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Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#862
Reviews:
1,373
Ratings:
6,701
pDev:
9.46%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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523
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1,745
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Ratings: 6,701 |  Reviews: 1,373
Photo of talbotjf99
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sweetdemonsweat
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Troyone
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved a six pack as a present and was quite impressed.

This is an off gold color in the direction of orange. The head is about a sixteenth" and an off white color. The carb action is evident and this is slightly hazy.

There is a sweet smell of a grassy citrus lemon and a mild pine with some caramel malt maybe bready.

Fills the mouth will flavors and is tight, concentrated. Citrussy lemon and mild pine with a sweet grassy carbonation and the bitterness is evident and far from intollerable. In the background the caramel malt, maybe lightly toasted, is well blended. The 7.5 abv warms the senses and adds to the citrus aftertaste with a hint of caramel malt.

This is has a medium light mouthfeel with a nice alcohol warming finish.

Excellent session IPA at 7.5 abv watch out this is good.

After visiting many Brewpubs I would have to add that this is the typical great tasting IPA that usually is the preferred out of a sampler from a mom and pop Brewpub only with 7.5... If I could give this my own classification I would put this in the Amercan Brewpub IPA catagory.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great extra given to me by Azurescens. Bottled on 12/07/10. Enjoyed on 02/23/11. Relatively fresh, time to review!

A - Crystal clear light amber color with a two finger white head. Leaves incredible lacing. Looks great.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, pine, very pungent nose. Smells great. Just what I want from a west coast IPA.

T - Begins balanced with some prickly carbonation. Nice and bitter toward the end. Finish leaves a great grapefruit/citrusy bitterness on the tongue. This is a fantastic beer.

M/D - Mouthfeel is medium where it should be with good carbonation. I'm going through this bottle quickly because it tastes so darn good.

My first offering from Firestone Walker, I had high expectations and I was not disappointed. A great beer, one of the best AIPAs I've had.

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Photo of Vintilian
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bkkt
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Keely_Kennedy
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Mucho Bueno in every way!!! Very good!!

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Twism86
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevenrmartinez
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gr0g
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with high clarity. A somewhat aggressive pour yields a two finger head. Retention is good and lacing is excellent: complete curtains of foam all around the glass. The aroma is pure bliss with a complex mix of notes at play, no doubt because of a diverse mix of six different hops being used. Pineapple and tropical fruit, grapefruit rind, pine needle, and floral notes are all detectable.

The flavor has a complexity that rivals the aroma. While definitely a hop bomb and packing solid bitterness, there's a malt character not unlike what you'd find in a DIPA. The underlying malty sweetness adds depth and complexity. The hops are the star, though, with plenty of citrus character backed up by resinous pine. Bitter all the way to the finish with no unpleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is just about perfect with hop oils aplenty and a soft carbonation that isn't harsh while and doesn't check out early. At 7.5%, this is bumping in to DIPA territory, but there's no booziness at all.

This is an excellent IPA that validates Firestone Walker's position among the brewing elite. Top notch.

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Photo of 2Xmd
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jonvan04
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark gold with a 1/2 inch white head. The aroma was a blend of piney hops along with some honey and syrup notes. The taste was very refreshing. It was balanced for an IPA, not too hoppy or too dry. Overall it was a very flavorful hop forward beer that was made with care, it's not just an overly aggressive hop bomb. This was the first beer I've had in FW's regular rotation. It's good to see that they can brew a great beer that isn't 10% alcohol and barrel aged. This beer was very well done.

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Photo of chaseparker9
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer. Out of the Firestone variety 12 pack this beer blows the others away by far.

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Photo of Jacobus79
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of JohnLikesBeeraLot
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chris19
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lwcreasy
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly cloudy amber color in the body, with a dense, off-white head of an inch or an inch-and-half. Thick lacing, and a glorious ring crowns the brew as it falls, encircling an amber lake and ensorcelling this drinker. Time to put a nose in.

Delicious zest of varied citrus and a fresh, piney hop aroma on a rising, subtle backbone of crackery malt and spice. Wonderful sweet tangerine, and sharper lemon are the stars, and continue to increase for a while. The aroma seems endless. Some other fruit seems to be flitting in the background. Can't make it out, except for a slight, banana-like ester presence. This balances nice with the dominant citrus and pine impression. Glorious, glorious West Coast aroma.

Wonderful pine quality exercises the tongue straight out of the gate. Orange rind on the back half of the sip, as it glides down with that back-end bitterness. Sprightly, crackery, lively malt increases its influence slightly with more exposure of the beer to the tongue, but gives in to a wonderful, hoppy hoppy hop dance every time. Still seems to be just enough as counterpoint to a wonderful, medium + bitterness and a clean, but pungently hoppy, finish.

Medium to medium-light body. Very drinkable with a slight creaminess in the feel that serves as a fantastic sleight-of-hand for a cutting mid-palate rush of carbonation and liveliness.

The standard-bearing west coaster!

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Photo of Zorro
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle says 7.5% ABV so I assume the 8% was just taproom guesstimation.

Clear copper golden colored ale with a near white colored head, great clarity and good looks but not outstanding.

Smell is sweet but SHARPLY aromatic with the hops, Hops Shortage? Not in this beer! Strong scents of pine resin and tropical fruit with lots of citrus too. Firestone's typical oak barrel scents are in this but a bit hidden. Alcohol fumes carry fruity scents mostly apricot and plum. The hops in this hit you the moment you pop the cap.

The taste starts out sweet and spicy, at first the hop level seems a bit low but THAT changes in about two seconds. Strongly pine and citrus at the start. Nice balance very hoppy and fairly bitter but the sweetness is balanced just right here. Fair amount of tropical flavor here and it does remind me a little of FFF Dreadnaught in that way. You can feel the alcohol warmth in your chest and it releasing higher than average aromatic hop compounds in to your mouth. Vanilla, oak and faint mango and melon show up after your senses adapt to the hop levels. This is one of the AIPAs that pushes near or into DIPA land.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super easy to drink AIPA that is quite easy to mistake for a low alcohol beer. Enough flavor here that you would NOT be out of line drinking this like a Double IPA. I could easily give this a 5 in both taste and drinkability but I will only pick one and easy to drink is the stronger of the two great things about this beer. Possibly the best AIPA there is anywhere.

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Photo of HeadyRebekah
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SteelPenguin
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up as an afterthought when I was in Vermont a couple of weeks ago.

Slightly fruity with just enough bitterness to balance out the fruit. Easy to drink. Makes me wish it was available in NE Ohio.

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Photo of DavidlovesCBC
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of lic217
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Copper color, nice head, lots of lacing, very clear
Smell: citrus and pine
Taste: Starts as sweet caramel malts, ends with bitter piney citrus hops
Feel: Resiny with a nice full mouthfeel
Overall: Really well done beer

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Photo of emmasdad
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle a somewhat hazy orange color, with a collar of dense white foam. The nose is full of fresh hop aroma; tangerine, orange, grapefruit and pine. On the palate I get a bit of light malt flavor, but mostly huge citrus; more tangerine, grapefruit and orange. This is a great IPA. Beautifully balanced, quaffable, and easy to drink. Could drink this one all day.

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Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,701 ratings
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