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:
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Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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4.23
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Photo of Preismj
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: nice amber hue with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing.

s: great scent to this IPA. wonderful aroma of citrus and earth. Lots of lemony smells coming from this.

t: like summer. a perfect blend of citrus and pine. Nice amount of bitterness from the hops. this is very refreshing. Alcohol comes out to play a bit more as it warms as due a the tastes of nutty malt.

m: A little light for my liking. not as sticky on the palette as i'd enjoy. Leaves the mouth dry.

o: great taste here and perfect in the heat. definitely fits the west coast profile and still brings uniqueness to the table.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper color, with some lacing. Smelled like pine and grapefruit, with hints of some sweetness. Tase was bitter up front, followed by nice bitterness all the way through, but mildly. Pine and citrus notes are very stron; this is a typical and classic west coast IPA, a very good one at that. Mouthfeel was good, and drinkability was good as well; great flavor and not overpowering in any way.

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Photo of ShrLSU
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearence is a bright cloudy orange color. There isn't much head but a slight halo around the rim and very little lacing. The nose is very citrusy. Some slight orange peel, and pineapple scents. Taste is just like the nose. Lots of big citrus notes up front along with piney hop resin. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slighty slick and oily from hop oils down the throat. Overall a very tasty IPA. It embodies the classic cali IPA flavors. Nice beer if you have it available.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap a while back at the Toronado, but drinking from a 12 oz bottle now.

The beer pours looking a little on the thin side. Not anorexic twins from extra thin, but like keira knightly thin. Looks a bright clear copper.

Smells fantastic. Big burst of a hop barrel right in your nose. Smells like a well groomed DIPA. Some grassy macro smell.

This one tastes great. Citrus taste with a piney resiny aftertaste. Leaves you burping up hops.

Decent mouthfeel, kinda weak. Not Urkel weak, but gil from simpsons weak.

Could be a DIPA in IPA clothing if the mouthfeel wasnt thin. Try it if you can.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm just copying from notes when I see fit from now on - who's reading this?

2-in head, white, dense-foamy - clean filtered yellow gold liquid (the color is ideal) - crystal-clarity - some lace

pungent hops - equal parts: piney, pineapple, citrus/tropical - malt? not much - a honey-ish background - vibrant overall, yet not terribly unique (aside from the banging pineapple fumes) - copious late dry-hopping, i'm guessing

more of a sweet, spicy flavor - malty-sweet, uh-huh - long-lasting pineapple nectar and spice (hops) - a spicy snap - medium-level earthy "hop" flavor and alcohol presence - pineapple diminishes as it settles - nearly a perfect split or hybrid of an English and American IPA, as far as my ideals go - more balance and malt as it warms

the alcohol warmth does linger long time, mellow solvent heat - has almost a whipped-frothy feel to it... - extremely soft up front with that warm alc rush trailing close - balanced sensations, lighter-bodied

kind of a straight-forward, but really tasty and enjoyable IPA - by American standards, it could almost be considered boring, especially to "hop-heads" - it's well-constructed despite perhaps leaning a little too toward the fruity hop character (which, honestly, probably has a nudge from esters, no?) - I want to suggest that a different bittering hop would improve this, but I'd have to see the recipe...

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Photo of jifigz
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a very clear and light colored orange with a nice white head that lasts slightly longer than average.

S: The smell is citrus and pine, citrus and pine, and some citrus and pine.

T: The taste is, well, citrus and pine. The flavor of this beer is just wonderful and it is not as bitter as I was expecting for having such an intensely hoppy aroma and flavor. The alcohol, for being 7.5%, is pretty much not noticeable.

MF: The mouthfeel is nice and light and very smooth. It feels crisp and clean on the palate.

O: This is a very solid IPA. I think it's almost impossible to have an incredible beer these days or one that really stands out, especially an IPA, because there are so many fantastic ones made. Yes, this IPA is delicious, but I don't see what sets it apart from other top notch India Pale Ales.

