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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

4,525 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,525
Reviews: 1,119
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 299
Gots: 355 | 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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bostonryan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-14-2012 21:39:24 | More by bostonryan
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yoitsarch

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-13-2012 03:26:26 | More by yoitsarch
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BoneyLee

New Hampshire

4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

before I say a word, let's disclose I've sampled many dozens of these. But for the sake of creating a proper review...

Poured from their 12 oz bottle into a pint at home.

A: looks as good as any craft ipa with a pedigree. certainly won't slow me down from grabbing it!

S: must be their hop mixture, because this is a familiar great smelling beer common in the west coast ipas.

T: At 7.5%, a beer that tastes this good can be hazardous to one's health (and marriage). All taste is a matter of, well, taste, but this beer strikes a perfect balance of up front citrus hops and quick clean finish. So refreshing, a true 12-month beer.

M: carbonation just right. never gave a it a thought until right now. awfully chuggable!

O: This beer is part of a new generation of craft ipas that border on 2xipa status but go down like a session beer. fellow hopheads, be warned, your sessions shall be short should you get sucked into this beer as a regular as I have! If you can find it at your store fresh (less than 3 months old) go for the case, it is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 01:42:06 | More by BoneyLee
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Gtg642

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-12-2012 23:47:54 | More by Gtg642
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Yehuda

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-12-2012 20:09:39 | More by Yehuda
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blackcompg

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a finger of eggshell head, body is a translucent golden straw, left some very nice wide webbed lacing after the session.

Smell - Pungent fresh greeen hops, citrus smells of grapefruit, and under-ripe pineapple.

Taste - Wow, really bright citrus, pineapple and a touch of tropical. These are balanced so nicely and quite complex, and there is a perfect balancing sweetness that seems to come naturally from the citrus, vs. a candy or carmel flavor. The finish is citrus zest and pith, with tiny pockets of fruit sweetness in the mouth corners. Really tasty!

Mouthfeel - Almost medium, very smooth, so drinkable, carb is nearly medium but absolutely smooth, no edges. Really perfect for this style.

Overall - What a delicious and great IPA - this would be a mainstay in my fridge if it were more readily available in my area. A must try - really wish I had a few more of these!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 02:50:01 | More by blackcompg
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber color, I mean completely transparent with bubbly 2 finger head.

S - Good mixture of floral and grassy hops, slight tinge of orange peel and bready malts.

T - Incredibly hop forward. Good balance of floral and fruit hop kick. Just very tangy and sweet. Very good.

M - Incredibly crisp, even a little thing.

Overall - Outstanding IPA, what more can I say?

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 01:29:24 | More by BeerBuckeye
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-11-2012 19:41:33 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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Gtotango

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

11-11-2012 19:15:42 | More by Gtotango
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tgreenwood4

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12%

11-11-2012 08:33:00 | More by tgreenwood4
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TheFugitive

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Belgian Style Goblet

Appearance-Pours a copper orange color with a single finger white head.

Smell-Citrus, hops and some floral notes.

Taste-Union Jack is a citrus explosion, grapefruit, tangerine, orange and pineapple take over your mouth. The balance of citrus and hops are near perfect.

Mouthfeel-Lighter than most IPA's, carbonation levels are light to medium.

Overall-I was blown away with Union Jack. I'm always searching for heavy citrus levels and I found it with UJ. I highly encourage everyone to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 04:00:13 | More by TheFugitive
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bmquin

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-11-2012 03:38:24 | More by bmquin
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tswater

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-11-2012 03:16:06 | More by tswater
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tleifj


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-10-2012 23:32:58 | More by tleifj
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brokentee

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-10-2012 19:24:41 | More by brokentee
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-10-2012 17:39:37 | More by Texasfan549
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-10-2012 13:38:30 | More by ScaryEd
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to snifter with a 9/10 bottling date

Pours a rich gold with little foam, despite my attempt to pour it rather aggressively. Decent lacing on the sides, foam had receded to a thin ring as I typed the above sentence. Mild carbonation, probably just had a bad pour

Aroma of juicy hops, strong tropical fruits, citrus, and some pine. Modest sweet malts also present with the alcohol. A bit fruity than most, but very good

Taste of strong hops, grapefruit, lemon, passion fruit, pine resin, and some faint floral tones. Malt translates nicely, leaving a sweet fruity after taste

Feel is pretty consistent as well, nice hop bitterness up front, dry sweet malt finish in the back. Goes down very well, leaves the mouth sticky and ready for more

Overall one of the better ipas on the west coast for a fairly decent price. Firestone walker is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:08:44 | More by lordofstarside
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RhodyNative

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-09-2012 21:52:28 | More by RhodyNative
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Beerbuddy21

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-09-2012 05:48:19 | More by Beerbuddy21
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ejhansen7


4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-08-2012 18:48:28 | More by ejhansen7
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theGlasstronaut

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

11-08-2012 18:06:33 | More by theGlasstronaut
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NeutronMan

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +12%

11-08-2012 14:48:55 | More by NeutronMan
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nloyless

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +12%

11-08-2012 05:12:35 | More by nloyless
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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-08-2012 00:21:35 | More by weaselchew
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,525 ratings.