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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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5,279 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,279
Reviews: 1,174
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 338
Gots: 657 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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


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.


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.


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


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.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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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.


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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Slightly aggressive pour yielded a beautifully clear, copper with a 2 finger frothy head that lingered for some time. Each sip left a nice lacing ring on the glass. A beautiful pour!

S - Ahhhh... west coast IPA's and hop action! Lots of grapefruit, citrus, orange with major pine action. Exactly what I look for in a good IPA.

T & M - Nice and bitter hops up front, with a surprising malt kick to finish. Very smooth, drinkable and hides the alcohol very well. The ABV is inching close to DIPA territory and you wouldn't know it. Leaves you wanting more and more. I'm sure drinking a few would creep up on you pretty quick since it's so drinkable.

Overall - One of my favorite new IPA's. Up there with the best of them and will definitely be buying more. Highly recommended!

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,279 ratings.