Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.14/5 rDev -2.4%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a clear, bright orange color. A nice finger of off white foam rises and settles in as a creamy looking cap. Excellent lacing coats the entire glass from top to bottom. Really good looking beer, but the lacing kicks it up a notch. There is literally foam covering probably 3/4 of the glass. Pretty substantial considering it's a 12oz beer in a 16oz glass.
Nice floral hops lead the way in the aroma. There are some nice juicy citrus notes as well as a touch of pine. Floral hops definitely stand out the most. Maybe some caramel malt in the background but I'm not entirely sure.
The taste follows along with the nose. It is a bit more balanced though. The nose was all hops with the slightest bit of malt. The caramel malt provides more of a backbone in the taste but it still takes a backseat to the hops. Huge floral and citrus flavors are here. The pine that was in the nose is still here but is dialed back even more. Perhaps that's what let's the malt show through. Moderate bitterness. It lingers for a bit but not too long.
Medium body with matching carbonation. Definitely clean and crisp. Moderate bitterness gives it a bit of a bit at the finish but not too much.
Great IPA. Nice clean flavors and aromas. Somewhere in between a balanced IPAs and the completely unbalanced ones. It seems like the hops are delicately balanced over a small amount of malt. Either way, it works well.
12-09-2011 03:58:56 | More by ms11781
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
A- Light orange colour. brillian clear with no sediment in the bottle. Has a nice bright white head thats leaves a nice 1/4 inch layer across the top.
S-all hops. Very fresh and virbant cirtus fruit, with pine in the back. Reminds me of mango, peach, and perfumey lemon.
F- Very nice. Tones of tropical fruits with accents of pine. Extremely similar to the nose, but with a little crystal malt sweetness in the back ground. Wonderful beer.
M-Nice mouthfeel. Hop oils coat the mouth leaving a long lingering taste of tropical fruit.
12-08-2011 19:43:32 | More by PhatMatt905
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
12oz bottled Oct. 26, reviewed Dec. 6.
Straw-golden, light and very clear. Nice head and some lacing.
Smells mostly of citrus peel--lemon, grapefruit, orange.
Flavor is bright and fruity, with notes of lemon, orange, mango, papaya, grapefruit, etc. The citrus flavors are bright and bitter, but a candy-like sweetness is also evident. A bit one-dimensional, with very little malt here.
Mouthfeel is thin-medium and nicely carbonated.
Overall this is a good IPA with a bright citrus-peel flavor that reminds me of a handful of other IPAs (Southern Tier and Clipper City come to mind). I generally prefer something with a more varied and complex hop flavor, but I'd definitely drink this one again. Glad Firestone Walker finally hit this area.
12-07-2011 03:19:05 | More by musicforairports
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
A - Yellow-orange translucent color. Nice light white head that laces thinly and evenly. Pretty. Christmasy.
S - Hoppy, with a piney aroma. Very crisply malted with brown sugar or molasses, maybe even honey.
T - Delicious. Like a candied conifer with honey and ground nuts on it. This is very nice and homey. I want to drink it by a wood stove in a forest. It's that type of beer. Resinous.
M - Nice and light to medium bodied. Perfectly carbonated. Somewhat dry.
D - Drinkable. Good winter beer. Good holiday beer. Tastes like the holidays in the same way Starbucks' holiday blend tastes like christmas. Yummy.
12-07-2011 00:22:32 | More by jmerloni
3.95/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours a cloudy orange/copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, citrus hops, slight yeast, hint of citrus (pomegranate?), and hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, alcohol, hint of citrus, hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.
12-05-2011 03:01:06 | More by Tone
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured from the bottle a bright clear copper color with two fingers of bubbly off-white head leaving loads of lacing behind.
Hops! Big aroma of orange, pine and floral hops.
Tastes matches the aroma with bright orange, pine and floral notes. A sweet caramel maltiness is present for balance as well as a hit of bitterness in the finish.
Medium bodied with a slight dryness and moderate carbonation.
I love hoppy IPAs and this is definitely one of my new favorites.
12-04-2011 20:24:38 | More by Monkeyknife
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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