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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

1,284 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,284
Hads: 6,209
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 466
Gots: 1,371 | FT: 14
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to whitebricke for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Keeping the IPA trend alive at my new place with whitebricke having provided all of them so far... Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow orange with a two finger slightly off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, orange, citrus hop, and grapefruit hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, subtle grapefruit, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a really good brew. Very easy to drink and quite refreshing. No sign of the alcohol at all. The flavor on this one was really nice and the subtle dark chocolate note I picked up on added a very nice touch to the otherwise very citrusy flavors going on here. The aroma was very well balanced and nice. A definite must try in my book!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 355 ml. bottle marked: Bottled on 04/08/12. Sampled on July 21, 2012.

It pours a golden copper-yellow with a soft but small head that lingers and laces.

On the nose the sweet malts take the back page as the piney, earthy hops roar up the nostrils setting off all kinds of inviting sensations.

The body is medium to heavy and also smooth.

The flavor is full of hopped bitterness which coats my throat and lingers well beyond the session. Yet the 7.5% ABV is impossible to taste. For people who love hops you are going to like this one.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz received as an extra with a very cool trader.. Weibull. Poured into my New Sam Adams funky glass.

1" head takes a while to die back leaving bunches of lace.. sorta looks crunchy. Brew is crystal clear golden.. very pretty.

Alot of grapefruit and pine hoppiness in the nose and little else.. very clean and very hoppy.. smells fresh.

Flavor is all about the hops .. citrus and pine cones.. a little sweet off the top but that all melts away quickly.. lite pale malts .. and a very nice bitter backbone... finishes with a lip-smacking grapefruit oil on my teeth and lips... wonderful. Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style.. carbonation is prickly but helps with the maltiness... this brew tastes like a big-boned IPA (verging on DIPA territory) and it is.. but everything is very well balanced.

I could drink these for quite a while.. A huge thanks goes out to Class Act Trader Weibull. Jason.. I owe you big!

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shaker pint

A. Transparent amber. Foamy cream colored head. Slow fade. Fat lacing.

S. Cut grass. Hops for miles. Flowery scent. Pine resin. So fresh and outstanding.

T. Hoppy. Caremel malt. Tropical fruit. Orange peel. Bitter spicey finish.

M. Medium. Nice body. Little carbo. Finishes nice and smooth.

O. Great. Balanced perfectly. Super hoppy with a nice thick backbone. My favorite FW so far.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a small white head. Smells of strong citrus and floral hops with the citrus definitely dominating. Tastes of good grain with nice citrus and slight earthiness. Beer is a bit heavily carbonated but is light bodied and very drinkable. Overall a superb beer.

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Photo of bosco7
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale color with a head that is sustained.

Grapefruit, pine, mango juice in the nose. Nice and dank.

Above average hop flavors here. Similar to Pliny the Elder in hop character (but not as overwhelmingly awesome). Pine, mango, and grapefruit. Bitterness is bracing but balanced with a sweet and very clean malt profile. Very nice

Mouthfeel is a little fuller than I was anticipating but it is definitely not cloying or sticky like some breweries make their IPAs. Overall a very fine beer with plenty of hop complexity that is very drinkable. I think this beer gives Pliny a run for the money. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Boxus
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a long time I underestimated Firestone, and neglected to try their products. I was a fool! Once I finally tried Union Jack, I was instantly sold. This is one lush IPA, the sort you could use to show newcomers what the style is all about.

I'm currently drinking my second bottle, poured out into a tall glass. Had one before dinner (pizza) and one (this one ) during/after. It's worth noting that this is drinkable enough to function well as a meal companion beer, though its robust flavor makes it preferable to drink it alone.

It poured a lovely twilight gold, with a finger and a half of rich, sudsy head, which diminished but left abundant lacing. I took a whif and was delighted at the freshness of the scent. Ripe honey tangerine with a piney punch. If gold had a smell, this would be it.

The flavor? Rich and poignant hops coasting over floral caramel sweetness. There is honey, rose, and pine mingling with lemon and grapefruit. Basically, everything you expect from a first-class IPA. The mouthfeel is rich and syruppy, but light enough to remain very drinkable.

Overall, this is just a damn fine beer and I'm stupid for not having tried it sooner. Cheers! :)

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into my fancy British style pint glass from Tyranena. First enjoyed this on tap at the brewpub this past weekend after long wanting to sample this beer. My positive experience led to my wrapping some bottles in my suitcase for the flight home.

Mildly hazy orange with yellow highlights when held to the light.

Some nice tropical fruitiness on the nose. Pineapple, lemon, and apricot meld nicely with a slightly caramel maltiness to wrap it up. Much brighter on tap, but the bottle version doesn't quite hold up.

