Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by javincik:
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Consumed at three weeks after bottled on date.
A-Pours a fairly clear, pale yellow with a two finger bone white head of small bubbles. The lacing is amazingly and clings beautifully to the glass as the head recedes. A true work of art.
S-Nice floral aromas from the hops dominate. Some pine and grass in there as well. The fruit and citrus aromas - while present- are not as pronounced as some other IPAs. Pleasingly pungent is how I would describe it.
T-Some initial bread and biscuit comes through but is almost immediately swept aside by a wave of floral and pine hop flavors. A little bit of fruity sweetness precedes the long bitter finish. Definitely more toward the floral end of the IPA spectrum. It's hop forward, but it's not out of balance. Nicely done.
M-Medium bodied and a little sticky and viscous. It is towards the high end of the ABV spectrum for the style.
D-Um, yeah. It's good. Would be my go to IPA if it was available locally. Definitely a top tier IPA.
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2010 20:32:14 | More by javincik
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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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