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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
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Reviews: 1,284
Hads: 6,211
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 466
Gots: 1,372 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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

Poured a hazy copper color, with some lacing. Smelled like pine and grapefruit, with hints of some sweetness. Tase was bitter up front, followed by nice bitterness all the way through, but mildly. Pine and citrus notes are very stron; this is a typical and classic west coast IPA, a very good one at that. Mouthfeel was good, and drinkability was good as well; great flavor and not overpowering in any way.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap in downtown Santa Barbara, on State Street, poured into a 12oz mug.

Appearance: Traditional IPA look of golden-orange hue with decent head and lacing. Looks very appetizing, but not to say it's head-and-shoulders better than the competition.

Smell: Whew, what a hop bill! Smells very fresh and piny, with definite Cascade notes and potentially Simcoe as well. Slight, slight citrus undertones, but the top of the bill is certainly more pine and grass. Really full nose, with just a hint of malt sweetness of the back end.

Taste: Refreshingly bitter on the front end, and then hit with a wave of pine and citrus hops, that is blunted thereafter by a nice malt presence for a hoppy IPA. Taste finishes with more of a dank, wet hoppy taste that lingers nicely. Really, really sold.

Mouthfeel: Another winner in the terms of intensity. Wet, resinous, and much like Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point in the wetter, more-lingering dankness. Very solid bitterness as well, and just ultimately refreshing.

Drinkability: The only thing about that intense mouthfeel and taste is that it does drag down the drinkability just slightly, as I wouldn't want much more than a bomber of this, at the most. But still, a very, very tasty IPA that I'm a little surprised doesn't get a bit more buzz amongst hop lovers.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, orange/golden with a small layer of foamy head

Smell: Floral hoppy with a malt back

Taste: A bit malty and sweet, but grainy with light hop flavor; tastes like a British IPA

Mouthfeel: Overall pretty light with a bitter finish.

Drinkability: Definitely more of a maltier IPA more in line with a British style- probably more drinkable en masse, but I would prefer a hoppier IPA..

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Photo of hiku7
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear amber to light copper with a foamy white head. This beer looks great. In my tulip it looked like an amber crystal ball. The lacing was less than great, but that could have been caused by my glass.

Piney, herbal, grapefruit hop aroma dominates. Sweet caramel and toasted malts in the background, but definitely present. Classic west coast hop showcase.

Taste also has grapefruit hops coming through. Substantial, but even, hop bitterness throughout each swig. No sharpness. Toasted malt flavor lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly slick. The body is surprisingly light for a 7.5% abv IPA. Some alcohol warming. Crisp, dry finish. Low-medium carbonation.

This is a solid west coast IPA. Another great Firestone offering. I will definitely be back for more.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What hop head doesn't love the smell on this beer? The flavor is super clean, but compared to a lot of others I'm just left wondering: what does this beer do for me besides deliver the essence of hops?

IPA had never been so one-dimensional before I tasted this. This beer is polarizing to me, because after drinking it, I am not reaching for another, but I can't deny that it was very very well made. So? I think its WAY over-rated.

The double jack, on the other hand, holds my interest.

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Photo of shaebs99
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a growler of this from Solomon420. Thanks again!

Poured into a pint glass.
Smallish-medium sized whitish head with decent retention. Color is a golden honey.

Smell is mostly of west coast hops. A lot of grapefruit and pine aroma. I have a feeling this will be a delicious beer

By the second glass, the grapefruit beats out the pine. Not the best balanced IPA I have had, but something I enjoyed quite a bit.

A very good IPA and a nice hop fix. I can't be certain if I could have finished the growler (since I shared with a friend), but I would have liked to drink it all myself. I very enjoyable IPA and I am very glad to have had the chance to try it.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours golden and clear with small lacing head, nose is very hoppy and citrusy with grapefruit. Taste of strong biting hops slight malt, and very smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Considering how close I live to Paso Robles/Buellton, this took a while to get to my local stores. It did, however, finally, and I'm glad for it.

Appearance: Two finger white fluffy head. Carbonation is visible, rising in a steady stream from the body. Lacing is impressive - craggy, and lasts for some time. Head settles in a half-finger to maybe a quarter-finger. Body is a copper amber if I've ever seen one - in fact, such a solid hue that I'd wager to say it's exemplary. A good appearance.

Smell: Grapefruit, lemon, and other citrus hops up front. Pine on the back. The oak reveals itself subtly, in a slight vanilla and general roundedness. Very hoppy but well balanced. Little to no detectable alcohol. An excellent American IPA aroma.

Taste: This borders on a DIPA, I think. Intense grapefruit and lemon-lime candy hops. A slight bittering on the back of the tongue. Pine. Very slight floral. The oak is less present here, until you swallow - there's a slight astringency from it, and a general subtle woodsiness. Really, quite fantastic.

