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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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4,902 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,902
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 322
Gots: 495 | 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 sfprint
4.03/5  rDev -5%

A: Completely transparent, slightly orangish brown tea, absolutely no carbonation. Has a shininess to it.
S: A hair plasticy, but otherwise pretty delicious. Somewhat Japanese fruit chewing gumish, but a nice blend.
T: Moderate to high bitterness, alcohol relatively masked, not very sweet. Other than the almost biting bitterness, the rest is pretty well rounded. Nice neat flavors. Slightly woody. Piney.
M: Mild carbonation sting. Barely dry. Bitter.
O: Nice, good. A bitter one but good.

sfprint, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of BuffaloBill12
5/5  rDev +17.9%

BuffaloBill12, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Cinderbike, Jan 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Auror, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

Thanks to huadog for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a fluffy, powdery 1.5 finger white head with good retention. Beer is a clear pale peach bronze. Lacing is patchy and stringy with good stick. Good looking beer.

Nose is sweet citrus, papaya, pine sap, and fresh pulp hoppiness. Aromatic and very appropriate for the style.

Opens citrus, papaya, caramel, brown sugar, and hop bitterness. Sappy and resiny hop presence towards the middle with a resin and amber end and finish. Aftertaste is rather sweet with a significant malt presence. Decent.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and bubbly in the mouth and crisp and refreshing going down. Finish is dry with a lingering aftertaste. Super drinkable.

An ipa that is light on the tropical fruit presence but big on manga and papaya pulp characteristics, this one lies in a style that I'm not usually too fond of. However, this is a solid beer because of the incredible mouthfeel and the great balance overall. Worth a try.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%

look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on my trip to Arizona late last week. Beer reviewed 4/16.

A - The beer was poured from a brown 12oz bottle to a pint glass. Pours a brilliant bright amber color with huge 3 finger white head. Very good retention and unreal amounts lacing.

S - Wow! Caught me off guard with the intensity of the aroma for an AIPA - more like a DIPA. Absolutely huge hop aroma: grapefruit citrus with nice aromatic qualities. Slightly pungent. Good. Great even.

T/M - Just like the nose! Wow. The hop flavor explodes on the tongue with the medium bittered citrus flavors found in the nose. Heavier end of Medium bodied, if not full-bodied. Very smooth and creamy throughout. A nice citrus zest throughout allows for a fruity character to complement the malty sweetness, as does the biscuit sweetness to the bitterness. Very good. Alcohol is slightly detectable but not overpowering or dominant.

O - Easily one of the best IPAs I've had. I really wish it was distributed here in Colorado as it would find a home in the fridge. Similar to Bell's Two Hearted Ale in the sweetness and fruity character along with the hops. Very good and highly recommended.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

hopfacebrew, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +12%

razorsdescent, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

eorwar, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

matto4444, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of JacStance
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

Picked up a bottle at Savemart via their "build your own six-pack" deal. Not being a very big fan of IPA's, I wasn't expecting much from this beer. I am a fan of Firestone, however, so I gave it a shot.

The color is a pleasant honey-yellow.
The aroma was my favorite thing about this beer; it smelled of a lot of different fruits, mostly lighter melons and citrus; like grapefruit, etc.
The taste was flavor forward, something I think a lot of pales seem to overlook in their effort to make hop-heavy beers. The hoppy bitterness only came afterwards, once the full flavor of the beer had a chance to present itself. Mouth feel was decent.

Overall, I'd say this was one of the better IPA's I've had. With it's excellent aroma and pleasant taste, not to mention it's respectable 7.5% ABV, I may have to come back to this one.

JacStance, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

real nice big ipa. pours a lighter than the taste golden hay color with a big bad white foam head. smell is sweet hops, citrusy and in your face. falvor is fruity hops. im picking up grapefruit and clementine (jam). the mouthfeel is as good as an ipa can be, its creamy and expanding. it makes this beer. the hops just grows and grows as you hold it in, heavenly. medium bodied but it feels light, cloud nineish. perfect bitter carbonation and then enduring wet finish. the mouthfeel is the ticket here. great ipa, i like it better even than their doublejack. 7.5& too. magic

StonedTrippin, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of levon15
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

A: pours a hazy yellow, clears enough to see thru the glass, two finger head that dies to a froth cap leaving lacing down the sides

S: bright citrus right after taking off the cap, piney orange

T: citrus again, bitter but not to bitter, forward but not overpowering, malty undertones.

M: finishes a bit dry, maybe the alchohol. Crisp

O: is a great ipa. An ipa you could enjoy with a light beer drinking friend. Great beer that doesn't carry the price of other ipa's of this calibur. Leaves a great trace on your lips and back of your mouth

levon15, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

krause316, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

LambicKing, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of nrs207
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

nrs207, Jan 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

kiki3drt292, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ralphw56, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of kbanks13
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

Had this chilled in a SA Perfect Pint.

Pours a light amber/honey color with a pillowy white head. Good retention, great lacing. Smell is almost entirely citrus, with some pineapple and flowery resins in the back. Taste immediately hits with a citrus peel and resiny/oily flavor that becomes filmy and more pine like as time goes on before allowing the malts to come in. Biscuity and buttery malt backbone is just enough to take the edge off of the hops without overdoing it. Feels crisp and bright at first, then slick and filmy as it finishes.

Great IPA, overall, I really enjoyed it. I've begun to really appreciate hop forward beers this past year, and this is a perfect example why.

kbanks13, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Ralphs66, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of pburland23
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

Beer pours a hazy, light yellowy orange with about a finger of bright white head. Not as much head retention or lacing as I was expecting

Smell is absolutely amazing. As soon as I opened the bottle, I got a huge grapefruit citrus hops presence. It smells somewhat sweet and pungent. Very inviting.

Taste is quite hoppy. It's slightly bitter with some great citrus hops notes which is no surprise given the smell of the beer. The malt is a little understated which leads to a slightly unbalanced taste. Despite that, a nice tasting American IPA.

The mouthfeel is medium with a really sharp bite of carbonation. The 7.5% puts this one of the cusp of DIPA territory , but the alcohol is well veiled.

Overall, perhaps I should have Union Jack before trying Double Jack because it's hard to keep up with Double Jack. But, it's still a great American IPA. I haven't met a Firestone Walker beer I've disliked yet. This is no exception.

pburland23, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jjfancybeers, Jan 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

nyctrance2, Jan 17, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52.8%

gafferjohn, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Stimack, Jan 16, 2012
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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