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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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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a slightly hazy but clear light orange with a 1 inch white head that fades to a thin cap. Nice rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of grapefruit juice, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit. Taste is of grapefruit juice and citrus zests with some tropical fruit flavors and a sweet malt taste coming in at the end. Mild hop bitterness on the palate quickly fades after each sip. Good carbonation makes for a crisp yet slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA with some very nice fruit smells and flavors. A good choice when you're in the mood for a "fruity" IPA.

07-04-2011 22:51:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

On tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: clear golden orange body with a thin, white head with good retention and lacing. Looks good.

Smell: earthy, piney hops stand out with a little bit of fruity citrus. Not as much of a hop bomb in the nose as I would expect from a West Coast IPA.

Taste: pale and caramel malts balanced by fruity hops, some citrus, and pine resin. Finishes with a dry bitterness.

Feel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, easy drinking for the alcohol content and overall pretty much what you'd want in an IPA's feel.

Overall: good but not great. Nothing is wrong with it but nothing stands out about it either. Worth a try if you're a Firestone Walker fan. Cheers!

07-03-2011 13:02:49 | More by SkunkWorks
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

A- Pours a nice amber color with a 2 finger white fluffy head

S- has the aroma of pine and hops, also getting some earthy and citrus notes as well

T- Has a nice blend of pine and citrus with alittle bit of alcohol in the middle and finish's with a clean crisp hoppy flavor

M-Medium to to light bodied with good carboantion

D-Overall this beer was very good. It was a month or so old but still had the Hop bite and the flavors were all blanced well with out overpowering. Would like to try this one alittl fresher next time just to see how much better it would be. Def. pick this one up!

07-03-2011 12:03:23 | More by zrab11
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3.73/5  rDev -12%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a bells tulip glass.

A- Pours a frothy white 2 finger head, dissipates slowly, forms big bubbles on the side of the glass, Dark orange brown/bronze color, nice carbonation, nice lacing and retention.
S- Really bready and nutty, slight citrus and pine aromas, but the malts and breadiness take over the aroma.
T- Wow, I am not a fan of malty bready beers but this one is very enjoyable, its very nutty and bready like the aroma with hints of citrus and pine, slight bitterness as well, sweet on the finish.
M- Medium mouth feel, nice carbonation, smooth drinking.
O- Im not sure how fresh this beer is or if its supposed to be like this but it was very malty and nutty/bready. Usually I dislike beers that are like this but this one was rather enjoyable. I’d prefer the hops to be more present but still was impressed. Solid IPA.

06-29-2011 08:27:04 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

a: nice amber hue with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing.

s: great scent to this IPA. wonderful aroma of citrus and earth. Lots of lemony smells coming from this.

t: like summer. a perfect blend of citrus and pine. Nice amount of bitterness from the hops. this is very refreshing. Alcohol comes out to play a bit more as it warms as due a the tastes of nutty malt.

m: A little light for my liking. not as sticky on the palette as i'd enjoy. Leaves the mouth dry.

o: great taste here and perfect in the heat. definitely fits the west coast profile and still brings uniqueness to the table.

06-29-2011 03:06:22 | More by Preismj
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New York

3.3/5  rDev -22.2%

12 Ounce bottle, aggressively poured into pint glass

A: Finely filtered , very clean, clear orange. Frothy white head, with retention as the head goes down. I like my IPAs to not look so clean so points off for over manicured filtered look. It looks rather unextraordinary.

S: Fruity sweet smells, peach, mango, white grape juice with a touch of booze. It smells very potent, yet not altogether enticing. Potent but not masterful.

T: Burned malty grain, too much booze flavor for 7.5 unfortunately, sloshy sweet malts. I find that the alcohol flavor takes away from what should be a robust hop flavor here. I have to admit, I am underwhelmed by the taste of this beer.

M: The beer is filtered so finely that the mouthfeel is a bit vacant. It's a strong ale surely, but it drinks too quickly because it doesn't feel like there is much for your mouth and tastebuds to grab onto. Also, the carbonation is too low, and it ends up feeling thin AND syrupy at the same time, an odd and unattractive combo in my book. Almost like flat champagne...

