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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

1,232 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,232
Hads: 5,982
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 439
Gots: 1,167 | FT: 12
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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Reviews: 1,232 | Hads: 5,982
Photo of thatruth
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two-finger head, frothy-then-spiderweb lacing, both which dissipate averagely. light gold body with copper hues, average bubbles.

S: pears, dirty oranges, fig, hoppy-coriander.

T: beautifully bodied. Banana peel, figgy-hop onset. Coriander-like middle.
Musky orange afters. Pretty darn close to the smell.

M: the feeling you should get from a good IPA, just subtly, then rounds out as the aftertaste creeps in to make your mouth and palette a happy place, which is unusual for most people with IPAs it seems.

O: bought this as a morning brew for the arsenal-man city match this morning. Picked it up at Fred Meyer on Lakeway in Bellingham. Having had nothing to eat yet, I can say it's a pretty hearty, yet easy to drink beer. Would pair very nicely with braised or roasted chicken or pork chops. Great IPA. Don't know if I'd pick it up again personally, though. Kinda overrated if you ask me. but hey, diff'rent strokes! For 5.99 it was an enjoyable experience, to be sure.

**Label reads: "BOTTLED ON: 01/25/14 15:32" (1,032 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade from Davexisxrabid, so much thanks goes out to this great BA.

I poured from the bottle into a perfect pint glass. It is a beautiful gold with excellent tranparency and a very bid lacy head that balloons out the glass.

While waiting for the head to settle a bit I began to smell some great caramel and pine notes. There is some biscuity aromas as well and at the very end a hint of citrus.

The first sip provided some of that biscuit detected earlier with a very nice mellow pine note to follow it up. The malts and hops are very balance here.

There was some alcohol present in the mouthfeel, but it is hidden very well by the hops. A nice change of pace beer which I could enjoy a few of in a sitting.

This is my first ever Firestone Walker beer, and it was a treat. Again thanks goes out to Dave for this great extra I had been hoping to try. (880 characters)

Photo of output01x
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled On 01/20/12) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a clear pale gold with a decen amount of small, lazy carbonation bubbles. Thin lacing clings to the glass in runny sheets.

The nose is packed full of tropical and citrus fruit aromas. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are aplenty. Just a touch of pine and caramel malt help to round it out.

Sweet, acidic citrus flavors start each sip with notes of fleshy melons, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some caramel malts add depth and structure. As the beer is swallowed, piney and grassy hops flavors appear, carrying a decent bitterness that fades with the other flavors.

The medium body carries a great amount of flavor while remaining refreshing and easily sippable. The carbonation is just barely prickly, creating a very crisp mouthfeel. The swallow is a bit foamy and the finish is clean. (1,020 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber with a large single label and no freshness date. It pours a brilliant golden goldwith superb clarity and a finger of sticky white foam. Nice sticky lace clings.

Sweet and piney with loads of citrus to the nose. The hops are very upfront in the aroma. Just a hint of alcohol comes through as it warms.

Sweet flavor starts with some pine, tangelo, grapefruit and just a bit of malt. The malt steps up a notch then fades back into a state of citrus tang and finishing clean. Good solid IPA in the taste dept.

Medium body with some quench...nicely balanced right down to the finish. The alcohol stay back, out of the way, but definitely creeps up near the end. This is a very solid IPA and exceeded my expectations, try it. (741 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with an off-white head - good retention and lacing.

Smells of citrus, orange, mango and malt.

Taste is a big bitter orange rind up front followed by some sweet mango and a slight chewy malt. Finishes dry and a little woody. A nice crisp IPA with just enough sweet to balance the bitter hop punch. (321 characters)

Photo of sj660
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think some people drink IPAs as a sort of macho thing. Can you really like beer that bitter?! But as with just about anything, something done well is... something done well.

The amber color of this beer is perfectly bright. It has a bright white foam that is even standing up to the fats in the accompanying meal and is leaving a wall on my glass instead of individual laces. Quite impressive head.

This pounds you with hoppy citrus aromas, but I can smell the malt too, in the background. Tastewise, it is full of citrus zest, a deep and abiding bitterness, resinous, but with a biscuity malt background that is in the mix.

A warming, full bodied, creamy brew with a tiny hop bite. Medium carbonation.

