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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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5,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,540
Reviews: 1,222
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 387
Gots: 842 | 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:
Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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Pretty much a classic example of what a West Coast IPA should be, well-crafted with a definite citrusy-pine element but extremely clean with good balance, some complexity, and depth, good yeasty character, and a well-rounded character overall.

Deep gold, big off-white head slowly shirnks to a thin foamy top and a little bit of lace.

Aroma is orange marmalade, pine, grapefruit, yeasty juiciness, bread.

Taste is nicely juicy citrus, marmalade up front, yeastiness and bread with pine resin. Balance is great, it’s very engaging and lively and the abv is not apparent aside from presumably adding to the overall balance and body.

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L - deeper golden color with nice clarity and a frothy off-white head that holds good retention
S - grapefruit and orange rind, pine, caramel, toasted grain
T - toasty grain and oak, caramel, pungent grapefruit rind, orange rind, pine, nice sweetness with an even nicer bitterness
F - medium body, pleasant carbonation, finishes bitter and dry
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A: Brilliant orange/copper hue. PExcellent clarity. Moderate to minimal carbonation. One finger bleached khaki head. Good retention, stellar lacing.

S: Massive bomb of grapefruit. Pulp, juice, whatever you wish to call it. Tropical notes underneath that with lots of mango and huge papaya. Underneath that is the dank earthiness. Touch of the savory onion. Malt brings in an added level of sweetness, with caramel and a touch of toffee sipping through.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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