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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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1,261 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,261
Hads: 6,110
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 447
Gots: 1,267 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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Photo of JBogan
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking bright clear gold with a small white head which leaves moderate lacing.

Smells of hops, with a citrus bite

Tasted along the same lines as the smell. Piney hops are the first thing that you notice, but in the background there is that citrus edge. Not especially complex but enjoyable anyways. I like the fact that they didn't go over the top with the hops as some other beers seem to be. This one is nicely balanced.

Good mouthfeel. Slightly thin, but good carbonation to liven things up.

Another fine offering from Firestone. This one reminded me of their pale ale, but with a hoppier presence. Nicely done.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish orange body with good head and lace ring around glass. Aroma is a mix of wet, soapy, citric hops and touch of bready and sweet like malts. The beer is a little fuller bodied but not chewey, goes down easy with citric hops galore, touches of sweetness from both possible caramel malt and some possible tropical/sweet fruit notes. Finishes crisp and sharp without ruining my palette and overall a really good IPA.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, bottled 4/30/2014. About 3 weeks old.

A: Clear body, typical color for the style. Big foamy head with excellent retention.

S: Some stinky hops, green apples, citrus. Good start.

T: Classic dry west coast IPA, which is how I like them.

M: Nice carbonation, at 7.5% this is almost a double. A little heat from the alcohol towards the end.

O: A great west coast IPA that is best consumed fresh, which can sometimes be difficult to find. Racer 5 and Sucks are both better, IMO, but come from the same region of California. This one is nice to pick up when it's on sale.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Beer is clear and yellow orange forms a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is slightly sweet and strongly piny hop. Smells pretty good.

Beer is medium bodied and slightly sweet up front from some malt. Lots of good pine hop character in the back of the palate and overall a highly drinkable beer. Its pretty good for an American IPA.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice bright amber in color with one finger white head. Slightly murky with very good carbonation

S: Smells great. Fresh hops all in my face. Nice and Piney

T: Piney hops dominate it, but it also has a tangy citrusy kick. Well balanced with sweet malts

M: Very smooth. By look of it, I would think it would have more aggressive carbonation, but it is surprisingly smooth.

Overall, I liked it a lot. It's definitely one of my got-to IPAs, and absolutely refreshing on a warm day

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Photo of DIM
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Clear pale golden; pours with a thick, sticky head.

s: Fairly muted, but still very appealing. Some pineapple, citrus, and tropical fruit balanced a little caramel and pale malt.

t: Not as pungent as I expected, less than fresh keg maybe? Good beer though. Pineapple and lemon zest share the spotlight with sweet bready pale malr.

m: Sticky with creamy carbonation.

o: Good beer for sure, but I expected more based on how much I loved Double Jack.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, light yellow hue with a moderate sized head. average retention with very little lacing.

S: hops, grapefruit with subtle malt in the background.

T: very tasty beer. There is a strong malt backbone to support the hop bill. This is well balanced, though I personally prefer more of a hip forward beer and less of a malt presence.

M: full bodied. Good feel.

D: pretty good. This doesn't compare to the elite IPAs out there, but it's enjoyable and worth trying.

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Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce glass poured into tulip glass. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 7.5%.

A-1 3/4 finger head. Pours a clear, glowing amber. Foamy cloud sticks around. Nice large streaks of lace are left.

S-Familiar West Coast nose dominated by citrus hops. Get a lot of grapefruit and orange.

T-Sweet citrus followed by a nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied. More carbonation than is usual for the style, but that is not a bad thing. Bitterness lingers and a nice resiny taste remain.

D-7.5% is very hidden. Wouldn't guess that this is so strong. These go down quite easily.

Another great IPA that is readily accessible. $10 per six limits how often I purchase this beer.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to the threewisemen for the trade.

