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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Reviews: 1,217
Hads: 5,886
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 435
Gots: 1,091 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maria's in Chicago during a Firestone Walker tasting...

Arrives dank and hoppy with loads of citrus and pine on the nose... Nice aromas here with a big dose of those hops..

Long bitter citrusy hoppy flavors abound with this brew... It's eminently drinkable with a big load of hops that set me up for the tasting tonight...

I liked this brew so much more on tap than in the bottle... The bottle I reviewed must have been aged beyond its prime...

An awesome brew... (478 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 12/15/08.

A - Poured a clear golden amber-toned body with modest amount of carbonation and almost one finger of white head that quickly receded to a patchy film but left nice lacing around the glass.

S - Aroma is big on citrus hops with hints of grapefruit and orange, while the malt is sweet and caramely. There's alsot a smidgen of alcohol in the nose.

T - Opens with a blast of juicy citrus hops complemented by plenty of sweet caramel malt. A piney hop character emerges in the backend that is supported by some biscuity malt.

M - Medium body with oily texture and pretty smooth, soft mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation on the tongue. Finish is definitely hoppy, depositing quite a lot of bitterness on the tongue.

D - This IPA has a lot of West Coast in it, especially the big citrusy flavor. I wouldn't rank it with the big boys like Pliny or Dorado, but it's solid and sure to please the hopheads. (953 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pale light golden orange with very minimal head. Looks cool.

S - Delicious hoppiness and citrus malt. Makes me excited to taste. One of the best traditional IPA scents I have had the pleasure to sniff sniff.

T - Citrus and grapefruit. Yep, Solid IPA flavour. More malty than hoppy but a definite bitter finish.

M - Firestone is gaining a reputation with as having very clean mouthfeel. Smooth but crisp.

O - Very good example of a traditional IPA. I'm a Lagunitas guy for IPAs but I would drink this anytime. (516 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Re-review. Bottled date of 12/27/12

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright orange amber, white finger width head, Good retention. Fair, sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell - Spicy, hoppy pine aromas. Touches on grapefruit. Strong bready, sweet caramel malts in the background.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hits on pine hop at first, with lesser notes of grapefruit. Sweet bready and caramel malts provide a strong, complementary backbone and shine mid-taste before fading near the finish, leaving a mild citrus pith aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate carbonation leads to a decent bite. Smooth. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - My tastes have certainly changed. What I once thought was an okay IPA, I know find quite enjoyable. While I'm still not sold on pine forward IPA's, I'm now able to look past that dominant aspect and take in the lesser characters of the beer. I think this is a beer I'll be drinking more of as time rolls on. (943 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a gold/amber color with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hoppy notes is really enjoyable with light sweet undertones. Taste is also dominated by sweet notes with nice floral hoppy notes and some citrus undertones with limited bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed with great drinkability factor and limited bitterness level. (420 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange with a thin foam that laces extremely well. This looks really nice with a clear relfective hue. No visible carbonation.

S - Scents of citrus and pine give the feeling this will be a DIPA. Scent of hops is in the background.

T - Very hop foward. Flavors of orange and spice (nutmeg?) follow, and the finish is a bitter bite.

M - Raspy on the tongue, and pretty strong for an IPA. Well balanced though.

O - I like this a bunch as well as Double Jack. This seems a tad lighter, but with a similar punch. Definitely worth a try for those liking beefy IPA's. (574 characters)

Photo of vande
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid looking, deeply bronzen IPA... Nose and Taste ring true to other FW beers I've had.... a nice solid hoppy nose - some citrus notes, bit of grapefruit on the mouth and a nice fresh end. I'd be interested what it was like fresh, marked 2010, I just picked it up tonight. Either way, I'd drink another. (307 characters)

Photo of ajthegreat
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4.18.12. I have been a big fan of Double Jack for a long time so I was stoked to find a fresh sixer, for NH anyways. Poured 12 oz bottle into Allagash tulip.

A. I have been drinking a lot of Heady and Smutty IPA lately so it was refreshing to see a crystal clear IPA that still reaks of hops. Perfect carbination, great 1-2 finger head that lingers long after the pour.

S. Def some huge grapefruit on the nose with pine notes creeping through the back. This has a west coast nose on it but I still pick up some of the malt.

T. Huge hop pungency up front. The citrus and pine come through in waves but fade to a very nicely balanced IPA.

M. Medium bodied, full flavored and super smooth. I could drink this all night and plan on it.

O. One of my new favorites. An amazing IPA that borders on a double IPA. Hop heads will rejoice but there is definitely something for everyone in this. Cheers. (904 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-review! 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal-clear amber color. The head is a creamy off-white shade that's about one finger high. While retention isn't fantastic, it leaves behind a great deal of lacing. Just a beautiful IPA regardless.

S: This is exactly what I expect from a west-coast IPA: lots of grapefruit-forward hops, backed by lesser notes of pine, black pepper, and perhaps even some marijuana. The malts become more evident as it warms up, providing an earthy, caramel-esque background.

