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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

5,386 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,386
Reviews: 1,198
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 362
Gots: 731 | FT: 14
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:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of AlexAfonin
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFLpunk
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this extra! Ticking off FW beers! 12oz brown glass pry-top. Neck dated 03/23/11, 14:52.

Pours a clear amber orange color with thin white head that leaves some lacing. Nose is like a hop-creamsicle, creamy citrus, a hint of biscuit and maybe the suggestion of age, but it's holding really well for 4 months.

Palate is chewy and solidly bitter. The hops plus the slick pale malt combine to have that chewy, resinous quality that I really love in IPAs. Finish lingers and is dominated by fresh oranges. There is a hint towards biscuit malt, but I don't know if I'm putting that on the beer since it has a British name or what. Also, the alcohol doesn't show at all. I was stunned when I read the label to find it's 7.5%!

Notes: Reminds me a lot of Long Trail's Double IPA. Very very tasty, would love to have this be a regular item at my local shop. Would drink a ton of it.

Photo of Budinetz
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Docrock
4.42/5  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!

Photo of GFD400
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of meatyard
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ONUMello
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 12/4/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange, a 1+ finger head and good carbonation
S: Well-rounded aromas of pine/grapefruit hops, toasted malt and a pleasant earthiness
T: The earthiness really stands out on the palate, a nice break from the hop attack of most IPAs. The hops come through on the midpalate, mostly pine but a bit of citrus. The finish shows floral and herbal notes. Quite complex and pleasant
M: Medium-bodied with a pleasant bitterness
O: I like this- a very well made beer with a pleasant twist on most IPAs, showcasing the earthy/herbal side over the citrus/pine most do

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Label states it was bottled on "4/26/12." Yikes. And this was broken from a six pack as well. Let's see what 4 months do to a style which shouldn't preferably be aged...

Appearance is of clear amber, although definitely on the side that gives the appearance of honey or syrup. Not much of a head, but a nice white circle fights to remain at the top the whole time. Carbonation fluctuates moderately up the glass. Looks more like a pale ale than an IPA, but not bad all the same.

On the other hand, this definitely does not smell like a pale ale! There are vivid floral and citrus notes all around, yet no sweetness, nor any alcohol for that matter. Still, it's only moderately spiced, and it leans towards a zesty, refreshing smell in the process. Very nice!

The initial flavor, to my surprise, is quite malty. However, it immediately seeps through and is replaced by honey, caramel, and a little bit of soapiness. There's a brief alcohol burn towards the finish, as well as a modest hop attack on the senses. It's really syrupy, often resembling a DIPA, which I enjoy. However, it's pretty balanced overall, and the beer is really smooth and full-bodied. It's really easy to drink, and I am personally enjoying the citrus flavors that become more notable as it warms up.

A decent IPA that definitely takes risks here and there, but works out very well in the end. It's very good for a casual IPA enthusiast, and pairs very well with many types of food. I would probably stick with the DIPAs which provide the extra "oomph" I always desire in the hops department, but it really is an excellent beer that is surprisingly and fantastically balanced. Recommended!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BeerTruth
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a very faint crystal clear copper hue with a fluffy white one finger head that dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. A fair amount of lacing is left behind on the sides. Light citrus and floral aromas up front. A smell that's almost like deodorant finds its way in the nose, not really diggin' it too much. A dry hay scent is also present with some fresh cut grass. Overall the aroma is a bit weak. Flavor is a zesty grapefruit, lemon, and a hint of evergreen. Slick feel quickly followed by a puckering dryness. Caramel malt is hidden but there, could definitely use some more to balance this one out. Mouthfeel is light to medium body with an overly dry aftertaste. Carbonation is steady throughout. I was really looking forward to this brew, but to be honest I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I had hoped. Too bitter for my tastebuds.

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4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear golden straw color with about an inch of creamy white head. Real good looking.

Tropical passion fruits with a nice bitter hop finish and a little bit of caramel malts in the background. Nice bitter hop flavor throughout the drink. Hints of sweet malts in the background with some tropical fruits.

Light body with sharp carbonation. Overall this one is pretty tasty. Real enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,386 ratings.