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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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4,160 Ratings

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Ratings: 4160
Reviews: 1096
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%

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:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 08-14-2007)
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Photo of vickersspitfire


4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thick white fluffy head, billowy and very inviting accompanied by a thick wall of lacing. The body is clear and a light golden color. Overall it looks very pleasant and relaxing.
Apples, mild malts with strong hop background, I do pick up some hints of grapefruit and lemon zest.
The taste is crisp and floral with a nice combination of citrus fruit zest, hops, and mild malts as an undertone.
This is a medium bodied IPA with good carbonation and a very smooth alcohol warming that coats your mouth.

This is a great IPA and I enjoyed the smooth flavor, it goes down well and the alcohol is just where it should be, not too harsh and really warms up your tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 04:48:09 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of sommersb


4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-06-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 01-17-14
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Semi-clear and golden appearance, capped by a good-sized white head. The head retention is very good and lacing is thick on the glass.

S: Fragrant hop aromas have floral and citrus characteristics, plus fruits like pineapple. A bit of malt sweetness come through in the nose as well.

T: Bold hop bitterness is my first impression, with citrus flavors such as grapefruit coming to mind. The flavors have some breadiness from malts as well to provide a little balance.

M: Crisp mouthfeel on a medium body, the finish is dry and bitter.

O: Superb example of an IPA, I enjoyed it a lot. Seems best with a meal as opposed to by itself, I'd add

Thanks to Craig for the try!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 22:03:46 | More by sommersb
Photo of jimmah120


3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, about 3 months old (thanks for the date!!!)

Look is a clear IPA orange with a small soapy head that sticks to the glass. Smell is vegetal hops, sweet savory malt. This is what I'd call a balanced IPA: grassy hops (some might say onions and garlic) engulfed in sweet caramel malt, bitter and sweet, malty and salty.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 04:36:32 | More by jimmah120
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fluffy white head, crests about one finger, good amount of larger bubbles, probably hampers retention, the lacing in turn is more frothy than sticky and sticks in gobs more than sustained streaks. The liquid is more of a bright sunset orange than gold, very good depth as well as brilliance, only a few bubbles visible. The nose is pure and focused, leans on a clean floral dimension, grapefruit and lemon pith, white pepper, there’s solid cocoa and chocolate grounding the nectarine, apricot, pineapple, star fruit scents, refrains from indulging in sweetness, more about punching through. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied, has a firm feel and the carbonation has a steady prickle more than creaminess. Sweeter here as caramel joins the chocolaty maltiness, at the same time slightly more juiciness in the white to pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus. The fruit has a tropical profile, just not the slutty juiciness often associated with pineapple, papaya, guava to nectarine fruit. The pine notes as much cone as outright sap, restrained. All this said, it does crackle with a quiet energy, can play up bitterness while not seeming herbaceous or puckering. Styled for thoughtful enjoyment and grows on you with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 23:31:38 | More by farrago
Photo of Bone53


3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Golden amber with a one finger off white head

Smell: Funky syrupy hops and sweet malts

Taste: Resiny hops dominate with slight citrus flavors

Mouthfeel: Moderate bitterness. Goes down smooth

Overall: I finally found a Firestone Walker beer in PA! But unfortunately it was 10 months old and the hops were skunked. I taste potential but it's too old to be credible. Hopefully my next Firestone beer is fresh

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 07:50:52 | More by Bone53
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 01/28/14 marked on the label. Reviewing from notes after enjoying on 3/14/14. Poured into the Spiegelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - The body pours a jewel-like amber hue that makes it look like it could have a prehistoric mosquito stuck in it. Golden yellow highlights accent the edge of the glass, contouring the unique shape of the Spiegelau glass' ridges and bulbous bowl. Rushing to replenish a sudsy one-finger chiffon-colored head is a steady stream of dynamic carbonation bubbles. The foam begins to dissipate after a few minutes, with the middle sinking down like quicksand while the sides remain high to eventually leave healthy sheets of mottled lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Huge citrus is the primary aromatic profile of this IPA. White and pink grapefruit, lemon zest, citron and maybe even kumquat make for an overpoweringly bright smell. My nostrils might need shades for this one. Hiding in the background is a faint but depth-inducing note of sweeter tropical fruit--most likely mango. But before we go, there is a toasted grain sweetness from the malt bill, to give the hops a cracker to be spread upon.

Taste - The citrus is still on full display, with a dominant showing from grapefruit, lemon zest, orange and pineapple, but now the grain is a bit more prevalent, providing outstanding balance and more interest to the palate. Caramelized sweetness makes sure that the citrus and hops don't completely dry out my mouth, and it makes for a better all around beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate-to-high carbonation, with a semi-sweet finish that gives the impression of enhancing the body overall that makes it feel like drinking a fresh-squeezed hop.

