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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,749 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,749
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 284
Gots: 157 | FT: 14
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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kjrod20

New York

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

11-25-2013 18:49:22 | More by kjrod20
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dunlap926

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

03-22-2014 20:03:14 | More by dunlap926
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Meadhall, served in a branded pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy, rich shade of caramel. A nice, tight one-finger head of white foam forms.

Pretty serious pine resin in the aroma. The hop presense is very robust, and that piney character is quite evident. A little bit of underlying sweetness in the nose, but it's mostly about that hop stickiness.

The taste isn't quite the aroma's equal. I was quite surprised by the sweetness throughout the taste - there's a very strong malt backbone, but unfortunately with the hop profile it comes off as a little faded. I was left wondering just how old this keg was.

The mouthfeel only bolstered my suspicions about the age of this beer. Undercarbonated, almost to the point of feeling dead, this seemed a little thin and watery.

Jack's Abby is doing some great things, but this beer - and more specifically, this pint - was just OK. I hope to try a growler of this soon, and with any luck drink a more representative sample.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 19:56:54 | More by amphion1065
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at Reservoir in Waterbury. From notes.

A - Golden, bright pour. One finger of white head on top with minimal spotty lace and no retention.

S - Grass, hops, honey.

T - Nice hops, grassy, some light spice, honey.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, not enough bitterness.

O/D - OK. A decent craft lager, but way less hops than I was expecting. Wouldn't revisit it, but a nice take on the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2013 01:47:41 | More by tbeckett
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vonnegut21

New York

3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Armsby Abbey.

A: Pours a clear-golden straw color with a finger and a half of white, fuzzy head. A very nice looking beer.

S: Hops. Pine and resin are present up front. There are some citrus notes as well, but this is all pine with some grassy, floral aroma.

T: Lots of up front hops on the first taste. Lots of hop bitterness. A bit unbalanced compared to the flavoring hops. Lots of pine and grassy notes, with a bit of grapefruit and perhaps a touch of mango on the back end. This being a lager, the malt backbone is really muted, too much so really. It's really a bit of a bland-bodied beer, with a nice hop profile that just overwhelms the backbone.

M: Kind of thin and watery, but with a really nice crisp, clean finish. With some more body to this, it would be truly excellent as I really enjoy the lager finish.

O: I was really excited to try this beer as I've heard a lot of good things about it. I have to say I was pretty underwhelmed by it. I'll definitely give it another try in a bottle, but it was a bit too thin-bodied and dry for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 18:40:05 | More by vonnegut21
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dasenebler

Maine

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jack's Abby Hoponious Union
12/14/12
.5L bottled 10/31/12

Golden amber with brilliant clarity. Tightly-bubbled, effervescent head. (4)

Aroma is somewhat restrained hop-wise. I get some grass and tropical fruit, but it's muted and uninteresting overall. (3)

Flavor is exceptionally clean, with a firm herbal bitterness. There's really not a whole lot going on here other than hops and slightly biscuit malts. Subtle notes of orange and mango. Mouthfeel is medium-light, but the carbonation seems large-bubbled and not very smooth. Dry and very drinkable on the whole. (3.5, 3.5)

I feel like this level of crispness and refreshment can be found in a top-fermented IPA. There's really nothing exclusive or interesting about this beer being an "IPL". I enjoy it, it's well-made, but at the end of the day, I reach for a lager when I feel like drinking something more traditionally German or Czech. When I want hops, I reach for a local, dry-hopped ale that can be consumed within weeks after fermentation, not months. If I lived in Framingham, I'd get growlers of this beer and be slightly confused, but pleasantly drunk. (3.5)

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 03:17:32 | More by dasenebler
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Reservoir, Waterbury, VT.

Clear golden pour, with a nice, thick, foamy cap of white head; nice retention and some patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma was very light, notes of herbal hops, and biscuity malt sweetness. The taste was mostly sweet up front, biscuity malts, toffee, fruit punch, giving way to toasted grains, and a lightly bitter, herbal hop finish. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty easily drinkable. Overall decent, especially for a lager, but still probably not something I'd go for again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 12:01:53 | More by Rifugium
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BillKuhnel

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18%

05-05-2014 14:05:32 | More by BillKuhnel
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18%

10-13-2013 22:46:38 | More by Janeinma
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -18%

02-04-2014 22:30:51 | More by ONovoMexicano
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Bigtwin

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Washington

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
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