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: 5,794
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 425
Gots: 1,049 | FT: 13
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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 SaCkErZ9
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating noted. Pours clear and golden bronze in color with a white head of about one finger in size. Some bits of lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma is all hops. Piney and fruity, but mostly piney.

Flavor was nice but not my cup of tea. Rather sweet and overly fruity. The pine notes are noted in the finish but this one is full of fruity flavors and sweetness. The bitterness is left way behind. The bitterness is there at the very end but not much in the flavor up front.

A bit watery on the mouthfeel with low carbonation. I just didnt enjoy this one that much. It looked good and smelled good but the taste and mouthfeel were not pleasing to me. DRinkablity was low but certainly wasnt anything gross. I wouldnt purchase this again.

Photo of Florida9
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dull orange in color. Pours with a 1/2" of foamy white head that quickly reduces to a very rocky surface coating. Copious lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt, citrus, and spicy hops.

T: Mildly sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, pine, and some moderate bitterness. Finishes with a bitter bite.

M: Medium with appropriate carbonation.

D: Overall, a good IPA. Maybe a bit on the sweet side, but the hops are still the focus and I wouldn't consider this a flaw.

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

Pours a light copper with a lively head that sticks slightly. Aroma is hoppy and sweet, very citrusy and floral. The flavor is powerfully citrusy, with a perfumy character that lingers long in the mouth. The bitterness is strong and smooth. The mouthfeel is thick and clingy. Very tasty.

Photo of Beernoisseur
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed an IPA in a while.

A - Perfectly clear, fresh honey golden color. The head is a bit sudsy. Laces a bit, kind of sparse.

S - Wow. Piney citrus. Loads of hop aroma.

T - The flavor is sweeter than I expected. With the nose, I expected a haymaker of hop bitterness, but it was actually fairly subtle to me. The hop flavor is more citric than anything.

M - Medium-bodied, nice feel.

D - Although it's a little sweeter than I prefer for the style, I certainly wouldn't refuse two or three.

Photo of javincik
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Consumed at three weeks after bottled on date.

A-Pours a fairly clear, pale yellow with a two finger bone white head of small bubbles. The lacing is amazingly and clings beautifully to the glass as the head recedes. A true work of art.

S-Nice floral aromas from the hops dominate. Some pine and grass in there as well. The fruit and citrus aromas - while present- are not as pronounced as some other IPAs. Pleasingly pungent is how I would describe it.

T-Some initial bread and biscuit comes through but is almost immediately swept aside by a wave of floral and pine hop flavors. A little bit of fruity sweetness precedes the long bitter finish. Definitely more toward the floral end of the IPA spectrum. It's hop forward, but it's not out of balance. Nicely done.

M-Medium bodied and a little sticky and viscous. It is towards the high end of the ABV spectrum for the style.

D-Um, yeah. It's good. Would be my go to IPA if it was available locally. Definitely a top tier IPA.

Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Nice aroma of hops, citrus and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit, lemon and malt. Almost reminded me more of an English IPA (less emphasis on citrus), but still very tasty.

M: A well carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable beer.

Photo of vtfan77
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light orange-tinted gold with lots of bubbles streaming up the glass and a decent white head.

S- Very nice hoppy smell. Loads of grapefruit and orange and a touch of pine with a light biscuity malt backing. Excellent.

T- A bit of sweet malt upfront is quickly overtaken by the hops, which are assertive with nice pine and citrus flavors. Still, the malt manages to hold its own throughout, backing the hops nicely and providing a tasty bready complement. Moderate bitterness and a touch of residual sweetness on the finish.

M- Surprisingly thick for an IPA, on the heavy side of medium with a good carbonation level to balance it out.

D- The nice, balanced flavor is a plus and makes you want to drink more, but the alcohol is rather high for the style and the mouthfeel is kind of heavy and rich. Still, finishing the bomber will be absolutely no problem. I could probably drink a couple pints of this.

A very nice IPA that doesn't seem to generate a lot of talk around here. It was an impulse buy at Total Wine. We don't get a whole lot of FW's stuff around here and I'm not sure how long we've had Union Jack in Virginia, but I'm glad it's here now. I'd certainly get this again and I recommend it to all the IPA-lovers out there.

Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have wanted to try this for awhile,glad to get my hands on it.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear medium to full on golden with a thinner but well retained white head.Citric and pine in the nose,I mean just great hop definition,a bit of sweet alcohol as well.The mouthfeel is just a tad thin and prickly but it doesnt take away from the drinkibility really,just me nit picking really.Well balanced with big resiny and citric hop intertwining with a hefty sweet doughy malt base,yeah the hops win out but the malt base holds firm.A great Cali IPA the hops are huge but its not totally unbalanced.

