Union Jack IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #61
Ranked #1,329
4.24 | pDev: 9.43%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
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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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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
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Jaasoares from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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
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bilbobrewer from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml can; 04/23/21. 2 months old.
pours clear gold. foamy head dissipates to a skim.
no glass lacing
bready, boozy, clean taste but pretty nondescript. not overtly hoppy at all.
Overpriced and overrated.

Jun 19, 2021
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Spike from England

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Clear amber colour with a thin, short-lived head. Rich, slightly smoky, caramelised orange aroma. Intense marmalade, overripe citrus and resin flavours. Very solid bitterness. Thick and oily mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A classic old skool West Coast IPA. Lovely.

Jun 11, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a hazy orange body with off-white foam head that has moderate retention and leaves very little lacing behind as it settles to ultra-thin murky cap with thin but defined halo

aroma is sweet pineapple and grapefruit with lush caramel malt and earthy pine and light whiff of tangerine

taste follows this up with super ripe pineapple and caramel malt with (you guessed it) earthy pine and tangerine notes

mouthfeel is light bodied and higher carbonation, rocking against an earthy pine/resin/pineapple with carbo prickles with a super dry finish and citrus fruity with caramel malt aftertaste

classic west coast OG IPAs with english dry and bitterness combine for a killer tribute and instant secondary classic

Jun 07, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's extremely fragrant like tropical fruit and pine.  It smells sweet and fresh.

There's a taste of sweet and fruity up front and then turns piny and bitter.  The whole time there's a hint of grainy malts.

It's thin and foamy. There's a long and bitter finish.

Overall it's a really really good IPA.  I give it a 5.5 out of 6.

May 11, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I need to try this again, a lot of raving reviews here. Idk I just feel like I've had better but I wonder if my palate is shot at the moment at this point lol.

Apr 20, 2021
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Rke1000 from New York

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

straight ahead go to IPA we never tire of it try others and keep buying this stuff. Some nice citrus but NOT yukky sweet or syrupy. Color head start finish aftertaste all good year after year.

Apr 10, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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

Let's begin with two twelve ounce cans emptied into a clear glass liter mug. The color is a bright copper-amber and fairly translucent. A modest head quickly disappears. There's a good hop presence for the nose, mostly piney and maybe a bit bitter. The balance between malt. hops, yeast and alcohol is very good. The malt is rich, but not overly sweet. Piney and resinous are the hops, then they leave with a clean bitter bite. Just the right amount of carbonation works well with the malt to provide a good mouthfeel. Amazingly rich and tasty for a brew with no glass lacing and minimal head. This is an AIPA deserving of the "classic" label.

Apr 06, 2021
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brewme from Massachusetts

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

Reminded of this beer by the How many Beers of Fame have you reviewed? post. Surprised that I have not reviewed this brew before, have had at least a case of this. Sadly, no longer distributed to MA.

Mar 20, 2021
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Our go-to IPA. Crisp and clean. No haze, no murk, just good looking beer. Nose is light tropical friuts and background yeastiness. Superb balance, no flaws, clean finish. It doesn't get much better than this. Widely available and reasonably priced.

Jan 31, 2021
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks-wise, its nothing special. Its a straw color with an average white head. On the nose, it is very hoppy. The hops smell very berry with herbal and floral undertones. There are notes of blueberry sweet flowers. Taste-wise, the berry hops take front and center with a piecrust like malt that creates a blueberry pie favor overall. The finish is bitter, but overly so. There are also notes of red apple and and the herbal flowers from the nose. The mouthfeel is well done. It is thick, but not very thick. There carbonation is good and flows well in your mouth. Overall, its a neat beer than really reminds me of blueberry pie.

Jan 27, 2021
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H-TownMcBuck from Texas

3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out can into snifter. Minimal head that faded quickly. Minimal lacing. Fairly normal, gold, transparent color. Smell comes across sweet, honey-like, and some tropical fruit. Taste was my favorite aspect. Pale malts come through, along with burst of fruit, more tropical to me than citrusy. Like the bitter and dryness. Normal mouth feel.

Jan 24, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

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

355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.0%. Nearly clear golden colour, moderate white head. Strong aroma of piney and grapefruity hops, a hint of caramel. Smooth mouthfeel. The flavour is heavily hopped, but not overdone. Notes of pine needles, resin, grapefruit and bitter Seville oranges. Sufficient malts to balance.

Jan 23, 2021
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IBU_Hunter from California

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*Aroma: limited juicy hops, mild citrusy, piny, was expecting more
*Looks: beautiful golden yellow, semi/transparent but very little head
*Taste: almost smooth ipa, with decent hoppy bite, almost balanced, good overall
*Overall Verdict*: Easy drinking IPA but slightly off-balance, maltiness blends well with hops but lacking the fruitiness that I was hoping. Did Firestone change its recipe on this???

Jan 18, 2021
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Profundobaso from New York

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - poured into a small tasting glass. golden in color, transparent, and a huge frothy head with lot of lacing.

Smell - tropical fruits, citrus, a bit of spiciness and a bit of honey-like sweetness. very balanced on the nose, with no particular flavor dominating any of the others.

Taste - malt forward in flavor, and a lot of the fruity flavors come through first. this is followed by a strong wave of bitter hops, and pine resin flavors are detectable. the finish features a bit more malts that round things out, with just a bit of alcohol warmness in the very end.

Feel - medium bodied, high carbonation, and a moderately strong brew at 7% ABV.

Overall - this is a strong offering from Firestone Walker. A delicious and delicately balanced West Coast style IPA that offers a little bit of everything.

