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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Ratings: 5,288
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007)
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Photo of Dubber55
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After an aggressive pour into my Founders snifter, I get one and a half fingers of white head which sticks around for a while. Pours a light orange with some yellow highlights

Smells very floral and herbaceous. I smell fresh cut grass, pine, and grapefruit.

Tastes like pine, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and toasted bread. There is some caramel in flavor as well. A little astringent on the finish. Pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel is medium with some light carbonation. Seems a little syrupy at times.

This beer seems pretty balanced. I generally like IPAs to be all about the hops. I prefer more citrus, mango, and pineapple in the hop profile. The astringent finish is kind of distracting. It's solid but, not my cup of tea

Photo of drummermattie02
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a one finger head that leaves good lacing.

Smell is a bit on the sweet side, but has a nice piney/earthy component too.

Very hop forward with a lot of sharp pine notes, slightly sweet and a nice bready malt finish. Feels very well balanced and the carbonation compliments the flavors very nicely. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Yagman3000
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance is really nice with a quickly auditing head down to a slick.

Smells sweetly from hops. A lot of sweeter fruit like apricot and peach. Interesting and excited to taste...

Pleasantly bitter, with a strong sweet start and malty middle. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is pretty refreshing. Creaminess is a + for an IPA.

Overall I'm impressed and would enjoy getting these in the future now that they're entering the NY market more readily. I'm impressed by it's mouthfeel and I like the balance with a sweet nose and taste. Now... Must find the Double Jack!

Photo of jwhancher
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guess I should have tried this one first before another of FW's stronger IPA offerings (i.e. Double Jack). Oh well.

A: Poured a straw yellow, slightly dark, with some nice, white foam that clings to the glass.

S: Aromas of hops, mostly piney and somewhat fruity. I get pineapple and orange peels. A little spicy.

T: Lighter malts with a nice hop flavor that comes a little before & after the pale malt tastes.

M: Felt this was a little light in feel, but refreshing nonetheless.

O: Pretty good offering but I'm a little letdown from all the FW hype I've been hearing living on the East Coast. Maybe my expectations got the better of me. I may have to edit my review sometime down the line after trying more FW beers.

Photo of goblue3509
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish copper color with a nice 1 and a half frothy white head which gives way to nice lace. The aroma has a nice caramel malt backbone bigger than most ipa's. There is then a hop aroma of piney hops and citrus hops. The nose is very well balanced almost a 50/50 split. The taste follows the nose, there is a piney hop bite to start with a nice citrus flavor over it, but in the middle you get hit with a great balance of malts. A nice sweet characteristic, a bready and caramel malt taste. Much sweeter and maltier than most ipa's, a little bit like a 120. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a very good beer, this is a perfectly balanced beer, a beer I will be seeking out to find and have again.

Photo of domtronzero
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at KnB Wine Cellars (SD).

A - Clear golden copper color with a nice, dense off whitish head. Tons of lacing.

S - Piney hops, slight citrus. Mostly a piney IPA. Very nicely balanced with the soft, sweet, bready malts.

F/M - Sweet bready malts followed by piney hops. Some great citrusy flavors, too. Moderately firm bitterness and dry finish. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

O - One of my favorite IPAs to have on tap. Clean, refreshing and bitter. Another great beer by Firestone.

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

solid beer with a golden red hue and medium head. good thick sweet aroma, tasted thick and a little sweeter than a typical ipa. definitlely a full bodied beer with very good drinkability. Nice to drink on a 65 degree partly cloudy day. Overall despite being a little pricey, it was worth and will look for it again

Photo of OddNotion
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Sierra Nevada bulb glass.

Appearance: Nice transparent golden color with a one half finger white head. Minimal retnation.

Smell: Sweet citrus playing off of a nice malt backbone. A little bit of piney hops in tha background.

Taste: Very smooth. Not overly powerful. Some bitterness but more sweetness. I wouldnt say the booze is well hidden but its not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: A little thick for the style and slightly less carbonation than I would like to feel.

Overall: I expected mroe from this beer. Not that it was bad, certainly enjoyable, but nothing out of this world

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

531st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz bottle

Consumed on 5/30/11

App- This was a nice pouring small IPA. Darker orange with nice bubbles. The head was puffy, 1 1/2 fingers and receding slowly and had some nice cling.

Smell- A very good smelling IPA. Balanced between bitter and citrus. Gives off a smell note of malty sweet.

Taste- A very well done small west coast IPA. Walks the line of being big but still retrained. The hops provide a nice bitter quality, malts bring it all together.

Mouth- Medium Bodied and medium bodied. Nice taste of the hops remains.

Drink- This was a welcome beer after not having it in so long. Very tasty, very crisp and a welcome reminder that its hard to make a good IPA.

