Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

6,626 Ratings
Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This is a very pretty beer, a medium orange that's too thick to see through but holds lots of brightness, and some bubbling activity that remains gently consistent. The head is a tan one that settles to be very thick and strong but creamy, lots of rocky density to it, and its settling point is a full finger and very solid. Lacing is left all the way from the very top of the glass is bubbly netting and chunks, down to just about the very bottom.
Hops are potent in this aroma, and it displays one of the nicest bouquets I recall smelling in an IPA. It's an array of citrus, both flesh and zest without as much hard pith as some brewers are putting into their hoppy efforts. Some pine hits, too, and the balance from the right amount of caramel malts works really well.
Some tangerine, pine and marmalade hit the tongue up front, going leafier in the middle and transitioning into a very strong bitterness that is nonetheless far from overbearing. Malts are properly leveled to balance. There's a sort of earthy/rindy element to the bitterness at parts, and a flash of honey with some biscuits speaks again to the malts, only adding depth while allowing the bitterness to come off strongest.
IT's creamy smooth up front with a somehow soft but strong bite of crispness that carries from front to back. The medium body holds well the entire way through, and the consistent moderate carbonation keeps the smoothness and crispness from fading.
IT's nice to see that a classic can still hold its own in a market saturated with IPAs. While so many now have set the bar higher, this one still reaches it.

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Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,626 ratings.
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