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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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4,923 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,923
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 322
Gots: 505 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jjd315, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

powdersoldier, May 28, 2013
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body of this beer almost glows as light shoots through it making it a orange with honey tone. Head is off white and stands at an inch and a half but fades fast leaving a bit of lace. Nose has a consistant hop based feel with some citrus and woodsy feel. Enters the mouth with crisp big citrus blast. Hops are bursting with juicy orange rind and grapefruit pulp tones. Malt gives some balance but still leaves the hops on the forfront. Mouthfeel is bathed in crisp lushious hops, oh so juicy. This is a very drinkable beer, and quite refreshing. 7.5% hides well. A real sleeper of an IPA.

SPLITGRIN, Oct 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Jun 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

HamGlade10, Feb 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

pperez38, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Nugganooch
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint

A: Pours a light and hazy golden straw colored hue with a small 1 finger egg-white foam head. Just some specks of lacing throughout the drink though.

S: Aroma is faint and more forward with caramalized grains and bready malts. Backed by a definite citrus and pine hop chracter. A little bit of fruity yeast as well.

T: UJ does drink just a tad on the sweeter side with some good caramelly malts and that distinct sugary biscuit taste of a more English style IPA. But much hoppier than I last remember. Real fruity citrus and pine resin character. And a nice pucker that is almost astringent but it pulls off that desired dry crisp finish.

M: Very light in body for a 7.5% IPA that has a real nice creamy texture and a slight residual stickiness on the mouth.

D: A really drinkable IPA. Nice and hoppy with a pronounced bready malt character. This one won't wreck your palate by any means but at the same time it does deliver a nice hoppy treat.

Damn I have to remember to Jack it more often! A really nice offering from FW and better than most IPA's out there these days IMO.

Nugganooch, Jun 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

JDizzle, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass. Bottled on 3/6/13

A- Poured a clear orange color with forthy off-white head with big bubbles

S- Strong pine and some orange citrus and grapefruit notes. Quite a bit of sweetness. The aroma is a little muted.

T- Big pungent Simcoe hops,, very astringent. Some orange citrus, pine, and peach hop character. Lot of sweetness from the malt bill. Pungent hop character all around and an assertive bitterness on the finish

M- Smooth, highly carbonated, finishes sem-dry, pretty refreshing

O- Overall a very solid IPA with huge Simcoe presence. Lots of sweetness from the malt, but also an assertive bitterness.

Hoptometrist, Apr 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

JakerLou, Jan 26, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a big creamy off-white head. Lacing sticks to the glass like glue. Smell is some fresh forest aromas. Taste is toffee, herbal sweetness up front, followed by some pine cones in the middle, and a bit of grapefruit rind in the finish. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Low carbonation. A pretty rich DIPA, don't expect your standard bone dry west coast creation here. Very good.

tronester, Sep 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Ralphs66, Jan 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

eulerthegrape, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

M1A2, Mar 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

dcloeren, May 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

ChrisKayler, Jan 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Mikeypnh, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

sansho, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

blindpiggie, Nov 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

leitmotif, Mar 20, 2014
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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
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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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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to pint glass.
Appearance is amber/copper. Head dissipates quickly.
Odor- Hoppy, sweet, piney.
Taste- Hoppy at first with some sweetness in the middle. Finishes with a nice hop finish. Slightly piney/ grapefuit aftertaste.
mouthfeel- I would say medium body. Not too heavy.
Overall- A very good IPA. Really strong from start to finish. Well rounded and balanced.

dexterk1, Nov 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

pjs234, Dec 03, 2013
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
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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