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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,872 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,872
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 296
Gots: 194 | 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%

Saltee, Apr 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

MrMcGibblets, Apr 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

madtowndmb1, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Rizalini
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this .5 litre bottle in a trade from Jageraholic, dated 02.25.2013, and poured into my Deschutes tulip glass...

A - Pours a crystal clear golden orange color. 2 fingers of off-white head fade rather quickly leaving some nice spotty lacing behind.

S - The smell is amazingly hoppy! Hops smell of tropical fruits like pineapple, and some earthiness. Very inviting.

T/M - The taste has a nice hoppiness in the beginning, a crisp malt middle, and a great hop resin aftertaste. Getting more of the tropical fruits as well in the aftertatse. The mouthfeel is light/medium. Crisp like a good lager, and good carbonation.

O - This is a great IPA/lager combination! If I did a blind taste, I would call this an IPA. The only thing preventing this from being DIPA status is the lighter mouthfeel and alcohol content. A really solid beer that I had my doubts about, but was proven wrong very quickly. I would grab this one all day long if it was available in my area, but sadly it's not. So a big thanks to Jageraholic for letting me expierence this great brew! Great extra, cheers to you my friend!

Rizalini, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ManMoosePig, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Casterbridge, Apr 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

BBrewington, Apr 09, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Dasein11, Apr 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

valdieu2, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jeff1973, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ThirdEyePA, Apr 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

JReites, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

FrankHammer, Apr 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

mkppisdead, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

phuntasy, Apr 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Turbojet307, Apr 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BarrelAgedBrian, Apr 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

halfshell, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A fairly clear, golden colored body. A good two+ fingers of soapy head cling to the glass as it recedes to a thin layer. Big sip marks.

Smells like a west coast IPA. Light cracker and toasted flavors from the malt. Clean. Tropical fruit over top with an underlying spiciness.

Juicy oranges and grapefruit up front with some cracker-like malt through the middle. A little bit of toasted biscuits before the spelt pulls it back and adds a little crisp spice. The finish is a blend of tropical fruit bitterness and dryness.

On the lighter side of medium with a smooth feel. Dry and bitter finish, but never overpowering.

This is not your dad's APL. An interesting blend of styles that works. The crisp lager flavors compliment the hops. Dry, crisp low end with juicy tropical up top. This is a winner for sure.

ColForbinBC, Apr 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

EricClayton, Apr 02, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Pine sap, grapefruit notes buttressed by hints of flowers, wood spice, mango, and durian... all of which have a sweet, gummy candy-like quality. Palate: Citrusy, pine sap, hoppy notes along with a touch of brown sugar dominate the attack. Toast, citrus, and bitter hops dominate the mid-palate and give way to a grapefruit-bitter finish and a touch of malty sweetness.

This brew profiles very much like an IPA but categorization aside, the hops are the main event and in this regard, this beer kicks ass. At the outset (and probably 5-10 degrees too cold), the finish was a little thin and lacking body. As I write this, the finish has filled out more and the maltiness balances things out very nicely. Delicious.

gunpwdr, Apr 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Quackus, Apr 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

mklisz, Apr 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

VsTheWorld1121, Apr 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Celtics76, Apr 01, 2013
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,872 ratings.