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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,766 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,766
Reviews: 1,132
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 312
Gots: 446 | 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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eclipse54

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

A 22 ounce bottle from leschkie; thank you! Review is from notes taken 07/15/2011 after splitting with a friend.

A slightly hazy, somewhat translucent golden color with about an inch of foamy white head with some wet lacing. The nose is greeted with loads of citrus, then some bitter hops, and a nice caramel backbone in the rear. Taste begins with the citrus, moves into some muted hops, and finishes with a velvety malt flavor. Mouth is very well balanced. It's not as bitter as expected, but still has some hop bite to it and is rather smooth. Finishes slightly dry. Overall, a great IPA.

08-29-2011 00:19:28 | More by eclipse54
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Bobheed

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -5%

A: Nice bright amber in color with one finger white head. Slightly murky with very good carbonation

S: Smells great. Fresh hops all in my face. Nice and Piney

T: Piney hops dominate it, but it also has a tangy citrusy kick. Well balanced with sweet malts

M: Very smooth. By look of it, I would think it would have more aggressive carbonation, but it is surprisingly smooth.

Overall, I liked it a lot. It's definitely one of my got-to IPAs, and absolutely refreshing on a warm day

08-28-2011 04:47:46 | More by Bobheed
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

A: Bright amber body topped with a rocky off-white head of great retention that leaves behind thick rings of sticky lace and a generous cover.

S: Grapefruit citrus and a noticeable caramel malt sweetness. Very nicely balanced aroma.

T: Citrus hops with a faint resinous flavor over a potent caramel malt backbone. Again, great balance. Hop oils are flavorful, but not overpowering, and do not leave a funky taste in your mouth.

M: Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. A bit more flat than I prefer from the style. Hop oils coat the tongue creating a smooth texture.

O: Very easy drinking, and a fantastic compliment to food. Would definitely buy this one again.

08-27-2011 21:35:41 | More by dpnelson1978
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

22oz bomber into pint glass
A – 2 finger plus head shortened my pour, thick foam subsided at a medium pace while leaving all around lacing, orange copper clear brew with low to moderate carbonation, the most inticing pour I’ve had in quite a while 4.5
S – This beer does not have a big IPA nose, grapefruit, florals, pine with a mild sweet malt background 4
T – Toasted pale malts and pine take the front, grapefruit and grasses follow. Hops are not overdone and balanced well. 4
M – Resiny velvet viscous mouth feel is wonderful, moderate body, could use a bit more carbonation 4.5
O – An IPA that is confident in its character, Imperial? kiss my ass… All the flavor and very good drinkability. My first Firestone brew and it will not be my last. 4.5

08-27-2011 03:27:43 | More by rsdaugherty
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SFC21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Nice golden body that starts with a one inch head that quickly dissipates. Coats the glass nicely on the way down.

S - Citrus hops - notes of grapefruit, orange and pineapple - along with some floral hop notes and caramel malts.

T - Delicious. Grapefruit rind bitterness jumps out at first but it is quickly met and perfectly balanced by the caramel malts. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Medium bodied with some creaminess.

O - This is my idea of a perfect IPA. The balance is ideal for my palette. The hops make their presence known without overwhelming the rest of the flavors or destroying the taste buds. This is going to become a permanent fixture in my rotation. Highly recommended.

08-25-2011 02:26:48 | More by SFC21
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours an honey amber color with burnished orange highlites. Held up to bright light light shows off it's clarity and brilliancy.
A tall off white head lingers for quite a while leaving nice lacing around the glass.
It's exceptionally well carbonated.

Aroma is of an abundance of sweet malts, but there sutle hops are the big draw here with plenty of hop aromas of grapefruit and floral.
The hops are bright and fresh.

A great tasting beer here with plenty of hop flavor and light on the hop bitterness. You can pick out grapefruit and fruity/floral notes plus faint spicy hops. Malts are light with a hint of toasted malts. Finishing up, is a soft warming alcohol presence.

This medium body ale is a great example of an IPA.
Bright and flavorful easy drinking without being overly bitter.
Definitly well worth the effort of finding.

08-21-2011 12:51:49 | More by micromaniac129
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nassaubeercop

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

Served from a fresh filled growler from the local beer store into a pint glass.

