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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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4,167 Ratings

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Ratings: 4167
Reviews: 1096
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%

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:
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New Jersey

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

Appearance: Nice golden color with some white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Nice grapefruit hops

Taste: Citrusy hops up front, then biscuit and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: A good IPA, nice to see it more available in NJ.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:47:29 | More by MadCat
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Moderate hand. Bottled 12.18.13.

A: Apple-juice, golden yellow with good clarity. 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweetness & bitterness. Grapefruit & lighter pine. Orange. Touch of pine. Bread & biscuit.

T: Bittersweet, vaguely fruity initially with development of a moderate American hop bitterness. Dry finish. Lingering essence of grapefruit pulp. Light alcohol presence. Malt backbone is present throughout.

M: Low to moderate carbonation with moderate body. Palate coating with slightly syrupy texture.

O: Smooth brew with hops and malt on fairly equal footing for an American IPA. Solid drinker for the first of the day!


Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 00:50:10 | More by fourstringer
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4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 22oz. bottle into a Sam Adams custom glass.

A: It flowed an impressive toasted golden, almost copper-like with its fiery orange highlights. The head developed at two fingers of solid rocky foam. The retention was good as the foam dispersed into a thin membrane across the surface leaving thick, sticky lacing.

S: The first whiff is hop forward, but it's a light, almost delicate and mellow hop aroma of resin and pine, bordering on the floral. There may even be some juniper. This smells like gin, and that's a very good thing. The fruit is present but subtle, somewhat creamy and citrusy. Towards the end of the nose are some lingering notes suggesting honeysuckle, grass, apricot, whisky barrel, and vanilla.

T: After such a vernal and pastoral nose, the maltiness in the taste comes as a surprise. It secretes a lightly toasty and honey sweetness, but it's not at all cloying. The hop presence in the finish is slightly woodsy, and some spice begins to prickle through as it warms. Sensational.

M: This is built with a medium body and displays excellent carbonation for the style.

O: This exquisite IPA conjures up whisky and gin (my two favorite spirits) at the same time with the charred oak of a bourbon barrel and the botanical eccentricity of a craft gin. This is unlike any IPA I've ever had. It's a paragon of carefully calibrated balance and refreshing drinkability.

I would pair this with a stinky cheese with some dried apricots or some grilled peaches with prosciutto and sage drizzled in white balsamic vinegar.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 19:21:36 | More by Copernicus
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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into my tree house tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful gold that is quite clear with a about a 3/4" head that lasts for a couple of minutes. Leaves a pretty good lacing along the glass that sticks around for a while as I nurse my glass.

S - Has a descent fruity resin filled nose with hints of citrus and mango.

T - The beer is so smooth, a perfect classic west coast IPA, has the resin flavors blended perfectly with mangos and orange backed with a biscuit malty backbone on the aftertaste.

M - Incredibly smooth, not an overly bitter IPA just filled with flavor but none of it punching you in the face more like a gentle caressing of the palate.

O - This is one of my favorite breweries and this is there classic IPA that few do better, for a beer with this much availability it doesn't get much better.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:42:46 | More by Boomblaze
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4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite IPA, hands down. I have only had it once, but it left a resounding impression. Incredible beer. Great flavor, great finish. Strong hops, exactly how I like my IPAs, smooth and well brewed. I need 50 more characters which is ridiculous. Conciseness is a virtue.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:16:29 | More by PaubloEscalator


4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

union jack ipa pours a nice head,not too big or impressive but good none the less.the beer is a clear gold or copper color,a little to clear for me.no lacing in the glass either,this ipa is no beauty queen.

the smell is very good,hops and fruit with a little malt in their for balance,quite nice.

It taste very good,a nice smooth,balanced ipa.when you drink this the thing that comes to mind is BALANCE,a very well rounded ipa.imo balance is overrated when it comes to ipa but in this case its done very,very well.high drinkabilty,the abv is non existent.

the mouthfeel is thin and easy going down,i would almost compare this to a session ipa like founders all day in that respect but at 7.5 abv its no session ipa.

Overall my thoughts on this beer are,i love it a great ipa at any price but in my neck of the woods it cost under 10 bucks a sixer snd that undercuts others that are just as good or maybe this one may even be better.i dont know if i would call this one world class but not far from it and well worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 01:00:23 | More by BEERZILLA
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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: new labeling put the hop as center stage in the UK's Union Jack. Well done. Solid lacing coupled with a light golden brown hay color.

S: wet straw dominates this unassuming brew. Definitely has character and a backbone.

