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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

1,284 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,284
Hads: 6,210
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 466
Gots: 1,371 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 scottfrie
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into imperial pint.

A: Pours a light amber with a huge, greasy, dense and long lasting head that took its time to reduce into a thick, oily layer of white bubbles that left a solid sheet of sticky lace behind them.
S: Rich caramel malt underneath light grassy and citrus hops. Notes of grapefruit and pint dominate, with bready malt beneath.
T: Follows the nose with a powerful citrus hop punch that melds into a sweet caramely malt and bitter citrus rind aftertaste. Toasted notes as well. The finish is full of fresh hop oil.
M: Medium-light crisp body, slightly oily, with soft carbonation and a clean mouthfeel. Drinks very well.
D: A very straight forward and delicious IPA. Great citrus hop flavor and bitterness thought out, and very balance and drinkable.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by Kshock - what a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a bright orange/amber with great clarity and two fingers of craggy beige head. Lacing is pretty evident.

Smell -- Tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel and biscuit malt.

Taste -- Grapefruit rind hop bitterness from the outset. Tropical fruits and brighter citrus notes are present, but not nearly as evident as in the nose. Malts lean toward dry and husky, but caramel sweetness is still there. Finish is resin, fruit loops, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-to-light in body, with moderate to high prickly carbonation. Overall, a bit thin.

Drinkability -- Overall, not a bad IPA. I've had better, but this is still solid. Would never turn one down.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear bright orange color off white head

S: orange, orange peel, grapefruit and pineapple

T: taste is same as smell with a good bitter finish

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: real drinkable

overall: a very enjoyable beer has a ton of hop complexity in there with a ton of hops used. I like this one a lot another winner from FireStone Walker!

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Photo of hoppyhampy
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottling date is 4/22/10 so we are definitely towards the end of this one's shelf life. A nice inch and a half of head forms and leaves impressive lacing as it dissipates. Nice, bright, golden yellow-orange color. The nose has tangy pineapple and citrus hop qualities and a healthy dose of malty sweetness to it. A bit sweeter than I prefer but still well balanced. Mouthfeel is full bodied and medium-heavy. This is definitely a big beer. Pine and pineapple flavors tickle the tongue before a tidal wave of bitter hops rushes across the palate. Surprisingly lively hops for a relatively old bottle. Not very much carbonation but the hops are still crisp enough to overpower the majority of the malt with their resiny bitterness. Very drinkable for a beer that should probably be in the imperial/double class.

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Photo of gnarlsbarley
3.34/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: dark golden hazy appearance. Pleasing

Smell: subdued hoppy smell with slightly sweet background

Taste: slightly sweet amber ale character up front, hop flavor comes on in the middle and finishes with a mix of bitter hops with light sweet malt

Thoughts: I prefer a stronger hop flavor/aroma. Mild tasting for an IPA. I do like the bitter aftertaste it leaves.

Comments: My favorite part about it is the hop bitter aftertaste. Otherwise, I prefer my IPAs with more more carbonation (I did have a cold bottle) and greater hop flavor and aroma. If you have a sweet tooth and like IPAs, you might like this one.

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Photo of HosP
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz into pint glass. Got from Scottfrie, thank you!

A-Poured nice golden color with slight haze. Nice white head with little lacing down the sides.

S-Nice big hop smell upfront! Pine hop aroma the biggest, but hints of citrus grapefruit start to come through.

T- Big hop taste with great bitterness to the beer. Pine, citrus hop flavor upfront followed up with nice malts in the background. As it warmed the bready malts came through more. Great hoppy taste!

M-Medium body with good carbonation. Bitterness stayed on your tongue for a bit.

D- Very good IPA. This IPA is right up at the top, even at a higher ABV, the alcohol was masked pretty well. Very drinkable, if this were on shelves I'd keep it stocked!!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a transparent light copper color with a medium white head. Decent retention, and some sticky lace.

Smell: Strong piney hops, with some citrusy notes as well. Weaker caramel malt exists as an afterthought.

Taste: Starts with a soft, slightly biscuity caramel malt. The piney hops take control, but there is a nice blend with grapefruit and apricot hops. Finishes quite bitter, although there is not much aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Quite crispy carbonated feel. The tight bubbles help to raise the hop oil off the tongue. On the light side of a medium body.

Drinkability: Easy to drink; quite a hoppy brew, and with such smoothness this goes down extremely easily.

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Photo of spoons
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold color with an ok white head.

Smells super dank and hoppy. Wasnt really expecting this from firestone but it has a really nice hop aroma.

Has a pretty hoppy afterbite, some grapefruit and some sweetness. Has a malty finish as well.

I would for sure buy this one again.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light red amber, excellent clarity. Thin head with a light pour. Aroma is hops all the way! Taste is a pure hop trip from start to finish, very bright and citrus like, smooth and subtle underlying breadiness and malts. This is a super selection for someone wanting a hops fix, a fine beer that I would have again when the hop bug bites.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, light yellow hue with a moderate sized head. average retention with very little lacing.

S: hops, grapefruit with subtle malt in the background.