A- Amber with two fingers of white sea foamy head which stayed viable while drinking. (I read several reviews which stated the head dissipated quickly, this was not the case (maybe the growler was the difference?)) As I drank and the level of beer in the glass went down, uneven rings of lace were left on the glass where the head had once been.

S- Piney hops, very pleasant.

T- Lots of bitter hops, some citrus notes. Just the right amount of bitterness.

M- Medium with some carbonation, nice bitter aftertaste in the back of the mouth.

O- If you like hops you will enjoy this beer, if hops aint your thing then move along this beer is not for you.

08-18-2011 17:30:15 | More by nassaubeercop
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet melon and peppery piney hops. A little on the subdued side for an IPA.

The flavor is sweet melon and peppery piney hops that have a good amount of resiny bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lowish carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA. Very similar to Odell's IPA. Also, more balanced than the Double Jack (but not as good IMO).

08-18-2011 02:13:01 | More by Beaver13
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Bfarr

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Orange amber with great retention and lacing. Fresh orange blossom (almost) aroma. Strong citrus and pine hops with light sweetness. Creamy feel.

Sublimely drinkable. Slightly less hop bittering than I remember on cask but the flavor is there and I nearly polished off the growler myself

08-18-2011 01:52:32 | More by Bfarr
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warnerry

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

No bottle date.

A - Pours orangey-brown with one finger of creamy tan head. Head fades quickly.

S - Mostly pine and citrus, with a bit of caramel malt.

T - Pine and pineapple hops up front, with some noticeable grapefruit as well. Hops give way to caramel malts, which seem to dominate the finish, though there is a small amount of lingering bitterness.

M - Medium-full mouthfeel with somewhat low carbonation level yielding some creaminess.

O - A very solid IPA. Would like to know how old it was, but there was a nice hop character, so seemed pretty fresh. Would have again.

08-16-2011 17:00:21 | More by warnerry
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engagechad

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - poured into pint

Pours a nice gold amber with decent head and good lacing. Smells awesome, dank like a two hearted. earthy and pungent in a good way. Taste follows very well, this is a meaty IPA, just good body to it.

I loved this IPA and would buy a case of it

08-16-2011 14:31:15 | More by engagechad
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rdub

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Copper hue looked great in the glass. Fluffy white head after a vigorous pour (the Duvel glass is awesome) stuck around awhile. Moderate lacing. Citrusy aroma was very mouth watering, perhaps this brews best quality. Taste was also citrusy/piney/hoppy with just enough malt to balance. Drinkability was pretty ok. Now I need a steak with the next one...

08-16-2011 01:27:44 | More by rdub
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JonathanG

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

12-ounce bottle, poured into a Duvel glass.

A: Nice golden-orange color, clear, with mild carbonation, along with 1.5-finger head that subsides fairly quickly, leaving an uneven lacy quilt across the surface. Head is quick to return with a swirl, but again subsides.

S: Lots of citrus and stonefruit here, along with malt notes for balance. Orange dominates the citrus fruits, while a bit of apricot steps in as well, before the maltiness rounds things out. Not one-dimensionally hoppy, due to the forwardness of the malt character.

T: Same as the nose. Not one dimensional, yet not overly complex, this is an IPA with hops and malt that are relatively in-balance, with the hops slightly winning out, as you'd hope with any IPA.

M: Medium-bodied, with the malt profile rounding things out a bit and fattening/sweetening it up a little, in a good way.

O: The way I scored this beer, the sum is greater than the individual parts. When you're not sure which side of the fence to fall off of, this is a great choice. Plenty of character, without being too eclectic or one-dimensional. Not sure I'd want to drink more than 2-of these back-to-back, but a nice interlude, for sure. I'll be buying more of this in the future.

08-15-2011 19:08:01 | More by JonathanG
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tlazaroff

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +5%

A: Pours a nice orange color with a little haze and off-white thin head.

S: The first thing that gets me in the smell are sweet oranges and a tad of grapefruit. All citrus as far as the hops go, can't smell much of anything else but thats quite alright!

T: Right up front you get a moderate punch of bitterness, but that only lasts for the first part of the taste. Right afterward I get a lightly bready/toasty maltiness, followed by all that citrus in the lingering finish.

M: Smooth drinking, it is moderately carbonated with a medium body.

D: Drinks quite nicely but is by no means session able.