Overall, just an outstanding American IPA. I've had it many times, but this might be the freshest I've had it (6 weeks) and felt compelled to write it up into a review. Also, I'm cleaning out my beer notebook... but I digress. If you're looking for an outstanding, classic example of the West Coast style of IPA, but like a little bread in your lupulin shake, you could do a LOT worse than Union Jack. It's one I will continue to buy and drink for as long as FW continues to make it so good.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 06:00:29 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of thatruth


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two-finger head, frothy-then-spiderweb lacing, both which dissipate averagely. light gold body with copper hues, average bubbles.

S: pears, dirty oranges, fig, hoppy-coriander.

T: beautifully bodied. Banana peel, figgy-hop onset. Coriander-like middle.
Musky orange afters. Pretty darn close to the smell.

M: the feeling you should get from a good IPA, just subtly, then rounds out as the aftertaste creeps in to make your mouth and palette a happy place, which is unusual for most people with IPAs it seems.

O: bought this as a morning brew for the arsenal-man city match this morning. Picked it up at Fred Meyer on Lakeway in Bellingham. Having had nothing to eat yet, I can say it's a pretty hearty, yet easy to drink beer. Would pair very nicely with braised or roasted chicken or pork chops. Great IPA. Don't know if I'd pick it up again personally, though. Kinda overrated if you ask me. but hey, diff'rent strokes! For 5.99 it was an enjoyable experience, to be sure.

**Label reads: "BOTTLED ON: 01/25/14 15:32"

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 19:08:28 | More by thatruth
Photo of FitnessForBeer


4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Part of variety pack

A: pours a dark golden straw color. Finger and half of head, disappeared quickly
S:floral and citrus smell, very west coast.
T: dark sweet malts caramel, hop bitterness balanced nicely on end. Can tell it's bigger IPA with more abv.
M: great, like any IPA the hops just seem to coat the inside of your mouth and you keep getting that taste
O: solid IPA, though with so much great IPAs in Cali not sure I would purchase again over something I can get regularly like sucks or sculpin

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 23:40:20 | More by FitnessForBeer
Photo of BTodd


4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A-Fairly light in color, with a hint of orange. Nice, fine head dissipating relatively quickly.

S-Assertive hops with floral and green notes. Less pine than some others I've had. Slight, sweet malt aroma as well.

T-Hop balance for sure, but like smell, nice malt to back it up. Floral, citrus hop flavor is prominent for me.

M-Lively carbonation with good mouthfeel that isn't too heavy.

O-A great IPA that will be a go-to for me from here on. It's readily available and not too highly priced with all the other IPAs in this realm increasing.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 16:48:55 | More by BTodd
Photo of ONUMello


4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 12/4/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange, a 1+ finger head and good carbonation
S: Well-rounded aromas of pine/grapefruit hops, toasted malt and a pleasant earthiness
T: The earthiness really stands out on the palate, a nice break from the hop attack of most IPAs. The hops come through on the midpalate, mostly pine but a bit of citrus. The finish shows floral and herbal notes. Quite complex and pleasant
M: Medium-bodied with a pleasant bitterness
O: I like this- a very well made beer with a pleasant twist on most IPAs, showcasing the earthy/herbal side over the citrus/pine most do

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 22:33:07 | More by ONUMello
Photo of Boxus


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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! :)

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 02:20:55 | More by Boxus
Photo of barnzy78


4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Bottled on 02/04/14
L - deeper golden color with nice clarity and a frothy off-white head that holds good retention
S - grapefruit rind, pine, caramel, toasted grain
T - toasty grain and oak, caramel, pungent grapefruit rind, pine, nice sweetness with an even nicer bitterness
F - medium body, pleasant carbonation, finishes bitter and dry
O - one of my favorite IPAs. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 11:05:58 | More by barnzy78
Photo of SteveB24

New York

4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

appearance; clear amber/ copper, lots of bubbles, thick white head with great retention.

smell; very sweet smell with some floral essence in there along with light fruit.

taste; not quite as sweet as the smell; flowers, lemon peel, sweet fruit, malty sweetness, and a touch of very complimentary bitterness.

mouthfeel; light/ medium body, medium/ heavy carbonation. perfectly dry in the backbone.

overall; Very nice, memorable IPA, in a very large category in which its easy to be overshadowed, this beer distinguishes itself with its sweetness and complexity. would easily buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 04:36:46 | More by SteveB24
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

very filtered golden-orange. lingering head. lot of peppery , ginger, piney and mango notes on the nose. pretty complex interesting and different. flavor has good amount of lemon lime, black pepper. only hints of the tropical fruits. has its own character for sure

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 01:08:28 | More by dank203
Photo of JustShutUpStupid


