I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no discernible freshness date. It cost $2.69 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: A hazy, but bright shade of glowing peach flesh
yellow/orange. No carbonation visible (which is odd considering it’s a
lager). Pours to a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains
Smell: Citrus and dank resin pine. Hints of garlic and other seasonings.
Taste: Something I’ve come to discover in 2013 is that there’s a
distinct "New England Style" IPA that smells and tastes of citrus or
tropical fruit at first, but with a spicy vegetable flavor on the
finish. Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union is very much in line with the style,
though in this case the beer is actually a strong lager and not an ale.
However, if that hadn’t been indicated on the label, I doubt I (or most
drinkers) would have made the distinction.
The base palette here is pretty standard American IPA territory: citrusy
hops up front that transition into something more dank and resiny at
the peak and then finish with a slightly garlic or onion-like flavor.
Many others of the regional style tend to be much stronger than this,
though I actually appreciate the fact the intensity is a bit dialed-down
here. There’s a slight sweetness riding along the entire time,
imparting a honey or butterscotch-like flavor. The herbal component of
the hops linger, creating for a slightly dry, slightly spicy sensation.
It’s not too intense or distracting, so it seems like an appropriate
Drinkability: At 6.7% ABV and 65 IBUs, Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union is a
perfect example of what an easy-drinking hoppy beer should be. It’s
flavorful and energetic in the mouth, but not so strong or obese that
it’s a challenge to drink. The mouthfeel is surprisingly calm and smooth
for a lager. Probably a great beer to pair with any dinner, though
enjoying it on its own is quite satisfying.