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

1,215 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,215
Hads: 5,881
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,089 | 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: 1,215 | Hads: 5,881
Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Leaves lacing, although no head. Clear copper color body.
Tropical citrus notes, and pine. Bitterness.
Good mouthfeel, very drinkable. Overall a very nice IPA. (197 characters)

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding IPA, I bought it once and then hurried back to the craft beer store in Mexico to get the rest of the stock. It´s just delicious and smells great, it´s a pineapple citrusy IPA. (189 characters)

Photo of Trombone69
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap with my roast pork sandwich.
Fairly impressive, nice hoppiness without overt bitterness. I'm not a huge IPA guy, but this was pretty good. I might pick up a six pack of these sometime. (192 characters)

Photo of RickGrimes
3.12/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe not so fresh, but not tasty. Deep amber colour, white frothy head. Smells like malt bomb, a lot of caramalt, grapefruit. The flavour is the saime, citrussy finish. (169 characters)

Photo of VegasLou
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty basic but very well made. Great balance of flavors. I would have never guessed it was 7.5%. Been on an ipa kick lately and this has been one of the most enjoyable I have had. (181 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a quality beer. It's hard to fault it in any category, except that it doesn't really present a distinctive taste. It's hearty and yet smooth, but also a tad bit bland. (173 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy copper gold under a 2” sudsy, persistent, lacy off white foam cap.
S: Melon, citrus and biscuit
T: Starts melon and citrus riding on biscuit to graham cracker and concluding with a well balanced citrus zest bitter finish. The bitterness is not harsh.
M: Creamy, medium body and very fine, soft carbonation.
O: A very drinkable, go to American IPA. (361 characters)

Photo of Zeplover2010
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA. Doesn't really smack you like some other IPAs with similar ABV's. Had on tap in 1/2 liter mug. Good colour, nice white head leaving lace as it works down glass.Recommend - especially for those who dislike sharp hoppy aftertaste from IPAs. (248 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz can (stamped "02-27-15 14:22") poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pale, clear copper gold, crowned by a solid, frothy head of white foam. Great white lace lines the glass.

Smell: Resinous pine, herbs (mint) and citrus, as well some some sweeter notes of tropical fruit and malt.

Taste: Crisp, herbal bitterness and citrus (grapefruit) continue from the nose. Tropic fruit is present but indistinct. Malt body provides some balancing sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Everything one expects from a West Coast IPA. (579 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer a long time ago and didn't like it. However, I was unsure of whether this was due to the actual flavor or the fact that I had it really old. Here goes:

A: Great. Copper-colored with a huge head and great lacing. Also plenty of carbonation.

S: Great - a pine forest mixed with some grapefruit. Very sweet caramel malt as well. Can't wait to try it.

T: Follows the nose, which is great. Citrus, pine and biting grapefruit interspersed with sweet caramel malt. Fantastic - reminds me of Sculpin.

F: Perfect. Well-carbonated and rich.

O: Great beer. Much better than I remember it. Will remember to try Firestone Walker beers before the hop-flavor dissipates. (692 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My good buddy Jon Passow, who as of a few months ago became the Manager of Barrel Room Operations at Anderson Valley sent me this in a package from northern, CA recently. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very clear, medium golden color with a nice white head that is about 1/2 of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice layer of surface foam film. Good lacing too. Has a biscuit malt aroma along with some hints of citrus, mango, and piney hops. Has a nice biscuit caramel malt presence upfront that gives way to grapefruit, a hint of mango, and piney pungent hop bitterness. Not overly bitter though, has a good balance of the different flavors. The hops do dominate the flavor profile to a degree. The bitterness does linger quite nicely though after each sip and the aftertaste is certainly on the dry side. Has a crisp, yet also pretty smooth and frothy, medium to full bodied mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beer ought to be! Nothing special here, just a solid, well crafted IPA. I am glad I got the chance to try this and hope I get the chance to try more offerings from this brewery.

Eric (1,267 characters)

Photo of Maryobeerian
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I can't find anything lacking in this beer. Clear, warm honey color with very nice foam, lovely café latte color -- yum. Great nose -- biscuit with some mango -- which leads into a clean, balanced, full taste with some serious but not in your face hops, a bit of citrus. Carbonation just right -- light with a little velvet at the end. Totally balanced, nicely layered. What it's not to love?! (397 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, but not great.

Pours nicely, pretty head, fine, persistent. Transparent golden brown color.

Smells not too good, really. A little stale perhaps.

Taste is quite bitter. A manly-man's beer. Some apricots. Nothing great going on, but much better than the smell.

