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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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4,609 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,609
Reviews: 1,124
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 301
Gots: 383 | 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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Photo of beerman207


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

Scored this while in Seattle.

A: Appearance is a light orange with good clarity, 4 finger head which is white and leaving nice lace behind.

S: Nose is hops, orange, citrus, very powerful

T Taste is bitter hops all night long - nice lingering hop presence which has a bit of balance but not without allow the hops to go throughout the whole session

M: Carbonation is light, a bit drying in the finish

O: Solid beer from Firestone Walker - my first from them. Looking forward to splitting a bottle of the oatmeal stout with bamadog during our next tasting.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 02:49:43 | More by beerman207
Photo of Urbancaver


4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a goo den orange. Pretty dark for a single ipa. A pretty minimal amount of head especially for an ipa. Smells great! Tons of grapefruit and piney hops. A touch of sweetness from the malt backbone. Tastes sweet and very balanced. A very strong but mellow hop presence. Overall very solid!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:22:07 | More by Urbancaver
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with azdback(Thanks).

A-Nice bright orange/amber color with a 2 finger head, that hung around with excellent lacing. Bubbles everywhere!

S-Very hoppy smell. I'm getting lots of grapefruit, then pine.

T-Bitter at first, then mellows out. It just taste good!

M-Nice solid body, but didn't feel too heavy.

D-Glad I got to try this, would definitely be in my rotation if I could get it in Ohio.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 07:52:34 | More by mater
Photo of ADZA


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a very light see through copper hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind only some sporadic lacing,the smell is different and impressive it just smells like the perfect combination of sticky toffee malts and fruity resin coated piney hops,the mouthfeel is quite lightly bodied and well carbonated and its taste is very similar to the smell with hints of lychee,paw paw and bubblegum on first sip but as you let it settle on your palette caramel and toffee come through before being finished off with a nice hit of piney hop bitterness but to be honest its not a mouthpuckering big bitter hop bomb that i was expecting just perfectly balanced and if i hadnt looked at the label i would not of guessed its 7.5%ABV as it tastes less than that and if your not driving would make the perfect session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 03:39:00 | More by ADZA
Photo of Offa


4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much a classic example of what a West Coast IPA should be, well-crafted with a definite citrusy-pine element but extremely clean with good balance, some complexity, and depth, good yeasty character, and a well-rounded character overall.

Deep gold, big off-white head slowly shirnks to a thin foamy top and a little bit of lace.

Aroma is orange marmalade, pine, grapefruit, yeasty juiciness, bread.

Taste is nicely juicy citrus, marmalade up front, yeastiness and bread with pine resin. Balance is great, it’s very engaging and lively and the abv is not apparent aside from presumably adding to the overall balance and body.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 19:38:21 | More by Offa
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on Tap at Mad Monk, Fremantle

A - Pours a clear Golden Copper colour witha decent tight one fingered head that retains ok and laces

S - Pineapple, pine and grapefruit

T - Heaps of grapefruit and pineapple present, a little creamy nuttiness to it and strong but slightly sweet citrus biiterness on the finish

M - Medium body and light carbonation that contributes well to the brew.

O - Punchy IPA, but yet balanced. A top brew

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 02:52:11 | More by eric5bellies
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3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker in PA. Woo Hoo!!!. Poured into a tulip.Crystal clear golden color with a heavy white heading.Freeflowing bubbles from the bottom center of the glass drifting to the top.

Smell is very floral,some lighter fruit notes,very pungent.

Taste starts with a nice crisp malty sweetness,which quickly flips over to a big hop bang. The tastebuds are just overwhelmed from the big hop billing in this bad boy. Does let you know that it has a heavier ABV with a boozey ending.

Mouth is super smooth,and the sweet elixar just numbs the palate and strips enamel off my teeth. Mid-Full bodied range and a bit undercarbonated.

Well after all the hub-bub about FW coming to PA with there tremendous lineup I was a bit let down. Not a bad beer by no means but it is forgettable and easily lost in the country of great IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 17:19:05 | More by TheFightfan1
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3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap at the Southwest Festival of Beers during the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Poured into a small tasting glass.