T: definitely not an ibu that will impress the critics. This brew contains that "British Bite", meaning hops/malt is cut quickly to a smooth ride home. Grapefruit and malted biscuits dominates. Cranberry citrus scone comes through as well.

M: great carbonation. A bit oily for my liking though.

I: a diamond in the rough. The price point is outstanding in NorCal. A great brew that is so damn tasty!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 03:48:20 | More by goldendenizen
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3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Six back of 12 oz. bottles.

A- Poured into a tulip. very small head witch dissapated quickly to a half finger rim around the edge. tight lacing that help up for a while. Light golden apple juice color almost metalic chrome looking. very bright and happy.

S Fresh cut grass at first then gave way to granny smith apples and a faint alcohol notes. not a ton going on here.

T. Minimal hop that doesnt smack you in the face, some light florals and a sweetness dictates the hop character here, but it doesnt last long. a pineapple rind comes in and takes you to the malt and yeast wich is slightly creamy but really mostly bitternes. a little bitter hop finish closes it out.

M- Mouth feel is crisp and light, not much malt, some nice hop resins come through and the carbonation was spot on.

O- over all i enjoy this beer, i like an IPA that focuses less on smashing hops down your throad and more on the general complexity. the bitterness on this tends to get better as you drink the beer. bitterness is an aquired taste and i have been appreciating it more as of late as my tasting evolves. i am starting to understand it more. Also this beer was extremely fresh tasting had a bottle date of 1/6/14 and here we are 2/7/14 nice job Firestone.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 01:31:47 | More by berkshire413
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4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fairly dry and citric nose on this one. Good grapefruit presence....a bit tropical perhaps. But certainly hoppy and dry.

There's an immediate good dose of grapefruit and definite pineapple hop bitterness here starting out....followed by quite the formidable caramel malt base. One of the sweeter IPA's I've ever had, but that doesn't mean that it compromises the bitterness. It certainly has both. Finishes quite dry and bitter, although not in a lingering way.

A great English IPA, no question. Many of the style seem to sacrifice the bitterness but this is full flavored all the way on both fronts. Bitter, sweet, then dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:32:08 | More by NODAK
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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper with an one finger beige head. Long lasting lacing

S - Lots going on in here: Citrus, grapefruit, pine, resin, with hints of toasted malt.

T - Citrus up front which blends into some appealing malt. A slight hop bitterness towards the back with a refreshing finish.

M - Medium carbonation and body. Full flavor but very balanced.

O - I really enjoy this very drinkable beer. Everything from the different types of malts to just enough hops is in perfect balance. This beer is one of my regular go to brews.
Really looking forward to picking up some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 23:44:41 | More by jj139
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark straw with a big white head that fades quickly. Nice lacing. Nose of grapefruit with floral and bready malt notes. Malt sweetness hits the palate first, a great foil to the bitter hoppiness. Citrusy and floral on the palate, finishes dry and clean. Light bodied with good carbonation. Overall, balanced and very well crafted, this is one of the easiest drinking IPAs I've ever experienced.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 23:27:00 | More by JohnG190
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2.73/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A classic IPA... and a good benchmark to utilize in measuring other IPA's. Good color and clarity... very easy on the nose... good balance of hoppiness (for an IPA)... sits nice in the mouth.

I tasted it along with Firestones DBA... I preferred the DBA. I am not a big fan of IPA's... I prefer less Hop. But this is a good quality IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:18:20 | More by JimiO
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4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden copper color with loads of carbonation bubbles flowing up to support two fingers of frothy, towering head.

S: Peach and apricot, floral hops, nice caramel/biscuit malt backbone.

T: Caramel malts make up a pretty formidable base, with pine, citrus, and floral hop flavors complementing it well.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation; finish is a little sticky and dry.

O: Nice IPA from Firestone Walker, really enjoying the smell of this one. It will definitely be incorporated into the California IPA rotation.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 04:53:21 | More by AwYeh
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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft into a tulip

This was one of my intro beers into the world of IPA's. I was in Las Vegas at a place with over 100 beers on tap and asked the bartender for a good IPA. He gave me this. I remember thinking how great the beer looked, then placing it up to my nose and smelling it and just being blown away by the fruitiness and the hops. The taste was like anything I had ever had before. I loved this beer and it went down so easily.

I have a soft spot for this beer because it really got me into IPA's. I just wish I was able to fiind it more fresh here in CT

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 20:30:22 | More by ChrisChagnon
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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into DFH IPA glass. bottled in november

A: yellow gold body with a i tint of orange. white head that pours strong and settles and stays during the entire drink leaving a great lacing

S: light hops.

