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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
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4,535 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,535
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 299
Gots: 358 | FT: 9
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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-14-2011 21:48:56 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled awesome! Grapefruit, mango and other tropical fruits with a touch of pine. Some caramel aromas.

T - It had a great piney bitterness on first sip. Nice tropical fruit flavors add some zip and bite. It has just enough sweet caramel and toffee to balance it out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied IPA with a clean finish.

O - This is a great IPA. Absolutely glad that Firestone Walker has come to Missouri. This will be a 'go-to IPA'.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 20:10:15 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light amber, clear and bright. The head retains pretty well, lending a bit of creaminess to the body.

Smell - Fresh and floral. Citrus, pine and a touch of malt. Incredibly aromatic; the hop aroma practically bursts out of the bottle upon uncapping.

Taste & mouthfeel - Floral, resiny hops are at the forefront here, but the malt foundation is pretty substantial as well, providing a bit of bready sweetness with just a hint of pineapple. Medium-bodied and rather substantial, this is very quaffable nevertheless. Perhaps too quaffable for 7.5% ABV.

Notes - Another fine beer from a brewery that seems to be getting better and better.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 02:01:02 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-10-2013 22:42:50 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of piney hops. There's a mild sweetness of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is well-worth drinking for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 02:42:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a Ightly hazy golden body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - A nice, hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit with some toffee and thick malt in the background.

T - Bready malt up front with some pine and grapefruit. More pungent hops in the middle and a bit of sweaty onion character in the middle. Finishes with fairly strong bitterness, thick malt and more pungent pine and citrus hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - A very well made ipa. Great hop character and a thicker than aveage malt character that, despite it's intensity, doesn't get in the way of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 01:39:58 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clear amber with a creme head that falls quickly. Nose is a nice floral citrus mix. Real airy, but with good character. Flavor is nice. Great hop mix. Citrus and sweet (almost a bit too much on the backside) are consistent as is a nice mellow floral flavor. It's balanced, even though there is a full flavor. A bit of a hot touch from the alcohol, but it's minimal and doesn't matter much by the time you've processed everything. Feel has a slight bite on the carbonation and the liquid is good. Easy to drink and a nice IPA. Comes off as slightly more refined as other IPAs that try to muscle their way to the top.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 00:02:10 | More by RblWthACoz
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

I'm sort of surprised I haven't reviewed this beer. Figured I'd pick up a bottle now that it's available in Chicago. Served in a Pisgah pint glass. Dated September 28th, 2011.

A - Finger-plus of creamy white foam that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving plenty of intricate lace patterns. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - The hop profile is very floral and piney, with some ripe grapefruit and lemon zest. Malt character is very neutral and understated, with some bread and not much else.

T - The taste is sweeter, and I like the balance the sugary malt imparts. Candied citrus, ripe tangerine, and some rapidly rising bitterness in the finish. Perhaps the faintest hint of astringency but otherwise quite delightful.

M - Smooth medium body with some pleasant carbonation zest. Dry finish, with plenty of enamel-coating hop oils and resins. Very juicy.

D - A really nice and refreshing IPA - I'm going to have to pick this up regularly. Impressed that this tasted so good after nearly two months - I would have guessed 4-6 weeks tops.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 00:49:48 | More by MasterSki
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%

05-26-2014 01:03:13 | More by Jason
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Beer is clear and yellow orange forms a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is slightly sweet and strongly piny hop. Smells pretty good.

Beer is medium bodied and slightly sweet up front from some malt. Lots of good pine hop character in the back of the palate and overall a highly drinkable beer. Its pretty good for an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 04:02:25 | More by drabmuh
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strange name for an AIPA, cheers to Wasatch for this one!

