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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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5,545 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,545
Reviews: 1,224
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 389
Gots: 846 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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Ratings: 5,545 | Reviews: 1,224
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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA

6pk-$13.49

Served and enjoyed in a standard pint glass

A - Pours a clear, golden-honey color. A decent one-two finger, foamy head on the initial pour. Good amount of lacing left after drinking.

S - Massive aroma of pine and citrus. Very inviting.

T - The initial sip hits you with tons of citrus and pine taste. The beer has a nice, slightly malty sweetness to balance out the hoppiness. The hops are not overpowering but do leave a slightly bitter aftertaste. Well balanced and highly drinkable. The alcohol is well disguised.

M - Medium consistency. Good carbonation.

O - This one ranks as one of the better IPAs I've had. My first Firestone Walker beer and I was impressed. Not sure if the price is normal for this beer but it is a bit on the pricier side so I'm not sure how often I'll buy this but it is really tasty. Recommended.

Cheers!

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 05/03/12. Finally the FW bottle dates are legible, written on the label!

A: Pours light golden, crystal clear with a finger of snow white head, soon receding to a ring of largish bubbles. Decent retention and minimal lacing.

S: Big aroma of clean citrus and pine hops, sweetish caramel.

T: Leans a little more towards the pine but citrus and caramel are still there, transitioning to a moderate malt backbone and some mild bitterness which is offset by the off dry maltiness.

M: Medium body and carbonation, nicely crisp.

O: On the lighter end, delicious and exceedingly drinkable. This is one of the beers that got me into craft, and it remains a favorite.

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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  rDev -5.4%

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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin white head, clear gold body with a tint of blood orange. Didn't get any lace.

Strong! floral scent wafts from the glass. Orange, tangelo and other citrus notes.

Taste follows nose. Sweet oranges and tangerines. Lemon. Apricots. Pine needles. Bitterness gathers slowly. Peach flavors become apparent as the beer warms.

Very clean and easy to drink.

Fantastic American IPA. Gives my current favorite (Green Flash West Coast IPA) a run for its money.

***

Re-reviewed March 2013

Pours a clear brassy gold with a thin off white head

Scent is floral and fruity. Tangerines, apricots. A mild pungent onion note.

First I taste pungent, spicy and oniony notes. Then bright citrus - tangerines and grapefruit. A hint of tropical fruit. Pineapple. Pine oils. Hell of a nice hop profile here. Toasted bread crust tucked away beneath the prodigious hops.

Mouth is a velvety medium.

Think they've changed the recipe a little - don't recall the delicious oniony flavor. Summit? At any rate I like this even better than I did last year!

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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Pours a deep dark gold with a one-finger head of white suds that quickly faded to a small white film. Spider-web-like lacing.

S – Piney, resinous hops. Aroma is strong.

T – Lush, juicy, west coast hop taste upfront; hops are piney with hints of grapefruit, lemon, and even the tinniest hint of lime. Buttered white bread malt backbone makes itself noticeable in the mid-palate, lending sweetness. Finishes with lingering floral hop bitterness. VERY well balanced.

M – Full bodied and chewy, with lively carbonation. A nice combination. Finishes bone dry.

O – A truly first class IPA all the way, and one of the better I’ve had. If there’s a critique (and it’s a tiny one), is that the hops deliver only the grassy side of the spectrum as opposed to some IPA’s that offer more versatile hop profiles. Still, a fantastic beer nonetheless.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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