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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

1,229 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,229
Hads: 5,973
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 439
Gots: 1,160 | 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 BeerStine
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with medium-light carbonation. Thin white head that disappears rather quickly. Maybe I didn't let the beer warm enough?

S - Faint fruity tangerine hops smell. As the beer warms a slight dank hop smell emerges. Mild biscuit malt smell.

T - Not much flavor on the tip of the tongue but sides of tongue picks up lots of citrusy tangerine flavor. Some lingering bitter aftertaste. Definitely more balanced (read: less hoppy) than most IPAs that I've had.

M - Medium-heavy body. Lightly carbonated.

D - In terms of ease of drinking the beer is definitely drinkable. The taste is somewhat one-dimensional for an IPA. A beer I would not mind bringing to a party and drinking a sixer of. But not a beer that I would savor and look forward to drinking. (808 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pored an orange/amber color mostly clear with a 1 finger head that dissipated to a fresh white collar and some lacing.. smell was medium citrus and hops with a bread and malt smell..taste was the same nothing huge here hops abound but do not explode on this one ..citrus and pine notes are accompanied by some sweet malts and an alcohol presence..nothing dominates or overpowers this ipa..mouth feel is medium well carbonated..its just not the best of the west IMO..its very drinkable but i will buy other b4 this one (530 characters)

Photo of thomda11
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice, light copper with a thick head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is pleasant with pine and orange blended with a slightly sweet malt. The orange comes through more strongly as it warms up a bit. Right upfront is a distinct citrus and orange rind flavor, flowed by pine. The palate ends abruptly with a resinous bitterness and a hint of astringency. Not much in the way of malt, unfortunately. Mouth feel is a on the lighter-side--a bit watery. A Good IPA, but not great. (484 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This came as an extra from a recent trade with EinWeizenbitte. Thanks again, man!

Below is a summary of notes taken last Friday night.

Poured a clear yellow with a slightly off-white, creamy head that didn't stay long.

Smelled of grapefruits and various citrus flavors. Taste was slightly bitter throughout and much like the nose. Light bodied, medium flavored.

Highly drinkable and worth a try! (402 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/13/08 etched into neck of bottle. Poured into my lovely SA beer drinking glass. Opaque bright yellow with a clean looking whitish head. Tropical whiffs of tangerine, kiwi, mango. Bitter and tangy hop flavor noticed on the first sip. Fairly dry in the mouthfeel, lingering dryness on the palate. A strange flavor of tropical hop flavor and chalky hop bitterness. Certainly not bad by any means, just not I would again seek out among all the great IPAs from California. (470 characters)

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Arbitrator for this generous extra.
12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a nice clear golden with a hint of orange and maybe the slightest haze to it. A nice two finger's worth of head that leaves a small cap on the beer and really nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A nice smell of citrus hops, some orange and maybe even a little bit of apricot. Some nice sweet malt in the background.

T- I was informed this one is not as fresh as it could be but I am giving it a go anyways. A pretty mellow hoppiness, mostly some orange and grassy notes. I think with the age, the hops become more subdued and the malt becomes more pronounced.

M- A nice medium body that has a good amount of carbonation. A little bit of a dry finish but not too bitter. Actually it has a nice smooth feel to it.

D- For being less than fresh, I still find this beer to be really good. Really good balance and good MF. I think I will be trading for some of this fresh to see how it is. (990 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guess I should have tried this one first before another of FW's stronger IPA offerings (i.e. Double Jack). Oh well.

A: Poured a straw yellow, slightly dark, with some nice, white foam that clings to the glass.

S: Aromas of hops, mostly piney and somewhat fruity. I get pineapple and orange peels. A little spicy.

T: Lighter malts with a nice hop flavor that comes a little before & after the pale malt tastes.

M: Felt this was a little light in feel, but refreshing nonetheless.

