Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Reviewed from notes taken on 1/30/2012 that have been sitting on my computer since.
APPEARANCE: This might be the clearest craft beer I have ever seen. It’s like looking through glass…that has a lot of bubbles floating up through it. The head on the pint glass is about a half-inch thick, but settles into a coaster-thick cap rather quickly. The bubbles are very lively in this beer and they spring up from every part of the glass, not just the center or the sides. The lacing is decent, cathedral-like.
SMELL: The aroma on this one is gorgeous and strong. Every time I pour this beer at work I can smell it as soon as I pull the tap. This bomber is no exception, the bottom of the cap, a sniff into the bottle and the full pint glass all provide the same thing – a wonderful, piney, grassy and sweet, tropical fruit-like, hoppy smell indicative of a classic West Coast IPA.
TASTE: This beer is fresh and the first sip provides a big dose of bitter hoppiness. The grapefruit is strong with a solid grassiness to back it up. In fact, aside from Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter this may be the grassiest IPA I have tasted. The bitterness remains throughout the entire beer, but much like its SoCal brother, Stone Ruination, the Union Jack provides just enough malt to keep this beer on the far edge, close to too bitter, without ever slipping over it.
MOUTHFEEL: The sparkle is more of a tickle than a scrub of the palate and the palate of any IPA drinker will find that it does not resist at all. This is a pretty easy-drinking IPA. It is also a surprisingly light beer.
OVERALL: For some reason I never really gave this beer as much credit as I should have. I have tasted it in the past, but before moving to Colorado I could not get my hands on it unless I was travelling and I usually passed it up in favor of something more exotic. That all changed, however, when my manager and I tasted a lineup of Firestone-Walker beers last year. We needed an IPA on draft and we both, on the spot, decided that the Union Jack was our winner. Since then I have tasted it many times and thoroughly enjoyed it. It takes a lot for me to say this, but it now sits beside Modus Hoperandi (and Blind Pig when I am so fortunate) as my go-to IPA.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2012 05:56:21 | More by StoneTSR
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer
A: Pours a deep golden yellow with nice white head that fades and laces nicely
S: First thing I get is the malt sweetness, followed immediately by tropical and citrus hoppy goodness.
T: Big citrus hop kick, a little almost tropical fruit like notes in there, all well balanced by malt sweetness. There's a bit of grapefruit bitterness on the finish that hangs around.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, very refreshing
O: I spend so much time trying new stuff that brews like this from right in my back yard often get ignored. Drinking them for the first time in a while is like sitting down with an old friend. Very tasty brew that hits the spot.
Serving type: on-tap
07-23-2014 06:26:37 | More by RyanK252
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,615 ratings.