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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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Photo of jhtipton
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a well balanced beer. Pours a nice heady lacing deep orange onto my goblet. The smell in the bottle is great. Very piney and grapefruity but th taste is even better. Can't believe how the sweet fruity taste of mango and pears jump out. What a fine example of west coast IPA. It has a wonderful medium body and the alcohol is barely discern able. Overall one of my favorite IPAs and it is no wonder they boast their awards on the cap. Cheers.

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Photo of TheFlern
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A really light amber. White head that dissipates quickly. A think layer covers the brew.

Smell: Floral hops, very nice. Minimal malt backbone.

Taste: Light malt. It is pleasant though. Bitterness. Typical hoppy IPA taste similar to Ranger et al.

Mouthfeel: good amount of carbonation. This is a juicy hop beer, not much dry bitterness at the end of a sip.

Overall: A very good beer. If you are an IPA fan and haven't tried it then you should give it a shot. If you've tried it and liked it for the price buy more. I wish it was available fresh in my area but I feel this is the equivalent of Ranger IPA and not as good as Odell IPA.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant clear orange amber with a small frothy head made up of complex tiny bubbles. Lacing sings as it sticks to the sides of the glass. This is what a beer, especially an IPA, should look like. The first whiff of Union Jack yields a tantalizingly complex aroma of fresh mango and tangy pineapple. This is accentuated by a light grassy pine somewhere off in the background. The first taste is sublime. Sweet candy malt hits the palate first, before being washed away by perfect bitterness. As the palate acclimates the beer becomes almost juicy, like you are biting into ripe piece of citrus, again I think of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Lots of that heavy-duty lupulin taste hangs out in the middle of the beer, the ones that only the really great IPAs seem to capture. Mouthfeel has medium carbonation, and isn’t watery at all, though it is almost slightly creamy. Despite the initial wave of sweetness up front, Union Jack leaves the palate dry and begging for more.

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Photo of ottovon
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this in a trade with davexisxrabid. thanks a lot.

A: a clear coppery orange. a small white head.

S: smells of citrusy hops, and sweet fruit like apricot or mango. can also smell some caramel from the malt.

T: tastes of citrus and pine. it is bitter in the finish. you get some of the sweetness from the malt along with some of the fruit flavors.

M: medium body with light carbonation. resiny from the hops.

D: i could drink a few of these. wish i had more.

drank on: 05.28.09

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Photo of Janderson91
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great extra given to me by Azurescens. Bottled on 12/07/10. Enjoyed on 02/23/11. Relatively fresh, time to review!

A - Crystal clear light amber color with a two finger white head. Leaves incredible lacing. Looks great.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, pine, very pungent nose. Smells great. Just what I want from a west coast IPA.

T - Begins balanced with some prickly carbonation. Nice and bitter toward the end. Finish leaves a great grapefruit/citrusy bitterness on the tongue. This is a fantastic beer.

M/D - Mouthfeel is medium where it should be with good carbonation. I'm going through this bottle quickly because it tastes so darn good.

My first offering from Firestone Walker, I had high expectations and I was not disappointed. A great beer, one of the best AIPAs I've had.

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Photo of mpedara429
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a a very clear burnished gold color. Two fingers of off white head and moderate lacing. The clarity of this brew is impressive.

S: Grapefruit and ripe orange. A little floral scent and some dankness. Sweet caramel malt brings it all together.

T: Grapefruit is prominent. It is sweet on the tongue but tart on the way down. A hint of buttery biscuit. A good amount of bitter hoppiness with a little aftertaste.

M: Medium body with light to medium carbonation. 7.5 ABV but goes down pretty easy as it is clean and refreshing.

O: The nose speaks more than the tongue and the tongue was also fairly one dimensional. Not a huge fan as it lacked complexity.

