Union Jack India Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

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6,617
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Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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Photo of saeh
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Laugookneetuss
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewerB
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is loaded with fruity hop character - grapefruit, pineapple, and candied citrus are all apparent with the pineapple being most prominent. Slight alcoholic presence. Malty sweetness is also there but rather clean and I can't pick out specific malt characters. Smells so wonderful I can't wait to taste it.

Appearance is a light gold, very clear. Formed a two-three finger white head which collapsed down to a finger and held up throughout the session. It is amazing how clear the beer is given its hop character.

Like the nose, taste is centered on the hop flavors - Pineapples and oranges most prominently. Bitterness is medium-high and this lingers into the dry finish. Light piney-ness. Very clean malt sweetness. Fantastic!

Medium bodies with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth bitterness without astringency. A little warmth from alcohol.

Overall this is an extremely drinkable IPA. Excellent hop aroma and flavor, great variety. Nicely paired with the clean sweetness. Easily a multi-pint beer.

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Photo of Lou2642
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jckdaniels03
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rcterps23
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MiScusi
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in the Firestone Taproom in Buellton. The last time I had this was from a 5 day old growler that had lost a lot of it's carbonation but still tasted great. It was a whole different beer with great carbonation at the brewery. Loads of pine, citrus, not as much berry character as the growler probably because the snappy carbonation really emphasizes the aggressive pine and grassy flavors. The smell just leaps out of the glass and what I love about this, like all other west-coast IPA's, is that they do it on a light body. Sure the beer is not without some malt in it but they really know how to let the hops shine without leaving too many residual sugars behind to make it syrupy. Another great west coast IPA!

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Photo of Tuckerster
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Steve13213
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of yamar68
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome surprise from bpgpitt10:

a - ruby-golden body with a tall, dense white head that falls off after a few minutes, really nice lacing

s - the smell is tons of citrus and tropical fruit, very fresh indeed

t - the taste is extremely hop forward with the same citrus and tropical fruits, mostly grapefruit and tangerine, these are how IPAs are suppose to taste - flavor over bitter

m - mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, alcohol is slightly astringent

o - highly recommended, right up there with the best of em

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well the first of my Firestone Walker evening. I have three of these setup for tonight, the first I have ever had from them, so I was naturally quite excited to give this a try. Being my preferred style I jumped right for this 7.5% IPA which I thought would compliment dinner very nicely. Poured out a very nice golden amber with a little bit of a haze to it, but nothing terribly dramatic. A good amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass, which only served to reinforce the very nice head of foam which had formed at the top immediately upon pour. A nice three inches or so of white pillow like foam was on top now, settling down after a couple of minutes to just a thin film across the top which produced copious amounts of side glass lace on its way down. A nice typical IPA from what I could tell so far.

The aroma was classic hop bomb of an IPA from the first whiff. No, mention of the alcohol what so ever in this one from the aroma through. Lots of fresh citrus hop aromas coming right at you with a delicate balance of bitterness and a touch of sugar as well. Definitely some light sweet notes coming through on it, especially as it warmed up a touch. Very nice feel here, with a rich medium body that was full of carbonation, offering you a very nice creamy feel as it went down, but still staying light enough not to cause a problem with filling. Great flavors were all over this. It was to be honest on the lighter side of the style, but, it came off very well with a rich mixture of grapefruit and orange flavors that hit you off right from the start, but were mellowed down towards the middle to allow a much more balanced flavor to start to breakthrough. Hints of grain were in here now, mingling around and lots of malt sugar, really giving it a nice bit of sweetness and balancing out the hop bitterness very nicely. This was a very well balanced IPA, while still sticking to the classic west coast style all the way. Very cool indeed. The alcohol was so well hidden, this could have been 4% as it was nearly and completely undetectable. This was just an awesome session ale. I could have had this one all night to be honest.

Overall, I really thought this was great, and a very nice way to welcome me into the world of Firestone Walker. A fantastic west coast style IPA, that did not overdue anything, it came and did very well. I would love to get a hold of this again as I thought it was simply remarkable.

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Photo of ChuckTom
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of awayne56
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Yard House Santana Row. L: gold, shiny yellow. No head as pint glass was full from server. S: hard to tell as I like to have a full head on my beers to get the full smell. But from what I can smell, medium malts, bitter and piney hops. T: spicy hop profile which I really enjoy, bitter finish but not overly so, medium malt profile brings it all together nicely and adds touch of sweetness to pair with bitterness. F: perfect IMO. Nice, rich feel that almost coats the mouth. O: really impressed. Will be purchasing bottles of this.

