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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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5,181 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,181
Reviews: 1,164
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 336
Gots: 608 | FT: 10
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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4.75/5  rDev +12%

bluckbeyes, Apr 04, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass - thanks Rau for this extra.

A: Standard Golden/Orange body with a rim of white head. Hardly any lacing - not impressive from that standpoint.

S: Tropical Fruits, lemon, grapefruit, a little bit of hops.

T: Nice crisp, clean taste. The tropical fruits some through with a little bit of a hoppy backbone.

M: Medium bodied, mildly carbonated.

O: Not a bad year-round brew from Firestone. Between this and Double Jack, I'm not overly impressed but they aren't bad. I'd certainly drink this on a summer day.

BeRanger, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev -5.7%

funkel81, Apr 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Lang44, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of jsurfs82
4.75/5  rDev +12%

jsurfs82, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of espijosh
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

espijosh, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of 312HopBomb
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel Tulip.

A: One finger of white froth that settled quickly leaving plenty of lacing. Clear straw color with amber highlights is an inviting sight.

S: Pine needle scent hits the nose with light malt backing.

T: Taste follows the nose with intense pine resin and a refined bitter finish. Not a malty IPA, the hops are front and center.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation

O: A quality IPA from Firestone Walker. They know how to brew hop nectar beers in the West coast style!

312HopBomb, Apr 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

mquinn919, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of ghostwalker
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden-orange body, thin white head.

Nose is fresh cut hops. Crisp and tantalizing.

Flavor is bitter hops with a crisp malt core. Good stuff, matey!

Mouthfeel is slick, stripping and slightly chalky.

Overall, excellent, better than the growler. I didn't expect that.

ghostwalker, Apr 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

C63AMG, Apr 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

amnesia85, Apr 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Bmcallahan, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of WanderingFool
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Union Jack pours a clear bronze color with a small, fizzy white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of pine, lemon and grapefruit citrus blended with bready pale malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between toasted and caramel malt, lemon peel and orange citrus. It finishes dry with lingering caramel and citrus notes when gone.

A very tasty, well balanced, easy drinking beer. It's a little thin on the body, but get it fresh when you can.

WanderingFool, Apr 02, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a crappy Marriott hotel-room glass (I really need to start packing a solid pint glass).

Tasty beer! A totally different flavor profile that a lot of the IPAs I've been drinking lately.

A: Standard clear gold

S: Hops rule the nose - sweet and tangy scent.

T: Great! Starts with a little carbonation that's quickly overpowered by lemony hops. Biscuity notes linger in the background.

M: Lovely, chewy, well-rounded.

O: Very solid brew, would definitely buy again. Didn't even notice the ABV until the bomber was empty...

Nicked, Apr 02, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear golden light copper color with a solid 2 finger cream head that lingers and eventually leaves thick lacing.

Aroma is dominated by caramel malt, floral hops, and a citrus undertone. Pine, resin, and grapefruit become evident.

The flavor is initially fairly balanced between bready malt and citrus, finishing decidedly bitter. Notes of grapefruit, resin, pine, and herbal tea-like hops emerge.

Body is moderate with moderate carbonation. There's a hint of astringency and a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, a very solid, sessionable beer, despite the abv.
Not the most complex ipa, but solid.

barczar, Apr 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ChiBeerGuy, Apr 01, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a 2 finger fluffy white head. Color is an deep orange straw yellow. Just what I'm looking for in an IPA. Lacing and glass retention are standout, with layers of foam adhering to the glass like superglue. Great looking beer!

S: Single threaded hoppy two-punch. Pine needles, grapefruit, lemon, orange, rock candy.

T: Strong hop presence permeates through every flavor. The traditional pine, citrus, lemon, biscuit flavors are present. The ending manifests itself through bits of caramel that absorb all moisture from your mouth.

M: Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is perfect for the style. The lingering flavor of the hops tantalizes you long after the beer is gone.

O: It's the drinkability quality that brings this beer to the top for me. Don't get me wrong, it’s not Hopslam or Heady Topper, but in terms of a "Go To" IPA, this one should be at the top of your list.

cooler4life, Mar 31, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid California IPA

Clear and golden, perfect bubbles
Great hop nose and then
A mouth explosion of tropical fruit with hint of lemon...resinous green buds...all harmoniously balanced. Its a heady temptress...watch out!

Refrigerator (in stock at all times) caliber.

heymikew, Mar 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Hessian257, Mar 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

IPAaron, Mar 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

HarmonMW, Mar 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

stlbluzpjs, Mar 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

edglodek, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Estidee303, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Lucho, Mar 29, 2012
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,181 ratings.