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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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333 Reviews

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Reviews: 333
Hads: 2,402
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 22.7%
Wants: 359
Gots: 423 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mschofield on 08-07-2011

This lager 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. Hoponius Union uses locally grown dehulled spelt from MA.

65 IBU
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Photo of Roguer
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice 1 finger, snow white head with great retention. Brew is a lively pale golden straw color, nearly transparent. Nice lacing.

Classic IPA aroma, with big notes of citrus and pine. Noticeable dose of caramel and pale malts. Biscuity.

Flavor follows the aroma in stronger proportion. Very, very sweet and hoppy: tropical fruit (mango), wildflower honey, light citrus peel, pine resin, and pepper. Thick but not strong bread notes, especially on the back-end.

Refreshing and lively mouthfeel, a little thicker than a single IPA would come across. Each sip easily has me looking for the next.

This is a very tasty brew. It comes across as a single IPA, but with a thicker, smoother mouthfeel. Very hoppy, but not unnecessarily so. I like this beer across the board.

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Photo of lucas1801
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking clear yellw/light amber. This beer is probably miscategorized on here as this is an IPA that happens to be brewed with a lager yeast.

A: Pours a nice two finger head that lingers and eventually settles into some great lacing.

S: Nice hoppy nose, pine and citrus are dominant.

T: Very well done beer; hop flavors match the nose, malt is light and clean as expected being fermented with a lager yeast.

M: Dry as it should be which allows the hops to shine, as this is supposed to be more like an IPA than anything else.

O: great beer from a great brewery, worth a buy for sure.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer is clear and bright amber in color with a soapy-hop oily looking white head. Smells like sweet citrus, fresh grains, apples, passionfruit, peppery, and leafy. Taste is along the same lines. Very juicy, dank hop cones... Also very drinkable and delightfully balanced. Yes.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle mfg: 05-06-2013. Sampled on July 16, 2013.

It looks pretty decent with an amber-bronze pour with a good white head that lingers throughout and leaves delicate lacing on the glass. Good clarity.

The aroma is of earthy hops, biscuit malts, herbs, grass, citrus, and mild sweetness. Really enticing.

The body is light to medium

The taste has a generous pale malt and herbal start and the earthy hops sneak up quickly at the finish leaving a semi-lingering finish. Citrus notes too. Dry and biscuity at the end. Nicely done.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Deschutes tulip glass. Thanks to Stearns16 for including this as an extra.

A - Pours a clear golden honey orange with a huge foamy white head. The head receded quickly but left some serious lacing behind. Like a snail sliding down the sides of the glass. Some serious retention going on.

S – Pale Lager? WTH is that? This smells like an IPA or super hoppy pale ale. In fact this really reminds me of what Row 2, Hill 56 smells like. Huge wafts of pine and grapefruit dominate the nose, along with a floral/grassy finish. Some biscuit malts are present, but this is mostly a hop forward beer.

T – Nice and bitter. Much less malts than I expected. Very astringent with grapefruit pith, pulp and rinds. Some grassy elements are also evident. There is a slight malty finish, but this is dominated by bitterness and finishes dry and bitter.

M – Medium Body with medium-high carbonation. Nice dry finish. Very crisp and clean. If Pliny and Prima Pils had a love child, this would be it. hops. Citrus, pine, grass, and some lemon. Then comes a cleaning wave of grainy malts. Quick finish with just a light lingering bitterness. Drinkability is incredibly high on this beer. Crisp and well carbonated.

O – This is a great beer, and I completely understand the Hype. My only gripe is that a lager shouldn’t be so high in ABV. When I chose to drink a lager or pilsner I do it usually to not have such a high ABV beer. Notwithstanding that, this is a great beer and is incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium clear gold with a good foamy white head. Some lace.

Citric hop nose, with some good toasted malt.

Hops first, then the dried malt. The maltiness, and the lack of fruit, is made up for by juicy hops. Hops stay with you, and the bitterness works with a malt/citric finish.

Medium body, good carbonation.