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Photo of DamienArk
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drunkmonk
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Barleywinefiend for this one. Been wanting to try this one.

Hazy bright golden. Nice 3-D stick and creamy lace that lasts all the way down. Robust oily hop aromas of fresh pine needles and citursy orange peel. Nice array of pine and citus hops coats the tongue with some nice slick malts that follow thru. Nice ample bitterness lingers, leaving some nice sweet malt flavors in it's wake. The drinkability is fantastic, 7.5% did you say? Danger, Danger Will Rogers. A hoplovers dream for sure, but this shows a nice bit of balence.

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Photo of mactrail
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just releasing the cap slightly puffs out a cloud of heavenly, hoppy aroma. Reminds me of opening a bag of hops and putting your nose in it. Paler than most IPAs and an attractive golden in the glass with a long-lasting creamy white head.

Hugely fragrant and seems to get the results that dry hopping was meant to achieve. More resins and fruity noses than actual bitterness. A surprising distillation of hop flavors without punishing the taste buds. Plenty bitter in the aftertaste, but each sip renews the burst of aromatics. Plenty fruity, but more on the mango end of the spectrum the than grapefruit. Some very pleasant malt in the middle.

One of the best IPAs I've tried for my taste buds. Restrained yet full of aroma and flavor. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last 6 pack @ Store. Must be my lucky day. just under 1 month old.

A: Pours a beautiful clear copper. Classic IPA color. Pours a solid white head without much effort. Most of the head dissipates quickly. Leaves some nice webbing/lacicng.

S: As soon as I open this brew I can smell it. Beautiful wet juicy citrus hop aroma. Also a honey sweetness. Very sweet/tropical fruit smelling. Enticing.

T: Initially a lemon/grapefruit/citrus hop flavor, with some grassy-ness, then the legit malt backbone smoothes it over with caramel/honey/golden rasins/bourbon, the hops then retake the show with a pine-y, lime, grapefruit bitterness that lingers with an ever so slightly booziness. Beautiful.

M: Nice soft carbonation up front, a ton of hop oily-ness. Thin, in a good way, goes down easy. Not a session beer, this one packs flavor and funk.

O: A truely wonderful IPA. Maybe my favorite. Similar in profile to smutty (More citrus/tropical hop profile). Although this brew beautifully showcases hops, it has a wonderfully developed malt backbone. I love these 1.5 IPA's, this one is cloer to a double in flavor though. An absolute staple.

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Photo of joshcmn
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally had a chance to try this while on vacation in AZ. This is one excellent IPA. BOD 11/06/15 the freshest I could find. Appearance is crystal clear, pale gold with a slightly orange hue. One inch rapidly diminishing head with intricate lacing. Smells of bubblegum, pine, dank and grapefruit. Would like to smell a younger version of this beer but still enticing. The taste is sweet malt, followed by sticky/fruity/vinous hops, then bitterness of grapefruit tempered by the sweet malt with a drying finish. No detectable alcohol for me which is amazing considering the ABV. Lingering grapefruit rind bitterness with just enough malt to balance everything out. Mouthfeel is neither too thick nor too thin and coats the mouth with just enough hop oils and malt to add to the complexity of the flavor profile. This is a sublimely crafted IPA with complex and balanced flavors and aromas. I only wish I could get this beer at home. Well done FW!

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Photo of jsanmarco
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhatMatt905
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light orange colour. brillian clear with no sediment in the bottle. Has a nice bright white head thats leaves a nice 1/4 inch layer across the top.

S-all hops. Very fresh and virbant cirtus fruit, with pine in the back. Reminds me of mango, peach, and perfumey lemon.

F- Very nice. Tones of tropical fruits with accents of pine. Extremely similar to the nose, but with a little crystal malt sweetness in the back ground. Wonderful beer.

M-Nice mouthfeel. Hop oils coat the mouth leaving a long lingering taste of tropical fruit.

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Photo of thedumbphase
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic example of the citrus forward West Coast IPA. Very light on the palate for 7.5%. Extremely well-made.

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Photo of drpimento
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent west coast IPA! Poured it a good temperature with a smallish off white head that soon disappeared and a little lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is about perfect - very fresh hop and malt. Flavor is likewise highlighting the hop which is balanced nicely with the malt sweet and carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are very good. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and a touch warming. It all works very well. Great drinkin' brew.

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Photo of spree92
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. into Kilkenny pint glass.
First thing that hit my nose was apple. I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe the smallest carbonation bubbles I've seen in an IPA. Golden-amber with a beautiful, sticky head. Bitter, but not over-powering.
This is one of the better IPAs I have had in a while.

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Photo of chiefbender
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,617 ratings.
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