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

5,793 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,793
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 424
Gots: 1,049 | FT: 13
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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Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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

Thanks to MrTopher for sending this one my way!

Pours a clear golden orange color with about a fourth inch off-white head. A steady stream of bubbles shoot upwards from the bottom of the glass.

Sweet citrus notes dominate the nose. Pineapple and oranges are the most noticeable. A caramel-like sweetness is hiding in there too.

The taste is much more balanced than what I was expecting. After smelling the beer, I was prepared for a citrus hop-bomb explosion in my mouth. The citrus hops are definitely there, but after that quick, initial blast, a bready flavor comes into play to keep the hops in check. It finishes slightly bitter and piney, but again, nothing over the top.

Medium body and average carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.

Very drinkable as I didn't find the 7.5% ABV to be noticeable. I was honestly surprised to see it was that strong after I'd consumed half the glass in a short amount of time. Definitely one I'll look forward to once FW arrives in Missouri.

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.

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

A- Nice clear amber color. No haze. 1/2 finger head dissipates quickly.

S- Nice hop aroma. Smells dry, some cut grass and pine.

T- Good hop forward taste. Grapefruit, pine, and some malt balance, but not overwhelming. Real good drinking beer.

M- Nice and crisp, dry IPA. For an American IPA it has a solid tongue burn, nothing to ruin the taste buds but a nice session beer for a hophead.

O- This is my first 6 pack, what have I been waiting for? Great IPA.

Photo of Avantyawn
3.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce bottle, aggressively poured into pint glass

A: Finely filtered , very clean, clear orange. Frothy white head, with retention as the head goes down. I like my IPAs to not look so clean so points off for over manicured filtered look. It looks rather unextraordinary.

S: Fruity sweet smells, peach, mango, white grape juice with a touch of booze. It smells very potent, yet not altogether enticing. Potent but not masterful.

T: Burned malty grain, too much booze flavor for 7.5 unfortunately, sloshy sweet malts. I find that the alcohol flavor takes away from what should be a robust hop flavor here. I have to admit, I am underwhelmed by the taste of this beer.

M: The beer is filtered so finely that the mouthfeel is a bit vacant. It's a strong ale surely, but it drinks too quickly because it doesn't feel like there is much for your mouth and tastebuds to grab onto. Also, the carbonation is too low, and it ends up feeling thin AND syrupy at the same time, an odd and unattractive combo in my book. Almost like flat champagne...

O: Overall , this is not a bad beer per say, but it is underwhelming and with so many awesome IPA's out there this will not be a go to for me. The batch is fresh, brewed in June, so freshness is not the issue here. I feel the beer needs a bit more grit and balls, it is too smoothed over without enough drama to the flavor. It's odd because Double Jack is one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure of tasting, so robust in hop aroma and flavor, and this just doesn't seem to come close on any level. Once again, not a horrible beer, but not even close to as good in flavor and taste as the Mission Street IPA they make for Trader Joe's! I think the APV is way too high for the flavor component here, the flavor is subtle, but with 7.5% you need a big flavor to distract the palette from the booze. When I drink this, I keep thinking of white grape juice and flat champagne...

Photo of scootpolute
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle...

Appearance: golden/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not the crazy, 'HOP-FEST' I was expecting (maybe I haven't fully recovered from my cold/flu...what better medicine, eh?!!)...Very pronounced grapefruit hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Smooth...hoppy kick, leads to a dull-numb taste?!

Mouthfeel is ultra-smooth and creamy with a malty thick full-body. The initial taste is an absolute hop assualt on the palate! A spicy, stinging and salty plethora of citric nuances literally overwhelm the senses. Earth, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is definately present but gets its ass fiercly kicked by the hops. Malt includes some toasted, slightly bready and light honey flavours with an even malt sweetness...It hardly balances the beer, but does keep it somewhat control. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and malt sweetness, which tends to linger for some time.

O: A great beer for all the hop-heads out there...pretty smooth...good 'drinking' beer...could have many of these in a row without having regrets!!

For what it is, it's crafted to near perfection. A "Wow!" beer for sure. 7.5 % abv.

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

Bottled on 05-17-12 (This beer was tasted 77 days after in was bottled.)
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured to about two fingers of dense, light khaki colored head. Over time the head disapated to single layer of bubbles, and it left some lacing. The brew is a golden orange color and very clear.

S: The aroma consists of a strong citrus hops and some sweet and bready malt hangs around in the background.

T: The taste is a good balance of citrus hops consisting of grapefruit a little orange peel, and a bready malt and yeast backbone does just enough to provide some balance.