I liked this alot, with the traditional style and the hoppy twist. Very drinkable for all seasons.

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Photo of C20Percent
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost totally hazy pale gold with a huge head of bubbly egg shell color foam on top. Some bubble action in the body with no visible sediment. Looks crisp. Looks refreshing. If I'm grading this as a Lager, which I guess I am, then the appearance is nice.

S: Fruity, yo! Lots of citrus and tropical aromas in this one. Very hop forward smell. Reminds me of Corruption mixed with Flower Power. That nice sweet lemon smell. Again, if I'm grading this as a Lager, then this is like nothing I've ever encountered. It's awesome.

T: Caramel malts and citrus fruits hit the tongue followed by a bitter finish, with some dryness in their too. If you look for it, a more traditional Lager flavor is hidden way in the back. It taste like an IPA -- like an Ale. Very good, but I'm not ready to say it's amazing or anything.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Not abrasive to the tongue at all. Wonderful. Probably the best thing about this brew. I don't know if that's because of the Lager yeast or what, but everything seems A+. Carbonation is bold and great. Some chewiness that brings out the hops. Nice buttery texture. Honestly, you can't go wrong here -- this is about as perfect as they come.

O: You got to try this. The appearance and taste are both good, but the aroma and feel really bring this together. They've taken the best part of IPA and best part of Lagers and combined them to make magic.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint .9oz bottle from a 4-pack poured into 22oz glass. Bottled 4/23/12. I've been hearing a lot about this local brewery, finally decided to try some.

A- Pours a translucent yellowish golden, about a quarter finger of white frothy head that dissipates very fast, about average carbonation.

S- Sweet dry smell of hops, citrusy grapefruit, smells like you're typical west coast IPA.

T- Sweet and bitter hops, grapefruit, a little bit of lemon, still has a mix of a lager taste which makes it different then your typical IPA. A fairly dry, sweet, and a little bit bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied, smooth, well-balanced, low carbonation, carbonation/bitterness leaves a very slight unique tingle sensation on your palate, alcohol hard to detect.

O- This was definitely an interesting brew. A mix between a lager and an IPA. On the bottle label they say that they use lager yeast fermentation while the beer is cold and then age it with west coast IPA hops for extended periods of time. This definitely creates an unique flavor that is a mix in taste between your typical lager and a west Coast IPA. It smells just like your typical West Coast IPA and has the citrusy taste but also has the typical lager taste. At first I wasn't sure if I was too excited by the taste of this beer since it was a little bit different then I was expecting it to be, but it definitely grew on me and by the end I really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend giving this beer a try and I'm sure you will enjoy it.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, bubbly golden-orange with a large lasting frothy off-white head. Some lacing on the glass. Really nice aroma is fruity and hoppy, with lots of citrus hops and tropical fruit along with beady malt and some herbal and floral notes. Flavor is just as nice, lots of citrusy hops and plenty fruity, with citrus and tropical fruit and a long moderate bitter finish.

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Photo of azdback
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. A golden, orange color that is clear and full of tiny carbonation bubbles that lead to a huge four fingers of creamy and bright white head.

Smell is a tropical brightness and some bread or earth.

Taste is bright, sweet and delicious. Pine, mango, yellow grapefruit and some bread.

Mouth is a bit thin but okay for a lager. Carbonation is on the spritzy side and the finish is medium and on the dry side.

Overall I really enjoyed this, my only review of a Lager yet. The brewers up in the North East sure take brewing to a new level. Best Lager I've had.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Julio's for like $3.00. Poured from 500ml bottle into crooked stave tulip. My first Jacks Abby brew.
Pours a see through golden burnt rusty color with a finger of foamy head.
Aroma is simply amazing...I was not expecting this! Crazy cotton candy and pine hop aromas with a crisp lager clean finish. Taste is very similar...sweet candy and pine hop, some pineapple. There is a certain crispness and hearty mouthfeel - must be the lager; but works so well with the crazy hop presence. Its not bitter at all but has fantastic flavor. Great great brew!

