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Review by Ricarrdo on 07/30/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2010
Pours from a 22oz. bottle a medium amber red with a slight foamy beige head and has a very hoppy aroma. Unfortunately, the hops don’t follow through on the taste. Initial taste is some malt sweetness, some hops and a lot of bitter. Certainly, the bitter is very similar to an English ESB, but that is really the only similarity. On mid taste, you get a bit more hops, but the finish is bitter, bitter, bitter. Not a lot of pine or resin in this one, very little fruit, but lots of floral, bitterness (did I say it’s bitter?), and some slight sweetness but I’m almost tempted to say the sweet is the hops, not the malt. Not a bad beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/16/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
12oz Bottle

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 it's 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. There's even a nice apricot zing on the swallow that I really enjoy. What little bit of the malt backbone I can taste (and it isn't 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.

I've gone through this glass far too fast and I'm 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; I'm sure I'll be asking for more soon.

Reviewed: 6/27/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Dr. Rockzo on 11/10/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 17 5 9 0
Another long time favorite of mine tossed in as a surprise by my man Mark up in SEA. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a surly impy pint (dating is smudged/unreadable).

A: Pours out a beautiful sunset orange/amber/golden color mixture with a great glow to it when held to a light source. A frothy/foamy 2+ finger off-white head builds quickly and has awesome retention, leaving perfect Belgian-esque curtain lacing all along the sides of the glass as it recedes. Perfection.

S: The smell is noticeably fresh, which is very nice to see as in my experience that’s a key factor in this beer’s awesomeness. Tons of grapefruity citrus, dank herbal/floral, and piney hops waft out of the glass in quite the intoxicating way, intermingling with a candy-like sugary pale malt backbone with notes of doughy sweet-bread and mild toffee. The mélange of hop aromas are like a cascade of grapefruit and headie weed raining down on me from heaven.

T: The taste is ALMOST as good as the aroma, only falling slightly short in the dank-pungency and complexity of the hops. Lots of grapefruit rind and some pulp mixes with pine and a bit of floral hoppiness with only a light crackery, dry malt candy-sugariness that lends just the perfect kiss of balance to a total hop-bomb of an IPA. Big-time accompanying bitterness with the hop flavor, just how I like ‘em…but a bit more complexity in the hop profile would make it near perfect.

M: The mouthfeel is solidly medium bodied with a perfect level of backing moderate and softer carbonation. The consistency hits quick with some stickiness before a huge wash of oily/bitter and very dry hoppiness takes over. It approaches palate smashing status but stays right on the precipice, begging me to take sip after sip with it’s smooth finish and incredibly hidden 7.5% ABV….such a temptress, this one is…

D: I could see this being a very regular staple in my utopian IPA rotation (if I could get anything I wanted in Chicago). Everything about it just draws me in and leaves me wanting more after each delicious sip. 7.5% might be a bit high on the single IPA ABV scale for some, but this goes down like an amazingly tasty hoppy elixir from the gods for me…my thirst for Union Jack is insatiable.

I have a boner for this IPA and am not ashamed to admit it. When fresh, it’s one of the best around (no one’s ever gonna get you down! You’re the best….arrrouuuunnndDDD!). Please seek out and try by any means necessary.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by lb4lb on 09/12/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
Pours a clear orange golden with lasting beige head. Smell is very fruity and tropical and aromatic.
Nice Smell. Taste is crisp, and nicely bitter with orange and tropical fruitiness to the hops.
Medium bodied with light but crisp carbonation. Fruity bitterness and pine lingers and this is a
fantasticly drinkable and enjoyable IPA. Has a cleanliness and drinkability reminiscent of Blind Pig or Pliny the Elder. One of my new favorites!

Price: $2.00 Served In: Tulip

Review by k3n on 06/04/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2008
12 oz bottle.

A: Clear, golden amber, with a persistent 1/4" head of packed, tiny off-white bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S: Fresh, citrusy hops. Delicious! Caramel jumping up to be noticed in the background, but mostly refeshing fruity hop aromas.

T: Follows the smell, with caramel subtly underlying the citrus, and a drying bitterness throughout.

