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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

1,227 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,227
Hads: 5,968
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 438
Gots: 1,150 | 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 Biggness
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear amber with a 1/2 finger white head with some lacing. The smell is nice and big mostly dominated by a grapefruit smell from the hops. This beer has a very nice malt base to it and a nice hop profile, its not gonna wow your socks off but it is a very solid well constructed beer. The initial flavor is a kinda bready malt flavor and its immediately followed by the citrusy hop flavor. The carbonation level seems a tad low on this beer and there is a slight dry after taste. An easy drinking beer, the alcohol is well disguised I would imagine this to be a session beer but its not even close :) (622 characters)

Photo of Dubbercody
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to a trade...justn.

Pretty beer, dark golden almost amber, with lots and lots of little tiny bubbles streaming up to the top of the glass. Very dense but thin head, about a finger.

Lots of scents kicking out on this one. Lots in the citrus range, also a bit of malt.

Really packs a nice punch of hops when you drink, leaves a little tingle in your mouth. Leaves a creamy sticky residue that is a nice parting gift.

Pairs very well with Hebrew National All Beef Hotdogs...with coarse stone ground mustard. (523 characters)

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

A: Honey-orange. Not much head. It's been my experence that you can pour this beer as hard as you'd like and never overflow your pint-glass.

S: Strong citrus. All kinds of grapefruit and sweeet orange. I can also detect a slight aroma of biscut malt.

T: A nice citrus flavor abounds. Light tingly bubbles tickle your tounge. This is dead-on for an IPA, nice and strong.

M: Great coating finishes with a nice citrus bouquet.

D: This is a top-notch IPA well hopped and high on the alcohol. The fact that I can usually find sixers for around seven bucks makes this beer a winner. Great job Firestone! (601 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange with a one finger bubbly off-white head. Quickly fades but leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S - Big citrusy nose with hints of tropical fruit as well. Lots of grapefruit, a little apricot, and some pineapple. Very faint bready sweetness underneath.

T - Just the slightest hint of toasted bread and malty sweetness up front before the hops just take over the drink. Big, juicy citrus fruits dominate the tongue. A little on the bitter side, but purely in a good way.

M/D - Medium bodied and rather oily. Relatively easy drinking and an excellent example of a hoppy American IPA. (600 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I used to think the lion would beat up the bear but what if the bear is actually a giant badger. That could go either way.

Pours see-through straw color. Large, pristine white head. Like most FW beers, this looks really clean.

Smells like floral hops: rose in particular, and piney hops. Very fragrant...like sticking pine needles and rose petals up my nose.

Floral and piney hops dominate over a sugary bisciuty malt. Body is light and fluffy but with substance. Really, really, really clean. (497 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/16/08. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, garlic, and grassy hops. Flavor of light citrus and wheat malt. A nicely balanced IPA. Easy drinking. This is definitely aged but I can tell that it is a solid IPA and hopefully I can get a fresh sample sometime.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5) (314 characters)

Photo of vacax
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Firestone-Walker pint glass.

A: Pale copper with decent looking head and some nice lacing.

S: Immediate grassy, somewhat fruity hops. Lightly scented, but interesting fruitiness smells like pears and candy apples.

T: Caramel up front with a consistent earthy hops that are moderately bitter. Not as fruity as the nose would have you believe, and not as much bite as a lot of IPAs. Similar to an ESB in some respects, but a little more hopcentric. A nice IPA, but not in the same league as Sculpin, Blind Pig, etc.

M: Medium to medium-light bodied with a robust smooth carbonation for a creamy mouthfeel.

D: A very nice and smooth IPA that I could easily session. Decently big beer at 7.5 ABV, but doesn't seem "big" at all. Very easy drinking and subdued malts/hops. Great in that respect, but at such a big ABV and at a $10/sixer price tag there are some more attractive IPAs out there (Green Flash, Stone come to mind). (954 characters)

Photo of badbeer
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange/copper color with a white head that retains well and leaves good lacing on the glass. Grapefruit, pine, biscuit, caramel and an astringent grassy-ness in the aroma. Taste is bitter with pine, grapefruit, light lemon citrus, and a bit of lightly toasted biscuits providing a bit of a malt background. Less than medium body, dry finish, and medium carbonation. A nice, drinkable IPA that I'd enjoy from time to time. Maybe future bottles will have a better aroma, but the taste and mouthfeel was good at least. Thanks to doubleo for the bottle. (549 characters)

Photo of BeerStine
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with medium-light carbonation. Thin white head that disappears rather quickly. Maybe I didn't let the beer warm enough?

S - Faint fruity tangerine hops smell. As the beer warms a slight dank hop smell emerges. Mild biscuit malt smell.

T - Not much flavor on the tip of the tongue but sides of tongue picks up lots of citrusy tangerine flavor. Some lingering bitter aftertaste. Definitely more balanced (read: less hoppy) than most IPAs that I've had.

M - Medium-heavy body. Lightly carbonated.

