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:
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Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#864
Reviews:
1,374
Ratings:
6,717
pDev:
9.46%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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522
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Photo of Rifugium
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy eggshell white head. This shrinks down into a thin yet still sturdy looking layer of retention that throws a big ole' latticework of lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is exceedingly floral smelling with a piney edge to it and some tingling spice coming out as well. This is balanced out by a tangy mix of citrus and caramel in the background. Solid West Coast aroma here.

The taste is floral, resinous, and spicy hops that are perfectly balanced by a silky and juicy feeling backbone of grapefruit, caramel, and bread. Finishes with a nice dry lingering bitterness and some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an unbelievably smooth, creamy, and silky feel to the carbonation. I mean this stuff went down so easily and fast, I almost threw another in the fridge to make sure that I got a full handle on this for the review. Fantastic drinkibility on this one!

Wow! Talk about an underrated IPA! This was great stuff that I'm just not seeing enough talk about. Maybe if it had better distribution compared to some of Firestone Walker's other staple offerings? Anyway, I mightily enjoyed this and look forward to future bottles.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Good initial head, but I'm really impressed with the blanket of lace that remains long after the brew is gone. The color is a neutral gold. Crystal clear.

Prickly to the nose with white pepper and evergreen. Very clean and inviting. The hop is strongest but it is spot on in intensity.

Smooth initial feel to the body. Good carbonation. The flavor begins with a strong, nearly dry, pale malt. No grassiness at all. The bitterness is strong enough to punch through but it isn't extreme by any means. The aftertaste is actually a blend of the two--the hop features the white pepper bite noted in the smell.

Overall, this is perhaps the finest American Pale Ale I've ever tasted. It belongs to pantheon of great APAs--Sierra Nevada, Stone and Fresh Hop from Great Divide.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strange name for an AIPA, cheers to Wasatch for this one!

Pours an effervescent honey with 1 finger of beige head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Piney & citrussy

T: Grapefruit, breadyness & tangerines up front. leafy hops & pineyness dominate as this warms, plus just a whisper of booze, honey malts & apricots. Finishes piney with a touch of breadyness, earthy hops & pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, plus great balance

Drinks easy for the style & ABV, a good AIPA that verges on the edge of greatness

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of thick, foamy, ecru head with good retention. Nose had a very citrus-hop smell. Color was a medium-amber/light-gold. Mouthfeel had a slight graininess to it, like it might have been overly dry hopped and saturated as a result. The taste was very hoppy, grapefruit-like in its citrus/dry way. The finish was extremely dry and satisfying. I had purchased a six-pack of this beer while in Oxnard, CA and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them.

My original bottle review stands, but today is T, 18 July 2017 & this is The CANQuest (tm)!

Not a CANplaint, but a CANtion - FW seems to be the maters of the brimful CAN. I Crack!ed open the CAN only to get massive amounts of foaming due to the tongue not having anywhere to go when displacing the liquid CANtained therein. I have lots of exbeerience with this, however, and I CANmenced a very slow, gentle Glug. I was met with two fingers of soapy, foamy, tawny head with moderate retention that ended up leaving some great lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was reminiscent of a DIPA with loads of grapefruit & tropical fruits along with a mintiness & a caramel maltiness, all acCANponied by a sinus-tickling fusel alcohol heat. This bad boy now clocks in at 7.5% & is PFC to a DIPA! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was initially grapefruit, but followed closely by tropical fruit and mint flavors, finished with a light caramel sweetness. Phew! May I see some ID, sir? Are you SURE that you are not a DIPA? Finish rocked me back in my seat & made me CANsider what I was doing. It was quite pleasantly dry and so eminently drinkable as to be downright dangerous. Phew. Proceed with caution.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a thin, white, bubbly head.

Smell: Pungent earthy, herbal pine needles and soggy grapefruit rinds blanket the lesser aroma of pale malt.

Taste: Pale malts along with a rather subdued caramel sweetness. Profuse hop flavors of citrus fruits and herbaceous pine thoughtfully deliver a nice pinch of medium-high bitterness. Finishes appropriately dry with a long, lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Just a tad bit oily in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Goes down surprisingly easy (and quickly) for being a 7.5% ABV. A solid, competent India Pale Ale.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for this one.

A: Pours a clear orange with a one finger white head, moderate retention, finally reducing to a thin ring of white.

S: Very nice citrus aroma, plenty of pineapple and grapefruit. Hints of orange rind and pine, with a touch of caramel on the back end.

T: Lots of pine upfront which transitions nicely into some citrus, pineapple and a good bit of orange. Hints of caramel on the backend with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth, slightly sticky finish.

O: Really nice IPA. Great combination of pine and citrus, very easy drinking, especially at a high ABV for style.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey with a large splash of orange juice. The head is polished ivory in color and features loads of sticky bubbles on its upper surface. As those bubbles burst, they leave a delicate array of lace-like lace all over the upper reaches of the glass. A classic look.

And an outstanding nose! There goes any thought that Union Jack is an English IPA. So why the name? The hop bill (Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Columbus) is 100% American and the sheer amount of hoppiness is AIPA all the way. Talk about a fantastically bright, perfectly pungent, fresh hop-like nose. Prediction: this is going to be great beer.

That was way too easy. As expected, Union Jack is full-to-bursting with C-hop goodness. Can't forget the Simcoe (S-hop), since they give the flavor profile a distinctly tropical vibe that adds yet another dimension. Killer hop bill. Absolutely killer. It's also nice to see that the brewery didn't allow the little green cones to outpace their malt support.

There's just enough of a barely toasted, caramel maltiness (think SN Celebration Ale) to let the drinker know that hops aren't the only ingredient that's allowed to provide flavor. The good thing is that the caramel doesn't get in the way of the grapefruit, bitter orange and pineapple explosion. 72 IBUs seems about right, but they're a friendly 72.

The mouthfeel stays well within the bounds of the IPA style. Any bigger and it wouldn't work as well. It's as smooth as glass and is lightly creamy in the bargain. Soft-edged carbonation is pretty much perfect.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. has another winner with Union Jack India Pale Ale. Forget the British flag, though. This beer is Stars And Stripes Forever and is proud of it. I could (and would) drink this stuff by the case if it was available locally.

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Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 4/22/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and a tiny bit of soap.

t - Taste is citrus and pine hops, as well as some smooth malts.

m - Very smooth. Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty nice IPA. Some nice citrusy hops in the smell and taste and a nice smooth mouthfeel to it. Would have again.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,717 ratings
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