Union Jack India Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden amber color with dense cap of white froth, good lacing. Scent is fruity and floral, citrus and splashes of pine before a sweet, biscuty malt backbone presents itself. taste leads with a clean and crisp sweet lemon flavor, solidly bitter with some pine resin notes, sweet and clean biscuity malt backbone. Medium bodied, lightly oily and smooth. A decent IPA, a touch sweet.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the Yardhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. The beer was served in a pint glass, and poured a light brown color, with orage highlights and no head. Sweet, hoppy aroma, with light orange essence. Middle and rear tongue hops flavors, balanced of bitter and smooth. Cedar and sweet characteristics, also. The beer has a steady flow of carbonation that keeps the beer light despite it's creamy body. Hoppy green aftertaste and smooth finish make it very easy to drink.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of handcrafty
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A. Pours a beautiful golden bronze color. Less than a finger worth of head from a bottle dated 7/29. Nice bubble retention while sipping, like tiger stripes.

S. Grapefruit - citrus focused. Alcohol is present to the nose, but nicely blended with other aromas of banana peel, pine cones and citrus zest. Quite yummy.

T. True to the nose, tons of grapefruit and citrus on the palate. Pine needles and grass also come to the tip of the tongue, with a nice clean finish.

M. Crisp and clean. Little carbonation on the taste buds.

O. Great W. Coast IPA. A go to, any time of week type of brew. Classic.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is big grassy hops accompanied by alcohol.
Color is a nice cooper with a solid white head.
Taste is much like the aroma. Big hop up front but with a malt backbone that smooths out the taste.
Mouthfeel is good. Almost thick for an IPA.
Drinkability is near perfect. I could easily have 2 or 3 bombers a night.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper almost amber, clear body with two finger head.

Smell comes at you like a west coast IPA should. Heavy citric hops with a strong biscuity malt compliment. Taste is like the nose. Strong grapefruit, almost lemon like hops with a bisuit malt backbone. For all the West Coast IPAs, this does stand apart with a unique and different taste. Dry finish to leave resiny aftertaste, like you would get after eating a grapefruit.

I wish I could ahve this fresh, I'm sure qualities would stand up a little more. Either way a good and almost sessionable IPA.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium gold with a 1.5 finger head and some lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit and a hint of pine. A swirl of the glass unfetters this aromatic beauty.

T: Bitter grapefruit with a medium bitter finish which lasts for a bit in the back of the mouth (I suppose that's where the beer last touched my mouth so it makes sense). Resiny and piny. I also get some spruce, or what I imagine spruce may or may not taste like (like I've even had spruce). This beer exemplifies a west coast ipa in that it is very hoppy and has a very small malt profile.

M: Light bodied, great carbonation, coats the mouth with a sticky texture.

D: I don't know what the availability of this will be, but I plan on sessioning this on a number of occasions in the future. In California the IPA market is flooded, but apparently FW isn't afraid to get their feet wet and they've suceeded in crafting a quality IPA which can stand up to the best of them.

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Photo of JoeySchlitz
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After drinking many 'Pliny the Younger's over the past few days I would say this is on par, maybe slightly behind. A fantastically well-balanced IPA that has a very fresh hop aroma and taste. There is a bit of bitterness on the tail end but overall a great beer, with a good malty balance to it. I definitely plan on picking up more of this for the beer closet stock.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have seen this beer many times and had wanted to try it so I finally made my way around to getting a fresh pack and chilled it down in the fridge. It has 7.5% ABV and has a world class 100 score by the Bros. With a score like that I was maybe having very high expectations. It is a great beer, but let’s look at what it has to
offer.

Look-It poured a crystal clear golden tinged light amber color that shimmered like the breast plate of a Greek god (little “g”). The head was at first very foamy and white, but quickly settled into a thin film. This rather common behavior is due to the sugar content, just as an fyi. So, even before I smelled or tasted it, I anticipated some sugar content from the malts.

Smell-I smell candied orange and other citrus aromas. The malts are candied caramel and toasty malted grains. It is quite nice, but not as complex as you would expect from a world class beer.

Taste-It tastes of orange and pine. The malts nicely come through late and cut the bitterness from the hops, but the bitterness isn’t very high. The malts are honey-based and are very nicely complimented by the orange citrus and pine. I couldn’t find the IBU content on this beer, but my advanced palate would estimate that it has 70 IBUs. I hope I am right on that. Could anyone check that for me?

Mouthfeel-It has a lite medium-bodied feel with an appropriate sweetness level that doesn’t delve into the annoying strong syrupy feel and taste that some IPAs have.

Overall-It has a nice flavor and aroma. It is relatively well-balanced, but some of its flavors are separated a bit. It is refreshing and moist and finishes clean. You should try this beer, but I don’t think it is a world-class brew deserving of the 100 from the Bros.

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Photo of spoons
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold color with an ok white head.

Smells super dank and hoppy. Wasnt really expecting this from firestone but it has a really nice hop aroma.

Has a pretty hoppy afterbite, some grapefruit and some sweetness. Has a malty finish as well.

I would for sure buy this one again.

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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 GJ40
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods on Westlake in Seattle. No date on the bottle.

A golden ale with the slightest haze and a small white head. Aroma is piney and citrusy hops with a touch of toasted malt and yeast. Starts with a nice citrusy bitterness but then switches to a malty and yeasty flavor. The bitterness picks up over time and the malt continues to provide a nice foundation. There's good lacing left on the glass as it empties. The consistency is moderate with a low carbonation.

