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:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,616
Reviews:
1,355
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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Photo of bennetj17
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled on 2-16-11.

Bright copper color, superb clarity, has a nice white head that lasts a few minutes before settling into a film. Steadily paced bubbles of carbonation continue to rise up even half the glass later. The nose is entirely hop focused, with a piney citrus bouquet. The hops are very delectable and almost have a touch of smoke in the background. Not alot of malt sweetness in the aroma but if you stick your nose in there deep you can detect a touch of the alcohol.

Resiny, orange citrus hop flavor ensues on the first sip. Not too much malt but enough to give some balance. The overall mix is decently clean and refreshing for a stronger IPA. As it warms a bit the beer does seem to get more heavier/syrupy, and the caramel malt becomes more noticable. There is a proper amount of bitterness at the back, or rather it isn't too harsh. I thought the carbonation was spot on.

One of the better IPA's available, and relatively easy to find. This one really walks the line between a single and a double IPA. Considering that it really is a good value, especially on sale for $7.99 a 6-pack. Recommended...

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Photo of FreshZ
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden color with great head and lacing.
Smell - citrus pine hope smell with a good malt backbone.
Taste - just like the smell with a great balance
Feel - crisp slightly creamy but could use a little more body but still fantastic.
Overall - fantastic ipa. It's a great normal ipa and if I could I'd get it more often.

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Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of lucasj82
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a light copper or orange color with a ½” finely bubbled white head that leaves lacing as it begins to slowly recede. Sipping leaves a sticky ring of lacing on one side of the glass with lots of small speckles and a few legs of lacing. For much of the beer there is a 1/16” layer of foam on the liquid and when the beer is gone there is still a pattern of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: The aroma is gentle and distinctly grapefruit and pine scented with orange zest and an undertone of malt.

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from they nose. They are dominated by the grapefruit zest and piney hops with a malt backbone just noticeable in the background. The hops are always in charge here with piney bitterness only slightly modulated by the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with light persistent carbonation. The finish begins in the mix of hops and malt sweetness and then trails off into that dry bitterness that invites the next sip.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Overall this is a nicely drinkable beer that is clearly in the upper tier of IPAs. Even it is not the best one around it is a contender. My overall impression is of a excellent well-made beer that is well worth sampling if you not tried it. I expect to be having it again.
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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 chrishiker1409
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L" Yellow gold with a finger of white head. It lingers. Leaves a thick lacing down the glass.

S: Bread, citrus pine.

T: Follows the nose. Nice pine bitterness on the finish. Balanced well, but still quite hoppy.

F: Medium bodied, modertely carbonated.

O: Not sure why it took so long to finally get at this. This is one of the best.

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Photo of salthemonster
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jroberts8811
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maria's in Chicago during a Firestone Walker tasting...

Arrives dank and hoppy with loads of citrus and pine on the nose... Nice aromas here with a big dose of those hops..

Long bitter citrusy hoppy flavors abound with this brew... It's eminently drinkable with a big load of hops that set me up for the tasting tonight...

I liked this brew so much more on tap than in the bottle... The bottle I reviewed must have been aged beyond its prime...

An awesome brew...

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Photo of CoolEthan
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of grittybrews
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured a ruddy orange-amber into a pint glass with a finger of fluffy white head. Very nice aroma of citrus and sweet caramel.

Moderate carbonation with a prickly, full mouthfeel that's just a touch resinous. Hoppy blast up front with pine, grass, and citrus followed by a sold caramel malt backbone. Pleasantly bitter grapefruit finish.

Extremely balanced and very drinkable. Impressive IPA from Firestone Walker -- wish I hadn't waited so long to try this one!

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Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of robwestcott
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle a translucent golden honey to a sun king shaped pint glass with a 1/2 finger off white short lasting head with nice retention.

aroma of sweet citrus closely followed by piney hops. nice balance between the two.

wow - this is an IPA (?) it's seriously malt forward. citrus and pine are present, but the dark malt is all but in the very front.

very thick, almost syrupy, smooth and slick.

drinkable ? oh yes.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,616 ratings.
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