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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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5,189 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,189
Reviews: 1,164
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 336
Gots: 612 | FT: 10
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%

kbrown, Jul 06, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber color, brilliant filtered clarity, medium semi-sticky white head.

S: Grapefruit rinds, spruce, tangerine, a touch of mango and sweet crystal malt.

T: Like the smell, but more substantial. Firm crystal malt presence is overpowered by citrus and pine notes from the hops. Finishes clean with a bit of alcohol and tropical fruit.

M: Wonderful. Medium carbonation, bitter but no astringency, slight alcohol warming. More body than most comparable IPA's but it works. Hops and malt finish in perfect harmony with just enough bitterness.

O: Great IPA. No individual characteristics blow you out of the water but the whole package comes together perfectly. This would always be in my fridge if it was available in VT.

skivtjerry, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with two finger fluffy white head. Plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Piney hops with a slight citrus aroma

T: Mix of piney earthy hops and a touch of grapefruit citrus.

M: Light body with a crisp dry finish. Some residual bitterness.

O: Nothing fancy but a nice basic West coast IPA.

richj1970, Jul 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Thishops4u, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Powderhornphil, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

brotherloco, Jul 04, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I arrived to the convenient store on July 4th wanting to buy a beer in a patriotic bottle. I lucked out on this beer, which sports the Union Jack. Very impressive. Easy to drink but bold, with notes of roasted almonds and caramel. What a great beer to be the first that I review on Beer Advocate. Highly recommended!

kbuech, Jul 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

tclipse, Jul 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Fusion7777, Jul 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Michael_DaBeers_IV, Jul 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

nyyfanatic213, Jul 03, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
A: light copper; tapioca head ; rings of lace
S: bready; citrus rind; light zest and crust
T: typical English ipa; citrus peel / light grapefruit; doughy; a touch of spice
M: moderate feel; higher carbo
O: a nice English ipa

(from phone notes)

jpro, Jul 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Rogorama, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

GABrew, Jul 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

frankthetank86, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Okisailor, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Houser, Jul 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

eggs, Jul 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Jacob007, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Robdrinx, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

NathanFink, Jul 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jeannewilliams, Jul 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

linnymtu, Jul 01, 2013
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3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 4/17/13.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear honey color with a frothy two finger off-white head. Leaves nice lacing as the head dissipates.

Aroma: Very herbal with some tea-like qualities from the hops. A touch of honeydew melon. Overall edging on the sweeter side.

Taste: Much more bitterness than I was expecting up front (it's only moderate) but that's a welcome surprise. Definitely a sweet herbal character to the hops that works well to balance out the bitterness. The malt bill probably involves some caramel and two-row but the hops are really the star of the show here. Smooth finish with a slight pine flavor and a pulsing aftertaste of semi-masked bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The moderate 7.5% ABV almost seems high in this department because the body is quite light (below medium). The superbly smooth carbonation lends high drinkability to Union Jack.

Final Thoughts: I was traveling through Illinois and stopped at a beer store looking for some DFH. I had no idea that Firestone Walker distributed that far and was pleasantly surprised to find a decently fresh sixer in the fridge. Quite a happy accident in my opinion. Union Jack has some fruity and piney elements but ends up being a sort of sweet herbal tea IPA. Despite the odd sounding flavor, it delivers a good drinking beer that has a lot of interesting hop character to enjoy. Would I drink it again? Yes.

JamesMN, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Invictus, Jul 01, 2013
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,189 ratings.