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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,601
Reviews:
1,350
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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Photo of Amsterdallas
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of danielwoodrum
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been waiting a long time to try this. Serve out of a can and poured into a pint glass at Twisted Spoke Chicago.

Beautiful dark yellow beer with a nice frothy head that leaves nice pacing around the glass.

Smell is yellow grapefruit with a touch of dry malt.

Wow-hop explosion. Pithy grapefruit and just enough malt to balance the beer perfectly. Very Impressed.

Mouthfeel is really nice. This brew moves easily making me want to gulp instead of drink normally.

Overall a world class IPA and worthy of the rating. Wish I could get this in the Cleveland, OH area. Very well crafted and highly recommended.

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Photo of KShophead
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scoobydank
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again Sloejams
L:No head what so ever to speak of. What head there was burned away immediately after pouring. Very transparent light jewel amber brown color.
S:Oh manw hat a great smell. Really big dry hopped aroma. Like dried out leaves. Very tiny hint of sweet candied dried out fruit. Not just one fruit, many dried out fruits.
T:Right up front it tricks you in to thinking it is going to be a sweet malty taste. Which it is right away. With in second it turns in to a deliscious leady hoppyness on the back. Nice dried out hops fall in there as well.
M:Fat round bubbles give you a nice warm feeling. Those fat bubbles some how turn in to tiny tight little bubbles going down your throat.
D:Great IPA. Nothing to extreme about this bad boy, which makes for your nice every day type of IPA.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 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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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,601 ratings.
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