Easy Jack
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #1,751
Ranked #9,901
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: 302 | Ratings: 1,851
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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance had a super light crisp clear yellow color with a moderate amount of carbonation seen rising to feed a small level coating of a head. The head rather rapidly dissipated for the most part. There were light lacy rings around the sides of the glass. The aroma was largely focused around a piney bittering but did allow a fairly nice sweet malt to enter as it warmed. The taste was all the way bitter and the sweet malt took an even greater background in the flavor. There was a super dry bitter finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a pretty good sessionable quality about it. The carbonation seemed to be on par for the IPA style as there was just enough harshness but was still not too much of the in your face bitter pounding of my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good beer worthy of having again.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6/3/17 (Chicago). 12 oz can canned March 3, 2016 poured into pint glass. Cloudy blond pour, slight white head, mild carbonation. Citrus, pine and hops noted in pleasant aroma. Taste similar, bitter and enjoyed. Somewhat sweet. Firm mouth presence and texture solid and felt this going down. Overall very good IPA offering by Firestone Walker.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed this at Target yesterday. Very drinkable, great aromas of piney hops and sweet citrus. Taste is very drinkable, however a little overly bitter in the finish. Good subtle hop/citrus balance, very light bodied beer with pretty heavy carbonation. Not my favorite by Firestone, but great as a sessionable brew.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice beer from a great brewing company. Tried it at a bar in Virginia an hour or so ago and was surprised to see Firestone so Far East. Pleasantly surprised. Hot as hell at a covered outside bar and it really hit the spot. Not cold but served just cold enough.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned on February 8th 2017.

L: Clear orange gold, two finger fluffy off-white head. Good retention.

S: Bready, orange citrus, herbal.

T: Follows the nose.

F: Light, good carbonation.

O: Definitely a Session IPA. Pretty good.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This pours a handsome pale straw with a medium wet head and spotty lace. I was very impressed with the full bore Firestone IPA and am hoping the session selection makes a similar impression. Nose is lightly toasted malt and medicinal and herbal hopping. Not terribly strong, but balanced and enticing.

Flavor is likewise nice but lacking some of the intense deliciousness of the Union Jack. Clean in finish and very light in body, this is crisp and tasty but ultimately leaves me wanting something a little more. Kind of like trying to make a cup of tea with an already used tea bag and the taste is the same but much weaker, almost a ghost of the original: looks good but in reality its an illusion. Definitely would be great outdoors in summer heat in the daytime but not something I'll be looking for regularly.

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

1-13-17 (12oz bottle, San Mateo) Nice fruity/hop aroma, balanced flavors, a really good beer (Had on draft in Santa Maria when it first came out and it still as good as I recall)

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled Jan 18th 2017.

Beaming crystal clear, with a shiny amber orange body color loaded with fine amounts of fast and furious carbonation. Head creation is simple white, but reaches only to about two fingers. Minimal retention, but some, about a finger as it settles with some faint scattered lacing. Quite a nice looking session IPA.

Delicious hop aroma. Juiced up hop glory, hitting with citrus and light tropical notes. Airy malt bill, but the focus here is on the hop profile which is quite impressive in a low abv package. Tangerine spritzy character abounds, with a light almost effervescent quality. Really well done.

As for session IPA, the beer pretty much brings what expected. Light airy malt and little body, with touches of wet character. A flavorful hop quality hits the mid palate in citrus and tropics but comes out more airy and light than anticipated. True to style finishes quick and wet, but has some flour like character on the aftertaste, and flattened mineral water body.

It's a session IPA, but at least with an impressive hop quality. But as session IPAs go everything else gets dialed down, making the beer seem less impressive than it hints at.

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Photo of Spike
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl oz can.
Pours gold with plenty of carbonation and a foaming, white head that has decent staying power.
Fruity nose, lots of soft citrus, plus floral.
Taste follows the nose with moderate to low bitterness and a hint of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is soft, with a good level of carbonation.
Excellent, easy drinking, hoppy yet refreshing, session IPA. Lots of flavour and a good mouthfeel with a low ABV.

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

Very zesty crisp IPA. Pours pale yellow, orange color with a light head. Smell is citrus and pine. Taste is tropical hops orange, mango.... Refreshing. Mouth feel is on the light side with mild carbonation.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap at Bottoms Up, Jingan in Shanghai China.

A: Pure clear golden with a 1.5 finger white head.

S: Citrus and light pine. Slight bread note.

T: Pretty balanced. Floral hops with balancing bread note.

Overall: Very drinkable. Refreshing to not fall into "extreme" category. Good hop profile while remaining balanced. Good easy drinking beer.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear orange body, soapy white head that fades but leaves thick lace. Nose is pregnant with sweet tropical fruit flavors- orange, mango, pineapple, tangerine, plus powdered sugar, nearly taking it to that ridiculous Froot Loop level. Flavor is also heavy with tropical fruits, but adds a touch of earthy hops to offer variety from the sweetness. The Froot Loop flavor remains, leading me to believe there is a substantial amount of sugary crystal malts in this one. Bitterness finally shows through late on the finish. Body is crisp, light weight, a bit syrupy, and actually lacks carbonation.
Wow, what a delicious beer. This is not only a session beer in strength but also flavor- if I had my way with these, people watching might think I had a half hour before I could never drink a beer again. I wish the body had more zip, but otherwise this one got knocked out of the park.

