Frank (3270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a straight down the middle American IPA and a damn good one. It doesnít look like much, sort of a hazed pale body and rocky head of large bubbles but who cares what it looks like when thereís this much hops in the nose. This is a very fragrent beer w/ loads of floral, honey-like notes and vibrant, juicy citrus. This is dry and comes off just slightly thin bodied due to lower than average carbonation but the robust and slightly biting bitterness in the finish easily make up for any shortcoming. I wish this werenít so strong so I could drink more of it. That is a good thing in an IPA.
edwardbass (621) - Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent IPA. Nice hops bittterness and very drinkable. Definitely on my list of IPAs to drink regularly.
AWISLguy (1660) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Pub at the Monte Carlo. Pours orangey brown with an off white head, nice lacing. Aroma has citrus fruits with a lovely fresh melon/apricot/mango blend and some pine. Taste has citrus fruit, pine with some nice caramel back. Somewhat bitter despite all the fruity sweetness. Finishes with medium length and stays sweet and bitter. Very nice!
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from unclemike, thanks Mike! Pours a cloudy, orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is solid with a bready, medium sweet caramel and lots of flowery oranges with a nice, herbal resiny note. A touch of toast to the biscuity malts along with more citruses and a touch of peppery pine. Flavor is similar. Lots of orange and tangerine florals up front with plenty of caramel and biscuity malts to balance. A touch of toast comes in as the hops pick up a slight pine resin, a bit of an herbal pepper, and a growing citrus. Ends a bit sweet and somewhat juicy with lots of florals and citrusy hops all balanced with a biscuity caramel malt. Moderate bitterness is not necessarily thin, but it feels like it needs a bit more of an oomph. Medium, creamy, somewhat thin feeling body at times and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a very tasty IPA. Lots of biscuity caramel balanced well with plenty of hops. The body ever-so-slightly feels a bit thin at times and the bitterness seems like it needs a bit more, but that doesnít distract enough from making this highly enjoyable. Good beer.
BucannonXC5 (1036) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Blind Lady Ale House in San Diego, Calif. Color was orangeish apple juice. Came with more than inch of head that took awhile to come down. Lots of lacing early, that slowly dropped off. The film on the sides were spread out through the finish.
Smelled citrusy and piney, but not hoppy at all. Lemon, orange and grapefruit seemed to each have a say in the nose.
Tasted of smooth, citrus hops along with some sweet, floral hops. Surprisingly not too bitter.
Medium body. Average carbonation. Clean and crisp.
Iíve had this many times, but had yet to rate it. It seemed to be a bit high for my liking, but maybe thatís just me being a Firestone homer. Either way, a clean and crisp IPA that goes down smooth.
jstraw (1943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Draft at Jerryís. Gold with big, foamy, white head / Vibrant, sweet, nose of pine, citrus, and bubblegum / Medium, creamy body, resinous, lightly sweet with good hop bite and nice, bitter, finish / Flavors of cut pine, resin, grapefruit, pineapple, bubblegum, and honey / Not out there in any direction, just textbook perfect.
guzzler67 (1550) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, bright amber appearance with a fairly large, off white head and good lacing. Pine and citrus hops duel in the aroma. Sweet, caramel malts provide the initial taste, with a drier, more bitter, hop driven aftertaste. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish.
Leafs93 (1834) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber with a white fluffy head. Aroma is grapefruit, resin, earthyness and caramel. Taste is bitters into a sweet finish. Medium mouthfeel with sticky oily texture. Very nice.
Chad9976 (1358) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Pumpkin skin colored body, very hazy; forms a large, off-white marshmallow-like head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Standard West Coast IPA aroma of tart candy; a floral bouquet and tropical fruits.
Taste: If I had drank Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA a year or two ago this probably wouldíve blown my mind. My readers should take in to account that I grade to personal preference and the individual experience of the tasting for the review and not "how good the beer actually is" (as if such a thing could be empirically measured anyway). This is a really tasty and enjoyable beer to be sure, but Iíve already had it before.
It begins with sweet tropical fruit juice notes - mango, papaya, apricot - then gives way to a more syrupy, confectionary sweetness with a honey-like taste added. The bitterness comes through on the end, but itís not sappy or piney like an East Coast offering. The aftertaste is both bitter and sweet - a battle between candy-like sugary sensation and sharp saltwater bitterness. It finishes mostly clean so the hops donít dry you out and the sweetness isnít cloying. What balance!
Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium-bodied, fairly soft and comfortable.
Drinkability: Iím not sure of the IBUs, but Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA is only 7.5% ABV - which is certainly a noteworthy weight, but nothing unusual for an American IPA. While a robust beer in all aspects, itís also remarkably smooth, maybe even a little refreshing.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a brilliant clear orange amber with a small frothy head made up of complex tiny bubbles. Lacing sings as it sticks to the sides of the glass. This is what a beer, especially an IPA, should look like. The first whiff of Union Jack yields a tantalizingly complex aroma of fresh mango and tangy pineapple. This is accentuated by a light grassy pine somewhere off in the background. The first taste is sublime. Sweet candy malt hits the palate first, before being washed away by perfect bitterness. As the palate acclimates the beer becomes almost juicy, like you are biting into ripe piece of citrus, again I think of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Lots of that heavy-duty lupulin taste hangs out in the middle of the beer, the ones that only the really great IPAs seem to capture. Mouthfeel has medium carbonation, and isnít watery at all, though it is almost slightly creamy. Despite the initial wave of sweetness up front, Union Jack leaves the palate dry and begging for more.