D - In terms of ease of drinking the beer is definitely drinkable. The taste is somewhat one-dimensional for an IPA. A beer I would not mind bringing to a party and drinking a sixer of. But not a beer that I would savor and look forward to drinking. (808 characters)

Photo of b3barron
3.22/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a Bell's pint glass. One of a few hop-focused beers brought back to me from California. My first beer from this brewery.

A - Normal pour produces a thin one-finger, off-white head with very little retention and small traces of frothy lacing. Nice glowing orange color with reddish hues when held up to a lamp.

S - Spicy hops and Caramel Malt. Faint floral hops and a little pine.

T - Malty sweetness giving way to earthy, then piney hops. A nice bitterness balances this beer out while it hangs around through the finish and sticks to the back of my tounge. I actually get some alcohol as this warms.

M - On the fuller-bodied side for an IPA. Could perhaps use just a little more carbonation.

D - Not bad but full body and warming alcohol detracts from the drinkability in a style that I otherwise consider to be very drinkable.

I like to call these "pizza beers". They serve a purpose but would not be an IPA I would buy regularly with many better alternatives available. Glad I had a chance to try it and worth a shot. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy eggshell white head. This shrinks down into a thin yet still sturdy looking layer of retention that throws a big ole' latticework of lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is exceedingly floral smelling with a piney edge to it and some tingling spice coming out as well. This is balanced out by a tangy mix of citrus and caramel in the background. Solid West Coast aroma here.

The taste is floral, resinous, and spicy hops that are perfectly balanced by a silky and juicy feeling backbone of grapefruit, caramel, and bread. Finishes with a nice dry lingering bitterness and some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an unbelievably smooth, creamy, and silky feel to the carbonation. I mean this stuff went down so easily and fast, I almost threw another in the fridge to make sure that I got a full handle on this for the review. Fantastic drinkibility on this one!

Wow! Talk about an underrated IPA! This was great stuff that I'm just not seeing enough talk about. Maybe if it had better distribution compared to some of Firestone Walker's other staple offerings? Anyway, I mightily enjoyed this and look forward to future bottles. (1,241 characters)

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

A - Clear light amber color with a moderate off white head leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S - Citrus and floral hops with a distant malty scent in the back ground.

T - Citrus and floral hops are balanced quite nicely, leaning more towards the citrus side. Biscuity malt hold the flavors together and creates a rather enjoyable west coast IPA.

M - Somewhat thin, but still feels pretty good.

D - This is a damn fine beer, but at 7.5% it works as fast as it goes down. That being said, I could still drink a ton of this stuff. (532 characters)

Photo of far333
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale orange colored with a beige wispy head that rises up slightly and settles down quickly, leaving a ring of lacey bubbles around the top of the glass.

Bright and inviting aroma of citrusy hops, lots of lemon and tangerine, some hints of grapefruit rind.

Flavor is mouth puckering hoppy goodness right upfront. Some slightly sweet malt fruitiness rides beneath, but there is definitely a strong punch of orange rind, resiny pine bitter, and a lemon zest finish with a hot cinnamon linger.

Even mouthfeel, just a tad slick with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and warming, great selection from barleywinefiend. Thanks! (633 characters)

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

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 12/15/08.

A - Poured a clear golden amber-toned body with modest amount of carbonation and almost one finger of white head that quickly receded to a patchy film but left nice lacing around the glass.

S - Aroma is big on citrus hops with hints of grapefruit and orange, while the malt is sweet and caramely. There's alsot a smidgen of alcohol in the nose.

T - Opens with a blast of juicy citrus hops complemented by plenty of sweet caramel malt. A piney hop character emerges in the backend that is supported by some biscuity malt.

M - Medium body with oily texture and pretty smooth, soft mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation on the tongue. Finish is definitely hoppy, depositing quite a lot of bitterness on the tongue.

D - This IPA has a lot of West Coast in it, especially the big citrusy flavor. I wouldn't rank it with the big boys like Pliny or Dorado, but it's solid and sure to please the hopheads. (953 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rayjay for the bottle.
Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold. Lots of sticky lacing and a wispy white head.
Smells very hoppy, lots of grassy, piney, almost wheaty notes.
Tastes mildly sweet, rich malts come through and linger through the finish. Hops compete well with the malt with lots of grass, pine and some juicy citrus as well.
Very smooth and mildly carbonated. This is very juicy and rich. (405 characters)

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

Thanks to 0110x011 for this one in the LNBA BIF. One of my most wanted west coast beers!

A-Golden kissed copper with a thin, whispy off-white head, left minimal lace.

S-A west coast hop barrage. Sweet fruits with peaches, mango and citrus with a spicy piney kick too. Well supported by lightly roasted, caramel malt.

T-West coast hop kick in the teeth with all that fruit and spice swinging around bashing into each other. Malt backbone is there helping smooth things out but the hops that are the star of this show.

M-Medium-light body with nice long lasting hop bitterness.

D-Excellent, bargain priced, high quality, west coast IPA. This one is tough to beat for the cost. Glad I have another one of these waiting for enjoying. (736 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden orange with a thin head. Offers little retention and some random lacing.

