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Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
#857
Reviews:
1,369
Ratings:
6,689
pDev:
9.46%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Photo of billb08
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of McD0uche
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle of Union Jack into a pint glass:

A: A burnt orange color with good density. A strong, foamy head appeared about two fingers thick, with excellent retention. Very pronounced lacing with residual copper bubbles after the head subsides.

S: Strong, appealing hops and citrus notes.

T: Similar to the smell; hops and citrus notes define the flavor. Grapefruit, orange, maybe a hint of pine. Good malt flavor. A bitter aftertaste lingers. A touch sweet.

M: Melts on the tongue, with medium carbonation that helps radiate the flavor through the mouth. Ends on a dry note, which is outstanding, IMO.

O: This beer is downright spectacular. Top marks all around.

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Photo of Iczapala
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mterv
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of nUgZ
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass. Thanks to SanFranJake for the opportunity.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 2 finger head and superb lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops up front with a slight floral hop aroma coming through afterwards.

T: Taste buds are bombarded with citrus and floral hop flavors and pretty extreme bitterness. There are some sweet malts somewhere in there, but they are hard to find among all the hops. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Still easy to drink.

O: This is a great example of what a West Coast IPA should be. Plenty of alcohol, easy to drink, and super tasty. What a hop bomb! I love it!

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Photo of JohnnyJam
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber 22oz brown bottle with the made on date printed on the bottle into a pint glass and got 1 1/2 finger of head.

A: Pours a light golden color with 1 1/2 finger of white, rocky head that dissipates at a moderate rate but leaves the top of the glass covered until the end. Beautiful, sticky lace covers the glass.

S: I smell tropical fruits: mango, papaya, and pineapple along with citrus smells of tangerine and grapefruit.

T: This starts off with tropical fruits dancing on my tongue and goes to citrus flavors of tangerine, orange and grapefruit. It finishes with a piney taste.

M: The carbonation is perfect and it is not too thin. It goes down good. It is easy to drink this one too fast.

O: Highly recommended! Very tasty. Very drinkable. The complex flavors subtley come at me and/but are finished with a very powerful piney flavor that is understandable but also stop me from rating this beer a "5" in taste and overall. It is only that close.

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Photo of lehueve
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of SawDog505
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled 4/18/12. Pours a clear orange, with a one inch head that leaves lovely lacing. Smell is tangerine, pineapple, grass, grapefruit, and carmel. Taste is very balanced and matches the nose perfectly, a slight pine/grapefruit finish. Body is medium large, plenty of carbonation, not dry, and very drinkable. This is one of the best I have ever had and now that we can get it in New Hampshire my new staple.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright shiny orange gold, with outstanding clarity. Later some haze will creep in. Level two finger table top of off-white foam. Enough lace that the glass is white more than clear.

Big orange nose, with some other citrus mixed around the edges. Pine finish. Very in your face fresh.

Big sticky sweet malt foundation rolls across the tongue. Juicy fruit, heavy with orange and apricot and with some grapefruit coasting along in the back, explodes in the mouth. Fruit and hop tingle dance across the tongue long after the swallow.

Sturdy mouthfeel. Incredible drinkability. Just want to gulp it down, but alas then there is no more.

Do not let the label fool you, though I love the fight poses between the British Lion and the California Bear. This is no Englsh IPA, but a full fledge West Coaster. And a damn good one as well.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan and bubbly head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - big resiny pine aromas with some grapefruit as well. very tempting aroma.
t - pine, grapefruit, spicy with some caramel to balance it out.
m - creamy and medium.
o - stupendous. complex and hits all the right taste buds.

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Photo of Thrifty101091
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soupyman10
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Uncleserg
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with lively carbonation and a medium white head. Sticky spots of lacing down the glass. Smell is nice with spicy, earthy hops up front. Some tropical fruits and sweet scents. Pineapple with a little caramel. Taste showcases more hops. Some grapefruit, orange, and pine. The malt reinforcement is there but lets the hops show through, simply providing an underlying sweetness. Great mouth feel and despite ABV, it's a very easy beer to drink. Well-crafted and a solid all around beer. A standard of what true sessionable hoppy beer should be like.

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Photo of kcjones
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of devilshaircut
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%

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 Amsterdallas
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of danielwoodrum
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been waiting a long time to try this. Serve out of a can and poured into a pint glass at Twisted Spoke Chicago.

Beautiful dark yellow beer with a nice frothy head that leaves nice pacing around the glass.

Smell is yellow grapefruit with a touch of dry malt.

Wow-hop explosion. Pithy grapefruit and just enough malt to balance the beer perfectly. Very Impressed.

Mouthfeel is really nice. This brew moves easily making me want to gulp instead of drink normally.

Overall a world class IPA and worthy of the rating. Wish I could get this in the Cleveland, OH area. Very well crafted and highly recommended.

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Photo of KShophead
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Thanks again Sloejams
L:No head what so ever to speak of. What head there was burned away immediately after pouring. Very transparent light jewel amber brown color.
S:Oh manw hat a great smell. Really big dry hopped aroma. Like dried out leaves. Very tiny hint of sweet candied dried out fruit. Not just one fruit, many dried out fruits.
T:Right up front it tricks you in to thinking it is going to be a sweet malty taste. Which it is right away. With in second it turns in to a deliscious leady hoppyness on the back. Nice dried out hops fall in there as well.
M:Fat round bubbles give you a nice warm feeling. Those fat bubbles some how turn in to tiny tight little bubbles going down your throat.
D:Great IPA. Nothing to extreme about this bad boy, which makes for your nice every day type of IPA.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of talbotjf99
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,689 ratings
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