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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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94
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5,396 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,396
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
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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: GClarkage on 08-14-2007

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Photo of NWer
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the bottom of a Samuel Smith's pint glass.
Beautiful clear golden with abundant head that held well before leaving behind a nice lace.
The smell was overpowering and unexpected. I don't remember such a powerful introduction from any beer before.
The flavors are very pronounced with the citrus feel you expect from a top notch West coast IPA.
This delivers.
In spades.

Photo of DoesntMatter46
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pale straw color with a crisp white, two finger head that clung to the pint glass.

Gloriously piney, grapefruit-hop happiness. Very pungent, the smell hit me as soon as the cap came off. Must of have been dry hopped in obscenely amazing quantities of hops. Amazing aroma.

Not very balanced, and I love it. This is a showcase for American hop varieties. Tropical fruit, mango and pineapple are very present. A lingering grapefruit aftertaste.

Super smooth, even feel, not syrupy at all. It's hard to give a perfect 5 on mouthfeel, something about a beer's carbonation or texture would really have to jump out and grab you in order to get a 5 here.

Wow, this does not seem like a 7.5% beer, goes down easy, and can finish a pint in no time, but I want to savor every last drop of this beer.

A very special beer, one that I will buy with great regularity, and keep a vigilant look out for the release of Double Jack or any other limited release from Firestone Walker.

This beer hits everything I look for in an IPA, borderline DIPA.

Photo of Topher78
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a beautiful light copper color with 1 1/2 fingers of an off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is of citrus and pine with a light hint of malt. The taste is of orange rind, pineapple and balanced well with sweet malt. The aftertaste is nice and slightly dry and beckons another sip. One of the best single IPA's period.

Photo of boogyman
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at local beer store, Malt & Vine. Taps of this around the area seem to be going quick so I had to try it.

A- Poured into a pint glass a hazy dark golden color. Small head that went away quickly. Lace sticks around very nicely.

S- Nice piney smell comes out right away. I love me some hops. Orange peel with some grapefruit.

T- Hops and pine all over the place and the nose mixes in with the slight fruity notes. Very tasty.

M- Very nice. Slightly bubbly and smooth. The pine and hops masks the alcohol nicely.

D- Can I have another? I could easily drink many of these.

Overall very pleased with this brew. Go get some.

Photo of Durtdiggler
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into the Queen's official Royal Pint glass. Pours light orange, crystal clear, thick white head of foam that quickly settles with minimal lacing on the glass.

Aroma is probably one of the best out of any west coast style IPA. Pungent complexity of orange rind, pine, floral overtones backed by slight sweet aroma of sweet bready malt. The malt complex is exotic fruit like dried orange and pineapple.

Very bready, and sweet with hints caramel, pineapple and orange dried fruit. There is just the right amount of bitterness to overtake some of the malt and the hops stands for a while on the tongue. This is a complex flavored beer but think it could use some sharper hop bitterness to be perfect in flavor.

High medium body. Definitly feels like a heavier beer but finishes clean and hides the ABV well.

For an IPA, it's outstanding. I wish I could pick up more of the helps that I am smelling in the taste. The beer has alot going with it in the malt build and the hop profile but could use a bit more of the later. I tend to like a simple malt profile but the malt in this one brings some big additional flavors.

Photo of kjlcm
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

a - Hazy gold appearance with a solid white laced head, A ice level of carbonation,

s - A perfect citrus, grapefruit hop smell in my book! Very hoppy without the cat pea smell some beers tend to get.

t - Nice hop bite but some balance as well. The hops are certainly not overwhelming. Definitely a very balanced IPA.

m - Solid mouthfeel with a pleasant aftertaste.

o - A solid IPA. Definitely a staple in our household. Higly recommended.

Photo of jhtipton
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a well balanced beer. Pours a nice heady lacing deep orange onto my goblet. The smell in the bottle is great. Very piney and grapefruity but th taste is even better. Can't believe how the sweet fruity taste of mango and pears jump out. What a fine example of west coast IPA. It has a wonderful medium body and the alcohol is barely discern able. Overall one of my favorite IPAs and it is no wonder they boast their awards on the cap. Cheers.

Photo of circus_cat
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice, typical IPA color. Burnt orange to amber. Kind of a pumpkin skin hue. Poured a good-looking soapy eggshell head that dissipated to a ring around the glass quickly. It's leaving some good lacing.

S: Honestly, I could give most West Coast IPAs at least 4.5s on the nose, but this one is pulling out everything I look for in this style smell-wise so I'm going to go ahead and give it a 5. Bigtime citrus, but also bigtime pine. Awesome caramel malt backbone.

T: Awesome. Sweet-tart candy and sour grapefruit on the tongue with a robust caramel malt character through the middle. Finishes bitter and coats the tongue. Definitely the type of juicy, resiny, hoppy IPA I and many of my fellow hopheads love.

