Fly Jack
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,973
ABV:
4%
Score:
81
Ranked #45,830
Avg:
3.52 | pDev: 13.07%
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
164
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  18
SCORE
81
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Notes: Everything you want from a hazy IPA with nothing to weigh you down. Citrus, hazy, crisp. This is Flyjack, Firestone Walker's new 96-calorie beer. Maximum flavor, minimal calories, no compromises.

ABV: 4%

IBU: 25

COLOR: 5.5

MALTS: 2-Row, Wheat, Munich, Oats

HOPS: Kettle: Cascade, Callista. Dry Hop: Strata, Mosaic, Chinook, Sabro
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Bilch from California

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

19.3 oz can, canned 07/23/20 abv 4%. poured into 16oz mason jar.
Look: Light lemon, hazy, 2 inch head fades fast, with decent lacing.
smell: slight citrus, slight pine.
taste: slight citrus, pine, with a mild, upfront bitterness. slight sweet, grassiness.
feel: medium low carbonation. slight wateriness, crisp, clean, refreshing.

overall: I purchased this in a hurry. I got my usual beer and one to rate. I normally wouldn’t have purchased this, because promoted low calorie, plus the hazy,( and plus an ipa?). I was expecting a little bit of a disappointment, but can’t say that I was. This is a flavorful, easy drinking, light beer that has some distinct flavor and body that reminds you that firestone-walker is indeed are darn good brewers.

Feb 05, 2021
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BillAfromSoCal from California

3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I tried this as an experiment to delve into low ABV IPAs. Canned 11/25/20.
Bought from a grocery store room temp shelf on 1/3/21. consumed 1/4/21. Pours a barely hazy, very light yellow with a head about 2 fingers in a tulip glass. You can smell the citrus, but it is not in-your-face intensity. Leaves some nice lacing, but the head is not very persistent. Immediate impression upon tasting is "thin". Some weak citrus flavor. Thin mouthfeel. I lost my enthusiasm when I realized it was hardly any (maybe even no) improvement in drinking experience over some NA beers with lower calories, but alas, I have 5 cans left.

Jan 05, 2021
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150lRoast from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a hazy lemon yellow with a small head. The carbonation was light. The taste was nice with citrus and hop flavor. It was light on carbonation.

Feels like a light beer but much more full in flavor. Given that this is only 96 carbs and 4% abv. If you needs a session beer, I think this is a great alternative to beers from the big breweries, especially if you want that IPA taste.

Dec 31, 2020
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Profundobaso from New York

3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - poured from a 12 oz can. Hazy lemon yellow in color, a light one finger head with bits of lacing.

Smell - mainly tropical fruits, some sweetness and some light citrus.

Taste - pretty light. Has all the makings of a hazy, but just a bit toned down overall in taste. some good hoppy flavor comes through, although with not too much bitterness. finish is simple, with just a little bit of sweetness in the aftertaste as well.

Feel - light bodied, medium carbonation, and low ABV at 4%.

Overall - as advertised: a low ABV, low calorie hazy IPA. it doesn't pack quite as much flavor as the standard hazy, but it's got more flavor than an standard "light beer".

Dec 31, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz can from a variety box:

"Hazy India Pale Ale." "4.0% ABV." [I have trouble reconciling those two claims.]

Finishes tasting like coconut La Croix/suntan lotion, but it's not as bad as that makes it sound. 2-row, floral hop flavour.

Balanced enough, but its hop profile is wanting. Not an IPA by any stretch, but the whole low calorie marketing angle continues to be cute...

High C / AVERAGE

Dec 14, 2020
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mjurney from Texas

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Golden, slight haze. Medium rising bubbles. Frothy head, moderate head retention. Leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma:
Floral, fresh cut grass, some citrus, a little sweetness.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Hop bitterness is mild, mostly citrus and floral. Some bread, cracker. Finish is mostly dry. Light bodied, low carbonation, fairly drinkable.

Overall:
Not too impressed, but it's fairly good.