T: Hops mostly cluster on the opening, providing not only grapefruit, but also peach, black pepper, and pine. The malt sweetness arrives in the second half of the flavor profile, loaded with caramel, toffee, and earth. A really good IPA, even if the bottle is a couple months old.

M: It starts off beautifully light and crisp...only for the sweetness to nudge itself in with a syrupy linger on the back end. This hurts the effect that the brew was going for; however, it's still stupidly drinkable for 7.5%. Dangerous, even.

O: This is probably one of the better 6-pack IPAs on the market right now. And it would be even greater if it were fresh. I could see this one being a regular in my fridge regardless, though. (1,237 characters)

Photo of jbowers56
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good amber colour with fluffy white head, about 1 finger to start with.

Nose is pure citrus hops. Grapefruit, a bit of pine (may be from my christmas tree though haha). Good stuff.

Unsure as to the condition of this, but it was not as hoppy as I expected from the nose. Actually, its quite hoppy. But it was not as bitter as I thought it might be. Much less bitter than say SN Torpedo. Good fruity citrus hops and caramel sweetness. Quite good indeed. Bitterness almost grows as you have more - something that I haven't experienced much with other beers as they have either been to bitter to keep sipping, or each sip has refreshed the palate. Interesting.

A slight chalkiness in the mouth feel which reduced drinkability. Nothing huge though. (746 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little to distinguish it from other beers of similar style. It's a peach-colored beer that is fairly translucent. I got no head from the pour, only after swirling it around did I see much in the way of bubbles. Bright white color, but not the usual make up. Very uniform bubbles, no thick peaks and valleys. Pretty good retention and a thin lace left behind.

The scent of a good IPA never grows old. Orange rind and pine. Nothing more is needed.

Taste is similar. More malty on the palate than in the nose. Again, orange rind and pine are front and center, though I'm picking up some grapefruit as well.

It's a really clean IPA. It doesn't go overboard with the hops, though it's plenty bitter. The bitter lasts well into the finish, but doesn't overpower the taste buds. Medium bodied, despite the highish ABV, it doesn't really approach Imperial levels. A wet, sloppy finish.

It's a really nice example of the style. They did a classic and didn't overdo anything. Proportions of malts and hops are ideal. Makes for a very drinkable beer. (1,043 characters)

Photo of Nicked
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a crappy Marriott hotel-room glass (I really need to start packing a solid pint glass).

Tasty beer! A totally different flavor profile that a lot of the IPAs I've been drinking lately.

A: Standard clear gold

S: Hops rule the nose - sweet and tangy scent.

T: Great! Starts with a little carbonation that's quickly overpowered by lemony hops. Biscuity notes linger in the background.

M: Lovely, chewy, well-rounded.

O: Very solid brew, would definitely buy again. Didn't even notice the ABV until the bomber was empty... (537 characters)

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small one finger head, most of the bubbles are big, so I doubt it will hang around long. The body is a cloudy dark orange-amber color, very little transparency in this beer at all. The head is now gone. The body looks good, but again with a Firestone beer, the head is not very impressive. Overall the body looks like a good IPA, the head, not so much. Huge hop smell up front on the nose, if I didn't know better I would think this is a double IPA, I guess it is close because it's 7.5%, but still. Very citrucy, very clean, nice malt note in there too. The smell is very good, it smells like a real hop hound! Damn, that's a legit IPA. On the first sip you just get punched in the mouth with flavor, very hoppy, significantly malty too though, pretty well balanced in fact, for an IPA. The alcohol is covered up pretty well, but you can still tell it's there. Overall the taste is pretty one dimensional, but it's a very big taste and isn't skimping out on anything! Drinkability is actually very high for it being 7.5%, and the mouthfeel is very good too, pretty thick, not too much carbonation. Now that I drink the beer more and more the alcohol an malt sweetness is coming out more, which is common among IPA's, but I'm not a huge fan of it. Overall a very legit IPA, for sure more flavor than their pale ale, and a good IPA to look to if you need to know how a good IPA is done. (1,393 characters)

Photo of BrewThru_29
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, bright gold. 2 finger head that slowly recedes and leaves nice lacing. Nice!

Smell: Pale malts. Citrus. Maybe a little pine.

Taste: Actually pretty sweet up front. Bittering hops on the tail end, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Nothing incredible here. Nothing bad either. Not harsh for the ABV, but I've had smoother as well. Overall, nothing to complain about. Very drinkable.

Overall: Last beer of my sixer. Very good IPA. I will buy it again come summer. (479 characters)

Photo of bifrostguard
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear light amber color with a moderate off white head leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S - Citrus and floral hops with a distant malty scent in the back ground.

T - Citrus and floral hops are balanced quite nicely, leaning more towards the citrus side. Biscuity malt hold the flavors together and creates a rather enjoyable west coast IPA.

