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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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5,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,033
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 328
Gots: 548 | 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 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
Photo of GeoffreyM
4.75/5  rDev +12%

GeoffreyM, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of daBoLTman
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

daBoLTman, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of station815
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

station815, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of illini4x4
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

illini4x4, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.7%

djrn2, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of raulazzer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

raulazzer, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Aexoonge
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Aexoonge, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of raynmoon
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it was the glass I used but the beer appeared extremely carbonated. Bubbles were screaming up the beer and hugging the class, making it hard to see the color. The head of the beer also looked very soapy white and thin.

But the smell and taste was very very nice. Fresh hops with a nice malt backbone. It isn't hardly complex. I mostly get this one-hop flavor;orange or tangerine. But it still very balanced and worth buying.

Double Jack is a little better, and I like that one with a few months on it too to cool down a bit.

raynmoon, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of xnapshot
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

xnapshot, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of djcira
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

djcira, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of justinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

justinbrown, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of baybassboy
4/5  rDev -5.7%

baybassboy, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head that sticks around for a while and leaves some really nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Some sweet, light malt with very nice fruity notes. The hops show up and mix with the sweetness for a nice balance.

Taste: Light and hoppy, quite easy to drink given the abv. Just enough sweet malt to back up the hops. I'm getting juicy citrus fruit along with some citrus peel bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lots of tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is an extremely well done IPA. The balance is perfect and I really enjoy the hop profile. I would have more given the chance.

oline73, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of williamjbauer
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber served in a pint glass

A - Slightly hazy golden amber with 2 finger off white head with good retention and excellent lacy. Head is fluffy and lace clings tightly along the whole glass.

S - A lot of grapefruit hoppy notes with a touch of toasted malts and some other citrus lemon and orange.

T - Taste is dominated by the citrus hops from beginning to end but the bouquet is quite nice with a bit of floral hops as well. The bready sweet malt comes next and it light and sweet. A bit more biscuity notes and then a touch of smooth bitterness with very present but well balanced alcohol throughout.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, chewy start with a nice smooth finish.

O - Very well balanced beer and I would drink this anytime. Went pretty well with gouda cheese and cracker to cleanse the palate between drinks. Pretty malty for an IPA and almost a Imperial IPA as far as the EtOH and bitterness allow.

2-19-13 upgrading this brew after having it on tap at House of 1000 beers in PA and getting a growler to share with friends. The floral notes are great and the alcohol is subtle.

williamjbauer, Mar 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Cjames88, Mar 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

DonFrap, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very drinkable IPA. Poured into a snifter from the bottle, the IPA was a orange copper color while producing a generous 1 inch white head. The hoppy aroma attacked the sense of smell with strong citrus notes and a mild spicy note. The initial taste brought to mind pineapple, orange rind, and a hint of grapefruit. The smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation makes this a highly drinkable beer. In the after tastetaste the grapefruit lingers with a dry biscuity flavor.

This beer does not disappoint. It is among the better single IPA's available. With a very diverse palate, this beer could certainly be a hit with a larger audience.

JohnnyHopps, Mar 17, 2012
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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