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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,926 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,926
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 322
Gots: 506 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007)
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

astroflounder, Mar 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

xungmound98, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

JoeHopster, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Boxus
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a long time I underestimated Firestone, and neglected to try their products. I was a fool! Once I finally tried Union Jack, I was instantly sold. This is one lush IPA, the sort you could use to show newcomers what the style is all about.

I'm currently drinking my second bottle, poured out into a tall glass. Had one before dinner (pizza) and one (this one ) during/after. It's worth noting that this is drinkable enough to function well as a meal companion beer, though its robust flavor makes it preferable to drink it alone.

It poured a lovely twilight gold, with a finger and a half of rich, sudsy head, which diminished but left abundant lacing. I took a whif and was delighted at the freshness of the scent. Ripe honey tangerine with a piney punch. If gold had a smell, this would be it.

The flavor? Rich and poignant hops coasting over floral caramel sweetness. There is honey, rose, and pine mingling with lemon and grapefruit. Basically, everything you expect from a first-class IPA. The mouthfeel is rich and syruppy, but light enough to remain very drinkable.

Overall, this is just a damn fine beer and I'm stupid for not having tried it sooner. Cheers! :)

Boxus, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

YeastEnthusiast, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

BuzzG, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

rick0776, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

22Blue, Mar 14, 2014
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2/5  rDev -52.8%

CarolinaKevin, Mar 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

srgj88, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

iJyuken, Mar 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

ajzy, Mar 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

ubiq3000, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ralerwen, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

SharkNado, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of barnzy78
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Bottled on 02/04/14
L - deeper golden color with nice clarity and a frothy off-white head that holds good retention
S - grapefruit rind, pine, caramel, toasted grain
T - toasty grain and oak, caramel, pungent grapefruit rind, pine, nice sweetness with an even nicer bitterness
F - medium body, pleasant carbonation, finishes bitter and dry
O - one of my favorite IPAs. Outstanding.

barnzy78, Mar 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

earlholman, Mar 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Bnjmnlws, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

stevehagy, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of SteveB24
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

appearance; clear amber/ copper, lots of bubbles, thick white head with great retention.

smell; very sweet smell with some floral essence in there along with light fruit.

taste; not quite as sweet as the smell; flowers, lemon peel, sweet fruit, malty sweetness, and a touch of very complimentary bitterness.

mouthfeel; light/ medium body, medium/ heavy carbonation. perfectly dry in the backbone.

overall; Very nice, memorable IPA, in a very large category in which its easy to be overshadowed, this beer distinguishes itself with its sweetness and complexity. would easily buy again.

SteveB24, Mar 11, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

very filtered golden-orange. lingering head. lot of peppery , ginger, piney and mango notes on the nose. pretty complex interesting and different. flavor has good amount of lemon lime, black pepper. only hints of the tropical fruits. has its own character for sure

dank203, Mar 11, 2014
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,926 ratings.