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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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4,174 Ratings

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Ratings: 4174
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:
No notes at this time.

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


3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: It pours slightly opaque and honey-colored, with the color fading at the edges. A big fluffy head with different-sized bubbles forms and sticks around, and some lacing is evident as you drink it. There is steady carbonation rising up from the nucleation points in the glass.

S: A really nice nose on this - sweet honey, zesty herbs, with floral notes and candied fruit lurking underneath.

T: Surprisingly clashing with the nose in some ways - the initial candy/honey sweetness and floral notes quickly fade to a strong herbal, tea-like flavor, almost reminiscent of an iced tea. It's almost diluted or watery tasting. Some pepper comes up along with orange candy and cherries. As it warms, the diluted nature fades a tiny bit, but the beer never truly clicks in a cohesive manner. It finishes with some bitterness and zip, and manages to avoid the alkaline tongue of similar highly hopped beers. The tea-like core flavors never truly fade and are a bit off-putting.

M: Nice - thick, creamy, satisfying. Wish it could do more to offset the weird thin herbal mid-palate, though.

D: Pretty darn good, as I took care of my bomber pretty quickly - but I frequently do that as I quickly take sips to do my tasting notes. One bomber is enough for an evening, however, I think.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 22:50:03 | More by Telix
Photo of notsoprobeer


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

Poured a goldish orange with a white head that dissipated slowly and left nice lacing. Aroma is mostly piney hops with some citrus. Flavor is piney hops with caramel malts. I like this beer's stronger malt profile. The 7.5% ABV provides a nice kick. Body is medium and it has a bit of a creamy mouth feel, but not to the extent of of Solace or Pale 31.

Another great beer from Firestone Walker. While I liked Union Jack, I thought Solace and Pale 31 were even better.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 04:45:59 | More by notsoprobeer
Photo of unHipHopHead


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 23:07:11 | More by unHipHopHead
Photo of dqderrick


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams New Glass

Appearance - 4
Pours with 1/4 inch head. Head sticks around. Color is a nice clean gold color with a hint of red warmth.

Smell - 3.5
Slight hops smell... Chinook? I'm not really pulling much from the smell.

Taste - 4.5
Great IPA taste. Just enough hops to give it a kick but leaves me wanting more... and more. Nice, subtle sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Low carbonation feel; very smooth. Makes it hard to not keep the sips coming at regular intervals. Smooth.

Drinkability - 4.5
I could drink a 6-pack with little regret. Lends itself to the bitter side of IPA's but just a tad. Great beer to keep in stock in the fridge for your more discerning friends.

Comments - Great beer to always have on hand.
Keep this one coming. The price makes it easy to buy.

12oz bottle purchased at Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA on Friday, September 19, 2008. Consumed on Saturday, September 20, 2008.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 00:27:12 | More by dqderrick
Photo of JoeySchlitz


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

After drinking many 'Pliny the Younger's over the past few days I would say this is on par, maybe slightly behind. A fantastically well-balanced IPA that has a very fresh hop aroma and taste. There is a bit of bitterness on the tail end but overall a great beer, with a good malty balance to it. I definitely plan on picking up more of this for the beer closet stock.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2009 07:46:45 | More by JoeySchlitz
Photo of slentz


4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Union Jack bottled 8/11. Reviewed with Kiddynamite920. Thanks brother! Bottle to Deschutes tulip.

A: Strong pour down the center of the glass produces two and a half finger pillowy off white bubbly head that slowly dissipates to a half finger head that stays a while. As the head recedes a nice lacing is left on the glass. Wow this looks awesome in the glass nice and clear golden color definitely a perfect score here. 5.0

S: Huge hop presence. Smell is of strong hops, malts, grassy, a little lemon. Sweetness... pineapple....brown sugar.... grapefruit ... a little granny smith apple coming through...a little musty even. 4.5

T: Crisp and very clean very nice bitterness that lasts through and through. Tons of hops, lots of citrus this is one damn fine IPA. I would say this is world class. 5.0

M: Mouthfeel is exceptional. Again this beer is awesome. Spot on carbonation...slick feeling of hops throughout...doesn't get much better than this. 5.0

O: Overall this beer is just plain awesome. Appearance is great, Smell is great, Taste is great, Mouthfeel is great. This is what an IPA should be day in and day out. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 20:53:42 | More by slentz
Photo of ely2000k


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

A- Some good head, good lacing as it goes down. Kinda is the color of Indian Summer. Appetizing.

S- Strong smell of hops, piney and sprucey smelling. Some faint hints of floral and slight citrus notes.

T- Starts malty, ends with a swift kick of hops. Great blend of malt and hops. Heavy hop head beer, which is right up my alley.

M- Full bodied, good carbonation. Goes down well despite the higher alcohol content.

O- I like it a lot. Great hoppy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 04:25:34 | More by ely2000k
Photo of Bauzen

New York

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a big IPA, but not over-the-top like a double or an imperial variety. It pours a deep amber color, leaves fluffy white foam that laces along the glass nicely, and offers aromas of a full floral bouquet. The most prominent notes of citrus are unmistakable. There's also some pine, and a touch of bitterness on the nose, but it's refined and pleasant.