M: Medium-bodied with a definite mouthcoating character. Medium carbonation. I wouldn't call it refreshing but then again, I wouldn't call most super bitter IPAs refreshing.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a light golden color that is perfectly clear with a nice two fingers of foamy white head that lingers beautifully and leaves a nice amount of lacing, very small amount of carbonation bubbles
S: intense grapefruit scent, exactly what I look for in my ipa's. Nice floral hop notes
T: incredible, I'd put it right up there, if not above 60 minute in taste, citrus, great hop character, non offensive yet intense, leaves a slight bitterness on the tip of the tongue
M: strong carbonation at the beginning then smooth followed by a slight burn at the end in the throat
O: a wonderful representation of the style, absolutely love the brew, love the citrus hop notes and couldn't be happier with yet another firestone walker brew

Photo of Jeffo
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this long time want from the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, white head with good retention. Burnt orange in color, clear, with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp and ring, clinging to the sides. A splotchy wisp and ring remains until the end leaving some good looking lacing down the sides of the glass.

SMELL: A big, huge nose for the ABV. Pale malts, honeydew melon and pineapple notes. Light pine and grapefruit and underlying citrus aromas. Very fruity and citrusy. Great stuff.

TASTE: Sweet pale malts, sweet caramel flavors, and lots of sweet melon. Honeydew and pineapple through the middle, leading into a big, pine and bitter grapefruit finish. Lingering and bold aftertaste with loads of bitter hop and pine flavors. From sweet to bitter and lots of wonderful, bold flavors. This is as good as it gets for the style. Killer.

PALATE: Medium body and lower levels of carbonation. Soft and smooth on the palate, creamy as well, goes down smooth and finishes quite dry on the palate. Almost astringent, but just on the right side of the story there. Good stuff.

OVERALL: Next time I will have to get multiples of these so I don't feel so bad when I roger most of the bottle. Sorry Doops. This was a real treat. The 7.5% puts it squarely in the IPA camp, but the flavor profile and body outdo some of the bigger DIPAs out there. Full of flavor with a big enough body to support the show. This is definitely at the top of its class and worth tracking down. Glad to have had the chance to give this one a go. Highly recommended.

Photo of aquaderek
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a great beer. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The color is a beautiful orange amber color with a 1/2 inch white head which dissapates to a light lacing. The nose is hoppilicious, great piney hops, juicy citrus fruits, and just the tiniest bit of malts. The taste is wonderfully balanced, even though it is a heavily hopped beer, there is the right balance to make it work. The mouthfeel is medium in body and slighty viscous and very drinkable. A wonderful offering from firestone.

Photo of BeerPhan86
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was completely blown away by the Double Jack, so picking this one up was a no brainer.

A - Pours a very transparent light copper gold with a two finger off white foamy head. The head seems fairly sticky with good retention. Plenty of carbonation evident in the beer

S - Extremely hoppy aroma with citrus dominance, mainly grapefruit and lime. There is also plenty of sweet bready malt and a piney finish.

T - Very sweet and biscuity with a good blend of citrus and pine hops. There is a tart tasting and slightly bitter hop profile. You get some pine needle taste and plenty of citrus hop taste to balance it, sort of a cross between west and east coast styles. A little boozy and dry in the finish but very fresh tasting with plenty of hops, that's what I want in an IPA.

M - Creamy and full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. A bit sticky and coating on the lips.

O - Extremely solid IPA that blends the best aspects of east and west coast styles. Hoppy, fresh, and plenty of bang for your buck. I will be trying everything I can find from Firestone Walker, they're 2-2.

Photo of gc4hokies
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all-time favorites.

Appearance - clear golden color with a slight copper tint. White head with excellent lacing.
Smell - citrus, grapefruit, slight grassy aroma, amarillo!
taste - spicy hop goodness with sweetness to match from the malt. hop lovers rejoice, the hop profile is the best I've had.
mouthfeel - substantial viscosity without being heavy. good balance

overall - this is an excellent IPA, not too much, just right!

Photo of themotherculture
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the Union Jack IPA at the local watering hole...Tap House....and the beer is GOOD!!! The color was a clear golden copper with 1/2 finger thick white head tha laced all the way down the glass. The smell included bitter citrus with pine. The taste was initially bitter, but after a few swigs it mellowed out and was quite tasty. The mouthfeel was a medium body beer with good carbonation. The abv was present to start then tailed off. Overall this was a very good IPA and highly receommended.

Photo of Andycinoz
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Jeffo in charge of another beer theme. The Union Jack and the Double Jack side by side. On TV quarter finals Champions League. Great company, great beer, great game! Can't beat that night.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Looks somewhere between dark golden yellow and copper. Very clear. Even after a fairly hard pour only one finger of foam that goes away quickly. What's left looks like an English style ale. Nice.

Smells like a classic West Coast IPA. Bits of pine, citrus, caramel and a truck load of hop.

Wonderful sweet fruity flavor on the first touch of the tongue. After that: pine, citrus, caramel and the truckload of hop again. All this so very well balanced that I have to keep sipping to see if my senses aren't trying to fool me.

A medium body, nice carbonation, cream. Neutral finish.

Wow... this is a fantastic beer. Listed as an IPA I'd say the is a 1,5 IPA. One of the most wonderful balanced beers I have ever tried. So much going on yet so easy to drink. Ladies and Gentlemen we have a winner.

