Free State Hop Jack Ale
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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   ABV: -
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Name: Hop Jack - Ahtanum
Date: 01/25/2008
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: cloudy orange, fine off white head, specks of lace,
Aroma: sweet fruity malt aroma with lots of floral hops,
Flavor: sweet crystal malt flavor, lots of hop flavor, nice floral and earthy character, lots of fruity character comes out of a 48 hour old growler

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Growler thanks to csbosox: Pours a hazy copper orange with a thin, spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh citrusy grapefruity hops and some semi-sweet pale malt. Body starts with a nice mild sweetness and good fresh citrusy hoppy balance before a crisp, bittersweet finish. A very drinkable and well-flavored APA. Thanks Chris!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Draught at brewpub. Orange hue. Nice floral aroma. Solid hoppy presence. "This is good," I said. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2004
At the brewpub ... Yellow-orange and hazy. Little sticky head. Very nice grapefruity hoppiness on a well balanced beer. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5441) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 17, 2016
On tap at the brewpub. Comes a mostly clear gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, and malt. Taste is citrus, fruit, pine, and malt. Nice addition of the Hop Jack series.
Earlier Rating: 1/11/2013 Total Score: 3.8
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Growler purchased on Dec. 6, 2008 and drank two days later. The body is cloudy medium gold with a long lasting bright white head. The aroma is nice grapefruit and fresh baked bread. There is also some good fresh cut green wood. The taste is medium orange peels and grass. There is also some Russet potato skin. Overall, this is a very solid, highly hopped APA. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4879) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Pint on tap. Mostly clear orange-copper with a lasting film of bubbles. Nose is resin, green herb and orange. Tastes the same with some metallic notes. Light-medium body has medium carbonation and a decent balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Ahtanum version. Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark gold body with a small, creamy white head. Smell: Heady aroma of grass and lemon zest citrus notes as well as some sugar-encrusted pale malts. Taste: Pale malts start with a taste of sweetened lemon juice. Grass follows quickly with a medium bitterness. The bitterness ends abruptly allowing some subtle hints of sweetened citrus to return for the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel. Drinkability: It’s hard to be smarmy with a beer like this in your hand.

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