Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured a crystal clear amber color from a 12 oz bottle with ABV and freshness date on the label and bottle respectively.
Amazing hop dominant aroma the moment I cracked the bottle open. Citrus, pine, with some floral hops and surprisingly some notes of anise (had an ouzo like feel) and hints of bready malts.
Taste is just the perfect balance my palate likes when I think of an american IPA. The hop dominance is perfectly balanced by the hops making sure it does not feel too overpowered by the hops, but at the same time makes you realize this is a hop-loaded IPA.
I have had this previously on tap, and I must say there is almost no difference between the two. The only difference I could think of is perhaps the shade of the bottled version is a tad lighter than the tapper version. But that could be due to factors pertaining to light. All in all, I think this is a fantastic IPA, another winner from the west coast. Definitely worth a try and highly recommended if you are a hop-head.
11-24-2011 00:16:13 | More by CaptDavyJones
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
On-tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, Arizona for a Firestone Walker special event on 11/18/11.
A - Golden yellow with a bubbly white head that fades quickly.
S - Hops! Pine & citrus. Bitter but refreshing. A hint of malt.
T - Grapefruit. Dry. Bitter. A bit one-dimensional. Straight West Coast hops.
M - Clean, crisp, fresh, with slight carbonation. Hops! Perfect bitterness for hop heads. I could drink this all day. And probably pass out before I grow tired of it.
11-22-2011 09:19:43 | More by Gatch
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
I'm sort of surprised I haven't reviewed this beer. Figured I'd pick up a bottle now that it's available in Chicago. Served in a Pisgah pint glass. Dated September 28th, 2011.
A - Finger-plus of creamy white foam that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving plenty of intricate lace patterns. Lightly hazed golden body.
S - The hop profile is very floral and piney, with some ripe grapefruit and lemon zest. Malt character is very neutral and understated, with some bread and not much else.
T - The taste is sweeter, and I like the balance the sugary malt imparts. Candied citrus, ripe tangerine, and some rapidly rising bitterness in the finish. Perhaps the faintest hint of astringency but otherwise quite delightful.
M - Smooth medium body with some pleasant carbonation zest. Dry finish, with plenty of enamel-coating hop oils and resins. Very juicy.
D - A really nice and refreshing IPA - I'm going to have to pick this up regularly. Impressed that this tasted so good after nearly two months - I would have guessed 4-6 weeks tops.
11-22-2011 00:49:48 | More by MasterSki
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - Caramel-golden with active carbonation and a finger of fine white head. Nice retention and lacing.
S - Pleasant hop bouquet incorporating pine and tropical fruit aromas, balanced by a sweet caramel undertone. Grapefruit is a major player.
T - Grapefruit citrus is the primary hop flavor at play here, the pine flavors at minimal and show up mostly in the finish. Caramel sweetness perfectly balances with the hops. Significantly more hop bitterness than the aroma suggests.
M - Medium body, drying finish. A bit "watery" in the feel, it has a thinness to it that is a bit off.
O - Overall a great IPA, one of the better single IPAs I have had. Perfect balance between hop and caramel malt sweetness, in an extremely drinkable brew.
11-21-2011 00:10:07 | More by greenmonstah
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,774 ratings.