Union Jack India Pale Ale

This 12 oz bottle graces my table courtesy of Robert; many thanks!
Pour is a slightly clouded, deep orange in typical American IPA style. Head is small and white but has some fine lace.
Nose has the requisite soapy and citrus notes, but is is restrained.
Tastes follow the nose pretty faithfully. Very light citrus and hops gently kiss the palate, but you know that they are much deeper and aggressive than they are prepared to give away at first. A bit like a dirty girl on a first date! To carry on the theme, this is a gentle, almost feminine American IPA with a LOT of character of the more reserved, original, English style. I would not call this aggressive but any stretch of the imagination, and the beer benefits from that reserved nature. Citrus like in the finish with the emphasis on tangerines rather than grapefruit or more harsh tastes.
VERY easy drinking since the alcohol is ridiculously well hidden and the tastes are subtle rather than smashing one in the face. Lovely, simple brew that on cask would have the potential to blow my mind. Tasty.

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03/29/2009
Format:
bottle
ABV: 7.5 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 4
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