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RATINGS: 1396   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lb4lb (2546) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Pours a clear orange to golden color with a lasting beige head. Smell is very fruity and tropical and aromatic. Nice Smell. Taste is crisp, and nicely bitter with orange and tropical fruitiness to the hops. Medium bodied with light but crisp carbonation. Fruity bitterness and pine lingers and this is a fantasticly drinkable and enjoyable IPA. One of my new favorites!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Bottle: Pours a light hazy golden bronze color with a light head and vaguely sticky lacing. Quite the ideal hoppy nose for my hop tastes with an ample simcoe note along with all the right old school fresh hops. You’ve got your sweet piney simcoes up front followed by some woody earthy centennials and a spicy grapefruit cascade note in the end of the nose. Not a lot of malt edges in on that hopcentric nose, much to the love of that nefarious San Diego Pale Ale style. The flavor has a doughy pale malt note along with some sweetness to compensate for the abundantly hoppy nose. Balanced grassy finish. Interesting conclusion. Great IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Aroma is clean hops, citrus, pine and subtle roasted malt. Pours super-clear amber brown with small off-white head. Flavor begins with nice citrus and roasted malt. Finishes with a dry hoppiness. A good American IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Bottle sent to me by Hophead22. Thanks Tim! Drank this right after drinking a Pliny and Blind Pig. Needless to say, it had some jewels to follow. Flavor was very clean, earthy, and slightly piney. Nose had some good hoppiness, but again, it was fairly muted when compared to the two previous (I)IPA consumed. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4024) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Thanks for sharing turd. Pours a translucent copper with a frothy offwhite head. The nose was hoppy, herbal and piny, sweet malty background. The flavor was earthy herbal hops, very piny, some grapefruit rind, lightly astringent. The palate was warming and waxy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Aromas of floral and citrusy hop and a decent caramel backbone. Golden orange with a thin lasting. Bitter citrus and pine initially followed by a nice light malty sweetness. Hops come back in grapefruit form and linger with a little fruity sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
On draft at O’Brien’s. Appearance is a clear bright orange hue, thin layer of white foam sustains, minimal lacing. Smell is pretty big hops [pine & grapefruit mostly], swaths of bubblegum candy sweetness and floral essences, some light fruits and spices as well as lighter pale malts. Taste is dominated by sweet grapefruit and candied hops which give way to bitter pine resin, other light and citrus fruits pop up with biscuit and bread malts, finishes dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, oily texture coats the tongue and mouth, moderate level of carbonation. Drinkability is high, hampered somewhat by the significant alcohol presence, another well-balanced and delicious California IPA that borders on the DIPA category, definitely check this one out if you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
Thanks to cloudskipper for this one. Pale golden beer with a thin white head. Gorgeous fruity citrus hop aroma. Fresh orange peel, piny spiciness and sweet grapefruit. A light honey/pale malt sweetness adds a nice back note to this, but it is still very much a hop-dominated brew. Flavour is also very hoppy with loads of orange/grapefruity citrus. Tropical finish. Sticky lacing coats the inside of the glass in a thick layer of Belgian lace. Light resinous bitterness on the back. Another tasty IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - AUG 14, 2008
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 On tap in Cambria, CA. when this is fresh and on tap it is a whole new animal compared to what they sell in the bottles. hop flavor is so pronounced and complex, the nuances of it work with the firm malt backing so well i was literally taken aback by it. so much density and flavor, it was almost alive. i may seem a little dramatic but this was truly a feast for this raterís senses. hop extracts? i donít care if this is made from used depends diapers. iíve always been a fan of firestone walker beers but this would be enough to get me to join a cult.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2008
bottle from tytoanderso: pours a cloudy dark orange with a medium white head. aroma is a good grapefruit hops but with plenty of malt to back it slight fresh apricot very nice. flavour: is very hopped with plenty of grapefruit soem bitterness from the hops also, these are very prodominant but a decent sweet malt comes through to give ti a more balalnced flavour. finishe s with some more bitterness that is very welcomjed.

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