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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
95
world-class

5,167 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,167
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 333
Gots: 601 | FT: 10
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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Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, very fresh from my favorite brewery

A- Pours a hazy golden orange, with a very light white head, and thin white lacing

S- Citrus, Pine, bubble gum, caramel

T- Similar to the nose. Very balanced. Very gummy

M- Medium body, good carbonation

O- another homerun from FW

StoryOfTheGhost, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Hopslayer88
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Hopslayer88, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Hanzo, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent amber with a loose, quarter inch, off-white head. Head qickly dissipates into a creamy bullseye dollop and a thin, tight band around the shoulders. Spots and spatters of lacing coat the walls of the glass. Nose expresses citrus notes, cat urine (simcoe hops) and a trace of tropical fruit. Taste consistent with nose; however, flavors are a bit more muted. There is also some residual bitterness that lingers between quaffs that is intermingled with the cat urine expressed in the nose. Body is medium-light (but closer to light) with a slightly coarse carbonation as well as some acidity that peaks out towards the back. Overall, a decent IPA with a well-hidden abv, but I don't think it deserves the hype.

Jwale73, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Very clear golden in color with a fairly sparse head that does leave nice lacing as the pint progresses.

Nose is just a touch of citrus, not overwhelming; very pleasant. More of the same in the taste, with a nice biting finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

A tasty IPA that I will pick up again.

ProudBeerSnob, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- One finger bright white head that fades rapidly and leaves sticky lacing all over my DFH glass. Pours a clear golden orange with a ton of carbonation.

S- Fresh squeezed pink grapefruit, pineapple slices, mango and dank pine needles. Not really picking up much malt or yeast even as it warms up. This IPA is all about the pine and fruit, not much depth.

T- WOW! Really fruity and fresh! Grapefruit and pine sap, pineapple and caramel. Nicely bitter with an underlying sweetness. Very well balanced as I expect from one of the best brewers in the world.

M- Perfectly bitter and balanced with a nice malty sweetness. Really nice carbonation and crispness. Nice fruity aftertaste.

O- Thank goodness F.W. has finally made it's way to upstate NY!!! This a really good IPA. Wish it had more balance in the nose. Very drinkable and no sign of the alcohol.

Thickfreakness, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of mooseo
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Deep copper, clear with a decent head and retention. Pretty.

S - Strong aroma of fresh squeezed grapefruit and citrus with some earthy pine notes and caramel malt. One of the best smelling IPA's around, just really terrific.

T - Delicious grapefruit and citrus hops up front, complimented by a smooth and sweet malt base. Very clean, crisp taste. Ends with a piney, grassy flavor that tends to linger. Surprisingly complex.

M - Medium body, a little oily, average carbonation. Just a little bit dry in the finish.

O - Hands down one of the best IPA's I've ever had.

mooseo, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of BruChef
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BruChef, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Dools9
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled dated 1/20/12. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a briliantly golden orange. Great clarity, lots of carbonation bubbles. Produced a finger of soapy white head. Retention was excellent and left lots of lacing. Great looking brew.

S: Grapefruit and citrus rind, slight alcohol presence, touch of malt sweetness.

T: Bitter grapefruit and sweet citrus hops, some lemon fruits and a slight piney quality. Minimal malt presence but it is there and does nicely on the finish.

M: Very smooth and very easy to gulp back. Great drinkability for a 7.5 abv beer which could sneak up on ya. Lighter to medium bodied, hop tang lingers in the mouth.

O: This was really good. West coast suds all the way.

Dools9, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of bentonquest
5/5  rDev +17.9%

bentonquest, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of munro78
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: awesome bottle... even all the way in buffalo
appearance: typical pale gold, good head retention and lace
smell: awesome hoppy, earthy, citrus, complex.. this is going to be good
taste: awesome hop goodness, dare I say pliny ish... notes of citrus and alcohol..complexity
mouthful: awesome fullness, not one thing overpowers yet balanced complex taste
overall: awesomeness.. best ipa i've had

munro78, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of leedorham
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

leedorham, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Goldfishman, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of rdell17
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

rdell17, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

redfox405, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:

Light orange, hints of gold. Very clear, filtered look. Mild carbonation. Not much sticky coating on the glass like many hoppy beers.

S:

Orange rind up front, with a slight hit of malty graininess. A quick whiff of alcohol is there, but fades to citrus and more malt. Very balanced.

T:

It's difficult to describe all of the characteristics here; but you get the typical west coast hoppy bite, with the citrusy american hops, but you also get a faint crystal and base malt backbone at the same time. Neither one punches you in the face, this is a very well balanced ipa. It is certainly a very hoppy beer, but is more balanced than some of the well known ipas. It is citrusy, A little bit grassy, and you can pick up a saltine cracker-type maltiness.

M:

Slick and somewhat oily as is the standard for ipa's, has a medium bodied texture that clings to your tongue.

O:

You can't ask for much more in a ipa: you get hops, malt, alcohol, complexity, and refreshment. this is a classic in the style and its no wonder its gained notoriety and fame over the years. I will drink this one when I can and I'm not even a huge hophead.

Ricelikesbeer, Mar 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

jdougherty, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of seanh99
5/5  rDev +17.9%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of inacht10
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note to self - this beer is awesome
Note to self - this beer is awesome
Note to self - this beer is awesome
Note to self - this beer is awesome
Note to self - this beer is awesome
Note to self - this beer is awesome
Note to self - this beer is awesome
Note to self - this beer is awesome
Note to self - this beer is awesome

inacht10, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Peter
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Peter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of slim24
5/5  rDev +17.9%

slim24, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Louski
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap Poured into Standard Pint Glass

Poured a nice golden brown with a thin layer of head. Smelled boldly of fresh hops with a hint of lemon. Tasted crisp and clean and had a great mouth-feel. Overall a well-crafted IPA but nothing about it made me put it on a pedestal.

Louski, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of brandonasplundh
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

brandonasplundh, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/7/12
*From notes

-- I can't believe it took me this long to finally review FW's Union Jack. Shame on me. --

A: Hazy nectarine in color. A forceful pour yields a foamy three finger head. Quality lacing and collar follow.

S: Tight pine and generous West Coast fruit. Be sure to get this fresh to maximize your nasal enjoyment.

T: More pine and resin then a lot of West Coast AIPA's. It overwhelms the fore to mid, and the back is where the mild, chilled out fruit quality comes to relevance. Tasty stuff for sure.

M: More of a silky feel, less cream and body, more easy drinking. Would I like a bit more fluff? Sure, but it's not half bad as it is.

O: Not quite on the same level as Masala Mama or Sculpin, but damn close. Firestone Walker's Union Jack is another in a long line of delicious West Coast hop forward brews, and something that's always a pleasure to find cold in my fridge.

Recommended.

Rhettroactive, Mar 01, 2012
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,167 ratings.