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Photo of Moose90
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 03/14/13
Tasted On: 06/09/13

A – Pours true to the style. Light amber honey hue. Translucent, and head is bright white, recedes quickly, and leaves nice, light lacing behind.

S – Nice bouquet here. Lots of citrus and sweet malt notes here, light lemon, grapefruit and pineapple.

T – Bitter, fruity and nice pine notes. A little metallic note to it as well, overall very clean, malt backbone comes through here, but it is only lightly sweet, nothing cloying.

M – Nice and crisp, carbonation is near perfect.

O – Very drinkable and refreshing IPA here, nicely bitter and balanced out by some light sweet malts. The nose on this one is great.

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Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like this has high marks. Came in a pre-mixed sixer from Ryan & Casey in Greenfield, MA.

Pours a dark gold with a two-finger head into my glass. Lacing as expected.

Grassy hops with a citrus backbone. I can't quite put my nose down on it.

Like biting into half of a grapefruit. But, it doesn't wham the tongue. This allows one to absorb the flavor of the malt as well.

Lingering bitterness that leans towards grapefruit.

I can honestly say that I think this lives up to the high marks bestowed by the bros.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Stamped 11 May 2011, presumably the bottled on date.

A: Hazy with bubbles, capped with white head. Orangey, but alright. Nice lace.

S: Gently hoppy with citrus notes.

T: Good IPA, perfectly balanced, with extremely pleasant malts underlying the grassy/citrusy topnotes. The aftertaste is vaguely bittersweet, and very smackworthy. Nothing jumps out at you, but you couldn't ask for much else from an IPA.

M: Robust, smooth, full, delicious, tasty. Yum.

O: Understated excellence. This beer effortlessly succeeds in being a really nice IPA. Inordinately drinkable, and highly recommended. Will have again.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a goo den orange. Pretty dark for a single ipa. A pretty minimal amount of head especially for an ipa. Smells great! Tons of grapefruit and piney hops. A touch of sweetness from the malt backbone. Tastes sweet and very balanced. A very strong but mellow hop presence. Overall very solid!

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Photo of Kelz87
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

From 12 oz can into tulip. Can dated 2-27-15

A- a semi-hazy dark gold/ copper color, with about 3 fingers of thick sudsy white head. Not much lacing to speak off.

S- very tropical, citrusy, grapefruit rind (mostly papaya and mango). Little to no malt sweetness

T- nearly identical to the smell, with some clean malt backbone.

M- average to thin mouthfeel, very little CO2 burn. Not really much to talk about here

O- I think it's a pretty good beer. Definitely one of my faves. This is about my tenth one or so since moving back to mainland. Plan to keep on buying more, but would love to try a much more fresh one. Preferably <100 days old

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head that fades down. Leaves a slight amount of sticky lace. Color is a slightly hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Tons of citrus fruit aromas. Grapefruit and tangerines. Fresh floral hops with a small amount of bready malts.

Taste: The citrus blends a lot more here with the bready malts. Lots of floral hops. Grapefruit flavor is big.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, but refreshing. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky.

Overall, a solid ipa that is very drinkable. I think this compares a bit to sculpin with all the fruit flavors. I dig it.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice bright golden amber color with a nice head that left a good amount of lacing. This brew is very clear.

S- Smells mostly of citrus and pine with plenty of earthy caramel malt as well. A nice balance while still being really hoppy. Smell is pretty bold.

T- This one follows the nose. Lots of citrus hops right up front. Nice sweet malt provides a wonderful sweet malty backbone. Full in flavor with great balance.

M- Medium in body, good carbonation and nice and crisp.

D- Very well balanced, could drink this all day long.

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Photo of Godot
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright copper color with a white head. Thick curtains of lace hang on the glass. The smell is citrus and tropical fruit. This is a very hoppy beer. Pine and pineapple with a powdery dry malt finish. The alcohol rises at the end, cutting back a bit on drinkability. I would definitely buy another six pack (though it was a bit expensive).

