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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,176 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4176
Reviews: 1096
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%


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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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Arbitrator for this generous extra.
12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a nice clear golden with a hint of orange and maybe the slightest haze to it. A nice two finger's worth of head that leaves a small cap on the beer and really nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A nice smell of citrus hops, some orange and maybe even a little bit of apricot. Some nice sweet malt in the background.

T- I was informed this one is not as fresh as it could be but I am giving it a go anyways. A pretty mellow hoppiness, mostly some orange and grassy notes. I think with the age, the hops become more subdued and the malt becomes more pronounced.

M- A nice medium body that has a good amount of carbonation. A little bit of a dry finish but not too bitter. Actually it has a nice smooth feel to it.

D- For being less than fresh, I still find this beer to be really good. Really good balance and good MF. I think I will be trading for some of this fresh to see how it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 02:24:05 | More by Wisconsinality
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jdklks

Nevada

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- light golden with a white head. looks more like a mix between an ipa and a lager. the head dissipates quickly an leaves a thin sticky lace. not too impressive.

S- citrus fruity hops with a minimal hint of overwhelmed malts. fruity and hoppy. cant go wrong with those two for an ipa!

T- sweeter than expected from the smell. the hop bitterness is less pronounced on the palate than in the nostril, which is disappointing. those malts that were overwhelmed in the smell put up a better fight here, but still ultimately give way to hoppiness. minimal fruity flavors. very tangy.

M- perhaps SLIGHTLY over-carbonated, but not enough to really bring it down. overall a medium bodied brew.

D- this beer drinks well, especially for a 7.5% ipa. however, i dont know how much more of this i will be buying (on the other hand, it was only 4.99 for the 6er!).

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 05:19:53 | More by jdklks
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weizenbob

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this 12 ounce bottle as an extra in a trade with Azurescens. Thanks Dan. This is IPA is bottle dated 8/17/10 so I expect the hops to have fallen off the table by now. The alcohol content is listed as a moderately high 7.5% ABV so perhaps the malt bill has held up. Let's see.

An aggressive pour into a goblet yields a frothy off-white two finger-high head. The beer is maize colored and quite clear. Head retention is very good and spotty lacing lines the sides of the goblet.

The instant the seal was cracked on the cap the aromatics of this beer began to manifest. Hops are fairly weak in the equation, but are noted none the less by a bit of grapefruit essence. Tropical fruits are noted as well as a healthy yeastiness. There is some tangerine and a mild caramel scent.

The taste is something else altogether. There an earthy maltiness up front with a rye-like grainy character. Fruit juices taste and feel literal, like somebody squeezed a fresh orange into this beer. There is a slight caramel sweetness attached to a very mellow alcohol note. As expected, the hops have long since clocked out with the exception of some mild lingering bitterness on the backend and aftertaste of this brew. It's something altogether different than an IPA at this point, but still enjoyable for what it is.

The beer is medium bodied. The carbonation seemed pretty active at first but is actually relatively low. The alcohol adds a smooth character that helps everything go down smoothly. This is what one should expect an IPA to feel like in the mouth.

As the bitterness has subsided and the alcohol mellowed, this six-month-old bottle of Union Jack is pretty easy drinking. There is a healthy malt base for this beer to stand on and the alcohol is well hidden in the taste. This is one I'll want to revisit fresh.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
It's not really fair to put an out of date IPA up against any beer so I'm going to forgo the Two-Schlitz scale for this review. This was a tasty brew but I'm sure it's much different when consumed fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 03:19:34 | More by weizenbob
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent amber with a loose, quarter inch, off-white head. Head qickly dissipates into a creamy bullseye dollop and a thin, tight band around the shoulders. Spots and spatters of lacing coat the walls of the glass. Nose expresses citrus notes, cat urine (simcoe hops) and a trace of tropical fruit. Taste consistent with nose; however, flavors are a bit more muted. There is also some residual bitterness that lingers between quaffs that is intermingled with the cat urine expressed in the nose. Body is medium-light (but closer to light) with a slightly coarse carbonation as well as some acidity that peaks out towards the back. Overall, a decent IPA with a well-hidden abv, but I don't think it deserves the hype.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 03:30:42 | More by Jwale73
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to hfs sniffer

A: golden amber color but totally translucent with a 1cm white head that stays in a ring around the edge

S: lots of fruity smell melon to oranges I can't really discribe the other smell but its good

T: you can taste that melon flavor from the nose in background the main taste the main taste is malty but not overpowering definitely not hoppy but not bad either

M: thin and very light and crisp especially for an ipa but easy to drink and not too oily

O: I usually don't like malt forward ipas but this one is pretty good nothing to special but real solid and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 02:16:16 | More by Pinknuggets
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pour a clear, golden color with some amber tints to it. Great looking carbonation. A pretty beer.

