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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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4,924 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,924
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 322
Gots: 505 | FT: 8
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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Photo of Dope
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Dope, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of andyschaps
5/5  rDev +17.9%

andyschaps, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

MrVonzipper, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

zonker17, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev -5.7%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of jethrodium
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

jethrodium, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of crashdavisinoh
4/5  rDev -5.7%

crashdavisinoh, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bendurgin, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of peensteen
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

peensteen, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of MikeDre
4/5  rDev -5.7%

MikeDre, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of justinlaz
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

justinlaz, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.


Drinkerofales, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

fmccormi, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Homebrew35
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours one fingers worth of a nice white head. Good lacing clings to the glass throughout with a some nice tight bubbles of head remaining. Georgeous clear coppery body.

Smells of lavender, citrus, pine and sweet caramel malts.

Tastes initialy of resinus piney and dank hops, then some sweet citrus and carmel, then some floral and yeasty notes. Quite complex and surprising.

Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Quite a firm bitterness and a sticky oily finish.

Overall this is a nice IPA. Good complexity, fairly drinkable and satisfying.

$3 a single.

Homebrew35, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

PEIhop, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of kpattonunc
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

kpattonunc, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Edgewater
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Edgewater, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a bright,transparent copper with a dense,2 inch cap of bone white that showed moderate retention and left thin,sticky islands of lacing on the glass.

S-Fruit forward initially with scents consisting of stone and tropical fruit with honey malt,wildflowers and soft pine rounding out the nose.

T-More peach/nectarine and mango/guava flavors here with some perfumey/floral hops,light toffee malt and pine.Moderately dry finish with good bitterness.

M-Light/medium bodied with a subtle oiliness,juicy fruit presence and good supporting malts.

O-Only dissapointment here is that I hadn't tried this sooner.

StlHopHead77, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of stonermouse
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours yellow/golden, and crystal clear. Nice regenerating head, with steady, sticky lacing.

Solid aroma. It's sharp, with some dank earthiness. A little like a damp spring morning, with a touch of funky basement. Neat smell all around.

Super potent flavor here. Biting bitterness, mostly grassy and earthy, with a bit of a citrus bite on the finish. Very lively, with a touch of booze throughout.

Mouthfeel is clean, yet the finish is sticky and resinous. The flavors are nice, however.

Very nice beer here. It's a bit one-sided, but there's room for such beers in the beer universe. A touch of malt, and a 50% reduction in price, and I'd have myself a go-to IPA. At this price, however, it's a one-timer.

stonermouse, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

GuisseppeFranco, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of bigorange
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

bigorange, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Donsmitty
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Donsmitty, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of juliusseizure
4/5  rDev -5.7%

juliusseizure, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of seth72104
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

seth72104, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Kinsman
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Jan. 20... not too shabby.

Bright and clear pale copper colored body. Rather thin white head but it leaves some nice lace behind.

Wonderfully pungent hop aroma with notes of grapefruit and tangerine. Some honey and just a bit of grainy malt in the background.

Nice hop-forward character with a rather mellow bitterness but a boatload of tasty citrusy and fruity hops. Some mild malt notes in the background but the hops kind of drown this out.

Rather light and lively mouthfeel. Overall, a top notch IPA with one of the best aromas I've come across in a long time.

Kinsman, Feb 10, 2012
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,924 ratings.