Easy Jack
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1,757
ABV:
4%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,020
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Reviews:
304
Ratings:
1,853
From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  77
Gots
  536
SCORE
88
Very Good
Easy JackEasy Jack
Notes: Formerly Easy Jack Summer Session IPA

Brewmaster Matt Brynildson went to the mountain and returned with a vision for a different kind of Session IPA, one that would be brewed and dry hopped with a globetrotting selection of new hop varieties from Europe, New Zealand and North America. He foresaw a beer that would deliver massive hop aromas, a signature malt balance and an empty glass before you knew what hit you. And so the newest member of our Jack IPA family was born.

47 IBU, 120 Calories
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Photo of Pooze
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like “hop water”. No depth, no smoothness. Low alcohol ~4% ABV no excuse for NA type taste and feel of beer. If people like this, clearly they drink the IPA Kool Aid.

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Photo of Rubicj
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Each portion is good or very good alone, but I'm not a fan of the overall beer. It almost feels like i'ts not enough of an IPA.

3.75/5 Quality

3/5 Appealing to my tastes

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Photo of MrOH
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Clear gold, nice white head. Awesome retention and lace
Pine and lemon hop aromas.
Very lemony hop flavor, a bit of pine, some pils malt background. A bit bitter, but I like it!
Light, clean, effervescent. Perfect for a session IPA.
I'd drink the hell out of this at a summer outdoor gathering.

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Photo of KingStelle
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light yellow color with some moderate carbonation. Smell is pretty mild. Melons and citrus. Taste is a bit stale, had to check the date, a little over a month old. Not my favorite beer. Not aggressive enough on the palate.

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Photo of ZipDipper
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The most notable thing about this session IPA was the skunky aroma (and the “drink by” date was months away). The color is light for an IPA. The flavor is bitter forward with a hint of malt, but acceptable.

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Photo of Riff
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, yellow color with a large, white, fluffy head that fades down to a little bit upon the top. Smell is lemon, citrus, cracker. Taste is pine, lemon, moderate bitterness, and just enough malt to balance it. Light body, moderate carbonation. Excellent session IPA, flavorful and light.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw filtered with moderate carbonation and 2 fingers of off white head.

Smells of pine, evergreen hops with hints of citrus.

The taste follows the nose, an excellent, light version of Union Jack.

Medium to light body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Redding where I am drinking it May 26th, 2019. Excellent session ipa.

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

Pours a slightly hazy sunshine color with a white head, leading to lemongrass and citrus aromas.

The citrus is more pronounced on the taste, but the lemongrass is also present, and there’s a subtle malt component as well.

Firestone-Walker is a world class brewery because they nearly always execute to style, IMHO. This beer, which is a difficult style to do well (session IPA), is another example.

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle - Bottled on 02/19/19: (Part of variety 12-pack)

Pours clear golden with fast-moving bubbles rising to the top in a champagne-like way, pretty much killing the head down to a wisp. Dotted lacing.

The smell is robust - Just as much as a "regular" American IPA. Citrus and pine - classic West Coast IPA aroma.

Watered-down hop taste. Cracker-like malt backing. Keeping abv /"session" in mind, bumped up initial thought of score a bit.

Expected lightness, but this is a bit too watery. Still it has a pleasant, lingering refreshing dryness to it.

Excellent aroma, but aside from that just a decent to good "session" IPA. Not a bad choice at all if you want hops with low alcohol.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

CAN nabbed as part of a Firestone Walker variety 12 pack at Total Wine & More, Austin, TX for $16.99 USD plus tax.

CAN FORMAT: 12 fl oz pull-tab with orange and grey label. Canned 02/19/19.

APPEARANCE:

HEAD is white and frothy, 4-5cm in height, and lasts a good ~8 minutes (though the ABV is pretty low, diminishing this feat).

BODY is a clear vibrant copper. No yeast/lees are visible within; obviously filtered.

Looks like a clean drinking pale ale, but there's nothing eye catching about it.

AROMA: Floral hops. Herbal hops. A hint of citrusy tang towards the back end. Pale malt/2-row.

Not finding any crystal malt or caramalt; doesn't seem to have any odd sweetness to it. Has a subtle hop emphasis without bringing big bold aromatics or evoking a really interesting hop profile.

Seems like a modest pale ale that drinks easy but doesn't throw out a lot of flavour. Aromatic intensity is quite mild.

Not piney, juicy, resinous, oily, fruity, or the like.

TASTE: Matches the meagre expectations set by the aroma. Clean, floral, and a bit citrusy but not over the top with hop flavour(s). It's a classic hop profile to be polite, but then even Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale has more hop pungency and depth of flavour.

This is nicely balanced but doesn't really bring an interesting hop profile to the table or commit fully to its hop selections. Clean pale malt sweetness counters any concomitant hop bitterness to pleasant effect.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, clean, refreshing, medium-bodied, well-carbonated. Not oily, chewy, gushed, hot, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: It's an easy drinking pale ale dressed up as a Session IPA for marketing purposes. That's fine, but the beer doesn't offer anything Sierra Nevada Pale Ale can't top, and it's certainly far from on par with proper IPAs - session or otherwise. I can't see anyone disliking it, but it's pretty shrugworthy fare in today's (I)PA market. I guess I'd drink it if I was really watching my ABVs/kilocalories. Maybe this is best compared to Lagunitas' Daytime as a calorie-light hoppy ale?

