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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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5,079 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,079
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 326
Gots: 562 | 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 smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A wonderfully perfect sized pinhead holed bubbles throught an off white and foamy head. Body color is glowing crystal clear gold and amber red/brown. Some nice mix of slow rising carbonation as well. Impressive looking.

Great simple nose, of a pine like hop, small citrus, but also a real nice ripped grain and malt action. Solid.

Fantastic tasting beer. Palate fills thick and rich without getting cloying syrupy. Just a hint of stickiness, hop pine slightly then fills with a jammy apricot and hop grapefruit. Aftertaste brings a perfect blend of sugar sweetness and bitter.

A fantastic tasting IPA what more can I say.

smakawhat, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 09/28/11

A- Dark yellow/light orange beer. Inch-tall white head. Above average lacing with good head retention.

S- Subdued sweet citrus nose, pineapple/grapefruit.

T- Well balanced, very clean. More sweet citrus on the tail end of each sip. Drinks lower than 7.5%abv

M- Medium to medium-full mouthfeel, good carbonation.

D/O- I found Union Jack to be very drinkable, probably it's greatest attribute. All around very solid IPA. Thanks PTMcB for a beer that I've just never ran across before.

Duff27, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for this one.

A: Pours a clear orange with a one finger white head, moderate retention, finally reducing to a thin ring of white.

S: Very nice citrus aroma, plenty of pineapple and grapefruit. Hints of orange rind and pine, with a touch of caramel on the back end.

T: Lots of pine upfront which transitions nicely into some citrus, pineapple and a good bit of orange. Hints of caramel on the backend with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth, slightly sticky finish.

O: Really nice IPA. Great combination of pine and citrus, very easy drinking, especially at a high ABV for style.

mdaschaf, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of vitters03
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

vitters03, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jhb138
4/5  rDev -5.7%

jhb138, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of CaptainTripps
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

CaptainTripps, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of SirSketch
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright gold color, edging on orange. Very clear. White head with excellent lace.

S - Smells like a handful of hop pellets! Loads of pine, lemongrass and melon hop aromas. Somehow, there's a chardonnay wine-like aroma. Slightly acidic.

T - Very strong citrus taste, mainly grapefruit, and an astringent bitterness. Could be more balanced and highlight the malt a bit.

M - Clean, crisp finish and dry, medium body.

O - The aroma on this IPA is world class, but the taste is a bit too one-sided.

SirSketch, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a caramel-straw color. There’s a floral, piney aroma with some malt to it. Tastes delicious, with pine and floral hops, grapefruit and citrusy essential oils. Bit of a chewiness gives it some heft and a tongue-curling bitter finish. I liked it.

elNopalero, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Luchman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice, clear, copper/orange color with fluffly one inch head that fades to puddles on top. Lacing down the sides. Looks like something I want to drink!

S: Smell is pungent with floral, pine, and grapefruit all with a sweet malt. Delicous

T: Just like the nose. Pine comes in strong with the grapefruit taking a seat but still in the mix as well as other tropical fruits., ends with a delicious semi-sweet caramel malt with some biscuit breadiness. Ends with a crisp bitter bite.

M: Great. Medium body with a medium to low carbonation that goes down creamy, easy, and slick.

O: I’ve heard good things about Union Jack and it did not disappoint. I’ll be drinking this again.

Luchman, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev -5.7%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of pajeff
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

pajeff, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

mctizzz, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Jstark5150
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Jstark5150, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Stoffel, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of BeerPhan86
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was completely blown away by the Double Jack, so picking this one up was a no brainer.

A - Pours a very transparent light copper gold with a two finger off white foamy head. The head seems fairly sticky with good retention. Plenty of carbonation evident in the beer

S - Extremely hoppy aroma with citrus dominance, mainly grapefruit and lime. There is also plenty of sweet bready malt and a piney finish.

T - Very sweet and biscuity with a good blend of citrus and pine hops. There is a tart tasting and slightly bitter hop profile. You get some pine needle taste and plenty of citrus hop taste to balance it, sort of a cross between west and east coast styles. A little boozy and dry in the finish but very fresh tasting with plenty of hops, that's what I want in an IPA.

M - Creamy and full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. A bit sticky and coating on the lips.

O - Extremely solid IPA that blends the best aspects of east and west coast styles. Hoppy, fresh, and plenty of bang for your buck. I will be trying everything I can find from Firestone Walker, they're 2-2.

BeerPhan86, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -5.7%

whartontallboy, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the Union Jack IPA at the local watering hole...Tap House....and the beer is GOOD!!! The color was a clear golden copper with 1/2 finger thick white head tha laced all the way down the glass. The smell included bitter citrus with pine. The taste was initially bitter, but after a few swigs it mellowed out and was quite tasty. The mouthfeel was a medium body beer with good carbonation. The abv was present to start then tailed off. Overall this was a very good IPA and highly receommended.

WoodBrew, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Telestic, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.7%

acurtis, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

noyellowfizzbeer, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of mcphish22
4/5  rDev -5.7%

mcphish22, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of monriverrat
4/5  rDev -5.7%

monriverrat, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of dmaryanski
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

dmaryanski, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Brewsky29
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light cloudy orange color with one inch of pillowy white head that fades away to a coating and lasts the whole glass with minor lacing.

The smell is malty and piney.

The taste is piney hops with stong malt presence and a slight maybe apricot flavor, nice hoppy citrus bitterness after.

It is smooth with slight carbonation.

Overall a very good beer that I would purchase again. I really enjoyed this, but I like Celebration just a bit more. Close call though.

Brewsky29, Dec 30, 2011
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,079 ratings.