Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
3.73/5 rDev -12%
From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/7/12
-- I can't believe it took me this long to finally review FW's Union Jack. Shame on me. --
A: Hazy nectarine in color. A forceful pour yields a foamy three finger head. Quality lacing and collar follow.
S: Tight pine and generous West Coast fruit. Be sure to get this fresh to maximize your nasal enjoyment.
T: More pine and resin then a lot of West Coast AIPA's. It overwhelms the fore to mid, and the back is where the mild, chilled out fruit quality comes to relevance. Tasty stuff for sure.
M: More of a silky feel, less cream and body, more easy drinking. Would I like a bit more fluff? Sure, but it's not half bad as it is.
O: Not quite on the same level as Masala Mama or Sculpin, but damn close. Firestone Walker's Union Jack is another in a long line of delicious West Coast hop forward brews, and something that's always a pleasure to find cold in my fridge.
03-01-2012 17:27:28 | More by Rhettroactive
4.63/5 rDev +9.2%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
A - Slightly aggressive pour yielded a beautifully clear, copper with a 2 finger frothy head that lingered for some time. Each sip left a nice lacing ring on the glass. A beautiful pour!
S - Ahhhh... west coast IPA's and hop action! Lots of grapefruit, citrus, orange with major pine action. Exactly what I look for in a good IPA.
T & M - Nice and bitter hops up front, with a surprising malt kick to finish. Very smooth, drinkable and hides the alcohol very well. The ABV is inching close to DIPA territory and you wouldn't know it. Leaves you wanting more and more. I'm sure drinking a few would creep up on you pretty quick since it's so drinkable.
Overall - One of my favorite new IPA's. Up there with the best of them and will definitely be buying more. Highly recommended!
02-28-2012 18:34:48 | More by StLThrash
4.58/5 rDev +8%
A: Pours a nice straw yellow with a hint of orange. The head creamy forms beautifully, leaving 2+ fingers that stick around quite a while, never completely leaving the glass. Lacing is significant.
S: Right off the bat, this is one fantastic smelling IPA. There is fresh pineapple, mango, blood orange, sticky pine resin balanced out by some sweet caramel malt.
T: The taste is a bit more malty than expected, with some caramel sweetness up front greeting the hops. Earthy resinous pine and grassy hops are more prevalent than the fruits, with the tropical flavors barely visible. There is more of a citrus rind flavor than pineapple or mango, but it works well with the caramel and grassy hops.
M: Smooth and creamy with nice prickly carbonation. Coats the mouth well, leaving a significantly oily and slightly bitter finish that hangs around for a long time. This literally makes my mouth water. ABV is nonexistent.
O: This IPA lives up to the hype - it is absolutely fabulous. There is little to nothing to improve upon here, with a fantastic balance in the nose, taste and body. I would drink this on a regular basis if available in MN/WI.
02-22-2012 03:51:14 | More by doucmehu
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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