O: Overall , this is not a bad beer per say, but it is underwhelming and with so many awesome IPA's out there this will not be a go to for me. The batch is fresh, brewed in June, so freshness is not the issue here. I feel the beer needs a bit more grit and balls, it is too smoothed over without enough drama to the flavor. It's odd because Double Jack is one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure of tasting, so robust in hop aroma and flavor, and this just doesn't seem to come close on any level. Once again, not a horrible beer, but not even close to as good in flavor and taste as the Mission Street IPA they make for Trader Joe's! I think the APV is way too high for the flavor component here, the flavor is subtle, but with 7.5% you need a big flavor to distract the palette from the booze. When I drink this, I keep thinking of white grape juice and flat champagne...

06-28-2011 17:45:26 | More by Avantyawn
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

On tap at the Horse Brass.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous clear honey color with one finger of egg shell white lacing. Good retention and lacing. Spot on look for this west coast IPA.

Smell: A good deal of honey-like sweetness and overripe pineapple. Also some citrus, as well as a lot of pine and dank hops.

Taste: Very close to the smell. A touch of honey-like sweetness and some great tropical fruit character (most notably pineapple, followed by citrus). A great amount of clean, dank hops on the back end as well as some pine. Excellent. I really enjoyed this one.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium bodied with extremely fine carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. I liked this beer a lot. Lots of tropical fruit flavors led to a complex, clean and refreshing IPA.

06-28-2011 04:52:20 | More by zhanson88
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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%

Nice orange color. Moderate head.

Spicy hopness in the aroma, but I'm picking up some alcoholic fumes, which is surprising given it's just 7.5%.

Again, a spicy bite with the hops, which is why I picked this over the other IPAs on tap. Does not linger on the back end like a lot of others do. A hint of citrus.

Smooth mouthfeel, despite the slightly higher booze content.

Overall, not the best IPA I've ever had, but my growler will be empty shortly.

06-25-2011 00:45:50 | More by ackleydg
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from the bottle into a SA perfect pint glass.

A. A lightish copper colour with plenty of head and some lace. The head shrinks quickly to leave a film of bubbles. Crystal clear.

S. Hops straight off, and plenty of them. Lots of citrus. There's a strong hint of bready malt underlying it.

T. Tangy, citrusy gorgeous hops but with plenty of malt to back it all up. Man, this a really well balanced beer. The hops and the malts work so well together and harmonise perfectly.

M. Meduim bodied, slightly oily. Just how this kind of beer should be.

O. It's a damn shame I can't get this one in Texas without trading or paying a hefty shipping charge. A very nice beer indeed.

06-23-2011 01:34:42 | More by omnigrits
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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

Bomber to pint

A: Pours a light and hazy golden straw colored hue with a small 1 finger egg-white foam head. Just some specks of lacing throughout the drink though.

S: Aroma is faint and more forward with caramalized grains and bready malts. Backed by a definite citrus and pine hop chracter. A little bit of fruity yeast as well.

T: UJ does drink just a tad on the sweeter side with some good caramelly malts and that distinct sugary biscuit taste of a more English style IPA. But much hoppier than I last remember. Real fruity citrus and pine resin character. And a nice pucker that is almost astringent but it pulls off that desired dry crisp finish.

M: Very light in body for a 7.5% IPA that has a real nice creamy texture and a slight residual stickiness on the mouth.

D: A really drinkable IPA. Nice and hoppy with a pronounced bready malt character. This one won't wreck your palate by any means but at the same time it does deliver a nice hoppy treat.

Damn I have to remember to Jack it more often! A really nice offering from FW and better than most IPA's out there these days IMO.

06-20-2011 22:45:38 | More by Nugganooch
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New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

Union Jack, growler filled at Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC, $16.

Appearance: A rather assertive pour produces a massive head, very fluffy and white- picture a kitchen sink filled with soapy water and thick bubbles. One finger of head remains after settling, with great lacing to boot. Color is a clear and transparent amber, like commercial filtered honey.

Smell: You can smell the hops right away, as if they were sitting whole in your hand. Some sweetness too, caramel and liquid sugar (light syrup). Pine, detergent, ocean breeze. Grass/hemp. As it warms up, cat urine.

Taste: Follows nose, with a more pronounced sweet side and pininess (sap). Floral tones all over, some pomelo and bitter citrus. Low carbonation and syrupy finish hurts the taste, as compared to the beautiful nose. A bit astringent/medicinal, like drinking Witch Hazel or biting into a raw lemon. Oily residue at the end of the sip. Spicy hit on the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Very well rounded, despite the medium-low carbonation. Medium body, full flavor. A tad too thin at the end, but good nonetheless.

