Union Jack India Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

1,348 Reviews
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Gobzilla
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a caramel brown with yellow highlights that a thin white head and left a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the caramel malts pop out first longaide candy notes, citrus, bready, and faint hop aromas that real don't make a statement for a IPA.

T: the hops did show up on the taste some what but they weren't as potent as I thought they would be. The caramal malts held it down on the backbone with bready and citrus accents: not real punchy.

M: the brew was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that was not real prickly but had a sweet, slight bitter, and oily finish.

D: it drank really good but didn't have the hop punch and hop profile that I expect from a west coast IPA; maybe it wasn't as fresh.

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

A - Pours a vibrant amber orange color with moderate amount of carbonation and very good head retention.

S - Very pronounced pine and citric grapefruit with crisp and crackery malt. Also has semi-ripe pineapple in the nose.

T - For a single IPA, VERY impressive! WOW! HUGE pineapple, pine, generous amounts of ripe grapefruit, and dry, crackery malt.

M - Finishes semi-dry and very crisp, lighter side of medium body.

D - Exceptional.

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Photo of Mooch273
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: translucent; lighter copper color for an IPA, almost like a dark blond. Decent head retention with mild lacing.

A: grapefruit-like citrusy backbone followed by a dominant hop flavor. Hints of apricot and pine.

T: sweet citrus notes upfront followed by a piney after taste.

M: mild carbonation; dryness after each sip makes one want another sip... also lleads to a quick empty glass!

D: light carbonation allows for several to easily be consumed on a warm summer night.

Overall, this beer always leaves a good impression.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of djmichaelk via trade. Thanks!
Bottled on 6/24/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Light amber colour - not cloudy at all, with one finger of bubbly cream coloured head.

S - Initial nose is well balanced with some bitter citrus hops and sweet caramel malts.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated.

T - A well balanced IPA with a significant malt sweetness and some citrus and piney hops. The hops are not overly bitter or flavourful but the bitterness does linger in the finish. Would love a little more hop punch in this one. The malt profile is somewhat more dominant on the palate than the hops are.

D - A good IPA. Not spectacular but one that I would drink again.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.02/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured to a glass. Light brown to orange color, a bit hazy, white head. Pretty typical IPA aromas, citrus and pine. Taste was pretty good up front, nice sweet, rich malt, but the finish really turned me off. There was a combination of flavors that didn't play well together on my palate...a combination of alcohol, the type of bittering hops and...maybe the oak?...just left me saying "not lovin' this." Difficult to finish the bottle.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this a long time ago (I think) and didn't care much for it...Let's try again...Pours a clear and vibrant amber, with a nice creamy head leaving sticky lace. Wonderful aromas rolling around here. Very piney hoppy, but it carries a sweetness with it that is very inviting. The flavor is extremely well -balanced - some of the best balance I've come across in an IPA in a while, particularly on the West Coast. Lots of fruity notes crammed in with the hops and malt really set this above the average for an IPA. Excellent ale and I highly recommend you track it down.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle a translucent golden honey to a sun king shaped pint glass with a 1/2 finger off white short lasting head with nice retention.

aroma of sweet citrus closely followed by piney hops. nice balance between the two.

wow - this is an IPA (?) it's seriously malt forward. citrus and pine are present, but the dark malt is all but in the very front.

very thick, almost syrupy, smooth and slick.

drinkable ? oh yes.

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Photo of dgilks
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Malty caramel aroma with nice pine and stonefruit hop aromas. Good.

Murky, copper colour with a small, off-white head. Middling head retention.

Nice citrus flavours with a note of pine. Interesting, rich malt flavour with moderate bitterness. Good.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Very good.

A tasty beer. Well balanced and deftly built. Almost an American ESB.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper color, with some lacing. Smelled like pine and grapefruit, with hints of some sweetness. Tase was bitter up front, followed by nice bitterness all the way through, but mildly. Pine and citrus notes are very stron; this is a typical and classic west coast IPA, a very good one at that. Mouthfeel was good, and drinkability was good as well; great flavor and not overpowering in any way.

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

22oz bomber poured into the Samuel Adams perfect pint glass

A: This beer poured the color of a rich iced tea with a 2 finger head. The head dissipated rapidly, leaving only a minimal lacing on the glass.

