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Union Jack India Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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Photo of Kelz87
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

From 12 oz can into tulip. Can dated 2-27-15

A- a semi-hazy dark gold/ copper color, with about 3 fingers of thick sudsy white head. Not much lacing to speak off.

S- very tropical, citrusy, grapefruit rind (mostly papaya and mango). Little to no malt sweetness

T- nearly identical to the smell, with some clean malt backbone.

M- average to thin mouthfeel, very little CO2 burn. Not really much to talk about here

O- I think it's a pretty good beer. Definitely one of my faves. This is about my tenth one or so since moving back to mainland. Plan to keep on buying more, but would love to try a much more fresh one. Preferably <100 days old

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head that fades down. Leaves a slight amount of sticky lace. Color is a slightly hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Tons of citrus fruit aromas. Grapefruit and tangerines. Fresh floral hops with a small amount of bready malts.

Taste: The citrus blends a lot more here with the bready malts. Lots of floral hops. Grapefruit flavor is big.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, but refreshing. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky.

Overall, a solid ipa that is very drinkable. I think this compares a bit to sculpin with all the fruit flavors. I dig it.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice bright golden amber color with a nice head that left a good amount of lacing. This brew is very clear.

S- Smells mostly of citrus and pine with plenty of earthy caramel malt as well. A nice balance while still being really hoppy. Smell is pretty bold.

T- This one follows the nose. Lots of citrus hops right up front. Nice sweet malt provides a wonderful sweet malty backbone. Full in flavor with great balance.

M- Medium in body, good carbonation and nice and crisp.

D- Very well balanced, could drink this all day long.

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Photo of Godot
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright copper color with a white head. Thick curtains of lace hang on the glass. The smell is citrus and tropical fruit. This is a very hoppy beer. Pine and pineapple with a powdery dry malt finish. The alcohol rises at the end, cutting back a bit on drinkability. I would definitely buy another six pack (though it was a bit expensive).

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Photo of orcasteve
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one is nice, a beautiful amount of hops, it is bitter from begining to end and the after taste laeves you wanting more, this one is a orangeing yellow color (lighter than i usaly like) that pours with little to no head, it is purfictly carbonated and at 7.5 abv it is no joke, try this one it is good

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse in LA. The beer was very clear, orange color, just enough foam and a lot of sticky lace. The aroma is so good, more American than English (and based on the name I think I expected a more English version), lots of American west-coast style hops aroma in this. Citrusy, delicious, and it came through in the flavor also. Medium body keeps it drinkable, although it's no slouch at 7.5%.

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Photo of GoreStorm
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz. glass into a pint.

A - golden yellow with a big puffy head that fills the remainder of the glass. the head stays around for some time but eventually diminshes to about a 1/8th inch and towards the bottom of the glass a moderate lacing.

S - it's very rare that i get an immediate scent trigger from a beer that reminds me of something very specific. of course, with IPA's you're going to have the floral hop nose, but this reminded me instantly of the honeysuckle that covers the fences in my mothers garden.

T - now, i usually don't care for pale ales, but this is quite nice, the flavor of the hops and the bitterness is obviously there, but unlike a lot of pales, i don't feel like i've just drank a beer that was laced with hairspray and perfume. there is a light caramel malt going on as well. decently long bitter finish.

M - crisp and clean.

D - the 7.5 alcohol is deceptive, it doesn't come through like a 7.5 to me but more like a 5.5, i could drink several of these in spite of not caring for IPA's

Notes - i'm impressed, firestone has officially earned my respect, i don't like pales, or beers with high hops usually, so i'd say this is a pretty good beer. maybe i'm wrong but i'd say it's best for a beer to appeal to a wider audience rather than just to hop freaks.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Label states it was bottled on "4/26/12." Yikes. And this was broken from a six pack as well. Let's see what 4 months do to a style which shouldn't preferably be aged...