Well done, and proud that this is part of our local brewing scene here. (781 characters)

Photo of tronester
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a big creamy off-white head. Lacing sticks to the glass like glue. Smell is some fresh forest aromas. Taste is toffee, herbal sweetness up front, followed by some pine cones in the middle, and a bit of grapefruit rind in the finish. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Low carbonation. A pretty rich DIPA, don't expect your standard bone dry west coast creation here. Very good. (405 characters)

Photo of birderbeerer
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden peach with thick white head and excellent retention. The head just rests upon the beer. Just sits there.

Lots of malt in the aroma with a good dose of hops too. Strong smells of both. Pine hops. White toast, nutty, and a little bit of sour malt.

Very sweet, malty ipa, with a tart hop edge. All pine and grass. But mostly a caramel and butter malt. Very sweet. (369 characters)

Photo of JBogan
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking bright clear gold with a small white head which leaves moderate lacing.

Smells of hops, with a citrus bite

Tasted along the same lines as the smell. Piney hops are the first thing that you notice, but in the background there is that citrus edge. Not especially complex but enjoyable anyways. I like the fact that they didn't go over the top with the hops as some other beers seem to be. This one is nicely balanced.

Good mouthfeel. Slightly thin, but good carbonation to liven things up.

Another fine offering from Firestone. This one reminded me of their pale ale, but with a hoppier presence. Nicely done. (629 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish orange body with good head and lace ring around glass. Aroma is a mix of wet, soapy, citric hops and touch of bready and sweet like malts. The beer is a little fuller bodied but not chewey, goes down easy with citric hops galore, touches of sweetness from both possible caramel malt and some possible tropical/sweet fruit notes. Finishes crisp and sharp without ruining my palette and overall a really good IPA. (429 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, bottled 4/30/2014. About 3 weeks old.

A: Clear body, typical color for the style. Big foamy head with excellent retention.

S: Some stinky hops, green apples, citrus. Good start.

T: Classic dry west coast IPA, which is how I like them.

M: Nice carbonation, at 7.5% this is almost a double. A little heat from the alcohol towards the end.

O: A great west coast IPA that is best consumed fresh, which can sometimes be difficult to find. Racer 5 and Sucks are both better, IMO, but come from the same region of California. This one is nice to pick up when it's on sale. (578 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Beer is clear and yellow orange forms a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is slightly sweet and strongly piny hop. Smells pretty good.

Beer is medium bodied and slightly sweet up front from some malt. Lots of good pine hop character in the back of the palate and overall a highly drinkable beer. Its pretty good for an American IPA. (440 characters)

Photo of Bobheed
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice bright amber in color with one finger white head. Slightly murky with very good carbonation

S: Smells great. Fresh hops all in my face. Nice and Piney

T: Piney hops dominate it, but it also has a tangy citrusy kick. Well balanced with sweet malts

M: Very smooth. By look of it, I would think it would have more aggressive carbonation, but it is surprisingly smooth.

Overall, I liked it a lot. It's definitely one of my got-to IPAs, and absolutely refreshing on a warm day (485 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Clear pale golden; pours with a thick, sticky head.

s: Fairly muted, but still very appealing. Some pineapple, citrus, and tropical fruit balanced a little caramel and pale malt.

t: Not as pungent as I expected, less than fresh keg maybe? Good beer though. Pineapple and lemon zest share the spotlight with sweet bready pale malr.

m: Sticky with creamy carbonation.

o: Good beer for sure, but I expected more based on how much I loved Double Jack. (454 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, light yellow hue with a moderate sized head. average retention with very little lacing.

S: hops, grapefruit with subtle malt in the background.

T: very tasty beer. There is a strong malt backbone to support the hop bill. This is well balanced, though I personally prefer more of a hip forward beer and less of a malt presence.

M: full bodied. Good feel.

D: pretty good. This doesn't compare to the elite IPAs out there, but it's enjoyable and worth trying. (470 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce glass poured into tulip glass. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 7.5%.

A-1 3/4 finger head. Pours a clear, glowing amber. Foamy cloud sticks around. Nice large streaks of lace are left.

S-Familiar West Coast nose dominated by citrus hops. Get a lot of grapefruit and orange.

T-Sweet citrus followed by a nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied. More carbonation than is usual for the style, but that is not a bad thing. Bitterness lingers and a nice resiny taste remain.

D-7.5% is very hidden. Wouldn't guess that this is so strong. These go down quite easily.

