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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

5,452 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,452
Reviews: 1,211
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 381
Gots: 781 | 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: GClarkage on 08-14-2007

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

All around notes of toffee, orange and lemon rind. The balance is nice and it also features some pine overtones. Plenty bitter with a lingering pine and citrus fruit. Medium full in the mouth...again, the taste lingers for a good minute. This is a wonderful IPA worth celebrating.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of KMcG
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with an off-white head that flattened quickly to lace. The beer is asleep golden color with a slight orange hue. 

The aroma is floral, piney, and quite strong. 

The hop flavor that jumps out at you is orange rind.  The balance of the sweetness of the malts and bright clean hops make this one so drinkable. 

The mouthfeel is clean, full on IPA, and has nice carbonation. 

Photo of Cowcakes
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

why not put a bottle review of this brew on the record? poured into a FW mini snifter. fairly fresh 4/18/12

a - brew poured a transparent orange with a thin bubbly head.

s - smells of soft sweet hops. nice citric blast even beyond 2 months (3 months is my normal cut off on an ipa)...this one is still rocking tastiness. very well balanced, but the sweet citric grapefruit burst is there in full force.

t - taste follows the nose with a surprisingly bitter finish. the sweetness is there, but the bitterness seems to lead the way. not a hop bomb, not a malt bomb...really solid go to ipa. tows the line of good/great.

m - surprisingly bitter finish. medium bodied. even carbonation. what one would expect on a solid ipa.

o - overall, this is a go to ipa (when within 3 months of bottling date). i regularly keep a 6'er in the fridge and pulled one from the current 6'er in there. will continue to pick this up regularly. FW is one of my fav breweries and for good reason, this is solid. nothing more to say than pick this up...but check the bottle date. cheers to FW for dating each bottle! wish more breweries would do that.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of beerluvr
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/24/12 Poured into a Victory Donnybrook Stout pint. Clear medium golden beer topped with a nice pillowy eggshell colored head, sticks around awhile too. The nose is hoppy foremost then light fruitiness and malts. The mouthfeel is gentle carbonation, I like that! The hops dominate the palate but I get a nice little fruity note after the swallow. Finishes up nice smooth and very pleasantly bitter. Another winner from this great brewery.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Melikeydahop
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try this brew...saw this one at the local beer shop a couple of months ago, missed my opportunity then..wasn't about to miss it a second time. Bottled on 5/24/12..so very fresh

It has a nice amber appearance, bout one finger of thick off white head, and a nice hoppy citrus smell (mostly grapefruit), with maybe a little butterscotch in there as well. The nose reminds me a lot of Stone IPA. Was excited to get into this.

Unfortunately for me Union Jack fell far short on taste, which in my book is 80 percent of the experience. This brew clocks in at 7.5% ABV and you can taste every bit of that, especially when it warms. Like a shot of rotgut vodka on the back end. Yes it has some nice hoppy grapefruit and caramel flavors but when I can taste the booze on a single IPA, I'm very dissapointed..If you're looking for an IPA to try and haven't tried Ithaca's Flower Power (my personal fav..a very underrated beer IMO), Stone IPA, or Green Flash's West Coast IPA, try those before you give this one a whirl.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of SonOfThor
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden ale with a frothy white head that sticks around. Some lace. Not a lot of carbonation coming off the glass.

S - Surprisingly, the first thing I smell is the yeast character. There is some fruitiness, I'm sure it's an english strain. Next come the hops, It's not a huge hop aroma, but it blends really well with the malt and the yeast character. This beer reminds me of an english IPA in the sense that the hop aroma is subdued and the yeast character is showing through. The american hops give it a nice citrus aroma and make it very interesting.

T - Nice bitterness to start things off. A good pronounced maltiness rounds out the bitterness and makes it very drinkable. I love the lasting bitterness, it keeps me coming back for more. This is a very refreshing beer.

M - There is some body on this beer which works well with the lower carbonation levels. The finish is a very long lasting bitterness which I really like.

O - This is a great IPA, up there with the best of them. I really like how bold the bitterness is. I'd enjoy a hoppier aroma, but maybe it wasn't the freshest bottle.

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,452 ratings.