Overall: Super drinkable. ABV is not evident. Perfect for a pint or two, after that it might get a bit repetitive... a wonderful American IPA, though. Among the best indeed, and better than Double Jack!

06-20-2011 05:36:11 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -12.7%

After an aggressive pour into my Founders snifter, I get one and a half fingers of white head which sticks around for a while. Pours a light orange with some yellow highlights

Smells very floral and herbaceous. I smell fresh cut grass, pine, and grapefruit.

Tastes like pine, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and toasted bread. There is some caramel in flavor as well. A little astringent on the finish. Pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel is medium with some light carbonation. Seems a little syrupy at times.

This beer seems pretty balanced. I generally like IPAs to be all about the hops. I prefer more citrus, mango, and pineapple in the hop profile. The astringent finish is kind of distracting. It's solid but, not my cup of tea

06-19-2011 23:55:52 | More by Dubber55
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a clear orange with a one finger head that leaves good lacing.

Smell is a bit on the sweet side, but has a nice piney/earthy component too.

Very hop forward with a lot of sharp pine notes, slightly sweet and a nice bready malt finish. Feels very well balanced and the carbonation compliments the flavors very nicely. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

06-18-2011 01:42:18 | More by drummermattie02
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Served from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance is really nice with a quickly auditing head down to a slick.

Smells sweetly from hops. A lot of sweeter fruit like apricot and peach. Interesting and excited to taste...

Pleasantly bitter, with a strong sweet start and malty middle. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is pretty refreshing. Creaminess is a + for an IPA.

Overall I'm impressed and would enjoy getting these in the future now that they're entering the NY market more readily. I'm impressed by it's mouthfeel and I like the balance with a sweet nose and taste. Now... Must find the Double Jack!

06-15-2011 01:45:29 | More by Yagman3000
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3.63/5  rDev -14.4%

Guess I should have tried this one first before another of FW's stronger IPA offerings (i.e. Double Jack). Oh well.

A: Poured a straw yellow, slightly dark, with some nice, white foam that clings to the glass.

S: Aromas of hops, mostly piney and somewhat fruity. I get pineapple and orange peels. A little spicy.

T: Lighter malts with a nice hop flavor that comes a little before & after the pale malt tastes.

M: Felt this was a little light in feel, but refreshing nonetheless.

O: Pretty good offering but I'm a little letdown from all the FW hype I've been hearing living on the East Coast. Maybe my expectations got the better of me. I may have to edit my review sometime down the line after trying more FW beers.

06-13-2011 23:21:49 | More by jwhancher
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a orangish copper color with a nice 1 and a half frothy white head which gives way to nice lace. The aroma has a nice caramel malt backbone bigger than most ipa's. There is then a hop aroma of piney hops and citrus hops. The nose is very well balanced almost a 50/50 split. The taste follows the nose, there is a piney hop bite to start with a nice citrus flavor over it, but in the middle you get hit with a great balance of malts. A nice sweet characteristic, a bready and caramel malt taste. Much sweeter and maltier than most ipa's, a little bit like a 120. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a very good beer, this is a perfectly balanced beer, a beer I will be seeking out to find and have again.

06-11-2011 14:48:16 | More by goblue3509
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

On tap at KnB Wine Cellars (SD).

A - Clear golden copper color with a nice, dense off whitish head. Tons of lacing.

S - Piney hops, slight citrus. Mostly a piney IPA. Very nicely balanced with the soft, sweet, bready malts.

F/M - Sweet bready malts followed by piney hops. Some great citrusy flavors, too. Moderately firm bitterness and dry finish. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

O - One of my favorite IPAs to have on tap. Clean, refreshing and bitter. Another great beer by Firestone.

06-09-2011 01:56:26 | More by domtronzero
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

solid beer with a golden red hue and medium head. good thick sweet aroma, tasted thick and a little sweeter than a typical ipa. definitlely a full bodied beer with very good drinkability. Nice to drink on a 65 degree partly cloudy day. Overall despite being a little pricey, it was worth and will look for it again

06-07-2011 00:46:21 | More by mattalive
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured into my Sierra Nevada bulb glass.

Appearance: Nice transparent golden color with a one half finger white head. Minimal retnation.

Smell: Sweet citrus playing off of a nice malt backbone. A little bit of piney hops in tha background.

Taste: Very smooth. Not overly powerful. Some bitterness but more sweetness. I wouldnt say the booze is well hidden but its not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: A little thick for the style and slightly less carbonation than I would like to feel.

