Friday, December 3, 2010

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.: Union Jack IPA

Union Jack IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
1400 Ramada Dr
Paso Robles, CA

Aroma: (11/12) 
Light citrusy hop aroma. Even smells like a great and clear beer.
Appearance: (3/3) 
A very clear copper color with a nice one-fingered head poured from the tap. Some pretty damned-good lacing on the glass, even before I take my first sip. A real good sign!
Flavor: (18/20) 
Definitely hoppy on the front end, then the red malt kicks in. The back-end is very well supported with smooth, citrusy hops. The aftertaste keeps the hops hanging on. A very good IPA that isn't over-hopped at all. A go-to IPA!
Mouthfeel: (5/5) 
A very by the book American IPA, that is light bodied, smooth, with both ends of the malt buttressed by copious hops.
Overall Impression: (9/10) 
Classic, clean and beautiful. A definite favorite of mine. Now only if I could get this locally...
TOTAL: 46/50 

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