Oct 27, 2020
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Rschis16 from Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Super fizzy off white head that bubbles itself down quickly over a hazy muted yellow beer. The aroma brings a ton of citrus juiciness and a touch of resin, some pine lurking in there too. The flavor follows the nose, lots of orange, mango tropical juiciness, touch of resin maybe and...then not a whole lot more. There is virtually no body to this but they hid that fact reasonably well with a super high carbonation that somewhat has the effect of giving you that full mouth feel. But it doesn't linger long enough and finishes bone dry and quick and let's the cat out of the bag. Then you notice the watery body for what it is--the body of a lo-cal IPA. For what it's worth though, that initial punch of juicy hops is really nice, but unfortunately about halfway down the glass, it started reminding me of a hoppy spiked seltzer and it was hard to get past that. Maybe they just need to water it down some more and market it that way...!

Oct 25, 2020
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Beaver13 from Colorado

1.9/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz can, canned on 8/24/20. Pours hazy white-yellow with a small fizzy white head that quickly goes to a thin dusting.

The aroma is subdued - floral soapy notes with a little green hops.

The flavor is bready malt with a little earthy citrus hops. It's medium bodied but very washed out and watery.

Overall, very subdued but not that good.

Oct 24, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy light gold in body with white soapy head. Aroma of citrus, lemon rind, grass, and papaya. Tastes of papaya, citrus, grass, lemon, and lime. Light bitterness towards the finish. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Oct 11, 2020
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Reidrover from Oregon

2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

19.2 oz can from West Salem Safeway..$2.29 ..oh way out of date. 3 months old. when will i learn!
Pours an unusual lemon jello coloured hazy yellow with a good sized thick and frothy whitehead
.Still some lemon zest, orange peel and white grape aromas!
Taste however is really weakened, probably by the age, lemlon zest water..thats bout it.
Mouth feel watery and unproductive.
I really need to check dates especially in supermarkets nowadays.

Sep 19, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(19.2 oz can, canned on 03/05/20; purchased cold single from local standby... poured into proper imperial pint)

L: not-all-that-hazy, straw, yellow-amber colored liquid; big fine foam on pour, collapsed into spitty inlet... no lace, not any

S: very very mild intensity in aromas: fresh green grass, white grapefruit oil... dull, generic hard candy essence to the base - hops/malt in tandem

T: newly-rolled oats, dried grass... subsequent sips show the fragrant, resinous, yet mellow citrus and tropical fruit flavors of the hops develop, layering on the palate

F: light-bodied, but hardly watery; soft, disappearing finish, with delicate waves of bitter resins biting and exciting the palate... arguably a touch more chub than say a pils, but not quite the smoothness

O: likely gonna go in for a can mixer featuring a fresher packaging of this... it's got the core, base flavors of a hazy, just relatively thinned out... as others have suggested, this is at best a light APA... this is what they've gotta do these days (1678)

Sep 11, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale yellow with a 1 inch white head. Moderate lacing. Hazy.

Aroma is mango, rotten fruit, light citrus, slightly floral.

Taste is citrus, vegetables, biscuit malts.

Light bodied, thin and watery. Light carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Light beers are getting much better than the swill from my youth. An IPA? Not in my book.

Aug 26, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fly Jack pours a hazyish, translucentish yellow color, with almost no head. Sweet fruity, citrus aroma. Flavor is is light, crisp, clean, sweet, lots of fruit and citrus, hints of lemon. Good body and feel. Overall, a very tasty, lighter IPA, very refreshing, sweeter, with some nice fruit notes.

Aug 26, 2020
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale yellow color with a light haze. Large white head that dissipated rapidly. A little bit of lace.
Not much aroma. some citrus.
Light lemon taste, late floral hops.
Crisp and refreshing.

Aug 22, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd time trying to review this beer, damn itunes be screwing up lately. Its funny too, all their quadruple layer security features screw up and I just pay amazon to download music instead because of it.

Anyways, I really dug this beer at the beginning of softball season, reminds me a lot of their (other) session ipa, but I guess this one is "hazy". Shoulder shrug. Slightly cloudy.

Pours with a good degree of clarity for something referenced as hazy on the can, could be more of a marketing thing. Looks golden, relatively clear and 1/2" white head. Real good aromatics here, probably the best ever for something that brags about low calories. Bright citrus hoppy goodness, like Citra, even though there is no Citra here.

Taste is super easy going, hop water beer is a good descriptor. Ever mild toasted pale malt nicely holds up a much larger hop impact. Its a real airy kind of tangerine and orange hop flavor.

