Union Jack India Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

6,602 Ratings
Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of gonzo000
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a. A beautiful copper/orange color. Head that lasted with lacing. Poured into a tulip glass.

s. Smell had floral, citrus, some pine.

t. Taste was complex - hitting the citrus/floral in the front with an intense hop flavor in the finish.

m. Well carbonated, smooth

o. This is an outstanding IPA. Very enjoyable. I will be revisiting this beer soon.

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Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of delta490
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a beautiful clear amber with a big creamy white head. Head has great retention and leaves moderate lacing

S- big citrus hops aromas dominate

T- there is a great big pine and citrus hops flavor that is balanced out against the caramel malt flavors (bready)

M- a little thinner than other big flavor IPAs but it makes it a little easier to drink

O- this is a great full-flavor IPA. No flaws

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kodt
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of OKCNittany
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Photo of ajzy
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of MaximumYuks
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of soju6
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright amber color with a good head that fades to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of grapefruit, with some fruit sweetness and malt in the background with a hint of herbs.

T: Nice bitterness up front with some fruit and bit of malt sweetness mixed in. A good bitterness continues with a finish that is quite clean with a bit of lingering bitterness.

F: Medium body, crisp and very well balanced. The 7.5% ABV is very well hidden.

O: Great IPA. Everything for a great beer is here with out being in your face or overpowering.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Abbbp
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Photo of Stillyman11
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

12oz bottle out of the fridge into a snifter. bottled 8/11/11 so maybe not the freshest (4.5 months old), but ive been surprised before.

pours out a hazy honey-orange golden color with a nice soapy, creamy white head. some really nice sticky lace on the glass and good looking retention.

kind of what you would expect in an older ipa. kind of a woody resinous scent, piney with some very muted citrus. a bready malt is right up there with the hops.

piney, woody, grapefruit citrus, a bready malt is right there to almost balance the beer. a little pineapple like tropical fruit. sharp bitterness in the finish lingers. just slightly vegetal the more it warms.

med to light in body, carb feels right, just slightly tingly on the palate. resinous somewhat oily feel.

im not sure if this is supposed to be a balanced ipa, but thats how it came off to me. luckily i purchased this as a single and dont have 5 other old bottles to drink, but overall this was still pretty decent. i can see this being really nice fresh as some of the flavors were very muted. ill be sure to be on the look out for some fresher bottles. however, still kind of surprising that this is an old bottle seeing as how this just became available in my area.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled on 2-16-11.

Bright copper color, superb clarity, has a nice white head that lasts a few minutes before settling into a film. Steadily paced bubbles of carbonation continue to rise up even half the glass later. The nose is entirely hop focused, with a piney citrus bouquet. The hops are very delectable and almost have a touch of smoke in the background. Not alot of malt sweetness in the aroma but if you stick your nose in there deep you can detect a touch of the alcohol.

Resiny, orange citrus hop flavor ensues on the first sip. Not too much malt but enough to give some balance. The overall mix is decently clean and refreshing for a stronger IPA. As it warms a bit the beer does seem to get more heavier/syrupy, and the caramel malt becomes more noticable. There is a proper amount of bitterness at the back, or rather it isn't too harsh. I thought the carbonation was spot on.

One of the better IPA's available, and relatively easy to find. This one really walks the line between a single and a double IPA. Considering that it really is a good value, especially on sale for $7.99 a 6-pack. Recommended...

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Photo of FreshZ
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Rick778
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,602 ratings.
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