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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

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Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#858
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 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 entenduintransit
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Bottled on 5/1/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Appearance: (4.5) Pours a transparent, bight gold with soft orange highlights. A thick, 2 and a half finger tall, off white head quickly forms and has great retention, leaving tons of lacing behind as it recedes.

Aroma: (4.75) Bright, citrus forward hops leap out of glass towards your nose; Tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, lime juice and pine resin. A lightly sweet, bready malt becomes more and more apparent as the beer starts to warm.

Taste: (4.5) Wow, a huge burst of hops explodes on your tongue the moment the beer enters your mouth; pretty similar to the aroma, except a stronger emphasis on the pine-y, earthy hop notes. The tropical character that is found on the nose is all but nonexistent on the palate. Grapefruit, pine and light lemon are the main players in the hop flavor profile. The beer finishes very dry with a slightly toasted malt backbone to help balance the assertive hop bitterness. Lingering notes bread and bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: (4.5) Full bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: (4.5) An amazing IPA from Firestone, that definitely blurs the line that separates a double IPA from the a single IPA. Matt Brynildsson, the brewmaster of Firestone has been tweaking the hops that they dry hop with during the last 6 months or so, and has now started to dry hop with a little bit of the very tropical smelling hop, Citra. The tropical aromatics only improve this already fabulous IPA. Highly recommended and drink this IPA as with every other IPA, FRESH.

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Photo of Dwinslow15
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwm5062
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HeadyHopHead
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%

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

Photo of AirZombie
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pholla666
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of qcghost
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yersh
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kendollkaff
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JasonL02
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of whynot44
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber color with a moderate white head that lingers and produces a bit of lacing.

The aroma is citrus and a hint of pine, very nice.

The taste starts with a blast of grapefruit and pine resin followed by slightly sweet malt and tropical fruit note for a really nice balance. Finishes dry with more pine resin lingering to make you want another drink.

Light/medium bodied, very drinkable. Altogether a very nice IPA, one of the best.

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Photo of locustking
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%

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

Pours a nice amber color with about a one inch off white head. It is a good looking beer. The head is actually still there after about 20 minutes - impressive. Nose is heavy, heavy fruit, peachy mango with light citrus. Grapefruit, melon and a little berry flavor, with hop bitters at the back end. Medium mouthfeel and creamy texture. Overall, a great IPA. One of the things I really like about it and I think sets it apart from other IPAs is the heavy fruit aromas and flavors, which gives it a sweeter profile, and then the hop bitters really kick in at the end. I'd say it's exceptional.

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