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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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4,651 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,651
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 305
Gots: 399 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramel coloring infused into pear cider. A bubbly layer of head is in trim figure. A slightly dulled complexion that is neither completely hazy nor completely clear. If this turns out to be half as good as it looks then I'll be pleased.

Huh - wow. What a fantastic hop filled aroma. A cocktail of pine and pineapple, with lemon and orange accompaniments. Even from across the table your nostrils will pick up on the bounty of alpha acids, hard at work scrubbing away at the toasted caramel malts.

And you don't even have a good idea of just how much alpha acid there is until you take a sip; the bitterness is at a level that should be choking, but isn't, and comes across somehow amicable. You might not even notice it, in the same way I didn't pick up on the 7.5% which is well buried under one of the tastiest flavour profiles I've ever tried.

Every taste opens a world of flavour! A lot of West Coast IPA's are citrus filled but this actually tastes like citrus - authentic, pulpy, freshly squeezed citrus juice. The flavour is quite literally like a squeezed lemon slice and incredibly similar to pulpy orange juice. So unbelievably tasty!

This damn well should be your flagship beer. There is a ton of good competition in this style category, especially from that part of the country, but Firestone's Union Jack is certainly among the top on my list of delicious, endlessly drinkable IPA's. Thanks fartingdog!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 22:25:38 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fartingdog sent me one of these recently. thanks dave!

12oz bottle. sampled august 4/08.

pours crystal clear deep golden orange with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. biscuit and bread. bit of cracker. powdery citrus hops. grapefruit, orange, tangerine. light alcohol. caramel. bit of honey.

taste is great. medium-high bitterness level. slightly resiny hops. grapefruit and pine. orange and a bit of apricot. biscuit and cracker. bit of rye bread. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is great. just under medium carbonation level. medium body. the hops give this one a nice drying finish too.

drinkability is great. great balance. nice malt and hop depth. a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 14:55:57 | More by grub
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3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 FLUID OUNCE/355 ml bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to errantnight for including this in our trade!

Poured a medium, orangey-amber with a two-finger, off white, bubbly, sea foam head that faded to a thin, resilient cap of froth. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was hoppy, yet not as potent as I anticipated. Citrusy, with grapefruit coming through strongest. Somewhat powdery and dry.

The taste was hoppy and very fruity. Some caramel malt sweetness came through up front before the hops took over. Spicy, citrusy hops. Tons of grapefruit flavor in the center. Orange peel was apparent as well, along with a touch of tropical fruitiness. The finish was clean, dry and bitter, with noticeable pine and grapefruit flavors.

The mouthfeel was on the thinner side for the style with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not as creamy or smooth as anticipated.

Drinkability was good. This was a well balanced, crisp and snappy IPA that had enough flavor to hold my interest, yet was light and clean enough to keep me coming back for more. The 7.5% ABV was also very well masked.

Overall, this beer was a bit of a disappointment. I expected more of everything (i.e. aroma, body and flavor) from this West Coast IPA. Maybe this is a hoppier version of a British IPA (as the label implies) versus a more typical example of an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 14:52:42 | More by Damian
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to fartingdog for hooking us up with this one, enjoyed with biegaman and grub on the patio with some euchre.

Pours a slightly hazed orange, white white head forms, drops a ton of lace, solid ring. Smell is great, floral, grapefruit, oranges, caramel, bread, perfumy, lots of citrus goodness, very well rounded. Taste is even better, caramel, cake, sugar, jasmine, orange and tangerine, bit of yeast, some fruit, floral, nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very enjoyable, nice tight flavours, very balanced, definitely a good one. Thanks Dave!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 21:04:35 | More by Viggo
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice bright golden amber color with a nice head that left a good amount of lacing. This brew is very clear.

S- Smells mostly of citrus and pine with plenty of earthy caramel malt as well. A nice balance while still being really hoppy. Smell is pretty bold.

T- This one follows the nose. Lots of citrus hops right up front. Nice sweet malt provides a wonderful sweet malty backbone. Full in flavor with great balance.

M- Medium in body, good carbonation and nice and crisp.

