Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BeerPhan86:
4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I was completely blown away by the Double Jack, so picking this one up was a no brainer.
A - Pours a very transparent light copper gold with a two finger off white foamy head. The head seems fairly sticky with good retention. Plenty of carbonation evident in the beer
S - Extremely hoppy aroma with citrus dominance, mainly grapefruit and lime. There is also plenty of sweet bready malt and a piney finish.
T - Very sweet and biscuity with a good blend of citrus and pine hops. There is a tart tasting and slightly bitter hop profile. You get some pine needle taste and plenty of citrus hop taste to balance it, sort of a cross between west and east coast styles. A little boozy and dry in the finish but very fresh tasting with plenty of hops, that's what I want in an IPA.
M - Creamy and full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. A bit sticky and coating on the lips.
O - Extremely solid IPA that blends the best aspects of east and west coast styles. Hoppy, fresh, and plenty of bang for your buck. I will be trying everything I can find from Firestone Walker, they're 2-2.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2012 01:23:46 | More by BeerPhan86
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3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Little to distinguish it from other beers of similar style. It's a peach-colored beer that is fairly translucent. I got no head from the pour, only after swirling it around did I see much in the way of bubbles. Bright white color, but not the usual make up. Very uniform bubbles, no thick peaks and valleys. Pretty good retention and a thin lace left behind.
The scent of a good IPA never grows old. Orange rind and pine. Nothing more is needed.
Taste is similar. More malty on the palate than in the nose. Again, orange rind and pine are front and center, though I'm picking up some grapefruit as well.
It's a really clean IPA. It doesn't go overboard with the hops, though it's plenty bitter. The bitter lasts well into the finish, but doesn't overpower the taste buds. Medium bodied, despite the highish ABV, it doesn't really approach Imperial levels. A wet, sloppy finish.
It's a really nice example of the style. They did a classic and didn't overdo anything. Proportions of malts and hops are ideal. Makes for a very drinkable beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 02:37:47 | More by RickS95
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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