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a JA glass.

Appearance: Deep golden yellow, with a thick frothy head. Lots and lots of little bubbles rising from the center and sticking on the inside of the glass. Head dissipated somewhat quickly, but lacing was sticky and sudsy.

Smell: Bready and yeasty, but with a much more prevalent citrus aroma than any other lager I've tried.

Taste: Slightly malt, with bitter, resinous hop profile. Plenty of tangerine/orangy citrus throughout, with a dry, bitter finish.

Feel: Creamy, with a velvety, crisp medium body. Easy drinking at 6.7%.

Overall: An excellent, easily drinkable yet heavy lager. Can't wait till JA starts distributing in Rhode Island liquor stores, because this lager will vault to the top of the list for any lager purchases I'll make. Yummy!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Bottle from gn0sis, thanks! Poured into a snifter. The beer is burnished golden orange with two fingers of soapy white froth. Lots of lacing clings to the glass. The nose is clean with a pleasantly bright hop fruitiness that's dripping with tangerine, mango, passion fruit, and orange redolence. Warming brings out herbal and floral character with a touch of spiciness. Malt presents no sweetness and brings to mind saltine cracker and maybe a touch of biscuit. The flavor catches your attention immediately with a firm but gentle bitterness that's accompanied by orange pith and flesh, grapefruit, herbal and floral notes, and a light mango presence. There's less hop fruitiness in the flavor than in the nose, with the herbal and citrus pith being more dominant. The finish is clean, bitter, and quite dry, with a hint of alcohol. Excellent stuff. I'd drink this often if it were fresh and available around here.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Boston_Steve for the trade! Pours a golden amber with fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Aroma is all about hops - floral, citrus, pine, some grassiness - a very nice smelling beer. Taste follows nose, bitter throughout but nicely balanced by sweet malt backbone. A very quaffable beer. Smooth, with a light-medium body and effervescent carbonation. Overall a well crafted lager. I've only had one other IPL, that from Boston Beer Company, and I do like the style! An IPA(L) that one can serve cold, I'll be looking for these come summer!

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Photo of Guess2814
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking on this beer as I'm writing this message.. This nice golden look with a nice hoppy lager smell.. The taste is unbelievable .. Soon as you open the bottle you can smell the fresh IPL hoppy smell.. Leaves a nice taste on on tongue.. Jack Abby's continues to create classic beers.. Cheers!!!!

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Photo of tontrent
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an awesome beer!!!

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Nice golden straw color with a big fat fluffy head. Nice lacing all the way. Pretty tight for a lager.

Smells of fresh hops. Very nice hop blend going on here. So fresh and clean smelling. Little citrus, pine amd grass.

Tastes awesome. This IPL is so refreshing. You get that fresh crisp taste with a blast of hops. What a delicious brew.

If I could find these easier, it would be my everyday beer. I just works on so many levels. It rings all levels on my palate, front to back.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler split with one of my coworkers. Thanks for this one mschofield!

I let this sit for a little over a week in my fridge after the cross country journey. I wasn't sure how it would end up but it was delicious.

Pours a vibrant ruby red that has a slightly off white head perched atop it. Good lacing is left behind on my glass.

Smell is of pine and a ton of citrus fruits. I'll get really nerdy and claim Simcoe in here? I feel like the cat piss characteristic is slightly present, but it's the kind of piss we like.

Taste is very dry and fruity. Big notes of peach, plum, pear and a great hop punch in the finish.

The mouthfeel is extremely creamy with low carbonation and a very satisfying dryness on the end.

This was a nice treat from a brewery I had no clue existed.

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Barry. Glad to finally try this long-time want.

Appearance: Clear pale gold body topped by a lasting, clinging head.

Smell: Big floral and apricot hop notes. Slightly herbal and grassy, with a pleasant whiff of lager yeast buried beneath the hops. There's little in the way of malt.

