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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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4,173 Ratings
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Ratings: 4173
Reviews: 1096
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange aroma, thought it was Amarillo, rather commercial description: it was Simcoe bittering hops; Centennial, Cascade and Tomahawk for flavoring; aroma hops are described as a "blend of C's."

Orangey bubbly Caesar head. Hoppy for what I thought would be a British style IPA, after all the name. Very drinkable, and citrus flavour.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 23:10:23 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy but clear light orange with a 1 inch white head that fades to a thin cap. Nice rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of grapefruit juice, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit. Taste is of grapefruit juice and citrus zests with some tropical fruit flavors and a sweet malt taste coming in at the end. Mild hop bitterness on the palate quickly fades after each sip. Good carbonation makes for a crisp yet slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA with some very nice fruit smells and flavors. A good choice when you're in the mood for a "fruity" IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 22:51:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey with a large splash of orange juice. The head is polished ivory in color and features loads of sticky bubbles on its upper surface. As those bubbles burst, they leave a delicate array of lace-like lace all over the upper reaches of the glass. A classic look.

And an outstanding nose! There goes any thought that Union Jack is an English IPA. So why the name? The hop bill (Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Columbus) is 100% American and the sheer amount of hoppiness is AIPA all the way. Talk about a fantastically bright, perfectly pungent, fresh hop-like nose. Prediction: this is going to be great beer.

That was way too easy. As expected, Union Jack is full-to-bursting with C-hop goodness. Can't forget the Simcoe (S-hop), since they give the flavor profile a distinctly tropical vibe that adds yet another dimension. Killer hop bill. Absolutely killer. It's also nice to see that the brewery didn't allow the little green cones to outpace their malt support.

There's just enough of a barely toasted, caramel maltiness (think SN Celebration Ale) to let the drinker know that hops aren't the only ingredient that's allowed to provide flavor. The good thing is that the caramel doesn't get in the way of the grapefruit, bitter orange and pineapple explosion. 72 IBUs seems about right, but they're a friendly 72.

The mouthfeel stays well within the bounds of the IPA style. Any bigger and it wouldn't work as well. It's as smooth as glass and is lightly creamy in the bargain. Soft-edged carbonation is pretty much perfect.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. has another winner with Union Jack India Pale Ale. Forget the British flag, though. This beer is Stars And Stripes Forever and is proud of it. I could (and would) drink this stuff by the case if it was available locally.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 12:54:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well the first of my Firestone Walker evening. I have three of these setup for tonight, the first I have ever had from them, so I was naturally quite excited to give this a try. Being my preferred style I jumped right for this 7.5% IPA which I thought would compliment dinner very nicely. Poured out a very nice golden amber with a little bit of a haze to it, but nothing terribly dramatic. A good amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass, which only served to reinforce the very nice head of foam which had formed at the top immediately upon pour. A nice three inches or so of white pillow like foam was on top now, settling down after a couple of minutes to just a thin film across the top which produced copious amounts of side glass lace on its way down. A nice typical IPA from what I could tell so far.

The aroma was classic hop bomb of an IPA from the first whiff. No, mention of the alcohol what so ever in this one from the aroma through. Lots of fresh citrus hop aromas coming right at you with a delicate balance of bitterness and a touch of sugar as well. Definitely some light sweet notes coming through on it, especially as it warmed up a touch. Very nice feel here, with a rich medium body that was full of carbonation, offering you a very nice creamy feel as it went down, but still staying light enough not to cause a problem with filling. Great flavors were all over this. It was to be honest on the lighter side of the style, but, it came off very well with a rich mixture of grapefruit and orange flavors that hit you off right from the start, but were mellowed down towards the middle to allow a much more balanced flavor to start to breakthrough. Hints of grain were in here now, mingling around and lots of malt sugar, really giving it a nice bit of sweetness and balancing out the hop bitterness very nicely. This was a very well balanced IPA, while still sticking to the classic west coast style all the way. Very cool indeed. The alcohol was so well hidden, this could have been 4% as it was nearly and completely undetectable. This was just an awesome session ale. I could have had this one all night to be honest.

