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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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4,173 Ratings

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Ratings: 4173
Reviews: 1096
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%

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:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007)
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Photo of BTodd


4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A-Fairly light in color, with a hint of orange. Nice, fine head dissipating relatively quickly.

S-Assertive hops with floral and green notes. Less pine than some others I've had. Slight, sweet malt aroma as well.

T-Hop balance for sure, but like smell, nice malt to back it up. Floral, citrus hop flavor is prominent for me.

M-Lively carbonation with good mouthfeel that isn't too heavy.

O-A great IPA that will be a go-to for me from here on. It's readily available and not too highly priced with all the other IPAs in this realm increasing.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 16:48:55 | More by BTodd
Photo of ONUMello


4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 12/4/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange, a 1+ finger head and good carbonation
S: Well-rounded aromas of pine/grapefruit hops, toasted malt and a pleasant earthiness
T: The earthiness really stands out on the palate, a nice break from the hop attack of most IPAs. The hops come through on the midpalate, mostly pine but a bit of citrus. The finish shows floral and herbal notes. Quite complex and pleasant
M: Medium-bodied with a pleasant bitterness
O: I like this- a very well made beer with a pleasant twist on most IPAs, showcasing the earthy/herbal side over the citrus/pine most do

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 22:33:07 | More by ONUMello
Photo of Boxus


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a long time I underestimated Firestone, and neglected to try their products. I was a fool! Once I finally tried Union Jack, I was instantly sold. This is one lush IPA, the sort you could use to show newcomers what the style is all about.

I'm currently drinking my second bottle, poured out into a tall glass. Had one before dinner (pizza) and one (this one ) during/after. It's worth noting that this is drinkable enough to function well as a meal companion beer, though its robust flavor makes it preferable to drink it alone.

It poured a lovely twilight gold, with a finger and a half of rich, sudsy head, which diminished but left abundant lacing. I took a whif and was delighted at the freshness of the scent. Ripe honey tangerine with a piney punch. If gold had a smell, this would be it.

The flavor? Rich and poignant hops coasting over floral caramel sweetness. There is honey, rose, and pine mingling with lemon and grapefruit. Basically, everything you expect from a first-class IPA. The mouthfeel is rich and syruppy, but light enough to remain very drinkable.

Overall, this is just a damn fine beer and I'm stupid for not having tried it sooner. Cheers! :)

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 02:20:55 | More by Boxus
Photo of barnzy78


4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Bottled on 02/04/14
L - deeper golden color with nice clarity and a frothy off-white head that holds good retention
S - grapefruit rind, pine, caramel, toasted grain
T - toasty grain and oak, caramel, pungent grapefruit rind, pine, nice sweetness with an even nicer bitterness
F - medium body, pleasant carbonation, finishes bitter and dry
O - one of my favorite IPAs. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 11:05:58 | More by barnzy78
Photo of SteveB24

New York

4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

appearance; clear amber/ copper, lots of bubbles, thick white head with great retention.

smell; very sweet smell with some floral essence in there along with light fruit.

taste; not quite as sweet as the smell; flowers, lemon peel, sweet fruit, malty sweetness, and a touch of very complimentary bitterness.

mouthfeel; light/ medium body, medium/ heavy carbonation. perfectly dry in the backbone.

overall; Very nice, memorable IPA, in a very large category in which its easy to be overshadowed, this beer distinguishes itself with its sweetness and complexity. would easily buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 04:36:46 | More by SteveB24
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

very filtered golden-orange. lingering head. lot of peppery , ginger, piney and mango notes on the nose. pretty complex interesting and different. flavor has good amount of lemon lime, black pepper. only hints of the tropical fruits. has its own character for sure

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 01:08:28 | More by dank203
Photo of JustShutUpStupid


4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's be honest my friends, this is the only Firestone Walker beer I really really like. I've tried them all. Call me crazy but this beer has extreme depth. You know it when you drink it. It's like drinking breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nothing wrong with that. As they say in the movie the Matrix, "All a Body needs". And I don't even like the Union Jack Flag. Spend a few extra, and skip the other brands for this brewery. Signed 805 local person.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:47:16 | More by JustShutUpStupid
Photo of CTbrew32


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma starts off with noticeable grapefruit and biscuit malt. Taste tends to the citrus/pine side more with a definite bitter bite which doesn't linger too long. On the back a toasted biscuit malt makes a presence to offer some balance. This reminds of torpedo except a notch above, but simply for subjective reasons. Definitely one of the best ipas ive tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 00:49:38 | More by CTbrew32
Photo of beergoot


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent gold colored body with a foamy, thick white head; minor lacing on the glass. Beautifully enticing fruit and citrus aroma; musk melon and lemon; light biscuit malt scent. Fruity esters, lightly toasted grain, and subtly piercing hop bitterness dance together with the flavor. Medium bodied; crisp and mostly dry finish.

