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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,284 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,284
Hads: 6,210
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 466
Gots: 1,371 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L" Yellow gold with a finger of white head. It lingers. Leaves a thick lacing down the glass.

S: Bread, citrus pine.

T: Follows the nose. Nice pine bitterness on the finish. Balanced well, but still quite hoppy.

F: Medium bodied, modertely carbonated.

O: Not sure why it took so long to finally get at this. This is one of the best.

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Photo of rarigney
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful reddish golden, crystal clear beer with a moderate amount of head. Fruity and floral aromas. Moderate bitterness with nice carbonation. Probably one of my top three or four IPAs.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can, really gold, hazy dank beer with some sticky, white froth and lacing. Citrus, pine, touch of bitter make for a surprisingly unoffensive, instantly rewarding and top notch drank. They know what I like and they do it well. Uniqueness that one seeks in a new beer. Citrus and brigut tones highlight the semi dry aftertaste. Absolutely top pier brewski.

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

"10/20/2015 " stamped clearly on the front of the bottle, so seems to make sense to tack on a half bonus point in the appearance category. Beer itself is spectacular looking, with a thinnish head and minimal lacing. Others have said otherwise, and the lack of head's probably due to my overly cautious pour. I think this glass is like 11.5 ounces.

The beer redeems itself on the nose. Citrus-forward, which is what I was looking for. Balanced, with bready and malty notes on the back end.

Taste is much of the same: hop resin on the front end with a complimentary malty finish. This beer does taste every bit of its 7.5% abv. First impression was that of a slightly less aggressive and more "balanced" (in the truest sense of the word, but not necessarily a positive for an admitted hophead like me) taste.

Plenty of carbonation to stand up to the alcohol and bready backbone.

An excellent IPA that'll please hopcentric palates and those who strive for a more traditional "down the middle" hop-malt-balanced beer in this style. Cheers.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft. Yard house, LA Live. Shaker.

A: brassy burnished gold, 1/2 finger white head, fades fast. Little carb. Exceptional lacing.

S: needs to warm up; faintly floral hops. Some resin and citrus.

T: Like an IPA, a good one. Citrusy, mildly sweet arrival, turning slightly resinous, with a clean finish that leaves a little tingling citrus. Quite mild and refreshing.

M: lighter side of medium bodied, less carbonated than I'm accustomed to. Very clean finishing.

O: Not living up to the hype, but I tell you what, this would be in my fridge constantly if I could get it where I live. Definitely 6-pack worthy. Not a new age fruit bomb, or a tongue scraper 100 IBU monster, just a strong, clean, refreshing IPA.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/7/15. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden in color with a 2 finger head of white foam. After a minute or so the head fades to a thin cap that stays for the remainder of the beer. Multiple streaks of lacing lining the whole glass.

S: Aroma is mainly citrus hops with a small amount of pine in the background.

T: Juicy citrus hop flavors of orange peel with a faint bit of lemon zest. There is some pine on the finish, but it is nowhere near as strong as the citrus hops. This beer has a solid malt backbone that stacks up well to the hops providing excellent balance. In my opinion this beer doesn't have as much grapefruit flavor as everyone says, but maybe mine isn't fresh enough.

M: Medium body with a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp with moderate bitterness and a touch of dryness on the finish. Alcohol is masked very well for 7.5%.

O: Overall I thought this was a solid IPA with crisp citrus hop flavors and excellent balance. The bitterness was not overwhelming and it was very drinkable. I would drink this again for sure.

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Photo of tprinzing
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Originally, I didn't really drink this one much always opting for double jack. Now that I live in Texas double jack requires driving further to get and the local grocery store has union jack all the time so its what I can easily get. Its quite wonderful and often my goto IPA now.

Pours a golden color with a two finger white frothy head that is retained pretty well. Significant lacing on the glass. Grapefruit and hops great the nose. The taste is a slight grapefruit and a solid hoppy IPA.