O: Pretty good offering but I'm a little letdown from all the FW hype I've been hearing living on the East Coast. Maybe my expectations got the better of me. I may have to edit my review sometime down the line after trying more FW beers. (726 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego

Pours a dark amber color with a light white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Slightly spicy aroma of malts and hops. Similar taste with a bit. of orange too. Somewhat astringent finish and aftertaste. Medium-bodied with moderate tingly carbonation. A nice pale ale, though not exceptional and with a bit more carbonation than I'd generally like. (379 characters)

Photo of Gyle41386
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to realmpel for the hookup.

Orange pour. Small white head drops quickly. Some nice lacing on the glass, though.

Very sweet, perfume-y nose. Caramel and orange sweetness.

Flavor pretty much follows. Very sweet beer. Some toasty malt, then lots of sweetness. The citric (mostly orange) hop flavors seem to contribute more sweetness than bitterness. Really, the only bitterness is in the finish.

Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Slick, oily texture. A little sweet and lacking in the flavor department, but an easy drinker nonetheless. Very underwhelming for a West Coast IPA, especially after I read comparisons to Two Hearted on the forum. Not even close. (705 characters)

Photo of Star80
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bottled 8/6/12. Pours out a pale copper color with a sticky lacy head. Looks just about right.

S - Smell is very good. Smells resinous and fruity like grapefruit with a touch of tropical fruit aromas. Also detecting some pine notes.

T - Taste is bold and citric with some heavy grapefruit notes. Also detecting quite a bit of malt backbone in the form of some caramel notes. However something is a bit off with the hops like after only month they have lost an edge and developed an off flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy.

O - Overall a decent strong IPA but nothing jumps out at me. There are a lot of strong syrupy IPA's that have that weird overhopped off-flavor like this one. If I am going to have this style of beer I prefer something from Sierra Nevada or Victory. Their hops just taste better and don't have that weird off flavor. (851 characters)

Photo of OlieIPA
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to pick up a six pack after trying this a few times on tap at a couple of local establishments. Poured into a Stella Artois glass at roughly 50 degrees.

A: A nice crisp golden body with a white fluffy head. The lacing is pretty extreme as well...engulfing the glass after each huge gulp.

S: The hop character is less floral/estery, but more bitter and straight forward...if that makes sense. Kind of reminds me of a centennial strain, or something similar to it. The malt aroma has a slightly corn-like character to it as well.

T: A very well balanced IPA...a slight sweet note seems to hit at the same time as the hops do; a beautiful and delicate balance between hop bitterness and malt flavor.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation and slight dry finish.

D: One those brews you'd shard with a non-craft drinker.

Overall: Could have more a punch, but the novelty of the beer is it's ability to hit the mediocre extremely well. A try it beer. Cheers! (965 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Floydster for this great extra. A beer that I have been looking forward to trying for awhile! 12 oz bottle.

A- Body is a slightly hazy blonde hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy white head that eventually fades to a thick collar and leaves some lacing behind in the glass. I like the haziness of this one-but it is a bit more pale than most IPAs I have come across.

S-The nose is pretty great. Piny hops are the main character with some grapefruit and other citrus coming through as well. The slightest hint of caramel malt comes through in the background.

T- The initial flavor is really good and offers great citrus hop flavors with a barely noticeable pale malt backbone. The finish gets pretty bitter. There are piny hop flavors, citrus rind bitterness, pine hop bitterness and that seltzer-like bitterness going on. What lingers is nothing but a medium strength residual bitterness from the finish.

M- Very high, tingly carbonation and a body that is much akin to seltzer water. Some hop oils can be noticed but are overshadowed by the presence of the carbonation.

D- This is a pretty good IPA and I wouldn't mind trying it again. The high carbonation detracts from it a bit-but maybe there is a way around that-because otherwise this is a great brew. (1,270 characters)

Photo of weizenbob
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this 12 ounce bottle as an extra in a trade with Azurescens. Thanks Dan. This is IPA is bottle dated 8/17/10 so I expect the hops to have fallen off the table by now. The alcohol content is listed as a moderately high 7.5% ABV so perhaps the malt bill has held up. Let's see.

An aggressive pour into a goblet yields a frothy off-white two finger-high head. The beer is maize colored and quite clear. Head retention is very good and spotty lacing lines the sides of the goblet.

