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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1,217 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,217
Hads: 5,891
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 435
Gots: 1,092 | 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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Photo of Walken
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker: Union Jack IPA (Bottled: 04/27/10) (Tasted 05/31/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Ever so slightly hazed, near brilliant copper colored beer pours into the glass with a small initial head that stays pretty squat, fading down into a film, with some great looking lacing, fluffy bubbles, mounted on a ring of foam around the edges of the glass, that stays intact to the bottom of the glass
Odor: Citrus hops on the nose, juicy grapefruit with hints of orange and juicy fruit gum (Thanks Centennial!)
Consistency: Solid, light end of medium bodied with a high flying but oh-so-mellow carbonation that merely massages the tongue. Hops add a great feel to this beer, oily, slightly fruity.
Taste: This is a hell of an IPA right here, there's no denying that. Hop flavors run all over the place, each of the dry hops come through and shine through. Simcoe and Chinook throw the yin and yang of rough and clean herbal hop bitterness, Amarillo throws orange sap and rind, C's throw the standard grapefruit flavor in the background to round things out. Malt is there for support and nothing else, clean biscuit and dark bread. Finish is off-dry with a load of hop oils holding their initial flavors on the tongue.

Glad this is available somewhat locally now, delicious IPA, exceptionally crafted beer overall! Get it! (1,357 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic, served at fridge temp.

appearance: hazy, semi transparent lemon yellow with active carbonation and a 3 finger linen white head. more than abundant, gorgeous lacing

aroma: awesome blend of fruitiness; papaya, peaches in syrup

mouthfeel: a little on the thin side.

taste: great blend of fruit juices; pineapple, papaya and a splash of grapefruit.

notes: one of the best IPA noses I have smelled since Flower Power or Celebration. Very nice flavor profile. definitely seems like a strong English IPA to me. Alcohol seems well hidden. this is a pleasure to drink. (606 characters)

Photo of Braz
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had at the TK Irish Pub. Pretty amber coppery color, clear, with a nice white head. Citrusy, grapefruit aromatics, heavy. Smooth feel and big on the hops. Slight malt appearance toward the end. Fairly bitter in all. Excellent IPA. Very well rounded from appearance to mouthfeel. One of the best IPA's I've had. (310 characters)

Photo of BingCrosby7
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A light orange with highlights of soft gold and yellow; a thin white head that stays almost permanently throughout the glass; bubbles rise from bottom to head throughout the whole experience. This is a wonderful looking beer.

S - Medium hoppiness; lemon zest; lemon grass; sweet pine; light malt

T - Hoppy, piney, and citrusy on the palate; malts assuage the bitterness of the overall effect of the hops. The aftertaste is hoppy, yet subdued because of the malt. This is a fine IPA.

M - I think the carbonation is just right on this beer

O - I've grown to love this beer over the last year or so--this is definitely one of my go-to beers. (647 characters)

Photo of Indulgence
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stuff was super fresh, absolutely killer... the only other IPA that is better is the Yulesmith. Absolutely wonderful pine, grapefruit aromas, crisp, bright, and sublime... color of burnt orange amber, clear... taste was some apples, ruby red grapefruit, dry fruity yeast esters... head retention in my Riedel Bordeaux glass is superb... alcohol is hidden very well. It has been over a year since I last tasted this one... and I'm loving it. It's rare when a beer impresses me even more the 2nd time. (504 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this isn't a double? The smell and taste here is huge, not to mention it's a 7.5% beer. The lacing on this one is noteworthy. It goes all the way down. That alongside the deep amber color makes it a beautiful beer. Its taste is pungent of course, but it's got plenty of fruity notes to make up for it. All in all one of the best IPAs out there. (350 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Quite simply, the standard by which all other IPAs are judged for me. Sure, it's a touch big for the style, but it's aroma/flavor are razor sharp on point, deftly mixing tropical sweetness with a touch of piney bitterness for perfect balance. An archetype. (256 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle at Ginny's Little Bighorn on Sun., 12/28/2014 (Chicken Shit Bingo), dated "10/28/14 22:31," poured into plastic cup, drank over 30-45 minutes (155 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a growler (keg that was tapped tonight, right in front of me as I waited), poured into a beer temp pint glass.

A- Clean and clear golden- copper color, some gently rising bubbles. Every pour resulted in a massive milk-white colored head that would not quit and left the finest quality thick lacing.

S- Pine, fresh green grass, and lots of citrus hops. The aromas vary as the beer warms, just like they should in a top-notch IPA.

T-All those hop flavors are there, but hold the phone, here come the malts. The malt backbone delivers some sweet caramel and a touch of breadiness.

M-Oily, resinous, yet clean and crisp. Lots of body with a surprisingly mellow finish...for a moment...then the hop zest, not very bitter.

