Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
3.75/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
Appearance: Here’s to hoping this offering from Firestone fares better than DBA did. It pours a nice, crystal clear brass color that is typical of IPAs. Carbonation races up from the bottom of the glass, which helps greatly with the retention of the initial one-and-a-half fingers of cream-colored head. The beer leaves a fantastic lacing on the glass and there are no alcohol legs to speak of. Already this appears to be a much better beer than DBA, or than most IPAs.
Aroma: The aroma on this beer is a little light, and it takes some forceful whiffing to drag out and separate any distinct smells. What is there is quite nice, however: pine and citrusy, West-coast style hoppiness comes out in rinds, grapefruit, pineapple, and just a hint of mango. There is a nice, but hard to pick out note of a biscuity, bready sweetness from the malt.
Taste: This follows the nose in the most unfortunate of ways: lightness. There is absolutely nothing in the front of the taste; after a few seconds, a wall of bitter, rindy, zestiness comes in followed quickly by a slighty, juicy, fruity hop character that is not quite discernible as any fruit in particular. This is accompanied directly by a bready sweetness and then bookended by another wave of straight, flavorless bitterness. The overall impression is of lemon and grapefruit, if a fruit must be chosen. The finish is incredibly dry, like a red wine on the far end of the dryness spectrum. It is unique, but not necessarily good.
Mouthfeel: All good beers have a saving grace, no matter how disappointing they may be. For Union Jack, that is the mouthfeel. The carbonation hits just below the desirable mark, but the soaking wet, refreshing, slightly creamy mouthfeel makes up for it. The hops give a tremendous astringency, and the dryness of the finish pulls the beer together wonderfully. Very good stuff going on here; if only the rest of the beer could have lived up to it.
Overall: I really want to like Firestone’s beers, but sadly neither this nor DBA has impressed me thus far. Still, their pedigree guarantees I will not give up on them until I have given all their barrel-aged beers a shot. They just seem to be too one-note for me thus far, and for someone that praises complexity, that really hurts their scores. This beer is worth a try, but I would not seek it out again. 16/20
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2012 05:13:27 | More by THANAT0PSIS
More User Reviews:
4.44/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Aroma starts off with noticeable grapefruit and biscuit malt. Taste tends to the citrus/pine side more with a definite bitter bite which doesn't linger too long. On the back a toasted biscuit malt makes a presence to offer some balance. This reminds of torpedo except a notch above, but simply for subjective reasons. Definitely one of the best ipas ive tried.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 00:49:38 | More by CTbrew32
4.3/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Excellent gold colored body with a foamy, thick white head; minor lacing on the glass. Beautifully enticing fruit and citrus aroma; musk melon and lemon; light biscuit malt scent. Fruity esters, lightly toasted grain, and subtly piercing hop bitterness dance together with the flavor. Medium bodied; crisp and mostly dry finish.
This brew comes across very well-balanced, packed with amazing aromas and nearly unforgettable flavors. The only weakness was a relatively mediocre appearance, but who cares too much about that minor nag when the key components of scent and taste are so topnotch? Yep, this will be on my short-list for tasty, affordable, big flavor/big hopped IPAs.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 02:40:14 | More by beergoot
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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