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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

4,672 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,672
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 307
Gots: 406 | 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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jvillefan

California

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a medium golden yellow with a one finger white head when poured into a pint glass.

S: The smell is perfectly balanced but is a little dull. There is hops, citrus, and caramel.

T: The taste is good but citrus is the dominate flavor where in an IPA the dominate flavor should be hops. The hops are there but take a back seat to the citrus flavor.

M: Very good. The carbonation is very good. The beer is a little heavy as a beer should be and fills the mouth very well.

O: Definitely worth trying at least once. A better than average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 02:06:51 | More by jvillefan
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Excited for this since I love Double Jack so much.

A-Pours a completely transparent light orange color. Thousands of bubbles rise to the nice off-white head. Head is smaller and leaves excellent lacing. One of the most extensive sheets of lacing I've seen from an IPA. A very clean looking IPA.

S-Hops are very noticeable. Floral and herbal hops mostly. Pine and citrus too. I get that nice green onion smell here too. Resiny in the nose. Malt is the backing here. All hops.

T-Oh very hoppy! Hops are so fresh and grassy. Super grassy, super floral. Juicy fruits that also combine with some sturdy pine as well. Aftertaste is a bit bitter and it lasts forever. Boasts a nice malty sweetness too that helps to balance the hops. A very drinkable flavor.

M-Medium body and medium carbonation. Lightly resinous. Carbonation is tingly and nice. Dry.

O/D-Yeah, this is one hell of an IPA. Definitely has a unique hop bouquet that I really enjoy. Goes down easy. Now becomes one of the better 6-pack IPAs I have had. Just oh so solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 01:33:34 | More by VelvetExtract
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davelag

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-30-2011 05:05:23 | More by davelag
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-29-2011 22:15:14 | More by ucsbmullet
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twelveinches

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-29-2011 06:50:55 | More by twelveinches
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kuhndog

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-28-2011 13:21:36 | More by kuhndog
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notdriving

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-28-2011 00:47:03 | More by notdriving
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rhino54

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-27-2011 19:04:19 | More by rhino54
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trisweb

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-27-2011 07:26:54 | More by trisweb
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

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

Appearance: Clear deep fold with some copper leanings. Head is bright-white, slightly fluffy. Dwindles to a thin cap on the beer. Hints of lacing. A solid swirl generates a nice head that lingers for a bit. Carbonation looks to be on point.

Smell: Pine, touches of grapefruit flesh, and some mint. Biscuit and a touch of earth. Malts and hops are in equal measure and work to bring out the best in both worlds. A touch of sweetness helps round out the back. Biscuity and citrusy. Grapefruit grows with each inhale.

Taste: Loads of grapefruit come through a nice level of sweetness. Oily rind and biscuit dough. Some mint on the back. Caramel in tiny measures. Runs a touch floral and ends with a solid punch of pine. Hop flavor is aggressive, but never overpowering. Nice meld of flavors. Toasted malts and biscuits help round out the hops, but it's a testament to hops and their proper use.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full. Carbonation is on point. Smooth and a touch on the creamy side. Yup, it's good.

Overall: I get sad when I realize this still isn't available to me at all times. A very nice compliment of hop complexity paired with a full malt profile makes for a nice drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 04:16:17 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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TeamUgly

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-26-2011 19:03:34 | More by TeamUgly
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mikecharley

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-26-2011 17:05:57 | More by mikecharley
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pgofman

New York

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-26-2011 07:17:21 | More by pgofman
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GarrettB714

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-26-2011 05:49:11 | More by GarrettB714
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bluntedboywonder

New York

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-26-2011 02:58:50 | More by bluntedboywonder
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paulozanello

Brazil

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper clear color with a tan head with moderate retention and amazing lacing

Aroma is citrus, piney and resinous hops with a touch of floral.

Taste is hops and mores hops. I'm sure the malt is there to balance but the hops are so juicy that they overcome everything.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with medium to low carbonation. Dry astringent finish as it should be.

No doubt one of the finest American IPAs out there! Brynildson is indeed the hop master

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 02:41:38 | More by paulozanello
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" white head over copper coloured cloudy liquid.

S: Sweet caramel malt and citrus.

T: Pine and grapefruit citrus hop flavours up front which dissipate quickly and give way to a more tangerine citrus profile. Underlying this is the sweet malt backbone. Quite nice, although I get the impression this particular bomber from Fred Meyer isn't as fresh as it could be.

M: Pretty thick and resiny for an IPA with a medium to low level of fine carbonation.

O: Very balanced and on the sweeter side, I could see this IPA being enjoyed by people who cannot handle their bitter tasting IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 00:15:53 | More by DaftCaskBC
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +12%

11-25-2011 04:57:22 | More by mendvicdog
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philouza

Virginia

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-25-2011 02:55:23 | More by philouza
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-24-2011 19:37:58 | More by mdillon86
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-24-2011 18:22:42 | More by Exiled
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-24-2011 17:47:53 | More by PhatAtUT
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dwaz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-24-2011 16:27:53 | More by dwaz
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear amber color from a 12 oz bottle with ABV and freshness date on the label and bottle respectively.
Amazing hop dominant aroma the moment I cracked the bottle open. Citrus, pine, with some floral hops and surprisingly some notes of anise (had an ouzo like feel) and hints of bready malts.
Taste is just the perfect balance my palate likes when I think of an american IPA. The hop dominance is perfectly balanced by the hops making sure it does not feel too overpowered by the hops, but at the same time makes you realize this is a hop-loaded IPA.
I have had this previously on tap, and I must say there is almost no difference between the two. The only difference I could think of is perhaps the shade of the bottled version is a tad lighter than the tapper version. But that could be due to factors pertaining to light. All in all, I think this is a fantastic IPA, another winner from the west coast. Definitely worth a try and highly recommended if you are a hop-head.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 00:16:13 | More by CaptDavyJones
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jenray

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-23-2011 23:58:31 | More by jenray
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,672 ratings.