S: You get hit in the nose 1st with floral and citrusy hops and then a bit of sweet malt.

T: The taste is of grapefruit rinds and citrus fruits followed by a burst of malt sweetness. This beer is on the verge of tasting like a Double IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is of a medium body and has a good balance between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malt.

D: As far as drinkability goes, this is a very good IPA , but tries to act like a Double IPA with the 7.5%abv, so be warned this is not the IPA of choice that you would want to be drinking all night long.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, orange/golden with a small layer of foamy head

Smell: Floral hoppy with a malt back

Taste: A bit malty and sweet, but grainy with light hop flavor; tastes like a British IPA

Mouthfeel: Overall pretty light with a bitter finish.

Drinkability: Definitely more of a maltier IPA more in line with a British style- probably more drinkable en masse, but I would prefer a hoppier IPA..

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

Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Union Jack India Pale Ale-2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV--72 IBU's. (4.65 / 5.0) IPA--Thin lacy white head. Clear bright pretty rich gold color. Big floral grapefruit pine pineapple Cascade hop front. Crisp sweet tangy caramel grapefruit citrus pine hop infused pilsner malt body. Zesty crisp balanced hop spice end. Very floral Cascade hops. Sampled 8/24/2009. $5.49 Each.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Passion For The Pale--Union Jack IPA--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 72 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) No sediment. Lacy off white dense medium head. Clear bright gold color. Aromatic floral hop front. Crisp rich dry sweet buttery hop resin pale caramel doughy body. Creamy hop spice balanced smooth end. Rich hoppy crisp malty IPA. Lagunitas Notes? Sampled 8/3/2010. 6-Pack @ $10.99.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bottle with no freshness date poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep orange amber color. No haze or sediment. One finger white head with good retention. Sticks very nicely to the glass.

Aroma: Butterscotch and caramel notes surrounded by nice floral hops. Grapefruit and citrus notes everywhere.

Taste: Nice sharp grapefruit upfront from the fresh hops. Big malt sweetness balancing out the hops. Not much astrigency here at all. Very pleasant and balanced. Not the typical mind blowing hoppiness of the average west coast IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice crisp carbonation. Really easy to drink.

Drinkability: The ABV is a bit high for a single IPA, buit the flavor and mouthfeel make up for this. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall, a really, nice solid IPA that I wish I could enjoy more often. Similar, in my opinion, in flavor profile to Southern Tier's Unearthly. Definitely a new favorite for me in the single IPA category.

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

This dark-copper beer has a small head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is plenty hoppy, but it's pure American cascades--with the label I was expecting something a bit British. It's pleasant, though. Excellent flavor! It's bursting with hop flavor, while the bitterness never overwhelms. A nice soft, creamy malt layers underneath to provide excellent balance, leaving the finish not nearly as dry as one would expect, though the resiny, citrus flavor lasts a long time. Very good!

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Photo of
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While I readily admit I'm no expert, this is my absolute favorite beer. It tastes great, with a lot of complexity, though again, I won't pretend to be able to explain it. The smell contains elements of citrus and pineapple, just like the taste. Color is a deep amber, and very woody color. When poured into a glass, head holds on throughout the serving. Very thick initially, and though it thins out as time passes, it will hang on for quite some time.

This is my first review. and I honestly hope it helps, as I absolutely love this beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into imperial pint.

A: Pours a light amber with a huge, greasy, dense and long lasting head that took its time to reduce into a thick, oily layer of white bubbles that left a solid sheet of sticky lace behind them.
S: Rich caramel malt underneath light grassy and citrus hops. Notes of grapefruit and pint dominate, with bready malt beneath.
T: Follows the nose with a powerful citrus hop punch that melds into a sweet caramely malt and bitter citrus rind aftertaste. Toasted notes as well. The finish is full of fresh hop oil.
M: Medium-light crisp body, slightly oily, with soft carbonation and a clean mouthfeel. Drinks very well.
D: A very straight forward and delicious IPA. Great citrus hop flavor and bitterness thought out, and very balance and drinkable.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by Kshock - what a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a bright orange/amber with great clarity and two fingers of craggy beige head. Lacing is pretty evident.

Smell -- Tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel and biscuit malt.

