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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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4,811 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,811
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 314
Gots: 462 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007)
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

A - lightly hazy yellow orange color and small white head.

S- lemon, citrus, grape fruit smell. Slight malt smell.

T- smooth hop bitterness. Very easy drinking. Dry. Lemon is there like with the smell and some background citrus.

M- lighter carbonation and body.

O- this is a very good beer. I'm glad I was sent this in my n00b bif, would love to get some more. Is one of my favorite ipas

02-19-2012 02:58:50 | More by vobr0002
Photo of TVolt1


4.48/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Light lemony-yellow/orange color to it. A little cloudy but good small amount of white head compliments the light color of this beer.

S: Initial hints of grapefruit and lemon. Smells very refreshing with a nice hop aroma. It starts with a more fruity hop smell and ends with a little bit of floral hop undertones. I am excited to try this beer!

T: Mmm very good! More lemon taste than anything. Pretty piney hop flavor so I get more floral hops than fruity hops in the taste. Nothing overpowering or off. Very smooth and easy to drink IPA. Also get a caramel note.

M: Smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a great beer. I would recommend it and would buy again. My husband got this beer on Beer It Forward from a gal in Brooklyn. Great choice and a beer we cannot get in MN.

02-19-2012 02:56:45 | More by TVolt1
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

02-19-2012 00:44:03 | More by bcchimp
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-18-2012 22:54:40 | More by JimHulley
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-18-2012 17:50:51 | More by chrispoint
Photo of BigCheese


4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

Last 6 pack @ Store. Must be my lucky day. just under 1 month old.

A: Pours a beautiful clear copper. Classic IPA color. Pours a solid white head without much effort. Most of the head dissipates quickly. Leaves some nice webbing/lacicng.

S: As soon as I open this brew I can smell it. Beautiful wet juicy citrus hop aroma. Also a honey sweetness. Very sweet/tropical fruit smelling. Enticing.

T: Initially a lemon/grapefruit/citrus hop flavor, with some grassy-ness, then the legit malt backbone smoothes it over with caramel/honey/golden rasins/bourbon, the hops then retake the show with a pine-y, lime, grapefruit bitterness that lingers with an ever so slightly booziness. Beautiful.

M: Nice soft carbonation up front, a ton of hop oily-ness. Thin, in a good way, goes down easy. Not a session beer, this one packs flavor and funk.

O: A truely wonderful IPA. Maybe my favorite. Similar in profile to smutty (More citrus/tropical hop profile). Although this brew beautifully showcases hops, it has a wonderfully developed malt backbone. I love these 1.5 IPA's, this one is cloer to a double in flavor though. An absolute staple.

02-18-2012 01:48:29 | More by BigCheese
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-17-2012 23:09:35 | More by gkob
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

02-17-2012 02:30:14 | More by smoothaftertaste
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-17-2012 01:29:57 | More by Hoolihan
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

I was really blown away by this beer, and this was even after having a Hopslam prior to drinking this. A wonderfullly hoppy IPA, in fact, I'd almost say this is a DIPA in disguise. Huge aroma, huge flavor, but a substantial body that almost reminds me more of a typical east-coast IPA. Or maybe a body similar to Modus Hoperandi, now that I think of it. At any rate, an excellent balance on all fronts. This is the type of malt/hop flavor that I strive for in all my homebrewed IPAs. If this is distributed by you, and you haven't tried it yet, grab it and enjoy!

02-16-2012 22:36:22 | More by Prostman81
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-16-2012 18:23:34 | More by CellarGimp
Photo of rodney45

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my chimay chalice. I felt this beer needed something more than a standard pint.

A: Tangerine or princeton orange with good clarity. Quickly dissipating pearl white head.

S: Pine trees, clove, grapefruit, and roasted barley. Very west coast.

T: First profile is of grapefruit, citrus, mango and passion fruits. .Secondary notes of roasted barley, walnut, clove and lemon zest. Slight hints of black pepper . Dry aftertaste.

M: Medium to medium light body with moderate carbonation. Very bitter.

O: This is a fantastic, top tier example of the style. Its pushing the limits of a DIPA, but one could argue that the abv is on the low end of the border line, and its more balanced than a standard DIPA. I would absolutely recommend for a hop head. Get it if you can.

02-16-2012 12:04:02 | More by rodney45
Photo of Dope


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

A: A mostly clear, golden-orange pour. Large bubbly off-white head atop it. Retention is great and the lacing is solid.

S: Nice sweet grapefruit and orange. Some tropical fruit like pineapple, mango and maybe apricot? Some lime even? A bit of alcoholic sting too.

