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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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4,160 Ratings

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Ratings: 4160
Reviews: 1096
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007)
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Photo of Brisket


4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Clear orangish color with 2 fingers of head and heavy lacing.

S- Strong hop aroma, mostly citrus. Bready yeast. Good hop background in the smell.

T- Similar to the smell wonderful taste citrus hop forward with a solid malt background.

O- One of the best. Firestone makes excellent beers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 02:24:43 | More by Brisket
Photo of KornWallace

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 3/31/14
Location: Brooklyn Crab
Glassware: Pint
Appearance: Two pinky size head followed by an amber to gold color. Low carbonation but the beer leaves a very nice trail as you drink.
Aromatics: The Hops are on the nose with a little orange peel. A fair amount of hop pines.
Flavor: It's a very hearty beer. Smooth with a lot of hop, orange, some coriander flavor.
Finish: The hops hit everywhere and linger.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2014 02:08:06 | More by KornWallace
Photo of ChrisChagnon


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft into a tulip

This was one of my intro beers into the world of IPA's. I was in Las Vegas at a place with over 100 beers on tap and asked the bartender for a good IPA. He gave me this. I remember thinking how great the beer looked, then placing it up to my nose and smelling it and just being blown away by the fruitiness and the hops. The taste was like anything I had ever had before. I loved this beer and it went down so easily.

I have a soft spot for this beer because it really got me into IPA's. I just wish I was able to fiind it more fresh here in CT

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 20:30:22 | More by ChrisChagnon
Photo of titty_mcbitty


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Orange-yellow color with off-white head. Looks like an IPA should look.

S: Pine, hops. That's really all I get.

T: This one's got a lot of hops and pine resin. Pretty tasty, if you ask me. I get orange peel, leather, pine, grass, lemon, zest, and some citrus-y tones. The beer has a nice malt backbone, too; but, this is not something I look forward to in an IPA.

M: Thicker than expected. Medium I think. Not bad.

O: I'm not a huge IPA fan, but I enjoy my IPA's every now and then. This is one that I enjoy! It's a well crafted brew. The only thing that got me was the malt character. I like IPA's with a light body and more fruit tones. This is a good brew, regardless.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2013 04:08:49 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of reebtaerG


4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into pint glass
A-pours a golden orange with haze and has a one finger beige-white head
S-strong aroma of pine hops, spice, citrus and a little malt
T-strong fruit pine and hops continue through the taste with a hint of spice
M-medium balance with great hop bitterness
O-love this IPA great hops in smell and taste wonderful mix of the citrus and spice with the slight malt

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2013 03:47:10 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of MattyBones

New York

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Union Jack is an absolute classic and has become a regular in my fridge. Quite often it is an IPA I use to introduce people to the style as it isn't too harsh of a hop bomb but still full of flavor.

Appearance: A nice copper like orange with a powdery white head.

Smell: A fruity blend of grapefruit, tangerines and other citrus notes.

Taste: Citrus! Grapefruit, tangerine, some pine notes...but citrus dominating the flavor palate with a very mild malty backbone. You can also taste the alcohol but it's not overpowering, just a slight hint in the background.

Mouthfeel: very clean, coats the tongue but doesn't linger beyond it's welcome.

Overall: As I mentioned above its a classic. On tap it is absolutely delicious as is the case with bottles if you get it fresh. There are a few times I've bought a 6pack where you could instantly taste it has been sitting around a bit too long as most of the hop profile vanishes and you get mainly malts. A shame to taste it this way knowing how good it is when it's fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 14:46:37 | More by MattyBones
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: golden brown clear, thin sustaining soapy head and lots of lacing
S: couldn't get much, but floral with a slight bit of spice bite
T/M: very smooth. Starts out with a slightly malty, even a little crisp, little earthy/clay-like in taste. The bitterness later is not strong, more subdued and marries well with the malts from the start. The draw on the mouth is light and lingering.
O: a very drinkable beer the you can use as an intro to IPAs, even if it is one of the higher rated ones. It doesn't have that huge west-coast bite, but has enough bitterness to represent the style well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 19:37:49 | More by cjgiant
Photo of kr15