D- Very well balanced, could drink this all day long.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 23:14:27 | More by nrbw23
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks RblWthACoz for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard goblet. This beer pours a clean and clear honey brown with a sticky, white head that left lacing down the sides of the glass. This is a really pretty beer. The aroma is west coast hops with just a bit of citrus coming out, some spiciness and just a bit of pine. Also just a bit of grass. The taste is awesome. It's really a perfect balance of hops and the malt backbone. The hop bite is right up front with big piney hops and a slight kiss of orange. The sweet malt comes out at the very finish of the beer. This is really good. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, while having enough body to hold such a big taste. This is my first experience with Firestone and it makes me understand why this brewery gets such respect from Beer Geeks.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 03:32:15 | More by hwwty4
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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden amber with 2+ fingers of frothy off-white head. Great retention and good sticky lacing. Smells of citrus, bread, caramel, and spicy hops and pine. Taste starts off with a nice refreshing citrus flavor of grapefruit and orange rind followed by a good caramel and bread backbone with a touch of peppercorn. Finish is lightly of spruce pine and floral hops. Medium in body but a little watery in the back end. Good carbonation. Smooth and citrusy with a solid malt flavor and a bit of bitterness in the finish. A very solid IPA that packs in lots of hop flavors but isn't as bitter as some others. The alcohol is well hidden and the flavors leave the beer quite irresistible.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 21:44:49 | More by HopDerek
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to barleywinefiend for this one.
This one poured a nice clean golden color with little head that disappeared quickly. The nose is very hoppy on this one like any good IPA. The taste is citrus with some piny taste to it. A bit of a hot alcohol taste but very drinkable for an IPA. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 20:24:15 | More by johnd513
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3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance> lively, dark honey color, no head. decent lacing.
Smell> hops and citrus, nice.
Taste> Average AmIPA. Lacks complexity of some of it's competitors. Start to finish happens too fast: sip-hops-tiny hang-done.
Mouthfeel>Surprisingly creamy mouth for its style. I liked that.
Drinkabilty> so-so. I'd drink it again if someone handed me one, but I'd probably go for a different one if I was in the beer store.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2008 20:41:35 | More by 1759Girl
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of thick, foamy, ecru head with good retention. Nose had a very citrus-hop smell. Color was a medium-amber/light-gold. Mouthfeel had a slight graininess to it, like it might have been overly dry hopped and saturated as a result. The taste was very hoppy, grapefruit-like in its citrus/dry way. The finish was extremely dry and satisfying. I had purchased a six-pack of this beer while in Oxnard, CA and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 19:04:04 | More by woodychandler
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to murphjuice and Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear, dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, some islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is pretty hoppy, with some malts thrown in, citrus, and some pines. The taste is hoppy, with some nice maltyness, with some citrus and pines. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty IPA, a classic in the making.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 01:26:41 | More by Wasatch
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a creme head that falls quickly. Nose is a nice floral citrus mix. Real airy, but with good character. Flavor is nice. Great hop mix. Citrus and sweet (almost a bit too much on the backside) are consistent as is a nice mellow floral flavor. It's balanced, even though there is a full flavor. A bit of a hot touch from the alcohol, but it's minimal and doesn't matter much by the time you've processed everything. Feel has a slight bite on the carbonation and the liquid is good. Easy to drink and a nice IPA. Comes off as slightly more refined as other IPAs that try to muscle their way to the top.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 00:02:10 | More by RblWthACoz
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simply good in every way. I don't take any single element and think that it is exceptional on its own, but over all, this is the type of beer that should be held up as a standard for others to attain in this style.

This was a nice surprise, because when I moved the sausage and butter bin on the top shelf, this mystery bottle was in the back. This was somebody's leftover from the 4th! Gotta love summer months!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 07:05:18 | More by opwog
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one is nice, a beautiful amount of hops, it is bitter from begining to end and the after taste laeves you wanting more, this one is a orangeing yellow color (lighter than i usaly like) that pours with little to no head, it is purfictly carbonated and at 7.5 abv it is no joke, try this one it is good

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 13:52:40 | More by orcasteve
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4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date on the bottle. The body had a slight haze in the apricot color. A creamy white head reached 1 1/2" which faded to sticky lace and a film on top.

Smell was bready. Citrus. Peppercorns and marmalade. Nice.

Taste was of big citrus. Lots of hops flavor here. Parching (in a good way). Piney and drying. Bittering aftertaste lingered. Reminds me of Hopslam only a bit more drinkable. I wish I had access to this one.

Mouthfeel was zesty, medium bodied, and way too drinkable. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 13:35:57 | More by Cresant
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse in LA. The beer was very clear, orange color, just enough foam and a lot of sticky lace. The aroma is so good, more American than English (and based on the name I think I expected a more English version), lots of American west-coast style hops aroma in this. Citrusy, delicious, and it came through in the flavor also. Medium body keeps it drinkable, although it's no slouch at 7.5%.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 03:06:43 | More by TurdFurgison
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3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Goliath glass

A - Poured into nice foamy 3-finger head; clear bronze brew; dark gold; sticky lacing; good lookin

S - hops, sweet, almost a raspberry note, balanced by slight caramel

T-M - Watery, refreshing nose; quaffable; spicy sweet hops drift in with a potpourri bitterness mellowed by distant fruits...

D - Would like to try this one on tap. Was lighter, or maybe not as malty, as many IPAs I've had. Normally dont session IPAs due to lingering bitterness, so my D takes this into acct. Extremely tasty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 01:05:46 | More by QuentinCompson
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Heroe's in Claremont, CA, on to the beer:

This is a good looking amber colore beer mixed with reddish and orange hues, and as a bonus leaves good lacing in the glass. Aroma is mildly hoppy. As for the taste, if you guessed hopy, you're correct. It's big upfront and piney, it softens up into tidbits of caramel and bread. Surprisingly refreshing and easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2008 01:33:25 | More by DoubleJ
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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lucked into a 6-pack of this at Ralph's. It wasn't even in their inventory. Lucky me. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark for an IPA, dark amber or orange really. I get almost no head, although with a fairly cold pour, and decent lacing.