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Photo of D9sus4
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My only reason for posting a review is to make a minor point. I'm not a fan of grapefruit flavors in a brew, and after reading the reviews describing this great IPA as having that characteristic, I wanted to state for any other grapefruit phobic brewholics that I don't think that this is an accurate description. IMHO, I would think that a "lemon rind" flavor would be a better description. Other than that, I agree that it has a good malt backbone, slightly viscous, with a lingering head.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nowadays, this is a pretty standard IPA. But I realize I have to come in to this understanding this is more of a classic originator than an imitator.

Light orange amber look, good head with persistent, bridge-forming lacing.

This is solidly West coast, with an emphasis on the bitter over the sweet.

Grapefruit rind nose, with a bit of a lager backbone--the taste follows identically.

Union Jack slightly scrapes the tongue without lashing like a Zombie Dust or Green Flash might. I can see how this can be a go-to.

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Photo of joshcmn
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally had a chance to try this while on vacation in AZ. This is one excellent IPA. BOD 11/06/15 the freshest I could find. Appearance is crystal clear, pale gold with a slightly orange hue. One inch rapidly diminishing head with intricate lacing. Smells of bubblegum, pine, dank and grapefruit. Would like to smell a younger version of this beer but still enticing. The taste is sweet malt, followed by sticky/fruity/vinous hops, then bitterness of grapefruit tempered by the sweet malt with a drying finish. No detectable alcohol for me which is amazing considering the ABV. Lingering grapefruit rind bitterness with just enough malt to balance everything out. Mouthfeel is neither too thick nor too thin and coats the mouth with just enough hop oils and malt to add to the complexity of the flavor profile. This is a sublimely crafted IPA with complex and balanced flavors and aromas. I only wish I could get this beer at home. Well done FW!

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

Golden, slightly orange with a white frothy/fluffy head.

Lovely hop aroma, its not overpowering.. very pleasant with a few different notes. Mostly floral with a bit of citrus/fruit and pine. Faint malt but its there.

Pretty well balanced taste. Bitterness up front, followed by sweetness, and a tingling aftertaste from the hops at the end.

This is great.

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Photo of bonterra69
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Appearance is Golden, clear, bubbly, light on the head. Lacing not distinctive but leaves a trail.
Aroma is very hoppy - Floral, herbal, with a hint of grapefruit
Very balanced. Finishes bitter.
Feel is light and smooth.

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Photo of Lunchboxhead
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a classic IPA masquerading as a lighter beer. Crystal clear yellow with tiny bubbles emit a strong hoppiness that is rather assertive but expected for an IPA. This goes down a little too easily for something this strong and hoppy but it is a pleasure to drink. I woud strongly encourage friends to try this excellent representation of a classic IPA.

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

My absolute favorite IPAs, as found at the source. Very clear body, fluffy white head. Aroma is a mixture of pine, grapefruit, a touch of malt. Forward bitterness that lingers throughout but is not over powering. Some sweetness in the mid mouth then finished super dry. An amazing beer.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass bottled 7.15.15
was a bit worried when i saw the bottle date but this was a great beer!
pours golden with a thick white head that faded very slowly and left a lot of lace on the glass
smells of hops citrus and pine also smelled sweeter as it warmed
taste hoppy initially and citrus then sweeter as it warmed similar to the nose with a very slight bitter aftertaste
feel effervescent and crisp with a medium body and slightly viscous feel
overall a pretty darn perfect IPA!

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA here, brought me out for another review. Bought a sixer, since I wanted to try, and was pleasantly surprised.

L: Nice bottle, don't know why it never caught my eye before, but the packaging is rather beautiful. Poured into a sniffer with a clear, very orange amber color with an almost two-finger head that lasts pretty well. Lacing sure hangs on tight.

S: God, can I drink this smell? Delicious. Clean, sour-bitter hop character, like there are dried citrus peels just sitting in the sniffer (so clean it almost smells sharp or metallic, like a knife blade) mango (which smells amazing), a little bit of blackberry and maybe blueberry, and just a hint of soft doughy breadiness underneath the fruit. If this were a candle, I'd buy it on the spot.

