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 | 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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1,322
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4.23
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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden amber color with dense cap of white froth, good lacing. Scent is fruity and floral, citrus and splashes of pine before a sweet, biscuty malt backbone presents itself. taste leads with a clean and crisp sweet lemon flavor, solidly bitter with some pine resin notes, sweet and clean biscuity malt backbone. Medium bodied, lightly oily and smooth. A decent IPA, a touch sweet.

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Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like this has high marks. Came in a pre-mixed sixer from Ryan & Casey in Greenfield, MA.

Pours a dark gold with a two-finger head into my glass. Lacing as expected.

Grassy hops with a citrus backbone. I can't quite put my nose down on it.

Like biting into half of a grapefruit. But, it doesn't wham the tongue. This allows one to absorb the flavor of the malt as well.

Lingering bitterness that leans towards grapefruit.

I can honestly say that I think this lives up to the high marks bestowed by the bros.

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

12oz bottle received from largadeer

A: Crystal clear amber pour with a thin head that recedes surprisingly quickly

S:Massive pine and grapefruit hops with some caramel sweetness. Astringent on the nose

T: Hops - pine and grapefruit with the perfect IPA malt backbone - present but not attention grabbing. A very good balance of the crystal malts and the base malts provides an excellent mild sweetness to the body while maintaining a focus on the hops. There's just a hint of honey in here, reminiscent of the Alesmith IPA

M: Smooth with pleasant carbonation. The finish is dry and bitter

D At 7.5%, I wouldn't session these but I'll definitely drink another.

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

Big thanks to fartingdog for hooking us up with this one, enjoyed with biegaman and grub on the patio with some euchre.

Pours a slightly hazed orange, white white head forms, drops a ton of lace, solid ring. Smell is great, floral, grapefruit, oranges, caramel, bread, perfumy, lots of citrus goodness, very well rounded. Taste is even better, caramel, cake, sugar, jasmine, orange and tangerine, bit of yeast, some fruit, floral, nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very enjoyable, nice tight flavours, very balanced, definitely a good one. Thanks Dave!

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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 HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 1.26.13
Bottled 10/25/12

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a one inch light tan head with good retention.

S - Orange, pine, sweet and pleasant.

T - Grassy, herbal, orange.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Well balanced IPA, Hoppy citrus and pine.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a one finger head that leaves good lacing.

Smell is a bit on the sweet side, but has a nice piney/earthy component too.

Very hop forward with a lot of sharp pine notes, slightly sweet and a nice bready malt finish. Feels very well balanced and the carbonation compliments the flavors very nicely. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

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

One of the biggest and boldest out there under the label of single ipa. Big deep amber color. Good hop aroma. Dry hopping seems obvious.

Same in the taste. Its a big one. Everything is in order though. What you'd expect, citrus, pine/apple, good dough malt feel absorbing much, enough hint of alcohol to tell you to watch out and pace yourself. Thoroughly enjoyable, wish it was a little cheaper, don't find it too often for less than 8.99 a 6.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Au Cheval in Chicago, IL. 16oz served in a shaker pint glass 10/19/2014.

A- Clear golden-copper body, one finger white head, rings upon rings of lacing. Looks like a prototypical IPA. [4.25]

S- Grainy malt, bright citrus, grapefruit and pine aromas. Smells delicious; the combination itself is not superbly complex but the aromatic hop contribution is simply excellent. Similar to that of Three Floyds' hoppy pale ales. Very aromatic and appealing. [4.25]

F- Delicious grapefruit, tangerines, oranges kick things off with a nice grainy pale malt sweetness, caramel to add some balance and complexity, finishing off with a nice mild pine bitterness. Nice complexity to this, with clean transitions and combinations of new and old flavours. As surprising as it is to judge, it seems to taste/drink better than it smells, which is saying quite a bit. [4.5]

M- Medium bodied, perfect in its substance and carbonation. Crisp, refreshing but with a nice dry pine bitterness on the backend as the citrus and grainy malts fade away into oblivion. Delicious and easy to drink. [4.25]

O- One of the best IPAs out there when I can find it on draught. Out of the bottle, this beer is decidedly less impressive but that's probably because the freshest bottles I can find are one month old. Firestone Walker really needs to figure out their distribution kinks in the Great Lakes region. [4.25]

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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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Photo of drpimento
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent west coast IPA! Poured it a good temperature with a smallish off white head that soon disappeared and a little lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is about perfect - very fresh hop and malt. Flavor is likewise highlighting the hop which is balanced nicely with the malt sweet and carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are very good. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and a touch warming. It all works very well. Great drinkin' brew.

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

I bought a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse in LA. The beer was very clear, orange color, just enough foam and a lot of sticky lace. The aroma is so good, more American than English (and based on the name I think I expected a more English version), lots of American west-coast style hops aroma in this. Citrusy, delicious, and it came through in the flavor also. Medium body keeps it drinkable, although it's no slouch at 7.5%.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, stamped 8/01/13

fairly clear golden color, bone-white head. fruity aroma - grapefruit, orange, melon - very pleasant. tastes is dominated by slightly bitter hops - fruity citrus flavors. mild malt. tasty. medium body and carbonation, a bit oily mouthfeel. overall a nice IPA with great flavors.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Bottled on 02/04/14
L - deeper golden color with nice clarity and a frothy off-white head that holds good retention
S - grapefruit and orange rind, pine, caramel, toasted grain
T - toasty grain and oak, caramel, pungent grapefruit rind, orange rind, pine, nice sweetness with an even nicer bitterness
F - medium body, pleasant carbonation, finishes bitter and dry
O - one of my favorite IPAs. Outstanding.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent amber with a loose, quarter inch, off-white head. Head qickly dissipates into a creamy bullseye dollop and a thin, tight band around the shoulders. Spots and spatters of lacing coat the walls of the glass. Nose expresses citrus notes, cat urine (simcoe hops) and a trace of tropical fruit. Taste consistent with nose; however, flavors are a bit more muted. There is also some residual bitterness that lingers between quaffs that is intermingled with the cat urine expressed in the nose. Body is medium-light (but closer to light) with a slightly coarse carbonation as well as some acidity that peaks out towards the back. Overall, a decent IPA with a well-hidden abv, but I don't think it deserves the hype.

