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RATINGS: 1582   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3475) - 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 (7999) - 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 (2885) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3385) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Local bottle. Pretty heavy hitting IPA for me. Pours a clear bronze colour with a small white head and nice lacing. The aroma is pine resin and needles. The flavour adds in some malt and some clean bitterness on the finish. Just seemed a little heavy to me for an IPA. Bitterness stays with you.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at GBBF.
Clean gold with a very good white head and lace. Massive hoppage all round. The Simcoe is obvious and I’m certainly not complaining. Big but never over the top. Bitterness is excellent. Palate is perfectly pitched. All the pine, flowers and citrus you could want for plus a big kick up the arse dry finish. Bloody great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6040) - Utah, USA - OCT 23, 2009
12oz bottle. Light golden color with white head and good amount of lace left on the glass. Aroma is pine and grapefruit. Flavor is piney with lots of hops, not over the top hop taste. Finishes with a dry bitter flavor. Overall a good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coyotehunter (681) - , Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to RiversideAK. Damn. The aroma alone is fantastic. Grapefruit, oranges, maybe some peach. Flavor is wonderful of obvious Simcoe, bringing out the apricot and peach flavor, withe Centennial and Cascade bringing up the pine and bit of flowery goodness with the orange flavor. Lots of bitter to this. This has to rank as one of my new favorite go to beers. What sucks is I cant get it here..

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Thanks Hayduke! This beer pours a murky caramel color with a tiny light colored head. Sticky and stringy lacing. Nose is caramel and overripe citrus fruit with just a bit of brown sugar. Flavor is complex citrus and passion fruit with a nice bitter bite. Pine and caramel. A very dry sticky aftertaste that builds more fruit tastes. I will say it. One of the best IPAs in the world.


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