Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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94
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Reviews: 1,218
Hads: 5,906
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 438
Gots: 1,103 | FT: 12
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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 Durge
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack from Whole Foods Market in Los Gatos, CA and was glad it was recommended to me by Brian there. It has a clear golden amber color with a modest white head of big bubbles that disipates to a mere ring quickly but leaves a healthy carpet of lace. The aroma is mild but pleasant pine hops and a vague hint of clean grain. The flavor brings a much more difinitive hop and it's got more of a citrus side. It's smooth with very fine tingly carbonation, crisp but fair bodied for the style. The hop dominance gives way to some malt sweetness and this settles into a very pleasing ipa. There's also a touch toasted oats and oak. This is one solid choice, definitely give this a try! (694 characters)

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- beautifully translucent gold/orange, with a finger of white head that laces fantastically.

S- Citric. Grapefruit and orange. Certainly a biscuity malt lies underneath.

T- Hop forward from the word go, and not just hop flavor, pronounced bitterness is there as well. Hop flavor is largely orange, with a hint of pink grapefruit. Bitterness is very much on the sides of the tongue. Malt is not overdone, which is very appreciated. Bitterness lingers well after the sip.

M- Medium bodied, more carbonation that is visible. Quite dry on the finish.

O- Very nicely done. Not my favorite, but I can certainly appreciate the West Coast roots, and the care which was taken to craft it. (724 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass (too frosty) poured at Rocco's Bar, Portland. Allowed to sit/warm for about ten minutes.

A: Clear pour with plenty of streaming carbonation cutting through a field of butterscotch/copper orange. Head is short, but epitomizes creamy whiteness; a million flecks of lace speckle the glass.

S: Powerful citrus, a blend of grapefruit and orange, marries with hearty evergreen - maybe a tad on the soapy/perfumed side. Takes some time to develop, but plenty strong once it does.

T: Like the nose, this flexes its muscles right away: pithy, almostly tingly, citrus zest; resinous and juicy needles; and under-coating of thick caramel and candied fruits.

M: A bit on the zesty side, yet not over-carbonated. Body carries some weight, medium-to-heavy feel, with a coating finish of bitter pith and pine.

D: Though categorized as a 'regular' American IPA, this toes a fine line toward being 'Imperial'. It's easy enough to drink one of, but midway through the second you may start to regret it. Or you'll feel so good you just don't care. Til tomorrow... Very worthy... (1,076 characters)

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. (465 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint. Served chilled...

A) Clean and clear golden amber. Not much head... Settles quickly to a collar. Decent lacing...

S) Lemon rind shavings, grass and some saltine cracker. A refreshing scent with a little sweet flower petal.

T) Near the nose... Good malt backbone with a slightly zesty finish that let's a little of the 7.5% ABV poke it's head out.

M) Solid medium body with softer carbonation. Dry finish that is bitter, but doesn't linger.

O) Very nice brew... I would like to try more from this brewery. Glad to recommend... (610 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firestone- IPA

A- Caramel orange brown with a fluffy head, light lacing.
S- Sweet buttery malt and sugary pine hops.
T- Sweet sugary buttery shortbread malt, sweetened pine and citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange rind.
M- Thick malt and a sweet sweet hoppy body and finish.

Overall- Solid, sessionable. A highly recommended 1 if seen on tap. (342 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is clear and amber with golden highlights. It is capped with an inch and a half of white head.

S - The aroma is full of citrus. I even get a little tropical fruit.

T - The taste is loaded with citrus, especially grapefruit. There is a mild pine finish.

M - It is medium bodied and very smooth.

O - I had this on tap and do not remember it being this good. Of course I tried a lot of beers that day. This is a smooth, easy drinking IPA. It is not the piney, bitter beer that I would have expected from the left coast. (581 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottles in MA, nice to see. Weird coincidence that Chico1985 review it on the same day.

A- Particle free light orange pour into a pint glass. Small white head forms with decent retention and a creamy texture. A few nice lace patches.

S- Aroma like a fresh pack of hops out of the home brew store. Good mix of citrus, orange peel and pine in an aroma you don't have to stress to pick up on.

T- Nice and hoppy again. Citrus zest, grapefruit, big pine, general fruit and earthy profile. Great pine citrus interplay. A caramel malt backbone and some bread.

