Review: Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union Cask w/Equinox, Nectarines & Chili Peppers

Review of Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union Cask w/Equinox, Nectarines & Chili Peppers from Jack’s Abby Brewing in Framingham, MA.

Beer Type: India Pale Lager (IPL)  ABV: 6.5%  Tried from cask.

Their Description: N/A (This was a one-off batch that was not given a commercial description).

The Reality: This beer has an aroma of hops, citrus and mild peppers. The flavor starts with slight tropical fruit notes followed by mellow hoppy bitterness. There is a wonderful playful heat that sneaks up in the background, yet the pepper never dominates, just accents. The nectarine is mostly present in the scent, not the flavor. There is virtually no carbonation, as it is a cask beer. It drinks smooth with a malty finish and has a subtlety spicy aftertaste.

Final Verdict: I was very fortunate to try this beer, as this was a one time only cask batch, and was unique to say the least. I’m actually a really big fan of the original Hoponius Union (read review), but this beer really has little in common with the original. The cask transforms the body, and all the additions really transform the flavor. The complexity of the tropical fruit notes with the heat from the chili peppers and the bitterness from the hops worked well. It was really smooth to drink, and never got boring. I’d probably still order a nice, cold original Hoponius Union in the future, but I’m really glad I tried it, unlike the time I impulsively bought Candy Corn Oreos. Some things should just be left alone.