Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Union Jack IPAUnion Jack IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Murf_Magnet
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of L0ne
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From backlog. On draft at Gingerman in Houston, February 2015.

Very solid IPA. Lots of citrus hops and relatively nondescript malt background that balances the beer while letting the hops shine.

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Photo of Johnct
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of LisaMessy
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 24 May 2008.

Large tight white head. Moderately carbonated. Bright amber color. Aromas of pine, green pineapple and soap. Lots of pineapple and resin to start. Sweet throughout, gingery. Hops really make an appearance midway through and leave a lingering resiny finish and aftertaste, pineapple and bitter. Fairly light body. Ethanol is warming but not too strong.

Good well balanced IPA, worth a try.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle out of the fridge into a snifter. bottled 8/11/11 so maybe not the freshest (4.5 months old), but ive been surprised before.

pours out a hazy honey-orange golden color with a nice soapy, creamy white head. some really nice sticky lace on the glass and good looking retention.

kind of what you would expect in an older ipa. kind of a woody resinous scent, piney with some very muted citrus. a bready malt is right up there with the hops.

piney, woody, grapefruit citrus, a bready malt is right there to almost balance the beer. a little pineapple like tropical fruit. sharp bitterness in the finish lingers. just slightly vegetal the more it warms.

med to light in body, carb feels right, just slightly tingly on the palate. resinous somewhat oily feel.

im not sure if this is supposed to be a balanced ipa, but thats how it came off to me. luckily i purchased this as a single and dont have 5 other old bottles to drink, but overall this was still pretty decent. i can see this being really nice fresh as some of the flavors were very muted. ill be sure to be on the look out for some fresher bottles. however, still kind of surprising that this is an old bottle seeing as how this just became available in my area.

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3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle date of 02/04/14. So not the freshest but an IPA should not totally fall off in 10 weeks.

Pours a clear, pale amber color with one finger of head that settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Not a very strong aroma. I do pick up some tropical fruit, pine, and herbal hints. An interesting combination of hops. Dry malt with a slightest hint of caramel.

Much more assertive flavor but at a cost of being a bit astringent but not off-putting. Moderate bitterness with hop flavors of tropical fruit and herbs. The yeast added little in influence. Dry character overall.

Superbly carbonated as I expect from this brewer with a medium body. Outstanding texture for an IPA.

A very enjoyable IPA and a few things that I found to be slightly below outstanding. Far from the cutting edge of IPAs in today's market as it probably was 5-10 years ago.

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Photo of Moestavern
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jonb5
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Golden, clear, lots of bubbles, decent sized head, lots of lacing.

S: Citrus, pine, resin.

T: Grapefruit, gummibear, hint of apple, lingering bitter finish.

M: Crisp texture, light body, well carbonated.

O: A beer billed as an English style IPA, packed with Cascade, Simcoe and Mosaic hops. Closer to an American or even Imperial take on the style. Well made, hid the booze but it wouldn’t stand out from the multitude of IPAs on the market.

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Photo of ackleydg
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice orange color. Moderate head.

Spicy hopness in the aroma, but I'm picking up some alcoholic fumes, which is surprising given it's just 7.5%.

Again, a spicy bite with the hops, which is why I picked this over the other IPAs on tap. Does not linger on the back end like a lot of others do. A hint of citrus.

Smooth mouthfeel, despite the slightly higher booze content.

Overall, not the best IPA I've ever had, but my growler will be empty shortly.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 4/22/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and a tiny bit of soap.

t - Taste is citrus and pine hops, as well as some smooth malts.

m - Very smooth. Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty nice IPA. Some nice citrusy hops in the smell and taste and a nice smooth mouthfeel to it. Would have again.

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Photo of QuentinCompson
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Goliath glass

A - Poured into nice foamy 3-finger head; clear bronze brew; dark gold; sticky lacing; good lookin

S - hops, sweet, almost a raspberry note, balanced by slight caramel

T-M - Watery, refreshing nose; quaffable; spicy sweet hops drift in with a potpourri bitterness mellowed by distant fruits...

