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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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5,391 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,391
Reviews: 1,198
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 365
Gots: 734 | FT: 14
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: GClarkage on 08-14-2007

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Photo of harrylee773
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderately chilled 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint. Bottled-on date 11.22.11.

Look- Pours a deep gold with a syrupy, resinous character that diffracts light in interesting ways. Three solid fingers of creamy-looking eggshell foam that never fades completely. Nice tight birdshot-scatter lacing. It's so pretty I almost don't want to drink it.

... nevermind, I've reconsidered.

Smell- As soon as the bottle is opened, the bittersweet smell pervades the area, though it fades with the pour, and it's surprisingly subtle from the glass. Mango and lemon zest come to mind, with a touch of Douglas fir sap.

Taste- Starts with dried under ripe mangoes, and carries through to sweet tangerine and pine that roll through the finish, with almond biscotti undertones. Finishes with a splash of sour grapefruit that cleans everything up nicely. Aftertaste is very faint and reminiscent of amaretto liqueur. Drool worthy.

Mouthfeel- Richly textured, the lightly cutting hop presence leaves it surprisingly snappy, and it's quite refreshing. Inconspicuous carbonation is just right to push the silkiness up another notch. Faint alcohol is detectable only at the very end, along with a mild oily feel that is in no way unpleasant.

Overall- Extravagant for something going by the rather ubiquitous "IPA" moniker. Probably my favorite example of the style to date, it's perfectly balanced and dangerously drinkable. I only discovered this brew fairly recently, but we are becoming fast friends.

Photo of jhighlandbrewing
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of cycoduck
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Durb777
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of soze47
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of EkimGram
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.
Pours a golden color with a nice lacing.
Amazing hop and apple cider aroma.
This brew is amazing. Great hop flavor but well balanced, refreshing, crisp, and really just great. What can I say that hasn't been said already. Such a great IPA.

Photo of Amalak
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, light bronze color. Nice foamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Nice floral scent to it.

This a wondeful IPA. Nice floralness to it. Slight bitter hop taste. Smooth. A bit of a complex vegetable taste to it. There's even a bit of a dark fruit flavor there. Nice in that it doesn't over due any one thing.

Photo of dcook11
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light orange huh. One finger head that dissolves quickly.

S- Citrus forward. Tropical fruit. Malt. Slight simcoe hops as it warms.

T- Hops, resinous pine. Slight citrus.

M- Medium bodied, verging on heavy.

O- Welll developed, but lacking that wow factor. Would have liked to see a broader hop profile.

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A wonderfully perfect sized pinhead holed bubbles throught an off white and foamy head. Body color is glowing crystal clear gold and amber red/brown. Some nice mix of slow rising carbonation as well. Impressive looking.

Great simple nose, of a pine like hop, small citrus, but also a real nice ripped grain and malt action. Solid.

Fantastic tasting beer. Palate fills thick and rich without getting cloying syrupy. Just a hint of stickiness, hop pine slightly then fills with a jammy apricot and hop grapefruit. Aftertaste brings a perfect blend of sugar sweetness and bitter.

A fantastic tasting IPA what more can I say.

Photo of Duff27
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 09/28/11

A- Dark yellow/light orange beer. Inch-tall white head. Above average lacing with good head retention.

S- Subdued sweet citrus nose, pineapple/grapefruit.

T- Well balanced, very clean. More sweet citrus on the tail end of each sip. Drinks lower than 7.5%abv

M- Medium to medium-full mouthfeel, good carbonation.

D/O- I found Union Jack to be very drinkable, probably it's greatest attribute. All around very solid IPA. Thanks PTMcB for a beer that I've just never ran across before.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for this one.

A: Pours a clear orange with a one finger white head, moderate retention, finally reducing to a thin ring of white.

S: Very nice citrus aroma, plenty of pineapple and grapefruit. Hints of orange rind and pine, with a touch of caramel on the back end.

T: Lots of pine upfront which transitions nicely into some citrus, pineapple and a good bit of orange. Hints of caramel on the backend with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth, slightly sticky finish.

O: Really nice IPA. Great combination of pine and citrus, very easy drinking, especially at a high ABV for style.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of CaptainTripps
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of SirSketch
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright gold color, edging on orange. Very clear. White head with excellent lace.

S - Smells like a handful of hop pellets! Loads of pine, lemongrass and melon hop aromas. Somehow, there's a chardonnay wine-like aroma. Slightly acidic.

T - Very strong citrus taste, mainly grapefruit, and an astringent bitterness. Could be more balanced and highlight the malt a bit.

M - Clean, crisp finish and dry, medium body.

O - The aroma on this IPA is world class, but the taste is a bit too one-sided.

Photo of elNopalero
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a caramel-straw color. There’s a floral, piney aroma with some malt to it. Tastes delicious, with pine and floral hops, grapefruit and citrusy essential oils. Bit of a chewiness gives it some heft and a tongue-curling bitter finish. I liked it.

Photo of Luchman
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice, clear, copper/orange color with fluffly one inch head that fades to puddles on top. Lacing down the sides. Looks like something I want to drink!

S: Smell is pungent with floral, pine, and grapefruit all with a sweet malt. Delicous

T: Just like the nose. Pine comes in strong with the grapefruit taking a seat but still in the mix as well as other tropical fruits., ends with a delicious semi-sweet caramel malt with some biscuit breadiness. Ends with a crisp bitter bite.

M: Great. Medium body with a medium to low carbonation that goes down creamy, easy, and slick.

O: I’ve heard good things about Union Jack and it did not disappoint. I’ll be drinking this again.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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