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Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,229 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,229
Hads: 5,973
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 439
Gots: 1,160 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of OaktownFunk
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A: Beautiful honey/copper beer poured with fluffy 1" white head which quickly dissipated. Nice amount of tiny bubbles and generous lacing on sides of glass.

S: HUGE citrus aroma. Orange, grapefruit...etc. Nice floral scent mingles well with the citrus.

T: Initial hop sting on the tip of the tongue with firm yet not intrusive bitterness to finish. Moderate to dry with very little malt sweetness. I don't taste any of the alcohol at all.

M: Feels dry on my palette. Very little lingering after taste. Carbonation level is moderate to high and quite refreshing for an IPA.

D: I could drink multiple pints of this one. I really love the aroma and the citrus flavor is refreshing despite the 7.5% abv.

Overall: This is one of my favorite IPA's and luckily it is easy enough to find here in the Bay Area. I have also had this on tap at several local pubs and it always satisfies. Another gem from Firestone Walker.

Cheers! (977 characters)

Photo of unHipHopHead
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a honey/copper color with a nice one finger head.

S: Nice sweet grapefruit aroma, floral and citrus.

T: Nice and crisp, full bodied with a great hop kick and a long lasting lingering hop aftertaste. There is a nice malt backbone that rounds this beer out but it doesn't get it the way of the delicious hops.

M: coats the mouth nicely. moderate carbonation to make the hops sparkle.

D: at 7.5% one bomber of this guy and you'll be set... for a while. (462 characters)

Photo of OlieIPA
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to pick up a six pack after trying this a few times on tap at a couple of local establishments. Poured into a Stella Artois glass at roughly 50 degrees.

A: A nice crisp golden body with a white fluffy head. The lacing is pretty extreme as well...engulfing the glass after each huge gulp.

S: The hop character is less floral/estery, but more bitter and straight forward...if that makes sense. Kind of reminds me of a centennial strain, or something similar to it. The malt aroma has a slightly corn-like character to it as well.

T: A very well balanced IPA...a slight sweet note seems to hit at the same time as the hops do; a beautiful and delicate balance between hop bitterness and malt flavor.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation and slight dry finish.

D: One those brews you'd shard with a non-craft drinker.

Overall: Could have more a punch, but the novelty of the beer is it's ability to hit the mediocre extremely well. A try it beer. Cheers! (965 characters)

Photo of jerlleutz
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To top it all off, I got a great pour, in a clean glass, and in a kick ass restaurant.

The color and consistency were perfect, golden and attractive. Nothing about it looked weak. It owned the glass.

Same story with smell and taste, which are more or less the same thing in my book. Hoppy and wonderfully bitter, the tastes were complex, pronounced and left nothing to be desired. Every tastebud and nosebud were hit, slain, in fact.

MF: fully present, ideal carbonation, perfect.

Granted, IPAs with a profile like this one aren't for everyone. Correction, they ARE for everyone that visit this site or even gives a hoot. In light of that, I could drink this one all week.

All in all, nothing was wrong with this one, and I loved it. Delicious. (750 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange aroma, thought it was Amarillo, rather commercial description: it was Simcoe bittering hops; Centennial, Cascade and Tomahawk for flavoring; aroma hops are described as a "blend of C's."

Orangey bubbly Caesar head. Hoppy for what I thought would be a British style IPA, after all the name. Very drinkable, and citrus flavour. (333 characters)

Photo of pugpresley
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It's brewed a 1/2 hour from my home.
If I ever win the lottery, I'm going to pay to bathe in it. It's become from favorite IPA. My reviews aren't scientific, I just know what I like. And I like this stuff. Good job Firestone, excellent. (254 characters)

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

taste- sweet hoppy character, bitter hops in the finish

color- honey-copper

clarity- clear

smell- very fragrant, grapefruit, mandarins, pine, candy

body- light weight, thirst-quenching, slight bitterness in the finish, astringent, short finish, hoppy bite at the front of the tongue

appearance- clear, white, candy-foam head, thin lace, slight carbonation

overall impression- what it lacks in character, it makes up for in aroma and drinkability

notes and comments- good tasting ipa although very light in body and intensity and not the way i prefer this style. for the price, i want a heavier more complex beer.

glassware: pint

song: cold rain and snow - 6/14/91 (672 characters)

Photo of BigBigPickle
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The only full pint of the day at Rattle n' Hum.

