Easy Jack
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1,751
ABV:
4%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,901
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Reviews:
302
Ratings:
1,851
From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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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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Reviews: 302 | Ratings: 1,851
Photo of rawfish
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A quick pour nets a two finger, rocky head atop a stunningly clear gold body with plentiful effervescence. Retention is decent leaving lots of streaky lacing plastered on the glass.

Powerful, and pungent ranging heavily in the tropical fruit and stone fruit with a hint of orange citrus. Pale cracker malt is a touch grainy. Strongest hop aroma I've yet smelt on a session IPA.

Pale, cracker-like malt provides a minimal base with honey sweetness. Hops are a light breezy citrus and weak pine. Fairly watery with a grainy aftertaste and slight bitterness.

A light, semi watery body with a good blast of carbonation. Sessionable beer with minimal alcohol but also lacks drying and has grainy residue.

Just a terrific nose for a session IPA, somewhat one dimensional with tropical fruit laying it on heavy. There rest of the beer is very basic with just enough honey sweetness to balance light citrus and pine, at least it doesn't end up as hoppy seltzer water.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Stubby 12oz bottle poured to a pint glass with a clear pale golden body. A cap of white frothy foam builds to two fingers. Head retention is good as it falls to a creamy ring and hazy islands. Thick blots of lace at the top with a huge sheet in the middle and drizzle past that.

S- Plentiful hops in the aroma with a focus on tropical fruit, stone fruit, dank and citrus. Somewhat juicy. Lightest hint of cracked grains in the finish.

T- Follows the nose very closely with a minor difference of yeast bread providing a base along with hints of light cracked grains. Hop profile of mango, grapefruit, orange zest, floral and fruity tones with a slight dank feel right upon sipping.

MF- Light, crisp body that is fairly dry. Carbonation at a high end level with a bit of creamy texture resulting from agitation. Fairly bitter finish. Seltzer-y like Go To and All Day.

Right when I took the first sip I thought it was like All Day with a bit more of a dank hop feel but very similar beyond that. Body could use just a bit more texture for me but still a nice brew for summer.

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Photo of Spiffaz
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall, this beer delivers as promised, or shall I say as labelled. It's a session IPA, so if you want something with wide appeal, middle of the road, easy drinking, etc., and you're also in the mood for an IPA, this is a good option. It goes down easy, and synergizes well with a pool and a BBQ grill. With that in mind...

A-Interesting color, a light orangey yellow with lots of little bubbles. Pours with a good head but it doesn't last long.

S-Not a huge nose full like so many IPA's. My allergies are making this hard right now, but I get floral, citrus, and maybe a slight acidic smell.

T-Again, this is a session beer, it's not trying to make a statement like some other Firestone Walker beers. That being said, the taste is good, clean, crisp, and refreshing. Do yourself a favor and get this nice and cold, take a big bite of a fully loaded hotdog, and only then take your first sip. You're welcome.

M-It's got some linger, a bit of bitter on the backnote, and it's actually got a lot more substance to the mouthfeel than you might be expecting.

O-It's a bit unfair to give this beer less than 4.00s, because really it delivers very well on it's claims of being a session IPA. It goes down easy, there's nothing at all amiss with it, and it's a great buy to take to that summer pool party your buddy is throwing.

Yay beer!

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Photo of MarcWP
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light gold, clear, eggshell head.

Aroma is juicy white grape, tangerine, mandarin, peach, pineapple, a floral element, and far off spruce. Smells great.

On the palate you get a zestier expression of lime zest, pine sap, orange peel, sweet grass, and hint of pineapple astringency.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated, definitely a session body.

Overall a nice beer, easy drinking, unique hopping. Another awesome effort by FW.

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

A: Clear and pale yellow
S: Sweet citrus, tropical, mango
T: Citrus, tangerine, berry, sweet, tropical, balanced bitterness, light pine, cracker
M: Light
O: Very good lighter IPA and probably a top 5 in this style for me. Great that it is so easily accessible.

