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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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5,545 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,545
Reviews: 1,224
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 389
Gots: 846 | FT: 13
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: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is dated 2-24-11, I love seeing dates but this one might be a touch old, way to go Utah DABC. We all love you here.

Appearance: A clear light copper beer with a thin ring of bubbles that at one time was an off white head.

Smell: I get citrus and floral notes from a foot away, My nose is no where near the glass and it smell so intensely strong. Once I stick my nose in, I get a sense of semi sweet maltiness.

Taste: If this is four months old, I would love to try it fresh. The hops are still potent and the dominant flavor in the taste, as they should be. The caramel from the malts is present but unobtrusive, it plays second fiddle to the citric, floral, and maybe slightly earthy hoppiness that is so intense. The smell hinted at what was in the taste and did not disappoint.

Mouthfeel: The body is viscous and the carbonation middling. The finish is dry and long with a bitter aftertaste that is all a hop head could hope for.

Overall: Very pleasantly surprised. I am glad that this one is available in the Utah system and at a low price point, about 1.50 a bottle. I will certainly pick up more of these. Beware, only share with the bravest of friends because the flavor is very intense.

New review:

This bottle is dated July 3, 2012 so it is about 5 weeks old.

The flavors are essentially the same! The taste is still very hoppy and bitter with a slight sweetness toward the end. Citrus and pine are the dominant notes with caramel and biscuit malts.

A very solid IPA. This could go up against some double IPAs or some one offs and hold it's own easily. As long as I can get this one fresh, I will continue to buy it!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours and golden honey brown with about a half inch head.

Smell is citrus, piney and slightly grassy

Taste is excellent- very well balanced- nice hoppy bitter taste- I think it leans toward a APA instead of an IPA- nice bitter after taste that fades slowly

Mouth feel is solid and crisp

Overall, I wish I could get this on the east coast, might be my go to pale ale. Would definatly have again- over and over!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clean amber with a thick off white head. Good sticky lacing.

The smell was lightly citrusy with a touch of juniper. I like the direction, but could use a touch more dry hopping.

The taste was clean up front with just a touch of dry grainy malt flavor which is quickly overtaken by pine and lemon hop notes. has a very even bitterness to it.

The mouthfeel was a bit thick and oily.

Seems like a solid IPA, but nothing special, it seems dominated by centennial like so many other base line IPA's which makes it rather forgettable.

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12 oz bottle. 1/20/12.

Appearance: Slightly hazed pale orange with a one finger thing white head. Retention is pretty good and the lacing is pretty wild.

Aroma: Grapefruit, citrus, tropical hop aromas. Dry biscuity malt.

Taste: Same goes for the flavor. Perfect level of bitterness for a solid IPA. Balanced well with the dry biscuity malt. It lingers a bit in the background which is just how I like it.

Mouthfeel: A little on the fuller side of medium. A bit thick for a regular IPA. The carbonation is moderate. The finish is long bitter and bone dry. Damn near perfect. One of the best IPA's out there.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this one back from his vacation for me.

A - copper with a large, dense, foamy, white head that has great retention

S - citrus, grapefruit, floral; awesome hop aroma

T - bready, sweet, faint birthday cake, citrusy, light piny bitterness in the finish; a hint of alcohol in the finish as well

M - warm, smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a very nice, balanced, drinkable beer. The nose is great, the flavor is malty and well hopped, the alcohol is noticeable but the drinkability is impeccable. I really enjoyed this one.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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