Hoponius On Holiday | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Iski100 on 08-04-2017

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Reviews by Mleblanc25:
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of KingColumbus
1.81/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Fan of Jacks Abbey but IMO this should have been dumped or hire a taste tester before releasing this IPA. I believe they used natural flavors because the citrus/fruit flavors scream chemicals. If they use real juice there is something wrong. Save your $. Jack's Abbey, the idea is good the execution.....

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Photo of ichorNet
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got hold of a can of this beer. I've always enjoyed Hoponius Union, but have always felt that it was missing that certain something. Does the extra Citra/Mosaic dry-hop + tropical fruit addition help? Guess we'll see! Freshness shouldn't be an issue considering this was just canned yesterday!

This beer is a beautifully clear light-amber color with a tight, austere head of bone-white foam that measures about a finger-and-a-quarter at its highest point. Lace settles down to a network of beautifully-rendered lattices after about ten minutes in my glass, though the carbonation here seems nonexistent. Only intermittent bubbles appear to hold up the excellently-retentive head. Hmm...

The nose here is intensely tropical, redolent of sweet mango primarily, with some aspects of guava, passion fruit and dragonfruit here and there. Some papaya, lychee and red grapefruit in here as well. Seems a little bit "artificial" at times even though I know it's not... in a lot of ways, this reminds me of TropiCannon by Heavy Seas which has a similarly sweet, "candy"-like fruit note to it. The Citra hops provide some strong notes of tangerine while I can pick up some extra dankness and pine from the Mosaic in this version that I don't get in normal Hoponius Union. Quite an interesting nose here.

On the tongue, this is the same pine and grapefruit-forward Hoponius you know and love with a slightly-sweeter swallow and some more complex dank notes from the Mosaic hops. The fruit flavors barely interfere with the palate, giving off some supporting tropical elements and avoiding drowning out the clean malt that HU is known for. The simple pilsner malt base provides a great base for the extra hops and fruit extracts added here... I get some intense flavors of papaya, guava, mango and even some pineapple here toward the end of each sip. A strong lingering bitterness coats the palate and practically never lets go, however, letting you know that this is definitely supposed to be an IPL and not a fruit beer.

The palate here is oily and acidic with a mostly-dry finish that has some lingering elements of bitterness going on, as I mentioned previously. There's a slickness that I'd say follows along mostly with the base beer (which I've had countless times), but the dry-hop does seem to kick things up a notch here. This is a well-made, well-represented version of the well-liked Hoponius Union. I hope next time they brew this they divulge the fruits used, as the label here seems to try pretty hard to not let you know that information. Still, this is quite good and I'd get it again if I saw it around. However, I probably would not go out of my way to seek it out. Heavy Seas' TropiCannon is incredibly similar to this in both fruit flavor and bitterness (and is more available in my market), so I would likely try to grab that before this.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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 woodchipper
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Rand_Schoeb
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of citizencane
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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 TheIPAHunter
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tbone2131
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PJCarnell
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PhilFoley
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
3.66/5  rDev -9%
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 metter98
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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 teamgalt
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eluvah
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lipster
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Oysterhaven
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of holzman57
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of craigferraro
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mcb99d
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was worried about the tropical name, but this is not too fruity at all. It is an appropriate floral addition to a great Ipl. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrc1093
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Hoponius On Holiday from Jack's Abby Brewing
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