An apricot bomb. Dried apricot and skins really jump to the front and center with the tropical frutiness more of a secondary player. Malt presence is solid but helps to prop up the hop profile and make for an enjoyable and damn near chuggable IPA.

Light bodied and snappy, does not drink near the 7.5% tag. With the lines so blurred between many IPA's and Doubles, this beer straddles the line with great success.

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Photo of ChanChan
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes
Served in a tulip glass at the Blue Palms in Hollywood Califas!

Appearance: Very nice clear orange/copper color. The color reminds me of orange flavored Jello I loved as a child.

Aroma: Tons of citrus and pine, this has a very west coast IPA aroma to it.

Taste: This beer has a great taste, it is also not as bitter as many of the great westcoast IPA’s.

Drinkability: This beer is extremely refreshing and very drinkable.

Overall: I drank this beer alongside a very popular Double IPA from Santa Rosa CA and the Union Jack was a bit more impressive to me both in appearance and taste this time around!

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Photo of tylerprince
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful clear golden amber with a one-finger head. The head gives way to an incredible, persistent lacing.

S: Pungent floral and citrus aromas, with a fair amount of pine. Not really smelling much in the way of malt.

T/M: Delicious. A smooth, crisp IPA (on the verge of DIPA) with a powerful floral and citrus taste, giving way to more citrus and finally to a mild toasty malt flavor. Just the slightest bit too much carbonation for my taste, and leaves quite a bit of alcohol on the palate. Pretty creamy mouthfeel, which was an interesting surprise.

O: A delicious, somewhat rare IPA. I've been meaning to try this one and was excited to see it on tap at the bar last night. A definite go-to IPA, competing for the title with the Stone IPA.

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Photo of heymikew
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid California IPA

Clear and golden, perfect bubbles
Great hop nose and then
A mouth explosion of tropical fruit with hint of lemon...resinous green buds...all harmoniously balanced. Its a heady temptress...watch out!

Refrigerator (in stock at all times) caliber.

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Photo of
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber dated 7/14/11, consumed 7/31/11.

a-nice deep golden hue, good two finger head. Great lacing down the glass. Head retention is good.

s-beautiful nose on this beer. The hops are there with some wood in the aroma. There is citrus and pine too. Slight amount of grapefruit, not too many fruit smells, but some.

t-good hop taste with a refreshing finish. The beer has some decent bitterness to it, but it balanced out with some malts. Not as flowery on the taste, but there is some wood and tannic wang to the beer. A clean finish makes you want to take another sip of this beer. Fresh, and tasty.

m-wish it had a little more sticky feel, but it is clean. Enjoyed.

o-I am so happy this brewery came to Colorado. I bought a bomber because I did not know how I would like their regular IPA, but I love it. To me it's right there with Odell, Avery, and other great IPA's. Cannot wait to try Double Jack.

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Photo of SaintPeter
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with orange highlights, picturesque IPA color. Hazy pale. Fluffy, creamy off white head that melts away in timely manner and leaves a drapery lace around the inside of the glass. Magnificent bubble play in the glass when swirled--like watching a lava lamp, mesmerizing.

Extremely fragrant! Strong citrus notes of sour grapefruit, pink rose petals, soft fragrant cascade hops--nothing too overpowering, but bold and hoppy. Fresh crushed pepper corns, orange peel, coriander, unripe pears, wild flowers, pine forest. A certain creaminess. Difficult to pick out aromas as they are so entwined.

Starts off with a grapefruit juiciness and exotic fruits, puckers in the middle and gets full of mild hop bitterness. Stays mellow and extremely well balanced. The bitterness never really matriculates fully as it threatens to and the even keel finishes with a touch sweetness and resin of the hops. Stays on the palette for a while. It has hop appeal.

Chewy, smooth and creamy mouth feel. This beer is a cream puff! Slight tinge on the palette, pleasant on the tongue.

The bitterness at the after taste is strong. A clean Über-balanced IPA with long lingering bite of bitter hops. Could be confused with a double IPA. It has that much flavor!

A must try for those inclined to the English of the India Company style. Extremely well balanced and rather sweet with grapefruitiness. I mention grapefruit a lot because that is what best describes the sweet and sour puckering.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent amber with a white foamy head.

The smell is full citrus hops, strong oranges and grapefruit.

The taste is similar to the smell, citrus hops, a little bitter.

The mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall this was a great citrusy hoppy ipa, a fantastic example.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to northertimber for this as an extra... I've wanted to try it for some time now.

A - 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass. Pours a nice, filtered, very light amber, with a creamy white head that is very inviting. Lots of visible carbonation. Lacing.

S - Tons of "C" hops and a definite west coast nose. Reminescent of a lot of the IIPA's I've been drinking lately, but alas, this is only a regular AIPA. Grapefruity, citric hops. Mouth-watering.