Overall, I really thought this was great, and a very nice way to welcome me into the world of Firestone Walker. A fantastic west coast style IPA, that did not overdue anything, it came and did very well. I would love to get a hold of this again as I thought it was simply remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 11:27:43 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a typical looking amber color with a rather fluffy and large white head and some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Plenty of citrusy hops in the nose. I pick up a lot of grapefruit and perhaps a bit of orange as well. Not really too much malt there, but a bit of breadiness.

T: The flavor is essentially a continuation of the nose. Plenty of sharp and juicy grapefruit with a bread-like malt flavor in the background. A mild, resinous bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium in body with ample carbonation and a very crisp finish.

D: One of the best regular IPAs out there and a stand-by of mine. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 15:53:20 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a rocky head; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Toffee malt blends in with citrus smells

Taste: Opens with the toffee flavor from the aroma, but it doesn't take long for the bitterness to build; very citrusy, with plenty of grapefruit and other tropical fruit flavors (mango, papaya and a hint of pineapple); after the swallow, the fruitiness gets even stronger, though all the while there is some residual malt sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: More than just an AIPA, this is close to a DIPA; designed for those who want a low alcohol DIPA (although it tastes bigger), and that is worth a little chuckle

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 21:07:50 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a gold/amber color with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hoppy notes is really enjoyable with light sweet undertones. Taste is also dominated by sweet notes with nice floral hoppy notes and some citrus undertones with limited bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed with great drinkability factor and limited bitterness level.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 18:53:52 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aah, Union Jack- where have you been all my life? Your classy IPA taste would have won me over long ago with your bright citrus hop character and your supple malty-dry palate. Regardless, I'm glad that we are finally graced with this introduction.

Its bright golden color hints toward amber but ultimately shies just short. Capped with a dense blanket of ivory-white foam, its retention is long-lasting and its lace in spottily intricate.

Vividly aromatic, its large floral bouquet is chocked full of citrusy grapefruit, orange zest, and bright pine sap. Herbal, grassy and flowery- its scent is backed by a quick caramel, grain-derived graham cracker and nutty scent; all giving the hop fruit notes a riper and dripping juiciness.

And as that thin caramel and graham cracker, biscuit and crusty-sweetness glides across the early palate, a swift whack of hops come charging through- red grapefruit, ripe oranges, citrus peels, and lightly pithy bitterness sets in the middle portion of taste. Finishing resinous and deeply bitter, notions of fresh sawn pine, cut grass and exotic botanical flavors decorate the periphery of taste.

Its mid-light body is pleasantly sweet to texture early, but is also pleasantly fast-fleeting as the carbonation is quickly shed and the sweetness is foregone in favor of dry malt texture, resinous dryness, and moderate alcohol warmth. Spicy like ginger, the beer closes on a snappy and earthen bitter note that resonates in extended aftertaste.

Union Jack is the epitome of the "West Coast" IPA- it discloses a malty-sweet balance early on, but as the rug is swept from the taste buds, I'm left falling into an uncontrollable dry and bitter ride thereafter. There's a resistance to simply "tag along" but that resistance is, of course- futile.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 06:04:25 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright, slightly darkened orange with a nice white head.

S: Lots of grapefruit, orange, and other citrus notes. Some malt sweetness far into the background.

T: Very similar to the smell. Lots of refreshing hop bitterness with a little bit of the sweet aroma working its way into the taste.

M: Medium-bodied with a little bit of chewiness.

D: Quite drinkable. A very nice IPA to quaff back all day.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 15:27:35 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear deep amber in color with no visible carbonation. There is a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: There is a moderate, pleasant aroma of piney hops in the nose.
T: There is a good amount of bitterness from the hops, but this is not overpowering due to a good balance with the underlying malts. There are some notes of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. I would definitely have another of these.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 23:33:14 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a thin, white, bubbly head.

Smell: Pungent earthy, herbal pine needles and soggy grapefruit rinds blanket the lesser aroma of pale malt.