22oz bomber. 03/26/09 printed on the bottle, but hard to see. tasted in late april/early may 2009.

pale honey amber. clear. large off-white head, foamy, fades to creamy, thin but constant layer. wonderful lacing.

aroma: fresh pine, citrusy grapefruit, though more rind than fresh zest. touch of apple esters and mild to moderate caramel maltiness peek out from underneath.

taste: hops are fruitier than the aroma, with both fresh pine and citrus zest and rind, plus some citrus fruit. into apple and even some grape. the malty caramel base comes through for a bit, then back to piney resins, with bright and bold bitterness.

medium body, maybe lighter than expected, but smooth enough, with resins in finish. tingly, moderate carbonation integrates the flavors.

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Photo of beerman207
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored this while in Seattle.

A: Appearance is a light orange with good clarity, 4 finger head which is white and leaving nice lace behind.

S: Nose is hops, orange, citrus, very powerful

T Taste is bitter hops all night long - nice lingering hop presence which has a bit of balance but not without allow the hops to go throughout the whole session

M: Carbonation is light, a bit drying in the finish

O: Solid beer from Firestone Walker - my first from them. Looking forward to splitting a bottle of the oatmeal stout with bamadog during our next tasting.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brownish golden with low soapy white head. Low carbonation. Smells piney with a bit of orange. Not much else but good. Great tasting ipa. The beer starts sweet then fruity with apricot and bitter lemon rind. Pine resin and dense wet grass finishes long with a mild malt sweetness. Silky smooth texture. Low bite. Very clean except for the minor pine resin aftertaste. One of the more drinkable IPAs out there. Overall, one of my favorite IPAs out there. Tons of flavor and well balanced.

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Photo of klikger
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A - Slightly cloudy, dark amber, very nice head with medium-sized bubbles and good lacing.

S - Oak, caramel, sugary malts

T - Resinous hops up front which are balanced by brown sugar-esque malts, honey, and general sweetness. This subsides into a lingering piney bitterness. Tastes more like a DIPA than most regular IPAs which I've had.

M - Grows a bit syrupy as it warms. Good carbonation.

D - One is thoroughly enjoyable, but any more would be pushing the envelope due to the sugar element.

I've been looking forward to this beer for awhile, and it didn't disappoint. There are definitely other West Coast IPAs which I like better, but this is a very good beer which I'd love to have access to on a semi-regular basis.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by Kshock - what a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a bright orange/amber with great clarity and two fingers of craggy beige head. Lacing is pretty evident.

Smell -- Tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel and biscuit malt.

Taste -- Grapefruit rind hop bitterness from the outset. Tropical fruits and brighter citrus notes are present, but not nearly as evident as in the nose. Malts lean toward dry and husky, but caramel sweetness is still there. Finish is resin, fruit loops, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-to-light in body, with moderate to high prickly carbonation. Overall, a bit thin.

Drinkability -- Overall, not a bad IPA. I've had better, but this is still solid. Would never turn one down.

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Photo of cfalls
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber, nice thick head.

Not very aromatic in any distinct way, so not sure what to expect when you take a sip.

Bready malts and citrusy piney hops. Slight sweetness.

Medium high carbonation.

Overall, really well balanced. Nothing stands out as amazing, but overall it's just what an IPA is meant to be like.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle thanks to psycohops. Poured into my shaker glass. Appears a clear honey amber color with about a finger of off white head. Light lacing is left on the inside of my glass with each sip. Smells fruity with notes of orange, lemon, cherry, pineapple. Tastes of caramel dipped pineapple, white grapefruit juice, honeydew, skunky (the good kind), dank, peppery with a slight alcoholic finish. Medium in both body and carbonation. A very drinkable IPA. Check it out if you see it.

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Photo of thebeers
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear golden-orange color with a thick and lasting near-white head. Floral and juicy grapefruit hop aroma with some tropical notes in the background. They continue to the taste, although less pronounced, with more malt balance than expected and strong hop bitterness on the back end. Still remains fairly light bodied and smooth. It's also one that maintains its character despite a little shelf life. Great beer.

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

A: Light orange. Clear. Medium head. Nice lacing throughout the drink.
S: Light orange, citrus.
T: Malt balanced well with hops and alcohol. Piney bittering that lingers for a bit.
M: Medium carbonation. Medium body. On the drier side.
I: Solid IPA throughout.

