Union Jack India Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

6,600 Ratings
Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 22oz. bottle into a Sam Adams custom glass.

A: It flowed an impressive toasted golden, almost copper-like with its fiery orange highlights. The head developed at two fingers of solid rocky foam. The retention was good as the foam dispersed into a thin membrane across the surface leaving thick, sticky lacing.

S: The first whiff is hop forward, but it's a light, almost delicate and mellow hop aroma of resin and pine, bordering on the floral. There may even be some juniper. This smells like gin, and that's a very good thing. The fruit is present but subtle, somewhat creamy and citrusy. Towards the end of the nose are some lingering notes suggesting honeysuckle, grass, apricot, whisky barrel, and vanilla.

T: After such a vernal and pastoral nose, the maltiness in the taste comes as a surprise. It secretes a lightly toasty and honey sweetness, but it's not at all cloying. The hop presence in the finish is slightly woodsy, and some spice begins to prickle through as it warms. Sensational.

M: This is built with a medium body and displays excellent carbonation for the style.

O: This exquisite IPA conjures up whisky and gin (my two favorite spirits) at the same time with the charred oak of a bourbon barrel and the botanical eccentricity of a craft gin. This is unlike any IPA I've ever had. It's a paragon of carefully calibrated balance and refreshing drinkability.

I would pair this with a stinky cheese with some dried apricots or some grilled peaches with prosciutto and sage drizzled in white balsamic vinegar.

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A - Pours a beautiful gold that is quite clear with a about a 3/4" head that lasts for a couple of minutes. Leaves a pretty good lacing along the glass that sticks around for a while as I nurse my glass.

S - Has a descent fruity resin filled nose with hints of citrus and mango.

T - The beer is so smooth, a perfect classic west coast IPA, has the resin flavors blended perfectly with mangos and orange backed with a biscuit malty backbone on the aftertaste.

M - Incredibly smooth, not an overly bitter IPA just filled with flavor but none of it punching you in the face more like a gentle caressing of the palate.

O - This is one of my favorite breweries and this is there classic IPA that few do better, for a beer with this much availability it doesn't get much better.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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