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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,192 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4192
Reviews: 1099
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%


Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007)
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

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
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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,192 ratings.