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
firestonewalker.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerguy101 on 10-09-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,342
Ratings:
6,547
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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Photo of StLThrash
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Slightly aggressive pour yielded a beautifully clear, copper with a 2 finger frothy head that lingered for some time. Each sip left a nice lacing ring on the glass. A beautiful pour!

S - Ahhhh... west coast IPA's and hop action! Lots of grapefruit, citrus, orange with major pine action. Exactly what I look for in a good IPA.

T & M - Nice and bitter hops up front, with a surprising malt kick to finish. Very smooth, drinkable and hides the alcohol very well. The ABV is inching close to DIPA territory and you wouldn't know it. Leaves you wanting more and more. I'm sure drinking a few would creep up on you pretty quick since it's so drinkable.

Overall - One of my favorite new IPA's. Up there with the best of them and will definitely be buying more. Highly recommended!

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A Want of mine for a long time. Acquired a single bottle in a trade.

Hazy golden appearance, with half finger head.

Tons of citrus and fruits in the smell.

Just like the smell. Great job showing the flavor of all these different fruits. Definitely on the hoppy side.

Medium body with high carbonation. Very fresh feel

Great beer. Glad I was able to try this one. Would love to find more.

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

Very clear copper color with bone white head. Pretty mild head shrinks to a thin layer. Some noticeable carbonation

Very fruity smell. Distinct peach aroma (never had that before). I guess I would say a citrus touch. mild overall

More of that same fruit in the taste, but now some more malt balance. Bitter finish...there it is, the strong grassy hop finish.

Very smooth beer. Oily, thick mouthfeel with little carbonation.

I could drink this all day. First class IPA

Must have!

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Photo of spartanfan
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had Union Jack on tap AT Union Jack's Glenside

A: pours a bright, clear, amber with a thick white head that leaves a nearly solid wall of lacing behind

S: grassy hop aromas dominate, smells really fresh

T: malts are the first thing I taste here; caramel biscuity sweetness is quickly followed by a very strong bitterness that lingers for a long time after the swallow. Again the hop flavors are earthy and grassy

M: good amount of carbonation and a good medium mouthfeel perfect for the style.

O: union jack is a very solid ipa that I could drink all day. I feel lucky to have found it on draft as I'm pretty sure bottles are not distributed here as of right now. I've heard (or rather, read) that some people say they prefer this to double jack. I wouldn't say that, as double jack is probably my absolute favorite dipa, but this is a very good beer nonetheless (as everything I've tried from firestone has been).

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

Um . . . wow. This is one hell of a beer. I'd rate this as one of my personal top 5s. Pours an orange tone with a thin white head. There is not another that has this one's aroma, amazing. Perfectly balanced, a bit sweet at first with that expected biter aftertaste. Every beer drinker should drink this at least once.

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Photo of TVolt1
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light lemony-yellow/orange color to it. A little cloudy but good small amount of white head compliments the light color of this beer.

S: Initial hints of grapefruit and lemon. Smells very refreshing with a nice hop aroma. It starts with a more fruity hop smell and ends with a little bit of floral hop undertones. I am excited to try this beer!

T: Mmm very good! More lemon taste than anything. Pretty piney hop flavor so I get more floral hops than fruity hops in the taste. Nothing overpowering or off. Very smooth and easy to drink IPA. Also get a caramel note.

M: Smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a great beer. I would recommend it and would buy again. My husband got this beer on Beer It Forward from a gal in Brooklyn. Great choice and a beer we cannot get in MN.

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

Thanks to Paul for this extra!

Brew pours a beautiful orange color that is slightly foggy. Low carbonation from the beginning, but persists throughout the entire consumption. Really a beautiful brew.

Aroma is not as potent as I thought it would be, but still outstanding. Lemon is the major smell for me, but honey and almond in the background.

Taste was really, really nice. Heavy hop flavors up front- some of the usual suspects: citrus, floral, slight sour. Real smooth. Admittedly, there is no grapefruit, but that's ok. Perfect amount of carbonation- not too overpowering at all.