I guess because this is sessiony (i.e. the opposite of imperial) it don't rate well at Imperial Beer Advocate. But if you like to stay active in say softball or ski season, this is a great choice.

Aug 10, 2020
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried first time after yard work, that was very good ! It is very light but I really enjoyed it. I was quite thirsty though, so that likely skewed my taste. I ll have to revisit in a normal session.

Aug 10, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & not so hazed gold with a thumb of pearl colored head. A little head retention & lacing

S: Pineapple & coconut, some leafy hops once warm

T: Follows the nose, very lightly, some dryness & lime notes as well up front. More coconut, pineapple & light grassyness as this warms. Finishes a little dry with some pineapple & grassyness

MF: Light/medium body, crisp carbonation , good balance

I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. I usually loathe Low Calorie IPAs, not sure I would buy this much, but would never say no to one

Jul 31, 2020
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy, translucent yellow. Small white head. Decent retention, spotty lacing.

Aroma of pineapple, orange, lemon, peanutty oats.

The taste translates to floral lemon, pineapple, a hint of orange or mango, and peanutty oats. Crisp and clean. Lightly dry. No bitterness.

A pretty good NE session IPA. A bit watery but fruity and refreshing.
Light mouthfeel, but not quite watery. Moderately carbonated. A hint of creaminess in the middle before going watery.

Jul 14, 2020
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. Picked up from grocery store during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a Firestone variety 12pack. CANNED ON 05/13/20 printed on bottom of can so this should still be fresh.


Appearance - Pours large loose soapy head with low retention and extremely sporadic, patchy weak stick. Hazy to the point of near complete opacity. 3.25

Smell - Wet grass rounded out with some citrus sweetness. Not bad, just boring. 3.25

Taste - Again, inoffensive, just boring. Sort of like a lemon flavored sparkling water that's just on the verge of going flat. 3.35

Mouthfeel - A little thin and water. At least it does have some zest which keeps it from being too boring. 3.5

Overall - Completely forgettable. Not bad. No off characters. But maybe slightly under par. 3.25

Jul 09, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This appears to be Firestone Walker's entry into the session beer Olympics...what? No more Easy Jack? Anyway, this starts with a pale yellow as hue and features mostly pineapple and lemon zest in the nose but little else.

This is very carbonated but easy to drink. The drawback is the limited flavor. This would be easy to pound outside in hot weather, but so is PBR. Choose your 96 calories carefully people, they can't be all things to all beer drinkers...

Jul 07, 2020
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dumbassed 19.2oz can (dated 3/5/20) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a mostly cloudy, very pale yellow color with 1-1/4 inches of white head that moderate retention and no lacing.

Pineapple hops in the nose, with no malt/grain foundation. Very much the same on the tongue, a one-note pineapple song.

The body was light, crisp, well-carbed, and had a dry finish. Drinkability was fine, but not thrilling. Overall, if someone handed me one at a cookout, or down by the river, I'd drink it and be happy enough. But, I wouldn't seek it out again.

Jul 07, 2020
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy yellow color with a small carbonated head. Head retention is very mild as is lacing. Does have a nice, light, crisp, citrus aroma. There is some juicy citrus on the taste but it is mostly watered down hops with some very mild grassy bitterness on the end. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. It really isn't bad for what it is intended to do - drink all day while by the pool or in the river.

Jul 02, 2020
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elNopalero from California

3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a can.
What stood out to me is a bit of a bicarbonate minerality. Overly excessive, and unexpected. Felt this to be thin bodied, with a quick finish. Prefer Easy Jack over this one.

Jun 29, 2020
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mgaustin2525 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprising for a "light" beer. While the head fades fast, the flavor stands up. It's a mild IPA, but for a beer with 5 grams of carbs it's refreshing and is obviously a quality brew. I think it could be a little more hop-forward, but that's probably tricky in a low-cal/low-carb beer.

Jun 28, 2020
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loubar from California

4.82/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

If you appreciate light beer, I found this one to be outstanding. It packs a lot for its 96 calories. Very well balanced. Light, yet malty, mildly hoppy and refreshing. You could drink a bunch of these on a hot day (or anytime) and not feel bloated or full. You have to know what you're doing to brew light beer as enjoyable as this.

Jun 26, 2020
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