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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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1,247 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,247
Hads: 6,048
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 441
Gots: 1,214 | 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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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy yellow color with finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing is moderate. Citrus, piney hoppy aroma. Aroma is great! Nice malty, slight citrus taste up front quickly followed by piney hops. The transition is decent but you can still taste where one begins and one ends. The taste is excellent, regardless. Bitter aftertaste but just a tad soapy and dry..

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Photo of Shooter1960
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. The taste doesn't slam you in the mouth with hops but delivers a good strong hop presence that is consistent throughout. Very good mouth feel, light lacing on the glass. Unfortunately it is not available in Florida and I only get to try it when traveling in the northeast.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Appearance: Golden-orange color with vigorous bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Creamy white head stays around for a long time, leaving a thick ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: Heavy on grapefruit, melon, and piney hop aromas.

Taste: Lots of hops. Citric flavors to begin before rounding out to hints of melon and blood orange, before finishing with a piney and slightly nutty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full body with balanced, natural carbonation. Finish is very smooth, rounding out to dryness.

Overall: I'm surprised that this isn't considered a DIPA. I would definitely count this as one of the better and definitely more hop-intensive IPAs out there. The name of the beer led me to believe it was more of an English style IPA, but I was pleasantly surprised by all of those American hops! This is truly excellent.

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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.

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Photo of mazz15
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

WOW! I just popped my first. Signed up to let anyone know how incredible this beer is. Copper color, great mouth feel, nice citrus and floral bite with an exceptional balance. WOW!

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Photo of kellyej
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

A: Slightly hazy but still fairly clear; wispy head; yellow color
S: Peach, floral, grapefruit (rotten peach at the bottom of a shipping crate, but in a good way)
M: Medium, smooth through the middle, crisp finish
T: Balanced, well crafted taste; apricot, pine, fruit (fleshy part not skin), nice sweet spike to cut the hops

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant clear orange amber with a small frothy head made up of complex tiny bubbles. Lacing sings as it sticks to the sides of the glass. This is what a beer, especially an IPA, should look like. The first whiff of Union Jack yields a tantalizingly complex aroma of fresh mango and tangy pineapple. This is accentuated by a light grassy pine somewhere off in the background. The first taste is sublime. Sweet candy malt hits the palate first, before being washed away by perfect bitterness. As the palate acclimates the beer becomes almost juicy, like you are biting into ripe piece of citrus, again I think of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Lots of that heavy-duty lupulin taste hangs out in the middle of the beer, the ones that only the really great IPAs seem to capture. Mouthfeel has medium carbonation, and isn’t watery at all, though it is almost slightly creamy. Despite the initial wave of sweetness up front, Union Jack leaves the palate dry and begging for more.

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Photo of PooblyKhan
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

This is one of my go to IPA's. Great hop hit then it mellows with a sweet malt addition that really compliments the fruit notes. Tastes of peach, passion fruit and some mango with a hint of caramel. Freshness is key and it's located on the bottle, so always check. I love it!!!

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Photo of JThysens
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was fantastic. It was a bitter smelling regular IPA without the smack in the mouth afterward. it was very surprising. I do like the bitterness in most IPA's but I like the abundance of flowery and fruity flavors most. This had all the flavor and punch of a normal IPA but didnt have the big kick in the end. one of my new favorite IPA's for sure.

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

This is the one that should be in your fridge at all times.just a hand down excellent display of what a west coast ipa should be.very pinkey,citrus,grapefruit and even some orange rind flavors but very well balanced. I know why this beer wins awards every were it goes.a Lil advise try the big brother.double Jack.

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Photo of jamdugan
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Matt Brynidlson is a master brewer. I know he's good friends with Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River, and it shows in his ability to make an IPA. Matt started off studying hops in the lab, and later became a brewer. He knows how a West Coast IPA should taste and smell. This is one of the best IPA's you'll find on the West Coast. Much respect to the Firestone Walker crew for pushing the envelope of craft brewing in America.

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Photo of PaubloEscalator
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite IPA, hands down. I have only had it once, but it left a resounding impression. Incredible beer. Great flavor, great finish. Strong hops, exactly how I like my IPAs, smooth and well brewed. I need 50 more characters which is ridiculous. Conciseness is a virtue.

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Photo of Brams17
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

One of the best all around IPA's out there in my opinion. Not overly bitter, but great hop flavor. This beer still has a nice malt body too. One of the beers that made me fall in love with hops.

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Photo of Dyldey
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Perfect from start to finish. Pours nice and as soon as the you sip it the flavor explodes until it goes down and you are left with an incredibly clean aftertaste. Full body, hoppy to start with a quick escape.

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Photo of DrDaves49
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. Bomber into tulip glass

Bottled on 4/5/13
Opened on 6/25/13

A. The color of burnt orange with a smallish amber to off white head.

S. A smack in the face hoppy, citrusy, grapefruit with hints of orange and lemon. Very pungent citrus.

T. Very hop forward flavor when cold, as it warms the malts and alcohol show themselves, not enough though to overpower the great hoppy flavor.

M. Medium body edging up toward high. Nice and citrusy, grape fruity , hints of orange and lemon hops with a nice bready malt backup. The hops are more pronounced which make for a very good after taste which lingers long after finishing. Syrupy, resin-y goodness that coats the mouth.

