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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,602 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,602
Reviews: 1,124
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 302
Gots: 381 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007)
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illidurit

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Clear burnt orange color with a small but dense head that sticks around for a while.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus. Juicy and inviting.

Flavor is an explosion of tropical hoppiness, with grapefruit and pineapple. There's a floral sweetness and a lingering bitterness too. A perfect amount of caramely malt balances this beer beautifully.

Mouthfeel is semidry and the body is a nice medium heft. Another great California IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2008 07:51:41 | More by illidurit
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Halcyondays

California

3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from a six-pack from BevMo Huntington Beach,

A: Pours a light orange, with a slow to form small white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Pungent hops, mostly white grapefruit and citrus peel, light tangerine.

T: Lots of bitter melon, cantaloupe, and grapefruit upfront, with a bit of tropical fruit and caramel malt to end. Not my favourite hop profile, but very full-flavoured.

M: Crisp biting carbonation, with a lingering aftertaste, medium-bodied.

D: A pretty good IPA all-around, I won't have any problem finishing the sixer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 20:41:11 | More by Halcyondays
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pwoods

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at DLD.

A: Average amber, great clarity. Not much of a head, but decent lacing.

S: Very west coast. Pine, pepper, resin outweigh the citrus but just barely.

T/M: Same as the nose. Great bitterness level. Citrus is more pronounced but the pine is still a large focus. Malts add a decent balance and sweetness. Body is just under medium and has a nice lingering bitterness through the finish.

D: Easy drinking and very tasty. I'll probably look to trade for some of this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2008 01:24:37 | More by pwoods
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey with a large splash of orange juice. The head is polished ivory in color and features loads of sticky bubbles on its upper surface. As those bubbles burst, they leave a delicate array of lace-like lace all over the upper reaches of the glass. A classic look.

And an outstanding nose! There goes any thought that Union Jack is an English IPA. So why the name? The hop bill (Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Columbus) is 100% American and the sheer amount of hoppiness is AIPA all the way. Talk about a fantastically bright, perfectly pungent, fresh hop-like nose. Prediction: this is going to be great beer.

That was way too easy. As expected, Union Jack is full-to-bursting with C-hop goodness. Can't forget the Simcoe (S-hop), since they give the flavor profile a distinctly tropical vibe that adds yet another dimension. Killer hop bill. Absolutely killer. It's also nice to see that the brewery didn't allow the little green cones to outpace their malt support.

There's just enough of a barely toasted, caramel maltiness (think SN Celebration Ale) to let the drinker know that hops aren't the only ingredient that's allowed to provide flavor. The good thing is that the caramel doesn't get in the way of the grapefruit, bitter orange and pineapple explosion. 72 IBUs seems about right, but they're a friendly 72.

The mouthfeel stays well within the bounds of the IPA style. Any bigger and it wouldn't work as well. It's as smooth as glass and is lightly creamy in the bargain. Soft-edged carbonation is pretty much perfect.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. has another winner with Union Jack India Pale Ale. Forget the British flag, though. This beer is Stars And Stripes Forever and is proud of it. I could (and would) drink this stuff by the case if it was available locally.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 12:54:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained this as a nice extra in a trade with bchung52077. Thanks a lot, Brian.

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith nonic.

A-Pours a clear honey amber with minimal head and little to no lacing. Very nice.

S-Very nice aroma of piney and citrus hops with a little bit of honey sweetness and malt.

T-Starts out nicely sweet and finishes with a nice hop bite. Very balanced and tasty. Hoppy but not too bitter.

M-Mild carbonation, very light on the tongue. A little bit of bitterness lingers.

D-A very drinkable IPA. Tastes lighter than the ABV and goes down easy so be careful.

This is a great "session" IPA. Flavorful, balanced, delicious. I'll be on the lookout for this in future trades.

HV

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 22:58:13 | More by sholland119
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained as part of Growling at the Moon from Solomon420. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with goodly amounts of lace. Aroma is dominantly citrus, with some pale malt undertones. Taste begins with light sweetness, which quickly gives way to the lemony hoppiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is quite good. A West Coast IPA that flirts with the limits, but doesn't go over the edge.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 16:49:42 | More by ppoitras
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errantnight

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nigh on perfect West Coast IPA... but not quite perfect. Definitely of the Alesmith IPA variety, that is, chewy and sweet and reminiscent of the lower ABV DIPAs out there...

Pours a brilliant pale, pale gold. Two fingers of creamy head, lacing is solid, head clings. Yum.

In some ways, the taste is as perfect as any I've ever had. There's a juicy sweet middle, resiny and citrusy sweet, malt really provides a smooth body for the hops to ride on, but it finishes clean and dry, without being at all astringent. Despite this, there are two minor flaws: a little bit of alcohol heat on the back-end, perhaps appropriate for this high an ABV, but to my tastes... not so much. The other is that the sweetness is very forward, and while I love the hop flavor, it could be pushed just a smidge. This is true nitpicking, and this is easily one of my favorite IPAs instantly, and a staple in my fridge.

