Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

6,628 Ratings
Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5/1/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Appearance: (4.5) Pours a transparent, bight gold with soft orange highlights. A thick, 2 and a half finger tall, off white head quickly forms and has great retention, leaving tons of lacing behind as it recedes.

Aroma: (4.75) Bright, citrus forward hops leap out of glass towards your nose; Tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, lime juice and pine resin. A lightly sweet, bready malt becomes more and more apparent as the beer starts to warm.

Taste: (4.5) Wow, a huge burst of hops explodes on your tongue the moment the beer enters your mouth; pretty similar to the aroma, except a stronger emphasis on the pine-y, earthy hop notes. The tropical character that is found on the nose is all but nonexistent on the palate. Grapefruit, pine and light lemon are the main players in the hop flavor profile. The beer finishes very dry with a slightly toasted malt backbone to help balance the assertive hop bitterness. Lingering notes bread and bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: (4.5) Full bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: (4.5) An amazing IPA from Firestone, that definitely blurs the line that separates a double IPA from the a single IPA. Matt Brynildsson, the brewmaster of Firestone has been tweaking the hops that they dry hop with during the last 6 months or so, and has now started to dry hop with a little bit of the very tropical smelling hop, Citra. The tropical aromatics only improve this already fabulous IPA. Highly recommended and drink this IPA as with every other IPA, FRESH.

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Photo of Dwinslow15
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwm5062
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HeadyHopHead
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AirZombie
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pholla666
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of qcghost
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yersh
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kendollkaff
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JasonL02
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of whynot44
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber color with a moderate white head that lingers and produces a bit of lacing.

The aroma is citrus and a hint of pine, very nice.

The taste starts with a blast of grapefruit and pine resin followed by slightly sweet malt and tropical fruit note for a really nice balance. Finishes dry with more pine resin lingering to make you want another drink.

Light/medium bodied, very drinkable. Altogether a very nice IPA, one of the best.

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Photo of locustking
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BeerWizard
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with about a one inch off white head. It is a good looking beer. The head is actually still there after about 20 minutes - impressive. Nose is heavy, heavy fruit, peachy mango with light citrus. Grapefruit, melon and a little berry flavor, with hop bitters at the back end. Medium mouthfeel and creamy texture. Overall, a great IPA. One of the things I really like about it and I think sets it apart from other IPAs is the heavy fruit aromas and flavors, which gives it a sweeter profile, and then the hop bitters really kick in at the end. I'd say it's exceptional.

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Photo of billb08
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of McD0uche
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle of Union Jack into a pint glass:

A: A burnt orange color with good density. A strong, foamy head appeared about two fingers thick, with excellent retention. Very pronounced lacing with residual copper bubbles after the head subsides.

S: Strong, appealing hops and citrus notes.

T: Similar to the smell; hops and citrus notes define the flavor. Grapefruit, orange, maybe a hint of pine. Good malt flavor. A bitter aftertaste lingers. A touch sweet.

M: Melts on the tongue, with medium carbonation that helps radiate the flavor through the mouth. Ends on a dry note, which is outstanding, IMO.

O: This beer is downright spectacular. Top marks all around.

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Photo of Iczapala
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mterv
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of nUgZ
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass. Thanks to SanFranJake for the opportunity.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 2 finger head and superb lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops up front with a slight floral hop aroma coming through afterwards.

T: Taste buds are bombarded with citrus and floral hop flavors and pretty extreme bitterness. There are some sweet malts somewhere in there, but they are hard to find among all the hops. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Still easy to drink.

O: This is a great example of what a West Coast IPA should be. Plenty of alcohol, easy to drink, and super tasty. What a hop bomb! I love it!

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Photo of JohnnyJam
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber 22oz brown bottle with the made on date printed on the bottle into a pint glass and got 1 1/2 finger of head.

A: Pours a light golden color with 1 1/2 finger of white, rocky head that dissipates at a moderate rate but leaves the top of the glass covered until the end. Beautiful, sticky lace covers the glass.

S: I smell tropical fruits: mango, papaya, and pineapple along with citrus smells of tangerine and grapefruit.

T: This starts off with tropical fruits dancing on my tongue and goes to citrus flavors of tangerine, orange and grapefruit. It finishes with a piney taste.

M: The carbonation is perfect and it is not too thin. It goes down good. It is easy to drink this one too fast.

O: Highly recommended! Very tasty. Very drinkable. The complex flavors subtley come at me and/but are finished with a very powerful piney flavor that is understandable but also stop me from rating this beer a "5" in taste and overall. It is only that close.

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Photo of lehueve
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of SawDog505
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled 4/18/12. Pours a clear orange, with a one inch head that leaves lovely lacing. Smell is tangerine, pineapple, grass, grapefruit, and carmel. Taste is very balanced and matches the nose perfectly, a slight pine/grapefruit finish. Body is medium large, plenty of carbonation, not dry, and very drinkable. This is one of the best I have ever had and now that we can get it in New Hampshire my new staple.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright shiny orange gold, with outstanding clarity. Later some haze will creep in. Level two finger table top of off-white foam. Enough lace that the glass is white more than clear.

Big orange nose, with some other citrus mixed around the edges. Pine finish. Very in your face fresh.

Big sticky sweet malt foundation rolls across the tongue. Juicy fruit, heavy with orange and apricot and with some grapefruit coasting along in the back, explodes in the mouth. Fruit and hop tingle dance across the tongue long after the swallow.

Sturdy mouthfeel. Incredible drinkability. Just want to gulp it down, but alas then there is no more.

Do not let the label fool you, though I love the fight poses between the British Lion and the California Bear. This is no Englsh IPA, but a full fledge West Coaster. And a damn good one as well.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan and bubbly head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - big resiny pine aromas with some grapefruit as well. very tempting aroma.
t - pine, grapefruit, spicy with some caramel to balance it out.
m - creamy and medium.
o - stupendous. complex and hits all the right taste buds.

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Photo of Thrifty101091
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,628 ratings.
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