Union Jack IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #56
ABV:
7%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,125
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 9.43%
Reviews:
1,433
Ratings:
6,963
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  529
Gots
  1,875
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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Photo of Imperatum15
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a little over a month after being bottled with new bottle and packaging design. Smell is hoppy and floral with hints of citrus. Nice looking beer in a glass as it is a transparent gold. Hoppy bitterness and fruity tasting notes come through like pineapple and grape fruit. A great IPA and priced well.

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Photo of LarryV
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not getting much aroma from this, just a bit of pineapple perhaps? Pours a clear golden amber color with a modest head. Taste is slightly sweet initially followed by a pleasant hop bite. Tropical flavors are subdued, just a classic take on a west coast IPA. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Likely should have drank it fresher. Bought a 6 can pack and no date could be found on the box. Found a date under the cans and this is when I learned that it was 9 months old. Not great for a first try.

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Photo of darktronica
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange-gold from a 12-oz can. Half a finger of head. Malt-forward, with some fruity accents of tangerine, peach, and orange gumdrop. Not exactly what I think of as a West coast IPA, or as "aggressively hopped," but a very solid IPA for a cheaper price point.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Knickerbocker in Altoona PA tonight.

Slightly hazy orange/amber body with a small white head which diminishes to a ring and covering, leaving some lacing.

Hoppy citrusy aroma.

Good tasting brew. Malt background is strong and supportive, citrus notes of orange and grapefruit are not overdone. Good balance here. Bitterness level is just right for this palate.

Mouth above medium, finish bittersweet.

Overall, a good solid American IPA. Not sure about the name, which implies an English IPA, but that's a very minor gripe.

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Photo of defunksta
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a completely clear, bright, orange, slightly amber color, with a moderate head that fades quickly. It has a bright fiery look to it. SRM of 11. I like the fiery look (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of ripe pineapple, lemon, and tropical fruit. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit, strawberry, and mango. It's like if you mixed a yellow and pink Starburst. Some sweet malts in the background. (4.25)

Flavor: Nails the west-coast flavor.For the flavor I get lots of pineapple and grapefruit and citrus. Less tropics than the nose. Much more of a pine flavor with a strong bitterness. A semi-strong syrupy sweetness to battle the bitterness, but overall it finishes bitter as expected for the west-coast style. Can't complement the flavors enough for a west-coast style. (4.5)

Feel: Body is medium. Very crisp. Not light. Very slightly resinous, but overall impressed with the relative crispness.. Carbonation is respectable. Finishes bitter overall with an astringency. Dry and not sweet. (4.25)

Overall (4.5): I would describe this as one of the best balanced west-coast IPAs. Nothing stands out, but it definitely leans bitter while capturing citrus and tropical flavors well. It's not on the bitterness level of a Sierra Nevada Torpedo or Stone IPA, but more drinkable and allows the fruit flavors to showcase. I can understand the high reviews for this beer as it really strikes a pleasant balance between bitterness and fruit flavors. You enjoy the west-coast style, but also enjoy tasting your beer and don't want your palate wrecked for hours.... Then this is your beer. Probably one of, if not the best, west-coast IPAs in my opinion. (Final Rating 4.40 and world-class for the west-coast style)

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very surprised I have never reviewed this...
12 oz. Can. 1/31/19
Opened on 5/3/19

Kind of a nice "change of pace" from the onslaught of Hazy New England Style IPA's . (Which I love) but why not throw in a classic West Coast, English style IPA to mix it up a bit?

Pretty much a clear and sparkling copper color with some gold shimmer. Robust, off-white colored foam head, pretty dense with slow dissipation. Constant coverage with a thin layer and chunky lace...looks good.

The aromatics for me is dominated by the blend of caramel and bready malt notes and sharp, tropical fruits like, pineapple, grapefruit and orange rind.
Honey sweetness, tangy and floral hop aroma's make for a classic IPA from the left coast.

First sip= sharp and dry! Crispy malt, dry and earthy bitterness, pine sap and malty grains. Then comes some big fruity sweetness and lush hop complexity.The English-esque malty complexity (both amber sweet and hearty grains) literally provides the perfect balance and charm for the style.
The hops are equal to the task: pineapple, dry grasses, peppery and tangy fruits makes it a heady complexity overall.

After almost 7,000 reviews with a BA score of 4.23...proves this is one of the finest versions of the style.

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Photo of CraftBeerApprentice
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer that sets the bar for me in terms of west coast IPAs. It rarely gets better than this.
At a glance, Union Jack looks like just another typical IPA, but more discerning craft fans may be pleasantly surprised by the depth and complexity Union Jack has to offer. With a dynamic hop aroma/flavor profile featuring hints of pineapple, orange peel, peach, and pine and a malt backbone providing a superbly balanced finish, this beer will keep you sipping, and that, my friends, is the sign of a near-perfect beer.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 2-21-19 (opened 4-13-19)
Deep golden - clean and clear. 3/4" white head with decent retention, settles in at a solid, creamy cap. Leaves some wispy lace to begin and almost a full sheet on the back side on the way down.
Caramel malt, bready slightly sweet nose. Citrus and pine, smell pretty WC but has a little extra malt ooomph.
Malty IPA, grapefruit, light pine - big malty, crystal base with some caramel notes and bread/dough.
Medium to full body, medium-low carbonation. Feels like can conditioned with a full mouthfeel, maybe - maybe not.
Really good, it's been a minute since I had this, nice refresh for me in the FW Mixed 12pk. WC IPA but there's a twist here with more malt complexity and a very appealing mouthfeel.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a pale gold color with a thin head that fizzed out. The beer has a nice citrus pine aroma. The beer has much more intense flavor than you would think from the nose. It is not as balanced as other IPAs and a little more bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Nice carbonation.

