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 | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thank you to Jayli for this one.

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, tan in color, high carbonation

Smell: big dose of pine hops, some citrus hops and toasted malt

Taste: sweet caramel and toasted malt in the beginning, spices and pine hops in the middle through the end. A touch of toffee shows itself at the end as well.

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet start with a moderately bitter middle and a less bitter end

Drinkability: A very good and nicely blended IPA that has hops but is not a hop bomb. The alcohol is well hidden. I could have two or three. I wish this was available down here.

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Photo of Streetcar
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - Amber honey with wonderful carbonation that continues as it sits. Very slightly cloudy, with a nickel's worth of head and a slow fall. Nice lacing as it does.

S - Cereal, with a grapefruit overtone.

T - Surprisingly balanced at first sip. Bready but not overly malted. No hop bomb here. Long finish, ending with a light hops to clear the palate. Others have described citrus and pine, and I can see why.

F - Silky mouthfeel.

D - Goes down very easy. I'm not usually a fan of IPA's but this has won me over. Overall, a complex beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a six pack with some buddies after finding this in New York. 3/10/10 printed on the side. Enjoyed on the first hot day of the year while grilling some burgers.

Poured straight into my shaped pint glass, it has a tame one finger white head that sits atop a bright copper liquid. Perfect clarity. The head is a little spacey with some big bubbles but it leaves great lacing and has good retention.

The aroma is freshly hopped and seems to have almost every trait of American hops that I can think of. Fruity is forefront, with a bit of apricot. Spicy and floral follows with some pine in the back to balance. It kind of reminds me of the smell of sweet wort after a flameout addition of grassy hops.

The taste is nice and balanced. It's surprisingly dry and refreshing as well. Bitterness rides in solidly with a bit of pine, orange, and grapefruit flavor. The sweetness of this beer is great. It adds a nice complement to the hop flavor by bringing a full, fruity malt character and a lot of "thin" caramel notes. The fruity character makes me almost certain they use an English yeast.

The mouthfeel is dry in the finish with a nice lingering hop note. Up front it is light bodied, especially for such a big beer. Still, the low carbonation and fruity malt fullness makes this beer feel better than your average IPA. This was a good beer for a nice spring day, but the high ABV really brought the buzz. I would get this again.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass - Snifter

A - Cloudy semi bright orange color with a 1-finger head, retention was minimal/didn't stick around, expected for the high ABV. Left some spots here & there, not much lacing.

S - Wow, big orange/citrus aroma, like an orange Popsicle! Fresh fresh fresh, pineapple/grapefruit/hop resin, pine, and a bit of tree sap. Alcohol in there as well along with very mild cracker & biscuit.

T - Sticky pine resin, lots of bitterness, fresh orange juice/pineapple/grapefruit/fruit zests and more hop bitterness. Not much malt here, touch of cracker, just big hop freshness/hop bitterness. More of an imperial, very noticeable alcohol as well

M - Slightly silky, slightly chewy, not full though, mild crispness and medium bodied.

D - Pretty damn good, expected more malts for some reason. Around average drinkability, I could have 1-2 because of the high ABV, but I think I might buy this one again. Good, not a seeker but worth a try. Cheers!

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

12oz bottle into a regular kitchen glass at the compound. Got this up in ny on a recent trip and it's super fresh.

Union jack, hazy sunset orange with a hint of amber and rising bubbles making for a milkshake of tannish foam about a half inch in stature. Faint spraypaint lace.

Smell is dry hopped with some 3c action.a big burst of citrus backed with pine and not to malty, but some caramel seeps in. not the most pungent ipa but it stacks up.

Jack livens things up in the taste department with some mango and some pine and some dry hoppin. Midway getting sweet malt with grapefruit, bubblegum and leafy hops and a trace of alcohol.

I like the feel on this, its aggressive in flavor yet the it's not all that harsh on the tounge, mouth etc. Just a mild bitterness. A lighter side of medium with medium carb, moderate spritz. Insanely drinkable, insanely good, I wish fw made it to pa. In the range of the first batch of torpedo, with more dry hopping.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- bright copper orange perfectly clear. Small head with a firm pour dissipates quickly. Small bit of lace.

S- lots of citrus and pine resin. Sweet caramel maltiness. Really bold but so simply done I'm so happy.

