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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

4,640 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,640
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 302
Gots: 396 | 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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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-10-2013 02:49:46 | More by Bierguy5
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

03-09-2013 23:34:16 | More by salthemonster
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judkinst

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-09-2013 23:33:18 | More by judkinst
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very transparent, deep golden body with a foamy white head that settles quickly. Lots of sticky lacing from the head.

S- Lots of pine and citrus aromas come through from the hops. Big pine, big citrus, hints of grapefruit and tropical fruits with hints of toast.

T- Big juicy grapefruit, lots of citrus, pine, toasted malts, great balance, potent hops, really nice.

M- Medium carbonation, with a hint of carbonation sting. Some stickiness to the body with a hoppy coating left behind.

O- One of the top single IPAs out there. Great flavors, great aroma, great balance and easy drinking.

Serving type: growler

03-09-2013 21:45:04 | More by stephenjmoore
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Joshpu

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-09-2013 21:11:23 | More by Joshpu
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microbe7

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-09-2013 16:28:37 | More by microbe7
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-09-2013 02:42:24 | More by aszatk01
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-09-2013 00:51:01 | More by DerekMorgan
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BklynTerp

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-09-2013 00:03:06 | More by BklynTerp
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kodt

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-08-2013 21:25:28 | More by kodt
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1up

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

03-08-2013 14:23:54 | More by 1up
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rringler

California

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

A: A slightly hazy, dark straw/light amber appearance, with a thick one and a half to two fingers of slightly off-white, medium-bubbled head, that laces well. Clarity seems to be about middle of the road with this one.

S: Moderately malty, but with some pine resin, fruits, and hoppy aromas.

T: Starts malty as it smells, but then things get weird; I notice some additional sweetness (though more like fruit than caramel) before a mild hop finish. It's the mid/late sweetness that is confusing my tongue. Covers the 7.5% alcohol well though; no boozy taste.

M: Medium to medium- thickness. A little slicker, but perhaps that's because I've been drinking DIPAs lately. Carbonation is great.

O: Interesting IPA. The hops don't quite assault your tongue like a DIPA, yet it keeps things interesting by deviating from the malts->caramel->hops formula of a lot of IPAs/DIPAs. It's an interesting change of pace, but not a staple for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 05:05:17 | More by rringler
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SLOTerp

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +12%

03-08-2013 01:50:51 | More by SLOTerp
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stevec32

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-08-2013 01:49:44 | More by stevec32
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LostHighway

Maine

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-07-2013 21:36:54 | More by LostHighway
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seakayak

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-07-2013 21:17:12 | More by seakayak
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Snikwad1020

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-07-2013 20:41:42 | More by Snikwad1020
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mjn5036

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-07-2013 15:36:56 | More by mjn5036
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gtermi

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.9%

03-07-2013 07:45:06 | More by gtermi
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TheSixthRing

California

3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Re-review. Bottled date of 12/27/12

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright orange amber, white finger width head, Good retention. Fair, sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell - Spicy, hoppy pine aromas. Touches on grapefruit. Strong bready, sweet caramel malts in the background.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hits on pine hop at first, with lesser notes of grapefruit. Sweet bready and caramel malts provide a strong, complementary backbone and shine mid-taste before fading near the finish, leaving a mild citrus pith aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate carbonation leads to a decent bite. Smooth. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - My tastes have certainly changed. What I once thought was an okay IPA, I know find quite enjoyable. While I'm still not sold on pine forward IPA's, I'm now able to look past that dominant aspect and take in the lesser characters of the beer. I think this is a beer I'll be drinking more of as time rolls on.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 05:44:33 | More by TheSixthRing
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Jballn

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-07-2013 02:15:30 | More by Jballn
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Hellbilly23

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-06-2013 22:04:33 | More by Hellbilly23
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DJButters

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-06-2013 16:56:55 | More by DJButters
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bmmortale

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-06-2013 10:43:43 | More by bmmortale
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champ103

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep orange color. A tightly packed, pillowy, white head forms with excellent retention. Rings of spiderweb lace clings to the glass.
S: Hops, lots of them. Grapefruit rind, resiny pine. Grapefruit dominates.
T: Again, lots of hops. A get a bunch of grapefruit rind again. Resiny pine, oily and a lingering bitterness that is a bit to prevalent for me.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. A bit to oily for me. I wish it was a bit more crisp. Not hard to drink. Though the alcohol is strong, along with the large bitterness. Which for me detracts a bit.

Certainly one for the hop head. This is a very good beer, just no for me. I do like it. Though surprisingly I love Double Jack. I think that has more tropical fruity and juicy flavors than Union Jack. Which is what I like more than the large and lingering bitterness here. Still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 03:42:23 | More by champ103
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,640 ratings.