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 2-19-19
Bright, clear, clean gold with a 1" white head. Good retention and sudsy lacing at the top.
Weedy, grassy hop aroma - pine and orange play as well.
Aggressive, herbal, weedy hops - orange peel as well all over a lightly sweet malt base with a hint of dough.
Light body, medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness.
Full of hop flavor and aroma...at 4% this over delivers on both.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom taster pint; canned 2/01/2019.
A: Pours a crystal clear orange color with robust head formation, leaving a two finger, foamy, lemon chiffon head, and with decent retention and sticky rings of lacing.
S: Slightly tangerine up front with aroma of grapefruit, white pepper, and pine emergent but persistent.
T: Semidry to dry. White grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and pine rest on a hint of caramel malt. Strong, peppery bitterness provides leaves a crisp clean finish.
M: Light bodied with no more than modest carbonation.
O: Drinkable and enjoyable for a session IPA. I appreciated the low calorie content.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned in a crafty craft can and possibly get some more of it
Pours a pretty much clear golden body with good white head
Aromais citrus detergent
Bitter with some tropical flavour

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

Canned 2/5/15; drank 3/22/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through yellow appearance.

Fluffy white head; frothy lace.

Grapefruit rind & honey in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Lemon & pineapple flavors up front; dry grapefruit rind finish.

Flavorful session ale; balanced & easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a clear golden amber with a modest head, soon diminishing to nothing, but leaves a bit of lace. Definite hops in the nose and definite hops in the mouth. Easy drinking IPA!

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Photo of nhdjinn
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a very good session ipa. lighter than some similar in this class but very clean hop forward with malt presence

one of my top 3 favorites in the 4.5 abv session's

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Photo of hman43
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden and fairly clear with a white head that has good head retention.

Smell: There is a range of tropical fruits including pineapple and a bit of mango. There are also various melon notes that are somewhat sweet. There is bread that forms the background.

Taste: The flavors are a bit light, but feature some tropical fruits with melon. There is a more solid bread background in the flavor than in the aroma. There is a slight citrus and floral element.

Feel: It has a light body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, this is an easy drinking session beer with strong aromas and lighter flavors.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, light amber colored with a large soapy white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy citrus, pineapple, orange, mango

T: hop forward with lighter flavors than the nose, more grapefruit and tangerine with a pine bitterness on finish

M: lighter, higher carbonation

O: refreshing lighter IPA

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Photo of AleManDan
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Updated Review:
Mouthfeel! That’s the key here as this feels much bigger than it is and it’s this great mouthfeel and unique hop profile that marks the craftsmanship that went into making a beer this zesty and flavorful under 5%.

Only marginally alcohol with abundant floral and hoppy aromas, but all mellowed, hence the name “easy” I assume.

I breathe it in but can’t quite pick out specifics, just general subdued melon, flowery, orange-citrus fruit and other tropical fruit aromas. Enticing. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and melon-like funk but it’s all very sprightly and light and zesty and light.

Definitely possesses a light malt background with some crackery bread but it pairs very well with the strangely big mouthfeel and the big juicy sparkling carbonation and ends with with a clean, dry finish. Damn that’s a drinkable beer for the hop head.

This is a great beer. It’s about the moderate mouthfeel combined with a sparklingly refreshing carbonization level that seems like an oxymoron. Who else is making a beer just like this? Maybe Firestone Walker themselves with their Revolution series.
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Old review: It’s been a while but this one is a good example of a lighter IPA style ale. Nothing stands out about this now almost classic example of the style other than it’s consistently good and easy to drink. (Overal 3.75)

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Photo of ZAP
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh citrus aroma...oranges, tangerines, pink grapefruit..also some tropical notes of pineapple and passion fruit.

Flavor follows the same path with a nice clean bready malt backing.

Body is what you expect with this style...a little thin...For an IPA I'd rate it as a 3.0 but for this subcategory it is good enough to score 4.0

Quality session IPA...I'd probably take it over All Day IPA but would be interested in doing a blind taster..

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Photo of matcris
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: A very clear light gold/amber with a small white cap that fades quickly. MIld lacing.
AROMA: Nice bit of dank, and lemon rind.
TASTE: Hops out front with lots of lemon, and that dank. And a bit of caramel malt.
FEEL: Plenty of carbonation, very dry, medium light body.
OVERALL: This is a nice session ipa, not quite as good as Founders, but, close.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, sparkling gold with an average head. The aroma is proud and bright, with grapefruit and orange peel, pine, and mango. The flavor is bright and crisp, with lemon, orange, and grapefruit peel, clementine flesh, pine, mango, and pineapple, and solid bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium, with a crisp dry finish. Overall I am pretty impressed - session IPAs are often not my jam, due to a lack of body, but this one seems quite stout, with a good deal of flavor. Impressive and something I could keep drinking.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold with a tight white bubbly head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smells of tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and floral notes.

Mango, orange, lemon, pine give way to a slight bread malt backbone. Big flavor for a small beer.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yellow with a pure white head that recedes rapidly but leaves nice lacing. The aroma is citrusy. The flavor is like a lot of "session" IPA's I've had, watered down hops. The feel is rather thin and watery. Have two more of these thanks to buying a mixed 12 pack. I'll drink them but won't buy more.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Absolutely great looking beer. Perfect clearness I love that most Firestone Walker brews I've had come with. Golden beer with a nice white crown that settles into a thinner head in a few minutes.
Smell is impressive too. Citrusy and dank.
The taste is the first part of this beer to not really impress me. It's good but sort of underwhelming. A little piney with citrus.
Feeling goes from wet to dry pretty quick.
Overall, a solid session.

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Easy Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1853 ratings