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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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Reviews: 1,284
Hads: 6,211
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 465
Gots: 1,374 | FT: 14
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 Yetiman420
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks jgap for kickin this in as an extra on our trade.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass.

Very light golden color with white foamy one finger head. As light as it is, one could easily mistake this for a pale ale. No complaints on my part as I enjoy my IPA's unbalanced to the hoppy side.

Wonderful hoppy aroma. Grapefruit and citrus. Very good stuff. Pineapple mentioned as a trait on the website.

Big mouthfeel and plenty of carbonation - almost to the point that it's a bit scratchy on the way down.

Flavor, as with the color, is lower on malt and higher on hops.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle thanks to psycohops. Poured into my shaker glass. Appears a clear honey amber color with about a finger of off white head. Light lacing is left on the inside of my glass with each sip. Smells fruity with notes of orange, lemon, cherry, pineapple. Tastes of caramel dipped pineapple, white grapefruit juice, honeydew, skunky (the good kind), dank, peppery with a slight alcoholic finish. Medium in both body and carbonation. A very drinkable IPA. Check it out if you see it.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better IPA's I've ever had. The only thing I didnt like was the appearance. It was somewhat amber but looked dark golden, clear. The thing that suprised me was there wasnt much of a head or retention or lacing. I had a 6 pack, the carbonation seemed fine, but just little head with virtually no retention. Smell is amazing. Touches of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, and a floral hop bite. Taste is in-line with smell. A somewhat sweet citrusy taste with a plesant hop bitterness as it hits the back of the tounge. I'd have to say this is pretty well balance but, as you'd expect, somewhat favoring the hops. Mouthfeel is light and velvety, leaving a slightly oily finish. Overall a great beer, the ABV is incredibly well hidden, so while you may want to drink 4 or 5 of these, be careful!

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Photo of jgap
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with an orange tinge and a brilliant white, frothy head that fades to a solid lace. Smell is citrusy hops with lots of grapefuit and some sticky pine. Taste is very hoppy but more malt backing than the smell led me to expect, still very hoppy though. Taste is immediately a caramel malt that quickly gives way to a building bitterness. Hops are peppery up front with a lingering pine aftertaste. This is a well balanced ipa, very drinkable.

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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 CoolJosh
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Jgap for this extra.

Poured into a pint glass after a long days work. Really clear light brown honey colored body. Slight white foamy head, and a ton of carbonation bubbles are rushing to the top.

Sweet honey and caramel malts are most noticeable. The most dominent citrus scent my nose picks up on is orange. Very pleasant grapefruit and lemon scents rise up as well. The most dominant citrus scent my nose picks up on is orange. The qualm I have is that the scent is somewhat subdued.

The first thing I notice is orange and lemon, followed by some light simcoe hop kick which is giving some pretty decent grapefruit tastes. Really great malt backbone provides a nice full bodied mouthfeel. Very nice dry hops to finish.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thankyou to harvester to sending me a six pack of this stuff. Pour reveals a hazy golden colored beer, with about half a finger of white head. Big ripe nose of grapefruit, grassy notes, touch of alcohol, and a resin hop presence. Taste melds all of the above smells together, leaning towards the hop bitterness, grapefruit flavors, and mild alcohol bite. Body is between medium and heavy, leaning more toward the former. Alcohol is not overly present, just enough to peak its head up. This is a well made IPA. It reminds me of Mojo IPA from Boulder in a big way, maybe a little bit better. Certainly something I would have in my fridge often if it were available here. Cheers

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Floydster for this great extra. A beer that I have been looking forward to trying for awhile! 12 oz bottle.

A- Body is a slightly hazy blonde hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy white head that eventually fades to a thick collar and leaves some lacing behind in the glass. I like the haziness of this one-but it is a bit more pale than most IPAs I have come across.

S-The nose is pretty great. Piny hops are the main character with some grapefruit and other citrus coming through as well. The slightest hint of caramel malt comes through in the background.

T- The initial flavor is really good and offers great citrus hop flavors with a barely noticeable pale malt backbone. The finish gets pretty bitter. There are piny hop flavors, citrus rind bitterness, pine hop bitterness and that seltzer-like bitterness going on. What lingers is nothing but a medium strength residual bitterness from the finish.

M- Very high, tingly carbonation and a body that is much akin to seltzer water. Some hop oils can be noticed but are overshadowed by the presence of the carbonation.

D- This is a pretty good IPA and I wouldn't mind trying it again. The high carbonation detracts from it a bit-but maybe there is a way around that-because otherwise this is a great brew.

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Photo of Docer
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber, no freshness date.. poured into a tumbler.

- Yellow/Orange color and copper.. bubbly white head that smooths down quick to a bit of lacing, not much. Bubbles like a champagne. Is this the champagne of beers? Nice and clear.

