Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from 22oz into DFH snifter.
A: Pours a nice transparent copper color with a frothy, two finger thick white head that slowly dissipates and leaves some nice lacing.
S: The nose has a nice, strong floral hop presence (piny) with a bit of a citrus backbone (grapefruit).
T: There is a strong hop presence, very pine-like with a hint of dryness up front. The bitters give you a "punch in the mouth," in a good way, that lasts throughout and long after.
M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Bitters form a coat on the palate and don't go away.
D: This is a very good beer. It drinks like a DIPA and is close on the ABV. If you don't like hops, this is not for you as this has serious hop presence. My first Firestone Walker beer and it didn't disappoint.
02-25-2011 01:16:31 | More by mavbrew
4.29/5 rDev +1.2%
I recently made a decent sized run to the beer gettin' place, this is the first one for a while. As I sit and drink my beers, I am contemplating going to the American Beer Classic in Chicago. With that being said, my quest to drink the Beers of Fame continues....
Appearance - Pours a transparent, golden orange color with minimal head, which negates head retention. Very little lacing. Kind of surprised that, even with the aggressive pour I gave it, the head came out pretty flat. That is the biggest reason why it gets a 4 in presentation. Love the packaging though.
Smell - Whoa floral and citrusy aromas. Big pine, grapefruit, and citrus notes could be detected even during the pour, probably the best part of the beer. A slight malty hint could be detected as well, nothing major. Certainly smells like an IPA.
Taste - A tasty concoction indeed. The hops are the primary palate stimulation, coming on strong in the middle and finish of the drink. There is a sweetness to the drink as well, likely from the malt balance. Pretty well balanced brew, good level of hops and bitterness for me.
Mouthfeel - Finishes with a bittersweet pop, much as I expected. Leaves that bitter taste on the palate for a little while after the drink. Smooth and drinkable.
Overall - This is a great beer, no doubt, but not the best Firestone Walker has to offer. For that, I would recommend their Walker's Reserve porter, which I found to be fantastic. I love Paso Robles, the brewery is in a great spot. I would highly recommend this brew, even to those who aren't the biggest hop-heads like myself.
04-29-2013 01:00:12 | More by TheCondor
4.79/5 rDev +13%
Appearance: mild carbonation, like a drizzle upwards in autumn sunshine, yields a smal but dense head that seems to thicken and retain. The texture of the head becomes as a stout's--pillowy and smooth. It is very clear with a light yellow-orange hue.
Smell: The smell is not strong, but is certainly of citrus--grapefruit and lemon. There is also some malt in the nose--biscuity.
Taste: Here the grapefruit takes over. The bitter hits the middle of my tongue and spreads to the back corners. The alcohol is hardly there in the flavor, and the aftertaste is a small sweetness trying to sooth the angry sharp bitterness back to bed.
Mouthfeel: Thicker than liquor and delightfully slick. The carbonation does some work but doesn't keep the beer from staying liquid smooth.
Overall: A really magnificent IPA, and at 7.5 ABV, it packs a punch. Look out. Is it a British Invasion? Maybe an abduction?
02-01-2013 02:23:30 | More by MrJolly
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,775 ratings.