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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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

Poured from a bomber into my Surly Darkness tulip.

Pours a frothy off white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smells of citrus with malts as the backbone.

Taste is a nice mix of malts and hops. The hops doesn't have a super over pouring control over the sweet malts but more of a delicate balance in which the hops gradually wins over leaving a slight bitterness on the tongue and a tingling on the roof of the mouth.

Drinks very well. I wish I could have this on a regular basis as a nightly sipper when I'm watching tv or hanging out with the old lady. True there are better IPA's out there but this one is definitely up there with the best of them.

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Photo of zshaft
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours nice clear light Amber. minimal head. smells of nice grapefruit rind and maybe some melon. good mouthfeel with nice blend of grapefruit and ugli fruit with some citrus mingling in the middle of the palate. funishes with a bitter sweet fruity end palate. this is a great ipa and is refreshing while not wussing out on the hop punch. while double jack may be better this is only a single ipa and rivals its big brother.

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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 BennyL1
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes - Quaffed on 2/27/12. Bottled on 1/20/12

Pours a nice golden body, small bubbly white head. Nice lacing and retention.

Aroma packed with lots of citrus, particularly orange and grapefruit. Hint of malt in the background, nothing overly noticeable.

Taste has lots of bitter citrus notes like lemon and grapefruit upfront. Pale malts provide a slight but good foundation. Superb flavor, bitter and refreshing.

Medium in both carbonation and body.

Great brew, one that I could see myself buying regularly.

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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 Foxtrot
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here is my re-take on this fine IPA.

Pours a nice honey gold color with a decent 1 finger head. After a few minutes, head dissipated to a very fine ring around the edge of glass.

Aroma is of strong hops. Mostly C-hops with some light sweetness. Main components are cool herbal hops, grapefruit, light lemon, apricot and pine. This is a looking to be one good IPA.

This is a good IPA. No, its a great IPA. Firestone Walker really pulled out all the stops to make this monster of a beer. Begins with a good hop punch upfront with grapefruit, light pineapple, and various citrus flavors, then slowly gives way to a sweet caramel malts which really brings this tropical IPA into line. Damn tasty.

Mouthfeel was superb. Like Sculpin, AleSmith IPA, and Blind Pig, it is big, full and viscous. Excellent in every respect.

Drinkability is damn dangerous. I couldn't believe that this was a 7.5 ABV beer. Its so good that Union Jack just replaced Torpedo as my IPA of choice!

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden honey with hints of orange
S:lots of crisp grapefruit rind, pine, bread -- very nice.
T: big rich full; lots of malt, hops, and alcohol. Noticeable heat in the finish. The hops and malt are well integrated creating a cohesive taste. This alcohol is really at the high limit of American IPA so it's not really my preferred style. I find it just too much unless I was having it with a big tasting meal.
M: massive. Very full bodied.
O: I can't really find much fault in this beer but I doubt I'd order it again. I'm looking for more subtlety in an American IPA. I feel that the alcohol level and taste makes this really more of American Double / Imperial IPA which starts at 7%.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel Tulip.

A: One finger of white froth that settled quickly leaving plenty of lacing. Clear straw color with amber highlights is an inviting sight.

S: Pine needle scent hits the nose with light malt backing.

T: Taste follows the nose with intense pine resin and a refined bitter finish. Not a malty IPA, the hops are front and center.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation

O: A quality IPA from Firestone Walker. They know how to brew hop nectar beers in the West coast style!

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Photo of 0110x011
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a minimal head and thin, stringy lacing. Citrus and pine on the nose, backed by caramel and some toasty breadyness. Hops hit first (as they should), with tangerine, lemon, and pine, followed suit by the caramel and bread from the malts. Very well balanced, a nice hop profile that doesn't overwhelm the palate. Finishes a bit dry for my taste, but drinkability is high. Damn tasty; this one will definitely be added to my regular rotation.

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Photo of spree92
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. into Kilkenny pint glass.
First thing that hit my nose was apple. I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe the smallest carbonation bubbles I've seen in an IPA. Golden-amber with a beautiful, sticky head. Bitter, but not over-powering.
This is one of the better IPAs I have had in a while.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a chalice

Ap- pours a dark hazy light copper color with a 1/4inch head that has OK retention

Ar- citrus, fruit, grapefruit, honey

T- the malts are balanced well with the hops and there is a great citrus representation from the hops

M- medium bodied, sticky, well carbonated for this style

O- Great brew, found this one in IL for $12.99/sixer and I am glad I got the chance to try it. Wishing I would have bought the double jack though...

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange body with a creamy white head. Smells peachy, Citrus and pine bring up the rear. Big citrus pine flavors with mild bitterness. Really smooth mouthfeel. Goes down too easy. Awesome IPA!

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Photo of cooler4life
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a 2 finger fluffy white head. Color is an deep orange straw yellow. Just what I'm looking for in an IPA. Lacing and glass retention are standout, with layers of foam adhering to the glass like superglue. Great looking beer!

S: Single threaded hoppy two-punch. Pine needles, grapefruit, lemon, orange, rock candy.

T: Strong hop presence permeates through every flavor. The traditional pine, citrus, lemon, biscuit flavors are present. The ending manifests itself through bits of caramel that absorb all moisture from your mouth.

M: Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is perfect for the style. The lingering flavor of the hops tantalizes you long after the beer is gone.