Photo of dbhall
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice fluffy white head about a quarter inch. appearance was a little bit amber with bubbles racing up the glass.
smell of citrus and a little pine, but honestly my smell was off because of allergies which could also affect the taste.
taste was a good character of resin and orange peel.
little watery, but overall good mouthfeel.
good ipa that i wouldnt hesitate to drink again.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

First impression - this bottle tried to gush on me, but I poured it before it could. It had been sitting totally untouched in the fridge for a few weeks.

Pours a 1.5 finger milky, off-white head. Appearance is a wheaty golden color with no big particulates.

The nose is citrusy and piney with a decent amount of caramelly malt presence.

Taste is much more malty than I thought it would be... almost somewhat savory as well. Very little bitterness in the finish, but a decent amount of floral hops. Very smooth and drinkable, with a nice tight finish.

Overall these seems like a great beer - I would like to try one that is a bit more fresh.

Photo of SFGuy187
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my new favorite go-to single IPA.

A: Pours a nice orange-yellow with excellent carbonation and head retention. Lacing is prominent on the glass.

S: Bouquet of pine and citrus ... well balanced on the nose and definitely a west-coat IPA.

T: A little bitter up front but well balanced by the malt character. Grapefruit, pine resin and assorted citrus. It's a delight.

M: This is a very aggressive single IPA but it drinks very well at 7.5%. Carbonation is strong and the balanced bitterness with the malts goes down well.

O: Dangerously drinkable. I've had a few sessions where I forgot this weighed in at 7.5%. My favorite representation of the west coast single IPA at the moment.

Photo of greatyg
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip

Pretty, reddish amber with big 'ol foamy head. Intricate geologic lacing with every sip. Lace hangs around too.

Smells like a pine forest with grapefruit rinds in it.

Tastes like ruby red grapefruit, maybe some other tropical fruit. I'll admit I was shocked at the intensity of the flavor of this beer. Totally unlike other IPAs which are generally dry, spicy, and bitter. This is refreshing fruity and creamy yet crisp with miles of intriguing but not overpowering flavors. Foamy 'til the last sip. My favorite IPA (that I've tried!) hands down.

Got a growler filled from the brewery last month and it was even better. The main drawback is that sixers of this are $11.99 down here in L.A.

Photo of JoshVandy
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scott (Smarcoly) for this bottle in a recent trade.

355mL bottle in a Deschutes snifter.

A- Pours a nice and hazy golden orange color with about a 1 finger white head that sticks around for a long time before dying down to a subtle foam. Great retention and fantastic lacing around the glass as I sip this one.

S- Big floral hop notes, with pine and citrus as well. A really nice malty sweetness is also present.

T- Not as bitter as I thought, which doesn't bother me. Nice grapefruit and citrus flavors throughout, with a very crisp malt backbone. Coming from the West Coast, this is a refreshing departure from others in it's style.

M- Very crisp, smooth, and refreshing, with just the right amount of carbonation. This would make a great hot summer day beer. Very drinkable considering it's ABV.

O- I was very impressed with this beer, mostly because it has a very different feel than most of the other West Coast IPAs I've had. I would love to be able to buy this instead of having to trade for it. Another great offering from Firestone Walker.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. I had high expectations having had a Double Jack last week.

Appearance - Clear amber body without a huge head. Off white head reduced to thin lacing.

Smell - Not an overwhelming aroma, really. The hops are there, but not like a DIPA. The faint aroma is fruity and citrusy. Some mango smell and grapefruit. More predominant is the caramel malt that smells very sweet.

Taste - Significantly better than the smell. The grapefruit is the strongest flavor, but the rest are tough to discern. No hop flavor is overwhelming. The malt is just sweet enough to feel like a DIPA, which is nice, but it doesn't taste overly sweet. Perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel - Just a tad bit syrupy. The body is maybe a bit too heavy for the style. Pretty low carbonation that perhaps adds to the syrupiness. I shouldn't complain, though, because most single IPAs feel to thin.

Overall - This might be my favorite single IPA. Shame I can't get it regularly. Feels like a DIPA but nice and easy to drink.

Photo of kbnooshay
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange golden color with a small off white head. Light carbonation is buzzing around. Aroma is hoppy, citric, fruity and sweet. Taste hoppy and fresh with a slight earth must. Slightly perfumey. Feel is surprisingly creamy and slick. Very drinkable, light on the malt.

Photo of DearthVader
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 38 Degrees.

Poured into a big snifter.

Pours a nice glowing orange that is dark around the edges and lightens up to the center. A big 2 finger head that hangs around for a while until it falls to a 1/2" of white foam for the remainder of the beer. Very nice lacing on this one.

