Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 4,787 | Reviews: 1,135 | Display Reviews Only:
4.21/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottle from Grape and Gourmet in Virginia Beach, VA
Well balanced between resinous and citrusy hops and a delicate malt backing. Definitely west coast in style. Subtle tropical fruit flavors in the flavor. Solid bitterness. Finish is lingering resin and pine
01-23-2013 16:46:43 | More by scottyshades
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours golden amber with high clarity. A somewhat aggressive pour yields a two finger head. Retention is good and lacing is excellent: complete curtains of foam all around the glass. The aroma is pure bliss with a complex mix of notes at play, no doubt because of a diverse mix of six different hops being used. Pineapple and tropical fruit, grapefruit rind, pine needle, and floral notes are all detectable.
The flavor has a complexity that rivals the aroma. While definitely a hop bomb and packing solid bitterness, there's a malt character not unlike what you'd find in a DIPA. The underlying malty sweetness adds depth and complexity. The hops are the star, though, with plenty of citrus character backed up by resinous pine. Bitter all the way to the finish with no unpleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is just about perfect with hop oils aplenty and a soft carbonation that isn't harsh while and doesn't check out early. At 7.5%, this is bumping in to DIPA territory, but there's no booziness at all.
This is an excellent IPA that validates Firestone Walker's position among the brewing elite. Top notch.
01-22-2013 01:02:15 | More by gr0g
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,787 ratings.