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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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5,385 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,385
Reviews: 1,198
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 360
Gots: 731 | FT: 14
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: GClarkage on 08-14-2007

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Photo of puboflyons
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 355 ml. bottle marked: Bottled on 04/08/12. Sampled on July 21, 2012.

It pours a golden copper-yellow with a soft but small head that lingers and laces.

On the nose the sweet malts take the back page as the piney, earthy hops roar up the nostrils setting off all kinds of inviting sensations.

The body is medium to heavy and also smooth.

The flavor is full of hopped bitterness which coats my throat and lingers well beyond the session. Yet the 7.5% ABV is impossible to taste. For people who love hops you are going to like this one.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Served on tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to amber in color. The beer has a finger tall dense dark beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a light aroma of rich caramel malt sweetness and strong aromas of pine/resin and citrus/grapefruit hops.

T: Moderate amounts of caramel malt sweetness. On top of the malt body there is a strong flavor of citrus/grapefruit hops as well as some lighter notes of pine/resin hops. There is a light amount of bitterness. Overall, the beer is very well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with moderate dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very enjoyable, easy to drink, and I would gladly have this one again. There is a really nice taste and smell for this beer.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up as a hedge that it might show up in the top 100 beers of fame. That is one of my goals, and I'd hate for this beer to knock me back once it gets 1000 reviews.

The smell and flavor has a bunch of grapefruit/citrus presence. The flavor is very strong, but not overwhelming. I like the simple, clean flavors in the Union Jack.

This is a very good example of an IPA. Not really a shock if you ever had Walker's reserve.

Photo of Nfl1991
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You REALLY gotta love hops to enjoy this beer. Im a hophead, so I thought this was a quality brew. Borderline double IPA, perhaps a few more IBUs would have put this over the top for me. Not much lacing for the quality of this beer, but a nice head size and great retention. Comparatively speaking, Union Jack easily matches up to other good IPAs, and in some cases surpasses them in quality. I personally would still go for a Stone IPA, but if the store ran out I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,385 ratings.