Smells of grapefruit, pine, citrus, hops, which is all covering up the sweet malt.

Taste is mostly of the grapefruit and citrus. This is not as bitter as most west coast IPA's, but incredible crisp. It's not a malt bomb by any means. Very well balanced.

Insanely drinkable even with it's relatively high ABV. Great on a hot day. Smooth and relatively light body with great carbonation.

One of my favorite IPA's. This is one of those beers that I take for granted since it's so accessible.

Photo of ChanChan
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes
Served in a tulip glass at the Blue Palms in Hollywood Califas!

Appearance: Very nice clear orange/copper color. The color reminds me of orange flavored Jello I loved as a child.

Aroma: Tons of citrus and pine, this has a very west coast IPA aroma to it.

Taste: This beer has a great taste, it is also not as bitter as many of the great westcoast IPA’s.

Drinkability: This beer is extremely refreshing and very drinkable.

Overall: I drank this beer alongside a very popular Double IPA from Santa Rosa CA and the Union Jack was a bit more impressive to me both in appearance and taste this time around!

Photo of dbossman
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange and slightly hazy with a steady and thick head; lacing is great

S: Citrus and pine sit on top of a sweet malty base; lots of lemon, grapefruit rind, and tea leaves; the pine presence grows as the beer warms

T: Fairly well balanced IPA with a pleasant citrus and pine hop bitterness on top of a sweet bready malt base

F: Creamy up front with a low but pleasant carbonation; the beer is fairly sticky on the back end

O: This is a very nice and fairly balanced IPA; nice work from Firestone Walker

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

grabbed this during a recent visit to the Firestone Walker brewery in Paso Robles. bottled on May 4 and drank on May 14- holy fresh!

Poured with a thin layer of head- less than a finger. Dissipated very quickly with minimal lacing on the glass. Crystal clear opacity and a copper reddish color. The smell had a pleasant malty sweetness layered with a hoppy bouquet. The hop smell was not floral at all, but definitely aromatic. Great taste- biscuity sweetness at first quickly followed by lovely bitter hops. Very crisp and balanced. Medium mouthfeel, not sticky but not watery either. Finishes very smoothly with a pleasant sweet hoppy taste.

Very impressed with this one. I don't believe FW will be distributing this one in Philly because it's not part of the Proprietor's Reserve Series, which is shame because it's a fantastic IPA. Very refreshing and full of taste, but balanced enough for session drinking.

Photo of atomicbeer
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap pint at the Yardhouse in Las Vegas. Clear copper color with persistent tan head that laced nicely on the way down. Delightful aroma of pine-grapefruit- floral that I could whiff all night. The taste is hops out the ass like chewing on grapefruit skin. Mouth is too bitter for me, surprising with the 7.5% ABV.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright goldish yellow with big thick head. Lacing is good.

S: Very fragrant with grapefruit jumping out. Some lemon, bit of herbalness.

T: Lots of grapefruit, mild lemon, floral notes. There is a strong light malt character that really comes through in the middle like dinner rolls or dry country bread. Fair kick of bitterness in the end but the overall experience is light and citrus.

M: Big and heavy but not chewy.

O: Very good. Fragrant and light with all the citrus flavors a hophead could love. So drinkable.

Photo of RJLarse
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 22 oz bottle of Union Jack in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright color, slightly hazy with a creamy white head.

Smell is a mellow pine and lemon blossom scent.

The taste is very good. There is a distinct malted grain flavor up front, with a bitter grapefruit flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cloying, with a wet feeling bitter aftertaste

Drinkable, but stiff for the syle. I make it a borderline DIPA at 7.5 ABV. Not as drinkable as some higher ABV IPAs like Mojo, but not bad.

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

A - dense murky amber, lightly carbonated, reasonable head which retains well

S - sweet tropical fruits, hard to get past the grapefruit, very nice

T - grapefruit dominating for me, but hoppy and a little spice towards the end

M - refreshing, medium bodied IPA, the warmth of the 7.5% ABV comes through

O - an extremely tasty beer, right up there with the best of this style. Do yourself a favour if you spot this at your bottlo or local.

Photo of beer2day
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, light gold color. Very thin head. Nothing to retain. Light carbonation.

Nose is lightly hopped. Floral, herbal mix. Tad bit of citrus, maybe light tangerine. Getting some earthen malt, too.

Flavor makes up for the light nose. Not much on the initial hit, but very nice finish. Creamy, with a nice hop bite. Velvety smooth. Slightly oily, but well balanced with cream in the body. Hops stay in the herbal-floral mix. Good malt body, lightly roasted caramel, to balance the hop mix.

I know the name suggests this, but seems more in the English than the American style to me.

Would really love to have this on draft. Wish I could find that in my market.

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,288 ratings.