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:
6,602
Reviews:
1,350
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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514
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1,689
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Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timtac
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjrider
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GlenL
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Exeggutor
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AGawinski
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of snowmageddon
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 7/19/16.

A: pours a frothy off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The beer has wonderful clarity. Nice golden orange pour.
S: big west -coast piney hops, tangerine, citrus
T: bright orange, grapefruit citrus notes are prominent. Hops are assertive, especially on the end. Finishes quickly
M: medium-high carbonation, medium body.
O: really great beer. This bottle has almost 6 months on it, and it is still exceptional. One more example of FW's mastery of IPA.

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Photo of zzachm18
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjgsilva
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AzIpaGuy
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Space_Flight_Navigator
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Treycotton
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexManiacDrunkard
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminded me of Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra...

Could it be the Magnum and Citra hops ?

Amazing beer !

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Photo of goblue30
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Omniwar
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abbott
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beagleyx2
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

From the can into a pint glass. Smooth, didn't expect 7.5%

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

Photo of shiu-chan
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass, light translucent amber pour with one inch head dissipating slowly. Nice lacing that retains.
Hoppy, piney, grapefruit peels and buttersotch.
Medium to full bodied richness with sweet malt, citrus and piney bitterness. Medium carbonation.
Overall, an above average IPA.

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Photo of Joezielenski61
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is yellow to orange with some relative opaqueness. The head created when pouring was two fingers thick but after a while it transformed itself to a very minimal head but with good retention now. Lots of lacing.
S: The aroma has a very soft profile of pine followed by pineapple and a good hop profile. Since the pine characteristic has been softened here, the aroma is really good. There's some sweetness coming in but I cant't find where from.
T: The taste has some minor sweetness from the malts but then it's a bit acidic and bitter with some pine, pineapple and hops. I was expecting a bit more here.
M: The body is medium to medium high. The carbonation is a bit excessive but the bitterness profile is really good because it leaves a lot of hop flavor that's really fantastic.
O: It's only my third Firestone but I was indeed expecting a bit more here, even though the beer is of course a lot above the average. Since it's an IPA and it was bought online shipping from Belgium to Portugal, I should try it again soon.

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

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,602 ratings.
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