Union Jack India Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

6,617 Ratings
Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass - thanks Rau for this extra.

A: Standard Golden/Orange body with a rim of white head. Hardly any lacing - not impressive from that standpoint.

S: Tropical Fruits, lemon, grapefruit, a little bit of hops.

T: Nice crisp, clean taste. The tropical fruits some through with a little bit of a hoppy backbone.

M: Medium bodied, mildly carbonated.

O: Not a bad year-round brew from Firestone. Between this and Double Jack, I'm not overly impressed but they aren't bad. I'd certainly drink this on a summer day.

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

Thanks to Solomon420 for this awesome extra
I poured this into a Sam Adams pint glass it resulted in a finger worth of white head that turned into a sparse lace. The body of the brew was a clear golden orange in color.

Aromas of pine resin and citrus' filled my nose. That really is saying a lot today because of my allergies are acting up. The flavor was a well balanced for a west cost IPA; I was almost in complete shock. Good mouthfeel with great carbonation for your tongue.

I think if this was my local IPA it would be my go to brew. easy to drink and it taste like a good IPA should

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - Union Jack India Pale Ale - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours a golden amber with a full foamy head. Good sticky lacing around the glass. Minimal carbonation. Good looking brew.

Smell - Bready malts with deep resinous hops over it, a bit low-key here.

Taste - Malts are quickly subdued by bitter piney/resinous hops.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is a dry bitter pine, not much else to it, a bit one-dimensional to be honest. Drinkable throughout, which is good.

Overall - Not bad, but I was not impressed overall. I think this brew is a bit overrated, but everyone has their own tastes. Firestone Walker does make amazing brew though, I highly recommend Firestone Walker - Double Jack if you want to be blown away by a good brew.

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Photo of sporklift87
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Draught pint at the Dog & Pony, Union Jack is pale orange with a creamy white head that leaves very light, foamy lace.

Smell is pungently hoppy, pretty classic west coast hop profile, heavy on the resin. Some nice apricot sweetness rounds it out.

Taste is similar, a nice big hop bomb, with minimal malt to stand in the way. There's a firm bitterness for sure, and some ethanol to remind of it's bite, enhancing the spiciness of the hops, but it's a fairly easier drinker overall.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, with an oily slipperiness.

Drinkability is pretty good, it certainly satisfies my hop craving. On the other hand, so aggressive it's a bit of a palate buster, and one that would quickly lead to fatigue, of both the taste buds and the mind.

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Photo of andrew300
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 10/25/12

A: light golden with medium off white head that retains well with good lacing. Brilliant clarity with medium bubbles

S: medium citrus and fruity hops (tangerine,mango,grapefruit) along with low grassy hops. Low bready malt in background. No dms or diacetyl.

T: medium high citrus hop flavor with some pine and resins. Nice balance of hop flavors. low bready malt gives a nice foundation for the hops. Medium bitterness for style that stops short of being assertive and balances the beer. Slightly dry, clean finish.

M: medium body with low-medium carbonation. Slightly creamy, no astringency, low alcohol warmth.

O: even being a few months old, this IPA was very enjoyable. It has everything I look for in an IPA.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thankyou to harvester to sending me a six pack of this stuff. Pour reveals a hazy golden colored beer, with about half a finger of white head. Big ripe nose of grapefruit, grassy notes, touch of alcohol, and a resin hop presence. Taste melds all of the above smells together, leaning towards the hop bitterness, grapefruit flavors, and mild alcohol bite. Body is between medium and heavy, leaning more toward the former. Alcohol is not overly present, just enough to peak its head up. This is a well made IPA. It reminds me of Mojo IPA from Boulder in a big way, maybe a little bit better. Certainly something I would have in my fridge often if it were available here. Cheers

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Photo of socon67
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange with a thin foam that laces extremely well. This looks really nice with a clear relfective hue. No visible carbonation.

S - Scents of citrus and pine give the feeling this will be a DIPA. Scent of hops is in the background.

