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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

4,533 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,533
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 299
Gots: 358 | 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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Fantalek

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-29-2013 01:36:23 | More by Fantalek
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TheCondor

Missouri

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I recently made a decent sized run to the beer gettin' place, this is the first one for a while. As I sit and drink my beers, I am contemplating going to the American Beer Classic in Chicago. With that being said, my quest to drink the Beers of Fame continues....

Appearance - Pours a transparent, golden orange color with minimal head, which negates head retention. Very little lacing. Kind of surprised that, even with the aggressive pour I gave it, the head came out pretty flat. That is the biggest reason why it gets a 4 in presentation. Love the packaging though.

Smell - Whoa floral and citrusy aromas. Big pine, grapefruit, and citrus notes could be detected even during the pour, probably the best part of the beer. A slight malty hint could be detected as well, nothing major. Certainly smells like an IPA.

Taste - A tasty concoction indeed. The hops are the primary palate stimulation, coming on strong in the middle and finish of the drink. There is a sweetness to the drink as well, likely from the malt balance. Pretty well balanced brew, good level of hops and bitterness for me.

Mouthfeel - Finishes with a bittersweet pop, much as I expected. Leaves that bitter taste on the palate for a little while after the drink. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - This is a great beer, no doubt, but not the best Firestone Walker has to offer. For that, I would recommend their Walker's Reserve porter, which I found to be fantastic. I love Paso Robles, the brewery is in a great spot. I would highly recommend this brew, even to those who aren't the biggest hop-heads like myself.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 01:00:12 | More by TheCondor
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TheRicker

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-29-2013 00:53:49 | More by TheRicker
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Rt6t6

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-29-2013 00:09:17 | More by Rt6t6
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Beergelden

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-28-2013 20:41:18 | More by Beergelden
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zachattack555

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-28-2013 20:21:02 | More by zachattack555
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JC333

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-28-2013 10:25:20 | More by JC333
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-28-2013 01:12:44 | More by kjfinnerty
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Agrzy

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-27-2013 21:22:42 | More by Agrzy
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jdibbs

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-27-2013 19:33:59 | More by jdibbs
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Cdunk11

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

04-27-2013 02:49:01 | More by Cdunk11
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JaredM

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-26-2013 23:24:13 | More by JaredM
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DaKur

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-26-2013 21:57:52 | More by DaKur
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Hopheadhiker

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-25-2013 20:38:59 | More by Hopheadhiker
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Mosstrooper

California

4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Appearance: Golden-orange color with vigorous bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Creamy white head stays around for a long time, leaving a thick ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: Heavy on grapefruit, melon, and piney hop aromas.

Taste: Lots of hops. Citric flavors to begin before rounding out to hints of melon and blood orange, before finishing with a piney and slightly nutty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full body with balanced, natural carbonation. Finish is very smooth, rounding out to dryness.

Overall: I'm surprised that this isn't considered a DIPA. I would definitely count this as one of the better and definitely more hop-intensive IPAs out there. The name of the beer led me to believe it was more of an English style IPA, but I was pleasantly surprised by all of those American hops! This is truly excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 23:12:40 | More by Mosstrooper
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LSx

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-24-2013 19:36:39 | More by LSx
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erialbill

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-24-2013 15:00:59 | More by erialbill
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dwagner003

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-24-2013 14:55:03 | More by dwagner003
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bootdown21

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-24-2013 11:26:28 | More by bootdown21
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incubuscience

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

04-23-2013 15:56:05 | More by incubuscience
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IcemanCometh

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-23-2013 03:19:08 | More by IcemanCometh
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WalterHeisenberg

New Mexico

4.98/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into giant beer mug
A: Hazy yellow. Nice foamyfat head. Good lacing. Some carbonation.head dies to a foamy cap. In my opinion a sign of quality.
S: malty citrus hoppy orange lemon bready! Smells good
T:Orang citrus hoppy first bready maltycitrusy finishes malty bready bitter orande rind Minimal bitterness.Very nicely balanced. Lingering bitter aftertast.Smooth rich tasty. No hint whatsoever ever of the 7.5%. Nice!
M:Thick smooth
O:Nice high abv!looks tasty IS mighty tasty. I feel like this drinks big more like a a DIPA Verybalanced. Not a hop bomb or maybe the bitter is well balanced.but really excellent smooth smooth smooth. A bit spendy but you what you pay for.Can't wait to get ahold of a double jack !!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 01:09:35 | More by WalterHeisenberg
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jlogan7

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-23-2013 00:52:20 | More by jlogan7
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a semi hazy orange, nice head great lacing
S - No really potent strong smells here, but you get some nice citrus hops, a little sweet caramel malt, and some pine.
T - Solid, good balance of hop bite and malt, fresh lemon zest, a light floral touch and a mild caramel malt to smooth it out.
M - Great feel, just the right amount of biterness, some more resin hop feel comes in as it warms up.
O - Just a good solid IPA with well blended ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 00:20:39 | More by Omnium
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Ultra-Plinian

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-22-2013 23:47:03 | More by Ultra-Plinian
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,533 ratings.