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Union Jack India Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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94
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1,312 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,312
Ratings:
6,377
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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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 lordofstarside
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to snifter with a 9/10 bottling date

Pours a rich gold with little foam, despite my attempt to pour it rather aggressively. Decent lacing on the sides, foam had receded to a thin ring as I typed the above sentence. Mild carbonation, probably just had a bad pour

Aroma of juicy hops, strong tropical fruits, citrus, and some pine. Modest sweet malts also present with the alcohol. A bit fruity than most, but very good

Taste of strong hops, grapefruit, lemon, passion fruit, pine resin, and some faint floral tones. Malt translates nicely, leaving a sweet fruity after taste

Feel is pretty consistent as well, nice hop bitterness up front, dry sweet malt finish in the back. Goes down very well, leaves the mouth sticky and ready for more

Overall one of the better ipas on the west coast for a fairly decent price. Firestone walker is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries

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Photo of turfy
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had enjoyed this beer many, many times on a vacation to Yosemite this summer, and was able to carry a few bottles back to enjoy at home, plus a trade brought a few more. Poured into a SN pint glass...

A - Poured a pale to medium amber color with an off white head that settled into a solid, heavy film layer. Medium lacing.

S - What hits me every time I enjoy a fresh Union Jack is the floral hop aroma. Not overly fruity and not too much pine, just a balanced floral hop smell with a touch of caramel malt.

T - Taste follows the nose. A perfect balance of floral hop bitterness and malty sweetness. IMO its perfect.

M - This suits my preference exactly...not too heavy (syrupy) and not too light (thin) . A medium creamy mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. Just right.

O - This is about as perfect of an IPA that I have had the privilege to enjoy. If you have the opportunity and are a fan of IPA's, this is one you definitely need to enjoy.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

hooray for oak barrels!! this is an amazing alternative for an IPA drinker. love the oak with hops... love the malted oak... and you get that nice rich oily texture, barrel conditioned ale of the highest order.

pours a rich golden amber with a little head, plenty of carbonation, some spotty lacing as she drinks down. this beer is a rich and sumptuous perfect balance of hoppy fruity bitterness, deep malt flavor and oak conditioning.

when you see this beer. drink it.

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Photo of crossovert
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle says 03/15/10.

Pours a nice orangeish gold with a creamy. bubbly white head.

It does have a nice scent, high on citrus and some sugary malt.

Mmm, this one tastes delicious. Nice grapefruit rind is accented by some spicy/herbal character with a nice bitterness. Some pine creeps in in the aftertaste. I love these hops.

A solid west coast IPA in my book.

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Photo of 57md
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is light copper with a thin layer of head that leaves some lacing behind. The nose is distinctly of fresh hops. You can tell immediately there is going to be no skimping on flavor here either. Drinks more like a DIPA than a single especially considering the body and hoppiness (particularly in the finish).

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Photo of JackieTH
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden with a creamy foam head that leaves rings of lacing. Smell is dense citrus, lightly floral, in fields of biscuit and toffee. Taste is heaps of juicy citrus against biscuit and toffee. Juicy bitterness shreds the toffee sweetness, but with with a big malt backbone lurking that gives this one some heft bordering on DIPA territory. Mouthfeel is luxurious. Finish is mildly bitter, juicy, clean. Overall this is a thoughtfully crafted tasty IPA. Excellent.

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Photo of VegasLou
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty basic but very well made. Great balance of flavors. I would have never guessed it was 7.5%. Been on an ipa kick lately and this has been one of the most enjoyable I have had.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer by Firestone Walker! I really like this IPA. It is very hoppy up front and has a lot of spicy character that you would expect. The smell is of piney, floral, and citrus hops. It has a very nice kick at 7.5% but it blends in in well for a nice taste. I would rate this as one of the better IPA's.

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Photo of cptierney
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A friend of mine had a large blind taste testing event for IPAs and I believe this little gem took first place. I also heard it took first at GABF making it a serious brew.