Drinkability: Firestone-Walker has the potential to become one of the better brewers in the United States, if they just continue making bold beers this way. Union Jack is an extremely welcome addition to their roster. I can see myself picking up sixers of this for some time.

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

This was a great beer. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The color is a beautiful orange amber color with a 1/2 inch white head which dissapates to a light lacing. The nose is hoppilicious, great piney hops, juicy citrus fruits, and just the tiniest bit of malts. The taste is wonderfully balanced, even though it is a heavily hopped beer, there is the right balance to make it work. The mouthfeel is medium in body and slighty viscous and very drinkable. A wonderful offering from firestone.

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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 Psilo707
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into clear mug. Head is hefty but not overly thick, dissipates quickly and leaves great looking lacing patterns all the way down the top. Really consistent how the lacing pattern ends up - don't see this too often to this degree. Brew is very bright golden color; has shine to it, very unlike the drab, guttery look of Bud and Coors. Consistent carbonation and overall very inviting.

S: Smells -amazing-! Citrusy, floral and hoppy, pine nuts, banana, cloves, and even some grapefruit-style scent coming up. 5.0 all the way, can't believe how strong it is to my very bad nose/sense of smell.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Delicious! A very light-hearted citrus-style IPA that still packs a high ABV punch in all the right ways. End result of swallowing leaves you with a perfect amount of bitterness and a malty feeling all the way down. Love the amount of character here; very diverse and unique while still retaining everything that makes IPA's awesome.

M: Creamy, but not overly creamy. Smooth, but actively present at all times. And definitely pleasant in the mouth from start to finish. I rarely give anything 5.0's but this is absolutely one case of a 5.0. I doubt there is anything you could do to this beer to make it unpleasant to drink. If my grandma put her Benson & Hedges cigarette butt out into a warm fallen soldier of this beer from a raging party the night before, I'd still probably have to take a swig or two. It's that good.

Overall: Can't believe I haven't had this until now and it's definitely one of my favorite IPA's from California as of now. I will definitely be looking forward to finding it more frequently in the future, as it's a lot more rare up here in northern California. Overall 4.75, awesome, awesome.

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

a: nice amber hue with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing.

s: great scent to this IPA. wonderful aroma of citrus and earth. Lots of lemony smells coming from this.

t: like summer. a perfect blend of citrus and pine. Nice amount of bitterness from the hops. this is very refreshing. Alcohol comes out to play a bit more as it warms as due a the tastes of nutty malt.

m: A little light for my liking. not as sticky on the palette as i'd enjoy. Leaves the mouth dry.

o: great taste here and perfect in the heat. definitely fits the west coast profile and still brings uniqueness to the table.

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

Bottled 2/08/12. 12 oz poured into a snifter.

a- pours a light orange with some hazyness, though not as hazy as gf west coast. little bubbles rush to the top. has a porous white head of about 1/5 inch. a bit of lacing.

s- has less of a bright orange nose and more of a bitter grapefruit smell at first, followed by more of that candied orange candy smell.

t- citrus all the way at first. orange and grapefruit all mixed in, with a little of lemon zest. juicy with a bitterness that doesn't last too long. subtle malt and sweetness.

m- light, but creamy. light-med body but more on the light side. alcohol slightly noticeable.

o- i know people talk about wanting the freshest of ipas. but this beer with three months on it is still incredibly hoppy and delicious. awesome beer.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Nice clear amber color. No haze. 1/2 finger head dissipates quickly.

S- Nice hop aroma. Smells dry, some cut grass and pine.

T- Good hop forward taste. Grapefruit, pine, and some malt balance, but not overwhelming. Real good drinking beer.

M- Nice and crisp, dry IPA. For an American IPA it has a solid tongue burn, nothing to ruin the taste buds but a nice session beer for a hophead.

O- This is my first 6 pack, what have I been waiting for? Great IPA.

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

12 Oz bottle from Einweizenbitte-a fantastic extra! Thanks for the opportunity.

A-Orange golden color with some chill haze. Nice white lacing that settlesafter a 2 inch head.
S-Grapefuit, tangerines, sweet citrus, a little bit of pine smell. Citrus is slightly sweet scent. Smells great
T-More pine in taste but upfront hops with citrus, lingering pine on back of tongue on swallow. A little bit harsh on back because of the pine resin flavor-too much chinook? Sweet malt is balanced while drinking with some mild toffee flavor
M-Med in mouth, good carbo, slightly oily and taste of resin on back of mouth
D-The back harshness drops this from a 4.5 to a 4 but overall very nice and I would drink another one.

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Photo of thomda11
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice, light copper with a thick head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is pleasant with pine and orange blended with a slightly sweet malt. The orange comes through more strongly as it warms up a bit. Right upfront is a distinct citrus and orange rind flavor, flowed by pine. The palate ends abruptly with a resinous bitterness and a hint of astringency. Not much in the way of malt, unfortunately. Mouth feel is a on the lighter-side--a bit watery. A Good IPA, but not great.

