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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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4,196 Ratings

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Ratings: 4196
Reviews: 1099
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007)
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since I never had this before and it was so highly rated on here. I've had a lot of IPA's like many on here so I was a bit skeptical to see if this would be a bit different from others in the pack. After finishing this off, there was no doubt that this was quite enjoyable and a bit of a welcome surprise, without being a complete "hop bomb". There' just enough subtlety here to keep it in check while still being strong enough to remind me that this was certainly an IPA!

This had a good almond hue to it with a soapy head and lacing the clung down the sides of my glass like dishwasher detergent. The aroma could have been a bit stronger but there was a lot to like in the taste and mouthfeel. Lots of earthy hops in the nose and taste with pine, citrus rind, and a bit of whiskey tossed in for good measure. Quite a British feel to this in the earthiness with the aftertaste finishing just a bit heavy in the alcohol. Just a hint of dark spice could be found here too but everything worked well together and this beer had the feel and texture of a liqueur like Jameson or 43. Strong this was but it never felt overpowering at any time.

There was just an undertone of the citrus rind and metallic hops that characterize so many of the west coast IPA's but there was more to this than the usual California feel that characterize American beers of this style. Yes, this was strong but that's to be expected for a beer of this style. The complexity really shone through here and the carbonation was so perfect that it took a back seat to the flavors and mouthfeel that stood out a bit more. The Union Jack on the bottle was quite fitting as this had a strong foreign feel to it and any hophead of fan of IPA's ought to try this out since a beer like this broadens the definition of what a hoppy beer is capable of being.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 20:49:09 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 01:45:27 | More by andrew300
Photo of JMScowcroft


3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 12:02:51 | More by JMScowcroft
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3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 05:45:17 | More by harrymel
Photo of Omnium


3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a semi hazy orange, nice head great lacing
S - No really potent strong smells here, but you get some nice citrus hops, a little sweet caramel malt, and some pine.
T - Solid, good balance of hop bite and malt, fresh lemon zest, a light floral touch and a mild caramel malt to smooth it out.
M - Great feel, just the right amount of biterness, some more resin hop feel comes in as it warms up.
O - Just a good solid IPA with well blended ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 00:20:39 | More by Omnium
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New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid example of the IPA style. Definitely a big beer with a robust flavor that lingers. I like that the name is representative of the styles roots. I've never met a Firestone I didn't like. I'll admit that sometimes I have trouble fulfilling the 250 character requirement for these reviews!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 03:43:03 | More by slader
Photo of BrewThru_29


3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 00:25:19 | More by BrewThru_29
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3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 04:01:14 | More by samtrillo
Photo of moose3285


3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to largadeer for this extra.

A - Pours a light amber color with a small white head, which fades pretty quickly.

S - As soon as I opened this I got a whiff of citrus and pine. A classic IPA smell. A little bit of alcohol in the nose but not much. Overall, this beer has a very nice smell.

T - The hop bitterness is right up front. Similar to the smell, citrus and pine. I felt like the hops were kind of overpowering and the malt flavor was almost hidden, but as the beer warmed up it balanced out a bit more.

M - Mouthfeel was a little thin and over-carbonated. It also felt very dry. Not a bad mouthfeel but not great.

D - This is a really drinkable beer. It felt pretty thin for a 7.5% ABV beer, which could cause this to sneak up on you. The dryness my cut down on drinkability a bit, but I would definately drink more if I had them.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 05:16:05 | More by moose3285
Photo of bulletrain76


3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at the FW taproom. Clear gold with a sticky head. Smooth citric, pine and mango aroma. Solid pale malt flavor with crisp and bitter hops, but remains fairly balanced. Crisp, medium body. Solid IPA. can't wait to see this in bottles. Rerate: 12oz bottle. Plenty of malt and flavorfull hops, with enough bitterness to keep it all together, but not to overhwelm. Drinks sooo easy for 7.5%abv. Got to boost this a little from last time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2008 08:15:10 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of jbowers56


3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 13:32:48 | More by jbowers56
Photo of AgentZero


3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjl21, a generous trader who threw this in as an extra (pretty sure it was him, got my boxes mixed up so somone correct me if I'm wrong).

A - Yellowish orange with some hints or ruby red, clear with a small head that faded quickly.

S - Piney hops, bit of grapefruit, malt backbone comes through fairly nicely, carmely. Slightly grassy smell.

T - Piney off the bat, fades nicely into some carmel malts and finishes quite resiny. Malt backbone is present all the way through, and picks up steam as you go along.

M - Actually would like it a little lighter and crisper, medium bodied, a bit creamy.

D - Pretty easy drinker, not sure could session this one though as predominately piney beers tend to get somewhat hard to do after a while. Solid IPA I wouldn't mind drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 21:40:41 | More by AgentZero
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 4/22/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and a tiny bit of soap.

t - Taste is citrus and pine hops, as well as some smooth malts.

m - Very smooth. Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty nice IPA. Some nice citrusy hops in the smell and taste and a nice smooth mouthfeel to it. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 23:51:35 | More by mdfb79
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal-clear body with a rich orange hue and two solid fingers of ivory head. Pretty solid.

Smell: big hops; citrusy up front followed by an earthiness and a funkiness. Some sweetish malt comes through, but this is giving every indication of being a good old fashioned West Coast IPA.

Taste: solid, tasty IPA. Hops trend way more toward citrus and pine at first, then change over to funk toward the middle. The finish is quite bitter indeed. The caramelly malt flavors provide a light backdrop to all these ops. A tasty beer; I'm surprised this isn't classified as a double IPA with its ABV and high hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: medium or so bodied; not a whole lot of carbonation. Feel works for the style but isn't notably impressive.