4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this in bottle and on tap. Out of bottle it was superb. I became blown away on tap. A very refreshing aroma, hints of sweetness. Nice color, copperish looking. Taste was amazing and there was no "taste fatigue" so to speak. Numerous glasses later, it still taste just as freshing as the first glass. Only reason it didnt garner a perfect 5/5 is because I find Double Jack to be slightly better.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 17:13:52 | More by kr15
Photo of PieOhMy


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shaker pint

A. Transparent amber. Foamy cream colored head. Slow fade. Fat lacing.

S. Cut grass. Hops for miles. Flowery scent. Pine resin. So fresh and outstanding.

T. Hoppy. Caremel malt. Tropical fruit. Orange peel. Bitter spicey finish.

M. Medium. Nice body. Little carbo. Finishes nice and smooth.

O. Great. Balanced perfectly. Super hoppy with a nice thick backbone. My favorite FW so far.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 03:05:06 | More by PieOhMy
Photo of Hovawart


4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The appearance of this IPA is an orangy bronze. It looks clear, but the lighting here is poor.

Smell has a strong citrus tone. Hops are evident but not overwhelming by any stretch.

Taste is phenomenal! I had a good Double IPA before this, and this beer made me say, "Yes! This is an IPA!" It has a very crisp citrus taste with balanced hops. The citrus is strong but not excessive. The only single IPA that I would currently put up against this one, is the Sculpin (my current favorite). Bar was out of Sculpin and this is a pleasant alternative. This IPA is crisp and refreshing, which is important since it is 100 degrees on this patio in Texas.

Excellent IPA! Great work Firestone Walker!

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 02:36:20 | More by Hovawart
Photo of Libationguy


4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light gold in color with a solid white head with moderate retention.

A blast of fresh pine needles, resin, with a splash of pink grapefruit and green apple. This beer is hops on display without a bit of self consciousness.

Very dry on the palate, with a hop bitterness. Attacks the senses with pine, citrus and resin.

Crisp,clean and mouthwatering in a medium+ bodied style. The finish stays with you for quite sometime.

A really nice example of its style. It would be hard to mistake it for something else.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 05:57:30 | More by Libationguy
Photo of chrisgalvin


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every time we drive down to Santa Barbara we have to stop at the Firestone Walker Brewing Co. brewery and have a few of these - and a Red Nectar. Perfectly balance of hops and malt and mouthfeel and overall just a really nice, somewhat 7.5%, "session" beer. The brewery dudes are cool too. Always a good time at this place when drinking these.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 04:52:30 | More by chrisgalvin
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at mekong in Richmond, snifter.

dark copper color with a very nice head. smell is amazingly hoppy with piney hop goodness. taste is super fresh hops..piney..nice bitter finish. maybe the perfect normal IPA. almost full bodied but easy drinking.

overall just a world class IPA. never pass this up if its fresh!

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 20:18:45 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Beer Authority in NYC.

Beer is orange/golden in colour. Moderately-sized off-white head. Good lacing, decent retention.

Smell is sticky (excuse the synaesthesia), with bright citrus scents. Grapefruit, orange. Pine resin.

Very tasty. Large citrus flavour, grapefruit and a touch of mango. Quite bitter. A bit of sweetness in the finish, a touch of caramel. Very bright hop flavours that really pack a punch. Resiny.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Quite oily.

Overall, very, very good. A terrific IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2013 01:28:38 | More by jrenihan
Photo of 57md


4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is light copper with a thin layer of head that leaves some lacing behind. The nose is distinctly of fresh hops. You can tell immediately there is going to be no skimping on flavor here either. Drinks more like a DIPA than a single especially considering the body and hoppiness (particularly in the finish).

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 06:36:47 | More by 57md
Photo of obrike


4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 14:13:42 | More by obrike
Photo of deebo


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint #2 at Brophys tavern in Carmel

A-a clear brew with a creamy white head that laces the pint glass. Color is a deep golden with copper tint

S-hop city. Aromas of those NW US hops especially grapefruit with some juicy tangerine. A biscuity malt aroma hidden in there as well.