M - Somewhat thin, but still feels pretty good.

D - This is a damn fine beer, but at 7.5% it works as fast as it goes down. That being said, I could still drink a ton of this stuff. (532 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Toasted golden with a nice quilt of whipped egg white foam with a nice sturdy wall of lace. Smells nice with tangerine, grapefruit, some pineapple, english toasted malts slightly sweet on the finish. Bitter with a good sweet malt, some pine, some resin, orange peel - well balanced IPA if there ever was one. Medium bodied with moderate on light carb and a wet finish. Good beer, very drinkable. (404 characters)

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (197 characters)

Photo of BeRanger
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass - thanks Rau for this extra.

A: Standard Golden/Orange body with a rim of white head. Hardly any lacing - not impressive from that standpoint.

S: Tropical Fruits, lemon, grapefruit, a little bit of hops.

T: Nice crisp, clean taste. The tropical fruits some through with a little bit of a hoppy backbone.

M: Medium bodied, mildly carbonated.

O: Not a bad year-round brew from Firestone. Between this and Double Jack, I'm not overly impressed but they aren't bad. I'd certainly drink this on a summer day. (549 characters)

Photo of joepais
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for this awesome extra
I poured this into a Sam Adams pint glass it resulted in a finger worth of white head that turned into a sparse lace. The body of the brew was a clear golden orange in color.

Aromas of pine resin and citrus' filled my nose. That really is saying a lot today because of my allergies are acting up. The flavor was a well balanced for a west cost IPA; I was almost in complete shock. Good mouthfeel with great carbonation for your tongue.

I think if this was my local IPA it would be my go to brew. easy to drink and it taste like a good IPA should (591 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - Union Jack India Pale Ale - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours a golden amber with a full foamy head. Good sticky lacing around the glass. Minimal carbonation. Good looking brew.

Smell - Bready malts with deep resinous hops over it, a bit low-key here.

Taste - Malts are quickly subdued by bitter piney/resinous hops.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is a dry bitter pine, not much else to it, a bit one-dimensional to be honest. Drinkable throughout, which is good.

Overall - Not bad, but I was not impressed overall. I think this brew is a bit overrated, but everyone has their own tastes. Firestone Walker does make amazing brew though, I highly recommend Firestone Walker - Double Jack if you want to be blown away by a good brew. (752 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught pint at the Dog & Pony, Union Jack is pale orange with a creamy white head that leaves very light, foamy lace.

Smell is pungently hoppy, pretty classic west coast hop profile, heavy on the resin. Some nice apricot sweetness rounds it out.

Taste is similar, a nice big hop bomb, with minimal malt to stand in the way. There's a firm bitterness for sure, and some ethanol to remind of it's bite, enhancing the spiciness of the hops, but it's a fairly easier drinker overall.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, with an oily slipperiness.

Drinkability is pretty good, it certainly satisfies my hop craving. On the other hand, so aggressive it's a bit of a palate buster, and one that would quickly lead to fatigue, of both the taste buds and the mind. (758 characters)

Photo of andrew300
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 10/25/12

A: light golden with medium off white head that retains well with good lacing. Brilliant clarity with medium bubbles

S: medium citrus and fruity hops (tangerine,mango,grapefruit) along with low grassy hops. Low bready malt in background. No dms or diacetyl.

T: medium high citrus hop flavor with some pine and resins. Nice balance of hop flavors. low bready malt gives a nice foundation for the hops. Medium bitterness for style that stops short of being assertive and balances the beer. Slightly dry, clean finish.

M: medium body with low-medium carbonation. Slightly creamy, no astringency, low alcohol warmth.

O: even being a few months old, this IPA was very enjoyable. It has everything I look for in an IPA. (739 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thankyou to harvester to sending me a six pack of this stuff. Pour reveals a hazy golden colored beer, with about half a finger of white head. Big ripe nose of grapefruit, grassy notes, touch of alcohol, and a resin hop presence. Taste melds all of the above smells together, leaning towards the hop bitterness, grapefruit flavors, and mild alcohol bite. Body is between medium and heavy, leaning more toward the former. Alcohol is not overly present, just enough to peak its head up. This is a well made IPA. It reminds me of Mojo IPA from Boulder in a big way, maybe a little bit better. Certainly something I would have in my fridge often if it were available here. Cheers (675 characters)

Photo of J_Britt
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (169 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

First impression - this bottle tried to gush on me, but I poured it before it could. It had been sitting totally untouched in the fridge for a few weeks.

Pours a 1.5 finger milky, off-white head. Appearance is a wheaty golden color with no big particulates.

The nose is citrusy and piney with a decent amount of caramelly malt presence.

Taste is much more malty than I thought it would be... almost somewhat savory as well. Very little bitterness in the finish, but a decent amount of floral hops. Very smooth and drinkable, with a nice tight finish.

Overall these seems like a great beer - I would like to try one that is a bit more fresh. (683 characters)

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,217 ratings.