Mouth is spot on, drinkability suffers only in the slightly heavy sweetness and apparent alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 05:14:21 | More by errantnight
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johnnieoz

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE 3/9/09: I simply had to boost the taste, smell and drinkability scores. The bottle in front of me right now was bottled on 1/8/09, and it tastes mighty fresh.

A: Bright orange gold with a light tan head. The carbonation looks good and leaves some lush lacing.

S: I know that smell, it's the one I love. That West Coast oily, hoppy, coniferous IPA scent. Not all West Coast IPAs have this scent, but my favorites do....and grapefruit galore.

T: This is what I'm talking about: sweet malts, sweet citrus with a tang. Then it's all hops, goes bitter and finishes even more so. I'm not a hophead but I like this a lot.

M: Rolling around the mouth and on the tongue are heaps of them hop oils. Very nice. And the suds were as good as met the eye.

D: This is one potent IPA @ 7.5% ABV. I think I prefer mine below 7%, there is a little too much alcohol coming through here. But heck, no bones about it, this is an awesome IPA. Give me another...

2nd only to Pliny the Elder - I'd rather compare Union Jack to that than to Blind Pig. PtE is 8%, just above this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 23:58:33 | More by johnnieoz
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WeisGuy

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to largadeer for throwing this in as an extra.

a - pours a golden shade of amber, pretty clear, two-finger white head with good retention and great lacing

s - great aroma, huge amount of hoppiness, lots of pine and citrus, orange and lemon predominantly

t - piney and citrusy hops once again dominate, lots of orange and lemon along with some tropical fruits, very slight malt backbone with some biscuit, hints of alcohol and lingering bitterness on the finish

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish, some warming from the alcohol

d - fairly drinkable for an IPA, though the bitterness and the slightly higher than normal abv limit the drinkability somewhat

Very good IPA that I'd certainly drink regularly if available here. The taste kind of falls off a little but is very pleasing nonetheless. Well worth trying for any hophead.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 22:29:22 | More by WeisGuy
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Rzzzzz

California

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, light amber with a nice white head and good clarity. Wonderful hops aroma...smells like a pine grove, with maybe a couple of lemon trees in there. Flavor is caramel malt up front, with piney hops follow and a mildly bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation, an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 20:08:55 | More by Rzzzzz
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mcallister

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light copper colored with gold and almost scarlet highlights. A foamy cloud like head of white stands a half inch high fading quickly with stick lacing in its wake.

Ahhh love that hoppy aroma. Here is where brewing would help me becuase I've smelled this sweet bud a hundred times. Sweet and citrusy with a resin quality in the aroma can't wait to taste it. Lurches of pine with a slight floral ester that makes its way to a bready, toffee like malt. mmmm

This is the epitomy of balance. Very neutral in character, with hints of alcohol burning the chest and throat on the finish. A layer of malt and caramel flavor with a layer of pine upon a layer of citrus. Lemon, and grapefruit witha squirt of starfruit. Just perfectly balanced with a resiny thick finish. Easy going and an easier drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 21:00:05 | More by mcallister
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SaucyA

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to northertimber for this as an extra... I've wanted to try it for some time now.

A - 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass. Pours a nice, filtered, very light amber, with a creamy white head that is very inviting. Lots of visible carbonation. Lacing.

S - Tons of "C" hops and a definite west coast nose. Reminescent of a lot of the IIPA's I've been drinking lately, but alas, this is only a regular AIPA. Grapefruity, citric hops. Mouth-watering.

T - This is a great IPA. Perfectly balanced, yet very in your face. I love the hop profile, and the malt balance is exceptional. Bitterness is never too much, but more than enough to keep you coming back for more.

M - Union Jack's slightly thinner body and sparkly carbonation make it a very easy drinker. I'm truly impressed. Oily finish is welcomed.

D - The only thing limiting this beer from sessionability is it's slightly high ABV. This would be a staple if I lived on the west coast. The balance and hop profile make this an IPA to be reckoned with.

Notes: I love a good IPA and this one didn't dissapoint. Sorta makes me wish I lived in California (but then I'd have to leave Kuhnhenn). I'm definitely gonna trade for more Union Jack. Pick this up!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 20:02:16 | More by SaucyA
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle via IntriqKen, Twins won 1 game

A: Clear amber under a small white head. No lace or retention.

S: Grapefruit and piney hops. A really nice aroma, slight hint of malt, but the hops are really nice here.

