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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,735 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 281
Gots: 153 | FT: 12
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:
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

(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-07-2011)
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Ratings: 1,735 | Reviews: 257 | Display Reviews Only:
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alwaysanswerb

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

09-13-2012 01:56:32 | More by alwaysanswerb
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Lucoli

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

04-02-2014 00:56:44 | More by Lucoli
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nodder

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

07-06-2014 16:21:24 | More by nodder
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

07-03-2013 21:30:25 | More by jayhunter357
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Guzzle_McBrew

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

06-13-2014 14:32:59 | More by Guzzle_McBrew
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

01-01-2014 01:24:29 | More by kylehay2004
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

06-24-2013 13:02:10 | More by thegerm87
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rderedin

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

09-21-2013 22:53:57 | More by rderedin
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

02-23-2014 16:07:46 | More by jfcaa193
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AaronMeda

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

09-01-2013 17:41:13 | More by AaronMeda
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JWalterWeatherman

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

06-21-2014 02:22:07 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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gatheredwaters

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

06-03-2014 21:39:36 | More by gatheredwaters
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

09-04-2013 01:22:37 | More by oglmcdgl
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If the American IPA style is supposed to celebrate the highest hop rates possible and the lowest malt influence that's capable, then why are we fussing with anything other than a the crisp and clean base Lager style? Wouldn't Lager allow for a more dominant showcase of hop character over that of more characterful ale?

That just may be the inspiration that's used for Jack's Abby Hoponius Union. Upon the first glimpse, its off-bright appearance is golden and with the most modest of haze due to evident dry hopping. A frothy head of stark-white foam sits atop the beer in stubborn fashion, lacing with well defined concentric rings at each drink.

The sharp scent of those papery hop cones resonate to the nose with fresh-cut grass, slivers of grapefruit peel, bitter orange, and leafy character. Trailing deep in the recesses are the cracker-like malt structures that only support the hops in timidly supportive role. And like dry IPA, the hops command the taste with a bright botanical notion of dried citrus peel, mulled herbs and grasses, leaf, and lemongrass. Its terse sweetness never rivals the hops but give the most timid support necessary. Dry bread and crackers dissolve on the tongue at middle palate and allows the dry hop flavor to trample over the late palate and aftertaste.

Light bodied, the taste buds and trigemental sense searches for caramel sweetness or a heartier malt impression, but there are none- the beer carries the dry and sensible mouthfeel of German lagers, except they are covered up by the sharper and more acidic hop dryness. Lightly resinous on the palate, the hops trail into mild alcohol warmth and an echo of lightly kilned barley.

It's easy to become seduced by thinking of this beer as a hoppy lager. But the counterpart could be taken too- that this is an IPA with quivering support and exposed hop-derived astringency.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 04:16:22 | More by BEERchitect
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear orange with a finger of white frothy. Patchy legs of lace stick to the glass and the cap displays decent retaining powers.

The aroma is tropical with hop character. Somewhat herbal with pine, rind and pulp to zest of something like oranges or grapefruit. A mild inclsuion of supporting fruity alcohol.

The taste is surprisingly toasty with bready malt. Considering the aroma, I was expecting a hoppy assault right upfront but instead its quite grainy. Toffee mixes with sulfur and a bit of a cheesy hop flavor mixed with herbs towards the back.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is earthy herbal and cheesy with plenty of bitterness and a veggie hop flavoring. I would have this again if the opportunity presented itself.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 16:01:05 | More by stakem
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oline73

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very slightly amber color with a half finger of off white head. The head fades quickly to a ring around the pour with a small island in the middle.

Smell: Juicy citrus fruit along with grapefruit peel hop bitterness. There is a nice balance between the malt and the hops. Reminds me of a nice west coast IPA.

Taste: Not quite as nice as the smell. I'm getting lots of citrus peel bitterness, but the sweeter citrus juice like notes aren't there as much as they were in the smell. The finish is extremely bitter and almost a bit acidic. The malt behind the hops is bready but not particularly sweet.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a ton of fluffy, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one smelled fantastic but I thought the taste fell a bit short. It was still quite good, but I wouldn't call it fantastic. I'd have more to see if my opinion changes.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:41:51 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this india pale lager style is really taking off, and this is one of the better examples, but I hate to say like I always do, that humulus from the bruery set the bar impossibly high for other brewers. this is excellent, until you have a humulus. it pours a nice radiant orange color with an inch of fading white fluff. a nose of crisp clean pine family hops, with a pronounced bitter close. lager yeast is evident upon the first sip, its dry but not at snappy as some. it lets the cereal grains come through a lot to balance the hops, which have a sort of punctuated citrus and pine bitterness back and forth going on. the beer would be better if it didn't come across so filling. bigger malt base than necessary here I think, fuller than most lagers, but its carbonated well and the bitter finish is quite dry, encouraging quick consumption. overall a great beer, but underwhelming in some ways, especially when put up against the gold standard for the genre.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 12:36:35 | More by StonedTrippin
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nataku00

California

3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear golden color with a finger of off white head of mostly small bubbles. Plenty of sticky thick lacing as the head dissipated.

