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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

4,664 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,664
Reviews: 1,126
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 307
Gots: 403 | 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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VaTechHopHead


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-19-2013 21:08:39 | More by VaTechHopHead
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cincysig

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-19-2013 21:00:31 | More by cincysig
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-19-2013 19:21:26 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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IPA4LIFE

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-19-2013 17:27:13 | More by IPA4LIFE
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arfenhouse

California

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark copper with white head. Decent sized head.

S: Pine mixed with some caramel sweetness. Grapefruit and sweet fresh tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple, and a bit of papaya.

T: Begins with a caramel and sweet bread malt. A big dose of the biter grapefruit followed by the tropical fruits. Aftertaste is bitter-sweet mainly comprised of tropical fruits. Well balanced and very drinkable.

M: Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Fine carbonation and smooth feeling.

O: Solid, well balanced IPA. Good amount of hop bitterness. Very good single IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 07:59:14 | More by arfenhouse
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rsuske

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-18-2013 21:17:07 | More by rsuske
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themind

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone smacks a homerun with Union Jack IPA. Beer pours a nice firm head and goes down smooth. Flat out enjoyable IPA. Do I think it's an elite level IPA...it's close. I had this and chased it with a Pliny, while the Jack falls short of the king it's still a high quality offering from Firestone.

Bottom Line: Like IPA's? well you gotta try this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 19:52:05 | More by themind
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

02-18-2013 19:37:58 | More by DIPAFAN
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RaulMondesi

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*Raul wasn't too stoked on coming home and seeing that the beer was bottled on 10/31/12 (3 1/2 months old) but what could Raul do?

Another malty, bitter IPA. Raul ain't stoked. Raul ain't stoked at all. Mouthfeel? Definitely syrupy on the tongue - not Aunt Jemima on my Roscoe's Chicken and waffles "syrupy," but Raul isn't into it.

Raul isn't struggling, but he ain't pumped.

Peace!

*Update - Wow. While on tap and fresh, this thang is like Raul, a deserted Tahitian Island, and half of the hotties from the 2013 Victoria's Secret catalogue

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 06:03:13 | More by RaulMondesi
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07Bigben01

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-18-2013 02:00:07 | More by 07Bigben01
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-17-2013 23:55:47 | More by jsilva
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-17-2013 23:34:58 | More by dvmin98
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JohnQVD

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-17-2013 22:44:40 | More by JohnQVD
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LloydXmas

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-17-2013 19:10:41 | More by LloydXmas
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musicman7070

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

02-17-2013 18:49:06 | More by musicman7070
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deebo

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint #2 at Brophys tavern in Carmel

A-a clear brew with a creamy white head that laces the pint glass. Color is a deep golden with copper tint

S-hop city. Aromas of those NW US hops especially grapefruit with some juicy tangerine. A biscuity malt aroma hidden in there as well.

T-much like the smell. Ample hops carried with a significant malt backbone

M-Big bodied with a fair level of carbonation. End note is aromatic hoppiness with a hint of bitterness

O-a solid beer. My first Firestone Walker and not disappointed. The epitome of a west coast IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 04:38:59 | More by deebo
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Alek

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-17-2013 04:18:04 | More by Alek
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-17-2013 03:30:24 | More by drewone
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DavidBart

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-17-2013 03:03:28 | More by DavidBart
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Bernardkowalski


5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of my favorite beers!! honestly can go good with anything, but you are better off enjoying this beer by itself. it has so much too offer, such great combination between the yeast and malt's making this an outstanding brew. you can put this on my list of top beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 00:37:50 | More by Bernardkowalski
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adkieffer

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-16-2013 18:53:56 | More by adkieffer
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-16-2013 03:16:57 | More by cbeer88
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Chaz33187

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the The Loft on the LMU Campus

a- golden/ translucent

s- typical southern california piny/citrus magic

t- has that initial clean american ipa hit, but has a lingering 50/50 maltiness/bitterness after taste, that detracts from it. If it's ice cold you probably won't notice it, but if you take your time with this beer, the bitterness in your mouth builds up and it's less desirable. It's relatively well-balanced though.

m- thin until it hits your lips then fizzes

o- It hints at that magical california ipa genre, (Pliny, Hop Ottin', Sculpin), but eventually it goes bitter and is a one glass pony.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 01:05:02 | More by Chaz33187
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A stunning American IPA. This bomber was purchased at the brewery in November, a visit I’d highly recommend!

Pours a clear and oily amber, with limited white head, but good retention on the little that exists. Brilliant aroma of grapefruit and piney citrus, with a mild toffee backbone. Those caramelized malts are present in the start of the taste and support a nice body, but hops totally takeover after the first microsecond. Citrus, tropical fruit and all the wonder associated with "west coast" varietals. Finishes with a biting bitterness that lingers for an impressive length of time, and only a hint of the 7.5% ABV warmth at the very end.

Thank-you Firestone Walker - a brewery whose products I'd seek out again wherever possible.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:01:52 | More by hopsolutely
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. I'm changing my 4.5 Had to a full review to give this amazing beer the respect it deserves.

A - deliciously amber. Pours nicely orange from the bottle and settles red in the glass. Big head on the forced poured. Good looking IPA.

S - oh my god, up there with Pliny the Elder and Abrasive. Such sweet citrus on the nose, pineapple, a little orange, a lot of lemon and lime. Super sweet, delicious. The best single IPA I've smelled.

T - wonderful, a near perfect blend of sweetness and bitterness. Big pineapple and orange at first, receding into a great mix between the two. I really love the way this beer tastes.

M - the sweetness clings to the cheeks. Not overly carbonated but still perfectly balanced. It doesn't drink like a 7.5% ABV beer, more like something around 9%.

O - amazing single, I love it. Incredible beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 08:45:19 | More by JamesShoemaker
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,664 ratings.