Beer of the Week: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

IMG_8221Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA (7.5% alcohol): This West Coast-style IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, California pours an inviting apricot orange with a thick white head that holds up nicely. It has a robust aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, woodsy pine and a touch of honey. Grapefruit citrus flavors stimulate the senses followed by bready malt undertones finished with hoppy bitterness. Union Jack is slightly thicker, less hoppy than expected as well as noticeably smooth and well-balanced that I was surprised to find it had such a high ABV. Overall, this is a highly drinkable IPA that offers something slightly different for this style.

Union Jack IPA has won a number of awards since 2008 including recognition from the World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival, Australian International Beer Awards, European Beer Star and the California State Fair. Listen to the experts and drink up!

I drank this beer on tap at Monk’s Café in Philadelphia during Philly Beer Week. Read more about the other beers I tried and bars I visited here.

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