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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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4,903 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,903
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 323
Gots: 495 | 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)
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Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%

A- pours clear light amber, minimal head that leaves nice lacing.

S- piney hops mainly.

T- hop strong yet balanced smooth. Doesn't have bitter bite but still retains piney hop flavor.

M- smooth and wide across the mouth, pleasant.

O- A fantastic IPA, in my top five for style.

Had it on draft before, reviewed based on bottle.

mikedrinksbeer2, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of vande
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%

A solid looking, deeply bronzen IPA... Nose and Taste ring true to other FW beers I've had.... a nice solid hoppy nose - some citrus notes, bit of grapefruit on the mouth and a nice fresh end. I'd be interested what it was like fresh, marked 2010, I just picked it up tonight. Either way, I'd drink another.

vande, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of prg1976
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured into a tulip, bottled on 8/16 (thank you for dating your bottles!)

Pours a clear amber color, with a smallish white head. Not much lacing.

Smell is sweet citrus hops. Love it.

Taste is sweet, but dry. Nicely hopped, citrusy. A touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel - good carbonation, not much alcohol present, so it's easy drinking.

Overall, an awesome IPA. I will definitely be getting more of this one.

prg1976, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +5%

Big thanks goes out to whitebricke for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Keeping the IPA trend alive at my new place with whitebricke having provided all of them so far... Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow orange with a two finger slightly off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, orange, citrus hop, and grapefruit hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, subtle grapefruit, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a really good brew. Very easy to drink and quite refreshing. No sign of the alcohol at all. The flavor on this one was really nice and the subtle dark chocolate note I picked up on added a very nice touch to the otherwise very citrusy flavors going on here. The aroma was very well balanced and nice. A definite must try in my book!

thagr81us, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of rrski198
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%

A: Deep yellow to amber in color with lots of bubbles. Decent white head with some thick stickage.

S: Intense pine, creamy malt, biting scent of booze. Very impressive. As good as it gets.

T: Spicy bitterness with an outstanding sweet backbone to balance out the flavor. The bitterness is felt more in the mouth than on the tongue. Absolutely perfect.

M: Spicy and creamy. Bitterness is so well balanced by the malt that the flavor, not the bitterness of the hops, is prevalent. The beer is also luscious and thick.

O: WOW. I'm impressed. This is about as good as an IPA gets. Run, don't walk, to get this brew.

rrski198, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of jonvan04
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured dark gold with a 1/2 inch white head. The aroma was a blend of piney hops along with some honey and syrup notes. The taste was very refreshing. It was balanced for an IPA, not too hoppy or too dry. Overall it was a very flavorful hop forward beer that was made with care, it's not just an overly aggressive hop bomb. This was the first beer I've had in FW's regular rotation. It's good to see that they can brew a great beer that isn't 10% alcohol and barrel aged. This beer was very well done.

jonvan04, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a light golden color that is perfectly clear with a nice two fingers of foamy white head that lingers beautifully and leaves a nice amount of lacing, very small amount of carbonation bubbles
S: intense grapefruit scent, exactly what I look for in my ipa's. Nice floral hop notes
T: incredible, I'd put it right up there, if not above 60 minute in taste, citrus, great hop character, non offensive yet intense, leaves a slight bitterness on the tip of the tongue
M: strong carbonation at the beginning then smooth followed by a slight burn at the end in the throat
O: a wonderful representation of the style, absolutely love the brew, love the citrus hop notes and couldn't be happier with yet another firestone walker brew

BigPlay1824, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of korguy123
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

From notes

A- Clean, clear burnt orange pour. Finger width off white head settles to thin ring very quickly. Lacing is minimal.

S- Faint citrus, mandarin oranges, grapefruit, with a slight pine. More fruit forward than anything with a hint of candied sugar. Alcohol is well hidden.

T- Malt forward, citrus and pine peeking out from behind the curtain. Candied sugar and strawberries. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

M- Thin to medium bodied, sticky on the lips.

O- Good IPA would have liked a lot less malts in the taste and have it more hop-centric.

korguy123, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of turfy
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

I had enjoyed this beer many, many times on a vacation to Yosemite this summer, and was able to carry a few bottles back to enjoy at home, plus a trade brought a few more. Poured into a SN pint glass...

A - Poured a pale to medium amber color with an off white head that settled into a solid, heavy film layer. Medium lacing.

S - What hits me every time I enjoy a fresh Union Jack is the floral hop aroma. Not overly fruity and not too much pine, just a balanced floral hop smell with a touch of caramel malt.

T - Taste follows the nose. A perfect balance of floral hop bitterness and malty sweetness. IMO its perfect.

M - This suits my preference exactly...not too heavy (syrupy) and not too light (thin) . A medium creamy mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. Just right.

