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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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5,531 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,531
Reviews: 1,222
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 387
Gots: 833 | FT: 13
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: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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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%

Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was of a medium deep golden yellow with a reddish hue with medium amount of foam and lace. The smell of sweet/tart hops filled the nose with a pleasant soft aroma, with a hint of fruit. The taste had a pleasant sweet bitterness with a fruity aftertaste of watermellon and pineapple. Very nice American IPA. I usually don't care for IPA's, but for this one I have to make an exception.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bamadog
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woot! #400! Review is from notes taken on 4/20/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light coppery color and starts with a one finger, off-white head that fades rather quickly to a full, thin and uneven (yet kind of chewy looking) skim; body is pretty clear and shows strong carbonation bubbling up and sticking to the sides of the glass as well; nice strands and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Very nice smell, loaded up with citric hops that are reminiscent of juicy orange, as well as the bitterness that would accompany the peel of said fruit; very slight sweet malt presence in the far background, and there is also a very faint whiff of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste: Very nice! Much like the smell, loads of hops that are full of orange citrus aspects, as well as the bitter peel; very light maltiness that adds just a little bit of sweetness to the juicy orange flavor, but still allows the bitterness to shine through; while the alcoholic whiff is present in the nose, it's entirely masked in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, so it's a little thicker and heavier than many other IPAs that I've had; nice and strong carbonation that is lively, but not sharp at all; a very thin and light stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth; belly is left just a little warm.

Drinkability: All freaking day. This beer is great! Wonderful bitter and juicy citrus flavors make it very refreshing, and even though the body is just a tad heavier than many other IPAs, it's still not too heavy so it won't slow you down or make you feel bloated or anything. The ABV is a little higher at the 7.5% mark, but hey, I'd totally moderate and quaff these all day in the warm summer months.

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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date: 02/02/09. The date is very small inked on just at the top of the fat part of the bottle. (a bomber) So the beer is about 30 days old.
Pours clear copper with a good one finger head. The lacings are plentiful.
Aroma is piney, floral.
Taste is bitter (72 IBUs) piney grapefruit orange hops with a solid malt backbone. The bitterness is relentless on the back of my tongue. Carbonation is just right and the finish is dry and bitter sweet. This is a powerful IPA. It would be interesting to put this up against some Blind Pig. If you love bitter hoppy IPAs you owe it to yourself to drink this beer. I am just about finished with the bottle and still have a nice ring of head.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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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!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjayjaye
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden pale amber color with a big foamy white head that resists fading, a bunch of lacing in it's wake. The smell is aggressive and intensely floral and piny. The mouth feel follows, medium bodied with a hugely tangy piny hop character. Full flavored, the piny west coast hop is the main player and the hop lingers really well. The 7.5% ABV is well hidden, but this is by far a hugely sturdy IPA that is seriously "bringing it". Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of pwoods
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at DLD.

A: Average amber, great clarity. Not much of a head, but decent lacing.

S: Very west coast. Pine, pepper, resin outweigh the citrus but just barely.

T/M: Same as the nose. Great bitterness level. Citrus is more pronounced but the pine is still a large focus. Malts add a decent balance and sweetness. Body is just under medium and has a nice lingering bitterness through the finish.

D: Easy drinking and very tasty. I'll probably look to trade for some of this.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Apricot/orange see-thru body with 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head. Good retention, with a fair amount of sticky lacing left in the upper portion of the glass.

Fresh hop aromas jump out of the glass, pungent and lively. Malty sweetness is present, but doesn't overwhelm. Tastes pretty much as advertised. Plenty of tropical fruits- grapefruit, orange, pineapple- with enough caramel to enhance the juicy feel, but not much more than that. The citrus yields midswallow to a resiny pine presence that dries out to a sticky finish. Some prickly pine bitterness lingers.

Overall impression: Nothing to complain about here. Nice IPA, easy recommendation.

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice amber color with a 2 finger white fluffy head

S- has the aroma of pine and hops, also getting some earthy and citrus notes as well

T- Has a nice blend of pine and citrus with alittle bit of alcohol in the middle and finish's with a clean crisp hoppy flavor

M-Medium to to light bodied with good carboantion

D-Overall this beer was very good. It was a month or so old but still had the Hop bite and the flavors were all blanced well with out overpowering. Would like to try this one alittl fresher next time just to see how much better it would be. Def. pick this one up!

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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