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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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4,920 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,920
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 322
Gots: 505 | FT: 8
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange and slightly hazy with a steady and thick head; lacing is great

S: Citrus and pine sit on top of a sweet malty base; lots of lemon, grapefruit rind, and tea leaves; the pine presence grows as the beer warms

T: Fairly well balanced IPA with a pleasant citrus and pine hop bitterness on top of a sweet bready malt base

F: Creamy up front with a low but pleasant carbonation; the beer is fairly sticky on the back end

O: This is a very nice and fairly balanced IPA; nice work from Firestone Walker

dbossman, May 16, 2011
Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Stigs, Jun 20, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: side-to-center pour into nonic pint: medium gold beer, clear with tiny bubbles floating up through the body; slim, one-finger head of beige relaxed into a frothy film that persisted to the end

S: caramel and malt, resin and outdoor pine

T: bittered with pine hoppiness upfront and throughout, semi-sweet malt base

M: medium body, slightly chewy malt, slightly coating and bittering, great tack no the finish, aftertaste calls for more beer

O: I guess everyone who tries this really digs it, and I can see why. It's one of those really classy, like "old school"-tasting brews - a strong, crisp beer with sharp edges and a satisfying abv.

Greywulfken, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

LotsofLupulin, Aug 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

gshackles, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

browniewithnuts, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ChugginOil, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Braz
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had at the TK Irish Pub. Pretty amber coppery color, clear, with a nice white head. Citrusy, grapefruit aromatics, heavy. Smooth feel and big on the hops. Slight malt appearance toward the end. Fairly bitter in all. Excellent IPA. Very well rounded from appearance to mouthfeel. One of the best IPA's I've had.

Braz, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

NYR_Rob, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

bmjivi221, Jul 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

braican, Nov 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

ChrisPro, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ArchEnemyBrew, Jun 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BKotch, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

HoppyBastard2, Mar 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

johnnyboy76, Aug 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

standardcherry, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Nightrain87, May 23, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan and bubbly head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - big resiny pine aromas with some grapefruit as well. very tempting aroma.
t - pine, grapefruit, spicy with some caramel to balance it out.
m - creamy and medium.
o - stupendous. complex and hits all the right taste buds.

GPHarris, Apr 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

cfinch2, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

JimGlonke, Aug 12, 2012
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3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Surprised and disappointed that this one does not nearly live up to the hype, I am flummoxed that this entry earns a 95 in BA.

Bottled on 3/14/13, so it's approx. 5 weeks old; reviewed live. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A: Nice pour, with a friendly and active one-inch head, which dissipates fairly quickly; typical lacing for the style.

S: Nothing special in the nose, in fact a hint of the somewhat unwelcome malt presence to come is in evidence. Was hoping for more of the citrusy odour typical of the best examples of this style.

T: The flavor here is surprisingly tame and leans more towards the malt side; the hops character is stunted and fails to distinguish itself.

M: The alcohol (a robust 7.5% ABV) makes itself felt in the swallow, leaving a respectable but unspectacular taste in the mouth. Absent are any distinguishing flavors to separate this from your standard issue IPA.

O: I approach any Firestone Walker entry with a bit of trepidation, as I have not yet been blown way by any of their entries. I want very much to support the brewery, as Firestone is quite local to me here in Ojai. But this one is fair to middling, and hardly lives up to the promise of the advance hype that led me to buy it ($8.99 for a six-pack). I notice that many reviewers located outside of California are tripping over themselves to heap praise on this one. Me thinks these people need to come to Cali and see how well this style can be done. ^_^

BeerBeast, Apr 19, 2013
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,920 ratings.