merc7186 (1471) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Golden Straw Hue, Passes Most Light, White Head, Decent Lacing
S: Citrus, Floral, Onions
T: Hay, Floral, Onions
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter
Overall, its a nice pale lager but the presence of NZ hops leaves that onion taste lingering around, which is just nasty.
Chad9976 (1019) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 itís a lager). Pours to a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Citrus and dank resin pine. Hints of garlic and other seasonings.
Taste: Something Iíve come to discover in 2013 is that thereís 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. Jackís Abbey 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 hadnít 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. Thereís 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. Itís not too intense or distracting, so it seems like an appropriate ending.
Drinkability: At 6.7% ABV and 65 IBUs, Jackís Abbey Hoponius Union is a perfect example of what an easy-drinking hoppy beer should be. Itís flavorful and energetic in the mouth, but not so strong or obese that itís 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.
jmikolich (1307) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Armsby Abbey, I donít get it, maybe this beer is too subtle for me, but this just a weird taste in the finish that I assume is from the lagering period, good front taste, weird finish.
JBPortland (200) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 10/23 notes. On draught at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. Pours dark hazy brown-orange. Nose is subtle piney hops, trees. Mouthfeel is full bodied and round with medium carbonation, smooth. Taste is pine, resin, dank, sticky. Finish is bitter, piney, hoppy, some faint bready notes. One of the more enjoyable lagers Iíve had. Very good.
Sammy (7716) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Coleís, solid hoppy beer, refreshing and drinkable. Golden coloured with some lace. Solid beer but overated.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours orange with a thin white head. Fresh fruity citric hops, medium bitterness, clean pale malts, and a nice fresh hoppy bitter finish. Clean, simple, and delicious.
popery (1215) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice bright gold with a big puffy head, a light cream color. Lots of lacing, very good retention, in case youíre curious. The aroma is quite hoppy. Big on bright citrus with a little tropical fruit in the mix. Nice floral note, as well. Sugary, doughy malt underneath all of those hops. Taste is similar. Lots of hop flavor. It pretty much drinks like an IPA. Itís just a bit cleaner for better and worse. The hops start with sweet floral and citrus flavors but get a bit bland in the finish. Itís just not quite as juicy as Iíd like. Nice dry finish, otherwise. Light mouthfeel with a little bit of hop oiliness. Very good beer.
canary dog (622) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Griffinís Publick House. Dazzling, almost peppery hops accentuate this rich pale ale. Citrusy and fresh. A pleasant malt backbone, but appropriately minimal. Clean, dry finish. Yeah, I could drink this again.
czar (3253) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from tom10101, thanks bro. pours unclear very light golden with a nice white head, good retention and lacing. spicy citrus and soft grapefruity resins, dankness or maybe a hint of phenols, peppery, herbal and floral notes, shy but present lager fruitiness - was hoping for more. average to moderate carbonation, bit of booze, medium body - oily, assertive spicy-herbal-grapefruity short to medium long finish. nicely done. good.
That1Guy (1806) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 bottle pours hazy golden with a slight head. Very hoppy for the style, naturally. Hops are citrusy but a good amount of cat piss. Iíd be very surprised if simcoe hops were not used in this brew. Pleasant, dry finish. Itís aight.