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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Reviews: 1,246
Hads: 6,046
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 440
Gots: 1,212 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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Photo of Gajo74
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear Amber and light copper, moderate head and lace. Fruity sweet aroma; apples, mango and other tropical fruit. This is followed by a bready, biscuity malt aroma. All throughout, there is a whiff of alcohol in the background. The taste represents a great balance of sweet and bitter. Citrus hops flavor, grapefruit, and with a big caramel or honey malt backbone. Sweet malt finish and an aftertaste that's resiny and hoppy. Smooth, full mouthfeel, soft carbonation that brings out the flavors, and easily drinkable. A world class IPA!

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Photo of atr2605
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a nice clear copper color with a white foamy head, about 2 fingers width, and leaves some nice lacing
S-tropical fruit, lingering pine and resin, hints of orange citrus and malt
T-Dominated by the resiny piney hops, very little of the fruit aroma carries through in the flavor. There is some malt sweetness in the background, but the finish quickly becomes lingering bitterness and a crisp biscuit flavor
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
0-A very tasty IPA

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Photo of Veritas_Aequitas
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing fancy here; just a damn solid IPA. If you don't like fruit or pine-heavy flavor in an IPA this is definitely one to try. Pours a dark golden color and maintains quite a thick, lingering head. Smells crisp and hoppy; tastes just like a no-bullshit IPA should - hops are very evident but not overwhelming. Alcohol content is perfect for this style at 7.5%.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What hop head doesn't love the smell on this beer? The flavor is super clean, but compared to a lot of others I'm just left wondering: what does this beer do for me besides deliver the essence of hops?

IPA had never been so one-dimensional before I tasted this. This beer is polarizing to me, because after drinking it, I am not reaching for another, but I can't deny that it was very very well made. So? I think its WAY over-rated.

The double jack, on the other hand, holds my interest.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle at Ginny's Little Bighorn on Sun., 12/28/2014 (Chicken Shit Bingo), dated "10/28/14 22:31," poured into plastic cup, drank over 30-45 minutes

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. 7.5% abv

Appearance- Gold in color with a slight haze to it. Frothy white head with good retention.

Smell- Instense grapefruit aroma coupled with earthy pine and a hint of pineapple on top of the citrus overload.

Taste- Some toasted malt flavors arrive to the palate first. The grapefruit is heavy as in the smell, and lasts through until a quite bitter and lasting finish takes effect.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy with good carbonation.

Overall- I thought this beer could of used some more work on the malt aspect of the taste. With some sweeter malt mixed there would be much more balance, which would put this beer into outstanding territory. With that said it still is not bad by no means.

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange body with a creamy white head. Smells peachy, Citrus and pine bring up the rear. Big citrus pine flavors with mild bitterness. Really smooth mouthfeel. Goes down too easy. Awesome IPA!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden color with great head and lacing.
Smell - citrus pine hope smell with a good malt backbone.
Taste - just like the smell with a great balance
Feel - crisp slightly creamy but could use a little more body but still fantastic.
Overall - fantastic ipa. It's a great normal ipa and if I could I'd get it more often.

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Photo of whynot44
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber color with a moderate white head that lingers and produces a bit of lacing.

The aroma is citrus and a hint of pine, very nice.

The taste starts with a blast of grapefruit and pine resin followed by slightly sweet malt and tropical fruit note for a really nice balance. Finishes dry with more pine resin lingering to make you want another drink.

Light/medium bodied, very drinkable. Altogether a very nice IPA, one of the best.