4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's be honest my friends, this is the only Firestone Walker beer I really really like. I've tried them all. Call me crazy but this beer has extreme depth. You know it when you drink it. It's like drinking breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nothing wrong with that. As they say in the movie the Matrix, "All a Body needs". And I don't even like the Union Jack Flag. Spend a few extra, and skip the other brands for this brewery. Signed 805 local person.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:47:16 | More by JustShutUpStupid
Photo of CTbrew32


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma starts off with noticeable grapefruit and biscuit malt. Taste tends to the citrus/pine side more with a definite bitter bite which doesn't linger too long. On the back a toasted biscuit malt makes a presence to offer some balance. This reminds of torpedo except a notch above, but simply for subjective reasons. Definitely one of the best ipas ive tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 00:49:38 | More by CTbrew32
Photo of beergoot


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent gold colored body with a foamy, thick white head; minor lacing on the glass. Beautifully enticing fruit and citrus aroma; musk melon and lemon; light biscuit malt scent. Fruity esters, lightly toasted grain, and subtly piercing hop bitterness dance together with the flavor. Medium bodied; crisp and mostly dry finish.

This brew comes across very well-balanced, packed with amazing aromas and nearly unforgettable flavors. The only weakness was a relatively mediocre appearance, but who cares too much about that minor nag when the key components of scent and taste are so topnotch? Yep, this will be on my short-list for tasty, affordable, big flavor/big hopped IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:40:14 | More by beergoot
Photo of BrewThru_29


3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, bright gold. 2 finger head that slowly recedes and leaves nice lacing. Nice!

Smell: Pale malts. Citrus. Maybe a little pine.

Taste: Actually pretty sweet up front. Bittering hops on the tail end, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Nothing incredible here. Nothing bad either. Not harsh for the ABV, but I've had smoother as well. Overall, nothing to complain about. Very drinkable.

Overall: Last beer of my sixer. Very good IPA. I will buy it again come summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 00:25:19 | More by BrewThru_29
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 1/6/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold with bubbly carbonation; thick, white head that leaves rings of lacing.
Smell - mild hop nose. Mostly pine, some citrus and grass.
Taste - follows the nose, but with more bitter grapefruit hop flavor!
Feel - noticeable carbonation; aggressive, bitter hops!
Overall - quality IPA; I could kick back with a 6 pack anytime of year!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 00:41:07 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Brilliant brassy amber hue with a large off-white creamy head. Great head retention with gorgeous lacing left down the glass.

S: Humongous grapefruit aroma from a relentless barrage of hops. Slightly pungent. Absolutely lovely. This is what an AIPA should smell like.

T: Tons of citrus fruit. Massive grapefruit profile, fresh orange and tangerine. A little bit of pineapple adds a nice tropical twist underneath. Firestone Walker understands that as important as the hops are, they're not the only necessary element. An understated, but present, caramel malt backbone. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better example of a perfectly balanced IPA.

M: For an IPA, this one has a huge body, but it's not clunky. As smooth as silk and pleasantly creamy without going overboard. Carbonation is crisp and light and honestly couldn't be improved.

O: This is admittedly my first offering from Firestone Walker and it's probably the best first impression that you could get from a brewery. These guys have their head completely wrapped around what a great AIPA should be and they deliver. Flavors are flawlessly balanced and out-of-this-world delicious. Mouth presence is huge, but works great. This is just an overall world-class brew that needs to be experienced. By everyone.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 00:25:24 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of KDHicks1958


4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium dark yellow with a nice tall head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of floral hops.

Lightly bitter, piney hops in the taste.

Mouthfeel is just a little thinner than I like, but not bad.

This beer really comes together nicely as it comes up to room temp. I like this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:20:21 | More by KDHicks1958
Photo of delta490


4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 00:24:55 | More by delta490
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled 10/21/13.

Pours a hazy light orange, huge 3-4 finger head that just sits there patiently. Aroma is pungent sweet hops, fruit rinds, sweet grapefruit. Taste is papaya, peaches, orange, biscuity, bitter fruit and a herbal finish. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 12:40:48 | More by papat444
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice golden color with some white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Nice grapefruit hops

Taste: Citrusy hops up front, then biscuit and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: A good IPA, nice to see it more available in NJ.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:47:29 | More by MadCat
Photo of fourstringer


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Moderate hand. Bottled 12.18.13.

A: Apple-juice, golden yellow with good clarity. 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweetness & bitterness. Grapefruit & lighter pine. Orange. Touch of pine. Bread & biscuit.

T: Bittersweet, vaguely fruity initially with development of a moderate American hop bitterness. Dry finish. Lingering essence of grapefruit pulp. Light alcohol presence. Malt backbone is present throughout.

M: Low to moderate carbonation with moderate body. Palate coating with slightly syrupy texture.

O: Smooth brew with hops and malt on fairly equal footing for an American IPA. Solid drinker for the first of the day!


Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 00:50:10 | More by fourstringer
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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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