T- oh snap this is one hell of a beer. Very bold hopping that kills it with juicy ruby red grapefruit and the stickiest of the icky pine sap. The malts are so balanced against the assertive hops. Sweet caramel and toffe but dry.

M- medium bodied maybe slightly sappy with a nice amount of carb that easily cut into all that body.

D-its so very well done and as I just saw its 7.5 abv damn. No idea it was that big. I would love to be able to get this in my town I'd drink it all the time.

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

Served from a 22oz. bomber courtesy of the very generous volatilesther into my 22oz. HopDevil nonic pint glass at the appropriate temperature (03/23/10).

A: Pours light and refreshing golden amber with a slight straw hue capped by 2+ finger of a white foam with excellent retention and some nice ringed lace.

S: Aroma was very pleasant and filled with a great variety of pine and citrus hops and a faint malt backbone.

T: Taste was very crisp and refreshing a harmonious mix of bitterness and sweetness. The citrus and pine hops really show themselves and meld beautifully with the hint of sweet malt. The taste is amazingly fresh and the bitterness lingers perfectly.

M: Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation and great bitterness.

D: One of the easiest American IPAs to drink and I think that that is say a lot.

Overall this was nice American IPA, with great flavor and balance. Firestone Walker must have a passion for the pale. Thanks again Esther! Recommended.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear golden color with a hint of orange. Two finger white head. Resides to a bubbly layer of foam on top. Lots of lacing. Picture perfect.

Smells of pine, spearmint, grapefruit, and orange peel. Vague sweet honey malt. Just a hop wallop in tho nose.

Light sweet honey malts up front. Immediately overcome by bitter resin, dank, pine, grapefruit and citrus orange peel.

Medium body, broken up by a low end of medium carbonation. Unassertive bubbles. Oily bitterness.

I could see the hop bitterness becoming overwhelming after a few of these, but wonderful for a hop head. Very solidly crafted IPA. Pretty well balanced with a bias towards hop bitterness.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle a somewhat hazy orange color, with a collar of dense white foam. The nose is full of fresh hop aroma; tangerine, orange, grapefruit and pine. On the palate I get a bit of light malt flavor, but mostly huge citrus; more tangerine, grapefruit and orange. This is a great IPA. Beautifully balanced, quaffable, and easy to drink. Could drink this one all day.

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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 Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours clear lighter almond amber, dark eggshell head, fairly thin, but tightly knit and long lasting, leaving ample low sheeting and expansive lacing. Pungent hop juice nose, fruity and full of pineapple goodness. Hop saturated IPA, American in style all the way. More pineapple, resiny grapefruit notes as well, hop lovers rejoice...agressivly hopped and thoroughly deliciously crafted. A nice new addition to the neighborhood

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a hazy straw/amber. Fluffy two fingers of creamy, sticky head, lace everywhere.

Aroma - fresh grapefruit and pine, plenty of the essentials.

Taste - big crackery malts set the initial table. They tap into the sweeter side of the hops, juicy and citrusy but ultimately relegated to background detail as the bitterness quickly overpowers. Big, intense, a touch medicinal but it's in check. The swallow is dry, intense, and the bitterness clarifies on the finish. Whew, I could use some balance but the hops here are tasty and heavy-handed.

Mouthfeel - an element of slickness alongside some good crisp carbonation. Medium body.

Drinkability - I think this is one to have with a robust dish like some three alarm chili or some spicy barbecue. Much thanks to scribe594 for sending this my way.

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

I thought this was a British beer I had not heard of yet when I ordered it...its a CA brew. Anyway I was completely fooled and it compares well to a Fullers ESB but is milder and no 'fruity' undertone. Lots of citrus,piney, lovely hops not overpowering.

The 7.5% is surprising I would have thought it was lower. I would drink this again, even as a session beer.

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

Had this at a recent tasting. Thanks kbutler1 for the chance to try this want.

Clear golden in color, with a light copper tint. Off-white cap sits on top with good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is very hoppy, with citrus and floral hops dominating, but very wet and sticky, dank if you will. Only the slightest malt backbone on this one.

The taste doesn't disappoint either. Wet, piney and resiny hops. A sticky bitterness, with a lingering aftertaste. Floral and citrus hops dominate, but strong piney and resiny hops also play a role. Complex and extremely tasty, excellent stuff.