Brilliantly clear dark tangerine, with a whispy white head that becomes a very thin ring. Spatters of lace.

Tropical nose. Peach, pineapple, juicyfruit, orange. Some light honey sweetness emerges as well, but that’s about all the malt I pick up.

Lots of sugary hops in the flavor. Grapefruit peel, light dank pine, apricot and juicy fruit. Moderate bitterness lingers on the tongue after the dryish finish.

High, nearly painful carbonation with some fizziness as it moves about. The body’s a silky medium, and the crisp finish cleanses palate.

Union Jack is snappy, overall. A solid IPA, though I vastly prefer the imperialized version.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 23:18:18 | More by Phelps
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beer is clear copper orange with a good 1.5 finger of white head that dissipates pretty quick.

S - A mix of sweet grapefruit, mango, pineapple, pine, peach tea, honey grain, hints of alcohol.

T - Tropical flavors-pineapple, mango, melon, upfront followed by a candy sweetened caramel malt. There's also a subtle level of herbal/floral hops that add another layer but is not overpowering and does wonders for the flavor. Soft yeast adds almost a nutty character. Pine shows up at the end to bitter sappy finish.

M - Medium bodied, oily, carbonation is held back.

This is bursting with flavor all around. It seems to hit every corner of the mouth. Mildly bitter but the flavor makes up for it. I love this IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 21:37:19 | More by StaveHooks
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4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Jeffo in charge of another beer theme. The Union Jack and the Double Jack side by side. On TV quarter finals Champions League. Great company, great beer, great game! Can't beat that night.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Looks somewhere between dark golden yellow and copper. Very clear. Even after a fairly hard pour only one finger of foam that goes away quickly. What's left looks like an English style ale. Nice.

Smells like a classic West Coast IPA. Bits of pine, citrus, caramel and a truck load of hop.

Wonderful sweet fruity flavor on the first touch of the tongue. After that: pine, citrus, caramel and the truckload of hop again. All this so very well balanced that I have to keep sipping to see if my senses aren't trying to fool me.

A medium body, nice carbonation, cream. Neutral finish.

Wow... this is a fantastic beer. Listed as an IPA I'd say the is a 1,5 IPA. One of the most wonderful balanced beers I have ever tried. So much going on yet so easy to drink. Ladies and Gentlemen we have a winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 07:30:15 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20 oz pour at Yard House San Diego

Amber brew with nice tan head, copious gorgeous lacing left with each sip. The aroma is perfect classic super hoppy IPA, citrus grapefruit pine scents coming in waves. The bitterness is forceful but not astringent or overwhelming, balanced nicely. An excellent IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 23:49:49 | More by kenito799
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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/8/11

A: Pours a relatively clear golden orange color with a slightly off-white head that hangs a round for a bit.

S: Piney resinous hops dominate the nose with a touch of alcohol and malt.

T: The same piney hops from the smell are joined with sweet caramel malt and honey flavors to bring some balance. Not a whole lot of diverse flavors but the ones that are there combine nicely with each other.

M: Medium bodied, sweet, juicy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A bit fuller and sweeter than your standard IPA.

O: Overall this is a nice IPA, better than most of the off the shelf varieties but there are definitely much better ones around locally on draft and in bottles from other regions.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 05:45:34 | More by Azurescens
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled on 2-16-11.

Bright copper color, superb clarity, has a nice white head that lasts a few minutes before settling into a film. Steadily paced bubbles of carbonation continue to rise up even half the glass later. The nose is entirely hop focused, with a piney citrus bouquet. The hops are very delectable and almost have a touch of smoke in the background. Not alot of malt sweetness in the aroma but if you stick your nose in there deep you can detect a touch of the alcohol.

Resiny, orange citrus hop flavor ensues on the first sip. Not too much malt but enough to give some balance. The overall mix is decently clean and refreshing for a stronger IPA. As it warms a bit the beer does seem to get more heavier/syrupy, and the caramel malt becomes more noticable. There is a proper amount of bitterness at the back, or rather it isn't too harsh. I thought the carbonation was spot on.

