Easy Jack
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #1,739
Ranked #9,582
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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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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Reviews: 299 | Ratings: 1,845
Photo of Snowcrash000
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, light gold, straw coloration with a medium, fizzy head. Smells of biscuity malt, orange rind, grapefruit and pine. Taste follows the nose, with a nice balance between biscuity malt and citrus hops: orange rind, grapefruit, with some pine and a crisp, medium bittetness coming through in the aftertaste. Light body with lively carbonisation. Not bad at all for a Session IPA, but I've had better. This reminds me a bit of Founders Centennial Light, with the slightly pronounced biscuit maltiness and orange and pine notes.

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nicely clear. Golden color. Lasting but small head which leaves several rings with streaks in between.

Nice floral hop smell up front. The base pale malt is steady in the background.

The flavor is hoppy at the start and throughout the tasting. The malt is dry and not much in terms of the flavor profile. Slightly earthy. Good body with an elevated carbonation. Short aftertaste with a longer, lingering hop bite.

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Photo of alexanderc994
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Smells citrusy of fermented orange, yuzu kosho, tamarind, peppery. Taste is moderately effervescent, lemonade, orange peel, sun brewed tea notes. Crisp and dry finish. Would pair with: Nashville-style hot chicken; barbecue pork ribs; smoked salmon.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice gold colour with small off white head. Smells of slight hops and a little floral. Tastes much like the aroma with a little citrus. Very smooth with great mouthfeel. Goes down smooth on a warm day. Prost!

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear golden honey with a quick dissipating head. Big, flavorful, tasty - for a session IPA, mind you. A solid choice if the parameters are to stay around 5% ABV and under.

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Photo of vinicole
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can. Golden straw. Slight haze. Narrow frothy head. Rising bubbles.
Fruity citrus hop aroma. Rubber.
Flavour comes out like the smell with pine with floral notes. Some balance is attempted with a light biscuit malt. Mild bitter finish.
Light to medium feel. Quite soft carbonation.
Easy drinking.

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Photo of joedvegas
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold color with a slight haze, smallish white head. Medium hints of lime, lemon and orange peel on the nose. Taste is very citrusy on the front end, with the malts taking over on the finish. Beer coats the palate and lingers with a malty ending.

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Photo of gandres
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured to tulip glass
Sight:pale, golden yellowish liquid, minimal tan foam, mostly clear, slightly
Smell: very good slightly hoppy, malty
Taste: medium bitterness, some sweetness
Mouthfeel: lively carbonation with good not long follow through, dry finish
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat, not look for

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - golden with a minimal white head that leaves some lacing behind
S - pine and floral notes with some citrus as well
T - pine, floral, and hop notes with some mild citrus characteristics. Maybe some pineapple as well. There's some malt on the back end. Something about the flavor profile gives me a slight hint of bubblegum flavor - it's not too strong and non unpleasant as it seems to mesh well with the citrus and hop notes, but I notice this more on Easy Jack more than I do on Union Jack - again not a bad thing.
F - medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation - crisp.
O - A solid IPA with nice citrus, pine, hop, and floral notes. Its crisp feel and lower ABV in combination with its very solid flavor profile of bitter hops, citrus, and malt make this beer easy to enjoy and drink quite a few on a nice summer, spring, or fall afternoon. That said, I'd probably go for Union jack if I had the choice.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Full pint served on draft. Pours a medium copper, slightly golden hued body, one finger white head with lots of retention, good lacing. Smell is citrus and grapefruit, very light cracker and malt, not that much more, but the grapefruit is very nice. Touch of biscuit. Flavour follows; the malt backbone is fairly weak, with a relatively present grapefruit and citrus, light touch of pine, a bit of biscuit rounds things out, but it does taste a bit less flavourful and deep than Union Jack. Still super easy to drink with a medium-lighter body, good carbonation, mild-moderate resinous zesty bitterness on the backend.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had side-by-side with Union Jack in a quick session that ended with Indian leftovers.
No surprise to me, I clearly prefer Easy Jack as a session and probably with the food... (although it was so spicy water would have been welcome relief.)
Easy Jack is so much more subtle and lets the malts in to play. I'm beginning to think that Union Jack (introduced over a decade ago) has run its course and that the more subtle and balanced AIPAs are more in favor. (As much my opinion as my hope.)

10/29/17 retaste that led to this revelation: Easy Jack has taught me that not only is it important to balance hops and malts, but as a malt-head, it is important to find AIPAs that balance bitter and aromatic hops. Easy Jack nearly does this for me. A little more fruity-juicy and I could have two of these. (Sorry, no change in rating; this is about as good as I give for AIPAs.)

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Photo of RJLarse
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Part of a Firestone Sampler 12-pack. Poured in to a pint glass.

Overall a very hop forward citrus flavored IPA with a sweet scent and a wet clean finish.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 7/27 and consumed 30 days later. A very pretty beer comes forth from the can. Very clear, honey colored. Light and frothy head. A clean beer aroma. Taste is light hops, no citrus notes, a liitle heavier than a lager, definitely a light ale. Walks the path between a Pale Ale and an IPA. They could call this one a sessionable PA and few would complain. Pleasant drinking.