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Photo of TheFlern
2.24/5  rDev -43%
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.

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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.

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

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a large snifter. Bottled on 04/14/14.

Pours clear golden with little head and not much carbonation. Smell is nice -- pretty grassy aroma, slight citrus, maybe a little tropical hint.

Taste is mild, some straw, some lemon, medium bitterness, a slight tartness.

Mouthfeel is light and dry, more effervescent than it looks. Overall, not bad. Not good enough to overtake cheaper, canned session IPAs that I buy regularly.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into my FW imperial nonic glass
Notes taken on 04/20/14

A: Easy Jack pours a light golden amber body with precision like clearness. Streaming carb is evident leading up to a sudsy topping of paper white foam. Retention efforts are fair and only a few scattered dots of stick are left clinging to the glass.

S: Brilliantly floral nose with blasts of conifer forest and tangerine fruit. I am getting some lesser notes of earthy herbals and a dash of pale malt bready sweetness. Nicely done with a very hop forward nose.

T: Flavors follow suit with a healthy hop punch across the palate delivering flowery pines and assorted citrus fruit flavors. Mostly tangerine however some lemon lime and grapefruit start to emerge. A healthy dose of bready malts brings great balance to this session IPA. It really drinks bigger than the 4.5% ABV. Has a slight touch of resinous dank herbs and grass on the finish although it’s not very prevalent. This is tasty and very very clean. Impeccably well executed.

M: Body is very light but feels bigger on account of the malt breadiness. Nice spritzy carb provides a lovely texture complimenting the upper moderate amount of bitterness. Very dry and crisp on the finish with a slight resinous after feel. Mostly clean otherwise.

D: A very good and balanced Session. This is one of the few that didn’t leave me wanting for something more. Has just enough malt presence to cover the spread over all dem fresh hops. It is quite refreshing. Firestone Walker did a great job with staying true to the Jack family here. An all around great beer that satisfies.

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Photo of papat444
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled on 3/28/14.

Thick bubbles race up a straw colored body, white thick foam that slathers the sides. Nice hoppe aroma, has grass and citrus. Flavor has decent bitterness, bit of minerals and hint of peaches in the finish as well as lemon rind.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque golden with a short white head.

S: Passionfruit, pineapple, papaya, mango, and other sweet tropical fruit smells in the nose. Smells amazing.

T: Taste is a bit different. Passionfruit, papaya and mango are still there, more malt, fruity flavors are a bit faint. One plus is that it isn't very bitter.

M: On the light side of medium bodied and pretty smooth, especially for an IPA.

O: This beer is somewhat cruel, in that it smells a bit like double jack, but the taste disappoints. It's still a tasty IPA, and it is "easy going," but I'd pay triple for Double Jack over this any day. Still recommended if you're looking for an easy going and refreshing IPA.

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Photo of hermit990
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 04/07/2014. Reviewed on 05/30/2014.

Appearance: Pours a yellow-orange color with a slight haze. Two fingers of fluffy white head. Good lacing stick to the glass. Medium carbonation level.

Aroma: Fruity aroma. Lots of citrus: sweet orange, grapefruit. Some stone and tropical fruit. Hints of melon and white grape. Slight grassy/floral note. Light crackery breadiness on the back.

Taste: Slight citrus bitterness at the front of the tongue. Sweet fruity characters from the nose wash over the tongue. Finishes with a bitterness, fading into a light cracker maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Light body, though not watery. No detectable alcohol presence. Finishes just slightly dry, but remains refreshing. Incredibly easy to drink.

Overall: Firestone Walker has made a very enjoyable session IPA here. Easy Jack remains light and very easily sessionable, while still providing enough flavor to remain interesting. Should be readily available wherever you can get Firestone Walker beers, and was quite affordable at $8.99 per 6-pack. This one is very nice for the warm, summer months.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz cold bottle into pint glass

Appearance - Yellow and fizzy, if it wasn't for the good head retention and lacing one could mistake this for BMC junk. This look is pretty much par for the style though, so not too bad.