08-15-2011 16:49:57 | More by tlazaroff
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gskitt

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a clear deep gold, almost no head, can see some lacing and little stick. Pineapple and hops on the nose, floral and herbal notes as well. Taste has a bitter bite up front then mellows out, not a lot of sweetness here. mouthfeel is smooth, easy to drink. This is my first Firestone Walker beer, and I am impressed. Overall, this is a well-brewed IPA.

08-14-2011 23:47:17 | More by gskitt
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bfields4

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a nice golden filtered body with an off white head that dissipates rather quickly but gives a decent lace.

Apricot hop with golden grainy malt. Good citrus notes.

Decent hop profile some pear, citrus and pine. The grainy malt provides a nice balance while allowing the hops to showcase themselves.

Good easy drinking IPA. A slight hint of alcohol. Good but mellow flavors. I'd be glad to see this guy around.

A nice hybrid English/American ipa.

08-13-2011 04:04:55 | More by bfields4
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

Thanks again Fletcher! If Firestone can't be distributed in Ohio I'm glad they at least started to show up in Colorado. Bomber dated 07/14/11 poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance
Lots of interrupted and splotchy lacing. The beer is quite red, making the label of the beer quite appropriate. It has good clarity with stunning amber hues shining through on the highlights.

Aroma
This aroma is where its at! It reminds me why I liked Double Jack so much the couple times I was able to get baby pours. Big, juicy, wet citrus bomb. Its very sweet and candied smelling, actually its extremely candied smelling. Mentioning cotton candy would not be a far-fetched idea. The aroma is mostly orange, grapefruit and fresh cut, sappy spruce pine bough. There is an assertive grassiness that can be found amongst it all.

Taste
Not as spectacular as the aroma, but this is a really good IPA no doubt. The flavor is just as huge and in your face as the aroma. The taste just suffers a bit from the extremely candied and sweetened flavors of the citrus and piney hops. It takes on a syrupy feel and flavor rather than a lighter, juicy one. Lots of tangerine, rind and all, cotton candy and a sappy pine flavor that tries to lend bitterness. The finish does have a long lingering, syrupy bitterness.

Mouthfeel
High carbonation hurts this one. It is very resinous and sticky. The beer doesn't want to leave the palate.

Overall
A really good IPA, especially in the aroma department.

08-12-2011 03:01:01 | More by MbpBugeye
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cmq103

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into a standard pint glass

Appearance: Darker golden color with a decent 1/4" head that held its own as the beer sat a few minutes to breathe. Very tight and clingy lacing that just doesn't want to let go. Impressive to say the least.

Smell: This is where it gets even better. Grapefruit citrusy sweet, but dominant hop aroma. I really could smell this one all day.

Taste: Wow!! Outstanding lightly sweet grapefruit, pine, hoppy joy!!! I get a tad bit of pineapple and malt, just prior to the perfect amount of bitter finish expected in the style. This well done IPA makes made my tongue and tastebuds extremely happy...

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is moderate. Exactly what this IPA needed to make sure all of the flavors blended together.

Overall: I swapped my brother a cellared Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout for this one. I will say it was a wise choice. I would rate this in my top five IPA's. The 7.5% ABV is so well hidden. This is my first Firestone Walker beer and definitely won't be my last. I wish I could find it in a 1/6th keg on the east coast. For now, I will have to enjoy it by the bottle. I can't wait to try the the Double Jack.

08-12-2011 01:18:16 | More by cmq103
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%

A:A very clear light orange color witha bright white head of about a half an inch. Leaving behind nice lacing.

S: Lots of tropical fruits and citrus in the nose. Lot's of fresh cut pineapple. And a slight touch of vanilla in the background thats not typical with ipa's.

T: The tropical fruit and pineapple dominate the tongue. A slight caramel sweetness balances out the bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Lot's of hoppy stickiness coats the tongue. Good carbonation.

Overall: A really good ipa. My third offering from Firestone Walker and i haven't been disappointed yet.

08-12-2011 01:00:38 | More by BigMike
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gc4hokies

Virginia

4.93/5  rDev +16.3%

This is one of my all-time favorites.

Appearance - clear golden color with a slight copper tint. White head with excellent lacing.
Smell - citrus, grapefruit, slight grassy aroma, amarillo!
taste - spicy hop goodness with sweetness to match from the malt. hop lovers rejoice, the hop profile is the best I've had.
mouthfeel - substantial viscosity without being heavy. good balance

overall - this is an excellent IPA, not too much, just right!