Photo of SteveB24
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

appearance; clear amber/ copper, lots of bubbles, thick white head with great retention.

smell; very sweet smell with some floral essence in there along with light fruit.

taste; not quite as sweet as the smell; flowers, lemon peel, sweet fruit, malty sweetness, and a touch of very complimentary bitterness.

mouthfeel; light/ medium body, medium/ heavy carbonation. perfectly dry in the backbone.

overall; Very nice, memorable IPA, in a very large category in which its easy to be overshadowed, this beer distinguishes itself with its sweetness and complexity. would easily buy again.

Photo of BastardKing24
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this IPA its a staple by which I can judge other IPA's. Its got the basic west coast IPA floral notes as well as a matched bitterness that doesn't detract at all.

Pours a bright clear gold/orange with a 2 finger white head that falls fast to a ring and some suds.

Smell is SUPER aromatic with big orange and lemon, with pine, sour apricot, doughy bread, and caramel.

Taste is a welcoming malt wallop thanks to 7.5%, along with floral and bitter hops dancing around together in harmony on my tongue. It's so balanced I want to say this is better than lagunitas sucks, because this has a better yeast me thinks. Lagu's is kinda chalky tasting but still good none the less.

Feel is medium carbonation and a perfect feel that gives the flavors a nice mantle to sit upon as you take each sip. Its glorious to drink this and not wonder just how much better an IPA can get. It really is a challenger to heady topper and pliny, swear on my grave.

Overall you can't go wrong with this and it is widely available, so pick this one up when you can if you want a solid IPA. plus did I mention its 7.5%? for a single IPA? yeha it packs a wallop, session this and your in for a wild night.

Photo of AbiWeise
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Psilo707
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into clear mug. Head is hefty but not overly thick, dissipates quickly and leaves great looking lacing patterns all the way down the top. Really consistent how the lacing pattern ends up - don't see this too often to this degree. Brew is very bright golden color; has shine to it, very unlike the drab, guttery look of Bud and Coors. Consistent carbonation and overall very inviting.

S: Smells -amazing-! Citrusy, floral and hoppy, pine nuts, banana, cloves, and even some grapefruit-style scent coming up. 5.0 all the way, can't believe how strong it is to my very bad nose/sense of smell.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Delicious! A very light-hearted citrus-style IPA that still packs a high ABV punch in all the right ways. End result of swallowing leaves you with a perfect amount of bitterness and a malty feeling all the way down. Love the amount of character here; very diverse and unique while still retaining everything that makes IPA's awesome.

M: Creamy, but not overly creamy. Smooth, but actively present at all times. And definitely pleasant in the mouth from start to finish. I rarely give anything 5.0's but this is absolutely one case of a 5.0. I doubt there is anything you could do to this beer to make it unpleasant to drink. If my grandma put her Benson & Hedges cigarette butt out into a warm fallen soldier of this beer from a raging party the night before, I'd still probably have to take a swig or two. It's that good.

Overall: Can't believe I haven't had this until now and it's definitely one of my favorite IPA's from California as of now. I will definitely be looking forward to finding it more frequently in the future, as it's a lot more rare up here in northern California. Overall 4.75, awesome, awesome.

Photo of JasonHorne
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Copernicus
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 22oz. bottle into a Sam Adams custom glass.

A: It flowed an impressive toasted golden, almost copper-like with its fiery orange highlights. The head developed at two fingers of solid rocky foam. The retention was good as the foam dispersed into a thin membrane across the surface leaving thick, sticky lacing.

S: The first whiff is hop forward, but it's a light, almost delicate and mellow hop aroma of resin and pine, bordering on the floral. There may even be some juniper. This smells like gin, and that's a very good thing. The fruit is present but subtle, somewhat creamy and citrusy. Towards the end of the nose are some lingering notes suggesting honeysuckle, grass, apricot, whisky barrel, and vanilla.

T: After such a vernal and pastoral nose, the maltiness in the taste comes as a surprise. It secretes a lightly toasty and honey sweetness, but it's not at all cloying. The hop presence in the finish is slightly woodsy, and some spice begins to prickle through as it warms. Sensational.

M: This is built with a medium body and displays excellent carbonation for the style.

O: This exquisite IPA conjures up whisky and gin (my two favorite spirits) at the same time with the charred oak of a bourbon barrel and the botanical eccentricity of a craft gin. This is unlike any IPA I've ever had. It's a paragon of carefully calibrated balance and refreshing drinkability.

I would pair this with a stinky cheese with some dried apricots or some grilled peaches with prosciutto and sage drizzled in white balsamic vinegar.

Photo of PKilla
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and light on the pallet

Photo of reebtaerG
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into pint glass
A-pours a golden orange with haze and has a one finger beige-white head
S-strong aroma of pine hops, spice, citrus and a little malt
T-strong fruit pine and hops continue through the taste with a hint of spice
M-medium balance with great hop bitterness
O-love this IPA great hops in smell and taste wonderful mix of the citrus and spice with the slight malt

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,396 ratings.