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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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5,465 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,465
Reviews: 1,212
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 384
Gots: 789 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/16/11

I love Double Jack so I thought it was about time I try a Union Jack. The aroma is insanely good. The hops are pungent and fresh, reminds me of the fresh hop beers we see in the Fall. The palate doesn't let down either. Pine needles, orange zest, grapefruit flesh, and all the typical American IPA hop characteristics are big, bold, and dominating. The sticky, oily body makes for a bitter and long lasting finish. The flavor, aroma, and 7.5% ABV approach DIPA levels, but are restrained just enough and with a superior balance that allows it to maintain a shocking level of drinkability, at least for hop heads. I have had few beers with this much flavor intensity that were still this easy to drink. Clearly one of the better American IPAs available in a 6pk, glad this one finally made it to KC.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass. Bottled on 3/6/13

A- Poured a clear orange color with forthy off-white head with big bubbles

S- Strong pine and some orange citrus and grapefruit notes. Quite a bit of sweetness. The aroma is a little muted.

T- Big pungent Simcoe hops,, very astringent. Some orange citrus, pine, and peach hop character. Lot of sweetness from the malt bill. Pungent hop character all around and an assertive bitterness on the finish

M- Smooth, highly carbonated, finishes sem-dry, pretty refreshing

O- Overall a very solid IPA with huge Simcoe presence. Lots of sweetness from the malt, but also an assertive bitterness.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

thanks to barleywinefiend for this via trade!

A - nice amber orange color, absolutely crystal clear, nice white head
S - light citric hop / bitter hop notes, caramel malts
T - yup, all about the american IPA citric hops here.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated
D - quaffed quite nicely over dinner. Not so over the top to be distracting, nice enough to be complimentary and easy to have a couple of.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, about 3 months old (thanks for the date!!!)

Look is a clear IPA orange with a small soapy head that sticks to the glass. Smell is vegetal hops, sweet savory malt. This is what I'd call a balanced IPA: grassy hops (some might say onions and garlic) engulfed in sweet caramel malt, bitter and sweet, malty and salty.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled June 28, 2012. About 4 months old, so not ideal, but not available in my area so I’ll take what I can get. Served at around 40F.

Pours hazy golden amber with a two finger white head that leaves lots of webs of lacing and recedes to a light cap and foamy ring.

Aroma is citrus, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, some pineapple, apricot, floral hops, decent caramel malt. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is apricot, orange, some grapefruit, moderate caramel malt backbone, mild sweetness, good bitterness, some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a little sticky, good carbonation.

Very good IPA. I could see this being even more impressive if very fresh.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle as an extra from BA user monsterzero...served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with almost half an inch of tight, creamy & forthy slightly off-white colored foam. the beer is clear, golden in color. leaves behind a thin wall of lace throughout most of the drink.

S - strong floral and piney hops...quite juicy and with a subtle spiciness. rounded out a bit by some light caramel malts, finishes with sweet hops, predominantly floral. very nice.

T - loads of piney and grassy hops, very up front and pungent, quite bitter. glided along underneath with some sweet caramel malts which come through very forcefully (yet nicely) every few sips. finishes with lingering pine bitterness and a light spice.

M - very thick and syrupy body for the style...carbonation is present but nicely playful in the background. very oily going down but finishes clean with a waining bitterness.

D - solid IPA, very well done if you are into piney and grassy hops. strong and assertive flavors but with a bit of balance. would go very well with some spicy Thai or Asian cuisine. well done here.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for this awesome extra
I poured this into a Sam Adams pint glass it resulted in a finger worth of white head that turned into a sparse lace. The body of the brew was a clear golden orange in color.

Aromas of pine resin and citrus' filled my nose. That really is saying a lot today because of my allergies are acting up. The flavor was a well balanced for a west cost IPA; I was almost in complete shock. Good mouthfeel with great carbonation for your tongue.

I think if this was my local IPA it would be my go to brew. easy to drink and it taste like a good IPA should

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,465 ratings.