T: Taste is all hops with a small tinge of malt. mostly a piney hops in the taste slightly bitter but not overwhelming.

M: medium carbonation good feel that finished dry

O: very good interpretation of the style i've had stronger and i've had weaker but this is done will with just enough malt and hops. the smell is lacking from what i expected but the hops linger even after you swallow. it's been 2-3 minutes since my last sip and i can still taste the hops.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 23:37:56 | More by upton7418
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of grapefruit and pine resin with hints of green onion and a solid caramel maltiness to back it up. Solid caramel malty flavor with layers of pine and citrus on top and a moderate level of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Nice old school IPA I enjoyed this for a change.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 22:34:41 | More by johnnnniee
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New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second Review 1-3-14
"Forget the British flag. This beer is Stars And Stripes Forever" A BA.

Agree! From the central coast of pinot noir and wine comes equally great beer.

A: Lighter, clearer, brighter in color than other IPAs, it sports a thick rocky cap that lasts and laces well. 4.5

S: I need to let me fresh bottle (Stamped less than 30 days ago) warm a bit. It's offering a too-subtle bouquet of more flowers and more light, sunny herbal slopes than most IPAs. Juicy. 4

T: The promise of juice is instantly fulfilled in the taste that follows the citrus, pine, grass, flowers, herbs path up the sun-soaked coastal cliffs, that happen to have a bakery nearby of cracker malts and baguettes coming out of the oven.

The finish is fresh cut, resinous pine, and more flowers. This taste is so abundant and intense it rivals the best: Sculpin and Titan. 4.5

M:Light with so much tingle it doesn't feel light. Alcohol well-hidden, it's all tingle and tickle, like a great lasting kiss with a friend.

Closes and resonates with earth, sun, spicy, natural herbs. 4.5

Totally West-Coast - up there with Sculpin. 4.5

Amazing with intense cheeses.

First review: 4-27-13
Whole Foods sells singles so you can try a great variety for a small premium. Buy as part of a set of 24 and get a 10% discount on all. Freshness on this one was a bit long: 11-16-12, poured on 4-27-13. that's 5 months bottle aging!

A: Poured into a Leffe chalice, and I'm beginning to think a big .5l glass cylinder is better for bringing out the best in these crafts. Pours a bright pale copper color, clear, with amazing lacing... all the way down the glass. Great body, great pour.

S: Piney hop, subtle California herbs and coastal trails. But not a strong waft.

T: Beautiful flavor arc. Sweet, pine/citruis, arcing to hoppy, bitter, and lightly malty. Sweetness breaks through in a perfect way. Pine hop flavor dominates mid taste, but all is lovely balance. Fruity, complexity too in the late alcohol estery finish. Great mouth feel as it exits. Great with food (Pizza, aparagus, shrimp)

M: Carbonation rises in your mouth, slowly taken over by a mid to solid body. Great finish.

O:Nicely complex and balanced with a lovely see-saw arc, the hops outweight the mildly sweet malt character. Beautifully made.

Will definitely come back. A must for hoppers. will try again after it warms...

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:47:10 | More by Act25
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4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this IPA its a staple by which I can judge other IPA's. Its got the basic west coast IPA floral notes as well as a matched bitterness that doesn't detract at all.

Pours a bright clear gold/orange with a 2 finger white head that falls fast to a ring and some suds.

Smell is SUPER aromatic with big orange and lemon, with pine, sour apricot, doughy bread, and caramel.

Taste is a welcoming malt wallop thanks to 7.5%, along with floral and bitter hops dancing around together in harmony on my tongue. It's so balanced I want to say this is better than lagunitas sucks, because this has a better yeast me thinks. Lagu's is kinda chalky tasting but still good none the less.

Feel is medium carbonation and a perfect feel that gives the flavors a nice mantle to sit upon as you take each sip. Its glorious to drink this and not wonder just how much better an IPA can get. It really is a challenger to heady topper and pliny, swear on my grave.

Overall you can't go wrong with this and it is widely available, so pick this one up when you can if you want a solid IPA. plus did I mention its 7.5%? for a single IPA? yeha it packs a wallop, session this and your in for a wild night.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 04:19:34 | More by BastardKing24
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Orange-yellow color with off-white head. Looks like an IPA should look.

S: Pine, hops. That's really all I get.

T: This one's got a lot of hops and pine resin. Pretty tasty, if you ask me. I get orange peel, leather, pine, grass, lemon, zest, and some citrus-y tones. The beer has a nice malt backbone, too; but, this is not something I look forward to in an IPA.

M: Thicker than expected. Medium I think. Not bad.

