Union Jack IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA
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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #97
ABV:
7%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,485
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 9.48%
Reviews:
1,495
Ratings:
5,626
Status:
Active
Rated:
Friday at 12:09 PM
Added:
Oct 09, 2003
Wants:
  539
Gots:
  1,897
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA
Notes: This aggressively hopped West Coast IPA showcases stunning pineapple, citrus and piney aromas along with exceptional dry hop flavors of grapefruit and tangerine. This intense brew finds its balance in honey-like pale malt sweetness. The name Union Jack is a nod to the colonial origins of the IPA style, and to the British expatriate who co­‐founded our brewery.
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Reviewed by anotherpint from Arizona

3.41/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Surprisingly light color for such a hop bomb. Maybe very good for what it is, but not my style. Probably unfair to rate it, but just a note to remind me of my tasting. Astonishingly bitter. Reminds me somewhat of Elysian Space Dust which packs a big ABV 8.2% wallop. That's higher in ibu as well at 73 vs Firestone's 60.

The nose is like the flavor but less intense.

Firestone's opposite brew 808 lager is way more to my liking. I should probably try a range of hoppy beers to see what my favorites are.
Friday at 12:09 PM
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap at the thirsty moose. I was surprisingly underwhelmed by this all around. All the descriptions sound appealing to me but the beer itself didn't hit the right notes for my palate. Maybe try again but only a single or draught.
Sep 27, 2022
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Dirty gold in color, clear with slight chill haze that goes away, white head with nice retention and some lace.

A slightly tropical big dose of orange citrus and rind, with a hefty dose of sappy pine.

Taste mirrors nose with the tropical being gone, orange citrus rind and pine; on a nice subtle sweet malt background.

Medium body, the hops bite you on the tongue, super resiny dry and crisp bite of high bitterness, like eating a pine needle.

This beer is west coast hop nirvana.
Sep 11, 2022
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Reviewed by untitledeuphoria from New York

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
From a mixed 12 pack while traveling way out west. I have had this years ago, and with the preponderance of Hazy/Juicy/Soft IPAs it is nice to find a proper west coast IPA still kicking in the wild.

Everything you wanted from an IPA in 2010. Resinous pine, drying grapefruit, pineapple...
Aug 31, 2022
 
Rated: 3.78 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Aug 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Chilmer from Iowa

Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Lovely pour, crystal clear pale orange body, white head, fading to a thin line whisp. Fine lines of lacing.

S - Strong note of hops, a bit of pine, thin sharp resin and mild fruit.

T - Nice, bright fruit open, undefined citrus, a hint of pineapple comes with a solid malt middle, and a present, bitter bite in the close.

M - Prickly carbonation, slightly light weight, very, very clean finish.

O - Subtle, tasty IPA, well-designed and so very crisp and clean. Good stuff.
Aug 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.2 by HopBelT from Belgium

Jul 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.68 by Blitz23 from Pennsylvania

Jul 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.11 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Jul 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Marvicsin from California

Mar 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.53 by Beecham from California

Mar 16, 2022
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Rated by minstrelwb from Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A very smooth citrus taste makes this, for me, more unusual than the usual slightly bitter or very tangy citrus. Worth drinking, for sure.
Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours copper color and creates a decent little white head. Nose is ignites the salivary glands at first inhale. Piney and citrusy fill the nostrils. Taste is not as bitter as I imagined, however there are hints of resinous goodness through the full taste profile. Very good IPA, but those words do not give it justice.
Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by dcscientist from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is a typical West Coast IPA, that's for sure. I got more of the piney flavor than anything else, but there are a few different hops in here for sure. I didn't really get the mellow honey-like flavor that the description promised because of the amount of hops in there. If you like IPAs you'll surely like this one, but this is not my favorite style, so I tried it because I wanted to see if it was worth all the fuss. It's good, but not my thing.
Feb 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by ryand14 from Michigan

Feb 11, 2022
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Reviewed by jackflaps from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can into pint glass.

