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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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5,535 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,535
Reviews: 1,222
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 387
Gots: 840 | 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:
Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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On-tap @ RFD, Washington, D.C. - March 2012:

The beer had a nice clear, amber body to it and produced a very nice dense, thick, 2-finger head that was very well retained and settled into a thin cap that lasted throughout the beer. The head left some lacing and carbonation was noticeably flowing to the top.

The beer gave off a very nice citrus hop aroma with a hint of a bready quality to it too.

The taste of the beer is very good, a full, strong citrus hop presence with maybe a hint of pine hops as well. There is a little slight bready taste as well, but the hops dominate.

The beer felt good, a medium body to it with the right carbonation. The beer did leave a sticky finish. The beer was very easy to drink and I would want to drink more than one if I had not had others before it. There was also a slight alcohol presence noted as the beer warmed. Overall, perhaps one of the best IPA's that I have had.

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Bottled on 3/20/12. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Nice and clear amber body. Sudsy two finger high off white head settles down to a thin cap and thick edging. Some nice lacing and retention.

S - Mango and peaches with a touch of bubblegum. A touch of bready malts but the aroma is totally dominated by sweet and juicy tropical fruit.

T - Yup, more juicy tropical fruits. Peach, mango, papaya, grapefruit, etc. Just a touch of crackery malt on the finish with a lingering bitterness. Medium but chewy mouth feel.

O - One of my favorite IPA's. Amazing tropical notes with just a touch of biscuits on the finish. So glad this is distributed in my area now.

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A: Beautiful and brilliantly clear orange, with a light head that leaves pretty good lacing behind.

S: Fresh tropical fruits, some pungent West Coast notes, citrus, grapefruit, light pine, sweeter fruits, and floral hops...definitely hop-forward, with a decent caramel bready backbone.

T: Pungent sweet fruits, tropical and citrus notes, good prickly bitterness from a full spectrum of hops, but balanced well with sweetness. Very nice.

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So I figured -- I've had the DBA, and I've had the Double Jack (Firestone's Double IPA), I've had 805, I've had nectar ales... but I realized... I never had their normal IPA! After trying their Double IPA two days ago at a bar (It was really good, by the way... if you like IPAs, give it a try), I figured I should pick up their normal IPA and give it a shot. So, here goes...

Picked up a 22 from work. Initial impressions good, bottle presentation is on par with everything else Firestone does. Well designed label, no-nonsense. My only complaint is that I wish they gave descriptions of their beers (what makes it special, etc) on the label but no worries. 7.5% ABV and a 22 means this'll be a good "after-work" beer.

Cracked the cap and immediately you're greeted with a nice balanced hop profile, citrusy aromas and a little fruit too. It's a pleasant and inviting smell. On we go...

Pours well, a nice rich amber color that's not too dark. About on par with pretty much every other IPA I've had in terms of color. The head is minimal (keep in mind though: I pour my beers very carefully because I _do not_ like head on my beers), lacing on the glass is good and so far, about 1/4 glass in, it's still retaining a small white head right on top. In this glass (regular pint glass shape, it's actually a SF Giants world championship glass), there's plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer.

On to the important thing though...

The taste.

This is where the Union Jack stands out. The citrusy aromas from earlier carry on in to the flavor, and this beer is a little fruity and citrusy up front with the hops coming in quickly for that distinct IPA hop bitterness. It's smoother than other IPAs I've had, and more balanced. The bitterness carries through to the aftertaste and lingers a little bit, making you want more. It's a wee bit malty too, which is nice because it makes this beer a lot more balanced than other IPAs, too.

Overall, I would highly recommend this. I've yet to have anything from Firestone Walker that I haven't enjoyed, and this is no exception. More aggressive than the DBA (which is still one of my favorites), and less aggressive than the Double Jack. Firestone did a good job on this beer and on all their other brews, too. If you're ever debating, then debate no longer.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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