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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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5,040 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,040
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 328
Gots: 552 | 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%

TKEbeerman, May 01, 2013
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by Kshock - what a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a bright orange/amber with great clarity and two fingers of craggy beige head. Lacing is pretty evident.

Smell -- Tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel and biscuit malt.

Taste -- Grapefruit rind hop bitterness from the outset. Tropical fruits and brighter citrus notes are present, but not nearly as evident as in the nose. Malts lean toward dry and husky, but caramel sweetness is still there. Finish is resin, fruit loops, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-to-light in body, with moderate to high prickly carbonation. Overall, a bit thin.

Drinkability -- Overall, not a bad IPA. I've had better, but this is still solid. Would never turn one down.

yeahnatenelson, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Docrock
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a 16 oz pint glass:

A- pours a orange honey color with a 1" head that reduces to a thin white cap, decent lacing.

S- nose full of grapefruit followed by pine.

T- pine dominates followed by the grapefruit and citrus. a slight honey and malt in the background leaves a nice balanced finish. he usual west coast ipa bitterness on the aftertaste.

M- i would consider this to be medium bodied and the carbonation is just right.

O - really solid IPA. i would definitely drink more of these if more available in my area. was a treat to see it on- tap!

Docrock, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

abcdefghijkyle, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of BostonHops
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a translucent light amber / orange tone while yielding a finger-plus of a frothy off-white head; good retention and lacing. nose is very nice, offering an abundance of citric hoppiness right out of the gate. notes of pine and a little floral, as well as some malt character in the background.

citric hops dominate the flavor profile, flanked by secondary notes of pine and floral hops, all of which balanced by that malt presence - though it's not overbearing at all. well done. hoppy bitterness persits through the finish. medium bodied on the palate with medium carbonation.

with double jack carving a distinction for itself as one of my favorite DIPAs, i had high hopes for this one and i wasn't disappointed - overall a fantastic IPA; even in a style where a plethora of worthy foes exists, it sets itself apart. definitely one i can see earning a spot in my regular rotation.

BostonHops, Jul 04, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap in a pint at Stadium Tavern in Fullerton, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger thin white head. Amber color, clear with good carbonation.

S- Hoppy and warm. Smells like a typical IPA.

T- Hoppy, bitter, some muted malts. Quite tasty actually.

M- Medium bodied, well carbed. Crisp finish.

O- Pretty good IPA. Not usually a fan of Firestone, but this one is good.

Edit: re-reviewed at Mugsy's in Bonners Ferry. Wonderful IPA. Have increased scores appropriately.

Murrhey, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Tschnab, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of korguy123
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes

A- Clean, clear burnt orange pour. Finger width off white head settles to thin ring very quickly. Lacing is minimal.

S- Faint citrus, mandarin oranges, grapefruit, with a slight pine. More fruit forward than anything with a hint of candied sugar. Alcohol is well hidden.

T- Malt forward, citrus and pine peeking out from behind the curtain. Candied sugar and strawberries. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

M- Thin to medium bodied, sticky on the lips.

O- Good IPA would have liked a lot less malts in the taste and have it more hop-centric.

korguy123, Aug 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Horbar, Aug 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Burkbom23, Apr 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

StArnoldFan, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Stimack, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of kkipple
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single from Total Wine in Reno. At last I get one of these to myself, unshared by the unworthy at tastings! Poured into my Pier 1 cheap-o wine glass.

The (very tough to see) bottled on date seems to read 8/17/11, which would make this pretty fresh.

A. Crystal clear orange-copper. Some active bubbles, a very short, yet lacy, head that doesn't cover the entire beer.

S. Whole lotta malt going on here, sticky, sugar-laden crystal, slick and full. The hops come in strong too, in cleanup mode. Typical West Coast grapefruit and pine resin, in that order. There is a sharpness to the nose that makes me suspect alcohol... let this warm up and the hops really begin to shimmy.

T. Well, I needn't have worried. The hops genuinely assert themselves in the flavor; producing a bitter fruity blast that hath charms to sooth the wild malt. Loads of IBUs here, apparently this was dry hopped as many times as Gingrich has been married. End result is a mighty big, mighty tasty IPA that really, honestly, should be called a Double IPA. There is really nothing little about Union Jack. The sweet malt heft is there, the brightening booze is there, the aggressive hops are there. Let's quit raising the bar on the lowly IPA to absurd heights.

M / O. Sharp carbonation and big hop flavor makes this a sipper. It all works well, and if you'r e in the mood for a big pants West Coast IPA (DIPA...) grab a Union Jack. I'm pretty sure this is Dreadnaught's baby brother. Tasty stuff!

kkipple, Nov 03, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ RFD, Washington, D.C. - March 2012:

The beer had a nice clear, amber body to it and produced a very nice dense, thick, 2-finger head that was very well retained and settled into a thin cap that lasted throughout the beer. The head left some lacing and carbonation was noticeably flowing to the top.

The beer gave off a very nice citrus hop aroma with a hint of a bready quality to it too.

The taste of the beer is very good, a full, strong citrus hop presence with maybe a hint of pine hops as well. There is a little slight bready taste as well, but the hops dominate.

The beer felt good, a medium body to it with the right carbonation. The beer did leave a sticky finish. The beer was very easy to drink and I would want to drink more than one if I had not had others before it. There was also a slight alcohol presence noted as the beer warmed. Overall, perhaps one of the best IPA's that I have had.

PhillyStyle, Apr 20, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A--Light copper color with a quarter inch of head in my glass and no real lacing left behind.

S--Bright, west coast citrus hoppy goodness. Pineapple, watermelon, cantelope, apple skins. All the good stuff.

T--Taste follows suit with orange peels, pear, pineapple...lots of pine resin bitterness.

M--On the lighter side of medium bodied, could definitely use some improvement here

D--Nice IPA here that could be among the best if it had a little more body and stickiness. I enjoyed my bottle quickly and thoroughly

alcstradamus, Jul 03, 2009
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

theminutemen, May 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

cnbrown313, Feb 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Budinetz, Mar 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Wobbly, Feb 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

megamass, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

carrollmel7, Jul 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

craftbeerasian, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

nygannon, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of MisterClean
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared at a brew tasting.

A - Golden light head, dissipates moderately leaving a decent trail of lacing.

S - Alcohol, malts, and flowers.

T - Malts, flowers, and alcohol.

M - Tangy and sweet. Needs more bittering hops.

D - Good, but there is little balance in the beer and could age a little longer.

MisterClean, Oct 15, 2008
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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