Photo of mwa423
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a slightly hazy dark gold with a thin white head that quickly disappeared with little lacing.

S - Mix of light sweetness and lots of citrus/pine hops and a dirt like smell as well. Very well balanced aroma that is about perfect for an IPA.

T - Awesome flavor, perfect blend of citrusy hops at both the beginning and end of the taste. The middle is some light sweet maltiness.

M/D - Mouthfeel is rich and thick. The hops leave a pleasant tingle on the tounge. Very drinkable and hard to keep in the glass.

Overall, I wish this was something I could get on a regular basis. Great IPA!

Photo of degerbah
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orangish into my pint glass. Very little head at all. Not nearly as much hop aroma as I would have expected, but I'm not dissapointed by the taste. lots of hop bitterness that is lightly offset by a very sweet malty backbone. incredibly drinkable without any real hint of booze. The balance makes this a great multi-purpose drinker and I wish that it was available in Ohio.

Photo of BarrelO
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber body. Respectable white head that lives a bit of lacing.

S: Like a cross between a pine forest and a fruit bowl. Dazzling.

T: Chock full of piney, grassy, and citrus flavors. Plenty bitter, but not excessively so. This one is big on IPA flavor but more restrained when it comes to IPA bitterness.

M: Oily and syrupy.

D: Everything an IPA should be. Thumbs way up.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Almost perfectly clear orange copper, just the slightest haze. I poured a little hard and left an enormous head with pretty good retention and some sticky lacing. No, glass destroying lacing-- I'll have to scrub this one.

Smell: This is just a damn fine hoppy smelling beer. Bitter and sweet citrus with orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. There's pine and some sticky bud too. Westside. A little caramel malt sweetness too. Not overpowering, just a solid and balanced IPA.

Taste: As good as the smell. Resiny, piney, and bitter grapefruit more than sweet citrus hops flavor. Bitter, but "balanced" by a tasty and complex tasting maltiness-- not just caramel, but a spicy, slightly toasty malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and on the full side for an IPA, although this is on the big side for a regular IPA, so thats not too surprising. Good carbonation. Resiny finish.

Drinkability: Just fantastic. Its a little on the pricey side, at least here on the east coast, but at least its available. I'll be buying this one over and over.

Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught pint at the Dog & Pony, Union Jack is pale orange with a creamy white head that leaves very light, foamy lace.

Smell is pungently hoppy, pretty classic west coast hop profile, heavy on the resin. Some nice apricot sweetness rounds it out.

Taste is similar, a nice big hop bomb, with minimal malt to stand in the way. There's a firm bitterness for sure, and some ethanol to remind of it's bite, enhancing the spiciness of the hops, but it's a fairly easier drinker overall.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, with an oily slipperiness.

Drinkability is pretty good, it certainly satisfies my hop craving. On the other hand, so aggressive it's a bit of a palate buster, and one that would quickly lead to fatigue, of both the taste buds and the mind.

Photo of claspada
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an average amber, maybe slightly darker with great clarity. Not much of a head, but decent lacing.

Aromas are quite west coast. Pine is the big one, with slight citrus notes, cant detect much malt at all at this point.

Taste follows the nose but is not the only component. The sweet bready malts also showcase and are extremely enjoyable. Hop bitterness and flavor also are prevalent.

Overall this is easy drinking and very tasty. Great beer, wish I was on the west coast to enjoy it often.

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

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Apricot/orange see-thru body with 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head. Good retention, with a fair amount of sticky lacing left in the upper portion of the glass.

Fresh hop aromas jump out of the glass, pungent and lively. Malty sweetness is present, but doesn't overwhelm. Tastes pretty much as advertised. Plenty of tropical fruits- grapefruit, orange, pineapple- with enough caramel to enhance the juicy feel, but not much more than that. The citrus yields midswallow to a resiny pine presence that dries out to a sticky finish. Some prickly pine bitterness lingers.

Overall impression: Nothing to complain about here. Nice IPA, easy recommendation.

Photo of david18
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at Rattle N Hum in Midtown Manhattan. I wasn't sure if I had had this before but was glad to try it either again or for the first time. Darker in color than a typical IPA with a little less carbonation that I had hope but otherwise I liked this beer a lot. Great Hop aroma and flavor. Good strong taste of malt as well. I liked it.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice and clear solid golden color with some nice light amber hints. The head is nice and white with some slight ivory hints. Very dense bubbles with some bigger medium sized bubbles. The head is about 1.25 in thick and recedes very slowly leaving some very nice lacing.