A: Golden copper - almost a clear, deep amber. Moderate head with no staying power. Good lacing.

S: Grapefruit and orange. Very nice floral hop bouquet.

T: Smooth - good hop balance with malt backbone. Brown sugar sweet.

M: Good bruise from hops with a nice malty, brown sugar sweetness on the lips.

D: Very drinkable sweetness with a bruising hop component make for a wonderful combination! I really like this beer. (470 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my friend Kyle who brought me a 12oz. bottle of this from Cali.

Pours a hazy apricot-orange hue with a mottled cap of khaki foam. Decent retention and thick lacing. Amazingly fragrant aroma, bursting with tropical fruit (pineapple, banana, mango) and citrus hops. Sweet background of caramel and pale malts provides a perfect balance to all that hoppiness.

Pine sap, grapefruit zest, and minty herbal notes coat the back and sides of the tongue with a big bitterness that lingers on into the finish. Tropical fruit cocktail and breaded malt notes tries their best to balance, but the highlight here is all hops (as it should be). Body feels slightly thin and a bit 'empty' for an IPA, but a good carbonation level dries the back of the palate. Union Jack finishes crisp and clean, and I can easily see myself having a few more of these in one sitting. Sure, there are better IPA's out there, but Firestone Walker's version does a nice job. (956 characters)

Photo of DoesntMatter46
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pale straw color with a crisp white, two finger head that clung to the pint glass.

Gloriously piney, grapefruit-hop happiness. Very pungent, the smell hit me as soon as the cap came off. Must of have been dry hopped in obscenely amazing quantities of hops. Amazing aroma.

Not very balanced, and I love it. This is a showcase for American hop varieties. Tropical fruit, mango and pineapple are very present. A lingering grapefruit aftertaste.

Super smooth, even feel, not syrupy at all. It's hard to give a perfect 5 on mouthfeel, something about a beer's carbonation or texture would really have to jump out and grab you in order to get a 5 here.

Wow, this does not seem like a 7.5% beer, goes down easy, and can finish a pint in no time, but I want to savor every last drop of this beer.

A very special beer, one that I will buy with great regularity, and keep a vigilant look out for the release of Double Jack or any other limited release from Firestone Walker.

This beer hits everything I look for in an IPA, borderline DIPA. (1,054 characters)

Photo of brendan13
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange hued golden colour with 2cm white head that falls fairly fast. Plenty lacing.
S - Piney, citrus fruit & floral hop notes with a light toasted bread malt touch.
T - Very nice citrus fruit, piney taste balanced by a bit of toasted bread malt.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied. Slightly sticky with a lingering bitterness.
D - A very nice IPA. Something I'd drink often. (385 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally picked this up after passing it by numerous times.

Pint glass pour and I am met with a copper ale with a nice white head and major lacing throughout the session.

Aroma consists of grapefruit goodness, citrus fruits and a malty undertone.

The taste is what I expect an American IPA to taste like. Hoppy with a nice malty backbone and a lingering bitterness on the tongue. There is an orange like "squirt" after the swallow. Excellent work!

At 7.5% this is much too easy to consume as multiples are easily attainable.

Overall I wasn't expecting too much from this beer and was completely blown away by the it. I am not a huge fan of the FW beers, but this one is slowly bringing me back around for another round. This is definitely my go-to beer when all else fails! (779 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.93/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this into a tulip glass. Big white fluffy head after a vigorous pour. Lacing is slightly thick and sticks to the glass. The color is basically what you see on the label for the bottle.

