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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
94
outstanding

4,659 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,659
Reviews: 1,126
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 307
Gots: 399 | FT: 9
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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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-08-2014 19:17:59 | More by LXIXME
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove. Thanks!
This one poured a hazy orange, dense cream coloured head, clumpy lace. Intense citrus aroma as soon as the cap came off, lots of sweet oranges initially, then grapefruit and caramel, a bit of earthy pine, no detectable alcohol. Bitterness was strong but not overpowering due to the malty caramel and bready character. Lots of citrusy hop flavour throughout, juicy grapefruit, with pine resin lingering. Slight alcohol flavour and warmth, plus a little spiciness, towards the end. Medium bodied with ample, creamy carbonation, sort of chewy, some dryness. I found this beer to be quite balanced - lots of hops but with plenty of malt to back it up. Easy drinking and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 18:39:10 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this one back from his vacation for me.

A - copper with a large, dense, foamy, white head that has great retention

S - citrus, grapefruit, floral; awesome hop aroma

T - bready, sweet, faint birthday cake, citrusy, light piny bitterness in the finish; a hint of alcohol in the finish as well

M - warm, smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a very nice, balanced, drinkable beer. The nose is great, the flavor is malty and well hopped, the alcohol is noticeable but the drinkability is impeccable. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 20:07:55 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

01-16-2013 02:02:23 | More by Kelp
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

12oz received as an extra with a very cool trader.. Weibull. Poured into my New Sam Adams funky glass.

1" head takes a while to die back leaving bunches of lace.. sorta looks crunchy. Brew is crystal clear golden.. very pretty.

Alot of grapefruit and pine hoppiness in the nose and little else.. very clean and very hoppy.. smells fresh.

Flavor is all about the hops .. citrus and pine cones.. a little sweet off the top but that all melts away quickly.. lite pale malts .. and a very nice bitter backbone... finishes with a lip-smacking grapefruit oil on my teeth and lips... wonderful. Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style.. carbonation is prickly but helps with the maltiness... this brew tastes like a big-boned IPA (verging on DIPA territory) and it is.. but everything is very well balanced.

I could drink these for quite a while.. A huge thanks goes out to Class Act Trader Weibull. Jason.. I owe you big!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 08:50:27 | More by JohnGalt1
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-01-2012 15:04:51 | More by sendbeer
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-22-2014 21:18:19 | More by afsdan
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-12-2012 04:40:57 | More by PEIhop
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a white head, some retention, amazing lacing.

S: Great hop nose, pine, citrus rind, candied fruit, pineapple.

T: Very assertive bitterness, rind, candied pineapple, pine, warming alcohol.

M: Moderate body has some hop acidity with an off-dry finish.

D: Like hops?

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 02:55:17 | More by Derek
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-11-2013 01:55:38 | More by dmorgan310
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beertunes

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean and clear golden amber with about an inch of slightly off white head that dissipated very quickly and left more than moderate lacing.

A floral hop aroma, backed with some pine, hits the nose upfront. The malt that , by definition, must be in beer has no presence. Yup, you guessed it, the flavors are dominantly pine and flowers.

Body and drinkability are average for the style. Overall, while this is a very enjoyable beer, I've now had a couple and look forward to more, it's just your basic California IPA. Very tasty, worth having several of, but does not stand away from the pack.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 12:45:24 | More by beertunes
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billab914

Virginia

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. It poured a clear amber color with a thin but bubbly white head to it. The head settled down after a minute and it left a modest amount of lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a good mix of malts and hops. Some nice citrusy hops come through and mix with a sweeter, malty, slightly caramely flavor. More malt forward then most West Coast IPA's, but I think it works well for it.

The taste also has a very nice mix of hoppy and malty flavors. A brighter, floral, citrusy, hoppy flavor comes through very nicely. The sweeter, malty flavors are also very present throughout the flavor. The sweeter malt really keeps things in relative balance for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a very nice IPA. I really liked the more malt forward and sweeter notes it added to the bright hoppiness. Very nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 21:57:37 | More by billab914
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Tone

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 03:01:06 | More by Tone
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HopHead84

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium gold with a 1.5 finger head and some lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit and a hint of pine. A swirl of the glass unfetters this aromatic beauty.

T: Bitter grapefruit with a medium bitter finish which lasts for a bit in the back of the mouth (I suppose that's where the beer last touched my mouth so it makes sense). Resiny and piny. I also get some spruce, or what I imagine spruce may or may not taste like (like I've even had spruce). This beer exemplifies a west coast ipa in that it is very hoppy and has a very small malt profile.

M: Light bodied, great carbonation, coats the mouth with a sticky texture.