Taste: Pale malts along with a rather subdued caramel sweetness. Profuse hop flavors of citrus fruits and herbaceous pine thoughtfully deliver a nice pinch of medium-high bitterness. Finishes appropriately dry with a long, lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Just a tad bit oily in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Goes down surprisingly easy (and quickly) for being a 7.5% ABV. A solid, competent India Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 18:30:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have wanted to try this for awhile,glad to get my hands on it.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear medium to full on golden with a thinner but well retained white head.Citric and pine in the nose,I mean just great hop definition,a bit of sweet alcohol as well.The mouthfeel is just a tad thin and prickly but it doesnt take away from the drinkibility really,just me nit picking really.Well balanced with big resiny and citric hop intertwining with a hefty sweet doughy malt base,yeah the hops win out but the malt base holds firm.A great Cali IPA the hops are huge but its not totally unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 22:06:08 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear straw topped by a finger of thick light cream-white foam. The nose comprises pineapple, light mango, lime zest, lemon zest, mandarin orange, and honey-dripped biscuits. The taste holds notes of pine needles, light pineapple, light orange zest, light banana peel, biscuit, and cracked wheat. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very tasty IPA. Straight up. 'Nuff said. Get some!

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 22:54:47 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pint at Henry's Tavern in the Pearl District of Portland.

This beer appears a clear medium copper hue, with one finger of filmy, creamy, off-white head, which renders some limestone rockface lace as it all sinks away. It smells of caramel, grapefruit, orange, and a bit of pine, all smushed into one spendifourus odor. The taste is bitter pine oil, grapefruit rind, and caramel/toffee. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, and somewhat creamy. It finishes on an even keel between the hops and a sweet creamy malt.

A damned fine IPA, balanced, yet still intense.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 18:50:53 | More by biboergosum
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm sort of surprised I haven't reviewed this beer. Figured I'd pick up a bottle now that it's available in Chicago. Served in a Pisgah pint glass. Dated September 28th, 2011.

A - Finger-plus of creamy white foam that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving plenty of intricate lace patterns. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - The hop profile is very floral and piney, with some ripe grapefruit and lemon zest. Malt character is very neutral and understated, with some bread and not much else.

T - The taste is sweeter, and I like the balance the sugary malt imparts. Candied citrus, ripe tangerine, and some rapidly rising bitterness in the finish. Perhaps the faintest hint of astringency but otherwise quite delightful.

M - Smooth medium body with some pleasant carbonation zest. Dry finish, with plenty of enamel-coating hop oils and resins. Very juicy.

D - A really nice and refreshing IPA - I'm going to have to pick this up regularly. Impressed that this tasted so good after nearly two months - I would have guessed 4-6 weeks tops.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 00:49:48 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of piney hops. There's a mild sweetness of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is well-worth drinking for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 02:42:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strange name for an AIPA, cheers to Wasatch for this one!

Pours an effervescent honey with 1 finger of beige head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Piney & citrussy

T: Grapefruit, breadyness & tangerines up front. leafy hops & pineyness dominate as this warms, plus just a whisper of booze, honey malts & apricots. Finishes piney with a touch of breadyness, earthy hops & pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, plus great balance

Drinks easy for the style & ABV, a good AIPA that verges on the edge of greatness

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 03:27:43 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Beer is clear and yellow orange forms a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is slightly sweet and strongly piny hop. Smells pretty good.

Beer is medium bodied and slightly sweet up front from some malt. Lots of good pine hop character in the back of the palate and overall a highly drinkable beer. Its pretty good for an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 04:02:25 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a white head. Aroma is tons of citrus hops. Flavor is very hoppy but not too bitter. The predominant flavor is orange and other citrus fruits. Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable.
This is a beer that I could drink several of in one sitting, unlike some of the hoppier less-balanced versions of this style. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 02:07:52 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled awesome! Grapefruit, mango and other tropical fruits with a touch of pine. Some caramel aromas.

T - It had a great piney bitterness on first sip. Nice tropical fruit flavors add some zip and bite. It has just enough sweet caramel and toffee to balance it out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied IPA with a clean finish.

O - This is a great IPA. Absolutely glad that Firestone Walker has come to Missouri. This will be a 'go-to IPA'.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 20:10:15 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this one for a while, and finally got it thanks to a great trader womencantsail.

A: Pours into my giant oversized snifter with a light 1/2 finger head covering of nice fluffy head that fades slowly. It's a very clear pale orange color.

N: A very nice nose. Lots of fresh hop aromas, some fresh wet hops, chewy hops, some pine, a little citrus, and after that comes some nice light malt aromas.

