Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA
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Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA

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

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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Photo of augustgarage
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hand-pump cask at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a nonic.

Tawny/sienna body with orange-tinged pale gold highlights. Some haze, which is a surprise for a filtered ale on cask. This is offset by the stiff sizable finger of shock white foam, thick lacing, and excellent retention.

Pleasant aromatics with challah, bitter orange zest, pine nettles, earth, and berries.

The malt, while mild, is up-front on the palate entry. The bitterness builds slowly and while citrus, pine, sage, earth, and some vague tropical notes (or maybe apricot?) reveal the hops - the malty sweetness never dissipates. In some ways, this reminds me of a weak barleywine.

The mouthfeel is rich, creamy, chewy, medium-bodied, yet somewhat delicate. The ABV seems to add body more than heat.

Overall, a little sweet for the style, and lacking the intensity or clarity of superior versions. Not sure this improved on cask vs. the bottle...

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Photo of csfcmitchell
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of CoolEthan
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Blaze5445
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of robwestcott
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle a translucent golden honey to a sun king shaped pint glass with a 1/2 finger off white short lasting head with nice retention.

aroma of sweet citrus closely followed by piney hops. nice balance between the two.

wow - this is an IPA (?) it's seriously malt forward. citrus and pine are present, but the dark malt is all but in the very front.

very thick, almost syrupy, smooth and slick.

drinkable ? oh yes.

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Photo of mattycasey
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

12oz bottle (bottled 5/29/2014) into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear honey color w/ a gorgeous fluffy white 1-finger head that leaves some nice patchy lacing.

Aroma is mostly citrus and pine, some nice delicate floral notes too. A hint of caramel malt and some resin.

Taste is bright and citrusy with an undertone of bready caramel malt. Hints of pineapple and spice in there too. Nice balance, good complexity.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, luxurious. Leaves a nice lingering bitter aftertaste.

This is a good solid go-to IPA; few flaws at all. It's just a touch on the malty side, but even that seems to give it a certain sophistication compared to the all-out hop bombs that have gained prevalence.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy light golden orange with a thin white head and bubbly, sticky lacing.

S - Toffee and sweet caramel with strong floral, grapefruit, tropical fruit and piney hop notes. Very floral and tropical fruity.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee followed by floral hops mixed with grapefruit and orange rinds. Citrus and biscuit flavors lingers.

M - Medium body and almost chewy at times with a lingering sweetness and dryness.

D - Hops seem to dominate but yet it seems balanced at the same time if that makes sense. Very tasty and would be an excellent full flavored session beer if the alcohol didn't sneak up on you.

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Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of magictrokini
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ O'Briens. Poured clear copper-gold with a short white head. Moderate lacing. For a straight IPA, this was fantastic. Sometimes, you get the DIPA that calls itself an IPA, but this is jsut a well-done, big-hop single IPA. Crisp, fresh pink grapefruit, pine needles, orange peel, and mango in the nose. Sharp mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. No stickiness in the finish. The aroma follows through nicely in the taste. Grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and that bite of resin. The caramel malt stays muted and does not turn this into a candied mess. Please sell more bottles of this in San Diego.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of cadaugherty
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of benloho
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of scottbrew4u
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow...this is yummy!
Pours a clear medium golden yellow with a dense two finger head that stays forever. Lots of sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

Aromas are not overpowering but very fresh citrus and pine hops with the sweetness of the amber malt.

Taste is lightly sweet amber malt and then citrus peel (grapefruit mostly) hops and pine notes.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Aftertaste is bitter grapefruit peel and moderately drying.

Good stuff...I am afraid I can drink a 6'r of this one real fast...then watch out.

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Photo of PG2G
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Nuggetz
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Bammer21
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of robebo44
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93.5% out of 100 with 6,668 ratings
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