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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Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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Photo of J_Britt
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color. No nose or very little. Very balanced between sweet and bitter. Finishes slightly sweet. Very good beer but not an IPA. I would call this a pale ale.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

First impression - this bottle tried to gush on me, but I poured it before it could. It had been sitting totally untouched in the fridge for a few weeks.

Pours a 1.5 finger milky, off-white head. Appearance is a wheaty golden color with no big particulates.

The nose is citrusy and piney with a decent amount of caramelly malt presence.

Taste is much more malty than I thought it would be... almost somewhat savory as well. Very little bitterness in the finish, but a decent amount of floral hops. Very smooth and drinkable, with a nice tight finish.

Overall these seems like a great beer - I would like to try one that is a bit more fresh.

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Photo of Cmteagardin
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of slader
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid example of the IPA style. Definitely a big beer with a robust flavor that lingers. I like that the name is representative of the styles roots. I've never met a Firestone I didn't like. I'll admit that sometimes I have trouble fulfilling the 250 character requirement for these reviews!

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Photo of Andy1125
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DemoniChris
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Goose72
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of moose3285
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to largadeer for this extra.

A - Pours a light amber color with a small white head, which fades pretty quickly.

S - As soon as I opened this I got a whiff of citrus and pine. A classic IPA smell. A little bit of alcohol in the nose but not much. Overall, this beer has a very nice smell.

T - The hop bitterness is right up front. Similar to the smell, citrus and pine. I felt like the hops were kind of overpowering and the malt flavor was almost hidden, but as the beer warmed up it balanced out a bit more.

M - Mouthfeel was a little thin and over-carbonated. It also felt very dry. Not a bad mouthfeel but not great.

D - This is a really drinkable beer. It felt pretty thin for a 7.5% ABV beer, which could cause this to sneak up on you. The dryness my cut down on drinkability a bit, but I would definately drink more if I had them.

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Photo of Mikey55
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of _thatgregguy
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since I never had this before and it was so highly rated on here. I've had a lot of IPA's like many on here so I was a bit skeptical to see if this would be a bit different from others in the pack. After finishing this off, there was no doubt that this was quite enjoyable and a bit of a welcome surprise, without being a complete "hop bomb". There' just enough subtlety here to keep it in check while still being strong enough to remind me that this was certainly an IPA!

This had a good almond hue to it with a soapy head and lacing the clung down the sides of my glass like dishwasher detergent. The aroma could have been a bit stronger but there was a lot to like in the taste and mouthfeel. Lots of earthy hops in the nose and taste with pine, citrus rind, and a bit of whiskey tossed in for good measure. Quite a British feel to this in the earthiness with the aftertaste finishing just a bit heavy in the alcohol. Just a hint of dark spice could be found here too but everything worked well together and this beer had the feel and texture of a liqueur like Jameson or 43. Strong this was but it never felt overpowering at any time.

There was just an undertone of the citrus rind and metallic hops that characterize so many of the west coast IPA's but there was more to this than the usual California feel that characterize American beers of this style. Yes, this was strong but that's to be expected for a beer of this style. The complexity really shone through here and the carbonation was so perfect that it took a back seat to the flavors and mouthfeel that stood out a bit more. The Union Jack on the bottle was quite fitting as this had a strong foreign feel to it and any hophead of fan of IPA's ought to try this out since a beer like this broadens the definition of what a hoppy beer is capable of being.

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Photo of Bradaplast
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WankelEngine
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful, clear golden-amber. There is a foamy offwhite head of a finger and a half with decent retention. Spotting is light-moderate and spotty.

S: Tropical fruits and pine are the main players. Pineapple and citrus. There is a bit of light caramel if you're looking for it.

T: Again tropical fruits are notable. Citrus and maybe mango come out as the beer warms a little. There is a definite bitterness that comes in the form of grass cuttings and pine. This increases and lingers with a little alcohol heat in the finish. There is a reasonable malt backbone with notes of toffee and caramel.

M: Medium thickness and soft carbonation make for a soft, full mouthfeel.

O: A decent IPA. Fairly well balanced and drinkable. Could mistake the ABV for less. A good mix of fruity and bitter hops.

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Photo of Omnium
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a semi hazy orange, nice head great lacing
S - No really potent strong smells here, but you get some nice citrus hops, a little sweet caramel malt, and some pine.
T - Solid, good balance of hop bite and malt, fresh lemon zest, a light floral touch and a mild caramel malt to smooth it out.
M - Great feel, just the right amount of biterness, some more resin hop feel comes in as it warms up.
O - Just a good solid IPA with well blended ingredients.

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Photo of wphall
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jbowers56
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good amber colour with fluffy white head, about 1 finger to start with.

