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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6379) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 22, 2012
Very good pale ale. I wish this was available more often. Pungent hop aroma. Pours golden yellow. Tangy and delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2001
Hop Jack Ale changes constantly with regard to which hop is used. So far Iíve seen 5 or 6 varieties, but Iím sure thereís more. The stuff I had for 4th of July this year was made with Sterling hops. This served to give the beer an almost tea-like aftertaste and consistency, although it didnít look like tea at all. Appearance was a nice hazy golden color, with a slight hint of amber. Maltiness served to balance out the hoppiness well. Itís somewhere in between a pale and india pale. Hop flavors are pronounced, but donít add a lot of bitterness. Nice smooth body and average head. Mmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Growler...Cloudy orange-brown. Medium head. Bitter, citrus (grapefruit?) flavor. Hoppier than most pale ales. Pretty damn tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 I wish I would have written down the hop used for this one, it changes every time. This was a 12oz pour (on sale that Monday for $1.75!). O.G. 15/1055. 65IBU. Cloudy, orange red color, off white head. Fruity, hoppy aroma. The taste is hops/floral. The hops are offset by the malt, though the malts are not apparent. It is a really balanced beer and you get the hop flavor, but not so much the bitterness. The finish was dry and hoppy. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Hand bottled by Mreusch. Very nice for his first one. Poured hazy yellow with off white head. Aroma of hops and citrus. Not very strong but good. Flavors of hops to start and finish with hints of citrus and pine throughout. Smoothe and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 3, 2008
On tap at brewpub. Pours hazy bronze color with a soapy, lacy white head. Aroma is more on the sweeter side with just a little hop and some citrus. Taste is a little hoppy but not very much with a little roastiness and enough malt to balance it out. Very drinkable since itís not over the top with hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3594) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, 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.

This was by far the least interesting. It felt like there were less hops or the hops were more subtle, canít pinpoint exactly the defining character of this hop.

   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.

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