Any IPA drinkers that have access to this on a regular basis- well, I am jealous!

Cheers!

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 2/18/09
Firestone Brewing Co.
Union Jack IPA
7.5% Abv.
On-tap

Appearance=Very orange in color. Pours a nice 1 finger white head. Beer is very transparent which is nice considering some IPA's can be Opaque.

Smell= Typical IPA. Citrus, pine, Tang?? Not a huge nose, but I like it. When you do get a good whiff, it is very pleasant.

Taste= Taste is extremely good. One of my favorite go to IPA's when I need it.

Mouthfeel= Almost perfect for an IPA. Not too thick or too thin. It also has a nice dryness to it when it finishes.

Drinkability= Drinkability is really high on this bad boy. Abv. isn't out of control so it can be a sessionable IPA. Availability is also high where I'm located which makes it all the better!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear and amber with two fingers of off-white head. Smells delightfully piney, with a more distinct aroma than many Imperial IPAs. Taste is mainly bitter hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a note of hop resin. Drinkability is way up there. I drank two bottles before writing this review.

Grab a six pack for sure!

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass bottled 7.15.15
was a bit worried when i saw the bottle date but this was a great beer!
pours golden with a thick white head that faded very slowly and left a lot of lace on the glass
smells of hops citrus and pine also smelled sweeter as it warmed
taste hoppy initially and citrus then sweeter as it warmed similar to the nose with a very slight bitter aftertaste
feel effervescent and crisp with a medium body and slightly viscous feel
overall a pretty darn perfect IPA!

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Photo of leif86
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear copper body with an offwhite head that doesn't last very long but departs some good lacing.

S: Definite piney aroma, and some fruit too, from the hops. A liittle malty (caramel)

T: Piney, a little ester, some maltiness and then BAM... grapefruit at the end.

M: Nice and sticky. Not too much like I'd associate with the Dogfish IPAs. This is done right.

D: I've been neglecting this review because I've been enjoying just sipping on this nice brew. It's simple, nothing blows you away but I want to keep going back for more.

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

12 oz bottle purchased at The Perfect Pour (Columbia, Md.)

Gold/amber pour, slightly hazy. Modest head, tremendous hop aroma I love and expect in a proud American pale.

A certain sweetness and clarity to the taste of this, decent texture that I like (just a touch slick and gooey), tons of flavor in each sip, robust pine and hop flavors.

A solid, solid American pale, well above average and well crafted as most everything is at Firestone. A classic name, but also a classic brew.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/7/15. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden in color with a 2 finger head of white foam. After a minute or so the head fades to a thin cap that stays for the remainder of the beer. Multiple streaks of lacing lining the whole glass.

S: Aroma is mainly citrus hops with a small amount of pine in the background.

T: Juicy citrus hop flavors of orange peel with a faint bit of lemon zest. There is some pine on the finish, but it is nowhere near as strong as the citrus hops. This beer has a solid malt backbone that stacks up well to the hops providing excellent balance. In my opinion this beer doesn't have as much grapefruit flavor as everyone says, but maybe mine isn't fresh enough.

M: Medium body with a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp with moderate bitterness and a touch of dryness on the finish. Alcohol is masked very well for 7.5%.

O: Overall I thought this was a solid IPA with crisp citrus hop flavors and excellent balance. The bitterness was not overwhelming and it was very drinkable. I would drink this again for sure.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Now this is a serious IPA. Whatever hops notes you like in your IPA, you will find here. Plenty of grapefruit, citrus and some pine. I had this from a can into a pint glass at The Shack in Houston and was head over heels in love with one of the best IPAs I had ever tasted and then...my server brought me a Yellow Rose (see review) and I had to nudge Jack down one very small notch. This beer had more tropical tastes and the Yellow Rose had more resiny pine and that slightly dankness that I hardly ever get short of a DIPA. Wonderful beer and I feel very happy that it is available in my market (actually much easier to get than the aforementioned local Yellow Rose).

