Beer # 135 Firestone Walker Union Jack India Pale Ale

Firestone Walker Union Jack India Pale Ale

Name:  Union Jack India Pale Ale

Style: IPA

Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co.  website.

Country:  USA

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.

ACCOLADES:

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

STYLE:

American IPA.  Alcohol By Volume- 7.5% .  Color – 8L (Pale) .  IBU- 72 (High)

FERMENTATION:

100% Stainless Steel Fermentation

MALTS:

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

AVAILABILITY:

California (limited) in 6 pack & draft (13.3g/5.2g)

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