Another great IPA that is readily accessible. $10 per six limits how often I purchase this beer. (670 characters)

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deliciously crisp brew with a great balance of tropical fruits in both taste and smell as well as a piney, sticky finish. The malt complemented it well, but I think they could've made this beer elite if they tinkered with the recipe a bit. (241 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to the threewisemen for the trade.

22oz bomber. 03/26/09 printed on the bottle, but hard to see. tasted in late april/early may 2009.

pale honey amber. clear. large off-white head, foamy, fades to creamy, thin but constant layer. wonderful lacing.

aroma: fresh pine, citrusy grapefruit, though more rind than fresh zest. touch of apple esters and mild to moderate caramel maltiness peek out from underneath.

taste: hops are fruitier than the aroma, with both fresh pine and citrus zest and rind, plus some citrus fruit. into apple and even some grape. the malty caramel base comes through for a bit, then back to piney resins, with bright and bold bitterness.

medium body, maybe lighter than expected, but smooth enough, with resins in finish. tingly, moderate carbonation integrates the flavors. (808 characters)

Photo of beerman207
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored this while in Seattle.

A: Appearance is a light orange with good clarity, 4 finger head which is white and leaving nice lace behind.

S: Nose is hops, orange, citrus, very powerful

T Taste is bitter hops all night long - nice lingering hop presence which has a bit of balance but not without allow the hops to go throughout the whole session

M: Carbonation is light, a bit drying in the finish

O: Solid beer from Firestone Walker - my first from them. Looking forward to splitting a bottle of the oatmeal stout with bamadog during our next tasting. (559 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brownish golden with low soapy white head. Low carbonation. Smells piney with a bit of orange. Not much else but good. Great tasting ipa. The beer starts sweet then fruity with apricot and bitter lemon rind. Pine resin and dense wet grass finishes long with a mild malt sweetness. Silky smooth texture. Low bite. Very clean except for the minor pine resin aftertaste. One of the more drinkable IPAs out there. Overall, one of my favorite IPAs out there. Tons of flavor and well balanced. (492 characters)

Photo of klikger
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A - Slightly cloudy, dark amber, very nice head with medium-sized bubbles and good lacing.

S - Oak, caramel, sugary malts

T - Resinous hops up front which are balanced by brown sugar-esque malts, honey, and general sweetness. This subsides into a lingering piney bitterness. Tastes more like a DIPA than most regular IPAs which I've had.

M - Grows a bit syrupy as it warms. Good carbonation.

D - One is thoroughly enjoyable, but any more would be pushing the envelope due to the sugar element.

I've been looking forward to this beer for awhile, and it didn't disappoint. There are definitely other West Coast IPAs which I like better, but this is a very good beer which I'd love to have access to on a semi-regular basis. (763 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by Kshock - what a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a bright orange/amber with great clarity and two fingers of craggy beige head. Lacing is pretty evident.

Smell -- Tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel and biscuit malt.

Taste -- Grapefruit rind hop bitterness from the outset. Tropical fruits and brighter citrus notes are present, but not nearly as evident as in the nose. Malts lean toward dry and husky, but caramel sweetness is still there. Finish is resin, fruit loops, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-to-light in body, with moderate to high prickly carbonation. Overall, a bit thin.

Drinkability -- Overall, not a bad IPA. I've had better, but this is still solid. Would never turn one down. (740 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle thanks to psycohops. Poured into my shaker glass. Appears a clear honey amber color with about a finger of off white head. Light lacing is left on the inside of my glass with each sip. Smells fruity with notes of orange, lemon, cherry, pineapple. Tastes of caramel dipped pineapple, white grapefruit juice, honeydew, skunky (the good kind), dank, peppery with a slight alcoholic finish. Medium in both body and carbonation. A very drinkable IPA. Check it out if you see it. (489 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light orange. Clear. Medium head. Nice lacing throughout the drink.
S: Light orange, citrus.
T: Malt balanced well with hops and alcohol. Piney bittering that lingers for a bit.
M: Medium carbonation. Medium body. On the drier side.
I: Solid IPA throughout. (260 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a nice clear copper color with a white foamy head, about 2 fingers width, and leaves some nice lacing
S-tropical fruit, lingering pine and resin, hints of orange citrus and malt
T-Dominated by the resiny piney hops, very little of the fruit aroma carries through in the flavor. There is some malt sweetness in the background, but the finish quickly becomes lingering bitterness and a crisp biscuit flavor
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
0-A very tasty IPA (472 characters)

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.