Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,653
Reviews:
1,361
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
Wants:
517
Gots:
1,718
For Trade:
13
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Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjl21, a generous trader who threw this in as an extra (pretty sure it was him, got my boxes mixed up so somone correct me if I'm wrong).

A - Yellowish orange with some hints or ruby red, clear with a small head that faded quickly.

S - Piney hops, bit of grapefruit, malt backbone comes through fairly nicely, carmely. Slightly grassy smell.

T - Piney off the bat, fades nicely into some carmel malts and finishes quite resiny. Malt backbone is present all the way through, and picks up steam as you go along.

M - Actually would like it a little lighter and crisper, medium bodied, a bit creamy.

D - Pretty easy drinker, not sure could session this one though as predominately piney beers tend to get somewhat hard to do after a while. Solid IPA I wouldn't mind drinking again.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, citrus hops, slight yeast, hint of citrus (pomegranate?), and hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, alcohol, hint of citrus, hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of sd123
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal-clear body with a rich orange hue and two solid fingers of ivory head. Pretty solid.

Smell: big hops; citrusy up front followed by an earthiness and a funkiness. Some sweetish malt comes through, but this is giving every indication of being a good old fashioned West Coast IPA.

Taste: solid, tasty IPA. Hops trend way more toward citrus and pine at first, then change over to funk toward the middle. The finish is quite bitter indeed. The caramelly malt flavors provide a light backdrop to all these ops. A tasty beer; I'm surprised this isn't classified as a double IPA with its ABV and high hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: medium or so bodied; not a whole lot of carbonation. Feel works for the style but isn't notably impressive.

Drinkability: drinkability is quite good. The hops keep it refreshing, although as I said this thing could be considered a double.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured a nice amber color with thin straw colored head.

the smell is citrusy hops, buttery, grapefruit and spice.

the taste is citrus fruits and a bit sweeter than anticipated.

the mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick.

i'd love to get this on the regular. very easy to drink and well balanced.

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Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden orange with a slight haze to it. The head is large, fluffy and almost white leaving a little lacing and a small ring on the way down. The aroma is dominated by light citrus hops, especially lemons and oranges with a bit of bready malts mixed in. There is definitely a tropical fruit in the taste as well, when it warms, with lots of the same oranges and lemons from the nose. There is a malt body but the hops come back and leave a strong bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and medium bodied. This is a very good IPA, very drinkable and dominated by citrus. A nice West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 05-17-12 (This beer was tasted 77 days after in was bottled.)
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured to about two fingers of dense, light khaki colored head. Over time the head disapated to single layer of bubbles, and it left some lacing. The brew is a golden orange color and very clear.

S: The aroma consists of a strong citrus hops and some sweet and bready malt hangs around in the background.

T: The taste is a good balance of citrus hops consisting of grapefruit a little orange peel, and a bready malt and yeast backbone does just enough to provide some balance.

M: This beer is very smooth and easy drinking with just enough carbonation to be entertaining. The body is on the lighter side of medium.

O: This is a nicely balanced IPA. It has a solid hops presence, but it is far from a hops bomb. It is a good, smooth, and easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of CraigFarrell
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSU79
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Redgoatman
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A Pours a copper color with a nice creamy long lasting head.

S The nose is pretty strong with citrus, some floral notes and what I'm pretty sure is a bit of pine

T The taste is a lot like the nose with citrus and floral notes accompanied by a resinous flavor, but with somewhat of a malt backround.

M It had a pretty decent mouthfeel not all that thick but not thin either. Just about right for an IPA.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty good well balanced IPA and a good one to seek out.

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Photo of FootballAndBeer
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured from a 12oz can. Checked this one out due to the reviews I read on here, overall a solid IPA. Very potent smells, I picked up lots of citrus and fruit in the aroma with a tiny bit of malt, and a bit of a piney smell. Loved the aromas. Beer went down easy, I didn't pick up as much of a hoppy bite as I'd hoped, nor did I experience the flavors I hoped to taste from the smell. Clean to drink, tasted mainly a malty backbone. Every time I poured, I got a huge amount of head, even when I deliberately slowed the pour. Overall good beer, but not my style of IPA. Would drink again.

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Photo of J_Britt
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color. No nose or very little. Very balanced between sweet and bitter. Finishes slightly sweet. Very good beer but not an IPA. I would call this a pale ale.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

First impression - this bottle tried to gush on me, but I poured it before it could. It had been sitting totally untouched in the fridge for a few weeks.

Pours a 1.5 finger milky, off-white head. Appearance is a wheaty golden color with no big particulates.

The nose is citrusy and piney with a decent amount of caramelly malt presence.

Taste is much more malty than I thought it would be... almost somewhat savory as well. Very little bitterness in the finish, but a decent amount of floral hops. Very smooth and drinkable, with a nice tight finish.

Overall these seems like a great beer - I would like to try one that is a bit more fresh.

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Photo of Cmteagardin
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of slader
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid example of the IPA style. Definitely a big beer with a robust flavor that lingers. I like that the name is representative of the styles roots. I've never met a Firestone I didn't like. I'll admit that sometimes I have trouble fulfilling the 250 character requirement for these reviews!

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Photo of Andy1125
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DemoniChris
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Goose72
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of moose3285
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to largadeer for this extra.

A - Pours a light amber color with a small white head, which fades pretty quickly.

S - As soon as I opened this I got a whiff of citrus and pine. A classic IPA smell. A little bit of alcohol in the nose but not much. Overall, this beer has a very nice smell.

T - The hop bitterness is right up front. Similar to the smell, citrus and pine. I felt like the hops were kind of overpowering and the malt flavor was almost hidden, but as the beer warmed up it balanced out a bit more.

M - Mouthfeel was a little thin and over-carbonated. It also felt very dry. Not a bad mouthfeel but not great.

D - This is a really drinkable beer. It felt pretty thin for a 7.5% ABV beer, which could cause this to sneak up on you. The dryness my cut down on drinkability a bit, but I would definately drink more if I had them.

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Photo of Mikey55
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of _thatgregguy
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since I never had this before and it was so highly rated on here. I've had a lot of IPA's like many on here so I was a bit skeptical to see if this would be a bit different from others in the pack. After finishing this off, there was no doubt that this was quite enjoyable and a bit of a welcome surprise, without being a complete "hop bomb". There' just enough subtlety here to keep it in check while still being strong enough to remind me that this was certainly an IPA!

This had a good almond hue to it with a soapy head and lacing the clung down the sides of my glass like dishwasher detergent. The aroma could have been a bit stronger but there was a lot to like in the taste and mouthfeel. Lots of earthy hops in the nose and taste with pine, citrus rind, and a bit of whiskey tossed in for good measure. Quite a British feel to this in the earthiness with the aftertaste finishing just a bit heavy in the alcohol. Just a hint of dark spice could be found here too but everything worked well together and this beer had the feel and texture of a liqueur like Jameson or 43. Strong this was but it never felt overpowering at any time.

There was just an undertone of the citrus rind and metallic hops that characterize so many of the west coast IPA's but there was more to this than the usual California feel that characterize American beers of this style. Yes, this was strong but that's to be expected for a beer of this style. The complexity really shone through here and the carbonation was so perfect that it took a back seat to the flavors and mouthfeel that stood out a bit more. The Union Jack on the bottle was quite fitting as this had a strong foreign feel to it and any hophead of fan of IPA's ought to try this out since a beer like this broadens the definition of what a hoppy beer is capable of being.

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Photo of Bradaplast
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,653 ratings.
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