Beautiful pour into an equally beautiful North Coast nonic pint glass. One finger of quickly receding head, that left substantial lacing over the top of the clear light amber liquid.

I am immediately impressed by the citrus smell that this beer carries with it. While there is a hint on some sweet malt odor to the beer, I find that the grapefruit actually twinges my nostrils a tiny bit.

Lovely mouthfeel. A well carbonated brew that is surprisingly thin and easy to quaff, really nice.

This a beer that is thoroughly consistent. Lacking the WOW factor of heavyweights such as Furious and Sculpin, this brew is really a sleeper. The moderate malt spine of this beer holds up to a nice balance of piney and aforementioned citrusy hops. A solid drinking buddy for sure.

Excellent drinkability. While there is a heavy hop bite to this West Coast IPA, it doesn't have the oily cumulative affect of some of its peers. I'm glad I opted for a sixer.

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Photo of israel
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this beer in a trade from dyan, and was excited to try what might be considered a session beer on the west coast.

The appearance was flawless with its golden hues and delicate white head; consequently the beers appearance was very inviting.

The smell was all hops but very subtle in its introduction, yet again a very inviting attribute to the beers drinkability.

The taste at first seemed very reserved for an IPA but with the carbonation came a plethora of different flavors. With each gulp from the glass the beers flavors began to come forward. The warming of the beer certainly helped with this as well. The alcohol though high for a session beer is practically undetectable.

Mouthfeel was just right for the style, not sticky or too resinous, but pleasantly lingered on the back of the tongue and begged for more.

Drinkability on this one was high as I could see going through a sixer of these like they were water on a hot summer day. Now if only I had a steady supply of these I would be all set...

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Photo of delta490
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a beautiful clear amber with a big creamy white head. Head has great retention and leaves moderate lacing

S- big citrus hops aromas dominate

T- there is a great big pine and citrus hops flavor that is balanced out against the caramel malt flavors (bready)

M- a little thinner than other big flavor IPAs but it makes it a little easier to drink

O- this is a great full-flavor IPA. No flaws

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Photo of russwbeck
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Bubbly yellow pour, small white head leaves nice lacing, but doesn't stick around long. Bubbles stick to the side of the glass and race upwards from the bottom.

S: Very fruits hops dominate the smell. Slight caramel maltiness, and perhaps hints of piney hops. Overall hoppy, fruity, sweet.

T: Phenomenal grapefruit taste. Very fruits. A bit of dryness from the hops, very small amount of maltiness to hold it all together. Citrus, bitter, really great and well balanced taste.

MF: Light, carbonated well, dry throughout, no hint of alcohol.

O: This is a great IPA. Balanced, tasty, sweet, bitter, great smell. Really top notch.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/11/13

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap

S: Nice and hoppy, with a good deal of citrus and fruitiness. Grapefruit definitely stands out. Not much malt presence compared to the hoppiness

T: Starts off with the hops. Grapefruit stands out again, along with other citrus notes and tropical fruits. Bitterness comes in shortly after. Malts do a good job at balancing things out, as it lends a very light sweetness and a bit of toastiness. Alcohol hides nicely in the background. Finishes with a moderate bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: While this brew is hop-heavy, it somehow remains quite balanced and drinkable. Definitely cures a hop craving and would be a solid go-to IPA. Definitely worth trying

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Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting collar. Very good retention with rings and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy floral hop aroma that's bursting with tropical and citrus fruit sweetness before being countered by subtle sweet malt backbone. Dank, oily and resinous with fresh buds and grassy pine followed by hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and orange peel. Slight caramel malt presence with toffee, biscuit and graham cracker. Very inviting.

