Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A 22 ounce bottle from leschkie; thank you! Review is from notes taken 07/15/2011 after splitting with a friend.
A slightly hazy, somewhat translucent golden color with about an inch of foamy white head with some wet lacing. The nose is greeted with loads of citrus, then some bitter hops, and a nice caramel backbone in the rear. Taste begins with the citrus, moves into some muted hops, and finishes with a velvety malt flavor. Mouth is very well balanced. It's not as bitter as expected, but still has some hop bite to it and is rather smooth. Finishes slightly dry. Overall, a great IPA.
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2011 00:19:28 | More by eclipse54
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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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