I'd been meaning to try this and after I heard it won best IPA at GABF, I figured it was time. I think it's a balanced and enjoyable IPA but I wouldn't put it in the top three.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12pz bottled... Bottled on 10/03/12

A: pours a hazy orange with half a finger of white head... Dissapates nicley and leavs some very nice lacing

S: citrusy and delicious, I get grapefruit and tangerine hop aromas. Hint of pine and bitter resins as the brew warms.... Pleasant aroma, exploding with citrus hop notes more and more as it warms.

T: much like the Aroma, I get loads of citrus hop deliciousness, lemon, orange peel, and a big grapefruit juicyness. There is a touch of bitter pine in there as well.... All over a lightly sweet malt backbone. Flavor is very well rounded with a good amount of hoppy deliciousness.

M: medium heavy body with moderate carbonation and a dry bitter finish that reminds me of citrus peels, lemon and orange.

O: this is a damn good, well rounded, citrus hop forward ipa.... Refreshing with a nice drinkability.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic.

A - Pours orangish and mirky with a white head that leaves lots of lacing behind.

S - Some sweetness, some bitterness. Oranges, grapefruit, hops, citrus, and bitterness. A very "solid" smelling IPA.

T - Some oranges, tangerines, hops, bitterness.

M - Light and nice, really crisp and fresh. Good carbonation.

D - A good IPA and will hopefully get ahold of another bottle again.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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...

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Photo of rye726
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an oaky color with a nice beige head. Good lacing and retention. Nose has citrus, fruity hops and caramel malts. Taste not as impressive. Good malt structure, but the hops are a bit to mellow. Body is a bit thin, but well carbonated. Good IPA from Firestone.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise, sampled on tap at Beer 39, San Francisco. Lighter in color, but very well composed. The citrus/resin/malt balance is very enjoyable - in fact, it reminds me of my favorite beer from my home brewery. Overall, this is very enjoyable and well crafted IPA.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. orange-red copper in color with an off-white head. mild retention level. decent lacing.

S: big hoppy nose with some citrus and pine, very earthy. apples from the malts, some crystal malts in there.

T: nice well-balanced hop flavors all over this with a huge malt backbone. hops are more earthy with a slight fruitiness, while the malts are sweet yet subtle and accompany the malts very well.

M: medium-bodied. nice bite but mellows out really well. good carbonation level, that can be viewed as a little higher than normal.

D: I enjoyed this very much. Great IPA and very drinkable.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Great clarity. Burnt orange color. Dense, off-white head. Mondo stickage!

Smell - Big citrus nose. Herbal. Nice.

Taste - Big, crisp grapefruit flavor. There is a slightly toasty malt flavor in the background that keeps the hops in check.

Mouth - Oily. Crisp. Great carbonation.

Overall - Yes, this ale is yet another California hop bomb. There is more to this beer than just hops, however. There is just enough malt to keep things interesting. The beer smells good. The beer looks great. Union Jack does many things well.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ajsdad.

Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy west coast hoppy aroma. Medium to full body with a oily slick texture with flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration.

Very good brew.

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Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a two finger white head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, orange, and pine. Smells very nice.

Tastes just like it smells. Grapefruit, orange, and pine. There is also a nice caramel malt backbone which adds some balance.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, smooth, easy to drink, and finishes dry. This is a very nice IPA. I recommend trying this beer, if you have not already done so.

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Photo of garuda
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear pale gold with a thick white head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Hops front to back, mostly pine with bits of pineapple. Caramel malts are present, but stay in the background nicely. Bitter pine notes through the finish.

M - Light side of a medium body, finishes crisp and bitter.

O - Everything works well in this one. I'd definitely get it again.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle

Consumed 12/22/11

Appearance: Remarkably clear, golden orange, starts off with a nice little white head and leaves some sticky lacing

Smell: Citrusy and bold, but not a hop bomb - orange and grapefruit - fleshy, juicy, and oily - floral, with some dryness - some toasted, biscuity malts in the background - some earthy aromas and on the sweet side

Taste: Nicely balanced - a lot of citrus - orange and grapefruit - oily, with tons of rind and pith - citrus flesh and juice as well - bitter with a lingering bitterness - a lot of pine, too - herbal, leafy, dry, earthy, spicy - malts are dry and biscuity with moderate sweetness - well-rounded

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit oily/sticky and simulatneously dry and earthy, nicely carbonated

Overall: Great, but not the best Jack

Union Jack is a good IPA, but it could be better. The hop profile is a bit too oily for me, and it's a little too sweet overall. I guess it makes sense that I had similar issues with Double Jack. Regardless, this is certainly worth a try.

Edit: 4/23/15

Drinking one of the cans. And it's fresh. I think I bottle I reviewed previously was on the old side, so I have updated accordingly (more or less just added comments about the fleshy, fruity citrus). Increased the score for smell, everything else stayed the same.

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Photo of NODAK
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fairly dry and citric nose on this one. Good grapefruit presence....a bit tropical perhaps. But certainly hoppy and dry.

There's an immediate good dose of grapefruit and definite pineapple hop bitterness here starting out....followed by quite the formidable caramel malt base. One of the sweeter IPA's I've ever had, but that doesn't mean that it compromises the bitterness. It certainly has both. Finishes quite dry and bitter, although not in a lingering way.

A great English IPA, no question. Many of the style seem to sacrifice the bitterness but this is full flavored all the way on both fronts. Bitter, sweet, then dry.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 fl.oz. bottle. Bottled on 05/15/2015.

A: pale amber. Clear. Poured with 3 fingers high head and moderate long retention.
S: Moderate citrus aroma. A little grassy.
T: Intense hops flavor. Moderate to high bitterness. Mildly malty sweet. Finish is semi-dry.
M: Creamy. Medium bodied.
O: Balanced, flavorful, and drinkable IPA.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,305 ratings.