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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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4,844 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,844
Reviews: 1,139
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 318
Gots: 476 | 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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4.45/5  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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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
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3.8/5  rDev -10.4%

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation and decent lacing.

N: Orange citrus, caramel and a hint of pine.

T: Nice big orange and pine upfront with a light caramel backbone. Finishes with orange zest, pine and a hint of rye.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

O: A nicely done West Coast style IPA. High in bitterness with big citrus and pine notes. Simple and to the point.

07-27-2011 00:52:42 | More by justintcoons
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4.72/5  rDev +11.3%

I first read about this particular brew on Beeradvocate, and quickly found it on tap at a local bar. Didn't know much about the brewery, but quickly discovered it's true potential. The price (at least here in Tucson, AZ) is nearly rock bottom, but the quality is truly impressive. I won't bother with ego-based reviews of the components, but I would highly recommend this. It's got more substance, body, and the lot, than a lot of other brews in the same range and style. If you appreciate a full-bodied ale, with a notable hops presence, you'd be a fool not to try this (and why bother reading reviews on this site if your not looking for interesting recommendations?). I love Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot, and this seems comparable (even though it's not a barley wine).

I wouldn't say that this is a session-worthy ale, unless you don't plan on going anywhere, but for a few pints of something worthwhile, you could do FAR worse. This is an excellent example of the beauty of sampling and discovery, which is the ultimate ideal of any beer enthusiast.

07-24-2011 22:33:54 | More by MickeyMonk
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

I've had this both on draft and in bottle, but for the purpose of this review, I'm going off a bottle from the case I purchased at Kunda Beverage in KoP.

This is easily one of my top 3 IPA's. Might even be my favorite. The hops are absolutely amazing and provide one of the most refined fragrances and tastes in any class of beer, much less an IPA. If you're a hophead, this is a must have.

07-23-2011 21:12:37 | More by Retail1LO
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

The semi-transparent orange to copper body features golden hues beneath the foamy, white head that very patiently dissolves to leave a sticky white lacing.

Aromatic pine and citrus hops resembling pineapple or similar sweet citrus fruits float from the glass with an underlying malt sweetness to back them up.

The flavor is more piney or grassy than the nose, still featuring the same sweet fruit-like hops, with a strong grapefruit aftertaste and just a hint of malty sweetness. As the beer warms, the citrusy hop aromas really become more dominant.

This beer is medium in body and carbonation with a resiny or oily hop finish.

A very nice American IPA with tons of true to style character that leaves the senses quite fulfilled.

07-23-2011 02:41:20 | More by CHADMC3
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

Stub-nosed bottle into a pint glass.

Light copper hue with a relatively sticky white head. Exhibits modest lacing, with the head dying down to a enduring membrane atop the beer. Pretty standard for the style.

Aromas off the nose are sharp and poignant; the pine hop citrus really steals the show. Abundance of grapefruit with a herbal and grassy nature.

Nose isn't playing any tricks here, with all the aromas present in the nose being released on my taste buds. Lasting bitterness throughout with a very well balanced caramel malt backbone. Slight alcohol presence, although it does hide it's 7.5% reasonably well.

Medium to heavy bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Dry finish with plenty of carbonation. Not quite as easy drinking as some IPA's I've encountered, but then again it shouldn't be considering it ranks a bit higher in the ABV department.

Overall, my first beer from Firestone Walker and it didn't disappoint. Nice IPA for the price point, bordering on a double. Well done.

07-22-2011 02:28:08 | More by mocktm
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a nice fresh copper color with very little to no white head.

The aroma is full of tropical fruit and danky hop aromas. I get a touch of fruit loops.

Flavor, is aggressively bitter with a full hop flavor. Very little malt character coming through. Finishes really really dry. Almost to dry to me.

Not a whole lot of body or mouthfeel to this. I want it to be more full.

Overall a fantastic IPA. I am really enjoying it, it is one of the better IPAs I have had leaning on an IPA and a half

07-21-2011 22:12:05 | More by LukeD23
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4.65/5  rDev +9.7%

Quite a bargain at $6.99 for a 6-pack at Safeway.

Poured into generic (likely purchased at Crate and Barrel) pint glass.