The instant the seal was cracked on the cap the aromatics of this beer began to manifest. Hops are fairly weak in the equation, but are noted none the less by a bit of grapefruit essence. Tropical fruits are noted as well as a healthy yeastiness. There is some tangerine and a mild caramel scent.

The taste is something else altogether. There an earthy maltiness up front with a rye-like grainy character. Fruit juices taste and feel literal, like somebody squeezed a fresh orange into this beer. There is a slight caramel sweetness attached to a very mellow alcohol note. As expected, the hops have long since clocked out with the exception of some mild lingering bitterness on the backend and aftertaste of this brew. It's something altogether different than an IPA at this point, but still enjoyable for what it is.

The beer is medium bodied. The carbonation seemed pretty active at first but is actually relatively low. The alcohol adds a smooth character that helps everything go down smoothly. This is what one should expect an IPA to feel like in the mouth.

As the bitterness has subsided and the alcohol mellowed, this six-month-old bottle of Union Jack is pretty easy drinking. There is a healthy malt base for this beer to stand on and the alcohol is well hidden in the taste. This is one I'll want to revisit fresh.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
It's not really fair to put an out of date IPA up against any beer so I'm going to forgo the Two-Schlitz scale for this review. This was a tasty brew but I'm sure it's much different when consumed fresh. (2,090 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to hfs sniffer

A: golden amber color but totally translucent with a 1cm white head that stays in a ring around the edge

S: lots of fruity smell melon to oranges I can't really discribe the other smell but its good

T: you can taste that melon flavor from the nose in background the main taste the main taste is malty but not overpowering definitely not hoppy but not bad either

M: thin and very light and crisp especially for an ipa but easy to drink and not too oily

O: I usually don't like malt forward ipas but this one is pretty good nothing to special but real solid and easy to drink (604 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange color. Large white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruity and floral. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney. A nicely balanced IPA. Slightly more fruity than bitter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter (307 characters)

Photo of jdklks
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- light golden with a white head. looks more like a mix between an ipa and a lager. the head dissipates quickly an leaves a thin sticky lace. not too impressive.

S- citrus fruity hops with a minimal hint of overwhelmed malts. fruity and hoppy. cant go wrong with those two for an ipa!

T- sweeter than expected from the smell. the hop bitterness is less pronounced on the palate than in the nostril, which is disappointing. those malts that were overwhelmed in the smell put up a better fight here, but still ultimately give way to hoppiness. minimal fruity flavors. very tangy.

M- perhaps SLIGHTLY over-carbonated, but not enough to really bring it down. overall a medium bodied brew.

D- this beer drinks well, especially for a 7.5% ipa. however, i dont know how much more of this i will be buying (on the other hand, it was only 4.99 for the 6er!). (854 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours with one finger of off-white head. Clear brassy in color.

Smells of citrusy hops with a resinous background. Light fruits and yeast follow.

An oily hop blast meets up quickly with a caramel sweetness which is followed by more light fruits, some grass and tea leaves.

Just the right amount of everything makes for a very nice session with this standard bearer. (370 characters)

Photo of alex_hart
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pour a clear, golden color with some amber tints to it. Great looking carbonation. A pretty beer.

Smell: A lot of the classic IPA scents. Pine, pineapple, some other citrus, and a hint of grapefruit.

Taste: Goes along with the smell in the same way, but really has nothing extra to it. Not all that exciting.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Follows the style well.

Overall: Honestly I think I was just expecting more after all of the hub-bub about Firestone all the time. It is an average IPA, but nothing more. (552 characters)

Photo of ramseye4
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=Pours a transparent golden color, with a one finger head.

S=Smooth citric hops, with grapefruit and and a bit of lemon

T=Mellow hop taste, with orange and some lemon thrown in.A small amount of lime comes through near the end, though it has a bit of a weak aftertaste.

M= Sticky, smooth, and just the right amount of carbonation makes this sit nice in the mouth.