Good mouthfeel. Just the right level of carbonation, though some might prefer more.

Long, bitter, well integrated finish, good integrity. (417 characters)

Photo of JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Draft revisited, BJ's, Valencia, CA 2/25/15) Have slowly warmed up to this beer, as it isn't the classic IPA style that I normally enjoy. For me it is a bit malt biased but still a very good beer.

Others:
Double Barrel (favorable)
PIVO (favorable) (250 characters)

Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There wasn't anything particularly remarkable about this beer. Maybe because it was my first Firestone Walker I let my expectations get out of hand. A great IPA but it lives in a crowded field. Had on draft and I suspect a fresh bottle might have been a little more lively in aroma and mouthfeel. (296 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 12oz bottle into Sprecher nonic. Bottled on date: 11/4/13 (60 days old). Appearance is orange-amber with one-finger ivory head that lasts a while before settling to a ring and islands. Lacing in dots and rings all the way down. Aroma is grapefruit and orange citrus, pine, and resin hoppiness plus some alcohol and a minisucle touch of bread. Taste is citrus rind bitter up front, a touch of sweet tropical fruit juice and bread comes through briefly, then the bitterness returns on the swallow but fades abruptly. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, soft carbonation adds to that texture, abrupt bitter finish. (612 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer by Firestone Walker! I really like this IPA. It is very hoppy up front and has a lot of spicy character that you would expect. The smell is of piney, floral, and citrus hops. It has a very nice kick at 7.5% but it blends in in well for a nice taste. I would rate this as one of the better IPA's. (318 characters)

Photo of Jrhockney
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the few IPAs that comes close to O'dells...just barely misses it. In the Bottle, I sometimes am tempted to put it at the same level as O'dells, because it has such a Brilliant Citrus/pine balance but it's still just SLIGHTLY too sweet for my normal preference unless I'm in the mood for a sweeter IPA. On tap, it very frequently suffers from being even sweeter and thus too sweet for a hopheads preference who will often go with Stone or O'dell because of it. The other downside is that its priced at least 1 or 2 dollars more than the average IPA. It deserves it, but still... (584 characters)

Photo of Reckage
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been wanting to try this brewery for awhile now, finally got my hands on a sixer of this.
Look: nice sunrise with tons of head and good lacing all the way down
Smell: sweet citrus, floral
Taste: extremely balanced, alcohol is well hidden, really wouldent change anything
Mouthfeel: slight carbonation, goes down smooth
Overall: Very delicious and drinkable, could have with plenty of meals, feels like a pregame brew. Would recommend you try. Looking forward for more brews from Firestone Walker. (497 characters)

Photo of mazz15
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

WOW! I just popped my first. Signed up to let anyone know how incredible this beer is. Copper color, great mouth feel, nice citrus and floral bite with an exceptional balance. WOW! (184 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wholeheartedly agree with the average reviews here. This brew is truly world class! I love everything about it; from its lovely golden color, to its amazing citric hop aroma, and for its delicious balance of hops flavor and malt backbone. Furthermore, it has a great feel that is so drinkable and leaves me wanting more. This is my 2nd Firestone Walker ( I had a Wookie Jack) and have loved both. (398 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a nice clear copper color with a white foamy head, about 2 fingers width, and leaves some nice lacing
S-tropical fruit, lingering pine and resin, hints of orange citrus and malt
T-Dominated by the resiny piney hops, very little of the fruit aroma carries through in the flavor. There is some malt sweetness in the background, but the finish quickly becomes lingering bitterness and a crisp biscuit flavor
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
0-A very tasty IPA (472 characters)

Photo of Veritas_Aequitas
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing fancy here; just a damn solid IPA. If you don't like fruit or pine-heavy flavor in an IPA this is definitely one to try. Pours a dark golden color and maintains quite a thick, lingering head. Smells crisp and hoppy; tastes just like a no-bullshit IPA should - hops are very evident but not overwhelming. Alcohol content is perfect for this style at 7.5%. (363 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What hop head doesn't love the smell on this beer? The flavor is super clean, but compared to a lot of others I'm just left wondering: what does this beer do for me besides deliver the essence of hops?

IPA had never been so one-dimensional before I tasted this. This beer is polarizing to me, because after drinking it, I am not reaching for another, but I can't deny that it was very very well made. So? I think its WAY over-rated.

The double jack, on the other hand, holds my interest. (497 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle at Ginny's Little Bighorn on Sun., 12/28/2014 (Chicken Shit Bingo), dated "10/28/14 22:31," poured into plastic cup, drank over 30-45 minutes (155 characters)

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,215 ratings.