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.