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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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4,825 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,825
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 317
Gots: 471 | 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 HopHeadRyan


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

A - clear golden amber with quickly fading head. Excellent lacing.

S - Beautiful pungent candied citrus, pine, and tropical notes

T - Matching the aroma spot on. A complex hop explosion. This tastes like "hop juice". Tangy, bitter, sweet, floral, citrus, a wonderful experience.

M - Medium bodied but more toward the light end. A slight creaminess balanced by effervescent carbonation.

Overall - The bitterness hangs around in a way that I'm not crazy about. Kind of a little too dry and astringent. Could be balanced a little more, but very very good. The 7.5 is hidden well for something that blurs the lines b/w a single and double ipa. Does not top my favorite AIPA though : )

One of my new favorites. I would happy to have this on hand at all times : ) Definitely try it. I would like to have it on-tap.


10-06-2011 23:32:38 | More by HopHeadRyan
Photo of Beasticles


4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Bought a 6 pack of the Jack. First encounter with this brew.

A - Pours a crystal clear honey amber color with a 1.5 finger fluffy off-white head.

S - Smells strong with grapefruit, pineapple and pine (tree). Heavy on the citrus. Muy bien.

T - Just a bit of bready flavor up front, quickly overtaken by grapefruit and floral notes. Lingering bitterness that's not overpowering. Hoppy and crisp.

M - Feels light with next to zero stickiness.

O - You can certainly feel the 7.5% alcohol, but its buried well in a stampede of raging flavor. Wish it was around 5% so I could drink a billion at a time. Solid drank.

10-04-2011 02:49:26 | More by Beasticles
Photo of Tucquan


4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Had this on 2011-08-09 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA

A - Almost clear, golden straw with a 1-finger, off-white head and excellent lacing.

S - Hop/fruit sweetness, floral, pine, caramel.

T - Pink grapefruit flesh, caramel, some pineapple, medium roasted grain, oak, spice and well-rounded grapefruit bitterness. Complex and balanced. Finishes sweet but then dries nicely with lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous, prickly and oily.

O - A delicious brew. I like how the oak and spice play off the sweetness and bitterness. I'd be happy with this as a go to IPA in the home fridge. Good stuff.

10-02-2011 15:29:39 | More by Tucquan
Photo of Crossmd


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured 42 degrees fahrenheit into a tulip glass.

Poured a slightly hazy muted orange with a one finger head and a vortex of tiny champagne bubbles rising underneath.

Smells of a slightly sour (or a hint of mildew?) orange with some slight breads in the background. Not well projected, subtle and round.

Taste is an aggressive attack of grapefruit hops and sharp orange. Gets slightly malty as it tries to clean up in the end, but don't try and really balance out the hops that clearly take center stage. Dries down slowly probably into a 20 second finish consisting of hop bitters dancing around a slightly bready core.

Mouthfeel is relatively heavy/oily, despite a considerable degree of effervescence. But cleans up relatively well and isn't especially cloying or coating.

Overall, a unique beer that's self assertive at best, aggressive(especially for non hop-heads) but with an excellent idea of what it does well. I will absolutely be buying this again.


09-26-2011 22:05:59 | More by Crossmd
Photo of slentz


4.8/5  rDev +13.2%

Union Jack bottled 8/11. Reviewed with Kiddynamite920. Thanks brother! Bottle to Deschutes tulip.

A: Strong pour down the center of the glass produces two and a half finger pillowy off white bubbly head that slowly dissipates to a half finger head that stays a while. As the head recedes a nice lacing is left on the glass. Wow this looks awesome in the glass nice and clear golden color definitely a perfect score here. 5.0

S: Huge hop presence. Smell is of strong hops, malts, grassy, a little lemon. Sweetness... pineapple....brown sugar.... grapefruit ... a little granny smith apple coming through...a little musty even. 4.5

T: Crisp and very clean very nice bitterness that lasts through and through. Tons of hops, lots of citrus this is one damn fine IPA. I would say this is world class. 5.0

M: Mouthfeel is exceptional. Again this beer is awesome. Spot on carbonation...slick feeling of hops throughout...doesn't get much better than this. 5.0

O: Overall this beer is just plain awesome. Appearance is great, Smell is great, Taste is great, Mouthfeel is great. This is what an IPA should be day in and day out. 4.5

09-25-2011 20:53:42 | More by slentz
Photo of MrDonQuixote


4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Served on tap:

A- Light copper color that you can see through. Quarter inch white head

S- smells of hops and citrus tones. There is also a slight pineapple scent that is great

T- Hop profile is excellent. Flavor is very citrusy upfront. Finish is of pineapple. Tasty

M- Very smooth; carbonation mixes quite well

O- Very unique tasting IPA. Tasty. definitely wouldn't mind revisiting this beer often

09-24-2011 05:09:26 | More by MrDonQuixote
Photo of HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a golden copper with thin head but nice lacing
Smell is right in line with very good IPAs - citrus, pineapple, very subtle pine
taste - starts smooth, clean, and crisp, nice hop rush, but nowhere near in your face, finishes dry.
Mouthfeel is light to medium just like the rest of the beer, very good and sessionable.
Overall - I love Double Jack and this is a very good IPA as well. I would definitely recomend it, especially when you don't really want to tackle a Double IPA.

