Union Jack India Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,600
Reviews:
1,350
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of CO-Bloom
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this (semi) fresh up in the mountains of NW Colorado. I have been waiting to try this for a while and it didn't disappoint.

L- light golden, with a white two inch head (poured from 12oz can)
S- Citrus, pine and some biscuity malt.
T- Sweet orange zest and grapefruit, followed by pine and hop bitterness all on some light unobtrusive malt backbone.
F- Kind of sticky, medium body and carbonation
O- Wonderful, classic example of the west-coast IPA I have come to absolutely love. I prefer this style of IPA to most (although haven't had any of those east coast hazy guys yet) One of my top 10 IPA's as of now!

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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 kwakwhore
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange pour with an ample white head. Lacing is all the way down the glass and there's a lot of it.
FLowery hop and malt aromas. Pine and citrus mingle in a sort of hophead's perfume which you continue to inhale all the way through the beer.
Flavor is seriously on the hop side of the force. but the malts fight back with a nice sweet flavor which competes with the hops all the way through the finish, but the hops do prevail in the end.
The mouthfeel is quite nice. Almost a double IPA kind of mouthfeel, actually a little more of that syrupy full mouthfeel in this beer than some double IPA's I've had.
Easy to drink. I wish I had more than one of these because I'd love to have another one.
This is one of the best IPA's I've ever tasted, no question. I wish I had another one so I could see if they all are this good.
Thanks to fellow Zappaphile Rzzz for this wonderful beer.

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Photo of WildBill1982
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JustShutUpStupid
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's be honest my friends, this is the only Firestone Walker beer I really really like. I've tried them all. Call me crazy but this beer has extreme depth. You know it when you drink it. It's like drinking breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nothing wrong with that. As they say in the movie the Matrix, "All a Body needs". And I don't even like the Union Jack Flag. Spend a few extra, and skip the other brands for this brewery. Signed 805 local person.

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Photo of kagent777
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is dated 2-24-11, I love seeing dates but this one might be a touch old, way to go Utah DABC. We all love you here.

Appearance: A clear light copper beer with a thin ring of bubbles that at one time was an off white head.

Smell: I get citrus and floral notes from a foot away, My nose is no where near the glass and it smell so intensely strong. Once I stick my nose in, I get a sense of semi sweet maltiness.

Taste: If this is four months old, I would love to try it fresh. The hops are still potent and the dominant flavor in the taste, as they should be. The caramel from the malts is present but unobtrusive, it plays second fiddle to the citric, floral, and maybe slightly earthy hoppiness that is so intense. The smell hinted at what was in the taste and did not disappoint.

Mouthfeel: The body is viscous and the carbonation middling. The finish is dry and long with a bitter aftertaste that is all a hop head could hope for.

Overall: Very pleasantly surprised. I am glad that this one is available in the Utah system and at a low price point, about 1.50 a bottle. I will certainly pick up more of these. Beware, only share with the bravest of friends because the flavor is very intense.

New review:

This bottle is dated July 3, 2012 so it is about 5 weeks old.

The flavors are essentially the same! The taste is still very hoppy and bitter with a slight sweetness toward the end. Citrus and pine are the dominant notes with caramel and biscuit malts.

A very solid IPA. This could go up against some double IPAs or some one offs and hold it's own easily. As long as I can get this one fresh, I will continue to buy it!

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Photo of Curt3
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mkh895
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tillmac62
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BOD 11/6/15. Clear golden pour with a hint of amber. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class nose of massive hops - citrus, tropical and dank. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango and finally a subtle earthy bit of dank with a touch of spicy spruce. Underneath the hop blanket lies a whiff of biscuit.

Medium bodied with a rich oily and creamy texture. Perfect carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is world class. Balance is perfect. Hop flavor is the theme here with a mild bitterness that is quite complex. All aspects of the nose appear. Tropicals lead over a subtle sweetness then flow into the rind components and showcase orange. A slightly bitter middle is balanced with a slightly stronger sweetness (biscuit plus a bit of caramel). As the middle fades, a slight dank hop flavor takes the forefront. The finish is remarkably clean for such an intensely complex ale. As it fades, a slight spicy note arrives. This one is a brewers masterpiece.

