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

5,291 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,291
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 342
Gots: 668 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007)
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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

Poured from a stubby 12-ounce bottle into a Relic Brewing Co. imperial pint glass.

A: Poured a slightly hazy, golden amber color with a tinge of orange. Excellent clarity otherwise with lazy carbonation that builds up to a three-finger head of frothy, dense, white foam that retains very well and leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S: Loads of fruity esters mixed around with floral and citrusy hops. Grapefruit and bitter orange rinds dominate the fruity, inviting nose.

T: Very juicy, fresh, citrusy malts hit up front with some toasted biscuit qualities before a hoppy, fruity dam bursts, unleashing hop resins over the palate. There is a very heavy hand of hops here; bordering DIPA territory. Excellent grapefruit and citrus flavors wash over in full bitterness before finishing dry and slightly sweet with a mild alcohol burn.

M: Smooth, sweet and relatively balanced medium mouthfeel, this brew finishes a bit creamy through the sharp pull of bitterness and puckering citrus flavors.

O: This is a very tasty American IPA and bordering on a DIPA with it's pretty well-masked 7.5% ABV and superbly jacked up IBUs. A full showcase of Northwestern hop varietals and California-mentality, hop-forward brewing makes Union Jack IPA a new contender for favorite, west-coast American IPA. Excellent!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Copper-gold in color with a fine lacing left on the glass wall. Spicey, piney hop smell. Great mouthfeel - with finer carbonation. One of the best tasting single IPAs on the market - the hop flavor is almost sweet - good balance with a candied or caramel malt.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,291 ratings.