Union Jack India Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

6,617 Ratings
Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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

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

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

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber color with a two finger yellow tinted head. The head has amazing retention, very slowly fading over time to give a fantastic level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is a little bit on the bready side with some notes of caramel malt. While those aromas are lighter there is plenty of hop aromas to go around. While mainly of grapefruit hop, there are also notes of some pine mixed in as well. Along with the stronger hop aroma so too comes some stronger tropical fruit aromas overall making a quite nice smell.

Taste – The taste starts out with a nice blend of bready malt flavors and a bunch of a grapefruit hop. Quickly after the initial taste a moderately strong showing of tropical fruits (pineapple, tangerine, and mango) come to the tongue. The grapefruit grows strong toward the end of the taste with some of the fruit becoming more potent as well. The bready flavors seem to become smoother and more pronounced at the end with some light pine flavors joining the taste at this point. In the end a very smooth and sweet but nicely hopped flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is very creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker/creamier body and lower carbonation level accentuate the hop and sweet blend nicely all the while keeping a very smooth feel on the tongue.

Overall – This was a fantastic IPA. A great blend of sweet, malty, and hop. The smoothness is fantastic, with it bathing the tongue and making for a truly enjoyable brew.

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

i've been drinking this for years, just never got around to a review.

a: crystal clear amber in color with a nice fluffy white head that never wants to go away.

s: big hoppy aroma with notes of citrus and pine. it's quite obvious they know how to dry hop an IPA.

t: tons of hop flavor. lots of citric hop character throughout, finishes with a punch of bitter pine flavor but the malt adds enough sweetness to keep this from being a palate destroyer. very complex flavor from beginning to end; well done.

m: smooth; full bodied. i always thought mouthfeel was a bullshit review point so i'm gonna keep it short.

o: hands down the best IPA that is relatively easy to acquire. if it weren't so expensive i would buy it by the case every week.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,617 ratings.
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