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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

4,959 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,959
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 331
Gots: 516 | 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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Photo of SPLITGRIN
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
Photo of Maillard
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Maillard, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -5.7%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of sansho
4/5  rDev -5.7%

sansho, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of nzerbe
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

nzerbe, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of jjd315
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jjd315, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of seanchai
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

seanchai, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of hockeyfighter19
4/5  rDev -5.7%

hockeyfighter19, May 31, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bottle with no freshness date poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep orange amber color. No haze or sediment. One finger white head with good retention. Sticks very nicely to the glass.

Aroma: Butterscotch and caramel notes surrounded by nice floral hops. Grapefruit and citrus notes everywhere.

Taste: Nice sharp grapefruit upfront from the fresh hops. Big malt sweetness balancing out the hops. Not much astrigency here at all. Very pleasant and balanced. Not the typical mind blowing hoppiness of the average west coast IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice crisp carbonation. Really easy to drink.

Drinkability: The ABV is a bit high for a single IPA, buit the flavor and mouthfeel make up for this. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall, a really, nice solid IPA that I wish I could enjoy more often. Similar, in my opinion, in flavor profile to Southern Tier's Unearthly. Definitely a new favorite for me in the single IPA category.

Gosox8787, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of HamGlade10
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

HamGlade10, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
4.75/5  rDev +12%

bluckbeyes, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

JakerLou, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of powdersoldier
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

powdersoldier, May 28, 2013
Photo of JDizzle
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
Photo of blindpiggie
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

blindpiggie, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of pperez38
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

pperez38, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of M1A2
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

M1A2, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Mikeypnh
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Mikeypnh, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of tedho21
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

tedho21, May 12, 2012
Photo of pjs234
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

pjs234, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
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

ONUMello, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

ONovoMexicano, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of tronester
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
Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Ralphs66, Jan 18, 2012
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,959 ratings.