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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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4,162 Ratings

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Ratings: 4162
Reviews: 1096
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%

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:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007)
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4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into pint glass
A-pours a golden orange with haze and has a one finger beige-white head
S-strong aroma of pine hops, spice, citrus and a little malt
T-strong fruit pine and hops continue through the taste with a hint of spice
M-medium balance with great hop bitterness
O-love this IPA great hops in smell and taste wonderful mix of the citrus and spice with the slight malt

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2013 03:47:10 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of guityler83


3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Moderately aggressive pour into a tulip produced a bright white head made of tiny bubbles just shy of two fingers tall. Great retention, as it fell there was a distinct line of lacing where the top finished and it coated the edge on its why down to the liquid. The beer is a slightly hazy dirty blond color.

S: The nose is strong with dank pine and orangey citrus hops with a strong underlying malt profile. Toasted bread crust, toffee and a bready undertone. A slight bit of alcohol detected in the nose.

T: Moderately firm bitterness, consistent with the aroma (pine and citrus), that melds in with a strong malt backbone. Bready, crust and subtle dark fruit notes. Also getting a mineraly character (maybe from the water or yeast?) that is slightly distracting from the malt profile. As the beer is sipped more the hop flavor evolves into a more well rounded grapefruit citrus flavor towards the end that works well with the mouthfeel.

M: Moderate carbonation level with a lower body. The finish gives me the impression of a dry finish but the mineral character that I'm getting in the flavor might be emphasizing this.

O: Very drinkable beer with the english malt character and american hop bill giving it a unique character. My only complaint is the impression of minerals that I'm getting in the finish. Wasn't sure if the bottle I had was bad or that is the norm.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 00:11:45 | More by guityler83
Photo of GuyHooton


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance has moderate amber hue. The taste is much more pronounced than the smell. Union Jack is fruity but very drinkable. I am not an expert on what fruit flavor there is but the fruitiness is stronger than the hops but not too much. The only thing that is comparably tastier is Firestone Double Jack.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 01:38:06 | More by GuyHooton
Photo of jmdrpi


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, stamped 8/01/13

fairly clear golden color, bone-white head. fruity aroma - grapefruit, orange, melon - very pleasant. tastes is dominated by slightly bitter hops - fruity citrus flavors. mild malt. tasty. medium body and carbonation, a bit oily mouthfeel. overall a nice IPA with great flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 05:03:09 | More by jmdrpi
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at Wegman's in Liverpool NY. Poured into a snifter. Great smell - piney and grapefruit. Taste is similar to the smell. Nice dry finish. Nice mixture of malts and hops. Overall an outstanding beer. I would definitley get again. The beer was at room tempurate when consumed.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 01:41:58 | More by Edward19
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New Jersey

4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear, golden with a nice white foamy head. The hops hit you right in the face with this one. Smells if citrus, grapefruit specifically. Drinks easy, light. At 7.5% ABV, Union Jack has only a slight alcohol kick.

Overall, this is a phenomenal beer - one of the top IPA's I've had. It's rare to find it fresh in NJ, so anytime I find it, I'm sure to pick up a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:05:33 | More by mmclaughlin38
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New York

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Union Jack is an absolute classic and has become a regular in my fridge. Quite often it is an IPA I use to introduce people to the style as it isn't too harsh of a hop bomb but still full of flavor.

Appearance: A nice copper like orange with a powdery white head.

Smell: A fruity blend of grapefruit, tangerines and other citrus notes.

Taste: Citrus! Grapefruit, tangerine, some pine notes...but citrus dominating the flavor palate with a very mild malty backbone. You can also taste the alcohol but it's not overpowering, just a slight hint in the background.

Mouthfeel: very clean, coats the tongue but doesn't linger beyond it's welcome.

Overall: As I mentioned above its a classic. On tap it is absolutely delicious as is the case with bottles if you get it fresh. There are a few times I've bought a 6pack where you could instantly taste it has been sitting around a bit too long as most of the hop profile vanishes and you get mainly malts. A shame to taste it this way knowing how good it is when it's fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 14:46:37 | More by MattyBones
Photo of BeerNutz324


4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a chalice

Ap- pours a dark hazy light copper color with a 1/4inch head that has OK retention

Ar- citrus, fruit, grapefruit, honey

T- the malts are balanced well with the hops and there is a great citrus representation from the hops

M- medium bodied, sticky, well carbonated for this style

O- Great brew, found this one in IL for $12.99/sixer and I am glad I got the chance to try it. Wishing I would have bought the double jack though...

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 03:24:43 | More by BeerNutz324
Photo of Shallow_Gravy


4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to D'Achouffe tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear radiant gold. 2 fingers of fluffy white head sit on top and linger halfway through the glass. Thick lacing everywhere.

S - Grapefruit, tangerine, slight pine, touch of alcohol. There's just a bit of mango in there as well.

T - Pine up front, with some of the fruit notes from the nose showing up. Lots of bitter grapefruit on the finish with a good deal of lasting bitterness.

M - pretty full-bodied that finishes dry.