S - The aromas is very apparent from the first pour nice strength on the nose. Nice sweet grapefruit aroma first with some slight alcoholic ester. Fresh pine forest during early fall smell. Slight woody aromas as well. Very delicious. In terms of hop aroma its up there with the best of them. Nice caramel and toffee scent on the back end of that nose.

T & M - Delicious grapefruit sweetness to start with. Very welcoming citrus feel and an extreme piney hop resin flavor. So delicious and slightly oily and viscous. There is some slight caramel sweetness in the middle as well as some nice bready and grainy flavors. Finishes with a nice toasty malt backbone that is a nice addition to the more citric and dry grassy finish from the hops. Pretty bitter and flavorful brew. There is a nice boozy warmth and sweetness mixed in there as well but it acts as a compliment and does not overwhelm at all. Its good and crisp and medium bodied with a strong hop profile that balances well with the toasty malt.

D - Very high even with the higher ABV. Would be perfect with a 6.0%.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a caramel brown with yellow highlights that a thin white head and left a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the caramel malts pop out first longaide candy notes, citrus, bready, and faint hop aromas that real don't make a statement for a IPA.

T: the hops did show up on the taste some what but they weren't as potent as I thought they would be. The caramal malts held it down on the backbone with bready and citrus accents: not real punchy.

M: the brew was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that was not real prickly but had a sweet, slight bitter, and oily finish.

D: it drank really good but didn't have the hop punch and hop profile that I expect from a west coast IPA; maybe it wasn't as fresh.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a vibrant amber orange color with moderate amount of carbonation and very good head retention.

S - Very pronounced pine and citric grapefruit with crisp and crackery malt. Also has semi-ripe pineapple in the nose.

T - For a single IPA, VERY impressive! WOW! HUGE pineapple, pine, generous amounts of ripe grapefruit, and dry, crackery malt.

M - Finishes semi-dry and very crisp, lighter side of medium body.

D - Exceptional.

Photo of Mooch273
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: translucent; lighter copper color for an IPA, almost like a dark blond. Decent head retention with mild lacing.

A: grapefruit-like citrusy backbone followed by a dominant hop flavor. Hints of apricot and pine.

T: sweet citrus notes upfront followed by a piney after taste.

M: mild carbonation; dryness after each sip makes one want another sip... also lleads to a quick empty glass!

D: light carbonation allows for several to easily be consumed on a warm summer night.

Overall, this beer always leaves a good impression.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of djmichaelk via trade. Thanks!
Bottled on 6/24/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Light amber colour - not cloudy at all, with one finger of bubbly cream coloured head.

S - Initial nose is well balanced with some bitter citrus hops and sweet caramel malts.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated.

T - A well balanced IPA with a significant malt sweetness and some citrus and piney hops. The hops are not overly bitter or flavourful but the bitterness does linger in the finish. Would love a little more hop punch in this one. The malt profile is somewhat more dominant on the palate than the hops are.

D - A good IPA. Not spectacular but one that I would drink again.

Photo of kpoole25
3.02/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured to a glass. Light brown to orange color, a bit hazy, white head. Pretty typical IPA aromas, citrus and pine. Taste was pretty good up front, nice sweet, rich malt, but the finish really turned me off. There was a combination of flavors that didn't play well together on my palate...a combination of alcohol, the type of bittering hops and...maybe the oak?...just left me saying "not lovin' this." Difficult to finish the bottle.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this a long time ago (I think) and didn't care much for it...Let's try again...Pours a clear and vibrant amber, with a nice creamy head leaving sticky lace. Wonderful aromas rolling around here. Very piney hoppy, but it carries a sweetness with it that is very inviting. The flavor is extremely well -balanced - some of the best balance I've come across in an IPA in a while, particularly on the West Coast. Lots of fruity notes crammed in with the hops and malt really set this above the average for an IPA. Excellent ale and I highly recommend you track it down.

Photo of robwestcott
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle a translucent golden honey to a sun king shaped pint glass with a 1/2 finger off white short lasting head with nice retention.

aroma of sweet citrus closely followed by piney hops. nice balance between the two.

wow - this is an IPA (?) it's seriously malt forward. citrus and pine are present, but the dark malt is all but in the very front.

very thick, almost syrupy, smooth and slick.

drinkable ? oh yes.

Photo of dgilks
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Malty caramel aroma with nice pine and stonefruit hop aromas. Good.

Murky, copper colour with a small, off-white head. Middling head retention.

Nice citrus flavours with a note of pine. Interesting, rich malt flavour with moderate bitterness. Good.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Very good.

A tasty beer. Well balanced and deftly built. Almost an American ESB.

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,794 ratings.