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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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1,262 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,262
Hads: 6,115
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 447
Gots: 1,271 | 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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Reviews: 1,262 | Hads: 6,115
Photo of lenbert
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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Photo of ncarter5889
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell was grainy with piney, sweet hops and bubblegum. The taste was strong but sweet and smooth with a dry bitter finish. This beer is wonderfully delicious. yb

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Photo of tjwarren
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Murphy67
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of hawkx8
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
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

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of hardysf
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of HopBomb515
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden with a touch orange on the color and clear with a dense ivory head that leaves spotty lacing. Citrusy, piney, dank bright hop aroma. Little sweetness up front parts for big grapefruit citrus flavor and a pine kick at the end. Medium feel with nice carbonation and drinkability. Just a solid IPA. I'll reach for it once in a while.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to glass, amber colour with a thin head and nice lacing. Hoppy aroma is carried over into three taste and is complimented with a nice balance of citrus and grass. Great mouthfeel, goes down easy, maybe too easy. Great beer. Skol!

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Photo of Jaysauras
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Such an awesome looking IPA. Pours a dark golden color, rich in texture, carbonation and vibrant color. Nice cream colored head about an inch thick on top. Really excellent lace as well.

S: Spicy pine, almost a sprucey scent, hint of lavender and citrus grapefruit. Pineapple as well.

T: Oh wow. I remember drinking this on tap at their tasting room, and it tastes just as pleasant from the bottle. It has that floral hoppy taste you come to expect from an IPA, and a booziness on the back end. But in the middle there is this warm blend of biscuits, honey and citrus that is somewhere between grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. On second pour you can definitely taste a bit of pineapple. Sweeter than your average IPA, and a little more like a pale or summer brew. But the big piney hop flavor is there which is unmistakably an IPA.

F: Prickly, dry, sweeter than I would prefer but still very solid. tingly carbonation with a spicy and dry finish. Pretty heavy also, you can feel the 7.5% in this one.

O: An absolutely stellar American IPA. It embodies the key characteristics of an IPA, while having a nice little flavor and twist of its own. The honey/citrus middle amongst the spicy spruce hoppiness and alcohol aftertaste really make this a unique and flavorful IPA. Great balance, almost a perfect brew.

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Photo of J_Britt
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color. No nose or very little. Very balanced between sweet and bitter. Finishes slightly sweet. Very good beer but not an IPA. I would call this a pale ale.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had the Double Jack before having this one, and it's a familiar but mellower taste. Great smell- the main difference is the tropical fruitiness doesn't hit you as hard as with the Double Jack. Very solid IPA though.

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Photo of cfalls
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber, nice thick head.

Not very aromatic in any distinct way, so not sure what to expect when you take a sip.

Bready malts and citrusy piney hops. Slight sweetness.

Medium high carbonation.

Overall, really well balanced. Nothing stands out as amazing, but overall it's just what an IPA is meant to be like.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Leaves lacing, although no head. Clear copper color body.
Tropical citrus notes, and pine. Bitterness.
Good mouthfeel, very drinkable. Overall a very nice IPA.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding IPA, I bought it once and then hurried back to the craft beer store in Mexico to get the rest of the stock. It´s just delicious and smells great, it´s a pineapple citrusy IPA.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap with my roast pork sandwich.
Fairly impressive, nice hoppiness without overt bitterness. I'm not a huge IPA guy, but this was pretty good. I might pick up a six pack of these sometime.

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Photo of RickGrimes
3.12/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe not so fresh, but not tasty. Deep amber colour, white frothy head. Smells like malt bomb, a lot of caramalt, grapefruit. The flavour is the saime, citrussy finish.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer that brings all the characteristics of an awesome IPA to the table - piney aroma; taste of tropical fruit like mango, pineapple and more traditional orange. Caramel, bready malt brings the citrus flavors back to the ranch and a slow-building bitterness brings about a welcomed balance. A great beer that's even more impressive when you taste how different Union Jack is from its session-able brother Easy Jack. Clearly a ton of effort was put into differentiating the two and neither seem like lighter or heftier clones of one another.

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Photo of VegasLou
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty basic but very well made. Great balance of flavors. I would have never guessed it was 7.5%. Been on an ipa kick lately and this has been one of the most enjoyable I have had.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a quality beer. It's hard to fault it in any category, except that it doesn't really present a distinctive taste. It's hearty and yet smooth, but also a tad bit bland.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,262 ratings.