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Photo of titus0010
3.07/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Nice amber - yellow color, high opacity.
Smells like a good ipa. Nice hoppiness with some citrus.
Tastes like it smells except with less flavor than I expected.
Very watery mouth feel for an ipa.
Still, a solid brew.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: a hazy burnt orange color with some nice amber notes. 1/2 finger white bubbly head. the head looks like the surface of the moon. so, theres that

s: super strong pineapple and grapefruit, mango, crisp malts, a hint of sugary sweetness. a very faint amount of pine. very juicy smelling

t: taste follows the nose pretty tightly. juicy pineapple, mango, sweet grapefruit. a hint of strawberry. there is some mellow bitterness that comes from a mixture of grapefruit, pine, and raw tea leafs. its quite tasty, with just the right amount of bitterness to make this refreshing, while also sweet and extremely juicy

m: its on the lighter side of medium. i thought it might have a thicker syrup-like quality, but the juiciness and carbonation keep this on the lighter side, making it extremely easy drinking

o: i like this more than i was expecting too. i really enjoy how juicy this is in aroma and taste. its bitter, but not overly bitter or off-putting. very enjoyable

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Photo of Catracho5
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: a nice orange like color, fairly clear, a small head that dissipated pretty quickly, looks nice, lots of tiny bubbles in the creamy off white head, lots of lacing.

Aroma: big juicy, citrus aromas, a lovely aroma, big hops, not getting any alcohol on the nose, smells really good.

Taste: big bitterness up front, a lingering citrus flavor like grapefruit peel, slight alcohol burn, dry finish, taste really good.

Feel: medium mouthfeel, dry, lots of tiny bubbles, juicy.

Overall: this is my favorite IPA, it's easily available, fairly priced, and if it's fresh I always pick up a six pack or bomber, just a great IPA. The biggest challenge to this beer is freshness.

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Photo of ricp215
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light golden no head
Aroma is best part of this beer
Taste starts bitter but becomes very smooth in the mouth.
Citrus and Pine
Very easy to drink.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours golden and clear with small lacing head, nose is very hoppy and citrusy with grapefruit. Taste of strong biting hops slight malt, and very smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Shiny golden pour, just a bit hazy. Small white head reduced to a bit of froth in minutes.
Sweet citrus and caramel on the nose, peach, faint melon, bit of mango, light pine. Sweet and really fruity.
Bitter-sweet citrus up front, lots of grapefruit and citrus peel, bit of lime, pineapple juice, touch of mango, maracuja. Spicy leafiness, kiwi seeds. Not the most complex fruity hops, but really intense and strong, tailor made to cover up the caramel malts (just a bit coming through) without missing out on the flavor-enhancing sweetness (nice hint of floral honey, actually). Pine and grassy bitter steam-roller in the end.
Lots of flavorful hops in the aftertaste, a bit tropical, citrus peel, a bit of pine, with hop bitterness stuck in the throat. Medium body, rather fizzy, almost a bit burpy.
Refreshing and so very tasty. Can't imagine how this is fresh from the tap. Great IPA.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Quite simply, the standard by which all other IPAs are judged for me. Sure, it's a touch big for the style, but it's aroma/flavor are razor sharp on point, deftly mixing tropical sweetness with a touch of piney bitterness for perfect balance. An archetype.

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Photo of Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very pretty beer, a medium orange that's too thick to see through but holds lots of brightness, and some bubbling activity that remains gently consistent. The head is a tan one that settles to be very thick and strong but creamy, lots of rocky density to it, and its settling point is a full finger and very solid. Lacing is left all the way from the very top of the glass is bubbly netting and chunks, down to just about the very bottom.
Hops are potent in this aroma, and it displays one of the nicest bouquets I recall smelling in an IPA. It's an array of citrus, both flesh and zest without as much hard pith as some brewers are putting into their hoppy efforts. Some pine hits, too, and the balance from the right amount of caramel malts works really well.
Some tangerine, pine and marmalade hit the tongue up front, going leafier in the middle and transitioning into a very strong bitterness that is nonetheless far from overbearing. Malts are properly leveled to balance. There's a sort of earthy/rindy element to the bitterness at parts, and a flash of honey with some biscuits speaks again to the malts, only adding depth while allowing the bitterness to come off strongest.
IT's creamy smooth up front with a somehow soft but strong bite of crispness that carries from front to back. The medium body holds well the entire way through, and the consistent moderate carbonation keeps the smoothness and crispness from fading.
IT's nice to see that a classic can still hold its own in a market saturated with IPAs. While so many now have set the bar higher, this one still reaches it.

