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:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,653
Reviews:
1,361
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StArnoldFan
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of aerozeppl
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very light copper color with quite a bit of clarity. A finger and a half of white head with excellent head retention and lacing.

S: Tons of two row up front then a blast of citrus hops. The balance in the nose is really incredible. Reminds me of Flower Power in that regard. A touch oxidized but they did just get to NY.

T: Amazing balance. This is probably the beer that splits the middle between east and west coast IPAs the best. It is super hoppy and super malty at the same time. Bready. Citrus. Really well done.

M: Nice thick and coating medium body. Carbonation is soft and never harsh.

D: A really great beer overall. The balance really is great. At $12 a six pack it is still reasonable though Flower Power is cheaper and fresher here. Really great IPA. Would love to have this on tap.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bashiba
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clean amber with a thick off white head. Good sticky lacing.

The smell was lightly citrusy with a touch of juniper. I like the direction, but could use a touch more dry hopping.

The taste was clean up front with just a touch of dry grainy malt flavor which is quickly overtaken by pine and lemon hop notes. has a very even bitterness to it.

The mouthfeel was a bit thick and oily.

Seems like a solid IPA, but nothing special, it seems dominated by centennial like so many other base line IPA's which makes it rather forgettable.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on the Rotating Tap at Maggie Smith's Irish Pub in Centennial Colorado

A-Slightly hazy copper with nice pillowy white head and great lacing.

S-Wow, tons of fresh citrus fruit, pineapple and pine tree. Only the slightest hint of cereal grain sweetness in the background.

T-The nose carries over nicely, citrus, grass, pine and pineapple. Beautifully balanced hops and malt sweetness. One of the best IPA's I have ever had, boarders on IIPA.

M-Light yet viscous, tons of hop oils coat the mouth but has enough Co2 to wash it away

O-One of if not the best IPA in my books, so glad it made it to Colorado.

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Photo of spointon
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a DFH stemmed goblet. mucho thanks to dgb3 for trading this one to me!

A= This ale poured a very clear orange color with some hints of gold around the edges. The slightly off-white head rose about 3/4" and then quickly settled to a 1/8" cap. Loads of carbonation release but that is surely aided by the nucleation site etched into the bottom of this nifty glass. A respectable amount of wispy lace clung to my glass.

S= Smelled of caramel and biscuity malts, pine and citrus hops (more citrus than pine though), and some spicy alcohol. Fairly simple really, but very nice.

T= As the smell indicated, this was a big and fairly balanced IPA, as IPAs go. The biscuit and caramel malt character seemed to blend seemlessly with the piney base hop bitterness and the citrus and floral hop flavors. This was not a collection of seperate notes but rather a symphony of flavor. The finish was dry and showed just enough alcohol to make things spicy and interesting but was in no way hot.

MF= On the heavier side of medium bodied with a full carbonation that stopped short of being too sharp. Really wonderful.

D= I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and have come to the conclusion that it hurts me Firestone Walker is not distributed locally for me. Very tasty, very drinkable, and the ABV stays deceptively hidden. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Paccamacca
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/07/15

Pours a clear golden yellow with a frothy white foam head. Smells like pineapple, pears, grapefruit, lemon, tropical fruit, honey, herbal hops, and light bready malts. Tastes like pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, pear, honey, tropical fruit, bready biscuity malt, and dank resinous hops. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Perfectly balanced and well-crafted. Overall a great IPA.

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Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dataylor21
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WoostaBia
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of thufflife
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of CrellMoset
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from BrewerB in a trade - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: An orange-golden body with a rocky, rough-looking white head with great retention. The slightest amount of haze, though by and large it's a fairly clear brew. Minimal carbonation.
Lacing isn't great, but a few pockets and islands are left behind.

Aroma: Huge grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest notes, a lot of higher floral hop ester notes, and some lightly roasted caramal and simple, wholesome biscuity sweetness.