One of the better IPA's available, and relatively easy to find. This one really walks the line between a single and a double IPA. Considering that it really is a good value, especially on sale for $7.99 a 6-pack. Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 05:42:30 | More by bennetj17
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half way between golden and copper. Low carbonation but forms a nice white frothy head. Good stability and lacing. A pseudo comparison with Ranger IPA comes up even here.

Much heavier citrus hop focus. Very nice. Fresh and bbit floral. Very very nice.

I'm a big fan of the brewing network so I now how popular Matt Brynildson is and his knowledge of hop use. It really comes out in this beer. Hop forward without being one dimensional. Pine and citrus, some lemon pith. Evenly layered between flavor and bitterness, but both come in super size helpings. The malt only serves to support the hops and does it's job well without being intrusive. Bitterness sticks with you, just like you want it to from this kind of beer.

I really don't understand why this beer doesn't have a bigger profile. Hopping is incredibly good and overall quality is on a scale unobtainable by most micros. A great beer and an excellent distraction from a Laker loss (WTF!!).

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 04:26:54 | More by joecast
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one on tap at a quality establishment in La Quinta, California.

A - Pours a nice golden orange / copper colour, thin layer of soapy head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Sweet citrus and lemon iced tea hops, followed by some sweet caramel malts and a touch of pine.

T - The citrus hops shine on this one, with a sweetness that is outstanding. The caramel malts that linger on the tongue, balance out this hoppy offering.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth, yet finishes surprisingly wet, offering a nice refreshing feel to it.

O - Overall, as one of the first craft offerings I tried while on my short business trip, I was left craving pint after pint of it. I could drink this stuff all night, and it's too bad I had to go to work the next day, otherwise I just might've.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 01:53:16 | More by andrenaline
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Deep auburn and gold with a off-white cap. Rich lacing.

Citrus hop aromas with some malt sweetness.

Blindingly and shockingly bitter! Never have I had quite a bitter blast from a single IPA. Delicious citrus fruit mixed with some sweet bready and caramel malts do their best to balance this out. Nearly perfect.

Medium mouthfeel but feels thick and rich.

An outstanding and surprising IPA. Not knowing what to expect, I was floored by this beer's impressive bitterness. Underneath, there's plenty of citrus hop zest and a strong malt backbone. Quite delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 03:23:02 | More by ehammond1
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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A Pours a copper color with a nice creamy long lasting head.

S The nose is pretty strong with citrus, some floral notes and what I'm pretty sure is a bit of pine

T The taste is a lot like the nose with citrus and floral notes accompanied by a resinous flavor, but with somewhat of a malt backround.

M It had a pretty decent mouthfeel not all that thick but not thin either. Just about right for an IPA.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty good well balanced IPA and a good one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 07:46:25 | More by beerandcycling88
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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think some people drink IPAs as a sort of macho thing. Can you really like beer that bitter?! But as with just about anything, something done well is... something done well.

The amber color of this beer is perfectly bright. It has a bright white foam that is even standing up to the fats in the accompanying meal and is leaving a wall on my glass instead of individual laces. Quite impressive head.

This pounds you with hoppy citrus aromas, but I can smell the malt too, in the background. Tastewise, it is full of citrus zest, a deep and abiding bitterness, resinous, but with a biscuity malt background that is in the mix.

A warming, full bodied, creamy brew with a tiny hop bite. Medium carbonation.

Well done, and proud that this is part of our local brewing scene here.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 05:27:04 | More by sj660
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove. Thanks!
This one poured a hazy orange, dense cream coloured head, clumpy lace. Intense citrus aroma as soon as the cap came off, lots of sweet oranges initially, then grapefruit and caramel, a bit of earthy pine, no detectable alcohol. Bitterness was strong but not overpowering due to the malty caramel and bready character. Lots of citrusy hop flavour throughout, juicy grapefruit, with pine resin lingering. Slight alcohol flavour and warmth, plus a little spiciness, towards the end. Medium bodied with ample, creamy carbonation, sort of chewy, some dryness. I found this beer to be quite balanced - lots of hops but with plenty of malt to back it up. Easy drinking and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 18:39:10 | More by DrJay
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at a (blind) IPA taste-off tournament at The Factory, a beer-uppity Gastropub in the Bixby Knolls part of Long Beach, CA. After being a tad underwhelmed by the appearance, I was extremely surprised by the aroma- amongst the best smelling IPAs I've had. Everything else was excellent, hops a plenty, the customary if not more than expected amount of citrus aftertaste. Actually experienced it, and at the risk of pissing ardent fans off, very Pliny-like! High praise I know.