A: Nice coloring, not too much unlike the best known Philly area IPA's (Hop Devil, Dogfish 60).

S: Slightly piney, but nothing really off.

T: Pine stays with you a bit, some floral and caramel notes as well.

M: Nothing to complain about. Very drinkable and fully belies it 7.5% abv.

O: Nice surprise to find this at the price--almost makes up for the fact that I haven't been able to find any Russian River beers in AZ (I know, not distributed here).

07-21-2011 02:38:28 | More by philerman
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Stamped 04/08/11.

A: Beautiful golden/orange color. Super clear. One finger (slightly yellow)off white head with a fair amount of big bubbles. Decent retention and great lacing.

S: Pine hops upfront. With plenty of citrus right behind. Grapefruit & pineapple. Light floral hoppiness also. Just a tad of caramel to round things out.

T: Caramel, sweet floral notes, citrus, and light pine all blend together from front to back with nothing standing out over the other flavors. The sweetness covers the tongue while the bitterness coats the rest of your mouth.

M: Medium bodied. Crisp. Smooth. Slightly dry finish, with a nice lingering bitter aftertaste.

O: An exceptional IPA. At 7.5% on par with many DIPA's. For the price ($4.99) a much better value for a very quality beer. A tad tastier than it's "bigger brother", Double Jack. At $3 cheaper, definitely better! Get you one.

07-21-2011 02:01:50 | More by doughanson78
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West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden Brown/yellow, nice 1/2 inch creamy head. Decent lacing

Smell - Hops, floral fruits, grapefruit, orange, lemon, tangerine. Light malts and sugars sneek out.

Taste - Very hoppy with nice floral sweetness. Hops jump out very floral, tons of pineapple, orange, lemon, grapefruit. Malts are there but a little light. Finish is a little dry. Alcohol is masked well.

Mouthfeel - Light and sweet. Mouth doesnt get wrecked, slight bitterness from the hops. Aftertaste is mild and not long lasting. Really nice coating of floral sweetness, orange and tangerine.

Overall - Really impressive, great balance of sweetness and bitterness. Very drinkible and tasty, and alcohol is good at 7.5. One of the best ipa's you can drink. Search this one out.

07-20-2011 01:27:04 | More by wvsabbath
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Thanks to eagles22 for the extra. 12oz brown bottle with a date stamp of 6/6/11. Poured into a DFH shaped goblet. This brew appears a perfectly clear color of orange with 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained fluffy head that collapses and turns more white in color. A constant stream of carbonation rises to the surface in support of the head which lasts with slightly more than a film across the top throughout the entire duration. Thick patches of lace cling all about the glass in a webby pattern. This is a beautiful looking brew.

The aroma of this brew is a bright, fresh scent of hoppy goodness. It is floral, fruity, citrus-like, herbal and leafy with grassy characteristics. Some grapefruit-like strong scents, some pulp character as well. A very strong scent of fresh hoppy oils completely dominates the nose. As the brew warms up, it picks up a light spiced aspect from the alcohol which accents the fruity and floral aspects and it picks up a mild stinky cheese aspect very much similar to other big, bold ipas. There is hardly a malt inclusion to this brew's nose, it is all about the hops and it is fantastic.

The taste is more flavorful with hops than it is bitter. Don't get me wrong, it is modestly bitter but the hoppy oils and flavoring are all across the board and very enjoyable. Tastes of grapefruit pulp, rind and flesh comes together with spicy herbal, grassy and leafy notes. There are floral and fruity flavors which are a combination of the alcohol esters mixed with the hops. A very faint toasty malt backing is present with a flavor and not much residual sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is a wonderful example of fresh hop flavoring, very bright with hop characteristics in both flavor and aroma with a boundy of hop flavors without being brutally bitter. This is very easy drinking for more than 7% abv, it is nearly poundable. I fault this brew for being a little watery, but wow is it drinkable. It leaves an oily hop residue clinging inside the mouth that is very enjoyable long after a sip is taken. Fantastic stuff. For being more than a month old, this brew has such a remarkable fresh aspect that outdoes some other hoppy brews that I have had more fresh and don't taste this fresh. If you haven't had this, get out there and find it now.

