10-05-2012 00:27:46 | More by jayschares
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bashiba

Iowa

2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear shade of light amber with a thin white head, minor lacing.

The smell was dominated by spicy and grassy noble type hops.

The flavor was clean with light bitter juniper and grassy hops dominating the flavor. No malt flavor to speak of and no noticeable american hop flavors present either.

The mouthfeel was light with mild carbonation.

Overall the emphasis on the German Hops makes this taste like a hoppy German pils. Seems like this beer would make more sense to drop off the small amounts of caramel and just make a good pils instead of a poor American Pale Ale. They actually have it listed on their menu boards as IPA and if you want to grade it as that it really fails.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 13:24:40 | More by bashiba
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bismarksays

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

03-29-2014 21:44:41 | More by bismarksays
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Iowacraft

Iowa

2.25/5  rDev -33%

06-18-2012 16:00:09 | More by Iowacraft
Jackknife German Pale Ale from Backpocket Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.