Appearance is of clear amber, although definitely on the side that gives the appearance of honey or syrup. Not much of a head, but a nice white circle fights to remain at the top the whole time. Carbonation fluctuates moderately up the glass. Looks more like a pale ale than an IPA, but not bad all the same.

On the other hand, this definitely does not smell like a pale ale! There are vivid floral and citrus notes all around, yet no sweetness, nor any alcohol for that matter. Still, it's only moderately spiced, and it leans towards a zesty, refreshing smell in the process. Very nice!

The initial flavor, to my surprise, is quite malty. However, it immediately seeps through and is replaced by honey, caramel, and a little bit of soapiness. There's a brief alcohol burn towards the finish, as well as a modest hop attack on the senses. It's really syrupy, often resembling a DIPA, which I enjoy. However, it's pretty balanced overall, and the beer is really smooth and full-bodied. It's really easy to drink, and I am personally enjoying the citrus flavors that become more notable as it warms up.

A decent IPA that definitely takes risks here and there, but works out very well in the end. It's very good for a casual IPA enthusiast, and pairs very well with many types of food. I would probably stick with the DIPAs which provide the extra "oomph" I always desire in the hops department, but it really is an excellent beer that is surprisingly and fantastically balanced. Recommended!

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Photo of raynmoon
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it was the glass I used but the beer appeared extremely carbonated. Bubbles were screaming up the beer and hugging the class, making it hard to see the color. The head of the beer also looked very soapy white and thin.

But the smell and taste was very very nice. Fresh hops with a nice malt backbone. It isn't hardly complex. I mostly get this one-hop flavor;orange or tangerine. But it still very balanced and worth buying.

Double Jack is a little better, and I like that one with a few months on it too to cool down a bit.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting with rye726 and ratman197. Beer #6 of 8. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

A- Golden orange. Semi-clear with a thin white head that reduces to a ring.

S- Lots of candied, caramel malts along with citrus, floral hops.

T- Pretty balanced as far as IPAs go. Getting some tropical notes from the citrus hops. This flavor was countered by a strong presence of caramel malts. Had a nice bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D- Refreshing and an easy drinker. Goes down quite well.

Overall, a nice offering from Firestone. May have been a little to balanced for my liking.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light orange-tinted gold with lots of bubbles streaming up the glass and a decent white head.

S- Very nice hoppy smell. Loads of grapefruit and orange and a touch of pine with a light biscuity malt backing. Excellent.

T- A bit of sweet malt upfront is quickly overtaken by the hops, which are assertive with nice pine and citrus flavors. Still, the malt manages to hold its own throughout, backing the hops nicely and providing a tasty bready complement. Moderate bitterness and a touch of residual sweetness on the finish.

M- Surprisingly thick for an IPA, on the heavy side of medium with a good carbonation level to balance it out.

D- The nice, balanced flavor is a plus and makes you want to drink more, but the alcohol is rather high for the style and the mouthfeel is kind of heavy and rich. Still, finishing the bomber will be absolutely no problem. I could probably drink a couple pints of this.

A very nice IPA that doesn't seem to generate a lot of talk around here. It was an impulse buy at Total Wine. We don't get a whole lot of FW's stuff around here and I'm not sure how long we've had Union Jack in Virginia, but I'm glad it's here now. I'd certainly get this again and I recommend it to all the IPA-lovers out there.

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Photo of spoony
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (dated September 19, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about two fingers of dense, off-white head with pretty good retention and lacing. The brew is orange-hued golden in color and mostly clear. I can see a fair bit of carbonation. Good looking, but not mind-blowing.

S-The aroma is hop-forward, but more subdued that I would have expected for this relatively big West Coast IPA. I get some zesty citrus like orange and grapefruit, and a touch of juicy pineapple. The malts are mostly buried, but balance is not completely gone with some bread crust and toast underneath.