09-23-2011 13:30:29 | More by HopDiggityDawg
Photo of Godot


4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Bright copper color with a white head. Thick curtains of lace hang on the glass. The smell is citrus and tropical fruit. This is a very hoppy beer. Pine and pineapple with a powdery dry malt finish. The alcohol rises at the end, cutting back a bit on drinkability. I would definitely buy another six pack (though it was a bit expensive).

09-18-2011 23:39:03 | More by Godot
Photo of richkrull


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Another beer from my friend Crabbicuss.

Poured a cloudy copper color with about an inch of fluffy off-white head.

Smell is nice and hoppy with citrus notes as well.

Taste is similar to the smell. Very hoppy throughout with some citrus and pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium. Very smooth drinking IPA.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I'd love to drink it on a regular basis.

09-18-2011 19:43:39 | More by richkrull
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to FeerBart for this one.

A: Pours a nice clear golden. The colors lean towards yellow and orange. There is about one finger of bone white head when poured into my tulip glass.

S: Smells mainly of citrus and flowers. There is a bit of pine in the nose, and I can also get a tiny bit of malt. It has a very inviting scent.

T: Starts off clean and crisp. There are some tropical fruit flavors and sweet malt. The bitterness in this beer is balanced nicely. I pick up the citrus and floral notes in the finish, with a surprisingly sweet finish. Lingering hop hops are left on the palate, but it doesn't stick around for long.

M: Light to Medium bodied beer. This IPA starts off really crisp and easy drinking, but there is a bit of heft there too. No sticky or chewyness to this brew.

O: I think this is a really wonderful IPA. It's smooth, simple, and delicious. It's an easy drinking beer that could quickly throw you into drunkenness at 7.5%.

09-18-2011 14:30:29 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of CushyGig

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Nose was very sweet and fruity with notes of pineapple and mango. A slightly hazed yellow-orange beer. the head with thin but liked to produce a lot of lace. Flavors dry and citrusy but with a firm malt background and complimenting hoppiness rather than being cumbersome. Bitterness really only evident in the aftertaste where it rounds things out and reminds you that you are drinking an IPA. The beer has a very clean, crisp, slightly spicy freshness that is quite nice.

09-14-2011 20:59:55 | More by CushyGig
Photo of xnicknj


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice crop of white head resting on top. Wispy clouds of retention with copious curtains of lacing left behind each delicious gulp.

Strong citrus notes in the nose with juicy pulp driven by orange and grapefruit. Slight sweetness with bready tones and malt caramel base. Literally no alcohol.

Bitter hops up front with grapefruit and orange. Very juicy and explosive tastes with pulp and rind notes. Some caramel and bready notes in the backbone, but incredibly well balanced. Sweetness fades into bitter finish with almost non-existent alcohol bite.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering feel on the tongue. Exceptionally drinkable, nicely balanced IPA - I want more.

09-14-2011 04:09:57 | More by xnicknj
Photo of tobelerone


4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

Clear amber colored beer; receding 1/2 inch of fluffy white head; nice slowly falling lace.

Superb aroma; very hoppy, with prominent citrus notes, particularly pineapple and grapefruit.

The taste is in the same bag and for me, absolutely delicious. The bitterness is held in check just enough to allow all that juicy pineapple flavor to shine through. Just the faintest hint of malt sweetness. Lots of grassy and herbal notes as well.

Medium long finish; lingers nicely, but just dry enough to bring you back for more. Moderate carbonation.

I really think this is a superb IPA; one of the best I've ever had and exactly what I look for in this style. The hop characteristics are very refined, full of subtle fruity notes and not just a bitter bomb. Yum. So fresh, could drink this one all day and night.

09-12-2011 12:14:55 | More by tobelerone
Photo of velmalikevelvet


1.88/5  rDev -55.7%

22 oz. chilled bottle, served in 4oz taster glasses.

A: Buttery gold (or, if you ask Carrie, "concentrated, stale mountain piss-colored"), minimal

S: Depending on the nose of the hoes, variously described as "Gewurztraminer", "citrusy" (x2), "apricots", and "bananas, maybe".

T: "Nothing up front, a big marble of bitter in the middle, and then extended breathing-out of the bitter", "no floral and almost no hoppiness", "spicy", "lots of volatile oils; you know, that stuff you scrape off the orange before you zest it".

M: "Thin spicy burning sharp", "light a match & breathe fire".

O: We did not enjoy drinking this beer.

(This was reviewed simultaneously by 5 people from the same bottle.)

09-11-2011 04:20:28 | More by velmalikevelvet
Photo of hoppyweasel311


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice frothy white head that has good retention. Smells of grapefruit,orange, pineapple... smooth mouthfeel.. perfect amount of carbonation... hops, then sweetness, then citrus, then hops... its bouncing all over which I like. Not just a bunch of bitterness... this beer is excellent... go out and try it now!!!

