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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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4,907 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,907
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 323
Gots: 498 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

dmaryanski, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Brewsky29
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light cloudy orange color with one inch of pillowy white head that fades away to a coating and lasts the whole glass with minor lacing.

The smell is malty and piney.

The taste is piney hops with stong malt presence and a slight maybe apricot flavor, nice hoppy citrus bitterness after.

It is smooth with slight carbonation.

Overall a very good beer that I would purchase again. I really enjoyed this, but I like Celebration just a bit more. Close call though.

Brewsky29, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Paul for this extra!

Brew pours a beautiful orange color that is slightly foggy. Low carbonation from the beginning, but persists throughout the entire consumption. Really a beautiful brew.

Aroma is not as potent as I thought it would be, but still outstanding. Lemon is the major smell for me, but honey and almond in the background.

Taste was really, really nice. Heavy hop flavors up front- some of the usual suspects: citrus, floral, slight sour. Real smooth. Admittedly, there is no grapefruit, but that's ok. Perfect amount of carbonation- not too overpowering at all.

Any IPA drinkers that have access to this on a regular basis- well, I am jealous!


bitterbeerguy, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

quaffmo, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

TheEvilGenius, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of campfirebrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

campfirebrew, Dec 29, 2011
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of thatdirtymick
5/5  rDev +17.9%

thatdirtymick, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mjr2377, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

BSW, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of horshack7
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On top is an off white head with a frothy look that is about an inch thick. As for the color it's a clear copper.

Aroma: Out of the gate are tropical fruit notes. Nice amounts of grapefruit with sprinkeld sugar. Minor bits of simple syrup. In the end is only a wisp of a bready malt aroma.

Taste: Sweet fruit notes in the front. Grapefruit, simple syrup, bready malts rome around the edges. Good carbonation start to finish.

Notes: A solid American i.p.a all over. Cheers.

horshack7, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Nachojon
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice clear amber color. No haze. 1/2 finger head dissipates quickly.

S- Nice hop aroma. Smells dry, some cut grass and pine.

T- Good hop forward taste. Grapefruit, pine, and some malt balance, but not overwhelming. Real good drinking beer.

M- Nice and crisp, dry IPA. For an American IPA it has a solid tongue burn, nothing to ruin the taste buds but a nice session beer for a hophead.

O- This is my first 6 pack, what have I been waiting for? Great IPA.

Nachojon, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

spamages, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle out of the fridge into a snifter. bottled 8/11/11 so maybe not the freshest (4.5 months old), but ive been surprised before.

pours out a hazy honey-orange golden color with a nice soapy, creamy white head. some really nice sticky lace on the glass and good looking retention.

kind of what you would expect in an older ipa. kind of a woody resinous scent, piney with some very muted citrus. a bready malt is right up there with the hops.

piney, woody, grapefruit citrus, a bready malt is right there to almost balance the beer. a little pineapple like tropical fruit. sharp bitterness in the finish lingers. just slightly vegetal the more it warms.

med to light in body, carb feels right, just slightly tingly on the palate. resinous somewhat oily feel.

im not sure if this is supposed to be a balanced ipa, but thats how it came off to me. luckily i purchased this as a single and dont have 5 other old bottles to drink, but overall this was still pretty decent. i can see this being really nice fresh as some of the flavors were very muted. ill be sure to be on the look out for some fresher bottles. however, still kind of surprising that this is an old bottle seeing as how this just became available in my area.

dogfishandi, Dec 26, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

cdwil, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

ZacharyJ, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Shilt, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of RHCP313
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Great Divide brewpub tulip. No bottled on date, which is a little surprising.

Merry Christmas!

A: Pours a nice looking light amber. Bright, with a small amount of complimentary haze. Highlights of gold and ruby. Full finger of off-white head billows and recedes forming a ring of patchy carbonation.

S: Wonderful nose of sweet tropical fruits. Citrusy, juicy hops–almost induces mouth watering effects. Backbone of sweet malt aroma comes through, slightly biscuity with a little yeast note.

T: Sharp bite of hop bitterness up front moves to the back of the palate letting the sweet and citrusy notes from the nose shine through. Spicy malt flavor, slight pine and a wonderfully resinous hop flavor coats the tongue.

M: Carbonation is nicely present, not overbearing but agitates the tongue just enough to bring out the nice, balanced hop and malt combinations.

O: I'm thrilled that FW sixer distribution worked it's way into the Chicago market. This is such a nice six pack to have as a staple year-round offering. A bold, rich, juicy IPA that is a pleasure to drink.

RHCP313, Dec 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A really light amber. White head that dissipates quickly. A think layer covers the brew.

Smell: Floral hops, very nice. Minimal malt backbone.

Taste: Light malt. It is pleasant though. Bitterness. Typical hoppy IPA taste similar to Ranger et al.

Mouthfeel: good amount of carbonation. This is a juicy hop beer, not much dry bitterness at the end of a sip.

Overall: A very good beer. If you are an IPA fan and haven't tried it then you should give it a shot. If you've tried it and liked it for the price buy more. I wish it was available fresh in my area but I feel this is the equivalent of Ranger IPA and not as good as Odell IPA.

TheFlern, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

pavpav12, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of SirHefeweizen
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review, i love this site but have never actually reviewed anything and i guess im ready.
This overall is a nice ipa, i poured it into a BBC pint glass and it is a nice orange-ish color with a small white head and a bit of lace around the glass. it has a nice grapefruit zesty scent to it. It has a medium body mouth feel, certainly a good beer, and well balanced

SirHefeweizen, Dec 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

jk3, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

FrankyLikesIt, Dec 24, 2011
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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