O. Overall, this is one tasty brew, very hop forward. Very drinkable which could be a problem. It leaves you wanting another and another...aging doesn't seem to hurt this a bit. One of those beers you won't soon forget if you're a hop lover like me.

One of those beers you'll want to keep on hand.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Super clear pale yellow. Huge, ultra white, whispy head. The head disapated fairly quickly, but left a nice trace on the glass.

S: Pure hops. Citrusy, GRAPEFRUITY!!!! Very similar to Pliny. Grapefruit rind. Slight tangerine. Sugary sweet too, like citrus-grapefruit candy.

T: Not nearly as hoppy as I thought it would be, but man...delicious! Hardly any bitterness, except at the very very end. Grapefruit, grapefruit rind. Slight pineapple. Slight tangerine.

M: Thick and creamy, awesome coat on the tongue. Very nice!

O: Not quite Pliny, HopSlam, or Ruination, but man a great great brew!

Thanks Jim in Trevose.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours golden and clear with small lacing head, nose is very hoppy and citrusy with grapefruit. Taste of strong biting hops slight malt, and very smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

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Photo of UnionJack31
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Looks like any world class IPA, doesn't stand out in appearance as much as Pliny. Still a beautiful looking IPA. Pale, Cloudy orangish color. Lacing is amazing.

S - Can smell the fresh piney hops and abundance of fruits with some flowers.

T - Citrus hops with the hoppy piney taste that is not overpowering.

M - The mouthfeel was amazing, perfect level of carbonation

O - One of the best IPA's i've had. Would put it right up there with Pliny.

Hopefully the distribution will be in North Carolina soon!

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Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, very fresh from my favorite brewery

A- Pours a hazy golden orange, with a very light white head, and thin white lacing

S- Citrus, Pine, bubble gum, caramel

T- Similar to the nose. Very balanced. Very gummy

M- Medium body, good carbonation

O- another homerun from FW

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Photo of bsonk
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA- 7.5% abv.

A: a lightly toasted amber brown with bubbly head which recedes to a still boisterous amount of white foam.

S: mad fruity, I get pine and peach and pineapple.

T: hop bite with the fruit juiciness, basically like it smells- pineapple peach, but with orange peel and sweet grain backing.

M: juicy as hell, with lots of hop bite and sweet malt syrupiness. Kinda chewy but drinkable.

O: A big West Coast IPA that is very well balanced despite having as much alcohol as Olde English 800. Very delicious and goes down quick. One of my go to beers. It's got everyday-beer distribution here in Portland, so it's a good option for those of us who can't always get to a bottle shop to find other famous IPAs. I've never had Heady Topper but I bet a lot of Vermont drinkers have never had this. 4.7/5.

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Photo of ipacrazy25
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time every having having it an is a great beer. Very great in color with great pour an nice top heavy head on beer..it is very citrus hop with some bitter mouthful that makes more a great taste with pine after taste. Wonderful choice an is great west coast ipa..highly recommend it!

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Photo of travduke
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks Chris (GClarkage) for throwing me this in a trade, my first FW brew.

Appearance: Nice light amber body with a 1 finger white foam head with great retention. Awesome lacing.

Aroma: Citrus and pine hops right up front. Nice mild malt backbone to hold it together.

Taste: Yummy. The citric hops hit your taste buds first and then the bitter pine finishes it off.

Feel/Drink: Smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is as good as it gets. Looks like I need to hunt this down again.

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Photo of ChuckHardslab
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass, A nice light, crystal clear light copper color with a 2 finger off white head. The smell is very west coast IPA with resiny and citrus hop aroma.

The taste is very well balanced. There is a definite citrus hop up front followed by smooth malt sweetness with some hints of fruit. The finish is very clean with hints of grapefruit and slight hints f grass. There is a lingering but pleasant hop bitterness. Even though it's unmistakably an IPA it's not what I would call a hop bomb. I will definitely be buying more of this.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks RblWthACoz for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard goblet. This beer pours a clean and clear honey brown with a sticky, white head that left lacing down the sides of the glass. This is a really pretty beer. The aroma is west coast hops with just a bit of citrus coming out, some spiciness and just a bit of pine. Also just a bit of grass. The taste is awesome. It's really a perfect balance of hops and the malt backbone. The hop bite is right up front with big piney hops and a slight kiss of orange. The sweet malt comes out at the very finish of the beer. This is really good. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, while having enough body to hold such a big taste. This is my first experience with Firestone and it makes me understand why this brewery gets such respect from Beer Geeks.

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Photo of Hovawart
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The appearance of this IPA is an orangy bronze. It looks clear, but the lighting here is poor.

Smell has a strong citrus tone. Hops are evident but not overwhelming by any stretch.

Taste is phenomenal! I had a good Double IPA before this, and this beer made me say, "Yes! This is an IPA!" It has a very crisp citrus taste with balanced hops. The citrus is strong but not excessive. The only single IPA that I would currently put up against this one, is the Sculpin (my current favorite). Bar was out of Sculpin and this is a pleasant alternative. This IPA is crisp and refreshing, which is important since it is 100 degrees on this patio in Texas.

Excellent IPA! Great work Firestone Walker!

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,247 ratings.