Smell: A lot of the classic IPA scents. Pine, pineapple, some other citrus, and a hint of grapefruit.

Taste: Goes along with the smell in the same way, but really has nothing extra to it. Not all that exciting.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Follows the style well.

Overall: Honestly I think I was just expecting more after all of the hub-bub about Firestone all the time. It is an average IPA, but nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 15:27:20 | More by alex_hart
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beerguy101

California

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange color. Large white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruity and floral. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney. A nicely balanced IPA. Slightly more fruity than bitter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2003 01:46:19 | More by beerguy101
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weazal

California

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SMELL: Of course the hops dominate, but in a mellower, fruitier way that reminds you of apples and then pineapple. It's real pleasant and unique.

TASTE: Immediate onslaught of bitter hobs and sharp carbonation. Despite continual bitterness, the flavor is surprisingly restrained. Some mellow fruit / apple character is present. There's more body than you'd typically expect with an IPA and it finishes with the lingering hoppy bitterness and also whiskey like sharpness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 01:48:54 | More by weazal
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ramseye4

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=Pours a transparent golden color, with a one finger head.

S=Smooth citric hops, with grapefruit and and a bit of lemon

T=Mellow hop taste, with orange and some lemon thrown in.A small amount of lime comes through near the end, though it has a bit of a weak aftertaste.

M= Sticky, smooth, and just the right amount of carbonation makes this sit nice in the mouth.

D= Medium body makes this easy to sip on

Overall it is definitely a good IPA, though there are much better out there. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 02:15:36 | More by ramseye4
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Dubber55

New York

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After an aggressive pour into my Founders snifter, I get one and a half fingers of white head which sticks around for a while. Pours a light orange with some yellow highlights

Smells very floral and herbaceous. I smell fresh cut grass, pine, and grapefruit.

Tastes like pine, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and toasted bread. There is some caramel in flavor as well. A little astringent on the finish. Pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel is medium with some light carbonation. Seems a little syrupy at times.

This beer seems pretty balanced. I generally like IPAs to be all about the hops. I prefer more citrus, mango, and pineapple in the hop profile. The astringent finish is kind of distracting. It's solid but, not my cup of tea

Serving type: growler

06-19-2011 23:55:52 | More by Dubber55
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours with one finger of off-white head. Clear brassy in color.

Smells of citrusy hops with a resinous background. Light fruits and yeast follow.

An oily hop blast meets up quickly with a caramel sweetness which is followed by more light fruits, some grass and tea leaves.

Just the right amount of everything makes for a very nice session with this standard bearer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 23:44:18 | More by stephens101
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JeffoC6

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottled: 10/14/13
Drinking: 12/23/13 @ 7:00 PM (Merry Christmas!)
Setting: Living room couch, watching The Office (Benihana Christmas)

A: Pours crisp, clear, and like a shiny copper penny. Looks reminiscent of clean apple cider. Nice 2 finger billowy head that sticks around for awhile and caps nicely for the duration of the drink. Decent lacing.

S:Candied citrus peel. Sweet and sugary malts, forward citrus and pine hops with the citrus dominating. Nice faint hint of tree sap/earthiness to it, also a little biscuit.

T: Pineapple and grapefruit juice. Warming alcohol bite that fades into a pinecone/forest floor wetness mixed with candied citrus rinds and bread crust.

MF: A bit thinner than I expected, but after seeing it in the glass I realized that's what was coming. Sticky and sugary on the lips and tongue. Hangs around for awhile. Nice bitterness on back sides of the tongue. Was expecting a bit more mouthfeel, but still nice.

O: As always, the West Coast nails it. Would drink this beer at any time. It's up there with the Racer 5's, Stones, Ballast Points, etc. A solid, drinkable IPA that doesn't overwhelm your palette, which is becoming all too commonplace these days.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 00:06:40 | More by JeffoC6
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Dubbercody

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to a trade...justn.

Pretty beer, dark golden almost amber, with lots and lots of little tiny bubbles streaming up to the top of the glass. Very dense but thin head, about a finger.

Lots of scents kicking out on this one. Lots in the citrus range, also a bit of malt.