Overall: I expected mroe from this beer. Not that it was bad, certainly enjoyable, but nothing out of this world

06-06-2011 02:41:50 | More by OddNotion
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

531st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz bottle

Consumed on 5/30/11

App- This was a nice pouring small IPA. Darker orange with nice bubbles. The head was puffy, 1 1/2 fingers and receding slowly and had some nice cling.

Smell- A very good smelling IPA. Balanced between bitter and citrus. Gives off a smell note of malty sweet.

Taste- A very well done small west coast IPA. Walks the line of being big but still retrained. The hops provide a nice bitter quality, malts bring it all together.

Mouth- Medium Bodied and medium bodied. Nice taste of the hops remains.

Drink- This was a welcome beer after not having it in so long. Very tasty, very crisp and a welcome reminder that its hard to make a good IPA.

06-02-2011 22:16:12 | More by FosterJM
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South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%

nice fluffy white head about a quarter inch. appearance was a little bit amber with bubbles racing up the glass.
smell of citrus and a little pine, but honestly my smell was off because of allergies which could also affect the taste.
taste was a good character of resin and orange peel.
little watery, but overall good mouthfeel.
good ipa that i wouldnt hesitate to drink again.

06-01-2011 19:16:22 | More by dbhall
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3.93/5  rDev -7.3%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

First impression - this bottle tried to gush on me, but I poured it before it could. It had been sitting totally untouched in the fridge for a few weeks.

Pours a 1.5 finger milky, off-white head. Appearance is a wheaty golden color with no big particulates.

The nose is citrusy and piney with a decent amount of caramelly malt presence.

Taste is much more malty than I thought it would be... almost somewhat savory as well. Very little bitterness in the finish, but a decent amount of floral hops. Very smooth and drinkable, with a nice tight finish.

Overall these seems like a great beer - I would like to try one that is a bit more fresh.

06-01-2011 00:25:14 | More by syrupjoe
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4.83/5  rDev +13.9%

This is my new favorite go-to single IPA.

A: Pours a nice orange-yellow with excellent carbonation and head retention. Lacing is prominent on the glass.

S: Bouquet of pine and citrus ... well balanced on the nose and definitely a west-coat IPA.

T: A little bitter up front but well balanced by the malt character. Grapefruit, pine resin and assorted citrus. It's a delight.

M: This is a very aggressive single IPA but it drinks very well at 7.5%. Carbonation is strong and the balanced bitterness with the malts goes down well.

O: Dangerously drinkable. I've had a few sessions where I forgot this weighed in at 7.5%. My favorite representation of the west coast single IPA at the moment.

05-31-2011 23:25:03 | More by SFGuy187
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4.72/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip

Pretty, reddish amber with big 'ol foamy head. Intricate geologic lacing with every sip. Lace hangs around too.

Smells like a pine forest with grapefruit rinds in it.

Tastes like ruby red grapefruit, maybe some other tropical fruit. I'll admit I was shocked at the intensity of the flavor of this beer. Totally unlike other IPAs which are generally dry, spicy, and bitter. This is refreshing fruity and creamy yet crisp with miles of intriguing but not overpowering flavors. Foamy 'til the last sip. My favorite IPA (that I've tried!) hands down.

Got a growler filled from the brewery last month and it was even better. The main drawback is that sixers of this are $11.99 down here in L.A.

05-29-2011 05:08:53 | More by greatyg
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks to Scott (Smarcoly) for this bottle in a recent trade.

355mL bottle in a Deschutes snifter.

A- Pours a nice and hazy golden orange color with about a 1 finger white head that sticks around for a long time before dying down to a subtle foam. Great retention and fantastic lacing around the glass as I sip this one.

S- Big floral hop notes, with pine and citrus as well. A really nice malty sweetness is also present.

T- Not as bitter as I thought, which doesn't bother me. Nice grapefruit and citrus flavors throughout, with a very crisp malt backbone. Coming from the West Coast, this is a refreshing departure from others in it's style.

M- Very crisp, smooth, and refreshing, with just the right amount of carbonation. This would make a great hot summer day beer. Very drinkable considering it's ABV.

O- I was very impressed with this beer, mostly because it has a very different feel than most of the other West Coast IPAs I've had. I would love to be able to buy this instead of having to trade for it. Another great offering from Firestone Walker.

05-28-2011 04:37:15 | More by JoshVandy
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