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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

5,391 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,391
Reviews: 1,198
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 364
Gots: 734 | FT: 14
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:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with a white, 1 cm head - fine bubbles. It is light amber in color.

Smell: Citrus, and with a nice pine, or juniper fragrance. There is a hint of sweetness.

Taste: The pine and citrus notes come to the fore in tasting, but are backed up and nicely balanced with a sweet, slight chewiness. The aftertaste is sweet and chewy, but also bitter.

Mouth-Feel: Effervescent with good carbonation, the beer coats your tongue without weighing it down.

Overall: This is my favorite IPA to date. It is not overloaded with hop bitterness like so many I have tasted. The hops are in the forefront, but are showcased very nicely and are balanced out just enough by a cracker taste from the malt. In short - it tastes great!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Docrock
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a 16 oz pint glass:

A- pours a orange honey color with a 1" head that reduces to a thin white cap, decent lacing.

S- nose full of grapefruit followed by pine.

T- pine dominates followed by the grapefruit and citrus. a slight honey and malt in the background leaves a nice balanced finish. he usual west coast ipa bitterness on the aftertaste.

M- i would consider this to be medium bodied and the carbonation is just right.

O - really solid IPA. i would definitely drink more of these if more available in my area. was a treat to see it on- tap!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a really nice looking yellowish gold color with a white foamy head on top. The retention is good with a very impressive amount of sticky lacing on the glass. Them smell of the beer is very nice, fresh hop aromas with the subtle malt aroma in there as well. The taste of the beer is excellent. Easily one of the best IPA's on the market. Lots of beautiful citrus flavors in there with a very mellow malt presents. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very drinkable, Nicely carbonated and smooth. Overall... Awesome. This is something I'll be buying more of.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: shiny, mild copper body, finger off-white head, sexy lacing

S: lemon peel, orange marmalade, big fresh pine, chalky floral

T: same as nose with long slow bitter oily finish

M: med body, firm oily mouth

O: YUM! Firestone just makes great beers.
Repeat buy. Hopheads and craft beer lovers
will both crave this gem.

DELICIOUS; MUST HAVE!

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- beautifully translucent gold/orange, with a finger of white head that laces fantastically.

S- Citric. Grapefruit and orange. Certainly a biscuity malt lies underneath.

T- Hop forward from the word go, and not just hop flavor, pronounced bitterness is there as well. Hop flavor is largely orange, with a hint of pink grapefruit. Bitterness is very much on the sides of the tongue. Malt is not overdone, which is very appreciated. Bitterness lingers well after the sip.

M- Medium bodied, more carbonation that is visible. Quite dry on the finish.

O- Very nicely done. Not my favorite, but I can certainly appreciate the West Coast roots, and the care which was taken to craft it.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

Appearance: Here’s to hoping this offering from Firestone fares better than DBA did. It pours a nice, crystal clear brass color that is typical of IPAs. Carbonation races up from the bottom of the glass, which helps greatly with the retention of the initial one-and-a-half fingers of cream-colored head. The beer leaves a fantastic lacing on the glass and there are no alcohol legs to speak of. Already this appears to be a much better beer than DBA, or than most IPAs.

Aroma: The aroma on this beer is a little light, and it takes some forceful whiffing to drag out and separate any distinct smells. What is there is quite nice, however: pine and citrusy, West-coast style hoppiness comes out in rinds, grapefruit, pineapple, and just a hint of mango. There is a nice, but hard to pick out note of a biscuity, bready sweetness from the malt.

Taste: This follows the nose in the most unfortunate of ways: lightness. There is absolutely nothing in the front of the taste; after a few seconds, a wall of bitter, rindy, zestiness comes in followed quickly by a slighty, juicy, fruity hop character that is not quite discernible as any fruit in particular. This is accompanied directly by a bready sweetness and then bookended by another wave of straight, flavorless bitterness. The overall impression is of lemon and grapefruit, if a fruit must be chosen. The finish is incredibly dry, like a red wine on the far end of the dryness spectrum. It is unique, but not necessarily good.

Mouthfeel: All good beers have a saving grace, no matter how disappointing they may be. For Union Jack, that is the mouthfeel. The carbonation hits just below the desirable mark, but the soaking wet, refreshing, slightly creamy mouthfeel makes up for it. The hops give a tremendous astringency, and the dryness of the finish pulls the beer together wonderfully. Very good stuff going on here; if only the rest of the beer could have lived up to it.

Overall: I really want to like Firestone’s beers, but sadly neither this nor DBA has impressed me thus far. Still, their pedigree guarantees I will not give up on them until I have given all their barrel-aged beers a shot. They just seem to be too one-note for me thus far, and for someone that praises complexity, that really hurts their scores. This beer is worth a try, but I would not seek it out again. 16/20

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,391 ratings.