The smell had a nice piney/citrusy hops smell followed by candy. I'm picking up some alcohol as well.

Taste has a hard hit of piney bitterness. The malt flavor is pretty light. Slight caramel and bready flavors in the background. The finish is bitter, alcohol, grassy, astringent. It's a bit thinner than I'd like for an IPA. Carbonation is right. I'd like it more if it weren't for the astringent bitterness. (605 characters)

Photo of Padron4KM
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jan 8, 2010
12 oz bottle, no freshness date or bottled on date.
Clear burnt orange, half inch beige head. Nice retention sticky lace.
Ruby red grapefruit nose on top, earth and caramel underneath.
Flavors are pine and earth with some citrus and crystal malt layered in the middle, with a nice pine and citrus hop finish.
Alcohol is well hidden. (347 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey color with a small white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and pine hops. The aromas could be amped up a little.

Tastes of the hops up front with a decent malt backbone. Hops provide a citrus and pine bitterness with a spicy note. Malt adds a caramel sweetness on the back end to keep everything in check.

Mouthfeel is a medium-full with a light creamy quality to it. (421 characters)

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade.

Unfortunately I don't see a bottling date.

Appearance: Pours an amber and carrot orange color with a nice finger of oily looking head. The head retention isn't particularly wonderful. It disappears quite quickly and I'm left with just a few oily looking bubbles resting on the top. I gave the beer a few swirls in my snifter and it looks like the head retention is going to be quite nice. There aren't any thick sheets, but some nice thin streaks and some small dots are covering the glass. The beer is slightly effervescent, and I'm expecting the beer to have a nice low to medium amount of carbonation that gives the beer a nice smooth feeling.

Smell: The nose isn't a hop bomb. This is a well balanced IPA. A nice caramel malt sweetness comes through on the nose. It's hand in hand with some herbal earthy hop notes like pine, soil and grass. The citrus note that I'm picking up is a little bit of mango and grapefruit. Perhaps this is an older bottle, but I was hoping for a little more hop in the nose. Maybe it had it at one point.

Taste: The palate follows suite with the nose in that it's a well balanced IPA. Well, perhaps I'm biased in calling it biased. The hop profile is definitely here. But, it isn't completely overtaking the beer. There is a very nice malt presence here.

The first flavor that crosses the palate is sweet pale caramel malt. The malt backbone that's present is enough to handle a larger load of hops. I could see this being turned into an IIPA quite easily. There's quite a bit of bitterness from the hops, but nothing unusual for the style. The hop flavors then cross the palate. It's a mixture of earthy and citrus hops. The same lot found in the nose: mango, a little pine, some grass, and a little bit of grapefruit. The grapefruit flavor is much more prominent on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer, right down the center. The carbonation was actually a dash too high in my opinion. The more the beer warmed up and lost some of its carbonation it became better. It needed a little time for the mouthfeel to hit its prime.

Drinkability: A well put together beer from Firestone Walker. A nice malt backbone and a nice amount of hops. This was exactly the beer I was looking for on a Friday night. (2,304 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this as an extra in a trade.
Pours a nice golden, orange hued color with a nice head. Already having good lacing as I type.
Strong hop smell but also a malty sweetness to go along with it. This is an incredibly balanced beer in my opinion. The hops hit you but not too harshly. Smooth transition to a slight bitterness at the end.
I was very pleased with this one. Granted I can't tell an age on it, but I give it high marks for being so well balanced! (462 characters)

Photo of jbowers56
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good amber colour with fluffy white head, about 1 finger to start with.

Nose is pure citrus hops. Grapefruit, a bit of pine (may be from my christmas tree though haha). Good stuff.

Unsure as to the condition of this, but it was not as hoppy as I expected from the nose. Actually, its quite hoppy. But it was not as bitter as I thought it might be. Much less bitter than say SN Torpedo. Good fruity citrus hops and caramel sweetness. Quite good indeed. Bitterness almost grows as you have more - something that I haven't experienced much with other beers as they have either been to bitter to keep sipping, or each sip has refreshed the palate. Interesting.