O - One of the best readily-available IPAs on the market. A treat to drink every time.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 22:32:05 | More by Shallow_Gravy
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml Bottle from Brewdog Glasgow (£6):
Mild amber with a thin, foamy white head on top & a clear body.

Pine & dry hops hit you first and are followed some sweet malts and slightly more caramel. There is a semi-bitter aroma that is coupled with some floral smells and a slightly fruity scent that is helped out by some mango and orange plus a little spice.

Naturally hoppy with some spice and a very floral taste upfront. There is some pine and various fruits including some citrus, orange and mango from the nose as well as some sweetness from the caramel and the malts too. As expected there is some bitterness as well from the pine and some grapefruit as well.

Fairly smooth throughout and quite bitter with a medium body and slightly subdued carbonation but this worked well well indeed, sitting about light medium. A perfectly balanced beer.

An excellent beer that was a pleasure to try, not a bad introduction to Firestone & Walker beers and one that did nothing to damage the reputation of the brewery in my eyes. A perfect balance and a great taste with the smell backing this up throughout. One I can't wait to try again.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 16:45:10 | More by flyingpig
Photo of UnionJack31

North Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Looks like any world class IPA, doesn't stand out in appearance as much as Pliny. Still a beautiful looking IPA. Pale, Cloudy orangish color. Lacing is amazing.

S - Can smell the fresh piney hops and abundance of fruits with some flowers.

T - Citrus hops with the hoppy piney taste that is not overpowering.

M - The mouthfeel was amazing, perfect level of carbonation

O - One of the best IPA's i've had. Would put it right up there with Pliny.

Hopefully the distribution will be in North Carolina soon!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 15:59:59 | More by UnionJack31
Photo of dexterk1


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to pint glass.
Appearance is amber/copper. Head dissipates quickly.
Odor- Hoppy, sweet, piney.
Taste- Hoppy at first with some sweetness in the middle. Finishes with a nice hop finish. Slightly piney/ grapefuit aftertaste.
mouthfeel- I would say medium body. Not too heavy.
Overall- A very good IPA. Really strong from start to finish. Well rounded and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:16:54 | More by dexterk1
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District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: golden brown clear, thin sustaining soapy head and lots of lacing
S: couldn't get much, but floral with a slight bit of spice bite
T/M: very smooth. Starts out with a slightly malty, even a little crisp, little earthy/clay-like in taste. The bitterness later is not strong, more subdued and marries well with the malts from the start. The draw on the mouth is light and lingering.
O: a very drinkable beer the you can use as an intro to IPAs, even if it is one of the higher rated ones. It doesn't have that huge west-coast bite, but has enough bitterness to represent the style well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 19:37:49 | More by cjgiant
Photo of clayrock81


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish orange body with good head and lace ring around glass. Aroma is a mix of wet, soapy, citric hops and touch of bready and sweet like malts. The beer is a little fuller bodied but not chewey, goes down easy with citric hops galore, touches of sweetness from both possible caramel malt and some possible tropical/sweet fruit notes. Finishes crisp and sharp without ruining my palette and overall a really good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 21:38:12 | More by clayrock81
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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, dated 8/27/13 (freshest I could find in Chicago), poured into a Firestone Walker Barrelworks Teku glass.

The beer pours a lovely, clean, clear apricot color, hues of bronze, gold and orange, many noticeable bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A big, fluffy, white head rises 2 fingers high that has great retention and leaves a vast network of soapy lace behind. The aroma is very nice, lots of sticky, piney hops, crisp, earthy hop spice, light grapefruit and a bit of fruit aromas with some rich caramel malt that brings out some sweetness to help balance things out. The aroma isn't too complex, but still enjoyable and right to the point. The flavors are on queue, lots of bitter hops, pine, grapefruit, earthy spice, light tropical fruits, sweet, caramel malt with a lightly astringent alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is nice, a little sticky, very fullbodied, carbonation is lower but with enough zip to feel crisp that finishes lightly dry.

Verdict: A very solid and balanced IPA from Firestone Walker and certainly one of the benchmark IPAs for the west coast style. It's fairly complex, nice amount of pine and fruit with a very approachable level of bitterness making this a very quaffable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 01:24:58 | More by kevanb
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3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Strong, dry hops and pines with a hint of malted caramel.
Appearance - See-through copper/amber with no foam.
Taste- Fairly fresh hop dominance. Almost tastes like wet hops were used in this. Very dry pines and bitter hops with a subtle caramel, biscuit malt for the base. Overall, this is a nice IPA. A good start for those coming into craft beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 07:11:47 | More by IAmAPenguin
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice dark amber color with clean off-white foam head

S - Very hoppy up front with a strong sweet malt finish

T - Interestingly full flavored IPA. Nice sweat and hoppy

M - A little thick feeling for style, but not so much that it detracts from scent/taste

O - A good Firestone IPA. Would certainly enjoy again and try other offerings from FIrestone Walker. Prost.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 22:25:35 | More by Bowers-Brew
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3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tonight I'm tasting this against Firestone Walker's Double Jack and New Belgium's Rampart. I've had all these before, and Rampart is my go-to IPA, but I am in pursuit of the perfect IPA.

