philipmeese (81) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Mad Taco. Pours golden with light head that dissipates quickly. Light citra hops aroma. Medium body. Very drinkable.
SlovakSniper (2487) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Une solide tête mousseuse flotte sur une belle robe dorée. La dentelle collée sur mon verre est assez remarquable. Au nez, beaucoup de choses qui ne sont pas éparpillées et qui sont, surtout, bien délicates. Des effluves de pêches et d’agrumes. Des herbes et des fleurs d’ail. Une levure lager et des céréales fraîches avec du bon grain sec et du grain légèrement caramélisé. Au goût, un bel équilibre entre le sucré et l’amer. La force maltée n’est jamais utilisée. Les houblons, bien aromatiques, sont distinctivement floraux, fruités et herbacés. Je soupçonne, entre autre, le Citra. Sur le palais, un corps bien mené, modérément infiltré par les bulles, et bien capable de lubrifier tous les recoins de ma bouche. En arrière-goût, une longue et aimable amertume qui emprisonne quelques agrumes et des herbes qui finissent par être subtilement résineuses. Ma foi, cette bière est totalement fraîche et extrêmement facile à boire. Une petite merveille.
Hair6a11 (1226) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Here goes ; The nose is lager yeast initial, grass and bready malts moving forward, with some tropical notes on top of the light lemon here. There’s depth here, though - it’s impressive. This one is melded nearly perfectly and I understand why these strong lagers are appealing to hopheads. Initial is caramel, bread, lager yeast, stone fruit, light tropical, moving to bittering grassy hops, with a fairly thick mouthfeel and a long finish here. Quite impressive!
arminjewell (5143) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of bottle, hazy orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of nice orange, hints of lemon peel, slight grass, touch of spice into some pine, dank notes, nice biscuit, caramel, in there as well. Taste is a mix of nice orange peel, lemon, hints of earth, grass, slight pine, finishing with some cracker, spice, nice and bitter.
bytemesis (2133) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden, small white head, good lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus, mango, passionfruit. Flavor is the same, nicely hoppy with light sweetness and light to medium bitterness. Medium body. This is a nice one.
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange/gold pour with a white head. GABF. Tropcal fruit and awesome hop notes are killer in this beer. Some lychee, mango, grassy hops, oranges...nice stuff indeed.
pinkie (315) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a true amber gold with bright clarity and bubbles streaming up from the bottom. The head is soft, white and falls slowly enough to leave a ring and slippery lace. Nose is strong and earthy lager yeast that has been splashed with sunny hop citrus. There’s a touch of pine and grapefruit but nothing as strong as an IPA. The body of the beer is smooth and the earthy yeast seems to give it texture. It has ample carbonation but those bubbles do not bite you. The citrus is flower like. The grapefruit is soft and so is the pine. The light malt is perfectly unobtrusive but carries this beer expertly with a light grain in the aftertaste. It’s caressed by a gently bitter but even that is restrained. Smart and poised.
This beer kept the quality of a lager and added just the right amount of hops to show them off a little but not get carried away. Extremely food friendly with just a hint of sweetness. This beer is uncomplicated by the hops and is quite engaging.
drfabulous (3370) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce thanks to WillRunForBeer. Beautiful pour. Pure tropical fruit and grapefruit. Big hoppy presence. Delicious.
mkgrenwel (498) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale copper pour. White crown of foam sitting on top. Big pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit aroma. Flavor is more of the same. Some candied lemon. Dry with a faint bready malt backbone. Well balanced in a way that doesn’t let malt overwhelm the clean hop flavors, but doesn’t end up overly bitter and raw either. Bitterness is actually mild. The dangerous thing is that this is so clean and drinkable that the glass is empty before you know it. Really well done and enjoyable. I love that this is available in 6-packs at a good price as well.
merc7186 (1462) - 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 (1016) - 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 it’s 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 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 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 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 ending.
Drinkability: At 6.7% ABV and 65 IBUs, Jack’s Abbey 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.