This past weekend I was back at home in southeast Kansas for a friend’s 21st birthday celebration. I decided to take home a taste of Iowa with me and maybe let him have a try. The celebration was fantastic and I got some much needed down time and some of my mother’s cooking.
The beer I decided to take home was Backpocket Brewing Company’s Jackknife. Backpocket is in Coralville, Iowa, and Jackknife is their American pale ale. It pours with a dark copper color and has a thin, effervescent head.
It has an earthy aroma with hints of nut and berry flavoring that is slightly sour. Jackknife is crisp and easy to drink. It has a bit of a bitter kick to it that hits at the back of your mouth and makes your palette pucker.
It pushes almost into India Pale Ale territory with a 5.8 percent ABV. Most English and American pale ales don’t go any higher than 5.5 percent. It also lacks the buttery texture of an English pale ale and is a little darker in color.
Jackknife is a great beer for many occasions. It is perfect for the Midwest man or woman. It was named after a typical trusty jackknife. It’s always there for you.
Jackknife is great with just about any kind of food and would be a good choice for lovers of Sierra Nevada pale ale or New Belgium’s Shift.