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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Ratings: 5,291
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 342
Gots: 668 | 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:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007)
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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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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear deep fold with some copper leanings. Head is bright-white, slightly fluffy. Dwindles to a thin cap on the beer. Hints of lacing. A solid swirl generates a nice head that lingers for a bit. Carbonation looks to be on point.

Smell: Pine, touches of grapefruit flesh, and some mint. Biscuit and a touch of earth. Malts and hops are in equal measure and work to bring out the best in both worlds. A touch of sweetness helps round out the back. Biscuity and citrusy. Grapefruit grows with each inhale.

Taste: Loads of grapefruit come through a nice level of sweetness. Oily rind and biscuit dough. Some mint on the back. Caramel in tiny measures. Runs a touch floral and ends with a solid punch of pine. Hop flavor is aggressive, but never overpowering. Nice meld of flavors. Toasted malts and biscuits help round out the hops, but it's a testament to hops and their proper use.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full. Carbonation is on point. Smooth and a touch on the creamy side. Yup, it's good.

Overall: I get sad when I realize this still isn't available to me at all times. A very nice compliment of hop complexity paired with a full malt profile makes for a nice drinking experience.

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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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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of paulozanello
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper clear color with a tan head with moderate retention and amazing lacing

Aroma is citrus, piney and resinous hops with a touch of floral.

Taste is hops and mores hops. I'm sure the malt is there to balance but the hops are so juicy that they overcome everything.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with medium to low carbonation. Dry astringent finish as it should be.

No doubt one of the finest American IPAs out there! Brynildson is indeed the hop master

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

A: 1/4" white head over copper coloured cloudy liquid.

S: Sweet caramel malt and citrus.

T: Pine and grapefruit citrus hop flavours up front which dissipate quickly and give way to a more tangerine citrus profile. Underlying this is the sweet malt backbone. Quite nice, although I get the impression this particular bomber from Fred Meyer isn't as fresh as it could be.

M: Pretty thick and resiny for an IPA with a medium to low level of fine carbonation.

O: Very balanced and on the sweeter side, I could see this IPA being enjoyed by people who cannot handle their bitter tasting IPAs.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear amber color from a 12 oz bottle with ABV and freshness date on the label and bottle respectively.
Amazing hop dominant aroma the moment I cracked the bottle open. Citrus, pine, with some floral hops and surprisingly some notes of anise (had an ouzo like feel) and hints of bready malts.
Taste is just the perfect balance my palate likes when I think of an american IPA. The hop dominance is perfectly balanced by the hops making sure it does not feel too overpowered by the hops, but at the same time makes you realize this is a hop-loaded IPA.
I have had this previously on tap, and I must say there is almost no difference between the two. The only difference I could think of is perhaps the shade of the bottled version is a tad lighter than the tapper version. But that could be due to factors pertaining to light. All in all, I think this is a fantastic IPA, another winner from the west coast. Definitely worth a try and highly recommended if you are a hop-head.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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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.

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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.
94 out of 100 based on 5,291 ratings.