Pours an effervescent honey with 1 finger of beige head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Piney & citrussy

T: Grapefruit, breadyness & tangerines up front. leafy hops & pineyness dominate as this warms, plus just a whisper of booze, honey malts & apricots. Finishes piney with a touch of breadyness, earthy hops & pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, plus great balance

Drinks easy for the style & ABV, a good AIPA that verges on the edge of greatness

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 03:27:43 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 03:28:40 | More by WVbeergeek
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy eggshell white head. This shrinks down into a thin yet still sturdy looking layer of retention that throws a big ole' latticework of lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is exceedingly floral smelling with a piney edge to it and some tingling spice coming out as well. This is balanced out by a tangy mix of citrus and caramel in the background. Solid West Coast aroma here.

The taste is floral, resinous, and spicy hops that are perfectly balanced by a silky and juicy feeling backbone of grapefruit, caramel, and bread. Finishes with a nice dry lingering bitterness and some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an unbelievably smooth, creamy, and silky feel to the carbonation. I mean this stuff went down so easily and fast, I almost threw another in the fridge to make sure that I got a full handle on this for the review. Fantastic drinkibility on this one!

Wow! Talk about an underrated IPA! This was great stuff that I'm just not seeing enough talk about. Maybe if it had better distribution compared to some of Firestone Walker's other staple offerings? Anyway, I mightily enjoyed this and look forward to future bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 13:23:46 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked this bottle up at Brass Rail, enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

The color is amber like honey with great clarity and thick bone white head that drops to a ring. The lace clings and bead is very fine, carbonation risies rapidly to the surface. The smell is excellent - lots of citrus and tropical especially grapefruit esters with a light floral accent, very mild malt presence which hints at toasted malt. The feel is great moderately high bitterness with medium carbonation and the right amount of malt sweentess with a semidry finish tangy hops add depth with slight yeast fruitness backing them up.

The flavor is just great no other way to describe my first impression is the nuance of the beer is cohesively establishing a great hop flavor overlapping the malt backbone with yeast adding character yet playing a supportive role. I love the grapefruit-like flavor of the hops is balanced slightly by a nice toast note in the malt there is a subtle floral accent which adds complexity with very mild aclohol and hint of pine in the finish. Overall I really love this beer it is a great example of the style -an IPA with lots of hop flavor not simply a bitter beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 18:44:15 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

I've been waiting to try this one for a while, and finally got it thanks to a great trader womencantsail.

A: Pours into my giant oversized snifter with a light 1/2 finger head covering of nice fluffy head that fades slowly. It's a very clear pale orange color.

N: A very nice nose. Lots of fresh hop aromas, some fresh wet hops, chewy hops, some pine, a little citrus, and after that comes some nice light malt aromas.

T: A nice chewy bitter hop taste to start. Some pine and a little citrus. The piny flavors seem to increase as it goes. A little fresh wet hop earthy hops, but not much. Some nice lightly sweet malt flavors. A great chewy hop and some juicy hops. A hint of vanilla. Reminds me a lot of two headed.

M: Decent body but a little lighter, good carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter and gets a little more bitter on the finish. Some pale bitterness and spicy hops. A little juicy hop flavor and some sweet juices lingering. Some malts stick with it too. The bitterness lingers for a long time. This is easily becoming one of my fav IPAs. I'm glad I got a 6-pack, and I'm thinking about putting this into my regular trading schedule. Thanks a ton Andrew.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 00:10:03 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Pours a cloudy golden color with a white head. Aroma is tons of citrus hops. Flavor is very hoppy but not too bitter. The predominant flavor is orange and other citrus fruits. Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable.
This is a beer that I could drink several of in one sitting, unlike some of the hoppier less-balanced versions of this style. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 02:07:52 | More by Mora2000
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-13-2013 04:52:04 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 4/22/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and a tiny bit of soap.

t - Taste is citrus and pine hops, as well as some smooth malts.

m - Very smooth. Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty nice IPA. Some nice citrusy hops in the smell and taste and a nice smooth mouthfeel to it. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 23:51:35 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head that sticks around for a while and leaves some really nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Some sweet, light malt with very nice fruity notes. The hops show up and mix with the sweetness for a nice balance.