M: Excellent. Hits all the right places. Bitterness lingers and invites another sip.

D: An excellent quaffer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Westside Threat on 04/27/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
A: Pours an ultra pristine watery copper color with a healthy off white head. Only a few minor streams of bubbles work their way to the surface. Very attractive beer!

S: Sugary citrus, gentle pine, lesser caramel and milk. I oversimplified this but you get the idea.

T: Begins on the malty side with a little bit of caramel and butterscotch. This isn’t a really malty IPA mind you, its just how it starts. Fruitiness sneaks in next with strawberry shortcake, sun ripened raspberries and watermelon. After the swallow, a piney bitterness flutters in but quickly transitions to a grapefruit rind and lime zest quality. Finishes a little mineraly, a good balance of bitterness but a bit dirty.

M: Medium body and soft. Fitting for the style

D: I hope this IPA stays around because it’s a great everyday IPA. The bitterness isn’t stupid over the top, just enough to keep it interesting.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 03/07/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 16 3 8 2008
Picked up a single recently from South Bay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours a golden apricot color with a good inch of cooked egg-white colored foam. Some lacing as the foam settles to a very thin layer.

Very nice citrus fruits on the nose. Immediately I pick up some grapefruit and lemon, then some orange, pineapple, peach and mango. Malt follows quickly behind the hops with a mostly toasted bread aroma with some notes of caramel and toffee. A lingering “green” bitterness in the background makes this one seem very fresh. There’s also some grassy aromas.

Then it all falls apart:
Tastes of aggressive, slightly toasted grains upfront. There’s a little alcohol in the finish and quite a lot of citrus bitterness in the back of the mouth but it’s not the kind I find pleasurable compared to other IPAs. Lots of pine. Lots of toast flavors but they seem a little too rough to me, tastes a little burnt--like burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel is too rough, bitter and astringent on the tongue. Aftertaste is mostly clean, just a few bitter citrus zest flavors hang around after each sip. A little hot in the back of the throat.

I tried but I did not enjoy this one.

Update (7/5): I felt this one needed to be re-reviewed since my tastebuds might have been off the first time.

Taste--Pine bitterness, citrus peel, acidic grapefruit, pineapple, and some grass in the finish. A little warm heat from the alcohol is noticeable in the back of the throat. The toasted and caramel malts come through in the middle, bringing a balance to the pine and citrus bitterness. Quite tasty actually, a little more on the pine side (and I prefer the citrus).

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy at first, low carbonation. Not as rough as I remembered it.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Lordofthepale on 02/13/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 2008
It is a very well balanced IPA. Huge hop aroma! Very clean taste. Doesn't linger in the back of your mouth. The three pounds of hops a barrel makes it smell blissful, and enticing! I love how they uped the malt to give it more than the usual hoppy IPA.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/09/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
A - Pours a nice clean copper colored body with some streams of bubbles rising to the top. Light tan head is about one and a half inches tall and nice and frothy. Good retention.

S - Very nice hoppy aroma. Pine is at the forefront here. Big and resiny. Grapefruit sits behind, but is potent in it's own right. Smells just like a good West Coast IPA should. Some sweet malts attempt to balance it all out.

T - Starts slightly sweet with tropical fruit flavors for just an instance. Then it takes over. A rush of hop bitterness envelopes the tongue. Pine resins start it off, but give way to an earthy flavor. More bitterness with a slightly citric flavor. Bitter hops last all the way through the finish and has a nice aftertaste for about 30 seconds more.

M - Medium bodied. Slightly prickly carbonation.

Overall - This is a fine West Coast IPA. Worthy of seeking out for sure. It will satisfy all hopheads out there with bitterness that just doesn't let go. This growler is gonna be toast shortly.

Thanks to Kegergator for this growler. When are they going to bottle some of this?

Served In: Tulip

Review by Kegergator on 12/07/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2008
Poured from a growler. The pour is a cloudy and golden, not a whole lot of head here. Smell is great, huge hop aroma. Taste is great, bitter hops all over the place. Smooth finsh with a touch of alcohol with the hops.

Served In: Pint Glass

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