O-A real deal American IPA on the fuller side, yet drinkable, even at 7.5% abv. (807 characters)

Photo of Bauzen
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a big IPA, but not over-the-top like a double or an imperial variety. It pours a deep amber color, leaves fluffy white foam that laces along the glass nicely, and offers aromas of a full floral bouquet. The most prominent notes of citrus are unmistakable. There's also some pine, and a touch of bitterness on the nose, but it's refined and pleasant.

The taste is powerful. This is a full-bodied beer, but doesn't kick your butt like some with heavier ABV content. You'll probably be sad when it's over... I certainly was. Exceptional IPA from a brand that makes it hard to decide which of their recipes is your favorite. Well done, Firestone. (652 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Excited for this since I love Double Jack so much.

A-Pours a completely transparent light orange color. Thousands of bubbles rise to the nice off-white head. Head is smaller and leaves excellent lacing. One of the most extensive sheets of lacing I've seen from an IPA. A very clean looking IPA.

S-Hops are very noticeable. Floral and herbal hops mostly. Pine and citrus too. I get that nice green onion smell here too. Resiny in the nose. Malt is the backing here. All hops.

T-Oh very hoppy! Hops are so fresh and grassy. Super grassy, super floral. Juicy fruits that also combine with some sturdy pine as well. Aftertaste is a bit bitter and it lasts forever. Boasts a nice malty sweetness too that helps to balance the hops. A very drinkable flavor.

M-Medium body and medium carbonation. Lightly resinous. Carbonation is tingly and nice. Dry.

O/D-Yeah, this is one hell of an IPA. Definitely has a unique hop bouquet that I really enjoy. Goes down easy. Now becomes one of the better 6-pack IPAs I have had. Just oh so solid. (1,033 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured a ruddy orange-amber into a pint glass with a finger of fluffy white head. Very nice aroma of citrus and sweet caramel.

Moderate carbonation with a prickly, full mouthfeel that's just a touch resinous. Hoppy blast up front with pine, grass, and citrus followed by a sold caramel malt backbone. Pleasantly bitter grapefruit finish.

Extremely balanced and very drinkable. Impressive IPA from Firestone Walker -- wish I hadn't waited so long to try this one! (464 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: thin head on a slightly hazy golden with slight amber hue body.

S: classic orange peel and grapefruit hop aroma. very nice degree of sweetness.

T: nice degree of malt presence. the hop variety is excellent. very complex and variable as its consumed. hop notes include floral, herbal, grapefruit, melon and pineapple. very nice.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a very nice beer. The hop character is excellent for a standard IPA. I could drink this all the time. (494 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a delicious-looking clear but heavy orange body with a nice, retentive white head that even left some lacing on the inside of my pint glass.

Smell - The rich, orange-flavored hops are big and heavy. I can pick up a solid sweetish malt base but it's the orange and to some extent pine hops that lead this beautiful bouquet.

Taste - This one is full of flavor. The hops make a magnificent transition from nose to tongue bringing out a massive array of huge hop flavors without being too bitter or harsh and the sweetness from the malts is a perfect compliment.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied ale that is bitter but not punishingly so and just enough carbonation to keep you interested.

Drinkability - This is both big and quaffable at the same time. The balance is superb yet the hopheads will relish the flavors. This is a winner for sure. (874 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

Bright and clear brassy amber color, dense foam forms from a even, moderate pour and the lacing is absolutely amazing with rings all the way down the glass. Massive grapefruit aroma from the hops, slightly pungent and very aromatic. Full-bodied and very smooth. Heavy-handed hop character pounds the taste buds with flavor, bitterness comes in a with a moderate sharpness and lets the flavors unfold from citric zest to botanical to pungent citric rind. There is a thickness of malt underneath with a solid kernel of sweetness and toasted biscuit, but this is all more or less trumped by the hops. Small fume of alcohol with clean esters that throw a little bit of mango and papaya fruitiness in the mix.

This beer is bordering Double IPA territory, which is not a bad thing, though it is a pretty sizable American IPA and is an absolute must for all of the hopheads out there. (928 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 355ml bottle with a bottled-on date of May 29th 2012. Purchased at the GBBF and kept in my fridge.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep golden-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patch surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of intensely fruity hops: notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, white grapes and subtle pine. This is underpinned by sweet malt, dry yeast and a whiff of booze. Flavoursome.

Tastes of overwhelming juicy hops with a malty backbone and a strident bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine, faint grape, caramel, malt sugar, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Quite sweet, but balanced by a powerful spicy bitterness upon swallowing. A hint of solventy booze lurks in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy and dry, with tingly carbonation and good body. Highly astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and a hint of sweet malt.