Really packs a nice punch of hops when you drink, leaves a little tingle in your mouth. Leaves a creamy sticky residue that is a nice parting gift.

Pairs very well with Hebrew National All Beef Hotdogs...with coarse stone ground mustard.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 17:36:15 | More by Dubbercody
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cavedave

New York

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, cloudy amberish orange, not much head, but a gentle swirl leaves some crazy lace arms.

Smell is full of tropical fruit and citrus, some nice floral hops, lotta sweet, both a candy sweet, and a light bready sweet, hints of tart yeast, and pithy bitter.

Taste is like the smell, a blast of tropical fruit and citrus, holding hands with neutral sweet, and going down the road to a finish that is sweet, but balanced by some nice lemon, and hints of pine and citrus bitter. Pretty juicy finish for an IPA, but tasty.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, low carb., quite viscous, just a bit of a mediciny feel to the finish, but doesn't really detract.

Drinkability, rated for style, is just average. Many more drinkable options out there in this style.

Impression: Enjoyed trying this hoppy and sweet brew, probably won't get again, too many better out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 19:53:23 | More by cavedave
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philbertk

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Union Jack India Pale Ale-2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV--72 IBU's. (4.65 / 5.0) IPA--Thin lacy white head. Clear bright pretty rich gold color. Big floral grapefruit pine pineapple Cascade hop front. Crisp sweet tangy caramel grapefruit citrus pine hop infused pilsner malt body. Zesty crisp balanced hop spice end. Very floral Cascade hops. Sampled 8/24/2009. $5.49 Each.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Passion For The Pale--Union Jack IPA--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 72 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) No sediment. Lacy off white dense medium head. Clear bright gold color. Aromatic floral hop front. Crisp rich dry sweet buttery hop resin pale caramel doughy body. Creamy hop spice balanced smooth end. Rich hoppy crisp malty IPA. Lagunitas Notes? Sampled 8/3/2010. 6-Pack @ $10.99.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 06:10:25 | More by philbertk
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a bells tulip glass.

A- Pours a frothy white 2 finger head, dissipates slowly, forms big bubbles on the side of the glass, Dark orange brown/bronze color, nice carbonation, nice lacing and retention.
S- Really bready and nutty, slight citrus and pine aromas, but the malts and breadiness take over the aroma.
T- Wow, I am not a fan of malty bready beers but this one is very enjoyable, its very nutty and bready like the aroma with hints of citrus and pine, slight bitterness as well, sweet on the finish.
M- Medium mouth feel, nice carbonation, smooth drinking.
O- Im not sure how fresh this beer is or if its supposed to be like this but it was very malty and nutty/bready. Usually I dislike beers that are like this but this one was rather enjoyable. I’d prefer the hops to be more present but still was impressed. Solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 08:27:04 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/7/12
*From notes

-- 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.

Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 17:27:28 | More by Rhettroactive
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champ103

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep orange color. A tightly packed, pillowy, white head forms with excellent retention. Rings of spiderweb lace clings to the glass.
S: Hops, lots of them. Grapefruit rind, resiny pine. Grapefruit dominates.
T: Again, lots of hops. A get a bunch of grapefruit rind again. Resiny pine, oily and a lingering bitterness that is a bit to prevalent for me.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. A bit to oily for me. I wish it was a bit more crisp. Not hard to drink. Though the alcohol is strong, along with the large bitterness. Which for me detracts a bit.

Certainly one for the hop head. This is a very good beer, just no for me. I do like it. Though surprisingly I love Double Jack. I think that has more tropical fruity and juicy flavors than Union Jack. Which is what I like more than the large and lingering bitterness here. Still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 03:42:23 | More by champ103
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joeworrall

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tonight I'm tasting this against Firestone Walker's Double Jack and New Belgium's Rampart. I've had all these before, and Rampart is my go-to IPA, but I am in pursuit of the perfect IPA.

In the glass, Union Jack and Double Jack are indistinguishable by appearance. Both are dark amber colored with a nice finger thick head, but that's where the similarity ends. Union Jack is more lemony tasting, not as well balanced and with a more bitter aftertaste than either of the other two. It's a decent IPA, but not in my top 20

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 02:18:53 | More by joeworrall
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 4/17/13.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear honey color with a frothy two finger off-white head. Leaves nice lacing as the head dissipates.

Aroma: Very herbal with some tea-like qualities from the hops. A touch of honeydew melon. Overall edging on the sweeter side.

