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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94
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Reviews: 1,215
Hads: 5,881
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 434
Gots: 1,089 | 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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Reviews: 1,215 | Hads: 5,881
Photo of notsoprobeer
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a goldish orange with a white head that dissipated slowly and left nice lacing. Aroma is mostly piney hops with some citrus. Flavor is piney hops with caramel malts. I like this beer's stronger malt profile. The 7.5% ABV provides a nice kick. Body is medium and it has a bit of a creamy mouth feel, but not to the extent of of Solace or Pale 31.

Another great beer from Firestone Walker. While I liked Union Jack, I thought Solace and Pale 31 were even better. (469 characters)

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

Appearance: Nice golden color with some white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Nice grapefruit hops

Taste: Citrusy hops up front, then biscuit and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: A good IPA, nice to see it more available in NJ. (263 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into imperial pint.

A: Pours a light amber with a huge, greasy, dense and long lasting head that took its time to reduce into a thick, oily layer of white bubbles that left a solid sheet of sticky lace behind them.
S: Rich caramel malt underneath light grassy and citrus hops. Notes of grapefruit and pint dominate, with bready malt beneath.
T: Follows the nose with a powerful citrus hop punch that melds into a sweet caramely malt and bitter citrus rind aftertaste. Toasted notes as well. The finish is full of fresh hop oil.
M: Medium-light crisp body, slightly oily, with soft carbonation and a clean mouthfeel. Drinks very well.
D: A very straight forward and delicious IPA. Great citrus hop flavor and bitterness thought out, and very balance and drinkable. (780 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a small hotel glass. It pours a golden-amber color and forms a 1 inch off-white head that leaves lacing around the edges. Minimal carbonation is noted and no sediment.

The aroma is primarily grapefruit with a slight caramel malty sweetness in the background.

The taste is again grapefruit although light and a note of pine and moss in the background.

This is a light/medium bodied beer that seemed kind of thin to me. There is good carbonation and it is fairly smooth and crisp. Minimal dryness at the finish.

This beer has good taste and is easy to drink although it could have been stiffer and would have been even more drinkable. (662 characters)

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

From notes on 11/20/11:
Bottled: 08/04/11; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Light copper/orange color; Very slight haze; 1-1/2" off-white fluffy head with nice lacing all around the glass

S - Lots of hops in the aroma; Pine, citrus, floral, and grassy hops come through; Some sweet caramel malts and slightly toasty smell as well

T - Initial quick sweet caramel that gives way to pine and floral flavor with a toasty background taste; Somewhat bitter finish that lingers

M - Good carbonation; Medium bodied; Smooth mouthfeel

O - This bottle wasn't quite as fresh as I prefer for an IPA, and as a result, the hops didn't jump out at me quite as much as I had hoped. However, this is still a very smooth and drinkable IPA with a nice overall flavor. The next time I purchase this beer, I hope to find a fresh bottle to fully experience the intended hop experience. (862 characters)

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

The color was of a medium deep golden yellow with a reddish hue with medium amount of foam and lace. The smell of sweet/tart hops filled the nose with a pleasant soft aroma, with a hint of fruit. The taste had a pleasant sweet bitterness with a fruity aftertaste of watermellon and pineapple. Very nice American IPA. I usually don't care for IPA's, but for this one I have to make an exception. (394 characters)

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

12oz bottled June 28, 2012. About 4 months old, so not ideal, but not available in my area so I’ll take what I can get. Served at around 40F.

Pours hazy golden amber with a two finger white head that leaves lots of webs of lacing and recedes to a light cap and foamy ring.

Aroma is citrus, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, some pineapple, apricot, floral hops, decent caramel malt. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is apricot, orange, some grapefruit, moderate caramel malt backbone, mild sweetness, good bitterness, some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a little sticky, good carbonation.

Very good IPA. I could see this being even more impressive if very fresh. (680 characters)

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

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of citrus and piney hops

T - Just like it smells lots of citrus and pine hops in the flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a good lots of hops IPA it has a good taste thats easy to drink I could drink a few of these in a sitting worth getting sometime (395 characters)

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

Simply good in every way. I don't take any single element and think that it is exceptional on its own, but over all, this is the type of beer that should be held up as a standard for others to attain in this style.

This was a nice surprise, because when I moved the sausage and butter bin on the top shelf, this mystery bottle was in the back. This was somebody's leftover from the 4th! Gotta love summer months! (413 characters)

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

Pours a golden amber with lively carbonation and a medium white head. Sticky spots of lacing down the glass. Smell is nice. Spicy, earthy hops up front. Some tropical fruits and sweet scents. Pineapple with a little caramel. Taste showcases more hops. Some grapefruit, orange, and pine wallop the tongue. The malt reinforcement is there but lets the hops show through, simply providing an underlying sweetness. Nice biscuity finish. A bracing bitterness with a delicate tickle of the tongue. Great mouthfeel. Despite how big this one is, it's a very easy beer to drink. Well-crafted and a solid all around beer. Glad I have another in the fridge to follow, that's for sure.

