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RATINGS: 1353   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilBeerDoctor (3409) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2010 12 oz. bottle, bottled on 9/16/08. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, garlic, and grassy hops. Flavor of light citrus and wheat malt. A nicely balanced IPA. Easy drinking. This is definitely aged but I can tell that it is a solid IPA and hopefully I can get a fresh sample sometime. 7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Update 1/4/10: 22 oz bottle thanks to mkade8883, bottled 10/04/09. Aroma of tropical fruits, citrus and grassy hops. Flavor of sweet oranges initially with some crackery malt and bitter hops in the finish. Lots of rich, hearty hop oils throughout. This is a really great IPA, just awesome to drink! One of the best IPAs out there. 8/4/9/4/17 [4.2/5]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
This poured a deep copper in color with a fluffy white head. The nose shows of ripe citrus fruit balanced by caramel malt and a slight herbalness. In the mouth it is medium-bodied and again balanced with some malt to go with the wealth of dry bitter hops.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Orange/copper color with a white head that retains well and leaves good lacing on the glass. Grapefruit, pine, biscuit, caramel and an astringent grassy-ness in the aroma. Taste is bitter with pine, grapefruit, light lemon citrus, and a bit of lightly toasted biscuits providing a bit of a malt background. Less than medium body, dry finish, and medium carbonation. A nice, drinkable IPA that I’d enjoy from time to time. Maybe future bottles will have a better aroma, but the taste and mouthfeel was good at least. Thanks to doubleo for the bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayg1 (541) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Had this beer on Christmas Eve with family and friends. Pours out a deep orange copper with a light orange head to it. Smell is deep of grapefruit and pine resin. As I smell again I can pick up some grassy notes as well. The taste is very pleasing biscuity flavor due to rich malts and a touch of sweetness of caramel. This beer is a bit sweeter than I thought it would be and notes of tangerine are found during the citrus smack of flavor. I also had this beer aged between 6 to 8 months so I know the hops are not as fresh or strong as they could be. However, they certainly make themselves known in a hurry. Big hop profile and evergreem come rushing in to balance the caramel sweetness. Not bad, if I had this beer fresher I know it would have seen a small rating bump due to better hop presence.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2008
Cloudy amber with medium off white head. Hoppy aroma with citric and piney notes. Loads of hops in the flavour. Notes of grapefruit, pine and toasted malt. Dry bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2008
12oz. bottle with thanks to EinWeizenbitte from over on BA for the great bonus. Pours a hazy golden with a slight orange tint, a one finger creamy white head, and moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is nice and piney, with some light citrus and caramel in there as well. Flavor is also pine, light citrus and caramel. This is a well done crisp and refreshing IPA, and would definitely pickup from time to time if it was available locally. Thanks again Todd!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
can8ianben (1315) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Deliciously hoppy offering. Lovely warm pine hoppy notes in the aroma, subtle richness to the malt backing on the palate. A very tasty IPA - almost chewy in its hoppiness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11067) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a rich retaining off white head that laces and amber color. Aroma is cascade/orange hops-some bitter, some medium malt. Taste is cascade/orange zest bitterness hops, a bit abrasive/slight metallic, some medium malt. Thanks jwc215 for picking this out.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 13, 2008
This has a great citrus hop aroma. The flavor has a great up front hop bite. The bitterness continues and leaves a nice tingly bite in your mouth. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 Bottle acquired via Sparky27...Eric ROCKS. This bottle a bit past its prime but I know Eric drove 50 plus miles to get it...appreciate the effort. You can definitely tell, even with age, that this is a well put together brew. The aggressive pine and citrus have turned to caramel, honey, and sweet malt. Copper colored body produces a nice half inch off white head. Can only imagine how good this is when fresh. Highly drinkable, even now. Had to go back and rerate since this one earned it. Readily available and one of the most consistent, flavorful, perfectly balanced IPAs on the market. Could drink this stuff all day, every day. Bright, clean, and bursting with juicy citrus and freshly chopped pine. Mouth is watering just thinking about it! Get it!


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