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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 dank203
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

very filtered golden-orange. lingering head. lot of peppery , ginger, piney and mango notes on the nose. pretty complex interesting and different. flavor has good amount of lemon lime, black pepper. only hints of the tropical fruits. has its own character for sure

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely west coast hoppy IPA.
Clear, lighter amber color. A bit more carbonated than some IPA, but still has nice mouth feel.
Some tropical citrus, but more resinous bitterness and some slight astringency and dry finish.

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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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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thank you to Jayli for this one.

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, tan in color, high carbonation

Smell: big dose of pine hops, some citrus hops and toasted malt

Taste: sweet caramel and toasted malt in the beginning, spices and pine hops in the middle through the end. A touch of toffee shows itself at the end as well.

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet start with a moderately bitter middle and a less bitter end

Drinkability: A very good and nicely blended IPA that has hops but is not a hop bomb. The alcohol is well hidden. I could have two or three. I wish this was available down here.

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Photo of thebornotaku
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I figured -- I've had the DBA, and I've had the Double Jack (Firestone's Double IPA), I've had 805, I've had nectar ales... but I realized... I never had their normal IPA! After trying their Double IPA two days ago at a bar (It was really good, by the way... if you like IPAs, give it a try), I figured I should pick up their normal IPA and give it a shot. So, here goes...

Picked up a 22 from work. Initial impressions good, bottle presentation is on par with everything else Firestone does. Well designed label, no-nonsense. My only complaint is that I wish they gave descriptions of their beers (what makes it special, etc) on the label but no worries. 7.5% ABV and a 22 means this'll be a good "after-work" beer.

Cracked the cap and immediately you're greeted with a nice balanced hop profile, citrusy aromas and a little fruit too. It's a pleasant and inviting smell. On we go...

Pours well, a nice rich amber color that's not too dark. About on par with pretty much every other IPA I've had in terms of color. The head is minimal (keep in mind though: I pour my beers very carefully because I _do not_ like head on my beers), lacing on the glass is good and so far, about 1/4 glass in, it's still retaining a small white head right on top. In this glass (regular pint glass shape, it's actually a SF Giants world championship glass), there's plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer.

On to the important thing though...

The taste.

This is where the Union Jack stands out. The citrusy aromas from earlier carry on in to the flavor, and this beer is a little fruity and citrusy up front with the hops coming in quickly for that distinct IPA hop bitterness. It's smoother than other IPAs I've had, and more balanced. The bitterness carries through to the aftertaste and lingers a little bit, making you want more. It's a wee bit malty too, which is nice because it makes this beer a lot more balanced than other IPAs, too.

Overall, I would highly recommend this. I've yet to have anything from Firestone Walker that I haven't enjoyed, and this is no exception. More aggressive than the DBA (which is still one of my favorites), and less aggressive than the Double Jack. Firestone did a good job on this beer and on all their other brews, too. If you're ever debating, then debate no longer.

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -5.4%

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with two finger fluffy white head. Plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Piney hops with a slight citrus aroma

T: Mix of piney earthy hops and a touch of grapefruit citrus.

M: Light body with a crisp dry finish. Some residual bitterness.

O: Nothing fancy but a nice basic West coast IPA.

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Photo of fourstringer
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Moderate hand. Bottled 12.18.13.

A: Apple-juice, golden yellow with good clarity. 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweetness & bitterness. Grapefruit & lighter pine. Orange. Touch of pine. Bread & biscuit.

T: Bittersweet, vaguely fruity initially with development of a moderate American hop bitterness. Dry finish. Lingering essence of grapefruit pulp. Light alcohol presence. Malt backbone is present throughout.

M: Low to moderate carbonation with moderate body. Palate coating with slightly syrupy texture.

O: Smooth brew with hops and malt on fairly equal footing for an American IPA. Solid drinker for the first of the day!


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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,261 ratings.