08-09-2011 23:01:04 | More by gc4hokies
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mdvatab

Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Bottled on 6/6/11.

Aroma: Grassy hop with a slight hint of pine resin. Sweet hay. Fantastic aroma.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden body. 2-finger off-white head w/ a slight irridescent yellow hop tinge (resin from dry hopping?). Foam is still there >3 minutes after pouring. Excellent, sudsy lacing. A new ring of foam coats the inside of the glass with each sip.

Flavor: Honey sweetness up front, which is quickly balanced by hoppy bitterness and flavor, which hangs around for a while. Hop flavor leans more toward tropical pineapple and mango. The hoppy bitterness reappears and persists long after the last swallow.

Mouthfeel: Slick, but not cloying, sweetness at first, followed by slightly drying hop tannins. Medium body, and medium-low CO2

Overall: This brew had an excellent, balanced mix of hops and malt. The hop flavor and aroma was still great after 2 months in the bottle (I'd really like to try this one fresh, though!) If only it were distributed here in Indiana, I would drink this regularly.

08-08-2011 02:24:34 | More by mdvatab
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socon67

New York

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%

A - Pours orange with a thin foam that laces extremely well. This looks really nice with a clear relfective hue. No visible carbonation.

S - Scents of citrus and pine give the feeling this will be a DIPA. Scent of hops is in the background.

T - Very hop foward. Flavors of orange and spice (nutmeg?) follow, and the finish is a bitter bite.

M - Raspy on the tongue, and pretty strong for an IPA. Well balanced though.

O - I like this a bunch as well as Double Jack. This seems a tad lighter, but with a similar punch. Definitely worth a try for those liking beefy IPA's.

08-07-2011 00:39:14 | More by socon67
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Bottled 7/8/11.

12oz. bottle served cool into a pint glass. Union Jack is a golden copper orange color with good clarity. The head is tall at first but settles quickly and leaves no lace.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy but not over the top. It's a little musky and not a traditional west coast grapefruity-citrus.

Flavor is very good with elements of my favorite IPAs and doubles. Nice citrus, pine, and floral qualities. I get a lot of simcoe hops too which have a very unique character.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and appropriately carbonated.

Overall a very good IPA that I'm really glad to have in Colorado. A little expensive but definately worth getting again.

08-04-2011 04:18:17 | More by GilGarp
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4.45/5  rDev +5%

Bomber dated 7/14/11, consumed 7/31/11.

a-nice deep golden hue, good two finger head. Great lacing down the glass. Head retention is good.

s-beautiful nose on this beer. The hops are there with some wood in the aroma. There is citrus and pine too. Slight amount of grapefruit, not too many fruit smells, but some.

t-good hop taste with a refreshing finish. The beer has some decent bitterness to it, but it balanced out with some malts. Not as flowery on the taste, but there is some wood and tannic wang to the beer. A clean finish makes you want to take another sip of this beer. Fresh, and tasty.

m-wish it had a little more sticky feel, but it is clean. Enjoyed.

o-I am so happy this brewery came to Colorado. I bought a bomber because I did not know how I would like their regular IPA, but I love it. To me it's right there with Odell, Avery, and other great IPA's. Cannot wait to try Double Jack.

07-31-2011 19:44:14 | More by
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev -8%

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this extra! Ticking off FW beers! 12oz brown glass pry-top. Neck dated 03/23/11, 14:52.

Pours a clear amber orange color with thin white head that leaves some lacing. Nose is like a hop-creamsicle, creamy citrus, a hint of biscuit and maybe the suggestion of age, but it's holding really well for 4 months.

Palate is chewy and solidly bitter. The hops plus the slick pale malt combine to have that chewy, resinous quality that I really love in IPAs. Finish lingers and is dominated by fresh oranges. There is a hint towards biscuit malt, but I don't know if I'm putting that on the beer since it has a British name or what. Also, the alcohol doesn't show at all. I was stunned when I read the label to find it's 7.5%!

Notes: Reminds me a lot of Long Trail's Double IPA. Very very tasty, would love to have this be a regular item at my local shop. Would drink a ton of it.

07-28-2011 02:19:58 | More by SFLpunk
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,766 ratings.