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
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5,782 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,782
Reviews: 1,265
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,041 | FT: 13
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 reds2harleys
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Heard good things so I gave it a try, was not disappointed. Very tasty brew.

Photo of SerialTicker
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at McP's in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Well worth the hype. Excellently balanced IPA that stays true to the style with a little hop bitterness bite. Very nice and juicy. Perfect malt character. Smells just about the same way with caramel malts and citrusy hops. Easy drinking and delicious. Too bad this isn't in Michigan.

Photo of lenbert
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my first experience with Firestone Walker and an amazing introduction this is! The moment that I pried open the cap I immediately smelled the aroma of hop intensity. A good two fingers of fluffy white head developed that left behind beautiful lacing. The color is a deep gold typical of top IPAs.

The taste is grapefruit hop goodness with a medium mouth feel. This is a fantastic IPA and one that i will seek out again!

Photo of toronadotornado
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kabuki Sundance Cinema - San Francisco, CA - 12 oz bottle

Photo of ncarter5889
4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA, definitely one of my favorites. An initial blast of hops with a bitter, but smooth grapefruit aftertaste. Try the cans if you come across them, I prefer them over the bottles.

Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell is piney sweet hops. Taste is strong but smooth. Dry bitter finish. Reminds me of Sculpin. yb

Photo of tjwarren
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a can dated 4/28. Nice looking beer, smells very fresh but not overly aromatic - just doesn't jump out at you. The taste is pretty much perfect if anything too well balanced just because nothing jumps out at you. The feel is the best part of the beer. Perfect body and carbonation, a pleasure to drink.

Photo of Pattymac
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well balanced IPA with plenty of hoppiness to satisfy. This is a solid go to beer to pair with just about any kind of food.

Photo of jackb112
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer was hard as hell. Tasty... But hard as hell.

Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was awesome, it is all hops and fruit juice. This is right in my wheelhouse of favorite IPA styles.

Will absolutely seek out and purchase again.

Photo of Webbydag1
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright fruity smell start and finish, with strong hops in between

Photo of Dirtydee5
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Really good ipa can't say much else.

Photo of Keely_Kennedy
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Mucho Bueno in every way!!! Very good!!

Photo of Murphy67
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Of the thousand or so IPA's i've tasted lately, this is a pretty good one, not that i've ever had a bad one, but this one is a nice blend if you want wet, then hoppy.

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the citrus, grapefruit character of this beer. Not a thin IPA, it definitely has some malt body. The citrus hop taste comes in and it transitions to woodsy flavor with a crisp finish.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gold pour with thick white foam; great lacing. Toffee/BB Bat candy aroma. Malt forward with solid hop flavor to follow. Medium lite mouthfeel. I thought this was hair better than Sculpin.

Photo of tkolterman
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A funn beer to drink, nicely carbonated, nice alcohol punch

Photo of crag
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a grapefruit bomb! Yummy!

Photo of hawkx8
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my top 5 favorite IPAs. I'm fortunate enough to love less then 2 hours from the brewery and let me tell you, if you ever get the chance to visit, do it. The brewery is gorgeous not to mention an awesome restaurant next door. They always have some sort of a special treat on draft. Overall, amazing beer. Amazing brewery. Keep it up Firestone.

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.98/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Hops from front to back. Great beer. 93/100

Photo of kfbishop
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good initial,but odd stale wood aftertaste. At Londener pub near Dallas.

Photo of ChVauDrinksBeer
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

honiggelb im Glase
Geruch: malzig süss; tolles Fruchtaroma als würde man eine Tüte Fruchtgummies öffnen.

Antrunk:die Fruchtaromen lassen sich wunderbar erschmecken u werden von einer runden malzigen Süsse begleitet.

Abgang: Hopfenbitterkeit kommt gut durch fruchtigkeit bleibt noch lange am Gaumen erhalten.

Rezenz: fein perlig

Photo of dmgeng
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just saw this in Chicago and I had heard good things so I gave it a try.

A - Brilliant amber color and very clear. Good sized rocky head with light lacing.

S - Good NW hops with the standard citrus notes shining through with some herbal and light floral tones. There is also some grain/malt character present.

T - Significant hop flavor that last through the drink with a citrus character and hints of pine being predominant. The floral, herbal, and grassy notes also assist the hop profile but not strongly. It has some of the malt in the middle with hop bitterness to finish crisp. This beer is definitely hop forward but reasonably balanced by the malt backbone.

M - Medium mouth-feel with a soft bitter hop finish. Moderate carbonation which doesn't add or detract.

Overall, a solid IPA that I wasn't disappointed with. I like the balance of malt with the citrus hops but I prefer more hop flavor in my IPAs. This beer is not heavy in any way which lends to drinkability but there are many more IPAs that are just as drinkable with more flavor. If you haven't tried it I would recommend it but don't expect this one to be significantly better many of the other popular IPAs on the market.

Glass- Imperial Nonic

Photo of Sandalwood
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a can, pours a golden yellowish red color, very clear, with a large three finger white head. There is a lot of carbonation and somewhat of a soapy lacing. The odor is fresh, citrus, grapefruit, mandarin, pineapple, mango, apricot, floral, resin, pine like. The taste is refreshing, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, orange, pine, resin, bitter in the backend.

Photo of hardysf
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe how good this smelled poured out of a can. strong hop flavor through and through. Balanced with good malt backbone. Maybe a tad thin mouthfeel. Finishes dry keeping me wanting more.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,782 ratings.