Taste -- Grapefruit rind hop bitterness from the outset. Tropical fruits and brighter citrus notes are present, but not nearly as evident as in the nose. Malts lean toward dry and husky, but caramel sweetness is still there. Finish is resin, fruit loops, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-to-light in body, with moderate to high prickly carbonation. Overall, a bit thin.

Drinkability -- Overall, not a bad IPA. I've had better, but this is still solid. Would never turn one down.

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

A: clear bright orange color off white head

S: orange, orange peel, grapefruit and pineapple

T: taste is same as smell with a good bitter finish

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: real drinkable

overall: a very enjoyable beer has a ton of hop complexity in there with a ton of hops used. I like this one a lot another winner from FireStone Walker!

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Photo of hoppyhampy
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottling date is 4/22/10 so we are definitely towards the end of this one's shelf life. A nice inch and a half of head forms and leaves impressive lacing as it dissipates. Nice, bright, golden yellow-orange color. The nose has tangy pineapple and citrus hop qualities and a healthy dose of malty sweetness to it. A bit sweeter than I prefer but still well balanced. Mouthfeel is full bodied and medium-heavy. This is definitely a big beer. Pine and pineapple flavors tickle the tongue before a tidal wave of bitter hops rushes across the palate. Surprisingly lively hops for a relatively old bottle. Not very much carbonation but the hops are still crisp enough to overpower the majority of the malt with their resiny bitterness. Very drinkable for a beer that should probably be in the imperial/double class.

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Photo of gnarlsbarley
3.34/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: dark golden hazy appearance. Pleasing

Smell: subdued hoppy smell with slightly sweet background

Taste: slightly sweet amber ale character up front, hop flavor comes on in the middle and finishes with a mix of bitter hops with light sweet malt

Thoughts: I prefer a stronger hop flavor/aroma. Mild tasting for an IPA. I do like the bitter aftertaste it leaves.

Comments: My favorite part about it is the hop bitter aftertaste. Otherwise, I prefer my IPAs with more more carbonation (I did have a cold bottle) and greater hop flavor and aroma. If you have a sweet tooth and like IPAs, you might like this one.

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

Poured 12oz into pint glass. Got from Scottfrie, thank you!

A-Poured nice golden color with slight haze. Nice white head with little lacing down the sides.

S-Nice big hop smell upfront! Pine hop aroma the biggest, but hints of citrus grapefruit start to come through.

T- Big hop taste with great bitterness to the beer. Pine, citrus hop flavor upfront followed up with nice malts in the background. As it warmed the bready malts came through more. Great hoppy taste!

M-Medium body with good carbonation. Bitterness stayed on your tongue for a bit.

D- Very good IPA. This IPA is right up at the top, even at a higher ABV, the alcohol was masked pretty well. Very drinkable, if this were on shelves I'd keep it stocked!!

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a transparent light copper color with a medium white head. Decent retention, and some sticky lace.

Smell: Strong piney hops, with some citrusy notes as well. Weaker caramel malt exists as an afterthought.

Taste: Starts with a soft, slightly biscuity caramel malt. The piney hops take control, but there is a nice blend with grapefruit and apricot hops. Finishes quite bitter, although there is not much aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Quite crispy carbonated feel. The tight bubbles help to raise the hop oil off the tongue. On the light side of a medium body.

Drinkability: Easy to drink; quite a hoppy brew, and with such smoothness this goes down extremely easily.

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Photo of spoons
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold color with an ok white head.

Smells super dank and hoppy. Wasnt really expecting this from firestone but it has a really nice hop aroma.

Has a pretty hoppy afterbite, some grapefruit and some sweetness. Has a malty finish as well.

I would for sure buy this one again.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light red amber, excellent clarity. Thin head with a light pour. Aroma is hops all the way! Taste is a pure hop trip from start to finish, very bright and citrus like, smooth and subtle underlying breadiness and malts. This is a super selection for someone wanting a hops fix, a fine beer that I would have again when the hop bug bites.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, light yellow hue with a moderate sized head. average retention with very little lacing.

S: hops, grapefruit with subtle malt in the background.

T: very tasty beer. There is a strong malt backbone to support the hop bill. This is well balanced, though I personally prefer more of a hip forward beer and less of a malt presence.

M: full bodied. Good feel.

D: pretty good. This doesn't compare to the elite IPAs out there, but it's enjoyable and worth trying.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,572 ratings.
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