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Photo of Walken
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker: Union Jack IPA (Bottled: 04/27/10) (Tasted 05/31/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Ever so slightly hazed, near brilliant copper colored beer pours into the glass with a small initial head that stays pretty squat, fading down into a film, with some great looking lacing, fluffy bubbles, mounted on a ring of foam around the edges of the glass, that stays intact to the bottom of the glass
Odor: Citrus hops on the nose, juicy grapefruit with hints of orange and juicy fruit gum (Thanks Centennial!)
Consistency: Solid, light end of medium bodied with a high flying but oh-so-mellow carbonation that merely massages the tongue. Hops add a great feel to this beer, oily, slightly fruity.
Taste: This is a hell of an IPA right here, there's no denying that. Hop flavors run all over the place, each of the dry hops come through and shine through. Simcoe and Chinook throw the yin and yang of rough and clean herbal hop bitterness, Amarillo throws orange sap and rind, C's throw the standard grapefruit flavor in the background to round things out. Malt is there for support and nothing else, clean biscuit and dark bread. Finish is off-dry with a load of hop oils holding their initial flavors on the tongue.

Glad this is available somewhat locally now, delicious IPA, exceptionally crafted beer overall! Get it!

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Photo of deepsouth
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured a nice amber color with thin straw colored head.

the smell is citrusy hops, buttery, grapefruit and spice.

the taste is citrus fruits and a bit sweeter than anticipated.

the mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick.

i'd love to get this on the regular. very easy to drink and well balanced.

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Photo of jculler82
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear golden. Lacing all the way down.

Typical Centennial hop aroma, citrus (orange) with a slightly catty background. I know there's Cascade in there too, but the Centennial dominates.

Balanced IPA, beautiful hop flavor, but nice malt backbone backing it up. It's plenty bitter, but not abrasive. Perfectly dry, but the mouthfeel is chewy and full.

Overall, in a world filled with breweries filling their line-ups with IPA's and half of them being awful, it's great to be reminded that there are still some world class beers in the style.

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Photo of blackc5
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass at about 53F.

A - Pours a pale orangish amber, with a medium, billowing head. Strong lacing that retains some of the foamy head.

S - Very strong scents of citrusy, piney hops as well as sweet fruit like a ripe peach. Definitely well above average here even for my usually weak nose.

T - Starts off with a mild sweetness (again, like a ripe peach), quickly moving to crisp piney hops and ending with some nice bitterness like orangy grapefruit. Very well balanced and complex IMHO. Some may feel it is a bit too sweet, but I like a sweet IPA and the bitterness really helps to offset. Improving as it warms. I started at a fairly high temp, so I wonder if some of the less positive reviews were just drinking this too cold...

M - Light to medium bodied and fairly well carbonated. Not the best I have had here, but nothing wrong either.

D - Pretty high ABV for a single IPA, but I could still drink this all night. I wouldn't have guessed it to be higher than 7% had I not looked.

A real nice effort and I am glad to see them widely available now in our area.

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Photo of Star80
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bottled 8/6/12. Pours out a pale copper color with a sticky lacy head. Looks just about right.

S - Smell is very good. Smells resinous and fruity like grapefruit with a touch of tropical fruit aromas. Also detecting some pine notes.

T - Taste is bold and citric with some heavy grapefruit notes. Also detecting quite a bit of malt backbone in the form of some caramel notes. However something is a bit off with the hops like after only month they have lost an edge and developed an off flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy.

O - Overall a decent strong IPA but nothing jumps out at me. There are a lot of strong syrupy IPA's that have that weird overhopped off-flavor like this one. If I am going to have this style of beer I prefer something from Sierra Nevada or Victory. Their hops just taste better and don't have that weird off flavor.

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Photo of ChanChan
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes
Served in a tulip glass at the Blue Palms in Hollywood Califas!

Appearance: Very nice clear orange/copper color. The color reminds me of orange flavored Jello I loved as a child.

Aroma: Tons of citrus and pine, this has a very west coast IPA aroma to it.

Taste: This beer has a great taste, it is also not as bitter as many of the great westcoast IPA’s.

Drinkability: This beer is extremely refreshing and very drinkable.