Drinkability: drinkability is quite good. The hops keep it refreshing, although as I said this thing could be considered a double.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 01:04:08 | More by flagmantho
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A Pours a copper color with a nice creamy long lasting head.

S The nose is pretty strong with citrus, some floral notes and what I'm pretty sure is a bit of pine

T The taste is a lot like the nose with citrus and floral notes accompanied by a resinous flavor, but with somewhat of a malt backround.

M It had a pretty decent mouthfeel not all that thick but not thin either. Just about right for an IPA.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty good well balanced IPA and a good one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 07:46:25 | More by beerandcycling88
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice orange color. Moderate head.

Spicy hopness in the aroma, but I'm picking up some alcoholic fumes, which is surprising given it's just 7.5%.

Again, a spicy bite with the hops, which is why I picked this over the other IPAs on tap. Does not linger on the back end like a lot of others do. A hint of citrus.

Smooth mouthfeel, despite the slightly higher booze content.

Overall, not the best IPA I've ever had, but my growler will be empty shortly.

Serving type: growler

06-25-2011 00:45:50 | More by ackleydg
Photo of Tone


3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, citrus hops, slight yeast, hint of citrus (pomegranate?), and hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, alcohol, hint of citrus, hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 03:01:06 | More by Tone
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very light, transparent golden color. Head formation is highly carbonated and dissipates quickly leaving a very thin lace.

S: very sweet, tangy citrus and mango with touches of lemon and grapefruit (fruits are definitely in abundance). Bitter hops are mild but present and are well balanced within the fruits.

T: very light body, hops are definitely more pronounced in the taste compared to the nose and dominate the taste buds. The fruits are secondary here and once again mango and orange with grapefruit present.

O: this is a perfect beer for the spring and summer the temperature warms up. It's got a great balance and is full of tropical fruits and is light-medium body. Drinkability is high with this one and alcohol is unnoticeable.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 19:30:47 | More by tut2528
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a six IPA tasting session.
Bottled on 2/16/12. 6 pack.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear orange with a one finger white head.
S: Big citrus hoppy up front, followed by some sweet malts.
T: There is an initial bitterness that fades quickly, falling back on citrus hops and sweet malt flavors.
M: Sticky, medium-bodied, and well carbonated.
O: Very good, unoffensive IPA. Due to the lighter malt backbone, goes down easier than a beer like the GF Palate Wrecker in our tasting, though it was a bit stickier than double jack.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 13:57:50 | More by stimulus
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden orange with a slight haze to it. The head is large, fluffy and almost white leaving a little lacing and a small ring on the way down. The aroma is dominated by light citrus hops, especially lemons and oranges with a bit of bready malts mixed in. There is definitely a tropical fruit in the taste as well, when it warms, with lots of the same oranges and lemons from the nose. There is a malt body but the hops come back and leave a strong bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and medium bodied. This is a very good IPA, very drinkable and dominated by citrus. A nice West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 00:14:20 | More by beergod1
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 05-17-12 (This beer was tasted 77 days after in was bottled.)
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured to about two fingers of dense, light khaki colored head. Over time the head disapated to single layer of bubbles, and it left some lacing. The brew is a golden orange color and very clear.

S: The aroma consists of a strong citrus hops and some sweet and bready malt hangs around in the background.

T: The taste is a good balance of citrus hops consisting of grapefruit a little orange peel, and a bready malt and yeast backbone does just enough to provide some balance.

M: This beer is very smooth and easy drinking with just enough carbonation to be entertaining. The body is on the lighter side of medium.

O: This is a nicely balanced IPA. It has a solid hops presence, but it is far from a hops bomb. It is a good, smooth, and easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 00:03:07 | More by Beer_Runner
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

golden honey-orange, good clarity, on the road to transparent. Super-active carbonation, a sticky lace ring. Medium stringy lacing.

fruity hops- peach meat, slight pine, beeswax. Not super pungent.

The taste is wonderful, a tangy citrus bite is leveled out by a nice rich sweet malt body, carrying the mango, peach, and pineapple, which is then dried out by a great alpha bill, and finally a residual bitterness that is big but welcome, earthy but one-dimensional and clean. I love the way that the beer tours the drinker through some essential features of American IPAs- the way that sweetnesss can get kicked aside by hop bitterness, the wonders of the bitter linger, the citrusy and piney qualities. I wish that I could get this all the time in Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 04:28:15 | More by gustogasmic
Photo of QuentinCompson


3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Goliath glass

A - Poured into nice foamy 3-finger head; clear bronze brew; dark gold; sticky lacing; good lookin

S - hops, sweet, almost a raspberry note, balanced by slight caramel

T-M - Watery, refreshing nose; quaffable; spicy sweet hops drift in with a potpourri bitterness mellowed by distant fruits...

D - Would like to try this one on tap. Was lighter, or maybe not as malty, as many IPAs I've had. Normally dont session IPAs due to lingering bitterness, so my D takes this into acct. Extremely tasty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 01:05:46 | More by QuentinCompson
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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 24 May 2008.

Large tight white head. Moderately carbonated. Bright amber color. Aromas of pine, green pineapple and soap. Lots of pineapple and resin to start. Sweet throughout, gingery. Hops really make an appearance midway through and leave a lingering resiny finish and aftertaste, pineapple and bitter. Fairly light body. Ethanol is warming but not too strong.

Good well balanced IPA, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 02:50:37 | More by htomsirveaux
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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jan 8, 2010
12 oz bottle, no freshness date or bottled on date.
Clear burnt orange, half inch beige head. Nice retention sticky lace.
Ruby red grapefruit nose on top, earth and caramel underneath.
Flavors are pine and earth with some citrus and crystal malt layered in the middle, with a nice pine and citrus hop finish.
Alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 07:47:38 | More by Padron4KM
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,196 ratings.