T-much like the smell. Ample hops carried with a significant malt backbone

M-Big bodied with a fair level of carbonation. End note is aromatic hoppiness with a hint of bitterness

O-a solid beer. My first Firestone Walker and not disappointed. The epitome of a west coast IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 04:38:59 | More by deebo
Photo of Bernardkowalski

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of my favorite beers!! honestly can go good with anything, but you are better off enjoying this beer by itself. it has so much too offer, such great combination between the yeast and malt's making this an outstanding brew. you can put this on my list of top beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 00:37:50 | More by Bernardkowalski
Photo of Chaz33187


4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the The Loft on the LMU Campus

a- golden/ translucent

s- typical southern california piny/citrus magic

t- has that initial clean american ipa hit, but has a lingering 50/50 maltiness/bitterness after taste, that detracts from it. If it's ice cold you probably won't notice it, but if you take your time with this beer, the bitterness in your mouth builds up and it's less desirable. It's relatively well-balanced though.

m- thin until it hits your lips then fizzes

o- It hints at that magical california ipa genre, (Pliny, Hop Ottin', Sculpin), but eventually it goes bitter and is a one glass pony.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 01:05:02 | More by Chaz33187
Photo of Braz


4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had at the TK Irish Pub. Pretty amber coppery color, clear, with a nice white head. Citrusy, grapefruit aromatics, heavy. Smooth feel and big on the hops. Slight malt appearance toward the end. Fairly bitter in all. Excellent IPA. Very well rounded from appearance to mouthfeel. One of the best IPA's I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2013 08:00:22 | More by Braz
Photo of Murrhey


3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap in a pint at Stadium Tavern in Fullerton, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger thin white head. Amber color, clear with good carbonation.

S- Hoppy and warm. Smells like a typical IPA.

T- Hoppy, bitter, some muted malts. Quite tasty actually.

M- Medium bodied, well carbed. Crisp finish.

O- Pretty good IPA. Not usually a fan of Firestone, but this one is good.

Edit: re-reviewed at Mugsy's in Bonners Ferry. Wonderful IPA. Have increased scores appropriately.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 22:18:55 | More by Murrhey
Photo of TheMarkE


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful shade of gold with good head and excellent lacing. Slight carbonation visible.

Smell: Hops and malts.

Taste: Lemony hops, pine, and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Despite the hoppiness, bitterness is at a minimum.

The Verdict: Delicious. Good balance between malts and hops, bitter and sweet. Fresher tasting than most IPAs, or most beers for that matter. Kind of like fresh squeezed orange juice at the grove, the hops taste like they were just picked.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2013 00:47:51 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of RockAZ


4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Recently have had this beer in three different places and I am amazed at the change in two years. This, I swear, is the Double Jack IPA of a few years ago. Anyway, strong hop nose, fiery malts bring the sugar to the bitterness in a balanced way. Good mouth feel, excellent with many foods and leaves a good finish on the tongue. An excellent IPA even though I am convinced I have been served the Double Jack on a mislabeled keg,....

Nope, finally got a keg of it for my home and this is a very excellent IPA. Smooth mouthfeel, wonderful aroma, excellent head retention. A bit more bread yeast to it since I have had it alone with no other IPA's to influence the taste buds. I increased my ratings on this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2013 06:48:58 | More by RockAZ
Photo of joeseppy


4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prominent hop aroma with citrusy, resinous and fruity character.

Forefront of hop bitterness. The malt backbone sustains the hop character. Clean and malt sweet. Aspects of mango and some onion character to finish, but not in an intrusive way.

Mouthfeel is dry with malt sweetness. Bitterness lingers but not to harsh.

Overall this is fantastic. Very drinkable and easy to sit down with a 6 pack. Bottle version I would grade taste a 4.0 due to freshness, as tap is always the way to go if possible. Happy drinking!

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2013 01:07:52 | More by joeseppy
Photo of Docrock


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a 16 oz pint glass:

A- pours a orange honey color with a 1" head that reduces to a thin white cap, decent lacing.

S- nose full of grapefruit followed by pine.

T- pine dominates followed by the grapefruit and citrus. a slight honey and malt in the background leaves a nice balanced finish. he usual west coast ipa bitterness on the aftertaste.

M- i would consider this to be medium bodied and the carbonation is just right.

O - really solid IPA. i would definitely drink more of these if more available in my area. was a treat to see it on- tap!

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 04:18:05 | More by Docrock
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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,160 ratings.