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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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5,272 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,272
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 337
Gots: 649 | FT: 12
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%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.36/5  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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4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep yellow to amber in color with lots of bubbles. Decent white head with some thick stickage.

S: Intense pine, creamy malt, biting scent of booze. Very impressive. As good as it gets.

T: Spicy bitterness with an outstanding sweet backbone to balance out the flavor. The bitterness is felt more in the mouth than on the tongue. Absolutely perfect.

M: Spicy and creamy. Bitterness is so well balanced by the malt that the flavor, not the bitterness of the hops, is prevalent. The beer is also luscious and thick.

O: WOW. I'm impressed. This is about as good as an IPA gets. Run, don't walk, to get this brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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!

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

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees

Appearance: A one finger frothy light tan head that has descent retention. The color of the beer medium amber color with orange copper highlights. The clarity of the beer is clear clear with a touch of haziness. There is some effervescence in the beer.

Nose: A good malty nose with toast, caramel, and yeast. There is a nice floral ester, pine, and grapefruit. In the background of the beer is some phenols and solvents.

Taste: A very ripe hop flavor. The hop flavor is floral bouquet, pine, lemon, grapefruit and orange. There is a very good malt base. The malt is toasty and caramel flavor. There are notes of yeast, phenols, and solvents.

The mouth feel of the beer is astringent, dry, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is one of the beers that I have tried from Firestone Walker. This is also, one of the better IPA's that I have tasted.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/16/11

I love Double Jack so I thought it was about time I try a Union Jack. The aroma is insanely good. The hops are pungent and fresh, reminds me of the fresh hop beers we see in the Fall. The palate doesn't let down either. Pine needles, orange zest, grapefruit flesh, and all the typical American IPA hop characteristics are big, bold, and dominating. The sticky, oily body makes for a bitter and long lasting finish. The flavor, aroma, and 7.5% ABV approach DIPA levels, but are restrained just enough and with a superior balance that allows it to maintain a shocking level of drinkability, at least for hop heads. I have had few beers with this much flavor intensity that were still this easy to drink. Clearly one of the better American IPAs available in a 6pk, glad this one finally made it to KC.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Beautiful golden orange, nice head with some serious staying power, quite translucent – 4.25, S: Nice citrus and melon on the nose, catch a fair bit of orange, a pleasant pungent kick but a little more mild than I was expecting for an IPA though it definitely has all the qualities of a solid American IPA – 4.00, T: Sharp bitter bite, noticeable pine and lime rind, hint of grassiness, hops are quite nicely balanced with some caramel malts – 4.5, M: Touch of grittiness on the tongue along with a nice creaminess – 4.00, D: A quality American IPA all around, almost spot on to the style, very drinkable – 4.50

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to barleywinefiend for this via trade!

A - nice amber orange color, absolutely crystal clear, nice white head
S - light citric hop / bitter hop notes, caramel malts
T - yup, all about the american IPA citric hops here.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated
D - quaffed quite nicely over dinner. Not so over the top to be distracting, nice enough to be complimentary and easy to have a couple of.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,272 ratings.