Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA
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Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

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4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 22oz. bottle into a Sam Adams custom glass.

A: It flowed an impressive toasted golden, almost copper-like with its fiery orange highlights. The head developed at two fingers of solid rocky foam. The retention was good as the foam dispersed into a thin membrane across the surface leaving thick, sticky lacing.

S: The first whiff is hop forward, but it's a light, almost delicate and mellow hop aroma of resin and pine, bordering on the floral. There may even be some juniper. This smells like gin, and that's a very good thing. The fruit is present but subtle, somewhat creamy and citrusy. Towards the end of the nose are some lingering notes suggesting honeysuckle, grass, apricot, whisky barrel, and vanilla.

T: After such a vernal and pastoral nose, the maltiness in the taste comes as a surprise. It secretes a lightly toasty and honey sweetness, but it's not at all cloying. The hop presence in the finish is slightly woodsy, and some spice begins to prickle through as it warms. Sensational.

M: This is built with a medium body and displays excellent carbonation for the style.

O: This exquisite IPA conjures up whisky and gin (my two favorite spirits) at the same time with the charred oak of a bourbon barrel and the botanical eccentricity of a craft gin. This is unlike any IPA I've ever had. It's a paragon of carefully calibrated balance and refreshing drinkability.

I would pair this with a stinky cheese with some dried apricots or some grilled peaches with prosciutto and sage drizzled in white balsamic vinegar.

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4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into my tree house tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful gold that is quite clear with a about a 3/4" head that lasts for a couple of minutes. Leaves a pretty good lacing along the glass that sticks around for a while as I nurse my glass.

S - Has a descent fruity resin filled nose with hints of citrus and mango.

T - The beer is so smooth, a perfect classic west coast IPA, has the resin flavors blended perfectly with mangos and orange backed with a biscuit malty backbone on the aftertaste.

M - Incredibly smooth, not an overly bitter IPA just filled with flavor but none of it punching you in the face more like a gentle caressing of the palate.

O - This is one of my favorite breweries and this is there classic IPA that few do better, for a beer with this much availability it doesn't get much better.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite IPA, hands down. I have only had it once, but it left a resounding impression. Incredible beer. Great flavor, great finish. Strong hops, exactly how I like my IPAs, smooth and well brewed. I need 50 more characters which is ridiculous. Conciseness is a virtue.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

union jack ipa pours a nice head,not too big or impressive but good none the less.the beer is a clear gold or copper color,a little to clear for me.no lacing in the glass either,this ipa is no beauty queen.

the smell is very good,hops and fruit with a little malt in their for balance,quite nice.

It taste very good,a nice smooth,balanced ipa.when you drink this the thing that comes to mind is BALANCE,a very well rounded ipa.imo balance is overrated when it comes to ipa but in this case its done very,very well.high drinkabilty,the abv is non existent.

the mouthfeel is thin and easy going down,i would almost compare this to a session ipa like founders all day in that respect but at 7.5 abv its no session ipa.

Overall my thoughts on this beer are,i love it a great ipa at any price but in my neck of the woods it cost under 10 bucks a sixer snd that undercuts others that are just as good or maybe this one may even be better.i dont know if i would call this one world class but not far from it and well worth your time.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

A: new labeling put the hop as center stage in the UK's Union Jack. Well done. Solid lacing coupled with a light golden brown hay color.

S: wet straw dominates this unassuming brew. Definitely has character and a backbone.

T: definitely not an ibu that will impress the critics. This brew contains that "British Bite", meaning hops/malt is cut quickly to a smooth ride home. Grapefruit and malted biscuits dominates. Cranberry citrus scone comes through as well.

M: great carbonation. A bit oily for my liking though.

I: a diamond in the rough. The price point is outstanding in NorCal. A great brew that is so damn tasty!

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3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Six back of 12 oz. bottles.

A- Poured into a tulip. very small head witch dissapated quickly to a half finger rim around the edge. tight lacing that help up for a while. Light golden apple juice color almost metalic chrome looking. very bright and happy.

S Fresh cut grass at first then gave way to granny smith apples and a faint alcohol notes. not a ton going on here.

T. Minimal hop that doesnt smack you in the face, some light florals and a sweetness dictates the hop character here, but it doesnt last long. a pineapple rind comes in and takes you to the malt and yeast wich is slightly creamy but really mostly bitternes. a little bitter hop finish closes it out.

M- Mouth feel is crisp and light, not much malt, some nice hop resins come through and the carbonation was spot on.

O- over all i enjoy this beer, i like an IPA that focuses less on smashing hops down your throad and more on the general complexity. the bitterness on this tends to get better as you drink the beer. bitterness is an aquired taste and i have been appreciating it more as of late as my tasting evolves. i am starting to understand it more. Also this beer was extremely fresh tasting had a bottle date of 1/6/14 and here we are 2/7/14 nice job Firestone.

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Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93.5% out of 100 with 6,666 ratings
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