Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#913
Reviews:
1,393
Ratings:
6,779
pDev:
9.46%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Photo of jamie2dope
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thankyou to harvester to sending me a six pack of this stuff. Pour reveals a hazy golden colored beer, with about half a finger of white head. Big ripe nose of grapefruit, grassy notes, touch of alcohol, and a resin hop presence. Taste melds all of the above smells together, leaning towards the hop bitterness, grapefruit flavors, and mild alcohol bite. Body is between medium and heavy, leaning more toward the former. Alcohol is not overly present, just enough to peak its head up. This is a well made IPA. It reminds me of Mojo IPA from Boulder in a big way, maybe a little bit better. Certainly something I would have in my fridge often if it were available here. Cheers

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz short bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled on April 27th 2017. Cutting it close on the 90 day mark but let's see what this "must for all hop heads" has to offer.

L: Clear honey gold, with a massive three finger off-white head off a reasonably aggressive pour. Excellent retention. Thick lacing.

S: Pretty much some solid grapefruit in the aroma, the only other note I pick up is very light malt.

T: Not sure if the time has mellowed the hops but I have a pretty well balanced IPA here, light biscuity malt overwashed slightly with some citrusy hops notes of Grapefruit. This is pretty tasty.

F: Light-Medium body, crisp, slight hop residual linger with a grainy note.

O: All in all a well rounded beer and one I would happily drink again. I will look for a fresher bottle for sure.

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Photo of socon67
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange with a thin foam that laces extremely well. This looks really nice with a clear relfective hue. No visible carbonation.

S - Scents of citrus and pine give the feeling this will be a DIPA. Scent of hops is in the background.

T - Very hop foward. Flavors of orange and spice (nutmeg?) follow, and the finish is a bitter bite.

M - Raspy on the tongue, and pretty strong for an IPA. Well balanced though.

O - I like this a bunch as well as Double Jack. This seems a tad lighter, but with a similar punch. Definitely worth a try for those liking beefy IPA's.

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Photo of moodenba
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Firestone Union Jack IPA 7% bottle cooled to 55 F and poured into a glass. Purchased as part of a mixed case from a discount retailer.

This is an above average American style IPA. The beer has a moderate white head over a healthy amber body. Taste is the main feature here. Emphasis is on a tangy hop bitterness.

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Photo of jsh420
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of logicalparadox
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of teddibrewski
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmt308
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LoudRed
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of InkedinRi
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good ipa. Tuff to find fresh ones in RI

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Photo of vande
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid looking, deeply bronzen IPA... Nose and Taste ring true to other FW beers I've had.... a nice solid hoppy nose - some citrus notes, bit of grapefruit on the mouth and a nice fresh end. I'd be interested what it was like fresh, marked 2010, I just picked it up tonight. Either way, I'd drink another.

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Photo of ajthegreat
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4.18.12. I have been a big fan of Double Jack for a long time so I was stoked to find a fresh sixer, for NH anyways. Poured 12 oz bottle into Allagash tulip.

A. I have been drinking a lot of Heady and Smutty IPA lately so it was refreshing to see a crystal clear IPA that still reaks of hops. Perfect carbination, great 1-2 finger head that lingers long after the pour.

S. Def some huge grapefruit on the nose with pine notes creeping through the back. This has a west coast nose on it but I still pick up some of the malt.

T. Huge hop pungency up front. The citrus and pine come through in waves but fade to a very nicely balanced IPA.

M. Medium bodied, full flavored and super smooth. I could drink this all night and plan on it.

O. One of my new favorites. An amazing IPA that borders on a double IPA. Hop heads will rejoice but there is definitely something for everyone in this. Cheers.

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Photo of JustinAbs
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-review! 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal-clear amber color. The head is a creamy off-white shade that's about one finger high. While retention isn't fantastic, it leaves behind a great deal of lacing. Just a beautiful IPA regardless.

S: This is exactly what I expect from a west-coast IPA: lots of grapefruit-forward hops, backed by lesser notes of pine, black pepper, and perhaps even some marijuana. The malts become more evident as it warms up, providing an earthy, caramel-esque background.

T: Hops mostly cluster on the opening, providing not only grapefruit, but also peach, black pepper, and pine. The malt sweetness arrives in the second half of the flavor profile, loaded with caramel, toffee, and earth. A really good IPA, even if the bottle is a couple months old.

M: It starts off beautifully light and crisp...only for the sweetness to nudge itself in with a syrupy linger on the back end. This hurts the effect that the brew was going for; however, it's still stupidly drinkable for 7.5%. Dangerous, even.

O: This is probably one of the better 6-pack IPAs on the market right now. And it would be even greater if it were fresh. I could see this one being a regular in my fridge regardless, though.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pale light golden orange with very minimal head. Looks cool.

S - Delicious hoppiness and citrus malt. Makes me excited to taste. One of the best traditional IPA scents I have had the pleasure to sniff sniff.

T - Citrus and grapefruit. Yep, Solid IPA flavour. More malty than hoppy but a definite bitter finish.

M - Firestone is gaining a reputation with as having very clean mouthfeel. Smooth but crisp.

O - Very good example of a traditional IPA. I'm a Lagunitas guy for IPAs but I would drink this anytime.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Re-review. Bottled date of 12/27/12

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright orange amber, white finger width head, Good retention. Fair, sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell - Spicy, hoppy pine aromas. Touches on grapefruit. Strong bready, sweet caramel malts in the background.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hits on pine hop at first, with lesser notes of grapefruit. Sweet bready and caramel malts provide a strong, complementary backbone and shine mid-taste before fading near the finish, leaving a mild citrus pith aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate carbonation leads to a decent bite. Smooth. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - My tastes have certainly changed. What I once thought was an okay IPA, I know find quite enjoyable. While I'm still not sold on pine forward IPA's, I'm now able to look past that dominant aspect and take in the lesser characters of the beer. I think this is a beer I'll be drinking more of as time rolls on.

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Photo of needMIbeer
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a gold/amber color with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hoppy notes is really enjoyable with light sweet undertones. Taste is also dominated by sweet notes with nice floral hoppy notes and some citrus undertones with limited bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed with great drinkability factor and limited bitterness level.

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Photo of cj8311
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SiepJones
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Paoloboston
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abkayak
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,779 ratings