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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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4,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 4194
Reviews: 1099
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:
No notes at this time.

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


4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the Union Jack IPA at the local watering hole...Tap House....and the beer is GOOD!!! The color was a clear golden copper with 1/2 finger thick white head tha laced all the way down the glass. The smell included bitter citrus with pine. The taste was initially bitter, but after a few swigs it mellowed out and was quite tasty. The mouthfeel was a medium body beer with good carbonation. The abv was present to start then tailed off. Overall this was a very good IPA and highly receommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 23:58:35 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of MinorThreat


4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on the Rotating Tap at Maggie Smith's Irish Pub in Centennial Colorado

A-Slightly hazy copper with nice pillowy white head and great lacing.

S-Wow, tons of fresh citrus fruit, pineapple and pine tree. Only the slightest hint of cereal grain sweetness in the background.

T-The nose carries over nicely, citrus, grass, pine and pineapple. Beautifully balanced hops and malt sweetness. One of the best IPA's I have ever had, boarders on IIPA.

M-Light yet viscous, tons of hop oils coat the mouth but has enough Co2 to wash it away

O-One of if not the best IPA in my books, so glad it made it to Colorado.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 19:11:25 | More by MinorThreat
Photo of jjboesen


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 15:15:15 | More by jjboesen
Photo of tylerprince


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 04:21:37 | More by tylerprince
Photo of paulozanello


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper clear color with a tan head with moderate retention and amazing lacing

Aroma is citrus, piney and resinous hops with a touch of floral.

Taste is hops and mores hops. I'm sure the malt is there to balance but the hops are so juicy that they overcome everything.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with medium to low carbonation. Dry astringent finish as it should be.

No doubt one of the finest American IPAs out there! Brynildson is indeed the hop master

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 02:41:38 | More by paulozanello
Photo of Gatch


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, Arizona for a Firestone Walker special event on 11/18/11.

A - Golden yellow with a bubbly white head that fades quickly.

S - Hops! Pine & citrus. Bitter but refreshing. A hint of malt.

T - Grapefruit. Dry. Bitter. A bit one-dimensional. Straight West Coast hops.

M - Clean, crisp, fresh, with slight carbonation. Hops! Perfect bitterness for hop heads. I could drink this all day. And probably pass out before I grow tired of it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 09:19:43 | More by Gatch
Photo of TMoney2591


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear straw topped by a finger of thick light cream-white foam. The nose comprises pineapple, light mango, lime zest, lemon zest, mandarin orange, and honey-dripped biscuits. The taste holds notes of pine needles, light pineapple, light orange zest, light banana peel, biscuit, and cracked wheat. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very tasty IPA. Straight up. 'Nuff said. Get some!

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 22:54:47 | More by TMoney2591
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maria's in Chicago during a Firestone Walker tasting...

Arrives dank and hoppy with loads of citrus and pine on the nose... Nice aromas here with a big dose of those hops..

Long bitter citrusy hoppy flavors abound with this brew... It's eminently drinkable with a big load of hops that set me up for the tasting tonight...

I liked this brew so much more on tap than in the bottle... The bottle I reviewed must have been aged beyond its prime...

An awesome brew...

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 02:13:58 | More by Tilley4
Photo of iadler


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Map Room. Served in a tulip.

A- Pours a translucent sunset orange with a one finger head that leaves sheets of lacing behind. A very good looking beer.

S- Fresh citrus with oranges and lemons, floral hops. caramel malt and some pine.

T- Juicy citrus hops are big in the taste too with oranges and lemons. There is some tropical hop presence with pineapple and a hint of a mango. Pine and grass linger in the aftertaste with some caramel malt.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes dry and bitter. The ABV is hidden very well.

O- A really good IPA that I've overlooked for quite some time. Firestone has impressed me a lot from what I've tried. A well balanced IPA to seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 01:28:02 | More by iadler
Photo of Kadonny


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

Poured from tap into a nonic pint glass at TJs in Paoli.

A: A medium orange color with a one finger just off white head. Nice full sticky glass lacing.

S: Hops a plenty with citrus notes of orange, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit coupled with some nice pine notes. Caramel sweetness is picked up too.

T: Citrus starts off with orange, tangerine, pineapple, some grassy notes that leads into the hefty caramel sweetness. Heavier hops with pine flavors come in to take over the sweetness and finish the beer with decent bitterness. Flavor lingers.

M: Medium, full, prickly, coating, not much alcohol and nice carbonation. Real nice feeling beer with a nice bitter finish.

O: This is a top IPA, no questions asked. So damn good with the huge west coast style. I'd drink it anytime, anywhere.

