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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1,321
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6,427
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
20.8%
 
 
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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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Photo of bstave
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (4-18-12)

A- Pours a translucent copper with one finger white head. Nice lacing.

S- Smell is big citrus with some bready malt.

T- Big citrus grapefruit nicely balanced with a malt backbone.

M- Nice medium mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness on the tongue.

O- A very solid IPA that verges onto the DIPA spectrum. Found in many supermarkets in the NW, this is a solid go to.

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

Pours a golden copper with thin head but nice lacing
Smell is right in line with very good IPAs - citrus, pineapple, very subtle pine
taste - starts smooth, clean, and crisp, nice hop rush, but nowhere near in your face, finishes dry.
Mouthfeel is light to medium just like the rest of the beer, very good and sessionable.
Overall - I love Double Jack and this is a very good IPA as well. I would definitely recomend it, especially when you don't really want to tackle a Double IPA.

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

Wow. It's not often I find a brand new ipa that I like as much as this one; a rating of 5 on taste is a rarity for me. This truly is a delicious beer and I would love to find more; I was only able to find a single serve bottle on clearance at a local co-op store. It's hoppy and bitter but still very tasty, and this is what I look for in a delicious ipa. If you're. Fan of the style you met give it a try if you find it. You won't be disappointed!

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

A: Pours a nice, clear, copper/orange color with fluffly one inch head that fades to puddles on top. Lacing down the sides. Looks like something I want to drink!

S: Smell is pungent with floral, pine, and grapefruit all with a sweet malt. Delicous

T: Just like the nose. Pine comes in strong with the grapefruit taking a seat but still in the mix as well as other tropical fruits., ends with a delicious semi-sweet caramel malt with some biscuit breadiness. Ends with a crisp bitter bite.

M: Great. Medium body with a medium to low carbonation that goes down creamy, easy, and slick.

O: I’ve heard good things about Union Jack and it did not disappoint. I’ll be drinking this again.

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Photo of Dubber55
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After an aggressive pour into my Founders snifter, I get one and a half fingers of white head which sticks around for a while. Pours a light orange with some yellow highlights

Smells very floral and herbaceous. I smell fresh cut grass, pine, and grapefruit.

Tastes like pine, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and toasted bread. There is some caramel in flavor as well. A little astringent on the finish. Pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel is medium with some light carbonation. Seems a little syrupy at times.

This beer seems pretty balanced. I generally like IPAs to be all about the hops. I prefer more citrus, mango, and pineapple in the hop profile. The astringent finish is kind of distracting. It's solid but, not my cup of tea

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass. Light orange in color with a two finger head. Aroma is tropical fruit, citrus, hops. Wow, taste is very delicious. Tropical fruit, citrus, peaches, melon, hops. Finishes clean with a touch of pine at the back end. Will definitely be a staple in my fridge. Wonderful representation of the style.

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Photo of TaySuth
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 7/13/12.

Appearance: Hazy, light amber color with a nice white head that slowly dissipates into a thin film with moderate lacing. Nice but not overly impressive.

Smell: Huge punch of aroma. Grapefruit and orange dominate with a nice pale malt aroma in the background. Very impressive.

Taste: Extremely well balanced IPA. Citrus dominates from the hops and is backed up by a delicious pale malt backbone. Very bitter with a smooth finish. Absolutely excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Semi-dry. Medium to high carbonation. All around great for this style and beer.

Overall: Excellent, excellent beer. An absolutely go-to for IPA's.

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Photo of jaz58
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of IPA's and this is a classic.

Enjoyed in a clear pint glass.

A nice cloudy appearance. Reddish orange colour.

Great hints of citrus, lemon and grapefruit on the nose.

Clean hops with grapefruit finished with a good bitters. Not in your face.

A good mouthfeel. Balanced.

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Photo of jwolfie70
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a couple times on tap now, and it has as of yet failed to disapoint (even after drinking one into between two Elders). It pours a light copper color with a white head that settles quickly. While this site has it listed as an American IPA, this is a classic DIPA--over the top hops and strong, sticky sweet malt presence. The hops are present, but do not predominate. I would recommend this beer, and am happy this is going to be bottled soon.

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Photo of sureshot08
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Transparent slightly reddish blonde in color. Creates a large white head the retains somewhat.

Smell: The usual suspects: grapefruit, pine, floral. Well rounded.

Taste: Grapefruit, hop bitterness. Subtle malt character. Aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A very good IPA. Reasonable price and pretty available so will probably run into this again.

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

Quite a bargain at $6.99 for a 6-pack at Safeway.

Poured into generic (likely purchased at Crate and Barrel) pint glass.

A: Nice coloring, not too much unlike the best known Philly area IPA's (Hop Devil, Dogfish 60).

S: Slightly piney, but nothing really off.

T: Pine stays with you a bit, some floral and caramel notes as well.

M: Nothing to complain about. Very drinkable and fully belies it 7.5% abv.

O: Nice surprise to find this at the price--almost makes up for the fact that I haven't been able to find any Russian River beers in AZ (I know, not distributed here).

