Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Reviews by ryan1788a5:
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
1pt .9oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
A: Crystal clear golden in color. Eggshell white head is fluffy and creamy looking. Head retention is great. Thin and jagged rings of lacing stick to the glass.
S: A burst of vibrant citrus is at the forefront of the nose. Tangerine and zesty lemon, lemon peel and grapefruit rind. Earthy and leafy hop scents accent the citrus. Clean grain and biscuit malt aromas underneath. A pungently hoppy nose with a distinctly clean lager character.
T: Hops assault the taste buds right off the bat. This one is more bitter than the nose suggests. Quick flashes of citrus fruits are brushed aside as a growing rind and pine resin bitterness clamps down on the palate. Leafy hop character comes through mid-palate. Garden herbs and green, oily tastes, along with tobacco and cigar. Malt starts out a touch sweet with hints of caramel, but quickly dries out and morphs into biscuit and cracker flavors. A slight yeasty taste is hard to pick out underneath all the hops. Citrus comes back to the forefront toward the finish with a hit of zesty lemon. The finish is dry, crisp, and clean, but leaves an oily, leafy hop bitterness clutching the tongue.
M: Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth. Well-rounded and filling in the mouth. Carbonation lifts it a little and adds a bit of a refreshing bite. Great.
O: This is the first beer I've had by Jack's Abby, and boy is it a winner. The use of the lager yeast here really puts the raw hop profile front and center, with no distractions. It's American hops as you've never tasted them before. A hop-head's delight, and a very interesting and most welcome change of pace.
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2012 02:05:37 | More by ryan1788a5
More User Reviews:
4.4/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to billab914 for this one.
A. Mostly clear honey gold with two fingers of some of the prettiest head I've ever seen in a beer. Settling down to a half finger over time, the head, lacing, and beading remain consistent and impossibly tight. Suds absolutely blanket the sides of the glass.
S. More excellence. Big tropical mango and tangerine notes, some honey sweetness, and then a healthy dose of garden herbs and tall grass.
T. Mango, pineapple, underripe strawberry, earth, pine, thyme, crackers, rose petals.
M. Really nice. It starts big and tropical but then finishes with that classic, earthy, dry, and floral lager finish.
O. This is a really good Pale Lager. Very hoppy but incredibly well-balanced and has a very classic pilsner finish, with spice and grain providing a very crisp, refreshing experience. I love this beer and would make it a staple in my fridge were it available in my part of the country.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 01:15:19 | More by siege06nd
4.49/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours hazy golden, one finger fluffy white head, with nice strips of carbonation. Looks like a lager indeed, but not entirely.
Great smell! Nice balance of citrusy green hops (tropical notes too) and caramel biscuity malts, like in a Munich helles. Hops are aromatic, not overwhelming. Should be great.
Okay, so, the malts are light, with some caramel and biscuit notes, and not as robust as an ale would be. Still, rich, but rather "fluffy", like boiled grains. Sweet hoppy fruitiness, with sweet oranges and tangerines, mild grapefruit, tropical lychee and pineapple, big floral notes and also prickly spicy hops. Great green leafy finish, with pine, mild bitterness.
Light body, but not watery, actually very very smooth, again, "fluffy". Dry finish with a green fresh hoppy aftertaste. Also, 6.7? Where?!
Overall, feels like a more crisp American IPA, with a German malt base and perfectly balanced hops. Extremely drinkable (watch out for the abv) and tasty.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 15:43:05 | More by dcmchew
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
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