T - Very hop foward. Flavors of orange and spice (nutmeg?) follow, and the finish is a bitter bite.

M - Raspy on the tongue, and pretty strong for an IPA. Well balanced though.

O - I like this a bunch as well as Double Jack. This seems a tad lighter, but with a similar punch. Definitely worth a try for those liking beefy IPA's.

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Photo of jsh420
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of logicalparadox
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of teddibrewski
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jmt308
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LoudRed
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of InkedinRi
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good ipa. Tuff to find fresh ones in RI

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Photo of vande
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid looking, deeply bronzen IPA... Nose and Taste ring true to other FW beers I've had.... a nice solid hoppy nose - some citrus notes, bit of grapefruit on the mouth and a nice fresh end. I'd be interested what it was like fresh, marked 2010, I just picked it up tonight. Either way, I'd drink another.

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Photo of ajthegreat
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4.18.12. I have been a big fan of Double Jack for a long time so I was stoked to find a fresh sixer, for NH anyways. Poured 12 oz bottle into Allagash tulip.

A. I have been drinking a lot of Heady and Smutty IPA lately so it was refreshing to see a crystal clear IPA that still reaks of hops. Perfect carbination, great 1-2 finger head that lingers long after the pour.

S. Def some huge grapefruit on the nose with pine notes creeping through the back. This has a west coast nose on it but I still pick up some of the malt.

T. Huge hop pungency up front. The citrus and pine come through in waves but fade to a very nicely balanced IPA.

M. Medium bodied, full flavored and super smooth. I could drink this all night and plan on it.

O. One of my new favorites. An amazing IPA that borders on a double IPA. Hop heads will rejoice but there is definitely something for everyone in this. Cheers.

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Photo of JustinAbs
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-review! 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal-clear amber color. The head is a creamy off-white shade that's about one finger high. While retention isn't fantastic, it leaves behind a great deal of lacing. Just a beautiful IPA regardless.

S: This is exactly what I expect from a west-coast IPA: lots of grapefruit-forward hops, backed by lesser notes of pine, black pepper, and perhaps even some marijuana. The malts become more evident as it warms up, providing an earthy, caramel-esque background.

T: Hops mostly cluster on the opening, providing not only grapefruit, but also peach, black pepper, and pine. The malt sweetness arrives in the second half of the flavor profile, loaded with caramel, toffee, and earth. A really good IPA, even if the bottle is a couple months old.

M: It starts off beautifully light and crisp...only for the sweetness to nudge itself in with a syrupy linger on the back end. This hurts the effect that the brew was going for; however, it's still stupidly drinkable for 7.5%. Dangerous, even.

O: This is probably one of the better 6-pack IPAs on the market right now. And it would be even greater if it were fresh. I could see this one being a regular in my fridge regardless, though.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pale light golden orange with very minimal head. Looks cool.

S - Delicious hoppiness and citrus malt. Makes me excited to taste. One of the best traditional IPA scents I have had the pleasure to sniff sniff.

T - Citrus and grapefruit. Yep, Solid IPA flavour. More malty than hoppy but a definite bitter finish.

M - Firestone is gaining a reputation with as having very clean mouthfeel. Smooth but crisp.

O - Very good example of a traditional IPA. I'm a Lagunitas guy for IPAs but I would drink this anytime.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Re-review. Bottled date of 12/27/12

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright orange amber, white finger width head, Good retention. Fair, sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell - Spicy, hoppy pine aromas. Touches on grapefruit. Strong bready, sweet caramel malts in the background.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hits on pine hop at first, with lesser notes of grapefruit. Sweet bready and caramel malts provide a strong, complementary backbone and shine mid-taste before fading near the finish, leaving a mild citrus pith aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate carbonation leads to a decent bite. Smooth. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - My tastes have certainly changed. What I once thought was an okay IPA, I know find quite enjoyable. While I'm still not sold on pine forward IPA's, I'm now able to look past that dominant aspect and take in the lesser characters of the beer. I think this is a beer I'll be drinking more of as time rolls on.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,617 ratings.
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