Thanks goes to Zorro for a couple of these via Brews N Tunes Volume 3... (747 characters)

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

A - dense murky amber, lightly carbonated, reasonable head which retains well

S - sweet tropical fruits, hard to get past the grapefruit, very nice

T - grapefruit dominating for me, but hoppy and a little spice towards the end

M - refreshing, medium bodied IPA, the warmth of the 7.5% ABV comes through

O - an extremely tasty beer, right up there with the best of this style. Do yourself a favour if you spot this at your bottlo or local. (442 characters)

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

A full pour yields a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deep copper / amber color and becomes a bright copper color when held up to the light. A nicely resinous hop character greets my nose as I go in for a draught of the aroma; a mix of ruby-red grapefruit, lychee, tangelo peel, apricot and a zesty herbal pine note that provides a bit of contrast. Not much in the way of malt comes through in the aroma, it plays more of a supporting role for the dominant hop character, but there are some biscuit-like malt notes if you really dig for them. I really like the smooth, fruity hop notes that are found in the nose, they make this beer quite inviting.

Lightly sweet, with a caramelized malt touch that really serves to accentuate certain aspects of the dominant hop flavors. Flavors of grapefruit, tart orange zest and lychee are accentuated by the sweetness, but there are also substantial hop flavors of pine, menthol and "herb" like flavors. There is a nice biting, though note overwhelming bitterness, that hits you as the beer first hits the tongue and lingers on into a very long finish, long after the beer has left my mouth. Speaking of the finish, towards the beginning of the finish some crushed malt flavors, biscuit-malt and saltine-cracker notes become noticeable. These last, though not a huge flavor player, do provide a nice boost of complexity to this beer. This is nice and drinkable, I wouldn't have guessed this was 7.5% abv as it drinks a bit lighter than that, still it has a chewy heft to it that really serves to carry the ample hop character.

It seems like I haven't had a nice, juicy, American example of an IPA in a while, this one definitely hits the spot & is a great example of the style. It is perhaps not quite as juicy and over the hop, I mean top, as I think it could be, but that is really nit-picking as this is a very hoppy brew.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors (1,952 characters)

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

A: Slightly cloudy, honey colored beer. Maybe a finger's width of white head that has a long retention and a lot of lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit notes, elderflower. The cirtusy, floral hops are the dominant aroma on this beer, but there's also a nice malt backbone to hold them up.

T: Lots of malts, at the front followed by the bitter hops. They aren't as floral as I expected from the smell, but they begin as slightly floral and tasting of coriander, followed by a very piney taste.

M: Medium body and a fair amount of carbonation, along with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

O: Maybe not the best version of this beer, because it was bottle over 3 months ago, but it's pretty solid. I may redo the review once I taste a fresh one, but for now it's a solid beer, but not one that I'd seek out. (795 characters)

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

On tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: clear golden orange body with a thin, white head with good retention and lacing. Looks good.

Smell: earthy, piney hops stand out with a little bit of fruity citrus. Not as much of a hop bomb in the nose as I would expect from a West Coast IPA.

Taste: pale and caramel malts balanced by fruity hops, some citrus, and pine resin. Finishes with a dry bitterness.

Feel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, easy drinking for the alcohol content and overall pretty much what you'd want in an IPA's feel.

Overall: good but not great. Nothing is wrong with it but nothing stands out about it either. Worth a try if you're a Firestone Walker fan. Cheers! (724 characters)

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

Got this beer on my trip to wine country in Solvang, CA. Of the four Firestone beers I brought back with me, I have been looking forward to this one the most, being an IPA/ RIS guy.

I swiftly poured halfway up my beer tasting wine glass. The head was white about medium sized and quickly disappeared while leaving nice lacing on the glass. The appearance was about in the middle for an IPA, copperish. The nose is heavy on grapefruit with a little honey and caramel. The taste is citrus and spice hops, a well balanced caramel malt, pretty basic for the style, well balanced taste. Mouthfeel is an appropriate medium body with solid effervescence. This could be a session beer as far as IPA goes, if you have read any of my other reviews, you know I always drink all over the map. All in all a very solid IPA from a region known more for great wine. Advice to Firestone, write up some tasting notes on the bottle, get some people in the Santa Barbara area to appreciate beer a little better! (993 characters)

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

A: 1/4" white head over copper coloured cloudy liquid.

S: Sweet caramel malt and citrus.

T: Pine and grapefruit citrus hop flavours up front which dissipate quickly and give way to a more tangerine citrus profile. Underlying this is the sweet malt backbone. Quite nice, although I get the impression this particular bomber from Fred Meyer isn't as fresh as it could be.

