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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

1,226 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,226
Hads: 5,964
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 439
Gots: 1,148 | FT: 12
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 Chcshammonde
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Yard House Santana Row. L: gold, shiny yellow. No head as pint glass was full from server. S: hard to tell as I like to have a full head on my beers to get the full smell. But from what I can smell, medium malts, bitter and piney hops. T: spicy hop profile which I really enjoy, bitter finish but not overly so, medium malt profile brings it all together nicely and adds touch of sweetness to pair with bitterness. F: perfect IMO. Nice, rich feel that almost coats the mouth. O: really impressed. Will be purchasing bottles of this. (556 characters)

Photo of spamNeggs
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the rating for bottles I picked up not far from the brewery. I'm gussing, they could have been a bit fresher since the aroma was fruity, a bit of pine, and maybe a bit muted from what I had expected. Look forward to getting this at the brewery itself. Otherwise delicious, well moderated.
Overall a very good and well balanced beer. (347 characters)

Photo of TomChiari777
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites, ever since I have had it. A great IPA/IIPA. Something about the first sip always turns me off a little bit, but then it really hits the spot. Golden amber color. Great lace, sweet aroma, dank hops, love it. After that it is nothing but sweet and blissfully harmony. When I see these at the store I generally buy all the bottles I can. (363 characters)

Photo of bsonk
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA- 7.5% abv.

A: a lightly toasted amber brown with bubbly head which recedes to a still boisterous amount of white foam.

S: mad fruity, I get pine and peach and pineapple.

T: hop bite with the fruit juiciness, basically like it smells- pineapple peach, but with orange peel and sweet grain backing.

M: juicy as hell, with lots of hop bite and sweet malt syrupiness. Kinda chewy but drinkable.

O: A big West Coast IPA that is very well balanced despite having as much alcohol as Olde English 800. Very delicious and goes down quick. One of my go to beers. It's got everyday-beer distribution here in Portland, so it's a good option for those of us who can't always get to a bottle shop to find other famous IPAs. I've never had Heady Topper but I bet a lot of Vermont drinkers have never had this. 4.7/5. (838 characters)

Photo of Preston
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A classic that deserves to be in the IPA pantheon, but I think it comes up just a bit short of other titans, including Cigar City Jai Alai, Southern Tier 2XIPA, and Smuttynose Finest Kind. (188 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a clear deep golden with a medium to big,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-pineapple,grapefruit,orange zest,tangerines,mango,passionfruit,slight pine,faint banana,peach
T:
-grapefruit,peach,pine,resin,orange zest
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-medium body
O:
Damn good IPA (299 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: August 2, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: watching Naked and Afraid XL... APPEARANCE: quintessential golden amber body with a scarcity of effervescence--surprising...not surprisingly, the head is creamy, thick, white as snow and lacing beautifully as it eases its way to the body ... AROMA: the grapefruit rocks the nostrils; spruce, coconut, fresh biscuit and perfurmed flowers give this beer a tremendously varied profile...the draw alone is an experience ...PALATE: alive with carbonation, with a sizzling finish from teeth to throat that streaks and holds ...TASTE: as promised, grapefruit overloads the senses and dominates the other citrus fruits vying for attention; melon and lemon are detectable; the resinous pinecone is undeniable late; the malt base counters the hops deluge and dams the intensity with biscuit... OVERALL: just another in the long line of West Coast IPAs that could be a ritual with me if I were married to the idea of one style; the flavor crushes the experience through an intense wall of hops...at 7.5 ABV, a perfect balance of strength and sipability... (1,119 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been refraining from reviewing this one because of way-out-of-date bottles.. But finally found one that was less than a month old. WOW! what a difference freshness makes! Pour is nice and golden with excellent lace. The smell is of citrus and floral hops. So much more pungent from the malt-messes that I've had before. The taste follows the nose with notes of lemon zest, orange, and dank pininess. The feel is excellently balanced. I so glad I finally got a fresh one and now see the worthiness of the score for this beer. As always, very good Firestone Walker. (567 characters)

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

I came across this at a local Craft Pub in Thorndale Pa. The joint tends to be a bit overpriced, by craft standards, (e.g., when they first opened I walked in, saw Boulevard Tank 7 on tap, and ordered it. I had paid $7 for one at another spot a few weeks earlier, was surprised when the tab came in at $10 for that one.) in any event, I perused the beer list and saw that they had Union Jack for $5 a pint. I like IPA's and hadn't had this one. So...

