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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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5,300 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,300
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 342
Gots: 678 | 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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Photo of thecheapies
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Warm orange-amber pour with an off-white head of an inch. Sudsy-looking top finally became a ring after minutes. Lots of noticeable carb. 4.0

Mango/pineapple hop aroma with pine needle notes. Sweet and fruity with a hint of floral. Opposite end of the spectrum from grassy. 4.5

Clean taste with more tropical fruit nectars and mild agave nuances. Crackery malt with some sugars amidst. A little rosewater. Nice medium bitterness lasts awhile. Soft, supple flavors with a uniquely complex hop profile. 4.5

Silky and light. Drinks great for being a beefy IPA. 4.0

A phenomenal beer even though it's not a hoppy monster. First time enjoying and well worth the wait. 4.5

Photo of GeoffreyM
4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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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 raynmoon
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it was the glass I used but the beer appeared extremely carbonated. Bubbles were screaming up the beer and hugging the class, making it hard to see the color. The head of the beer also looked very soapy white and thin.

But the smell and taste was very very nice. Fresh hops with a nice malt backbone. It isn't hardly complex. I mostly get this one-hop flavor;orange or tangerine. But it still very balanced and worth buying.

Double Jack is a little better, and I like that one with a few months on it too to cool down a bit.

Photo of xnapshot
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head that sticks around for a while and leaves some really nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Some sweet, light malt with very nice fruity notes. The hops show up and mix with the sweetness for a nice balance.

Taste: Light and hoppy, quite easy to drink given the abv. Just enough sweet malt to back up the hops. I'm getting juicy citrus fruit along with some citrus peel bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lots of tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is an extremely well done IPA. The balance is perfect and I really enjoy the hop profile. I would have more given the chance.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber served in a pint glass

A - Slightly hazy golden amber with 2 finger off white head with good retention and excellent lacy. Head is fluffy and lace clings tightly along the whole glass.

S - A lot of grapefruit hoppy notes with a touch of toasted malts and some other citrus lemon and orange.

T - Taste is dominated by the citrus hops from beginning to end but the bouquet is quite nice with a bit of floral hops as well. The bready sweet malt comes next and it light and sweet. A bit more biscuity notes and then a touch of smooth bitterness with very present but well balanced alcohol throughout.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, chewy start with a nice smooth finish.

O - Very well balanced beer and I would drink this anytime. Went pretty well with gouda cheese and cracker to cleanse the palate between drinks. Pretty malty for an IPA and almost a Imperial IPA as far as the EtOH and bitterness allow.

2-19-13 upgrading this brew after having it on tap at House of 1000 beers in PA and getting a growler to share with friends. The floral notes are great and the alcohol is subtle.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very drinkable IPA. Poured into a snifter from the bottle, the IPA was a orange copper color while producing a generous 1 inch white head. The hoppy aroma attacked the sense of smell with strong citrus notes and a mild spicy note. The initial taste brought to mind pineapple, orange rind, and a hint of grapefruit. The smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation makes this a highly drinkable beer. In the after tastetaste the grapefruit lingers with a dry biscuity flavor.

This beer does not disappoint. It is among the better single IPA's available. With a very diverse palate, this beer could certainly be a hit with a larger audience.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very light, transparent golden color. Head formation is highly carbonated and dissipates quickly leaving a very thin lace.

S: very sweet, tangy citrus and mango with touches of lemon and grapefruit (fruits are definitely in abundance). Bitter hops are mild but present and are well balanced within the fruits.

T: very light body, hops are definitely more pronounced in the taste compared to the nose and dominate the taste buds. The fruits are secondary here and once again mango and orange with grapefruit present.

O: this is a perfect beer for the spring and summer the temperature warms up. It's got a great balance and is full of tropical fruits and is light-medium body. Drinkability is high with this one and alcohol is unnoticeable.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of output01x
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled On 01/20/12) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a clear pale gold with a decen amount of small, lazy carbonation bubbles. Thin lacing clings to the glass in runny sheets.

The nose is packed full of tropical and citrus fruit aromas. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are aplenty. Just a touch of pine and caramel malt help to round it out.

Sweet, acidic citrus flavors start each sip with notes of fleshy melons, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some caramel malts add depth and structure. As the beer is swallowed, piney and grassy hops flavors appear, carrying a decent bitterness that fades with the other flavors.

The medium body carries a great amount of flavor while remaining refreshing and easily sippable. The carbonation is just barely prickly, creating a very crisp mouthfeel. The swallow is a bit foamy and the finish is clean.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of thebrood1987
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The smell on this is just unreal. Lemon pine-sol (in a really delicious way) fruity tartness with some grapefruit in there as well. Hands down one of the best smelling beers I've had. It sorta reminds me of how Lagunitas Hop Stoopid smells but this has more of a lemon pine smell.

You get such a crisp pleasant bite of hops right up front and then with a cracker malt on the middle of the taste and ending with a piney bitterness that lingers for quite some time. The malt washes some of the bitterness away after a while but still gets that residual you just had a strong IPA taste.

Its very juicy and like an IPA nectar as well. Its tart and makes your mouth pucker. This beer is extremely top notch and anybody searching for an amazing IPA should definitely see this one out. I like this one better than their double IPA.

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,300 ratings.