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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,281 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,281
Reviews: 1,175
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 339
Gots: 658 | 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 StlHopHead77
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a bright,transparent copper with a dense,2 inch cap of bone white that showed moderate retention and left thin,sticky islands of lacing on the glass.

S-Fruit forward initially with scents consisting of stone and tropical fruit with honey malt,wildflowers and soft pine rounding out the nose.

T-More peach/nectarine and mango/guava flavors here with some perfumey/floral hops,light toffee malt and pine.Moderately dry finish with good bitterness.

M-Light/medium bodied with a subtle oiliness,juicy fruit presence and good supporting malts.

O-Only dissapointment here is that I hadn't tried this sooner.

Photo of stonermouse
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours yellow/golden, and crystal clear. Nice regenerating head, with steady, sticky lacing.

Solid aroma. It's sharp, with some dank earthiness. A little like a damp spring morning, with a touch of funky basement. Neat smell all around.

Super potent flavor here. Biting bitterness, mostly grassy and earthy, with a bit of a citrus bite on the finish. Very lively, with a touch of booze throughout.

Mouthfeel is clean, yet the finish is sticky and resinous. The flavors are nice, however.

Very nice beer here. It's a bit one-sided, but there's room for such beers in the beer universe. A touch of malt, and a 50% reduction in price, and I'd have myself a go-to IPA. At this price, however, it's a one-timer.

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Donsmitty
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of seth72104
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Kinsman
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Jan. 20... not too shabby.

Bright and clear pale copper colored body. Rather thin white head but it leaves some nice lace behind.

Wonderfully pungent hop aroma with notes of grapefruit and tangerine. Some honey and just a bit of grainy malt in the background.

Nice hop-forward character with a rather mellow bitterness but a boatload of tasty citrusy and fruity hops. Some mild malt notes in the background but the hops kind of drown this out.

Rather light and lively mouthfeel. Overall, a top notch IPA with one of the best aromas I've come across in a long time.

Photo of uustal
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow, light amber mix. Really clear. Bright white head with pretty good lacing throughout. Good citrus aroma. Orange zest, grapefruit and lesser notes of mango. Juicy fresh hop aroma for sure. Flavor is really hop busy. All different kinds of hops join the party. Goes from bitter, to sweet, to bitter and what seems like back again. Busy on the tongue. Both subtle sweet orange notes and more bitter/sour grapefruit citrus open the hop profile up. Hints of tropical fruits are less present than in the aroma, but contribute. Pine resin notes close this one out. Nice crisp hopiness without being too sweet, bitter or relient on one or two specific flavors. Really good mix of hops that leave you guessing.

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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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tony223366
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fluffy white head 2+ fingers. Really dramatic mix of small and large bubbles. Beautiful golden orange color. Decent clarity but could be a little better. Great lacing.

S: Huge citrus aroma! Smells gorgeous and I can't resist drinking. Nice caramel maltiness. Already smells well balanced. Maybe slightly piney too? Nice fruitiness.

T: Huge citrus followed by almost as big of a caramel malt. Deliciously well balanced. Nice bitterness on the finish but it's still balanced. As the beer warms alcohol becomes more present.

M: Great carbonation. Slick and light to medium body.

O: Love this beer. One of my favorite "single" IPAs. It's a bit closer to a DIPA but it's amazing. Huge citrus flavors and big caramel malts. So well balanced. I could drink this anytime. Flavors linger nicely.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a nice copper hue with a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with hints of citrus and pine in the background.

T: Hoppy Hoppy brew with a solid malt background and citrus finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent IPA – nice and hoppy and very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,281 ratings.