MF- Creamy body that definitely has nice substance to it. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

Solid, straight up IPA. Great dynamic between citrus fruit flavors and earthy pine ones. West Coast but anyone can appreciate a beer like this. (798 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.07/5  rDev -4%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of NewGeneric
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one the other day with my father. Poured a gold color with white head that faded quickly and left good lacing. Smelled of citrus/pine hops and light malt. Tasted pretty much the same. Smooth, but slightly bitter/dry finish. Could easily drink more of this. (265 characters)

Photo of regspeir
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (via trade) poured into a Duvel tulip.
Aggressive pour yielded a light amber with a smallish one-finger white head. Head dissapates quickly but leaves behind a nice creamy lacing. Good carbonation is evident by sight and taste. Nose is a strong citrus (orange, grapefruit) and earthy pine with a sweet malt evident. Taste starts with some bitterness that is almost like orange zest quickly countered by a malty sweetness and a nice, refreshing orange aftertaste. This is well balanced and delicious. It features a medium consistency and only slightly oily mouthfeel. At 7.5% and this well balanced, sessionable it is. As with lots of left coast offereings, I just wish I had enough access to do so. If you are lucky enough, go for it! (747 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10-25-12, drank on 3-19-13. Will have to try fresh some time but this is all I've got on the East Coast. Pours deep golden with a small fluffy head. Aroma is still fantastic. Sweet mango and grapefruit with candy sweetness. Flavor is pine and grapefruit, but the hops are obviously deadened. Still, this is an excellent IPA. Lingering sweet citrus on the palate. Medium slick mouthfeel, with medium to high carbonation. Really want some fresh now, though this is still very nice as is. (498 characters)

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Surly Darkness tulip.

Pours a frothy off white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smells of citrus with malts as the backbone.

Taste is a nice mix of malts and hops. The hops doesn't have a super over pouring control over the sweet malts but more of a delicate balance in which the hops gradually wins over leaving a slight bitterness on the tongue and a tingling on the roof of the mouth.

Drinks very well. I wish I could have this on a regular basis as a nightly sipper when I'm watching tv or hanging out with the old lady. True there are better IPA's out there but this one is definitely up there with the best of them. (673 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again Fletcher! If Firestone can't be distributed in Ohio I'm glad they at least started to show up in Colorado. Bomber dated 07/14/11 poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance
Lots of interrupted and splotchy lacing. The beer is quite red, making the label of the beer quite appropriate. It has good clarity with stunning amber hues shining through on the highlights.

Aroma
This aroma is where its at! It reminds me why I liked Double Jack so much the couple times I was able to get baby pours. Big, juicy, wet citrus bomb. Its very sweet and candied smelling, actually its extremely candied smelling. Mentioning cotton candy would not be a far-fetched idea. The aroma is mostly orange, grapefruit and fresh cut, sappy spruce pine bough. There is an assertive grassiness that can be found amongst it all.

Taste
Not as spectacular as the aroma, but this is a really good IPA no doubt. The flavor is just as huge and in your face as the aroma. The taste just suffers a bit from the extremely candied and sweetened flavors of the citrus and piney hops. It takes on a syrupy feel and flavor rather than a lighter, juicy one. Lots of tangerine, rind and all, cotton candy and a sappy pine flavor that tries to lend bitterness. The finish does have a long lingering, syrupy bitterness.

Mouthfeel
High carbonation hurts this one. It is very resinous and sticky. The beer doesn't want to leave the palate.

Overall
A really good IPA, especially in the aroma department. (1,479 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rayjay for the bottle.
Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold. Lots of sticky lacing and a wispy white head.
Smells very hoppy, lots of grassy, piney, almost wheaty notes.
Tastes mildly sweet, rich malts come through and linger through the finish. Hops compete well with the malt with lots of grass, pine and some juicy citrus as well.
Very smooth and mildly carbonated. This is very juicy and rich. (405 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance; Pours a nice orange, yelowish slightly hazy color with a big fluffy just off white head that has lots of tiny bubbles. Nice hop haze and sunset orange yellow color.

Smell: Smells like a DIPA for sure. Has the sweet sticky pine, grapefruit, also some caramalized mango in there. Very very nice.

Taste: Has a huge body to this. This has to be a DIPA for sure. Its got a big hop attack followed by a huge malt profile with loads and loads of caramely biscuity malts to balance out the intense hops. Just a little weak in the mid palate but has a big initial attack and a strong finish that goes unbalanced because of the hollow midpalate.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation. Not spritzy and has a great coating effect that leaves the sweet caramel spiked with grapefruit juice in your mouth for minutes.

Drinkability: For an american IPA, its just average. The abv is too high for me and i would just as soon pick this to be a DIPA. not a session beer and really should have the abv toned down a bit or else call it a dipa. only reason its getting this high a drinkabilty is because its delicious. (1,153 characters)

Photo of scootpolute
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle...