Taste: Light and hoppy, quite easy to drink given the abv. Just enough sweet malt to back up the hops. I'm getting juicy citrus fruit along with some citrus peel bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lots of tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is an extremely well done IPA. The balance is perfect and I really enjoy the hop profile. I would have more given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 19:01:39 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

real nice big ipa. pours a lighter than the taste golden hay color with a big bad white foam head. smell is sweet hops, citrusy and in your face. falvor is fruity hops. im picking up grapefruit and clementine (jam). the mouthfeel is as good as an ipa can be, its creamy and expanding. it makes this beer. the hops just grows and grows as you hold it in, heavenly. medium bodied but it feels light, cloud nineish. perfect bitter carbonation and then enduring wet finish. the mouthfeel is the ticket here. great ipa, i like it better even than their doublejack. 7.5& too. magic

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 04:21:49 | More by StonedTrippin
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A full pour yields a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deep copper / amber color and becomes a bright copper color when held up to the light. A nicely resinous hop character greets my nose as I go in for a draught of the aroma; a mix of ruby-red grapefruit, lychee, tangelo peel, apricot and a zesty herbal pine note that provides a bit of contrast. Not much in the way of malt comes through in the aroma, it plays more of a supporting role for the dominant hop character, but there are some biscuit-like malt notes if you really dig for them. I really like the smooth, fruity hop notes that are found in the nose, they make this beer quite inviting.

Lightly sweet, with a caramelized malt touch that really serves to accentuate certain aspects of the dominant hop flavors. Flavors of grapefruit, tart orange zest and lychee are accentuated by the sweetness, but there are also substantial hop flavors of pine, menthol and "herb" like flavors. There is a nice biting, though note overwhelming bitterness, that hits you as the beer first hits the tongue and lingers on into a very long finish, long after the beer has left my mouth. Speaking of the finish, towards the beginning of the finish some crushed malt flavors, biscuit-malt and saltine-cracker notes become noticeable. These last, though not a huge flavor player, do provide a nice boost of complexity to this beer. This is nice and drinkable, I wouldn't have guessed this was 7.5% abv as it drinks a bit lighter than that, still it has a chewy heft to it that really serves to carry the ample hop character.

It seems like I haven't had a nice, juicy, American example of an IPA in a while, this one definitely hits the spot & is a great example of the style. It is perhaps not quite as juicy and over the hop, I mean top, as I think it could be, but that is really nit-picking as this is a very hoppy brew.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 00:36:37 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours orange amber with a thin white head that quickly descends to a vanishing patch.

The smell is grapefruity and orange-y. It has citrus with caramel and some pine. There's a great hop spiciness going on here.

The taste is of grapefruity and piney hops that give a nice spiciness, supported and rounded out by a caramel sweetness. Finishes with a bitterish dryness.

It has a smooth, pretty chewy, medium body.

The alcohol is very well hidden, with just a touch of a soft kick appropriate for the body. Dangerously drinkable, it is well-balanced while showcasing Pacific NW hops. Disappears way too quickly for a 7.5%'er! Great stuff - Thanks again John!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 20:44:04 | More by jwc215
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mactrail

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just releasing the cap slightly puffs out a cloud of heavenly, hoppy aroma. Reminds me of opening a bag of hops and putting your nose in it. Paler than most IPAs and an attractive golden in the glass with a long-lasting creamy white head.

Hugely fragrant and seems to get the results that dry hopping was meant to achieve. More resins and fruity noses than actual bitterness. A surprising distillation of hop flavors without punishing the taste buds. Plenty bitter in the aftertaste, but each sip renews the burst of aromatics. Plenty fruity, but more on the mango end of the spectrum the than grapefruit. Some very pleasant malt in the middle.

One of the best IPAs I've tried for my taste buds. Restrained yet full of aroma and flavor. From the 22 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 05:29:23 | More by mactrail
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-21-2011 18:38:49 | More by Rochefort10nh
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,535 ratings.