bhensonb (15747) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Still digging through old note pads/books. I used to drink a lot of this some years ago when hoppy beers weren’t always easy to find. All I noted was roast malt and a lot of hop. Well a lot of hop for 7 or 8 years ago. I remember loving the bottle and label - not to mention the beer. For me it was right in there with the old bottle conditioned Bridgeport IPA. If I found it, I would drink it again. TorbenJensen (1572) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2015
Very typereal American pale ale with great persistent foam. Aroma of fruit reminiscent of apple and good hops. The taste is full-bodied, with soft fruit tones, light citrus and pleasant long hops bitterness. Travlr (26069) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Retired? Draft at the brewpub. Clear golden color. Aroma of light grass. Taste is plain but balanced. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2010 Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Hop Jack Pale Ale--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Excellent Hop Character. More like an IPA. Amber color is more typical of a pale, but intense floral hop aroma and rich body are definitely IPA. Very good IPA. Sampled 10/30/1998.
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Hop Jack Northwest Pale Ale--2000 12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Rich slightly hazy amber golden color. Light sediment. Rich flowery hop aroma. Medium rich caramel malt body. Mellow mild sweet hop flavor. Ends light with mild hop profile. Classic NW Pale Ale. Sampled 4/7/2000.
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Pale Ale--Hop Jack Pale Ale 200112 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV--38 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Pale Ale --Slightly hazy rich golden color. Delicate 38 IBU’s floral Cascade hop front. Doughy sweet caramel NW malty body. Clean mild and crisp. Balanced mild malt citrus Tettnang hop end with spicy IPA note. Sampled 10/24/2001. jgb9348 (6476) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Nice pale golden coloured body with a white head. Medium-bodied; Strong assertive cascade hops up front with some mild malt and a bit of cardboard behind. Aftetaste shows some nuts, sugars and a lot of lingering hops. Overall, a nice beer - definitely worth trying if you can find it! I sampled this on draught at Growlers Pub South in St. Louis, MO on 13-August-2005.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2008
1/19/08 On draught at the Portland brewhouse. Aroma is all C-hops with a very faint sweet malt background to balance. Appearance is clear gold with a low white head. Flavor is earthy bittering hops forward with a light sweet malt balance again. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium/high carb texture. Overall, not bad, but fairly typical for the style. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2007
On tap at Widmer Gashaus in PDX--Poured nice copper-amber body with a medium white head. Nose of sticky, floral hops and mild malts, Well hopped, fruity and floral. I coudl drink this all day and night. Nice beer RSRIZZO (2032) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Had this beer on 8/2/1999. Color is a hazy gold with good carbonation and light head. Aroma is light and but hoppy. Taste is hoppy and smooth. It starts with a medium body that goes down very smooth and a nice hop flavor coming on. The finish is this hop flavor backed by a light hop bitterness. It’s not the best pale I’ve ever had but I do like it Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2007
On draught at the Widmer brewpub in downtown Portland. Sampled during ABA Beer Tour 07. Pours a golden pale amber brew with a thin white head that dissolves quickly to a fine film. Aroma of light bready malt, lemon and citrus zest, with a touch of mango. Taste is well carbonated, medium bodied, with fruity malt flavors with citrus character. Finish is light, crisp with a slight citrus aftertaste. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Widmer Hop Jack Pale Ale is an outstanding example of American Pale Ale that showcases hop aromas and flavors. Unlike many over the top APA’s, that tattoo your taste buds with an all out acid wash of hop bitterness, Widmer takes a little different approach. Widmer brews German beer styles, and make use of malts such as Vienna, Munich, and Carapils, that you will not normally find in APA. These malts join the grain bill of pale and caramel malts, which are the traditional malts used in the brewing of APA. Widmer Hop Jack is hopped with three different hop varieties including two PNW classics; Cascades, and Centennials, as well as Tettnager, for bittering. Five malts, and three hop varieties, make for a very well crafted and flavorful APA. I really enjoy this beer.
Widmer Hop Jack pours to a hazy, deep pale golden color with a thick white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful. Very fragrant, zesty, citric hop aromas flood the nose. This is paired with a nice backdrop of biscuit like malt aromas, but the hops really shine in the nose. The palate is firm, with very good pale and caramel malt flavors paired with just a touch of grainy malt flavor as well. Widmer Hop Jack finishes with more good malt flavor up front, then ends with a nice herbal/spicy hop bite that slightly lingers.