The taste is powerful. This is a full-bodied beer, but doesn't kick your butt like some with heavier ABV content. You'll probably be sad when it's over... I certainly was. Exceptional IPA from a brand that makes it hard to decide which of their recipes is your favorite. Well done, Firestone.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 23:20:48 | More by Bauzen
Photo of jculler82


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear golden. Lacing all the way down.

Typical Centennial hop aroma, citrus (orange) with a slightly catty background. I know there's Cascade in there too, but the Centennial dominates.

Balanced IPA, beautiful hop flavor, but nice malt backbone backing it up. It's plenty bitter, but not abrasive. Perfectly dry, but the mouthfeel is chewy and full.

Overall, in a world filled with breweries filling their line-ups with IPA's and half of them being awful, it's great to be reminded that there are still some world class beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 16:35:32 | More by jculler82
Photo of Bowers-Brew


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

A - Nice dark amber color with clean off-white foam head

S - Very hoppy up front with a strong sweet malt finish

T - Interestingly full flavored IPA. Nice sweat and hoppy

M - A little thick feeling for style, but not so much that it detracts from scent/taste

O - A good Firestone IPA. Would certainly enjoy again and try other offerings from FIrestone Walker. Prost.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 22:25:35 | More by Bowers-Brew
Photo of chrisafari


3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: is clean hops, citrus, pine and subtle roasted malt.

Pours super-clear amber brown with small off-white head.

Flavor: begins with nice citrus and roasted malt. Finishes with a dry hoppiness.

I was disappointed with double barrel ale, so I was a little reluctant to try another beer from Firestone Walker. But, this beer proved me wrong. A good American India Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 22:34:43 | More by chrisafari
Photo of NoHipTee


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

A delightful surprise. Taking a chance on this beer proved to be a pleasant experience. My only regret if not having bought a six pack.

Appearance is as expected. A moderately small head that has very little lacing.

Smell is citrus with pine hints.

Taste is a surprising hoppy bite with fruity tones. There is little bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth drinkable feel.

Overall a very good beer. Jumps straight into my top 5 IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 19:22:04 | More by NoHipTee
Photo of KornWallace

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 3/31/14
Location: Brooklyn Crab
Glassware: Pint
Appearance: Two pinky size head followed by an amber to gold color. Low carbonation but the beer leaves a very nice trail as you drink.
Aromatics: The Hops are on the nose with a little orange peel. A fair amount of hop pines.
Flavor: It's a very hearty beer. Smooth with a lot of hop, orange, some coriander flavor.
Finish: The hops hit everywhere and linger.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2014 02:08:06 | More by KornWallace
Photo of gc4hokies


4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all-time favorites.

Appearance - clear golden color with a slight copper tint. White head with excellent lacing.
Smell - citrus, grapefruit, slight grassy aroma, amarillo!
taste - spicy hop goodness with sweetness to match from the malt. hop lovers rejoice, the hop profile is the best I've had.
mouthfeel - substantial viscosity without being heavy. good balance

overall - this is an excellent IPA, not too much, just right!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 23:01:04 | More by gc4hokies
Photo of ktblue22


4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - very light orange, clear and little head
Smell - lots of sharp grapefuity citrusness, slight pine on the finish
Taste- mmm wow!! Beautifully accentuates the hops in this IPA without overpowering the palate. The grapefruit comes through in a juicy way - like biting into a perfectly ripe fruit.
Mouthfeel - medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall - pairing it with a sharp cheddar cheese, really really good. Very happy with this beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 22:55:43 | More by ktblue22
Photo of Kiwano

New York

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

A - Couldn't tell the color due to low lighting --- the head dissipated quickly leaving tiny lace in the middle of the glass

S - a bit of citrus and lots of hops

T - Excellent! Well balanced with lots of hops. Some type of fruit with a tiny bit of grapefruit or grapefruit pith at the very end. The hops stay through for a long time and are well balanced with the rest of the taste. Really tasty.

M - Well carbonated

D - Smooth - very drinkable - after a while a bit astringent and high alcohol content so probably wouldn't have too many in one setting. But great balance and really enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2010 02:54:28 | More by Kiwano
Photo of jonvan04


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark gold with a 1/2 inch white head. The aroma was a blend of piney hops along with some honey and syrup notes. The taste was very refreshing. It was balanced for an IPA, not too hoppy or too dry. Overall it was a very flavorful hop forward beer that was made with care, it's not just an overly aggressive hop bomb. This was the first beer I've had in FW's regular rotation. It's good to see that they can brew a great beer that isn't 10% alcohol and barrel aged. This beer was very well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:07:49 | More by jonvan04
Photo of andylipp


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found fresh 6 packs in Massachusetts! Twelve ounce bottles with a 3/20/2012 bottling date.

A- Pours a crystal clear deep golden orange with a nice fluffy head that stuck around. Lots of sticky lacing remained as I sipped.

S- West coast, baby! Tropical and citrus nose that you could smell from clear across the room. Malt sweetness, too.

