Union Jack India Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Union Jack India Pale AleUnion Jack India Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

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 BuckeyeOne
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass a hazy burnt orange color with very little head and very little lacing.

It smells like a standard west coast-style IPA: floral, citrus hops (with just a bit of pine but not much) and just the hint of biscuity malt.

Flavor followed the smell exactly: flowery grapefruit and orange rind with a sweet biscuit malt backbone. Quite pleasant and exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA --- might be the best tasting IPA I've had. A bit bitter in the back.

Could stand for just a bit more carbonation. It's more oily than I would expect from the crisp taste.

The 7.5% is well hidden. This is VERY drinkable, dangerously so. The alcohol sneaks up on you.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep coppery amber colour with a filmy head of white. Looks pretty dark, and pretty filmy for an IPA. Lots of lacing at least. Decent, but not exciting.

Nose is very pleasant, but lacking some of the potency and sweet straight exciting complexity. Some lightly spicy pickled orange aromas, with a big malty caramel and butterscotch character
Not overdone, like diacetyl at least. Decent.

Taste is sharp and pleasantly hoppy. Pretty well done. Caramel is a bit too pronounced but it is killed by the pleasant, direct hoppiness. Feel is a little thin, but the carbonation is spot on.

Drinkable enough. Not a great IPA, but a decent one. I wanted something more, but this is good enough in its way.

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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 thatsfine
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a million times but never got around to reviewing it until now. I can usually find the bottle dates but I am struggling on this one. 22 oz bomber

A: Orange-amber color. Clear. One-finger head that retains well and leaves thin lines of lacing.

S: Pine and floral hops.

T: The taste follows the smell. Full of hops and quite a bit of bitterness. Nicely done.

M: Medium mouthfeel, moderate about of carbonation. Fits the style quite well.

D: This is an IPA that I could drink plenty of. One of my favorites for the style. Goes down pretty easy and the 7.5% is well hidden.

I'm not saying anything new here, but it is a staple in my fridge and is always worth drinking. Even better on tap.

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Photo of fourplayed
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into 12 oz sam adams glass.

1 finger head, clear amber, tiny bubble rising.

Smells great - mildly sweet citrus & pineapple, malts, mild earthy-pine hops.

Taste - Big earty-pine hops up front, Then easy on the sweet citrus, pineapple, malts.

mouthfeel is very crisp and clean, medium body, nice hop bite and dryness on tongue, lite-medium carbonation, mild alcohol warmth.

Refreshing, drinks nice n' easy. Very clean & crisp, Hops out front with a great supporting cast of sweet citrus, fruit, malts. I'll buy again without hesitation. Put it in my top 5 for this style.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of citrus and piney hops

T - Just like it smells lots of citrus and pine hops in the flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a good lots of hops IPA it has a good taste thats easy to drink I could drink a few of these in a sitting worth getting sometime

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Photo of LittleDon
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint at the Stone Brewery on 10/14/10.

Golden with a tinge of amber. Clear with some carbonation. Good head retention. Aroma is floral, a departure from the typical West Coast, C-hop citrus smell. Front end has a bit of carbonation bite, floral hop middle subsiding to dull bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter, thanks Gobzilla for this extra!

A: Nice amber orange color with a great sudsy head that lingers. Great.

S: Light hops up front with a buttery tinge, followed by a toffee like malt aroma.

T: Well balanced. Some hops that lead to a sweetness of caramelly malt, some citrus and just a tinge of bitterness at the finish. I'm thinking maybe there should be more hops, perhaps this is a bit old? Wouldn't be surprised if it's supposed to be like this, and tastes good, but I would love more hops.

M: Medium, smooth with good carbonation.

D: Very good IPA, solid easy drinker.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a deep bright copper, forms a billowing head off whitebeige coloredwith a dimpled biscuit appearance floating well above the rim of my Sam Smith's imperial pint glass. Aromatics offer up intense floral, citrus, earthy hops. Almost perfume like hop nose, this beer smells great, ample bready fruity kick from the balancing malts another beautiful well created West Coast hop bomb. Sugar coated hops the interplay between malt and hops is beautiful sharp bitterness citric rinds with orange marmalade coated toasted wheat bread. A bit of mild booze and more malts come out as it warms hints of caramel coated fruitiness comes apparent. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied beautiful welcoming hop burps billow out, carbonation is dead on perfect for the style slight resinous texture going on. Drinkability is incredible another excellent well made brew from Firestone Walker, another West Coast IPA. A shipment from Hi Times in Costa Mesa was a very much needed birthday present to myself.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass. Tops with an off white banana colored head, dissipates quickly to a thin topper with solid lacing. The body is a clear pale orange color, like light brown sugar. Moderate carbonation rises through the brew giving a lively feel.