T: As always, the taste is everything the smell is but, unfortunately, more. Still very soft, but the grapefruit in particular as well as the funkiness of the bready malts, becomes much more pronounced. It appears they may have used a Belgian yeast strain? It has that particular spicy, tangy funkiness that Stone's Cali-Belgique has. If it is, however, it's certainly the best Belgian IPA I've had yet, by far.

F: Awesome: feels clean, just like the smell, not oily, but very smooth. Sticky, with a glasslike feel. Enjoyable, gently, but thoroughly carbonated, and fulfilling.

O: A great brew. Reminds me of a better Ranger IPA, honestly (with a whole percent ABV increase as well!) or of SN's Torpedo IPA with less maltyness. Definitely up there with Bell's Two-Hearted Ale and the other great IPA's!

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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, honey, tropical fruit, bready biscuity malt, and dank resinous hops. Feels medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a great IPA. Perfectly balanced and well crafted.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Um . . . wow. This is one hell of a beer. I'd rate this as one of my personal top 5s. Pours an orange tone with a thin white head. There is not another that has this one's aroma, amazing. Perfectly balanced, a bit sweet at first with that expected biter aftertaste. Every beer drinker should drink this at least once.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing brew. It starts off golden brown yellow. Fine bubbles. The aromas is to die for. A perfect blend of hops and malts.
The taste is boozy first. Then things get all malty and just slightly skunk.
This ale deserves the highest praise.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BOD 11/6/15. Clear golden pour with a hint of amber. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class nose of massive hops - citrus, tropical and dank. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango and finally a subtle earthy bit of dank with a touch of spicy spruce. Underneath the hop blanket lies a whiff of biscuit.

Medium bodied with a rich oily and creamy texture. Perfect carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is world class. Balance is perfect. Hop flavor is the theme here with a mild bitterness that is quite complex. All aspects of the nose appear. Tropicals lead over a subtle sweetness then flow into the rind components and showcase orange. A slightly bitter middle is balanced with a slightly stronger sweetness (biscuit plus a bit of caramel). As the middle fades, a slight dank hop flavor takes the forefront. The finish is remarkably clean for such an intensely complex ale. As it fades, a slight spicy note arrives. This one is a brewers masterpiece.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a small white head. Smells of strong citrus and floral hops with the citrus definitely dominating. Tastes of good grain with nice citrus and slight earthiness. Beer is a bit heavily carbonated but is light bodied and very drinkable. Overall a superb beer.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this (semi) fresh up in the mountains of NW Colorado. I have been waiting to try this for a while and it didn't disappoint.

L- light golden, with a white two inch head (poured from 12oz can)
S- Citrus, pine and some biscuity malt.
T- Sweet orange zest and grapefruit, followed by pine and hop bitterness all on some light unobtrusive malt backbone.
F- Kind of sticky, medium body and carbonation
O- Wonderful, classic example of the west-coast IPA I have come to absolutely love. I prefer this style of IPA to most (although haven't had any of those east coast hazy guys yet) One of my top 10 IPA's as of now!

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

pours a slightly orangish yellow color with a two inch head when poured into a tulip. smells very earth and hoppy with a hint of orange peel and other citrus fruits. taste is very citrusy with a full body and mouthfeel. an overall excellent beer that has definitely earned its score.

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Photo of Beric
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can into a snifter
Served: 13 November 2015

Appearance: Pours a lighter color than many other IPAs- looks like a deep golden color with straw-yellow hints, rather than the usual copper toned IPA. Crowned with a soft, soapy white head which sadly dissipates pretty quick. The beer is strong but not so much so that the head should collapse that fast.

Aroma: Massive fruity hoppiness on the nose- huge grapefruit notes, some clementine as well. A bit of resinous pine in there as well. Love the nose.

Taste: Wow, is this a fantastic IPA. Again, huge fruity hop notes - grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemongrass, and cajeput. Again, a pinch of pine, but nothing insane. This is one of the 'juiciest' IPAs I've had in a while and it is absolutely marvelous.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall: This beer is similar in character to SN Torpedo, but with a lighter malt backbone. If you want a juicy IPA, this is definitely one to strongly consider. A fantastic beer. Highly recommended.

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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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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,284 ratings.