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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

4,542 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,542
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 298
Gots: 362 | 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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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-20-2013 04:01:40 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer and much better than other Firestone Walker beers I've had from sixpacks. This beer alone is reason enough for me to try some of their other products as they come out- and not just the really hard to find ones like 10 or 11. Pours a dark golden with a thin head and spotty lacing. Smells citrusy, herbal, and a bit earthy. Nicely balanced. The taste is equally balanced between the hops and malt with some nice length to the flavors. Chewy malt with a touch of sweetness and nicely bitter earthy hops. Very good body, and a nice long finish. Delicious, I'm quite impressed with this offering. If it were available in my area it would o into my regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 18:37:31 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to murphjuice and Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear, dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, some islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is pretty hoppy, with some malts thrown in, citrus, and some pines. The taste is hoppy, with some nice maltyness, with some citrus and pines. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty IPA, a classic in the making.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 01:26:41 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

12oz bottle obtained as part of Growling at the Moon from Solomon420. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with goodly amounts of lace. Aroma is dominantly citrus, with some pale malt undertones. Taste begins with light sweetness, which quickly gives way to the lemony hoppiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is quite good. A West Coast IPA that flirts with the limits, but doesn't go over the edge.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 16:49:42 | More by ppoitras
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-19-2012 22:51:30 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head that fades down. Leaves a slight amount of sticky lace. Color is a slightly hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Tons of citrus fruit aromas. Grapefruit and tangerines. Fresh floral hops with a small amount of bready malts.

Taste: The citrus blends a lot more here with the bready malts. Lots of floral hops. Grapefruit flavor is big.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, but refreshing. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky.

Overall, a solid ipa that is very drinkable. I think this compares a bit to sculpin with all the fruit flavors. I dig it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 16:00:24 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

07-24-2013 01:07:18 | More by ejimhof
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a regular kitchen glass at the compound. Got this up in ny on a recent trip and it's super fresh.

Union jack, hazy sunset orange with a hint of amber and rising bubbles making for a milkshake of tannish foam about a half inch in stature. Faint spraypaint lace.

Smell is dry hopped with some 3c action.a big burst of citrus backed with pine and not to malty, but some caramel seeps in. not the most pungent ipa but it stacks up.

Jack livens things up in the taste department with some mango and some pine and some dry hoppin. Midway getting sweet malt with grapefruit, bubblegum and leafy hops and a trace of alcohol.

I like the feel on this, its aggressive in flavor yet the it's not all that harsh on the tounge, mouth etc. Just a mild bitterness. A lighter side of medium with medium carb, moderate spritz. Insanely drinkable, insanely good, I wish fw made it to pa. In the range of the first batch of torpedo, with more dry hopping.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 21:06:01 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.7%

07-11-2013 03:06:19 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Caramel coloring infused into pear cider. A bubbly layer of head is in trim figure. A slightly dulled complexion that is neither completely hazy nor completely clear. If this turns out to be half as good as it looks then I'll be pleased.

Huh - wow. What a fantastic hop filled aroma. A cocktail of pine and pineapple, with lemon and orange accompaniments. Even from across the table your nostrils will pick up on the bounty of alpha acids, hard at work scrubbing away at the toasted caramel malts.

And you don't even have a good idea of just how much alpha acid there is until you take a sip; the bitterness is at a level that should be choking, but isn't, and comes across somehow amicable. You might not even notice it, in the same way I didn't pick up on the 7.5% which is well buried under one of the tastiest flavour profiles I've ever tried.

Every taste opens a world of flavour! A lot of West Coast IPA's are citrus filled but this actually tastes like citrus - authentic, pulpy, freshly squeezed citrus juice. The flavour is quite literally like a squeezed lemon slice and incredibly similar to pulpy orange juice. So unbelievably tasty!

This damn well should be your flagship beer. There is a ton of good competition in this style category, especially from that part of the country, but Firestone's Union Jack is certainly among the top on my list of delicious, endlessly drinkable IPA's. Thanks fartingdog!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 22:25:38 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

A: clear, light yellow hue with a moderate sized head. average retention with very little lacing.

S: hops, grapefruit with subtle malt in the background.

T: very tasty beer. There is a strong malt backbone to support the hop bill. This is well balanced, though I personally prefer more of a hip forward beer and less of a malt presence.

M: full bodied. Good feel.

