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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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5,535 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,535
Reviews: 1,222
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 387
Gots: 840 | 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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Photo of coldmeat23
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours a clear, golden, amber color. One fingers worth of lightly creamy, light tan colored foam sits on top. This recedes to a thin film that covers the surface. The lacing is in thick rings and quite sticky.

This has a nice big nose, full of fresh hop notes. Big amounts of floral and citrus presence. Lots of orange and grapefruit and a nice burst of pine. A mild earthiness and a nice balancing presence of caramel malts.

Hops are still out in front, but it's an IPA, so what else would you expect? They follow the pattern set forth by the smell. The hops outshine the caramel notes, but not in an overpowering way. This is fairly well balanced, not overly sweet or bitter.

This has anice medium, almost full, body going on. A good, solid, medium level of carbonation. Nice and smooth with a very light touch of creaminess.

As far as an IPA goes, which isn't my favorite style, this is pretty drinkable. I'd gladly drink it again, if given the chance.

Photo of erialbill
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey color with a small white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and pine hops. The aromas could be amped up a little.

Tastes of the hops up front with a decent malt backbone. Hops provide a citrus and pine bitterness with a spicy note. Malt adds a caramel sweetness on the back end to keep everything in check.

Mouthfeel is a medium-full with a light creamy quality to it.

Photo of Nolen12
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of scotv
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

A - dense murky amber, lightly carbonated, reasonable head which retains well

S - sweet tropical fruits, hard to get past the grapefruit, very nice

T - grapefruit dominating for me, but hoppy and a little spice towards the end

M - refreshing, medium bodied IPA, the warmth of the 7.5% ABV comes through

O - an extremely tasty beer, right up there with the best of this style. Do yourself a favour if you spot this at your bottlo or local.

Photo of BeerThursdays
2.75/5  rDev -35%

Photo of Bwagner1122
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 01/28/14 marked on the label. Reviewing from notes after enjoying on 3/14/14. Poured into the Spiegelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - The body pours a jewel-like amber hue that makes it look like it could have a prehistoric mosquito stuck in it. Golden yellow highlights accent the edge of the glass, contouring the unique shape of the Spiegelau glass' ridges and bulbous bowl. Rushing to replenish a sudsy one-finger chiffon-colored head is a steady stream of dynamic carbonation bubbles. The foam begins to dissipate after a few minutes, with the middle sinking down like quicksand while the sides remain high to eventually leave healthy sheets of mottled lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Huge citrus is the primary aromatic profile of this IPA. White and pink grapefruit, lemon zest, citron and maybe even kumquat make for an overpoweringly bright smell. My nostrils might need shades for this one. Hiding in the background is a faint but depth-inducing note of sweeter tropical fruit--most likely mango. But before we go, there is a toasted grain sweetness from the malt bill, to give the hops a cracker to be spread upon.

Taste - The citrus is still on full display, with a dominant showing from grapefruit, lemon zest, orange and pineapple, but now the grain is a bit more prevalent, providing outstanding balance and more interest to the palate. Caramelized sweetness makes sure that the citrus and hops don't completely dry out my mouth, and it makes for a better all around beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate-to-high carbonation, with a semi-sweet finish that gives the impression of enhancing the body overall that makes it feel like drinking a fresh-squeezed hop.

Overall, just an outstanding American IPA. I've had it many times, but this might be the freshest I've had it (6 weeks) and felt compelled to write it up into a review. Also, I'm cleaning out my beer notebook... but I digress. If you're looking for an outstanding, classic example of the West Coast style of IPA, but like a little bread in your lupulin shake, you could do a LOT worse than Union Jack. It's one I will continue to buy and drink for as long as FW continues to make it so good.

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of scottbrew4u
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of chugalug06
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Brilliantly clear orange IPA. Looks like butter. Lots of great lacing is left behind by the foamy white head.

S - Big grape fruit and lots of apple and lemon. Very smooth IPA

T - WOW. one of the best IPAs I've ever had... Especially @ 7.5% Rich, creamy, smooth and not over powered with hops.

M - Perfect carbonation and bitterness. Not too dry. Very airy and open about the flavor it carries.

O - Awesome brew. Super glad FSW is now distributing their brews to CO!!! Keep the awesome brew coming!

Photo of Docer
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber, no freshness date.. poured into a tumbler.

- Yellow/Orange color and copper.. bubbly white head that smooths down quick to a bit of lacing, not much. Bubbles like a champagne. Is this the champagne of beers? Nice and clear.

- Smell is of very fresh floral hops with a tad bit of tropical fruit. Slight caramel malt as well... liking so far.

- Little bread, little rye.. little dry.. but with a great hop flavor. Nicely 'unbalanced' with a very slight malt presence. Crisp and refreshing, and masks the slight increase in alcohol very well. Rather bitter too... likies.

- Dry mouth, bitter aftertase.. with lingering spring flowers just in bloom.

- Quite drinkable indeed.. not syrupy at all, a bit bubbly, but overall an easy strong sessional. Worth the purchase, but by no means a favorite IPA of mine.

** Edited... after finishing the bomber, I am a bit more impressed... Very good drinkablilty!

Photo of Massbmx
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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

A: Bubbly yellow pour, small white head leaves nice lacing, but doesn't stick around long. Bubbles stick to the side of the glass and race upwards from the bottom.

S: Very fruits hops dominate the smell. Slight caramel maltiness, and perhaps hints of piney hops. Overall hoppy, fruity, sweet.

T: Phenomenal grapefruit taste. Very fruits. A bit of dryness from the hops, very small amount of maltiness to hold it all together. Citrus, bitter, really great and well balanced taste.

MF: Light, carbonated well, dry throughout, no hint of alcohol.

O: This is a great IPA. Balanced, tasty, sweet, bitter, great smell. Really top notch.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a transparent light copper color with a medium white head. Decent retention, and some sticky lace.

Smell: Strong piney hops, with some citrusy notes as well. Weaker caramel malt exists as an afterthought.

Taste: Starts with a soft, slightly biscuity caramel malt. The piney hops take control, but there is a nice blend with grapefruit and apricot hops. Finishes quite bitter, although there is not much aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Quite crispy carbonated feel. The tight bubbles help to raise the hop oil off the tongue. On the light side of a medium body.

Drinkability: Easy to drink; quite a hoppy brew, and with such smoothness this goes down extremely easily.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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