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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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Reviews: 1,246
Hads: 6,041
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 441
Gots: 1,209 | FT: 13
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 DrDemento456
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A very bright amber brown, almost orange with a half inch of head that quickly turns to a thick sticky lace ring.

S - Love the smell on this one bright citrus hops and sweet mango smells pretty balanced.

T - Refreshing in a way the citrus and mango like hops provide a good balanced bitterness. With bread malts to balance it's in the same league as Sculpin but less available.

M - Light to medium. Balanced and drinkable.

Overall A very smooth very bitter IPA yet balanced and very tasty. Glad I finally got to try this fairly fresh!

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Photo of jwolfie70
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a couple times on tap now, and it has as of yet failed to disapoint (even after drinking one into between two Elders). It pours a light copper color with a white head that settles quickly. While this site has it listed as an American IPA, this is a classic DIPA--over the top hops and strong, sticky sweet malt presence. The hops are present, but do not predominate. I would recommend this beer, and am happy this is going to be bottled soon.

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

Golden-orange body, thin white head.

Nose is fresh cut hops. Crisp and tantalizing.

Flavor is bitter hops with a crisp malt core. Good stuff, matey!

Mouthfeel is slick, stripping and slightly chalky.

Overall, excellent, better than the growler. I didn't expect that.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright, slightly darkened orange with a nice white head.

S: Lots of grapefruit, orange, and other citrus notes. Some malt sweetness far into the background.

T: Very similar to the smell. Lots of refreshing hop bitterness with a little bit of the sweet aroma working its way into the taste.

M: Medium-bodied with a little bit of chewiness.

D: Quite drinkable. A very nice IPA to quaff back all day.

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

Poured from the bottle a bright clear copper color with two fingers of bubbly off-white head leaving loads of lacing behind.

Hops! Big aroma of orange, pine and floral hops.

Tastes matches the aroma with bright orange, pine and floral notes. A sweet caramel maltiness is present for balance as well as a hit of bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied with a slight dryness and moderate carbonation.

I love hoppy IPAs and this is definitely one of my new favorites.

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

I've been waiting to try this one for a while, and finally got it thanks to a great trader womencantsail.

A: Pours into my giant oversized snifter with a light 1/2 finger head covering of nice fluffy head that fades slowly. It's a very clear pale orange color.

N: A very nice nose. Lots of fresh hop aromas, some fresh wet hops, chewy hops, some pine, a little citrus, and after that comes some nice light malt aromas.

T: A nice chewy bitter hop taste to start. Some pine and a little citrus. The piny flavors seem to increase as it goes. A little fresh wet hop earthy hops, but not much. Some nice lightly sweet malt flavors. A great chewy hop and some juicy hops. A hint of vanilla. Reminds me a lot of two headed.

M: Decent body but a little lighter, good carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter and gets a little more bitter on the finish. Some pale bitterness and spicy hops. A little juicy hop flavor and some sweet juices lingering. Some malts stick with it too. The bitterness lingers for a long time. This is easily becoming one of my fav IPAs. I'm glad I got a 6-pack, and I'm thinking about putting this into my regular trading schedule. Thanks a ton Andrew.

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

pours a translucent light amber / orange tone while yielding a finger-plus of a frothy off-white head; good retention and lacing. nose is very nice, offering an abundance of citric hoppiness right out of the gate. notes of pine and a little floral, as well as some malt character in the background.

citric hops dominate the flavor profile, flanked by secondary notes of pine and floral hops, all of which balanced by that malt presence - though it's not overbearing at all. well done. hoppy bitterness persits through the finish. medium bodied on the palate with medium carbonation.

with double jack carving a distinction for itself as one of my favorite DIPAs, i had high hopes for this one and i wasn't disappointed - overall a fantastic IPA; even in a style where a plethora of worthy foes exists, it sets itself apart. definitely one i can see earning a spot in my regular rotation.

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

Poured from a bottle to a duvel tulip. Pours a clear blonde orange with a 2 inch white head that slowly shrinks with great lacing. Aroma is strong. Very floral, grassy, and citric. Taste is grapefruit, caramel, pineapple, mango, papaya, orange, and a touch of lemon. Mouthfeel is medium to thin. Alcohol is invisible. This beer is super sessionable and a perfect go to ipa.

