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Easy Jack IPA

Rating: 3.75

Another session IPA now, it seems like every American craft brewery under the sun has one of these now and they are increasingly sending them across to the UK, the latest one I’ve picked up coming from California’s Firestone Walker brewery. This one is only the third beer from the brewery that I will have tried, following on from their Walker’s Reserve Porter that doesn’t seem to be brewed any longer and a bottle of their Union Jack IPA which I’ve picked up again alongside this beer. In the past, beers from this brewery have been quite hard to find in the UK with Brewdog bars being just about the only place to try them but my local bottle shop recently starting stocking five of their beers (with a couple in cans) so I immediately snapped up one of each and am starting off with this one. Easy Jack was first brewed in early 2014 as a summer season, production was halted after a hop shortage but the beer is back as a year round offering in 2015 and it gets fairly good online reviews so it must be good, at the time of writing it was the seventh best session IPA on RateBeer; hopefully it won’t disappoint.

Easy Jack IPA

Appearance (4/5): Light golden colour and clear bodied with a few bubbles rising to the surface. This one is a light looking beer than I’d expected for some reason and is topped with a centimetre tall, part foamy/part bubbly white head that holds a little better than you’d think with not much movement at all after the opening minute or so; there’s touches of lace on the glass too.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a strong smelling beer straight off the bat, the hops hit me with this one as soon as I started pouring the can. Initially I got some nice tropical fruit notes and a touch of sweetness with some nice grapefruit and pine in there early on. A slightly more earthy hop aroma follows with some hints of citrus in there as well but overall the beer is really quite fresh on the nose and lively too with some pineapple, mango and apricot all making an appearance before some orange zest sees things out.
Taste (7/10): The taste of this one is still hoppy but it’s definitely toned down a little from the nose, there is some grapefruit and pine upfront with a little citrus orange and pineapple. Earthy and grassy hops come more to the forefront here with a bit of mango too. Some faint hints of malts start to come through towards the end but these are secondary to the hops and there’s not much else going on really.
Palate (4/5): Easy Jack is a smooth and quite crisp beer, the body was a little lighter than I’d have liked with average carbonation and a very dry, fairly bitter finish although it doesn’t overpower thankfully and the balance remains good throughout.

Overall (15/20): This one was quite an enjoyable beer from Firestone Walker despite being the worst of the three beers from them that I’ve reviewed here thus far, the other two were both outstanding though. On it’s own this one is a fairly drinkable and easy going session IPA that I could see myself drinking a few of but it was fairly one dimensional with a blast of hops early on and not a whole lot else sadly; I did like it but it didn’t blow me away the same way the likes of Stone’s Go To IPA did at the end of last year.

Brewed In: Paso Robles, California, United States of America
Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Session IPA
Abv: 4.7%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co.  (Glasgow)
Price: £2.60

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  1. October 28, 2015 at 11:54

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