M: This beer is very smooth and easy drinking with just enough carbonation to be entertaining. The body is on the lighter side of medium.

O: This is a nicely balanced IPA. It has a solid hops presence, but it is far from a hops bomb. It is a good, smooth, and easy drinking IPA.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass a hazy burnt orange color with very little head and very little lacing.

It smells like a standard west coast-style IPA: floral, citrus hops (with just a bit of pine but not much) and just the hint of biscuity malt.

Flavor followed the smell exactly: flowery grapefruit and orange rind with a sweet biscuit malt backbone. Quite pleasant and exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA --- might be the best tasting IPA I've had. A bit bitter in the back.

Could stand for just a bit more carbonation. It's more oily than I would expect from the crisp taste.

The 7.5% is well hidden. This is VERY drinkable, dangerously so. The alcohol sneaks up on you.

Photo of drunkmonk
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Barleywinefiend for this one. Been wanting to try this one.

Hazy bright golden. Nice 3-D stick and creamy lace that lasts all the way down. Robust oily hop aromas of fresh pine needles and citursy orange peel. Nice array of pine and citus hops coats the tongue with some nice slick malts that follow thru. Nice ample bitterness lingers, leaving some nice sweet malt flavors in it's wake. The drinkability is fantastic, 7.5% did you say? Danger, Danger Will Rogers. A hoplovers dream for sure, but this shows a nice bit of balence.

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

A: Honey-orange. Not much head. It's been my experence that you can pour this beer as hard as you'd like and never overflow your pint-glass.

S: Strong citrus. All kinds of grapefruit and sweeet orange. I can also detect a slight aroma of biscut malt.

T: A nice citrus flavor abounds. Light tingly bubbles tickle your tounge. This is dead-on for an IPA, nice and strong.

M: Great coating finishes with a nice citrus bouquet.

D: This is a top-notch IPA well hopped and high on the alcohol. The fact that I can usually find sixers for around seven bucks makes this beer a winner. Great job Firestone!

Photo of StLThrash
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Slightly aggressive pour yielded a beautifully clear, copper with a 2 finger frothy head that lingered for some time. Each sip left a nice lacing ring on the glass. A beautiful pour!

S - Ahhhh... west coast IPA's and hop action! Lots of grapefruit, citrus, orange with major pine action. Exactly what I look for in a good IPA.

T & M - Nice and bitter hops up front, with a surprising malt kick to finish. Very smooth, drinkable and hides the alcohol very well. The ABV is inching close to DIPA territory and you wouldn't know it. Leaves you wanting more and more. I'm sure drinking a few would creep up on you pretty quick since it's so drinkable.

Overall - One of my favorite new IPA's. Up there with the best of them and will definitely be buying more. Highly recommended!

Photo of thomda11
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice, light copper with a thick head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is pleasant with pine and orange blended with a slightly sweet malt. The orange comes through more strongly as it warms up a bit. Right upfront is a distinct citrus and orange rind flavor, flowed by pine. The palate ends abruptly with a resinous bitterness and a hint of astringency. Not much in the way of malt, unfortunately. Mouth feel is a on the lighter-side--a bit watery. A Good IPA, but not great.

Photo of spartanfan
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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).

Photo of heymikew
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid California IPA

Clear and golden, perfect bubbles
Great hop nose and then
A mouth explosion of tropical fruit with hint of lemon...resinous green buds...all harmoniously balanced. Its a heady temptress...watch out!

Refrigerator (in stock at all times) caliber.

Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Paul for this extra!

Brew pours a beautiful orange color that is slightly foggy. Low carbonation from the beginning, but persists throughout the entire consumption. Really a beautiful brew.

Aroma is not as potent as I thought it would be, but still outstanding. Lemon is the major smell for me, but honey and almond in the background.

Taste was really, really nice. Heavy hop flavors up front- some of the usual suspects: citrus, floral, slight sour. Real smooth. Admittedly, there is no grapefruit, but that's ok. Perfect amount of carbonation- not too overpowering at all.

Any IPA drinkers that have access to this on a regular basis- well, I am jealous!

Cheers!

Photo of ChuckHardslab
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass, A nice light, crystal clear light copper color with a 2 finger off white head. The smell is very west coast IPA with resiny and citrus hop aroma.

The taste is very well balanced. There is a definite citrus hop up front followed by smooth malt sweetness with some hints of fruit. The finish is very clean with hints of grapefruit and slight hints f grass. There is a lingering but pleasant hop bitterness. Even though it's unmistakably an IPA it's not what I would call a hop bomb. I will definitely be buying more of this.

