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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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5,391 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,391
Reviews: 1,198
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 365
Gots: 734 | 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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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured chilled in oversize glass

A: beautiful 2-finger head; buoyant carbonation; semiclear orange color
S: very strong bouquet, piney; lingers quite a while; hard to think of an IPA that lasts this long in the nose
T: I would swear this to be a double IPA, what with the strong, complex, concentrated flavor; very hoppy, bitter, sweet -- excellent on all fronts; the hops are on the bitter side (opposite to the smoothness of simcoe hops); my only complaint is that not enough bass notes come through

wonderful, solid IPA

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of rawfish
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brassy clear gold with off white head that forms a sticky two fingers leaving lacing all over the glass.

Citrus and grapefruit rind, full and floral. A nice pungency that starts to come out as the beer warms, with some lemongrass and apple complexities.

Crisp and clean IPA with a light bready malt that allows the hops to shine with grapefruit, lemon and pine all coming in with some peaches and orange pulp. Smooth bitterness that give the impression of drying.

Medium body adequately carbonated but the feel and texture of this IPA is smooth and nearly creamy. Gives the impression of drying yet cuts the bitterness. Wears its 7.5% very well.

Color me surprised, I really didn't think much of this beer at first but it really creeps up on you with the way the mouthfeel is integrated with alot of nice west coast citrus hops and ideal balance.

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5/1/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Appearance: (4.5) Pours a transparent, bight gold with soft orange highlights. A thick, 2 and a half finger tall, off white head quickly forms and has great retention, leaving tons of lacing behind as it recedes.

Aroma: (4.75) Bright, citrus forward hops leap out of glass towards your nose; Tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, lime juice and pine resin. A lightly sweet, bready malt becomes more and more apparent as the beer starts to warm.

Taste: (4.5) Wow, a huge burst of hops explodes on your tongue the moment the beer enters your mouth; pretty similar to the aroma, except a stronger emphasis on the pine-y, earthy hop notes. The tropical character that is found on the nose is all but nonexistent on the palate. Grapefruit, pine and light lemon are the main players in the hop flavor profile. The beer finishes very dry with a slightly toasted malt backbone to help balance the assertive hop bitterness. Lingering notes bread and bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: (4.5) Full bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: (4.5) An amazing IPA from Firestone, that definitely blurs the line that separates a double IPA from the a single IPA. Matt Brynildsson, the brewmaster of Firestone has been tweaking the hops that they dry hop with during the last 6 months or so, and has now started to dry hop with a little bit of the very tropical smelling hop, Citra. The tropical aromatics only improve this already fabulous IPA. Highly recommended and drink this IPA as with every other IPA, FRESH.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dejrrma
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/08/12. 12 oz poured into a snifter.

a- pours a light orange with some hazyness, though not as hazy as gf west coast. little bubbles rush to the top. has a porous white head of about 1/5 inch. a bit of lacing.

s- has less of a bright orange nose and more of a bitter grapefruit smell at first, followed by more of that candied orange candy smell.

t- citrus all the way at first. orange and grapefruit all mixed in, with a little of lemon zest. juicy with a bitterness that doesn't last too long. subtle malt and sweetness.

m- light, but creamy. light-med body but more on the light side. alcohol slightly noticeable.

o- i know people talk about wanting the freshest of ipas. but this beer with three months on it is still incredibly hoppy and delicious. awesome beer.

Photo of larryi86
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 2/23/12 poured into a snifter

A- A clear orange/copper color with a 3 finger white head.

S- Citrus hops, floral hops, some wet grass, and a hint of piney hops.

T- Nice citrus/grapefruit hops upfront, good caramel malt backbone, good piney hops with just enough bitter bite in the finish. Well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body, crisp finish.

O- This is a great IPA and I can't wait to get more. I feel this is a lot better than the Double Jack I had last summer. Now the fact that FW won best mid-size brewery at the World Beer Cup makes sense.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of SawDog505
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled 4/18/12. Pours a clear orange, with a one inch head that leaves lovely lacing. Smell is tangerine, pineapple, grass, grapefruit, and carmel. Taste is very balanced and matches the nose perfectly, a slight pine/grapefruit finish. Body is medium large, plenty of carbonation, not dry, and very drinkable. This is one of the best I have ever had and now that we can get it in New Hampshire my new staple.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Samp01
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker glass a clear coppery amber with a medium white lasting head, with good lacing. Aroma of floral piney hops, caramel malt and some citrus notes fill the senses. Taste is of floral piney hops, grapefruit and citrus notes along with some caramel malt flavor. A medium smooth body with good carbonation on the palate. The finish is sweet caramel malt, citrus notes followed by some good floral piney hops on the end for balance. Flavor and aroma of caramel malt becomes stronger as it warms up. Overall a very good well rounded and tasty IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best IPA's that i have had next to Zombie Dust, Heady Topper, and the Furious,This beer just came to new hampshire, awesome!! I would of gave it all fives, but the smell is very light on this one. Specially after you take a wiff of Heady Topper. will keep this one on stock for sure.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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