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

A- Light orange color with stark white head that dissipates towards the side of the glass, leaving a touch of webbing on the top. Big bubbles float on the top. This is a good, clean looking IPA.

S- Wow, BIG mandarin orange aroma with subtle grass and lemon. Just a touch of sweet malt in the back. I'm getting a hint of vanilla and really no alcohol. A fruity nose is present on this bad boy.

T- The flavor follows the aroma. Nice orange and grapefruit with some floral tones. Very well rounded hop flavor with a solid malt backbone. Very, very good representation of the style.

M- Oily with a medium mouthfeel and decent amount of carbonation. Very enjoyable.

T- This is a VERY good IPA. Quite exemplary in my opinion. Solid fruity hop notes and a sweet maltyness. YUM!

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

On tap in a 16 oz pint glass:

A- pours a orange honey color with a 1" head that reduces to a thin white cap, decent lacing.

S- nose full of grapefruit followed by pine.

T- pine dominates followed by the grapefruit and citrus. a slight honey and malt in the background leaves a nice balanced finish. he usual west coast ipa bitterness on the aftertaste.

M- i would consider this to be medium bodied and the carbonation is just right.

O - really solid IPA. i would definitely drink more of these if more available in my area. was a treat to see it on- tap!

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Photo of chilly460
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden amber and very clearn body, with a big 3 finger creamy white head, good retention and lacing.

S - Wow, this is plenty strong with citrus hops immediate, big grapefruit. As it warms, definite mango and orange peel, really nice.

T - Grapefruit, big tart taste but not wearying to the palate. Some orange, pineapple on the background. Enough of a clean malt backbone to offset, finishes very well.

M - Nice medium body and carbonation, very representative of the style.

O - Really strong, huge grapefruit aroma and flavor but plenty of other flavors going on, not an overboard "hop bomb".

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

Have had this beer previously in bottles, but this was the first time I ever had the pleasure of drinking it on tap. Part of the regular rotation at the excellent Rose and Crown pub in Palo Alto.

Like the bottled version, this beer pour an orange peach color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is impressive, consisting of a sweet, fruity, malty nose, that is aggressively undercut by a huge wave of hoppy bitterness. Flavors on the palate completely replicate the nose, and what strikes me the most is just how well balanced this beer is. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is just excellent. There is no doubt, this would be my go to IPA of choice, were it only available on the East Coast. Just an all around excellent IPA.

Edit from 1/12. This beer is now available in the Baltimore area, and as mentioned, is now my IPA whenever I see it on the menu in town. It's a beer I order automatically when ever I see it in town. Thank God we now get FW beers now here in Bawlmore.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 10/3/12

A- Pours a super clear honey body with a medium 2" off-white head that reduces to white film. Leaves some decent uniform lacing.

S- Big citrus notes. Slight grapefruit and fresh pine.

T- The fresh pine and citrus is pronounced and balances well with a honey-caramel malt backbone. Quite delicous and drinkable. No trace of alcohol. Slight bitterness left on the tongue.

M- Medium carbonation with a creamy, medium body.

This may be one of my new favorite IPAs. Unlike a double or triple IPA, you can pound a few of these down and be quite satisfied. Nice balance and drinkability. Pick up a 6

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Photo of cmq103
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass

Appearance: Darker golden color with a decent 1/4" head that held its own as the beer sat a few minutes to breathe. Very tight and clingy lacing that just doesn't want to let go. Impressive to say the least.

Smell: This is where it gets even better. Grapefruit citrusy sweet, but dominant hop aroma. I really could smell this one all day.

Taste: Wow!! Outstanding lightly sweet grapefruit, pine, hoppy joy!!! I get a tad bit of pineapple and malt, just prior to the perfect amount of bitter finish expected in the style. This well done IPA makes made my tongue and tastebuds extremely happy...

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is moderate. Exactly what this IPA needed to make sure all of the flavors blended together.

Overall: I swapped my brother a cellared Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout for this one. I will say it was a wise choice. I would rate this in my top five IPA's. The 7.5% ABV is so well hidden. This is my first Firestone Walker beer and definitely won't be my last. I wish I could find it in a 1/6th keg on the east coast. For now, I will have to enjoy it by the bottle. I can't wait to try the the Double Jack.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very thin head followed this beer throughout drinking it. Lacing nice crept down the glass. Color is a gorgeous burnt orange color.

