Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Ratings: 1,823 | Reviews: 269 | Display Reviews Only:
4.1/5 rDev -4%
Golden in color with a white head. A very nice citrus hop aroma and plenty of floral notes to go with it. There are some pine notes to it as well as a light grass note. Very little in terms of malt. The palate is on the dry side with a lot of hop flavor to it. Citrus fruit and peel, lots of floral notes, pine, and a hint of grass. Just a bit of biscuit and cracker malt flavor. Very well done.
08-07-2012 23:07:36 | More by womencantsail
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
Thanks, Barry. Glad to finally try this long-time want.
Appearance: Clear pale gold body topped by a lasting, clinging head.
Smell: Big floral and apricot hop notes. Slightly herbal and grassy, with a pleasant whiff of lager yeast buried beneath the hops. There's little in the way of malt.
Palate: This could easily be mistaken for an IPA, albeit an unusually clean and light one. Bitterness is mild, but there are big hop flavors. It leans toward the floral side of things (centennial?), with a touch of citrus and stone fruit. There's a touch of coarse grain flavor, though it's a very dry, very hop forward beer overall. Within the IPL style, I'd say this is a notch below Humulus Lager, and probably Fathom as well, but it's a delicious beer nonetheless and I'd drink it often were it local.
08-28-2012 06:47:35 | More by largadeer
4.48/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.
T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. Then there is some breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character to create a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good variation of style, this is an excellent beer with plenty of flavor and substance to make it worth pounding down for a whole evening.
11-28-2012 02:20:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Thanks to AutumnBeerLove for making the trek to pick up this growler. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.
A - A finger of white foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and stray splotches of lace. Transparent golden body.
S - Massive aromatic hops here - very floral, with orange blossoms, pine, faint herbs, and a faint chive note I sometimes get from Citra hops. Some nebulous sugary malts in the background.
T - Taste is a bit less sweet, with more pine and a more bread-heavy malt character. Plenty of pine and citrus hop flavor, with mid-level bitterness and a crisp, clean lager finish.
M - Pleasant moderate carbonation, medium body, smooth texture, and no alcohol presence. Dry finish with a bit of residual oily hop texture. Easy to drink in large quantities.
D - It's a slightly smaller Humulus Lager. I'd never heard of Jack's Abby but this beer is for real. We obliterated the growler in record time. I would order this all the time if it was local.
11-19-2011 17:01:11 | More by MasterSki
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
Thanks Thorpe, at the time of this review, this is the #2 beer on the "Top Beers - Dortmunder / Export Lager" list on beeradvocate.com.
Beer is yellow with a mild haze, wispy white head, minimal lacing.
Aroma is quite hoppy, sweet, fruity hops, a mild yeast presence.
Beer is light in body and a little sweet, moderately bitter on the finish and quite hoppy in the midpalate. I really like this beer very good. I'd have a lot more of this if available to me.
02-01-2012 05:34:30 | More by drabmuh
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
Tap at Armsby Abbey
Big creamy 1 finger head, lots of lacing, crystal clear pale yellow golden color.
Nose had fresh hops, resins, hops oils, bit musty, some fresh citrus fruit and grapefruit, almost no lager or malts.
Taste explodes with fresh citrus hops, grapefruit and tropical fruits, light hop resins and musty fresh hop oils, a bit oily, then some light lager fruits and light pale malts, some sweet toasty malts. Light sweet honey like flavor. The it gets very bitter and slightly astringent, the hops way overpower the lager flavors and gets a bit overly on the finish, dry and very bitter finish with lingering fresh hops and citrus, light pine as well, and has a weird sticky almost creamy feel.
Moth is med bodied, decent carb.
Overall good, great hop flavors but overpowers the nice lager underneath, and a weird finish as well as a bit astringent.
08-20-2011 03:21:03 | More by jlindros
3.8/5 rDev -11%
this india pale lager style is really taking off, and this is one of the better examples, but I hate to say like I always do, that humulus from the bruery set the bar impossibly high for other brewers. this is excellent, until you have a humulus. it pours a nice radiant orange color with an inch of fading white fluff. a nose of crisp clean pine family hops, with a pronounced bitter close. lager yeast is evident upon the first sip, its dry but not at snappy as some. it lets the cereal grains come through a lot to balance the hops, which have a sort of punctuated citrus and pine bitterness back and forth going on. the beer would be better if it didn't come across so filling. bigger malt base than necessary here I think, fuller than most lagers, but its carbonated well and the bitter finish is quite dry, encouraging quick consumption. overall a great beer, but underwhelming in some ways, especially when put up against the gold standard for the genre.
08-18-2013 12:36:35 | More by StonedTrippin
3.46/5 rDev -19%
On tap at the Reservoir, Waterbury, VT.
Clear golden pour, with a nice, thick, foamy cap of white head; nice retention and some patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma was very light, notes of herbal hops, and biscuity malt sweetness. The taste was mostly sweet up front, biscuity malts, toffee, fruit punch, giving way to toasted grains, and a lightly bitter, herbal hop finish. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty easily drinkable. Overall decent, especially for a lager, but still probably not something I'd go for again.
04-03-2014 12:01:53 | More by Rifugium
3.8/5 rDev -11%
Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: The beer pours a very slightly amber color with a half finger of off white head. The head fades quickly to a ring around the pour with a small island in the middle.
Smell: Juicy citrus fruit along with grapefruit peel hop bitterness. There is a nice balance between the malt and the hops. Reminds me of a nice west coast IPA.
Taste: Not quite as nice as the smell. I'm getting lots of citrus peel bitterness, but the sweeter citrus juice like notes aren't there as much as they were in the smell. The finish is extremely bitter and almost a bit acidic. The malt behind the hops is bready but not particularly sweet.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a ton of fluffy, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This one smelled fantastic but I thought the taste fell a bit short. It was still quite good, but I wouldn't call it fantastic. I'd have more to see if my opinion changes.
12-21-2012 02:41:51 | More by oline73
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
From 08/17/12 notes. Had this on tap at a bar right outside of Boston. Served in a pint glass.
a - Pours a clear amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.
s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, floral hops, and light biscuit. Very nice and hoppy, almost like an IPA. Very nice nose.
t - Tastes of citrus hops, resin, pine hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit, fruity malts, floral hops, and light herbal notes. Even more fruit and hops than the nose; outstanding taste.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light bitterness but not much at all. Very easy to drink; feel like I could definitely have a few of these.
o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic hoppy lager. I've been pretty impressed with their beers and this might be the best one I've had so far. Tons of hops and fruit in the nose and taste, and pretty easy to drink for 6.7% ABV. Would love to have it again.
08-22-2012 15:22:19 | More by mdfb79
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
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