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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5,291 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,291
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 342
Gots: 667 | 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:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007)
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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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep, clear gold with a two finger rocky head on top and great lacing.

A: The aroma is filled with citrus rind and other pungent citrus fruit notes. There is a little booziness mixed in, and some tropical fruity esters to add to the complexity. Very little in the way of malt aromatics, maybe a little bit of cracker character.

T/M: Smooth bitterness off the front that intensifies momentarily, only to fade off into a medley of citrus fruit, rind, and cascade hop spiciness. It has that classic Centennial/Cascade hop profile that is complimented by a arrangement of tropical fruit and pine. There is even some estery fruit that sneaks its way into the mix, and the malt give a nice crackery pilsner character leading to the dry finish of what is an otherwise smooth and full-bodied beer.

Overall: Exceptional, a classic hop profile with a unique twist. The flavor is very delicate and could have been ruined by any number of things, yet it stands perfectly balanced. Hardly a Single IPA, but I don't care what they call it, I just wish it made it to Montana.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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