Photo of atomicbeer
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap pint at the Yardhouse in Las Vegas. Clear copper color with persistent tan head that laced nicely on the way down. Delightful aroma of pine-grapefruit- floral that I could whiff all night. The taste is hops out the ass like chewing on grapefruit skin. Mouth is too bitter for me, surprising with the 7.5% ABV.

Photo of TVolt1
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light lemony-yellow/orange color to it. A little cloudy but good small amount of white head compliments the light color of this beer.

S: Initial hints of grapefruit and lemon. Smells very refreshing with a nice hop aroma. It starts with a more fruity hop smell and ends with a little bit of floral hop undertones. I am excited to try this beer!

T: Mmm very good! More lemon taste than anything. Pretty piney hop flavor so I get more floral hops than fruity hops in the taste. Nothing overpowering or off. Very smooth and easy to drink IPA. Also get a caramel note.

M: Smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a great beer. I would recommend it and would buy again. My husband got this beer on Beer It Forward from a gal in Brooklyn. Great choice and a beer we cannot get in MN.

Photo of ZBowden
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Pours golden and clear with small lacing head, nose is very hoppy and citrusy with grapefruit. Taste of strong biting hops slight malt, and very smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 2/18/09
Firestone Brewing Co.
Union Jack IPA
7.5% Abv.
On-tap

Appearance=Very orange in color. Pours a nice 1 finger white head. Beer is very transparent which is nice considering some IPA's can be Opaque.

Smell= Typical IPA. Citrus, pine, Tang?? Not a huge nose, but I like it. When you do get a good whiff, it is very pleasant.

Taste= Taste is extremely good. One of my favorite go to IPA's when I need it.

Mouthfeel= Almost perfect for an IPA. Not too thick or too thin. It also has a nice dryness to it when it finishes.

Drinkability= Drinkability is really high on this bad boy. Abv. isn't out of control so it can be a sessionable IPA. Availability is also high where I'm located which makes it all the better!

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

Poured into a pint glass, light amber with a nice white head and good clarity. Wonderful hops aroma...smells like a pine grove, with maybe a couple of lemon trees in there. Flavor is caramel malt up front, with piney hops follow and a mildly bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation, an easy drinker.

Photo of fourplayed
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into 12 oz sam adams glass.

1 finger head, clear amber, tiny bubble rising.

Smells great - mildly sweet citrus & pineapple, malts, mild earthy-pine hops.

Taste - Big earty-pine hops up front, Then easy on the sweet citrus, pineapple, malts.

mouthfeel is very crisp and clean, medium body, nice hop bite and dryness on tongue, lite-medium carbonation, mild alcohol warmth.

Refreshing, drinks nice n' easy. Very clean & crisp, Hops out front with a great supporting cast of sweet citrus, fruit, malts. I'll buy again without hesitation. Put it in my top 5 for this style.

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

Very clear copper color with bone white head. Pretty mild head shrinks to a thin layer. Some noticeable carbonation

Very fruity smell. Distinct peach aroma (never had that before). I guess I would say a citrus touch. mild overall

More of that same fruit in the taste, but now some more malt balance. Bitter finish...there it is, the strong grassy hop finish.

Very smooth beer. Oily, thick mouthfeel with little carbonation.

I could drink this all day. First class IPA

Must have!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear and amber with two fingers of off-white head. Smells delightfully piney, with a more distinct aroma than many Imperial IPAs. Taste is mainly bitter hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a note of hop resin. Drinkability is way up there. I drank two bottles before writing this review.

Grab a six pack for sure!

Photo of leif86
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear copper body with an offwhite head that doesn't last very long but departs some good lacing.

S: Definite piney aroma, and some fruit too, from the hops. A liittle malty (caramel)

T: Piney, a little ester, some maltiness and then BAM... grapefruit at the end.

M: Nice and sticky. Not too much like I'd associate with the Dogfish IPAs. This is done right.

D: I've been neglecting this review because I've been enjoying just sipping on this nice brew. It's simple, nothing blows you away but I want to keep going back for more.

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

12 oz bottle purchased at The Perfect Pour (Columbia, Md.)

Gold/amber pour, slightly hazy. Modest head, tremendous hop aroma I love and expect in a proud American pale.

A certain sweetness and clarity to the taste of this, decent texture that I like (just a touch slick and gooey), tons of flavor in each sip, robust pine and hop flavors.

A solid, solid American pale, well above average and well crafted as most everything is at Firestone. A classic name, but also a classic brew.

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,793 ratings.