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RATINGS: 1720   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5507) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Aroma is a mix of piney hops and an undertone of citrus hops. The flavor is heavy grapefruit, mild citrus and a malty backbone. Solid IPA.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
topher_78 (28) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
This brew pours a beautiful light copper color with 1 1/2 fingers of an off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is of citrus and pine with a light hint of malt. The taste is of orange rind, pineapple and balanced well with sweet malt. The aftertaste is nice and slightly dry and beckons another sip. One of the best single IPA’s period.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours a nice golden orange color with a white head. Aroma is of grapefruit, sweet citrus fruits like orange and tangerine, peach, sweet and caramel malt. The flavor follows the nose with lots of orange and tangerine, some peach, grapefruit, sweet and caramel malt and biscuit notes. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a pretty tasty IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thechasm442 (662) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2016 Poured from a bottle to a duvel tulip. Pours a clear blonde orange with a 2 inch white head that slowly shrinks with great lacing. Aroma is strong. Very floral, grassy, and citric. Taste is grapefruit, caramel, pineapple, mango, papaya, orange, and a touch of lemon. Mouthfeel is medium to thin. Alcohol is invisible. This beer is super sessionable and a perfect go to ipa.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2012
A pale orange beer with a small, quickly dissipating white head. The aroma is delicious with lots of tropical fruit, pine, and grapefruit. The flavor is citrusy up front, quickly followed by floral hops and a little sweetness. A very solid IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvanFriend (471) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Lots of grassy hops with a little pine, over hay/bread malt. I like this beer, definitely worth buying again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 INITIAL SIX-PACK RATING: Incredibly fresh floral aroma - very inviting. Pours to a great sized head that doesn’t overstay its welcome. Excellent lacing. Golden color. Flavor is equally superb - great mouthfeel, great hop notes, nice kick that doesn’t overpower, rich malty aftertaste. Aftertaste lingers and lingers. All it is lacking is a tad more citrus in the flavor - that is it. Only Founders Centennial IPA has this beat, IMO. WOW. Had a family member sample it, and he was blown away, too. RE-RATE, JULY 2012: Family member and I both agreed it wasn’t as good this time - he did a blind taste testing and agreed it wasn’t as great, while I did a re-tasting alone and also agreed it wasn’t as great. We are a little disappointed. Still an excellent aroma, but a little more pine this time. Taking down from 10 to 9. Appearance is good - nice lacing and pretty orange color - but head was smaller compared to Stone IPA. Keeping that rating the same (4/5). Taste - downgrade. Again pinier than last time, and malts less pronounced (though still there - certainly maltier than Stone). Mouthfeel not as good, either. Aftertaste does still linger nicely, but again, could use more citrus. 9 to 8. Taking down the palate from 5 to 3. Overall score down to 4. Don’t find this as great as Bear Republic or Green Flash anymore - depending on my mood, I may opt for this or Bell’s. 4 seems fair. Bottling was recent, so can’t blame it on that. Oh well. Just noticed a big drop-off in quality this time, for whatever reason. A great beer, but 4.7 to 4 is a significant change. JUNE 2013 RERATE: Got a batch bottled in May. ZOMG. This is like the first batch I ever had. Just delicious. Bumping this back up a tad. JANUARY 2014 RERATE: Why is this so inconsistent? Fresh month-old, and not nearly as balanced as some other batches. Piney and perfumey. A little gaggy. Not worthy of being up there with Centennial or Ballast Point. Top ten beer overall, but batches are so inconsistent. rwar.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmohno (1482) - Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2012 Clear gold one finger head some lacing Zesty citrus hop aroma somewhat refined with mild ripe fruit some sweetness,maltiness.Very nice aroma. Taste is smooth creamy at first then hops all the way through mostly piney and grapefruit,lots of dryness almost astringant,light/light-medium body,pretty juicy and bitter,some noticable sweet light carmel underneath a big piney grapefruit bittering.Pretty solid WCIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xerstrom (1) - elk grove, California, USA - APR 29, 2012 does not count
Very good taste, bitter afterwards(expected). Nice white head. I enjoyed this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4381) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 29, 2012
Bottle: Poured a coppery orange with a two finger off white cream head that dissipated fairly quick. Aroma is citrus fruit and slight piney. Taste is upfront hops with grapefruit bitterness, subsides to leave some sticky malt.


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