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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

4,917 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,917
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 322
Gots: 503 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Pork_Lord, Aug 02, 2013
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4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Union Jack IPA pours a remarkable sunny golden amber hue, with a nice haze to it and visible bubbles rising to the surface. There's a thin coating of suds, maybe about 1/8th of an inch. I would prefer a bit more of a head here, but I can't complain because the overall appearance is amazing.

The aroma is just about the most incredible combination of IPA scents gracing my nose in a while. On one hand there's a surface-level aspect of super sweetness - strawberry candy, grapefruit, kiwi, sweet cream, and the like. And then, those perfect earthy 'resinous' hops appear and tie it all together.

As for the flavor... wow! It's much stronger than I anticipated from the nose. It starts with a big tangy lemon burst, and then the sweeter fruit esters arrive, such as mango and papaya. It's more sugary than you'd imagine. The malts are in their rightful place however, with the hops fully dominant in the end. The finish is tart, bitter, and almost numbing. Very delightful mouthfeel there... it's almost 'plush.'

Overall this is one of the top tier American style IPAs on the market, and for only 7.5% alcohol it hits ever so nice and strong. I enjoyed this thoroughly. If you like a lot of sweet and zesty flavor...buy this immediately!

Neorebel, Aug 02, 2013
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4.98/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours golden yellow with little head that fades quickly. The smell is complex. Smokey. Sweet. Fruity. Almost smells like pepperoni. My first impression of the taste was "whoa." I thought the smell was complex.. Jesus Christ this beer has a taste you could write a book about. Very sour on the back of the tongue. Leaves a strong aftertaste on its way down. Wow. So different. Great balance. Almost a perfect beer.

Ryan_Graham, Aug 02, 2013
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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,917 ratings.