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Photo of Wi_brew_bud
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It was good had a bit of a light color for an IPA. The smell was mild, a bit hoppy but also a tad bit sweet, the taste was what the smell was leading to mild and sweet, the feel is one of the signature factors for a good IPA in my book. Its easy to fake a taste but the feel always gives it away this one was kind of light and smooth which is good but it didn't have the weight that I have come to love in an IPA. Overall I would say it isn't bad at all. When asked what's a good starter IPA I would recommend DF60 but this one would also make a great intro into the wonderful world of IPA

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Really big, frothy head and a transparent straw yellow to golden appearance. Pleasant citrus and pine on the nose. Taste is big on hops and of course lacking that alcohol back-end that you get from stronger IPAs. The mouthfeel is light but to be expected from this sessionable ale. This is a perfect lawnmower IPA.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Clear gold with a small white head. Moderate retention to a thin ring, as well as some rings of lacing.

S: Biscuit and caramel, orange blossom, orange peel, grapefruit, papaya, earth, and pine.

T: Orange peel and grapefruit pith well balanced against a biscuit and caramel malt back backbone. It's zesty and bright, floral, with the notes of orange blossom, with a light sugary sweetness. Finishes crisp and dry with some earthy undertones and hints of pine, and a lingering orange pith sensation.

F: Medium-light, medium-plus pushing carbonation. smooth and well-rounded. Feels somewhat light by the finish but doesn't get too watery. Actually, a pretty good mouthfeel for a session IPA.

O: A really solid session IPA. One of the better examples of the often flawed and oft-maligned substyle.

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Photo of dcotom
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold from 12-ounce bottle into a Spiegelau Adina Prestige pilsner glass, Clear, light golden colored body, with a thick snow-white head and a continuous stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. This is very satisfying for a session IPA. Well balanced, good malt structure with lots of piney and citrusy hop flavor and a ton of resiny bitterness that lingers on the palate. Nicely done!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am on a CANQuest (tm) for a little while to give myself a break from eradicating The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I've been away for so long that it's good to be back. This one is for my late Pops, an avid bicyclist & lifetime smoker, upon broaching a long hill ahead of everyone else. Beth Ganse: "Take it Easy on us, willya, Jack?!?" "Easy, hell, Beth! You need to take up smoking! Wanna cigarette? I got plenty" :={} She was VERY angry. Thus begins a horizontal of Firestone Walker CANs!

From the CAN: "India Pale Ale".

I Crack!ed it open & got a tad bit of foaming for my troubles, so I CANducted a gentle Glug in deference to its activity. I still got just under two fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with modest retention for my CANsideration. Color was solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity & The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas were falling all over themselves to get a taste! Nose had a pleasant grapefruit-citrusiness that tickled my sinuses. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste, while citrusy, was also prevalent with a biscuity maltiness, which is the downfall of these session AIPAs. It should really be its own style since they are hard-pressed to CANpete with their more hop-forward brethren. {Steps down from soapbox]. Taste was lemony with some grapefruit, but there was also an aggressive malty presence, albeit biscuity. It just does not bespeak AIPA to me. Finish was dry, but I could not decide whether to attribute it to the hops (as it should have been) or the malt or a combination of both. I was kind of disappointed.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 12-pack $15.99 Foodland
Smell of citrus
Clear golden color with a slight amber tint
Medium-light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Bitterness from hops, fairly easy drining
Overall a nice session beer with enough of an IPA taste with such a low alcohol %. Would drink again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Map Room. Clear golden body. Smells of citrus and pine. Tastes much the same. Light citrus, cracker malt, a little pine bitterness. Very slight caramel malt. Medium light. Drinks like a normal IPA. Very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "canned on" date 1-18-17.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, dark gold color with less than one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, citrus, pine and a metallic note.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet brown sugar and bread then a citrus and pine hop blast that really lingered in a good way.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is an excellent session IPA, I love the 4.5% ABV almost as much as the taste, i will be seeking this out again very soon and will recommend to everyone I know.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a white head. Smells of citrusy hops along with some floral notes and malt. Tastes of mildly bitter hops and a great malt flavor. A little pine too maybe. Medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. This is definitely one of the better session IPAs that I've had.

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Photo of 8444dodgers01
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear appearance with a two-fingered head that collapses into a thick, bubbly collar. Gold in color. Citrusy and hoppy aroma. Aroma is crisp and clean. Very hoppy at first but mellows rather quickly leaving the finish abrupt but smooth. Makes your mouth feel clean. Thank god the alcohol content is low because it is a easy drinking beer.

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

Golden yellow in color with a slight haze. Poured with a tall, soapy, bright white foam with moderate retention. Medium high fresh orange and pineapple aromas with very light malt notes. Medium light bodied with soft, medium high carbonation. A hint of light creaminess near the finish. Medium malt and flavors up front with medium citrus hop flavors. Medium light bitterness through the middle that lingers through the finish. Aromas are characteristic of an IPA, flavors are more like a malty APA. Feel is light but refreshing. A very good session ale.

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

12 oz can purchased and enjoyed in Idaho.
Clear amber body with a very fine white head.
Very strong aroma for a session IPA. The flavor is more tame and less earthy/herbal, but reasonably bold. Nice flavor dynamics. Medium+ carbonation in a crisp, medium body with a dry finish.

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