Smell is citrusy sweet. Hops and sweet malts intermingle and are a bit confusing. Once you pick one to focus upon things improve, yet I found myself seeking a rather unfamiliar, and seemingly unnatural, odor. Surely just the combination is unfamiliar. Well agitated the beer is rather hoppy, yet this profile plays second fiddle overall.

Taste is similar to the nose; slightly sweet, slightly odd, yet oddly compelling. A viscous mouthfeel tells me that the malts and the hop oils are working together. Lots of orange citrus, and the hops are subdued and buried beneath, or perhaps contibuting to the buttery malts. A sneaky IPA that is probably trying to snatch my wallet. I won't let it happen! In the end the hops are ruined by the 'simple sugar' sweetness of the beer. I find this beer unbalanced and overly sweet for an IPA, particularly given the nature of the malt structure.

Oddly, I've had this on tap on one occassion prior and I recall a very different beer. This one actually reminds me of their IPA Nectar...

Edit....Had on tap again in May '09 and must restate that the draft is a better, and dare I say, a different beer. I'll take the draft. (1,296 characters)

Photo of davexisxrabid
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, and these were the results:

Nice fluffy one finger white head graced this slightly cloudy pale amber ale. Rings of lacing were left on the glass as the chugging commenced - nice!

The aroma was of a fruit forward chardonnay. Citrus and floral scents were immediately detectable, along with a sweeter malt characteristic and alcohol.

The taste was honestly, a bit of let down compared to the aroma. The sweeter characteristics were muted; I was not expecting that from this IPA; it was more of a hoppy citrus and slight grapefruit flavor, all in all, a little too much on the hops part that left the flavor unbalanced.

There is a lingering bitterness on the tounge that isn't like most other IPA's - instead of being pleasant, this one was a little too bitter. It did however, have nice carbonation that lightened it up a bit.

I wouldn't say this is a sessionable beer because at 7.5% abv, it might takes it toll on you if you choose to pound these away all night. It's a little heavy on the palate and the hoppy characteristics made it difficult for me to have more than just one. I would prefer their Double Barrel ale to this anyday. (1,180 characters)

Photo of JBogan
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking bright clear gold with a small white head which leaves moderate lacing.

Smells of hops, with a citrus bite

Tasted along the same lines as the smell. Piney hops are the first thing that you notice, but in the background there is that citrus edge. Not especially complex but enjoyable anyways. I like the fact that they didn't go over the top with the hops as some other beers seem to be. This one is nicely balanced.

Good mouthfeel. Slightly thin, but good carbonation to liven things up.

Another fine offering from Firestone. This one reminded me of their pale ale, but with a hoppier presence. Nicely done. (629 characters)

Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent IPA, just a notch below a DIPA. The beer looks quite good, a nice bright caramel with a sticky white head. The nose is ctiric and spciy with hops. From the moment, that this beer gets near your nose, you know that hops are going to be the main attraction here. The taste adds some nice hop pine flavors and malty sweetness. This beer has an excellent feel as a big and excellent IPA. It's thick and resinous. The carbonation is prickly and melds well with the sharply bitter hop notes. It's a fairly drinkable IPA, more for maintaining my interest than for my desire to drink a dozen of them. (613 characters)

Photo of sleazo
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Pale bronze. Small head rises when agitated. Nice cap though.

S_big citric hops with tangerine shining through. Caramel malt is detectable as well.

T_nicely bitter throughout. Caramel sticky malt in the beginning. Black pepper notes. Vague fruitiness from the yeast. Agood dose of tangerine oil really comes out in the aftertaste.

M_syrupy but with an aggressive carbonation to make to make it succeed.

D_A well made IPA. (428 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This came as an extra from a recent trade with EinWeizenbitte. Thanks again, man!

Below is a summary of notes taken last Friday night.

Poured a clear yellow with a slightly off-white, creamy head that didn't stay long.

Smelled of grapefruits and various citrus flavors. Taste was slightly bitter throughout and much like the nose. Light bodied, medium flavored.

Highly drinkable and worth a try! (402 characters)

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks out to largadeer for a couple of bottles of this IPA.

This is a nice beer. One of the handful of IPAs I've tried that are clean, crips, without any of the fancy footwork that have come to accompany some of this class. Drinkability is off the charts; I'll finish this one in about half the time it typically takes me to down a brew. The beer is very nicely balanced &, were this in my area, I could easily see it becoming a staple both for myself & my "non-craft" friends who would appreciate its approachability. (521 characters)

Photo of ATPete
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

thanks Soloman420!

Pours a beautiful shade of orange with a small, sticky white head that notches down the entire glass. This beers absolutely screams quality. Crisp, fresh, clean hop aromas and flavors, peppery spice, bright citrus grassy-ness and a subtle note of carrot as well. Very well balance by a solid malty backbone. No alcohol burn but dangerously drinkable for 7.5%. Dare i say even sessionable? I highly recommend this beer to any IPA fan/hophead, or just someone in search of a beer that will wow them in appearance and just overall quality. (569 characters)

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.