jrob21 (2170) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh where has this brewery and beer been all my life. Thanks to snojerk for getting me on of these finally. Looks a surprisingly clear copper color. Incredible pine and floral hop aroma. Smells thick with sweetness as well. Flavor is bitter grapefruit upfront. In the background is a caramel sweetness that cuts through all that bitterness. It looks like it is going to be thin but this is a full bodied, full flavored beer.
Taverner (1067) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a copper with almost no head. Flavor is pungent hop with a nice bready finish. High on the bitterness hop scale, but also pretty strong in florals as well. Has a fully-encompassing tongue-scraping bitterness that I do love. Not really sessionable, but great as an after dinner IPA.
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really a refreshing, sessionable offering from Firestone Walker that at the same time is over the top in hop aroma and flavor, quite a feat indeed. Light bodied, full aroma of grapefruit and orange, with resinous flavors that are even stronger, lemon,orange and pine, with a lingering but pleasant bitterness. A note of toast and carmel, but the hops dominate this!
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yet another great beer received in recent trading with errantnight, thanks again Derek! Union Jack IPA pours a glowing orange with a slight haziness. Very few streams of carbonation rise to the surface throughout the glass. The cotton white head grew to two fingers on a standard pour and as it slowly fell to a finger left some great sticky lacing behind. The drink lines after each sip were chunky as well.
As soon as I popped the top the intense hoppiness greeted me. When I stick my nose in the glass itís no different. A dense resinous hoppiness combines with bitter grapefruit and mild orange to produce a hoptastic smelling IPA. The malt that does manage to barely squeak through is cake like and has a slight candy sweetness to it. This IPA makes my mouth water. Each swirl intensifies the hoppy goodness.
The flavor lives up to the aroma and may even be a little juicier. The sappy hoppiness still takes the lead but the citric qualities are more pronounced than the aroma suggested. Bitter grapefruit comes along mid-palate and takes over before a squeeze of orange says hello. Thereís even a nice apricot zing on the swallow that I really enjoy. What little bit of the malt backbone I can taste (and it isnít much) has that candy like sweetness.
The mouthfeel is all incredibly smooth with a medium body. The carbonation is on the lower side of the spectrum and creates just enough frothiness for that incredible body. The feel of this beer is right where it should be. The bitterness grows as I drink.
Iíve gone through this glass far too fast and Iím sure the next glass would be the same way. This is an incredibly flavorful, easy drinking IPA. The flavor and hop bouquet keep my diving in for more.
Union Jack is another great IPA from the West Coast and another quality brew from Firestone Walker. I wish this was available in my area because it would be a mainstay in my fridge. Thanks again for the taste Derek; Iím sure Iíll be asking for more soon.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on draft,hollingshead deli
amber pour, nicely balanced between hops & malt, citrus aroma, good beer
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DSG (4677) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 Re-rate 7/5/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Arielís place. Thanks Ariel. Clear golden. Nice floral and citric hops. Pleasant lingering bitterness. 7/3/7/3/15=3.5
Re-rate 11/17/11: Bottle sample at a tasting at Sar HaMashkaot Ramat Gan. Thanks Dagan. Hazy golden. Aroma of malt, fruits and some slightly old floral and citric hops. Sweetish flavor at first, continues bitter with some slightly grapefruity hops. Medium-bodied. Decent but maybe a bit old - the hops slightly faded. 6/4/7/3/13=3.3
(10/31/08) Draught sample at Blue Palms in Hollywood (thanks Brian for the free beer!). Clear deep golden color with a white head. Aroma of piney hops and some citrus notes. Sweetish flavor that turns into a bitter hoppiness with a bit of resinous notes and some grapefruit. Rounded mouthfeel. Nice stuff. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6
beerbill (3178) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed gold with a moderate yellow-white head that lasted through three quarters of the glass and left a nice layer of foam with each sip. The aroma is very bright with lemons, oranges and grapefruit along with some caramel. The flavor steps back just a bit from the aroma. Initially, there is a good solid malt base. This is followed by a solid dose of grapefruit hops. Bitter at the finish, with some mild bitterness lingering for about five seconds beyond the swallow. A solid IPA.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Liarís Club on the last night of their existence. Nice hoppy aromas off this clear deep orange beer. More hops on the aromas. Pine and grass and some sweet malts. Pretty good.
fredandboboflo (1570) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 9/16/08. Aroma of grassy, floral, and some citrus hops. Also just a general feeling of bitter hoppiness. Flavor also with the bitter hops but more prominent citrusy notes as well. Strong, smooth malt base that doesnít get too sweet. Very nice, though, yes, I would enjoy a fresher go at it.