T- This is what a world class IPA is all about. Fruity hops bathe the tongue with malty, somewhat bready sweetness fighting back with just enough backbone. A bitter, grassy finish that lingers and begs you to take another sip.

M- Just right. Carbonation is spot-on with a palate-coating slickness.

O- I have to go back to the store for more of this one. Damn! Certainly one of the very best American IPAs. I couldn’t be more pleased that fresh Union Jack has arrived in my neighborhood, and hope it visits often.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 21:52:20 | More by andylipp
Photo of BoardwalkBock

New York

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a stone pint glass.

A: Flawless. Orange-straw, not the least bit hazy and perfect carbonation.

S: Hops. Grapefruit, citrus, pine, earth, and tropical notes.

T: Matches the smell. Huge hop profile. So many different flavors that blend so well. True definition of a west coast IPA.

M: Full bodied with perfect level of carbonation. Bitterness lingers at a perfectly acceptable level for what seems like months.

O: One of my favorite AIPAs. Truly an amazing west coast IPA that is thankfully widely available on the east coast. Tried this for the first time about a year ago, first beer from the brewery actually, and was blown away. Since then, I've had every beer that they distribute out here. Classic beer, classic brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 02:45:36 | More by BoardwalkBock
Photo of Silenus89


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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A. Clear amber in color with a minimal head that recedes

S. Grapefruit and pine hops, malt backbone to it

T. Good balance of pine hops and grapfruit with that nice malt backbone appearing. Perhaps a hint of honey

MF. Good carbonation to it. Smooth and nice bitter finish

D. Very drinkable. this is a fine IPA i will be getting again perhaps a staple along side Stone IPA

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 04:04:00 | More by Silenus89
Photo of hoppyweasel311


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice frothy white head that has good retention. Smells of grapefruit,orange, pineapple... smooth mouthfeel.. perfect amount of carbonation... hops, then sweetness, then citrus, then hops... its bouncing all over which I like. Not just a bunch of bitterness... this beer is excellent... go out and try it now!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 02:14:00 | More by hoppyweasel311
Photo of ChrisChagnon


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft into a tulip

This was one of my intro beers into the world of IPA's. I was in Las Vegas at a place with over 100 beers on tap and asked the bartender for a good IPA. He gave me this. I remember thinking how great the beer looked, then placing it up to my nose and smelling it and just being blown away by the fruitiness and the hops. The taste was like anything I had ever had before. I loved this beer and it went down so easily.

I have a soft spot for this beer because it really got me into IPA's. I just wish I was able to fiind it more fresh here in CT

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 20:30:22 | More by ChrisChagnon
Photo of berebrando


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

This beer was recommended as a substitute for The Elder -which has recently become very difficult to find here in orange county. it's good, i like it and i'm very satisfied.

It is in a 22 oz bottle and the alcohol by volume is 7.5 per cent. I like seeing fighting animals on the label - bears and lions face off against union jack and, it would be my guess that, this beer prevails. Served in a pint glass.

It pours with a thick head that follows the beer to the bottom of the glass, leaving lace from top to bottom. its color is an amber orange, in this light. Slight carbonation disappears minutes after it's poured. Smells hoppy, like pine needles. No significant fruit scents to speak of.

It tastes great. It's well balanced and, again, the hops shine through. Big pine notes with some pine and orange on the back of the tongue. Great flavors, I could drink this every night.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 03:00:28 | More by berebrando
Photo of JonathanG


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

12-ounce bottle, poured into a Duvel glass.

A: Nice golden-orange color, clear, with mild carbonation, along with 1.5-finger head that subsides fairly quickly, leaving an uneven lacy quilt across the surface. Head is quick to return with a swirl, but again subsides.

S: Lots of citrus and stonefruit here, along with malt notes for balance. Orange dominates the citrus fruits, while a bit of apricot steps in as well, before the maltiness rounds things out. Not one-dimensionally hoppy, due to the forwardness of the malt character.

T: Same as the nose. Not one dimensional, yet not overly complex, this is an IPA with hops and malt that are relatively in-balance, with the hops slightly winning out, as you'd hope with any IPA.

M: Medium-bodied, with the malt profile rounding things out a bit and fattening/sweetening it up a little, in a good way.

O: The way I scored this beer, the sum is greater than the individual parts. When you're not sure which side of the fence to fall off of, this is a great choice. Plenty of character, without being too eclectic or one-dimensional. Not sure I'd want to drink more than 2-of these back-to-back, but a nice interlude, for sure. I'll be buying more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 19:08:01 | More by JonathanG
Photo of cocogan


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: Pale gold in color, little head that dissipated fairly quickly. some lacing left on glass.

Nose: Yes, that is what an ipa should smell like. Big pineapple citrus aroma,along with a sticky pine/floral hop character.

Taste: Hop resin taste and bitterness conquers the taste buds. A dried apple and lime flavor complements a lingering alcohol warmness.

Mouth: Medium body. Subtle back end foaminess.

Overall: A good ipa. Great aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 02:29:02 | More by cocogan
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,174 ratings.