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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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5,606 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,606
Reviews: 1,237
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 398
Gots: 888 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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Ratings: 5,606 | Reviews: 1,237
Photo of thedumbphase
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic example of the citrus forward West Coast IPA. Very light on the palate for 7.5%. Extremely well-made.

Photo of Jaysauras
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Such an awesome looking IPA. Pours a dark golden color, rich in texture, carbonation and vibrant color. Nice cream colored head about an inch thick on top. Really excellent lace as well.

S: Spicy pine, almost a sprucey scent, hint of lavender and citrus grapefruit. Pineapple as well.

T: Oh wow. I remember drinking this on tap at their tasting room, and it tastes just as pleasant from the bottle. It has that floral hoppy taste you come to expect from an IPA, and a booziness on the back end. But in the middle there is this warm blend of biscuits, honey and citrus that is somewhere between grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. On second pour you can definitely taste a bit of pineapple. Sweeter than your average IPA, and a little more like a pale or summer brew. But the big piney hop flavor is there which is unmistakably an IPA.

F: Prickly, dry, sweeter than I would prefer but still very solid. tingly carbonation with a spicy and dry finish. Pretty heavy also, you can feel the 7.5% in this one.

O: An absolutely stellar American IPA. It embodies the key characteristics of an IPA, while having a nice little flavor and twist of its own. The honey/citrus middle amongst the spicy spruce hoppiness and alcohol aftertaste really make this a unique and flavorful IPA. Great balance, almost a perfect brew.

Photo of kscarpz
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Almost the perfect balance of everything you expect in an IPA. It's just right.

Photo of Nmelione
2.97/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Way too sweet for me

Photo of J_Britt
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color. No nose or very little. Very balanced between sweet and bitter. Finishes slightly sweet. Very good beer but not an IPA. I would call this a pale ale.

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

I had the Double Jack before having this one, and it's a familiar but mellower taste. Great smell- the main difference is the tropical fruitiness doesn't hit you as hard as with the Double Jack. Very solid IPA though.

Photo of cfalls
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber, nice thick head.

Not very aromatic in any distinct way, so not sure what to expect when you take a sip.

Bready malts and citrusy piney hops. Slight sweetness.

Medium high carbonation.

Overall, really well balanced. Nothing stands out as amazing, but overall it's just what an IPA is meant to be like.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Leaves lacing, although no head. Clear copper color body.
Tropical citrus notes, and pine. Bitterness.
Good mouthfeel, very drinkable. Overall a very nice IPA.

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding IPA, I bought it once and then hurried back to the craft beer store in Mexico to get the rest of the stock. It´s just delicious and smells great, it´s a pineapple citrusy IPA.

Photo of Trombone69
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap with my roast pork sandwich.
Fairly impressive, nice hoppiness without overt bitterness. I'm not a huge IPA guy, but this was pretty good. I might pick up a six pack of these sometime.

Photo of RickGrimes
3.12/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe not so fresh, but not tasty. Deep amber colour, white frothy head. Smells like malt bomb, a lot of caramalt, grapefruit. The flavour is the saime, citrussy finish.

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

Pretty basic but very well made. Great balance of flavors. I would have never guessed it was 7.5%. Been on an ipa kick lately and this has been one of the most enjoyable I have had.

Photo of BuccoFan
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a quality beer. It's hard to fault it in any category, except that it doesn't really present a distinctive taste. It's hearty and yet smooth, but also a tad bit bland.

Photo of TheDrunkenNerds
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

For 7.5 percent alc this beer is incredibly smooth. Perfect amount of hops. Firestone does not dissapoint here!

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy copper gold under a 2” sudsy, persistent, lacy off white foam cap.
S: Melon, citrus and biscuit
T: Starts melon and citrus riding on biscuit to graham cracker and concluding with a well balanced citrus zest bitter finish. The bitterness is not harsh.
M: Creamy, medium body and very fine, soft carbonation.
O: A very drinkable, go to American IPA.

Photo of Zeplover2010
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA. Doesn't really smack you like some other IPAs with similar ABV's. Had on tap in 1/2 liter mug. Good colour, nice white head leaving lace as it works down glass.Recommend - especially for those who dislike sharp hoppy aftertaste from IPAs.

Photo of HipCzech
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz can (stamped "02-27-15 14:22") poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pale, clear copper gold, crowned by a solid, frothy head of white foam. Great white lace lines the glass.

Smell: Resinous pine, herbs (mint) and citrus, as well some some sweeter notes of tropical fruit and malt.

Taste: Crisp, herbal bitterness and citrus (grapefruit) continue from the nose. Tropic fruit is present but indistinct. Malt body provides some balancing sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Everything one expects from a West Coast IPA.

Photo of YouMeUs13
2.52/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It's good for an ipa...

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

I had this beer a long time ago and didn't like it. However, I was unsure of whether this was due to the actual flavor or the fact that I had it really old. Here goes:

A: Great. Copper-colored with a huge head and great lacing. Also plenty of carbonation.

S: Great - a pine forest mixed with some grapefruit. Very sweet caramel malt as well. Can't wait to try it.

T: Follows the nose, which is great. Citrus, pine and biting grapefruit interspersed with sweet caramel malt. Fantastic - reminds me of Sculpin.

F: Perfect. Well-carbonated and rich.

O: Great beer. Much better than I remember it. Will remember to try Firestone Walker beers before the hop-flavor dissipates.

Photo of neenerzig
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My good buddy Jon Passow, who as of a few months ago became the Manager of Barrel Room Operations at Anderson Valley sent me this in a package from northern, CA recently. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very clear, medium golden color with a nice white head that is about 1/2 of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice layer of surface foam film. Good lacing too. Has a biscuit malt aroma along with some hints of citrus, mango, and piney hops. Has a nice biscuit caramel malt presence upfront that gives way to grapefruit, a hint of mango, and piney pungent hop bitterness. Not overly bitter though, has a good balance of the different flavors. The hops do dominate the flavor profile to a degree. The bitterness does linger quite nicely though after each sip and the aftertaste is certainly on the dry side. Has a crisp, yet also pretty smooth and frothy, medium to full bodied mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beer ought to be! Nothing special here, just a solid, well crafted IPA. I am glad I got the chance to try this and hope I get the chance to try more offerings from this brewery.

Eric

Photo of tlema1
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice citrusy taste, well balanced, easy drinking

Photo of Marv_Duper
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you're an IPA fan, and love hops, this is your beer. Well done!

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

I can't find anything lacking in this beer. Clear, warm honey color with very nice foam, lovely café latte color -- yum. Great nose -- biscuit with some mango -- which leads into a clean, balanced, full taste with some serious but not in your face hops, a bit of citrus. Carbonation just right -- light with a little velvet at the end. Totally balanced, nicely layered. What it not to love?!

Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good. The smell on this is great, tropical fruity for sure. The taste is a little piney, definitely clean.

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but not great.

Pours nicely, pretty head, fine, persistent. Transparent golden brown color.

Smells not too good, really. A little stale perhaps.

Taste is quite bitter. A manly-man's beer. Some apricots. Nothing great going on, but much better than the smell.

Good mouthfeel. Just the right level of carbonation, though some might prefer more.

Long, bitter, well integrated finish, good integrity.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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