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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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4,897 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,897
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 321
Gots: 496 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Reaper16, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of ONUMello
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Tschnab, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BRYeleJR, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of korguy123
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

From notes

A- Clean, clear burnt orange pour. Finger width off white head settles to thin ring very quickly. Lacing is minimal.

S- Faint citrus, mandarin oranges, grapefruit, with a slight pine. More fruit forward than anything with a hint of candied sugar. Alcohol is well hidden.

T- Malt forward, citrus and pine peeking out from behind the curtain. Candied sugar and strawberries. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

M- Thin to medium bodied, sticky on the lips.

O- Good IPA would have liked a lot less malts in the taste and have it more hop-centric.

korguy123, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

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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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

A_Pale bronze. Small head rises when agitated. Nice cap though.

S_big citric hops with tangerine shining through. Caramel malt is detectable as well.

T_nicely bitter throughout. Caramel sticky malt in the beginning. Black pepper notes. Vague fruitiness from the yeast. Agood dose of tangerine oil really comes out in the aftertaste.

M_syrupy but with an aggressive carbonation to make to make it succeed.

D_A well made IPA.

sleazo, Nov 14, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

e30todamax, Nov 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

chefduff2, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Maillard, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Blanco, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

therica, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

TKEbeerman, May 01, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

Awesome surprise from bpgpitt10:

a - ruby-golden body with a tall, dense white head that falls off after a few minutes, really nice lacing

s - the smell is tons of citrus and tropical fruit, very fresh indeed

t - the taste is extremely hop forward with the same citrus and tropical fruits, mostly grapefruit and tangerine, these are how IPAs are suppose to taste - flavor over bitter

m - mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, alcohol is slightly astringent

o - highly recommended, right up there with the best of em

yamar68, Jan 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

wonothesane42, Aug 11, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -5%

22oz. brown bomber with a large single label and no freshness date. It pours a brilliant golden goldwith superb clarity and a finger of sticky white foam. Nice sticky lace clings.

Sweet and piney with loads of citrus to the nose. The hops are very upfront in the aroma. Just a hint of alcohol comes through as it warms.

Sweet flavor starts with some pine, tangelo, grapefruit and just a bit of malt. The malt steps up a notch then fades back into a state of citrus tang and finishing clean. Good solid IPA in the taste dept.

Medium body with some quench...nicely balanced right down to the finish. The alcohol stay back, out of the way, but definitely creeps up near the end. This is a very solid IPA and exceeded my expectations, try it.

scottoale, Mar 02, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

22oz bottle. Bottled 5/22/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear, pale-yet-rich gold with just over two fingers of dense off-white froth. Trails of bubbles rise to the surface, without disturbing the healthy layer of head that remains throughout. Large sheets of lace cling to the goblet as I drink.

Bright, inviting aromas of oranges, mild pine, fresh cut grass and hints of cracker. This is what an IPA should smell like.

Taste is full of bitter citrusy goodness. Oranges, grapefruit, lemony rind, pinesap, a peppery spice character, grass, vague melon, some cracker and bready malts and a whisper of alcohol lingering in the background. More malts than the nose suggested but it's a nice counterpoint to the hops, which are clearly in the driver's seat.

Medium body with crisp carbonation that keeps it lively on the tongue without seeming too much. The citrusy hop bitterness lasts well into the finish but leaves room for more oranges, pine and faint bread.

I can see why Union Jack is held in such high esteem. Even at two months old this is an outstanding IPA that I would love to try directly from the bright tank one day. This has all the bitterness I like in the style without sacrificing balance and it both looks and smells fantastic to boot. Glad to have finally tried this and will definitely have it again.

ThickNStout, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

leitmotif, Mar 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

alamode, Dec 08, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 06/21/12.

A: Pours a clear light golden straw with a 1 finger dense white head. Some small bubbles can be seen rising to the surface. Heads leaves some great lacing and fades over the course of 2-3 minutes.

S: Amazingly fresh and whole hop aroma. Really pulls out the juicy characteristics of the hop cone. Very enticing.

T: Has a real nice bittering to it that is by no means overpowering. Has just enough malt backing to compliment but not take away from the hop.

M: Light to medium body with ample carbonation. Has a great nectar mouthfeel.

Overall this is a brewery that continues to impress. Would love to try this one right off the line. Competes with the best IPA's.

CloudStrife, Oct 14, 2012
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4.41/5  rDev +4%

Dark golden with a creamy foam head that leaves rings of lacing. Smell is dense citrus, lightly floral, in fields of biscuit and toffee. Taste is heaps of juicy citrus against biscuit and toffee. Juicy bitterness shreds the toffee sweetness, but with with a big malt backbone lurking that gives this one some heft bordering on DIPA territory. Mouthfeel is luxurious. Finish is mildly bitter, juicy, clean. Overall this is a thoughtfully crafted tasty IPA. Excellent.

JackieTH, Jan 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

TheRuss9585, May 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

cnbrown313, Feb 22, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev -5.4%

Excellent looking beer. Pours clear amber with about 2 fingers of fluffy eggshell head. Very inviting. The nose is very clear, crisp, simple, and big. I smell fresh cut pineapple, flowers, and pine. I didn't really expect the flavor after smelling the beer. Pretty typical west-coast hop flavor. A dry ipa, which isn't terribly balanced. I like the juiciness of the beer, but I was looking for more sweetness. Hop resin lingers on the tongue. The body is medium and highly carbonated. Leaves a little weight after the finish. Overall, a very good beer. Not a great beer, but it's very good.

lunarbrew, Apr 04, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +1.2%

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

deereless, Jul 07, 2013
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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