Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
Brewed by Firestone Walker Brewing Company (Duvel-Moortgat)
Style: American IPA
Paso Robles, California USA
Coming out of Paso Robles, Central Coast, in California, is the Firestone Walker Brewing Company.
Founded in 1996, by Adam Firestone, it is California’s fourth-largest craft brewery and is known for producing hoppy ales. The company has seen substantial growth since and remains a favourite brewery amongst the craft beer aficionados, with their Union Jack IPA particularly popular.
The brewery is run by two brothers-in-law, Adam Firestone (aka The Bear) and David Walker, (aka The Lion). English expatriate David Walker brought a British outlook to the operation, an old world view in the Californian sunshine, and a reason why the beer is called Union Jack in homage to these origins.
Firestone Walker was World Beer Cup Champion Brewery for mid-sized breweries in 2004, 2006, 2010, and 2012,
In 2015, Firestone Walker sold the company to Belgium beer kings, Duvel Moortgat Brewery, well known for their iconic Duvel beer.
Review: 355ml Bottle of Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: ABV: 7.5% vol
A popular beer that has won many awards and several honours since 2008.
Do like the design of the logo and bottle. Simple but stands out.
On pour got a nice big frothy white head, and a lovely clear golden orange beer appeared. Is a nice looking beer for sure, lovely looking colour.
On nose got a pleasant fruity aroma, was really lovely to smell. Got citrus and grapefruit.
On the taste side of things, I found it way too hoppy. Now I know this beer is an IPA and popular with the beer geeks, but fuck me I found it very difficult to drink tbh.
Was tasty, did get to savour a bit of it and did get some tasty sweet malts, but those hops, were way too aggressive and bitter for me, yuck!
Also got too much of the citrus flavours, not a nice taste, a bit sour.
Was a strong beer though, did feel the alcohol later!
Disappointing considering all the hype. Maybe if I grew a big fuck off beard it might taste better?