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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5,295 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,295
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 342
Gots: 674 | FT: 13
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a six IPA tasting session.
Bottled on 2/16/12. 6 pack.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear orange with a one finger white head.
S: Big citrus hoppy up front, followed by some sweet malts.
T: There is an initial bitterness that fades quickly, falling back on citrus hops and sweet malt flavors.
M: Sticky, medium-bodied, and well carbonated.
O: Very good, unoffensive IPA. Due to the lighter malt backbone, goes down easier than a beer like the GF Palate Wrecker in our tasting, though it was a bit stickier than double jack.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of soulfly1492
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Very bold malt and hops. Grapefruit citrus and pine upfront. Some floral notes and definitely some sweet caramel and pale malt.

Appearance: Bright gold, super clear. Just a few tiny particles can be seen floating around. Head is tall, fluffly, and just barely off-white. Decent retention and a good bit of lacing.

Taste: Wow, and explosion of sweet and bitter flavors. Bold and complex everywhere you look. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, bread, caramel, sweet pale malt. No pine can be detected, which is a plus in my book. Hop flavor is resinous and grassy, and it stings and lingers on the tongue for a while. Some bready notes show up in the aftertaste, which is nicely balanced and fairly mute compared to the main body.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Very creamy and oily. Not drying. Very mild carbonation.

Overall: One of the top IPA's I've had (75+ different to date). Lots of sweet, lots of bitter. Pleasant, complex, and nicely balanced.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of BeRanger
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass - thanks Rau for this extra.

A: Standard Golden/Orange body with a rim of white head. Hardly any lacing - not impressive from that standpoint.

S: Tropical Fruits, lemon, grapefruit, a little bit of hops.

T: Nice crisp, clean taste. The tropical fruits some through with a little bit of a hoppy backbone.

M: Medium bodied, mildly carbonated.

O: Not a bad year-round brew from Firestone. Between this and Double Jack, I'm not overly impressed but they aren't bad. I'd certainly drink this on a summer day.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel Tulip.

A: One finger of white froth that settled quickly leaving plenty of lacing. Clear straw color with amber highlights is an inviting sight.

S: Pine needle scent hits the nose with light malt backing.

T: Taste follows the nose with intense pine resin and a refined bitter finish. Not a malty IPA, the hops are front and center.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation

O: A quality IPA from Firestone Walker. They know how to brew hop nectar beers in the West coast style!

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of ghostwalker
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden-orange body, thin white head.

Nose is fresh cut hops. Crisp and tantalizing.

Flavor is bitter hops with a crisp malt core. Good stuff, matey!

Mouthfeel is slick, stripping and slightly chalky.

Overall, excellent, better than the growler. I didn't expect that.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,295 ratings.