S: Sweet citrus flavor (orange) and citrus hops Smells almost more like an IIPA to me. Very nice.

T: Clean opening with just a touch of sugary malt, followed quickly by the hops. A bit of citrus, but the quality is mostly resiny and bitter.

MF: Thin body, and smooth for the style. Carbonation is pretty subdued, but an extremely crisp and clean beer. Aftertaste is bitter and long lasting. Not a lot of warming with this one, but you do notice the 7.5% after a while.

D: Surprisingly sessionable considering the ABV. A couple bottles will give you a nice buzz but you won't regret it in the morning. The flavor is excellent...just a little extra malt gives this an almost IIPA like quality. One of the best IPA's I've had, right up there with Stone and AleSmith IMO.
I gotta give it to FW. Don't just love Double Barrel, but the IPA and pale ale are awesome.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 06:02:02 | More by rxdrewthejew
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4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is loaded with fruity hop character - grapefruit, pineapple, and candied citrus are all apparent with the pineapple being most prominent. Slight alcoholic presence. Malty sweetness is also there but rather clean and I can't pick out specific malt characters. Smells so wonderful I can't wait to taste it.

Appearance is a light gold, very clear. Formed a two-three finger white head which collapsed down to a finger and held up throughout the session. It is amazing how clear the beer is given its hop character.

Like the nose, taste is centered on the hop flavors - Pineapples and oranges most prominently. Bitterness is medium-high and this lingers into the dry finish. Light piney-ness. Very clean malt sweetness. Fantastic!

Medium bodies with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth bitterness without astringency. A little warmth from alcohol.

Overall this is an extremely drinkable IPA. Excellent hop aroma and flavor, great variety. Nicely paired with the clean sweetness. Easily a multi-pint beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 03:43:45 | More by BrewerB
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2.85/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to BrewBakerE for this brew:

A - Transparent honey colored brew with a perfect two finger fluffy white head that hung around for a long time before slowly disipating leaving a heavy lace.

S - Smells sweets with a decent presence of floral and citrus malts with a honey sweet malt.

T - Murky citrus hops and a subtle caramel malt. Not much there. I wonder if I got a bad bottle.

M - Smooth, almost non existant, carbonation and a bitter aftertaste.

D - Not what I had hoped it would be. Would only try another another bottle to re-review it.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 21:33:01 | More by turbine2475
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4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to largadeer for that one.

This one pours a bright gold with a hint of orange with a bit of haze. The head is a neat lacy white film that looks like sea foam.

Smells a sweet hard candy peach and a touch of pineapple with a nice rounding off of pine. If there was an IPA candy, it would smell like this.

<Ed takes a sip>

Ed: Shit!

<Ed takes another sip>

Ed: Now that's what I'm talking about!

The flavor consists of a dray, sweet and present dehydrated peaches. This fades effortlessly into a snazzy zing of soft and velvety piny hops. Wow. The balance here is off the charts. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this is one of those archetypal IPAs. Wow.

Feels slick but chewy with a glassy texture backed by a slightly thickening mini-carbonation. Nice.

This is one of those beers that you'll need to track down. I'm wishin' I had a case of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 05:30:07 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a clear golden color with a thing white head.

S: Citrus and fruity hop aroma are predominate.

T: Hoppy. Grapefruit and citrus flavors are noticeable.

M: Thin and bright - appropriate.

D: This is an easy drinkin IPA. It is rather mild

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 13:18:32 | More by barefootbrewer
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with lively carbonation and a medium white head. Sticky spots of lacing down the glass. Smell is nice. Spicy, earthy hops up front. Some tropical fruits and sweet scents. Pineapple with a little caramel. Taste showcases more hops. Some grapefruit, orange, and pine wallop the tongue. The malt reinforcement is there but lets the hops show through, simply providing an underlying sweetness. Nice biscuity finish. A bracing bitterness with a delicate tickle of the tongue. Great mouthfeel. Despite how big this one is, it's a very easy beer to drink. Well-crafted and a solid all around beer. Glad I have another in the fridge to follow, that's for sure.

Thanks goes to Zorro for a couple of these via Brews N Tunes Volume 3...

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 00:16:36 | More by ncvbc
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was of a medium deep golden yellow with a reddish hue with medium amount of foam and lace. The smell of sweet/tart hops filled the nose with a pleasant soft aroma, with a hint of fruit. The taste had a pleasant sweet bitterness with a fruity aftertaste of watermellon and pineapple. Very nice American IPA. I usually don't care for IPA's, but for this one I have to make an exception.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 01:20:04 | More by BeerManDan
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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