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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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1,226 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,226
Hads: 5,962
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 440
Gots: 1,145 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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 SD-Alefan
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a nonic pint.

Lovely fokkin' pour, that is. Copper color with with a nice lasting head that slowly dissipates and leaves some trailing lacing.

The aroma is not tops but will do: citrus and spice, a little grass and a bit of bread and cracker as well.

The taste is big an bold. Orange, candied fruit are first to hit my palate followed by a slow, building, spicy bitter note that finishes dry and lasts forever. That aftertaste, phew, I'm gobsmacked.

I love the mouthfeel on this brew, medium smooth but with a tingly, bubbly bit that you can feel on the lips and tongue. Outstanding.

Overall, really glad i got to try this beer and wish it was available to me on a regular basis. An outstanding IPA. (733 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little to distinguish it from other beers of similar style. It's a peach-colored beer that is fairly translucent. I got no head from the pour, only after swirling it around did I see much in the way of bubbles. Bright white color, but not the usual make up. Very uniform bubbles, no thick peaks and valleys. Pretty good retention and a thin lace left behind.

The scent of a good IPA never grows old. Orange rind and pine. Nothing more is needed.

Taste is similar. More malty on the palate than in the nose. Again, orange rind and pine are front and center, though I'm picking up some grapefruit as well.

It's a really clean IPA. It doesn't go overboard with the hops, though it's plenty bitter. The bitter lasts well into the finish, but doesn't overpower the taste buds. Medium bodied, despite the highish ABV, it doesn't really approach Imperial levels. A wet, sloppy finish.

It's a really nice example of the style. They did a classic and didn't overdo anything. Proportions of malts and hops are ideal. Makes for a very drinkable beer. (1,043 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A - Color is a burnished gold with lots of orange. It is extremely clear. Moderately fluffy and thick white head. Strong lacing. A very attractive beer.

S - Hops dominate the aroma, with a mix of earthy and citrusy notes. The citrus is mostly grapefruit, but with only a bit of harsh "cattiness". Light bready malt is barely detectable behind the hops.

T - The balance goes to hops, with the same earthy/citrusy flavors to match the aromas. The malt behind it is bready and biscuity and just a bit sweet. The strong hops flavors fade into a dry, clean finish.

M - Medium body. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Moderate alcohol presence. High hops bitterness.

O - The overall impression of this beer is clean, hoppy and crisp, with enough malt sweetness to keep it from melting your tongue. The alcohol is evident but not obnoxious. I don't understand the name, since the beer is clearly in the American tradition, not British, but when a beer is this good, who cares what they call it. (1,033 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 5/29/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of pine resin
Head average (4 cm), white, creamy with rocks, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing good – reticulum of mostly small bubbles
Body medium yellow, clear
Flavor begins with pine, ends quickly; no alcohol, no diacetyl; ends with astringency
Palate medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation

An OK IPA, maybe a hint of malt. (391 characters)

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

12oz bottle (bottled 5/29/2014) into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear honey color w/ a gorgeous fluffy white 1-finger head that leaves some nice patchy lacing.

Aroma is mostly citrus and pine, some nice delicate floral notes too. A hint of caramel malt and some resin.

Taste is bright and citrusy with an undertone of bready caramel malt. Hints of pineapple and spice in there too. Nice balance, good complexity.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, luxurious. Leaves a nice lingering bitter aftertaste.

This is a good solid go-to IPA; few flaws at all. It's just a touch on the malty side, but even that seems to give it a certain sophistication compared to the all-out hop bombs that have gained prevalence. (703 characters)

Photo of BREWS4LA
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tried this and I was surprised how good it was. Poured from bottle into glass, nice color clear good lacing.

The aroma was outstanding, nice citrus grapefruit with the piney hop right in the middle.

The taste was even better citrus/tangy with a slight bitter finish but very well balanced. Extremely refreshing it was great with my meal. i will definitely be getting more of these.
Was reminded of a Lagunitas IPA.

Cheers (429 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a straw yellow with two fingers of white head.
Aroma is pine, sticky with a balanced malt backbone.
Taste is balanced pine and malt. Some citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium with great carbonation and nice lingering bitterness.
I could drink 6 of these and be really happy.
Great beer (290 characters)

Photo of Antnego
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at La Puerta in San Diego. Nice two-finger head, crisp light golden color. Grapefruity and piney hops blended with moderately strong malt. Grapefruit and floral notes on the nose. I just wish the smell didn't fade so quickly. Overall, a very good beer. (259 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a copper and amber color with a nice firm two finger head.
S - Citrus and pine and a bit of lemon.
T - Follows the nose with the addition of grapefruit, pineapple, malt
M - Medium body with a bit of a sweet finish.
O - Well crafted and a very good pint (266 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a fingernail thick layer of white head on top. Brussels lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is present and yet restrained. As I take a sip the citrus hop flavor assaults my tongue. There's saltine cracker and dry bitterness in the flavor as a result of the hop/malt balance. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisp. (333 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very clear light amber color. It has a decent amount of head .

The aroma has a punch of citrus peel, orange, pine, a big sweet caramel malt and breadiness.

