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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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5,390 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,390
Reviews: 1,198
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 362
Gots: 733 | FT: 14
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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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wsucoug96 for the extra!

Pours a very clear light orange color, vibrant and bright. One finger of orange-tinted whitish head, fades pretty fast, but leaves nice lacing. Not bad.

Smell is absolutely delightful. Full of juicy piney hops and grapefruit, with a lovely warmth that fills in the rough edges. A perfect balance of zip and mellow.

This is yummy. Again, it's really well balanced, with the pine resin and bitterness of the hops just poking their heads through the velvet curtain of rich malty goodness. Okay, they burst through the curtain, but they're always well supported by those robust pale malts, which don't really bring much flavor, but fill in the space that's empty in so many IPAs.

Medium-bodied, sticky and juicy like a DIPA. Long finish, holding onto that soft juicy bitterness.

This is simply a top-notch IPA, hop-forward but balanced at the same time. Definitely straddles the line between single and double, with its high ABV and hefty malt presence. But whatever it is, I like it. I've been thoroughly impressed with Firestone Walker's big beers, and I'm impressed with this one, too.

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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  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of kennylopez
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Appearance: a light golden clear golden color with a nice head in the pour and sticks around until the last sip leaving rings of lacing.

Smells: there is a big pine like hop that comes through with a mild malt sweet malt hint.

Tastes: I like the huge pine hop note in the front, but then it fades to a sweet floral character that balances this west coast IPA beautifully. I pick up a faint biscuit/ bread like hint that is unique in a great way.

Mouthfeel: there is a good amount of carbonation in this brew, and super enjoyable. I didn't believe this was 7.5%, because there is little to no burn and the balance between the hops and malt are so refreshing it leaves my mouth watering for more.

Overall: I picked up a case and wish I would have gotten more. If this stays consistently on the shelf at my local shop, I will pick it up regularly. Great Job again Firestone Walker, even though you probably know that.

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

Beautiful amber, gold body held a decent 1 finger head for a fair amount of time. Plenty of lacing even in the Tulip that I poured it into.

S- Hop explosion. A variety of hops were used and its noticable. Followed closely by apricot and some earthyness. Also, a touch of biscuit, crackers.

T- On cue with the smell. This is for the hop heads out there.

M- Medium bodied, coats the palate, low carbonation and easy to drink.

O- Union Jack is probably not a beginners IPA and if you like a crisp, hoppy taste then this will shine for you. At 7.5% abv the alcohol is barely present. A keeper.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA


Served and enjoyed in a standard pint glass

A - Pours a clear, golden-honey color. A decent one-two finger, foamy head on the initial pour. Good amount of lacing left after drinking.

S - Massive aroma of pine and citrus. Very inviting.

T - The initial sip hits you with tons of citrus and pine taste. The beer has a nice, slightly malty sweetness to balance out the hoppiness. The hops are not overpowering but do leave a slightly bitter aftertaste. Well balanced and highly drinkable. The alcohol is well disguised.

M - Medium consistency. Good carbonation.

O - This one ranks as one of the better IPAs I've had. My first Firestone Walker beer and I was impressed. Not sure if the price is normal for this beer but it is a bit on the pricier side so I'm not sure how often I'll buy this but it is really tasty. Recommended.


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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 05/03/12. Finally the FW bottle dates are legible, written on the label!

A: Pours light golden, crystal clear with a finger of snow white head, soon receding to a ring of largish bubbles. Decent retention and minimal lacing.

S: Big aroma of clean citrus and pine hops, sweetish caramel.

T: Leans a little more towards the pine but citrus and caramel are still there, transitioning to a moderate malt backbone and some mild bitterness which is offset by the off dry maltiness.

M: Medium body and carbonation, nicely crisp.

O: On the lighter end, delicious and exceedingly drinkable. This is one of the beers that got me into craft, and it remains a favorite.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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