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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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5,385 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,385
Reviews: 1,198
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 360
Gots: 731 | FT: 14
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:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007

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Photo of Cjames88
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of DonFrap
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very drinkable IPA. Poured into a snifter from the bottle, the IPA was a orange copper color while producing a generous 1 inch white head. The hoppy aroma attacked the sense of smell with strong citrus notes and a mild spicy note. The initial taste brought to mind pineapple, orange rind, and a hint of grapefruit. The smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation makes this a highly drinkable beer. In the after tastetaste the grapefruit lingers with a dry biscuity flavor.

This beer does not disappoint. It is among the better single IPA's available. With a very diverse palate, this beer could certainly be a hit with a larger audience.

Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of amart80
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tut2528
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very light, transparent golden color. Head formation is highly carbonated and dissipates quickly leaving a very thin lace.

S: very sweet, tangy citrus and mango with touches of lemon and grapefruit (fruits are definitely in abundance). Bitter hops are mild but present and are well balanced within the fruits.

T: very light body, hops are definitely more pronounced in the taste compared to the nose and dominate the taste buds. The fruits are secondary here and once again mango and orange with grapefruit present.

O: this is a perfect beer for the spring and summer the temperature warms up. It's got a great balance and is full of tropical fruits and is light-medium body. Drinkability is high with this one and alcohol is unnoticeable.

Photo of MLasoski
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of output01x
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled On 01/20/12) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a clear pale gold with a decen amount of small, lazy carbonation bubbles. Thin lacing clings to the glass in runny sheets.

The nose is packed full of tropical and citrus fruit aromas. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are aplenty. Just a touch of pine and caramel malt help to round it out.

Sweet, acidic citrus flavors start each sip with notes of fleshy melons, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some caramel malts add depth and structure. As the beer is swallowed, piney and grassy hops flavors appear, carrying a decent bitterness that fades with the other flavors.

The medium body carries a great amount of flavor while remaining refreshing and easily sippable. The carbonation is just barely prickly, creating a very crisp mouthfeel. The swallow is a bit foamy and the finish is clean.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of thebrood1987
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The smell on this is just unreal. Lemon pine-sol (in a really delicious way) fruity tartness with some grapefruit in there as well. Hands down one of the best smelling beers I've had. It sorta reminds me of how Lagunitas Hop Stoopid smells but this has more of a lemon pine smell.

You get such a crisp pleasant bite of hops right up front and then with a cracker malt on the middle of the taste and ending with a piney bitterness that lingers for quite some time. The malt washes some of the bitterness away after a while but still gets that residual you just had a strong IPA taste.

Its very juicy and like an IPA nectar as well. Its tart and makes your mouth pucker. This beer is extremely top notch and anybody searching for an amazing IPA should definitely see this one out. I like this one better than their double IPA.

Photo of Brushkanna
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Darker amber colored than expected
S - Squeezed yellow grapefruit rine aroma in the head
T - A bit to much hop bittered for me, I was looking for a more well rounded taste. It seems to be a close relative to Founders Centenial, if you like that one open a Union Jack.
M - good clean avacado feel in the mouth (that is good a feel for me)
Overal - nicely crafted but not well rounded enough for me

Photo of guajolote
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear orange, two finger head with good lacing.

S-Light citrus notes, some grassy notes, a good hop presence

T-Nice citrus, some grass sneaks in, good bitterness.

M-Light, smooth, decent carbonation.

O-A good IPA, however having this after Nugget Nectar it may have diminished this beer by comparison.

Photo of MattyV
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

British in name, but no so much in style. Pours a clear deep golden orange color with a 1 finger of meringue-like white head. Very aromatic--mostly citrus with hints of pine and tropical fruit, very nice. Great complex flavor. A decent sweet bready malt backbone is apparent early to mid sip, at which point it is dominated by the wonderful hop flavors and bitterness. Big fruity, citrusy hop flavors throughout with a big hop bite, leading to a bitter but crisp finish. Medium bodied, perfect carbonation for the style.

One of my preferred AIPAs thus far. Packs a whole lot of hoppiness in a complex and superbly crafted ale. Would love to session this regularly if not for the 7.5% abv.

Photo of Rocketman8911
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of WankelEngine
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful, clear golden-amber. There is a foamy offwhite head of a finger and a half with decent retention. Spotting is light-moderate and spotty.

S: Tropical fruits and pine are the main players. Pineapple and citrus. There is a bit of light caramel if you're looking for it.

T: Again tropical fruits are notable. Citrus and maybe mango come out as the beer warms a little. There is a definite bitterness that comes in the form of grass cuttings and pine. This increases and lingers with a little alcohol heat in the finish. There is a reasonable malt backbone with notes of toffee and caramel.

M: Medium thickness and soft carbonation make for a soft, full mouthfeel.

O: A decent IPA. Fairly well balanced and drinkable. Could mistake the ABV for less. A good mix of fruity and bitter hops.

Photo of gniv
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, very fresh from my favorite brewery

A- Pours a hazy golden orange, with a very light white head, and thin white lacing

S- Citrus, Pine, bubble gum, caramel

T- Similar to the nose. Very balanced. Very gummy

M- Medium body, good carbonation

O- another homerun from FW

Photo of Hopslayer88
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent amber with a loose, quarter inch, off-white head. Head qickly dissipates into a creamy bullseye dollop and a thin, tight band around the shoulders. Spots and spatters of lacing coat the walls of the glass. Nose expresses citrus notes, cat urine (simcoe hops) and a trace of tropical fruit. Taste consistent with nose; however, flavors are a bit more muted. There is also some residual bitterness that lingers between quaffs that is intermingled with the cat urine expressed in the nose. Body is medium-light (but closer to light) with a slightly coarse carbonation as well as some acidity that peaks out towards the back. Overall, a decent IPA with a well-hidden abv, but I don't think it deserves the hype.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Very clear golden in color with a fairly sparse head that does leave nice lacing as the pint progresses.

Nose is just a touch of citrus, not overwhelming; very pleasant. More of the same in the taste, with a nice biting finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

A tasty IPA that I will pick up again.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- One finger bright white head that fades rapidly and leaves sticky lacing all over my DFH glass. Pours a clear golden orange with a ton of carbonation.

S- Fresh squeezed pink grapefruit, pineapple slices, mango and dank pine needles. Not really picking up much malt or yeast even as it warms up. This IPA is all about the pine and fruit, not much depth.

T- WOW! Really fruity and fresh! Grapefruit and pine sap, pineapple and caramel. Nicely bitter with an underlying sweetness. Very well balanced as I expect from one of the best brewers in the world.

M- Perfectly bitter and balanced with a nice malty sweetness. Really nice carbonation and crispness. Nice fruity aftertaste.

O- Thank goodness F.W. has finally made it's way to upstate NY!!! This a really good IPA. Wish it had more balance in the nose. Very drinkable and no sign of the alcohol.

Photo of mooseo
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Deep copper, clear with a decent head and retention. Pretty.

S - Strong aroma of fresh squeezed grapefruit and citrus with some earthy pine notes and caramel malt. One of the best smelling IPA's around, just really terrific.

T - Delicious grapefruit and citrus hops up front, complimented by a smooth and sweet malt base. Very clean, crisp taste. Ends with a piney, grassy flavor that tends to linger. Surprisingly complex.

M - Medium body, a little oily, average carbonation. Just a little bit dry in the finish.

O - Hands down one of the best IPA's I've ever had.

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,385 ratings.