Appearance: golden/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not the crazy, 'HOP-FEST' I was expecting (maybe I haven't fully recovered from my cold/flu...what better medicine, eh?!!)...Very pronounced grapefruit hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Smooth...hoppy kick, leads to a dull-numb taste?!

Mouthfeel is ultra-smooth and creamy with a malty thick full-body. The initial taste is an absolute hop assualt on the palate! A spicy, stinging and salty plethora of citric nuances literally overwhelm the senses. Earth, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is definately present but gets its ass fiercly kicked by the hops. Malt includes some toasted, slightly bready and light honey flavours with an even malt sweetness...It hardly balances the beer, but does keep it somewhat control. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and malt sweetness, which tends to linger for some time.

O: A great beer for all the hop-heads out there...pretty smooth...good 'drinking' beer...could have many of these in a row without having regrets!!

For what it is, it's crafted to near perfection. A "Wow!" beer for sure. 7.5 % abv. (1,321 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strange name for an AIPA, cheers to Wasatch for this one!

Pours an effervescent honey with 1 finger of beige head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Piney & citrussy

T: Grapefruit, breadyness & tangerines up front. leafy hops & pineyness dominate as this warms, plus just a whisper of booze, honey malts & apricots. Finishes piney with a touch of breadyness, earthy hops & pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, plus great balance

Drinks easy for the style & ABV, a good AIPA that verges on the edge of greatness (529 characters)

Photo of cocogan
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: Pale gold in color, little head that dissipated fairly quickly. some lacing left on glass.

Nose: Yes, that is what an ipa should smell like. Big pineapple citrus aroma,along with a sticky pine/floral hop character.

Taste: Hop resin taste and bitterness conquers the taste buds. A dried apple and lime flavor complements a lingering alcohol warmness.

Mouth: Medium body. Subtle back end foaminess.

Overall: A good ipa. Great aroma. (442 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
A: light copper; tapioca head ; rings of lace
S: bready; citrus rind; light zest and crust
T: typical English ipa; citrus peel / light grapefruit; doughy; a touch of spice
M: moderate feel; higher carbo
O: a nice English ipa

(from phone notes) (280 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear golden straw color with about an inch of creamy white head. Real good looking.

Tropical passion fruits with a nice bitter hop finish and a little bit of caramel malts in the background. Nice bitter hop flavor throughout the drink. Hints of sweet malts in the background with some tropical fruits.

Light body with sharp carbonation. Overall this one is pretty tasty. Real enjoyable. (427 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter, thanks Gobzilla for this extra!

A: Nice amber orange color with a great sudsy head that lingers. Great.

S: Light hops up front with a buttery tinge, followed by a toffee like malt aroma.

T: Well balanced. Some hops that lead to a sweetness of caramelly malt, some citrus and just a tinge of bitterness at the finish. I'm thinking maybe there should be more hops, perhaps this is a bit old? Wouldn't be surprised if it's supposed to be like this, and tastes good, but I would love more hops.

M: Medium, smooth with good carbonation.

D: Very good IPA, solid easy drinker. (611 characters)

Photo of Antnego
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at La Puerta in San Diego. Nice two-finger head, crisp light golden color. Grapefruity and piney hops blended with moderately strong malt. Grapefruit and floral notes on the nose. I just wish the smell didn't fade so quickly. Overall, a very good beer. (259 characters)

Photo of lunarbrew
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent looking beer. Pours clear amber with about 2 fingers of fluffy eggshell head. Very inviting. The nose is very clear, crisp, simple, and big. I smell fresh cut pineapple, flowers, and pine. I didn't really expect the flavor after smelling the beer. Pretty typical west-coast hop flavor. A dry ipa, which isn't terribly balanced. I like the juiciness of the beer, but I was looking for more sweetness. Hop resin lingers on the tongue. The body is medium and highly carbonated. Leaves a little weight after the finish. Overall, a very good beer. Not a great beer, but it's very good. (590 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA is a hazy, golden ale with a thin, dense, white head that has great retention and lacing. It has a huge, fruity hop aroma. It smells a touch sweet with otes of orange and caramel. It's pretty full bodied and quite smooth. The finish is a little loose and dusty. It has plenty of hop flavor but it's not very bitter. There is a sort of caramelized flavor to it, like toffee. The flavors don't fuse completely, but all of the different tastes I get out of this are good ones. A little bitterness lingers after the swallow. This is a pretty solid double IPA. It certainly beats most beers. (618 characters)

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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