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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2011, 09:54:47 AM »
Thanks for the recipe Jeff! Wow, that is a pretty intense dry hop schedule,  seems like a lot of good beer could be lost if you weren't careful.  What is your dry hop method?
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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2011, 10:01:43 AM »
Weird.  I think it's an excellent beer, I like it a lot.  I think it's nearly as good as Pliny.

The Union Jack is OK, but it's the Double Jack that I really Love.  Great stuff. 
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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2011, 10:11:57 AM »
Those soaked up some for sure.  I recommend listening to the podcast for deeper insights to the beer.

One thing I did not have on there is the first listing of Cascade/Centennial are were in for 7 days.  Then the last round including the Simcoe/Amarillo went in.  I put a fine mesh nylon bag that has been boiled over the racking cane as a filter when racking.   The whole/pellet hops are free in the carboy.  Once the hops are no longer floating, I slow the racking rate to allow the beer time to flow through the hop bed.  Helps get some more of the beer out of the hops.

The Knockout addition is pretty big, and on of the keys to this beer is a long whirlpool.  I recirc. using the March pump, and stir on occasion for 45 minutes.  The temp is about 175F at the end so I am not worried about infections.  Then chill as normal from there.  This also helps to get the bitterness up.

I looked at some of the online specs for the beer and it finishes about 1.014.  A little higher than Pliny the Elder, but there is no sugar in this beer.

Had Double Jack the last time we were in Chicago, and I have to say that is another good one from Matt.

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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2011, 06:01:52 PM »
I really like the Pale 31.  Honest, solid, drinkable APA. 
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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2011, 07:15:42 PM »
We stopped by the brewery in Paso last April 2010.  The whole lineup was very solid.  The Firestone Union system looks to be a lot of work.  The DBA and Pale 31 make the Union worth the work.  Matt is one heck of a brewer.
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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2013, 07:06:55 AM »
another sampling from the distributor.  i really enjoyed this beer.  i thought the hops were appropriate. i did not notice the residual sweetness that someone above mentioned. 
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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2013, 07:38:27 AM »
I have liked all the FW beers that I've had.  I wish they were available locally.

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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #22 on: May 13, 2013, 09:21:56 AM »
Firestone is one of my favorites, love Union Jack. Always felt that style wise it was somewhere between an American and English IPA. DBA is my favorite from them though, really love that beer. I go down to the brewery every couple months or so and they often have an unfiltered DBA that they only serve at the brewery. The Double DBA which they came out with last year is also fantastic.

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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2013, 09:51:17 AM »
Love the Union, Double AND Wookey Jacks. Great beer by FW. There is some sweetness to the UJ, but I think it's balanced by the intense hopping and bittering. Double Jack is one of my favorite IIPAs.
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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #24 on: May 13, 2013, 09:51:36 AM »
Union Jack is my hands-down favorite American IPA.

That said - it is a pretty big disappointment when its not fresh. I can get it when I'm in St. Louis, and I've found a few stores who keep it cold and go through it fast. If its warm and >2 months old, I pass it by.
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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #25 on: May 14, 2013, 10:52:41 AM »
Union Jack is my hands-down favorite American IPA.

That said - it is a pretty big disappointment when its not fresh. I can get it when I'm in St. Louis, and I've found a few stores who keep it cold and go through it fast. If its warm and >2 months old, I pass it by.

That explains why I didn't like it. We recently started getting FW distributed out my way in the past few years, and I had heard a lot of good things about Union Jack, but it was pretty blah when I tried it. We have quite a few stores with a wide selection of craft beer around here, but the wide selection comes at the expense of freshness. I'd like to try it again if I was sure it was in top condition. Judging by the grain bill, it looks like my kind of IPA.
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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #26 on: May 14, 2013, 11:15:26 AM »
Union Jack is my hands-down favorite American IPA.

That said - it is a pretty big disappointment when its not fresh. I can get it when I'm in St. Louis, and I've found a few stores who keep it cold and go through it fast. If its warm and >2 months old, I pass it by.

That explains why I didn't like it. We recently started getting FW distributed out my way in the past few years, and I had heard a lot of good things about Union Jack, but it was pretty blah when I tried it. We have quite a few stores with a wide selection of craft beer around here, but the wide selection comes at the expense of freshness. I'd like to try it again if I was sure it was in top condition. Judging by the grain bill, it looks like my kind of IPA.
+1.  The 1st time I tried it, I wasn't impressed - it was ~ 2 months old IIRC.  Took a trip out west later on and got it fresh and it blew me away. I think FW and Alpine make maybe the 2 best AIPAs.
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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2013, 11:58:28 AM »
Double Jack is my favorite imperial

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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #28 on: May 15, 2013, 03:42:42 AM »
I just had a bottle of double jack night that I found in the beer fridge that I didn't even realize I had.  It's been in my fridge for about three months and was bottled in December.  I thought it was probably going to be overly sweet and oxidized but when I cracked it open I was pleasantly surprised.  Really nice flavor with a good balance of bitterness and residual sweetness.  I had no problem finishing the bomber.  I'll definitely buy another one.
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Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« Reply #29 on: May 15, 2013, 05:00:08 AM »
The six-pack of Honkers I got two weeks ago was bottled on April 12.  Pretty darned fresh.
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