PW's Year of Beer: Firestone Walker Easy Jack session IPA

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at tips@philadelphiaweekly.com.

American brewers are finally starting to realize that beer lovers want tasty options that are lower in alcohol than the heavy hitters so common in the craft world, which is why we’re seeing a sudden surge in “session IPAs,” hoppy, flavorful ales that have the potency of a light beer without sacrificing flavor. Over the last year, brewers like Stone, Founders and Sierra Nevada have all dipped their toes in these waters. The latest to give this category a whirl is the always impressive Firestone Walker—and it’s no surprise that they absolutely nail it. Easy Jack is the smaller, more nimble sibling of Union Jack and Double Jack, their IPA and Double IPA, respectively, but being smaller is certainly no knock against it. The body is uber-light and crisp and utterly chuggable, yet you won’t want to chug this brew. Not when it’s bursting with huge aromas of melon and grapefruit and orange peel. The hop flavor is also huge yet lacks the blistering bitterness you’d expect, making this beer supremely flavorful without sacrificing the drinkability we want from a session beer. You’ll be seeing a lot of this this summer. Watch for it on draft in the weeks ahead.
 

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