T-The taste is more assertive and in line with my expectations. It is very zesty and citrusy with orange, tangerine, and a touch of pineapple, as well as a moderate bite of bitterness that suggests pine and pepper, but never really gets all the way there. Malts are out-gunned, but a nice bit of bread crust fills out the flavor profile.

M-The brew is softer on the palate than some beers, but with enough carbonation to keep it lively. Moderate to full in body.

O-This is a solid example of an IPA that verges on IIPA. My not-so-fresh bottle still packed a good hop wallop on the palate, although it was less inspiring on the nose. The relatively full body was a pleasant surprise and was perhaps the high point for me. Would love to taste a fresh bottle.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from BrewerB in a trade - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: An orange-golden body with a rocky, rough-looking white head with great retention. The slightest amount of haze, though by and large it's a fairly clear brew. Minimal carbonation.
Lacing isn't great, but a few pockets and islands are left behind.

Aroma: Huge grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest notes, a lot of higher floral hop ester notes, and some lightly roasted caramal and simple, wholesome biscuity sweetness.

Taste: Bitterness, but lots of balancing, roasted sweetness and biscuity malt. Sweet grapefruit and orange zest, more floral notes, but also some lightly spicy and herbal hop overtones. Very smooth, nothing coarse or rough. Well made.

Mouthfeel: Small to medium bubbled, fluffy and even, medium thickness and medium bodied, with some nice hop oils to add to the smoothness.

Drinkability: Great balance in this one, truly. Has plenty of bitterness but plenty of great sweetness and some fine hop notes to even everything out. A great overall beer, and highly recommended.

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Photo of hreb
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, bottled on 9/21/12, served in pint glass. Beer pours a pale straw color with a medium yellowish white head. Intense grapefruit aroma...mmm. Flavor is totally crisp with really bright hop flavors. Despite being way up in your face, the hop flavors are pretty mellow. This is not pure cascade. Amarillo? Carbonation is pretty high but works well here. This is a really great, if high ABV, IPA. Totally enjoyable and worth drinking.

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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 Chaz33187
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the The Loft on the LMU Campus

a- golden/ translucent

s- typical southern california piny/citrus magic

t- has that initial clean american ipa hit, but has a lingering 50/50 maltiness/bitterness after taste, that detracts from it. If it's ice cold you probably won't notice it, but if you take your time with this beer, the bitterness in your mouth builds up and it's less desirable. It's relatively well-balanced though.

m- thin until it hits your lips then fizzes

o- It hints at that magical california ipa genre, (Pliny, Hop Ottin', Sculpin), but eventually it goes bitter and is a one glass pony.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:

Light orange, hints of gold. Very clear, filtered look. Mild carbonation. Not much sticky coating on the glass like many hoppy beers.

S:

Orange rind up front, with a slight hit of malty graininess. A quick whiff of alcohol is there, but fades to citrus and more malt. Very balanced.

T:

It's difficult to describe all of the characteristics here; but you get the typical west coast hoppy bite, with the citrusy american hops, but you also get a faint crystal and base malt backbone at the same time. Neither one punches you in the face, this is a very well balanced ipa. It is certainly a very hoppy beer, but is more balanced than some of the well known ipas. It is citrusy, A little bit grassy, and you can pick up a saltine cracker-type maltiness.

M:

Slick and somewhat oily as is the standard for ipa's, has a medium bodied texture that clings to your tongue.

O:

You can't ask for much more in a ipa: you get hops, malt, alcohol, complexity, and refreshment. this is a classic in the style and its no wonder its gained notoriety and fame over the years. I will drink this one when I can and I'm not even a huge hophead.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 12oz bottle into Sprecher nonic. Bottled on date: 11/4/13 (60 days old). Appearance is orange-amber with one-finger ivory head that lasts a while before settling to a ring and islands. Lacing in dots and rings all the way down. Aroma is grapefruit and orange citrus, pine, and resin hoppiness plus some alcohol and a minisucle touch of bread. Taste is citrus rind bitter up front, a touch of sweet tropical fruit juice and bread comes through briefly, then the bitterness returns on the swallow but fades abruptly. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, soft carbonation adds to that texture, abrupt bitter finish.

