Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA
BA SCORE
4.23/5
6,676 Ratings
Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#844
Reviews:
1,366
Ratings:
6,676
pDev:
9.46%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
518
Gots:
1,733
Trade:
13
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Photo of Shafaegalo
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to largadeer for this extra!

Pours a clear golden color with modest head.

Smell has a strong hoppy aroma, very earthy, for just a regular IPA, it has a good kick to it.

Taste starts out with a very good hoppy presence which is then balanced out with a slight malt backbone and finally ends with a good bitterness, good transitions throughout, citrus is present but not overwhelming, very light bodied as well which is interesting considering the hop profile, the strength is well hidden, totally didn't know it was 7.5% since you can't tell from the taste at all.

This IPA rather surprised me, didn't think I'd like it as much as I did.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Ryan011235
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 10/13/09

A - Hazy, moderate orange color. 1/2 inch head dissipates to a patch of large bubbles with mild retention. Light lacing.

S - Juicy & very appealing citrus aroma. Tangerine & orange notes with hints of grapefruit & pineapple. Faint doughy sweetness.

T - Closely follows the nose & that makes for an awesome taste. Floral upfront with a citrus spiciness on the finish. The only thing in the way of malt I'm picking are thin wisps of sweetness in the middle - kind of like sugar cookie dough.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fairly long finish that mirrors the taste of the beer. Not particularly bitter.

D - Choice drinkability. I could easily session with this one.

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Photo of mpalestino
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Wizzle32
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orbitalr0x
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of goblue3509
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish copper color with a nice 1 and a half frothy white head which gives way to nice lace. The aroma has a nice caramel malt backbone bigger than most ipa's. There is then a hop aroma of piney hops and citrus hops. The nose is very well balanced almost a 50/50 split. The taste follows the nose, there is a piney hop bite to start with a nice citrus flavor over it, but in the middle you get hit with a great balance of malts. A nice sweet characteristic, a bready and caramel malt taste. Much sweeter and maltier than most ipa's, a little bit like a 120. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a very good beer, this is a perfectly balanced beer, a beer I will be seeking out to find and have again.

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Photo of Kuges
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ffshore545
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of alleykatking
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Student dropped this off for me before heading back home. Sweet!

A- Poured into pint glass. Deep clear amber color pouring a quater inch head before dying down leaving no real lacing. Lacing just slides down the glass.

S- Good bitter pine hop smell to this with a little malty biscuty ending the nose. Also, a hint of sweet citrus with this.

T- Nice bitter hop bite to this all the way through. The malts are covered up by the hops and even at the end don't really make any apperance. I taste an earthy tone to this as well....almost like a grassy note. As the beer warms up a little the malts come through a little better giving this a sweet aftertaste.

M- Good medium mouthfeel. Not a huge amount of carbonation but enough to enjoy this beer. Bitter hoppy oil resin coats the tounge and lets the taste linger after a sip. Beer just kind of sits in the mouth from lack of carbonation.

D- This was a very enjoyable IPA that I could drink again if someone was so nice enough to trade me a bottle.

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Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a light copper or orange color with a ½” finely bubbled white head that leaves lacing as it begins to slowly recede. Sipping leaves a sticky ring of lacing on one side of the glass with lots of small speckles and a few legs of lacing. For much of the beer there is a 1/16” layer of foam on the liquid and when the beer is gone there is still a pattern of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: The aroma is gentle and distinctly grapefruit and pine scented with orange zest and an undertone of malt.

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from they nose. They are dominated by the grapefruit zest and piney hops with a malt backbone just noticeable in the background. The hops are always in charge here with piney bitterness only slightly modulated by the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with light persistent carbonation. The finish begins in the mix of hops and malt sweetness and then trails off into that dry bitterness that invites the next sip.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Overall this is a nicely drinkable beer that is clearly in the upper tier of IPAs. Even it is not the best one around it is a contender. My overall impression is of a excellent well-made beer that is well worth sampling if you not tried it. I expect to be having it again.
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Photo of YalovaIA
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Act25
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3rd review 3-15-16

Second Review 1-3-14
"Forget the British flag. This beer is Stars And Stripes Forever" A BA.

Agree! From the central coast of pinot noir and wine comes equally great beer.