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Photo of orcasteve
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one is nice, a beautiful amount of hops, it is bitter from begining to end and the after taste laeves you wanting more, this one is a orangeing yellow color (lighter than i usaly like) that pours with little to no head, it is purfictly carbonated and at 7.5 abv it is no joke, try this one it is good

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse in LA. The beer was very clear, orange color, just enough foam and a lot of sticky lace. The aroma is so good, more American than English (and based on the name I think I expected a more English version), lots of American west-coast style hops aroma in this. Citrusy, delicious, and it came through in the flavor also. Medium body keeps it drinkable, although it's no slouch at 7.5%.

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Photo of GoreStorm
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz. glass into a pint.

A - golden yellow with a big puffy head that fills the remainder of the glass. the head stays around for some time but eventually diminshes to about a 1/8th inch and towards the bottom of the glass a moderate lacing.

S - it's very rare that i get an immediate scent trigger from a beer that reminds me of something very specific. of course, with IPA's you're going to have the floral hop nose, but this reminded me instantly of the honeysuckle that covers the fences in my mothers garden.

T - now, i usually don't care for pale ales, but this is quite nice, the flavor of the hops and the bitterness is obviously there, but unlike a lot of pales, i don't feel like i've just drank a beer that was laced with hairspray and perfume. there is a light caramel malt going on as well. decently long bitter finish.

M - crisp and clean.

D - the 7.5 alcohol is deceptive, it doesn't come through like a 7.5 to me but more like a 5.5, i could drink several of these in spite of not caring for IPA's

Notes - i'm impressed, firestone has officially earned my respect, i don't like pales, or beers with high hops usually, so i'd say this is a pretty good beer. maybe i'm wrong but i'd say it's best for a beer to appeal to a wider audience rather than just to hop freaks.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Label states it was bottled on "4/26/12." Yikes. And this was broken from a six pack as well. Let's see what 4 months do to a style which shouldn't preferably be aged...

Appearance is of clear amber, although definitely on the side that gives the appearance of honey or syrup. Not much of a head, but a nice white circle fights to remain at the top the whole time. Carbonation fluctuates moderately up the glass. Looks more like a pale ale than an IPA, but not bad all the same.

On the other hand, this definitely does not smell like a pale ale! There are vivid floral and citrus notes all around, yet no sweetness, nor any alcohol for that matter. Still, it's only moderately spiced, and it leans towards a zesty, refreshing smell in the process. Very nice!

The initial flavor, to my surprise, is quite malty. However, it immediately seeps through and is replaced by honey, caramel, and a little bit of soapiness. There's a brief alcohol burn towards the finish, as well as a modest hop attack on the senses. It's really syrupy, often resembling a DIPA, which I enjoy. However, it's pretty balanced overall, and the beer is really smooth and full-bodied. It's really easy to drink, and I am personally enjoying the citrus flavors that become more notable as it warms up.

A decent IPA that definitely takes risks here and there, but works out very well in the end. It's very good for a casual IPA enthusiast, and pairs very well with many types of food. I would probably stick with the DIPAs which provide the extra "oomph" I always desire in the hops department, but it really is an excellent beer that is surprisingly and fantastically balanced. Recommended!

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Photo of raynmoon
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it was the glass I used but the beer appeared extremely carbonated. Bubbles were screaming up the beer and hugging the class, making it hard to see the color. The head of the beer also looked very soapy white and thin.

But the smell and taste was very very nice. Fresh hops with a nice malt backbone. It isn't hardly complex. I mostly get this one-hop flavor;orange or tangerine. But it still very balanced and worth buying.

Double Jack is a little better, and I like that one with a few months on it too to cool down a bit.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting with rye726 and ratman197. Beer #6 of 8. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

A- Golden orange. Semi-clear with a thin white head that reduces to a ring.

S- Lots of candied, caramel malts along with citrus, floral hops.

T- Pretty balanced as far as IPAs go. Getting some tropical notes from the citrus hops. This flavor was countered by a strong presence of caramel malts. Had a nice bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D- Refreshing and an easy drinker. Goes down quite well.