O - This is about as perfect of an IPA that I have had the privilege to enjoy. If you have the opportunity and are a fan of IPA's, this is one you definitely need to enjoy.

turfy, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%

This beer pours a perfect golden copper color. It has a nice fluffy 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has good retention and leaves behind some nice lace on the glass. There are some nice bready and caramel malt smells, as well as a big piney hop presence. There are also some notes of tropical fruit and citrus. The taste starts off with a nice caramel malt background. There is a big piney bite to it, Also, I am getting some fruit flavors and some citrus. The hops are definitely the star here. The finish is of lingering hop bitterness. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a nice lingering hop bitterness in the finish. This has amazing drinkability. I didn't want to set my glass down for a minute. Out of all the IPAs I have had so far, this is probably my favorite. The flavor is amazing and it has wonderful balance to it. It is everything I ever wanted in an IPA. Glorious.

JizackFH, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%

A - Brilliantly clear orange IPA. Looks like butter. Lots of great lacing is left behind by the foamy white head.

S - Big grape fruit and lots of apple and lemon. Very smooth IPA

T - WOW. one of the best IPAs I've ever had... Especially @ 7.5% Rich, creamy, smooth and not over powered with hops.

M - Perfect carbonation and bitterness. Not too dry. Very airy and open about the flavor it carries.

O - Awesome brew. Super glad FSW is now distributing their brews to CO!!! Keep the awesome brew coming!

chugalug06, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of eclipse54
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

A 22 ounce bottle from leschkie; thank you! Review is from notes taken 07/15/2011 after splitting with a friend.

A slightly hazy, somewhat translucent golden color with about an inch of foamy white head with some wet lacing. The nose is greeted with loads of citrus, then some bitter hops, and a nice caramel backbone in the rear. Taste begins with the citrus, moves into some muted hops, and finishes with a velvety malt flavor. Mouth is very well balanced. It's not as bitter as expected, but still has some hop bite to it and is rather smooth. Finishes slightly dry. Overall, a great IPA.

eclipse54, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Bobheed
4.03/5  rDev -5%

A: Nice bright amber in color with one finger white head. Slightly murky with very good carbonation

S: Smells great. Fresh hops all in my face. Nice and Piney

T: Piney hops dominate it, but it also has a tangy citrusy kick. Well balanced with sweet malts

M: Very smooth. By look of it, I would think it would have more aggressive carbonation, but it is surprisingly smooth.

Overall, I liked it a lot. It's definitely one of my got-to IPAs, and absolutely refreshing on a warm day

Bobheed, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of dpnelson1978
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

A: Bright amber body topped with a rocky off-white head of great retention that leaves behind thick rings of sticky lace and a generous cover.

S: Grapefruit citrus and a noticeable caramel malt sweetness. Very nicely balanced aroma.

T: Citrus hops with a faint resinous flavor over a potent caramel malt backbone. Again, great balance. Hop oils are flavorful, but not overpowering, and do not leave a funky taste in your mouth.

M: Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. A bit more flat than I prefer from the style. Hop oils coat the tongue creating a smooth texture.

O: Very easy drinking, and a fantastic compliment to food. Would definitely buy this one again.

dpnelson1978, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of rsdaugherty
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

22oz bomber into pint glass
A – 2 finger plus head shortened my pour, thick foam subsided at a medium pace while leaving all around lacing, orange copper clear brew with low to moderate carbonation, the most inticing pour I’ve had in quite a while 4.5
S – This beer does not have a big IPA nose, grapefruit, florals, pine with a mild sweet malt background 4
T – Toasted pale malts and pine take the front, grapefruit and grasses follow. Hops are not overdone and balanced well. 4
M – Resiny velvet viscous mouth feel is wonderful, moderate body, could use a bit more carbonation 4.5
O – An IPA that is confident in its character, Imperial? kiss my ass… All the flavor and very good drinkability. My first Firestone brew and it will not be my last. 4.5

rsdaugherty, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of SFC21
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Nice golden body that starts with a one inch head that quickly dissipates. Coats the glass nicely on the way down.

S - Citrus hops - notes of grapefruit, orange and pineapple - along with some floral hop notes and caramel malts.

T - Delicious. Grapefruit rind bitterness jumps out at first but it is quickly met and perfectly balanced by the caramel malts. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Medium bodied with some creaminess.

O - This is my idea of a perfect IPA. The balance is ideal for my palette. The hops make their presence known without overwhelming the rest of the flavors or destroying the taste buds. This is going to become a permanent fixture in my rotation. Highly recommended.

SFC21, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours an honey amber color with burnished orange highlites. Held up to bright light light shows off it's clarity and brilliancy.
A tall off white head lingers for quite a while leaving nice lacing around the glass.
It's exceptionally well carbonated.

