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

1,217 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,217
Hads: 5,894
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 3.54%
Wants: 435
Gots: 1,096 | FT: 12
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:
Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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Photo of hardysf
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe how good this smelled poured out of a can. strong hop flavor through and through. Balanced with good malt backbone. Maybe a tad thin mouthfeel. Finishes dry keeping me wanting more. (196 characters)

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. (316 characters)

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! (831 characters)

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. (270 characters)

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. (484 characters)

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). (919 characters)

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! (681 characters)

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. (791 characters)

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! (733 characters)

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. (302 characters)

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. (587 characters)

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! (484 characters)

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! (362 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have seen this beer many times and had wanted to try it so I finally made my way around to getting a fresh pack and chilled it down in the fridge. It has 7.5% ABV and has a world class 100 score by the Bros. With a score like that I was maybe having very high expectations. It is a great beer, but let’s look at what it has to
offer.

Look-It poured a crystal clear golden tinged light amber color that shimmered like the breast plate of a Greek god (little “g”). The head was at first very foamy and white, but quickly settled into a thin film. This rather common behavior is due to the sugar content, just as an fyi. So, even before I smelled or tasted it, I anticipated some sugar content from the malts.

Smell-I smell candied orange and other citrus aromas. The malts are candied caramel and toasty malted grains. It is quite nice, but not as complex as you would expect from a world class beer.

Taste-It tastes of orange and pine. The malts nicely come through late and cut the bitterness from the hops, but the bitterness isn’t very high. The malts are honey-based and are very nicely complimented by the orange citrus and pine. I couldn’t find the IBU content on this beer, but my advanced palate would estimate that it has 70 IBUs. I hope I am right on that. Could anyone check that for me?

Mouthfeel-It has a lite medium-bodied feel with an appropriate sweetness level that doesn’t delve into the annoying strong syrupy feel and taste that some IPAs have.

Overall-It has a nice flavor and aroma. It is relatively well-balanced, but some of its flavors are separated a bit. It is refreshing and moist and finishes clean. You should try this beer, but I don’t think it is a world-class brew deserving of the 100 from the Bros. (1,756 characters)

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. (536 characters)

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. (484 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, but not great.

Pours nicely, pretty head, fine, persistent. Transparent golden brown color.

Smells not too good, really. A little stale perhaps.

Taste is quite bitter. A manly-man's beer. Some apricots. Nothing great going on, but much better than the smell.

Good mouthfeel. Just the right level of carbonation, though some might prefer more.

Long, bitter, well integrated finish, good integrity. (417 characters)

Photo of weazal
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SMELL: Of course the hops dominate, but in a mellower, fruitier way that reminds you of apples and then pineapple. It's real pleasant and unique.

TASTE: Immediate onslaught of bitter hobs and sharp carbonation. Despite continual bitterness, the flavor is surprisingly restrained. Some mellow fruit / apple character is present. There's more body than you'd typically expect with an IPA and it finishes with the lingering hoppy bitterness and also whiskey like sharpness. (471 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Bottled on 5/29. Consumed on 9/7.

A - Golden amber. Strong carbonation with little/no head. Just lacing from carbonation. Delicate lacing as beer recedes.

S - Very fragrant. Mango, kiwi, and banana.

T - Bursting with flavor. Banana, tangerine, lemon, mango, papaya, and pineapple. Grapefruit rind finish.

M - Crisp and clean with a nice tingle in the mouth from the strong carbonation. Luxurious foaming in the mouth.

O - The smell and taste of this beer are exceptional. Highly recommended. (535 characters)

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

Pours a gold color with an ok white head.

Smells super dank and hoppy. Wasnt really expecting this from firestone but it has a really nice hop aroma.

Has a pretty hoppy afterbite, some grapefruit and some sweetness. Has a malty finish as well.

I would for sure buy this one again. (285 characters)

Photo of thydarkprevails
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a duvel tulip. Pours a clear blonde orange with a 2 inch white head that slowly shrinks with great lacing. Aroma is strong. Very floral, grassy, and citric. Taste is grapefruit, caramel, pineapple, mango, papaya, orange, and a touch of lemon. Mouthfeel is medium to thin. Alcohol is invisible. This beer is super sessionable and a perfect go to ipa. (373 characters)

Photo of SirHefeweizen
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review, i love this site but have never actually reviewed anything and i guess im ready.
This overall is a nice ipa, i poured it into a BBC pint glass and it is a nice orange-ish color with a small white head and a bit of lace around the glass. it has a nice grapefruit zesty scent to it. It has a medium body mouth feel, certainly a good beer, and well balanced (379 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had the Double Jack before having this one, and it's a familiar but mellower taste. Great smell- the main difference is the tropical fruitiness doesn't hit you as hard as with the Double Jack. Very solid IPA though. (217 characters)

Photo of livewire78
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby red color. Nice fluffy head that dissapated into nice lacing down the glass.

Smelled of citrus. Grapefruit and orangepeel. Tiny bit of alcohol.

Starts off with a nice, very pleasant and unexpected sweetness. Next wave is an intense blast of citrus. Follows the nose. Grapefruit and orangepeel. Bitterness is moderate and not nearly as intense as the initial wave of citrus hoppiness. Malt is definitely in the background. Alcohol at the end that fades into a nice long crisp finish.

Pretty good slickness in the mouth. Not oily but not watery either.

If drinksbility means," Do I wanna drink this forever?" than this is perfect. The citrus is a little one sided, though and I would get bored in about five hundred years.

By far my favorite IPA so far. You darn west coasters are lucky to have access to this. I freakin go nuts over Firestone Walker! (875 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours golden yellow with little head that fades quickly. The smell is complex. Smokey. Sweet. Fruity. Almost smells like pepperoni. My first impression of the taste was "whoa." I thought the smell was complex.. Jesus Christ this beer has a taste you could write a book about. Very sour on the back of the tongue. Leaves a strong aftertaste on its way down. Wow. So different. Great balance. Almost a perfect beer. (413 characters)

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,217 ratings.