About medium in body, with a sticky bitterness, and appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is great, what an easy drinking IPA. The alcohol is a lot higher than I would have guessed, as it's completely masked by the massive hop characters.

Overall, this is easily one of my top IPA's. I would gladly have this again, and am very thankful I got to try a very fresh bottle. Thanks Kevin!

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Photo of IrieJackalope
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked a few 12oz bottles of this up a few days back, poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Color is fantastic. A golden orange that has been filtered clear. Hoppiness is smelt from the get go, as can be expected from any IPA on today's market. The taste is quite hoppy as well; not as floral as some of the other IPAs or DIPAs out there right now, but extremely approachable for a brew that bills itself as "aggressive." Firestone Walker normally does a good job with their brews, and this is no exception. My only gripe is that the one dimesion-ality of many of today's IPAs is beginning to grow old. Complaints aside, definitely pick this one up if you get a chance.

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Photo of GoApps
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. bottling date was slightly less than 2 months before I drank it.

A little lighter in color than many IPAs and filitered clear, which I'm not a huge fan of but whatever. Looked fine I guess.

Hoppy nose, smelled almost like opening a packet of hop pellets. Pine and citrus with a hint of tropicalness, I guessed that it was dry hopped with Amarillo, which it is along with about 6 other hops.

Nose carried through to palate, not a whole lot of malt presence, just tasted like a big mouthful o hops. Ample bitterness. Med/heavy body
A 1-trick pony in that this beer is just hoppy hoppy hoppy but it's one trick is a very good one.
I'm torn between B+ and A-
Glad I tried it, not sure if I would buy it often considering it was maybe 5 or 6 bucks for only 22oz and how many equally great IPAs are 8-12 bucks for a 6 pack (72oz)

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

Acquired this one from dgb3 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a crystal clear rich burnt orange color. A one inch of sudsy white head sits on top. Head retains moderately but leaves sheets of ringed lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of floral and piney hops in the forefront, hint of a malt backbone, and then comes a pretty decent dose of grapefuit and tangerine.

T: Taste starts with a big floral bite in the forefront. Taste then has a touch of earthy hops but mostly a nice balanced pine burst. Finish is where the grapefruit really comes in and gives you a nice bitter finish. The malt character is balanced well throughout this beer.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp at first with a bit of an oily finish to it.

D: Goes down easily, well balance, great representation of the style. I could definitely see this as a go to beer for me if they distributed out this way.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjl21, a generous trader who threw this in as an extra (pretty sure it was him, got my boxes mixed up so somone correct me if I'm wrong).

A - Yellowish orange with some hints or ruby red, clear with a small head that faded quickly.

S - Piney hops, bit of grapefruit, malt backbone comes through fairly nicely, carmely. Slightly grassy smell.

T - Piney off the bat, fades nicely into some carmel malts and finishes quite resiny. Malt backbone is present all the way through, and picks up steam as you go along.

M - Actually would like it a little lighter and crisper, medium bodied, a bit creamy.

D - Pretty easy drinker, not sure could session this one though as predominately piney beers tend to get somewhat hard to do after a while. Solid IPA I wouldn't mind drinking again.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bomber into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a clear medium fold with a finger of white head that fades quickly.

The aroma is medium starting off with some nice grapefruit bitter citrus notes. It is balanced with some nice hops that are not to strong and have a hint of pine.

The taste starts off a little sweet but then bring a nice amount of pine, not a ton but enough to make you pucker a little. Not a huge pine fan, but this is easy to drink.

The aftertaste is very chalky, sticks way to much.

Overall, this was ok, nothing special.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a golden yellow with hints of ruby, very clear and a huge four finger thick creamy head. Falls in pockets leaving sticky webbed lacing, really hangs on though.

S: Huge fresh cut ruby red grapefruit with some sweet caramel malt and a hint of fresh cut grass. Big nose, but not as complex as some...

T: Again, very ripe ruby red grapefruit, a little tangerine and some pine resin as well. Not overly complex but as a northwest style IPA it is very solid. The bitter hops really linger in the finish.

M: Light medium body and very crisp carbonation but not over the top. Dry bitter hop finish leaves you thirsting for more.

