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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,705 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,705
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 279
Gots: 146 | 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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magictacosinus

California

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks angrybabboon! Poured into a pokal glass from a 500ml bottle. Bottling date is "02/25/2013." A bit old by now, but should be fine.

Pours a pale golden (amber when not in the light) complete with a great amount of carbonation and a good 2 finger of head that fills to the top of the pokal. The bubbles floating in this thing are very champagne-like, and keep the head in a strong, thickened shape. Lacing abounds at the rims of the glass. There's a bit of a hazy color to this, which ranges from the pale amber to slightly golden color at the bottom - and the trickery is unique, as in the light it just looks like a standard clear American lager. However, this isn't (in the words of Stone), "tasteless fizzy yellow beer." I can tell that this is going to be much heartier based on the appearance. Pretty much transcends the style at hand.

The aroma consists of big grapefruit, orange rind notes, combined with a grainy sweetness that is slightly toasted and robust. The hop resins are definitely alive here, even in a bottle this old. Slightly caramelized, in fact, although there is an underlying breadiness that serves as a solid backbone to the hops - which, strictly speaking, are the complete priority here. Smells like any great IPA I've had - and the hops in particular are earthy, pungent, slightly astringent, but filled with lots of mineral qualities and fruity notes. Super zesty but soothing, and at the same time, near identical to any solid hoppy ale I've had to date.

This is awesome! Sure this is a lager? Well, my senses are definitely telling me that it is, as the taste is quite crisp and smoothened out from the lack of extra breadiness found in ales. However, while the cracked, golden yet slightly toasty grains do peer in, I'm faced with a strong combination of earthy, near soil-ridden citrus bitterness, combined with a tinge of sweetness from the alcohol, and vibrant, chewy carbonation. The finish is slightly boozy, but resembles a floral, orange and pine laden bouquet of flavors. There's a touch of graininess and crisp cracker flavor, but the hops are the ones winning the battle here. And, as the bottle states, only 65 IBUs?? How? This is just as citrusy as many monstrous DIPAs, yet not nearly as astringent. Finish is quite dry, however, but still laden with the hop oils.

What a fantastic beer! I would love to try it fresher, as I could only imagine what the hop profile does then. The fact that this is a lager makes this a far crisper and easier to drink beer than its hoppy counterparts, and as a result really sets a standard for making more delicious hoppy and flavorful lagers in the country. I seriously want to see more beers like these - preferably out West. A world class lager!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 01:07:32 | More by magictacosinus
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jono311

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-01-2013 20:28:42 | More by jono311
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

OK, well this is clearly not an American Pale Lager, but I guess we all know that. I also know that India Pale Lager is not a recognized "style" quite yet, but will review the beer with that intention in mind. I am sure the brewer would probably put this more towards the IPA category than the APL category.

Served in a pilsner glass. Bright golden body. Very nice head formation! Really solid and consistent bubbles, all the same size. Very good retention. Pretty amazing and even though this is my first "IPL" I could say with some confidence that this beer has a really outstanding appearance. It fails to garner a 5 though for the hazy body.

Aroma is quite similar to a true west-coast IPA. Bready malt lay underneath a blanket of citrus hops with notes of honeysuckle and candied oranges.

Up front, there is a big, impressive flavor of blood orange with a nice, spicy mid-palate, and a bit of doughy malt in the finish. The beer has a moderate body with plenty of solid carbonation throughout the glass. Carbonation is spot on, and right where I would want it for a "lager/IPA" hybrid. There is a longer, residual bitterness as well.

OK, it's hard to really determine what I feel about this beer in relation to any others of its kind, but I will say that my first impression is that this is a very solid beer that carries the torch well in the IPA category. There isn't much that I would consider "delicate" about this beer, and so any of the qualities I would be looking for in a pale lager are essentially hidden. That said, I enjoyed this beer and would certainly try it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 21:32:02 | More by MusicaleMike
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blknikon

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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gtermi

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-29-2013 22:11:01 | More by tom10101
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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unclejazz

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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takelondon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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bauermj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Bluecane

New York

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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klythjohan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-20-2013 22:07:07 | More by klythjohan
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Megan1937

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Fubar1453

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-17-2013 02:32:46 | More by ChrisCorbin
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,705 ratings.