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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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5,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,454
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

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Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance. Clear orange hued straw in color. Pours with 3 fingers of loose, but solid white head, which dissipates rather quickly leaving tons of large clumps of lacing. Few bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass. The lacing doesn't stick around for long though. Almost no long term head retention.

Smell. Totally hop forward. A piny citrus is the most dominant scent.

Taste. Starts out with a moderate, slightly resinous bitterness, which is joined by a juicy grapefruit. After this the hops become predominately more resinous and piney. The bitterness takes over for a bit and the beer takes on a more spicy character. It really starts to dry out after the grapefruit exits, all leading into a bone dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Very light in body, with a ton of dryness, as stated before. Light, but pleasant carbonation.

An insanely drinkable and complex hop monster. The dryness and overall presentation of flavors is reminiscent of a champagne, though not in terms of carbonation. Firestone Walker never disappoints.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the growler into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear honey-amber with a small whitish head. Some splotchy lace.

S: Nice - citrusy hops, slightly earthy hops, some pine and a touch of caramel malt.

T: Follows the nose - caramel malt, pine resiny hops and some citrus. Finishes with some spiciness too.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest.

O: Good stuff. A top-notch IPA.

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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4.18.12. I have been a big fan of Double Jack for a long time so I was stoked to find a fresh sixer, for NH anyways. Poured 12 oz bottle into Allagash tulip.

A. I have been drinking a lot of Heady and Smutty IPA lately so it was refreshing to see a crystal clear IPA that still reaks of hops. Perfect carbination, great 1-2 finger head that lingers long after the pour.

S. Def some huge grapefruit on the nose with pine notes creeping through the back. This has a west coast nose on it but I still pick up some of the malt.

T. Huge hop pungency up front. The citrus and pine come through in waves but fade to a very nicely balanced IPA.

M. Medium bodied, full flavored and super smooth. I could drink this all night and plan on it.

O. One of my new favorites. An amazing IPA that borders on a double IPA. Hop heads will rejoice but there is definitely something for everyone in this. Cheers.

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4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Bottled on 03/27/12

Thanks to Pelican5 for this extra!

A: Pours a golden amber with a huge 3+ fingers width of sea foam white head.  Leaves a good amount of lacing

S: Juicy, citrusy, Orange, grapefruit, and mango.  Significant malt sweetness, a touch of pine. Smells great and the aroma is strong.  

T: Lots of grapefruit and piney hop bitterness, resiny, a hint of booze.  Some sweetness comes out as it warms, as do some tasty citrus notes like Orange and mango.  Solid malt backbone provides an excellent balance.  

M/D: Wonderful mouth feel.  Crazy smooth for the style, even with the relatively heavy carbonation.  Medium bodied, excellent drinkability, this went down like a glass of water.  

O:  Overall, a really well done IPA.  Well balanced, quite tasty, and great drinkability.  I definitely recommend.  

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.14/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a large tulip. Makers a strong foam presentation of bright white and two fingers thick. The body is amber in color and cleanly filtered.

The aroma is piny, grapefruit, metallic... Pretty much hops all the way.

Taste wise, it's got some toffee notes that are quickly taken over by grapefruit and spruce qualities.

Feels prickly, full in body, oily, and dry to the palate.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jeremy13586
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4/10/2012 bottle date

Golden amber in color. Almost crystal clear. Two finger white head that held on for a while. Left behind some whispy lacing.

Big pine, grapefruit, and pineapplely hops. A nice hint of the base malt.

Big juicy and fruity hops up front. Lots of grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest. A little bit of a piney and earthy bitterness that subsides pretty quickly. A very light backbone that supports just enough without stealing the show. Very clean finish.

Medium-light body with an almost creamy carbonation.

This is a beer that I've been dying to try and I'm glad that I did. The aroma and the balance of taste were top notch.

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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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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,454 ratings.