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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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1,866 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,866
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 295
Gots: 193 | 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:
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ncaudle, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

IrishColonial, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kwjd, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

akang, Aug 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

brez8791, Jun 15, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

@ Bukowski's, Boston

Deep honey color with a fluffy bunny head. Foam sticks to the glass and creates the silhouette of a brontosaurus.

Smells like a fresh bag o' hops. Grassy and citrus. Taste, again, is akin to a bag o' grassy and citrus hops. I believe the term "hop juice" would not be inappropriate. Silky, Al Green smooth mouthfeel.

Never heard of Jack's Abbey until the bartender told me. Had a great time at Bukowski's, me, Jack's Abbey and a live Santana recording.

donkeyrunner, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

lupercmda, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

CRJMellor, Apr 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

thewimperoo, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

2dogbrew, Apr 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

egrace84, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

hollywood_15063, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

seeswo, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

duff247, Jul 12, 2012
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4.31/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

DIM, Oct 17, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

12 oz bottle purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY and consumed in a tulip.

Pours a brilliant, hazy orange. Small head, visible carbonation. Nice looking lager.

Smells include citrus zest, pine, and sweet malts.

Tastes incredible. Tons of citrus goodness, along with some earthy dank herbal hop tastes as well. Malt sweetness shines through as well. Insanely drinkable. Crisp finish probably due to the lagering.

Nice mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied, keeps it very drinkable.

A classic IPL, and the benchmark for the style, IMO.

GreesyFizeek, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Davepoolesque, Jan 21, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev -1.4%

Shiny golden body with a touch of chill haze. Four fingers of creamy white micro bubbles. Good drippy lace.

Citrus aroma with a touch of fresh bread.

Solid deep semi-sweet malt foundation. Juicy fruit. Solid hop bite at the swallow. Cleaner finish than an IPA, but not quite pilsnerish.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit of prickliness.

A damn good hoppy lager, in a class with Victory Prima Pils.

RonfromJersey, Dec 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

kaelingirl, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

VeganUndead, May 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

mrebeka, Mar 05, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

OtherShoe2, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Kurmaraja, Jan 24, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

I haven't had too many hopped up lagers and I've certainly been missing out. This one was apparently bottled recently.

The beer pours a deep honey amber with a solid inch of white fluffy head. It's a relatively clear beer (although some yeast is caked onto the bottom of the bottle) and the head does provide some nice lacing. Honestly, this beer looks and smells more like an IPA than any lager I've had, but its distinctly crisp taste has me leaning towards lager.
The nose is all citrusy hops (slightly tart like kumquats) with a touch of armpit B.O., cat piss and very subtle ethanol (after some warming). It's definitely got an interesting nose, but the hops do rein supreme. Drinking the beer is as expected; it's a clean, sweet, hoppy, drinkable beverage. The mouthfeel is just the right amount of bitterness with a lingering, dry finish that burns the lips.
This is an insanely good beer that lives up to my expectations and would be outstanding on tap. I would definitely try this beer again considering its reasonable price, local availability, and the unique style it offers.

ThePorterSorter, May 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

DaPan, Aug 21, 2013
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,866 ratings.