T: Taste really similar to the smell, hops, a bit tangy, grapefruit, piney, good amount of bitterness.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is a touch high. Good drinkability. Very good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 23:10:25 | More by NCSUdo
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FacistCannonBall

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this at the local BevMo. Poured into a standard pint glass and immediately noticed the nearly massive aroma. This IPA has plenty-o-hops to take in. What you smell in the nose is exactly what you taste out of the glass. The color was a very nice deep amber with good clarity and medium head. I agree with another reviewer's observation that this beer borders on the DIPA level of richness, hop aroma, piney floral taste, and big-time bitterness. I'd even say that it seems like an amped version of Sierra Nevada's most recent Celebration.

Truly an enjoyable beer while possibly being a little too big after an incredibly brutal day building a huge tool shed for my father-in-law. This is a relax-time beer; not quite the beer you want to quench the thirst. Actually, the bitterness is making me want to have yet another beer...

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 03:52:36 | More by FacistCannonBall
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Dukeofearl

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

6 pack of 12 ounce bottles purchased from La Bodega in Riverside, CA. for approximately $8.99 in late March, 2008.

Pours a mostly clear, slightly cloudy golden orange (on the lighter side) with a minimal head- I can't replicate the beautiful head on the label!

Aroma is of rich sharp hops, a mix of citrus based hops (grapefruit) and the piney-juniper-tree hops.

Flavor is quite good- the solid hops in the aroma steal the show. Aroma made real. Very good stuff.

Full rich mouthfeel is what makes this a real winner- a strong flavor profile with "meal in a glass" richness.

ABV keeps the drinkability down for this one, but not from the want of trying!

Very recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 00:13:23 | More by Dukeofearl
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Stoneman78

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at O'Brien's

Appearance is a clear bright orange hue, thin layer of white foam sustains, minimal lacing

Smell is pretty big hops [pine & grapefruit mostly], swaths of bubblegum candy sweetness and floral essences, some light fruits and spices as well as lighter pale malts

Taste is dominated by sweet grapefruit and candied hops which give way to bitter pine resin, other light and citrus fruits pop up with biscuit and bread malts, finishes dry and bitter

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, oily texture coats the tongue and mouth, moderate level of carbonation

Drinkability is high, hampered somewhat by the significant alcohol presence, another well-balanced and delicious California IPA that borders on the DIPA category, definitely check this one out if you can

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2008 22:02:47 | More by Stoneman78
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A full pour yields a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deep copper / amber color and becomes a bright copper color when held up to the light. A nicely resinous hop character greets my nose as I go in for a draught of the aroma; a mix of ruby-red grapefruit, lychee, tangelo peel, apricot and a zesty herbal pine note that provides a bit of contrast. Not much in the way of malt comes through in the aroma, it plays more of a supporting role for the dominant hop character, but there are some biscuit-like malt notes if you really dig for them. I really like the smooth, fruity hop notes that are found in the nose, they make this beer quite inviting.

Lightly sweet, with a caramelized malt touch that really serves to accentuate certain aspects of the dominant hop flavors. Flavors of grapefruit, tart orange zest and lychee are accentuated by the sweetness, but there are also substantial hop flavors of pine, menthol and "herb" like flavors. There is a nice biting, though note overwhelming bitterness, that hits you as the beer first hits the tongue and lingers on into a very long finish, long after the beer has left my mouth. Speaking of the finish, towards the beginning of the finish some crushed malt flavors, biscuit-malt and saltine-cracker notes become noticeable. These last, though not a huge flavor player, do provide a nice boost of complexity to this beer. This is nice and drinkable, I wouldn't have guessed this was 7.5% abv as it drinks a bit lighter than that, still it has a chewy heft to it that really serves to carry the ample hop character.

It seems like I haven't had a nice, juicy, American example of an IPA in a while, this one definitely hits the spot & is a great example of the style. It is perhaps not quite as juicy and over the hop, I mean top, as I think it could be, but that is really nit-picking as this is a very hoppy brew.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 00:36:37 | More by Gueuzedude
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flexabull

California

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap the Toronado, then saw it yesterday in bottles, so I grabbed a six pack, here is my chance to review. I liked what I had on tap... let's see what the bottle is like...

Pours a crystal clear gold color with a small white head that quickly fades.

Aromas are potent, and quite nice. Smells are a blast of different hops, lots of pine, grapefruit, hard candies, floral, and a touch of resin. Very pleasant beer to sniff.

Taste is sharp and prominently bitter. Mostly a tangy citrus flavor, with a long biting mineral like bitterness. Finish is kind of sweet and tea like, but mostly just adds more crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice, very full feeling in the mouth, with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This is as good as I remember it. A bit on the strong side for a straight IPA, this borders on the DIPA side, and it's not all that easy to drink. But it's very tasty, and has a lot going for it. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 23:51:05 | More by flexabull
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sloejams

California

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

California has another everyday IPA for us to enjoy.

