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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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1,261 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,261
Hads: 6,107
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 448
Gots: 1,265 | FT: 14
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:
Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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Photo of heymikew
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid California IPA

Clear and golden, perfect bubbles
Great hop nose and then
A mouth explosion of tropical fruit with hint of lemon...resinous green buds...all harmoniously balanced. Its a heady temptress...watch out!

Refrigerator (in stock at all times) caliber.

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Photo of
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber dated 7/14/11, consumed 7/31/11.

a-nice deep golden hue, good two finger head. Great lacing down the glass. Head retention is good.

s-beautiful nose on this beer. The hops are there with some wood in the aroma. There is citrus and pine too. Slight amount of grapefruit, not too many fruit smells, but some.

t-good hop taste with a refreshing finish. The beer has some decent bitterness to it, but it balanced out with some malts. Not as flowery on the taste, but there is some wood and tannic wang to the beer. A clean finish makes you want to take another sip of this beer. Fresh, and tasty.

m-wish it had a little more sticky feel, but it is clean. Enjoyed.

o-I am so happy this brewery came to Colorado. I bought a bomber because I did not know how I would like their regular IPA, but I love it. To me it's right there with Odell, Avery, and other great IPA's. Cannot wait to try Double Jack.

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Photo of SaintPeter
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with orange highlights, picturesque IPA color. Hazy pale. Fluffy, creamy off white head that melts away in timely manner and leaves a drapery lace around the inside of the glass. Magnificent bubble play in the glass when swirled--like watching a lava lamp, mesmerizing.

Extremely fragrant! Strong citrus notes of sour grapefruit, pink rose petals, soft fragrant cascade hops--nothing too overpowering, but bold and hoppy. Fresh crushed pepper corns, orange peel, coriander, unripe pears, wild flowers, pine forest. A certain creaminess. Difficult to pick out aromas as they are so entwined.

Starts off with a grapefruit juiciness and exotic fruits, puckers in the middle and gets full of mild hop bitterness. Stays mellow and extremely well balanced. The bitterness never really matriculates fully as it threatens to and the even keel finishes with a touch sweetness and resin of the hops. Stays on the palette for a while. It has hop appeal.

Chewy, smooth and creamy mouth feel. This beer is a cream puff! Slight tinge on the palette, pleasant on the tongue.

The bitterness at the after taste is strong. A clean Über-balanced IPA with long lingering bite of bitter hops. Could be confused with a double IPA. It has that much flavor!

A must try for those inclined to the English of the India Company style. Extremely well balanced and rather sweet with grapefruitiness. I mention grapefruit a lot because that is what best describes the sweet and sour puckering.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent amber with a white foamy head.

The smell is full citrus hops, strong oranges and grapefruit.

The taste is similar to the smell, citrus hops, a little bitter.

The mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall this was a great citrusy hoppy ipa, a fantastic example.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to northertimber for this as an extra... I've wanted to try it for some time now.

A - 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass. Pours a nice, filtered, very light amber, with a creamy white head that is very inviting. Lots of visible carbonation. Lacing.

S - Tons of "C" hops and a definite west coast nose. Reminescent of a lot of the IIPA's I've been drinking lately, but alas, this is only a regular AIPA. Grapefruity, citric hops. Mouth-watering.

T - This is a great IPA. Perfectly balanced, yet very in your face. I love the hop profile, and the malt balance is exceptional. Bitterness is never too much, but more than enough to keep you coming back for more.

M - Union Jack's slightly thinner body and sparkly carbonation make it a very easy drinker. I'm truly impressed. Oily finish is welcomed.

D - The only thing limiting this beer from sessionability is it's slightly high ABV. This would be a staple if I lived on the west coast. The balance and hop profile make this an IPA to be reckoned with.

Notes: I love a good IPA and this one didn't dissapoint. Sorta makes me wish I lived in California (but then I'd have to leave Kuhnhenn). I'm definitely gonna trade for more Union Jack. Pick this up!

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice orange color with a little haze and off-white thin head.

S: The first thing that gets me in the smell are sweet oranges and a tad of grapefruit. All citrus as far as the hops go, can't smell much of anything else but thats quite alright!

T: Right up front you get a moderate punch of bitterness, but that only lasts for the first part of the taste. Right afterward I get a lightly bready/toasty maltiness, followed by all that citrus in the lingering finish.

M: Smooth drinking, it is moderately carbonated with a medium body.

D: Drinks quite nicely but is by no means session able.

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Photo of brurevu
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There is no shortage of fantastic IPA’s from the West Coast and the Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA is no exception. It pours a light amber color with a fluffy white head and a crisp hoppy aroma. The taste has a strong fresh hop flavor with a good bitterness lingering on the palate that is all carefully balanced with a slightly sweet maltiness. All in all it makes for a very tasty well balanced IPA that hits all the right IPA notes without overwhelming your senses. Superb!