09-10-2011 02:14:00 | More by hoppyweasel311
Photo of cocogan


4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

Visual: Pale gold in color, little head that dissipated fairly quickly. some lacing left on glass.

Nose: Yes, that is what an ipa should smell like. Big pineapple citrus aroma,along with a sticky pine/floral hop character.

Taste: Hop resin taste and bitterness conquers the taste buds. A dried apple and lime flavor complements a lingering alcohol warmness.

Mouth: Medium body. Subtle back end foaminess.

Overall: A good ipa. Great aroma.

09-07-2011 02:29:02 | More by cocogan
Photo of Adrianized


4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a transparent light orange with a small white head which eventually disappears.  Little to no lacing.

Nose is all citrus hops.  I'm mostly picking up clementines and some orange zest.  A touch of lemon zest, too.  Faint caramel malt in the background.

Upfront I get lemon zest and pink grapefruit.  It's actually has a strong citrus zest profile. Very faint malt in the background.  Finishes dry and bitter with more lemon zest and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation.

A nice lemony IPA, if thats your thing.

09-07-2011 01:21:17 | More by Adrianized
Photo of sureshot08


4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Transparent slightly reddish blonde in color. Creates a large white head the retains somewhat.

Smell: The usual suspects: grapefruit, pine, floral. Well rounded.

Taste: Grapefruit, hop bitterness. Subtle malt character. Aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A very good IPA. Reasonable price and pretty available so will probably run into this again.

09-06-2011 03:18:53 | More by sureshot08
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%

Had fresh on tap in Bayshore NY, July 2011.

A – Great, creamy head with amazing retention and great lace. Golden wheat, crystal clear, body.

S – Bright and citrusy with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit.

T – Soft malt and bitter orange marmalade. Fruity, nectarine center. Pleasantly woody and campari-like bitter finish.

M – Soft and impossibly smooth for the level of refreshing carbonation.

O – A fantastic IPA. Among the best I’ve had.

09-04-2011 17:48:31 | More by vfgccp
Photo of kcinlober


3.8/5  rDev -10.4%

Appearance: reddish color but not very dark. pours a small head

Aroma: distinct but not super loud. mostly floral. you can tell its going to be a hoppy beer

Palate: Mouthfeel is tangy and full but not overbearing. feels great on the tongue. the taste is bitter with floral and citrus flavors. very well balanced, full but not overbearing.

09-04-2011 00:00:29 | More by kcinlober
Photo of russwbeck


4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Bubbly yellow pour, small white head leaves nice lacing, but doesn't stick around long. Bubbles stick to the side of the glass and race upwards from the bottom.

S: Very fruits hops dominate the smell. Slight caramel maltiness, and perhaps hints of piney hops. Overall hoppy, fruity, sweet.

T: Phenomenal grapefruit taste. Very fruits. A bit of dryness from the hops, very small amount of maltiness to hold it all together. Citrus, bitter, really great and well balanced taste.

MF: Light, carbonated well, dry throughout, no hint of alcohol.

O: This is a great IPA. Balanced, tasty, sweet, bitter, great smell. Really top notch.

09-03-2011 23:42:25 | More by russwbeck
Photo of JayS2629


4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a murky amber with a huge white head that fades slowly and leaves descent rings of lace.

The aroma is of pine and orange zest on the backdrop of caramel and toast. Simple, well balanced aromas with lots of fruity characters like hints of peach and grapefruit in the back.

The flaors are dominated with citrus hops like orange marmalade, peach, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Pine resin balances well against a caramel and toast background.

Very smooth, creamy, and refreshing.

Overall, a nicely balanced and enjoyable beer.

09-03-2011 13:55:45 | More by JayS2629
Photo of mikedrinksbeer2


4.83/5  rDev +13.9%

A- pours clear light amber, minimal head that leaves nice lacing.

S- piney hops mainly.

T- hop strong yet balanced smooth. Doesn't have bitter bite but still retains piney hop flavor.

M- smooth and wide across the mouth, pleasant.

O- A fantastic IPA, in my top five for style.

Had it on draft before, reviewed based on bottle.

09-03-2011 09:47:51 | More by mikedrinksbeer2
Photo of vande


3.98/5  rDev -6.1%

A solid looking, deeply bronzen IPA... Nose and Taste ring true to other FW beers I've had.... a nice solid hoppy nose - some citrus notes, bit of grapefruit on the mouth and a nice fresh end. I'd be interested what it was like fresh, marked 2010, I just picked it up tonight. Either way, I'd drink another.

09-03-2011 06:34:15 | More by vande
Photo of prg1976


4.85/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured into a tulip, bottled on 8/16 (thank you for dating your bottles!)

Pours a clear amber color, with a smallish white head. Not much lacing.

Smell is sweet citrus hops. Love it.

Taste is sweet, but dry. Nicely hopped, citrusy. A touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel - good carbonation, not much alcohol present, so it's easy drinking.

Overall, an awesome IPA. I will definitely be getting more of this one.

09-03-2011 00:00:58 | More by prg1976
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,825 ratings.