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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

4,524 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,524
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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dunix

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

10-03-2012 01:34:33 | More by dunix
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commish374

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours out a bright honey color, very clear, almost shimmery. Nearly two fingers of lacy white head.

Smell - Citrus nose, mostly grapefruit. Some pine in the background.

Taste - Bold without being too strong. Sweetness first, followed by moderate hop bitterness. Citrus notes to finish. Can't wait for the next gulp.

Mouth - Clean and lovely. Moderate carbonation, moderate viscosity.

Overall - a wonderfully tasty IPA that could be a dangerous session beer at 7.5% abv. Not enough bitterness to slow you down. More like a hoppy Pale Ale than many of today's over-hopped IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 21:45:35 | More by commish374
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ChiPool

Illinois

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

On tap at Boundary (wicker Park, Chicago).

I've had this brew several times, and have dome to a great appreciation for it.
One of the most well balanced, flavorful IPAs out there. Pours a medium orange hue, relatively transparent. Nose offers floral hops, and a bit of malty sweetness. The taste starts a bit on the sweeter side, and finishes dry with a finnessed hop punch. Mouthfeel is medium; carbonation medium as well. Does have a bit of a tropical fruit presence as well: mango/peach/apricot essence.

Overall, as good as it gets for the category.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 23:27:15 | More by ChiPool
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dsuedbeck

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-30-2012 13:39:58 | More by dsuedbeck
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hirliman

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-30-2012 01:51:05 | More by hirliman
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Dat

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-30-2012 01:21:50 | More by Dat
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Kaetea

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%

09-29-2012 00:19:06 | More by Kaetea
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mjweth2

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +17.9%

09-28-2012 03:19:57 | More by mjweth2
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Mazarate

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

09-28-2012 01:18:51 | More by Mazarate
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Star80

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bottled 8/6/12. Pours out a pale copper color with a sticky lacy head. Looks just about right.

S - Smell is very good. Smells resinous and fruity like grapefruit with a touch of tropical fruit aromas. Also detecting some pine notes.

T - Taste is bold and citric with some heavy grapefruit notes. Also detecting quite a bit of malt backbone in the form of some caramel notes. However something is a bit off with the hops like after only month they have lost an edge and developed an off flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy.

O - Overall a decent strong IPA but nothing jumps out at me. There are a lot of strong syrupy IPA's that have that weird overhopped off-flavor like this one. If I am going to have this style of beer I prefer something from Sierra Nevada or Victory. Their hops just taste better and don't have that weird off flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 00:26:59 | More by Star80
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stephengraniero

New York

5/5  rDev +17.9%

09-27-2012 03:37:54 | More by stephengraniero
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

09-26-2012 23:19:38 | More by t0rin0
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collinjns


4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-26-2012 21:00:13 | More by collinjns
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reviticus


3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

09-26-2012 00:19:02 | More by reviticus
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mcsauter82

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.9%

09-25-2012 02:54:56 | More by mcsauter82
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RandyKemka

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12%

09-24-2012 02:14:43 | More by RandyKemka
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felixljr

New York

5/5  rDev +17.9%

09-23-2012 15:26:33 | More by felixljr
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RBM

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-23-2012 12:54:25 | More by RBM
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brinkdeer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-23-2012 03:53:04 | More by brinkdeer
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dubdrop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

09-23-2012 00:25:20 | More by dubdrop
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BeerOps

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-22-2012 21:40:30 | More by BeerOps
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tsailor


4/5  rDev -5.7%

09-20-2012 22:53:03 | More by tsailor
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Bagoosh

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

09-20-2012 17:40:37 | More by Bagoosh
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BrownNut

Florida

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Three months and one week old. Bottle to tulip.

A - 4.0 - Clear medium gold with a nice, textured, off white head. It's a domed head, something I haven't seen before. Sticks around for a good five minutes before settling down to an uneven cap. Interesting - second pour from bomber produced totally different head - a loose matrix of big bubbles. Magic, I guess.

S - 4.5 - Smells great. A malt so sweet and clean smelling that it just crosses over into fruit territory. Fragrant hops, a little grapefruit rind. Between the malt and hops I get the effect of candied grapefruit rind if such a thing exists.

T - 4.25 A gentle clover honey sweetness that reminds me of how honey tastes when you put lots of it in herbal tea - aqueous honey I guess we'd call it. The union of malt and hop is seamless, with the malt transitioning smoothly right into the hop. A little mild grapefruit fume on the exhale. A moderate bitterness lingers on the palate for a while after swallowing. The grapefruity notes seem to amplify the impression of the 7.5% ABV. And what pleasant burps!

M - 4.75 - Medium body. So soft, yet with a mild carbonation tingle.

O - 4.25 - My first Firestone Walker, this is such a pleasant, friendly, easy-drinking, well-made beer. It is characterized by softness, to which bitterness plays counterpoint. Imagine drinking filtered cantaloupe juice - this doesn't taste like cantaloupe but it's soft like cantaloupe juice would be. This may join Two Hearted in my category of IPAs for people who don't like IPAs, though I suppose its lingering bitterness after the swallow could disqualify it by a bit among the hop-averse.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 04:06:36 | More by BrownNut
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.7%

09-19-2012 16:26:18 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,524 ratings.