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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

4,614 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,614
Reviews: 1,124
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 301
Gots: 386 | 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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zeff80

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled awesome! Grapefruit, mango and other tropical fruits with a touch of pine. Some caramel aromas.

T - It had a great piney bitterness on first sip. Nice tropical fruit flavors add some zip and bite. It has just enough sweet caramel and toffee to balance it out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied IPA with a clean finish.

O - This is a great IPA. Absolutely glad that Firestone Walker has come to Missouri. This will be a 'go-to IPA'.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 20:10:15 | More by zeff80
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

12-17-2011 19:27:35 | More by tclapper
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

12-16-2011 12:31:46 | More by bigred89
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darkmoon66

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-16-2011 11:02:57 | More by darkmoon66
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

12-16-2011 05:06:38 | More by ChrisPro
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jlordi12

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12%

12-16-2011 03:14:07 | More by jlordi12
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lalaghetto

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-16-2011 02:32:11 | More by lalaghetto
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dkezx97

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-16-2011 01:35:05 | More by dkezx97
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CelticAleMan

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-15-2011 04:16:28 | More by CelticAleMan
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Jesse14

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-15-2011 01:28:04 | More by Jesse14
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eeggles

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-14-2011 21:02:16 | More by eeggles
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hiku7

California

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear amber to light copper with a foamy white head. This beer looks great. In my tulip it looked like an amber crystal ball. The lacing was less than great, but that could have been caused by my glass.

Piney, herbal, grapefruit hop aroma dominates. Sweet caramel and toasted malts in the background, but definitely present. Classic west coast hop showcase.

Taste also has grapefruit hops coming through. Substantial, but even, hop bitterness throughout each swig. No sharpness. Toasted malt flavor lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly slick. The body is surprisingly light for a 7.5% abv IPA. Some alcohol warming. Crisp, dry finish. Low-medium carbonation.

This is a solid west coast IPA. Another great Firestone offering. I will definitely be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 20:49:26 | More by hiku7
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photomike

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-14-2011 18:46:31 | More by photomike
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FubarPilsner

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-14-2011 14:04:34 | More by FubarPilsner
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mendonjoebeer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-14-2011 00:44:36 | More by mendonjoebeer
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/16/11

I love Double Jack so I thought it was about time I try a Union Jack. The aroma is insanely good. The hops are pungent and fresh, reminds me of the fresh hop beers we see in the Fall. The palate doesn't let down either. Pine needles, orange zest, grapefruit flesh, and all the typical American IPA hop characteristics are big, bold, and dominating. The sticky, oily body makes for a bitter and long lasting finish. The flavor, aroma, and 7.5% ABV approach DIPA levels, but are restrained just enough and with a superior balance that allows it to maintain a shocking level of drinkability, at least for hop heads. I have had few beers with this much flavor intensity that were still this easy to drink. Clearly one of the better American IPAs available in a 6pk, glad this one finally made it to KC.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 22:39:57 | More by BradLikesBrew
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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
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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