Friday, June 13, 2014

Firestone Walker Easy Jack

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1111) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip/goblet. It was bottled on 4/14/14 and cost $2.85 ($0.24 per ounce).

Appearance: Straw yellow hue, very hazy but carbonation is visible. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which laces and retains pretty well.

Smell: Strong dry hop aroma of tropical fruit and herbal notes (due to the Mosaic hops I’m sure).

Taste: The American West Coast breweries tend to make great IPAs and double IPAs, though they still haven’t quite mastered the so-called session IPA yet. Firestone Walker Easy Jack is a good example of what I mean. While it’s a perfectly fine beer, it’s not an especially impressive example of the emerging style.

The description of the brew on the brewery’s website indicates a lot of specialty malts were used in brewing this. It’s ironic that the base palette is so mild and simple. I get a flavor akin to unsweetened tea, lemon peel and any kind of clear citrusy soda. The hops are of course quite prominent, but are being used for flavor rather than bitterness. They account for the citrus components I’m sure, and perhaps a hint of herbal spice, too. I can’t help buy find the beer to be a little too mild for its own good, though. Enjoyable for it is, though.

Drinkability: I have mixed feelings on the delivery of Firestone Walker Easy Jack. On one hand the beer is noticeably thin, almost watery, and seems to accentuate the mildness of the brew. On the other hand, it is only 4.5% ABV after all, and it’s ridiculously easy to drink and is even refreshing for a moment. There’s a slightly dry, lingering aftertaste, but that’s washed away by the next swig. If this were drank for its performance value it would definitely perform. 
Grade: 7/10

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