Union Jack IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #57
Ranked #1,130
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 NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Union Jack IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON:11/22/17 14:54"

Notes via stream of consciousness: Its slightly hazy deep golden body rests gently beneath a two finger-thick head of rocky off-white. Only a few bubbles can be seen here and there streaming steadily upwards. The aroma is floral and citrusy with soft grapefruit, moderate pine, and mildly biscuity from the malt. There are no surprises here in that that's exactly what you get in the flavor. A solid bitterness anchors and balances it, and it finishes dry with some bitterness, earthiness, a dollop of sweet biscuity & honeyish malt, and citrusy hops lingering. It's medium bodied and crisp but not too crisp, although it is sharper than what I might normally call "gently crisp". What it offers, like most of the best beers out there, is a richness within its malt, clarity in its hops, a balance between it's components, and a "rounded" character that has no components popping out too much more than any other (keeping in mind that it is a bitter IPA and the bitterness should be a bit elevated). Looking back it's also still got almost a full surface covering of creamy foam, and the lacing is excellent. Very nicely done!

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Photo of JohnnyQuid76
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured my can into a pint glass: Wonderful (one of the best softest foams) head, though it did not last to long. Great clarity. My can lacked carbonation, I thought, for style. Aroma was wonderfully crisp and fruity. I sensed some melon, also citrus, but not overpowering, and made you want to immediately taste and taste again. A classic American IPA in all but stated carb profile. I find it probably impossible to only drink one of these--I would really prefer to try this one on tap. I was lucky enough to visit the brewery and sample all the treasures there, but this can lacked luster I thought. All in all, a classic.

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

Poured out of bottle dated 11\22\17 into a chalice glass. Very thick head with lots of lacing that
Astrid right to the last drop. Lots of hop flavor. A real good example of an American IPA.
This is a real exceptional IPA

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

It took me a while to finally buy Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker, but it is a good Westcoast IPA, just like I've heard, but perhaps not my favorite.

Look: clear golden with a thick white bubbly head

Aroma: caramel sweetness and citrus

Taste: caramel sweetness, grapefruit, pineapple, some dankness, and a modest pine resin after taste.

Feel: light to medium body

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Photo of Samlover55
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Nonic Pint
Bottled on 11/30/17  about 2 months old
L- pours a perfectly clear burnt orange with a nice big fluffy white head, great retention
S- caramel, pine, melon, grapefruit
T- melon, citrus, grapefruit, slightly toasted caramel, toffee, grapefruit aftertaste
F- medium-bodied, below average carbonation, perfectly crushable
Overall a quintessential West Coast IPA, which is very refreshing in 2018. The interesting note, is that the bitterness is more up front with the sweetness of the malt on the finish

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BO 12-21-17
12oz bottle to Becher. Pours crystal clear dark gold. Little head, little lacing.
Aroma is balanced between faint mix of citrus, pine and malts. Little hoppiness. Taste is mildly hopped upfront with a pine bite, followed by a citrus whiff, and a lightly sweetened malt base. MF was light front to back. Hoppy bitterness throughout, yet it was smooth to the point the bitterness wasn't bad at all.

I had mixed feelings with UJ. There was a lot to like for sure, but there was also a letdown in the aroma/flavor department.

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

Firestone Union Jack IPA 7% bottle cooled to 55 F and poured into a glass. Purchased as part of a mixed case from a discount retailer.

This is an above average American style IPA. The beer has a moderate white head over a healthy amber body. Taste is the main feature here. Emphasis is on a tangy hop bitterness.

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

Was my favorite beer for many years, still great but now tastes too mellow. When I first tried it years ago, was on tap & was a new plateau of awesomeness.

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Photo of JosephKiley
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An enjoyable brew. Strong pine taste and aroma, subtler hints of citrus. Not much bitterness to speak of, other than a bit of booziness. Lots of carbonation, refreshing and foamy mouth feel. Pretty typical west coast ipa-- creamy, hoppy, sweet, piney. Can't go wrong, excellent example of the style.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Update: canned 1/26/18, consumed 2/24/18

Poured crystal clear amber with a nice white head that left decent lacing.

Aroma is grapefruit and dank hops, a bit light.

Taste is a great balance of citrus fruit with the malt, earthy, danky, just everything you want out of a strong, solid IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium, good carbonation, strong and solid bitterness, very clean and dry finish.

Overall, really a top-level IPA for something so widely available, really a pleasant sipper to kick back and relax with. Recently drank this after a fresh Sculpin and there was no comparison at all, Union Jack is next level.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

L---Golden with a bit of haziness. Nice white head that faded, but left good lacing.

S---Pine & grapefruit. Hops are predominant.

T---Follows the nose pine & grapefruit.

F---Refreshing & well carbonated. I'd call it quenching.

O---This is a quality IPA. Alcohol is well hidden and could easily sneak up on you. Will definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of illpass78
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Four ounce in a flight at Gather in Yarmouth, Maine.

Appearance: Hazy straw/orange. Some frothy head.

Aroma: Some pine and grapefruit. Mostly inoffensive.

Taste: Standard mid-hop IPA. Some prickly hops and fruitiness. Not overpowering. Some booze.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light of body for a boozy-ish IPA.

Overall: Solid IPA but not mind blowing.

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Photo of IKR
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 10-17-2017 (~3 weeks before tasting)

Appearance: Clear golden yellow color with a generous-sized white head that gradually faded. A nice looking IPA.

Smell: Pine notes dominate with some fruity hop aromas also present.

Taste: The pine notes are dominant with some very faint sweet fruity notes also present. The bitterness is moderate and the beer finishes fairly dry.

