A big, white, frothy head clings to the glass but is quick to let go of its nuanced nose of grapefruit, pressed flower, and delicate, bready malt scents. An understated pale malt sweetness greets the palate first, though it’s sturdy enough to support the oncoming assemblage of hops. Citrusy, floral, pungent, and powerful, the masterful blend of American hop characters is simply unlike any other. Even with its 7.5 percent ABV, alcohol isn’t actually apparent in the taste; in fact, there’s nothing weighty or overwhelming about this beer. It’s elegant, light, and palatable, and finishes dry and perfectly clean. Its inimitable hop showcase and incredible balance make Union Jack one of the best American IPAs in the world.