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Photo of charlzm
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Consumed at Firestone Walker Tap Room, Buellton, 05/25/08.

A clear light copper hue with little active carbonation and a thin white foam skin that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is all Cascade hops: grapefruit and a bit of resinous pine.

Earthy, piney, green hop flavor is the strongest note on the palate, though there is an underlying malt sweetness that helps take the bitter edge off somewhat. Slightly parching on the tongue.

A refreshingly hoppy, tasty beer that's all about hops but still not overboard with those little green monsters.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A Want of mine for a long time. Acquired a single bottle in a trade.

Hazy golden appearance, with half finger head.

Tons of citrus and fruits in the smell.

Just like the smell. Great job showing the flavor of all these different fruits. Definitely on the hoppy side.

Medium body with high carbonation. Very fresh feel

Great beer. Glad I was able to try this one. Would love to find more.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review is based on a delicious quaff experienced at the equally delicious Max’s Taphouse during Baltimore Beer Week 2010.

This one pours out a sleek looking glass of translucent copper liquid that easily reflects the lights flickering over the bar. The head is thin and somewhat filmy and the lacing is minimal throughout.

While the nose receives some gentle whiffs of green apple, the palate is working on mild grapefruit undertones that slide into a sweet finish.

Strangely enough, I thought the mouthfeel to be lacking for this style; it came off as a bit like a lager: crisp with malty notes. The Union Jack is difficult to peg; it is an interesting rendition that offers a few tweaks and surprises, yet, nevertheless, makes for a pleasant experience.

Being on the East Coast, and fated to a dreary existence in the People’s Republic of Maryland, I do not get ready access to this fine West Coast brewer; however, their beers do intrigue me (See my review for “Double Jack”) and make me lust for more.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color. Nice aromatics and a smooth drink. Has a really nice taste. Hops up front that linger on to a nice aftertaste. Overall a really nice beer

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Photo of kenito799
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20 oz pour at Yard House San Diego

Amber brew with nice tan head, copious gorgeous lacing left with each sip. The aroma is perfect classic super hoppy IPA, citrus grapefruit pine scents coming in waves. The bitterness is forceful but not astringent or overwhelming, balanced nicely. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of KMcG
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with an off-white head that flattened quickly to lace. The beer is asleep golden color with a slight orange hue. 

The aroma is floral, piney, and quite strong. 

The hop flavor that jumps out at you is orange rind.  The balance of the sweetness of the malts and bright clean hops make this one so drinkable. 

The mouthfeel is clean, full on IPA, and has nice carbonation. 

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Photo of fitzy84
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. Poured into a pint glass. The beer had a pretty thick head that quickly dissipated to thin retention with thick lacing on the sides. The beer had a somewhat cloudy amber color as well. Generally malty aromas mixed with grape and plum flavors and flowery hops. Really great balance of aromas. Taste is a mixture of different fruit flavors and decent boozy hints. Could taste grapefruit and hops, Good body to this drink too; excellent crispness. Overall, this was a fantastic IPA with some great aromas and flavors.

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Photo of jtingue
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance. Clear orange hued straw in color. Pours with 3 fingers of loose, but solid white head, which dissipates rather quickly leaving tons of large clumps of lacing. Few bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass. The lacing doesn't stick around for long though. Almost no long term head retention.

Smell. Totally hop forward. A piny citrus is the most dominant scent.

Taste. Starts out with a moderate, slightly resinous bitterness, which is joined by a juicy grapefruit. After this the hops become predominately more resinous and piney. The bitterness takes over for a bit and the beer takes on a more spicy character. It really starts to dry out after the grapefruit exits, all leading into a bone dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Very light in body, with a ton of dryness, as stated before. Light, but pleasant carbonation.

An insanely drinkable and complex hop monster. The dryness and overall presentation of flavors is reminiscent of a champagne, though not in terms of carbonation. Firestone Walker never disappoints.

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Photo of mcslain
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with modest white head and is a surprisingly pale ale like gold. Hints of red shine through, but this is a light and clear looking brew.
Nose is good, you can smell grapefruit hops and the promise of some alcohol.
Taste is light, crisp, full of grapefruit and citrus hops. Some pineapple and tropical fruit, but make no mistake, primarily grapefruit. The hops taste is not the smack you in the face double IPA variety however. The beer is so light malt wise that it allows the hops that are there to really shine. Yet it remains balanced. This is exactly what I aim for when I make home brew.
Mouth and carbonation are perfect for this beer. I hate to say its a hop delivery system, because this beer isn't a hop bomb. But everything is clearly set up for the hops. Just a really well made beer. Goes onto my 'search out and purchase when seen' list.

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Photo of gopens44
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A touch darker than straw colored, but still in the ballpark. A good 1" of foamy head with awesome retention.

S - Citrus, earthy, bold and no nonsense!