Medium bodied with a perfect balance of dank, sticky hop bitterness, sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes and a sweet malt backbone. Dry, earthy bitterness up front with a spicy/grassy flavor along with pine needle and alpha acids. This is countered mid-palate by a juicy tropical and citrus hop flavor with notes of blood orange, grapefruit, pineapple and mango. The perfect amount of fruit sweetness without taking away from the bitterness. Decent malt backbone balancing things out without interfering with the hops. Subtle caramel sweetness along with toffee, bread, biscuit and graham cracker. A little heavier and a touch more malt than most west coast IPAs but its perfectly balanced without losing the delicious, complex hop flavor. Exemplary for the style.

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Photo of Veritas_Aequitas
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing fancy here; just a damn solid IPA. If you don't like fruit or pine-heavy flavor in an IPA this is definitely one to try. Pours a dark golden color and maintains quite a thick, lingering head. Smells crisp and hoppy; tastes just like a no-bullshit IPA should - hops are very evident but not overwhelming. Alcohol content is perfect for this style at 7.5%.

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Photo of Beric
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can into a snifter
Served: 13 November 2015

Appearance: Pours a lighter color than many other IPAs- looks like a deep golden color with straw-yellow hints, rather than the usual copper toned IPA. Crowned with a soft, soapy white head which sadly dissipates pretty quick. The beer is strong but not so much so that the head should collapse that fast.

Aroma: Massive fruity hoppiness on the nose- huge grapefruit notes, some clementine as well. A bit of resinous pine in there as well. Love the nose.

Taste: Wow, is this a fantastic IPA. Again, huge fruity hop notes - grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemongrass, and cajeput. Again, a pinch of pine, but nothing insane. This is one of the 'juiciest' IPAs I've had in a while and it is absolutely marvelous.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall: This beer is similar in character to SN Torpedo, but with a lighter malt backbone. If you want a juicy IPA, this is definitely one to strongly consider. A fantastic beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of adkrogue
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass.

A: Almost an amber color, not quite as dark or deep but a nice orangish color with a creamy just off-white head. I poured this 20 mins ago and let it settle and the head hasn't dissipated at all.
S: Floral, grapefruit. Definitely more floral than piney.
T: Delicious? It is a really really good IPA. Hoppy but not overwhelming. Hops taste like they smell to me, floral, citrusy. A bit more pine in the taste than I picked up in the nose. Crisp, clean. Really balanced with the malts and the alcohol is subtle. Doesn't take like 7.5%. Nice clean finish with no lingering bitterness.
M: Best part. Medium body but so smooth. Its silk, in a delicious beer. This beer is making love to my mouth.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was SO happy when I got home after purchasing a sixer of Union Jack, that it was bottled only 4 days ago! That's awesome! This fresh IPA pours an almost clear amber/golden color with a big white head that diminishes quickly. Smell is very hoppy with some sweet citrus scents. A bit of a floral smell as well. Lots of orange. The taste is delicious! I could have told you this was bottled less than a week ago, even if I hadn't looked at the date (due to the fact that it tastes like the time I had it on tap at the brewery). Never has it ever come from the bottle better than it has tonight. The mouthfeel is just perfect for an IPA...sometimes you get an IPA that has too light of a mouthfeel, but this one is awesome. The drinkability is extremely high. Drank 4 of these last night along with some BMC (don't judge me, I was playing beer pong). I was sure to save one of these fresh ones to write a review on. Firestone has made me VERY happy after drinking this and trying Parabola. Awesome job FW!

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Photo of Trombone69
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap with my roast pork sandwich.
Fairly impressive, nice hoppiness without overt bitterness. I'm not a huge IPA guy, but this was pretty good. I might pick up a six pack of these sometime.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a nonic pint.

Lovely fokkin' pour, that is. Copper color with with a nice lasting head that slowly dissipates and leaves some trailing lacing.

The aroma is not tops but will do: citrus and spice, a little grass and a bit of bread and cracker as well.

The taste is big an bold. Orange, candied fruit are first to hit my palate followed by a slow, building, spicy bitter note that finishes dry and lasts forever. That aftertaste, phew, I'm gobsmacked.