Taste: Bitterness, but lots of balancing, roasted sweetness and biscuity malt. Sweet grapefruit and orange zest, more floral notes, but also some lightly spicy and herbal hop overtones. Very smooth, nothing coarse or rough. Well made.

Mouthfeel: Small to medium bubbled, fluffy and even, medium thickness and medium bodied, with some nice hop oils to add to the smoothness.

Drinkability: Great balance in this one, truly. Has plenty of bitterness but plenty of great sweetness and some fine hop notes to even everything out. A great overall beer, and highly recommended.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gopens44
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A touch darker than straw colored, but still in the ballpark. A good 1" of foamy head with awesome retention.

S - Citrus, earthy, bold and no nonsense!

T - Not too bitter, a little sweet and a ton of grapefruit. Again, this is a no nonsense IPA that is everything that is good about an IPA

M - Creamy with low carbonation. A slight bit dry and no discernible aftertaste.

I may have found my favorite IPA! This creation is just splendid. Sad that it took me a while to discover it, but now that I have, it'll be in my fridge early and often!

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Photo of randylangford
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a red wine glass. No bottle date information to be found.

A: Fairly clear golden color. I think I am getting some hop haze, as the bottle is really too cold. Really good carbonation. I get about a finger of loose bubbled bright white head that dies fairly quickly. You get some sticky lacing on the swirl.

S: On the nose I get both pine and citrus. Some grapefruit notes are present too. There are definitely some astrigent smells. Behind that is some breadiness too. Not sure of the freshness on this one (no dates).

T: Right at the front of the tongue you get some real strong hop bitterness. More piney than fruity. Then you get the breadiness from the malts in the middle of the sip to help counter balance that. The finish is nice and dry, but the hop bitterness sticks with you a while.

M: Medium bodied.

O: I have to go A- on thie one, solely on the fact that I don't know how fresh this bottle is. From reviews from friends, and here on BA, I think this might be moving towards the outer edges of fresh and thusly hurting the finished product. That being said, it's STILL an A- and delicious. Love FW beers.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of farrago
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fluffy white head, crests about one finger, good amount of larger bubbles, probably hampers retention, the lacing in turn is more frothy than sticky and sticks in gobs more than sustained streaks. The liquid is more of a bright sunset orange than gold, very good depth as well as brilliance, only a few bubbles visible. The nose is pure and focused, leans on a clean floral dimension, grapefruit and lemon pith, white pepper, there’s solid cocoa and chocolate grounding the nectarine, apricot, pineapple, star fruit scents, refrains from indulging in sweetness, more about punching through. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied, has a firm feel and the carbonation has a steady prickle more than creaminess. Sweeter here as caramel joins the chocolaty maltiness, at the same time slightly more juiciness in the white to pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus. The fruit has a tropical profile, just not the slutty juiciness often associated with pineapple, papaya, guava to nectarine fruit. The pine notes as much cone as outright sap, restrained. All this said, it does crackle with a quiet energy, can play up bitterness while not seeming herbaceous or puckering. Styled for thoughtful enjoyment and grows on you with each sip.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of polopaul20
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mntlover
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice fluffy white head that falls slowly and leaves gobs of lace down my pint.

Aroma is nice bready malts lightly sweet loaded with big fruity citrus hops. Nice aroma actually more fruity then bitter smelling but very enjoyable.

Taste is like the aroma nice citrus fruits riding on a bready malt base, big and favorable. Hops impart good fruity notes but leave middle of the road lingering bitterness that is grapefruit rind mingle with pine resin. Very nice clean favorable IPA without going over board on huge bitterness. Easy drinking goes down smooth doesn't seem like 7.5% brew.

Mouthfeel is bigger side of medium with nice smooth carbonation that greatly adds the the enjoyment of this beer.

Overall a very good example of the style, not mind blowing in any aspect but very well made everything seems just where it should be. Not sure what I paid for this but if its reasonable I could see adding this to my regular IPA rotation.

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Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,653 ratings.
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