Hoponius On Holiday
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Style:
American Lager
Ranked #8
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,211
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 10.15%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
106
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Jack's Abby Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Hoponius On HolidayHoponius On Holiday
Notes: Tropical IPL. We gave our classic Hoponius Union a tropical fruit twist to create Hoponius on Holiday. This IPL combines cold lager fermentation with a West Coast IPA hop profile. A blend of classic American hops accentuates the tropical fruit flavors and lends a citrusy aroma. A refreshingly crisp finish complements the pleasant bitterness of the hops and leaves you wanting more.
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jack's Abby Brewing "Hoponius On Holiday"
16 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 06/05/19" and sampled on 09/30/19
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: A rough pour brings up a massive three-finger-thick head that you can allow to settle for a moment and then top off giving it a creamier inch and a half or so lid of foam over a somewhat hazy golden body. The hops in the aroma are obvious even at pouring it, and it's sweetish with malt, floral, and tropical with honey, peach, orange, papaya, pineapple, and dull melon. On to the flavor, well, everything still fits. There's some additional mango, orange, and dried apricot but for the most part it tastes as it smells except for an extra-firm bitterness that helps corral it into a dry finish that still lingers with tropical fruit. The malt is basic if not a touch grassy (seems like Pilsner malt) and the hop flavors and aromas are not hindered or distracted in any way. Looking back, I've got a beautifully laced glass in front of me. Each sip has it's own ring but they all sort of come together as well, and although the head has completely dropped there is a nice collar left behind. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp leaving it to warm and become smooth across the palate. Overall this is an impressive IPL with lots of flavor and aroma.
Review #6,736

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden orange appearance with a slight chill haze, and a small white head. Good retention, and streaky lacing.
Awesome bright tropical smell; peach, guava, passion fruit, pink grapefruit, mango, pineapple, honey and toast.
The taste follows the nose--tart and juicy pink guava, pink grapefruit, passionfruit, mango, pineapple, papaya, and peach, with a lightly sweet honey and toasted malt. Clean finish.
Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, smooth, crisp, clean, and slightly sticky.
Awesome tropical IPL! The title describes it perfectly.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. can dated 10/29/18 and poured into Aslin Teku glass.

L: 1F+ foamy white head with lots of lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a nearly-clear golden.

S: Lots of tropical fruit and citrus - pineapple, passionfruit, orange, grapefruit. Lager yeast and bready malts.

T: More or less follows nose, especially with the nice, bready malts. Tropical taste dimmed a bit over two months, but not horribly so.

F: Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Construction and balance very good.

O: Very decent lager with a tropical twist.

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear lager pour with bountiful head. Crisp taste of citrus with a smooth finish. Not your typical winter beer, that’s when I had it, but definitely a keeper. Great taste.

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Photo of lipster
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall boy can into a pint glass. Color’s a pale straw gold with just a tiny bit of haze and sparkle, with a nice slightly beige head. Smell is ordinary IPAish, not really giving away the flavor wallop to come. Taste is a super fruity tropical splash with a sticky slightly malty finish. Mouthfeel is dense, sugary, but smooth. Delicious, if a bit heavy. A really festive tropical IPA.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left delicate lacing on the surface and a collar consisting of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of mangos and watermelon are present in the nose.
T: The taste has tropical flavors of mangos along with hints of orange citrus. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and a little clean with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has the type of aroma and flavor profile that you would expect from an IPA but has the cleanness in the mouthfeel that you would expect from a lager.

Serving type: can

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 12/07/17.Pours into a becker clear rich golden with a large fluffy nearly two finger white head that settles ever so slowly into s frothy mass leaving two broken rings of lace behind in it's wake.Floral citric hops in the nose,slightly yeasty.A mellow feel even though it's quite highly carbonated,very nice.Tropical fruits like the label implies come thru on a hopped up palate,there is dryer crispness in the finish showing off that it's still a lager.Easy drinking it seems smaller than what it is,a good rendition of the style.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This presents as a clear golden pour with a 1 cm foam cap. The aroma is of mango and orange. The flavor includes pineapple and clementine. This is moderately bitter, tropical, but not very sweet (appreciated). The mouthfeel is very smooth and pleasant.

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Long Ridge Wine and Spirits for about twelve dollars. Canned-on date of 6/8/18. Have had a few brews from these guys before, all solid. Nice flavor on this one, would buy again.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 6/18/18

Pours a deep, clear gold; a good-sized off-white head forms and leaves lasting strands of lacing.

Aroma brings a soft malt-hop balance alongside candied orange peel, mango, and guava.

Taste brings further candied orange, clean hops, and unripened pineapple; as it softens, notes of oaky malts and banana esters reveal themselves.

