Hop Jack IPA
Blackstone Brewing Company

Hop Jack IPAHop Jack IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #5,799
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
84
Ranked #33,973
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 8.6%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
93
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Blackstone Brewing Company
 
Tennessee, United States
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Photo of WunderLlama
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Ryman theatre

Copper colored liquid , thin white layer , quickly dissolved to a ring

Aroma is piney, citrus

Taste is citrus , orange pith

Medium feel, low sudsing, hop nibble

Good beer

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a gently hazed, light golden body with a medium-small, white head.

Smell: Floral, lightly resiny tones and spent citrus slices overtop some slight bready hints.

Taste: Pale malted bready barley with some opening sweetish notes of honey or blonde caramel soon shift to hoppier tones of citrus fruits, light pith and a little resin. Moderate bitterness which coasts through the finish, as does a little pithy lemon-lime.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Fine albeit forgettable.

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Photo of beergoot
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep, bright gold body with a lasting, thick and creamy head. Decent aroma; a bit of light malt, a bit of citrus and pine hop qualities. Balanced flavor, doing a good job of juggling low-key bready malt base with a snappy hop bitterness. Medium body; some residual sugar notes yet leaves a mostly dry finish on the palate.

All in all, a solid India pale ale, well-balanced and delivering some fine taste sensations. The aroma was rather light, but the appearance was super and the taste and feel spot-on for the style.

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Photo of kcarlson
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Golden pour, beautiful lace remains with multiple patterns. Skunky on the nose but very smooth IPA flavor, albeit a bit rough on the texture, but that is forgotten once the smooth and only slightly bitter finish takes over. Delicious and delightful mid-range IPA. High citrus at first then middle warmth of the barley, then clean slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I got this off the single shelf at the Kroger in Antioch whilst there for a hockey tournament at the Ford Center. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of bitter citrus. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is mild citrus. The taste follows the nose with some hops tossed in.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bit of a throwback IPA to the early years of American craft when American brewers were pulling away from the replication of European beer, a malt balance was necessary, hops were bitter and biting and a charming rusticity emerges. That's what Blackstone Brewery's flagship IPA continues to do.

Medium amber and typically dry-hop hazy, the frothy ale draws a scent of citrus, spruce, spice and sod with a rich caramelized aroma lying just underneath. And those caramels roll onto the tongue with hints of poundcake, medium toast and pecan.

As the malt sweetness slowly retreats, the hops pull from the sweetness and hollows out a sharp taste of pink grapefruit and freshly zested oranges. As the juiciness of malt digresses to a light and starchy support, the fruitiness turns to the bitter peels of citrus while the grassy, green and leafy taste of the hop's vegetation gives a herbal and stemmy taste with a strong grip of pine resin.

Medium bodied but trending malty dry, the caramel and light toffee holds onto a light balance even though the ale proves to be decidedly hop forward. Its bitter grip of pine sap and dried citrus peel resonate long and spicy into the next sip, seemingly begging for a pairing with buffalo chicken wings.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle.
- Slightly hazy, golden color, minimal head, medium lacing
- Slight aroma of piney hops
- Average piney hop taste
- Smooth mouth feel
- Overall okay

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very clear with a clean light smell. Not too many hop notes in the nose or the taste. Beer is drinkable even if you have to buy it, but wouldn't go out of my way to purchase.

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Photo of jp32
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange in color with a nice bright white head on top.

Aroma is of citrus, lime, and honey. Possibly malty for it's style.

Yup. Lots of pale malts in the flavor. Some hops too, but not much when considering the style. Comes on with a piney bitternesss. It's really somewhat of a boring IPA altogether.

Body is a touch on the thin side. It isn't "bad" by any means, however, the more I drink this of this beer, the more difficult it becomes to find something about that it is better than mediocre.

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Photo of rjd722
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Judge Bean's in Nashville. Clear, light orange-amber with a small head and nice lacing. A hoppy floral aroma with some nice citrus. Perfect level of bitterness, citrus and floral on the taste. Solid IPA!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the first ipa i had from tennessee i think, and it was a little underwhelming. it had some haze from the tap, but not much head. its got a really clean overall profile, not too much bitterness or hops oils making it heavier. its very light, with just a grassy almost euro hop complexion rather than something more american. i can see this making sense in a warm southern weather context, but in the context of american craft ipa, i think it leaves a bit to be desired. it appears to be almost all pale two row base malt, and not a lot of flavor comes from it. i would almost call it a session ipa given its lightness of feel and all, but it has too high of an abv, and the hops just dont quite get there for me. mild citrus notes in the finish keeps it refreshing, but i preferred almost every other beer i had from these guys to this one. of all the cool beers i had in tennessee, i really didnt encounter anything on the hoppy side that was too impressive. the lighter stuff is what stood out for me, but my experience was limited...

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Photo of denver10
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear light golden with limited dirty white head. Aroma is sweet lemon, orange and florals from the hops on top of a buiscity malt foundation. Flavor follows suit with a piney finish. A creamy, crisp and active mouthfeel. Overall, decent but simple and boring. Easy to drink, just as easy to forget though. Would drink again given the market, but wouldn't in an area with stronger local options.

My rating: 3.10

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Photo of 5thOhio
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased on a road trip to Nashville. Aroma is slightly citrus/floral. Pours a rich honey color with a 1/2 inch white head that dissipates to a thin film of clotted foam. Nice lacing.

Taste starts slightly citrus with a faint sweetness, but piney flavors kick in at the end. Carbonation is solid and mouthfeel is good, not thin. Strong bitterness lingers on each taste.

Brought this and an APA home and also had a few pints at the brewpub. Quite solid offerings in an area not really known for a craft beer scene---but it's improving.

Very good beer. I'd buy this again in a minute if I could get it. And if you happen to be in Nashville, I'd definitely recommend a trip to the brewpub.

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Photo of BrodyMan
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Copper in color.

Not much of a head but I suspect that was due to the small glass and pour.

Great aroma.

Quite a bit of hoppy bite, which I like. This beer is extremely dry and the dryness hangs around forever. The dryness is its overwhelming characteristic. In any case, this is a very good IPA and I will drink it again. It is not a "must try" IPA, in my opinion, but I'd happily pick up a sixer of this any time.

If you like dry and hoppy, give it a shot.

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Photo of sommersb
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 06-03-2014
Freshness: Best by 08-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

Clear beer, copper in color. The offwhite head is about 2 fingers high, with a good lacing and very nice retention. Aromas are all about citrus hop smells, with pineapple coming to mind.

The taste has a sharp bitterness to it, almost to a fault due to some astringency, but is still good. Tropical fruits are the dominant flavor from the hops; little in the way of malts are tasted. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a finish that is fairly dry and quite bitter.

Overall a very well-made IPA from Blackstone.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger white head with nice lacing and good retention on a clear orange gold body. Very nice Hop profile for the aroma with mix of earthy herbal an citrus hops but a bit mild for a west coast ipa style. Flavors are decently hoppy but they blend together hurting complexity with mostly pine resin, tart citrus and earthy hops on a nicely balanced misty pale malt profile. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Oily body coating the palate.

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Hop Jack IPA from Blackstone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 93 ratings