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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

4,523 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,523
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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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

12-13-2011 20:20:31 | More by DeutschesBier
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottles in MA, nice to see. Weird coincidence that Chico1985 review it on the same day.

A- Particle free light orange pour into a pint glass. Small white head forms with decent retention and a creamy texture. A few nice lace patches.

S- Aroma like a fresh pack of hops out of the home brew store. Good mix of citrus, orange peel and pine in an aroma you don't have to stress to pick up on.

T- Nice and hoppy again. Citrus zest, grapefruit, big pine, general fruit and earthy profile. Great pine citrus interplay. A caramel malt backbone and some bread.

MF- Creamy body that definitely has nice substance to it. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

Solid, straight up IPA. Great dynamic between citrus fruit flavors and earthy pine ones. West Coast but anyone can appreciate a beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 03:57:27 | More by cbutova
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-12-2011 19:14:25 | More by rondufresne
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JimmyTango

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

12-12-2011 14:12:56 | More by JimmyTango
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dav

Missouri

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-12-2011 04:28:12 | More by dav
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sgoro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-12-2011 02:58:23 | More by sgoro
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night, nice to see this one make it to MA.

Poured a copper/orange with a 2-finger or so white head, turns to a cap quite quickly but retains fine and leaves some lace.

Smell/taste - Definitely getting some good pine and fruit hop action from the scent, the taste was an improvement though. Big piny/grassy resin hops, but also nice lemon/citrus/grapefruit, bit of a caramel/bready malt presence but this one is quite bitter, lots of good hoppage.

Good mouthfeel, bitter but flavorful, high-ish carbonation, some malt balance.

Nice IPA, reminds me of the fall harvest ones quite a bit (is it one?). I liked it alot more than Double Jack.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 02:53:11 | More by Chico1985
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2neardead

California

3/5  rDev -29.2%

12-11-2011 21:46:38 | More by 2neardead
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maltlikker

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-10-2011 05:16:39 | More by maltlikker
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dawatts

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH tulip glass.

A - Light mahogany and beautifully clear.

S - Lemon with pine. This beer smells amazingly refreshing. The more I smell it the more it smells of the woods.

T - Like the smell, pine needles and lemon zest. There is some brown sugar but it is way in the back. Hops are the dominant force here and they are spectacular. This is crisp and sumlbimely refreshing. Terrific IPA.

M - Nicely carbonated with a good hop burn on the back sides of the tongue that extends up over the roof of the mouth.

O - A fine example of a piney hop forward IPA. I like that they didn't try to balance too much sweetness and kept it crisp and sharp. Will definitely be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 03:57:47 | More by dawatts
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lovindahops

New York

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

finally getting the chance to try union jack... this will be a fantastic treat after one crazy week of work!

a- a crystal clear amber body with mild carbonation slowly rising up my tulip. The lacing is a snowy white color with perfect stickyness along the edges

s- a bigtime generous amount of hops sharply arises out of the glass. Phenominal bitterness matches the grapefruit scent as well. This is a west coast ipa profile that does not hold back

t- bitter beginning of piney citric flavot coexisits with a flavorful amount of sweet caramel. The difference is it is really a hoppy caramel with a massive and i mean massive bitter finish. Very enjoyable

m- carbonation and coating flavor is right on. Even a little crispness

o- i can see why everyone is all about this. A west coast ipa that is big time hoppy and bitter. Thanks for coming to cuse!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 00:33:44 | More by lovindahops
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Popp24

California

4.75/5  rDev +12%

12-09-2011 23:29:45 | More by Popp24
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JeremyDrinksBeer

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-09-2011 22:11:31 | More by JeremyDrinksBeer
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Dirtyrat91740

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-09-2011 21:26:26 | More by Dirtyrat91740
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review is based on a delicious quaff experienced at the equally delicious Max’s Taphouse during Baltimore Beer Week 2010.

This one pours out a sleek looking glass of translucent copper liquid that easily reflects the lights flickering over the bar. The head is thin and somewhat filmy and the lacing is minimal throughout.

While the nose receives some gentle whiffs of green apple, the palate is working on mild grapefruit undertones that slide into a sweet finish.

Strangely enough, I thought the mouthfeel to be lacking for this style; it came off as a bit like a lager: crisp with malty notes. The Union Jack is difficult to peg; it is an interesting rendition that offers a few tweaks and surprises, yet, nevertheless, makes for a pleasant experience.

Being on the East Coast, and fated to a dreary existence in the People’s Republic of Maryland, I do not get ready access to this fine West Coast brewer; however, their beers do intrigue me (See my review for “Double Jack”) and make me lust for more.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 15:15:15 | More by jjboesen
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cletusdog

California

4.75/5  rDev +12%

12-09-2011 13:39:28 | More by cletusdog
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, bright orange color. A nice finger of off white foam rises and settles in as a creamy looking cap. Excellent lacing coats the entire glass from top to bottom. Really good looking beer, but the lacing kicks it up a notch. There is literally foam covering probably 3/4 of the glass. Pretty substantial considering it's a 12oz beer in a 16oz glass.

Nice floral hops lead the way in the aroma. There are some nice juicy citrus notes as well as a touch of pine. Floral hops definitely stand out the most. Maybe some caramel malt in the background but I'm not entirely sure.

The taste follows along with the nose. It is a bit more balanced though. The nose was all hops with the slightest bit of malt. The caramel malt provides more of a backbone in the taste but it still takes a backseat to the hops. Huge floral and citrus flavors are here. The pine that was in the nose is still here but is dialed back even more. Perhaps that's what let's the malt show through. Moderate bitterness. It lingers for a bit but not too long.

Medium body with matching carbonation. Definitely clean and crisp. Moderate bitterness gives it a bit of a bit at the finish but not too much.

Great IPA. Nice clean flavors and aromas. Somewhere in between a balanced IPAs and the completely unbalanced ones. It seems like the hops are delicately balanced over a small amount of malt. Either way, it works well.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:58:56 | More by ms11781
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tubeman

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-08-2011 23:34:57 | More by tubeman
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steelerguy

New York

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-08-2011 23:28:30 | More by steelerguy
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dlepeau

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-08-2011 21:39:44 | More by dlepeau
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PhatMatt905

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light orange colour. brillian clear with no sediment in the bottle. Has a nice bright white head thats leaves a nice 1/4 inch layer across the top.

S-all hops. Very fresh and virbant cirtus fruit, with pine in the back. Reminds me of mango, peach, and perfumey lemon.

F- Very nice. Tones of tropical fruits with accents of pine. Extremely similar to the nose, but with a little crystal malt sweetness in the back ground. Wonderful beer.

M-Nice mouthfeel. Hop oils coat the mouth leaving a long lingering taste of tropical fruit.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 19:43:32 | More by PhatMatt905
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

12-08-2011 18:06:07 | More by BMart
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alamode

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12%

12-08-2011 12:38:25 | More by alamode
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kornkid8600

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-08-2011 07:44:11 | More by kornkid8600
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leprakhan

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-08-2011 05:46:26 | More by leprakhan
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,523 ratings.