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Photo of DanOLeary
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Simmzy's Manhattan Beach.

Aroma: Citrus notes contain a grainy characteristic that is almost earthy, but more closely represent ground orange peel mashed together with melanoidin malts. Lemon. Ginger? Not entirely hop focused on the nose but it offers a complex array if you're looking.

Appearance: Pale gold. Light brushed copper. Deep amber. Take your pick. Brilliant filtered clarity that I don't look for in an IPA but it's acceptable. Head holds well as pure white with good lacing along the glass.

Flavor: Huge hop bitterness upfront that briefly gives way to sweet caramel before the hops come back strongly in the middle with an earthy bite, and it's a big bite. Barely enough malt to support the hops here, but for the hop lover it's not unbalanced. Finish is burnt toast, caramel and would you believe more hops? Yes. Alcohol spice comes out in stages but is generally hidden by hop aroma and flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. The intensity of the hop flavor and bitterness will fill the palate with a sting and slightly tannic effect, adding to the mouthfeel but bringing a distinct drying effect in the finish.

Overall:  Since I've been on a bit of a hop kick lately this beer hits the mark square in the face. Huge hop bitterness and gorilla hop flavor. While the malt is only supportive enough to hold the IBU's on your palate, for the hop seeker this will satisfy. For others, it will be unbalanced. Carbonation adds a tingling effect that only slightly lifts the hop oils off your tongue. The barley presence comes off as an afterthought to the Humulus Lupulus.

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Photo of searsclone
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had a pint on tap, review is from memory

had a ton of off white head, and the lacing was great. I could count how many drinks it took to finish this one. The color looked almost amber, but it may have been because of the lighting at the restaurant.

the smell was all hops to me.

taste was much more of the smell. hops and more hops, but not bitter

crispy mouth feel and easy to drink.

overall, not my favorite style, but a really good beer for the hop heads

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Photo of da_beers
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours nice copper with orangish hue. Nice 1.5 fingers of white head. Low carbonation coming up.

S - Great hop blast with huge grapefruit notes. Smells like juice almost. Sweet/tangy malt at the end.

T - Nice wave of flavor over the palate, great hop bite at the end. Fruity characteristics in there, grapefruit again in the taste. Has a nice bitter bite at the end.

M - Light to medium bodied. Nice carbonation level, finishes clean.

O - Decent IPA here, nothing over the top. Good and drinkable for sure.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Under expectations. Was one of the best looking beers with a very clear orange color and great lacing. Smell was great aswell but taste was lacking. My bottle was a little old so will have to try a fresher one and re review.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear orange, two finger head with good lacing.

S-Light citrus notes, some grassy notes, a good hop presence

T-Nice citrus, some grass sneaks in, good bitterness.

M-Light, smooth, decent carbonation.

O-A good IPA, however having this after Nugget Nectar it may have diminished this beer by comparison.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I used to think the lion would beat up the bear but what if the bear is actually a giant badger. That could go either way.

Pours see-through straw color. Large, pristine white head. Like most FW beers, this looks really clean.

Smells like floral hops: rose in particular, and piney hops. Very fragrant...like sticking pine needles and rose petals up my nose.

Floral and piney hops dominate over a sugary bisciuty malt. Body is light and fluffy but with substance. Really, really, really clean.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden amber color with dense cap of white froth, good lacing. Scent is fruity and floral, citrus and splashes of pine before a sweet, biscuty malt backbone presents itself. taste leads with a clean and crisp sweet lemon flavor, solidly bitter with some pine resin notes, sweet and clean biscuity malt backbone. Medium bodied, lightly oily and smooth. A decent IPA, a touch sweet.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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