D: I don't know what the availability of this will be, but I plan on sessioning this on a number of occasions in the future. In California the IPA market is flooded, but apparently FW isn't afraid to get their feet wet and they've suceeded in crafting a quality IPA which can stand up to the best of them.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 04:03:24 | More by HopHead84
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.7%

05-22-2012 01:07:56 | More by Zaphog
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Brad007

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like this has high marks. Came in a pre-mixed sixer from Ryan & Casey in Greenfield, MA.

Pours a dark gold with a two-finger head into my glass. Lacing as expected.

Grassy hops with a citrus backbone. I can't quite put my nose down on it.

Like biting into half of a grapefruit. But, it doesn't wham the tongue. This allows one to absorb the flavor of the malt as well.

Lingering bitterness that leans towards grapefruit.

I can honestly say that I think this lives up to the high marks bestowed by the bros.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 23:37:17 | More by Brad007
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-10-2013 01:14:57 | More by THECPJ
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dirtylou

Washington

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

12oz bottle - sixer from ballard market. about 5 weeks old

appearance: served in tyranena pint - glowing orange body, frothy
white head with sticky lace

smell: fresh citrus, grassy, grapefruit zest

taste: the best substitute for two hearted that I can find - great IPA, reasonably priced and available in a sixer. Fresh citrus, sugary orange peel, grapefruit zest, pine resin, light bitterness, tropical fruit. real nice.

mouthfeel: medium-light body, well hopped and not overly bitter

overall: solid solid stuff

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 03:17:49 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse in LA. The beer was very clear, orange color, just enough foam and a lot of sticky lace. The aroma is so good, more American than English (and based on the name I think I expected a more English version), lots of American west-coast style hops aroma in this. Citrusy, delicious, and it came through in the flavor also. Medium body keeps it drinkable, although it's no slouch at 7.5%.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 03:06:43 | More by TurdFurgison
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

07-13-2012 19:49:40 | More by rolltide8425
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a one finger head that leaves good lacing.

Smell is a bit on the sweet side, but has a nice piney/earthy component too.

Very hop forward with a lot of sharp pine notes, slightly sweet and a nice bready malt finish. Feels very well balanced and the carbonation compliments the flavors very nicely. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 01:42:18 | More by drummermattie02
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice crop of white head resting on top. Wispy clouds of retention with copious curtains of lacing left behind each delicious gulp.

Strong citrus notes in the nose with juicy pulp driven by orange and grapefruit. Slight sweetness with bready tones and malt caramel base. Literally no alcohol.

Bitter hops up front with grapefruit and orange. Very juicy and explosive tastes with pulp and rind notes. Some caramel and bready notes in the backbone, but incredibly well balanced. Sweetness fades into bitter finish with almost non-existent alcohol bite.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering feel on the tongue. Exceptionally drinkable, nicely balanced IPA - I want more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 04:09:57 | More by xnicknj
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip 3/8/13 thanks Ian for the bottle

A golden yellow liquid with tiny bubbles feeding a thumbs width of foam that has great retention leaving several partial rings deep down the glass

S floral and tropical, mango, tangerine, pineapple and lemon with some pine and caramel popping up here and there, smells the part

T more rind and pine then in the mouth and less floral and tropical notes, no complaints but the nose had a little something over the flavor

M medium full with a nice bitter snap, very slick on the palate almost slimy and just a little sticky on the lips, lingering pine and lemon rind just keeps going

O well hidden booze and well rounded, could pass for a DIPA in my books or at least an IPA and a half, went down in no time

I have a feeling the Double Jack in my fridge is going to be a palate wrecker, I'd drink this on a regular basis if I could get my hands on it with ease

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 19:46:48 | More by wordemupg
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of grapefruit and pine resin with hints of green onion and a solid caramel maltiness to back it up. Solid caramel malty flavor with layers of pine and citrus on top and a moderate level of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Nice old school IPA I enjoyed this for a change.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 22:34:41 | More by johnnnniee
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tobelerone

Connecticut

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

Clear amber colored beer; receding 1/2 inch of fluffy white head; nice slowly falling lace.

Superb aroma; very hoppy, with prominent citrus notes, particularly pineapple and grapefruit.

The taste is in the same bag and for me, absolutely delicious. The bitterness is held in check just enough to allow all that juicy pineapple flavor to shine through. Just the faintest hint of malt sweetness. Lots of grassy and herbal notes as well.

Medium long finish; lingers nicely, but just dry enough to bring you back for more. Moderate carbonation.

I really think this is a superb IPA; one of the best I've ever had and exactly what I look for in this style. The hop characteristics are very refined, full of subtle fruity notes and not just a bitter bomb. Yum. So fresh, could drink this one all day and night.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 12:14:55 | More by tobelerone
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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