Mouth-feel: The body is on the light side of medium-bodied.with a fairly generous level of carbonation.

Overall: I don't often find this one fresh but when it's available fresh it's a tasty satisfying IPA.

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

This beer has always impressed me. ABV goes a bit high at 7.5% but man is it good. Caramel and peanut butter color and fantastic nose. This is a must try on draught.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.28/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Review: 355ml Bottle of Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: ABV: 7.5% vol

A popular beer that has won many awards and several honours since 2008.

Do like the design of the logo and bottle. Simple but stands out.

On pour got a nice big frothy white head, and a lovely clear golden orange beer appeared. Is a nice looking beer for sure, lovely looking colour.

Light carbonation.

On nose got a pleasant fruity aroma, was really lovely to smell. Got citrus and grapefruit.

On the taste side of things, I found it way too hoppy. Now I know this beer is an IPA and popular with the beer geeks, but fuck me I found it very difficult to drink tbh.

Was tasty, did get to savour a bit of it and did get some tasty sweet malts, but those hops, were way too aggressive and bitter for me, yuck!

Also got too much of the citrus flavours, not a nice taste, a bit sour.

Was a strong beer though, did feel the alcohol later!

Disappointing considering all the hype. Maybe if I grew a big fuck off beard it might taste better?

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Photo of huthuty
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pale, gold and transparent. This beer had a medium head
Overpowering hop aroma
Taste is turbulent of hops, heavy hop taste without a super bitter finish
Awesome brew

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Photo of Dodgerfan_33
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer I so good for the price. lol his beer has been out for quite some time and one of my all time favorites.

The look: NICE amber color with about a little over a finger of head.

Smelll: Smell aid so good with nice Hop aroma as well as a little pineapple, Grapefruit and Mango flavor on the nose.

Taste: very nice well balanced beer with 75 ibu and 7.0 ABV and very drinkable. Has nice citrus notes a little malt flavor and a very well balanced Hop flavor

Feel: Not to heavy just a very nice beer with perfect amount of head. Honestly a favorite for me.

Overall :This beer is absolutely delicious , just so well balanced on a nice citrus flavors and perfect amount of hops. Pick this up. This is a Great beer at 7.99 a six pack. I'd pay more for it. Absolute winner for me.

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Photo of joedvegas
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gold and hazy with a nice white lingering head. Good amount of malt, lemon, golden apple and pine on the nose. Very abundant and balanced flavors of pine, tropical fruit and fauna. Mouthfeel is soft with a nice malty finish that lingers. The more I drank this beer, the more I liked it. Good stuff.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy burnt orange, nice lacing in Belgian beer glass, Smells of hops, citrus,fresh pine,esters. Taste is smooth,full bodied and crisp.(not too heavy) Nice quality malt backbone. Easy to crush several. Feels like an almost perfect IPA. Overall this is a beer I will keep an eye out for, and I highly recommend.

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Photo of pro45
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 07/18/17 enjoyed on Aug. 17th. Pours a light gold with small white head. Smell is Fruity, hoppy, piney. Getting stone fruit too. Taste is a burst of tropical fruit, hop oil, resin, juicy citrus, peach, apricot. Mouthfeel is very soft with medium carb, very refreshing. No hint of any alcohol but has a little bite going down. This one is one of the better IPA's out there if you can get it fresh. Tomorrow I'm grabbing the other two six packs I saw at my grocer if they're still there. Almost a perfectly balanced beer.

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Photo of haines710
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a bottle at the supermarket. Poured into a pint glass. Beautiful dark gold with nice head. You can smell the citrus. Tasted is hoppy and a little fruit and slightly bitter. Loving it. Easy to drink and I will definitely get more.

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

12 oz can into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden amber with a 3 finger head. Nice lacing remains on the side. Quite inviting. Smell is a citrus and pineapple...very sweet - almost too much so! Taste is oh so nice - strong citrus hops follows all the way down the palette. Medium/heavy feel to it but very drinkable. This is a clear winner among IPA aficionados.

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Photo of EMH73
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber with a one inch, fluffy white head that was well retained and left lots of lacing. Smells and tastes of grapefruit, pineapple, pine and orange rind. Rather dry mouth feel, finishes with moderate bitterness, well carbonated, clean, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz short bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled on April 27th 2017. Cutting it close on the 90 day mark but let's see what this "must for all hop heads" has to offer.

L: Clear honey gold, with a massive three finger off-white head off a reasonably aggressive pour. Excellent retention. Thick lacing.

S: Pretty much some solid grapefruit in the aroma, the only other note I pick up is very light malt.

T: Not sure if the time has mellowed the hops but I have a pretty well balanced IPA here, light biscuity malt overwashed slightly with some citrusy hops notes of Grapefruit. This is pretty tasty.

F: Light-Medium body, crisp, slight hop residual linger with a grainy note.

O: All in all a well rounded beer and one I would happily drink again. I will look for a fresher bottle for sure.

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

The appearance has a copper colored body with a one finger white foamy head that quickly concaves leaving some nice clingy foamy lacing in its wake. The smell has some pine/grapefruit subtleness with some orange peel in the background and comes out more as it warms. A decent malt background adds a very nice aroma. The taste is mainly sweet through previously mentioned flavors, yet subtly spicy at times but there is a decent bitterness quality coming out through pine/grapefruit (hops, still learning my hops, bear with me). The palate is about a medium, smooth for an AIPA - no worries, under-carbonated - maybe, but perhaps I wasn’t expecting that. Overall, this is a very good AIPA, always worthy of coming back to.

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Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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