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793. Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union

Jacks Abby Hoponius UnionAnother beer from Jack’s Abby Brewing; Hoponius Union seems to be their most popular beer and is widely available on draft, in bottles and growlers at the brewery. I’ve tried the beer on draft multiple times so when I went to the brewery I opted for the 64 ounce growler.

Hoponius pours a nice orange color with solid white head. Aroma has a nice sweet base like many other lagers but the hops also come through with some nice spicy, citrus and tropical notes. Taste follows with the same sweet malt base and crisp clean hops add plenty of grass, citrus and pine. Finish is super clean and only slightly bitter.

This beer would satisfy most hoppy beer fans need for hops. Hopefully Jack’s Abby will start distributing in Maine soon. 
Pros:
Super clean and refreshing
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 65
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Brewers Website: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Brewers Description: 
Hoponius Union harmoniously combines lager yeast fermentation and West Coast IPA hops. Our India style Pale Lager is like a traditional IPA but with a twist – it’s fermented cold and aged for extended periods. A blend of classic American hops creates a huge tropical fruit and citrusy hop aroma. A dry finish accentuates the pleasant bitterness and hop profile.

792. Jack’s Abby Sour Barrel Project #5

Jacks Abby Barrel Project #5It has been a month since my last post, craziness of life sometimes gets in the way of blogging but my daughter’s soccer team is done, birthday parties including my 40th are done for the year and you should see more posts over the next several weeks. The long Maine winters are a great time to blog.

This one from Jack’s Abby continues a string of beers from Massachusetts that will continue as I am doing more and more business down that way. Look for more reviews of Trillium, Mystic, Night Shift and hopefully more from the guys at Jacks Abby too.

Sour Barrel Project #5 is a wine barrel aged version of Leisure Time and was available at the brewery for growler fills this summer. Appearance is a nice light golden color with minimal head which is pretty typical for a sour beer. Aroma is mild but has some earthiness along with hints of wheat and spices. Taste was light on the sour and had little to no wine barrel character but it did have some spice and a light tartness that worked well.

There was nothing about this beer that really stood out but everything about it worked making it a very enjoyable beer and something that would be a great intro to wild/sour beers for craft beer drinkers that are interested in the style but don’t want anything too crazy. 
Pros:
No flaws
Cons:
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Brewers Description:
Leisure Time aged in red wine barrels with brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus for 12 months.

663. Jack’s Abby Brewing Hopstitution

Jack's Abby HopstitutionI don’t make it down to Mass enough and have yet to visit Jack’s Abby but I expect that will change soon. Picked up this bottle in Vermont as Jacks Abby is distributed there and you can find bottles at various food and beverage stores.

Being an extra pale lager I expected the beer to be light in color and that is what I got, a nice pale yellow with a fluffy white head. Aroma was lighter than you get from an IPA but still very pleasant with a bit of citrus and grassy hops.

Taste again is on the lighter side but the hops are present and enjoyable. Slightly bitter finish makes this a very easy drinking beer. Bottom line is I need to drink more Jack’s Abby beer. 
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Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Brewers Description: 
The hardest part about making new and exciting hoppy beers is sourcing the hops you need. Most hops are bought under contracts which are signed two or three years in advance. We occasionally get opportunities to acquire small quantities of specialty hops that are enough for one batch of beer, but no more. This beer allows us to feature hops that we would otherwise not be able to make use of.

606. Jack’s Abby Brewing Kiwi Rising

Jack's Abby Kiwi RisingWhen I first heard about Kiwi Rising I thought it was a beer that used kiwi in the process however the name comes from the New Zealand hops and has nothing to do with the kiwi fruit. I picked this up at Julio’s in Mass, this store has an excellent selection of beer and lots of stuff that we cannot get in Maine. This bottle was about $6 which is not terrible but it is only 16.9 oz not a full 22 oz bomber.

The color a pale orange with a very thick white head with large bubbles. Aroma has lots of fruity hops; grapefruit, pineapple and a bit of grass. Really appealing beer both in looks and smell. Taste is also excellent with the hops front and center. Finish is slightly bitter and the alcohol is not apparent at all. This drinks like a 5% beer so it could be dangerous.

Overall very impressed with Kiwi Rising and the Double IPL style. You don’t see too many Double IPLs out there but the few that I have had I really enjoyed.  Much more so than some of the other styles I try to like; black IPA, white IPA, etc.
Pros:
Lots of hops
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 105
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Jack’s Abby
Brewers Description: This is an intensely hoppy and strong lager that we refer to as a Double India Pale Lager. Over four pounds of hops per BBL of New Zealand hops (Kiwi Hops) were used in progressively larger hop additions throughout the brewing process. Four kettle hop additions, whole leaf hops in the hop back, and multiple dry hop additions infuse an intense floral and citrusy aroma. No kiwifruit or kiwi birds were used in the production of this beer.