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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   ABV: -
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First the name - Hop Jacks (or Hop Backs as they are also called) are pieces of traditional brewing equipment that are used to add fresh hop flavors and aromas to the hot wort as it is transferred from the brew kettle to the heat exchanger. Fresh hop flowers would be placed in the Hop Jack for the very freshest hop character. Though hop jacks are still in use, they are not in use here. However, the results achieved with this beer are similar and represent the kind of hop character that is achieved using a Hop Jack.

This beer is one of a series that will showcase the diversity of hop varieties available to us. Each batch of Hop Jack Ale will have the same malt recipe but will differ in the hops used. The ibu's will remain the same also, allowing the drinker to appreciate the differences between hop varieties. The malt profile for this beer is very simple, using only pale ale malt and a very light caramel malt. We will make this beer in 1/2 size batches so expect it to move quickly. Served unfiltered. Stop in and see what hop we used this time!


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6568) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 13, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear gold with a grayish head that dissipates completely. Aroma has an earthy combination of earthy pine and grass with a solid grain backbone. Flavor has a nice earthy pine with some underlying nice sweet grain.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Draft. Cloudy deep gold/orange. Dense, off-white head. Aroma of orange, citrus, raw hops. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Earthy, raw hop flavor. Taste of citrus, orange, dough. Standard fare.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
keith0718 (365) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 21, 2013
Growler. Consumed same day. This would be a decent hoppy pale ale, except for the fact that it is virtually flat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3391) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Comes a clear light amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrus, malt, and caramel. Taste is tropical fruits and caramel malt. Uncomplicated but very tasty!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4459) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Pours a mostly translucent copper with a smaller white head. Aroma of citrus, mango and light caramel malt. Flavor is dry and hoppy. Really well done pale ale. The citrusy and tropical fruit hop notes shine. Some bready malt poking through.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdntklrmth (34) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Ah, Free State. I'm proud to have you in my back yard. This beer is nice. Simple. Damn simple. Not a lot of malts thrown at you and not a lot of hops. And the simplicity works. Light straw-amber in color and brilliantly clear, this beer goes down great after a mountain bike ride. Clean tasting and some slightly fruity hop character, this beer is not too bitter. It's refreshing. I'd call it a pale ale even though it's classified as an IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2890) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2012
Very good pale ale. I wish this was available more often. Pungent hop aroma. Pours golden yellow. Tangy and delightful.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3429) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma of floral hops and bready malt. Flavor is very very bready with a bitter hops finish. Pleasantly drinkable and an interesting pale ale. 7/4/7/4/14 [3.6/5]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Caramel cereal grain and earthy hops aroma and taste with a pungent bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2404) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2010
UPDATED: APR 29, 2013 Citra version
10oz long thin tulip glass. Beer pours beautifully with a frothy head and a definitely unfiltered, dark orange color that allows little clarity. Aroma is fresh and crisp with tangy, light, citrus hops. The hops are accompanied well in the flavor with a malt backbone that is present but does not get in the way of the hops. Goes down easy.

German Norther Brewer
Similar score, the floral/herbal hops work well with this malt bill as well.

Calypso
This was by far the least interesting. It felt like there were less hops or the hops were more subtle, can’t pinpoint exactly the defining character of this hop.


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