O: It's the drinkability quality that brings this beer to the top for me. Don't get me wrong, it’s not Hopslam or Heady Topper, but in terms of a "Go To" IPA, this one should be at the top of your list.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Brilliant brassy amber hue with a large off-white creamy head. Great head retention with gorgeous lacing left down the glass.

S: Humongous grapefruit aroma from a relentless barrage of hops. Slightly pungent. Absolutely lovely. This is what an AIPA should smell like.

T: Tons of citrus fruit. Massive grapefruit profile, fresh orange and tangerine. A little bit of pineapple adds a nice tropical twist underneath. Firestone Walker understands that as important as the hops are, they're not the only necessary element. An understated, but present, caramel malt backbone. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better example of a perfectly balanced IPA.

M: For an IPA, this one has a huge body, but it's not clunky. As smooth as silk and pleasantly creamy without going overboard. Carbonation is crisp and light and honestly couldn't be improved.

O: This is admittedly my first offering from Firestone Walker and it's probably the best first impression that you could get from a brewery. These guys have their head completely wrapped around what a great AIPA should be and they deliver. Flavors are flawlessly balanced and out-of-this-world delicious. Mouth presence is huge, but works great. This is just an overall world-class brew that needs to be experienced. By everyone.

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

Light orange color in the class, no haze at all and very few bubbles, with a quickly dissipating head. The smell is sweet and strong with piney hops. The mouthfeel is sticky and almost perfect--just a tad lighter than some other big IPAs that I love (e.g., Ruination). The taste is true to style with plenty of hoppy goodness. There is also a nicely sweet finish, sweeter maybe than any IPA I've had before--not quite what I'd call sugary, but close. All in all, this beer goes exceptionally well with the Mexican food I brought home.

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Photo of turbine2475
2.91/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to BrewBakerE for this brew:

A - Transparent honey colored brew with a perfect two finger fluffy white head that hung around for a long time before slowly disipating leaving a heavy lace.

S - Smells sweets with a decent presence of floral and citrus malts with a honey sweet malt.

T - Murky citrus hops and a subtle caramel malt. Not much there. I wonder if I got a bad bottle.

M - Smooth, almost non existant, carbonation and a bitter aftertaste.

D - Not what I had hoped it would be. Would only try another another bottle to re-review it.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lucked into a 6-pack of this at Ralph's. It wasn't even in their inventory. Lucky me. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark for an IPA, dark amber or orange really. I get almost no head, although with a fairly cold pour, and decent lacing.

S: Sweet citrus flavor (orange) and citrus hops Smells almost more like an IIPA to me. Very nice.

T: Clean opening with just a touch of sugary malt, followed quickly by the hops. A bit of citrus, but the quality is mostly resiny and bitter.

MF: Thin body, and smooth for the style. Carbonation is pretty subdued, but an extremely crisp and clean beer. Aftertaste is bitter and long lasting. Not a lot of warming with this one, but you do notice the 7.5% after a while.

D: Surprisingly sessionable considering the ABV. A couple bottles will give you a nice buzz but you won't regret it in the morning. The flavor is excellent...just a little extra malt gives this an almost IIPA like quality. One of the best IPA's I've had, right up there with Stone and AleSmith IMO.
I gotta give it to FW. Don't just love Double Barrel, but the IPA and pale ale are awesome.

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

Haven't reviewed an IPA in a while.

A - Perfectly clear, fresh honey golden color. The head is a bit sudsy. Laces a bit, kind of sparse.

S - Wow. Piney citrus. Loads of hop aroma.

T - The flavor is sweeter than I expected. With the nose, I expected a haymaker of hop bitterness, but it was actually fairly subtle to me. The hop flavor is more citric than anything.

M - Medium-bodied, nice feel.

D - Although it's a little sweeter than I prefer for the style, I certainly wouldn't refuse two or three.

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Photo of kennylopez
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Appearance: a light golden clear golden color with a nice head in the pour and sticks around until the last sip leaving rings of lacing.

Smells: there is a big pine like hop that comes through with a mild malt sweet malt hint.

Tastes: I like the huge pine hop note in the front, but then it fades to a sweet floral character that balances this west coast IPA beautifully. I pick up a faint biscuit/ bread like hint that is unique in a great way.

Mouthfeel: there is a good amount of carbonation in this brew, and super enjoyable. I didn't believe this was 7.5%, because there is little to no burn and the balance between the hops and malt are so refreshing it leaves my mouth watering for more.

Overall: I picked up a case and wish I would have gotten more. If this stays consistently on the shelf at my local shop, I will pick it up regularly. Great Job again Firestone Walker, even though you probably know that.

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Photo of handcrafty
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A. Pours a beautiful golden bronze color. Less than a finger worth of head from a bottle dated 7/29. Nice bubble retention while sipping, like tiger stripes.

S. Grapefruit - citrus focused. Alcohol is present to the nose, but nicely blended with other aromas of banana peel, pine cones and citrus zest. Quite yummy.

T. True to the nose, tons of grapefruit and citrus on the palate. Pine needles and grass also come to the tip of the tongue, with a nice clean finish.

M. Crisp and clean. Little carbonation on the taste buds.

O. Great W. Coast IPA. A go to, any time of week type of brew. Classic.

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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 johnd513
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to barleywinefiend for this one.
This one poured a nice clean golden color with little head that disappeared quickly. The nose is very hoppy on this one like any good IPA. The taste is citrus with some piny taste to it. A bit of a hot alcohol taste but very drinkable for an IPA. Definitely worth a try.

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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 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 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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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.