Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing
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3.78/5 rDev -11.5%
500ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear orange with a finger of white frothy. Patchy legs of lace stick to the glass and the cap displays decent retaining powers.
The aroma is tropical with hop character. Somewhat herbal with pine, rind and pulp to zest of something like oranges or grapefruit. A mild inclsuion of supporting fruity alcohol.
The taste is surprisingly toasty with bready malt. Considering the aroma, I was expecting a hoppy assault right upfront but instead its quite grainy. Toffee mixes with sulfur and a bit of a cheesy hop flavor mixed with herbs towards the back.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is earthy herbal and cheesy with plenty of bitterness and a veggie hop flavoring. I would have this again if the opportunity presented itself.
11-29-2012 16:01:05 | More by stakem
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
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
So I guess this brew is an APL or an IPL... either way it seems to be an "Ale" inspired lager. Thanks to cbeer88 for sending this one my way. Appearance is slightly hazy and orange. Fluffy white head forms and retains nicely, heavy lacing left behind. The aroma features lemon, earthy, pine, and grass. Very hoppy with notes of cracker underneath. The taste starts with a touch of malty graininess followed by a touch of sweetness. Then comes a wave of hoppy bitterness in the form of grass and pine. It finishes off with more cracker and bread notes. Very nice range of flavors here with good balance. Mouthfeel is moderate with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this is a lager I could get in to. Definitely one to try for the hop heads out there.
11-15-2012 05:58:26 | More by homebrew311
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Joined BA today and glad to have a beer from MA be my first review!
Serving: 16.9oz btl. into a Boulevard Tulip
A - Light sunrise & golden hues with a couple fingers of eggshell hue head. Nice legs.
S - Sumptuous esters of juicy south American fruit mixed with pine and light scents that remind me of an herbal garden. I'm very "nosy" and this is one of those brews that you can kick back, stick your nose right in, take a sip, and repeat many times over.
T - To me, this is a very enjoyable brew. A terse, malt foundation that nicely hits the mid-palate while cheerful citrus flavors mix with very light herb garden notes and roll around and waft back up through your nose. Love it.
M- Medium to light mouth feel but there is a quality, well balanced sense to it. A brew that you can enjoy a couple bottles of within a couple hours.
O - Big fan for many reasons - gratifying and very pleasurable beer from a MA brewery with some ingredients from MA. (Thank you, Kelly's Package Store!)
11-14-2012 21:12:23 | More by IPAddress
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
500ml bottle into a SA perfect pint. Just showed up on shelves again so fairly fresh.
A - Pours a very clear golden amber body. Massive amount of sudsy foam. Clinging and sticky with excellent retention.
S - Piney and bitter grapefruit, floral grass, and cereal grain. Very IPA like, subdued but excellent.
T - Bitter hops. Citrus, pine, grass, and some lemon. Then comes a cleaning wave of grainy malts. Quick finish with just a light lingering bitterness. Drinkability is incredibly high on this beer. Crisp and well carbonated.
O - Jacks's Abby knows lagers and this is the best one I've tried from them yet. Takes the best elements of an Indian pale ale and a pale lager to create an incredibly delicious and sessionable beer.
11-12-2012 02:39:01 | More by davey101
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Sunset Grill (Boston, MA).
A: Straw yellow with creamy 1-2 finger off-white tightly bubbled head with good retention and copious lacing.
S: AMazing hops aroma of pineapple, mango, lemon, and pine resin with a lightly bready malt component. Reminds me a little bit of sweeter lemon shortbread but with the lemon and herbal hoppiness and fruitness magnified.
T: I liked the flavor with the blast of lemon and pineapple hoppiness carrying this beer. The malting is well done -- this is a beer brewed with care. The hops, while intense, do not overwhelm and match well with the lightly sweet and bready maltiness.
M: I didn't really enjoy the mouthfeel at all, and I think it detracts a lot from the enjoyment of this beer. I am not sure if it just an unhappy marriage of lighter body, high carbonation, and intense bitter hoppiness but this has an astringent rather than crisp quality.
O: Despite the disappointment of the mouthfeel, this is a fun beer to drink with big time hoppiness in a leaner package.
11-10-2012 16:57:05 | More by argock
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
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