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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Reviews: 1,217
Hads: 5,891
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 435
Gots: 1,092 | 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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Reviews: 1,217 | Hads: 5,891
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)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear amber color with a large-bubbled, pillowy off-white head. Stunning looking beer.

Nose is tropical hops with a light herbal note mixed with white bread and biscuit maltiness. Light fruit, but otherwise yeast is not a big influence.

Very nice balance of bittering and flavoring hops - and plenty of both. Ultra smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Malts play a solid role but let the hops do their thing, more than grainy but not in the toffee range. When fresh, this beer is nearly impossible to beat for the price. (543 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pale light golden orange with very minimal head. Looks cool.

S - Delicious hoppiness and citrus malt. Makes me excited to taste. One of the best traditional IPA scents I have had the pleasure to sniff sniff.

T - Citrus and grapefruit. Yep, Solid IPA flavour. More malty than hoppy but a definite bitter finish.

M - Firestone is gaining a reputation with as having very clean mouthfeel. Smooth but crisp.

O - Very good example of a traditional IPA. I'm a Lagunitas guy for IPAs but I would drink this anytime. (516 characters)

Photo of at7000
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best IPAs I have tried. Screw all those malt bomb IPAs, this one is a nice dry, crisp, pale, non-syrupy one. More like a traditional IPA. Again, screw all this trendy 'tons of malt' in an IPA which just ends up in a chaotic, thick, syrup-like mess.

This one is all pine resin and grapefruit. No sweetness or dark syrup. As in a "True IPA"

This IPA is one of the few fit to fly the Union Jack. (405 characters)

Photo of Brisket
4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Clear orangish color with 2 fingers of head and heavy lacing.

S- Strong hop aroma, mostly citrus. Bready yeast. Good hop background in the smell.

T- Similar to the smell wonderful taste citrus hop forward with a solid malt background.

O- One of the best. Firestone makes excellent beers. (296 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thick white fluffy head, billowy and very inviting accompanied by a thick wall of lacing. The body is clear and a light golden color. Overall it looks very pleasant and relaxing.
Apples, mild malts with strong hop background, I do pick up some hints of grapefruit and lemon zest.
The taste is crisp and floral with a nice combination of citrus fruit zest, hops, and mild malts as an undertone.
This is a medium bodied IPA with good carbonation and a very smooth alcohol warming that coats your mouth.

This is a great IPA and I enjoyed the smooth flavor, it goes down well and the alcohol is just where it should be, not too harsh and really warms up your tongue. (709 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-06-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 01-17-14
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Semi-clear and golden appearance, capped by a good-sized white head. The head retention is very good and lacing is thick on the glass.

S: Fragrant hop aromas have floral and citrus characteristics, plus fruits like pineapple. A bit of malt sweetness come through in the nose as well.

T: Bold hop bitterness is my first impression, with citrus flavors such as grapefruit coming to mind. The flavors have some breadiness from malts as well to provide a little balance.

M: Crisp mouthfeel on a medium body, the finish is dry and bitter.

O: Superb example of an IPA, I enjoyed it a lot. Seems best with a meal as opposed to by itself, I'd add

Thanks to Craig for the try! (825 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, about 3 months old (thanks for the date!!!)

Look is a clear IPA orange with a small soapy head that sticks to the glass. Smell is vegetal hops, sweet savory malt. This is what I'd call a balanced IPA: grassy hops (some might say onions and garlic) engulfed in sweet caramel malt, bitter and sweet, malty and salty. (328 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fluffy white head, crests about one finger, good amount of larger bubbles, probably hampers retention, the lacing in turn is more frothy than sticky and sticks in gobs more than sustained streaks. The liquid is more of a bright sunset orange than gold, very good depth as well as brilliance, only a few bubbles visible. The nose is pure and focused, leans on a clean floral dimension, grapefruit and lemon pith, white pepper, there’s solid cocoa and chocolate grounding the nectarine, apricot, pineapple, star fruit scents, refrains from indulging in sweetness, more about punching through. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied, has a firm feel and the carbonation has a steady prickle more than creaminess. Sweeter here as caramel joins the chocolaty maltiness, at the same time slightly more juiciness in the white to pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus. The fruit has a tropical profile, just not the slutty juiciness often associated with pineapple, papaya, guava to nectarine fruit. The pine notes as much cone as outright sap, restrained. All this said, it does crackle with a quiet energy, can play up bitterness while not seeming herbaceous or puckering. Styled for thoughtful enjoyment and grows on you with each sip. (1,223 characters)

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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