O: I'm not a huge IPA fan, but I enjoy my IPA's every now and then. This is one that I enjoy! It's a well crafted brew. The only thing that got me was the malt character. I like IPA's with a light body and more fruit tones. This is a good brew, regardless.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2013 04:08:49 | More by titty_mcbitty
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3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber pour...vanishing head...thin, but quiet waves of complexity....bitter flows to floral..NICE..at 7.5 % not a hint of ALC. My taste buds hoping for a closing splash but not happening. This is a good IPA but not a great one . In the IPA race to the top.. closing in, but finishing just out of the winners circle. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 20:59:46 | More by Goliveidaho
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New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottled: 10/14/13
Drinking: 12/23/13 @ 7:00 PM (Merry Christmas!)
Setting: Living room couch, watching The Office (Benihana Christmas)

A: Pours crisp, clear, and like a shiny copper penny. Looks reminiscent of clean apple cider. Nice 2 finger billowy head that sticks around for awhile and caps nicely for the duration of the drink. Decent lacing.

S:Candied citrus peel. Sweet and sugary malts, forward citrus and pine hops with the citrus dominating. Nice faint hint of tree sap/earthiness to it, also a little biscuit.

T: Pineapple and grapefruit juice. Warming alcohol bite that fades into a pinecone/forest floor wetness mixed with candied citrus rinds and bread crust.

MF: A bit thinner than I expected, but after seeing it in the glass I realized that's what was coming. Sticky and sugary on the lips and tongue. Hangs around for awhile. Nice bitterness on back sides of the tongue. Was expecting a bit more mouthfeel, but still nice.

O: As always, the West Coast nails it. Would drink this beer at any time. It's up there with the Racer 5's, Stones, Ballast Points, etc. A solid, drinkable IPA that doesn't overwhelm your palette, which is becoming all too commonplace these days.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 00:06:40 | More by JeffoC6
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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/11/13

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap

S: Nice and hoppy, with a good deal of citrus and fruitiness. Grapefruit definitely stands out. Not much malt presence compared to the hoppiness

T: Starts off with the hops. Grapefruit stands out again, along with other citrus notes and tropical fruits. Bitterness comes in shortly after. Malts do a good job at balancing things out, as it lends a very light sweetness and a bit of toastiness. Alcohol hides nicely in the background. Finishes with a moderate bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: While this brew is hop-heavy, it somehow remains quite balanced and drinkable. Definitely cures a hop craving and would be a solid go-to IPA. Definitely worth trying

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 06:07:26 | More by BEERMILER12
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I started with smelling this copper in color brew and was pleased with the light hop aroma out of the bottle.

This is a wonderfully balanced IPA with a skew towards a grapefruit and floral bitterness that has spice from the hoppiness. There is some caramel and toasted malts, but the hops are very much there, especially at their peak during the end. The finish comes off very floral and dry, lingering a moment or two of bitterness and perfume.

I want to try their Double Jack double IPA too. The guys said it was very good.

Good job Firestone!

I can't wait to try it on TAP!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 21:02:04 | More by RickCardell
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4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (dated September 19, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about two fingers of dense, off-white head with pretty good retention and lacing. The brew is orange-hued golden in color and mostly clear. I can see a fair bit of carbonation. Good looking, but not mind-blowing.

S-The aroma is hop-forward, but more subdued that I would have expected for this relatively big West Coast IPA. I get some zesty citrus like orange and grapefruit, and a touch of juicy pineapple. The malts are mostly buried, but balance is not completely gone with some bread crust and toast underneath.

T-The taste is more assertive and in line with my expectations. It is very zesty and citrusy with orange, tangerine, and a touch of pineapple, as well as a moderate bite of bitterness that suggests pine and pepper, but never really gets all the way there. Malts are out-gunned, but a nice bit of bread crust fills out the flavor profile.

M-The brew is softer on the palate than some beers, but with enough carbonation to keep it lively. Moderate to full in body.

O-This is a solid example of an IPA that verges on IIPA. My not-so-fresh bottle still packed a good hop wallop on the palate, although it was less inspiring on the nose. The relatively full body was a pleasant surprise and was perhaps the high point for me. Would love to taste a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 02:59:03 | More by spoony
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4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There is no shortage of fantastic IPA’s from the West Coast and the Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA is no exception. It pours a light amber color with a fluffy white head and a crisp hoppy aroma. The taste has a strong fresh hop flavor with a good bitterness lingering on the palate that is all carefully balanced with a slightly sweet maltiness. All in all it makes for a very tasty well balanced IPA that hits all the right IPA notes without overwhelming your senses. Superb!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 19:37:47 | More by brurevu
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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