I love the mouthfeel on this brew, medium smooth but with a tingly, bubbly bit that you can feel on the lips and tongue. Outstanding.

Overall, really glad i got to try this beer and wish it was available to me on a regular basis. An outstanding IPA.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new IPA-Specific beer glass that was designed by Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. This beer was bottled on 12/6/12.

Appearance - This might as well be the best looking beer I have ever seen. It poured a nice bright golden-orange color with a tall off-white head due to a vigorous pour. A nice soft, frothy head leaves decent lacing spread across the glass. The carbonation is clearly visible. Overall, this is a great looking beer and deserves a 5.

Smell - Great, well-balanced smell with a combination of citrus flavors (prominently grapefruit with a slight bit of orange), piney/evergreen flavors, and the malts linger in the background. I was expecting a bit more, but it may be because it was bottled 2.5 months ago.

Taste - The citrus/grapefruit flavors hit first followed by the piney/evergreen flavors with the malt/biscuit flavors lingering in the background. Bitterness on the bank end is definitely noticeable from this hoppy IPA, but the flavors somewhat remain and the bitterness is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - This is a medium body beer with good carbonation. The dryness/bitterness lingers for a bit with some stickiness on the lips.

Overall - This is an excellent well-balanced IPA and the appearance is one of the best I've seen. A great combination of citrus/piney hop flavors with hints of malt/biscuit flavors. This is definitely in my top 3 for India Pale Ales that I have tried to date. This is definitely going to become a more regular go-to beer for me in the future.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: a hazy burnt orange color with some nice amber notes. 1/2 finger white bubbly head. the head looks like the surface of the moon. so, theres that

s: super strong pineapple and grapefruit, mango, crisp malts, a hint of sugary sweetness. a very faint amount of pine. very juicy smelling

t: taste follows the nose pretty tightly. juicy pineapple, mango, sweet grapefruit. a hint of strawberry. there is some mellow bitterness that comes from a mixture of grapefruit, pine, and raw tea leafs. its quite tasty, with just the right amount of bitterness to make this refreshing, while also sweet and extremely juicy

m: its on the lighter side of medium. i thought it might have a thicker syrup-like quality, but the juiciness and carbonation keep this on the lighter side, making it extremely easy drinking

o: i like this more than i was expecting too. i really enjoy how juicy this is in aroma and taste. its bitter, but not overly bitter or off-putting. very enjoyable

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Photo of BREWS4LA
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tried this and I was surprised how good it was. Poured from bottle into glass, nice color clear good lacing.

The aroma was outstanding, nice citrus grapefruit with the piney hop right in the middle.

The taste was even better citrus/tangy with a slight bitter finish but very well balanced. Extremely refreshing it was great with my meal. i will definitely be getting more of these.
Was reminded of a Lagunitas IPA.

Cheers

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Photo of seedyone
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

07/15/15 On tap at Coopers, Chelsea, NYC. Still big. Head is way small but there. Aroma is honest as it let's you know this has hops w/a capital H but won't make your eyes water or split you skull.

Ever stand next to a race horse? Big & powerful but managed. Well managed if it's a winner & this sure is.

01/08/14 From cask. I've been drinking this since the spring '13 & surprised I've left no notes. This is a superior drink. Big in every way. From the cask there is no head whatsoever but that doesn't matter. I don't like hops that are overbearingly applied so this exercise in restraint is just right. They are there, but whether it's the type or the technique the result is first class.

This is a must for any beer lover even if not an IPA fan. This will show what's possible in the right circumstances.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours clear lighter almond amber, dark eggshell head, fairly thin, but tightly knit and long lasting, leaving ample low sheeting and expansive lacing. Pungent hop juice nose, fruity and full of pineapple goodness. Hop saturated IPA, American in style all the way. More pineapple, resiny grapefruit notes as well, hop lovers rejoice...agressivly hopped and thoroughly deliciously crafted. A nice new addition to the neighborhood

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.