T - Not too bitter, a little sweet and a ton of grapefruit. Again, this is a no nonsense IPA that is everything that is good about an IPA

M - Creamy with low carbonation. A slight bit dry and no discernible aftertaste.

I may have found my favorite IPA! This creation is just splendid. Sad that it took me a while to discover it, but now that I have, it'll be in my fridge early and often!

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Photo of mntlover
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice fluffy white head that falls slowly and leaves gobs of lace down my pint.

Aroma is nice bready malts lightly sweet loaded with big fruity citrus hops. Nice aroma actually more fruity then bitter smelling but very enjoyable.

Taste is like the aroma nice citrus fruits riding on a bready malt base, big and favorable. Hops impart good fruity notes but leave middle of the road lingering bitterness that is grapefruit rind mingle with pine resin. Very nice clean favorable IPA without going over board on huge bitterness. Easy drinking goes down smooth doesn't seem like 7.5% brew.

Mouthfeel is bigger side of medium with nice smooth carbonation that greatly adds the the enjoyment of this beer.

Overall a very good example of the style, not mind blowing in any aspect but very well made everything seems just where it should be. Not sure what I paid for this but if its reasonable I could see adding this to my regular IPA rotation.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of piney hops. There's a mild sweetness of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is well-worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of obrike
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Homefield Grill in Round Rock...got a free Firestone Walker pint glass to boot!

Slightly hazy pale orange with a one finger thing white head. Retention was decent and there was a bit of spider web lacing.

Getting a ton of grapefruit, citrus, and tropical hop aromas. There's a bit of sugary malt as well, but the fresh hops dominate. Smells incredible.

Taste follows scent perfectly. Fresh grapefruit balances well with the sweet biscuity malt. A bit of a sticky feel too... medium carbonation...almost feels more like a DIPA. The finish is long bitter and very dry. Easily one of the best IPA's I've ever had.

So very thankful to have this one in Texas. It will be a staple of mine.

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Photo of IPA1978
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- crystal clear copper in color two finger head with good lacing

S- dried apricot, grapefruit, pineapple

T- big grapefruit, tropical fruits and piney hop oil/resin that coats your mouth with a wonderful bitterness that lingers followed by a nice sweet malt background. The alcohol hides itself well and is very sneaky ...sublime.

M- silky smooth with fine carbonation and a resiny feel.

O- One of the best tasting IPA's I've had. Hop heads will geek out.

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Photo of engagechad
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - poured into pint

Pours a nice gold amber with decent head and good lacing. Smells awesome, dank like a two hearted. earthy and pungent in a good way. Taste follows very well, this is a meaty IPA, just good body to it.

I loved this IPA and would buy a case of it

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Photo of zeledonia
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wsucoug96 for the extra!

Pours a very clear light orange color, vibrant and bright. One finger of orange-tinted whitish head, fades pretty fast, but leaves nice lacing. Not bad.

Smell is absolutely delightful. Full of juicy piney hops and grapefruit, with a lovely warmth that fills in the rough edges. A perfect balance of zip and mellow.

This is yummy. Again, it's really well balanced, with the pine resin and bitterness of the hops just poking their heads through the velvet curtain of rich malty goodness. Okay, they burst through the curtain, but they're always well supported by those robust pale malts, which don't really bring much flavor, but fill in the space that's empty in so many IPAs.

Medium-bodied, sticky and juicy like a DIPA. Long finish, holding onto that soft juicy bitterness.

This is simply a top-notch IPA, hop-forward but balanced at the same time. Definitely straddles the line between single and double, with its high ABV and hefty malt presence. But whatever it is, I like it. I've been thoroughly impressed with Firestone Walker's big beers, and I'm impressed with this one, too.

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Photo of TVolt1
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light lemony-yellow/orange color to it. A little cloudy but good small amount of white head compliments the light color of this beer.

S: Initial hints of grapefruit and lemon. Smells very refreshing with a nice hop aroma. It starts with a more fruity hop smell and ends with a little bit of floral hop undertones. I am excited to try this beer!

T: Mmm very good! More lemon taste than anything. Pretty piney hop flavor so I get more floral hops than fruity hops in the taste. Nothing overpowering or off. Very smooth and easy to drink IPA. Also get a caramel note.

M: Smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a great beer. I would recommend it and would buy again. My husband got this beer on Beer It Forward from a gal in Brooklyn. Great choice and a beer we cannot get in MN.

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Photo of paulozanello
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper clear color with a tan head with moderate retention and amazing lacing

Aroma is citrus, piney and resinous hops with a touch of floral.

Taste is hops and mores hops. I'm sure the malt is there to balance but the hops are so juicy that they overcome everything.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with medium to low carbonation. Dry astringent finish as it should be.

No doubt one of the finest American IPAs out there! Brynildson is indeed the hop master

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,261 ratings.