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Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottles in MA, nice to see. Weird coincidence that Chico1985 review it on the same day.

A- Particle free light orange pour into a pint glass. Small white head forms with decent retention and a creamy texture. A few nice lace patches.

S- Aroma like a fresh pack of hops out of the home brew store. Good mix of citrus, orange peel and pine in an aroma you don't have to stress to pick up on.

T- Nice and hoppy again. Citrus zest, grapefruit, big pine, general fruit and earthy profile. Great pine citrus interplay. A caramel malt backbone and some bread.

MF- Creamy body that definitely has nice substance to it. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

Solid, straight up IPA. Great dynamic between citrus fruit flavors and earthy pine ones. West Coast but anyone can appreciate a beer like this.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber color with a two finger yellow tinted head. The head has amazing retention, very slowly fading over time to give a fantastic level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is a little bit on the bready side with some notes of caramel malt. While those aromas are lighter there is plenty of hop aromas to go around. While mainly of grapefruit hop, there are also notes of some pine mixed in as well. Along with the stronger hop aroma so too comes some stronger tropical fruit aromas overall making a quite nice smell.

Taste – The taste starts out with a nice blend of bready malt flavors and a bunch of a grapefruit hop. Quickly after the initial taste a moderately strong showing of tropical fruits (pineapple, tangerine, and mango) come to the tongue. The grapefruit grows strong toward the end of the taste with some of the fruit becoming more potent as well. The bready flavors seem to become smoother and more pronounced at the end with some light pine flavors joining the taste at this point. In the end a very smooth and sweet but nicely hopped flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is very creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker/creamier body and lower carbonation level accentuate the hop and sweet blend nicely all the while keeping a very smooth feel on the tongue.

Overall – This was a fantastic IPA. A great blend of sweet, malty, and hop. The smoothness is fantastic, with it bathing the tongue and making for a truly enjoyable brew.

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

Thanks to FeerBart for this one.

A: Pours a nice clear golden. The colors lean towards yellow and orange. There is about one finger of bone white head when poured into my tulip glass.

S: Smells mainly of citrus and flowers. There is a bit of pine in the nose, and I can also get a tiny bit of malt. It has a very inviting scent.

T: Starts off clean and crisp. There are some tropical fruit flavors and sweet malt. The bitterness in this beer is balanced nicely. I pick up the citrus and floral notes in the finish, with a surprisingly sweet finish. Lingering hop hops are left on the palate, but it doesn't stick around for long.

M: Light to Medium bodied beer. This IPA starts off really crisp and easy drinking, but there is a bit of heft there too. No sticky or chewyness to this brew.

O: I think this is a really wonderful IPA. It's smooth, simple, and delicious. It's an easy drinking beer that could quickly throw you into drunkenness at 7.5%.

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Photo of champ103
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep orange color. A tightly packed, pillowy, white head forms with excellent retention. Rings of spiderweb lace clings to the glass.
S: Hops, lots of them. Grapefruit rind, resiny pine. Grapefruit dominates.
T: Again, lots of hops. A get a bunch of grapefruit rind again. Resiny pine, oily and a lingering bitterness that is a bit to prevalent for me.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. A bit to oily for me. I wish it was a bit more crisp. Not hard to drink. Though the alcohol is strong, along with the large bitterness. Which for me detracts a bit.

Certainly one for the hop head. This is a very good beer, just no for me. I do like it. Though surprisingly I love Double Jack. I think that has more tropical fruity and juicy flavors than Union Jack. Which is what I like more than the large and lingering bitterness here. Still enjoyable.

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Photo of maximum12
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks out to largadeer for a couple of bottles of this IPA.

This is a nice beer. One of the handful of IPAs I've tried that are clean, crips, without any of the fancy footwork that have come to accompany some of this class. Drinkability is off the charts; I'll finish this one in about half the time it typically takes me to down a brew. The beer is very nicely balanced &, were this in my area, I could easily see it becoming a staple both for myself & my "non-craft" friends who would appreciate its approachability.

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

12oz bottle - sixer from ballard market. about 5 weeks old

appearance: served in tyranena pint - glowing orange body, frothy
white head with sticky lace

smell: fresh citrus, grassy, grapefruit zest

taste: the best substitute for two hearted that I can find - great IPA, reasonably priced and available in a sixer. Fresh citrus, sugary orange peel, grapefruit zest, pine resin, light bitterness, tropical fruit. real nice.

mouthfeel: medium-light body, well hopped and not overly bitter

overall: solid solid stuff

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Stamped 11 May 2011, presumably the bottled on date.

A: Hazy with bubbles, capped with white head. Orangey, but alright. Nice lace.

S: Gently hoppy with citrus notes.

T: Good IPA, perfectly balanced, with extremely pleasant malts underlying the grassy/citrusy topnotes. The aftertaste is vaguely bittersweet, and very smackworthy. Nothing jumps out at you, but you couldn't ask for much else from an IPA.

M: Robust, smooth, full, delicious, tasty. Yum.

O: Understated excellence. This beer effortlessly succeeds in being a really nice IPA. Inordinately drinkable, and highly recommended. Will have again.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,322 ratings.
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