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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:
#857
Reviews:
1,370
Ratings:
6,690
pDev:
9.46%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Ratings: 6,690 |  Reviews: 1,370
Photo of Tommygunn
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Finally found fresh 6 packs in Massachusetts! Twelve ounce bottles with a 3/20/2012 bottling date.

A- Pours a crystal clear deep golden orange with a nice fluffy head that stuck around. Lots of sticky lacing remained as I sipped.

S- West coast, baby! Tropical and citrus nose that you could smell from clear across the room. Malt sweetness, too.

T- This is what a world class IPA is all about. Fruity hops bathe the tongue with malty, somewhat bready sweetness fighting back with just enough backbone. A bitter, grassy finish that lingers and begs you to take another sip.

M- Just right. Carbonation is spot-on with a palate-coating slickness.

O- I have to go back to the store for more of this one. Damn! Certainly one of the very best American IPAs. I couldn’t be more pleased that fresh Union Jack has arrived in my neighborhood, and hope it visits often.

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

A: Pours a nice straw yellow with a hint of orange. The head creamy forms beautifully, leaving 2+ fingers that stick around quite a while, never completely leaving the glass. Lacing is significant.

S: Right off the bat, this is one fantastic smelling IPA. There is fresh pineapple, mango, blood orange, sticky pine resin balanced out by some sweet caramel malt.

T: The taste is a bit more malty than expected, with some caramel sweetness up front greeting the hops. Earthy resinous pine and grassy hops are more prevalent than the fruits, with the tropical flavors barely visible. There is more of a citrus rind flavor than pineapple or mango, but it works well with the caramel and grassy hops.

M: Smooth and creamy with nice prickly carbonation. Coats the mouth well, leaving a significantly oily and slightly bitter finish that hangs around for a long time. This literally makes my mouth water. ABV is nonexistent.

O: This IPA lives up to the hype - it is absolutely fabulous. There is little to nothing to improve upon here, with a fantastic balance in the nose, taste and body. I would drink this on a regular basis if available in MN/WI.

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Photo of jculler82
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear golden. Lacing all the way down.

Typical Centennial hop aroma, citrus (orange) with a slightly catty background. I know there's Cascade in there too, but the Centennial dominates.

Balanced IPA, beautiful hop flavor, but nice malt backbone backing it up. It's plenty bitter, but not abrasive. Perfectly dry, but the mouthfeel is chewy and full.

Overall, in a world filled with breweries filling their line-ups with IPA's and half of them being awful, it's great to be reminded that there are still some world class beers in the style.

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

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

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

For 7.5 percent alc this beer is incredibly smooth. Perfect amount of hops. Firestone does not dissapoint here!

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

Photo of Knapp85
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a really nice looking yellowish gold color with a white foamy head on top. The retention is good with a very impressive amount of sticky lacing on the glass. Them smell of the beer is very nice, fresh hop aromas with the subtle malt aroma in there as well. The taste of the beer is excellent. Easily one of the best IPA's on the market. Lots of beautiful citrus flavors in there with a very mellow malt presents. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very drinkable, Nicely carbonated and smooth. Overall... Awesome. This is something I'll be buying more of.

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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

Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,690 ratings
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