Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
12 oz into a tulip...sure looks nice, light bodied with a big head that laces well. Lots of citrus in the nose and on the tongue. Not as aggressive as some IPAs. Well balanced. Hides the alcohol very well. Hard to believe this is over 7%, it is very smooth. I'll definitely buy this one again. Recommended.
11-14-2011 06:06:09 | More by chicagoabbot
4/5 rDev -5.7%
12 oz. bottle. pours a clear light amber with a smallish white head, fading to a ring around the glass with decent lacing throughout. aroma of grapefruit, some orange and pine. flavor has some sticky malt sweetness, but this one has a nice lingering bitterness through-out. low carbonation, just enough to bring it all together. finding a beer like this is why I still enjoy trying new ( to me ) and untried beers. very nice IPA!
11-11-2011 15:10:05 | More by barleyPops
4.03/5 rDev -5%
Golden peach with thick white head and excellent retention. The head just rests upon the beer. Just sits there.
Lots of malt in the aroma with a good dose of hops too. Strong smells of both. Pine hops. White toast, nutty, and a little bit of sour malt.
Very sweet, malty ipa, with a tart hop edge. All pine and grass. But mostly a caramel and butter malt. Very sweet.
11-11-2011 01:25:19 | More by birderbeerer
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.
The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear straw topped by a finger of thick light cream-white foam. The nose comprises pineapple, light mango, lime zest, lemon zest, mandarin orange, and honey-dripped biscuits. The taste holds notes of pine needles, light pineapple, light orange zest, light banana peel, biscuit, and cracked wheat. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very tasty IPA. Straight up. 'Nuff said. Get some!
11-08-2011 22:54:47 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev -5.7%
On tap at Maria's in Chicago during a Firestone Walker tasting...
Arrives dank and hoppy with loads of citrus and pine on the nose... Nice aromas here with a big dose of those hops..
Long bitter citrusy hoppy flavors abound with this brew... It's eminently drinkable with a big load of hops that set me up for the tasting tonight...
I liked this brew so much more on tap than in the bottle... The bottle I reviewed must have been aged beyond its prime...
An awesome brew...
11-08-2011 02:13:58 | More by Tilley4
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
A- Some good head, good lacing as it goes down. Kinda is the color of Indian Summer. Appetizing.
S- Strong smell of hops, piney and sprucey smelling. Some faint hints of floral and slight citrus notes.
T- Starts malty, ends with a swift kick of hops. Great blend of malt and hops. Heavy hop head beer, which is right up my alley.
M- Full bodied, good carbonation. Goes down well despite the higher alcohol content.
O- I like it a lot. Great hoppy IPA.
11-04-2011 04:25:34 | More by ely2000k
4/5 rDev -5.7%
Union Jack pours a pale amber with great clarity and a dense the cap. The head slowly falls to a patchwork quilt and leaves a good amount of lace.
In a land of ever more over the top IPAs, Firestone's strikes me as one of the tamer members of the style. Pine, citrus and pepper dominate, with the pine winning out in the end. Malts take a back seat, but sneak through with a bit of toasted grain and sweetbread. The bitterness lingers through the finish. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth. A medium body is slightly puckering and has the right amount of fizz for my tastes.
Overall, this is a nice IPA. It has a nice hop profile and isn't over-the-top bitter.
11-04-2011 00:10:40 | More by Rayek
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
12oz single from Total Wine in Reno. At last I get one of these to myself, unshared by the unworthy at tastings! Poured into my Pier 1 cheap-o wine glass.
The (very tough to see) bottled on date seems to read 8/17/11, which would make this pretty fresh.
A. Crystal clear orange-copper. Some active bubbles, a very short, yet lacy, head that doesn't cover the entire beer.
S. Whole lotta malt going on here, sticky, sugar-laden crystal, slick and full. The hops come in strong too, in cleanup mode. Typical West Coast grapefruit and pine resin, in that order. There is a sharpness to the nose that makes me suspect alcohol... let this warm up and the hops really begin to shimmy.
T. Well, I needn't have worried. The hops genuinely assert themselves in the flavor; producing a bitter fruity blast that hath charms to sooth the wild malt. Loads of IBUs here, apparently this was dry hopped as many times as Gingrich has been married. End result is a mighty big, mighty tasty IPA that really, honestly, should be called a Double IPA. There is really nothing little about Union Jack. The sweet malt heft is there, the brightening booze is there, the aggressive hops are there. Let's quit raising the bar on the lowly IPA to absurd heights.
M / O. Sharp carbonation and big hop flavor makes this a sipper. It all works well, and if you'r e in the mood for a big pants West Coast IPA (DIPA...) grab a Union Jack. I'm pretty sure this is Dreadnaught's baby brother. Tasty stuff!
11-03-2011 06:21:00 | More by kkipple
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
On-tap at The Map Room. Served in a tulip.
A- Pours a translucent sunset orange with a one finger head that leaves sheets of lacing behind. A very good looking beer.
S- Fresh citrus with oranges and lemons, floral hops. caramel malt and some pine.
T- Juicy citrus hops are big in the taste too with oranges and lemons. There is some tropical hop presence with pineapple and a hint of a mango. Pine and grass linger in the aftertaste with some caramel malt.
M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes dry and bitter. The ABV is hidden very well.
O- A really good IPA that I've overlooked for quite some time. Firestone has impressed me a lot from what I've tried. A well balanced IPA to seek out.
11-03-2011 01:28:02 | More by iadler
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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