Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA
BA SCORE
93.5%
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4.23 w/ 6,666 ratings
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
Ranking:
#837
Reviews:
1,363
Ratings:
6,666
Liked:
6,233
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
9.46%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
520
Gots:
1,722
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,666 |  Reviews: 1,363
Photo of orbitalr0x
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of goblue3509
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish copper color with a nice 1 and a half frothy white head which gives way to nice lace. The aroma has a nice caramel malt backbone bigger than most ipa's. There is then a hop aroma of piney hops and citrus hops. The nose is very well balanced almost a 50/50 split. The taste follows the nose, there is a piney hop bite to start with a nice citrus flavor over it, but in the middle you get hit with a great balance of malts. A nice sweet characteristic, a bready and caramel malt taste. Much sweeter and maltier than most ipa's, a little bit like a 120. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a very good beer, this is a perfectly balanced beer, a beer I will be seeking out to find and have again.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Kuges
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of alleykatking
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Student dropped this off for me before heading back home. Sweet!

A- Poured into pint glass. Deep clear amber color pouring a quater inch head before dying down leaving no real lacing. Lacing just slides down the glass.

S- Good bitter pine hop smell to this with a little malty biscuty ending the nose. Also, a hint of sweet citrus with this.

T- Nice bitter hop bite to this all the way through. The malts are covered up by the hops and even at the end don't really make any apperance. I taste an earthy tone to this as well....almost like a grassy note. As the beer warms up a little the malts come through a little better giving this a sweet aftertaste.

M- Good medium mouthfeel. Not a huge amount of carbonation but enough to enjoy this beer. Bitter hoppy oil resin coats the tounge and lets the taste linger after a sip. Beer just kind of sits in the mouth from lack of carbonation.

D- This was a very enjoyable IPA that I could drink again if someone was so nice enough to trade me a bottle.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden color with great head and lacing.
Smell - citrus pine hope smell with a good malt backbone.
Taste - just like the smell with a great balance
Feel - crisp slightly creamy but could use a little more body but still fantastic.
Overall - fantastic ipa. It's a great normal ipa and if I could I'd get it more often.

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Photo of Budlum
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating noted. Pours clear and golden bronze in color with a white head of about one finger in size. Some bits of lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma is all hops. Piney and fruity, but mostly piney.

Flavor was nice but not my cup of tea. Rather sweet and overly fruity. The pine notes are noted in the finish but this one is full of fruity flavors and sweetness. The bitterness is left way behind. The bitterness is there at the very end but not much in the flavor up front.

A bit watery on the mouthfeel with low carbonation. I just didnt enjoy this one that much. It looked good and smelled good but the taste and mouthfeel were not pleasing to me. DRinkablity was low but certainly wasnt anything gross. I wouldnt purchase this again.

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

Photo of garuda
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear pale gold with a thick white head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Hops front to back, mostly pine with bits of pineapple. Caramel malts are present, but stay in the background nicely. Bitter pine notes through the finish.

M - Light side of a medium body, finishes crisp and bitter.

O - Everything works well in this one. I'd definitely get it again.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.55/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

**
04/17/17

On tap at good dog bar, Philadelphia.

Underwhelmed.

LOOK: yellow, small white head.
AROMA and TASTE are a typical dry/dank hair spray up a.

Not a fan.

Give me any of the Luponic distortions over this.

**

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Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods on Westlake in Seattle. No date on the bottle.

A golden ale with the slightest haze and a small white head. Aroma is piney and citrusy hops with a touch of toasted malt and yeast. Starts with a nice citrusy bitterness but then switches to a malty and yeasty flavor. The bitterness picks up over time and the malt continues to provide a nice foundation. There's good lacing left on the glass as it empties. The consistency is moderate with a low carbonation.

I'd been meaning to try this and after I heard it won best IPA at GABF, I figured it was time. I think it's a balanced and enjoyable IPA but I wouldn't put it in the top three.

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Photo of bum732
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Bold citrus bouquet, orange, grapefruit, mango, classic west coast hops, slight dark breadiness.

L: Brilliant clear amber yellow, decent head that dissipates, good lacing.

T: Crisp citrusy hops with a firm soft bready sweet backbone. Medium-high bitterness finishing with a hoppy dryness. Very clean.

M: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation, alcohol slightly present.

A great, clean west coast IPA. Just really fantastic.

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Photo of Wayne17
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%

Photo of cgrunin
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a light copper or orange color with a ½” finely bubbled white head that leaves lacing as it begins to slowly recede. Sipping leaves a sticky ring of lacing on one side of the glass with lots of small speckles and a few legs of lacing. For much of the beer there is a 1/16” layer of foam on the liquid and when the beer is gone there is still a pattern of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: The aroma is gentle and distinctly grapefruit and pine scented with orange zest and an undertone of malt.

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from they nose. They are dominated by the grapefruit zest and piney hops with a malt backbone just noticeable in the background. The hops are always in charge here with piney bitterness only slightly modulated by the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with light persistent carbonation. The finish begins in the mix of hops and malt sweetness and then trails off into that dry bitterness that invites the next sip.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Overall this is a nicely drinkable beer that is clearly in the upper tier of IPAs. Even it is not the best one around it is a contender. My overall impression is of a excellent well-made beer that is well worth sampling if you not tried it. I expect to be having it again.
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Photo of YalovaIA
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of RoryOMoore
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Wizzle32
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rekrule
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of OKCNittany
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of nlmartin
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new IPA-Specific beer glass that was designed by Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. This beer was bottled on 12/6/12.

Appearance - This might as well be the best looking beer I have ever seen. It poured a nice bright golden-orange color with a tall off-white head due to a vigorous pour. A nice soft, frothy head leaves decent lacing spread across the glass. The carbonation is clearly visible. Overall, this is a great looking beer and deserves a 5.

Smell - Great, well-balanced smell with a combination of citrus flavors (prominently grapefruit with a slight bit of orange), piney/evergreen flavors, and the malts linger in the background. I was expecting a bit more, but it may be because it was bottled 2.5 months ago.

Taste - The citrus/grapefruit flavors hit first followed by the piney/evergreen flavors with the malt/biscuit flavors lingering in the background. Bitterness on the bank end is definitely noticeable from this hoppy IPA, but the flavors somewhat remain and the bitterness is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - This is a medium body beer with good carbonation. The dryness/bitterness lingers for a bit with some stickiness on the lips.

Overall - This is an excellent well-balanced IPA and the appearance is one of the best I've seen. A great combination of citrus/piney hop flavors with hints of malt/biscuit flavors. This is definitely in my top 3 for India Pale Ales that I have tried to date. This is definitely going to become a more regular go-to beer for me in the future.

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Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93.5% out of 100 with 6,666 ratings
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