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RATINGS: 1527   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.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11493) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2009
Golden with a small white head. Aroma of tangerine, peach and caramel. Very sweet with a chalky, acrid bitterness

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekhna (118) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Meh. I think I might need to try it again. Felt just a touch to alcoholic to be a session IPA, not quite enough to be a DIPA. Weird middle ground. Palate was off due to the place serving it. Consider this a PSA for the Red Room in Santa Cruz to get their shit together and carbonate their beers properly.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle pours yellow gold, almost orange, with a healthy off-white head. Aroma is peach, grapefruit, pine, and grass. Flavor follows up with additional notes of caramel. Floral, crisp, and leads into a long-lasting, bitter finish. Good stuff, but nothing really deserving of the hype.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bomber from Total Wine. Aroma is heavy citrus and I got a lot of sweetness as well - mainly plums and honey. Flavor is well-balanced - more toasty and caramel malt than I was expecting, given what I’d read about the beer, a nice piney note to it. ALl in all - I was a little let down. Still a very good beer, but very different in profile than I was expecting - the bready malt taste and mouthfilling quality of same overtook the citric hops from the nose really quickly. Quite possible I had an older bottle, I suppose. I’ll give this one another shot. All in all - still a very drinkable IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 5, 2009
citrus and pine smells. big hop taste. golden/amber color. coats the tongue effectively

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3396) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Shaker pint darft at Malt and Vine in Redmond, Washington. Pour is mostly clear, with a bit of haze - golden light orange with a small white head. Great sticky lacing on the glass as the beer drinks down. Aroma of citrus fruit, soft floral honey notes and a nice caramel toasty maltiness. Really balanced nose. Taste is really full hop - citrus tangerine, resin honey floral, with a good malt backbone - toasty more grain. Palate is medium, nice mouth filling flavor, gentle bitterness on the finish. Really my kind of IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (7501) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle, shared with Parksy and pitted against Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Pours a deep hazy gold with a thick white head. Very resinous citrus hop aroma. On the palate, the malt is nearly completely eclipsed by the hoppiness: resinous, pithy citrus, reedy and vegetal. Very assertive bitter finish. This outshone Torpedo IMHO. A crazy-good IPA!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2009
22 oz bottle from John’s (left over from IPA fest) - Poured a nice golden color. Slightly cloudy. Fantastic smell to it. Great balance between hops and malt. Good bitterness without overpowering.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2848) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Bottle - thanks odeed. A golden honey colored pour with a small beige head. Pine resin and grapefruit dominate the aroma. Alludes to a soft, wet IPA... At first taste, a smooth blend of citrus and floral hops leads into smooth and sweet medley, before a lingering floral bitter tail. Straight forward and well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle. Pours a copper body with a white head. Very fresh fruity hop character. Pine, citrus, and peach notes. Grapefruit and pine and citrus. Very nice ipa.


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