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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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1,246 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,246
Hads: 6,041
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 441
Gots: 1,209 | 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 PicoPapa
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On date of 02/08/12. Pours a translucent bright amber color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. Big whiff of grapefruit and some citrus hops. A bit tropical. Taste is of citrus hops and grapefruit rind. Bitter citrus at the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Damn good IPA that has more alcohol flavor than I'd expect from the 7.5% ABV. Overall, this is a well made IPA with a great amount of grapefruit bitterness. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of TomChiari777
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites, ever since I have had it. A great IPA/IIPA. Something about the first sip always turns me off a little bit, but then it really hits the spot. Golden amber color. Great lace, sweet aroma, dank hops, love it. After that it is nothing but sweet and blissfully harmony. When I see these at the store I generally buy all the bottles I can.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is orange amber with an puffy white head. Tropical and citric nose with a bit of sweetness. Flavor follows the nose, but less juiciness than the aroma promised. Hops dominate, but don't overpower. Body is medium/full with moderate carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeell.

Overall, an excellent all-around IPA.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank right out of the bottle while camping, so I'm giving it a 4 for appearance to be nice.
Smelled really nice, dank hoppiness and sweetness from malts.
Tastes really nice as well. Just a touch more hops than malt in this very balanced IPA.
Mouthfeel felt a bit thin for me.
Overall, a very tasty, very drinkable IPA, wish I could get it regularly in Vermont.

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Photo of Shallow_Gravy
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to D'Achouffe tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear radiant gold. 2 fingers of fluffy white head sit on top and linger halfway through the glass. Thick lacing everywhere.

S - Grapefruit, tangerine, slight pine, touch of alcohol. There's just a bit of mango in there as well.

T - Pine up front, with some of the fruit notes from the nose showing up. Lots of bitter grapefruit on the finish with a good deal of lasting bitterness.

M - pretty full-bodied that finishes dry.

O - One of the best readily-available IPAs on the market. A treat to drink every time.

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Photo of thatruth
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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"

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Photo of mikey711
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of output01x
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of scottoale
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of sj660
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of tronester
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of JBogan
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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

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Photo of DIM
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of beerman207
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.02/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,246 ratings.