I agree with the Brothers that this brew walks the line of a Double IPA. Firestone Walker Brewing, which took over SLO Brewery has put together a solid line-up, and the Union Jack stands as it's Flagship Beer to date. Bravo.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 04:42:09 | More by KMDouds
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

hooray for oak barrels!! this is an amazing alternative for an IPA drinker. love the oak with hops... love the malted oak... and you get that nice rich oily texture, barrel conditioned ale of the highest order.

pours a rich golden amber with a little head, plenty of carbonation, some spotty lacing as she drinks down. this beer is a rich and sumptuous perfect balance of hoppy fruity bitterness, deep malt flavor and oak conditioning.

when you see this beer. drink it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 05:46:10 | More by colforbin73
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden amber and very clearn body, with a big 3 finger creamy white head, good retention and lacing.

S - Wow, this is plenty strong with citrus hops immediate, big grapefruit. As it warms, definite mango and orange peel, really nice.

T - Grapefruit, big tart taste but not wearying to the palate. Some orange, pineapple on the background. Enough of a clean malt backbone to offset, finishes very well.

M - Nice medium body and carbonation, very representative of the style.

O - Really strong, huge grapefruit aroma and flavor but plenty of other flavors going on, not an overboard "hop bomb".

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 15:22:13 | More by chilly460
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper golden and crisp color.
1 finger head that falls quickly but lives amazing lacing on the glass.
Some citrus and pine cone tropical sweet aromas. Passionfruit/ pineapple. Not extremely floral and strong on the nose. I suspect this bottle is not the freshest.
Medium carbonation.
Sweet malty caramel with a nice hop taste and subtle bite . Medium body and smooth after taste in the back. A bit one dimensional.
The hops taste dissipate as it warms up but malt backbone pushes forward the sweetness to cover the well balanced 7.5%ABV. I can recognize a commercially successful brew when I see it. This one is a chameleon that doesn't let you not like it.
Super drinkable and a nice introduction to IPA's for new comers.
I would love to get this on tap to compare. Once again I suspect the bottle to be a bit dated so I feel deprived from full olfactive sensation. I would try this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 03:43:17 | More by HipHop5
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4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Very clear orange color. Two finger creamy white head. Lacing is beautiful.

Smell is of citrus hops, earthy malts, maybe a bit of Belgium yeast. Hint of alcohol. Little sweet.

The taste is much (as expected) like the smell. The hop punch is fantastic!! Very citrus, maybe blood orange or tangelo, pink grapefruit? It is nicely balanced though. Malty backbone is great. Not as much of the Belgium taste as the smell. Sweetness is there also.

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp, refreshing. Well carbonated.

I drink probably 2 to 3 six packs of this a week. So there is no way I don't give this a perfect score on drinkability. It's a pretty high ABV to have too many in a single night but if you do dare, you wont know it until the next morning.

Finishing this review up I must let everyone know this is my favorite everyday IPA on the market. My pallet has changed over the years but this one is winning now. Highly recommended!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 02:47:29 | More by azdback
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember when I had this beer from a bottle it was "okay" and there was no date on it so I wasn't sure how old it was. Tonight I had it on tap. It was a different experience. I have been having Double Jack quite a bit lately and thought I'd give this another shot tonight.

Appearance - Brought out in a...frosted....mug. About a finger of white head that sticks around for a while. Copper, golden color.

Smell - Hops, citrus, pine. Relatively tropical (more so than I remember); grapefruit, pineapple, etc.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Quite nice - juicy fruit, hops, pine, malt backbone, etc. Not as hoppy as expected, but relatively balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Quaffable for sure. I will be picking up some of these at the store once I know they are "fresh". A very good IPA and glad I gave it another shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 04:01:09 | More by SpdKilz
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,609 ratings.