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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

4,925 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,925
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 322
Gots: 506 | FT: 8
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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Photo of mcslain
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with modest white head and is a surprisingly pale ale like gold. Hints of red shine through, but this is a light and clear looking brew.
Nose is good, you can smell grapefruit hops and the promise of some alcohol.
Taste is light, crisp, full of grapefruit and citrus hops. Some pineapple and tropical fruit, but make no mistake, primarily grapefruit. The hops taste is not the smack you in the face double IPA variety however. The beer is so light malt wise that it allows the hops that are there to really shine. Yet it remains balanced. This is exactly what I aim for when I make home brew.
Mouth and carbonation are perfect for this beer. I hate to say its a hop delivery system, because this beer isn't a hop bomb. But everything is clearly set up for the hops. Just a really well made beer. Goes onto my 'search out and purchase when seen' list.

mcslain, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of theleechster
5/5  rDev +17.9%

theleechster, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of JCFinn
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

JCFinn, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of yankeefan287
5/5  rDev +17.9%

yankeefan287, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of IPx
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

IPx, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of HopNelius
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 12 ounce bottle an into a uk pint glass
Smell- notes of grapefruit, pine and malt
Appearance- red with medium carbonation, two finger head and some lacing.
Taste- wonderful west coast hops coming through, grapefruit and pine balances nicely touch of a red beer in there somewhere.
Mouthfeel- very tasty
Overall- fantastic iPa would be great session beer

HopNelius, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of PicoPapa
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On date of 02/08/12. Pours a translucent bright amber color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. Big whiff of grapefruit and some citrus hops. A bit tropical. Taste is of citrus hops and grapefruit rind. Bitter citrus at the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Damn good IPA that has more alcohol flavor than I'd expect from the 7.5% ABV. Overall, this is a well made IPA with a great amount of grapefruit bitterness. Worth seeking out.

PicoPapa, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Chugger
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Chugger, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Whiskeydeez, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Number3red
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Number3red, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of SHCC
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

SHCC, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Groulxsome
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a tulip. Shipped home to Toronto from Santa Barbara, California.

A: Brilliant coper with strong head and lacing.

S: It's pineapple, wild flowers, lemon peal and then the more standard expected IPA smells of a good balance of malt and pine hops.

T: A sweet malt with some pine tinges. A wonderfully rich grapefruit bitter. It starts off slightly floral, then has some pineapple malty sweetness, than that bitter. The stuff of dreams.

M: Really sirupy and heavy ~ it seems to be close between the IPA and the double IPA.

O: It's complex, it's rich, it's got so much going on. This is one of my favorite IPA's. It seems to give me something new each time I have it. If someone offered to bring me any beer of my choice from California, I'd probably choose this.

Groulxsome, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Rekrule
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Rekrule, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of redliner8
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

redliner8, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of IPA1978
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- crystal clear copper in color two finger head with good lacing

S- dried apricot, grapefruit, pineapple

T- big grapefruit, tropical fruits and piney hop oil/resin that coats your mouth with a wonderful bitterness that lingers followed by a nice sweet malt background. The alcohol hides itself well and is very sneaky ...sublime.

M- silky smooth with fine carbonation and a resiny feel.

O- One of the best tasting IPA's I've had. Hop heads will geek out.

IPA1978, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of gkatsoris
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Super clear pale yellow. Huge, ultra white, whispy head. The head disapated fairly quickly, but left a nice trace on the glass.

S: Pure hops. Citrusy, GRAPEFRUITY!!!! Very similar to Pliny. Grapefruit rind. Slight tangerine. Sugary sweet too, like citrus-grapefruit candy.

T: Not nearly as hoppy as I thought it would be, but man...delicious! Hardly any bitterness, except at the very very end. Grapefruit, grapefruit rind. Slight pineapple. Slight tangerine.

M: Thick and creamy, awesome coat on the tongue. Very nice!

O: Not quite Pliny, HopSlam, or Ruination, but man a great great brew!

Thanks Jim in Trevose.

gkatsoris, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of ChemBrew
1/5  rDev -76.4%

ChemBrew, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of scootpolute
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle...

Appearance: golden/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not the crazy, 'HOP-FEST' I was expecting (maybe I haven't fully recovered from my cold/flu...what better medicine, eh?!!)...Very pronounced grapefruit hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Smooth...hoppy kick, leads to a dull-numb taste?!

Mouthfeel is ultra-smooth and creamy with a malty thick full-body. The initial taste is an absolute hop assualt on the palate! A spicy, stinging and salty plethora of citric nuances literally overwhelm the senses. Earth, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is definately present but gets its ass fiercly kicked by the hops. Malt includes some toasted, slightly bready and light honey flavours with an even malt sweetness...It hardly balances the beer, but does keep it somewhat control. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and malt sweetness, which tends to linger for some time.

O: A great beer for all the hop-heads out there...pretty smooth...good 'drinking' beer...could have many of these in a row without having regrets!!

For what it is, it's crafted to near perfection. A "Wow!" beer for sure. 7.5 % abv.

scootpolute, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of mwhite444
4/5  rDev -5.7%

mwhite444, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of augie
4/5  rDev -5.7%

augie, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of bhir
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

bhir, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of IIDRushII
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

IIDRushII, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a dark, honey-orange colored brew. It holds a one-finger head of creamy tan bubbles that retains nicely. A thick sheet of lacing is left around the glass. Carbonation appears moderate, and no sediment is noted. The aroma pops with big citric hops, and an independent squeaky lemon freshness. There are hints of sweet honey and melon. With warmth comes a dirty, earthy booziness, adding some grit. The malts are simple and pale, and hide far on the back. As we sip, huge pine and resin hit first. The lemon from the nose is certainly there, sucking the entire palate dry immediately, with rindy goodness. The alcohol gives a sweetness, even right up front. With the swallow, through the middle, comes a balance from the pale malts, but the hops sing high with more citrus and pine. They continue to bitter, marking the transition to the finish, where they mix with more hop and malt activity. While the finish is hop heavy, it appears more earthy and metallic here. This is the smoothest part of the sip, with a soft sweetness balancing and cutting the bitterness better than the straight malts could through the middle. The aftertaste breathes of bitter lemon rind, earthy hops, some heat from the booze, and some tannin-like tea leafiness. The body is solidly medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left puckered and bone dry, after an initial sticky and creamy coating. There is great slurp and cream to each sip, with nice smack. The abv marks the upper limits for the style, but the beer drinks with ease.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the fresh hop aroma, and the corresponding hop bite through the flavoring. The hops took on several forms throughout, with citrus, pine, and earth all being presented. This is a quintessential West coast IPA, exhibiting all of the typical hop madness one would expect from California, without ignoring the other components, or the inevitable need for balance.

TheBrewo, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Retrocontent
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Retrocontent, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Warm orange-amber pour with an off-white head of an inch. Sudsy-looking top finally became a ring after minutes. Lots of noticeable carb. 4.0

Mango/pineapple hop aroma with pine needle notes. Sweet and fruity with a hint of floral. Opposite end of the spectrum from grassy. 4.5

Clean taste with more tropical fruit nectars and mild agave nuances. Crackery malt with some sugars amidst. A little rosewater. Nice medium bitterness lasts awhile. Soft, supple flavors with a uniquely complex hop profile. 4.5

Silky and light. Drinks great for being a beefy IPA. 4.0

A phenomenal beer even though it's not a hoppy monster. First time enjoying and well worth the wait. 4.5

thecheapies, Mar 21, 2012
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,925 ratings.