The scent is very hop forward, the citrus and pine bitterness combine into a nice organic scent which to me is quite refreshing. There is a thin malt in the smell, almost a honey biscuit type, definitely very light, crystal malt most likely.

The flavor is awesome, it takes the aroma hops and runs with them. The malt comes in right at the beginning for a prequel to smooth the palate with the hops kicking in immediately after that. I get a good amount of citrus, a tinge of pineapple, and that granny smith apple tartness. A seam of honey runs through it as well smoothing out that generic type hop bittering.

The mouthfeel is not too shabby, but not amazing. It's pretty reminiscent of the other firestone brews (double barrel, pale 31 etc) which doesn't strike me as too fitting for a 7.5% ipa. At the same time that thinner mouthfeel makes this brew quite drinkable.

I made some stew tonight and threw a few jalapenos and other spices in there to give it a little kick, I must say that it's a great combo with the hoppiness of this brew. In general hoppy beers remind me a lot of plants, and although I know many people talk about pairing beer with meat, I think that this vegetarian stew has an awesome amount of plant-like flavor due to the amalgam of vegetables in it. The beer and it go extremely well together to say the least.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must thank my buddy who lives in WA for this one. Ryan is the man!

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip at 45°F.

A nice clear pumpkiny hue that is more of a golden honey in the light. Wonderful billowing head that retains quite well. White patches and spiderwebs of lace all over the glass. Retaining as a thin white cap with pearly bubbles. A swirl brings forth a nice refreshing pine and grassy scent, nice sweetness reminiscent of honey in the background. I do find a slight tinniness in the aroma though, but it doesn't detract too much from the experience. Lightly caramel with floral overtones commence the taste portion, followed quickly by a nice English biscuit malt backbone, bringing forth a heavy dose of pine, spruce, and bitters, but well balanced. The carbonation is a fine level, not too prickly, yet not too soft. It helps to bring out the last little bit of hop aroma as each sip is finished. 7.5%? I can't even taste the alcohol. Highly drinkable and highly recommended.

Overall, I think this is an exceptional example of an American IPA. Quite assertive, it beautifully melds a strong honey biscuit backbone with the assertive hopping style of a West Coast American IPA. I only faulted the minor detail of a slightly metallic aroma. Otherwise, this is an excellent beer and I thank my friend Ryan for the treat.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating noted. Pours clear and golden bronze in color with a white head of about one finger in size. Some bits of lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma is all hops. Piney and fruity, but mostly piney.

Flavor was nice but not my cup of tea. Rather sweet and overly fruity. The pine notes are noted in the finish but this one is full of fruity flavors and sweetness. The bitterness is left way behind. The bitterness is there at the very end but not much in the flavor up front.

A bit watery on the mouthfeel with low carbonation. I just didnt enjoy this one that much. It looked good and smelled good but the taste and mouthfeel were not pleasing to me. DRinkablity was low but certainly wasnt anything gross. I wouldnt purchase this again.

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Photo of Florida9
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dull orange in color. Pours with a 1/2" of foamy white head that quickly reduces to a very rocky surface coating. Copious lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt, citrus, and spicy hops.

T: Mildly sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, pine, and some moderate bitterness. Finishes with a bitter bite.

M: Medium with appropriate carbonation.

D: Overall, a good IPA. Maybe a bit on the sweet side, but the hops are still the focus and I wouldn't consider this a flaw.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a lively head that sticks slightly. Aroma is hoppy and sweet, very citrusy and floral. The flavor is powerfully citrusy, with a perfumy character that lingers long in the mouth. The bitterness is strong and smooth. The mouthfeel is thick and clingy. Very tasty.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed an IPA in a while.

A - Perfectly clear, fresh honey golden color. The head is a bit sudsy. Laces a bit, kind of sparse.

S - Wow. Piney citrus. Loads of hop aroma.

T - The flavor is sweeter than I expected. With the nose, I expected a haymaker of hop bitterness, but it was actually fairly subtle to me. The hop flavor is more citric than anything.

M - Medium-bodied, nice feel.