- Smell is of very fresh floral hops with a tad bit of tropical fruit. Slight caramel malt as well... liking so far.

- Little bread, little rye.. little dry.. but with a great hop flavor. Nicely 'unbalanced' with a very slight malt presence. Crisp and refreshing, and masks the slight increase in alcohol very well. Rather bitter too... likies.

- Dry mouth, bitter aftertase.. with lingering spring flowers just in bloom.

- Quite drinkable indeed.. not syrupy at all, a bit bubbly, but overall an easy strong sessional. Worth the purchase, but by no means a favorite IPA of mine.

** Edited... after finishing the bomber, I am a bit more impressed... Very good drinkablilty!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a thin, white, bubbly head.

Smell: Pungent earthy, herbal pine needles and soggy grapefruit rinds blanket the lesser aroma of pale malt.

Taste: Pale malts along with a rather subdued caramel sweetness. Profuse hop flavors of citrus fruits and herbaceous pine thoughtfully deliver a nice pinch of medium-high bitterness. Finishes appropriately dry with a long, lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Just a tad bit oily in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Goes down surprisingly easy (and quickly) for being a 7.5% ABV. A solid, competent India Pale Ale.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a twelve ounce brown bottle - Pours a light copper color with no haze and a small head and almost no carbonation. Smells only of west coast c-hops, with grapefruit dominating the nose. First sip is bittersweet just like a good IPA should be. Tangy but with more than enough malt backbone to support the massive hops. Great for the style.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a rocky head; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Toffee malt blends in with citrus smells

Taste: Opens with the toffee flavor from the aroma, but it doesn't take long for the bitterness to build; very citrusy, with plenty of grapefruit and other tropical fruit flavors (mango, papaya and a hint of pineapple); after the swallow, the fruitiness gets even stronger, though all the while there is some residual malt sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: More than just an AIPA, this is close to a DIPA; designed for those who want a low alcohol DIPA (although it tastes bigger), and that is worth a little chuckle

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 24 May 2008.

Large tight white head. Moderately carbonated. Bright amber color. Aromas of pine, green pineapple and soap. Lots of pineapple and resin to start. Sweet throughout, gingery. Hops really make an appearance midway through and leave a lingering resiny finish and aftertaste, pineapple and bitter. Fairly light body. Ethanol is warming but not too strong.

Good well balanced IPA, worth a try.

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Photo of SaintPeter
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with orange highlights, picturesque IPA color. Hazy pale. Fluffy, creamy off white head that melts away in timely manner and leaves a drapery lace around the inside of the glass. Magnificent bubble play in the glass when swirled--like watching a lava lamp, mesmerizing.

Extremely fragrant! Strong citrus notes of sour grapefruit, pink rose petals, soft fragrant cascade hops--nothing too overpowering, but bold and hoppy. Fresh crushed pepper corns, orange peel, coriander, unripe pears, wild flowers, pine forest. A certain creaminess. Difficult to pick out aromas as they are so entwined.

Starts off with a grapefruit juiciness and exotic fruits, puckers in the middle and gets full of mild hop bitterness. Stays mellow and extremely well balanced. The bitterness never really matriculates fully as it threatens to and the even keel finishes with a touch sweetness and resin of the hops. Stays on the palette for a while. It has hop appeal.

Chewy, smooth and creamy mouth feel. This beer is a cream puff! Slight tinge on the palette, pleasant on the tongue.

The bitterness at the after taste is strong. A clean Über-balanced IPA with long lingering bite of bitter hops. Could be confused with a double IPA. It has that much flavor!

A must try for those inclined to the English of the India Company style. Extremely well balanced and rather sweet with grapefruitiness. I mention grapefruit a lot because that is what best describes the sweet and sour puckering.

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

Thanks to PretzelCity for this one.

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Looks nice, fairly clear honey color with a nice off white crown, and sticky, sticky, sticky. Smells great. Like a light DIPA - it's nice and pungent, with some good sweetness. The taste is full with delicious C hops with a nice tropical profile supported by some lightly toasted caramel maltiness. The mouthfeel is right for an IPA, but with the DIPA flavors, it's a nice change and feels light. Very smooth, very creamy. This is good stuff. I might not trade for it, but next time I'm out in California, I'll bring a sixer back with me. Actually, maybe I will trade for it...it's damn good!

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Photo of Spikester
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date: 02/02/09. The date is very small inked on just at the top of the fat part of the bottle. (a bomber) So the beer is about 30 days old.
Pours clear copper with a good one finger head. The lacings are plentiful.
Aroma is piney, floral.
Taste is bitter (72 IBUs) piney grapefruit orange hops with a solid malt backbone. The bitterness is relentless on the back of my tongue. Carbonation is just right and the finish is dry and bitter sweet. This is a powerful IPA. It would be interesting to put this up against some Blind Pig. If you love bitter hoppy IPAs you owe it to yourself to drink this beer. I am just about finished with the bottle and still have a nice ring of head.

