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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

323 Reviews
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Reviews: 323
Hads: 2,340
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 350
Gots: 401 | 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:
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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Reviews: 323 | Hads: 2,340
Photo of jancona
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well worth the hype! Pours a deep, transparent gold with fine white foam and beautiful lacing. Smells like fresh grapefruit with a touch of lemon mint. Taste is vibrant and wonderful. An amazing feel as well. (209 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours near clear early, then clouded by the last pour, fluffy and light eggshell head

Mild nose with a hint of hops

Hops up front here, with a hit of lime on the back of the throat. Aggressive hops all over this one. Crisp, citric, tasty and quite dry.

Well worth a try (288 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Golden with 2+ fingers of creamy white head. Good clarity with wisps of cloudy yeastiness floating about. Light carbonation.

Nose
Dank greens, pine sap, pineapple, mango, and candied citrus.

Taste
Dank greens, pine sap, and wintergreen. Lighter notes of candied orange, grapefruit zest, pineapple, and mango. The smooth malt backbone comes in at the end with ample notes of bread and caramel.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, clean, smooth, juicy, and refreshing with a modestly light bitterness.

Overall
Hot damn! Dank and juicy. Big hop flavors balanced by a clean bready maltiness. I see more of these in my future. (675 characters)

Photo of rorykanderson
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful hop aroma, crisp body with a distinct lager finish. Unique take on the expected IPA experience. Obviously - whether or not you like lagers will determine how much you will enjoy the overall taste, especially the end when the malt comes on strongest and lingers after the glass is put down. (299 characters)

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! (796 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden with a touch of orange and an off white head that fades quick but laces well. Tropical, citrus, zesty, melon, lemon and a touch of pine. Hops
up front tropical and zesty citrus with a light biscuity underpinning. Medium feel that is creamy in feel but finishes crisp, refreshing and clean. Another great beer from this brewery. They are changing my opinion on what lagers can be. (396 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a clear amber with a finger of white head. Nice aroma of tropical fruits, pine and malt. You get the malt first, but then there's a nice transition to the citrusy hops. The bitterness lingers without being overpowering. Medium mouth and very smooth. This is a great IPL. Much better than SN's Hoppy Beer Camp. (331 characters)

Photo of founddrama
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Very much a golden yellow, but much lighter/paler than the ales I'm accustomed to. Lots of bubbles, not much head. Very clarified. (However: a more vigorous pour on the second one gives a much bigger, foamier head with good retention.)

SMELL: Gentle pour: almost no aroma until you get in close and then it's hoppy as hell. Vigorous pour: floral hop aromas big time.

TASTE: Smooth and crisp with a big hop profile. Mildly astringent finish, but the hops echo through after that. (Toward the end of the glass, seems to get a bit of a buttery off-flavor?)

FEEL: Lighter than I expected.

C/w/ other IPLs? Better than Dream Machine (by a bit), not doesn't touch Fathom (still my favorite of the style).

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy crap, good on the beer of the month club I got as a Christmas gift to come through with something like this! 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clearish golden color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. Retention isn't the best, but the texture is soft enough. Plenty of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.5)

Smell: Well, it's just like a good west coast IPA...ONLY A LAGER! I get a decent amount of grapefruit, pine, flowers, melon, and a slight touch of sweet malt. Unfortunately, the nose seems somewhat dinky - what's here is good, there just isn't enough of it. A slightly disappointing nose, considering it's rated a 95 overall. (3.25)

Taste: This works FAR better. It starts off with some hoppy goodness: a mix of melon, mango, grapefruit, and pine. The finish is malty and slightly sweet yet not ridiculous. But the best part? IT'S DELICATE! It's one thing for a pilsner to be delicate - it's another thing entirely for a big IPL to have such softness. Its overall balance is utterly superb. Some of the notes blend together a bit too well, but this is a great-tasting lager otherwise. (4)

Mouthfeel: While it's crisp like any good lager should be, it's also a bit heavy. Luckily, it's very soft without being too flabby. Carbonation is actually gentle by lager standards. Drinkability isn't amazing, but it's a very nice beer to savor. (3.75)