In the glass, Union Jack and Double Jack are indistinguishable by appearance. Both are dark amber colored with a nice finger thick head, but that's where the similarity ends. Union Jack is more lemony tasting, not as well balanced and with a more bitter aftertaste than either of the other two. It's a decent IPA, but not in my top 20

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 02:18:53 | More by joeworrall
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours clear and orange and with a fat head of creamy off white foam that fell sticky and left lots of lace. It has a bright nose of orange and sweet honey malt. Bit of pink grapefruit on the nose just under the orange for a delightful ripe citrus nose. The malt is light and sweet with a graceful honey. It's not terribly cluttered with lots of scents. Ripe orange fills it up and a little pine in the background. Faint bit of spice . Taste is crisp clean and delicious. Ripe juicy and delicious orange. A nice hop bitter that is not too loud and a graceful caramel malt that is sticky but not weighed down. As it warms the malt sweetens to an icy sugary goodness. A bit of sticky pine resin to coat the throat with the bitter and leaves with a crisp ripe whole fruit feel , pith and all. The mouthfeel is supple and smooth and full of ripe and juicy fruit. Just tremendous! This one is so simple it defies you not to like it.

Cheerful, glad and very fruity.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 22:51:10 | More by utopiajane
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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium coppery-gold amber with a fine half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Nice aroma of pineapple and other tropical fruit, citrus, piney and citrus hops, sweet malt; smells great. Flavor is caramel malt, great mixed citrus and tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine and citrus hops. Finishes with a more of the superbly integrated fruit flavors and a lingering citrus hop bitterness. Mdium bodied with light creaminess. This is an extremely well integrated IPA. It is not a hop bomb, but plenty of nice hop presence. The malt body is very tasty. Nicely integrated. I wish I hadn't waited so long to try this.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 03:22:56 | More by LiquidAmber
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4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this in bottle and on tap. Out of bottle it was superb. I became blown away on tap. A very refreshing aroma, hints of sweetness. Nice color, copperish looking. Taste was amazing and there was no "taste fatigue" so to speak. Numerous glasses later, it still taste just as freshing as the first glass. Only reason it didnt garner a perfect 5/5 is because I find Double Jack to be slightly better.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 17:13:52 | More by kr15
Photo of McStagger


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rereview from a few years back. Bottled on 9/5/13.

A: Brilliant orange/copper hue. PExcellent clarity. Moderate to minimal carbonation. One finger bleached khaki head. Good retention, stellar lacing.

S: Massive bomb of grapefruit. Pulp, juice, whatever you wish to call it. Tropical notes underneath that with lots of mango and huge papaya. Underneath that is the dank earthiness. Touch of the savory onion. Malt brings in an added level of sweetness, with caramel and a touch of toffee sipping through.

T: Front palate is a honeyed, almost graham cracker like sweetness. Mid palate brings about that huge tropical boquet, with the same mango and papaya. This evolves into bruising grapefruit juice. This quickly bitters into grapefruit pulp, which further bitters into the rind. This finish of grapefruit rind also carries an herbal, almost mint like essence, which melds perfectly with the savory notes in the nose. Finish is bitter, perfumy and oh so citrus.

M: Medium bodied with an awesomely drying finish. The malt doesn't weigh this one down, but does contribute a nice backbone for the hops to run wild.

O: Exceptional, in every sense of the word. An amazing IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 07:36:21 | More by McStagger
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4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with about a one inch off white head. It is a good looking beer. The head is actually still there after about 20 minutes - impressive. Nose is heavy, heavy fruit, peachy mango with light citrus. Grapefruit, melon and a little berry flavor, with hop bitters at the back end. Medium mouthfeel and creamy texture. Overall, a great IPA. One of the things I really like about it and I think sets it apart from other IPAs is the heavy fruit aromas and flavors, which gives it a sweeter profile, and then the hop bitters really kick in at the end. I'd say it's exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 01:15:57 | More by BeerWizard
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just over 3 months old.

Pours a filtered chrome with potent white head. Good head/lacing.

Smell is a little more potent than Stone IPA. Just seems like a bigger beer. Fruits- more rounded sweet fruits like oranges. Still some pine, and lime here.

Taste is again a slightly sweeter pine and lime. This one's noticeably maltier but also has loads of hop aromatics.

Mouthfeel is again all orange, some lime, and a little bit of grapefruit.

Pungent flavour. Potent and kind of balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 13:03:56 | More by danieelol
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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Dark golden orange, mostly clear. Two fingers of off white head.

S - Great tropical fruitiness. Grapefruit is the most dominant, followed by other citrus like orange and pineapple.

T - Largely grapefruit, which is complemented by mango, and pineapple on the back end. The fruity hops counterbalance the resinous bitterness.

M - Moderate body, moderate carbonation. It has an oily and resinous mouthfeel.

O - One of my favorite IPAs with that great west coast flavor profile. I'll be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 00:09:49 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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