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Photo of scottoale
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber with a large single label and no freshness date. It pours a brilliant golden goldwith superb clarity and a finger of sticky white foam. Nice sticky lace clings.

Sweet and piney with loads of citrus to the nose. The hops are very upfront in the aroma. Just a hint of alcohol comes through as it warms.

Sweet flavor starts with some pine, tangelo, grapefruit and just a bit of malt. The malt steps up a notch then fades back into a state of citrus tang and finishing clean. Good solid IPA in the taste dept.

Medium body with some quench...nicely balanced right down to the finish. The alcohol stay back, out of the way, but definitely creeps up near the end. This is a very solid IPA and exceeded my expectations, try it.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into pint glass. pours bright copper with over an inch of fluffy white head. very impressive retention and nice lacing. beautiful beer!

smell is very floral and citrus. slight hints of orange and pine.

taste is very full and bitter. citrus notes of orange and grapefruit that bite from start through the finish. aftertaste has light malt presence. a bit of a biscuit flavor combined with the citrus.

the carbonation is very noticable making this a very full feeling beer as each drink seemed like a mouthful.

overall, a GREAT west coast IPA. a little more bold than some and the carbonation adding to the hop bitterness. i expected a certain caliber from firestone and i was not let down. i got this in a trade as an extra and my mind has been blown, huge thanks!

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

Pours a light gold in color with a nice rocky white head that leaves lots of webbing on the glass.
This is a very floral beer in the nose. Hops are reserved and very balanced. Taste is much the same. With some citrusy hops coming through after the florals hit you first. Clean, crisp and thin on the mouthfeel. This is a crazy easy sessionable beer. This would work well on a home tap. Decent stuff.

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Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of ckeegan04 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden orange with a slight haze to it. The head is large, fluffy and almost white leaving a little lacing and a small ring on the way down.

The aroma is dominated by light citrus hops, especially lemons and oranges with a bit of bready malts mixed in.

Thereis definitely a tropical fruit vibe in the taste as well, with lots of the same oranges and lemons from the nose. The malts form a solid backbone but the hops come back with a vengeance and leave a strong bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and medium bodied.

This is a very good IPA, very drinkable and dominated by citrus. The bottle went way too quickly and is a good representation of a west coast IPA. Nice.

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Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce glass poured into tulip glass. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 7.5%.

A-1 3/4 finger head. Pours a clear, glowing amber. Foamy cloud sticks around. Nice large streaks of lace are left.

S-Familiar West Coast nose dominated by citrus hops. Get a lot of grapefruit and orange.

T-Sweet citrus followed by a nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied. More carbonation than is usual for the style, but that is not a bad thing. Bitterness lingers and a nice resiny taste remain.

D-7.5% is very hidden. Wouldn't guess that this is so strong. These go down quite easily.

Another great IPA that is readily accessible. $10 per six limits how often I purchase this beer.

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

Bottle shared by ajsdad.

Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy west coast hoppy aroma. Medium to full body with a oily slick texture with flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration.

Very good brew.

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Photo of jdklks
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- light golden with a white head. looks more like a mix between an ipa and a lager. the head dissipates quickly an leaves a thin sticky lace. not too impressive.

S- citrus fruity hops with a minimal hint of overwhelmed malts. fruity and hoppy. cant go wrong with those two for an ipa!

T- sweeter than expected from the smell. the hop bitterness is less pronounced on the palate than in the nostril, which is disappointing. those malts that were overwhelmed in the smell put up a better fight here, but still ultimately give way to hoppiness. minimal fruity flavors. very tangy.

M- perhaps SLIGHTLY over-carbonated, but not enough to really bring it down. overall a medium bodied brew.

D- this beer drinks well, especially for a 7.5% ipa. however, i dont know how much more of this i will be buying (on the other hand, it was only 4.99 for the 6er!).

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Photo of jamdugan
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Matt Brynidlson is a master brewer. I know he's good friends with Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River, and it shows in his ability to make an IPA. Matt started off studying hops in the lab, and later became a brewer. He knows how a West Coast IPA should taste and smell. This is one of the best IPA's you'll find on the West Coast. Much respect to the Firestone Walker crew for pushing the envelope of craft brewing in America.

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

After drinking many 'Pliny the Younger's over the past few days I would say this is on par, maybe slightly behind. A fantastically well-balanced IPA that has a very fresh hop aroma and taste. There is a bit of bitterness on the tail end but overall a great beer, with a good malty balance to it. I definitely plan on picking up more of this for the beer closet stock.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,284 ratings.