Hoponius On Holiday Tropical IPL | Jack's Abby Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
jacksabbybrewing.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Iski100 on 08-04-2017

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#6,823
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
58
pDev:
10.86%
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Reviews by Mleblanc25:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of KingColumbus
1.81/5  rDev -55.3%
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 +4.7%
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 woodchipper
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of citizencane
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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 +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tbone2131
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScaryEd
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
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 eluvah
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Oysterhaven
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of holzman57
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of craigferraro
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mcb99d
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
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 +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ronl12
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Maudrey
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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 woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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 57md
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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 epyon396
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vert turbid in appearance. Yum. Tropical fruit juice smoothie blended with an IPL, integrated seamlessly. Pineapple, papaya, guava and orange. Medium bodied. Citrus bitter finish. Smooth. Very good.

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Hoponius On Holiday Tropical IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 58 ratings