Overall: I drank this beer alongside a very popular Double IPA from Santa Rosa CA and the Union Jack was a bit more impressive to me both in appearance and taste this time around!

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Photo of mfavoino
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle marked 4/12/12 poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber with an orange hue. Thin white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops take over with a touch of floral notes. Smells typical of a good West Coast IPA.

Taste: Citrus and notably grapefruit flavors dominate the palate. Sweet malt backing smooths out the hops and then finishes with a lingering bitterness that sits on the tongue. Just a bit of pine flavor as it finishes.

Mouthfeel: Body on the lighter side for an IPA. Alcohol is subtle despite the abv and makes for a refreshing drink.

Overall: FW has not disappointed me yet. A refreshing West Coast IPA that showcases the citrus hops.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Super clear pale yellow. Huge, ultra white, whispy head. The head disapated fairly quickly, but left a nice trace on the glass.

S: Pure hops. Citrusy, GRAPEFRUITY!!!! Very similar to Pliny. Grapefruit rind. Slight tangerine. Sugary sweet too, like citrus-grapefruit candy.

T: Not nearly as hoppy as I thought it would be, but man...delicious! Hardly any bitterness, except at the very very end. Grapefruit, grapefruit rind. Slight pineapple. Slight tangerine.

M: Thick and creamy, awesome coat on the tongue. Very nice!

O: Not quite Pliny, HopSlam, or Ruination, but man a great great brew!

Thanks Jim in Trevose.

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Photo of drewba
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Montrose79 & Cuzco for hooking this up in the Partners in Crime BIF!

A - hazy golden straw color with a bubbly head and a moderate amount of lacing.

S - HUGE aroma that doesn't fade into obscurity like so many ipas do. Light citrus coming right away, grapefruit, maybe some mango. This smells incredibly sweet - if I'm going to judge how its going to taste from the smell, this is going to be cloyingly sweet.

T - Thankfully, the sweetness I detected in the aroma didn't translate to the taste. On the first sip, I'm getting a faceshot of a nice bitter hop profile - the grapefruit is showing up as is orange peel and some bitter lemon rind. Some spicyness too - coriander, anise, and pepper.I'm loving the malt bill used in this, there is a lovely, light cracker/bready taste helping to balance everything out. I'm also detecting a little rum raisin and licorice in the back.

M - One of the thicker ipa's I've had without stepping into the double ipa realm. The medium - high body is actually nice because it has such a buttery smooth mouthfeel while the tiny bubble are massaging me into it's arms.

D - A musky, lingering bitter aftertaste is the only thing from keeping this from being a perfect 5. Otherwise, this is absolutely easing drinking, all 7.5% alcohol is masked wonderfully and I wish I had another.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden peach with thick white head and excellent retention. The head just rests upon the beer. Just sits there.

Lots of malt in the aroma with a good dose of hops too. Strong smells of both. Pine hops. White toast, nutty, and a little bit of sour malt.

Very sweet, malty ipa, with a tart hop edge. All pine and grass. But mostly a caramel and butter malt. Very sweet.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one the other day with my father. Poured a gold color with white head that faded quickly and left good lacing. Smelled of citrus/pine hops and light malt. Tasted pretty much the same. Smooth, but slightly bitter/dry finish. Could easily drink more of this.

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Photo of jtingue
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance. Clear orange hued straw in color. Pours with 3 fingers of loose, but solid white head, which dissipates rather quickly leaving tons of large clumps of lacing. Few bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass. The lacing doesn't stick around for long though. Almost no long term head retention.

Smell. Totally hop forward. A piny citrus is the most dominant scent.

Taste. Starts out with a moderate, slightly resinous bitterness, which is joined by a juicy grapefruit. After this the hops become predominately more resinous and piney. The bitterness takes over for a bit and the beer takes on a more spicy character. It really starts to dry out after the grapefruit exits, all leading into a bone dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Very light in body, with a ton of dryness, as stated before. Light, but pleasant carbonation.