Smell: Nice subtle aroma, I was honestly surprised the aroma wasn't more prevalent with the taste of this beer. It was nice to enjoy the aroma of this beer instead of being overpowered by it with other ultra hoppy IPA's. Perfect combination of the crisp hops and tropical fruits.

Taste: An awesome single IPA. Bold pine smoothness on the front of this beer followed by the crisp hop presence. The 7.5% ABV adds a nice spicy feeling which makes this an incredibly complex IPA. Focusing on all the different parts of this beer is almost impossible on each drink. The taste definitely brings a wow factor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. A nice creamy texture covers the palette but the tingle of the hops sticks on the tongue. A little hot but makes you continue to pay attention to its presence.

Overall: A really exceptional IPA. If you ever get the opportunity to try it and are feeling some hops, you cant go wrong with this choice. Definitely a contender in the top single IPA's in the world in my opinion.

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

Clear amber colored beer; receding 1/2 inch of fluffy white head; nice slowly falling lace.

Superb aroma; very hoppy, with prominent citrus notes, particularly pineapple and grapefruit.

The taste is in the same bag and for me, absolutely delicious. The bitterness is held in check just enough to allow all that juicy pineapple flavor to shine through. Just the faintest hint of malt sweetness. Lots of grassy and herbal notes as well.

Medium long finish; lingers nicely, but just dry enough to bring you back for more. Moderate carbonation.

I really think this is a superb IPA; one of the best I've ever had and exactly what I look for in this style. The hop characteristics are very refined, full of subtle fruity notes and not just a bitter bomb. Yum. So fresh, could drink this one all day and night.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish copper color with a nice 1 and a half frothy white head which gives way to nice lace. The aroma has a nice caramel malt backbone bigger than most ipa's. There is then a hop aroma of piney hops and citrus hops. The nose is very well balanced almost a 50/50 split. The taste follows the nose, there is a piney hop bite to start with a nice citrus flavor over it, but in the middle you get hit with a great balance of malts. A nice sweet characteristic, a bready and caramel malt taste. Much sweeter and maltier than most ipa's, a little bit like a 120. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a very good beer, this is a perfectly balanced beer, a beer I will be seeking out to find and have again.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden amber color, you see the carbonation fizzing through on this one, a two finger off white head at the top and nice lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of fruity blends on this one, grapefruit and orange zest and fresh hops.

T: This is fruitful throughout just like the nose, lots of grapefruit and orange, a slight hint of fresh biscuits, and citrus blend.

M: Smooth and sweet, medium carbonation, medium bodied. Nice sweet stickyness.

O:This is a fantastic IPA, I enjoyed it tremendously lots of good blends, and very fresh brew.

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

thanks to Andysr15 for this one!

Poured into a affligem goblet with an aggressive pour and got a thin white head with an orange colored body. wonderful aroma of flowery hops. Flavor is divine. Nice quick hop bite up fornt, but incredibly sweet and smooth finish. I do not know if I have had another IPA with this wonderful balance and sweetness/smoothness. Incredibly drinkable for 7.5%. can not wait for more!! If you have some, BM me!!

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

Big thanks to fartingdog for hooking us up with this one, enjoyed with biegaman and grub on the patio with some euchre.

Pours a slightly hazed orange, white white head forms, drops a ton of lace, solid ring. Smell is great, floral, grapefruit, oranges, caramel, bread, perfumy, lots of citrus goodness, very well rounded. Taste is even better, caramel, cake, sugar, jasmine, orange and tangerine, bit of yeast, some fruit, floral, nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very enjoyable, nice tight flavours, very balanced, definitely a good one. Thanks Dave!

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

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber body. Respectable white head that lives a bit of lacing.

S: Like a cross between a pine forest and a fruit bowl. Dazzling.

T: Chock full of piney, grassy, and citrus flavors. Plenty bitter, but not excessively so. This one is big on IPA flavor but more restrained when it comes to IPA bitterness.

M: Oily and syrupy.

D: Everything an IPA should be. Thumbs way up.