L: Medium gold, about 1" of head that fades a little but not completely. Good lacing.
S: Resinous, a little pineapple action.
T: West Coast through and through -- all pine, with a little floral character. Lots of malt backbone. Bitterness hangs on for a while.
F: A little too thick for my preference. Definitely resinous but I don't think it's as dry as others.
O: A solid beer. I think I prefer some of the other Jacks that FW makes, but if I'm really angling for a West Coast IPA it surely ranks among the best available in PA.
Feb 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Jan 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.77 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 16, 2022
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Reviewed by ColoradoPhil from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Firestone Union Jack is delicious, a classic west coast IPA. Here in Colorado for reasons I ve not a clue you can t get the Great Grapefruit Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. The Firestone would be a main go to b3cause i5 is so good, but I am always trying new. I kind of love this beer.
Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Mdog from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
From a 12 oz can:

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, ok head.

Smell: Citrusy, mild sweetness.

Taste: Nice citrus bitterness with honeyed bread malt body. Finishes with a lasting bitterness, delicious!

Overall: Union Jack has been a favorite for a while but I finally got around to reviewing since it is usually unrefrigerated and old around here. Nice old school IPA with solid bitterness and a good malt base.
Dec 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours golden yellow with a 2" white head, which lasts. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is floral, strong pine, spruce, grapefruit, caramel.

Taste is pine, spruce, strong grapefruit, caramel, resinous.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Dry, resinous finish.

This is a very good west coast IPA.
Nov 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Nonic.

Pours a slightly chill-hazed medium gold with a decent head and excellent lacing.

Quite a range of aromas. Grapefruit, tropical fruit, caramel malts meet floral, grassy, and piney aromas.

Definitely West Coast, yet still rather well balanced, thanks to a proper start. Caramel malt and honey-kissed graham cracker on the tip of the tongue quickly gives way to grapefruit bitterness, which evolves quickly into a resin-fest in the mid palate, before that surrenders to a more delicate, restrained floral/grassy bitterness at the finish that hints at the deceptive bitterness that comes from a wild clover honey.

Medium bodied, but well carbonated. Has a nice, relatively short and drying finish.

Firestone Walker is not available in the Dakotas, so glad to have grabbed some of this one while in Illinois. This is a badass WCIPA.
Nov 21, 2021
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Rated by erickc from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had on tap at Bulldog Saloon Lynnwood, WA
Nov 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.05 by Nitty703 from Virginia

Oct 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Oct 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.2 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Oct 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by altrio

Oct 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.37 by Daneve76 from Australia

Sep 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.43 by joran from Kansas

Sep 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Sep 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Aug 31, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz can fill date 5/19/21 into a large snifter.
L: Pours a lightly foggy perfect amber color with a sudsy pock-marked 1/2" white head that dissipates shortly to edge foam. Low carbonation. No lacing.
S: Orange, tangerine, pineapple, berries, sweet malt. Rather floral.
T: Hop forward. Tangerine, pineapple, pine, cedar, spicy hops, black tea, grassy light crackery malt. Moderate pine lingers in the finish though it is not intense.
F: Mouthfeel is clean, brisk and medium-full bodied and is mildly assertive. It is a little bit dry and has a medium-long finish.
O: Overall a very crisp, well balanced clean, hop-forward beer that drinks very easily and is quite accessible to a wide variety of palates. It has a bit of a bitter edge but is not over the top. It is excellent in it's style of West Coast IPAs.
Aug 17, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Gubblecote from New York

Jul 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.28 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Jul 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jul 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by Connybumbum from Colorado

Jun 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Jaasoares from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours an amber color with a big head which sticks around. Outstanding America IPA which is super hoppy, mildly sweet due to tropical fruit (citrusy including grapefruit) with some malt.
Jun 24, 2021
Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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