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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

5,171 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,171
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 334
Gots: 603 | FT: 10
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 -5.4%

BSW, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of horshack7
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On top is an off white head with a frothy look that is about an inch thick. As for the color it's a clear copper.

Aroma: Out of the gate are tropical fruit notes. Nice amounts of grapefruit with sprinkeld sugar. Minor bits of simple syrup. In the end is only a wisp of a bready malt aroma.

Taste: Sweet fruit notes in the front. Grapefruit, simple syrup, bready malts rome around the edges. Good carbonation start to finish.

Notes: A solid American i.p.a all over. Cheers.

horshack7, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Nachojon
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice clear amber color. No haze. 1/2 finger head dissipates quickly.

S- Nice hop aroma. Smells dry, some cut grass and pine.

T- Good hop forward taste. Grapefruit, pine, and some malt balance, but not overwhelming. Real good drinking beer.

M- Nice and crisp, dry IPA. For an American IPA it has a solid tongue burn, nothing to ruin the taste buds but a nice session beer for a hophead.

O- This is my first 6 pack, what have I been waiting for? Great IPA.

Nachojon, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

spamages, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle out of the fridge into a snifter. bottled 8/11/11 so maybe not the freshest (4.5 months old), but ive been surprised before.

pours out a hazy honey-orange golden color with a nice soapy, creamy white head. some really nice sticky lace on the glass and good looking retention.

kind of what you would expect in an older ipa. kind of a woody resinous scent, piney with some very muted citrus. a bready malt is right up there with the hops.

piney, woody, grapefruit citrus, a bready malt is right there to almost balance the beer. a little pineapple like tropical fruit. sharp bitterness in the finish lingers. just slightly vegetal the more it warms.

med to light in body, carb feels right, just slightly tingly on the palate. resinous somewhat oily feel.

im not sure if this is supposed to be a balanced ipa, but thats how it came off to me. luckily i purchased this as a single and dont have 5 other old bottles to drink, but overall this was still pretty decent. i can see this being really nice fresh as some of the flavors were very muted. ill be sure to be on the look out for some fresher bottles. however, still kind of surprising that this is an old bottle seeing as how this just became available in my area.

dogfishandi, Dec 26, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

cdwil, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

ZacharyJ, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Shilt, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of RHCP313
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Great Divide brewpub tulip. No bottled on date, which is a little surprising.

Merry Christmas!

A: Pours a nice looking light amber. Bright, with a small amount of complimentary haze. Highlights of gold and ruby. Full finger of off-white head billows and recedes forming a ring of patchy carbonation.

S: Wonderful nose of sweet tropical fruits. Citrusy, juicy hops–almost induces mouth watering effects. Backbone of sweet malt aroma comes through, slightly biscuity with a little yeast note.

T: Sharp bite of hop bitterness up front moves to the back of the palate letting the sweet and citrusy notes from the nose shine through. Spicy malt flavor, slight pine and a wonderfully resinous hop flavor coats the tongue.

M: Carbonation is nicely present, not overbearing but agitates the tongue just enough to bring out the nice, balanced hop and malt combinations.

O: I'm thrilled that FW sixer distribution worked it's way into the Chicago market. This is such a nice six pack to have as a staple year-round offering. A bold, rich, juicy IPA that is a pleasure to drink.

RHCP313, Dec 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A really light amber. White head that dissipates quickly. A think layer covers the brew.

Smell: Floral hops, very nice. Minimal malt backbone.

Taste: Light malt. It is pleasant though. Bitterness. Typical hoppy IPA taste similar to Ranger et al.

Mouthfeel: good amount of carbonation. This is a juicy hop beer, not much dry bitterness at the end of a sip.

Overall: A very good beer. If you are an IPA fan and haven't tried it then you should give it a shot. If you've tried it and liked it for the price buy more. I wish it was available fresh in my area but I feel this is the equivalent of Ranger IPA and not as good as Odell IPA.

TheFlern, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

pavpav12, Dec 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review, i love this site but have never actually reviewed anything and i guess im ready.
This overall is a nice ipa, i poured it into a BBC pint glass and it is a nice orange-ish color with a small white head and a bit of lace around the glass. it has a nice grapefruit zesty scent to it. It has a medium body mouth feel, certainly a good beer, and well balanced

SirHefeweizen, Dec 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

jk3, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

FrankyLikesIt, Dec 24, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours light caramel color with just over an inch of white head. Good retention and leaves decent lacing.

S: Fresh bag of hops with sugary fruit aroma. A bit of pine.

T: Tang and tropical fruit, a little herbal dankness. Slightly sweet with a bit of pine. Somewhat dry finish with a little astringency and pleasant lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth, somewhat crisp.

O: A very pleasant and fairly strong hop aroma/taste, nice level of sweetness with good drinkability. This one is right up there with Double Jack, probably even surpassing it with the lack of booziness.

Satchboogie, Dec 24, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours deep amber, nice head and lacing. Citrus and berry aroma. Wow, I grew up eating wild blackberry pie in Western Washington and this nails the flavor and tartness of my mom's pies. Citrusy lemon as well, but bitterness is subdued. Mouthfeel is rather light (it would be easy to chug this beer) and wet finish.

The unique flavor of this IPA really brings back a flood of memories for me. Nicely balanced, this one is a standout.

coldriver, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mikeborglum, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

HaysAmerica, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

kchannel9, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

crbooher, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

jophish17, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of MinorThreat
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on the Rotating Tap at Maggie Smith's Irish Pub in Centennial Colorado

A-Slightly hazy copper with nice pillowy white head and great lacing.

S-Wow, tons of fresh citrus fruit, pineapple and pine tree. Only the slightest hint of cereal grain sweetness in the background.

T-The nose carries over nicely, citrus, grass, pine and pineapple. Beautifully balanced hops and malt sweetness. One of the best IPA's I have ever had, boarders on IIPA.

M-Light yet viscous, tons of hop oils coat the mouth but has enough Co2 to wash it away

O-One of if not the best IPA in my books, so glad it made it to Colorado.

MinorThreat, Dec 22, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle

Consumed 12/22/11

Appearance: Remarkably clear, golden orange, starts off with a nice little white head and leaves some sticky lacing

Smell: Citrusy, but somewhat restrained, decidedly not a hop bomb - orange and grapefruit - floral, on the dry side - some toasted, biscuity malts in the background - again, dry and earthy

Taste: Nicely balanced - a lot of citrus - orange and grapefruit - oily, with tons of rind and pith - bitter with a lingering bitterness - a lot of pine, too - herbal, leafy, dry, earthy - malts are dry and biscuity with a hint of sweetness - well-rounded

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit oily/sticky, dry and earthy, nicely carbonated

Overall: Great, but not exactly what I'm looking for

Union Jack is a good IPA, but it could be better. The hop profile is a bit too earthy, herbal, and oily for me. I guess it makes sense that I had similar issues with Double Jack. Regardless, this is certainly worth a try.

angrybabboon, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mhenson42, Dec 22, 2011
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,171 ratings.