M: Pretty thick and resiny for an IPA with a medium to low level of fine carbonation.

O: Very balanced and on the sweeter side, I could see this IPA being enjoyed by people who cannot handle their bitter tasting IPAs. (591 characters)

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

Not a huge head but leaves nice lacing.

Orange in color.

Smells of apricots and slight pine. The taste is fairly bitter but a nice off set with burnt orange notes. Very dry and bitter finish.

I feel like all the Firestone Walker I have has a "strange" taste, not bad by any means just a taste I rarely pick up in other beers. This is a good IPA that is a little differnt from the norm. (388 characters)

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

Bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

Appearance: Standard tangelo orange body with a 1 finger white crown that has a bit of retenetion and some lacing.

Smell: Lemongrass, grapefruit citrus hops, a small floral note, etc.

Taste: A touch bitter without much else going on. Fairly blah. ; Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side for the style but not bad.

Drinkability: The thin mouthfeel helps it go down. (429 characters)

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

Poured a deep orange colr with a white head and good carbonation. Nose is big grapefruit, orange peel. Taste is chewy, acidic, caramel malt perhaps, orange peel, pine, sweet and a big hop bite on the end. Mouthfeel is acidic, tasty and sweet. Drinkability is good as usual. (273 characters)

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

Union Jack pours a pale amber with great clarity and a dense the cap. The head slowly falls to a patchwork quilt and leaves a good amount of lace.

In a land of ever more over the top IPAs, Firestone's strikes me as one of the tamer members of the style. Pine, citrus and pepper dominate, with the pine winning out in the end. Malts take a back seat, but sneak through with a bit of toasted grain and sweetbread. The bitterness lingers through the finish. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth. A medium body is slightly puckering and has the right amount of fizz for my tastes.

Overall, this is a nice IPA. It has a nice hop profile and isn't over-the-top bitter. (658 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (287 characters)

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

On tap at O'Briens in SD tonight. Very clear golden amber color with a small white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Not sure if it left any lacing as I drank it kind of fast. That leads me to it's drinkability - for being supposedly 8%, you can't tell at all. It's highly drinkable and one of those IPAs you can just keep taking sips of until it quickly disappears. The aroma was a very light pine, and hints of citrus, and the taste was exactly that with some kind of grassy flavors as well. I've seen reviews from closer to when it was brewed talking about strong grapefruit flavors, so my guess is some of these mellowed and aged out. Maybe it was brewed with Amarillo late additions and dry hop and that's how they age. Also a toasty flavor rounding it out. Nice carbonation level and a medium body help make this a well balanced brew.

edit: It appears Firestone Walker will be adding this to their lineup, so maybe I had a fresh batch afterall. I read it will be bottled soon, which is quite exciting. (1,011 characters)

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. It poured a clear amber color with a thin but bubbly white head to it. The head settled down after a minute and it left a modest amount of lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a good mix of malts and hops. Some nice citrusy hops come through and mix with a sweeter, malty, slightly caramely flavor. More malt forward then most West Coast IPA's, but I think it works well for it.

The taste also has a very nice mix of hoppy and malty flavors. A brighter, floral, citrusy, hoppy flavor comes through very nicely. The sweeter, malty flavors are also very present throughout the flavor. The sweeter malt really keeps things in relative balance for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a very nice IPA. I really liked the more malt forward and sweeter notes it added to the bright hoppiness. Very nice beer overall. (942 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maria's in Chicago during a Firestone Walker tasting...

Arrives dank and hoppy with loads of citrus and pine on the nose... Nice aromas here with a big dose of those hops..

Long bitter citrusy hoppy flavors abound with this brew... It's eminently drinkable with a big load of hops that set me up for the tasting tonight...

I liked this brew so much more on tap than in the bottle... The bottle I reviewed must have been aged beyond its prime...

An awesome brew... (478 characters)

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

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 12/15/08.

A - Poured a clear golden amber-toned body with modest amount of carbonation and almost one finger of white head that quickly receded to a patchy film but left nice lacing around the glass.

S - Aroma is big on citrus hops with hints of grapefruit and orange, while the malt is sweet and caramely. There's alsot a smidgen of alcohol in the nose.

T - Opens with a blast of juicy citrus hops complemented by plenty of sweet caramel malt. A piney hop character emerges in the backend that is supported by some biscuity malt.

M - Medium body with oily texture and pretty smooth, soft mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation on the tongue. Finish is definitely hoppy, depositing quite a lot of bitterness on the tongue.

D - This IPA has a lot of West Coast in it, especially the big citrusy flavor. I wouldn't rank it with the big boys like Pliny or Dorado, but it's solid and sure to please the hopheads. (953 characters)

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,215 ratings.