T: A nice chewy bitter hop taste to start. Some pine and a little citrus. The piny flavors seem to increase as it goes. A little fresh wet hop earthy hops, but not much. Some nice lightly sweet malt flavors. A great chewy hop and some juicy hops. A hint of vanilla. Reminds me a lot of two headed.

M: Decent body but a little lighter, good carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter and gets a little more bitter on the finish. Some pale bitterness and spicy hops. A little juicy hop flavor and some sweet juices lingering. Some malts stick with it too. The bitterness lingers for a long time. This is easily becoming one of my fav IPAs. I'm glad I got a 6-pack, and I'm thinking about putting this into my regular trading schedule. Thanks a ton Andrew.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 00:10:03 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A full pour yields a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deep copper / amber color and becomes a bright copper color when held up to the light. A nicely resinous hop character greets my nose as I go in for a draught of the aroma; a mix of ruby-red grapefruit, lychee, tangelo peel, apricot and a zesty herbal pine note that provides a bit of contrast. Not much in the way of malt comes through in the aroma, it plays more of a supporting role for the dominant hop character, but there are some biscuit-like malt notes if you really dig for them. I really like the smooth, fruity hop notes that are found in the nose, they make this beer quite inviting.

Lightly sweet, with a caramelized malt touch that really serves to accentuate certain aspects of the dominant hop flavors. Flavors of grapefruit, tart orange zest and lychee are accentuated by the sweetness, but there are also substantial hop flavors of pine, menthol and "herb" like flavors. There is a nice biting, though note overwhelming bitterness, that hits you as the beer first hits the tongue and lingers on into a very long finish, long after the beer has left my mouth. Speaking of the finish, towards the beginning of the finish some crushed malt flavors, biscuit-malt and saltine-cracker notes become noticeable. These last, though not a huge flavor player, do provide a nice boost of complexity to this beer. This is nice and drinkable, I wouldn't have guessed this was 7.5% abv as it drinks a bit lighter than that, still it has a chewy heft to it that really serves to carry the ample hop character.

It seems like I haven't had a nice, juicy, American example of an IPA in a while, this one definitely hits the spot & is a great example of the style. It is perhaps not quite as juicy and over the hop, I mean top, as I think it could be, but that is really nit-picking as this is a very hoppy brew.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 00:36:37 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a really nice looking yellowish gold color with a white foamy head on top. The retention is good with a very impressive amount of sticky lacing on the glass. Them smell of the beer is very nice, fresh hop aromas with the subtle malt aroma in there as well. The taste of the beer is excellent. Easily one of the best IPA's on the market. Lots of beautiful citrus flavors in there with a very mellow malt presents. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very drinkable, Nicely carbonated and smooth. Overall... Awesome. This is something I'll be buying more of.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 00:15:38 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours orange amber with a thin white head that quickly descends to a vanishing patch.

The smell is grapefruity and orange-y. It has citrus with caramel and some pine. There's a great hop spiciness going on here.

The taste is of grapefruity and piney hops that give a nice spiciness, supported and rounded out by a caramel sweetness. Finishes with a bitterish dryness.

It has a smooth, pretty chewy, medium body.

The alcohol is very well hidden, with just a touch of a soft kick appropriate for the body. Dangerously drinkable, it is well-balanced while showcasing Pacific NW hops. Disappears way too quickly for a 7.5%'er! Great stuff - Thanks again John!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 20:44:04 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of 24 taps at the Greenroom, Flagstaff. My second beer, the name pulled me towards it, would it be like a UK IPA, being called Union Jack?

This is an all American IPA, hops to the fore!

The deep golden orange almost headless beer stared back at me, daring me to sniff and drink it. We locked horns and the battle began.

Hops attacked my nose, with hints of citrus fruits attempting to sneek through without a safety net, I laughed and took the hits without flinching.

Do your worst American hops, I'm ready for you. The taste was a hop blend which didn't have the bitterness some US IPA's have a habit of giving you, this was easy drinking compared to many. My delicate English palate wasn't offended in the slightest. I also noticed some caramel notes trying to get out of the glass, but the hops didn't allow anything else to have a say in the flavours and wouldn't let it become truely noticable.

Not a bad experience at all, I must be getting used to all these hops I keep coming up against on my US road trip.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2010 09:47:55 | More by BlackHaddock
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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,173 ratings.