07-20-2011 00:03:18 | More by stakem
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%

Medium orange color.
Large white foamy head. Smell is citrus and floral.
A medium bodied IPA.
Hops are grapefruity and piney.
Slightly more fruity than bitter.
Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry.
Aftertaste is slightly bitter
Overall, excellent IPA

07-17-2011 04:40:16 | More by alalvarez75
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

A - Clear pale gold with a thick white head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Hops front to back, mostly pine with bits of pineapple. Caramel malts are present, but stay in the background nicely. Bitter pine notes through the finish.

M - Light side of a medium body, finishes crisp and bitter.

O - Everything works well in this one. I'd definitely get it again.

07-10-2011 23:30:37 | More by garuda
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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%

Bottled on June 6, 2011. Perfect copper orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a brief white head that quickly reduced to thin wisps of foam. Medium bodied and smooth with a light resinous, but delicate feel. Grapefruit and pine hop aromas are well balanced with sweet caramel maltiness. Citrus grapefruit hop flavor up front that quickly adds a fresh pine hop flavor that continues through to the finish. A sturdy sweet malty backbone throughout. A nice mix of hop and malt chracter.

07-10-2011 11:51:58 | More by IronLover
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Stamped 11 May 2011, presumably the bottled on date.

A: Hazy with bubbles, capped with white head. Orangey, but alright. Nice lace.

S: Gently hoppy with citrus notes.

T: Good IPA, perfectly balanced, with extremely pleasant malts underlying the grassy/citrusy topnotes. The aftertaste is vaguely bittersweet, and very smackworthy. Nothing jumps out at you, but you couldn't ask for much else from an IPA.

M: Robust, smooth, full, delicious, tasty. Yum.

O: Understated excellence. This beer effortlessly succeeds in being a really nice IPA. Inordinately drinkable, and highly recommended. Will have again.

07-08-2011 22:58:47 | More by AgentMunky
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Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

A pint at Henry's Tavern in the Pearl District of Portland.

This beer appears a clear medium copper hue, with one finger of filmy, creamy, off-white head, which renders some limestone rockface lace as it all sinks away. It smells of caramel, grapefruit, orange, and a bit of pine, all smushed into one spendifourus odor. The taste is bitter pine oil, grapefruit rind, and caramel/toffee. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, and somewhat creamy. It finishes on an even keel between the hops and a sweet creamy malt.

A damned fine IPA, balanced, yet still intense.

07-08-2011 18:50:53 | More by biboergosum
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

Had Union Jack on tap AT Union Jack's Glenside

A: pours a bright, clear, amber with a thick white head that leaves a nearly solid wall of lacing behind

S: grassy hop aromas dominate, smells really fresh

T: malts are the first thing I taste here; caramel biscuity sweetness is quickly followed by a very strong bitterness that lingers for a long time after the swallow. Again the hop flavors are earthy and grassy

M: good amount of carbonation and a good medium mouthfeel perfect for the style.

O: union jack is a very solid ipa that I could drink all day. I feel lucky to have found it on draft as I'm pretty sure bottles are not distributed here as of right now. I've heard (or rather, read) that some people say they prefer this to double jack. I wouldn't say that, as double jack is probably my absolute favorite dipa, but this is a very good beer nonetheless (as everything I've tried from firestone has been).

07-08-2011 16:25:09 | More by spartanfan
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Interesting a American IPA, called Union Jack... but hey Walker is from England it makes sense. I'm a BIG Firestone fan so this is just for shitzz and giggles.

A- Golden chilled haze touches my glass, smell head, and a hint of malty redness.

S-Sweet malts flood the air, lots of hops, citrus and grapefruit, lots and lots of grapefruit. Not to much aroma.

T- Solid bight of hops gold into the honey golden malty flavor that coats the tongue. There is lemon, flowery grapefruit, lots of natural fruit bitters. It works well with the honey like malt back bone.I read the Bros review for this, I certially have always viewed it as an IPA but with the maltiness from the IPA I can see why that comes to mind.

M- Thick on the tongue fluid during the most.

O- Love me some Firestone, I love me some IPAs Solid beer and my second favorite of the 3 pales.

07-08-2011 02:43:06 | More by Dlish
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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
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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