Overall: The nose let me down, but the taste and feel work far better. I like how this uses its lager character to soften the edges of the typical IPA without blunting them excessively. I could conceivably drink this all day without chugging it moronically - nice to know the first beer I had from Jack's Abby was a winner! (4)

3.77/5: One of the better IPLs I've sampled (1,753 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a willy glass. Super clear golden yellow with a half finger or so white whispy head that leaves enormous lace. Aroma is not real prominent but I did pick up some citrus and pine. Taste is nice, super clean, with some malty sweetness followed by pine and citrus. Mouth is great. Overall, a really enjoyable hoppy lager (334 characters)

Photo of Veejuh
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really great beer

Pours beautiful gold with coppery hues and slightly cloudy appearance. Very nice look.

Smell is pretty potent and hits you with piney smells with a hint of sweet grass. Very inviting.

Upon first sip smell and taste merge with the creamy slick and oily mouthfeel to produce a wonderful sensation.

Taste is too complex to put into words yet makes perfect sense. Hop level is perfect for the malts and the effects of the yeast and lagerization blend it so nicely. Hops -> malts -> crisp sweetness where the whole thing just sails along like the santa maria through buttery golden clouds of mashed potatoes.

I mean wow, this is the ipl that all others wish they were. Absolutely fantastic and a must try. (728 characters)

Photo of Jmc181
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have several IPAs that I love but this beer is a real treat. It's got a great flavor profile and I find it slightly creamier than the IPAs I typically enjoy. Every time I have one I'm pleasantly surprised, and I'm now buying it by the case at my local Costco. This is a truly delicious beer that I often recommend. (319 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear gold body. White frisky head.
Smell: I smell something with quality and sweetness.
Taste: Muted everything but surging with energy and taste. Maybe it's because of my allergies.
Feel: Decent. Not bad. It flows.

Overall: Everything I have had from Jack's Abby in the recent past has been a nice treat. This is no exception. I like it, but prefer beer with more "Zing." (388 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a small creamy white head that forms a thin layer floating on top, and lasts long after the pour

S- tropical fruity hops up front with notes of passionfruit and mango, some grassy and pine notes follow, complemented by clean lager yeast

T- deep tropical fruit flavors give a sweet and almost tangy flavor of mango and guava, some fresh grassy notes along with orange zest follow, clear lager yeast adds a crisp and refreshing finish, with some toasted malt linger

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish

O- the drinkability of a lager with the juicy tropical fruit notes of a west coast IPA, very good (732 characters)

Photo of AllDayAdams
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very tasty! I love fact how they made this beer so earthy and a hint of citrus. The smell to me almost has a weed smell. awesome beer, and good buy. (161 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honestly, there's some weird hype about this beer. It was better back when they bottled in pints, or maybe it was just better before they increased the supply? Now, this beer is always on the shelves. I don't choose to buy it anymore. I put this at the same level as say, SN Torpedo. Both are good, perhaps great, but there a lots of options at this level.

Also, I just tried to the SN 2015 spring beer camp. It's just like this beer. So, I was inspired to add this review when I reviewed it. Neither is better than the other, honestly. These two beers are like clones. (581 characters)

Photo of mnrider
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy dark golden color. Nice large white head. Lacing is good and sticky.

S: Herbal hops. Grass. More Hops. Malts are biscuity. Some tropical flavors pop up.

T/M: Bitter hops but smooth. Tropical and herbal. Bitter again. The malts are pretty strong and lager like. Medium bodied. The finish is a little dry with a linger of bitter hops.

O: Outstanding! Love the mixture of IPA hops and Lager malts. Easy to drink. Great entry from Jack's Abby.