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Photo of nsilvern
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tommygunn
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jgubernick
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andylipp
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found fresh 6 packs in Massachusetts! Twelve ounce bottles with a 3/20/2012 bottling date.

A- Pours a crystal clear deep golden orange with a nice fluffy head that stuck around. Lots of sticky lacing remained as I sipped.

S- West coast, baby! Tropical and citrus nose that you could smell from clear across the room. Malt sweetness, too.

T- This is what a world class IPA is all about. Fruity hops bathe the tongue with malty, somewhat bready sweetness fighting back with just enough backbone. A bitter, grassy finish that lingers and begs you to take another sip.

M- Just right. Carbonation is spot-on with a palate-coating slickness.

O- I have to go back to the store for more of this one. Damn! Certainly one of the very best American IPAs. I couldn’t be more pleased that fresh Union Jack has arrived in my neighborhood, and hope it visits often.

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Photo of doucmehu
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice straw yellow with a hint of orange. The head creamy forms beautifully, leaving 2+ fingers that stick around quite a while, never completely leaving the glass. Lacing is significant.

S: Right off the bat, this is one fantastic smelling IPA. There is fresh pineapple, mango, blood orange, sticky pine resin balanced out by some sweet caramel malt.

T: The taste is a bit more malty than expected, with some caramel sweetness up front greeting the hops. Earthy resinous pine and grassy hops are more prevalent than the fruits, with the tropical flavors barely visible. There is more of a citrus rind flavor than pineapple or mango, but it works well with the caramel and grassy hops.

M: Smooth and creamy with nice prickly carbonation. Coats the mouth well, leaving a significantly oily and slightly bitter finish that hangs around for a long time. This literally makes my mouth water. ABV is nonexistent.

O: This IPA lives up to the hype - it is absolutely fabulous. There is little to nothing to improve upon here, with a fantastic balance in the nose, taste and body. I would drink this on a regular basis if available in MN/WI.

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Photo of jculler82
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear golden. Lacing all the way down.

Typical Centennial hop aroma, citrus (orange) with a slightly catty background. I know there's Cascade in there too, but the Centennial dominates.

Balanced IPA, beautiful hop flavor, but nice malt backbone backing it up. It's plenty bitter, but not abrasive. Perfectly dry, but the mouthfeel is chewy and full.

Overall, in a world filled with breweries filling their line-ups with IPA's and half of them being awful, it's great to be reminded that there are still some world class beers in the style.

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Photo of sholbert
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kmahe
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheDrunkenNerds
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

For 7.5 percent alc this beer is incredibly smooth. Perfect amount of hops. Firestone does not dissapoint here!

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Photo of mwrodz
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a really nice looking yellowish gold color with a white foamy head on top. The retention is good with a very impressive amount of sticky lacing on the glass. Them smell of the beer is very nice, fresh hop aromas with the subtle malt aroma in there as well. The taste of the beer is excellent. Easily one of the best IPA's on the market. Lots of beautiful citrus flavors in there with a very mellow malt presents. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very drinkable, Nicely carbonated and smooth. Overall... Awesome. This is something I'll be buying more of.

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Photo of saeh
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Laugookneetuss
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewerB
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is loaded with fruity hop character - grapefruit, pineapple, and candied citrus are all apparent with the pineapple being most prominent. Slight alcoholic presence. Malty sweetness is also there but rather clean and I can't pick out specific malt characters. Smells so wonderful I can't wait to taste it.

Appearance is a light gold, very clear. Formed a two-three finger white head which collapsed down to a finger and held up throughout the session. It is amazing how clear the beer is given its hop character.

Like the nose, taste is centered on the hop flavors - Pineapples and oranges most prominently. Bitterness is medium-high and this lingers into the dry finish. Light piney-ness. Very clean malt sweetness. Fantastic!

Medium bodies with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth bitterness without astringency. A little warmth from alcohol.

Overall this is an extremely drinkable IPA. Excellent hop aroma and flavor, great variety. Nicely paired with the clean sweetness. Easily a multi-pint beer.

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Photo of jckdaniels03
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,600 ratings.
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