Mouthfeel is mostly dry with a comfortably dank and juicy edge. There's more heft to the body than expected, but it balances nicely to leave with a finish on the crisper side.

A refreshing IPL that stays citrusy and tropical without ever becoming overly cloying or imbalanced. Easy-drinking, but has a presence. Good stuff from Jack's Abby.

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Photo of soze47
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely rendition of their flagship. Signature body, color, and mouth feel - pleasant bitterness of the classic with added flavors of pineapple and candied orange zest. Well done. Drank at brewery.

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Photo of scotorum
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned back in December. Bought on sale.

Poured from the 16 oz. van into a Tree House tulip pint.

a: Clear dark gold with an inch thick white head which receded to patchy surface foam and lacing.

s; Light fruit, mainly white grape juice and floral.

t: Tropical fruit over a medium biscuity malt base and mild hop bite. Dry to slightly sweet finish. Floral notes increase as it warms, as does the bitterness.

m: Smooth medium, good body and come carbonation tingle.

o; A tasty and satisfying higher end session brew, apparently intended for wintertime "holiday" consumption but ironically good for warm weather despite being perhaps a bit on the heavy side for an IPA. At over four months age this held up very well, or is one of those rare IPA species which actually improved with age!

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours clear and honey colored with a one finger head; decent stickage and a few strands linger

Smell: Tropical and fruity, with pineapple, grapefruit, passion fruit and a sweet tropical punch aspect

Taste: Tropical fruit forward, with the tropical fruit punch, pineapple and grapefruit flavors; through the middle, a passion fruit bitterness builds; the finish is sweet and tropical

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A let down, compared to the other beers I have tasted from this brewery; seemed to lack balance

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with 2 fingers of soapy white head. The head clings to the glass leaving some cobwebs of lace before settling into a soft blanket.

The aroma brings notes of honeydew melon, peaches and orange juice. The sweet, bready malt is present on the back end.

The taste starts off with oranges, melons, and a touch of peach. The middle brings some doughy malt and some bitter pine before finishing with a wave of garlic and onions.

The feel is medium-light bodied with a ton of carbonation. Crisp and very dry. Bitterness lingers a bit too long on the tongue.

Overall, a pretty good IPL that is definitely full of hop flavor yet still has plenty of balance. Unfortunately this isn't nearly as "tropical" as the can indicates. It's got some tropical fruit aromas but it's mostly citrusy and earthy. Not bad at all, just not what was expected.

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Photo of 57md
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a golden straw color. The nose had bountiful notes of tropical fruits. The flavor was a bit muted and the body was very light even for this style.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It is such a great feeling when they get new & different CANs in at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS) for me to add to The CANQuest (tm)! This is a recent aCANquisition on my part & I am anxious to give it the ol' Crack & Glug.

From the CAN: "Wicked Hoppy"; "Tropical Twist"; "Unfiltered & Unpasteurized"; "We gave our classic Hoponius Union a tropical fruit twist to create Hoponius On Holiday. This India Pale Lager combines cold lager fermentation with a West Coast IPA hop profile. A blend of classic American hops accentuates the tropical fruit flavors and lends a citrusy aroma. A refreshingly crisp finish compliments the pleasant bitterness of the hops and leaves you wanting more."

I Crack!ed open the pint CAN & even though it was marked as "unfiltered", it would be a lot of liquid if anything went wrong during an inverted Glug. As such, I went with a nice gentle Glug instead. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised just under three fingers of soapy, foamy, eggshell-white head that quickly dissipated into wisps. My efforts were not wasted as the color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7), so it need not be turbid as some have described. Nose was ... Holy Melonballs, Batman! It was intitially honeydew, but the tropical notes of mango, guava and papaya asserted themselves as it warmed towards room temperature. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste remained highly fruity with a touch of grapefruit tang and a little pine mintiness joining the aforementioned fruits for some fun. Finish was semi-dry, very fruity overall, different for the APL style & while it was a fun, refreshing drink, I was satiated after one.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought this quite late, well past the Holiday season. Can dated 12/07/17, poured to a Nonic.
Looks not quite clear but far from hazy, golden light color, medium head fades to generous lacing.
Fruity, fruity. Orange is strong with this one, sweat enough to border on tangerine. No grapefruit or apricot at all.
Taste is orange for real up front, minor hop bite at the end.
Mouth feel is pretty light, carbonation borders on too much.
Overall, a great beer, especially for a fruity hop bomb that is over 7 weeks old.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves good lacing

S: Lots of tropical hop notes as well as citrus and some bready maltiness. Definitely very tropical fruit-forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a wave of tropical fruit notes and slowly transitions into some citrus and bready malt sweetness. Tropical notes linger well into the finish. Again, very tropical fruit-forward

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice take on the base, although it almost gets lost under all of the tropical notes. Definitely a brew for those who are into hops that provide intense tropical fruit notes

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate head but it settles to rim bubbles and a thin film on the liquid. Some streaks. Cloudy and solidly amber.