So FW is finally coming to PA and this is the first time I have seen this on draft. Did is disappoint? No way, what a great, great, prototypical west coast IPA that stands with the best.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 17:42:25 | More by Kadonny
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden amber color with dense cap of white froth, good lacing. Scent is fruity and floral, citrus and splashes of pine before a sweet, biscuty malt backbone presents itself. taste leads with a clean and crisp sweet lemon flavor, solidly bitter with some pine resin notes, sweet and clean biscuity malt backbone. Medium bodied, lightly oily and smooth. A decent IPA, a touch sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 16:25:01 | More by rfgetz
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4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Originally rated this 4.00 - 4.00 - 4.50 - 4.50 - 4.00 on Oct. 20, 2011.
Re-rated this - 4.25 - 4.25 - 4.50 - 4.50 - 4.25 on Sept. 26, 2013.

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Blind Lady Ale House in San Diego, Calif. Color was orangeish apple juice. Came with more than inch of head that took awhile to come down. Lots of lacing early, that slowly dropped off. The film on the sides were spread out through the finish.

Smelled citrusy and piney, but not hoppy at all. Lemon, orange and grapefruit seemed to each have a say in the nose.

Tasted of smooth, citrus hops along with some sweet, floral hops. Surprisingly not too bitter.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Clean and crisp.

I’ve had this many times, but had yet to rate it. It seemed to be a bit high for my liking, but maybe that’s just me being a Firestone homer. Either way, a clean and crisp IPA that goes down smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 02:06:50 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of kojevergas


2.33/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught into a Miller Lite glass at the 9-0 Bar in South Central Los Angeles. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half-finger pathetic head of fair cream, decent thickness, and awful retention. Colour is a semitransparent yellow-copper.

Sm: Bittering hops. That's it. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Bittering hops are present on the climax over top a standard barley foundation. Poorly balanced but decently built.

Mf: Coarse, sharp, and wet. A touch watery (the kiss of death in my reviews).

Dr: The high ABV comes through far more than it should. It's watery and low quality. I won't have it again on draught, but I guess I'd try a bottle of it, hoping it were less watery.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 21:34:56 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Tucquan


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-08-09 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA

A - Almost clear, golden straw with a 1-finger, off-white head and excellent lacing.

S - Hop/fruit sweetness, floral, pine, caramel.

T - Pink grapefruit flesh, caramel, some pineapple, medium roasted grain, oak, spice and well-rounded grapefruit bitterness. Complex and balanced. Finishes sweet but then dries nicely with lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous, prickly and oily.

O - A delicious brew. I like how the oak and spice play off the sweetness and bitterness. I'd be happy with this as a go to IPA in the home fridge. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 15:29:39 | More by Tucquan
Photo of MrDonQuixote


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap:

A- Light copper color that you can see through. Quarter inch white head

S- smells of hops and citrus tones. There is also a slight pineapple scent that is great

T- Hop profile is excellent. Flavor is very citrusy upfront. Finish is of pineapple. Tasty

M- Very smooth; carbonation mixes quite well

O- Very unique tasting IPA. Tasty. definitely wouldn't mind revisiting this beer often

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 05:09:26 | More by MrDonQuixote
Photo of xnicknj


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice crop of white head resting on top. Wispy clouds of retention with copious curtains of lacing left behind each delicious gulp.

Strong citrus notes in the nose with juicy pulp driven by orange and grapefruit. Slight sweetness with bready tones and malt caramel base. Literally no alcohol.

Bitter hops up front with grapefruit and orange. Very juicy and explosive tastes with pulp and rind notes. Some caramel and bready notes in the backbone, but incredibly well balanced. Sweetness fades into bitter finish with almost non-existent alcohol bite.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering feel on the tongue. Exceptionally drinkable, nicely balanced IPA - I want more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 04:09:57 | More by xnicknj
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had fresh on tap in Bayshore NY, July 2011.

A – Great, creamy head with amazing retention and great lace. Golden wheat, crystal clear, body.

S – Bright and citrusy with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit.

T – Soft malt and bitter orange marmalade. Fruity, nectarine center. Pleasantly woody and campari-like bitter finish.

M – Soft and impossibly smooth for the level of refreshing carbonation.

O – A fantastic IPA. Among the best I’ve had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 17:48:31 | More by vfgccp
Photo of JayS2629


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky amber with a huge white head that fades slowly and leaves descent rings of lace.

The aroma is of pine and orange zest on the backdrop of caramel and toast. Simple, well balanced aromas with lots of fruity characters like hints of peach and grapefruit in the back.