Taste: Much more bitterness than I was expecting up front (it's only moderate) but that's a welcome surprise. Definitely a sweet herbal character to the hops that works well to balance out the bitterness. The malt bill probably involves some caramel and two-row but the hops are really the star of the show here. Smooth finish with a slight pine flavor and a pulsing aftertaste of semi-masked bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The moderate 7.5% ABV almost seems high in this department because the body is quite light (below medium). The superbly smooth carbonation lends high drinkability to Union Jack.

Final Thoughts: I was traveling through Illinois and stopped at a beer store looking for some DFH. I had no idea that Firestone Walker distributed that far and was pleasantly surprised to find a decently fresh sixer in the fridge. Quite a happy accident in my opinion. Union Jack has some fruity and piney elements but ends up being a sort of sweet herbal tea IPA. Despite the odd sounding flavor, it delivers a good drinking beer that has a lot of interesting hop character to enjoy. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 03:38:33 | More by JamesMN
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tonistruth

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA

A- light copper with a 1/2' white head and decent retent

S- mellow and fragrant citrus and floral

T- well balanced bready malts with tame yet pleasant hop bitterness, citrus zest at finish

M- smooth until hops comfortably make themselves known

D- well balanced with pronounced yet mellow flavors, i would definitely drink this again and recommend this, though sessionablility is a no for me

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2008 03:22:01 | More by tonistruth
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chrisafari

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: is clean hops, citrus, pine and subtle roasted malt.

Pours super-clear amber brown with small off-white head.

Flavor: begins with nice citrus and roasted malt. Finishes with a dry hoppiness.

I was disappointed with double barrel ale, so I was a little reluctant to try another beer from Firestone Walker. But, this beer proved me wrong. A good American India Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 22:34:43 | More by chrisafari
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rudylaw

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden straw body with a simply gorgeous, 2-finger, soapy, foamy white head. Pretty hazy, but that head is unbelieveable!

Lots of pine in the nose. Of course, your typical citrus is present and quite a bit of caramel too.

I'm detecting a big malt backbone in this. The finish is bitter. There are some hops, but the malt is much more prevalent. Maybe some seltzer too? Lots of caramel and bread.

Highly carbonated but still goes down way too easily on a nice summer's eve.

I like this. I'm not going to go out of my way to mail order it from CA again, but I'd surely take one as an extra any day!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 23:17:58 | More by rudylaw
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Telix

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: It pours slightly opaque and honey-colored, with the color fading at the edges. A big fluffy head with different-sized bubbles forms and sticks around, and some lacing is evident as you drink it. There is steady carbonation rising up from the nucleation points in the glass.

S: A really nice nose on this - sweet honey, zesty herbs, with floral notes and candied fruit lurking underneath.

T: Surprisingly clashing with the nose in some ways - the initial candy/honey sweetness and floral notes quickly fade to a strong herbal, tea-like flavor, almost reminiscent of an iced tea. It's almost diluted or watery tasting. Some pepper comes up along with orange candy and cherries. As it warms, the diluted nature fades a tiny bit, but the beer never truly clicks in a cohesive manner. It finishes with some bitterness and zip, and manages to avoid the alkaline tongue of similar highly hopped beers. The tea-like core flavors never truly fade and are a bit off-putting.

M: Nice - thick, creamy, satisfying. Wish it could do more to offset the weird thin herbal mid-palate, though.

D: Pretty darn good, as I took care of my bomber pretty quickly - but I frequently do that as I quickly take sips to do my tasting notes. One bomber is enough for an evening, however, I think.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 22:50:03 | More by Telix
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PintOHops

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass - Snifter

A - Cloudy semi bright orange color with a 1-finger head, retention was minimal/didn't stick around, expected for the high ABV. Left some spots here & there, not much lacing.

S - Wow, big orange/citrus aroma, like an orange Popsicle! Fresh fresh fresh, pineapple/grapefruit/hop resin, pine, and a bit of tree sap. Alcohol in there as well along with very mild cracker & biscuit.

T - Sticky pine resin, lots of bitterness, fresh orange juice/pineapple/grapefruit/fruit zests and more hop bitterness. Not much malt here, touch of cracker, just big hop freshness/hop bitterness. More of an imperial, very noticeable alcohol as well

M - Slightly silky, slightly chewy, not full though, mild crispness and medium bodied.

D - Pretty damn good, expected more malts for some reason. Around average drinkability, I could have 1-2 because of the high ABV, but I think I might buy this one again. Good, not a seeker but worth a try. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:49:32 | More by PintOHops
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,176 ratings.