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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

4,606 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,606
Reviews: 1,124
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 302
Gots: 382 | 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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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-08-2013 20:58:33 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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chefduff2

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-01-2013 00:03:09 | More by chefduff2
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-22-2013 13:58:11 | More by cnbrown313
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Beerbuddy21

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-09-2012 05:48:19 | More by Beerbuddy21
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fairly dry and citric nose on this one. Good grapefruit presence....a bit tropical perhaps. But certainly hoppy and dry.

There's an immediate good dose of grapefruit and definite pineapple hop bitterness here starting out....followed by quite the formidable caramel malt base. One of the sweeter IPA's I've ever had, but that doesn't mean that it compromises the bitterness. It certainly has both. Finishes quite dry and bitter, although not in a lingering way.

A great English IPA, no question. Many of the style seem to sacrifice the bitterness but this is full flavored all the way on both fronts. Bitter, sweet, then dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:32:08 | More by NODAK
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Tschnab

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-23-2013 16:46:56 | More by Tschnab
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Bottled 5/22/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear, pale-yet-rich gold with just over two fingers of dense off-white froth. Trails of bubbles rise to the surface, without disturbing the healthy layer of head that remains throughout. Large sheets of lace cling to the goblet as I drink.

Bright, inviting aromas of oranges, mild pine, fresh cut grass and hints of cracker. This is what an IPA should smell like.

Taste is full of bitter citrusy goodness. Oranges, grapefruit, lemony rind, pinesap, a peppery spice character, grass, vague melon, some cracker and bready malts and a whisper of alcohol lingering in the background. More malts than the nose suggested but it's a nice counterpoint to the hops, which are clearly in the driver's seat.

Medium body with crisp carbonation that keeps it lively on the tongue without seeming too much. The citrusy hop bitterness lasts well into the finish but leaves room for more oranges, pine and faint bread.

I can see why Union Jack is held in such high esteem. Even at two months old this is an outstanding IPA that I would love to try directly from the bright tank one day. This has all the bitterness I like in the style without sacrificing balance and it both looks and smells fantastic to boot. Glad to have finally tried this and will definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 23:27:43 | More by ThickNStout
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FreshZ

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-09-2013 16:01:31 | More by FreshZ
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JoeMans

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-28-2014 00:16:28 | More by JoeMans
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jk3

New York

3/5  rDev -29.2%

12-24-2011 03:12:09 | More by jk3
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

05-02-2014 23:06:21 | More by danthehopslamman
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body of this beer almost glows as light shoots through it making it a orange with honey tone. Head is off white and stands at an inch and a half but fades fast leaving a bit of lace. Nose has a consistant hop based feel with some citrus and woodsy feel. Enters the mouth with crisp big citrus blast. Hops are bursting with juicy orange rind and grapefruit pulp tones. Malt gives some balance but still leaves the hops on the forfront. Mouthfeel is bathed in crisp lushious hops, oh so juicy. This is a very drinkable beer, and quite refreshing. 7.5% hides well. A real sleeper of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 05:22:40 | More by SPLITGRIN
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megamass

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12%

03-25-2013 02:18:57 | More by megamass
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joecast

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half way between golden and copper. Low carbonation but forms a nice white frothy head. Good stability and lacing. A pseudo comparison with Ranger IPA comes up even here.

Much heavier citrus hop focus. Very nice. Fresh and bbit floral. Very very nice.

I'm a big fan of the brewing network so I now how popular Matt Brynildson is and his knowledge of hop use. It really comes out in this beer. Hop forward without being one dimensional. Pine and citrus, some lemon pith. Evenly layered between flavor and bitterness, but both come in super size helpings. The malt only serves to support the hops and does it's job well without being intrusive. Bitterness sticks with you, just like you want it to from this kind of beer.

I really don't understand why this beer doesn't have a bigger profile. Hopping is incredibly good and overall quality is on a scale unobtainable by most micros. A great beer and an excellent distraction from a Laker loss (WTF!!).