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

Tried this at a tasting of IPA's at Pacific Park
Market in Aliso Viejo. It was one of the better
brews opened, and was in GREAT company including
90 minute, Stone 10th IPA (3L), Dales Pale, Hop
Henge, Port 2nd Anniv, GF West Coast IPA

A: light orange, small white head, good retention.

S: Pungent hops, fruity fruity fruit.

T: bitter hops with sweet tangy fruit and citrus, and a touch of caramel malt to finish.
This is the fruitiest IPA I have had yet.

M: Crisp carbonation, with medium body.

D: A pretty good IPA all-around. This was recommended to me earlier in the day by Jeff at O'Shea brewing (owner) as his session beer. I can see why. It's readily available, not unreasonably priced, extremely drinkable.
It's a flavor explosion for an IPA. If you like fruit beers and hop beers, this is a great combination of the two.

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

Had this at a recent tasting. Thanks kbutler1 for the chance to try this want.

Clear golden in color, with a light copper tint. Off-white cap sits on top with good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is very hoppy, with citrus and floral hops dominating, but very wet and sticky, dank if you will. Only the slightest malt backbone on this one.

The taste doesn't disappoint either. Wet, piney and resiny hops. A sticky bitterness, with a lingering aftertaste. Floral and citrus hops dominate, but strong piney and resiny hops also play a role. Complex and extremely tasty, excellent stuff.

About medium in body, with a sticky bitterness, and appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is great, what an easy drinking IPA. The alcohol is a lot higher than I would have guessed, as it's completely masked by the massive hop characters.

Overall, this is easily one of my top IPA's. I would gladly have this again, and am very thankful I got to try a very fresh bottle. Thanks Kevin!

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

Pours a clear amber with a creme head that falls quickly. Nose is a nice floral citrus mix. Real airy, but with good character. Flavor is nice. Great hop mix. Citrus and sweet (almost a bit too much on the backside) are consistent as is a nice mellow floral flavor. It's balanced, even though there is a full flavor. A bit of a hot touch from the alcohol, but it's minimal and doesn't matter much by the time you've processed everything. Feel has a slight bite on the carbonation and the liquid is good. Easy to drink and a nice IPA. Comes off as slightly more refined as other IPAs that try to muscle their way to the top.

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

Reviewed from notes taken on 1/30/2012 that have been sitting on my computer since.

APPEARANCE: This might be the clearest craft beer I have ever seen. It’s like looking through glass…that has a lot of bubbles floating up through it. The head on the pint glass is about a half-inch thick, but settles into a coaster-thick cap rather quickly. The bubbles are very lively in this beer and they spring up from every part of the glass, not just the center or the sides. The lacing is decent, cathedral-like.

SMELL: The aroma on this one is gorgeous and strong. Every time I pour this beer at work I can smell it as soon as I pull the tap. This bomber is no exception, the bottom of the cap, a sniff into the bottle and the full pint glass all provide the same thing – a wonderful, piney, grassy and sweet, tropical fruit-like, hoppy smell indicative of a classic West Coast IPA.

TASTE: This beer is fresh and the first sip provides a big dose of bitter hoppiness. The grapefruit is strong with a solid grassiness to back it up. In fact, aside from Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter this may be the grassiest IPA I have tasted. The bitterness remains throughout the entire beer, but much like its SoCal brother, Stone Ruination, the Union Jack provides just enough malt to keep this beer on the far edge, close to too bitter, without ever slipping over it.

MOUTHFEEL: The sparkle is more of a tickle than a scrub of the palate and the palate of any IPA drinker will find that it does not resist at all. This is a pretty easy-drinking IPA. It is also a surprisingly light beer.

OVERALL: For some reason I never really gave this beer as much credit as I should have. I have tasted it in the past, but before moving to Colorado I could not get my hands on it unless I was travelling and I usually passed it up in favor of something more exotic. That all changed, however, when my manager and I tasted a lineup of Firestone-Walker beers last year. We needed an IPA on draft and we both, on the spot, decided that the Union Jack was our winner. Since then I have tasted it many times and thoroughly enjoyed it. It takes a lot for me to say this, but it now sits beside Modus Hoperandi (and Blind Pig when I am so fortunate) as my go-to IPA.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,246 ratings.