Union Jack IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #57
Ranked #1,131
4.24 | pDev: 9.43%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA
Notes: This aggressively hopped West Coast IPA showcases stunning pineapple, citrus and piney aromas along with exceptional dry hop flavors of grapefruit and tangerine. This intense brew finds its balance in honey-like pale malt sweetness. The name Union Jack is a nod to the colonial origins of the IPA style, and to the British expatriate who co­‐founded our brewery.
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Photo of iguanodon
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

[Original rating 2012-12-01] Pours clear gold with a small white head and a little bit of bubbles from the bottom. Aroma of flowery hops, citrus, stone fruit... peach or apricot? Taste is citrusy hops, a little sweet malt for balance, more citrusy hops. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of BrendanJ
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours just about perfectly clear with just a slight haze. Rich gold in color. It poured with a white head roughly 2 fingers deep, but that dissipated rather quickly. The smell wasn't as prominent as some ipa's (though it could ust be due to allergy season). There was a very faint earthy-citrus aroma with hints of ripe melon. But the taste; Oh wow. It has a slight carbonation punch, followed by sweet malts washing over the tongue and finishes with a bitter kick to send you on your way. The bitterness is just pretty moderate though. It comes and goes, it doesn't linger on the palate like with many IPAs. Overall, a very solid beer, and one that I can see myself coming back to time and time again.

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Photo of BenDorigan
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With the name, I thought Firestone might be a UK brewery, but it's in Paso Robles, CA. I doubt a UK brewery would produce an IPA this delicious. 1st taste was pure cream. Malt-forward, but sufficient hop bitterness to smooth everything out and not leave either a syrupy sweet or over-the-top bitter aftertaste. If you have read my other reviews, you know I loathe citrus-forward IPAs. This has hints of citrus but this is by no means "tropical" or "fruity" IPA ( thank God). It is well balanced in the hop profile with some nice spice and pine coming in alongside the citrus. At 7% alcohol, it is at my ideal percentage for an IPA. Well done, Firestone. Thank you for such a deliciois, creamy, drinkabke brew!

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Photo of pubscout
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NEIPA lovers will probably avoid this, but that’s their loss. This is an exceptional IPA, and the balance between malt and hops is incredible. Clean, intensely hoppy without going to excess and honey-sweet malt.... what more do you want? Haze? Dank? Juice? Broaden your horizons, fer chrissakes...and with this one, you will.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Union Jack IPA pours a copper color, with a small, long lasting and slightly lacing head. Rich crisp aroma. Flavor is hoppy, but very dry, with great floral notes. Great body and feel, very dry. Overall, fanatic IPA, very dry.

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Photo of brewnme
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured deep amber color with thick white head. Floral, citrus aroma well balanced with a background of maltiness. The taste follows the nose with one of the most well balanced IPA's I have ever had. A must drink!

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very nicely balanced IPA, medium bodied, floral and citrus hops, getting mango and passion fruit, along with grapefruit and piney bitterness, smooth and not too bitter on the finish, nicely done.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is a winner! Not too sweet...not too bitter. It just kind of nails the right balance. Very good with seafood and great to just kick back with. I'd buy this one again.

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Photo of Mandpasbury
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass. Golden color with two fingers of foam and good lacing. The lacing sticks to the side of the glass for a while after you drink it. The aroma is good but not very bold, and that is my only knock on this beer. The flavor is the gorgeous, West Coast IPA Style, with just the right amount of piney taste and good bitter hop flavor. Sets on the palate well & finishes well. Overall, a WELL above average IPA, probably one of the top seven or eight IPA's I have had.

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Photo of Dirty_D
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 3/26, drinking on 6/29.

Look: Lovely gold color with bubbles streaming up from the bottom.

Smell: Nice hops smell.

Taste: Delicious. Right level of bitterness. Some fruity presence along with the pine. Malt is not noticeable although it probably contributes to the balance.

Feel: Pleasant.

Overall: Enjoyable, straight ahead IPA.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, golden orange with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: floral citrus hops, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, papaya

T: tons of tropical fruit, pineapple, tangerine, mango, surprisingly sweet, finish ends with grapefruit

M: sticky

O: not sure how I missed reviewing this one for so long, picked some up fresh in California and love it

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Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask at PreFunk. Cask smooths out the bitterness, rich golden color, lots of sticky lacing. Velvety consistency. Nice west coast IPA, although a bit on the lighter side.

