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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
95
world-class

5,281 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,281
Reviews: 1,175
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 339
Gots: 658 | FT: 13
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a gold/amber color with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hoppy notes is really enjoyable with light sweet undertones. Taste is also dominated by sweet notes with nice floral hoppy notes and some citrus undertones with limited bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed with great drinkability factor and limited bitterness level.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - Union Jack India Pale Ale - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours a golden amber with a full foamy head. Good sticky lacing around the glass. Minimal carbonation. Good looking brew.

Smell - Bready malts with deep resinous hops over it, a bit low-key here.

Taste - Malts are quickly subdued by bitter piney/resinous hops.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is a dry bitter pine, not much else to it, a bit one-dimensional to be honest. Drinkable throughout, which is good.

Overall - Not bad, but I was not impressed overall. I think this brew is a bit overrated, but everyone has their own tastes. Firestone Walker does make amazing brew though, I highly recommend Firestone Walker - Double Jack if you want to be blown away by a good brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I recently made a decent sized run to the beer gettin' place, this is the first one for a while. As I sit and drink my beers, I am contemplating going to the American Beer Classic in Chicago. With that being said, my quest to drink the Beers of Fame continues....

Appearance - Pours a transparent, golden orange color with minimal head, which negates head retention. Very little lacing. Kind of surprised that, even with the aggressive pour I gave it, the head came out pretty flat. That is the biggest reason why it gets a 4 in presentation. Love the packaging though.

Smell - Whoa floral and citrusy aromas. Big pine, grapefruit, and citrus notes could be detected even during the pour, probably the best part of the beer. A slight malty hint could be detected as well, nothing major. Certainly smells like an IPA.

Taste - A tasty concoction indeed. The hops are the primary palate stimulation, coming on strong in the middle and finish of the drink. There is a sweetness to the drink as well, likely from the malt balance. Pretty well balanced brew, good level of hops and bitterness for me.

Mouthfeel - Finishes with a bittersweet pop, much as I expected. Leaves that bitter taste on the palate for a little while after the drink. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - This is a great beer, no doubt, but not the best Firestone Walker has to offer. For that, I would recommend their Walker's Reserve porter, which I found to be fantastic. I love Paso Robles, the brewery is in a great spot. I would highly recommend this brew, even to those who aren't the biggest hop-heads like myself.

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,281 ratings.