This brew comes across very well-balanced, packed with amazing aromas and nearly unforgettable flavors. The only weakness was a relatively mediocre appearance, but who cares too much about that minor nag when the key components of scent and taste are so topnotch? Yep, this will be on my short-list for tasty, affordable, big flavor/big hopped IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:40:14 | More by beergoot
Photo of BrewThru_29


3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, bright gold. 2 finger head that slowly recedes and leaves nice lacing. Nice!

Smell: Pale malts. Citrus. Maybe a little pine.

Taste: Actually pretty sweet up front. Bittering hops on the tail end, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Nothing incredible here. Nothing bad either. Not harsh for the ABV, but I've had smoother as well. Overall, nothing to complain about. Very drinkable.

Overall: Last beer of my sixer. Very good IPA. I will buy it again come summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 00:25:19 | More by BrewThru_29
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 1/6/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold with bubbly carbonation; thick, white head that leaves rings of lacing.
Smell - mild hop nose. Mostly pine, some citrus and grass.
Taste - follows the nose, but with more bitter grapefruit hop flavor!
Feel - noticeable carbonation; aggressive, bitter hops!
Overall - quality IPA; I could kick back with a 6 pack anytime of year! - R

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 00:41:07 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


4.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 00:25:24 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of KDHicks1958


4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium dark yellow with a nice tall head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of floral hops.

Lightly bitter, piney hops in the taste.

Mouthfeel is just a little thinner than I like, but not bad.

This beer really comes together nicely as it comes up to room temp. I like this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:20:21 | More by KDHicks1958
Photo of delta490


4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a beautiful clear amber with a big creamy white head. Head has great retention and leaves moderate lacing

S- big citrus hops aromas dominate

T- there is a great big pine and citrus hops flavor that is balanced out against the caramel malt flavors (bready)

M- a little thinner than other big flavor IPAs but it makes it a little easier to drink

O- this is a great full-flavor IPA. No flaws

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 00:24:55 | More by delta490
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled 10/21/13.

Pours a hazy light orange, huge 3-4 finger head that just sits there patiently. Aroma is pungent sweet hops, fruit rinds, sweet grapefruit. Taste is papaya, peaches, orange, biscuity, bitter fruit and a herbal finish. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 12:40:48 | More by papat444
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice golden color with some white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Nice grapefruit hops

Taste: Citrusy hops up front, then biscuit and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: A good IPA, nice to see it more available in NJ.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:47:29 | More by MadCat
Photo of fourstringer


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Moderate hand. Bottled 12.18.13.

A: Apple-juice, golden yellow with good clarity. 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweetness & bitterness. Grapefruit & lighter pine. Orange. Touch of pine. Bread & biscuit.

T: Bittersweet, vaguely fruity initially with development of a moderate American hop bitterness. Dry finish. Lingering essence of grapefruit pulp. Light alcohol presence. Malt backbone is present throughout.

M: Low to moderate carbonation with moderate body. Palate coating with slightly syrupy texture.

O: Smooth brew with hops and malt on fairly equal footing for an American IPA. Solid drinker for the first of the day!


Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 00:50:10 | More by fourstringer
Photo of Copernicus


4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 22oz. bottle into a Sam Adams custom glass.

A: It flowed an impressive toasted golden, almost copper-like with its fiery orange highlights. The head developed at two fingers of solid rocky foam. The retention was good as the foam dispersed into a thin membrane across the surface leaving thick, sticky lacing.

S: The first whiff is hop forward, but it's a light, almost delicate and mellow hop aroma of resin and pine, bordering on the floral. There may even be some juniper. This smells like gin, and that's a very good thing. The fruit is present but subtle, somewhat creamy and citrusy. Towards the end of the nose are some lingering notes suggesting honeysuckle, grass, apricot, whisky barrel, and vanilla.

T: After such a vernal and pastoral nose, the maltiness in the taste comes as a surprise. It secretes a lightly toasty and honey sweetness, but it's not at all cloying. The hop presence in the finish is slightly woodsy, and some spice begins to prickle through as it warms. Sensational.

M: This is built with a medium body and displays excellent carbonation for the style.

O: This exquisite IPA conjures up whisky and gin (my two favorite spirits) at the same time with the charred oak of a bourbon barrel and the botanical eccentricity of a craft gin. This is unlike any IPA I've ever had. It's a paragon of carefully calibrated balance and refreshing drinkability.

I would pair this with a stinky cheese with some dried apricots or some grilled peaches with prosciutto and sage drizzled in white balsamic vinegar.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 19:21:36 | More by Copernicus
Photo of Boomblaze


4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into my tree house tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful gold that is quite clear with a about a 3/4" head that lasts for a couple of minutes. Leaves a pretty good lacing along the glass that sticks around for a while as I nurse my glass.

