Union Jack India Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

1,348 Reviews
Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark blonde color with a small 1/2 finger.

Some tangerine, slight arm pit, rich hop aromas.

Lots of stiff tangerine to start, with suggestions of honey, and a good alcohol presence. Hop resin and pine on the finish.

Feel is slightly hot, with a tight carbonation.

Overall yeah this is a pretty good ipa. I'd have it again. Grows tiresome towards the final half.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.55/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


On tap at good dog bar, Philadelphia.


LOOK: yellow, small white head.
AROMA and TASTE are a typical dry/dank hair spray up a.

Not a fan.

Give me any of the Luponic distortions over this.


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Photo of dbl_delta
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 2/13/17 into pint glass. Pours a clear light-amber color with a medium-coarse white head. Initial impression is pine, citrus, and a mild bitterness, balanced nicely by a subtle note of caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Finish is dry, citrusy, and bitter. Alcohol is well hidden. Very tasty IPA. Not world-changing, but eminently competent.

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Photo of jkoogler
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy golden amber. Head is fluffy with nice lace.

S - Grapefruit hoppy notes with toasted malts and other citrus lemon and orange flavors.

T - Citrus hops with a bit of floral hops.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and smooth finish.

O - Well balanced beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour is a standard semi-golden hue, moderate head. Aroma has grapefruit & other semi-bitter citrus, a little dry malt cardboard as well. Taste is traditional & well-done, fair amount of citra style hop flavors like apricot & mango but with bulky malt backbone. Bitter but nothing abrasive.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice color and outstanding nose on this beer. Strong Pineapple, citrus elements with a malt edge is what I get most. Good flavor with the elements from the scent along with some pine and slightly bitter grapefruit. Falls short of the nose slightly. Alcohol totally hidden. Decent carbonation and a coating mouthfeel with some lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Chillichamp03
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love the union jack by firestone walker. This beer is beautifully clear with a nice copper color. Decelops a nice head when poured into a tulip glass giving it a nice feel and great aroma. Flavor is well balanced without the sharpness or bite others can have.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - golden with a minimal white head that leaves some lacing behind
S - pine and floral notes with some citrus as well
T - nice pine, floral, and hop notes with some mild citrus characteristics. Maybe some pineapple as well. There's some malt on the back end.
F - medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation - smooth
O - A very solid IPA with nice citrus, pine, hop, and floral notes but in my opinion nothing special that makes it stand out.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite IPAs. Tons of hops and bitterness along with a good amount of citrus and a great malt backbone. Give this a try but be prepared for a stronger that average IPA.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rocky, almost mountainous head sets the tone. It sits above a golden amber. Lace is majestic. Nose is fresh citrus hops with tropical hints. Solid start to finish bitterness here without ever being withering or tasting of sawdust. Really nice overall hoppiness with a little balance and the beginnings of alcohol sheen.

I can see why this brew is so well thought of: it is an engineering marvel. It is not my ideal, with a little too much booze and very sharp flavors prior to the aftertaste. However, for whoever designed this brew, it is nearly perfection. It sets out and accomplishes what it wants. For that, I admire it infinitely.

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Photo of ThePold
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From a can 85 days old into a DFH IPA glass. This particular beer was close to its end days, and didn't have a lot of head, but I've had many fresher with a frothy top. Color is lighter than some IPAs , dark gold rather than coppery. Taste is still great, but sharper than Two Hearted and not as sharp as Stone.

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Photo of matcris
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very clear, amber/orange, fast bubbles rising, and a half finger of soapy white head that fades quickly to a ring. Very minor lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits, stone fruits, a little pine, citrus rind, and a touch of caramel. Lots of tropical fruit and stone fruit in the flavor, as well as mild caramel. You can just sit and try to put your finger on all the individual fruit notes that come out of this one. Feel is very dry, full carbonation, and medium body. Good brew.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 7/19/16.

A: pours a frothy off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The beer has wonderful clarity. Nice golden orange pour.
S: big west -coast piney hops, tangerine, citrus
T: bright orange, grapefruit citrus notes are prominent. Hops are assertive, especially on the end. Finishes quickly
M: medium-high carbonation, medium body.
O: really great beer. This bottle has almost 6 months on it, and it is still exceptional. One more example of FW's mastery of IPA.

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Photo of lwcreasy
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly cloudy amber color in the body, with a dense, off-white head of an inch or an inch-and-half. Thick lacing, and a glorious ring crowns the brew as it falls, encircling an amber lake and ensorcelling this drinker. Time to put a nose in.