D - Would like to try this one on tap. Was lighter, or maybe not as malty, as many IPAs I've had. Normally dont session IPAs due to lingering bitterness, so my D takes this into acct. Extremely tasty IPA.

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Photo of deonreds
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of drewba
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Montrose79 & Cuzco for hooking this up in the Partners in Crime BIF!

A - hazy golden straw color with a bubbly head and a moderate amount of lacing.

S - HUGE aroma that doesn't fade into obscurity like so many ipas do. Light citrus coming right away, grapefruit, maybe some mango. This smells incredibly sweet - if I'm going to judge how its going to taste from the smell, this is going to be cloyingly sweet.

T - Thankfully, the sweetness I detected in the aroma didn't translate to the taste. On the first sip, I'm getting a faceshot of a nice bitter hop profile - the grapefruit is showing up as is orange peel and some bitter lemon rind. Some spicyness too - coriander, anise, and pepper.I'm loving the malt bill used in this, there is a lovely, light cracker/bready taste helping to balance everything out. I'm also detecting a little rum raisin and licorice in the back.

M - One of the thicker ipa's I've had without stepping into the double ipa realm. The medium - high body is actually nice because it has such a buttery smooth mouthfeel while the tiny bubble are massaging me into it's arms.

D - A musky, lingering bitter aftertaste is the only thing from keeping this from being a perfect 5. Otherwise, this is absolutely easing drinking, all 7.5% alcohol is masked wonderfully and I wish I had another.

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Photo of gustogasmic
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

golden honey-orange, good clarity, on the road to transparent. Super-active carbonation, a sticky lace ring. Medium stringy lacing.

fruity hops- peach meat, slight pine, beeswax. Not super pungent.

The taste is wonderful, a tangy citrus bite is leveled out by a nice rich sweet malt body, carrying the mango, peach, and pineapple, which is then dried out by a great alpha bill, and finally a residual bitterness that is big but welcome, earthy but one-dimensional and clean. I love the way that the beer tours the drinker through some essential features of American IPAs- the way that sweetnesss can get kicked aside by hop bitterness, the wonders of the bitter linger, the citrusy and piney qualities. I wish that I could get this all the time in Michigan.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chadski
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Atlas1
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the Firestone I've had before. Now that we have access to more of their stuff here in SA, I am excited to try newer beers too.

Pours a pretty, rich golden straw color. Decent lace. The nose is easy going grapefruit with a hint of pine and alcohol. Taste is big and hoppy, with strong citrus flavors and chewy grass and pine mixed in. Boozy but not unpleasant. Strong bitter finish doesn't let go easily. Firm mouthfeel.

I really like this beer. Maybe not a great session ale due to the ABV, but I could still put 2-3 back in a sitting without any trouble. Reminds me of the Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point, to be honest, just with a little less citrus; but along those lines. I'll revisit the Union Jack again. Cheers.

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Photo of Chief99
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kccraftenthusiast
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tut2528
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very light, transparent golden color. Head formation is highly carbonated and dissipates quickly leaving a very thin lace.

S: very sweet, tangy citrus and mango with touches of lemon and grapefruit (fruits are definitely in abundance). Bitter hops are mild but present and are well balanced within the fruits.

T: very light body, hops are definitely more pronounced in the taste compared to the nose and dominate the taste buds. The fruits are secondary here and once again mango and orange with grapefruit present.

O: this is a perfect beer for the spring and summer the temperature warms up. It's got a great balance and is full of tropical fruits and is light-medium body. Drinkability is high with this one and alcohol is unnoticeable.

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

from the bottle into a beer glass, look was surprisingly light and no amber hues, smell faint citrus and pine together, taste starts strong finishes fast no citrus to note despite smell, lots o' hops and a carbonated feel for a strong feel, alcohol is prevalent, good beer for a solo beer night or as a night cap.

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Photo of kkarimi
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,722 ratings
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