1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

5,046 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,046
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 328
Gots: 553 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Union Jack India Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,046 | Reviews: 1,158 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of CGMLS3
5/5  rDev +17.9%

CGMLS3, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of riotinmyskull
4/5  rDev -5.7%

riotinmyskull, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of jesus808
4/5  rDev -5.7%

jesus808, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Rhen19
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Rhen19, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of hopburster
4/5  rDev -5.7%

hopburster, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of pennington
5/5  rDev +17.9%

pennington, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled awesome! Grapefruit, mango and other tropical fruits with a touch of pine. Some caramel aromas.

T - It had a great piney bitterness on first sip. Nice tropical fruit flavors add some zip and bite. It has just enough sweet caramel and toffee to balance it out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied IPA with a clean finish.

O - This is a great IPA. Absolutely glad that Firestone Walker has come to Missouri. This will be a 'go-to IPA'.

zeff80, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

tclapper, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

bigred89, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of darkmoon66
4/5  rDev -5.7%

darkmoon66, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

ChrisPro, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of jlordi12
4.75/5  rDev +12%

jlordi12, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of lalaghetto
5/5  rDev +17.9%

lalaghetto, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of dkezx97
5/5  rDev +17.9%

dkezx97, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of CelticAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

CelticAleMan, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Jesse14
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Jesse14, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of eeggles
4/5  rDev -5.7%

eeggles, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of hiku7
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear amber to light copper with a foamy white head. This beer looks great. In my tulip it looked like an amber crystal ball. The lacing was less than great, but that could have been caused by my glass.

Piney, herbal, grapefruit hop aroma dominates. Sweet caramel and toasted malts in the background, but definitely present. Classic west coast hop showcase.

Taste also has grapefruit hops coming through. Substantial, but even, hop bitterness throughout each swig. No sharpness. Toasted malt flavor lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly slick. The body is surprisingly light for a 7.5% abv IPA. Some alcohol warming. Crisp, dry finish. Low-medium carbonation.

This is a solid west coast IPA. Another great Firestone offering. I will definitely be back for more.

hiku7, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of photomike
5/5  rDev +17.9%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of FubarPilsner
5/5  rDev +17.9%

FubarPilsner, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mendonjoebeer, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/16/11

I love Double Jack so I thought it was about time I try a Union Jack. The aroma is insanely good. The hops are pungent and fresh, reminds me of the fresh hop beers we see in the Fall. The palate doesn't let down either. Pine needles, orange zest, grapefruit flesh, and all the typical American IPA hop characteristics are big, bold, and dominating. The sticky, oily body makes for a bitter and long lasting finish. The flavor, aroma, and 7.5% ABV approach DIPA levels, but are restrained just enough and with a superior balance that allows it to maintain a shocking level of drinkability, at least for hop heads. I have had few beers with this much flavor intensity that were still this easy to drink. Clearly one of the better American IPAs available in a 6pk, glad this one finally made it to KC.

BradLikesBrew, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of DeutschesBier
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

DeutschesBier, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottles in MA, nice to see. Weird coincidence that Chico1985 review it on the same day.

A- Particle free light orange pour into a pint glass. Small white head forms with decent retention and a creamy texture. A few nice lace patches.

S- Aroma like a fresh pack of hops out of the home brew store. Good mix of citrus, orange peel and pine in an aroma you don't have to stress to pick up on.

T- Nice and hoppy again. Citrus zest, grapefruit, big pine, general fruit and earthy profile. Great pine citrus interplay. A caramel malt backbone and some bread.

MF- Creamy body that definitely has nice substance to it. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

Solid, straight up IPA. Great dynamic between citrus fruit flavors and earthy pine ones. West Coast but anyone can appreciate a beer like this.

cbutova, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

rondufresne, Dec 12, 2011
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,046 ratings.