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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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5,442 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,442
Reviews: 1,207
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 380
Gots: 778 | FT: 15
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:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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3.14/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Union Jack
Firestone walker
22oz to modern pint
7.5% ABV
Bottled on 07/12/13, bought ~08/07/2013

A – A very clear copper, some bubbles rising almost lazily from the bottom. Head reduced to a thin yet full layer. Lacing in the glass is craggy and quite nice.

S – Fruit and hay, a little bit of pine, and some malt to balance it out. Getting papaya, cantaloupe, and honey dew, not much citrus to be had. The smells work together nicely, but it’d be nice to have a bit more oomph from the hop aromas.

T – Similar to the smell, the taste needs more oomph. I like the level of bitterness, though it could be more. First I get the fruits and the hay, then the sweetness comes in to share the palate. The flavors kind of roll over the tongue and eventually leave a grassy honeydew aftertaste. Not a huge fan. As it warms, nothing more comes out, and it seems that just the sweetness strengthens a bit. Even for a pale ale this would be disappointing, but it tastes more like a hopped up bock.

M – Medium bodied, pretty soft, not tingly except for two seconds during the swallow. Wet finish. I’m not really digging this for style. This mouthfeel comes across more as a dinner or dessert beer, thanks to the excess sweetness. To be fair, I have to remind myself that it’s not a DIPA and I should try to separate the taste and mouthfeel.

D – I was excited for this one, but it really didn’t come through. Firestone does great stuff, and this IPA is well-regarded, but I struggle to agree that it is an IPA. As much as I’d like to give it love, I can’t. I’ll probably revisit this one when I can get it fresher in CA in a year or two.
4.25, 3.25, 3, 3, 3; 3.11.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear crisp-looking golden/copper, bubbly beer with an OK head that settles immediately.
Smells like some tropical fruit/ pineapple, orange fruits like tangerine, and a little pine. A favorite scent combination in beer for me. Some malt. Nice.
Nice new west coast beer for me here.
The biggest characteristic is the great oily, resinous taste and feel to this brew. Malt plays its balanced role, but the hops still rule here. Peppery.
Nice biting finish. Medium bodied with ample carbonation.
Prior to this ive never tried any of Firestone Walker's lineup, as I'm just seeing its selection available in TX just recently. Now a fan. Great stuff. A next step from here would naturally be their double IPA. I look forward to their others.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,442 ratings.