The flaors are dominated with citrus hops like orange marmalade, peach, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Pine resin balances well against a caramel and toast background.

Very smooth, creamy, and refreshing.

Overall, a nicely balanced and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 13:55:45 | More by JayS2629
Photo of garuda


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear pale gold with a thick white head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Hops front to back, mostly pine with bits of pineapple. Caramel malts are present, but stay in the background nicely. Bitter pine notes through the finish.

M - Light side of a medium body, finishes crisp and bitter.

O - Everything works well in this one. I'd definitely get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 23:30:37 | More by garuda
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Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pint at Henry's Tavern in the Pearl District of Portland.

This beer appears a clear medium copper hue, with one finger of filmy, creamy, off-white head, which renders some limestone rockface lace as it all sinks away. It smells of caramel, grapefruit, orange, and a bit of pine, all smushed into one spendifourus odor. The taste is bitter pine oil, grapefruit rind, and caramel/toffee. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, and somewhat creamy. It finishes on an even keel between the hops and a sweet creamy malt.

A damned fine IPA, balanced, yet still intense.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 18:50:53 | More by biboergosum
Photo of spartanfan


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had Union Jack on tap AT Union Jack's Glenside

A: pours a bright, clear, amber with a thick white head that leaves a nearly solid wall of lacing behind

S: grassy hop aromas dominate, smells really fresh

T: malts are the first thing I taste here; caramel biscuity sweetness is quickly followed by a very strong bitterness that lingers for a long time after the swallow. Again the hop flavors are earthy and grassy

M: good amount of carbonation and a good medium mouthfeel perfect for the style.

O: union jack is a very solid ipa that I could drink all day. I feel lucky to have found it on draft as I'm pretty sure bottles are not distributed here as of right now. I've heard (or rather, read) that some people say they prefer this to double jack. I wouldn't say that, as double jack is probably my absolute favorite dipa, but this is a very good beer nonetheless (as everything I've tried from firestone has been).

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 16:25:09 | More by spartanfan
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

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

On tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: clear golden orange body with a thin, white head with good retention and lacing. Looks good.

Smell: earthy, piney hops stand out with a little bit of fruity citrus. Not as much of a hop bomb in the nose as I would expect from a West Coast IPA.

Taste: pale and caramel malts balanced by fruity hops, some citrus, and pine resin. Finishes with a dry bitterness.

Feel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, easy drinking for the alcohol content and overall pretty much what you'd want in an IPA's feel.

Overall: good but not great. Nothing is wrong with it but nothing stands out about it either. Worth a try if you're a Firestone Walker fan. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 13:02:49 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of zhanson88


4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Horse Brass.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous clear honey color with one finger of egg shell white lacing. Good retention and lacing. Spot on look for this west coast IPA.

Smell: A good deal of honey-like sweetness and overripe pineapple. Also some citrus, as well as a lot of pine and dank hops.

Taste: Very close to the smell. A touch of honey-like sweetness and some great tropical fruit character (most notably pineapple, followed by citrus). A great amount of clean, dank hops on the back end as well as some pine. Excellent. I really enjoyed this one.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium bodied with extremely fine carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. I liked this beer a lot. Lots of tropical fruit flavors led to a complex, clean and refreshing IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 04:52:20 | More by zhanson88
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3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guess I should have tried this one first before another of FW's stronger IPA offerings (i.e. Double Jack). Oh well.

A: Poured a straw yellow, slightly dark, with some nice, white foam that clings to the glass.

S: Aromas of hops, mostly piney and somewhat fruity. I get pineapple and orange peels. A little spicy.

T: Lighter malts with a nice hop flavor that comes a little before & after the pale malt tastes.

M: Felt this was a little light in feel, but refreshing nonetheless.

O: Pretty good offering but I'm a little letdown from all the FW hype I've been hearing living on the East Coast. Maybe my expectations got the better of me. I may have to edit my review sometime down the line after trying more FW beers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 23:21:49 | More by jwhancher
Photo of goblue3509


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish copper color with a nice 1 and a half frothy white head which gives way to nice lace. The aroma has a nice caramel malt backbone bigger than most ipa's. There is then a hop aroma of piney hops and citrus hops. The nose is very well balanced almost a 50/50 split. The taste follows the nose, there is a piney hop bite to start with a nice citrus flavor over it, but in the middle you get hit with a great balance of malts. A nice sweet characteristic, a bready and caramel malt taste. Much sweeter and maltier than most ipa's, a little bit like a 120. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a very good beer, this is a perfectly balanced beer, a beer I will be seeking out to find and have again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 14:48:16 | More by goblue3509
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,194 ratings.