D: pretty good. This doesn't compare to the elite IPAs out there, but it's enjoyable and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 22:52:52 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

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

Have had this beer previously in bottles, but this was the first time I ever had the pleasure of drinking it on tap. Part of the regular rotation at the excellent Rose and Crown pub in Palo Alto.

Like the bottled version, this beer pour an orange peach color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is impressive, consisting of a sweet, fruity, malty nose, that is aggressively undercut by a huge wave of hoppy bitterness. Flavors on the palate completely replicate the nose, and what strikes me the most is just how well balanced this beer is. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is just excellent. There is no doubt, this would be my go to IPA of choice, were it only available on the East Coast. Just an all around excellent IPA.

Edit from 1/12. This beer is now available in the Baltimore area, and as mentioned, is now my IPA whenever I see it on the menu in town. It's a beer I order automatically when ever I see it in town. Thank God we now get FW beers now here in Bawlmore.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 03:07:17 | More by John_M
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-20-2011 21:57:49 | More by brandoman63
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-17-2013 03:30:24 | More by drewone
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/29/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, herbal, floral, pine, bread, caramel, and light earhy spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great strength and balance. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, herbal, floral, pine, caramel, bread, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, herbal, pine, caramel, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic hop flavor complexity; with an awesome balance of malt sweetness with bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA. Great hop flavor balance and malt/bitterness balance. Really enjoyed this one, I wish I could get it around me.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 05:42:21 | More by superspak
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-05-2011 04:27:01 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 15:59:57 | More by plaid75
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Big thanks to fartingdog for hooking us up with this one, enjoyed with biegaman and grub on the patio with some euchre.

Pours a slightly hazed orange, white white head forms, drops a ton of lace, solid ring. Smell is great, floral, grapefruit, oranges, caramel, bread, perfumy, lots of citrus goodness, very well rounded. Taste is even better, caramel, cake, sugar, jasmine, orange and tangerine, bit of yeast, some fruit, floral, nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very enjoyable, nice tight flavours, very balanced, definitely a good one. Thanks Dave!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 21:04:35 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for this one.

A: Pours a clear orange with a one finger white head, moderate retention, finally reducing to a thin ring of white.

S: Very nice citrus aroma, plenty of pineapple and grapefruit. Hints of orange rind and pine, with a touch of caramel on the back end.

T: Lots of pine upfront which transitions nicely into some citrus, pineapple and a good bit of orange. Hints of caramel on the backend with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth, slightly sticky finish.

O: Really nice IPA. Great combination of pine and citrus, very easy drinking, especially at a high ABV for style.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 02:12:29 | More by mdaschaf
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

09-20-2013 01:55:55 | More by Gonzoillini
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

One of the biggest and boldest out there under the label of single ipa. Big deep amber color. Good hop aroma. Dry hopping seems obvious.

Same in the taste. Its a big one. Everything is in order though. What you'd expect, citrus, pine/apple, good dough malt feel absorbing much, enough hint of alcohol to tell you to watch out and pace yourself. Thoroughly enjoyable, wish it was a little cheaper, don't find it too often for less than 8.99 a 6.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 21:45:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A wonderfully perfect sized pinhead holed bubbles throught an off white and foamy head. Body color is glowing crystal clear gold and amber red/brown. Some nice mix of slow rising carbonation as well. Impressive looking.

Great simple nose, of a pine like hop, small citrus, but also a real nice ripped grain and malt action. Solid.

Fantastic tasting beer. Palate fills thick and rich without getting cloying syrupy. Just a hint of stickiness, hop pine slightly then fills with a jammy apricot and hop grapefruit. Aftertaste brings a perfect blend of sugar sweetness and bitter.

A fantastic tasting IPA what more can I say.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 17:11:57 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-24-2014 02:25:33 | More by Latarnik
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove. Thanks!
This one poured a hazy orange, dense cream coloured head, clumpy lace. Intense citrus aroma as soon as the cap came off, lots of sweet oranges initially, then grapefruit and caramel, a bit of earthy pine, no detectable alcohol. Bitterness was strong but not overpowering due to the malty caramel and bready character. Lots of citrusy hop flavour throughout, juicy grapefruit, with pine resin lingering. Slight alcohol flavour and warmth, plus a little spiciness, towards the end. Medium bodied with ample, creamy carbonation, sort of chewy, some dryness. I found this beer to be quite balanced - lots of hops but with plenty of malt to back it up. Easy drinking and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 18:39:10 | More by DrJay
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zestar

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-03-2013 09:52:57 | More by zestar
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,542 ratings.