Nose is pure citrus hops. Grapefruit, a bit of pine (may be from my christmas tree though haha). Good stuff.

Unsure as to the condition of this, but it was not as hoppy as I expected from the nose. Actually, its quite hoppy. But it was not as bitter as I thought it might be. Much less bitter than say SN Torpedo. Good fruity citrus hops and caramel sweetness. Quite good indeed. Bitterness almost grows as you have more - something that I haven't experienced much with other beers as they have either been to bitter to keep sipping, or each sip has refreshed the palate. Interesting.

A slight chalkiness in the mouth feel which reduced drinkability. Nothing huge though.

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Photo of RickS95
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little to distinguish it from other beers of similar style. It's a peach-colored beer that is fairly translucent. I got no head from the pour, only after swirling it around did I see much in the way of bubbles. Bright white color, but not the usual make up. Very uniform bubbles, no thick peaks and valleys. Pretty good retention and a thin lace left behind.

The scent of a good IPA never grows old. Orange rind and pine. Nothing more is needed.

Taste is similar. More malty on the palate than in the nose. Again, orange rind and pine are front and center, though I'm picking up some grapefruit as well.

It's a really clean IPA. It doesn't go overboard with the hops, though it's plenty bitter. The bitter lasts well into the finish, but doesn't overpower the taste buds. Medium bodied, despite the highish ABV, it doesn't really approach Imperial levels. A wet, sloppy finish.

It's a really nice example of the style. They did a classic and didn't overdo anything. Proportions of malts and hops are ideal. Makes for a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nicked
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a crappy Marriott hotel-room glass (I really need to start packing a solid pint glass).

Tasty beer! A totally different flavor profile that a lot of the IPAs I've been drinking lately.

A: Standard clear gold

S: Hops rule the nose - sweet and tangy scent.

T: Great! Starts with a little carbonation that's quickly overpowered by lemony hops. Biscuity notes linger in the background.

M: Lovely, chewy, well-rounded.

O: Very solid brew, would definitely buy again. Didn't even notice the ABV until the bomber was empty...

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small one finger head, most of the bubbles are big, so I doubt it will hang around long. The body is a cloudy dark orange-amber color, very little transparency in this beer at all. The head is now gone. The body looks good, but again with a Firestone beer, the head is not very impressive. Overall the body looks like a good IPA, the head, not so much. Huge hop smell up front on the nose, if I didn't know better I would think this is a double IPA, I guess it is close because it's 7.5%, but still. Very citrucy, very clean, nice malt note in there too. The smell is very good, it smells like a real hop hound! Damn, that's a legit IPA. On the first sip you just get punched in the mouth with flavor, very hoppy, significantly malty too though, pretty well balanced in fact, for an IPA. The alcohol is covered up pretty well, but you can still tell it's there. Overall the taste is pretty one dimensional, but it's a very big taste and isn't skimping out on anything! Drinkability is actually very high for it being 7.5%, and the mouthfeel is very good too, pretty thick, not too much carbonation. Now that I drink the beer more and more the alcohol an malt sweetness is coming out more, which is common among IPA's, but I'm not a huge fan of it. Overall a very legit IPA, for sure more flavor than their pale ale, and a good IPA to look to if you need to know how a good IPA is done.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, bright gold. 2 finger head that slowly recedes and leaves nice lacing. Nice!

Smell: Pale malts. Citrus. Maybe a little pine.

Taste: Actually pretty sweet up front. Bittering hops on the tail end, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Nothing incredible here. Nothing bad either. Not harsh for the ABV, but I've had smoother as well. Overall, nothing to complain about. Very drinkable.

Overall: Last beer of my sixer. Very good IPA. I will buy it again come summer.

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Photo of bifrostguard
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear light amber color with a moderate off white head leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S - Citrus and floral hops with a distant malty scent in the back ground.

T - Citrus and floral hops are balanced quite nicely, leaning more towards the citrus side. Biscuity malt hold the flavors together and creates a rather enjoyable west coast IPA.

M - Somewhat thin, but still feels pretty good.

D - This is a damn fine beer, but at 7.5% it works as fast as it goes down. That being said, I could still drink a ton of this stuff.

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Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Toasted golden with a nice quilt of whipped egg white foam with a nice sturdy wall of lace. Smells nice with tangerine, grapefruit, some pineapple, english toasted malts slightly sweet on the finish. Bitter with a good sweet malt, some pine, some resin, orange peel - well balanced IPA if there ever was one. Medium bodied with moderate on light carb and a wet finish. Good beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Leaves lacing, although no head. Clear copper color body.
Tropical citrus notes, and pine. Bitterness.
Good mouthfeel, very drinkable. Overall a very nice IPA.

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Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6,718 ratings
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