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Photo of Holderness
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 6 weeks ago.

L — Pours a completely clarified copper with two fingers of rocky white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Some retention and minimal lacing
S — Sweet candied citrus, pine resin, caramel, mild tropical fruits, lemon zest, hint of floral. Quite nice
T — Starts juicy with oranges, guava, peach, even a touch of pineapple. Then a wave of piney, earthen bitterness rushes in to balance things out. Caramel and honey-bread sweetness throughout
F — Some fluffiness. Medium mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Flies off the palate a little quick, which makes the end of the sip feel a little watery. Good amount of lasting bitterness on the finish
O — Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Usually am not the biggest fan of IPAs from this ‘era’, and at 6 weeks out it remains in good shape


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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice golden color with s 2 finger white head. The retention is average, and there's a bit of lacing on the glass as the head leaves.
The nose is quite nice in the hops department. Quite citrusy. Grapefruit, pineapple.
Taste - is an IPA. The hops really dominate with the citrus more up front and the pine taste on the backside.
Feel - Decent bodied, and the hops do linger in my throat.
Yes, this is a decent IPA.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another nice looking beer with a fair head and no lacing. Has a good hop aroma. Taste is nice. Has a slight fruit and hop bitterness. It’s a pleasure going down. Overall I’ve had better but I am definitely a Firestone Walker fan. On draft at Ron’s Corner Tavern.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a simple gold with a large head. The aroma is slightly sweet with a classic mix of grapefruit flesh and peel, pine, tangerine, kiwi, pineapple, and a touch of caramel. The flavor is starts sweet with pine, pink grapefruit flesh and peel, tangerine, pineapple, kiwi, mango, and a rich caramel at the end. the mouthfeel is fairly full with soft, sudsy carbonation. Overall this is a great, classic IPA. Bitter, sweet, and flavored like citrus and pine. So glad this finally made it to our area.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours crystal clear honey amber with a thin white cap that leaves great lacing. Aroma is a blend of tropical and citrus fruits. The flavor is oranges and mangos with some bitter hop bite in the finish. Feel is fresh and crisp. Very nice.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-deep amber tap pour with a 2 cm foam cap. The aroma a more malt than hop. The flavors are of a moderate biscuit malt body and a pine and grapefruit hop bite. The body is full, overall a pretty good West Coast IPA example.

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Photo of orphan
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall I like this beer but feel it could be bit bigger in taste and smell especially for a 7.0 ABV. Prolly the beer I like best from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of rypkr
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Trade extra - pushing 3 months old on arrival. Meh.

A nice biscuit-y aroma. Flavor is pure tree sape. Feel is highly carbonated and dry. Overall, I'm a bitter west coast IPA guy but this just isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear, orange with a fluffy off white head. Great lacing and the head clings to the edges of the glass. Fruity and piney aroma with some sweet caramel notes. Nice medium to light body with moderate carbonation. Quite a tasty beer.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another perfectly clear brew by Firestone Walker. I love the clarity of their brews. I can see right through this golden beer without any problem. No sediment at all. One finger worth of a slightly off white crown.
The smell of this is piney and juicy. Tropical with oranges and mango notes.
The taste is the sharp pine with some of the juicy tropical notes. Has a balanced malt backbone.
The feeling is wet and a juicy type sticky.
Overall, I've not been let down by Firestone Walker yet. I'll keep buying their brews.

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Photo of flgimp
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour. Two fingered thick white frothy head. Great lacing on glass. Color is a yellow orange. Smell is faint citrus. Taste is a refreshing blend of fruit, hops and malt. Nice balance and smooth. Body is on the light side of medium. Continous carbonation. A really fine IPA

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Photo of puck1225
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap in a shaker pint. Golden yellow color with a nice white head and lacing. A somewhat floral smell. Taste is piney with a bite of grapefruit. A pleasant bitterness.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My local liquor store owner talked me into trying this out and I am glad I did! This is right up there with Bell's 2 Hearted Ale, but about 3 bucks cheaper. Nice and hoppy yet not too bitter. I'm surprised I can get this from CA to here in IN. It's also fresh...only a little over 2 weeks old. I WILL get this again.

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Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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