I would say this falls perfectly into the West Coast IPA world that we've all come to love so freaking much. Like the one of AleSmith, Green Flash and even Racer 5, this IPA is more. Higher ABV thanks to its generous clobbering from its glorious hops.

Union Jack, welcome - I will drink you.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 23:02:12 | More by sloejams
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew purchased at South Bay D&L. Thanks Joey!

This pours a clear gold with a 2 finger head of foam and plenty of lacing. Good head retention.

The smell is big notes of grapefruit and not much more but I like it.

The taste is very hoppy with a big bold grapefruit profile but I can taste a bit of malt in the background and it *does* take some of the edge off the bitterness. Nice medium body and carbonation, it finishes with a citric bitterness that lasts through the aftertaste. It's quite easy drinking, though I have to watch it because it isn't exactly a lightweight when it comes to the abv. This is a very nice IPA!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 22:31:53 | More by Bitterbill
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Overlord

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this was awesome! At only 6.99 a sixer, I'm adding this to my rotation.

Pours a deep orange/amber. Smell is grapefruit, maybe a hint of more exotic citrus, and a whiff o' malt. Taste is robust grapefruit with a tinge of acrid bitterness, some sweeter citrus/tropical fruit and malt, and a nice balancing carbonation.

Very good. Haven't seen before, but will look for now. An excellent IPA that seems a bit under the radar at the moment. The price point is phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 09:06:11 | More by Overlord
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Mark

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange color, good head, lace was good and came in irregular patterns. Aroma, wow. Pine needles and grapefruit galore. Decadent with each whiff. A tremendous smelling beer. Sweet malt with heavy pine accented hops. A touch of grapefruit. Nice. A bit too much of a good thing? Would have liked a bit more balance. A definite sipper and not a session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 03:31:42 | More by Mark
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RidiculedDisplay

California

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Considering how close I live to Paso Robles/Buellton, this took a while to get to my local stores. It did, however, finally, and I'm glad for it.

Appearance: Two finger white fluffy head. Carbonation is visible, rising in a steady stream from the body. Lacing is impressive - craggy, and lasts for some time. Head settles in a half-finger to maybe a quarter-finger. Body is a copper amber if I've ever seen one - in fact, such a solid hue that I'd wager to say it's exemplary. A good appearance.

Smell: Grapefruit, lemon, and other citrus hops up front. Pine on the back. The oak reveals itself subtly, in a slight vanilla and general roundedness. Very hoppy but well balanced. Little to no detectable alcohol. An excellent American IPA aroma.

Taste: This borders on a DIPA, I think. Intense grapefruit and lemon-lime candy hops. A slight bittering on the back of the tongue. Pine. Very slight floral. The oak is less present here, until you swallow - there's a slight astringency from it, and a general subtle woodsiness. Really, quite fantastic.

Drinkability: Firestone-Walker has the potential to become one of the better brewers in the United States, if they just continue making bold beers this way. Union Jack is an extremely welcome addition to their roster. I can see myself picking up sixers of this for some time.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 09:00:37 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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moose3285

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to largadeer for this extra.

A - Pours a light amber color with a small white head, which fades pretty quickly.

S - As soon as I opened this I got a whiff of citrus and pine. A classic IPA smell. A little bit of alcohol in the nose but not much. Overall, this beer has a very nice smell.

T - The hop bitterness is right up front. Similar to the smell, citrus and pine. I felt like the hops were kind of overpowering and the malt flavor was almost hidden, but as the beer warmed up it balanced out a bit more.

M - Mouthfeel was a little thin and over-carbonated. It also felt very dry. Not a bad mouthfeel but not great.

D - This is a really drinkable beer. It felt pretty thin for a 7.5% ABV beer, which could cause this to sneak up on you. The dryness my cut down on drinkability a bit, but I would definately drink more if I had them.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 05:16:05 | More by moose3285
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz received as an extra with a very cool trader.. Weibull. Poured into my New Sam Adams funky glass.

1" head takes a while to die back leaving bunches of lace.. sorta looks crunchy. Brew is crystal clear golden.. very pretty.

Alot of grapefruit and pine hoppiness in the nose and little else.. very clean and very hoppy.. smells fresh.

Flavor is all about the hops .. citrus and pine cones.. a little sweet off the top but that all melts away quickly.. lite pale malts .. and a very nice bitter backbone... finishes with a lip-smacking grapefruit oil on my teeth and lips... wonderful. Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style.. carbonation is prickly but helps with the maltiness... this brew tastes like a big-boned IPA (verging on DIPA territory) and it is.. but everything is very well balanced.

I could drink these for quite a while.. A huge thanks goes out to Class Act Trader Weibull. Jason.. I owe you big!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 08:50:27 | More by JohnGalt1
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,602 ratings.