T - This is a great IPA. Perfectly balanced, yet very in your face. I love the hop profile, and the malt balance is exceptional. Bitterness is never too much, but more than enough to keep you coming back for more.

M - Union Jack's slightly thinner body and sparkly carbonation make it a very easy drinker. I'm truly impressed. Oily finish is welcomed.

D - The only thing limiting this beer from sessionability is it's slightly high ABV. This would be a staple if I lived on the west coast. The balance and hop profile make this an IPA to be reckoned with.

Notes: I love a good IPA and this one didn't dissapoint. Sorta makes me wish I lived in California (but then I'd have to leave Kuhnhenn). I'm definitely gonna trade for more Union Jack. Pick this up!

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice orange color with a little haze and off-white thin head.

S: The first thing that gets me in the smell are sweet oranges and a tad of grapefruit. All citrus as far as the hops go, can't smell much of anything else but thats quite alright!

T: Right up front you get a moderate punch of bitterness, but that only lasts for the first part of the taste. Right afterward I get a lightly bready/toasty maltiness, followed by all that citrus in the lingering finish.

M: Smooth drinking, it is moderately carbonated with a medium body.

D: Drinks quite nicely but is by no means session able.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My absolute favorite IPAs, as found at the source. Very clear body, fluffy white head. Aroma is a mixture of pine, grapefruit, a touch of malt. Forward bitterness that lingers throughout but is not over powering. Some sweetness in the mid mouth then finished super dry. An amazing beer.

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Photo of brurevu
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There is no shortage of fantastic IPA’s from the West Coast and the Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA is no exception. It pours a light amber color with a fluffy white head and a crisp hoppy aroma. The taste has a strong fresh hop flavor with a good bitterness lingering on the palate that is all carefully balanced with a slightly sweet maltiness. All in all it makes for a very tasty well balanced IPA that hits all the right IPA notes without overwhelming your senses. Superb!

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Photo of charlzm
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Consumed at Firestone Walker Tap Room, Buellton, 05/25/08.

A clear light copper hue with little active carbonation and a thin white foam skin that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is all Cascade hops: grapefruit and a bit of resinous pine.

Earthy, piney, green hop flavor is the strongest note on the palate, though there is an underlying malt sweetness that helps take the bitter edge off somewhat. Slightly parching on the tongue.

A refreshingly hoppy, tasty beer that's all about hops but still not overboard with those little green monsters.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/07/15

Pours a clear golden yellow with a frothy white foam head. Smells like pineapple, pears, grapefruit, lemon, tropical fruit, honey, herbal hops, and light bready malts. Tastes like pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, honey, tropical fruit, bready biscuity malt, and dank resinous hops. Feels medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a great IPA. Perfectly balanced and well crafted.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A Want of mine for a long time. Acquired a single bottle in a trade.

Hazy golden appearance, with half finger head.

Tons of citrus and fruits in the smell.

Just like the smell. Great job showing the flavor of all these different fruits. Definitely on the hoppy side.

Medium body with high carbonation. Very fresh feel

Great beer. Glad I was able to try this one. Would love to find more.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review is based on a delicious quaff experienced at the equally delicious Max’s Taphouse during Baltimore Beer Week 2010.

This one pours out a sleek looking glass of translucent copper liquid that easily reflects the lights flickering over the bar. The head is thin and somewhat filmy and the lacing is minimal throughout.

While the nose receives some gentle whiffs of green apple, the palate is working on mild grapefruit undertones that slide into a sweet finish.

Strangely enough, I thought the mouthfeel to be lacking for this style; it came off as a bit like a lager: crisp with malty notes. The Union Jack is difficult to peg; it is an interesting rendition that offers a few tweaks and surprises, yet, nevertheless, makes for a pleasant experience.

Being on the East Coast, and fated to a dreary existence in the People’s Republic of Maryland, I do not get ready access to this fine West Coast brewer; however, their beers do intrigue me (See my review for “Double Jack”) and make me lust for more.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color. Nice aromatics and a smooth drink. Has a really nice taste. Hops up front that linger on to a nice aftertaste. Overall a really nice beer

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Photo of kenito799
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20 oz pour at Yard House San Diego

Amber brew with nice tan head, copious gorgeous lacing left with each sip. The aroma is perfect classic super hoppy IPA, citrus grapefruit pine scents coming in waves. The bitterness is forceful but not astringent or overwhelming, balanced nicely. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of KMcG
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with an off-white head that flattened quickly to lace. The beer is asleep golden color with a slight orange hue. 

The aroma is floral, piney, and quite strong. 

The hop flavor that jumps out at you is orange rind.  The balance of the sweetness of the malts and bright clean hops make this one so drinkable. 

The mouthfeel is clean, full on IPA, and has nice carbonation. 

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,284 ratings.