T: very tasty beer. There is a strong malt backbone to support the hop bill. This is well balanced, though I personally prefer more of a hip forward beer and less of a malt presence.

M: full bodied. Good feel.

D: pretty good. This doesn't compare to the elite IPAs out there, but it's enjoyable and worth trying.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal-clear body with a rich orange hue and two solid fingers of ivory head. Pretty solid.

Smell: big hops; citrusy up front followed by an earthiness and a funkiness. Some sweetish malt comes through, but this is giving every indication of being a good old fashioned West Coast IPA.

Taste: solid, tasty IPA. Hops trend way more toward citrus and pine at first, then change over to funk toward the middle. The finish is quite bitter indeed. The caramelly malt flavors provide a light backdrop to all these ops. A tasty beer; I'm surprised this isn't classified as a double IPA with its ABV and high hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: medium or so bodied; not a whole lot of carbonation. Feel works for the style but isn't notably impressive.

Drinkability: drinkability is quite good. The hops keep it refreshing, although as I said this thing could be considered a double.

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

I was SO happy when I got home after purchasing a sixer of Union Jack, that it was bottled only 4 days ago! That's awesome! This fresh IPA pours an almost clear amber/golden color with a big white head that diminishes quickly. Smell is very hoppy with some sweet citrus scents. A bit of a floral smell as well. Lots of orange. The taste is delicious! I could have told you this was bottled less than a week ago, even if I hadn't looked at the date (due to the fact that it tastes like the time I had it on tap at the brewery). Never has it ever come from the bottle better than it has tonight. The mouthfeel is just perfect for an IPA...sometimes you get an IPA that has too light of a mouthfeel, but this one is awesome. The drinkability is extremely high. Drank 4 of these last night along with some BMC (don't judge me, I was playing beer pong). I was sure to save one of these fresh ones to write a review on. Firestone has made me VERY happy after drinking this and trying Parabola. Awesome job FW!

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Photo of weazal
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SMELL: Of course the hops dominate, but in a mellower, fruitier way that reminds you of apples and then pineapple. It's real pleasant and unique.

TASTE: Immediate onslaught of bitter hobs and sharp carbonation. Despite continual bitterness, the flavor is surprisingly restrained. Some mellow fruit / apple character is present. There's more body than you'd typically expect with an IPA and it finishes with the lingering hoppy bitterness and also whiskey like sharpness.

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at a bar near the beach. Poured on-tap into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, golden-rod color. Nice bubbling appearance with a 1-finger that, surprisingly, didn't stick around as long as I would've wanted. Decent lacing, though.

S: Pine notes up-front. Gives the impression that it'll be bitter, or at least have a bite. Hoppy all-around.

T: Excellent overall. Hops with a citrus background (grapefruit broke through especially), some apple. Underneath was a sweetness, kind of like biscuits. Well-executed.

M: Syrupy, dry, but a considering the carbonation, it seemed a bit flat. Decent.

D: Very drinkable. It's limited distribution makes it hard to find, but buy a couple if you do find it! Well worth-it.

Overall/notes: A very well-made IPA. The tap was probably a bit too cold, which might explain why I found it so flat, but what can you do? Has enough balance that the hoppiness never takes over. My sister tried it, and she isn't exactly a hops-oriented person, but she found it quite drinkable. That alone makes me want to recommend to anyone for a try. If you're on the coast or have an opportunity to trade for it, take it. It won't disappoint!

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Photo of argock
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Michael's Bistro (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear orange-amber with 1-finger wheat-colored head with good retention and lacing.

S: Delicious tropical, fruity hops aromas with solid pale and lightly toasted caramel malt

T: Clean flavor that still tastes like a filtered, streamlined Celebration Ale with tropical, pine, and citrus grapefruit hops balanced with pale and mildly toasted caramel malt.

M: Incredibly smooth and one of the fastest pints around. Slicky and flavorful with low carbonation and great grapefruot aftertaste.

D: One of the most drinkable IPAs around. Rivals Two Hearted Ale as the most drinkable IPA on-tap. Smooth, crisp, with exceptional body and feel.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very good IPA. Thanks to Grabbin2nd for this. i really enjoyed it.

Big protiens in the head leaving very large carb bubbles, very big bubbles, im surprised how big they are. bone white on a beautiful orange-amber body.

Great citrus aroma that is so juicy you could bite it. juicy, juicy, juicy tangerine.

Juicy. you knew i'd say it here too, but it is. i can tell this is fresh as the brightness is great. tropical citrus with out some of the harsher bitterness. a great compliment of a caramel is noticable, probally because they went a reasonable distance with the hops, enough to kick you but yet keep a semi-balance going on. this is good stuff.

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Photo of obywan59
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring into my Guiness pint glass, I got a beautiful, transparent, light amber brew with a 2-finger white head that left moderate lacing.

I get hops first, wonderful floral hops, then a sweet malty aroma that I'd associate with a sticky brew. Some citrusy grapefruit as well.

Rather a sweet, malty brew. High on caramel, again reminding me of more stidky offerings. A nice floral taste in the back of the mouth.

Moderately thick. Not as sticky as the aroma and taste might suggest. Call it lightly sticky. Great flavor retention.

