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

1,218 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,218
Hads: 5,901
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 437
Gots: 1,098 | 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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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 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)

Photo of dank203
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

very filtered golden-orange. lingering head. lot of peppery , ginger, piney and mango notes on the nose. pretty complex interesting and different. flavor has good amount of lemon lime, black pepper. only hints of the tropical fruits. has its own character for sure (264 characters)

Photo of BWED
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint pour on draft

A- Clear golden, with orange hues. White head hangs at about a quarter inch. With a little lacing.

S- Juicy citrus and pineapple. Light bread background throws in some balance.

T- More piney in hop flavor. Some pineapple, and the malt is a little more subdued than the aroma suggests.

M- Medium carbonation on a medium-light body. Finish is dry, and quite bitter.

O- Definitely like this one. I just wish the flavor was as juicy as the smell. Impeccable aroma for this one. (498 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thank you to Jayli for this one.

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, tan in color, high carbonation

Smell: big dose of pine hops, some citrus hops and toasted malt

Taste: sweet caramel and toasted malt in the beginning, spices and pine hops in the middle through the end. A touch of toffee shows itself at the end as well.

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet start with a moderately bitter middle and a less bitter end

Drinkability: A very good and nicely blended IPA that has hops but is not a hop bomb. The alcohol is well hidden. I could have two or three. I wish this was available down here. (634 characters)

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

So I figured -- I've had the DBA, and I've had the Double Jack (Firestone's Double IPA), I've had 805, I've had nectar ales... but I realized... I never had their normal IPA! After trying their Double IPA two days ago at a bar (It was really good, by the way... if you like IPAs, give it a try), I figured I should pick up their normal IPA and give it a shot. So, here goes...

Picked up a 22 from work. Initial impressions good, bottle presentation is on par with everything else Firestone does. Well designed label, no-nonsense. My only complaint is that I wish they gave descriptions of their beers (what makes it special, etc) on the label but no worries. 7.5% ABV and a 22 means this'll be a good "after-work" beer.

Cracked the cap and immediately you're greeted with a nice balanced hop profile, citrusy aromas and a little fruit too. It's a pleasant and inviting smell. On we go...

Pours well, a nice rich amber color that's not too dark. About on par with pretty much every other IPA I've had in terms of color. The head is minimal (keep in mind though: I pour my beers very carefully because I _do not_ like head on my beers), lacing on the glass is good and so far, about 1/4 glass in, it's still retaining a small white head right on top. In this glass (regular pint glass shape, it's actually a SF Giants world championship glass), there's plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer.

On to the important thing though...

The taste.

This is where the Union Jack stands out. The citrusy aromas from earlier carry on in to the flavor, and this beer is a little fruity and citrusy up front with the hops coming in quickly for that distinct IPA hop bitterness. It's smoother than other IPAs I've had, and more balanced. The bitterness carries through to the aftertaste and lingers a little bit, making you want more. It's a wee bit malty too, which is nice because it makes this beer a lot more balanced than other IPAs, too.

Overall, I would highly recommend this. I've yet to have anything from Firestone Walker that I haven't enjoyed, and this is no exception. More aggressive than the DBA (which is still one of my favorites), and less aggressive than the Double Jack. Firestone did a good job on this beer and on all their other brews, too. If you're ever debating, then debate no longer. (2,307 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -5.7%

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with two finger fluffy white head. Plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Piney hops with a slight citrus aroma

T: Mix of piney earthy hops and a touch of grapefruit citrus.

M: Light body with a crisp dry finish. Some residual bitterness.

O: Nothing fancy but a nice basic West coast IPA. (318 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Moderate hand. Bottled 12.18.13.

A: Apple-juice, golden yellow with good clarity. 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweetness & bitterness. Grapefruit & lighter pine. Orange. Touch of pine. Bread & biscuit.

T: Bittersweet, vaguely fruity initially with development of a moderate American hop bitterness. Dry finish. Lingering essence of grapefruit pulp. Light alcohol presence. Malt backbone is present throughout.

M: Low to moderate carbonation with moderate body. Palate coating with slightly syrupy texture.

O: Smooth brew with hops and malt on fairly equal footing for an American IPA. Solid drinker for the first of the day!

Prost! (723 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good IPA. It was certainly refreshing because I hadnt had any beer in a while.

Appearance- dark gold, good lacing

Smell- hoppy

Taste- hops, bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty drinkable, had it at Firestone Grill in San Luis Obispo (282 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Label says Bottled On: 10/04/12

A- Pours a clean light amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well showing good foam formation before slipping down to a 1/4 inch head and sudsy, sticky lacing following behind.

S- Grassy, citric hops with a small malt background and a quick whiff of alcohol.

T- Bitter and bright hop flavor that's balanced out by the malt but it's the hops that are the main component. Sharp twangs of hop bitterness in the front and lingering in the back. Not too complex, but enjoyable. Alcohol is subdued allowing for a smooth drink. Notes of grapefruit and lemon zest.

M- Very tight but moist. Medium carbonation and a body that's a bit on the lighter side of things for the style.

O- Solid across the board. Nothing to get super fired up about but it's definitely well-done. (838 characters)

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled 10/21/13.

Pours a hazy light orange, huge 3-4 finger head that just sits there patiently. Aroma is pungent sweet hops, fruit rinds, sweet grapefruit. Taste is papaya, peaches, orange, biscuity, bitter fruit and a herbal finish. Good stuff! (275 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Copper hue looked great in the glass. Fluffy white head after a vigorous pour (the Duvel glass is awesome) stuck around awhile. Moderate lacing. Citrusy aroma was very mouth watering, perhaps this brews best quality. Taste was also citrusy/piney/hoppy with just enough malt to balance. Drinkability was pretty ok. Now I need a steak with the next one... (397 characters)

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

12oz bottle obtained as part of Growling at the Moon from Solomon420. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with goodly amounts of lace. Aroma is dominantly citrus, with some pale malt undertones. Taste begins with light sweetness, which quickly gives way to the lemony hoppiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is quite good. A West Coast IPA that flirts with the limits, but doesn't go over the edge. (522 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle. pours a clear light amber with a smallish white head, fading to a ring around the glass with decent lacing throughout. aroma of grapefruit, some orange and pine. flavor has some sticky malt sweetness, but this one has a nice lingering bitterness through-out. low carbonation, just enough to bring it all together. finding a beer like this is why I still enjoy trying new ( to me ) and untried beers. very nice IPA! (429 characters)

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,218 ratings.