Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4.23/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#921
Reviews:
1,396
Ratings:
6,793
pDev:
9.46%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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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.

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Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,793 ratings