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RATINGS: 1537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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An instant classic, Union Jack is the recipient of numerous awards including back to back wins at the Great American Beer Festival. Union Jack is abound with hop aroma and character. In fact this well balanced, west coast IPA is dry hopped 3 separate times, each lot giving it more and more of the grapefruit citrus hop aroma and flavor it is known for. Overall it utilizes over 4 pounds of pacific northwest hops per barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (835) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
Pours a golden/amber with a nice thick creamy white head. Aroma hits right off the pour with citrus, orange and grapefruit hops, then leads to a caramel sweet malt background. Taste is dank hop resin with grapefruit and candy sugar. medium bitterness. Its pretty clean, but the sweetness from the resin and malt brings this down a bit. A touch thick. I would expect this more from a double IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2011
Luminous coppery-golden. Creamy and gluey white head. Soft hop-filled aromatics mimic honeyed orange pith, tangerine zest, and grapefruit. Faintly caramelly and instant tealike (Crystal?). Firm body with soft and snug carbonation. Hops unravel with a citric smack (orange pith, peach) paired with relatively clean and subdued notes of resin, grapefruit zest bitterness and a tinge of lime-peel sharpness. Comes off as lightly floral, though the undefined malt, reminiscent of caramel and soggy bread, joins the jelly-candy sweetness and weighs the center down considerably. Two-row malt contributes some appealing dustiness which elevates the dryness and combats the sweeter caramel. Brisk mineralic grit enhances the compact hop clasp. Fairly resinous, though never overbearingly oily so as to not obstruct the cleanly extracted delicacies of the floral aspects. Closes flavorfully hoppy with scratchy citric zest echoed by ripe peach, fluffy orange pith, and smooth malt whispers. A very respectable example, atypical of the vast majority of American IPAs as the hops happen to be bright, delicate, and flavorsome. That said, it’s still a bit sweet (plum) and it’s a bit heavy on the sweet grain/caramel. Would love to see the alcohol toned down to about 6% or so and the Crystal ditched altogether and replaced with something like Munich or Vienna. All in all, an enjoyable quaff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3233) - Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2011
Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing this one. The pour is mostly clear gold with a white head. The aroma is mostly malt with some bubblegum, spice and sugar over an overall earthiness. Dry palate right from the start, bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber with a good head. Moderate woody aroma with some spruce notes. Rich mouth feel. Flavour of cedar and hops. Aftertaste has a bit of alcohol and resin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anderson01 (229) - Idaho, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Strong aroma of orange zest, raisins, and flowers. Cloudy and orange in color with a thin white head. Okay lacing. Has a thick texture with a slight bitter taste. For some reason i taste a hint of ginger. This is a full-bodied beer with average carbonation. This is a good ipa and would buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10840) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2011
An amber IPA with a frothy big bubbled off white head. A superb orangey c-hops aroma, pinhey and luscious, classic. In mouth, very smooth and crisp malt, lingering citrus c-hops, sweet grapefruits, classic. Cask at Get Real NY, March 19 2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2081) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 21, 2011
Draft sample at the Yard House Town Square location in Las Vegas. Burnt orange in colour with moderate carbonation. Huge C hop aromas of citrus, pine resin, and leafy black pepper, along with some strong caramel notes. A similar situation in the mouth, with the spicy citric hops leading the way. More caramel and pale malt notes on the palate than I was expecting. The finish was quite bitter, but in a chunky, leafy, not as clean as it could be sort of way. A good IPA, but one I was expecting greatness from.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (2091) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
Pours golden amber with white head. Aroma is first of all citrous with lemon and grapefruit, giving way to a bit of minerals, herbs and a little grainy malt. Taste is a big bite of grapefruit giving way to sweet malt. Excellent balance and surprisingly smooth in the mouth for an IPA. When of the best West Coast IPAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
crossovert (8803) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Bottle says 03/15/10. Pours a nice orangeish gold with a creamy. bubbly white head. It does have a nice scent, high on citrus and some sugary malt. Mmm, this one tastes delicious. Nice grapefruit rind is accented by some spicy/herbal character with a nice bitterness. Some pine creeps in in the aftertaste. I love these hops. A solid west coast IPA in my book. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-21-2010 23:31:31

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