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Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4.23/5
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6,698 Ratings
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:
#862
Reviews:
1,372
Ratings:
6,698
pDev:
9.46%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
523
Gots:
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Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of randylangford
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a red wine glass. No bottle date information to be found.

A: Fairly clear golden color. I think I am getting some hop haze, as the bottle is really too cold. Really good carbonation. I get about a finger of loose bubbled bright white head that dies fairly quickly. You get some sticky lacing on the swirl.

S: On the nose I get both pine and citrus. Some grapefruit notes are present too. There are definitely some astrigent smells. Behind that is some breadiness too. Not sure of the freshness on this one (no dates).

T: Right at the front of the tongue you get some real strong hop bitterness. More piney than fruity. Then you get the breadiness from the malts in the middle of the sip to help counter balance that. The finish is nice and dry, but the hop bitterness sticks with you a while.

M: Medium bodied.

O: I have to go A- on thie one, solely on the fact that I don't know how fresh this bottle is. From reviews from friends, and here on BA, I think this might be moving towards the outer edges of fresh and thusly hurting the finished product. That being said, it's STILL an A- and delicious. Love FW beers.

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Photo of bump8628
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jbertsch
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ffshore545
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm just copying from notes when I see fit from now on - who's reading this?

2-in head, white, dense-foamy - clean filtered yellow gold liquid (the color is ideal) - crystal-clarity - some lace

pungent hops - equal parts: piney, pineapple, citrus/tropical - malt? not much - a honey-ish background - vibrant overall, yet not terribly unique (aside from the banging pineapple fumes) - copious late dry-hopping, i'm guessing

more of a sweet, spicy flavor - malty-sweet, uh-huh - long-lasting pineapple nectar and spice (hops) - a spicy snap - medium-level earthy "hop" flavor and alcohol presence - pineapple diminishes as it settles - nearly a perfect split or hybrid of an English and American IPA, as far as my ideals go - more balance and malt as it warms

the alcohol warmth does linger long time, mellow solvent heat - has almost a whipped-frothy feel to it... - extremely soft up front with that warm alc rush trailing close - balanced sensations, lighter-bodied

kind of a straight-forward, but really tasty and enjoyable IPA - by American standards, it could almost be considered boring, especially to "hop-heads" - it's well-constructed despite perhaps leaning a little too toward the fruity hop character (which, honestly, probably has a nudge from esters, no?) - I want to suggest that a different bittering hop would improve this, but I'd have to see the recipe...

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Photo of Act25
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3rd review 3-15-16

Second Review 1-3-14
"Forget the British flag. This beer is Stars And Stripes Forever" A BA.

Agree! From the central coast of pinot noir and wine comes equally great beer.

A: Lighter, clearer, brighter in color than other IPAs, it sports a thick rocky cap that lasts and laces well. 4.5

S: I need to let me fresh bottle (Stamped less than 30 days ago) warm a bit. It's offering a too-subtle bouquet of more flowers and more light, sunny herbal slopes than most IPAs. Juicy. 4

T: The promise of juice is instantly fulfilled in the taste that follows the citrus, pine, grass, flowers, herbs path up the sun-soaked coastal cliffs, that happen to have a bakery nearby of cracker malts and baguettes coming out of the oven.

The finish is fresh cut, resinous pine, and more flowers. This taste is so abundant and intense it rivals the best: Sculpin and Titan. 4.5

M:Light with so much tingle it doesn't feel light. Alcohol well-hidden, it's all tingle and tickle, like a great lasting kiss with a friend.

Closes and resonates with earth, sun, spicy, natural herbs. 4.5

Totally West-Coast - up there with Sculpin. 4.5

Amazing with intense cheeses.

First review: 4-27-13
Whole Foods sells singles so you can try a great variety for a small premium. Buy as part of a set of 24 and get a 10% discount on all. Freshness on this one was a bit long: 11-16-12, poured on 4-27-13. that's 5 months bottle aging!

A: Poured into a Leffe chalice, and I'm beginning to think a big .5l glass cylinder is better for bringing out the best in these crafts. Pours a bright pale copper color, clear, with amazing lacing... all the way down the glass. Great body, great pour.

S: Piney hop, subtle California herbs and coastal trails. But not a strong waft.

T: Beautiful flavor arc. Sweet, pine/citruis, arcing to hoppy, bitter, and lightly malty. Sweetness breaks through in a perfect way. Pine hop flavor dominates mid taste, but all is lovely balance. Fruity, complexity too in the late alcohol estery finish. Great mouth feel as it exits. Great with food (Pizza, aparagus, shrimp)

M: Carbonation rises in your mouth, slowly taken over by a mid to solid body. Great finish.

O:Nicely complex and balanced with a lovely see-saw arc, the hops outweight the mildly sweet malt character. Beautifully made.

Will definitely come back. A must for hoppers. will try again after it warms...

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of polopaul20
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Kuges
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Poupae
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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 johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of DogFood11
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle. Poured into a fat wine glass it formed a respectable off white head. Lace is fairly sticky. Orange body.

Smell is sweet and candied fruits. Taste is a bit sharper and welcomed. Nice sharp bitter edge. This is a world class American IPA.

Firestone is in my top 5 breweries. Their subtle offerings are clean without flaw. Their big beers are world class.

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Photo of tedho21
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of utopiajane
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours clear and orange and with a fat head of creamy off white foam that fell sticky and left lots of lace. It has a bright nose of orange and sweet honey malt. Bit of pink grapefruit on the nose just under the orange for a delightful ripe citrus nose. The malt is light and sweet with a graceful honey. It's not terribly cluttered with lots of scents. Ripe orange fills it up and a little pine in the background. Faint bit of spice . Taste is crisp clean and delicious. Ripe juicy and delicious orange. A nice hop bitter that is not too loud and a graceful caramel malt that is sticky but not weighed down. As it warms the malt sweetens to an icy sugary goodness. A bit of sticky pine resin to coat the throat with the bitter and leaves with a crisp ripe whole fruit feel , pith and all. The mouthfeel is supple and smooth and full of ripe and juicy fruit. Just tremendous! This one is so simple it defies you not to like it.

Cheerful, glad and very fruity.

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Photo of swanfungus
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice and clear solid golden color with some nice light amber hints. The head is nice and white with some slight ivory hints. Very dense bubbles with some bigger medium sized bubbles. The head is about 1.25 in thick and recedes very slowly leaving some very nice lacing.

S - The aromas is very apparent from the first pour nice strength on the nose. Nice sweet grapefruit aroma first with some slight alcoholic ester. Fresh pine forest during early fall smell. Slight woody aromas as well. Very delicious. In terms of hop aroma its up there with the best of them. Nice caramel and toffee scent on the back end of that nose.

T & M - Delicious grapefruit sweetness to start with. Very welcoming citrus feel and an extreme piney hop resin flavor. So delicious and slightly oily and viscous. There is some slight caramel sweetness in the middle as well as some nice bready and grainy flavors. Finishes with a nice toasty malt backbone that is a nice addition to the more citric and dry grassy finish from the hops. Pretty bitter and flavorful brew. There is a nice boozy warmth and sweetness mixed in there as well but it acts as a compliment and does not overwhelm at all. Its good and crisp and medium bodied with a strong hop profile that balances well with the toasty malt.

D - Very high even with the higher ABV. Would be perfect with a 6.0%.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

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

Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,698 ratings
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