Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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#932
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1,402
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6,816
pDev:
9.46%
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4.5
 
 
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Ratings: 6,816 |  Reviews: 1,402
Photo of hooliganlife
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into pint glass. pours bright copper with over an inch of fluffy white head. very impressive retention and nice lacing. beautiful beer!

smell is very floral and citrus. slight hints of orange and pine.

taste is very full and bitter. citrus notes of orange and grapefruit that bite from start through the finish. aftertaste has light malt presence. a bit of a biscuit flavor combined with the citrus.

the carbonation is very noticable making this a very full feeling beer as each drink seemed like a mouthful.

overall, a GREAT west coast IPA. a little more bold than some and the carbonation adding to the hop bitterness. i expected a certain caliber from firestone and i was not let down. i got this in a trade as an extra and my mind has been blown, huge thanks!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold in color with a nice rocky white head that leaves lots of webbing on the glass.
This is a very floral beer in the nose. Hops are reserved and very balanced. Taste is much the same. With some citrusy hops coming through after the florals hit you first. Clean, crisp and thin on the mouthfeel. This is a crazy easy sessionable beer. This would work well on a home tap. Decent stuff.

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Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of ckeegan04 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden orange with a slight haze to it. The head is large, fluffy and almost white leaving a little lacing and a small ring on the way down.

The aroma is dominated by light citrus hops, especially lemons and oranges with a bit of bready malts mixed in.

Thereis definitely a tropical fruit vibe in the taste as well, with lots of the same oranges and lemons from the nose. The malts form a solid backbone but the hops come back with a vengeance and leave a strong bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and medium bodied.

This is a very good IPA, very drinkable and dominated by citrus. The bottle went way too quickly and is a good representation of a west coast IPA. Nice.

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Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce glass poured into tulip glass. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 7.5%.

A-1 3/4 finger head. Pours a clear, glowing amber. Foamy cloud sticks around. Nice large streaks of lace are left.

S-Familiar West Coast nose dominated by citrus hops. Get a lot of grapefruit and orange.

T-Sweet citrus followed by a nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied. More carbonation than is usual for the style, but that is not a bad thing. Bitterness lingers and a nice resiny taste remain.

D-7.5% is very hidden. Wouldn't guess that this is so strong. These go down quite easily.

Another great IPA that is readily accessible. $10 per six limits how often I purchase this beer.

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

Bottle shared by ajsdad.

Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy west coast hoppy aroma. Medium to full body with a oily slick texture with flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration.

Very good brew.

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Photo of jdklks
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- light golden with a white head. looks more like a mix between an ipa and a lager. the head dissipates quickly an leaves a thin sticky lace. not too impressive.

S- citrus fruity hops with a minimal hint of overwhelmed malts. fruity and hoppy. cant go wrong with those two for an ipa!

T- sweeter than expected from the smell. the hop bitterness is less pronounced on the palate than in the nostril, which is disappointing. those malts that were overwhelmed in the smell put up a better fight here, but still ultimately give way to hoppiness. minimal fruity flavors. very tangy.

M- perhaps SLIGHTLY over-carbonated, but not enough to really bring it down. overall a medium bodied brew.

D- this beer drinks well, especially for a 7.5% ipa. however, i dont know how much more of this i will be buying (on the other hand, it was only 4.99 for the 6er!).

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

Matt Brynidlson is a master brewer. I know he's good friends with Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River, and it shows in his ability to make an IPA. Matt started off studying hops in the lab, and later became a brewer. He knows how a West Coast IPA should taste and smell. This is one of the best IPA's you'll find on the West Coast. Much respect to the Firestone Walker crew for pushing the envelope of craft brewing in America.

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

After drinking many 'Pliny the Younger's over the past few days I would say this is on par, maybe slightly behind. A fantastically well-balanced IPA that has a very fresh hop aroma and taste. There is a bit of bitterness on the tail end but overall a great beer, with a good malty balance to it. I definitely plan on picking up more of this for the beer closet stock.

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

Recieved a six pack as a present and was quite impressed.

This is an off gold color in the direction of orange. The head is about a sixteenth" and an off white color. The carb action is evident and this is slightly hazy.

There is a sweet smell of a grassy citrus lemon and a mild pine with some caramel malt maybe bready.

Fills the mouth will flavors and is tight, concentrated. Citrussy lemon and mild pine with a sweet grassy carbonation and the bitterness is evident and far from intollerable. In the background the caramel malt, maybe lightly toasted, is well blended. The 7.5 abv warms the senses and adds to the citrus aftertaste with a hint of caramel malt.

This is has a medium light mouthfeel with a nice alcohol warming finish.

Excellent session IPA at 7.5 abv watch out this is good.

After visiting many Brewpubs I would have to add that this is the typical great tasting IPA that usually is the preferred out of a sampler from a mom and pop Brewpub only with 7.5... If I could give this my own classification I would put this in the Amercan Brewpub IPA catagory.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is definately my first Firestone Walker brew. I got this one from a trade with BrewerB thank you kind Sir. I have enjoyed it!