Pleasant balance with semisweet blackberry malt start. The hop is flowery with a mild and subtle dessert spice (cinnamon, nutmeg?).

Lightly sweet on the initial sip. I also note the spritzy carbonation up front. Moderate compensating body. The real tale is the white pepper hop flavor when swallowing, taking over the taste. The finish is 80% bitterness with the rest being malt sugars. The aftertaste is strictly bitter.

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Photo of papposilenus
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can, dated 12/07/17. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a mostly clear, golden-yellow with about a finger of standard, cream-coloured head. Retention is just OK with a few spots of lacing.

Nose is a disappointment. In fact, there really isn't much in the way of nose at all. Maybe a little caramel and candied orange if you put a gun to my head

Taste is all over oranges, sweet, sticky, bitter, overripe, the whole nine yards. Sticky orange juice and bitter orange peels, the tangerine my mother put in my lunchbox after it had been sitting out on the counter in the hot kitchen for a few weeks, candied oranges and caramel malt, bergamot, lime. A little overbearing in the ripe, sticky fruit department upfront but finishes relatively fast and clean.

Feel is sort of slick and sticky, medium-thick bodied and just about decently carbonated.

Overall, a novelty. Recommended glassware might be a sippy cup or juicebox and straw, paired with graham crackers.

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Photo of Kendo
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear golden with a 1+ finger foamy white head.

S: Very nice nose - strong on the tropical fruit (ripe melons) and stone fruit (ripe peaches & plums), plus sweeter citrus (oranges & candied orange peel).

T: Light doughy malt foundation is followed by tropical fruit salad and citrus - ripe melon, tangerines and oranges. Finishes pretty clean, with both sweeter fruitiness and a touch of bitter citrus peel. Sweeter fruit prevails in the aftertaste.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is low, so the feel is a little on the slick side.

O: Good stuff.

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Photo of citizencane
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark not quite transparent yellow with minimal head and lacing. Smells of Sugary fruits and some malt. Taste is bitter hops and malt, and then sugary fruit hops come through clear and strong immediately after. Dig the fruit notes on this one. Feel is slightly dry but not bad.

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Photo of thebeers
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a finger and a half of airy white head. Modest lacing. Big, but delicate, tropical aroma. Tropicality continues to the taste. Almost has a fruit cocktail vibe to it. Pineapple, cherry, that sort of a mix. Maybe some Christmas spices too? Light crackers malt. Fairly bitter, clean finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not a daily drinker, but a nice, fruity, holiday beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned 12/06/17, excited to try this one.

Pours a nice foamy bubbly 1 finger head that fades semi slowly thanks to streaming bubbles, little lacing, mostly clear honey golden color with streaming bubbles

Nose is like a tropical fruit cake, loads of candied pineapple, grapefruit, passion fruit, candy cherry, candy orange, pear, a bit of a spicy hop character, generic citrus, Hawaiian punch, a big upsidedown pineapple orange cake with candied cherries and other fruits no top.

Taste brings more of the same, starting with the loads of candied fruit, pineapple and grapefruit juice like straight up pineapple juice blended with grapefruit juice, lots of other generic candied fruit more cherry and pear like notes, a bunch of orange again, mostly rind, a little passion fruit and generic tropical, a bit of lager notes but almost all of that is drowned out. Fair bitterness that ramps to a spicy hop bitterness on the finish, again more of that fruit cake all over.

Mouth is med bod, a bit soft, loses most of the lager feel, over carbonated too

Overall it was a fun beer to try and experiment with, but I don't think I'll get it again, way over the top with fruits and destroys the base beer.

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Photo of IronLover
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in color with a light haze that slowly clarified. Poured with a short, bright white foam with medium low retention. Tart grapefruit aromas with noted of orange rind. Medium bodied with medium carbonatio. Light smooth feel through the middle followed by boozy warmth. Strong grapefruit flavors up front with light citrussy notes. Medium high bitterness through the middle followed by pine notes and maltiness to the end. Finished crisply and dry with lingering grapefruit notes and light hop bitterness. Look and feel were pretty good and the bitterness was assertive and well balanced. However, the grapefruit flavor was a bit over the top giving it a blatant artificial character.

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Hoponius On Holiday from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 106 ratings