Smell - Clean...nice and fresh, slightly sweet fruity/piney hop blast, kind of getting that dank/fusel thing going on

Feel/Taste - Light body as expected, gentle scrubbing carb suits it perfectly, very refreshing. Taste follows suit with the nose with immediate tropical/stone fruit burst, citrus, and piney hop goodness. Trails off with some light biscuity malt and moderate bitterness.

Overall - This is one of only two "session" IPAs I've truly enjoyed so far, the other being Stone Go-To. This is very similar, with ample, delicious hops and a nice, light malt backbone. Like all good beers, it's well balanced. I'll be honest, I'm not a big fan of the style at all, but this is a well-crafted brew for what it is, and I'll probably purchase it in the future.

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Photo of More_betterness
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Brilliantly clear golden/amber body with a pillowy white two finger head that sticks around for a while and then recedes to a thin film after a few minutes. Very effervescent.

S: Mango, pineapple, tangelo zest, and a slightly herbal note. No malt aroma to be found. Smells like an ipa twice it's abv.

T: Not as vibrant as the nose, but still great. Bitter and zesty orange rind and pine, with some notes of watered down pineapple juice and a hint of earthy/herbal hops. Standard Firestone toasty malt backbone.

M: Thin and airy mouthfeel. Moderately high carbonation gives it an almost evaporative texture.

O: I'm going to be drinking a lottt of this this summer. Fantastic aroma/taste profile for such a low abv. Right up there with go to and daytime IMO. Shouldn't be surprised, Mr. Brynildson knows what he's doing!

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

Appearance: Light gold with a decent head and very good lacing. Noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Citrus malts and pine.

Taste: Citrus, pine, malt, and hints of tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, dry and crisp, with a strong hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good stuff. Looks like Firestone-Walker has joined the other big California breweries in offering a tasty but light IPA that may appeal to the masses. Stone’s Go To IPA and Sierra Nevada’s Nooner IPA are very close, and this one is solidly in the middle of the pack. Firestone is fresher, probably because they are right down the road, but they all make for an excellent kick-back-and-kill-a-six-pack session.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a true to form beer here. Came in expecting a mild easy to drink IPA with fresh bright west coast hops, and that's exactly what I got. Citrus (grapefruit) and floras on the nose and palate, with some light breadiness... Light, crisp mouthfeel, with lively carbonation. Easy to drink, refreshing, with all the right notes from Firestone's legacy IPAs: Union and Double Jack. Overall, great beer, and in my opinion, even takes the edge on Stone's new Go To IPA. Welcome addition to the "Jack" family!

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 3/28/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - very light gold with lots of carbonation bubbles that builds a thick, foamy white head. Lacing is decent.
Smell - a strong citrus nose, with a touch of earthy hops!
Taste - a strong presence of both citrus and pine, along with enough malt backbone to give it some complexity.
Feel - light, of course, but the balance of this beer is a very pleasant surprise!
Overall - not a huge fan of the session IPA, but this one is likely my favorite!

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Photo of Celtics17
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall, it taste a lot like many of the session IPA's on the market. Mango, peach, slight malt background. Pine, slight grapefruit. The feel of orange juice, but not the taste.

The smell is bigger than the taste for me with this one. It was fresh tasting, and a nice clear tasting session IPA

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: This is one of the most transparent beers I’ve ever seen. It is completely crystal clear and straw pale in color. A rocky, white head foam up to about a half an inch then quickly settles down to cover the surface of the beer with about an eighth of an inch cap. Underneath, the beer looks lively. A few really big bubble scream towards the surface faster than the hundreds of tiny bubbles surrounding them.

SMELL: Firestone-Walker beers usually really impress my nose. This one smells good, but it lacks intensity. Typical IPA aromas of citrus and pine are a little less pronounced than in some other similar beers while pineapple comes through a little stronger.