Aroma is of an abundance of sweet malts, but there sutle hops are the big draw here with plenty of hop aromas of grapefruit and floral.
The hops are bright and fresh.

A great tasting beer here with plenty of hop flavor and light on the hop bitterness. You can pick out grapefruit and fruity/floral notes plus faint spicy hops. Malts are light with a hint of toasted malts. Finishing up, is a soft warming alcohol presence.

This medium body ale is a great example of an IPA.
Bright and flavorful easy drinking without being overly bitter.
Definitly well worth the effort of finding.

micromaniac129, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of nassaubeercop
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

Served from a fresh filled growler from the local beer store into a pint glass.

A- Amber with two fingers of white sea foamy head which stayed viable while drinking. (I read several reviews which stated the head dissipated quickly, this was not the case (maybe the growler was the difference?)) As I drank and the level of beer in the glass went down, uneven rings of lace were left on the glass where the head had once been.

S- Piney hops, very pleasant.

T- Lots of bitter hops, some citrus notes. Just the right amount of bitterness.

M- Medium with some carbonation, nice bitter aftertaste in the back of the mouth.

O- If you like hops you will enjoy this beer, if hops aint your thing then move along this beer is not for you.

nassaubeercop, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet melon and peppery piney hops. A little on the subdued side for an IPA.

The flavor is sweet melon and peppery piney hops that have a good amount of resiny bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lowish carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA. Very similar to Odell's IPA. Also, more balanced than the Double Jack (but not as good IMO).

Beaver13, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Orange amber with great retention and lacing. Fresh orange blossom (almost) aroma. Strong citrus and pine hops with light sweetness. Creamy feel.

Sublimely drinkable. Slightly less hop bittering than I remember on cask but the flavor is there and I nearly polished off the growler myself

Bfarr, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

No bottle date.

A - Pours orangey-brown with one finger of creamy tan head. Head fades quickly.

S - Mostly pine and citrus, with a bit of caramel malt.

T - Pine and pineapple hops up front, with some noticeable grapefruit as well. Hops give way to caramel malts, which seem to dominate the finish, though there is a small amount of lingering bitterness.

M - Medium-full mouthfeel with somewhat low carbonation level yielding some creaminess.

O - A very solid IPA. Would like to know how old it was, but there was a nice hop character, so seemed pretty fresh. Would have again.

warnerry, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of engagechad
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - poured into pint

Pours a nice gold amber with decent head and good lacing. Smells awesome, dank like a two hearted. earthy and pungent in a good way. Taste follows very well, this is a meaty IPA, just good body to it.

I loved this IPA and would buy a case of it

engagechad, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Copper hue looked great in the glass. Fluffy white head after a vigorous pour (the Duvel glass is awesome) stuck around awhile. Moderate lacing. Citrusy aroma was very mouth watering, perhaps this brews best quality. Taste was also citrusy/piney/hoppy with just enough malt to balance. Drinkability was pretty ok. Now I need a steak with the next one...

rdub, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of JonathanG
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

12-ounce bottle, poured into a Duvel glass.

A: Nice golden-orange color, clear, with mild carbonation, along with 1.5-finger head that subsides fairly quickly, leaving an uneven lacy quilt across the surface. Head is quick to return with a swirl, but again subsides.

S: Lots of citrus and stonefruit here, along with malt notes for balance. Orange dominates the citrus fruits, while a bit of apricot steps in as well, before the maltiness rounds things out. Not one-dimensionally hoppy, due to the forwardness of the malt character.

T: Same as the nose. Not one dimensional, yet not overly complex, this is an IPA with hops and malt that are relatively in-balance, with the hops slightly winning out, as you'd hope with any IPA.

M: Medium-bodied, with the malt profile rounding things out a bit and fattening/sweetening it up a little, in a good way.

O: The way I scored this beer, the sum is greater than the individual parts. When you're not sure which side of the fence to fall off of, this is a great choice. Plenty of character, without being too eclectic or one-dimensional. Not sure I'd want to drink more than 2-of these back-to-back, but a nice interlude, for sure. I'll be buying more of this in the future.

JonathanG, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
4.45/5  rDev +5%

A: Pours a nice orange color with a little haze and off-white thin head.

S: The first thing that gets me in the smell are sweet oranges and a tad of grapefruit. All citrus as far as the hops go, can't smell much of anything else but thats quite alright!

T: Right up front you get a moderate punch of bitterness, but that only lasts for the first part of the taste. Right afterward I get a lightly bready/toasty maltiness, followed by all that citrus in the lingering finish.

M: Smooth drinking, it is moderately carbonated with a medium body.

D: Drinks quite nicely but is by no means session able.

tlazaroff, Aug 15, 2011
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,903 ratings.