Nose is mostly citrus and floral hops, biscuit malts.

Floral and herbal flavors along with some bitter citrus peel. Just a slight malt presence, biscuit and caramel. Finish is clean and dry, with some light citrus flavor lingering.

Light body and well carbonated. An interesting beer, but I feel this bottle might have been past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:31:59 | More by nataku00
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 500ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Swansea, MA.

A - Golden and crystal clear with a moderate creamy, white head. A steady rise of bubbles.

S - Floral and fruity hops with a nice lager crispness.

T - Nice floral and citrusy hops contrasted by a clean, crisp lager base. It was an interesting mix. They don't come together perfectly but it was interesting and enjoyable.

M - Silky with a moderate carbonation.

O - A good, interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 10:59:45 | More by GJ40
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kevanb

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. Bottled 2/25/2013 and enjoyed on 3/13/2013.

The beer pours a soft copper color, slight chill haze, with a finger high soapy white head that has nice retention and leaves a great network of sticky lacing. The aroma is very fruit forward, notes of mango, grapefruit and tangerine with some wildflower tucked in there that finishes with a big dose of sweet, pale cereal grain. The the flavors much less impactful, mango and grapefruit lead the way before some light sweet floral notes bring out a lot malty sweetness brings out a bit of an unpleasant clash between the hops and malt. The body is a bit thin yet very lively, watery at times on the tongue with a redeeming creamy finish.

Verdict: A nice hoppy lager from Jack's Abby, but not the hop monster I expected it to be. I definitely enjoyed the bottle and if it was a local beer to me, I could see this being in my fridge regularly as an every day drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 02:16:31 | More by kevanb
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at New World Tavern--Plymouth
Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, low carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: piney hops and light citrus hops

Taste: sweet caramel start followed by pine and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with big bitter middle and less bitter finish, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A nice and smooth lager. This one is a lot hoppier than others in the style. Better as a beer than for the style. A sipper that I will get again but one per sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 15:04:43 | More by tigg924
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden body with a fluffy white head. Good retention. Really nice appearance.

Lots of grassy and citrusy hops in the aroma. Smells really fresh and well dry hopped. I feel like I'm picking out a lot Cascade maybe.

Taste is moderately bitter for an IPA-like beer. Good balance between hop flavor and bitterness and a very well attenuated but has a lightly sweet malt backbone. The lagering leaves the beer very crisp and refreshing. Grapefruit pith and grassy hops are prominent.

Not an overly hoppy beer for what it's supposed to be. My rating is sort of a balance between rating it a hoppy lager and an IPA, I guess. It's really an IPA at heart. I doubt many people would think it was a lager if they didn't know. It came out pretty rad. If rated like an IPA, I think I would have to say it's missing that extra level of depth in hop flavor that the big West Coast style ones have. Nevertheless, I will be filling up my growler every time I hit up the Natick mall for some fresh kicks.

Serving type: growler

09-04-2011 20:28:07 | More by BearsOnAcid
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Ego

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

growldog from olivers in albany ny

eyes...
all white head with a little audible sizzle, golden straw with a bent towards the orange hue, infrequent cargo of carbonation transports from the bottom of the glass, nice lacing on the glass as this dissapears

nose...
nice piney / fresh cone aroma, not as much as some wet hop types but in that vein, some malt sweetness lies underneath but mostly this is just lovely hops with a definite tip of the old hop hat to pine

taste etc...
the sweetness was more pronounced than I would have thought, it really checks in the bitterness, it has a nice bite of both carbonation and initial blast of bitter mixed together that mellows out along the malts leaving just a subtle hint of the hops in the background, this
is not some overly complex puzzle to orally solve, it is pretty straight forward but solid in all categories, this just drinks so damn well

verdict?
a touch too sweet to go nuts for my personal taste but there is not much wrong with this beer. solid in all fazes of the game, I definitely would have this on tap if I saw it (unless there was something ungodly on the other tap(s))

Serving type: growler

12-15-2013 06:18:04 | More by Ego
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Boto

Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Noho Brewfest: This one pours a clear golden color. There was a small white head on it. The nose is good: piney and citrus hops. The taste is good also. IT has a pretty good hop bite. Pine and resinous hops dominate the flavor. Medium bodied. This tastes really good and is easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2014 19:01:44 | More by Boto
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mcintire78

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Beautiful. Pale gold to straw in color with a two finger head that slowly dissipates and leaves some nice lacing. Light to moderate carbonation.

s: Very powerful aroma of citrus hots, mainly grapefruit, upfront.

t: When it first hits the tongue there's a moment of malty smoothness that quickly fades into a moderate taste of fruitish hops up front, which fades into a bit of a bite at the end.

m: Smoother than I thought it would be--neither the carbonation nor the hops affect the drinkability.

d: Much more drinkable than I would have thought--almost too much so. I was expecting more of a bite. Still, if you're looking for a lager that tastes like an ipa, this is your beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 01:43:50 | More by mcintire78
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
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