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Review by Dr. Rockzo on 11/10/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 17 5 9 0
Another long time favorite of mine tossed in as a surprise by my man Mark up in SEA. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a surly impy pint (dating is smudged/unreadable).

A: Pours out a beautiful sunset orange/amber/golden color mixture with a great glow to it when held to a light source. A frothy/foamy 2+ finger off-white head builds quickly and has awesome retention, leaving perfect Belgian-esque curtain lacing all along the sides of the glass as it recedes. Perfection.

S: The smell is noticeably fresh, which is very nice to see as in my experience that’s a key factor in this beer’s awesomeness. Tons of grapefruity citrus, dank herbal/floral, and piney hops waft out of the glass in quite the intoxicating way, intermingling with a candy-like sugary pale malt backbone with notes of doughy sweet-bread and mild toffee. The mélange of hop aromas are like a cascade of grapefruit and headie weed raining down on me from heaven.

T: The taste is ALMOST as good as the aroma, only falling slightly short in the dank-pungency and complexity of the hops. Lots of grapefruit rind and some pulp mixes with pine and a bit of floral hoppiness with only a light crackery, dry malt candy-sugariness that lends just the perfect kiss of balance to a total hop-bomb of an IPA. Big-time accompanying bitterness with the hop flavor, just how I like ‘em…but a bit more complexity in the hop profile would make it near perfect.

M: The mouthfeel is solidly medium bodied with a perfect level of backing moderate and softer carbonation. The consistency hits quick with some stickiness before a huge wash of oily/bitter and very dry hoppiness takes over. It approaches palate smashing status but stays right on the precipice, begging me to take sip after sip with it’s smooth finish and incredibly hidden 7.5% ABV….such a temptress, this one is…

D: I could see this being a very regular staple in my utopian IPA rotation (if I could get anything I wanted in Chicago). Everything about it just draws me in and leaves me wanting more after each delicious sip. 7.5% might be a bit high on the single IPA ABV scale for some, but this goes down like an amazingly tasty hoppy elixir from the gods for me…my thirst for Union Jack is insatiable.

I have a boner for this IPA and am not ashamed to admit it. When fresh, it’s one of the best around (no one’s ever gonna get you down! You’re the best….arrrouuuunnndDDD!). Please seek out and try by any means necessary.

Served In: Pint Glass