A slight chalkiness in the mouth feel which reduced drinkability. Nothing huge though. (746 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another from augustgarage, and my first Firestone Walker. Thanks!!

A- Hazy nectarine with a thin, but creamy head. Immediate lacing.

S- Ugh... went in close for a sniff and actually inhaled the beer up my nose. Classy. I do get some citrus, grapefruit, and some faint pine.

T- Graprefruit wallop. Pine notes. A bit of floral hops as well. Serious malt to back it up.. but not overly sweet.. I can dig it! A little chalky/peppery in the finish, very nice.

M- Scathing hops for a single IPA. Crisp, great carbonation, entirely too easy to drink. Great balance, despite the solid and hefty hop bill.

D- High. I like this beer. It has me scratching my head as to what Double Jack must be like, as this is more a DIPA than a single. If you like hops, do not hesitate, this is a wonderfully crafted beer. (804 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Henry's 12th Street Tavern, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full blown citrus hop.

The taste consisted of leafy and citrus hops, a grainy malt and a touch of caramel.

The mouthfeel was at the full side of the style.

Overall a very tasty, hop driven west coast IPA. (388 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Clear, golden/amber, thick white head, good retention and lacing.

SMELL grapefruity and floral hop aroma, balanced expertly by rich malty base. Has staying power. Very inviting.

TASTE follows the nose. Rich malty base balanced by and dancing around strong but smooth fruity and floral hops. Very smooth and balanced and bold all at once.

FEEL med carbonation, mild warming,. rich full body and smooth texture, clean finish.

OVERALL Delicious, smooth easy drinking beer, especially for a big beer. My first FW, looking forward to more. (553 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean and clear golden amber with about an inch of slightly off white head that dissipated very quickly and left more than moderate lacing.

A floral hop aroma, backed with some pine, hits the nose upfront. The malt that , by definition, must be in beer has no presence. Yup, you guessed it, the flavors are dominantly pine and flowers.

Body and drinkability are average for the style. Overall, while this is a very enjoyable beer, I've now had a couple and look forward to more, it's just your basic California IPA. Very tasty, worth having several of, but does not stand away from the pack. (634 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours a clear, golden, amber color. One fingers worth of lightly creamy, light tan colored foam sits on top. This recedes to a thin film that covers the surface. The lacing is in thick rings and quite sticky.

This has a nice big nose, full of fresh hop notes. Big amounts of floral and citrus presence. Lots of orange and grapefruit and a nice burst of pine. A mild earthiness and a nice balancing presence of caramel malts.

Hops are still out in front, but it's an IPA, so what else would you expect? They follow the pattern set forth by the smell. The hops outshine the caramel notes, but not in an overpowering way. This is fairly well balanced, not overly sweet or bitter.

This has anice medium, almost full, body going on. A good, solid, medium level of carbonation. Nice and smooth with a very light touch of creaminess.

As far as an IPA goes, which isn't my favorite style, this is pretty drinkable. I'd gladly drink it again, if given the chance. (1,035 characters)

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

On tap at Firestone Walker Taproom, 12/10. poured into the big FW 24 oz. mug.

Golden amber with a bit of chill haze, finger and a half of white head, slow dissipation, big lacing. A bit of spicy hops in the nose balanced with bready malts. The taste is pretty hop bomb but not overly spicy, with sweet and bready malts providing a nice balance for IPAs of this ABV. Nicely carbonated and very smooth. One big mug is good. Nice interpretation of the style. (456 characters)

Photo of cbarrett4
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a decent head fading into a light lace. Zero carbonation apparent. Displays aromas of fresh pine, citrus, and green herbs. Rich flavors of pine, fresh hops, ginger, and grapefruit. Nice texture, good balance with the alcohol in check. Overall a very good beer and one that does down nice and easily. Very fresh and bitter. (333 characters)

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.