Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
poured from a 12 oz. glass into a pint.
A - golden yellow with a big puffy head that fills the remainder of the glass. the head stays around for some time but eventually diminshes to about a 1/8th inch and towards the bottom of the glass a moderate lacing.
S - it's very rare that i get an immediate scent trigger from a beer that reminds me of something very specific. of course, with IPA's you're going to have the floral hop nose, but this reminded me instantly of the honeysuckle that covers the fences in my mothers garden.
T - now, i usually don't care for pale ales, but this is quite nice, the flavor of the hops and the bitterness is obviously there, but unlike a lot of pales, i don't feel like i've just drank a beer that was laced with hairspray and perfume. there is a light caramel malt going on as well. decently long bitter finish.
M - crisp and clean.
D - the 7.5 alcohol is deceptive, it doesn't come through like a 7.5 to me but more like a 5.5, i could drink several of these in spite of not caring for IPA's
Notes - i'm impressed, firestone has officially earned my respect, i don't like pales, or beers with high hops usually, so i'd say this is a pretty good beer. maybe i'm wrong but i'd say it's best for a beer to appeal to a wider audience rather than just to hop freaks.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2008 17:28:33 | More by GoreStorm
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