The flavor hits of grapefruit and floral throughout with a medium bitterness. There's a bready malt backbone, with a bitterness of orange and grapefruit peel on the back. The finish has a gentle pine needle, leaving a medium lingering bitterness. (407 characters)

Photo of dougfur
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice orangy color, pretty clear, with nice modest head. It's a great looking beer, no complaints there. Smell is modest hoppiness with a touch of booze. The taste is a little better, but still, the hops just don't come through the way you'd expect in a well thought of west coast ipa. There's a bit of citrus and bit of skunkiness, but I can really taste the malt and yeast and there's a touch of booze to it, which I don't like. It has nice body. Overall, it's a perfectly fine beer. I enjoyed it, but was a bit dissapointed. The hops were just lacking in my opinion. With no freshness date on the bottle, it's possible I got an old one and I'll re-evaluate if I have it again and am more favorably impressed. (718 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great job, Firestone Walker. This beautiful golden brown beer satisfies. A citrusy-grassy aroma and a good prolonged hop flavor and finish make this one of my favorites. It is crisp on the palate but too much that it become too light. I believe it was brewed just the right amount of time and bottled right on time. (315 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured this into a glass it had a nice thick white head on top of a golden color body. The aroma gives off a piney smell with a citrus also. The taste has a great pine hop flavor up front that is amazing, then a hint of malt towards the back. The mouthfeel is smooth and overall a really refreshing and enjoyable ipa. (319 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Thick white head when poured, which held very well. Lots of lacing. Very clear amber color, and I didn't see any sediment. Not a lot of activity carbonation-wise, at least after the initial pour.

S - Slight piney notes, and a bit stronger fruity notes. Very slight malty smell.

T - Very balanced, without much bitterness. Doesn't really taste like what I would expect an IPA to taste like. Definitely has the hints of citrus though, but the middle is kinda malty. Finishes with a bit of a sweetness.

M - Nice and smooth, and a bit thick. The alcohol and carbonation are not really that noticeable.

O - Very drinkable, but nothing really stands out to me. Not overly bitter, but I can't really get strong or very memorable tastes. Still a very good beer though. (771 characters)

Photo of silverevo9
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Brewery is doing good things. This beer has a nice balance of alcohol, with the hops right up front. Mild carbonation, with a nice gold to amber color rendition. The hops have a deep pine scent, with maybe some fruits up front. Head is superb along with the well dressed lacing on the glass that prevails the whole way. Nice smooth beer with a tinge of bitterness at the end. This beer for me is a slow drinker that i thoroughly enjoy like wine. Do not get me wrong, i could drink a lot of these, being so good. Just took another sip. What keeps coming to mind is the balance. All things really come together on this beer. A nice blend of taste, hops, smell, and feel.

Awesome beer! (693 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a. A beautiful copper/orange color. Head that lasted with lacing. Poured into a tulip glass.

s. Smell had floral, citrus, some pine.

t. Taste was complex - hitting the citrus/floral in the front with an intense hop flavor in the finish.

m. Well carbonated, smooth

o. This is an outstanding IPA. Very enjoyable. I will be revisiting this beer soon. (351 characters)

Photo of nodder
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours an orange/amber color and crystal clear. Small white head that fades quickly leaving much lacing.

S- Dank pineapple, citrus, pine. Yup..this is an IPA.

T- Piney hops, citrus. Some malt flavor in the background.

M- Smooth and clean. Medium body and carbonation. Alcohol barely detectable.

O- This is just a great/classic tasting IPA. Go get some! (358 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a golden yellow with a good 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer with great lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting a strong pine hops with a touch of malt and a little spice.

T: Well it is hops from start to finish.. Straight up pine hops upfront then a light malt and spice mid palette. The finish is right on par with a IPA.. bitter.

M: Lighter bodied than I was expecting.

O: I'm not a big IPA guy but this was not bad at all.... I love the smell, taste was not bad but the mouthfeel was a thinner than most of the IPA's I've had. (605 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden amber with an orange tint. Two fingers of white fluffy head that clings and laces after every drink. Superb Retention throughout.

S - Citrus hops, zest, resinous, fruity, oak, malts, grains.

T - Hop forward - citrusy, fruity, resinous, toasted grains, malts. Well balanced. Drinks smooth and finishes clean. Really a nice mouth feel to this.

O - This is a no doubter home run IPA. This could be a go to IPA for me if it were readily available in Michigan. Good depth with many different nuances.

Notes - Thanks to my wife for picking these up at Binny's in Schaumberg while at a PA conference. (619 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint. Served chilled...

A) Clean and clear golden amber. Not much head... Settles quickly to a collar. Decent lacing...

S) Lemon rind shavings, grass and some saltine cracker. A refreshing scent with a little sweet flower petal.

T) Near the nose... Good malt backbone with a slightly zesty finish that let's a little of the 7.5% ABV poke it's head out.

M) Solid medium body with softer carbonation. Dry finish that is bitter, but doesn't linger.

O) Very nice brew... I would like to try more from this brewery. Glad to recommend... (610 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light orange. Clear. Medium head. Nice lacing throughout the drink.
S: Light orange, citrus.
T: Malt balanced well with hops and alcohol. Piney bittering that lingers for a bit.
M: Medium carbonation. Medium body. On the drier side.
I: Solid IPA throughout. (260 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy, piney hops, bready malt, some ripe fruit and caramel. Body is medium and almost smooth. Herbal hops, bready malt, caramel and ripe pears fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Delicious brew. (305 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle date of 02/04/14. So not the freshest but an IPA should not totally fall off in 10 weeks.

Pours a clear, pale amber color with one finger of head that settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Not a very strong aroma. I do pick up some tropical fruit, pine, and herbal hints. An interesting combination of hops. Dry malt with a slightest hint of caramel.

Much more assertive flavor but at a cost of being a bit astringent but not off-putting. Moderate bitterness with hop flavors of tropical fruit and herbs. The yeast added little in influence. Dry character overall.

Superbly carbonated as I expect from this brewer with a medium body. Outstanding texture for an IPA.

A very enjoyable IPA and a few things that I found to be slightly below outstanding. Far from the cutting edge of IPAs in today's market as it probably was 5-10 years ago. (892 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%

This is easily one of the best tasting well balanced beers around. Nothing is overpowering and everything marries perfectly. Citrus, pine, malt, everything in the right proportions. (182 characters)

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