Palate: This could easily be mistaken for an IPA, albeit an unusually clean and light one. Bitterness is mild, but there are big hop flavors. It leans toward the floral side of things (centennial?), with a touch of citrus and stone fruit. There's a touch of coarse grain flavor, though it's a very dry, very hop forward beer overall. Within the IPL style, I'd say this is a notch below Humulus Lager, and probably Fathom as well, but it's a delicious beer nonetheless and I'd drink it often were it local.

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, golden color. Clear. Excellent chunky lace from the modest head.

Fresh, but quite strong, grapefruit like hop smell. Very similar to a hoppy pale ale.

This is a very smooth lager with a strong hop bite, which takes this beer out of the style. Nevertheless, this is an exceptionally easy-to-drink beer. The aftertaste Is a long lasting bite of bittering hop. The body is rich for a lager, but the carbonation provides decent balance.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a cervoise. Pours a semi-hazy straw gold with a bright white, creamy half inch head. Nose is clean, light and bright and expresses citrus zest, a slightly earthy character and a hint of tropical fruit. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some hops bittering that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a pleasant, palate cleansing acidity. Overall, I'm not sure if I can rate this beer to style as I think it is a bit more of an Americanized version of the style; nonetheless, this is an excellent and extremely drinkable brew. I see a trip to the brewery in my near future.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice clear golden orange with a two dj he white head that dissapates nicley and leaves tons of nice lacing... Looks crisp and clean.

S: tropical citrusy fruits, mango, light grapefruit, a touch of pine in there as well. A bit of pine apple, and a touch of sweetness, the nose smells very well rounded and hoppy.

T: Tate is much like the nose, a beautful blend of citus and pine bitterness, deffinatly get the tropical fruit, grapefruit, pinneapple. Very well balanced hop flavor though out... Very nicley done. As this beer warms some of the lager characteristics start to become a but more apparent,

M: medium bodied with carbonation on the lighter side of medium.... A nice dry finish punches the hop profile home.... Very smooth and nice drinkin with a slightly lingering bitter resinous touch on the end.

O: this is a great beer, if I had not know it going in I dot think I would have ever figured it for an east coast lager, deffinatly wouldve taken it for a west coast ipa.... And a damn good one at that.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Thorpe, at the time of this review, this is the #2 beer on the "Top Beers - Dortmunder / Export Lager" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, wispy white head, minimal lacing.

Aroma is quite hoppy, sweet, fruity hops, a mild yeast presence.

Beer is light in body and a little sweet, moderately bitter on the finish and quite hoppy in the midpalate. I really like this beer very good. I'd have a lot more of this if available to me.

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Photo of DIM
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

mfg date 10-07-13. Very fresh. Sweet.

a: Slightly hazy pale golden color; pours with a smallish semi-sticky white head.

s: Hop forward for sure, fresh lemon with hints of tropical fruit. Some mild caramel as well.

t: Hop forward and exremely flavorful without being a hop bomb. Lemon and pineapple juice hops dominate. There is a little caramel sweetness peeking through. Lingering mild pithy grapefruit.

m: Gentle carbonation and silky body.

o: I didn't see the date until after I bought it, 6 days after it was bottled! Great beer, if it was available locally I would drink a ton of this.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into an imperial pint glass. Clear golden with a respectable, head of fine foam. Some lacing, but not a lot.

S: Floral and spicy aroma. Very fresh smelling. Reminds me of a good English style pale.

T: Clean, smooth, and balanced; with solid, but not overwhelming, bitterness on the finish. Leaves a lingering flavor of biscuit malt. A blend of piney and floral hops.

M: Medium-high carbonation. Medium-light carbonation.

O: Very impressed with this. This is my first beer from Jacks Abby and I'm really happy to have gotten to try it. One of the most interesting "yellow fizzy" beers I've had.

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Photo of mjstacker
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a bottle into a tulip shaped glass. Appearance is great, big head, golden-copper lagerish color, minimal lacing. Smell is good-ish, Lagers never smell as good as ales IMO. Plenty o' bubbles, great taste. Nice and fruity, no bitterness, very drinkable. I really like this beer, it might be better then their Mass Rising.

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Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.