A: Lighter, clearer, brighter in color than other IPAs, it sports a thick rocky cap that lasts and laces well. 4.5

S: I need to let me fresh bottle (Stamped less than 30 days ago) warm a bit. It's offering a too-subtle bouquet of more flowers and more light, sunny herbal slopes than most IPAs. Juicy. 4

T: The promise of juice is instantly fulfilled in the taste that follows the citrus, pine, grass, flowers, herbs path up the sun-soaked coastal cliffs, that happen to have a bakery nearby of cracker malts and baguettes coming out of the oven.

The finish is fresh cut, resinous pine, and more flowers. This taste is so abundant and intense it rivals the best: Sculpin and Titan. 4.5

M:Light with so much tingle it doesn't feel light. Alcohol well-hidden, it's all tingle and tickle, like a great lasting kiss with a friend.

Closes and resonates with earth, sun, spicy, natural herbs. 4.5

Totally West-Coast - up there with Sculpin. 4.5

Amazing with intense cheeses.

First review: 4-27-13
Whole Foods sells singles so you can try a great variety for a small premium. Buy as part of a set of 24 and get a 10% discount on all. Freshness on this one was a bit long: 11-16-12, poured on 4-27-13. that's 5 months bottle aging!

A: Poured into a Leffe chalice, and I'm beginning to think a big .5l glass cylinder is better for bringing out the best in these crafts. Pours a bright pale copper color, clear, with amazing lacing... all the way down the glass. Great body, great pour.

S: Piney hop, subtle California herbs and coastal trails. But not a strong waft.

T: Beautiful flavor arc. Sweet, pine/citruis, arcing to hoppy, bitter, and lightly malty. Sweetness breaks through in a perfect way. Pine hop flavor dominates mid taste, but all is lovely balance. Fruity, complexity too in the late alcohol estery finish. Great mouth feel as it exits. Great with food (Pizza, aparagus, shrimp)

M: Carbonation rises in your mouth, slowly taken over by a mid to solid body. Great finish.

O:Nicely complex and balanced with a lovely see-saw arc, the hops outweight the mildly sweet malt character. Beautifully made.

Will definitely come back. A must for hoppers. will try again after it warms...

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating noted. Pours clear and golden bronze in color with a white head of about one finger in size. Some bits of lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma is all hops. Piney and fruity, but mostly piney.

Flavor was nice but not my cup of tea. Rather sweet and overly fruity. The pine notes are noted in the finish but this one is full of fruity flavors and sweetness. The bitterness is left way behind. The bitterness is there at the very end but not much in the flavor up front.

A bit watery on the mouthfeel with low carbonation. I just didnt enjoy this one that much. It looked good and smelled good but the taste and mouthfeel were not pleasing to me. DRinkablity was low but certainly wasnt anything gross. I wouldnt purchase this again.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

A - Clear pale gold with a thick white head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Hops front to back, mostly pine with bits of pineapple. Caramel malts are present, but stay in the background nicely. Bitter pine notes through the finish.

M - Light side of a medium body, finishes crisp and bitter.

O - Everything works well in this one. I'd definitely get it again.

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Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods on Westlake in Seattle. No date on the bottle.

A golden ale with the slightest haze and a small white head. Aroma is piney and citrusy hops with a touch of toasted malt and yeast. Starts with a nice citrusy bitterness but then switches to a malty and yeasty flavor. The bitterness picks up over time and the malt continues to provide a nice foundation. There's good lacing left on the glass as it empties. The consistency is moderate with a low carbonation.

I'd been meaning to try this and after I heard it won best IPA at GABF, I figured it was time. I think it's a balanced and enjoyable IPA but I wouldn't put it in the top three.

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Photo of bum732
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Bold citrus bouquet, orange, grapefruit, mango, classic west coast hops, slight dark breadiness.

L: Brilliant clear amber yellow, decent head that dissipates, good lacing.

T: Crisp citrusy hops with a firm soft bready sweet backbone. Medium-high bitterness finishing with a hoppy dryness. Very clean.

M: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation, alcohol slightly present.

A great, clean west coast IPA. Just really fantastic.

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Photo of Wayne17
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%

Photo of kevindp9
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,676 ratings
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