S - Has a descent fruity resin filled nose with hints of citrus and mango.

T - The beer is so smooth, a perfect classic west coast IPA, has the resin flavors blended perfectly with mangos and orange backed with a biscuit malty backbone on the aftertaste.

M - Incredibly smooth, not an overly bitter IPA just filled with flavor but none of it punching you in the face more like a gentle caressing of the palate.

O - This is one of my favorite breweries and this is there classic IPA that few do better, for a beer with this much availability it doesn't get much better.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:42:46 | More by Boomblaze
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4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite IPA, hands down. I have only had it once, but it left a resounding impression. Incredible beer. Great flavor, great finish. Strong hops, exactly how I like my IPAs, smooth and well brewed. I need 50 more characters which is ridiculous. Conciseness is a virtue.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:16:29 | More by PaubloEscalator


4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

union jack ipa pours a nice head,not too big or impressive but good none the less.the beer is a clear gold or copper color,a little to clear for me.no lacing in the glass either,this ipa is no beauty queen.

the smell is very good,hops and fruit with a little malt in their for balance,quite nice.

It taste very good,a nice smooth,balanced ipa.when you drink this the thing that comes to mind is BALANCE,a very well rounded ipa.imo balance is overrated when it comes to ipa but in this case its done very,very well.high drinkabilty,the abv is non existent.

the mouthfeel is thin and easy going down,i would almost compare this to a session ipa like founders all day in that respect but at 7.5 abv its no session ipa.

Overall my thoughts on this beer are,i love it a great ipa at any price but in my neck of the woods it cost under 10 bucks a sixer snd that undercuts others that are just as good or maybe this one may even be better.i dont know if i would call this one world class but not far from it and well worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 01:00:23 | More by BEERZILLA
Photo of goldendenizen


4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: new labeling put the hop as center stage in the UK's Union Jack. Well done. Solid lacing coupled with a light golden brown hay color.

S: wet straw dominates this unassuming brew. Definitely has character and a backbone.

T: definitely not an ibu that will impress the critics. This brew contains that "British Bite", meaning hops/malt is cut quickly to a smooth ride home. Grapefruit and malted biscuits dominates. Cranberry citrus scone comes through as well.

M: great carbonation. A bit oily for my liking though.

I: a diamond in the rough. The price point is outstanding in NorCal. A great brew that is so damn tasty!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 03:48:20 | More by goldendenizen
Photo of berkshire413


3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Six back of 12 oz. bottles.

A- Poured into a tulip. very small head witch dissapated quickly to a half finger rim around the edge. tight lacing that help up for a while. Light golden apple juice color almost metalic chrome looking. very bright and happy.

S Fresh cut grass at first then gave way to granny smith apples and a faint alcohol notes. not a ton going on here.

T. Minimal hop that doesnt smack you in the face, some light florals and a sweetness dictates the hop character here, but it doesnt last long. a pineapple rind comes in and takes you to the malt and yeast wich is slightly creamy but really mostly bitternes. a little bitter hop finish closes it out.

M- Mouth feel is crisp and light, not much malt, some nice hop resins come through and the carbonation was spot on.

O- over all i enjoy this beer, i like an IPA that focuses less on smashing hops down your throad and more on the general complexity. the bitterness on this tends to get better as you drink the beer. bitterness is an aquired taste and i have been appreciating it more as of late as my tasting evolves. i am starting to understand it more. Also this beer was extremely fresh tasting had a bottle date of 1/6/14 and here we are 2/7/14 nice job Firestone.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 01:31:47 | More by berkshire413
Photo of NODAK


4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fairly dry and citric nose on this one. Good grapefruit presence....a bit tropical perhaps. But certainly hoppy and dry.

There's an immediate good dose of grapefruit and definite pineapple hop bitterness here starting out....followed by quite the formidable caramel malt base. One of the sweeter IPA's I've ever had, but that doesn't mean that it compromises the bitterness. It certainly has both. Finishes quite dry and bitter, although not in a lingering way.

A great English IPA, no question. Many of the style seem to sacrifice the bitterness but this is full flavored all the way on both fronts. Bitter, sweet, then dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:32:08 | More by NODAK
Photo of jj139


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper with an one finger beige head. Long lasting lacing

S - Lots going on in here: Citrus, grapefruit, pine, resin, with hints of toasted malt.

T - Citrus up front which blends into some appealing malt. A slight hop bitterness towards the back with a refreshing finish.

M - Medium carbonation and body. Full flavor but very balanced.

O - I really enjoy this very drinkable beer. Everything from the different types of malts to just enough hops is in perfect balance. This beer is one of my regular go to brews.
Really looking forward to picking up some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 23:44:41 | More by jj139
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,173 ratings.