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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,285 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,285
Hads: 6,214
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 464
Gots: 1,375 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,285 | Hads: 6,214
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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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a white head. Aroma is tons of citrus hops. Flavor is very hoppy but not too bitter. The predominant flavor is orange and other citrus fruits. Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable.
This is a beer that I could drink several of in one sitting, unlike some of the hoppier less-balanced versions of this style. This is a great beer.

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

Tap @ O'Briens. Poured clear copper-gold with a short white head. Moderate lacing. For a straight IPA, this was fantastic. Sometimes, you get the DIPA that calls itself an IPA, but this is jsut a well-done, big-hop single IPA. Crisp, fresh pink grapefruit, pine needles, orange peel, and mango in the nose. Sharp mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. No stickiness in the finish. The aroma follows through nicely in the taste. Grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and that bite of resin. The caramel malt stays muted and does not turn this into a candied mess. Please sell more bottles of this in San Diego.

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Photo of far333
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale orange colored with a beige wispy head that rises up slightly and settles down quickly, leaving a ring of lacey bubbles around the top of the glass.

Bright and inviting aroma of citrusy hops, lots of lemon and tangerine, some hints of grapefruit rind.

Flavor is mouth puckering hoppy goodness right upfront. Some slightly sweet malt fruitiness rides beneath, but there is definitely a strong punch of orange rind, resiny pine bitter, and a lemon zest finish with a hot cinnamon linger.

Even mouthfeel, just a tad slick with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and warming, great selection from barleywinefiend. Thanks!

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

12oz bottle - sixer from ballard market. about 5 weeks old

appearance: served in tyranena pint - glowing orange body, frothy
white head with sticky lace

smell: fresh citrus, grassy, grapefruit zest

taste: the best substitute for two hearted that I can find - great IPA, reasonably priced and available in a sixer. Fresh citrus, sugary orange peel, grapefruit zest, pine resin, light bitterness, tropical fruit. real nice.

mouthfeel: medium-light body, well hopped and not overly bitter

overall: solid solid stuff

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

Slightly hazy golden body with a tall, dense white head. This beer has great cascading lacing.

The smell is tons of citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, and mango.

The taste is extremely hop forward with the same citrus and tropical fruits. It's mostly grapefruit and tangerine, some mango, and then an ever-so-slight toasty malt. It's moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Alcohol is slightly astringent.

Overall, this is a great IPA that ranks up there with the best of them. This will be in regular rotation now that it's available in IL.

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Photo of bum732
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Bold citrus bouquet, orange, grapefruit, mango, classic west coast hops, slight dark breadiness.

L: Brilliant clear amber yellow, decent head that dissipates, good lacing.

T: Crisp citrusy hops with a firm soft bready sweet backbone. Medium-high bitterness finishing with a hoppy dryness. Very clean.

M: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation, alcohol slightly present.

A great, clean west coast IPA. Just really fantastic.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours a deep golden yellow with nice white head that fades and laces nicely

S: First thing I get is the malt sweetness, followed immediately by tropical and citrus hoppy goodness.

T: Big citrus hop kick, a little almost tropical fruit like notes in there, all well balanced by malt sweetness. There's a bit of grapefruit bitterness on the finish that hangs around.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, very refreshing

O: I spend so much time trying new stuff that brews like this from right in my back yard often get ignored. Drinking them for the first time in a while is like sitting down with an old friend. Very tasty brew that hits the spot.

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

12oz bottle poured into a milkshake pilsner glass. Bottled on 02/09/12.

Appearance: Hazy orange-gold. Off white head which settled down to a thin skin across the top with some rocky islands here and there. Plenty of persistent lacing in strands and islands.

Smell: Just right citrus (orange dominates, with some hints of grapefruit) with a balance of malt at the end. Very aromatic.

Taste: Very well blended and perfectly balanced AIPA. Citrus and malt right up front, which transitions smoothly and easily into a bitter hop finish which is mostly grapefruit and a hint of pine. The bitterness lingers a bit, but not so long as to become annoying. The hops are the emphasis here, but it doesn't slap you around - very smooth and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice thickness with no hop oils sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very drinkable AIPA and very well balanced. Hop forward, but not overpowering. Dangerously drinkable really, the 7.5% ABV is not at all noticeable. A very well made beer and now I wish I had a 6 pack. I will have to pick up and try again when it is closer to the bottled on date to see how the hop flavor holds up over time. If this is what it was like when it was bottled almost 5 months ago, it should be quite good when fresh.

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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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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,285 ratings.