T: Big punch of bitter citrus up front. Mix of tropical fruits. A caramel malt shows up to balance it out. Finishes with a resinous and herbal bitterness. Quite bitter overall.

M: Medium bodied, quite drying in the aftertaste.

O: An excellent IPA, borderline DIPA I think. Big hop bitterness with a nice variety of flavors. Sweetness of the malt barely gets to balance it out but it works. I really enjoyed this one.

02-16-2012 03:05:58 | More by Dope
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

02-16-2012 02:35:17 | More by andyschaps
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

02-16-2012 00:13:11 | More by MrVonzipper
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-15-2012 23:31:11 | More by zonker17
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-15-2012 23:09:25 | More by sharpski
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3.28/5  rDev -22.6%

On tap. Pours a clear light amber with a one finger white head that has good retention and leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is pine hops, a bit of grapefruit, caramel, and sugar cookie. Smells pretty sweet. The initial taste is sweet with pine and grapefruit, then some sugar cookie and a bit of caramel. Pretty sweet overall. The finish has a light bitterness. It would probably benefit from some more bitterness. Medium body. Low carbonation. A bit too sweet overall.

02-15-2012 20:04:55 | More by jethrodium
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-15-2012 19:32:12 | More by crashdavisinoh
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear golden straw color with about an inch of creamy white head. Real good looking.

Tropical passion fruits with a nice bitter hop finish and a little bit of caramel malts in the background. Nice bitter hop flavor throughout the drink. Hints of sweet malts in the background with some tropical fruits.

Light body with sharp carbonation. Overall this one is pretty tasty. Real enjoyable.

02-15-2012 16:07:40 | More by Bendurgin
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Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%

Pale orangey colour, one finger of white head, nice lace left on the glass. Smell is full of citrus and tropical fruit, mango, pineapple and grapefruit, some malt is there as well but this nose is just loaded with hop. Taste follows the nose with more citrus and tropical fruits up front, pineapple and mango, malt i8n the secondary and is more present in the taste than the nose suggests, bready and tropical aftertaste. Med carbonation, lightly creamy as well, oily and slick resins, medium-full body. Really good IPA, almost like a 1.5 IPA, one of the better IPA's I have had in a while.

02-15-2012 00:37:39 | More by peensteen
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-14-2012 01:12:57 | More by MikeDre
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-13-2012 05:51:49 | More by justinlaz
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a nice murky golden orange with a large cream colored head which left behind plenty of lacing.

Smell is of juicy tropical and citrus fruits. An almost undetectable malt smell is underneath.

Tast is bitter citrus that tails to a hint of malt in the middle back of the taste. A bitter grapefruit pith finish/aftertaste rounds out the flavor. Big and bold, yet narrow.

Texture is nice, not quite light, a good punch, yet easy to drink with a nice dry finish.

This was one of the first beers to get me into the hops, and it doesn't disappoint. Now, it tastes a bit one note, but still a great beer with almost everything I want from an IPA, and this almost qualifies as a DIPA.


02-13-2012 05:44:00 | More by Drinkerofales
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an older 12oz Ommegang flute. Bottling date of October 26, 2011 evidenced by ink-printed date on the bottle (“10/26/11”)

Appearance (4.0): Pearly two and a half fingers of head, ballooning to a muffin top rising above the rim of the glass, with a thumbprint-sized indentation in the middle. Crystal clear, orange-gold body. Spotty lacing is okay—not great, but good. Great head on this, though.

Smell (4.5): Pineapple and limeade, if you can believe it—it’s like sweetened lime juice. Some resin, too, with a medium “dank” notes underneath the citrus. Malt body? Not in the nose. Who needs it for this kind of beer? I’m getting everything I need right here.

Taste (3.5): A slightly odd, slightly sour vegetal bitterness. Or, a tart tangerine note. An odd fence to sit on, but that’s what it is (to my palate). There’s also a long, medicinal aftertaste that is probably linked to an herbal aspect of the hop profile. The malt profile is just simple, simple, simple, with a light, toasted note to it. Slightly bready. Yeast note is neutral, as per style. Core of hop profile is very herbal, hence that medicinal finish. Too much vegetal character for me, but it’s good for the style.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Modest carbonation is rich-feeling, and it has a very dry finish. Definitely on the lighter side of medium, this is an easy-drinking IPA.

Overall (4.0): Don’t quite get the difference between the hop palate and the hop nose. Not a bad IPA by any means, and good for the style, but whatever this particular hop profile is, it’s not quite my preference, that’s for sure. Good beer, and I’d like to try again—maybe the bottle wasn’t the greatest? Y’never know.

02-12-2012 06:10:23 | More by fmccormi
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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