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

Served on tap in a shaker pint. Clear and orange yellow, with a finger of foam. Nice aromas of pine and tangerine. Flavor is smooth, lots of pineapple juice balanced against pine and grapefruit pith. Not exceptionally bitter, more smooth on the the finish than anything. Some mandarin notes.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A super clear honey colored massive 4 + finger head of bone white froth that smells and tastes of hops

S really understated to the nose, Im thinking they skipped the dry hop

T hoppier on the tongue than the nose, but still a bit on the mild side (rather than the wild side)

M not bad at all!

D guzzle ho! not that I would REACH for this one, but sure would empty the glass if its there!

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Photo of RockHop
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color with thick white head. Aroma is clean with pine and citrus, a bit of cracker or bread. Flavor is crisp and well-rounded among citrus, floral, herb, and bitter notes. Well carbonated. It’s not that one special IPA, but for an any occasion it seems hard to beat. Drinkable and perfectly done.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 12-pack cans $17.99 Foodland
Citrus smells
Clear golden-amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium-light carbonation
CItrus tastes, light bitterness, fairly easy drinking, higher alcohol hidden well
Overall a nice made beer.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

canned, to think the idea ten years ago of me drinking an American canned beer, then came the crafry craft cans
fairly clear golden body with decent white head
aroma is grapefruit and golden syrup
oh I love the bitter, I see how the West coast reinvented the IPA based on UK bitter Bitters

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Photo of jkblr
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz canned 12/18/18 (46 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 7% ABV. The beer pours bright light honey colored amber with off white head. The head recedes to a thin film and ring leaving a few spots of lacing. The aroma is faint with pine and citrus. The taste is subtle caramel up front with big bitterness coming on quick. More vague citrus and pine are interwoven the final third of the taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a little residual sugar and hop oil stickiness, but the sum of the parts is enjoyable. Overall, very good classic West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper with a finger of white foam that retains well. Aroma is orange and clementine, pine, dank, resin and syrup. Toasty biscuits, and light earthy malts round out the aroma. Hops really jump out, and hit old-school, classic notes in a beautiful way. Flavor profile is dank, resin, fir and orange citrus hops with biscuity, earthy malts behind. It carries a light bitterness and bite, but is just enough to add a little bark, not bite, to the flavor profile. Mouth feel is crisp, with a light effervescence across the tongue. It has a medium thickness. Overall, an old school, classic IPA hitting evergreen forest hop notes mixed and mingled with California resin-y. It features a light bite, but an overall soothing taste.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can - just over 3 months since canned. Pours a clear golden orange with initially tight foamy turning to bubbly 2 fingers white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, some tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit. Taste starts caramel sweet, but followed quickly by grapefruit, citrus, piney bitterness that builds as keep drinking leaving a clean crisp lingering bitterness on the finish of a medium full bodied IPA. Great classic IPA.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a clear golden amber with a nice off-white long lasting head, it leaves a good bit of lace as you enjoy the beer. Very pleasant, hoppy scent. Very pleasant, enjoyable hoppy taste. Yum!

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a pale gold color that is just a bit cloudy. The head is off-white and a bit foamy. Retention is moderate and leaves some lacing.

The nose is bitter citrus. Getting some orange and pineapple. Caramel sweetness balances it out. Grains are faint.

Taste is extremely bitter. Lots of citrus notes are hit. Its extremely juicy. Although the bitterness is high those fruit flavors add a nice sweet balance. Bitter forward but not killer.

Medium bodied and wet. Carbonation is medium to high with a fizzy feel.

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Photo of rodndtube
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Interesting blend of hops and malts to make this an insanely drinkable 7.5%+70ibu. Smooth IPA with a clean finish. But the high bitterness makes is a slow drinker for me even though it is wonderful.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

[Original rating 2012-12-01] Pours clear gold with a small white head and a little bit of bubbles from the bottom. Aroma of flowery hops, citrus, stone fruit... peach or apricot? Taste is citrusy hops, a little sweet malt for balance, more citrusy hops. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of BrendanJ
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours just about perfectly clear with just a slight haze. Rich gold in color. It poured with a white head roughly 2 fingers deep, but that dissipated rather quickly. The smell wasn't as prominent as some ipa's (though it could ust be due to allergy season). There was a very faint earthy-citrus aroma with hints of ripe melon. But the taste; Oh wow. It has a slight carbonation punch, followed by sweet malts washing over the tongue and finishes with a bitter kick to send you on your way. The bitterness is just pretty moderate though. It comes and goes, it doesn't linger on the palate like with many IPAs. Overall, a very solid beer, and one that I can see myself coming back to time and time again.

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Photo of BenDorigan
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With the name, I thought Firestone might be a UK brewery, but it's in Paso Robles, CA. I doubt a UK brewery would produce an IPA this delicious. 1st taste was pure cream. Malt-forward, but sufficient hop bitterness to smooth everything out and not leave either a syrupy sweet or over-the-top bitter aftertaste. If you have read my other reviews, you know I loathe citrus-forward IPAs. This has hints of citrus but this is by no means "tropical" or "fruity" IPA ( thank God). It is well balanced in the hop profile with some nice spice and pine coming in alongside the citrus. At 7% alcohol, it is at my ideal percentage for an IPA. Well done, Firestone. Thank you for such a deliciois, creamy, drinkabke brew!

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Photo of pubscout
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

NEIPA lovers will probably avoid this, but that’s their loss. This is an exceptional IPA, and the balance between malt and hops is incredible. Clean, hoppy and malty.... what more do you want? Haze? Dank? Juice? Broaden your horizons, fer chrissakes...and with this one, you will.

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Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 6963 ratings