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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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5,272 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,272
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 337
Gots: 649 | FT: 12
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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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of musicforairports
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled Oct. 26, reviewed Dec. 6.

Straw-golden, light and very clear. Nice head and some lacing.

Smells mostly of citrus peel--lemon, grapefruit, orange.

Flavor is bright and fruity, with notes of lemon, orange, mango, papaya, grapefruit, etc. The citrus flavors are bright and bitter, but a candy-like sweetness is also evident. A bit one-dimensional, with very little malt here.

Mouthfeel is thin-medium and nicely carbonated.

Overall this is a good IPA with a bright citrus-peel flavor that reminds me of a handful of other IPAs (Southern Tier and Clipper City come to mind). I generally prefer something with a more varied and complex hop flavor, but I'd definitely drink this one again. Glad Firestone Walker finally hit this area.

Photo of jmerloni
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Yellow-orange translucent color. Nice light white head that laces thinly and evenly. Pretty. Christmasy.

S - Hoppy, with a piney aroma. Very crisply malted with brown sugar or molasses, maybe even honey.

T - Delicious. Like a candied conifer with honey and ground nuts on it. This is very nice and homey. I want to drink it by a wood stove in a forest. It's that type of beer. Resinous.

M - Nice and light to medium bodied. Perfectly carbonated. Somewhat dry.

D - Drinkable. Good winter beer. Good holiday beer. Tastes like the holidays in the same way Starbucks' holiday blend tastes like christmas. Yummy.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, citrus hops, slight yeast, hint of citrus (pomegranate?), and hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, alcohol, hint of citrus, hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a bright clear copper color with two fingers of bubbly off-white head leaving loads of lacing behind.

Hops! Big aroma of orange, pine and floral hops.

Tastes matches the aroma with bright orange, pine and floral notes. A sweet caramel maltiness is present for balance as well as a hit of bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied with a slight dryness and moderate carbonation.

I love hoppy IPAs and this is definitely one of my new favorites.

Photo of TechTriumph
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 11/20/11:
Bottled: 08/04/11; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Light copper/orange color; Very slight haze; 1-1/2" off-white fluffy head with nice lacing all around the glass

S - Lots of hops in the aroma; Pine, citrus, floral, and grassy hops come through; Some sweet caramel malts and slightly toasty smell as well

T - Initial quick sweet caramel that gives way to pine and floral flavor with a toasty background taste; Somewhat bitter finish that lingers

M - Good carbonation; Medium bodied; Smooth mouthfeel

O - This bottle wasn't quite as fresh as I prefer for an IPA, and as a result, the hops didn't jump out at me quite as much as I had hoped. However, this is still a very smooth and drinkable IPA with a nice overall flavor. The next time I purchase this beer, I hope to find a fresh bottle to fully experience the intended hop experience.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of tylerprince
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful clear golden amber with a one-finger head. The head gives way to an incredible, persistent lacing.

S: Pungent floral and citrus aromas, with a fair amount of pine. Not really smelling much in the way of malt.

T/M: Delicious. A smooth, crisp IPA (on the verge of DIPA) with a powerful floral and citrus taste, giving way to more citrus and finally to a mild toasty malt flavor. Just the slightest bit too much carbonation for my taste, and leaves quite a bit of alcohol on the palate. Pretty creamy mouthfeel, which was an interesting surprise.

O: A delicious, somewhat rare IPA. I've been meaning to try this one and was excited to see it on tap at the bar last night. A definite go-to IPA, competing for the title with the Stone IPA.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of gabedivision
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a 12 oz bottle to a DFH brandy snifter.

The appearance is a clear deep apple cider color with a 1 finger head that laces and sticks around the glass. Big sticky hop on the nose traces of grapefruit, mango, and other citrus hops fill the nose. The malt and the alcohol are hidden behind the huge hop blast. The taste is amazing, so sweet and subtle. Again, citrus hops dominate the flavor, with a strong malt backbone. Big mango, and piny flavors all around, big aspriny bitter on the finish. This is medium in body and feel, nice and sugary, bitter, yet creamy and smooth to drink. This beer is awesome overall, really glad it made it to NY. I'm def going to consume this sucker regularly.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,272 ratings.