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RATINGS: 1448   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4551) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
I am relatively suprised by this beer. I didnt know its rate beer percentile, but I have seen it around so much that it seemed common and I didnt expect much, this is actually a very good IPA. Clear amer pour, fluffy white head. Grapefruit, grass, caramel sweetness, biscuits, citrus, and bitter piny hops. Nicely made, an excellent go-to beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3493) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Pours a clear golden color with a nice off white cap. Mouthwatering aroma of grapefruit, grass and caramel. The flavor is the same- citrus fruity, full bodied, with massive bitterness and caramel malt showing through to add some smoothness. A really nice west coast IPA.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Definitely a rival with Stone for best west coast IPA. Came on the recommendation of kenb and he knows his beer! Finishes with a lovely resinous feel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elihapa (1529) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 27, 2009
6/26/09 notes: bottle. Aroma is soapy and orangy, with a nice roundness about it. Flavor starts with orange marmalade, moves towards toffee-caramel, and finishes in clean, balanced bitterness. Very well balanced. A juicy, balanced IPA. Similar, but slightly more hoppy than Boulder’s Mojo IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 26, 2009
Bottle (in NZ). Pours a golden amber with a filmy head. Big aroma of citrus hops and caramal malt. Plenty of complex malt on the palate - earthy and nutty. The hops linger in the background at first before drying out the mouth in the swallow and leaving a long resiny finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3394) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2009
Hazy gold,small lasting beige head.Grapefruit hop nose. Nice citrus/bitter hop profile, long medium strength finish

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Tasted 6/15/09. 22oz bomber. Filtered with a dark golden hue. Honey, hoppy and floral aromas with a touch of toast. Full bodied with a dry body and bitter palate. Earthy malts. Earthy hops. Woody and tangy. Honey sweetness in the malt bill. This is a solid beer, and judging from the price tag, this would easily make it into my weekly rotation...were it available in my area...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2228) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 22, 2009
A perfect "normal" IPA. Mostly dry citrusy, aromatic, soft-medium effervescence still propels a full aroma, malts are present, fresh tasting and light thin caramel and cracker. Better than a resinous sweet hop bomb for certain.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2009 22 oz bottle via Hagen. Pours a semi-hazy amber with a decent sized somewhat chunky head. Doesn’t leave much lacing. Nose is all hops..mostly citrus..grapefruit, pine. Taste is very good. Wish they would have used some Simcoes in the finishing hops though. I love Simcoe flavor, ashamed to waste them in just bittering part of boil. I think i can almost tell they are there at least, and the the Centennial is nice along with the Cascade in the end. The tomahawks give it that extra punch in the aftertaste. THis is a very very good IPA and a half, bordering on IIPA territory, but without the high alcohol bite often found in IIPA’s. I think 7.5% in this case is just perfect. The body is just right too. Medium/full body. Malt backbone is there, but allows the hops to ride a 20 foot wave atop it. All this could use to make it perfect, in my eyes, are more Simcoe hops in the flavor profile,and more dry hopping for aroma. Not complaining though, this is better than almost every IPA out there. Well done! Now out to the freezer to get some Simcoes to drop in my Firestone! Do it yourself dry hopping!!!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Bottle at Papago. Pours a bright copper color with a frothy white head. Smells predominantly of grapefruit. Everythig starts nicely, but this one definitely drops off in flavor -- mild with citrus, flour, and grass. Was really hoping for more depth of flavor and body.


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