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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
94
outstanding

5,045 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,045
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 328
Gots: 553 | FT: 8
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 Gatch
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, Arizona for a Firestone Walker special event on 11/18/11.

A - Golden yellow with a bubbly white head that fades quickly.

S - Hops! Pine & citrus. Bitter but refreshing. A hint of malt.

T - Grapefruit. Dry. Bitter. A bit one-dimensional. Straight West Coast hops.

M - Clean, crisp, fresh, with slight carbonation. Hops! Perfect bitterness for hop heads. I could drink this all day. And probably pass out before I grow tired of it.

Gatch, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev -5.7%

jrutigs, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +17.9%

vicsju1991, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4/5  rDev -5.7%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm sort of surprised I haven't reviewed this beer. Figured I'd pick up a bottle now that it's available in Chicago. Served in a Pisgah pint glass. Dated September 28th, 2011.

A - Finger-plus of creamy white foam that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving plenty of intricate lace patterns. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - The hop profile is very floral and piney, with some ripe grapefruit and lemon zest. Malt character is very neutral and understated, with some bread and not much else.

T - The taste is sweeter, and I like the balance the sugary malt imparts. Candied citrus, ripe tangerine, and some rapidly rising bitterness in the finish. Perhaps the faintest hint of astringency but otherwise quite delightful.

M - Smooth medium body with some pleasant carbonation zest. Dry finish, with plenty of enamel-coating hop oils and resins. Very juicy.

D - A really nice and refreshing IPA - I'm going to have to pick this up regularly. Impressed that this tasted so good after nearly two months - I would have guessed 4-6 weeks tops.

MasterSki, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of shuggy
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

shuggy, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of stonelis
5/5  rDev +17.9%

stonelis, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of mentaltraveller
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

mentaltraveller, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of AlexChillton
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

AlexChillton, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of alpenglocken
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

alpenglocken, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Neffbeer, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
5/5  rDev +17.9%

PeprSprYoFace, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev -5.7%

johnhenryconway, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of psychotia
5/5  rDev +17.9%

psychotia, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Caramel-golden with active carbonation and a finger of fine white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Pleasant hop bouquet incorporating pine and tropical fruit aromas, balanced by a sweet caramel undertone. Grapefruit is a major player.

T - Grapefruit citrus is the primary hop flavor at play here, the pine flavors at minimal and show up mostly in the finish. Caramel sweetness perfectly balances with the hops. Significantly more hop bitterness than the aroma suggests.

M - Medium body, drying finish. A bit "watery" in the feel, it has a thinness to it that is a bit off.

O - Overall a great IPA, one of the better single IPAs I have had. Perfect balance between hop and caramel malt sweetness, in an extremely drinkable brew.

greenmonstah, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of azureoval
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

azureoval, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of touchmeimsac
5/5  rDev +17.9%

touchmeimsac, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of daant76
5/5  rDev +17.9%

daant76, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden body with a tall, dense white head. This beer has great cascading lacing.

The smell is tons of citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, and mango.

The taste is extremely hop forward with the same citrus and tropical fruits. It's mostly grapefruit and tangerine, some mango, and then an ever-so-slight toasty malt. It's moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Alcohol is slightly astringent.

Overall, this is a great IPA that ranks up there with the best of them. This will be in regular rotation now that it's available in IL.

Vonerichs, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

cfinch2, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

nh2032, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

mfield14, Nov 20, 2011
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,045 ratings.