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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 THANAT0PSIS
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

Appearance: Here’s to hoping this offering from Firestone fares better than DBA did. It pours a nice, crystal clear brass color that is typical of IPAs. Carbonation races up from the bottom of the glass, which helps greatly with the retention of the initial one-and-a-half fingers of cream-colored head. The beer leaves a fantastic lacing on the glass and there are no alcohol legs to speak of. Already this appears to be a much better beer than DBA, or than most IPAs.

Aroma: The aroma on this beer is a little light, and it takes some forceful whiffing to drag out and separate any distinct smells. What is there is quite nice, however: pine and citrusy, West-coast style hoppiness comes out in rinds, grapefruit, pineapple, and just a hint of mango. There is a nice, but hard to pick out note of a biscuity, bready sweetness from the malt.

Taste: This follows the nose in the most unfortunate of ways: lightness. There is absolutely nothing in the front of the taste; after a few seconds, a wall of bitter, rindy, zestiness comes in followed quickly by a slighty, juicy, fruity hop character that is not quite discernible as any fruit in particular. This is accompanied directly by a bready sweetness and then bookended by another wave of straight, flavorless bitterness. The overall impression is of lemon and grapefruit, if a fruit must be chosen. The finish is incredibly dry, like a red wine on the far end of the dryness spectrum. It is unique, but not necessarily good.

Mouthfeel: All good beers have a saving grace, no matter how disappointing they may be. For Union Jack, that is the mouthfeel. The carbonation hits just below the desirable mark, but the soaking wet, refreshing, slightly creamy mouthfeel makes up for it. The hops give a tremendous astringency, and the dryness of the finish pulls the beer together wonderfully. Very good stuff going on here; if only the rest of the beer could have lived up to it.

Overall: I really want to like Firestone’s beers, but sadly neither this nor DBA has impressed me thus far. Still, their pedigree guarantees I will not give up on them until I have given all their barrel-aged beers a shot. They just seem to be too one-note for me thus far, and for someone that praises complexity, that really hurts their scores. This beer is worth a try, but I would not seek it out again. 16/20

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber color, brilliant filtered clarity, medium semi-sticky white head.

S: Grapefruit rinds, spruce, tangerine, a touch of mango and sweet crystal malt.

T: Like the smell, but more substantial. Firm crystal malt presence is overpowered by citrus and pine notes from the hops. Finishes clean with a bit of alcohol and tropical fruit.

M: Wonderful. Medium carbonation, bitter but no astringency, slight alcohol warming. More body than most comparable IPA's but it works. Hops and malt finish in perfect harmony with just enough bitterness.

O: Great IPA. No individual characteristics blow you out of the water but the whole package comes together perfectly. This would always be in my fridge if it was available in VT.

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

After drinking many 'Pliny the Younger's over the past few days I would say this is on par, maybe slightly behind. A fantastically well-balanced IPA that has a very fresh hop aroma and taste. There is a bit of bitterness on the tail end but overall a great beer, with a good malty balance to it. I definitely plan on picking up more of this for the beer closet stock.

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

On tap at Boundary (wicker Park, Chicago).

I've had this brew several times, and have dome to a great appreciation for it.
One of the most well balanced, flavorful IPAs out there. Pours a medium orange hue, relatively transparent. Nose offers floral hops, and a bit of malty sweetness. The taste starts a bit on the sweeter side, and finishes dry with a finnessed hop punch. Mouthfeel is medium; carbonation medium as well. Does have a bit of a tropical fruit presence as well: mango/peach/apricot essence.

Overall, as good as it gets for the category.

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

Got this beer in a trade from dyan, and was excited to try what might be considered a session beer on the west coast.

The appearance was flawless with its golden hues and delicate white head; consequently the beers appearance was very inviting.

The smell was all hops but very subtle in its introduction, yet again a very inviting attribute to the beers drinkability.

The taste at first seemed very reserved for an IPA but with the carbonation came a plethora of different flavors. With each gulp from the glass the beers flavors began to come forward. The warming of the beer certainly helped with this as well. The alcohol though high for a session beer is practically undetectable.

Mouthfeel was just right for the style, not sticky or too resinous, but pleasantly lingered on the back of the tongue and begged for more.

Drinkability on this one was high as I could see going through a sixer of these like they were water on a hot summer day. Now if only I had a steady supply of these I would be all set...

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

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass.

A: Almost an amber color, not quite as dark or deep but a nice orangish color with a creamy just off-white head. I poured this 20 mins ago and let it settle and the head hasn't dissipated at all.
S: Floral, grapefruit. Definitely more floral than piney.
T: Delicious? It is a really really good IPA. Hoppy but not overwhelming. Hops taste like they smell to me, floral, citrusy. A bit more pine in the taste than I picked up in the nose. Crisp, clean. Really balanced with the malts and the alcohol is subtle. Doesn't take like 7.5%. Nice clean finish with no lingering bitterness.
M: Best part. Medium body but so smooth. Its silk, in a delicious beer. This beer is making love to my mouth.

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Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,321 ratings.
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