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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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5,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,033
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 328
Gots: 547 | FT: 8
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Ralphs66, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of pburland23
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

Beer pours a hazy, light yellowy orange with about a finger of bright white head. Not as much head retention or lacing as I was expecting

Smell is absolutely amazing. As soon as I opened the bottle, I got a huge grapefruit citrus hops presence. It smells somewhat sweet and pungent. Very inviting.

Taste is quite hoppy. It's slightly bitter with some great citrus hops notes which is no surprise given the smell of the beer. The malt is a little understated which leads to a slightly unbalanced taste. Despite that, a nice tasting American IPA.

The mouthfeel is medium with a really sharp bite of carbonation. The 7.5% puts this one of the cusp of DIPA territory , but the alcohol is well veiled.

Overall, perhaps I should have Union Jack before trying Double Jack because it's hard to keep up with Double Jack. But, it's still a great American IPA. I haven't met a Firestone Walker beer I've disliked yet. This is no exception.

pburland23, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of jjfancybeers
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jjfancybeers, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of nyctrance2
5/5  rDev +17.9%

nyctrance2, Jan 17, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52.8%

gafferjohn, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Stimack, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-golden amber color with a generous white head which is slow to dissipate ggod lacing

S-aroma of citrus and some pine with a hint of bread

T-strong citrus with some yeasty bread and a solid bitter hoppiness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-an excellent IPA with great flavor and balance

MDDMD, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my neighbor Andrew for picking this up on a swing through CA.

This pours clear orangepeel orange with a nice frothy white head that leaves good lace on the way down. On the nose there is massive citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit. There is some underlying sweetness, maybe raw sugar, but this is a citrus bomb. Not complex, just awesome. In the mouth the orange really takes over and it's hard to find much malt backbone here. Fine by me. There really isn't much to say other than citrus and good. The body is medium, largely drinkable, and the bitterness lingers for a nice long finish.

Overall, this is a fine IPA. It's isn't complex, but American IPAs don't have to be to be great.

EricCioe, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

bkbergen, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A very bright amber brown, almost orange with a half inch of head that quickly turns to a thick sticky lace ring.

S - Love the smell on this one bright citrus hops and sweet mango smells pretty balanced.

T - Refreshing in a way the citrus and mango like hops provide a good balanced bitterness. With bread malts to balance it's in the same league as Sculpin but less available.

M - Light to medium. Balanced and drinkable.

Overall A very smooth very bitter IPA yet balanced and very tasty. Glad I finally got to try this fairly fresh!

DrDemento456, Jan 15, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a red wine glass. No bottle date information to be found.

A: Fairly clear golden color. I think I am getting some hop haze, as the bottle is really too cold. Really good carbonation. I get about a finger of loose bubbled bright white head that dies fairly quickly. You get some sticky lacing on the swirl.

S: On the nose I get both pine and citrus. Some grapefruit notes are present too. There are definitely some astrigent smells. Behind that is some breadiness too. Not sure of the freshness on this one (no dates).

T: Right at the front of the tongue you get some real strong hop bitterness. More piney than fruity. Then you get the breadiness from the malts in the middle of the sip to help counter balance that. The finish is nice and dry, but the hop bitterness sticks with you a while.

M: Medium bodied.

O: I have to go A- on thie one, solely on the fact that I don't know how fresh this bottle is. From reviews from friends, and here on BA, I think this might be moving towards the outer edges of fresh and thusly hurting the finished product. That being said, it's STILL an A- and delicious. Love FW beers.

inlimbo77, Jan 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

kevgod, Jan 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

MaxAdvo, Jan 14, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome surprise from bpgpitt10:

a - ruby-golden body with a tall, dense white head that falls off after a few minutes, really nice lacing

s - the smell is tons of citrus and tropical fruit, very fresh indeed

t - the taste is extremely hop forward with the same citrus and tropical fruits, mostly grapefruit and tangerine, these are how IPAs are suppose to taste - flavor over bitter

m - mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, alcohol is slightly astringent

o - highly recommended, right up there with the best of em

yamar68, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale amber body, with no visible carbonation, other than the head of course--of the one finger variety, with an interesting Swiss cheese pattern to the lacing. Not much retention to the head.

S: West coast citrus fosho. A nice briny center, and a very light malt foundation.

T: Nectarine citrus, sweet bitter center, and a fresh cut grass/paper/green apple skin finish. The finish is especially interesting and unique, and really lingers.

M: Prickly carbonated intro, with a medium body--extremely drinkable. Very dry finish.

Heavenisbeer, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

harrylee773, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

polishkaz, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Lawl3ss
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderately chilled 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint. Bottled-on date 11.22.11.

Look- Pours a deep gold with a syrupy, resinous character that diffracts light in interesting ways. Three solid fingers of creamy-looking eggshell foam that never fades completely. Nice tight birdshot-scatter lacing. It's so pretty I almost don't want to drink it.

... nevermind, I've reconsidered.

Smell- As soon as the bottle is opened, the bittersweet smell pervades the area, though it fades with the pour, and it's surprisingly subtle from the glass. Mango and lemon zest come to mind, with a touch of Douglas fir sap.

Taste- Starts with dried under ripe mangoes, and carries through to sweet tangerine and pine that roll through the finish, with almond biscotti undertones. Finishes with a splash of sour grapefruit that cleans everything up nicely. Aftertaste is very faint and reminiscent of amaretto liqueur. Drool worthy.

Mouthfeel- Richly textured, the lightly cutting hop presence leaves it surprisingly snappy, and it's quite refreshing. Inconspicuous carbonation is just right to push the silkiness up another notch. Faint alcohol is detectable only at the very end, along with a mild oily feel that is in no way unpleasant.

Overall- Extravagant for something going by the rather ubiquitous "IPA" moniker. Probably my favorite example of the style to date, it's perfectly balanced and dangerously drinkable. I only discovered this brew fairly recently, but we are becoming fast friends.

Lawl3ss, Jan 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

jhighlandbrewing, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

cycoduck, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Durb777, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

soze47, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Beertracker, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

EkimGram, Jan 08, 2012
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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