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Photo of weazal
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SMELL: Of course the hops dominate, but in a mellower, fruitier way that reminds you of apples and then pineapple. It's real pleasant and unique.

TASTE: Immediate onslaught of bitter hobs and sharp carbonation. Despite continual bitterness, the flavor is surprisingly restrained. Some mellow fruit / apple character is present. There's more body than you'd typically expect with an IPA and it finishes with the lingering hoppy bitterness and also whiskey like sharpness.

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Photo of turfy
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had enjoyed this beer many, many times on a vacation to Yosemite this summer, and was able to carry a few bottles back to enjoy at home, plus a trade brought a few more. Poured into a SN pint glass...

A - Poured a pale to medium amber color with an off white head that settled into a solid, heavy film layer. Medium lacing.

S - What hits me every time I enjoy a fresh Union Jack is the floral hop aroma. Not overly fruity and not too much pine, just a balanced floral hop smell with a touch of caramel malt.

T - Taste follows the nose. A perfect balance of floral hop bitterness and malty sweetness. IMO its perfect.

M - This suits my preference exactly...not too heavy (syrupy) and not too light (thin) . A medium creamy mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. Just right.

O - This is about as perfect of an IPA that I have had the privilege to enjoy. If you have the opportunity and are a fan of IPA's, this is one you definitely need to enjoy.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Bottled on 5/29. Consumed on 9/7.

A - Golden amber. Strong carbonation with little/no head. Just lacing from carbonation. Delicate lacing as beer recedes.

S - Very fragrant. Mango, kiwi, and banana.

T - Bursting with flavor. Banana, tangerine, lemon, mango, papaya, and pineapple. Grapefruit rind finish.

M - Crisp and clean with a nice tingle in the mouth from the strong carbonation. Luxurious foaming in the mouth.

O - The smell and taste of this beer are exceptional. Highly recommended.

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

Poured from a bottle to a duvel tulip. Pours a clear blonde orange with a 2 inch white head that slowly shrinks with great lacing. Aroma is strong. Very floral, grassy, and citric. Taste is grapefruit, caramel, pineapple, mango, papaya, orange, and a touch of lemon. Mouthfeel is medium to thin. Alcohol is invisible. This beer is super sessionable and a perfect go to ipa.

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Photo of SirHefeweizen
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review, i love this site but have never actually reviewed anything and i guess im ready.
This overall is a nice ipa, i poured it into a BBC pint glass and it is a nice orange-ish color with a small white head and a bit of lace around the glass. it has a nice grapefruit zesty scent to it. It has a medium body mouth feel, certainly a good beer, and well balanced

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Photo of ricp215
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light golden no head
Aroma is best part of this beer
Taste starts bitter but becomes very smooth in the mouth.
Citrus and Pine
Very easy to drink.

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Photo of livewire78
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby red color. Nice fluffy head that dissapated into nice lacing down the glass.

Smelled of citrus. Grapefruit and orangepeel. Tiny bit of alcohol.

Starts off with a nice, very pleasant and unexpected sweetness. Next wave is an intense blast of citrus. Follows the nose. Grapefruit and orangepeel. Bitterness is moderate and not nearly as intense as the initial wave of citrus hoppiness. Malt is definitely in the background. Alcohol at the end that fades into a nice long crisp finish.

Pretty good slickness in the mouth. Not oily but not watery either.

If drinksbility means," Do I wanna drink this forever?" than this is perfect. The citrus is a little one sided, though and I would get bored in about five hundred years.

By far my favorite IPA so far. You darn west coasters are lucky to have access to this. I freakin go nuts over Firestone Walker!

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours golden yellow with little head that fades quickly. The smell is complex. Smokey. Sweet. Fruity. Almost smells like pepperoni. My first impression of the taste was "whoa." I thought the smell was complex.. Jesus Christ this beer has a taste you could write a book about. Very sour on the back of the tongue. Leaves a strong aftertaste on its way down. Wow. So different. Great balance. Almost a perfect beer.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 6,547 ratings.
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