Jan 04, 2021
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

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

(from 2018):
Well, here's a beer I'm trying for the first time, it seems. Something tells me I must have tried it at least once, somewhere, some when. And sure enough, I have, at a tasting once. But here is my first time with a can to myself, ready to take notes.

Clear, bright golden, slimm-ish, chalk white head, leaving a little lace.

In the nose: floral, citrus-y, delightful and lovely. So very nice.

In the mouth: Bitterness and juicy hop flavor blasts the palate first. Starts slightly fruity and sweet, then turns dry. Light bodied, and deliciously drinkable. Bright, crisp, beautiful. Fresh, hoppy, tasty, yes. This is exactly how I want an IPA to be.

Dec 16, 2020
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UWDAWG from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a IPA glass.

Look- Medium amber, clear, cream colored frothy head, below average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Pine resin, citrus.

Taste- Pine resin, bready, slightly citrus.

Feel- Between thin and medium body, high bitterness, crisp, clean, average carbonation.

Overall- Enjoyable and easy drinking West Coast IPA.

Nov 19, 2020
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mjurney from Texas

4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber, clear. Medium-fast rising bubbles. Thick rocky head, very good head retention. Leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Mostly citrus, herbal, slight mint, bready, a little caramel.

Hop bitterness up front, moderate towards high, citrus, herbal, a little rustic and minty. Very nice malt background, slight sweetness, bready, toast, caramel. Crisp-bitter finish, a little dryness. Medium bodied, tangy, slight sticky, highly drinkable.

It's a very solid beer!

Oct 25, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber appearance with a large off white head and good lacing. Notes of pine and, to a lesser extent, citrus (thinking grapefruit as opposed to orange) in the aroma. Both of those elements are kicked up several notches in the taste as the hops remain dominant. Now the nose is coming back stronger but not enough to adjust the score. Residual sweetness hardly registers. Pleasingly bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied, striving to be fuller. But, overall, hits all the right notes and makes me want another.

Oct 11, 2020
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BillAfromSoCal from California

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bought from Discount Grocery from their cooler, $9 for 6 cans dated 8/24/20, poured down the middle of a 22 oz "pint" glass producing a 3 finger creamy head of relatively short longevity. Within minutes the head no longer even covered the beer. Beautiful crystal clear gold color with minimal carbonation. No lacing. My nose is not at all sensitive but I was hit with pretty powerful scent of tropical fruit and hops. Hoppy bitterness plus indistinct tropical flavor. Very pleasing if you like bitter, but I found it to be a little aggressively hopped for my taste, at the expense of other flavors. Mouthfeel includes more carbonation than expected by the appearance. very clean finish. Nice example of west coast IPA.

Sep 25, 2020
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass a nice light tan soft foam of 3F emerge. Large bubbles create lots of loose lace as it settles to a meteor struck moon foam. Color is translucent medium gold with light effervescence from the center of the glass.

Nose starts as whiffs of pine but blows off quickly.

Surprisingly, the taste is lighter in piney hops than I would have imagined. A nicely crisp thin feeling malty body with some citrus notes hit the palate and finished without sweetness. The light pine and mild citrus hops appear on the finish and are a bit astringent lending to some stickiness.

Mouthfeel is less full at first helped by a good amount of carbonation and then leads to some sticky thickness on the finish.

This beer tricked me into thinking it would be more bitter than it is. Pine, yes, but restrained and/or mixed with other hop notes. I will definitely have to try this again and will have to compare to Two Hearted side by side.

Sep 20, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a little age on it, but not too bad, so it should still be good for reviewing (canned on June 3, reviewed on Aug 9). I removed it from a ~40° F 'fridge and allowed to stand for a nearly 10 minutes before opening (longer than I intended; I was distracted after removing it from the refrigerator).

Strong aroma evident as soon as I cracked the can. Pine, grapefruit, pineapple. Just detectable is bread.

Clear golden yellow, moderate carbonation, topped by a tall off-white bubbly / creamy head that recedes in 2 or 3 minutes to floating islands and a thick ring. Some spotty lacing. I knocked the "look" rating down .25 due to the quickly disappearing head. Otherwise, a good-looking beer.

Initial taste is pine and grapefruit, strongly accented by a bitterness in the middle that carries through to the finish. There is a semi-sweet malt body trying to stay relevant, eventually pushed back by the hops flavors and bitterness. The aftertaste is pine and bitter, but does not grow quite as much as Stone IPA (for example) as you drink, but it does grow enough to maintain it's credentials as West Coast style. So, this beer presents itself as not palate-wrecking bitter, but inviting-the-next-sip bitter.

The body is moderate for the style, with a bitter edge.

Overall, a very good IPA in the West Coast style.

Aug 29, 2020
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erock435 from North Dakota

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the most clear west coast IPAs I've seen.

Look - Golden amber color
Smell - Hoppy pine with a very little hint of citrus
Taste - Very bitter taste to start. Finishes very smooth and clean
Feel - Good carb, nice and smooth

Overall, very good WCIPA. Would definitely be a daily drinker if I had easy access to it.

Aug 28, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a completely clear copper-golden color. Thick pillowy white head dissipates until there is just a thin ring of foam along the outside of the glass.

Aroma has notes of pine, herbal hops, ripe orange and orange marmalade, and a touch of dried grass.

Taste follows the nose with a mild notes of pine, dried grass, orange rind, and a touch of sap. While the hoppy bitterness is potent, the overall flavors are really mild and balanced. That results in a pretty easy drinking WCIPA.

The feel plays right along with that - Its pretty light, slick and easy drinking. The bitterness produces a dry finish on the back end.

Overall this was a really nice IPA - This is the kind of beer I'd happily order with dinner at a restaurant and enjoy.

Aug 07, 2020
Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 7091 ratings