Cheers!!! (463 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

IPL is a pretty hit-or-miss style for me, but I think Hoponius does it as well as any, adding a nice, grassy dry hop element to a basic lager. Some spice in the hops on the palate too, perhaps a wee bit of booze, but mostly just a razor clean lager yeast note alongside those spicy hops. Not a beer that takes well to sessioning, IMO, because of its sharpness, but a tasty drink nonetheless. (391 characters)

Photo of jbadge24
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I think I had the wrong beer before I tasted this but it really came around. Color is correct, but a little clear. Smell wasn't great, even after I got through half of it. (171 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Pours a clouded copper with a foamy white head that lasts nearly forever. Leaves clumps and globs of lacing behind. I'm almost convinced that if you lowered the beer level without disturbing the head it would stick behind completely intact.

Smells of citrus, grassy grapefruit.

Slight fruity taste, follows the nose here, slightly over hopped, not complex otherwise. Hint of mango. I dislike hoppy brews, but this is balanced well.

Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well.

For a hoppy brew I'm not too turned off by it. (550 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

A great beer, indeed. Pours with a nice, foamy head. The aroma is not too strong, that of hops and fruit (lemons), maybe a slight malt kick. The taste is just an absolutely perfect example of a smooth, hoppy pale ale that hits all the right notes and strongly resembles the nose. Hops on the initial impact, and a nice citrus finish. The malt is present, but the 6.7%ABV certainly is not. This is the kind of thing that can open a mindless sud-water drinker to a world of well balanced, fantastic craft alternatives. Nothing too crazy, a good beer for almost any situation. (573 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 20 October 2014

Appearance: Pours a clear orange-ish yellow with a soapy white head that slowly dies and leaves behind appreciable lacing.

Smell: Absolutely amazing- an incredible floral and citrus bouquet that is full, rounded, and complex. The beer has a strong welcoming aroma as soon as the top is cracked. At the same time, there are still some of the more evident lager subtleties, such as that distinctive lager 'edge' which is present.

Taste: Again, much like the nose, but I find that this beer, unlike Jabby Brau, preserves more of a lager's integrity, as there are clear notes of lager 'edginess' and 'biscuitiness' in the beer. The flavor is dominated by the sweet floral hops, but rides on a nice, medium bodied lager backbone. Imagine a sweeter, much hoppier Dortmunder for how the malt is in this one.

Feel: Crisp and effervesent.

Overall: A marvelous beer, and one in a category all of its own. I'd like to see Jack's Abby be able to preserve the lager subtleties but add solid hop flavor in a low ABV offering, such as a traditional south-west German Pils or other hoppier-than-usual lager styles. However, for now, if I want a hoppy beer that's crisper than an ale, I'll gladly reach for a sixer of this stuff. Would highly recommend. (1,292 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pokal an orange tinged medium golden with a sticky full one finger bone white head atop.Tropical fruits all over the place in the nose along with light toasted cereal grain.Grainy feel with some dry toasted malt underneath tropical fruit-like hops that linger in the finish.Seems mush small er than 6.7%,one of the more hopped up lagers I have had. (361 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a straw yellow with a head that trails the glass. The scent is full of pine from the hops. The taste was fantastic with a focus on the hops, but with a nice balance with the malt to create an exceptionally clean finish. Great focus and execution of the style. Loved it right away. (286 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color is short of verging into orange, but it's pretty far down the yellow spectrum. It holds a mild haze for a while that eventually clears up completely, leaving a bright and glassy brew. The off-white head begins just about one finger tall and holds well, thick and rocky. Lacing is webbed and quite consistent.
The aroma shows off all the fruity sweetness of the flavor with the drying counter also found. It rests on a semi-dry malts base and shows the hops nicely. There is quite a bit of citrus along with the sweeter element, and has maybe some stemmy bitterness underneath.
The flavor's where it really picks up. It's hoppy, balanced and complex with lots of depth. The sweeter fruits notes lie up front from beginning to finish, carrying with the plenty of citrus and showing the biscuit and dough-like malts. The hops are oily and fresh, with lemon, leaf and some resin staying strong while allowing a little herb to show and grass to finish it out with the sweetness before stemmy dry bitterness finishes it.
Sweeetness doesn't keep the dry nature of this beer from showing in the feel one bit. If anything, it only starts sweet and ends quite dry. Crispness kicks the whole time off a soft, strong carbonation that creates lots of smoothness. (1,269 characters)

Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.