Union Jack India Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

6,600 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:
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint #2 at Brophys tavern in Carmel

A-a clear brew with a creamy white head that laces the pint glass. Color is a deep golden with copper tint

S-hop city. Aromas of those NW US hops especially grapefruit with some juicy tangerine. A biscuity malt aroma hidden in there as well.

T-much like the smell. Ample hops carried with a significant malt backbone

M-Big bodied with a fair level of carbonation. End note is aromatic hoppiness with a hint of bitterness

O-a solid beer. My first Firestone Walker and not disappointed. The epitome of a west coast IPA.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of my favorite beers!! honestly can go good with anything, but you are better off enjoying this beer by itself. it has so much too offer, such great combination between the yeast and malt's making this an outstanding brew. you can put this on my list of top beers.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the The Loft on the LMU Campus

a- golden/ translucent

s- typical southern california piny/citrus magic

t- has that initial clean american ipa hit, but has a lingering 50/50 maltiness/bitterness after taste, that detracts from it. If it's ice cold you probably won't notice it, but if you take your time with this beer, the bitterness in your mouth builds up and it's less desirable. It's relatively well-balanced though.

m- thin until it hits your lips then fizzes

o- It hints at that magical california ipa genre, (Pliny, Hop Ottin', Sculpin), but eventually it goes bitter and is a one glass pony.

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4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A stunning American IPA. This bomber was purchased at the brewery in November, a visit I’d highly recommend!

Pours a clear and oily amber, with limited white head, but good retention on the little that exists. Brilliant aroma of grapefruit and piney citrus, with a mild toffee backbone. Those caramelized malts are present in the start of the taste and support a nice body, but hops totally takeover after the first microsecond. Citrus, tropical fruit and all the wonder associated with "west coast" varietals. Finishes with a biting bitterness that lingers for an impressive length of time, and only a hint of the 7.5% ABV warmth at the very end.

Thank-you Firestone Walker - a brewery whose products I'd seek out again wherever possible.

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4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. I'm changing my 4.5 Had to a full review to give this amazing beer the respect it deserves.

A - deliciously amber. Pours nicely orange from the bottle and settles red in the glass. Big head on the forced poured. Good looking IPA.

S - oh my god, up there with Pliny the Elder and Abrasive. Such sweet citrus on the nose, pineapple, a little orange, a lot of lemon and lime. Super sweet, delicious. The best single IPA I've smelled.

T - wonderful, a near perfect blend of sweetness and bitterness. Big pineapple and orange at first, receding into a great mix between the two. I really love the way this beer tastes.

M - the sweetness clings to the cheeks. Not overly carbonated but still perfectly balanced. It doesn't drink like a 7.5% ABV beer, more like something around 9%.

O - amazing single, I love it. Incredible beer.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,600 ratings.
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