It presented with a head about 3 inches. The taste was richer and somewhat less sharp then most of this variety. I think that it's actually one that a Belgian brew afficianado could appreciate. Personally, I like Belgian brews but am more of a British Isles descent beer drinker. However, this is very nice stuff, among the upper echelon of the IPA's that I've had, and there have been a few. Union Jack is hearty and flavorful without sacrificing what a hophead needs. If I had to pick a group of core beers, it would be one of them. (995 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have seen this beer many times and had wanted to try it so I finally made my way around to getting a fresh pack and chilled it down in the fridge. It has 7.5% ABV and has a world class 100 score by the Bros. With a score like that I was maybe having very high expectations. It is a great beer, but let’s look at what it has to
offer.

Look-It poured a crystal clear golden tinged light amber color that shimmered like the breast plate of a Greek god (little “g”). The head was at first very foamy and white, but quickly settled into a thin film. This rather common behavior is due to the sugar content, just as an fyi. So, even before I smelled or tasted it, I anticipated some sugar content from the malts.

Smell-I smell candied orange and other citrus aromas. The malts are candied caramel and toasty malted grains. It is quite nice, but not as complex as you would expect from a world class beer.

Taste-It tastes of orange and pine. The malts nicely come through late and cut the bitterness from the hops, but the bitterness isn’t very high. The malts are honey-based and are very nicely complimented by the orange citrus and pine. I couldn’t find the IBU content on this beer, but my advanced palate would estimate that it has 70 IBUs. I hope I am right on that. Could anyone check that for me?

Mouthfeel-It has a lite medium-bodied feel with an appropriate sweetness level that doesn’t delve into the annoying strong syrupy feel and taste that some IPAs have.

Overall-It has a nice flavor and aroma. It is relatively well-balanced, but some of its flavors are separated a bit. It is refreshing and moist and finishes clean. You should try this beer, but I don’t think it is a world-class brew deserving of the 100 from the Bros. (1,756 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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 (164 characters)

Photo of Jconradt
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

24oz bomber poured in a standard pint glass. Great IPA, crisp refreshing and extremely smooth from the start to finish. Great carbonation and mouthfeel , overall really enjoyed this one. (186 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden with good clarity. Splotchy lacing.

S: Citrus and candy aromas.

T: Balance of orange and pine.

F/O: Good drinkability. Classic, but pretty restrained. (166 characters)

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

12 oz can, 4/27/15, poured into a pint glass.

A - Golden orange, clear, with a one finger head, that moves to a thin lace. Good retention.

S - Citrus, orange, mango. Striking aroma.

T - Follows the nose, with some grassy piney hops. Malts lend a bubble gum sweetness.

M - Carbonation is medium, heft is good, finishes clean.

O - Finally came across this, and was not dissapointed. Not as dated as the Double Jack (9 months) that I purchased at the same time, so it has more hops semblance. Recommended. (519 characters)

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is probably one of the best overall IPAs that is easily accessible almost everywhere in teh country. Very smooth and palatable with amazing notes of tropical fruit and hops on the nose. (190 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love getting my hands on this when it presents itself. An excellent representation of the west coast style that drinks the same every single time I've had it. Cheers. (168 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brownish golden with low soapy white head. Low carbonation. Smells piney with a bit of orange. Not much else but good. Great tasting ipa. The beer starts sweet then fruity with apricot and bitter lemon rind. Pine resin and dense wet grass finishes long with a mild malt sweetness. Silky smooth texture. Low bite. Very clean except for the minor pine resin aftertaste. One of the more drinkable IPAs out there. Overall, one of my favorite IPAs out there. Tons of flavor and well balanced. (492 characters)

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. (333 characters)

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! (428 characters)

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. (186 characters)

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

The smell was piney, sweet hops. The taste was strong but smooth with a dry bitter finish. This beer reminds me of Sculpin and is wonderfully delicious. yb (155 characters)

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. (307 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (154 characters)

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. (166 characters)

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. (191 characters)

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,226 ratings.