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

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Ratings:
6,627
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Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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Photo of gustogasmic
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

golden honey-orange, good clarity, on the road to transparent. Super-active carbonation, a sticky lace ring. Medium stringy lacing.

fruity hops- peach meat, slight pine, beeswax. Not super pungent.

The taste is wonderful, a tangy citrus bite is leveled out by a nice rich sweet malt body, carrying the mango, peach, and pineapple, which is then dried out by a great alpha bill, and finally a residual bitterness that is big but welcome, earthy but one-dimensional and clean. I love the way that the beer tours the drinker through some essential features of American IPAs- the way that sweetnesss can get kicked aside by hop bitterness, the wonders of the bitter linger, the citrusy and piney qualities. I wish that I could get this all the time in Michigan.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chadski
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Atlas1
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the Firestone I've had before. Now that we have access to more of their stuff here in SA, I am excited to try newer beers too.

Pours a pretty, rich golden straw color. Decent lace. The nose is easy going grapefruit with a hint of pine and alcohol. Taste is big and hoppy, with strong citrus flavors and chewy grass and pine mixed in. Boozy but not unpleasant. Strong bitter finish doesn't let go easily. Firm mouthfeel.

I really like this beer. Maybe not a great session ale due to the ABV, but I could still put 2-3 back in a sitting without any trouble. Reminds me of the Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point, to be honest, just with a little less citrus; but along those lines. I'll revisit the Union Jack again. Cheers.

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Photo of Chief99
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tut2528
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very light, transparent golden color. Head formation is highly carbonated and dissipates quickly leaving a very thin lace.

S: very sweet, tangy citrus and mango with touches of lemon and grapefruit (fruits are definitely in abundance). Bitter hops are mild but present and are well balanced within the fruits.

T: very light body, hops are definitely more pronounced in the taste compared to the nose and dominate the taste buds. The fruits are secondary here and once again mango and orange with grapefruit present.

O: this is a perfect beer for the spring and summer the temperature warms up. It's got a great balance and is full of tropical fruits and is light-medium body. Drinkability is high with this one and alcohol is unnoticeable.

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

from the bottle into a beer glass, look was surprisingly light and no amber hues, smell faint citrus and pine together, taste starts strong finishes fast no citrus to note despite smell, lots o' hops and a carbonated feel for a strong feel, alcohol is prevalent, good beer for a solo beer night or as a night cap.

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Photo of kkarimi
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemama76
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stimulus
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a six IPA tasting session.
Bottled on 2/16/12. 6 pack.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear orange with a one finger white head.
S: Big citrus hoppy up front, followed by some sweet malts.
T: There is an initial bitterness that fades quickly, falling back on citrus hops and sweet malt flavors.
M: Sticky, medium-bodied, and well carbonated.
O: Very good, unoffensive IPA. Due to the lighter malt backbone, goes down easier than a beer like the GF Palate Wrecker in our tasting, though it was a bit stickier than double jack.

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Photo of dshansen1184
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Melikeydahop
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try this brew...saw this one at the local beer shop a couple of months ago, missed my opportunity then..wasn't about to miss it a second time. Bottled on 5/24/12..so very fresh

It has a nice amber appearance, bout one finger of thick off white head, and a nice hoppy citrus smell (mostly grapefruit), with maybe a little butterscotch in there as well. The nose reminds me a lot of Stone IPA. Was excited to get into this.

Unfortunately for me Union Jack fell far short on taste, which in my book is 80 percent of the experience. This brew clocks in at 7.5% ABV and you can taste every bit of that, especially when it warms. Like a shot of rotgut vodka on the back end. Yes it has some nice hoppy grapefruit and caramel flavors but when I can taste the booze on a single IPA, I'm very dissapointed..If you're looking for an IPA to try and haven't tried Ithaca's Flower Power (my personal fav..a very underrated beer IMO), Stone IPA, or Green Flash's West Coast IPA, try those before you give this one a whirl.

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Photo of jtcnashua
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TequilaVoodoo
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bulletrain76
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at the FW taproom. Clear gold with a sticky head. Smooth citric, pine and mango aroma. Solid pale malt flavor with crisp and bitter hops, but remains fairly balanced. Crisp, medium body. Solid IPA. can't wait to see this in bottles. Rerate: 12oz bottle. Plenty of malt and flavorfull hops, with enough bitterness to keep it all together, but not to overhwelm. Drinks sooo easy for 7.5%abv. Got to boost this a little from last time.

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Photo of 50marathons
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good IPA. I prefer a little more citrus but very good

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Photo of appenzeller
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light red amber, excellent clarity. Thin head with a light pour. Aroma is hops all the way! Taste is a pure hop trip from start to finish, very bright and citrus like, smooth and subtle underlying breadiness and malts. This is a super selection for someone wanting a hops fix, a fine beer that I would have again when the hop bug bites.

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Photo of anthonymingo
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ReverendJon
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobbyhands
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjl21, a generous trader who threw this in as an extra (pretty sure it was him, got my boxes mixed up so somone correct me if I'm wrong).

A - Yellowish orange with some hints or ruby red, clear with a small head that faded quickly.

S - Piney hops, bit of grapefruit, malt backbone comes through fairly nicely, carmely. Slightly grassy smell.

T - Piney off the bat, fades nicely into some carmel malts and finishes quite resiny. Malt backbone is present all the way through, and picks up steam as you go along.

M - Actually would like it a little lighter and crisper, medium bodied, a bit creamy.

D - Pretty easy drinker, not sure could session this one though as predominately piney beers tend to get somewhat hard to do after a while. Solid IPA I wouldn't mind drinking again.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, citrus hops, slight yeast, hint of citrus (pomegranate?), and hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, alcohol, hint of citrus, hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of sd123
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal-clear body with a rich orange hue and two solid fingers of ivory head. Pretty solid.

Smell: big hops; citrusy up front followed by an earthiness and a funkiness. Some sweetish malt comes through, but this is giving every indication of being a good old fashioned West Coast IPA.

Taste: solid, tasty IPA. Hops trend way more toward citrus and pine at first, then change over to funk toward the middle. The finish is quite bitter indeed. The caramelly malt flavors provide a light backdrop to all these ops. A tasty beer; I'm surprised this isn't classified as a double IPA with its ABV and high hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: medium or so bodied; not a whole lot of carbonation. Feel works for the style but isn't notably impressive.

Drinkability: drinkability is quite good. The hops keep it refreshing, although as I said this thing could be considered a double.

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Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,627 ratings.
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