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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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5,460 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,460
Reviews: 1,211
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 382
Gots: 785 | 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:
Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of thedoubler55
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden amber color, you see the carbonation fizzing through on this one, a two finger off white head at the top and nice lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of fruity blends on this one, grapefruit and orange zest and fresh hops.

T: This is fruitful throughout just like the nose, lots of grapefruit and orange, a slight hint of fresh biscuits, and citrus blend.

M: Smooth and sweet, medium carbonation, medium bodied. Nice sweet stickyness.

O:This is a fantastic IPA, I enjoyed it tremendously lots of good blends, and very fresh brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mntlover
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice fluffy white head that falls slowly and leaves gobs of lace down my pint.

Aroma is nice bready malts lightly sweet loaded with big fruity citrus hops. Nice aroma actually more fruity then bitter smelling but very enjoyable.

Taste is like the aroma nice citrus fruits riding on a bready malt base, big and favorable. Hops impart good fruity notes but leave middle of the road lingering bitterness that is grapefruit rind mingle with pine resin. Very nice clean favorable IPA without going over board on huge bitterness. Easy drinking goes down smooth doesn't seem like 7.5% brew.

Mouthfeel is bigger side of medium with nice smooth carbonation that greatly adds the the enjoyment of this beer.

Overall a very good example of the style, not mind blowing in any aspect but very well made everything seems just where it should be. Not sure what I paid for this but if its reasonable I could see adding this to my regular IPA rotation.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Perfectly clear ale. The color of honey. Perfect white head that is comprised of big bubbles that dissipates pretty quickly. Love how well you can see through this beer.

S - Tropical fruits, sweet malts, caramel, and sunshine. Pretty much how an IPA should spell. Heavy on the passion fruit and pineapple. Not sure what hops this is made with, but blended very well.

T - Yum! Not as much fruit as the nose. More pine and hoppy bitterness. Very, very drinkable. Hop bite hits the tongue and fades into a blend of malts and straw.

M - Body feels a little bigger than the ale looks. Leave some oils on the tongue that last a while. Very nice carbonation keeps the beer tasting fresh with each drink.

O - World Class IPA that stays on the shelf year round. Only other IPA I can compare to is the Stone IPA. Super drinkable and a pretty good deal at your local corner store.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours out a bright honey color, very clear, almost shimmery. Nearly two fingers of lacy white head.

Smell - Citrus nose, mostly grapefruit. Some pine in the background.

Taste - Bold without being too strong. Sweetness first, followed by moderate hop bitterness. Citrus notes to finish. Can't wait for the next gulp.

Mouth - Clean and lovely. Moderate carbonation, moderate viscosity.

Overall - a wonderfully tasty IPA that could be a dangerous session beer at 7.5% abv. Not enough bitterness to slow you down. More like a hoppy Pale Ale than many of today's over-hopped IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boundary (wicker Park, Chicago).

I've had this brew several times, and have dome to a great appreciation for it.
One of the most well balanced, flavorful IPAs out there. Pours a medium orange hue, relatively transparent. Nose offers floral hops, and a bit of malty sweetness. The taste starts a bit on the sweeter side, and finishes dry with a finnessed hop punch. Mouthfeel is medium; carbonation medium as well. Does have a bit of a tropical fruit presence as well: mango/peach/apricot essence.

Overall, as good as it gets for the category.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bottled 8/6/12. Pours out a pale copper color with a sticky lacy head. Looks just about right.

S - Smell is very good. Smells resinous and fruity like grapefruit with a touch of tropical fruit aromas. Also detecting some pine notes.

T - Taste is bold and citric with some heavy grapefruit notes. Also detecting quite a bit of malt backbone in the form of some caramel notes. However something is a bit off with the hops like after only month they have lost an edge and developed an off flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy.

O - Overall a decent strong IPA but nothing jumps out at me. There are a lot of strong syrupy IPA's that have that weird overhopped off-flavor like this one. If I am going to have this style of beer I prefer something from Sierra Nevada or Victory. Their hops just taste better and don't have that weird off flavor.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,460 ratings.