Impressive - tons of character in this brew. Like someone has driven a truckfull of hops over your palate. The flavour and aroma are fantastic, and it feels balanced despite the malty sweetness. No complaints - if you love hops then this is the beer for you. Grab one if you see it. (1,287 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a deep bright copper, forms a billowing head off whitebeige coloredwith a dimpled biscuit appearance floating well above the rim of my Sam Smith's imperial pint glass. Aromatics offer up intense floral, citrus, earthy hops. Almost perfume like hop nose, this beer smells great, ample bready fruity kick from the balancing malts another beautiful well created West Coast hop bomb. Sugar coated hops the interplay between malt and hops is beautiful sharp bitterness citric rinds with orange marmalade coated toasted wheat bread. A bit of mild booze and more malts come out as it warms hints of caramel coated fruitiness comes apparent. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied beautiful welcoming hop burps billow out, carbonation is dead on perfect for the style slight resinous texture going on. Drinkability is incredible another excellent well made brew from Firestone Walker, another West Coast IPA. A shipment from Hi Times in Costa Mesa was a very much needed birthday present to myself. (996 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very pretty beer, a medium orange that's too thick to see through but holds lots of brightness, and some bubbling activity that remains gently consistent. The head is a tan one that settles to be very thick and strong but creamy, lots of rocky density to it, and its settling point is a full finger and very solid. Lacing is left all the way from the very top of the glass is bubbly netting and chunks, down to just about the very bottom.
Hops are potent in this aroma, and it displays one of the nicest bouquets I recall smelling in an IPA. It's an array of citrus, both flesh and zest without as much hard pith as some brewers are putting into their hoppy efforts. Some pine hits, too, and the balance from the right amount of caramel malts works really well.
Some tangerine, pine and marmalade hit the tongue up front, going leafier in the middle and transitioning into a very strong bitterness that is nonetheless far from overbearing. Malts are properly leveled to balance. There's a sort of earthy/rindy element to the bitterness at parts, and a flash of honey with some biscuits speaks again to the malts, only adding depth while allowing the bitterness to come off strongest.
IT's creamy smooth up front with a somehow soft but strong bite of crispness that carries from front to back. The medium body holds well the entire way through, and the consistent moderate carbonation keeps the smoothness and crispness from fading.
IT's nice to see that a classic can still hold its own in a market saturated with IPAs. While so many now have set the bar higher, this one still reaches it. (1,608 characters)

Photo of Prostman81
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really blown away by this beer, and this was even after having a Hopslam prior to drinking this. A wonderfullly hoppy IPA, in fact, I'd almost say this is a DIPA in disguise. Huge aroma, huge flavor, but a substantial body that almost reminds me more of a typical east-coast IPA. Or maybe a body similar to Modus Hoperandi, now that I think of it. At any rate, an excellent balance on all fronts. This is the type of malt/hop flavor that I strive for in all my homebrewed IPAs. If this is distributed by you, and you haven't tried it yet, grab it and enjoy! (563 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was awesome, it is all hops and fruit juice. This is right in my wheelhouse of favorite IPA styles.

Will absolutely seek out and purchase again. (154 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.
Pours a golden color with a nice lacing.
Amazing hop and apple cider aroma.
This brew is amazing. Great hop flavor but well balanced, refreshing, crisp, and really just great. What can I say that hasn't been said already. Such a great IPA. (277 characters)

Photo of mooseo
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Deep copper, clear with a decent head and retention. Pretty.

S - Strong aroma of fresh squeezed grapefruit and citrus with some earthy pine notes and caramel malt. One of the best smelling IPA's around, just really terrific.

T - Delicious grapefruit and citrus hops up front, complimented by a smooth and sweet malt base. Very clean, crisp taste. Ends with a piney, grassy flavor that tends to linger. Surprisingly complex.

M - Medium body, a little oily, average carbonation. Just a little bit dry in the finish.

O - Hands down one of the best IPA's I've ever had. (605 characters)

Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half way between golden and copper. Low carbonation but forms a nice white frothy head. Good stability and lacing. A pseudo comparison with Ranger IPA comes up even here.

Much heavier citrus hop focus. Very nice. Fresh and bbit floral. Very very nice.

I'm a big fan of the brewing network so I now how popular Matt Brynildson is and his knowledge of hop use. It really comes out in this beer. Hop forward without being one dimensional. Pine and citrus, some lemon pith. Evenly layered between flavor and bitterness, but both come in super size helpings. The malt only serves to support the hops and does it's job well without being intrusive. Bitterness sticks with you, just like you want it to from this kind of beer.

I really don't understand why this beer doesn't have a bigger profile. Hopping is incredibly good and overall quality is on a scale unobtainable by most micros. A great beer and an excellent distraction from a Laker loss (WTF!!). (953 characters)

Photo of GuyHooton
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance has moderate amber hue. The taste is much more pronounced than the smell. Union Jack is fruity but very drinkable. I am not an expert on what fruit flavor there is but the fruitiness is stronger than the hops but not too much. The only thing that is comparably tastier is Firestone Double Jack. (309 characters)

Photo of bstave
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (4-18-12)

A- Pours a translucent copper with one finger white head. Nice lacing.

S- Smell is big citrus with some bready malt.

T- Big citrus grapefruit nicely balanced with a malt backbone.

M- Nice medium mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness on the tongue.

O- A very solid IPA that verges onto the DIPA spectrum. Found in many supermarkets in the NW, this is a solid go to. (393 characters)

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,217 ratings.