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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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5,453 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,453
Reviews: 1,211
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 381
Gots: 781 | FT: 13
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: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright copper color with a sizable foamy bright white head. Nice noticeable nose of the traditional american IPA scents, grapefruit, citric and pine. Smells good. Full mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Bright clean and crisp, flavors follow the nose. Hop bitterness is high. Can get a bit much after a bit, but other wise a pretty good IPA. Not for those who like that intense building bite. The carbonation breaks apart the body a bit on the back end adding to the slightly displeasing finish. I can see others loving this though.

Photo of hagbergl
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh 12 oz. bottle (bottled 3/8/12) bought at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA into my trusty Dogfish Head snifter. Major props to them for stocking a beer rarely seen in Boston-area stores. (Review from notes.)

Appearance (4/5): The beer pours a clear copper/amber color. A moderate pour straight down the middle of the glass generates a two-finger creamy, white head, and you can smell some of the lemon and grapefruit scents emanating from the glass. I generally think hazy, deep orange-colored IPA's are the best looking, but this one looks very good with its impressive head.

Smell (4.5/5): As noted, one can smell hints of the beer's aroma during the pour. Pull the glass close and take a good whiff, and I let out a "wow" and tell my girlfriend to give it a smell. Just a great mix of piney, grapefruit, and lemon notes jumping from the glass. Though this IPA is on the high ABV side for its style, you can't smell any of it.

Taste (5/5): The beer starts off just about perfectly. What strikes you is how initially smooth and mild-mannered it tastes at first. In the foretaste, sweet malts balance against grapefruit/lemon hop flavors before giving way to the hops in the aftertaste, which comes on strong and tastes of red grapefruit pulp/rind. The bitter aftertaste lingers for a little while, but the flavor is not palate-destroying; it sticks around long enough and invites one to take another sip. More excellent hop flavor washes over the tongue. And the more you drink, the more you want to drink because what you have in your hands is an exceptionally tasty, well-made beer that has everything a standout IPA should have. Union Jack's flavor is characterized not just by its hoppiness but by its complexity; this beer goes beyond the stock West Coast IPA definition.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): A trademark of this beer is its excellent drinkability. The beer is never cloying and the carbonation is moderate. Each sip sits pleasantly on the tongue. I am left wanting another; thankfully, I bought two bottles.

Overall (4.5/5): As a "hophead", I was very excited to finally have the opportunity to try FW's Union Jack. Now, sometimes fans of very hoppy beers can experience a bit of a letdown, such as when the beer is not as über-hoppy as billed or because the bottle isn't as fresh as the drinker hoped. Neither of these factors came into play. The beer lived up to its reputation in a big way and I now understand why it's such a highly regarded IPA. I cannot stress enough how highly I think of this beer and how much I recommend it to anyone that likes hoppy beers, IPA's in particular. If you're one of those people, just buy the whole sixer–you won't regret it.

Photo of mcslain
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with modest white head and is a surprisingly pale ale like gold. Hints of red shine through, but this is a light and clear looking brew.
Nose is good, you can smell grapefruit hops and the promise of some alcohol.
Taste is light, crisp, full of grapefruit and citrus hops. Some pineapple and tropical fruit, but make no mistake, primarily grapefruit. The hops taste is not the smack you in the face double IPA variety however. The beer is so light malt wise that it allows the hops that are there to really shine. Yet it remains balanced. This is exactly what I aim for when I make home brew.
Mouth and carbonation are perfect for this beer. I hate to say its a hop delivery system, because this beer isn't a hop bomb. But everything is clearly set up for the hops. Just a really well made beer. Goes onto my 'search out and purchase when seen' list.

Photo of theleechster
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of JCFinn
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of yankeefan287
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of IPx
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of HopNelius
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 12 ounce bottle an into a uk pint glass
Smell- notes of grapefruit, pine and malt
Appearance- red with medium carbonation, two finger head and some lacing.
Taste- wonderful west coast hops coming through, grapefruit and pine balances nicely touch of a red beer in there somewhere.
Mouthfeel- very tasty
Overall- fantastic iPa would be great session beer

Photo of PicoPapa
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On date of 02/08/12. Pours a translucent bright amber color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. Big whiff of grapefruit and some citrus hops. A bit tropical. Taste is of citrus hops and grapefruit rind. Bitter citrus at the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Damn good IPA that has more alcohol flavor than I'd expect from the 7.5% ABV. Overall, this is a well made IPA with a great amount of grapefruit bitterness. Worth seeking out.

Photo of Chugger
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Number3red
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of SHCC
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Groulxsome
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a tulip. Shipped home to Toronto from Santa Barbara, California.

A: Brilliant coper with strong head and lacing.

S: It's pineapple, wild flowers, lemon peal and then the more standard expected IPA smells of a good balance of malt and pine hops.

T: A sweet malt with some pine tinges. A wonderfully rich grapefruit bitter. It starts off slightly floral, then has some pineapple malty sweetness, than that bitter. The stuff of dreams.

M: Really sirupy and heavy ~ it seems to be close between the IPA and the double IPA.

O: It's complex, it's rich, it's got so much going on. This is one of my favorite IPA's. It seems to give me something new each time I have it. If someone offered to bring me any beer of my choice from California, I'd probably choose this.

Photo of Rekrule
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of redliner8
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of IPA1978
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- crystal clear copper in color two finger head with good lacing

S- dried apricot, grapefruit, pineapple

T- big grapefruit, tropical fruits and piney hop oil/resin that coats your mouth with a wonderful bitterness that lingers followed by a nice sweet malt background. The alcohol hides itself well and is very sneaky ...sublime.

M- silky smooth with fine carbonation and a resiny feel.

O- One of the best tasting IPA's I've had. Hop heads will geek out.

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

A: Super clear pale yellow. Huge, ultra white, whispy head. The head disapated fairly quickly, but left a nice trace on the glass.

S: Pure hops. Citrusy, GRAPEFRUITY!!!! Very similar to Pliny. Grapefruit rind. Slight tangerine. Sugary sweet too, like citrus-grapefruit candy.

T: Not nearly as hoppy as I thought it would be, but man...delicious! Hardly any bitterness, except at the very very end. Grapefruit, grapefruit rind. Slight pineapple. Slight tangerine.

M: Thick and creamy, awesome coat on the tongue. Very nice!

O: Not quite Pliny, HopSlam, or Ruination, but man a great great brew!

Thanks Jim in Trevose.

Photo of ChemBrew
1/5  rDev -76.4%

Photo of scootpolute
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle...

Appearance: golden/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not the crazy, 'HOP-FEST' I was expecting (maybe I haven't fully recovered from my cold/flu...what better medicine, eh?!!)...Very pronounced grapefruit hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Smooth...hoppy kick, leads to a dull-numb taste?!

Mouthfeel is ultra-smooth and creamy with a malty thick full-body. The initial taste is an absolute hop assualt on the palate! A spicy, stinging and salty plethora of citric nuances literally overwhelm the senses. Earth, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is definately present but gets its ass fiercly kicked by the hops. Malt includes some toasted, slightly bready and light honey flavours with an even malt sweetness...It hardly balances the beer, but does keep it somewhat control. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and malt sweetness, which tends to linger for some time.

O: A great beer for all the hop-heads out there...pretty smooth...good 'drinking' beer...could have many of these in a row without having regrets!!

For what it is, it's crafted to near perfection. A "Wow!" beer for sure. 7.5 % abv.

Photo of mwhite444
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of augie
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bhir
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,453 ratings.