TASTE: A lot of hop flavor, a little pine, grass, some notes of sweeter fruits and mildly bitter citrus flavors. The big bitter bite of an IPA, however, is not there. Instead, Easy Jack provides the palate a light tease of bitterness along with a mild bready flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Very easy drinking and medium-bodied - much bigger body than many other Session IPAs. There is a touch of sweetness, but it’s mostly dry. The finish is mostly clean, leaving a hint of hops behind.

OVERALL: This is a very nice example of a Session IPA. As with most things Firestone-Walker does, they brewed this to be spot on for the style. The only thing they haven’t figured out is how to get cans of this out to Colorado in time for my first river trip this year.

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Photo of DaltonC
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a few bottles today in a mixed sixer. Bottled on date 3/28/14, so 11 days old. Served probably 40-50 degrees in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Poured with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly into a thin layer on top. Decent carbonation, color is a very very clear dark yellow with some orange, it's very light, almost like a pilsner. Looks good.

S: It's almost like i'm smelling Go To or Enjoy By, onion/garlic dankness, (could be due to the freshness), citrus, grapefruit, fresh orange, slight bread, there is a specific smell to this that I only ever get from enjoy by/go to and it could be either the freshness of the hops or they used the hop bursting method, either way it smells great.

T: Great, fresh hops, orange, grapefruit, onion/garlic dankness. Slightly watery but not too bad, Go To definitely has a little more flavor.

M: Slight carbonation, a little watery.

Overall this is a great session IPA, very similar to Stone's Go To, less flavorful and hoppy of course. I will be buying this this summer if it's priced less than Stone's.

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

easy jack is outstanding beer, its exactly what we all need, but with so may on the market these days, firestone may be a little late to the party. most fridges are probably already full of daytime, pop-up, lasso, go to, river ale, and however many other low alcohol hop forward beers are out there now. this is super fresh, packaged just last week, and that i think is its greatest strength. blonde beer with a light orange glow and a nice bone white head that slowly relaxes after a few minutes. could a beer be any more perfectly crystal clear? wow! the aroma is awesome here, pineapples freshly slices, and some more familiar citrus notes, but its light as they come. i found the beer to be yummy of course, but almost under flavored. there is basically nothing really happening until the finish, which is beautifully hopped and clean as a whistle. this takes me to summer, and i can see myself drinking this regularly in the hot months, but it just didnt have a lot of flavor up until its conclusion. light, but not quite watery in feel, and extremely well carbonated. dry too. i always say this with session ipas, but founders all day remains, yet again, the standard, and as well as easy jack fills the role, its at least a step below all day, at least for my palate.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle that was bottled on 3/28, super fresh beer. Color is yellow and extremely clear, lots of carbonation and a thin soapy head. Aroma is faint biscuit and very faint hops. Flavor is hoppy, citrus but so thin and no malts really. It's just too watery, hop water. This is a style that is really hard to nail and I think Stone is the only one to have really pulled it off.

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Photo of McStagger
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: God is this one light. Golden, almost to a macro level. Looks very much like a pilsner in the glass. Carbonation is fine and streams up to form a bleach white head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is good.

S: Lots of grapefruit in this one. Mostly pith. Some tropical elements. Slightly dank. More bitter citrus (lemon, lime), some orange. Very citrus forward. Malt is in the mix as well. Light breadiness.

T: Hops are more subdued than in the nose. Very clean and focused. Little to no malt sweetness, so the hops come off as a bit harsh. Crisp, some lime characteristic, some grapefruit, a touch of lemongrass. Incredibly light.

M: Thin, almost watery. Comes with the territory, but definitely lacking any body. A bit sharp.

O: Not a fan. Good hoppiness in the nose, but it tastes like slightly bitter grain water. This style doesn't do it for me.

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Easy Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1851 ratings