Name: Union Jack India Pale Ale
Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co. website.
Region: Paso Robles, California
ABV: 7.5% Abv
How served: 22oz bomber poured into the Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.
My Overall Opinion: Very Good.
I paired this beer with: Grilled chicken and grilled asparagus.
Tasted on: Tuesday August 10th, 2010.
Note: This beer poured the color of a rich iced tea with a 2 finger head. The head dissipated rapidly, leaving only a minimal lacing on the glass. You get hit in the nose 1st with floral and citrusy hops and then a bit of sweet malt. The taste is of grapefruit rinds and citrus fruits followed by a burst of malt sweetness. This beer is on the verge of tasting like a Double IPA. The mouthfeel is of a medium body and has a good balance between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malt. As far as drinkability goes, this is a very good IPA , but tries to act like a Double IPA with the 7.5%abv, which makes it not the beer or IPA of choice that you would want to be drinking all night long.
From their website: The newest member of the Firestone family, Union Jack is the aggressive IPA that you’ve been searching for. Citrus, pineapple, and a full chewy malt profile finish clean on your palate. Over 70 IBUs and 7.5% alcohol by volume, Union Jack won’t have any problem competing with the big India Pale Ales. A beer true to its origins; deeply hopped and bolstered for a long voyage.
2009 Australian International Beer Awards Gold Medal
2008 European Beer Star Award Gold Medal
2008 GABF Gold Medal
2008 World Beer Cup Silver Medal – American Strong IPA
American IPA. Alcohol By Volume- 7.5% . Color – 8L (Pale) . IBU- 72 (High)
100% Stainless Steel Fermentation
Premium Two-Row (Metcalf & Kendall varieties), Munich, Cara Pils & Simpson’s Light Crystal
HOPS: (4 lbs/BBL), Bittering – Warrior, Simcoe; Late Kettle – Cascade, Centennial
Dry Hops – Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe
California (limited) in 6 pack & draft (13.3g/5.2g)
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