Overall, a nice offering from Firestone. May have been a little to balanced for my liking.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light orange-tinted gold with lots of bubbles streaming up the glass and a decent white head.

S- Very nice hoppy smell. Loads of grapefruit and orange and a touch of pine with a light biscuity malt backing. Excellent.

T- A bit of sweet malt upfront is quickly overtaken by the hops, which are assertive with nice pine and citrus flavors. Still, the malt manages to hold its own throughout, backing the hops nicely and providing a tasty bready complement. Moderate bitterness and a touch of residual sweetness on the finish.

M- Surprisingly thick for an IPA, on the heavy side of medium with a good carbonation level to balance it out.

D- The nice, balanced flavor is a plus and makes you want to drink more, but the alcohol is rather high for the style and the mouthfeel is kind of heavy and rich. Still, finishing the bomber will be absolutely no problem. I could probably drink a couple pints of this.

A very nice IPA that doesn't seem to generate a lot of talk around here. It was an impulse buy at Total Wine. We don't get a whole lot of FW's stuff around here and I'm not sure how long we've had Union Jack in Virginia, but I'm glad it's here now. I'd certainly get this again and I recommend it to all the IPA-lovers out there.

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Photo of spoony
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (dated September 19, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about two fingers of dense, off-white head with pretty good retention and lacing. The brew is orange-hued golden in color and mostly clear. I can see a fair bit of carbonation. Good looking, but not mind-blowing.

S-The aroma is hop-forward, but more subdued that I would have expected for this relatively big West Coast IPA. I get some zesty citrus like orange and grapefruit, and a touch of juicy pineapple. The malts are mostly buried, but balance is not completely gone with some bread crust and toast underneath.

T-The taste is more assertive and in line with my expectations. It is very zesty and citrusy with orange, tangerine, and a touch of pineapple, as well as a moderate bite of bitterness that suggests pine and pepper, but never really gets all the way there. Malts are out-gunned, but a nice bit of bread crust fills out the flavor profile.

M-The brew is softer on the palate than some beers, but with enough carbonation to keep it lively. Moderate to full in body.

O-This is a solid example of an IPA that verges on IIPA. My not-so-fresh bottle still packed a good hop wallop on the palate, although it was less inspiring on the nose. The relatively full body was a pleasant surprise and was perhaps the high point for me. Would love to taste a fresh bottle.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from BrewerB in a trade - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: An orange-golden body with a rocky, rough-looking white head with great retention. The slightest amount of haze, though by and large it's a fairly clear brew. Minimal carbonation.
Lacing isn't great, but a few pockets and islands are left behind.

Aroma: Huge grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest notes, a lot of higher floral hop ester notes, and some lightly roasted caramal and simple, wholesome biscuity sweetness.

Taste: Bitterness, but lots of balancing, roasted sweetness and biscuity malt. Sweet grapefruit and orange zest, more floral notes, but also some lightly spicy and herbal hop overtones. Very smooth, nothing coarse or rough. Well made.

Mouthfeel: Small to medium bubbled, fluffy and even, medium thickness and medium bodied, with some nice hop oils to add to the smoothness.

Drinkability: Great balance in this one, truly. Has plenty of bitterness but plenty of great sweetness and some fine hop notes to even everything out. A great overall beer, and highly recommended.

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Photo of hreb
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, bottled on 9/21/12, served in pint glass. Beer pours a pale straw color with a medium yellowish white head. Intense grapefruit aroma...mmm. Flavor is totally crisp with really bright hop flavors. Despite being way up in your face, the hop flavors are pretty mellow. This is not pure cascade. Amarillo? Carbonation is pretty high but works well here. This is a really great, if high ABV, IPA. Totally enjoyable and worth drinking.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into tulip. One finger head dissipated quickly. Nice aroma of pine and I detect some sweet corn for some reason. Very nice initial sip, leading Ng to a wonderful nderful middle and finish. Hoppy, citrusy with the right amount of bitter. Don't detect the juicy orange I sometimes get with sculpin or stone. I'll finish the six pack happily, but not my Fave IPA.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,574 ratings.
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