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Photo of bark
3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear yellow liquid; two finger compact head. Some lacing. It looks very much like a Pilsner.

The light smell got notes of citric peels and quite a lot of sharp sweetness. Distinct lime squash.

The taste is clean with medium bitterness. Pilsner malt and fresh squeezed lime, some sour fruit candy. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is clean with bitterness and sweetness. Lemon/lime. The long finish is bitter.

The carbonation is fresh and strong; small sharp long-lived bubbles. The liquid is semi-smooth.

Very clean and over carbonated. Not bad, but nothing special either.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a golden yellow with good head and lacing. Smells of hops, citrus, and a good tropical mix. Taste is very nice, smooth as it gets hops blend with cool citrus to back the bitter. Overall clean feel to this beer. I was so happy with how easy and smooth this IPA was, it is so drinkable its scary. Awesome guys, this is a true beer of beers.....

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Photo of josanguapo
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Beergium. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 3x10. Bottled 19 Feb. Excellent job in making a sessionable, refreshing and moreish brew. Pretty tasty and aromatic too, with just the adequate amount of bitterness. Notes to grapefruit. To repeat fresher, when I suppose it should be awesome

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

Appearance: Half-cloudy golden amber here, with a frothy head of off-white suds and a thick web of lace.

Aroma: Citrusy and tropical hops. Nice!

Taste: Citrus and tropical hops again, with a touch of bitter at the finish. Overall, a solid and light-bodied session IPA, easy to enjoy but not overly memorable. Good, solid work, but not one I’d pursue again, either.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and yellow in color, looks good, ample clarity, soft 1/2" white head. Aroma is a jacking of smells, plenty of hops, vegetal, pine, bright citrus and tropical fruits, this ain't no bitter C bomb in and of itself.

There is almost no malt bill to this, its so light and effortless, like drinking hop water all over the place. The bitterness is almost non existent as well. Very clean beer. Late hopped very heavily. When you're wanting to get your hop fix during daytime and hot weather, this is an elite choice at your disposal.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives clear and golden colored with a modest but sticky head; very nice lacing action

Smell: Fruity and bright, with a hint of grass; tropical fruit tones dominant

Taste: Just a touch of malt to propel the hops forward, with tropical fruit tones of papaya and mango, as well as melon and stone fruit; slightly grassy, through the middle; citrusy bitterness builds along with a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A nice session IPA - not my favorite but it does the trick

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

1L howler from the Sherbrooke Liquor store, they of the special allotment of Firestone Walker kegs in Alberta, it would seem.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and sort of bubbly off-white head, which leaves some layered windshield ice lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of domestic citrus rind (orange, lemon, and white grapefruit), grainy and crackery pale malt, a subtle hard water flintiness, some ethereal yeast phenols, and zippy piney, floral, and wet hay-like hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, some very understated caramel sweetness, muddled citrus peel, a hint of more complex tropical notes, some mint-like spiciness (again, probably the yeast), more damp stoniness, and some edgy leafy, floral, and herbal green hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty tame in their basic, structurally sound frothiness, the body a decent middleweight for this otherwise chronically lacking sub-style, and more or less smooth, the heretofore heady hops taking a well-earned breather at just the right time. It finishes off-dry, the base malt possessing the extra legs to keep those pesky-ass hops duly in line.

Overall, this is certainly one of the better iterations of this tenuous (IMHO) style, in that it fixes one of the biggest failing points - what with its solid malt backbone and commensurate mouthfeel component. Maybe it's those extra unfermented and unfiltered out sugars kicking about, but they make this one seem like a much bigger brew than it actually is, and that, is commendable.

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Photo of Thumper99
2.64/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

One dimensional session ale with bitterness and very little hop or malt to back it up. Session ales are my new go to purchases and I was disappointed by this one.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle copped at Total Wine and More. Hands down one of my favorite session beers. Tangerine and citrus flavors predominate the palate. Easily drinkable, leaves you wanting more. Hop presence is near perfect. Highly recommended as a go-to brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Easy Jack IPA"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 05/26/16" and sampled on 07-23-16.
From a mixed 12-pack for $18.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Clear golden body beneath a frothy head of white. The head drops relatively shortly but continues to maintain a solid surface covering for quite some time. The lacing is limited in the same way. It'll initially leave spots and streaks with each sip, but as it sits they seem to turn back to liquid and disappear.

Aroma: Citrusy over a lightly sweet grainy malt base.

Flavor: Lots of grapefruit with some other tropical notes (mango, pineapple, melon) and some mild pine and resin. The malt is right behind it, and full enough that it doesn't seem hollow like many session IPAs (the ones that are almost like hop water). It's got a very firm bitterness to it, and it's nicely balanced. The fruity and piney/grassy hops linger in the finish along with a dollop of doughy malt for seemingly forever.

Mouthfeel: Modem bodied and smooth with a just slightly less than standard carbonation level.

Overall: Impressive. It's loaded with flavor even as a pale ale, and then amped up in hop flavor to morph it into an "IPA". Quite possibly the best "session IPA" I've ever tasted.

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

Pours a clean golden straw color with a small white head that fades quickly, not much lacing on the glass.

Smell has a very grassy hop aroma, not picking much else up.

Taste starts out with a touch of sweetness from the malt then a grassy hop aftertaste takes over, leans heavily on the bitter grassiness without much citrus zest or grapefruit or any other associative hop flavors, finishes dry, good medium carbonation level.

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