Delicious zest of varied citrus and a fresh, piney hop aroma on a rising, subtle backbone of crackery malt and spice. Wonderful sweet tangerine, and sharper lemon are the stars, and continue to increase for a while. The aroma seems endless. Some other fruit seems to be flitting in the background. Can't make it out, except for a slight, banana-like ester presence. This balances nice with the dominant citrus and pine impression. Glorious, glorious West Coast aroma.

Wonderful pine quality exercises the tongue straight out of the gate. Orange rind on the back half of the sip, as it glides down with that back-end bitterness. Sprightly, crackery, lively malt increases its influence slightly with more exposure of the beer to the tongue, but gives in to a wonderful, hoppy hoppy hop dance every time. Still seems to be just enough as counterpoint to a wonderful, medium + bitterness and a clean, but pungently hoppy, finish.

Medium to medium-light body. Very drinkable with a slight creaminess in the feel that serves as a fantastic sleight-of-hand for a cutting mid-palate rush of carbonation and liveliness.

The standard-bearing west coaster!

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Photo of shiu-chan
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass, light translucent amber pour with one inch head dissipating slowly. Nice lacing that retains.
Hoppy, piney, grapefruit peels and buttersotch.
Medium to full bodied richness with sweet malt, citrus and piney bitterness. Medium carbonation.
Overall, an above average IPA.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is yellow to orange with some relative opaqueness. The head created when pouring was two fingers thick but after a while it transformed itself to a very minimal head but with good retention now. Lots of lacing.
S: The aroma has a very soft profile of pine followed by pineapple and a good hop profile. Since the pine characteristic has been softened here, the aroma is really good. There's some sweetness coming in but I cant't find where from.
T: The taste has some minor sweetness from the malts but then it's a bit acidic and bitter with some pine, pineapple and hops. I was expecting a bit more here.
M: The body is medium to medium high. The carbonation is a bit excessive but the bitterness profile is really good because it leaves a lot of hop flavor that's really fantastic.
O: It's only my third Firestone but I was indeed expecting a bit more here, even though the beer is of course a lot above the average. Since it's an IPA and it was bought online shipping from Belgium to Portugal, I should try it again soon.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into tulip. One finger head dissipated quickly. Nice aroma of pine and I detect some sweet corn for some reason. Very nice initial sip, leading Ng to a wonderful nderful middle and finish. Hoppy, citrusy with the right amount of bitter. Don't detect the juicy orange I sometimes get with sculpin or stone. I'll finish the six pack happily, but not my Fave IPA.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really like this!

Clear golden with a white head that leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Caramel malt, citrus, floral hops, pine, resin and grapefruit.
Great mouthfeel. Thick and soft.. Medium to high carbonation. Dry and bitter ending.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On the pour very little aroma - some sweet malt and earthy hop is present. Taste is very thick, toasted caramel/butterscotch, sweet malt backbone with earthy/piney hops. There is a thick pine resin hops character throughout this beer that might be very attractive to some hop heads but for the average beer consumer might be construed as offensive. This is a very well crafted IPA that I would argue falls under the DIPA style. This is basically an English bitter on steroids.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose, flavor is grapefruit hops and some caramel. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $2.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

3 week old can. Upfront citrus and a bit of earthy hop tones a great beer obviously. I appreciate the higher abv and lower price In my region. No need to elaborate further a must try.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When you want to push the limits of ordinary single ipa, here is where the line is drawn at 7.5%. An amber like color, this is a professional looking beer, replete with 3/5" white head. Nice dry hop aroma, FW distribution is always a little weird, seemingly getting the beer fresh, you need to be far away from Paso Robles. Plenty of old bottles on shelves near CA.

Taste hits all the right notes, a little bit of toasted pale malt, a little bit of caramel, plenty of hops, assertive bitterness, ample pine notes. Good dry finish. Good price, still in 6 packs.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich golden color with minor foam and slight lacing. Smells of citrus, hops, some floral notes also. Taste is a nice hit of bitterness with a good hops flavor and pine, also lemon and herb like essence, finalizing with a dry finish. Very clean and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mbrando33
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty darn close to a perfect beer, in my book. Excellent hops with an amazing balance. This is the IPA that could convert a great many people to try more IPA's. Firestone has made some fine beers over the years and this one is right up there with their best.

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Photo of NicolasBird
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours on the darker yellow side for an IPA, two finger head and pretty clear. Smell is slightly piney, with some fruity notes. Feel is medium-light, and carbonated perfectly. Taste is fantastic. First thing that hits me is a little pine, which fades to a fruity taste, then leaves a nice bitterness on the back end of your tongue. This is a bitter IPA, but nothing too intense. It is perfectly balanced in my opinion. This beer is decently priced and available most places here where I live in UT. Very solid beer, yummy.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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