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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

4,546 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,546
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 299
Gots: 362 | FT: 9
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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jricharc

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

05-24-2013 21:27:11 | More by jricharc
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Wowcoolman for hooking me up with some nice Firestone Walker wants, including this one. Union Jack pours with very nice clarity; it's kind of got a median amber color, but ranges from bright, golden yellow to deeper, ruby-brown depending on the intensity of the light shining through it at the moment. The three-finger, off-white cream cap is slow to sink and leaves sick lacing all the way down. Fantastic looking beer.

"Pungent" is probably the best word to describe the aroma of the hop bill in Union Jack. Loads and loads of dank hop oils; weedy, spicy, earthy, herbal. The dank is equally matched with shining grapefruit and tangerine aromas - bitter, tangy, and raw. Despite what many other people say, I felt the malt presence in the aroma was quite high and noticeable; big-time toasted bread notes from start to finish. The bottling date was only about 7 weeks ago, so it's definitely not old.

The flavor follows through with what the nose was promising, although unfortunately I feel that it does so half-heartedly. There's a big, up-front smash of earthy, dirty, and pungent hops including light pine and oily resins. There's also a good bit of citrus peels, less discernible on the palate, however. Some light pepper seems to be sprinkled over everything, too. I mean, I like the taste, but for some reason it doesn't seem as "standoutish" as the aroma did.

Malts are a bit heavier on the palate, I'd say, displaying substantial amounts of sweet bread and toasted crackers. Hard to tell exactly what types of malts were used thanks to the large color gradient, but I'm not getting anything as dark as caramel malt in here. Warming brings out a slight booziness, even at only 7.5% ABV, that I'm somewhat hesitant but forced to identify it with nail polish remover. It never gets overwhelming, though, but it wouldn't be missed if it were gone.

Solid body for an IPA, medium, slick, and toying on the edge of being sticky. Carbonation was on-point, too. Much like Double Jack, I feel this is a bit overrated for what it is, albeit it's still marvelously crafted. They (obviously) have similar hop flavors, so perhaps this particular bill and schedule doesn't completely vibe with my palate. In any case, it was still a very enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 16:14:47 | More by tectactoe
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HopLuva

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%

05-24-2013 04:55:30 | More by HopLuva
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SwG237

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

05-24-2013 04:01:25 | More by SwG237
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Jmick28

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

05-24-2013 03:50:56 | More by Jmick28
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Tacoboomerang

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-24-2013 00:18:52 | More by Tacoboomerang
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ATXboozer

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-23-2013 23:43:15 | More by ATXboozer
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morefackinghops

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-23-2013 21:40:29 | More by morefackinghops
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-23-2013 21:38:31 | More by DRTBrewster
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sjanowiak

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-23-2013 20:17:00 | More by sjanowiak
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NeverSettle

Texas

3/5  rDev -29.2%

05-23-2013 20:02:06 | More by NeverSettle
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visionaries

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

05-23-2013 15:19:14 | More by visionaries
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Nightrain87

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

05-23-2013 06:00:51 | More by Nightrain87
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-22-2013 23:50:49 | More by slimntubbs
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firecrack0r

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-22-2013 23:07:58 | More by firecrack0r
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notchucknorris

California

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear deep golden color with a one finger cream colored head. Some nice lacing down the glass. Looks really solid.

S: Mango, apricot, candied grapefruit, and some nice citrus hops.

T: Opens on the sweeter side with some mango and caramel, then quickly pulls back with some piney hops and some bready malt. Finish leaves a tingling of pine resin on the tongue with just a touch of bitterness. Very smooth, incredibly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 18:25:50 | More by notchucknorris
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yoyo

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-22-2013 14:36:55 | More by yoyo
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MarkIntihar

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

05-22-2013 13:39:20 | More by MarkIntihar
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Hopinista

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-22-2013 06:29:52 | More by Hopinista
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pathead

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-21-2013 23:57:38 | More by pathead
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scoot64

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-21-2013 23:22:17 | More by scoot64
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ackeeper

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

05-21-2013 21:01:17 | More by ackeeper
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -5.7%

05-21-2013 19:06:08 | More by Beerandboards
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spark3148857

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-20-2013 21:16:25 | More by spark3148857
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DarthBeer

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-20-2013 17:02:37 | More by DarthBeer
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,546 ratings.