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: 5,793
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 424
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 thickerfreakness
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to HopHead84 for tossing this one is an extra giving me the chance to try another good California IPA.

It pours out that nice glowing orange with a fluffy off white head. Great looking IPA.

It smells mostly of citrus and pine with plenty of earthy caramel malt as well. A nice balance while still being really hoppy.

Taste is similar to the smell. A great citrus/pine hop burst then some balancing malt for an earthy and bitter finish.

Really smooth and easy drinking. Medium bodied and pleasant carbonation. No way does this seem like 7.50% ABV.

Another really good sessionable IPA from CA. A little high on the ABV but its hidden well.

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

Bottle poured into a standard pint.
Bottled on 11/22/11*

A: Golden straw color in appearance, good finger and a half of white head and some pretty sick lacing down the glass. The star

S: Citrus notes on the hop action. Some dankness due to age but some tangerine, lemon, and some pine notes in the back.

T: Nice citrus blast of hop action in the front and almost continues in the back the same way. One way please....

M: Sticky on the palate, abv hidden well.. given the fact, nicely carbonated.

O: Stellar IPA. I close my eyes and see California....

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

Served on tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to amber in color. The beer has a finger tall dense dark beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a light aroma of rich caramel malt sweetness and strong aromas of pine/resin and citrus/grapefruit hops.

T: Moderate amounts of caramel malt sweetness. On top of the malt body there is a strong flavor of citrus/grapefruit hops as well as some lighter notes of pine/resin hops. There is a light amount of bitterness. Overall, the beer is very well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with moderate dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very enjoyable, easy to drink, and I would gladly have this one again. There is a really nice taste and smell for this beer.

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

Thanks to Bobby8405 for the share of the fresh Union Jack.

A - Quite gold with a long-lived white head and lots of messy splattered lace.

S - Big citric hoppiness is readily apparent with additional notes of lime and evergreen. The malt is a little more caramel-y than I'd like.

T - Wow, nice assemblage of flavors, and unusually arranged on the palate. I am getting the rarely-perceived nuance of lime zest (as opposed to lemon, grapefruit, etc.) accentuated by evergreen notes of juniper bush. The hop is tempered by a sturdy malt that tastes less caramelized than it smells.

M - IPA. Good.

D - I mean, it is quite nice, but it is not a standout. SoCal IPAs that are better (off the top of the dome...) include Just Outstanding, AleSmith IPA, Green Flash IPA, Sculpin (obviously), and I'm sure more that I don't know or can't think of.

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

A: Clear golden copper color with loads of carbonation bubbles flowing up to support two fingers of frothy, towering head.

S: Peach and apricot, floral hops, nice caramel/biscuit malt backbone.

T: Caramel malts make up a pretty formidable base, with pine, citrus, and floral hop flavors complementing it well.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation; finish is a little sticky and dry.

O: Nice IPA from Firestone Walker, really enjoying the smell of this one. It will definitely be incorporated into the California IPA rotation.

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

12oz bottle into a regular kitchen glass at the compound. Got this up in ny on a recent trip and it's super fresh.

Union jack, hazy sunset orange with a hint of amber and rising bubbles making for a milkshake of tannish foam about a half inch in stature. Faint spraypaint lace.

Smell is dry hopped with some 3c action.a big burst of citrus backed with pine and not to malty, but some caramel seeps in. not the most pungent ipa but it stacks up.

Jack livens things up in the taste department with some mango and some pine and some dry hoppin. Midway getting sweet malt with grapefruit, bubblegum and leafy hops and a trace of alcohol.

I like the feel on this, its aggressive in flavor yet the it's not all that harsh on the tounge, mouth etc. Just a mild bitterness. A lighter side of medium with medium carb, moderate spritz. Insanely drinkable, insanely good, I wish fw made it to pa. In the range of the first batch of torpedo, with more dry hopping.

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

A- One finger bright white head that fades rapidly and leaves sticky lacing all over my DFH glass. Pours a clear golden orange with a ton of carbonation.

S- Fresh squeezed pink grapefruit, pineapple slices, mango and dank pine needles. Not really picking up much malt or yeast even as it warms up. This IPA is all about the pine and fruit, not much depth.

T- WOW! Really fruity and fresh! Grapefruit and pine sap, pineapple and caramel. Nicely bitter with an underlying sweetness. Very well balanced as I expect from one of the best brewers in the world.

M- Perfectly bitter and balanced with a nice malty sweetness. Really nice carbonation and crispness. Nice fruity aftertaste.

O- Thank goodness F.W. has finally made it's way to upstate NY!!! This a really good IPA. Wish it had more balance in the nose. Very drinkable and no sign of the alcohol.

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!

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.

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...

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 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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,793 ratings.