This was poured into a Duvel glass. This is a very clear beer with little head retention. The color is of oak/copper color - somewhat dark for the style.

The aroma is of fresh hop fullness situated on a firm malt backbone. There is no fruit detectable in this IPA - this is a stark difference between this and the last IPA I drank (Port Brewering "Wipeout IPA").

The taste is excellent with light malt followed by sharp crisp hop flavor - though not oily. This is how I've come to see great west coast IPA's - they sneak the hops in and hit you in the back of the throat. In the east they seem to punch you in the face and leave a harsher finish. I really enjoyed the crispness and refreshing quality of this beer.

Drinkability of this beer is very good. At 7.5% alcohol this is a fairly potent brew. I wouldn't want to drink too many. I could and would like one more though. Man this is one fine beer - thanks again Brian!

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

11/13/08 etched into neck of bottle. Poured into my lovely SA beer drinking glass. Opaque bright yellow with a clean looking whitish head. Tropical whiffs of tangerine, kiwi, mango. Bitter and tangy hop flavor noticed on the first sip. Fairly dry in the mouthfeel, lingering dryness on the palate. A strange flavor of tropical hop flavor and chalky hop bitterness. Certainly not bad by any means, just not I would again seek out among all the great IPAs from California.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to bring who included this, my first from FSW, as an extra!

Pours a golden hue with a nice crown and thick looking carbonation with the SA Sensory Glass.

Nose is sweet and resiny citrus hops.

Tastes, well it tastes like it smells. Damn good.

Medium/thick bodied and low to medium carbonation. A combination that works with this pronounced of a flavor.

Extremely drinkable. Too bad we don't get FSW beers here!

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Photo of ThirdLap
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Bear Republic pint glass at the proper temperature range. Probably my third Union Jack ever. Bottled 20 days before sampling... sweet! And ya can't beat $7.99 for a sixer at BevMo.

A- Pours a light golden amber with a small, short lasting off-white head. After the ring disappears, little to no lacing remains as I finish the glass. Agitation returns little to nothing.

S - Awesome. This is very remniscient of the Elder, definitely a good thing. Crisp, clean citrusy goodness.

I just inhaled an noseful of it trying to get more stuff to write about. No seriously, I did.

T - Very good. It's a straightforward, no BS west coast IPA, and an excellent example of the style. As such, the hops tip the scale over malt ever so slightly, but the balance is still there. A solid bitter finish coats the mouth.

I had my first Union Jack of the night with a couple of mild Italian sausages coated with SNPA mustard. Solid combination, and highly recommended.

M - Perhaps the only downfall is a thinner than expected body. Carbonation is just right but I could use a little more oomph in such an otherwise very well balanced beer. Save for the slight bitterness, there is a very light, crisp finish.

D - I'll be lucky if I don't drink the whole damn sixer tonight.

Matt and the boys over at FW are gonna take over the world someday. The 'Passion for the Pale' really shows with this one .

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Photo of Dmann
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a excellent example of and AIPA that actually has some balance in flavor. Pour was golden with hints of orange and a great frothy head. Smell was hoppy and had a bit of sweet citrus in the background. Taste was great, and you could go through quite a few of these and not even know it since it is so smooth. Flavor had great citrus hoppiness up front with a nice solid toasted malt backbone for balance.

I give props to Firestone for not making just another hop bomber, but actually trying to create a bit of balance and subtlety with this brew. Great stuff!

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Photo of SShelly
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a sixer to take to a party and realized I hadnt reviewed this yet...

Pours a nice light amber with decent head and 2 min. retention.

Aroma is nice citrus hops, very balanced and pleasing.

Flavor starts bitter with lots of complimenting citrus, nice malt balance makes this very drinkable. leaves a nice bitterness in the mouth.

Probably my third favorite ipa behind alesmith and stone.

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Photo of Biggness
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear amber with a 1/2 finger white head with some lacing. The smell is nice and big mostly dominated by a grapefruit smell from the hops. This beer has a very nice malt base to it and a nice hop profile, its not gonna wow your socks off but it is a very solid well constructed beer. The initial flavor is a kinda bready malt flavor and its immediately followed by the citrusy hop flavor. The carbonation level seems a tad low on this beer and there is a slight dry after taste. An easy drinking beer, the alcohol is well disguised I would imagine this to be a session beer but its not even close :)

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to a trade...justn.

Pretty beer, dark golden almost amber, with lots and lots of little tiny bubbles streaming up to the top of the glass. Very dense but thin head, about a finger.

Lots of scents kicking out on this one. Lots in the citrus range, also a bit of malt.

Really packs a nice punch of hops when you drink, leaves a little tingle in your mouth. Leaves a creamy sticky residue that is a nice parting gift.

Pairs very well with Hebrew National All Beef Hotdogs...with coarse stone ground mustard.