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Photo of psychoticpilgrim
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

This one surprised me with how delicious it was! Had it from the tap at the actual brewery and boy did it move up on my list to a favorite. Great stuff!

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Photo of PooblyKhan
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

This is one of my go to IPA's. Great hop hit then it mellows with a sweet malt addition that really compliments the fruit notes. Tastes of peach, passion fruit and some mango with a hint of caramel. Freshness is key and it's located on the bottle, so always check. I love it!!!

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Photo of mr-jj
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is orange amber with an puffy white head. Tropical and citric nose with a bit of sweetness. Flavor follows the nose, but less juiciness than the aroma promised. Hops dominate, but don't overpower. Body is medium/full with moderate carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeell.

Overall, an excellent all-around IPA.

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Photo of DoubleBarrelHopShot
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Golden copper color. White persistent head. Brilliant and clear. Nice lacing
S - Strong pine/citrus hop aroma. Simcoe/Citra essence. Moderate malt notes underneath.
T - Bitter...as it should be. Very we'll balanced for an IPA. Great hop flavor, but not lingering. Malty sweetness leads to a crisp hop bitterness. Leaves a pleasing aftertaste.
M - Chewy. Not light in body. Cleans up nice with a dry finish.
O - Great example of an American IPA. Loads of hops that come across fresh and aromatic. Definitely a must in the fridge. On my short-list for IPAs.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wow! I have never disagreed more with The bros. than on this beer! Usually they are gospel, but I am just not seeing it here with Firestone. It's an extremely average IPA with no memorable qualities. I bought a six pack and it took 2 months to finish them off. Even the Sierra Nevadas and Steinlagers went before the last Firestones. Anyways, i digress.... this beer is not necessarily bad, but then again, its not great. Think of the most average IPA you have ever had across the board and here ya go!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Au Cheval in Chicago, IL. 16oz served in a shaker pint glass 10/19/2014.

A- Clear golden-copper body, one finger white head, rings upon rings of lacing. Looks like a prototypical IPA. [4.25]

S- Grainy malt, bright citrus, grapefruit and pine aromas. Smells delicious; the combination itself is not superbly complex but the aromatic hop contribution is simply excellent. Similar to that of Three Floyds' hoppy pale ales. Very aromatic and appealing. [4.25]

F- Delicious grapefruit, tangerines, oranges kick things off with a nice grainy pale malt sweetness, caramel to add some balance and complexity, finishing off with a nice mild pine bitterness. Nice complexity to this, with clean transitions and combinations of new and old flavours. As surprising as it is to judge, it seems to taste/drink better than it smells, which is saying quite a bit. [4.5]

M- Medium bodied, perfect in its substance and carbonation. Crisp, refreshing but with a nice dry pine bitterness on the backend as the citrus and grainy malts fade away into oblivion. Delicious and easy to drink. [4.25]

O- One of the best IPAs out there when I can find it on draught. Out of the bottle, this beer is decidedly less impressive but that's probably because the freshest bottles I can find are one month old. Firestone Walker really needs to figure out their distribution kinks in the Great Lakes region. [4.25]

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Photo of Dyldey
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Perfect from start to finish. Pours nice and as soon as the you sip it the flavor explodes until it goes down and you are left with an incredibly clean aftertaste. Full body, hoppy to start with a quick escape.

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Photo of BWED
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint pour on draft

A- Clear golden, with orange hues. White head hangs at about a quarter inch. With a little lacing.

S- Juicy citrus and pineapple. Light bread background throws in some balance.

T- More piney in hop flavor. Some pineapple, and the malt is a little more subdued than the aroma suggests.

M- Medium carbonation on a medium-light body. Finish is dry, and quite bitter.

O- Definitely like this one. I just wish the flavor was as juicy as the smell. Impeccable aroma for this one.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,246 ratings.