D: For 7.5% this is extremely drinkable and the lightness makes it go down super easy! Very nice, can see why it gets the accolades it does.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprising IPA, hefty, well rounded, bordering on a DIPA and rather memorable.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Old fashion English design over the image of a full pint and the name of the brew surrounded by a bear and a lion (CA and England?). Shows Alc. by Vol. (7.5%). Poured into a pint shaker glass.

A - Deep amber to amber brown pour. Generous head, fine retention and lacing.

S - Assertive hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, floral tones, malty sweetness.

T - Very rich taste, almost walking away from IPA into DIPA territory. Rich malty base, sweetness coated with a hoppy profile. Citrus notes predominate, some pine over the grapefruit and orange peel, before it goes back to the rich malt base.

M - Medium... to full body almost. Sense of stickiness with nice carbonation.

D - Hmmm, really nice. A bit much for an IPA, which maybe is why I'm liking it quite a bit. Out of style even? Sipper borderline.

Notes: Hmmm, I look forward to revisit this one. It was a single bottle and felt too good to let it go that easily. Nice surprise.

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

I've been waiting to try this one for a while, and finally got it thanks to a great trader womencantsail.

A: Pours into my giant oversized snifter with a light 1/2 finger head covering of nice fluffy head that fades slowly. It's a very clear pale orange color.

N: A very nice nose. Lots of fresh hop aromas, some fresh wet hops, chewy hops, some pine, a little citrus, and after that comes some nice light malt aromas.

T: A nice chewy bitter hop taste to start. Some pine and a little citrus. The piny flavors seem to increase as it goes. A little fresh wet hop earthy hops, but not much. Some nice lightly sweet malt flavors. A great chewy hop and some juicy hops. A hint of vanilla. Reminds me a lot of two headed.

M: Decent body but a little lighter, good carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter and gets a little more bitter on the finish. Some pale bitterness and spicy hops. A little juicy hop flavor and some sweet juices lingering. Some malts stick with it too. The bitterness lingers for a long time. This is easily becoming one of my fav IPAs. I'm glad I got a 6-pack, and I'm thinking about putting this into my regular trading schedule. Thanks a ton Andrew.

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Photo of OaktownFunk
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A: Beautiful honey/copper beer poured with fluffy 1" white head which quickly dissipated. Nice amount of tiny bubbles and generous lacing on sides of glass.

S: HUGE citrus aroma. Orange, grapefruit...etc. Nice floral scent mingles well with the citrus.

T: Initial hop sting on the tip of the tongue with firm yet not intrusive bitterness to finish. Moderate to dry with very little malt sweetness. I don't taste any of the alcohol at all.

M: Feels dry on my palette. Very little lingering after taste. Carbonation level is moderate to high and quite refreshing for an IPA.

D: I could drink multiple pints of this one. I really love the aroma and the citrus flavor is refreshing despite the 7.5% abv.

Overall: This is one of my favorite IPA's and luckily it is easy enough to find here in the Bay Area. I have also had this on tap at several local pubs and it always satisfies. Another gem from Firestone Walker.

Cheers!

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Photo of unHipHopHead
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a honey/copper color with a nice one finger head.

S: Nice sweet grapefruit aroma, floral and citrus.

T: Nice and crisp, full bodied with a great hop kick and a long lasting lingering hop aftertaste. There is a nice malt backbone that rounds this beer out but it doesn't get it the way of the delicious hops.

M: coats the mouth nicely. moderate carbonation to make the hops sparkle.

D: at 7.5% one bomber of this guy and you'll be set... for a while.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to pick up a six pack after trying this a few times on tap at a couple of local establishments. Poured into a Stella Artois glass at roughly 50 degrees.

A: A nice crisp golden body with a white fluffy head. The lacing is pretty extreme as well...engulfing the glass after each huge gulp.

S: The hop character is less floral/estery, but more bitter and straight forward...if that makes sense. Kind of reminds me of a centennial strain, or something similar to it. The malt aroma has a slightly corn-like character to it as well.

T: A very well balanced IPA...a slight sweet note seems to hit at the same time as the hops do; a beautiful and delicate balance between hop bitterness and malt flavor.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation and slight dry finish.

D: One those brews you'd shard with a non-craft drinker.

Overall: Could have more a punch, but the novelty of the beer is it's ability to hit the mediocre extremely well. A try it beer. Cheers!

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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