D - Although it's a little sweeter than I prefer for the style, I certainly wouldn't refuse two or three.

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Photo of javincik
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Consumed at three weeks after bottled on date.

A-Pours a fairly clear, pale yellow with a two finger bone white head of small bubbles. The lacing is amazingly and clings beautifully to the glass as the head recedes. A true work of art.

S-Nice floral aromas from the hops dominate. Some pine and grass in there as well. The fruit and citrus aromas - while present- are not as pronounced as some other IPAs. Pleasingly pungent is how I would describe it.

T-Some initial bread and biscuit comes through but is almost immediately swept aside by a wave of floral and pine hop flavors. A little bit of fruity sweetness precedes the long bitter finish. Definitely more toward the floral end of the IPA spectrum. It's hop forward, but it's not out of balance. Nicely done.

M-Medium bodied and a little sticky and viscous. It is towards the high end of the ABV spectrum for the style.

D-Um, yeah. It's good. Would be my go to IPA if it was available locally. Definitely a top tier IPA.

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Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Nice aroma of hops, citrus and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit, lemon and malt. Almost reminded me more of an English IPA (less emphasis on citrus), but still very tasty.

M: A well carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of vtfan77
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 oberon
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have wanted to try this for awhile,glad to get my hands on it.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear medium to full on golden with a thinner but well retained white head.Citric and pine in the nose,I mean just great hop definition,a bit of sweet alcohol as well.The mouthfeel is just a tad thin and prickly but it doesnt take away from the drinkibility really,just me nit picking really.Well balanced with big resiny and citric hop intertwining with a hefty sweet doughy malt base,yeah the hops win out but the malt base holds firm.A great Cali IPA the hops are huge but its not totally unbalanced.

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Photo of mwa423
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a slightly hazy dark gold with a thin white head that quickly disappeared with little lacing.

S - Mix of light sweetness and lots of citrus/pine hops and a dirt like smell as well. Very well balanced aroma that is about perfect for an IPA.

T - Awesome flavor, perfect blend of citrusy hops at both the beginning and end of the taste. The middle is some light sweet maltiness.

M/D - Mouthfeel is rich and thick. The hops leave a pleasant tingle on the tounge. Very drinkable and hard to keep in the glass.

Overall, I wish this was something I could get on a regular basis. Great IPA!

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Photo of degerbah
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orangish into my pint glass. Very little head at all. Not nearly as much hop aroma as I would have expected, but I'm not dissapointed by the taste. lots of hop bitterness that is lightly offset by a very sweet malty backbone. incredibly drinkable without any real hint of booze. The balance makes this a great multi-purpose drinker and I wish that it was available in Ohio.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber body. Respectable white head that lives a bit of lacing.

S: Like a cross between a pine forest and a fruit bowl. Dazzling.

T: Chock full of piney, grassy, and citrus flavors. Plenty bitter, but not excessively so. This one is big on IPA flavor but more restrained when it comes to IPA bitterness.

M: Oily and syrupy.

D: Everything an IPA should be. Thumbs way up.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Almost perfectly clear orange copper, just the slightest haze. I poured a little hard and left an enormous head with pretty good retention and some sticky lacing. No, glass destroying lacing-- I'll have to scrub this one.

Smell: This is just a damn fine hoppy smelling beer. Bitter and sweet citrus with orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. There's pine and some sticky bud too. Westside. A little caramel malt sweetness too. Not overpowering, just a solid and balanced IPA.

Taste: As good as the smell. Resiny, piney, and bitter grapefruit more than sweet citrus hops flavor. Bitter, but "balanced" by a tasty and complex tasting maltiness-- not just caramel, but a spicy, slightly toasty malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and on the full side for an IPA, although this is on the big side for a regular IPA, so thats not too surprising. Good carbonation. Resiny finish.

Drinkability: Just fantastic. Its a little on the pricey side, at least here on the east coast, but at least its available. I'll be buying this one over and over.

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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 claspada
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an average amber, maybe slightly darker with great clarity. Not much of a head, but decent lacing.

Aromas are quite west coast. Pine is the big one, with slight citrus notes, cant detect much malt at all at this point.

Taste follows the nose but is not the only component. The sweet bready malts also showcase and are extremely enjoyable. Hop bitterness and flavor also are prevalent.

Overall this is easy drinking and very tasty. Great beer, wish I was on the west coast to enjoy it often.

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