Nicely drinkable. I think the thickness and the ABV slowed me down just a bit.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance; Pours a nice orange, yelowish slightly hazy color with a big fluffy just off white head that has lots of tiny bubbles. Nice hop haze and sunset orange yellow color.

Smell: Smells like a DIPA for sure. Has the sweet sticky pine, grapefruit, also some caramalized mango in there. Very very nice.

Taste: Has a huge body to this. This has to be a DIPA for sure. Its got a big hop attack followed by a huge malt profile with loads and loads of caramely biscuity malts to balance out the intense hops. Just a little weak in the mid palate but has a big initial attack and a strong finish that goes unbalanced because of the hollow midpalate.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation. Not spritzy and has a great coating effect that leaves the sweet caramel spiked with grapefruit juice in your mouth for minutes.

Drinkability: For an american IPA, its just average. The abv is too high for me and i would just as soon pick this to be a DIPA. not a session beer and really should have the abv toned down a bit or else call it a dipa. only reason its getting this high a drinkabilty is because its delicious.

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

Bottle says 03/15/10.

Pours a nice orangeish gold with a creamy. bubbly white head.

It does have a nice scent, high on citrus and some sugary malt.

Mmm, this one tastes delicious. Nice grapefruit rind is accented by some spicy/herbal character with a nice bitterness. Some pine creeps in in the aftertaste. I love these hops.

A solid west coast IPA in my book.

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Photo of Stigs
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle as an extra from BA user monsterzero...served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with almost half an inch of tight, creamy & forthy slightly off-white colored foam. the beer is clear, golden in color. leaves behind a thin wall of lace throughout most of the drink.

S - strong floral and piney hops...quite juicy and with a subtle spiciness. rounded out a bit by some light caramel malts, finishes with sweet hops, predominantly floral. very nice.

T - loads of piney and grassy hops, very up front and pungent, quite bitter. glided along underneath with some sweet caramel malts which come through very forcefully (yet nicely) every few sips. finishes with lingering pine bitterness and a light spice.

M - very thick and syrupy body for the style...carbonation is present but nicely playful in the background. very oily going down but finishes clean with a waining bitterness.

D - solid IPA, very well done if you are into piney and grassy hops. strong and assertive flavors but with a bit of balance. would go very well with some spicy Thai or Asian cuisine. well done here.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear deep amber in color with no visible carbonation. There is a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: There is a moderate, pleasant aroma of piney hops in the nose.
T: There is a good amount of bitterness from the hops, but this is not overpowering due to a good balance with the underlying malts. There are some notes of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. I would definitely have another of these.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one top notch IPA with lots of hops and lots of balance in the finish . I hardly noticed the high ABV ( tastes like an IPA not a DIPA) as the beer was smooth and refined. The hops were west coast but not too piney . Like the DBA this is what FWB do best , a flavourful ale with lots of drinkability and complexity

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Nice clear, orange-copper pour with a great fluffy off-white head and nice lacing. Huge floral nose with lots of fresh hops and caramel. The balance on this beer is incredible. Perfect mesh between bitter hops and sweet malts. Lots of citrusy grapefruit and sweet caramel with a perfect bitter hop tang. The mouthfeel is well balanced as well with a good mix of crisp dryness and a touch of chewy sweetness. Rediculously drinkable. This is another top notch beer from one of my favorite breweries. Never disappointed!

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

12oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, bottled on date of 5/21/10.

This is a fine looking IPA. The body is deep copper even in the thin base of the Sam Adams glass and the soapy sudsy eggshell head has already left a nice ring of lace.

Aromas jump out of the bottle at you, an assurance that this beer will live up to the buzz. The smell leans towards the pine, mango, and weed side of the hop world. I immediately found peach as well, and some grapefruit deeper in. I may already agree that this is one of the finest and most under the radar American IPAs. Malt is apparent but so is its west coast dryness.

The flavor is about as impressive as the aroma. A hefty bitterness is accompanied by more of a grapefruit profile. This isn't to say that the pine isn't backing that grapefruit pith up real well and that I don't taste orange, peach, mango, papaya, and alcohol.

This is a dry IPA, I prefer them that way. The balance between some body, some carbonation, and alcohol/level of dryness is quite good.

I am so glad that Union Jack has lived up to my personal expectations. I think that I focus slightly more on aroma with IPA/DIPAs and this beer delivers. The 7.5% ABV is in the upper range for the style but doesn't really hurt drinkability because the aroma and flavor are so damn good. Take you time and enjoy it. You'll get your hop fix.

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Photo of velosuds
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Purchased for $5.39.

A-Poured a hazy golden-amber hue with a one finger off white head that receded quickly into a modest lace.

S-A very fragrant IPA. Piney and citrus hops, especially grapefruit are prominent and inviting.

T-Hoppy bitterness is very citric, especially grapefruit and lemony esters. There is also a pleasant, bready malt backbone providing a nice, but faint balance.

M-Very smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-Very drinkable at 7.5% ABV. Alcohol content is not noticeable. A good IPA, but not remarkable. I would drink think this more if it were available in 12 oz. six packs.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,284 ratings.