D= Medium body makes this easy to sip on

Overall it is definitely a good IPA, though there are much better out there. I would definitely have this again. (524 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent amber with a loose, quarter inch, off-white head. Head qickly dissipates into a creamy bullseye dollop and a thin, tight band around the shoulders. Spots and spatters of lacing coat the walls of the glass. Nose expresses citrus notes, cat urine (simcoe hops) and a trace of tropical fruit. Taste consistent with nose; however, flavors are a bit more muted. There is also some residual bitterness that lingers between quaffs that is intermingled with the cat urine expressed in the nose. Body is medium-light (but closer to light) with a slightly coarse carbonation as well as some acidity that peaks out towards the back. Overall, a decent IPA with a well-hidden abv, but I don't think it deserves the hype. (770 characters)

Photo of Dubbercody
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to a trade...justn.

Pretty beer, dark golden almost amber, with lots and lots of little tiny bubbles streaming up to the top of the glass. Very dense but thin head, about a finger.

Lots of scents kicking out on this one. Lots in the citrus range, also a bit of malt.

Really packs a nice punch of hops when you drink, leaves a little tingle in your mouth. Leaves a creamy sticky residue that is a nice parting gift.

Pairs very well with Hebrew National All Beef Hotdogs...with coarse stone ground mustard. (523 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a bells tulip glass.

A- Pours a frothy white 2 finger head, dissipates slowly, forms big bubbles on the side of the glass, Dark orange brown/bronze color, nice carbonation, nice lacing and retention.
S- Really bready and nutty, slight citrus and pine aromas, but the malts and breadiness take over the aroma.
T- Wow, I am not a fan of malty bready beers but this one is very enjoyable, its very nutty and bready like the aroma with hints of citrus and pine, slight bitterness as well, sweet on the finish.
M- Medium mouth feel, nice carbonation, smooth drinking.
O- Im not sure how fresh this beer is or if its supposed to be like this but it was very malty and nutty/bready. Usually I dislike beers that are like this but this one was rather enjoyable. I’d prefer the hops to be more present but still was impressed. Solid IPA. (863 characters)

Photo of JeffoC6
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottled: 10/14/13
Drinking: 12/23/13 @ 7:00 PM (Merry Christmas!)
Setting: Living room couch, watching The Office (Benihana Christmas)

A: Pours crisp, clear, and like a shiny copper penny. Looks reminiscent of clean apple cider. Nice 2 finger billowy head that sticks around for awhile and caps nicely for the duration of the drink. Decent lacing.

S:Candied citrus peel. Sweet and sugary malts, forward citrus and pine hops with the citrus dominating. Nice faint hint of tree sap/earthiness to it, also a little biscuit.

T: Pineapple and grapefruit juice. Warming alcohol bite that fades into a pinecone/forest floor wetness mixed with candied citrus rinds and bread crust.

MF: A bit thinner than I expected, but after seeing it in the glass I realized that's what was coming. Sticky and sugary on the lips and tongue. Hangs around for awhile. Nice bitterness on back sides of the tongue. Was expecting a bit more mouthfeel, but still nice.

O: As always, the West Coast nails it. Would drink this beer at any time. It's up there with the Racer 5's, Stones, Ballast Points, etc. A solid, drinkable IPA that doesn't overwhelm your palette, which is becoming all too commonplace these days. (1,192 characters)

Photo of SirHefeweizen
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review, i love this site but have never actually reviewed anything and i guess im ready.
This overall is a nice ipa, i poured it into a BBC pint glass and it is a nice orange-ish color with a small white head and a bit of lace around the glass. it has a nice grapefruit zesty scent to it. It has a medium body mouth feel, certainly a good beer, and well balanced (379 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, but not great.

Pours nicely, pretty head, fine, persistent. Transparent golden brown color.

Smells not too good, really. A little stale perhaps.

Taste is quite bitter. A manly-man's beer. Some apricots. Nothing great going on, but much better than the smell.

Good mouthfeel. Just the right level of carbonation, though some might prefer more.

Long, bitter, well integrated finish, good integrity. (417 characters)

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.