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 04:26:54 | More by joecast
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden amber with 2+ fingers of frothy off-white head. Great retention and good sticky lacing. Smells of citrus, bread, caramel, and spicy hops and pine. Taste starts off with a nice refreshing citrus flavor of grapefruit and orange rind followed by a good caramel and bread backbone with a touch of peppercorn. Finish is lightly of spruce pine and floral hops. Medium in body but a little watery in the back end. Good carbonation. Smooth and citrusy with a solid malt flavor and a bit of bitterness in the finish. A very solid IPA that packs in lots of hop flavors but isn't as bitter as some others. The alcohol is well hidden and the flavors leave the beer quite irresistible.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 21:44:49 | More by HopDerek
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Nugganooch

California

3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint

A: Pours a light and hazy golden straw colored hue with a small 1 finger egg-white foam head. Just some specks of lacing throughout the drink though.

S: Aroma is faint and more forward with caramalized grains and bready malts. Backed by a definite citrus and pine hop chracter. A little bit of fruity yeast as well.

T: UJ does drink just a tad on the sweeter side with some good caramelly malts and that distinct sugary biscuit taste of a more English style IPA. But much hoppier than I last remember. Real fruity citrus and pine resin character. And a nice pucker that is almost astringent but it pulls off that desired dry crisp finish.

M: Very light in body for a 7.5% IPA that has a real nice creamy texture and a slight residual stickiness on the mouth.

D: A really drinkable IPA. Nice and hoppy with a pronounced bready malt character. This one won't wreck your palate by any means but at the same time it does deliver a nice hoppy treat.

Damn I have to remember to Jack it more often! A really nice offering from FW and better than most IPA's out there these days IMO.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 22:45:38 | More by Nugganooch
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Tom-Peters

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

08-30-2012 20:26:43 | More by Tom-Peters
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blindpiggie

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-18-2013 18:17:58 | More by blindpiggie
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danieelol

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just over 3 months old.

Pours a filtered chrome with potent white head. Good head/lacing.

Smell is a little more potent than Stone IPA. Just seems like a bigger beer. Fruits- more rounded sweet fruits like oranges. Still some pine, and lime here.

Taste is again a slightly sweeter pine and lime. This one's noticeably maltier but also has loads of hop aromatics.

Mouthfeel is again all orange, some lime, and a little bit of grapefruit.

Pungent flavour. Potent and kind of balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 13:03:56 | More by danieelol
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ralerwen

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-12-2014 19:04:31 | More by ralerwen
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A:A very clear light orange color witha bright white head of about a half an inch. Leaving behind nice lacing.

S: Lots of tropical fruits and citrus in the nose. Lot's of fresh cut pineapple. And a slight touch of vanilla in the background thats not typical with ipa's.

T: The tropical fruit and pineapple dominate the tongue. A slight caramel sweetness balances out the bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Lot's of hoppy stickiness coats the tongue. Good carbonation.

Overall: A really good ipa. My third offering from Firestone Walker and i haven't been disappointed yet.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 01:00:38 | More by BigMike
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JizackFH

New York

4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a perfect golden copper color. It has a nice fluffy 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has good retention and leaves behind some nice lace on the glass. There are some nice bready and caramel malt smells, as well as a big piney hop presence. There are also some notes of tropical fruit and citrus. The taste starts off with a nice caramel malt background. There is a big piney bite to it, Also, I am getting some fruit flavors and some citrus. The hops are definitely the star here. The finish is of lingering hop bitterness. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a nice lingering hop bitterness in the finish. This has amazing drinkability. I didn't want to set my glass down for a minute. Out of all the IPAs I have had so far, this is probably my favorite. The flavor is amazing and it has wonderful balance to it. It is everything I ever wanted in an IPA. Glorious.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 10:03:18 | More by JizackFH
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-22-2013 17:21:59 | More by brandonld23
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-29-2013 01:49:33 | More by Giantspace
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks RblWthACoz for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard goblet. This beer pours a clean and clear honey brown with a sticky, white head that left lacing down the sides of the glass. This is a really pretty beer. The aroma is west coast hops with just a bit of citrus coming out, some spiciness and just a bit of pine. Also just a bit of grass. The taste is awesome. It's really a perfect balance of hops and the malt backbone. The hop bite is right up front with big piney hops and a slight kiss of orange. The sweet malt comes out at the very finish of the beer. This is really good. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, while having enough body to hold such a big taste. This is my first experience with Firestone and it makes me understand why this brewery gets such respect from Beer Geeks.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 03:32:15 | More by hwwty4
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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