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Photo of ironlung
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey-orange. Not much head. It's been my experence that you can pour this beer as hard as you'd like and never overflow your pint-glass.

S: Strong citrus. All kinds of grapefruit and sweeet orange. I can also detect a slight aroma of biscut malt.

T: A nice citrus flavor abounds. Light tingly bubbles tickle your tounge. This is dead-on for an IPA, nice and strong.

M: Great coating finishes with a nice citrus bouquet.

D: This is a top-notch IPA well hopped and high on the alcohol. The fact that I can usually find sixers for around seven bucks makes this beer a winner. Great job Firestone!

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange with a one finger bubbly off-white head. Quickly fades but leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S - Big citrusy nose with hints of tropical fruit as well. Lots of grapefruit, a little apricot, and some pineapple. Very faint bready sweetness underneath.

T - Just the slightest hint of toasted bread and malty sweetness up front before the hops just take over the drink. Big, juicy citrus fruits dominate the tongue. A little on the bitter side, but purely in a good way.

M/D - Medium bodied and rather oily. Relatively easy drinking and an excellent example of a hoppy American IPA.

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

I used to think the lion would beat up the bear but what if the bear is actually a giant badger. That could go either way.

Pours see-through straw color. Large, pristine white head. Like most FW beers, this looks really clean.

Smells like floral hops: rose in particular, and piney hops. Very fragrant...like sticking pine needles and rose petals up my nose.

Floral and piney hops dominate over a sugary bisciuty malt. Body is light and fluffy but with substance. Really, really, really clean.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/16/08. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, garlic, and grassy hops. Flavor of light citrus and wheat malt. A nicely balanced IPA. Easy drinking. This is definitely aged but I can tell that it is a solid IPA and hopefully I can get a fresh sample sometime.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of vacax
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Firestone-Walker pint glass.

A: Pale copper with decent looking head and some nice lacing.

S: Immediate grassy, somewhat fruity hops. Lightly scented, but interesting fruitiness smells like pears and candy apples.

T: Caramel up front with a consistent earthy hops that are moderately bitter. Not as fruity as the nose would have you believe, and not as much bite as a lot of IPAs. Similar to an ESB in some respects, but a little more hopcentric. A nice IPA, but not in the same league as Sculpin, Blind Pig, etc.

M: Medium to medium-light bodied with a robust smooth carbonation for a creamy mouthfeel.

D: A very nice and smooth IPA that I could easily session. Decently big beer at 7.5 ABV, but doesn't seem "big" at all. Very easy drinking and subdued malts/hops. Great in that respect, but at such a big ABV and at a $10/sixer price tag there are some more attractive IPAs out there (Green Flash, Stone come to mind).

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Photo of badbeer
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange/copper color with a white head that retains well and leaves good lacing on the glass. Grapefruit, pine, biscuit, caramel and an astringent grassy-ness in the aroma. Taste is bitter with pine, grapefruit, light lemon citrus, and a bit of lightly toasted biscuits providing a bit of a malt background. Less than medium body, dry finish, and medium carbonation. A nice, drinkable IPA that I'd enjoy from time to time. Maybe future bottles will have a better aroma, but the taste and mouthfeel was good at least. Thanks to doubleo for the bottle.

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Photo of BeerStine
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with medium-light carbonation. Thin white head that disappears rather quickly. Maybe I didn't let the beer warm enough?

S - Faint fruity tangerine hops smell. As the beer warms a slight dank hop smell emerges. Mild biscuit malt smell.

T - Not much flavor on the tip of the tongue but sides of tongue picks up lots of citrusy tangerine flavor. Some lingering bitter aftertaste. Definitely more balanced (read: less hoppy) than most IPAs that I've had.

M - Medium-heavy body. Lightly carbonated.

D - In terms of ease of drinking the beer is definitely drinkable. The taste is somewhat one-dimensional for an IPA. A beer I would not mind bringing to a party and drinking a sixer of. But not a beer that I would savor and look forward to drinking.

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Photo of b3barron
3.22/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a Bell's pint glass. One of a few hop-focused beers brought back to me from California. My first beer from this brewery.

A - Normal pour produces a thin one-finger, off-white head with very little retention and small traces of frothy lacing. Nice glowing orange color with reddish hues when held up to a lamp.

S - Spicy hops and Caramel Malt. Faint floral hops and a little pine.

T - Malty sweetness giving way to earthy, then piney hops. A nice bitterness balances this beer out while it hangs around through the finish and sticks to the back of my tounge. I actually get some alcohol as this warms.

M - On the fuller-bodied side for an IPA. Could perhaps use just a little more carbonation.

D - Not bad but full body and warming alcohol detracts from the drinkability in a style that I otherwise consider to be very drinkable.

I like to call these "pizza beers". They serve a purpose but would not be an IPA I would buy regularly with many better alternatives available. Glad I had a chance to try it and worth a shot.

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Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,816 ratings