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Photo of prg1976
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip, bottled on 8/16 (thank you for dating your bottles!)

Pours a clear amber color, with a smallish white head. Not much lacing.

Smell is sweet citrus hops. Love it.

Taste is sweet, but dry. Nicely hopped, citrusy. A touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel - good carbonation, not much alcohol present, so it's easy drinking.

Overall, an awesome IPA. I will definitely be getting more of this one.

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Photo of heymikew
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid California IPA

Clear and golden, perfect bubbles
Great hop nose and then
A mouth explosion of tropical fruit with hint of lemon...resinous green buds...all harmoniously balanced. Its a heady temptress...watch out!

Refrigerator (in stock at all times) caliber.

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Photo of cvaypai
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andrew, womencantsail for this one!

Poured from bottle to globe style glass. Really cool bottle might I add.

Appearance - Poured with a 1 finger frothy white head, recedes rather quickly leaving a nice lacing down the side of the glass. Pours a beautiful amber orange with hints of brown.

Smell - This beer simply smells awesome. Tons of citrus right up front, comes as grapefruit mostly, chased by some earthy and grassy hops. A tiny bit of orange peel and pine can be discerned also. A little tiny bit of sweet caramel malt smelled on the back end.

Taste - This is an EXTREMELY clean beer, the bitterness is there but the least harsh I have ever experienced. The hops come right through right away and come as mild citrus and more earthy, though the pine and grapefruit can be found. The malt is there and evident as a bit of candy caramel sweetness on the end but makes the beer extremely tasty and surprisingly well rounded.

Mouthfeel - This is one of the smoothest IPA's I have had, the carbonation is right where it should be and the body is almost perfect for the style. This is a smooth beer.

Drinkability - I could drink plenty of these, the only problem being the distance. I sure wish I could get this beer here in Wisconsin more often.

A great IPA from firestone walker, my first from them.

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Russian River Tulip

Appearance: Pours very crisp and clear. Beer is a light amber/gold yet you can see through the glass. Nice fluffy white head retained throughout drinking with lace all over the glass. Looks beautiful.

Smell: I pick up grapefruit and caramel. Earthy pine and even some pineapple and alcohol.

Taste: Grapefruit and orange citrus held together with a subtle malt backbone that still lets you know it is there. Maybe some honey tying the two together? Sweet toffee and caramel. Man this is great.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lots of resin that coats your mouth.

Overall: Wish this thing was readily available in GA! I highly recommend to everyone not just hop heads. Really like how this simple this beer drinks for a West Coast IPA. Could have a few of these any time.

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Photo of ElSid
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California

#6

Freshness Date: None

A: A half inch of white foam tops off this hazy golden ale. The head slowly subsides coating the glass as it disappears.

S: Juicy grapefruit and pine trees with freshly baked sweet rolls. A wonderful nose which really activates the palate.

T: The hops leave a trail of clean, crisp, spicy bitterness throughout. Grapefruit and pine predominate but one can also detect elements of flowers, grass, and tropical fruit. The malt is of freshly baked sweet bread and honey, although they are a subdued companion to the hops.

M: Surprisingly creamy with the classic IPA linger and moderate prickling carbonation.

O: Another great California IPA. A must have for all the hopheads out there. More difficult to find than Racer or Stone but just as good and worth every penny.

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Photo of travduke
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks Chris (GClarkage) for throwing me this in a trade, my first FW brew.

Appearance: Nice light amber body with a 1 finger white foam head with great retention. Awesome lacing.

Aroma: Citrus and pine hops right up front. Nice mild malt backbone to hold it together.

Taste: Yummy. The citric hops hit your taste buds first and then the bitter pine finishes it off.

Feel/Drink: Smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is as good as it gets. Looks like I need to hunt this down again.

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Photo of Crossmd
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 42 degrees fahrenheit into a tulip glass.

Poured a slightly hazy muted orange with a one finger head and a vortex of tiny champagne bubbles rising underneath.

Smells of a slightly sour (or a hint of mildew?) orange with some slight breads in the background. Not well projected, subtle and round.

Taste is an aggressive attack of grapefruit hops and sharp orange. Gets slightly malty as it tries to clean up in the end, but don't try and really balance out the hops that clearly take center stage. Dries down slowly probably into a 20 second finish consisting of hop bitters dancing around a slightly bready core.

Mouthfeel is relatively heavy/oily, despite a considerable degree of effervescence. But cleans up relatively well and isn't especially cloying or coating.

Overall, a unique beer that's self assertive at best, aggressive(especially for non hop-heads) but with an excellent idea of what it does well. I will absolutely be buying this again.

94.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Very clear golden in color with a fairly sparse head that does leave nice lacing as the pint progresses.

Nose is just a touch of citrus, not overwhelming; very pleasant. More of the same in the taste, with a nice biting finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

A tasty IPA that I will pick up again.

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