An insanely drinkable and complex hop monster. The dryness and overall presentation of flavors is reminiscent of a champagne, though not in terms of carbonation. Firestone Walker never disappoints.

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

The appearence is a bright cloudy orange color. There isn't much head but a slight halo around the rim and very little lacing. The nose is very citrusy. Some slight orange peel, and pineapple scents. Taste is just like the nose. Lots of big citrus notes up front along with piney hop resin. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slighty slick and oily from hop oils down the throat. Overall a very tasty IPA. It embodies the classic cali IPA flavors. Nice beer if you have it available.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with off white head, great lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine with a very pronounced malty sweetness, more reminiscent of double IPA. Taste is exceptional, again leads more with malt than hops, really nice balance and unique sweetness that I can't really compare to another. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

First impression - this bottle tried to gush on me, but I poured it before it could. It had been sitting totally untouched in the fridge for a few weeks.

Pours a 1.5 finger milky, off-white head. Appearance is a wheaty golden color with no big particulates.

The nose is citrusy and piney with a decent amount of caramelly malt presence.

Taste is much more malty than I thought it would be... almost somewhat savory as well. Very little bitterness in the finish, but a decent amount of floral hops. Very smooth and drinkable, with a nice tight finish.

Overall these seems like a great beer - I would like to try one that is a bit more fresh.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass. Tops with an off white banana colored head, dissipates quickly to a thin topper with solid lacing. The body is a clear pale orange color, like light brown sugar. Moderate carbonation rises through the brew giving a lively feel.

The scent is very hop forward, the citrus and pine bitterness combine into a nice organic scent which to me is quite refreshing. There is a thin malt in the smell, almost a honey biscuit type, definitely very light, crystal malt most likely.

The flavor is awesome, it takes the aroma hops and runs with them. The malt comes in right at the beginning for a prequel to smooth the palate with the hops kicking in immediately after that. I get a good amount of citrus, a tinge of pineapple, and that granny smith apple tartness. A seam of honey runs through it as well smoothing out that generic type hop bittering.

The mouthfeel is not too shabby, but not amazing. It's pretty reminiscent of the other firestone brews (double barrel, pale 31 etc) which doesn't strike me as too fitting for a 7.5% ipa. At the same time that thinner mouthfeel makes this brew quite drinkable.

I made some stew tonight and threw a few jalapenos and other spices in there to give it a little kick, I must say that it's a great combo with the hoppiness of this brew. In general hoppy beers remind me a lot of plants, and although I know many people talk about pairing beer with meat, I think that this vegetarian stew has an awesome amount of plant-like flavor due to the amalgam of vegetables in it. The beer and it go extremely well together to say the least.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this IPA its a staple by which I can judge other IPA's. Its got the basic west coast IPA floral notes as well as a matched bitterness that doesn't detract at all.

Pours a bright clear gold/orange with a 2 finger white head that falls fast to a ring and some suds.

Smell is SUPER aromatic with big orange and lemon, with pine, sour apricot, doughy bread, and caramel.

Taste is a welcoming malt wallop thanks to 7.5%, along with floral and bitter hops dancing around together in harmony on my tongue. It's so balanced I want to say this is better than lagunitas sucks, because this has a better yeast me thinks. Lagu's is kinda chalky tasting but still good none the less.

Feel is medium carbonation and a perfect feel that gives the flavors a nice mantle to sit upon as you take each sip. Its glorious to drink this and not wonder just how much better an IPA can get. It really is a challenger to heady topper and pliny, swear on my grave.

Overall you can't go wrong with this and it is widely available, so pick this one up when you can if you want a solid IPA. plus did I mention its 7.5%? for a single IPA? yeha it packs a wallop, session this and your in for a wild night.

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Photo of heymikew
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid California IPA

Clear and golden, perfect bubbles
Great hop nose and then
A mouth explosion of tropical fruit with hint of lemon...resinous green buds...all harmoniously balanced. Its a heady temptress...watch out!

Refrigerator (in stock at all times) caliber.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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