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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

4,653 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,653
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 305
Gots: 399 | 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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gustogasmic

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

golden honey-orange, good clarity, on the road to transparent. Super-active carbonation, a sticky lace ring. Medium stringy lacing.

fruity hops- peach meat, slight pine, beeswax. Not super pungent.

The taste is wonderful, a tangy citrus bite is leveled out by a nice rich sweet malt body, carrying the mango, peach, and pineapple, which is then dried out by a great alpha bill, and finally a residual bitterness that is big but welcome, earthy but one-dimensional and clean. I love the way that the beer tours the drinker through some essential features of American IPAs- the way that sweetnesss can get kicked aside by hop bitterness, the wonders of the bitter linger, the citrusy and piney qualities. I wish that I could get this all the time in Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 04:28:15 | More by gustogasmic
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy, honey colored beer. Maybe a finger's width of white head that has a long retention and a lot of lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit notes, elderflower. The cirtusy, floral hops are the dominant aroma on this beer, but there's also a nice malt backbone to hold them up.

T: Lots of malts, at the front followed by the bitter hops. They aren't as floral as I expected from the smell, but they begin as slightly floral and tasting of coriander, followed by a very piney taste.

M: Medium body and a fair amount of carbonation, along with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

O: Maybe not the best version of this beer, because it was bottle over 3 months ago, but it's pretty solid. I may redo the review once I taste a fresh one, but for now it's a solid beer, but not one that I'd seek out.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 03:31:28 | More by DaveBlack
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a_sh0pping_cart

California

3/5  rDev -29.2%

08-21-2012 20:15:25 | More by a_sh0pping_cart
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm just copying from notes when I see fit from now on - who's reading this?

2-in head, white, dense-foamy - clean filtered yellow gold liquid (the color is ideal) - crystal-clarity - some lace

pungent hops - equal parts: piney, pineapple, citrus/tropical - malt? not much - a honey-ish background - vibrant overall, yet not terribly unique (aside from the banging pineapple fumes) - copious late dry-hopping, i'm guessing

more of a sweet, spicy flavor - malty-sweet, uh-huh - long-lasting pineapple nectar and spice (hops) - a spicy snap - medium-level earthy "hop" flavor and alcohol presence - pineapple diminishes as it settles - nearly a perfect split or hybrid of an English and American IPA, as far as my ideals go - more balance and malt as it warms

the alcohol warmth does linger long time, mellow solvent heat - has almost a whipped-frothy feel to it... - extremely soft up front with that warm alc rush trailing close - balanced sensations, lighter-bodied

kind of a straight-forward, but really tasty and enjoyable IPA - by American standards, it could almost be considered boring, especially to "hop-heads" - it's well-constructed despite perhaps leaning a little too toward the fruity hop character (which, honestly, probably has a nudge from esters, no?) - I want to suggest that a different bittering hop would improve this, but I'd have to see the recipe...

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 05:49:36 | More by Bouleboubier
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flyers1980

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%

08-21-2012 02:40:10 | More by flyers1980
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-21-2012 01:11:17 | More by MrMcGibblets
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-19-2012 22:51:30 | More by duceswild
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bigbeerfan

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12%

08-19-2012 22:29:33 | More by bigbeerfan
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-19-2012 21:22:28 | More by GaryMarkle84
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-19-2012 17:38:57 | More by PaBeerLover
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durlta

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-18-2012 21:13:40 | More by durlta
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Beer_Runner


3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 05-17-12 (This beer was tasted 77 days after in was bottled.)
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured to about two fingers of dense, light khaki colored head. Over time the head disapated to single layer of bubbles, and it left some lacing. The brew is a golden orange color and very clear.

S: The aroma consists of a strong citrus hops and some sweet and bready malt hangs around in the background.

T: The taste is a good balance of citrus hops consisting of grapefruit a little orange peel, and a bready malt and yeast backbone does just enough to provide some balance.

M: This beer is very smooth and easy drinking with just enough carbonation to be entertaining. The body is on the lighter side of medium.

O: This is a nicely balanced IPA. It has a solid hops presence, but it is far from a hops bomb. It is a good, smooth, and easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 00:03:07 | More by Beer_Runner
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Berg0804


5/5  rDev +17.9%

08-17-2012 21:12:54 | More by Berg0804
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden honey with hints of orange
S:lots of crisp grapefruit rind, pine, bread -- very nice.
T: big rich full; lots of malt, hops, and alcohol. Noticeable heat in the finish. The hops and malt are well integrated creating a cohesive taste. This alcohol is really at the high limit of American IPA so it's not really my preferred style. I find it just too much unless I was having it with a big tasting meal.
M: massive. Very full bodied.
O: I can't really find much fault in this beer but I doubt I'd order it again. I'm looking for more subtlety in an American IPA. I feel that the alcohol level and taste makes this really more of American Double / Imperial IPA which starts at 7%.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 05:41:27 | More by EspressoGuy
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pbass78

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-17-2012 01:43:58 | More by pbass78
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luvbier

Vermont

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-17-2012 00:55:50 | More by luvbier
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PeterMatthes

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-16-2012 17:33:36 | More by PeterMatthes
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buffcityx

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-16-2012 08:03:44 | More by buffcityx
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rderedin

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

08-16-2012 00:04:56 | More by rderedin
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BryanK

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-15-2012 20:40:03 | More by BryanK
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PJ Whelihans in Medford, NJ. Served in a shaker.

Pour: Clear copper with a finger and a half white head. Leaves really great lacing.

Smell: Lots of orange and tangerine. Some pine, and a light caramel sweetness mixed in.

Taste: Almost identical to the nose. This beer is pretty darn big for a regular IPA. Pine is pretty dominant, but I love a good pinecone every once in a while. Caramel honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light and refreshing. Sticky.

Overall: Really solid IPA. A go to if I could get it more regularly in Indiana.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 18:41:43 | More by cfrances33
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krazybartender

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-15-2012 16:36:31 | More by krazybartender
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lion22

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-15-2012 01:15:27 | More by lion22
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boozeplease

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +12%

08-14-2012 12:06:20 | More by boozeplease
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HopOnPop


4.75/5  rDev +12%

08-14-2012 01:46:26 | More by HopOnPop
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,653 ratings.